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Martina Cirese

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What happens when a circle begins? You know the circle will end. The matter is how is it gonna end. (The matter is, how can you know how is it gonna end?). A photographer meets an subject, not that she thinks he his, but it’s the only thing he deserves to be. And he knows it, and he likes it. Skin is a boundary [then] skin is an opportunity.

I met Asan in Paris. I was caught by his mental universe of anxiety, straying and questioning. With him, I felt immediately messy but complete. I entered his nomadic life and his persistent tension with spaces. I found myself in it. I started to take pictures hanging over him, in every street, light or wall he was leaning in. But he kept asking for more. He was viscerally attracted to me. He was obsessed with me.

For over one year, I denied him but I came back in an endless and tense tango. Following him across Europe and Asia, in a bipolar courtship, I was led into intertwined, overlaid worlds: erratic, liquid cities, revealing then hiding themselves; and Asan, more as an entity than a person, a mentor, a spiritual guide. As we chased each other, he took me away. When I found my own vision and language through our photos, I was already gone from his life, as he from mine.

 

Bio

Martina Cirese was born in Rome in 1988.

From 2008 until 2009, while studying History at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, she also enrolled at the institute of photography “ISFCI”, collaborating at the same time with the “AGF” photojournalistic agency and with the organization “Shoot4Change”. Completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2010, she has moved from Rome to Paris to finish her studies, winning a scholarship to do her thesis abroad and receiving her Master degree in Contemporary History in 2013.

Her first publications have been about the student movement: in 2008 on “PeaceReporter”; in 2011 on the book SpringTime: The New Student Rebellions by Verso Books; in the German magazine “Rosa Luxembourg” and in the Italian newspapers “La Repubblica” and “Alias – Il Manifesto”. In 2012, her first reportage assigned and her first cover were published in the Italian magazine “L’Espresso”, with an inquiry about the power of Taxi’s lobby during the Italian economic crisis.

Between 2011 and 2013 she has been working about the human search of identity: with this project, named “Asankojo”, she has been selected as finalist for the “Emergentes DST 2012 Award” and the “WinePhoto International Contest 2012”. She has won the scholarship for the “MasterClass 2012” held by Enrico Bossan, head of photography department in Fabrica.

This year, she has been selected in the “New York Portfolio Review”; she was among the shortlist of the “Bourse du Talent Reportage” and of the “Prix Pixpalace-Visas de l’Ani”. “Asankojo” was also nominated as “Honorable Mention” in the “Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant 2013”, and awarded with the first prize of the student category in the “Fotoura International Street Photography Awards 2013”.

 

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Left: Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse, Right: Andrea Gjestvang

Last weekend I spent three days at the New York Photo Festival, roaming around DUMBO looking at photographs, bumping into photography people and attending lectures. I’d attended the year before but only for the afternoon. This time I was determined to immerse myself in the full experience.

Thursday, May 12th

On Thursday evening I arrived and picked up my ticket. I did’t think about it but I probably could have obtained a press pass. Next time I suppose. While there I was able to have a nice chat with Larissa Leclair and browse through a few books from the Indie Photo Library. It’s an impressive collection and she’s only getting started.

The main event of the night was ‘Under the Bridge: Projections of a Revolution.’ Photographs from the recent revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya were projected under the Manhattan Bridge Archway. The presentation was interesting, and at times intense with the Middle Eastern music thumping in the background.

However, it dragged on, and on, and on. It became too much. It would have been much better with a tighter edit and better sequencing. Near the end they did show some of Chris Hondros last photographs which was a nice collective moment. Afterward there was a cocktail party in one of the main Exhibition spots.

I spent some time browsing around with the highlight being the Japanese work from ONAEBA. While strolling around I bumped into Romke Hoogwaerts the brain behind MOSSLESS Magazine. We had a nice chat about photography and the internet. He’s full of ideas so I’m looking forward to what he does in the future.

A few moments later I introduced myself to David Walter Banks of LUCEO. I’m a great admirer of the work they’ve done so it was nice to chat with him for a few moments before he ran into a few more people. One of those people happened to be Tim Gruber, a fellow Minnesotan and someone I’d chatted with on Twitter a few times. It was good to spend sometime talking with him about his projects and transition back to Minnesota.

After the crowd started to thin out I got on the train and headed back to Greenpoint.


©A Yin

Friday, May 13th

I met up with my gallery hoping partner Gabriela Herman around noon. We headed straight for the main exhibitions, ‘Subjective/Objective’ curated by Elizabeth Biondi and ‘Hope: Between Dream and Reality’ by Enrico Bossan. The focus of the festival was on documentary photography, “how its practice has evolved in the digital era, and how its message is now more important than ever.

Work from 22 photographs was represented and ranged from Alejandro Chaskielberg‘s large format work to Benjamin Lowy’s iPhone Hipstamatic photos. The subject matter ran the gamut too. As you can expect, some of it I liked, some of it didn’t resonate with me. It was nice to see Carolyn Drake’s work printed large and hanging on the wall and I thought A Yin’s ‘Mongolia Transformed’ series was interesting. It made Gabi and I ask a few questions.

