News from the Field/ In Memoriam Archive

News from the Field

World Press Freedom Index Initiative

Earlier this week, international non-profit Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), otherwise known as Reporters Without Borders, partnered with the Washington Post to release the annually generated 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The 2017 report was officially presented on Wednesday, April 26, in Washington, DC, by Delphine Halgand, director of RSF’s North American initiative and the 2017 James W. Foley American Hostage Freedom Award winner. Read more>

BP Sponsorship Sparks Controversy

Clamors of protest have arisen following BP Global’s announcement of an intent to contribute £7.5m to several of Britain’s most respected cultural institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the British Museum, over the course of the next five years…Read more>

Eating Refugees Distress and Circuses

In parallel with recent events highlighting the global refugee crisis as it impacts European nations, the Berlin-based collective Center for Political Beauty issued a characteristic, albeit controversial, statement on the subject…Read more>

2016 Crusade Engagement Grant Announced

The 2016 Crusade Engagement Grant celebrated its third year in fostering innovation relating to the field of photography by awarding $10,000 to Bruce McKaig for the project The Trade of ArtRead more>

Turner Prize 2016 Finalists Announced

Artists Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, and Josephine Pryde have been announced as finalists for the Turner Prize 2016. This award is presented to a British artist under fifty years of age, for an exemplary exhibition or other presentation of work displayed within the year prior. Founded in 1984, it is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the visual arts…Read more>

Society for Photographic Education Announces New Executive Director

SPE Board Chair Jeff Curto has announced the selection of James Wyman as the organization’s new executive director, effective August 3. “We are thrilled with the outcome of this extensive–and intensive–search process and the almost magical way Jim’s background, talents, and career priorities line up with our SPE mission and current challenges,” Jeff said…Read more>

Art Activists Spotlight Museums’ Ties to Fossil Fuels and Climate Change / Art and Climate Change: A Growing Movement

In an open letter released on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, by the Natural History Museum, a project of the New York city activist art collective Not An Alternative, over three dozen leading climate scientists, scholars, and museum professionals called for natural history and science museums nationwide to sever their bonds with the fossil fuel industry. The letter was disseminated to 330 museums through the mobile Natural History Museum, which focuses on tracing the impacts of sociopolitical forces on nature…Read more>

Human Rights Watch, Artists and Activists Allege Continued Labor Abuses at Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

According to a report released on February 10, 2015, by Human Rights Watch (HRW), the abuse of migrant workers engaged in the construction of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Abu Dhabi satellite on Saadiyat Island remains a serious problem. While the report indicates some progress in governmental labor policies, the eighty-two page document discusses withheld wages, deficient housing, and deportation of hundreds of striking workers amid a number of labor offenses in 2014 that remain unresolved…Read more>

Herman Wallace Dies a Free Man After 41 Years in Solitary Confinement

Imprisoned Black Panther Herman Wallace, one of the Louisiana prison inmates who became known as the Angola Three, died last month a free man. Wallace had become a living symbol of the controversy over solitary confinement in American prisons, having been kept in a cell measuring 6 x 9 feet for twenty-three hours of every day for forty-one years… Read more>

Canadian Filmmaker John Greyson and Doctor Tarek Loubani Freed from Egyptian Prison

On Friday, October 12, award-wining filmmaker John Greyson and emergency room physician Tarek Loubani returned to Toronto after being held for fifty days in an Egyptian jail without charges in an incident that elicited international outcry. Speaking to a crowd of press, family, and supporters at Pearson International Airport, the two men thanked everyone who had advocated for their release, saying: “We owe you our freedom…” Read more>

VSW Veteran Carrie Mae Weems Awarded MacArthur Prize

Carrie Mae Weems was among twenty-four recipients of this year’s prestigious MacArthur Fellowship named last week. Popularly known as the “Genius Award,” the $625,000 no-strings-attached grant is given each year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to a group of individuals holding exceptional promise for future creative achievement in the arts, humanities, sciences, and the nonprofit and for-profit sectors…Read more>

Doug Aitken awarded the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize

The Nam June Paik Art Center (South Korea) has awarded its 2012 prize to Los Angeles artist Doug Aitken for his video work. Aitken will have a solo exhibition at the Paik Center in 2013 and will receive a $50,000 grant. The jury commented on Aitken’s work: “[I]ts attitude and achievements can be characterized above all by an experimentalism that stretches the possibilities of media.” The prize was first awarded in 2009, and has been given to artists Seung-Taek Lee, Eun-Me Ahn and Ceal Floyer…Read more>

The Transmission Project, An End To A Public Initiative, by Timothy Baker

Over the last decade, the federally funded Transmission Project has helped develop and strengthen America’s public media infrastructure, supporting “low-power radio stations, media arts and technology centers, rural broadband initiatives, media reform policy advocates, and anyone building a strong and diverse public media infrastructure.” Through its main initiative, the Digital Arts Service Corps (DASC), the Transmission Project has paired AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members with a wide variety of public media organizations, which they served in everything from capacity-building to training and program development, with the ultimate aim of “strengthen[ing] communities through the use of media and technology…” Read more>

News From the Field | Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Hirst, Emin from $12.00

With the recent launch of s[edition], the high-end art market is now accessible to the masses, but not without challenging the very notion of art collecting.

