Last winter, I was invited by American Photo On Campus to interview a mentor for a piece in which our images would appear side-by-side. Victoria Sambunaris and I met in fall 2009 during a meet-up organized by Women in Photography at the Half King in Chelsea. Our shared wanderlust and fascination with American realities led to an exchange of e-mails and conversations over the last five years about the desires and many challenges that surround making our work. My interview with Vicky was recently published on American Photo's website, On the Road with Victoria Sambunaris: Photographer Tema Stauffer interviews her mentor.
Transgressor Magazine recently published Borderline: On the Road with Vicky Sambunaris, a selection of new images made in South Texas near the border of Mexico accompanied by some of her insights. The most exciting news is the upcoming publication of her first monograph, Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape by Radius Books scheduled for release in April 2014. A huge and heartfelt congratulations to Vicky on this momentous accomplishment from a devoted friend and admirer.
Above: Victoria Sambunaris's Untitled (Santa Elena Canyon), Big Bend National Park, 2010
PDNedu's Spring 2014 digital edition is live this week, including a short Project X piece I wrote about Anthony Aquino, a high school photo teacher in upstate New York who organized Help-Portrait events at a local soup kitchen where his students set up a make-shoft studio and gave portraits to the community. Founded by Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers and other volunteers who provide portraits to people in need in communities around the world.
Jorge and Cathy (Third Prize) published in The Photo Review, Volume 30, Number 4 with work by the winners of the 2012 Photo Review Competition juried by Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Steiglitz Center at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Thank you to CCNY board and staff John Stanley, Allen Frame, and Saul Robbins and jurors Daniel Handal, Cara Phillips, and Anna Shteynshleyger for selecting me to participate in the 2014 CCNY Darkroom Residency Program. Congratulations to the other three photographers chosen for the residency this year: Ido Abramsohn, Patricia Voulgaris, and Ji Yeo. I look forward to starting my residency this month and working towards the completion of the Paterson documentary portrait series.
Entering its 8th year, the CCNY Darkroom Residency Program provides participating artists with three (3) months of free access to CCNY’s darkrooms, digital work stations, and shooting studio. The CCNY Darkroom Residency Program is made possible by generous support from Fujifilm; Kodak; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and The Jerome Foundation.
Photography Sampler, a group exhibition of work by four photographers, opens tonight at the Pascal Gallery in the Berrie Center from Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College. Participating photographers are Eva Fazarri, Jose Hernandez, Dina Kantor and Tema Stauffer. The exhibition is on view through October 18th.
As part of a continuing series of interviews with the forty-eight artists whose work was selected for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Portrait of an Artist: Tema Stauffer was recently published on the National Portrait Gallery's Face to Face blog.
Contributing photographers were announced yesterday for the upcoming digital exhibition, MAKING PICTURES OF PEOPLE, curated by Andy Adams for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in conjunction with About Face, a traditional exhibition of current portraiture opening in August 2013.
I'm honored that selections from my Paterson series will be included in this digital show along with work by a group of remarkable photographers: Keliy Anderson-Staley, Yolanda del Amo, Christopher Churchill, Paul D'Amato, Jess T. Dugan, Doug DuBois, Matt Eich, Jason Florio, Jessica Todd Harper, Dave Jordano, Dina Kantor, Stacy Kranitz, Molly Landreth, Graham Miller, Jim Mortram, Lydia Panas, Laura Pannack, Deborah Parkin, Cara Phillips, Richard Renaldi, Simon Roberts, Marjorie Salvaterra, Betsy Schneider, Shen Wie, Carrie Will, and Susan Worsham.
Two of my Paterson portraits, Akeem and Nikia, are on display in Sasha Wolf's booth at AIPAD this week along with work by Peter Kayafas, Paul McDonough, Elinor Carucci, Christine Osinski, Katherine Wolkoff, and David Nadel.
April 4 - 7
Park Avenue Armory
Thursday - Saturday, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Gas Station, Tampa, Florida, 2007 is included in the current group
exhibition, ten, at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York celebrating the tenth anniversary of the gallery and the
artists who were influential its story. The exhibition features work by Mara
Bodis Wollner, Peter Haakon Thompson, Dana Miller, Alec Soth, Amy Stein, and
many others.American Stills was exhibited in a solo show with Jen Bekman
Gallery in 2004, and this is my eighth group show with the gallery since it
opened a decade ago. There is a reception on Friday, March 15 from 6-8pm.
