Found photos from the collection of Gillian McCain
Curated by Gillian McCain & Megan Cump
November 4 – December 18, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, November 4, 6 – 8pm
Forgotten, discarded, orphaned, lost; stolen, bought, discovered or found; the vernacular images in HELP ME are culled from Gillian McCain’s extensive collection of photographs in formats including tin-types, cabinet cards, Polaroids, and snapshots.
With an eye for the peculiar, McCain and co-curator Megan Cump, present a selection of images that bring together criminals, patients, ghosts and other assorted misfits. In and out of touch with their surroundings, often performing human experiments, usually on the brink of disaster— these images frequently leave viewers scratching their heads and asking: exactly who is it that needs help? Is it the subject, the photographer, the viewer themselves, or some poor soul off-camera?
Shot in cheap hotel rooms, prisons, asylums, war-zones and ordinary homes, these images are often inexplicable and foreboding, but not without humor. Whether it’s a girl about to be swallowed by an amusement park whale, convicts posturing for a Polaroid to send to the folks back home, or an accident waiting to happen, these often private and always anonymous photographs haunt us with their alluring beauty and the strange poetry of the “found.”
HELP ME will be accompanied by a limited edition book available at CCNY.
HELP ME Panel Presentation
Tuesday, December 14, 7pm at the School of Visual Arts Amphitheatre
In conjunction with HELP ME, CCNY presents a lecture and panel discussion about found photography at School of Visual Arts. Panelists include Luc Sante, William Hunt, and Leslie Grant, and will be moderated by Megan Cump. Each will present excerpts from their collections of found photographs and related projects while addressing the resonance, subversive possibilities, and relevance of found and vernacular photography, including themes from the HELP ME exhibition. The panel will also discuss and explore the desire to uncover, comprehend, repurpose, and accumulate “orphan” images.
This panel discussion is free to CCNY members, SVA students, faculty and staff. General admission $5, $3 for other students with ID. The SVA Amphitheatre is located at 209 East 23rd Street, between Second and Third Avenues.
– Jen Bekman’s 20×200 released two editions today from photographer Amy Stein’s series Halloween in Harlem. For each edition Amy made all 100 c-prints by hand, be sure to act quickly because they are sure to be sold out very soon.
In October of 2003, my husband and I moved to New York and found an apartment on 112th Street in East Harlem. That Halloween, I decided to take my camera out and capture the colorful stroll of kids taking part in the same holiday activity happening in every small town, suburb and city in America.
In Harlem, children dress up as witches, fairies and their favorite comic book heroes, but they don’t go door-to-door asking their neighbors for treats. Instead, they walk up and down Lexington and 2nd Ave collecting candy from the many liquor marts, dollar stores, beauty shops and bodegas. It is a ritual that is at once completely familiar and yet wholly unique to this culturally vital and rapidly gentrifying area of Manhattan.
Halloween in Harlem is an ongoing project largely inspired by the work of Bernice Abbott.
– Got an email from photographer Ben Alper yesterday asking to spread the word about Humble Arts Foundation’s Manual Transmission project which is hoping to have its second viewing at NADA Art Fair in Miami Beach in December. To help offset productions costs curators Joy Drury Cox and Nathaniel Ward have started a kickstarter fundraising initiative. Please help out if you can!
For the 2010 NADA Art Fair at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami, Humble Arts Foundation affiliated curators Joy Drury Cox and Nathaniel Ward propose to present a one-night exhibition and event that blurs the lines between art viewership, visual spectacle, minimalist performance, and a damn good party. Manual Transmission I was a group exhibition and rooftop event presented on July 31, 2010 in Brooklyn, NY where curators Joy Drury Cox, Nathaniel Ward and Patrick Amsellem commissioned 10 artists to each create a unique artwork comprised of 36 exposures from one roll of 35mm color slide film. An extension and distillation of Manual Transmission I, Manual Transmission Miami will present five of the original projects simultaneously on separate 8 ft-wide screens surrounding the pool area of the Deauville Beach Resort. In a nod to the projects reliance on analog process and the manual transmission of information, the slides will be advanced by a single individual moving from projector to projector for the entire length of the event.
