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Learning from Nadav Kander October 9, 2017

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Nadav Kander is a sought-after and immensely productive portrait-maker, shooting covers of some of the world’s most important individuals (Obama, Blair, Kissinger) for some of the most respected publications.

But alongside this public-facing oeuvre, he has spent decades pursuing personal work in the landscape tradition. Although the working methods in each genre are completely different, to Kander, there is little difference in the end result. In each case, he says, “I’m looking to be moved by the image and I hope for the viewer to recognize something of themselves in the image too.” 


RIP Tom Petty October 4, 2017

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Tom Petty rode to the pinnacle of pop music stardom with his beloved and long-running rock band the Heartbreakers, born out of the ashes of a group that flopped when he brought them from Gainesville, Fla., to California in the mid-1970s. He emerged as one of the most vocal and tireless champions of artistic integrity and musical purity in the record business.

Reportedly found unconscious at his Malibu home on Sunday night, Petty was rushed to UCLA’s Santa Monica hospital in full cardiac arrest and died Monday at 66. For hours, multiple media outlets reported his death only to retract those reports; his death was confirmed Monday night by his family’s spokeswoman. A cause has not been announced.

“On behalf of the Tom Petty family,” said Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Petty had just completed an extensive tour to mark the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary. It concluded Sept. 25 with a three-night homecoming stand that sold out at the Hollywood Bowl.

“It’s shocking, crushing news,” his longtime friend and collaborator Bob Dylan said. “I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Petty and his mates distilled a signature sound that was as influenced as much by The Byrds as the Beatles, with the swagger of the Rolling Stones and some doses of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and soul stirrings of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke thrown in.

Mary’s Last Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aowSGxim_O8

Kimberley Echo Tour Photos Bohdan Warchomij September 26, 2017

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The Kimberley provides the backdrop to a musical experience par excellence. Sharing the tour with the people of the Dampier Peninsular and the East Kimberley is the Narli ensemble  featuring Didgeridoo player and poet Mark Atkins, Bart Willoughby from No Fixed Address, Broom’s Stephen Pigram, and Erkki Veltheim (violin), Stephen Magnusson (guitar) and Tristen Parr (cello). 

The 2017 culmination of Tura’s Kimberley cross cultural collaborative Touring Program has been announced for the Perth Concert Hall. A new combination of artists visiting new places and creating a new program with new collaborations will bring a rich taste of the Kimberley to Perth audiences.

This year’s Echo Tour brings together three of Australia’s leading indigenous performers, Bart Willoughby, Mark Atkins and Stephen Pigram with an ensemble of some of Australia’s finest instrumentalists including Erkki Veltheim (violin), Stephen Magnusson (guitar) and Tristen Parr (cello) creating a vibrant and uniquely Australian sound. Enjoy the final celebratory concert in the series at the Perth Concert Hall on the 28th of September.

The Tour, which collaborates with artists on the way, brings Gabriel Nodea from Warmun, John Barnett from Bidyadanga and Naomi Pigram from Broome to re-join the Tour in Perth for the finale celebration.

FotoEvidence Book Award and the World Press Photo Foundation announce a collaboration August 25, 2017

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FotoEvidence and the World Press Photo Foundation are collaborating to develop the annual FotoEvidence Book Award.

FotoEvidence was founded in 2010 to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur.

The annual FotoEvidence Book Award recognizes one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice. The selected project is published as part of a FotoEvidence series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating awareness of unacceptable violations of human dignity.

FotoEvidence will also exhibit the work of the winner and finalists at 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award exhibit in New York in the fall of 2018. The award winner will be invited to New York to participate in EXPOSE, a one-day workshop that will connect students with the winner to learn from his or her experience and to receive feedback on their long-term projects.
Svetlana Bachevanova, publisher of FotoEvidence:

We at FotoEvidence are excited about our partnership with the World Press Photo Foundation because of our shared commitment to excellence and new initiatives in documentary photography and photojournalism. After seven years and sixteen FotoEvidence books, we expect the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo to expand our reach to a worldwide audience, strengthen our mission promoting social justice, and increase our support for photographers who demonstrate courage and commitment in the pursuit of human rights.

Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation:

We’re delighted to be working closely together with FotoEvidence on the book award. The World Press Photo Foundation is expanding all areas of its activities, and as part of that we’re more committed than ever to promoting visual journalism that addresses social justice. We understand that photo books which address these topics occupy a special but challenging place in the photo book market, and we want to bring this work to our large global audience. The FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo will build on the commitment of Svetlana and her team and help to further our joint mission.

The 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is now open for submissions.

The deadline is December 15, 2017. Please visit fotoevidence.com/page/book-award for details. To see the jury, visit fotoevidence.com/news

Winners of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo will be announced on February 7, 2018.

For questions about the award process, including eligibility and criteria, please contact Svetlana Bachevanova, publisher, FotoEvidence, at bookaward@fotoevidence.com

For questions about the collaboration with the World Press Photo Foundation, please contact David Campbell, Director of Communications and Engagement, World Press Photo Foundation, at communications@worldpressphoto.org, ph. +31(0)20 676 6096.

This award will now be known as the “FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo.” The collaboration will mean that the winner and two other selected finalists will be exhibited during the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 in Amsterdam in conjunction with the launch of the winner’s book. The book will also be shown during the World Press Photo Exhibition in many of the 100 cities worldwide to which it travels each year.

