July News from S. Raab Productions

Zaniya of Simple City, 50th St NE, Washington, DC

Zaniya of Simple City, 50th St NE, Washington, DC from the ongoing series, East of the River, exhibiting now at the Vivid Solutions Gallery in Washington, DC (Project supported by Kodak Film)

Much news to report from Q2/3 of Susana Raab Photographic:

WRITING

Had the pleasure of writing about filmmaker Michael Ford’s Mississippi work from the 1970’s on the New York Times Lens Blog here. The story explores the idea that often one does not take a picture – a photograph takes you.  Ford’s life trajectory was changed in the years he spent documenting a blacksmith shop near Oxford that had been operating since 1910.

In June, DC Arial Photographer Cameron Davidson interviewed me for his delightful blog, Fuse Visual. The takeaway: “Humor doesn’t happen on command.” Read all about it here.

PUBLISHED

In July, my work looking at America through the prism of fast-food consumption, Consumed was featured on the Slate photo blog, Behold – to ummmm, critical acclaim.  Photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally also discovered the power of Internet trolls and critical acclaim when she published her essay, Upstate Girls on Behold.  Read about the brouhaha here.  The insightful Jordan G. Teicher wrote both pieces.

I also had the pleasure of working with Saatchi Paris on an advertising campaign featuring local giants: the Ballou High School Marching Band.  Went spelunking (kinda sort of not really) for Preservation looking at caves in the Shenandoah Valley. And Consumed was also featured in a colossal book: Inedible Truth: The Politics of Food, edited by Joe Ruckli, and published by the Australian Photojournalist magazine; an annual non – profit publication that seeks to draw attention to injustices routinely ignored utilizing visual storytelling and documentary practice as a catalyst for social activism. I’m in good company here with Ed Kashi, John Stanmeyer, James Mollison, Michael Pollan, Jon Feinstein, and  more.

Lastly, Politico published the first incarnations of East of the River in an essay this spring.

EXHIBITED

My exhibit, The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River, is currently showing in the neighborhood at the Vivid Solutions Gallery in the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC. This ongoing work focuses on Wards 7 & 8 in Washington, which is separated from the rest of the city by the Anacostia River due to President Thomas Jefferson’s love of symmetry; he absolutely needed to make the District of Columbia a square. Of course, Virginia messed everything up when it seceded.  The Washington City Paper‘s Lou Jacobson previews it here. Thank you to Audrey and Kodak for supplying me with a generous film allowance.

In other exhibit news, Cotidiano USA continues to make the rounds, currently exhibiting in San Antonio at the Mexican Cultural Institute.  It will be heading to NYC later this year.  Manhattan, you are forewarned! The exhibit, curated by the wonderful Claudi Carreras, consists of works representing the US experience of Latinos and includes the work of dear friends and photographers: Carlos Alvárez MonteroSol AramendiKatrina d’AutremontCaléRicardo CasesLivia CoronaHéctor MataKaren MirandaDulce PinzónSusana Raab (me), Stefan Ruiz, and Gihan Tubbeh.

In praise of slow photography, and in anticipation of making photographic books, I have removed much of my work from Cholita, East of the River, and Consumed from my website.  I will be working on the Cholita book dummy through the rest of this summer. If you’re interested in seeing more detailed selections from any of these works, please contact me directly and I will be happy to share with you privately.

I wish you all a brilliant summer, filled with happiness, laughter, and community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map of the Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River

 

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If you are interested in seeing the locations of where I made photographs for the exhibition The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River, please click the above link to see a map I built for the project.

The shortened URL for the map, if you’d like to share it is: http://bit.ly/1oJIPPo

And if you’re in the area, please stop by tomorrow, Friday @VividSolutions gallery to see the real deal.

1231 Good Hope Road SE · Washington DC 20020
(Inside Anacostia Arts Center)
202-365-8392
Hours: Tuesday – Friday noon to 5pm · Saturday 11am to 5pm

The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River opens July 11 @ Vivid Solutions

 

East of the River

Anthony, Anacostia Waterfront Park, Washington, DC 2014

So the little project I’ve been working in my backyard here, East of the River, is ready for its first recital at Vivid Solutions Gallery in historic Anacostia.  A short walk from the Anacostia metro station the opening will feature myself, photographs, audio, and vino.  Please Do come! Leave a comment, tell your friends, make a new friend.

