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FEELING by Magdeleine Ferro
HONORABLE MENTION
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Magdéleine Ferru -JustMagd- says, 
"Different style photographer, what I feel connects with what I have seen, what I have lived.... To live abroad, learning new languages, traditions; Discovering other beliefs, religion, lifestyle....Witnessing other's life through the eye of my camera, bringing it into my travel photos.

I have observed and now i feel: getting it all out through collages and mises-en-scene. I explore these feelings as well as matter : the body, the identity and society, human nature, our environment, natural or urban...
Mix of portraits/nude and landscapes/travels (to the widest meaning), my photos are the result of my years of simply leaving with others, in a world constantly changing.
      
The project :
I wanted to explore the meaning of border, sometimes virtual line, often real, representing separation.
Separation between people, families, traditions, life style;
Difference between culture, langages, color, but also sign of suffering as often misunderstood.

1 line, 2 persons; Politics, 2 persons; Authorities, 2 persons.
Same nationality or not, they are mis-judged, separated.

To talk through fence, to wave at each other, to look at each other, without being able to be close, to be intimate, to feel each other.

To walk and get in front of a wall; Standing here when the other cannot unboard this boat that keeps going further and further
away, and not being able to do anything as someone else got the power to decide for you.
Separated..."
       
JustMagd is a french photographer, who, after studying photography in Montréal in 2002, has been traveling and trying to discover as much of the world as she could for 10 years.

It is her exhibition "Tokyo dans mon Keitai" in Tokyo in 2009 (under the patronage of the French Ambassy) that makes her want to show more of her work. She, then gain self-confidence and obtain awards in different photo contest.


In 2010, she decided to go back to school to learn graphic design, and got into a 5 months program in Montauban. Learning website building basics was part of the course, but what really caught her interest was studying lay out, designing books or magazines. She did a 2 weeks internship at a design agency in Ibiza, and contributed as photographer/graphic designer to expat magazines in Seoul.

She attended a workshop "Traveling Photos" with Jacques Sierpinski in Toulouse, and "Family album" avec Alain Laboile in Aix en Provence, using each meeting, course, shops, etc...as a great opportunity to learn from experienced photographers.

Some of her projects are now brought to life through collage and hand-made unique books; MagD upcycles, makes, creates, mixing matter to her visual work

www.justmagd.com

  
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SEPARATION by Magdeleine Ferru
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TOUCHING by Magdeleine Ferru
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CONFETTI DREAMS by Manuel Seoane
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Manuel Seoane says of his work, "I choose photography as my language because it can be both factual and poetic, by so, it allows me to tell stories which can be seen, read and felt at the same time. An image has infinite messages, it might not be the whole truth but it cannot lie either, the only limit it has are its boundaries."

Manuel Seoane was born in La Paz - Bolivia in March 1984, under the sign of Aries. Some of his works have been published in media such as Kaos, Diafragma, Bex (Argentina), Jiwaki, 1x1 (México), Socialdocumentary, PHMuseum and Lens NYTimes. 

Among his highlighted achievements are:
-Runner up of Sinchi Tribe's photo competition. August 2017.
-Finalist of IILA-Fotografía award, part of the FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale di Roma XVI edition. July 2017.
-Shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship for emerging photographers. July 2017.
-Winner of the Eduardo Abaroa National Prize of Arts, photography category. Bolivia. March 2017.
-Selected for the 1st Native Documentary Festival. March 2017. Quito, Ecuador.
-Selected to contribute to the catalogue Fotografía Boliviana, December 2012.
-Selected photographer for the project Viaje al Corazón de Bolivia, organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the newspaper Pagina Siete (winner of the Elizabeth Neuffer International Prize for Journalism, awarded by the UN). June-July 2011.

