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OSWEGO TRACKS by Sylvia de Swaan
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Sylvia De Swaan says, "The Elusive Self... Who am I really, I ask myself as I watch my elongated shadow play across the railroad tracks along Lake Ontario; or my shattered reflection in a window of an abandoned gas station on route 49; or when I hold an I.D. picture from my childhood refugee papers against the background of a train journey speeding through post communist Eastern Europe; or me with a long ago lover in a penny arcade photo booth in the 1990s.

My self-portraits are about intangible and fleeting moments of memory; mining the past, remembered dreams, interior spaces. They are about metaphor, poetry, vibration."

www.worldphoto.org/blogs/20-09-16/make-meaningful-work-sylvia-de-swaan-visura

2015.odesa-biennale.org.ua/portfolio/sylvia-de-swaan

www.sylviadeswaan.com
 
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REFLECTION IN A SHATTERED GLASS by Sylvia de Swaan
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PRAGUE TO BERLIN 1990 by Sylvia de Swaan
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DOOR 1 by Alberto Mesirca
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Alberto Mesirca says, "When I photograph I like to approach my subject either from a geometrical and rational perspective, possibly trying to find the abstract in reality and attempting to rationalize it. Or from a sociological perspective, investigating the social or historical context of also a minimal aspect of reality that, like in a fractal, represents the whole.
These processes, I believe, inevitably lead to a more intimate knowledge and appreciation of the reality before me.

As a matter of fact when I shoot I normally start from wide angle and then I focalize into some details that I think convey the nature of the subject.
I do not like to heavily post process my pictures as I want to convey the reality as it was seen and lived."

Alberto Mesirca (b. 1964) is a Self-taught photographer, he discovered photography when he was a teen but he started practicing it at an advanced amateur level for 4 years now. He grew up in Rome (Italy) and after having obtained a Master in Telecommunications Engineering he lived and worked in different countries (Hong Kong, Argentina, USA, Belgium, United Arab Emirates) following his wife on postings abroad.
He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

He approaches his subjects in two ways. One is from a geometrical and rational perspective, possibly trying to find the abstract in reality and attempting to rationalize it. The other is from a sociological perspective, investigating the social, economical and historical context of also minimal aspects of reality that, like in a fractal, represent the whole.
He believes that these processes inevitably lead to a more intimate knowledge and appreciation of the reality before him.
He does not like to overly modify his photos in post processing as for him the representation of reality as actually seen is vey important and also because during the film era he shot with slides, where the scope of modifications was minimal.

His current projects are “Life on oil” investigating how life goes on amid the oil exploitation in Los Angeles and “Invisible Boundaries” investigating the boundaries that exist in Los Angeles but not often seen, like gang territories or city limits.

Past group exhibitions:

•    2014     Café Arabia, Abu Dhabi : Cultural Kaleidoscope (with WGPI)
•    2015     Café Arabia, Abu Dhabi : Quintessence (with WGPI)
•    2015     Alliance Française, Abu Dhabi : Colours of Arabia (with WGPI)
•    2015     Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai – RGB Community Exhibition
•    2016     Gloria Delson Gallery, Los Angeles : ONE
•    2016     Gloria Delson Gallery, Los Angeles : DUALITY
•    2016     1650 Gallery, Los Angeles : Shadow & Light
•    2017    SDN-Social Documentary Network : Hadama - Shabiya 12
•    2017    Los Angeles Centre of Photography at DNJ Gallery

Awards:

•    2016    Focus on Belgium            Finalist
•    1st 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase     Winner
•    5th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase     Winner

Press:
•    Silvershotz – May 2017 vol 11 ed 8
•    Artwista.de

Honorable Mentions:
•    Lucie Foundation – 2016 International Photography Awards – Family of Man – Category: Youth
•    Lucie Foundation – 2016 International Photography Awards – Category: Editorial – Other

www.albertomesircaphoto.com
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DOOR 2 by Alberto Mesirca
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DOOR 3 by Alberto Mesirca
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SLIDING WOMAN by Alina Karo
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By way of Moscow, now based in LA, Alina
Karo started her professional career as a photographer in 2004. 

Transitioning from the fashion industry, worked with renowned magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Numero, etc to the art world, she exposed her first solo show Vollipsis, curated by Etienne Russo, during Paris Photo 2014. 

