Former NFL Player Ricardo Silva for People Magazine

I had the great pleasure of photographing a great American a few months ago for People Magazine.  Former NFL Player banked $2 million dollars which gave him the financial freedom to sign up for Teach of America when he was let go from his NFL team.  For me the story is great on so many levels: turning adversity into opportunity (being cut from your NFL team), saving money to have financial freedom instead of embracing an opulent lifestyle; giving back to a community where one can lead by example; and lastly at Southeast DC’s Ballou High School! Go Silva and Go Ballou!

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Former NFL Player Ricardo Silva in his math classroom at Ballou High School where he is a Teach for America teacher. © Susana Raab for People Magazine

Former NFL Player Ricardo Silva in his math classroom at Ballou High School where he is a Teach for America recruit. © Susana Raab for People Magazine

From the article:

In his three years in the NFL – first with the Detroit Lions and then, briefly, the Carolina Panthers – safety Ricardo Silva banked $2 million, along with bragging rights to having intercepted two Super Bowl quarterbacks. But besting Tom Brady and Russell Wilson is a “closed chapter,” says Silva. It’s a 10th-grade geometry book he’s opening now, finding new rewards as a Teach for America recruit at Washington, D.C.’s Ballou High School. It’s not easy, the Baltimore, Maryland, native, 26, tells PEOPLE: “Football, all you got to do is wake up and work out and do what you’re told. With teaching, a student might come in and just say, ‘I don’t want to do it,’ and you have to find a way to teach this kid, get him motivated.” So far, so good. In just his first month at the head of the classroom – for which Teach for America provides training and Silva is paid a $51,000 salary in exchange for a two-year commitment to a disadvantaged school like Ballou – Silva has broken through with at least one of his 10th-graders, Alexus Wilson.

As for Silva, who was cut last year by the Panthers, he has turned down a lucrative college coaching offer and rejected his agent’s plea to play in Canada. He was drawn to teaching, he says, because “I would love to see kids go to college. And I feel like I can show them the way.”

Washington City Paper reviews Photo/Diary at Hemphill’s Carroll Square Gallery: Last Weeks to See!

It’s been a great treat to be exhibited with the other fine artists of Photo/Diary at the Carroll Square Gallery.  Louis Jacobson of the Washington City Paper Reviews Photo/Diary here.

The exhibit, which features the work of local photographers Edgar Endress, Jati Lindsay, E. Brady Robinson, Dawn Whitmore and yours truly closes in a couple weeks.  If you’d like to see it it’s open Monday – Friday during regular work hours and is conveniently located near Chinatown.

East of the River

Black Girls Rock From the series, The Invisible Wall: Photographs East of the River.

An excerpt from the Jacobson piece:

Raab, for her part, offers a selection from her impressive “East of the River” series documenting the predominantly African-American precincts of Anacostia. Particularly impressive are Raab’s images of a street performer dancing on top of a transformer box while a crowd gathers on the sidewalk (bottom); a cheerleading practice held within a sea of otherworldly green umbrellas and grass; and a proud youngster in a pink T-shirt posing with a pink purse and small pair of scissors.

New York Magazine Art Critic Jerry Saltz this Wednesday Oct. 22 @AmericanArt Museum

So the American Art Museum will be hosting Jerry Saltz this Wednesday as part of it’s Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture series.  A reception follows each lecture, beginning at 7, ending at 9 and free tickets are available at 6:30.  Personally, I plan to buttonhole Mr. Saltz and get his take on the buttplug artist (or is it a Christmas Tree?)  And where exactly, the Emperor has been hiding his clothes these last few years.  Because like Quentin Compson, I want to love the South contemporary art, not hate it.  But when I add up the pros and cons – the negative bias can be overwhelming. See Robert Hughes and The Mona Lisa Curse for reference.

Since 2007, Jerry Saltz has been the Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine. Before that, starting in 1998, he was Senior Art Critic for the Village Voice. He is a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and has had two volumes of criticism published. The 2007 winner of the Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism from the College Art Association, he has lectured widely including at Harvard, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others. He has taught at Columbia University, Yale, RISD, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. In addition to having written for Frieze, Parkett, Art in America, and many other publications, he was recently ranked # 57 “Most Powerful Person in the Art World” by ArtReview Magazine – one ahead of Jasper Johns.

Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture Series

Let the Sangria flow: Cotidiano US Opens @ NYU in NYC Friday October 3

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FRIDAY, October 3, 6:30 p.m. (download PDF)
LATINO/US Cotidiano
Curated by Claudi Carreras
Organized as part of the SPAIN arts & culture Program to promote Spanish culture in the US

Inauguration of the exhibit with remarks by Ana Dopico (Director, KJCC), D. Juan Ramón Martínez Salazar (Consul General, Consulate General of Spain in New York), and Claudi Carreras (exhibit curator). With the presence of some of the photographers, including Hector Mata, Sol Aramendi..

Literally meaning “everyday life,” Cotidiano is a dynamic look at the rapidly changing nature of the Latino experience in America. For LATINO/US Cotidiano, curator Claudi Carreras selected established and emerging photographers of Latino descent who embrace the theme and also excel at their craft. The exhibition includes noted artists Carlos Alvárez Montero, Sol Aramendi, Katrina Marcelle d’Autremont, Calé, Ricardo Cases, Livia Corona, Héctor Mata, Karen Miranda, Dulce Pinzón, Susana Raab, Stefan Ruiz, and Gihan Tubbeh.

Exhibit walk-throughs with the photographers will be organized.

Reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, and the Consulate General of Spain in New York.

Shoot Video at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Job Opportunity Deadline: Oct. 22

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts seeks an energetic and self-motivated Videographer to produce, capture and edit high-quality, creative video packages. Under the general supervision of the Chief Collections Photographer, the position is responsible for working independently and collaboratively with other museum professionals to identify visual opportunities that best communicate the story of VMFA; increase visibility and awareness of VMFA programs; enhance revenue generating programs and services; and encourage a greater understanding of the museum‚s mission. Duties include all phases of video production from conceptualization to post-production; project coordination and equipment operation and maintenance. This position requires some evening, holiday and weekend work.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to orchestrate strong and compelling narratives through sophisticated video production and creative storytelling. Experience with storyboarding and script writing preferred. He/she will have a strong sense of design and expertise in operating video cameras, D-SLRs and various types of lighting and sound recording equipment. Additionally, he/she will have significant experience with studio and field-based video production and with sound mixing and editing and various non-linear editing software packages. Exceptional project management, communication and interpersonal skills required. He/she must also be extremely organized and detail-oriented; able to problem solve; and work independently and collaboratively. Bachelor‚s degree in Marketing, Media Production, Communications and Media, Film and Video Production and experience working in a corporate or cultural heritage video production environment preferred. The selected candidate must pass a security background check.

Salary will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

To apply, log onto the Commonwealth of Virginia Online Employment System at https://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov<https://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov/> and submit your application, letter of intent and resume no later than 5:00 pm on October 22, 2014. Candidates must provide URL for online portfolio. Please contact the HR office at 804.340.1485 if you need assistance. EOE

DC: Want to Collaborate with Dan Tague New Orleans Artist this Saturday?

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BBC Producer William McKenna shares this opportunity with me:

We will be shooting one last session for our collaboration with the New Orleans artist Dan Tague on Saturday September 20th at a studio in Upper Northwest DC. We have slots available between the hours of 10am and 6pm. (Location to be provided).

I need volunteers to appear on camera for the art video, tentatively titled “GBA.” Previously edited material of war, violence and rioting will be projected onto your face as you sing or lip sync to a song with some gusto. But, in case you’re worried, your voice will not be included in the final video.

The finished video will be shown at an art gallery in New Orleans at the end of October.

All ages are welcome, and if you know someone who might be interested in participating please contact WM @ wmckdc (at) gmail dot com

Donna Conlon: Video Artist

I don’t usually post on self-identified experimental artists since being treated for PTSD following the public circumcision and crucifixion of Adrian Parson’s foreskin.  But, I was in Panama last week and met up with Donna Conlon, whom I first met when we were both @FotoForum in Brazil – which was probably the most interesting photography event I had ever been to and which allows me to country drop  in this run-on sentence like I’m a flight attendant on a double-shift.

Donna’s work is completely club top-drawer. As I may have mentioned, she lives in Panama, where her husband works at STRI, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

You can find more of her work here. Please do watch this fabulous video about Panamian/US Sovereign Nation status told fabulously through beer bottles and Francis Scott Key?

Because of privacy settings, can’t embed here. Here’s the link and a screen grab:

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https://vimeo.com/90016631