High school photography course & exhibit
Making Meaning with Photography
February - June 2022
I taught a 2x/week photography elective at a high school in lower Manhattan. Sixteen ninth and tenth graders learned photography basics using digital cameras and phones. Then I printed and framed four images of each student + wall text, for our final group show in the halls of ESA.
Photo research & usage rights
I sourced the photography (and secured usage rights and permissions) for two of Scott Anderson's nonfiction books:
The Quiet Americans. September 2020, Doubleday.
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. June 2014, Penguin Random House.
Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent who has reported from Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Sudan, Bosnia, El Salvador and many other strife-torn countries. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, his work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Harper’s and Outside. He is the author of novels Moonlight Hotel and Triage and of non-fiction books Lawrence in Arabia, The Man Who Tried to Save the World and The 4 O’Clock Murders, and co-author of War Zones and Inside The League with his brother Jon Lee Anderson.
LightField: Multimedia art exhibits in Hudson,NY
© Laura Plageman, Hudson
© Brenda Kenneally, Upstate Girls
Making a Scene: Storytelling and the Real | 2016
© Wendel White, Schools for the Colored
Photo + Synthesis | 2019
Just the Facts | 2017
In 2016, I founded LightField, a nonprofit that mounts exhibits of multimedia art whose aim is to illuminate social and environmental issues. We have mounted three multi-artist shows, with programming, at Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY. In each exhibit, we include work from our Young Photographers Workshop, a free workshop for teens from underserved areas around Hudson, that teaches visual literacy as a way to sharpen individual agency in young people.
Our 2019 show, Photo + Synthesis, centered on modern and 19th century landscapes of the Hudson River Valley, tree ring science, and data visualization.
Our 2017 show, Just the Facts, touched on themes of segregation, immigration, home, desire, and individual agency.
Our 2016 show, Making a Scene: Storytelling and the Real, addressed the increasing slippage in narrative art between documentary and fiction.
www.lightfield.vu for more info
A large-scale exhibit of escapist photo collages in a corporate lobby
KangHee Kim: Street Errands
May 21 - Sept 18, 2019
I curated and produced a large-scale exhibit by KangHee King called Street Errands for Vornado Realty Trust's lobby. Street Errands is a series of collaged photographs approximately 60" x 72", that combine street scenes of New York with scenes of other places KangHee has traveled to throughout the US.
As a DACA participant, KangHee's goal in combining images is to construct her own form of surreal escapism. To be in DACA is to live in a limbo of waiting for word about her status. Layering real life photographs allows a bit of liberation from the visa restrictions, but also allows her to remain hopeful and appreciate what she has in the present.
KANGHEE KIM is a photographer working in the United States. She is represented by Benrubi Gallery. She has had multiple solo and group exhibitions, most recently, Dreamerscapes, at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, and at D Museum in Seoul, South Korea.
Two (NY & Dubai) visual investigations into post-Snowden corporate & state surveillence
Surveillance .01 & .02
April 2014 & March 2015
With Liza Faktor as partner, I curated two separate shows by multimedia artists who were using camera, satellite, and drone to question corporate and state surveillance, and energy production in the post-Snowden reality. In particular, these artists and thinkers focused on the human side of the global war on terror, humanity’s permanent wounding of the environment, and state systems of power and control. The tensions and anxieties they pursued include convenience vs. privacy, individual vs. type, and freedom vs. security.
2014 Surveillance.01 at Made in New York Media Center artists:
Hasan Elahi - Tracking Transience
Wesley Grubbs / Pitch Interactive - Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A data visualization of US drone strikes
Brent Hoff - Emotional Arcade
Ewen MacAskill & Gabriel Dance/The Guardian US - NSA Files: Decoded
Jenny Odell - Satellite Landscapes and Satellite Collection
Sympler - A live surveillance installation
Tomas Van Houtryve - Blue Sky Days
2015 Surveillance.02 at East Wing Gallery in Dubai artists:
Massimo Berruti – Hidden Wounds
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin - Shtik Fleisch Mit Tzvei Eigen
Edmund Clark - 'Dulce et Decorum Est: Virtue Unmann'd' (PREMIERE)
Yann Mingard - Deposit
Jenny Odell - Land Marks
Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon - World Brain
Tomas van Houtryve – Blue Sky Days