Also in August I’ll be hosting a shoot for a new project at Vivid Solutions: The Hopes and Fears Project. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Here are the details:

OPENING RECEPTION: JULY 11, 6-9 PM 

EXHIBITION ON VIEW JULY 11 – AUGUST 29 

PORTRAIT EVENT WITH RAAB: AUGUST 2, 11 AM – 2 PM

 

1231 Good Hope Road SE · Washington DC 20020
(Inside Anacostia Arts Center)
202-365-8392
Hours: Tuesday – Friday noon to 5pm · Saturday 11am to 5pm

Susana Raab is a photographer at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, and began documenting the communities surrounding the museum with a medium format and a 4×5 camera in 2008. Raab is interested in how these communities have formed and evolved over the past fifty years and how that visually manifests itself today. The images in The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River are the result of her walks throughout the community, during which she seeks out scenes and subjects randomly, relishing the element of chance in her encounters and collaborations.

On August 2 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.,Raab will set up her camera in the lounge of Anacostia Arts Center, to take photographs for another project, The Loves and Fears Project. She will be creating portraits with collaborators who will write down their greatest loves and fears. Each guest will receive a digital copy of their portrait.

 

 

FuseVisual: The Interview

You will most often find him up in the air, but DC Arial Photographer Cameron Davidson is pretty busy on terra firma as well. He’s started a new website (with another super duper upgrade in a few weeks) featuring interviews with photographers, art directors and the like, it’s called Fuse Visual and you should bookmark in case you should find yourself with one of those horrid spare, empty moments we are always trying to avoid with our obsessive compulsive behaviors smartphones.

Cameron took time out from his busy schedule to interview me here.  Leininger assured me I didn’t come off sounding superior like some large format heads do, so don’t even begin to give me any flak there, please – I have already been absolved.

Author photo by Katrina D’Autremont.

And as always I would be remiss not to thank Kodak films.  I love you. For ever. And. Ever.

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Ballou High School Marching Knights for MC Saatchi /EOR Show Preview

Ballou High School Marching Knights February 2014

Ballou High School Marching Knights February 2014

After I got over the anxiety and procrastination to appropriately illustrate the concept teamwork: together we go further for MC Saatchi Paris (my first creative ad campaign! shot for a book/exhibit collaboration with MANY other talented photographers) – I ended up producing some new work.  I had a wonderful time with the great kids of Ballou High School Marching Band under the direction of Director extraordinaire Darrel Watson and team.  The kids really got into it and I’m posting a few rough outtakes here. Finding everything a bit cyan and magenta at the same time. Ouch.

ALSO I almost forgot this will be part of my exhibition opening July 11 @VividSolutions Gallery in the Anacostia Arts Center on Good Hope Road and MLK. It’s a ten minute walk from the Anacostia metro and will have libation and conversation to savor, guaranteed.  I will be barraging the webosphere with promotional this and that until then. Apologies in advance.

Also apologies if you think the below is kind of cheesy but Ivan is sooooooo great on the horn.

 

Ballou High School Marching Band, Washington, DC 2014

Ballou High School Marching Band, Washington, DC 2014

 

Here’s the facebook page for the show on July 11 with all the relevant info.

 

Indianapolis Museum of Art Digital Imaging & Photographer Positions Available

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3326
T 317-923-1331 x558 F 317-920-0399
thorowitz@imamuseum.org

http://www.imamuseum.org

*Please note that I am out of the office on Fridays

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Collections photographer

SUMMARY: The IMA is looking for a full time photographer with experience and passion for shooting collection work. The ideal candidate will have strong studio lighting experience as well as the technical skill set necessary to thrive in a fast paced, high volume digital studio environment. The candidate will bring innovation to high volume photographic workflows while striving to improve the quality of imagery produced. The photographer must be able to multitask, prioritize, and work accurately and efficiently and in an organized manner to meet expectations in a deadline-driven environment. The photographer must be able to work collaboratively across departments and in a team environment. This position is a grant funded full time position with benefits for a 23 month contract starting September 1st.