ABOUT THE IMAGES

Through open air celebrations, Aymara indigenous communities in La Paz foresee the opportunity to reaffirm their rural roots while literally show off openly their urban success, thus breaking the border between tradition and modernity.

www.mnwlswne.com
www.sinmotivo.com
 
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INDIGENOUS BUT FASHION by Manuel Seoane
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TO THE LIGHT by Manuel Seoane
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ON THE ROOF by Marcie Rich
FIRST PLACE WINNER
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Marcie Rich says of her work "I am very interested in composed portraiture.

I am fascinated and frustrated by my own volatile nature. I use body, setting, and particular objects to make pictures. I am currently working on a collection of auto-portraits.
 
Exhibition:
 
2017, The Passporte Gallery, Passporte Prize for Surreal Photography
2017, Burn Diary Week 131
2017, Non-Fiction Gallery of Art Rise Savannah, The Personal is Political
2017, LightBox-Photographic Gallery, Astoria, Oregon, The Photographic Nude 2017
2017, ph21 Gallery, Budapest, Feminine/Masculine
2016, The Good Copy, Melbourne, IPF Photo Prize 2016
 
Publication:
 
2018, LoosenArt Conceptual (Italy)
2017, Blur Magazine (Croatia)
2017, Femme Fotale Volume IV: Leafless (USA)
2017, Square Magazine Special Issue SP7: Instagram (UK)
 
Web:

www.marcierich.com
instagram@swirlbook
facebook.com/richmarcie
 

 
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LATE AFTERNOON PORTRAIT WITH HEADSCARF by Marcie Rich
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MORNING PORTRAIT WITH BONNET by Marcie Rich
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BELFAST 1 by Marella Oppenheim
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Marella Oppenheim says of her work, "This Divided Land, is a collaboration project which explores the effects of division and boundaries on those living within its confines.

The border posts are long gone, and the line between Eire and Ulster is now blurred so that on certain routes you would be hard pressed to find any sign to inform you on whether you were in Europe or in the UK. In contrast, in the centre of Belfast, more walls have been erected since the Good Friday agreement of 1998, than existed during the Troubles.

These Peace walls as they are known, are more like boundary walls. To some living in their shadow, they are a protection; to others, they are an unwelcome reminder that the peace agreement is skin deep, and that the scars of sectarianism are still healing. To outsiders, the walls are a disturbing wake up call. In a country such as Great Britain, which prides itself on freedom of speech and movement, people live confined by barbed wire fencing and 18 meter high walls, resembling walls of a refugee camp.

Northern Ireland is a Divided Land, not just by it’s border between the UK and the EU, but between factions within it’s towns.  

If most citizens of Norther Ireland look to a peaceful future, there remains in Belfast harsh reminders of a violent past.

The intention of this photo essay  is to gather testimonies, memorabilia and artefacts as well as images of sectarianism and divide, not for the purpose of rousing emotion but to gain evidential knowledge of how division has altered the landscape, and the minds of those who live in This Divided Land."

Marella Oppenheim is a social-documentary and portrait photographer, studying for an MA in Documentary photography and photojournalism at LCC, in the UK. She was born in London and brought up in Paris; has an MFA hons in Creative Writing from Kingston University and read Philosophy at Heythrop College, UCL, London.

Marella studied street photography under Antonio Olmos of the Observer Newspaper, and attended a Masters workshop with Ed Kashi of VII agency, in Mexico.
Motivated by socio-political issues, she prefers documentary work over more formal studio photography but enjoys street portraits and natural light portraiture. Her most pressing long term project is on Division in Northern Ireland. 
    

‘This Divided Land’  is a long term project concerned with place and the effects of division on those living within the confines of boundaries. 

Exhibitions:
Joint show at Scarlet’s, Lelant, Cornwall, with ceramicist Lloyd Peters, Oct-Nov 2016.
Joint exhibition at the PZ gallery, Penzance, May 2016 with Carinthia West, Charles Roff, and others.

