Juried by David Bram
April 18 – June 14, 2015
In curating Photography Now 2015, my goal was to select work of the highest artistic integrity and pieces that would represent a range of what the photographic medium can produce. It was exciting and overwhelming to narrow down over 500 submissions to just ten.
The work of these photographers blend beautifully while also presenting points of contrast in theme, process, and aesthetic. Viewed together, the photographs provide a harmonious rhythm, but they each also stand on their own.Continue Reading...
Tobia Makover creates work that is as much about the (art) object as the individual image. By using encaustic to heighten the mood of her work, each piece Makeover makes, is unique. Process is equally important to the work of Ash LaRose, though it represent a different end of the spectrum. Ash uses technology as a tool to realize her artistic vision, creating black and white images that appear to be vintage tintypes, but actually originate from an iPhone camera app.
Sue Abramson’s landscape photographs have a lush quality that is hard to achieve in the absence of color. Her images are quiet, reverent, and stunning. Jeff Phillips is also drawn to the landscape, but his work is imbued with a sardonic tone. He points us to the humor in our everyday surroundings.
Nick Shepard and Zoe Perry-Wood both use classic composition drawn from a painterly aesthetic to delve into contemporary themes. While Nick borrows the style of the Dutch master painters to highlight and elevate the everyday and pose questions about our contemporary culture; Zoe uses conventional portrait techniques to present bold, straightforward images of gay teens attending the Boston Alliances of Gay and Lesbian Youth Prom.
When you look at Liz Arenberg’s photographs, can you tell that the subject is her sister? Made during the time her sister was struggling with issues of identity and sexuality, these photographs offer a pure and honest look at her subject. Identity is also the focus of Joy Christiansen Erb’s work, but the struggle she explores is her own experience with motherhood. She openly and humorously documents her daily family life and brings us into her world in a beautiful and charming way.
Molly Lamb’s images that seek to preserve the past and explain the present. By photographing her family artifacts, she is searching for a solid foundation on which to build a life for herself. In stark contrast, Morgan Ashcom motivated by his own personal experience of leaving his roots in Appalachia behind photographs a community of anarchists – people who want no boundaries or footing. Morgan’s images are as unsettling as Molly’s are romantic.
In the interest of transparency, I would like to disclose that I was familiar, to varying degrees, with many of the submitted portfolios. Between seven years with Fraction, three years with Flash Powder, and countless portfolio review events, I have had the good fortune to meet and work with so many talented artists. For this exhibition, I selected some photographers whom I have worked with in a professional capacity, others who I have loose associations with, and still others whose work was brand new to me. While I have professional relationships with dozens of photographers who submitted to this call for entries, I felt the strength and diversity of the combination of those I selected made for the most dynamic exhibition.
I would like to thank CPW and its staff for this terrific opportunity. I would also like to thank the artists who submitted work. This has been a rewarding experience.
– David Bram, 2015
David Bram is the editor, founder, and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art and contemporary photography. Fraction Magazine brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. Fraction Magazine was founded in 2008, is published on a monthly basis, and has shown portfolios from more than 300 photographers. David is also the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects. Through workshops and invite-only retreats, Flash Powder Projects gives photographers valuable knowledge and guidance on how to move their careers forward, establish goals for their work, and develop plans to launch photographic projects.
David Bram has reviewed portfolios at over 20 national events including Review Santa Fe, Fotofest, PhotoLucida, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Medium, and Filter. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a frequent juror for Critical Mass. He was a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, David was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award.