A Day in the Life of Wyndham Photos Bohdan Warchomij August 20, 2017

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Everytime one runs into a new town or city the antennae switch on. Wyndham is a welcoming town. I feel comfortable immediately. Wyndham is the oldest and most northern town in the  Kimberley region of Western Australia and it is empty of humanity. Located on the Great Northern Highway 2,210 kilometres (1,373 mi) northeast of Perth. It was established in 1886 as a result of a gold rush at Halls Creek, and it is now a port and service centre for the east Kimberley with a population of just under a 1000 people.

It seems trapped in time and Dixie Ferguson’s Bric-a-Brac shop is possibly unique in Australia, selling art work and carved boab nuts, displaying royal paraphernalia and an obsession with Princess Diana. It is the the only shop open in the main street and Patterson’s Hotel stands opposite derelict and shuttered. Literally it is the pub with no beer and has been closed for some time and awaits a new entrepreneur to bring it back to life.

Most of Wyndham’s population is at the races for the Wyndham Cup, dressed to the nines and in party mode. There are four jockey’s only at the meet and only four horses per race and when the racing stops the two up begins. The energy is good natured, fuelled by four XXXX and joy as the sun sets in a deep red sky.

50 year Anniversary of the British pirate radio stations August 13, 2017

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They were the pirates of the open seas — bringing rock and pop music to a new generation.

And the British government was furious.

Back in the 1960s, when pop and rock were taking over the music scene, British teenagers had to turn to pirate radio stations to hear bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Barred from broadcasting from land, stations such as Radio Caroline and Radio London had taken to the water, using rusty old ships moored in international waters to broadcast to millions of eager listeners across the UK.

The government wasn’t happy and 50 years ago, on August 14 1967, the Marine Offences Act made it illegal to support the ships or broadcast from them.


The Museum of Modern Art together with Christies announce the sale of 400 images from the Museums’s Collection August 13, 2017

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The Museum of Modern Art and the New York branch of Christie’s have announced the sale of 400 photographs from the collections of the most famous American museum. The three other sales will occur in December 2017, January and April 2018. These photographs will be divided into four sales, the first and main of which will be held on October 10th. Among the artists sold, the curious and collectors will be able to find works of Man Ray (Rayograph, 1928), Henri Cartier-Bresson (Coney Island, New York, 1946) or again Ansel Adams (Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, 1938).

As an example, the starting price for the work of Man Ray is estimated between $ 150,000 and $ 250,000. The entire collection is estimated around $ 3.6 million. Revenues from the sale of these historical coins will be returned to the MoMA photographic department to finance future acquisitions.

Darius Himes, director of the photography department at Christie’s, recalls the importance of the MoMa collection: “In 1940, The Museum became the first museum in the country to form a Department of Photography. “

Ukrainian photographer Sergey Melnitchenko has won the Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award with the series Behind the Scenes, August 13, 2017

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Sergey Melnitchenko

Born in Mykolaiv, Ukraine in 1991, Melnitchenko has been taking photographs for around eight years. He is a member of Ukrainian Photographic Alternative, a collective promoting contemporary photography in Ukraine. He self-published his ‘Loneliness Online’ series in 2013. His work has been shown in various international solo and group exhibitions, including the Landskrona Fotofestival (2015), the Off_Festival Bratislava (2014), and in art book presentations within the framework of the artist residency The Muzychi Expanded History Project, Kiev, Ukraine. Melnitchenko has been living and working in China for the last two years.

Winner 2017: Terje Abusdal

The 2017 Leica Oskar Barnack Award goes to Terje Abusdal. Born in Norway, Terje Abusdal is honoured with this prestigious photography prize for „Slash & Burn“ and receives 25,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens.

Tradition and mysticism, provenance and belonging, facts and fiction: Terje Abusdal’s long-term “Slash & Burn” project draws a picture both mysterious and impressive of the Forest Finns, an ethnic group in Norway who live in close touch with nature.

Warnum Photo Bohdan Warchomij August 8, 2017

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In Warnum with Tura New Music and renowned composer, performer and sound artist  Jon Rose for a performance with the local Aborigine  community to create a new work in the WRECK series.

Collaborating with local musicians, artists, dancers, percussionists, crane drivers Jon is in the process of creating a musical instrument from a car wreck donated by a local man named Richard.

Fence wires strained across the wreck adorned with car bonnets that remind me of the Sydney Opera House and 44 gallon drums that will be struck by percussionists will create a unique work that will travel to Perth eventually.

Jon’s influence as a innovator has an international reputation. He has an uncanny ability to see the musicality in everyday activities and in the landscape and encourages an expansion of our personal oeuvre.

Tribute to Graham Wood: Jazz Extraordinaire Photos Bohdan Warchomij July 31, 2017

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Perth jazz composer Graham Wood has died aged 46 after losing his battle with cancer.

Wood was a stalwart of the West Australian jazz scene, co-owner of The Ellington Jazz club and founder of the Perth International Jazz Festival.

An acclaimed pianist, he released five LPs under The Graham Wood Trio and was Associate Professor of teaching and learning at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

WAAPA’s associate dean of music Stewart Smith said Wood was a talented musician and entrepreneur.

“He was a chameleon really as a player, able to dip into any style and genre of jazz but always maintaining that distinctive voice.

“Unlike many other jazz musicians Graham was also an astute entrepreneur who against all odds started not only a successful jazz club in Perth but also a successful international jazz festival.”

Mr Smith said Wood “made an invaluable and significant contribution to WAPPA and to the music education of many hundreds of students”.

Wood’s fiancee Alex Serras posted an emotional tribute to her “best friend” on Facebook.

“Ahh my love. What we feared for so long has happened,” she wrote.

“I’ve never seen such courage & class even in the hardest hours.

“Thank you for being my best friend and for 7 years of memories I will cherish forever. I will miss you every day until I see you again.”