Awards:
Ishot it  Mark of Excellence - Architecture.
Gala Awards - Finalist- Documentary Photography for a series on San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 2017

Marella is a contributor for the Guardian Newspaper, UK, and is a card holding photojournalist and a member of the NUJ.

www.marellaoppenheim.co.uk 
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BELFAST 2 by Marella Oppenheim
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BELFAST 3 by Marella Oppenheim
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DUCOR CA by Mark Indig
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Mark Indig has spent over 40 years in the motion picture industry, most recently as a Studio Executive, Producer and Unit Production Manager.

He has worked on films such as Body Heat, The Big Chill, Titanic, The Village, The Guardian, Tropic Thunder and the ridiculously expensive and disappointing Lone Ranger. He is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the Location Managers Guild of America and is on the Board of Directors of FilmLA. 

But it was his 15 years as a Location Manager that gave him a love of photography and a unique perspective on the urban landscape; learning how to tell a story about each location in a few images. He has used his career as an opportunity to travel around the state, the country and the world, using his off time to photograph unusual landscapes and his particular passion, small town America. 

He now devotes full time to photography and has published three photo books:

•    The Los Angeles River: A City Runs Through It
•    88: The Tribal Cities of Los Angeles County
•    Ohi:Yo´

CV (selected exhibitions):

•    Camerawork Gallery (Solo) Closed on Sundays – Portland OR (Oct ‘17
•    LAAA/Gallery 825 (Solo) Ohi:yo´- West Hollywood CA (Apr '17)
•    New York Center for Photography/Jadite Gallery (Juried Group) Primary Colors - NYC (Apr '17)
•    SE Center for Photography (Juried Group) Architectural - Greenville SC (Apr '17)
•    Griffin Museum (Juried Group) 7th Annual Photobook Exhibit - Winchester MA (Mar '17)
•    Open Show Los Angeles#39 (Juried Group) Ohi:Yo´- Los Angeles CA (Feb '17)
•    Art Share LA (Juried Group) #MyDayInLA - Los Angeles (Feb '17)
•    Los Angeles Ctr of Photography (Juried Group) Street Shooting- Los Angeles, CA (Feb '17)
•    LAAA/Gallery 825 (Juried Group) - Open Show -West Hollywood CA (Dec '16)
•    Davis Orton Gallery (Juried Group) Photobook 2016 - Hudson NY (Nov '16)
•    Annenberg Beach House (Juried Group) Los Angeles: Detailed - Santa Monica CA (Nov '16) 
•    Slow Exposures (Juried Group) Rural South 2016 - Concord/La Grange GA (Sep '16)
•    Center for Fine Art Photography (Juried Group) Water – Ft. Collins, CO (Oct ’16)
•    LAAA/Gallery 825 (Juried Group) Non Sequitur – West Hollywood, CA (Jun ’16)
•    Blackbox Gallery (Juried Group) Framed: Landscape & Architecture – Portland, OR (Jun ’16)
•    Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Juried Group) Text Me – Santa Ana, CA (May ’16)
•    Arena 1 Gallery/Lucie Foundation (Juried Group) Diverse City – Santa Monica, CA (Apr ’16)
•    Palm Springs Art Fair – (Juried Group) Oculus Clamantis in Deserto – Palm Springs, CA (Feb ’16)
•    Keystone Gallery (Group) The LA River: A City Runs Through It – Los Angeles (Feb ’16) 
•    PH21 Gallery (Juried Group) Red Alert! – Budapest, Hungary (Sep ’15) 
•    Art Share LA (Juried Group) Ode to the Sixth St Bridge – Los Angeles (Sep ’15) 
•    Slow Exposures (Juried Group) Rural South – Zebulon, GA (Sep ’15) 
•    Porch Gallery (Juried Group) Water Works II – Ojai, CA (May ’15) 
•    NY Ctr for Photographic Art (Juried Group) Transportation – NYC (Sep ’14) – 1st Prize 
•    photoLA (Duncan Miller booth) – Los Angeles, CA (Jan ’14) 

www.markindigphotography.com
 
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HOLYOKE MA by Mark Indig
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LA RIVER CONFLUENCE by Mark Indig
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APPROACH LIGHTING SYSTEM & INCOMING TRANSPORT by Michael Elenko
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Michael Elenko says,"When most of us think about airports we visualize jets, runways, and long lines.

