Robert Acosta photo by Nina Berman
Presentation by Nina Berman
When: Wednesday, March 17, 2008, 7:00 PM
Where: Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus
Nina Berman is a documentary photographer widely published and exhibited with a primary interest in the American political and social landscape.
She is the recipient of two World Press awards, numerous Pictures of the Year awards, a 2006 fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a 2005 grant from the Open Society Institute documentary photography fund. In 2005 American Photo profiled her as one of the 100 most important people in photography.
Her first monograph, “Purple Hearts – Back From Iraq”, portraits and interviews with U.S. soldiers wounded in the war, was published by Trolley in 2004 and received wide acclaim. The book was made into a feature length documentary film by the same name and screened worldwide.
Her work has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and throughout Europe.
She is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography in her hometown of New York City.
This is the view from the my bedroom window at Sarita and Benjamin’s house. I often stay here when I’m in Lima – it’s a great view and a fantastic home – with a fantastic sushi bar nearby in the very tony neighborhood of Chacarilla. The president lives across the street, ironically his ginormous security detail posted outside his home does not stop adjoining homes from being robbed. There are two Perus – my friends tell me. (I would venture to say there are many more than that – but you get the idea). This is life in Lima.
© Terry Falke, from the series, Observations in an Occupied Wilderness
The blog has been silent lately whilst I prepare for a month long planes-trains-and automobiles type journey through Peru & Bolivia. Add to this some last minute documents to be ratified for three municipalities (Pennsylvania, U.S.A., and Peru) to take care of some family business and I have been doing a fair imitation of Michael Keaton in Beetle Juice with the head-spinning thing. It’s been a hectic few weeks and I am grateful I live in D.C. where sojourns at the State Dept. and Peruvian Consulate are extremely doable – indeed the Peruvian Consulate is starting to feel a bit like the Cheers set when I walk in there, “Hi Susana!” they say and silently pass me a pisco sour with a slick slide down the mahogany art nouveau bar (don’t I wish).
I doubt with my frenzy of activity I’ll be posting much till April, but I’m sure you’ll find something to do with yourselves nonetheless. If you’re in DC, check out the Washington Project on the Arts auction at the Katzen Center in DC. Not sure if it’s open to the public, but you can view online and bid too. Saw great work there by friends Shen Wei (congrats on your PDN 30 Shen! Sorry to be missing you, the S.O. and Emma!!!!!) and Amy Stein, a beautiful piece by Erika Larsen, and a piece I really want, but fear that I will be outbid due to meager budget – an absolute stunning print by Terry Falke (see above)- that combines two of my favorite things humor & social commentary. While at the Katzen check out this fantastic exhibit by the late Roger Brown, it completely blew me away.
I am so excited to be getting on the road, wearing the same outfit and not showering for days, juggling gear and lenguas – I’m thanking you all for stopping by and wishing us all a happy and productive March!