Now working on a social foto project about homeless people in Los Angeles called "Skid Row Faces"

www.alinakaro.com

Name of the project "Skid Row Faces" ig @skidrowfaces
 
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LEE WOLF by Alina Karo
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SILENT WOMAN by Alina Karo
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KAROUI BUSH FROM MINOR REVELATIONS by Alyssa Fujita
Honorable Mention
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Alyssa Fujita Karoui says, "I've learned that sometimes, when I walk around the city with my camera, I can tame the inner chatter in my mind. By looking attentively at ephemeral moments and seemingly insignificant objects of the everyday, minor revelations come to the surface, time flows in strange ways and sight becomes mysteriously heightened. My photographs are a conversation with the ordinary, a momentary access to a timeless present where unspectacular scenarios connect us to larger moments of clarity, intimacy and grace."

Karoui is a Japanese-Tunisian artist based in San Francisco. Alyssa left the corporate world of Information Systems consulting for the life-changing pursuit of photography. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in the Fall of 2015 with a BFA in photography. Her images are invitations to pause, small meditations creating space for contemplation and reflection upon a shared perceptual existence.  

alyssa.fujitakaroui.com
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KAROUI SIDE MIRROR FROM THE ARROGANCE OF BELONGING by Alyssa Fujita
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WALL PLANTS FROM MINOR REVELATIONS by Alyssa Fujita
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AN OLD LADY HERSELF AND THE CITY by Ana Cordeiro
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Ana Paula Cordeiro says, "Coherence and consistency are my keywords for coping with a photographic memory. The analytical aspect of my personality struggles with the multifaceted stories of each encounter: the many versions of ourselves we produce as we move on. A clear recollection may create multiples, may generate a variable edition of selves - which by themselves are harmless, until they start conflicting with one another.

Incoherently and inconsistently I witness as we move on, leaving behind our all-but-linear narratives - the many books within books of our selves. The method of my artistic inquiry is in the making of books. The artistic inquiry itself is the making of books.

From an artistic-alienated background, I first had contact with Visual Arts through photography. However, after two solo shows and experience as professional assistant I felt the need of developing a set of skills for translating visual experiences into practical objects.

I started as work/study at The Center for Book Arts in 2002, was an intern at the Women's Studio Workshop in 2003 and was awarded a Stein Scholarship Residency in 2005 back at The Center for Book Arts, which followed intense studio production, assistant-ships and continuous workshops both as a teacher and as a student. I am nowadays a full-time bookmaker, my time being divided between collaborations, commissions and my own artistic practice, which has layered photography with letterpress printing. I’ve been part of various group shows nationwide, and since 2008 the work I create and produce has been collected privately and institutionally."

Solo Exhibitions: 

Teaching English as a Second Language – Portraits – February 2001 - International Center in NY, NYC. 
Caxixis-New York: Street Fairs Photographs - April 2004 - Galeria Pierre Verger, Bahia, Brazil 

Group Exhibitions: 

Bridging the Invisible Divide – November 2017 - Inwood Art Works, NYC 
Overlooked and In-Between – Oct 2017 - LA Photocurators (online, awarded 2nd Place)  
Embraced – July 8th – September 19th 2015 The Center for Book Arts,  NYC 
Private Viewing - June 19th - September 11th 2015 Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY 
Blood Quantum - November-December 2015 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR 
Finding Our Place - October 2015 - January 2016 Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Dowell, MD 
Content: Artifact - September-October 2015 - Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO  
Then & Now - September-November 2015 - Castle Gallery New Rochelle, NY 
Embraced - July-September 2015 - The Center for Book Arts, NYC 
Then & Now - April-June 2015 - The Center for Book Arts, NYC 
Tell me how you really feel - July-September 2012 - The Center for Book Arts, NYC 
Tell me how you really feel - September-November 2012 - Payne Gallery, Bethelem, PA 
Multiple Limited Unique - Selections from the Permanent Collection of The Center for Book Arts 
July-September 2011 - The Center for Book Arts, NYC.  
This exhibition traveled to: 
October 2011 Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA 
February 2012 Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN 
May 2012 Museum of Printing History, Houston, TX 
October 2012 Lafayette College, Easton, PA 
January 2013 The Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA) 
Fun Games and Such - July-September 2008 - The Center for Book Arts, NYC 
(un)Contained Vessels - July-September 2007 - The Center for Book Arts, NYC 
DeGolyer Triennial Competition and Exhibition - June 2006 - Bridwell Library, Dallas, TX 
Mutilated/Cultivated Environment - June-September 2006 - The Center for Book Arts, NYC 
Celebrating Artist Members - July-September 2005 - The Center for Book Arts, NYC 

Participating Institutional Collections: 

Houghton Library (Harvard University); The Watkinson Library (Trinity College); Swarthmore College Libraries; Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library (Yale University); Connecticut College Library; 
The Center for Book Arts; The Boston Athenaeum.

www.apcordeiro.wordpress.com
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O FILHO DO OLEIRO by Ana Cordeiro
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TWO PUPPETS by Ana Cordeiro
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DRINK NEHI by Arlene Stanger
First Place Winner
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Arlene Stanger says, "While driving to Santa Fe on a recent road trip we tried to follow old Route 66 as countless others have.  