In reality the airport functions as a little city state with its own police and fire departments.  The airport territory is demarcated by a defined boundary.  Because of public safety and security concerns, the boundary perimeter is fairly obscure. Airport boundaries have a two-fold purpose:  to keep people away and to guide aircraft in and out. Pilots are steered to the airport runways by tall lighting fixtures and radar infrastructure that elevate the boundaries way into the sky where most people just don’t notice. 

In the past, the establishment of airport boundaries were fairly brutal environmentally and almost militaristic in implementation. Today however, airport boundaries attempt to mitigate the inevitable environmental impacts including noise abatement. Mediation deployments include basins for water runoff from runways, and physical screening to prevent birds from building nests.

The photographs I am highlighting here illustrate the environmental and aesthetic values implemented in modern airport boundary design. The photographs are of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport third runway boundary, which was completed in 2008.  

Most of us rush to-and-from the airport on our way elsewhere, unaware of the significant structural and environmental support that is necessary for an airport to safely function. My goal is to provide some light upon and facilitate insight about the boundaries of the airport."

Michael Elenko considers photography to be his second language. He has been exhibiting fine art photographs in the Pacific Northwest for over 35 years. His photographic career has encompassed corporate photography, modern landscapes, original SX-70 works, and sports. Michael has also served as a film and photographic art critic for publications, an art juror, and an instructor for photographic practices.

Currently Michael works for a public agency in Seattle, Washington. In addition, he heads up the POV (Photographers of Vashon), a diverse group of professionals who promote photographic art education, community engagement, and skills development.

Michael provides consultation services for photographers and fine artists who need to understand color management and digital asset management using modern software tools and methods.

www.digitaltogo.net
 
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SOUTH SERVICE ACCESS ROAD by Michael Elenko
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STORM WATER RETENTION & BIRD NETTING by Michael Elenko
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PAINT PLASTER POSTER by Paul Ivanushka
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Paul Ivanushka says of his work, "My work looks at the environment from often overlooked perspectives. 

I focus on the beauty of the natural designs, patterns, textures and tonal ranges found in natural objects. Many
people move through nature too fast and miss so many wonderful images and moments.

My goal is to find these overlooked images and moments in nature and share them with as many people as I can. It’s a challenge as Nature does not give herself up easily. I anchor my landscapes with a human artifact or evidence of
mankind's presence on this planet. But it always amazes me how great we humans are...and at the same time how
insignificant our achievements become when put next to nature. Nature will always dominate…it will always endure.  My goal is to show this through my work."

As a result of a trip to the Grand Canyon and inspired by the canyon photographs of the Kolb Brothers, Paul developed his first
roll of film when he was ten years old. Since then exploring the outdoors has been a major portion of his growth and
life. Paul was born an Army brat at the West Point Military Academy and was raised in various cities across the United States where he was exposed to the diversities of both people and nature.After studying at Brooks Institute of Photography Paul spent most of his career in the printing industry learning and managing tone
reproduction on high speed web offset presses.  

Recently, Paul picked up a camera  creating action portraits of horses
and riders in various equine competitions. 

Paul now spends most of his free time shooting fine art landscapes
with a large format camera.  Paul is a Software Business Analyst and currently resides in Inglewood, California.

