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"How do you sleep at night?" © Vincent Lawson

News from the south: September 12th, 2014, marks the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Mobile, Alabama-based photographer Vincent Lawson, at the Mobile Arts Council. Add Vincent to the list of lovable artists I met in New Orleans last year; I wasn't able to review his portfolio but we connected regardless. Look Vincent in the eyes and you can sense he's going to be invested in producing photographs like this.

"It is my goal that this project will help those who have little or nothing, whose dreams have been shattered, who think that no one cares for them, who think that they don't matter. If this project can change one person's way of thinking it will be a success."

Sorry I can't make it - share with someone who you think can!

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"These photographs also ask a question: if you see another human being in need, will you pass them by or help them? The two choices: Empathy / Apathy." - VL.

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All images © Vincent Lawson
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We're helping out "Headphones for Haiti" - here's some of the press release.

Monster personal audio is partnering with the Enigma Performing Arts and Convention Center of Haiti (EPAC HAITI), for the "Headphones for Haiti" fundraising initiative that will benefit the people and culture of Haiti.

As part of the initiative, Monster is donating 100 pairs of its Inspiration headphones to be used as "blank canvases" that will be hand-painted by ten renowned Haitian Master Painters, including Frantz Zephirin, St. Jean Saint Juste, Richard Barbot, Mario Benjamin, Patricia Brintle, Joseph Eddy Pierre, Yael Talleyrand, Pascal Merisier aka "Pasko", Levoy exil, Harold Dessalines, Pascale Monnin, Philippe Dodard and Patrick Ganthier aka "Killy". 

Each Master Painter was given ten headphones to transform into unique, personalized works of art. Ten of the completed hand-painted headphones will also have accompanying canvas paintings by the artists, which will be auctioned off at the celebratory launch event in New York City on June 25, 2014. 

The additional hand-painted headphones will be auctioned on eBay from June 23 to July 1, 2014. All money raised at both the New York silent auction and the online auction will be used to help fund construction of the new performing arts center EPAC HAITI. In addition to helping fund this ambitious construction enterprise, the goal of the "Headphones for Haiti" program is to generate positive awareness about the art, culture and people of Haiti as the Caribbean nation continues to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The "Headphones for Haiti" project is part of Monster Cares™, Monster's charitable division that was created to support local charities with education, music, sports and technology.

They look fly - get bidding!
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Jana Cruder's "Great Expectations" ran here in the blog a couple of years ago. Through a series of vignettes, shown on two side-by-side films, Jana explores the societal and relationship roles through the icons of Barbie and Ken while creating a unique individual viewer experience: In order to display the series Jana built a replica Viewmaster stereoscope. This beast/beauty is now up for sale!

"Jana Cruder's 'VIEWMASTER' titled "All that Glitters is Gold" a piece that combines the artist's mild obsession with nostalgic nuances with her increasing curiosity of the moving image. Jana's golden VIEWMASTER is an exact replica of a 1956 Bakelite VIEWMASTER. This sculpture stands 5' 4" and spans over 36'' wide. This hand built, carved and sanded piece is meticulous in its execution. The golden reflective automotive painted finish gives the piece a real 'plastic' feel."

Check out the stop-motion film, and take a closer look at the Viewmaster below. If you're in the market, you can reach Jana via her website.

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Designer Toby Mott talks about laying De La Soul on the floor for the 3 Feet High and Rising album cover.

Photos of the band are by the ridiculously fabulous Steve Pyke.

Snap Galleries hosted the launch of designer Mott's limited edition print of the album artwork at their space in London. The print is 20x20 inches in an edition of 60, for £480. Noice!
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Hyper-local is the future. Hoxton Mini-Press is a new publisher making books about East London. You can buy books individually, very reasonably priced at £12.95, or take out a subscription for future books. 