The initiative is the brainchild of Haunch of Venison co-founder Harry Blain and former Saatchi Online CEO Robert Norton, and it creates a platform for the electronic trade of high-resolution images and videos by some of today’s most in-demand artists. For the price of a DVD, you can own an image by Damien Hirst; for the price of a tank of gas, a Tracey Emin neon; and for the price of a pair of jeans, a Bill Viola video…Read more>

“Photograffeur” JR Takes 2010 TED Prize

New York—The 27-year-old guerilla artist known only as “JR” has joined the ranks of Bill Clinton and Bono in receiving the prestigious TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Award, which allots winners $100,000 and “One Wish to Change the World ( JR’s widely acclaimed, large-scale street art earned the recognition of the international nonprofit due in part to its impressive scope and playfully subversive tactics, but more importantly, for its deeply humanitarian ethos. Always surprising and often commentarial, JR’s work has been praised by TED director Amy Novogratz for redefining the way in which we display and view art…Read more>

Aperture Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

October 18, 2010—Chris Boot, author, editor, and seasoned photographer, has been appointed Executive Director of the internationally celebrated Aperture Foundation. He will succeed Juan García de Oteyza in January 2011…Read more>

Dawoud Bey Praises Afterimage

“For forty years now Visual Studies Workshop has provided a resource to the community of photographers and those committed to the artist book. Their publication Afterimage has been published consistently and has been an absolutely valuable source of information as well as providing an outlet for those writing on photography and media…” Read more>

Art on Paper Temporarily Ceases Publication

It has been another confusing day in the world of print publication. As we work to get the March/April edition ready for design here at Afterimage, we have been informed that yet another prominent art publication has fallen victim to the seemingly endless recession…Read more>

Photographic Resource Center Appoints New Executive Director

Founded in 1976, the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is an independent, non-profit organization located on the campus of Boston University. The PRC provides its members and the general public with thought-provoking exhibitions, distinctive education programs, wide-ranging resources, and unique special events…Read more>

Adams wins Hasselblad Award

Photographer Robert Adams has won the 2009 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, organizers announced on Wednesday, April 15. Adams, 71, accepted the award in San Francisco on Tuesday, April 14. He was given 500,000 kronor (equivalent to $60,000) a diploma, and a gold medal at the joint news conference and awards ceremony…Read more>

Aperture Appoints New Director

Juan Garcia de Oteyza is settling into his new job as Executive Director of the Aperture Foundation. Aperture, a New York City-based photography foundation named de Oteyza to the post of Executive Director after conducting a nearly year-long search to fill the position. “I am honored that the Aperture board has appointed me to this exciting position,” stated de Oteyza. De Oteyza will pick up where former Aperture Executive Director Ellen Harris, who resigned from the position in June of 2007 stating personal reasons, left off…Read more>

New Annenberg Space Slated to Open

The Annenberg Foundation, one of the nation’s largest privately owned foundations, recently opened a new community space in Los Angeles dedicated to both digital images and print photography.

The Annenberg Space for Photography opened its doors on March 27 with the exhibition “L8S ANG3LES” (which will be reviewed in the July/August issue of Afterimage). The new 10,000 square foot facility, located on the former site of the Shubert Theatre, features a state-of-the-art digital projection gallery along with a traditional print exhibit area…Read more>


In Memoriam

In Memoriam, John Berger, 1926–2017

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Nathalie Magnan, November 29, 1956–October 15, 2016

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Wendy Snyder MacNeil 1943–2016

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William “Bill” Cunningham, 1929–2016

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Rene Burri, 1933–2014

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Harun Farocki, 1944–2014

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Marion Faller, 1941– 2014

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Allan Sekula, 19512013

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Remembering Beatriz da Costa

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John Wood (1922–2012): A Remembrance

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Richard Zakia, 1925–2012

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Remembering Chris Hondros

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Christine Sevilla, 1951–2009

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Jerry Burchfield, 19472009

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Judith A. Hoffberg, 19342009

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