Education:
       
Pepperdine University, MBA Business
Management·       
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, BS - Printing
Engineering and Management·       
Brooks Institute of Photography·       
San Bernardino Valley Junior College -
AA Sociology

Photography Awards:
    
“2016 Topanga Canyon Gallery -
Juried Open Exhibition”, First Place Award 
·“2011  Equine Photographers
International Juried Show” Honorable Mention 

Group Exhibitions 2017:

"Third Annual Group Show"
Paula Tognarelli JurorDavis Orton Gallery, Hudson, New
York
"Small Works" Kat Kiernan
JurorCenter for Fine Art Photography
- Fort Collins, CO ·       
Center for Photographic Art
(CPA)   2017 Members’ Juried
ExhibitionJuror Elizabeth Corden and Jan
Potts of Corden|Potts Gallery, San FranciscoCenter for Photographic Art -
Carmel, CA ·       
"2017 Los Angeles Center of
Photography 4th Annual Members Show"  Paula Tognarelli Juror  dnj Gallery / Bergamot
Station  -  Santa Monica, CA ·       
"Carrizo Plain" - Solo
ShowTag Gallery - Los Angeles,
CA ·       
"Chiaroscuro" David H. Wells
JurorDarkroom Gallery - Essex
Junction, VT 2016·       
"Los Angeles Art Association 2016
Open Show"Gallery 825 - Los Angeles
,CA ·       
"2016 Creative Portrait
Exhibition"Los Angeles Center of
Photography - Los Angeles, CA ·       
"2016 Los Angeles Center of
Photography 3rd Annual Members Show",  
  dnj Gallery /
Bergamot Station  -  Santa Monica, CA “2016 Members Juried
Exhibition”     Center For
Photographic Art - Carmel Valley, CA    
June 11 - July 24, 2016 ·       
“2016 Topanga Canyon Gallery -
Juried Open Exhibition”, First Place Award 
Topanga Canyon Art
Gallery - Topanga Canyon, CA   2015·       
"2015 California Open
Exhibition",   TAG Gallery /
Bergamot Station -  Santa Monica, CA "2015 Los Angeles Center Of
Photography 2nd Annual Members Show",  dnj Gallery /
Bergamot Station  -  Santa Monica, CA  ·       
 "2015 Through A Curious
Lens"   Santa Cruz Art
League  - Santa Cruz CA ·       
“2015  Topanga Canyon 
Gallery Juried Open Exhibition”Topanga Canyon Art Gallery -
Topanga Canyon, CA       

 www.paulivanushkaphotography.com 

 “There is a vast difference between
taking a picture and making a
photograph.”– Robert Heinecken
  
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POSTER MEETS MASONRY by Paul Ivanushka
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POTUS BUILDING A WALL by Paul Ivanushka
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UNTITLED 01 by Philip LePage
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Philip LePage says of this series, 'A Certain Distance', 25 years ago I woke up in a hospital with no memory of how I had gotten there.

'A Certain Distance' is an ongoing series of images exploring the things I haven’t been able to say to anyone. I repeatedly think that these aren't the images I want to take. That this is a story I do not want to tell. Life now is often measured in the time between cigarettes.

I didn't realize that in trying to hold things together I would make it even worse. That the distance I needed to maintain the fantasy would slowly separate me entirely from the people I love. It is impossible to have a connection to someone who can’t connect.

The images in this series are in some ways fragmented. Lives that no longer exist and disjointed memories that can’t be trusted mix with now. The myth we perceive as ourselves. They exist in that contradictory space between what I know and what I feel.

This is an ongoing project with the goal of producing a series of photographic short stories that explore the deeply personal space between what is known and what is felt: a study of mental illness. The project will be published in book form."

Philip LePage (1995 BA Art History) was born in 1969 in Northern Canada but left in 1994 and remained in Europe and Asia for 13 years. He currently lives on Prince Edward Island, Canada. 

Photography for Philip LePage is very centered on the contradictions inherent in ideas of home, identity and belonging. He thinks of photography as a journey between two worlds. A middle ground that separates and joins at the same time, a liminal space. 