Experience and Attributes:

* Strong photographic lighting and compositional skills.
* Proactive problem solving, both technically and creatively, with constant attention to detail and process improvement.
* Has proven experience and can excel and thrive in a studio environment that straddles both a high-volume workflow as well high imagery standards.
* Strong on-set skills and attention to detail.
* Excellent and proven range of photographic and post production skills.
* Utilize Photoshop to perform image correction, digital retouching, and other image manipulation services as needed.
* Ability to follow efficient workflows to meet production, quality control, and metadata requirements and consistently meet deadlines

Basic Qualifications

* A strong photography portfolio and a working knowledge of digital photography, lighting, composition, color quality, and aesthetics.
* 4 year degree in photography and/or related field.
* Fluency with Capture One, Photoshop, and Bridge.
* Proficient on Macintosh (OSX) platform
* Ability to solve technical and procedural problems creatively.

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience in art handling
* Museum experience preferred but not necessary
* Familiar with Canon camera systems
* Working knowledge and experience with digital asset management software

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Imaging Technician

SUMMARY: The IMA is looking for a full time digital imaging technician to work closely with the collections photographer to manage the capture, processing, and cataloging of images on set. The technician will ensure that RAW images are color balanced, exposed, adjusted and processed to meet the creative vision and technical specifications of the IMA. They will work closely with the internal team to innovate systems and workflows. The ideal candidate will have strong digital imaging experience and will bring innovation to high volume photographic workflows while striving to improve the quality of the imagery produced. The technician must be able to multitask, prioritize, and work accurately and efficiently in an organized manner to meet expectations in a deadline-driven environment. They will be responsible for overseeing color calibration as well as making sure that meta data standards are adhered to. They will also scan existing transparencies of collection pieces and be responsible for proper color matching. They will establish and maintain smooth and efficient workflows within the photo studio as well as work collaboratively across departments. This position is a grant funded full time position with benefits for a 22 month contract starting October 1st.

Experience and Attributes:

* On-set experience working with photographers
* Strong verbal and written communication skills.
* Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems quickly under pressure.

* Ability to solve technical and procedural problems creatively
* Proactive problem solving, both technically and creatively, with constant attention to detail and process improvement.

* Utilize Photoshop to perform image correction, digital retouching, and other image manipulation services as needed.
* Ability to follow efficient workflows to meet production, quality control, and metadata requirements and consistently meet deadlines
Basic Qualifications

* 4 year degree in photography and/or related field
* Fluency with Capture One, Photoshop, and Bridge
* Proficient on Macintosh (OSX) platform
* Experience scanning and color correcting transparencies
* Ability to solve technical and procedural problems creatively
* Proven success in deadline driven environments.

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience in art handling
* Familiar with Canon camera systems
* Working knowledge and experience with digital asset management software
* A strong photography portfolio that demonstrate expertise in applied techniques and a working knowledge of digital photography, lighting, composition, color quality, and aesthetics.

Tascha Mae Horowitz
Manager of Photography

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3326
T 317-923-1331 x558 F 317-920-0399
thorowitz@imamuseum.org

http://www.imamuseum.org

Down Under: Virginia Caves for Preservation

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Couldn’t be more grateful to Michael Green for a delicious assignment to photograph Virginia Caves for Preservation, the magazine of the National Historic Trust, an organization I believe in and support. Not uncoincidentally, they are prompt payees as well, which is also likewise VERY MUCH appreciated.  Thank you National Trust!  I toured three caves, I highly recommend doing one or two – or spending more time- like five leisurely days – Luray is the Walt Disney of Virginia Caves with young interpreters asking you to step right up in their south/west va twang. Barnum & Bailey meets Punky Brewster meets Scout Fitch.  I quite liked the off-piste Grand Caverns which retains a 1960s era faded glory in it’s display, and which is much appreciated after the more experience on roids of other locations.

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Eats wise Lynchburg and Staunton boast good offerings.  For those who love beautiful spaces and well -curated selections of books, Black Swan Books in Staunton , a must DO.  Grab a cup of coffee before you get there and settle down to some sweet browsing.  I did drive over 600 miles in the Conestoga solo 3 days – so a bit of territory AND during federal shutdown so unfort no skyline drive access.  But how do LOVE Virginia. Love. It. Before I was a District of Columbian – I was a Virginian.  Much prouder when I went further South to school.  NoVa does not invite much fondness for the land.  Strip malls and new high schools. Post war military industrial boom.  I digress.

 

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Behold my friends: Nature’s Wonders! Come, see, feel, know.

 

 

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