Hello friend –
By the time you are reading this I will be in Arles. I know! Hence, bon jour from Arles – Looking forward to a week of photo inspiration and tribalism. I’ll be brief:
I worked on an update of my east of the Anacostia River project, The Invisible Wall, that was thoughtfully edited by the good people at Politico Magazine: here.
Star Myles, who with her three girls, makes a new life which includes advocacy work for domestic violence survivors after she was shot in the head by her husband for Cosmopolitan. You can read hers and other survivors’ stories here. I was honored to share a part of this great initiative with Cosmo Magazine. It’s not Helen Gurley Brown’s Cosmo anymore!
My work is on exhibit at the Annenberg Center for Photography along with a number of other talented photographers whose work is included in the group show “Not an Ostrich: Selections from America’s Library.” The wonderful Anne Wilkes Tucker curated this selection from the holdings at the Library of Congress. Please check it out if you are in LA.
If you have any Paris recommendations- I’ll be there after Arles – please send my way. Looking forward to a productive and joyful summer when I return from this brief continental sojourn. Wishing you the same!
Sienna and Lady with their Puppies, East of the River, Washington, DC © Susana Raab 2011
I’m starting to gel a bit more with this project that has been a really hard one for me. First I am shooting primarily with the 4×5 that lends itself to a very different style of picture taking for me, less kinetic, fluid, etc. But I want to also be very deliberate about everything here and very obvious about my presence, because when you are working across the Anacostia River in this other Washington, I feel it’s important to be obvious and open. The thing to transcend for me, and perhaps I will not succeed – is to move beyond the cliches of life here, and make something that speaks beyond the apparent. If I’m not successful at least I’m gonna try.
Check out the Pink Line Project’s fantastic calendar of all things arty in our nations capitol. Bookmark it or be incomplete forever. Thanks Phillipa & Team!
Centering itself in the vortex of photographic extremes that is FotoWeek DC: hipster art openings versus crass commercial promotions and every gamut in between, Slideluck Potshow DC III emerged as an unpretentious grassroots night of pure photographic fun. The folks behind it arranged a top-drawer event, with presentations from locals, superstars, and superstars that are locals alike. LOVED presentations by Hank Willis Thomas, William Christenberry, Chris Usher, Stephen Crowley, Alison Shelley, Jacquelyn Martin, Stephane Janin, Juliana Beasley, and many others whose names I cannot recall. Most poignant for me was a series with video of Sierra Leone amputee soccer players. My apologies to the photographer whose work this was for not remembering your name. Your video hushed us all in the room. We were moved. Honestly the event has such great verve and spirit. I don’t know how Casey, Alys, Emma, and the rest do it all, but thank you! For those of you who have the event coming to your area – I encourage you to go. And for those of you who don’t – contact Casey and start one! Viva SPS!
Update: Thanks to the omniscient Liz Kuball I now know that the Sierra Leone amputee soccer play video was created by Fiona Aboud and you can find it easily on her website. Check it out and you will be inspired. Ain’t no mountain high enough! Girl, you’ve got some soul!
All-around good guy, Casey Kelbaugh, is taking his Slideluck Potshow international, but us denizens of the swampland can enjoy a show here in DC this Saturday. Join us at this event full of food, drink, camaraderie, and pictures. The Touchstone gallery is easily accessible from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro. The Slideluck Potshow deadline has been pushed to Wednesday, February 13th. So, if you haven’t submitted work yet, you still have time! Hope to see you there!
SLIDELUCK POTSHOW DC
Saturday, February 16, 2008
7:00 pm Potluck
8:30 pm Slideshow
406 7th Street NW, 2nd Fl.
Washington, DC 20004