Exhibitions:

Photopolis, VANS Corridor Gallery Group Show, Connection October 3rd - 31st 2017
Exhibition curator: Lynn Ellis

Bibliography:
Print:

Hariban Award 2017, Honorable Mention, Upcoming February 2018
Shift, Loosen Art Gallery, Upcoming November 2017
Online:
“A Certain Distance”, Featured on LensCulture Magazine, 2017 
“Surfacing”, Featured on Dodho Magazine, 2017
“A Certain Distance”, Featured on Dodho Magazine, 2016
Awards:
A Certain Distance, Shortlisted, Hariban Award, 2017 
A Certain Distance, Honorable Mention, Monovisions, 2017 
Still, Honorable Mention, Monovisions, 2017 
In Parentheses, Honorable Mention, Monovisions, 2017 
A Certain Distance, Honorable Mention, PDN Exposure Awards, 2016 

www.philiplepage.com  
 
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UNTITLED 02 by Philip LePage
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UNTITLED 03 by Philip LePage
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GREEK CYPRIOT CEASE-FIRE LINE NICOSIA by Rachael Pettus
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Rachel Pettus says, "I am a housewife and mother living on the divided Eastern Mediterranean Island of Cyprus.

Photography is a hobby that I pursue at every opportunity.

In 1974 after two decades of inter-communal strife between the Greek- and Turkish-speaking communities on the island of Cyprus, the Turkish army invaded the island and occupied the northern 40% to ‘protect the rights’ of the Turkish-speaking minority.  Today, 43 years after the invasion, occupation, and involuntary transfer of populations, the island — and its capital, Nicosia — remains divided despite multiple attempts to resolve the myriad differences.

Only in 2004 did the checkpoints open and allow those dispossessed by the conflict to return to visit their former homes.  These days, however, residents of both sides are choosing to cross the line — both literally, on foot and in their cars; and metaphorically via social media — to reach out and heal the decades’ old wounds in their societies.

The current Presidents of both sides were elected on the platform of their promises 'to solve the Cyprus Problem’. These three photographs were taken at the western (1st photo) and eastern (3rd photo) ends of the UN Buffer Zone line that bisects Nicosia. The second photo was taken in the middle of the city, on what was once a bustling market street where merchants from both sides traded."
 
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NO BORDERS NICOSIA CYPRUS by Rachael Pettus
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UN DEAD ZONE CYPRUS by Rachael Pettus
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DEPORTED DREAMS by Samanta Aretino
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Samanta Aretino says of her work, "These photographs are the result of my experience as a volunteer at a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, during March 2016. 

At that time 200 people from Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or Iraq. So many failed to complete their path.

They escaped from war and famine at the expense of the mafias, although the fate that awaited them in Europe was not, and is not, much better than that suffered in their countries of origin. Their journey then went to Athens to finish in Idomeni, the border between Greece and Macedonia, where they camped between the mud and the cold in front of the fence that separated them from their destiny in Europe.

Following the agreement between the European Union and Turkey that came into force on 20 March 2016 and the closure of borders, thousands of refugees are trapped in militarized camps. While some will be expelled to Turkey, others are waiting for the resolution of their applications for international protection.
The photographs show the reality of a situation that still exists today, showing daily images of life in the camp, the ties created between volunteers and refugees, and the sadness of farewells at the time of the arrests, for later deportation to Turkey.


www.samantaaretinophoto.com
 
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HUMANS ON THE BORDER by Samanta Aretino
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LISTENING TO THE NEWS OF DETENTION by Samanta Aretino
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SameSource is a photographic artist with over two decades of professional experience recording images.  

SameSource fine art photography spans both landscape and bodyscape, often exploring human sexuality and its relationship with art.  With recent showings from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France, to Art Basel, Miami Beach, SameSource was recognized in the international Lumiere Award for 2017.  Coagula Gallery in Los Angeles included SameSource in its Ten Top Artists exhibition for 2016 in a show curated by Tulsa Kinney of Artillery Magazine.  SameSource work has been featured in The Huffington Post and American Photo magazine, and SameSource has twice been profiled by Silvershotz International Magazine of Contemporary Photography for the Apples and Apples Reinterpreted series.  Fabrik magazine selected SameSource as one of thirty international photographers for a 2017 exhibition on street photography at Fathom Gallery in Los Angeles.  In addition to being featured in numerous photography books, SameSource is the author of three fine art photography books, Objects of Ruin (ISBN: 132013419X), Apples (ISBN: 136615598X), and Apples Reinterpreted (ISBN: 1366155858).