"I've Lived in East London for 85 1/2 Years" is the first from the series 'East London Photo Stories' and features photographs by Martin Usborne of Joseph Markovitch who "has left London only once to go to the seaside with his mother. He loves Nicolas Cage, has five sugars in his tea, would have married a six foot two Hispanic woman but in the end had bad chest catarrh and never had a girlfriend."

The first run is already sold out but a second printing is in the works for next month.

You can see Usborn's photos in '51 Faces of Hackney,' an exhibition on now through March 30th, at The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1.

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All images © Martin Usborne
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This is what a free Getty-served embedded image looks like. I'm hoping this means at least any website that gives a shit about how it looks won't be inclined to go this route. 

What I do think it means, and I have been saying this for years, is that if a publisher wants to differentiate themselves from the rabble they will HAVE to pay for content. But if the industry can't provide photographers with enough revenue, they won't be able to produce good content for future consumption by anyone. 
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Ahh, the web. Italian fashion/art project, teeshare, found the lovely feature 'Act' from French photographer Denis Darzacq, (whose work was originally introduced to me by the Curator for the Karsh estate), and dropped me a note to tell me about the line of limited edition T shirts they are producing with Denis. Edition is 20. €85,00.

"Teeshare isn't just an original t-shirt, 100% cotton made and handcrafted in Italy, ethically fashioned in artisanal workshops. It's also a means of expression. Which is why we decided to work with artists: so their artworks and their message can go around with the person wearing their teeshare tee." 

Because you may as well produce your own, before a dodgy clothes company does it behind your back. 

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© Silvia Pastori
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The Young Photographers Alliance inspires and educates aspiring photographers with an impressive list of mentors, scholarships and programs. The YPA will hold its first annual benefit gala this year at New York's beautiful Morgan Library. Alongside cocktails and entertainment there will be an exhibition of some of the best works of YPA's scholarship recipients and mentoring participants of 2013. Click here for details.

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A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow © Marcin Ryczek. 1st Place winner in the Landscape/Seascape/Nature category

We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year's Grand Prix de Découverte, International Fine Art Photography competition.

I was honoured to be invited to be a juror again for year two. This year I was in the company of photographer Hiroshi Watanabe; Director of Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, Didier Brousse; author, curator, and former Chair of the Department of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago, David Travis; Anne Biroleau, Curator of Photography, Bibliothèque Nationale de France; and Alexandre Percy, Director of ACTE2 Galerie, Paris. The competition was sponsored by the Paris-based DeGroot Foundation. The Grand Prix de la Découverte winners' prizes included a trip to Paris for the opening of the exhibition; each won cash, are exhibited at Paris Salon de la Photo, and have been accepted into the prestigious collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. C'est magnifique!

View the first place winners.
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Hot off the presses is this fab new book from Harvey Stein.

"The first photographic encounter renowned New York street photographer Harvey Stein had with Harlem was when he documented the annual African American parade on Malcolm X Boulevard in 1990. Swept away by the spirit and humanity of the legendary neighborhood and its inhabitants, Stein continued to photograph Harlem for 23 years from 1990 to 2012. His close-up, evocative portraits of the people of Harlem are published for the first time in 'Harlem Street Portraits' (Schiffer Publishing, October 2013). Accompanying the photographs are essays by African American activist, writer and teacher Herb Boyd, and writer and third generation New Yorker, Miss Rosen."

"No amount of words can deliver what one glance can, and chances are that one glance into Harvey's book and the engrossing images will lead to another. And if you look with enough love and introspection, I will not be surprised if you find something personal, something reminiscent of places you have been and people you would be glad to know." - Herb Boyd

Harvey will be signing copies on Wednesday, October 15th, 2013, at Rizzoli, NYC. 

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All images © Harvey Stein 

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Coming up in NYC: November 14th, a conversation with Herb Boyd and Harvey Stein, and book signing, at Sister's Uptown Bookstore; November 17th, Talk and Book Signing, B&H Event Space.
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