James Mollison
Playground

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Description: James Mollison’s exhibition, Playground, influenced by his own experiences being bullied in the schoolyard, gives us an international look at children at play. These photographs are from rich and poor schools with vastly different resource levels in countries including Bhutan, Bolivia, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Norway, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. The photographs are accompanied by extended captions that tell of the conditions specific to each school. Where some children are in classrooms so crowded that they need to climb over desks to move, others play in palace gardens. The comparison invites us…

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Mary Ellen Mark
Tiny: Streetwise Revisited

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Description: In 1983, Mary Ellen Mark began a project called Streetwise. Five years later, it became a poignant document of a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled youth who made their way on the streets of Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and small-time drug dealers. Streetwise introduced several unforgettable children, including Tiny (her street name; her given name is Erin), who dreamed of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. Since meeting Tiny thirty years ago, Mark continued to photograph her, creating what became one of Mark’s most significant and long-term projects. Tiny: Streetwise…

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The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip
Curated by David Campany and Denise Wolff

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  Installation shots from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR are thanks to Stephen Ironside Photographs by Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Inge Morath, Garry Winogrand, Joel Meyerowitz, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Jacob Holdt, Stephen Shore, Bernard Plossu, Victor Burgin, Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, Todd Hido, Ryan McGinley, Justine Kurland, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs Description: “What should happen at the end of a road trip? A return to the status quo? A revolutionary new beginning? A few minor adjustments to one’s outlook? Obviously it is not enough to drive West and arrive in the Promised Land ….

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Matthew Pillsbury
City Stages

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Description: City Stages offers a paean to the craft and visionary potential of large-format, black-and-white photography, as well as to the vibrancy of the cultural landscape at a transitional moment—a moment in which our very relationship to that landscape is increasingly mediated by omnipresent screens. Over the past decade, photographer Matthew Pillsbury has built several extensive bodies of work that deal with different facets of contemporary metropolitan life and the passage of time. Working with black-and-white 8-by-10 film and long exposures, Pillsbury captures a range of psychologically charged experiences in the urban environment, from isolation—as we’re tuned into the omnipresent screens…

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Richard Renaldi
Touching Strangers

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Description: Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs made by approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large-format 8-by-10-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are often taught to reserve only for their close friends and loved ones. Renaldi creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their…

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The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

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Initiated in November 2011,The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. This exhibition includes the short-listed titles, with the categories of First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. There is something tremendously clarifying about looking over hundreds of new photobooks over the space of a few days; patterns emerge, revealing current thematic, design, and format trends. It has become evident that we have reached a highly sophisticated level of photobook production, in which there is a tremendous plurality of styles–from the most baroque to the extremely minimalist….

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