Allison Davies in conversation with Lorie Novak at CCNY

Thursday, March 31 7PM
The Camera Club of New York
The Arts Building
336 West 37th Street, Suite 206
New York, NY 10018-4212

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center will be hosting its second annual book fair on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011. Charles Lane Press and a number of other presses, publishers and artists will be in attendance selling books, prints and other ephemera.

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American St.
Suite 103
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Loving this email!

i love your 'touching strangers' photographs! while some of the people are stiff and uncomfortable with the exercise, others seem so warm toward the other people in the picture with them. fascinating!

the subject matter kind of reminds me of the way i used to love watching people relate to one another when i attended nascar races. for over a decade, i camped two weekends a year in the infield of atlanta motor speedway. like a great number of other attendees in the infield, i would sit up high on a camper top to get a better view of the race. from that height (ours was 7' 3") it's also easy to watch people milling about on the ground below. i was never a huge fan of the race itself (i admit it, i went for the social aspects. i'm a party girl. what can i say?!), and since during the races it's difficult to have a conversation even with someone right next to you, i did a lot of people-watching. it was completely impossible to hear what people in other camps were saying to one another, but i loved reading their body language and facial expressions. i think the fact that i couldn't hear them actually made it more enjoyable for me in a way. i always found it very heart-warming to watch *that* many people (thousands!) on such a small piece of real estate obviously having so much fun with each other, shaking hands, hugging, laughing, loving one another's company. and total strangers were instant friends if only for a few short days.

thank you for your work!


Underage by Ohm Phanphiroj

This work about underage male prostitution in Thailand by Ohm Phanphiroj was recently brought to my attention. It is an intense body of work and a window into what a harsh existence these young boys face. Strong Stuff. Have a look here.


War Photography in Libya

Tyler Hicks, Moises Saman, and the crew over at the NY Times are doing some incredible work in Libya that is both sad and extremely powerful. Check out this slide show here. I wish things were going better for the opposition...

(c)Tyler Hicks/NY Times


Fotografins Hus (House of Photography)

If you happen to be in Stockholm the next few weeks please come check out my show at the House of Photography.
It is running from this Thursday, March 10 - April 23. The show is a selection of portraits from Figure and Ground, Bus Travelers, Fall River Boys, and 49 & 50.

Schoolhouse Editions

Check out new prints by Vincent Cianni, Elinor Carucci, and Benjamin Lowy in Charles Lane Press' print program Schoolhouse Editions.


Somehow I missed, and just now discovered the series Homeland by Larry Sultan featured in his new book Katherine Avenue. This work is really incredible and it is a shame that Larry Sultan passed away still quite young and in the midst of this important body of work. Sultan hired Mexican and Central American day laborers looking for work to be actors in this series of landscapes made in Southern California. Straddling the line between documentary and fiction these images feel wholeheartedly sincere to me. Looking both inward to Sultan's own childhood and outward towards the pressing social issue of immigration Homeland is a rare example of successful "staged photography".



Karlheinz Weinberger

Two for the price of Free!
There are two exhibitions currently up of Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger's biker portraits. If you do not know this work already, it's a pretty incredible document of a very creative and inspired group of Swiss youth strongly influenced by American culture in the late 1950's & 1960's. The exhibitions are showing at the Anna Kustera Gallery and the Swiss Institute here in NYC.