Thursday, October 21, 7pm
The School of Visual Arts Amphitheater
209 East 23rd Street (between 2nd/ 3rd Ave), Third Floor
Free to CCNY members, SVA students, faculty, and staff
General admission $5, $3 for other students with valid student ID
Martine Fougeron began her Tête-á-Tête project in 2005 as a student at the International Center of Photography. In this series of intimate portraits of her two adolescent sons and their friends in New York and in France, she reveals the face-to-face engagement of the mother-photographer with the private world of two brothers and their teen tribe. Curator and critic Charlotte Cotton has called the project “one of the best biographical stories that photography has crafted in the 2000s.”
Fougeron was born and reared in France and studied at l´Institut d´Etudes Politiques de Paris and then at Wellesley College. She has been living in New York and working as a photographer for the last ten years, having turned to photography after a successful career as a Creative Director in the fragrance industry. Tête-á-Tête was presented at Peter Hay Halpert Gallery in New York in 2008 and at the Gallery 339 in Philadelphia in 2010. Fougeron has also done editorial assignments for The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and New York Magazine.
Q & A to follow the lecture.
– While I was going through the list of work donated to the Camera Club Auction, which is happening next week on the 25th, I decided to make a list of stuff I’d want for my collection IF I had the money. So heres my wish list:
Jay In The Morning, New York, 1996
Min. Bid: $175
Untitled Gentleman #14, 2008
Min. bid: $300
Pretty Boy Floyd, 2010
Min. Bid: $1000
Gorky Park, Moscow
Min. Bid: ?
Wooden Soldier, 2009
Min. Bid: $250
New York Aquarium, 2003
Min. Bid: ?
– Brooklyn based photographer Ted Partin’s black and white work is really stunning. The simple images of friends explore the identity of each individual. Jeffrey Ladd recently reviewed Partin’s new book Eyes Look Through You, to which he also contributed an essay to, over on his 5B4 Blog. See more work here.
– Richard Renaldi just updated his site with a new body of work entitled This Grand Show. There are no traces of Richard’s beautiful portraiture, in fact the project is almost completely void of people instead choosing to focus on America’s landscape. On his blog, Richard explains the work as a being inspired by John Muir an early advocate of the preservation of wilderness. See the project here, be sure to click the full screen function.
Monday, October 25, 2010
6 – 8pm
548 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor
$15 admission. All proceeds go to The Camera Club of New York (CCNY), a non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization that has been nurturing talented photographers since 1884.
The 2010 CCNY Photo Benefit Auction features work by emerging and established photographers, including:
Erica Allen / Mariette Pathy Allen / Jowhara AlSaud / Brett Bell / Leslie Bellsey / Michael Berkowitz / Anita Blank / Michael Brennan / Timothy Briner / James Casebere / Lindsey Castillo / Jesse Cesario / John Chervinsky / Annabel Clark / Margarida Correia / Lisa Corson / Megan Cump / Pradeep Dalal / Jen Davis / Luigi Di Sarro / Juliane Eirich / Sean Ellingson / Greg Evans / Jon Feinstein / Mark Fernandes / Larry Fink / Andrew Fladaboe / Martine Fougeron / Stephen Frailey / Allen Frame / LaToya Ruby Frazier / Fryd Frydendahl / Anders Goldfarb / Lorraine Gracey / Cynthia Greig / Lori Grinker / Henry Horenstein / MengLing Hsieh / Michelle Kloehn / Leigh Ledare / David Levinthal / Sam Levinthal / Wayne Liu / Joshua Lutz / Jerome Mallmann / Chris McCaw / Everett McCourt / Anne Arden McDonald / Dana Miller / Azikiwe Mohammed / Andrew Moore / Paolo Morales / Alex Morel / Santiago Mostyn / Walter Naegle / Katherine Newbegin / Lori Nix / Carissa Pelleteri / Cara Phillips / Mary Pinto / Corey Presha / Stephanie Prussin / Ashley Reid / Mauro Restiffe / Justine Reyes / Saul Robbins / Paul Mpagi Sepuya / Alec Soth / Tema Stauffer / Amy Stein / Joni Sternbach / Deborah Turbeville / Walter Thomson / Lucas Thorpe / Sally Tosti / Penelope Umbrico / Athena Waligore / Shen Wei / William Wegman / Randy West / Emma Wilcox / Jessica Yatrofsky / Pinar Yolacan / Shigeki Yoshida
To see the donated works, please go to CCNY’s online auction preview.
– Great interview over on the New York Times Lens blog with Tim Whelan about the closing of his bookstore in Rockport, Maine. The store is considered to be one of the best in the world and its a shame that he has to close his doors but Tim seems quite optimistic about the situation. I wish I got a chance to see it before it closed. It’s a great read, take a look here.