When I saw the “Vernacular” theme of your exhibit, all of the images I took on that trip came immediately to mind.  The era of Route 66 evokes a time of family traveling with cheap gas stopping at motels and cafes , drinking Cokes and playing the juke box.  Many of those are now a thing in the past, but the memory of them brings everyone of a certain age right back to that point in time."

 My images have been juried into exhibits in Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, California, Texas and Germany.  I have been published in four issues of Black & White magazine.

 www.stangerimage.com
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CLASSICAL by Arlene Stanger
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ROUTE 66 by Arlene Stanger
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STRIPES by Barbara Hayden
Honorable Mention
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Barbara Hayden says, "My first mentor was my father, a professional photographer, WWII US Army trained. His studios and darkrooms were my playgrounds and classrooms for lots of photo magic. The School of Visual Arts (NYC 1968-1971) provided my formal education. 

I am a Street-Shooting-Purist because my images are not posed nor studio lit. I aim to catch the quick glimpse of ordinary moments barely noticed.

Having been widowed twice, at 25 and 34 years old, my passion and involvement with photography abruptly halted while my healing and regrouping led me into the Deaf Community and a 30-year career in the field of education.

When technology made photography possible without a darkroom, I was focused and ready to reconnect. I bought a quality printer, editing software, and a DSLR (now OMD mirror-less).

I especially enjoy the crowds at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet and Grand Central Market in Los Angeles and anywhere in Manhattan.

All 3 images are from my early “Classics” portfolio, circa 1970, NYC. portfolio, circa 1970, NYC."

Education:

School of Visual Arts: Photography
California State University: 
B.A.- Deaf Studies/Linguistics
M.A.- Curriculum Development

www.bhaydenphotography.com
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MIDTOWN SHOESHINE by Barbara Hayden
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RATNER'S by Barbara Hayden
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CUBAN SIDESTREET by Barbara Kantz
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Barbara Kantz is a college professor who teaches history and human services. She is interested in visual art as an important element in examining the human 
condition. She developed an aesthetic sense from her father, a commercial artist. 

She lives on Long Island, in an historic home on a tidal marsh. She photographs what is local and regional. She is an award winning photographer and songwriter. 
She studied photography for one semester at Parsons School of Design.
 
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OLD NEON by Barbara Kantz
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VEGAS DINER by Barbara Kantz
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GOOFY GUARDS FLAMINGOS by Carol Isaak
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Carol Isaak says, "This work, everyday images, that are called Vernacular, have been of interest to me for as long as I have photographed. The quirkiest images seem to be disappearing from the environment."

Carol Isaak is an East Coast transplant to the West Coast. In the context of her move, she has found entertaining ways to report on the visual world inspired by becoming a touring docent at the Portland Art Museum.  Over time, she has accumulated images (from many locations), which are at once photographic and painterly, reflecting her education as a painter. Her work has been collected in China and in the US.  

She has had three one-person shows in Oregon, one at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts, and one as a guest of the Chinese government in Lishui, China. She has been published in both Chinese and American journals, and is a four-time “invitee” into the Blue Sky Northwest Viewing Drawers in Portland, Oregon where each portfolio of 10 images resides for a year.

www.carolisaakphoto.com
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HANGING OUT by Carol Isaak
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LIBERTY GAGGED by Carol Isaak
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BREAK TIME by Chelle Delaney
Honorable Mention
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Chelle Delaney says, "As well as exploring my local venues, such as these images from San Antonio Livestock Show, I love driving and wandering through the landscape and finding images that voluntarily offer themselves up from the natural and manmade environments. My concentration and distillation of these found elements are what I believe are often imprinted in memory. These sometimes full cinematic and scant imprints range from the odd juxtaposition of street work, to the graphic, and to the painterly that are captured in memory and reshaped over time."

