Much news to report from Q2/3 of Susana Raab Photographic:
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 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.
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 Montero, Sol Aramendi, Katrina d’Autremont, Calé, Ricardo Cases, Livia Corona, Héctor Mata, Karen Miranda, Dulce Pinzón, Susana 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.