Four images from American Stills are included in an upcoming group show at Galerie Lilian Rodriguez in Montreal opening Saturday, March 2nd. Curated by Marisa Portolese, The Body and the Landscape is a contemporary photographic exhibition that brings together the work of an eclectic group of women artists that explore different permutations of the figure in the landscape and whose practices revolve around the genre of portraiture, the romanticized landscape and gendered space. Exhibiting artists are Jessica Auer (Canada), Jasmine Bakalarz (Argentine), Margaret Haines (Canada/USA), Jinyoung Kim (Canada/Korea), Celia Perrin Sidarous (Canada), and Tema Stauffer (USA).
In conjunction with the exhibition, I will present an artist talk at Concordia University on Thursday, February 28th at 1:30pm. Many thanks to Fine Arts faculty members Marisa Portolese and Genevieve Cadieux for making this possible.
The Body and the Landscape
Galerie Lilian Rodriguez
372, St. Catherine Street West
The Belgo Building, 4th Floor
March 2nd - April 3rd
Opening reception on Saturday, March 2nd from 2-5pm
Tema Stauffer / Artist Talk
Concordia University Fine Arts
1515 St. Catherine W.
Thursday, February 28th, 1:30pm
Foley Gallery presents a week-long group exhibition of photographs by six artists who graduated from Pratt: Eva Fazzari, Peter Riesett, Rachel Longosch, Austin Nelson, I-Hsuen Chen, and Liang-pin Tsao. According to Allen Frame, these six photographers "stalk the space of nowhere, anywhere, and somewhere and arrive 'here' in the eerie calm of Pause, their exhibition of photographs depicting lives and landscapes on hold, barren, bleak, forgotten, anonymous, abandoned, and random. Their views of the world are rooted in memory and marked by transience. They are travelers poking into voids, looking at emptiness, examining the anxiety of unresolved questions. The artists are melancholic progeny, gazing at the family tree after it's been chopped down, and unfolding maps to forgotten places."
Thank you to Laumont Photographics for mentioning some news about my work on their blog: Laumont News. I've had the pleasure of working with an outstanding printer, Keith Thomas, on all of my exhibition digital c-prints since 2008. I'm happy to recommend his work and Laumont's services to photographers who are interested in more information.
I'm just getting home from a trip to Sasha Wolf Gallery where White Horse is currently on view in a group exhibition of gallery artists and friends celebrating the opening of Sasha's gorgeous new space. Please stop by the gallery at 70 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side to see work by Elinor Carucci, Peter Kayafas, Tribble & Macenido, Paul McDonough, Greg Miller, David Nadel, Matthew Pillsbury, Katherine Wolkoff, and myself through January 13th, 2013.
Photographer Abigail Smithson and I recently met at Atlas Cafe in Brooklyn to discuss my Paterson project. The interview is included in a series of interviews with photographers on her blog, The Photographer Discloses. Please see: Tema Stauffer and The Silk City
A large print of my portrait of Cathy in Paterson is exhibited for the first time in an exhibition opening this week at the University of the Arts Gallery 1401 in Philadelphia and on view through December 7th.
According to the gallery's site: "Best in Show" is the annual collaborative effort between the Photography department at the University of the Arts and The Photo Review, an independent journal of photography founded it 1976. This annual exhibition gives the public the opportunity to view the juried work featured in The Photo Review's 2012 competition issue. This year's show features a diverse collection of prize-winning work by 16 photographers, including Lesley Krane (First Prize), Soohyun Kim (Second Prize), Tema Stauffer (Third Prize), Willard Pate (Fourth Prize), Andrew Frost (Fifth Prize), Justin Fiset (Sixth Prize) Andrew Zimmermann (Seventh Prize), Catherine Hennessy (Eighth Prize), Yoko Ikeda (Ninth Prize), Horacio Devoto (Tenth Prize), Richard K. Kent (Honorable Mention), Rylan Steele (Honorable Mention) and Adam Wiseman (Honorable Mention). The 2012 competition was juried by Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and curator of recent exhibitions on Zoe Strauss and Mark Cohen.
Tawny Foskett's short film, Girls Who Smoke, will screen this weekend in the Bluestocking Film Series at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland, Maine. The film series features 5 shorts directed by women, and Tawny and I are driving to Maine for the screening on Sunday, October 28th.