Chelle Delaney graduated from the University of South Carolina where she studied English Literature. She later attended the School of Visual Arts and the Southwest School of Arts in San Antonio, Texas, to study photography. Her interest in photography grew out of her work as a print reporter and editor for newspapers, and trade and regional publications.

www.caridela@gmail.com
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ADVENTURE KNIVES by Chelle Delaney
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LOCALLY GROWN by Chelle Delaney
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SKATER GIRL by Daniel Roa
Second Place
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Daniel Roa says of this work, "Playful, distraught, and working hard. The group of photographs capture each individual as they're going about their day. Each individual is doing something completely different; from a little girl who was roller skating while eating a mandarin, to a boy who wept in the streets, the photographs portray a very relatable time in life."

Daniel Roa is currently attending the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to achieve a B.F.A. in Photography with a minor in Business Management & Entrepreneurship. He is an eccentric, freelance photographer who specializes in fashion and scenic photography. 

Exhibitions:

(2017) deFINE Art Alexander Hall Savannah,
Georgia, USA
(2017) Open Studio Exhibition Lacoste, France
(2017) Savannah Open Studio - Photography
Exhibtion Alexander Hall Savannah, Georgia
USA
(2017) SCAD Art Sales Website

DanielRoaART.com
Instagram.com/DanielRoaART
linkedin.com/in/DanielRoaART
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CRYING BOY by Daniel Roa
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WORKER by Daniel Roa
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ANOTHER NEW DAWN by Dan Cook
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Dan Cook says, "These images come from the project, "Vernacular Faith," where I am documenting the unique, sometimes defunct, houses of worship of Philadelphia's Brewerytown and Strawberry Mansion neighborhoods which are undergoing rapid economic, racial and cultural change.

Creativity arises in conversation with constraints—the constraints enforced by the medium or media employed, by the long history of artistic attempts of those who have come before us and by the immediate circumstances of one’s life, attitude and self-imposed challenges. A key constraint of photography is that it anchors one, however tenuously, to some version of the here- and-now....to some present moment that must be grappled with visually. 

Photography, as I have experienced it, struggles with the tension between subject and form differently than other visually-oriented media to the extent that it lives off of some aspect of the world as given. The streetscape, the varied and variable circumstances of light and shadow, the objects in the environment, among other things, all in some way have to be handled and taken into account. In this sense, I liken photography closer to sculpture than to painting.

My photography thrives on opportunism, on what the world presents to me, which must engage with the circumstances of the moment. The ability to craft a scene out of the flow of the everyday, to frame the minute as profound or the grand in miniature, to bring forth the play of line, shape, texture and color—these arise from the photographic eye in the midst of a pursuit."

Juried Exhibitions:

2017    “Gathering.” Digital Photography. Seleted for juied exhibition (on-line), Colorful Abstractions. Fusion Art (http://fusionartps.com/). November. 

2017    “Fade.” Digital Photography. Honorable Mention selection for juried exhibition, Primary Colors. New York Center for Photographic Art, April –May 2018, New York, NY.

2016 “    A Special Kind of Loneliness.” Digital Photography. Selection for juried exhibition, 
The Taos Museum at Fechin House Gala Exhibition and Auction, July-Sept, Taos, NM.

2016     “Faith…Portals” Digital Photography. Selection for juried exhibition, 
The Taos Museum at Fechin House Gala Exhibition and Auction, July-Sept, Taos, NM. SOLD

2016    “In Silent Witness.” Digital Photography. Selection for juried exhibition, PHOTOgraphy. Philadelphia Sketch Club, July 24-August 15, Philadelphia, PA.  

2016    “Rowhouse Spectrum.” Digital Photography. Selection for juried exhibition, PHOTOgraphy. Philadelphia Sketch Club, July 24-August 15, Philadelphia, PA.  

2016    “In Silent Witness.” Digital Photography. Selection for juried exhibition,  15th National Prize Show, 2016. Cambridge Art Association, May 19-June 23, 2016, Cambridge, MA.
http://www.cambridgeart.org/product-category/2016-national-prize-show/page/2/ 

Non-juried and other:

2017    “Perseverance.” Digital Photography. Members’ Show. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. July. Philadelphia, PA. 

2016     “Neighbors.” Digital Photography. Members’ Show. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. July. Philadelphia, PA. 

2016     “As Foretold.” Digital Photography. Members’ Show. Philadelphia Sketch Club, May-June. Philadelphia, PA.

2016     “Passing Faith.” Digital Photography. New Members’ Show. Copley Society of Art. January, Boston, MA

Memberships:

2015-present    Copley Society of Art. Boston, MA. Full Member.

2015-present    Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA.

2015-present     Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA.

www.copleysociety.org/users/dancook
 
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ROWHOUSE OF WORKSHIP by Dan Cook
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TRIUMPH OF THE NEW AGE by Dan Cook
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