SameSource has origins in the rural Midwest. After studying music and philosophy in a liberal arts education, the artist went to Italy and became immersed in the works of the Renaissance. A return to the US brought the pursuit of graduate work in music and cinema, with an eventual arrival on the west coast via the USC film school. In addition to the full-time pursuit of photographic fine art, SameSource output has included notable works as a recording artist, writer, and filmmaker. 

Learn more at
SameSourceFineArt.com

and follow SameSource on Facebook and Instagram; SameSourcePhoto on Twitter; SameSourcePhotography on SaatchiArt.
 
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APPLES-STILLLIFE by Same Source
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ECLIPSE HORIZON by Same Source
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EVE SMILING by Same Source
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BOUNDARIES 1 by Sonia Melnikova-Raich
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Sonia Melnikova-Raich was trained and worked as an architect and artist in Moscow, Russia, and has  been living in San Francisco since 1987. 

When she turned to photography, her schooling in painting and design remained noticeably present in her works. Rather than treating a photograph as an illusionary “window” into a three-dimensional world, she approaches it as a canvas with its own material presence and brings the viewer’s attention to the physical surface of the photograph, geometry and structure of the composition, and pictorial aspects. 

Some of her images are influenced by Russian Constructivism of the 1920s, to which she was introduced as a young architect at the Moscow Architectural Institute (formerly VKHUTEMAS). She often finds inspiration and the extension of these ideas in the least expected places — in a pile of trash, a fragment of a decaying wall, a rusty fence, or broken stairs — anywhere she can find a wealth of suggestive shapes, colors and textures.

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BOUNDARIES II by Sonia Melnikova-Raich
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L.A. Photo Curator: International Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Exhibition #2 (Click on image for larger view)
BOUNDARIES III by Sonia Melnikova-Raich
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DOWNTOWN by Sue Montoya
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Sue Montoya is a photo-based artist living in Gainesville FL. She received a BFA from New World School of the Arts in Visual Arts in 2014. Much of her work draws on geology, architecture, and land use to document the rapidly changing landscape of Florida. When she is not taking photographs, she is sipping cafecitos at her favorite Hialeah haunts.

Montoya lives and works in Gainesville, FL.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2017            
Enlightened, National YoungArts Foundation, Miami, FL
                
Opposing Futures, The Projects, Ft Lauderdale, FL
                
Re-Generation, Cedar Key Arts Centers, Cedar Key, FL

2016            
Working Together, WARPhaus Gallery, Gainesville, FL
    
Sweat Broadsheet Collaboration, The Center for Book Arts, New York City, NY

2015            
Landscapes, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Love! Rage!! Passion!!! The World of Zines Exhibition, YoungARTS Foundation, Miami, FL
2014            One Night Show, EXILE Books, Wynwood, FL
SWEAT II, Kendall Gallery Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts, Miami, FL
Tell It To My Face, Turn-Based Press, Miami, FL
ET AL, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, Fl

2013        
Breaking Boundaries, New World School of the Arts,Miami, FL

AWARDS/RESIDENCIES:

2016            
Jerry Cutler Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Florida,  Gainesville, FL

2015            
Honorable Mention, Landscapes, The Center for Fine Art of Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2014            
Semifinalist, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, San Francisco, CA
Third Place, Filson+Magnum Photos, New York NY
Semifinalist, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, San Francisco, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

2016            
A-ZINES: A collection of Miami’s open-ended histories, Revisited EXILE  Book, Miami, FL

2015            
Feminist Pizza Party, Melissa Brouard, Tropicult.com, Miami, FL

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L.A. Photo Curator: International Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Exhibition #2 (Click on image for larger view)
HIGHRISES by Sue Montoya
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L.A. Photo Curator: International Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Exhibition #2 (Click on image for larger view)
MOORISH MIAMI by Sue Montoya
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