As we walked out I commented that the main issue that I had was that most the work wasn’t really ‘wall’ work and probably resonated more in books. It’s tough when you see about 5-7 photographs from a complicated issue or subject and then move onto the next complicated issue. The NYTimes review commented about the lack of text adding context but I didn’t really find that to be the problem. The text was fine, I just felt that this type of photography was difficult to present in a few select photographs.

Also, it’s hard to have that many challenging issues thrown at you in one exhibition. It’s almost too much to process in such a short amount of time. But overall, I enjoyed looking at the work simply from an esthetic perspective. There were lots of different approaches which I thought was nice.

We hit up a few more of the side exhibitions, including Nevada Rose by Marc McAndrews at umbradge. The book documents the legal brothels in Nevada and was my favorite body of work from the whole weekend. The work was presented as a series of “small sized prints in a single line along the gallery walls” which worked really well. The book was great too. Overall it was a very well executed project and worth checking out if you’re in Dumbo.

We ended the day by meeting a contingency of photography people at a local bar for drinks and discussion.


©Marc McAndrews

Saturday, May 14th

This day was all about the lectures. First up was Photo 2.0 by Andy Adams of Flak Photo. The night before we’d chatted for a few minutes at the bar and started talking about the internet but the night was nearing an end so we didn’t solve any of the internets problems.

He put on a good presentation. For me, it was great to hear him talk about what he’s doing and gain a glimpse into his thought process. He’s most certainly the leading advocate for publishing and promoting photography on the internet that I’ve encountered. We were able to chat later in the afternoon about some of our ideas about where things maybe going. I promised him an article about it so I guess that means I have to finally write it. That’s another day though.

I hung around for the next presentation called ‘Photography and Change.’ It was about how photographers use their work to create real social change. One of the photographers on the panel was Peter van Agtmael. During the discussion he delivered what was for me the most moving moment of the entire festival. He started to talk about Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, whose deaths came only a few months after he was beaten up and had his cameras stolen in Egypt.

He admitted that for the first time he was really scared to go back into dangerous situations in order to make photographs. The conflict within him was palpable. The words “I don’t want to die” seemed to slip right out of his sub-conscious. For me, those few moments when he was questioning what he was going to do next were very powerful. He’s an incredible photographer. It was great to hear him speak about his work and offer some thoughts on documentary photography.

The final panel was ‘E-Cite: The Phenomenon of Online Blogs & Magazines.’ It was a panel discussion lead by James Estrin of the LENS Blog and included David Walter Banks of Luceo, Kira Pollack of TimeHolly Stuart Hughes of PDN, and Adriana Teresa Letorney of Visura Magazine. They only had an hour so it didn’t really dive too deeply into any issues but it was good to hear the intent behind each project, with the main theme seemingly to provide photographers with a direct platform where they could speak to their audience.

Holly Stuart Hughes also made some interesting points about how the PDN photo of the day sometimes brings in an audience outside the ‘photo ghetto’ which she thinks might provide new financial opportunities for photographers. For example, showing a publisher the web traffic and potential audience for a project.

And then I went home. It’s tough to really summarize these type of events when there’s so much to cover. But overall, it was a nice few days, especially since it provided me the opportunity to meet a few people that I’ve only known through the internet.

 

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[Edit on Saturday 30 April 2011: I have updated the 'In Memoriam | Tim Hetherington 1970-2011 Chris Hondros 1970-2011' post today. Check the bottom of that post for the most recent link additions. Some news about Guy Martin's condition... BJP posted an update on his situation: 'Injured British photographer arrives in Malta'. ]

From Tuesday’s news…..25 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster…

Appropriate day to watch Paul Fusco’s Magnum in Motion classic ‘Chernobyl Legacy’ again….

Features and Essays – Paul Fusco: Chernobyl Legacy (Magnum in Motion: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Gary Knight: Chernobyl (VII Magazine: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Diana Markosian: 25 Years After Chernobyl, a Village Persists (NYT Lens: April 2011) Markosian’s website.

Features and Essays –  Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Egypt’s Christians (Reportage by Getty Images: April 2011)

New Ed Ou portfolios on Reportage site as well…including his Libya work..

So is Jerome Sessini’s Libya work.

Features and Essays – Simon Norfolk: Kabul: A Boomtown of Sorts (NYT Mag: April 2011) Related from NYT Lens ‘Collaboration Across 130 Years’

TIME 100 most influential people list or whatever it is… is out… I don’t put much or any importance to the said list… but they have assigned a lot of great photographers for it… Including Martin Schoeller…

Interviews –  Martin Schoeller : Pheasants, tigers and revolutionaries (TIME LB: April 2011) Martin Schoeller’s TIME 100 Tour

On two minds about whether to post this… Not a Bieber fan… heheh… But Ladefoged fan definitely…

Features and Essays - Joachim Ladefoged:  Under the Influence of Justin Bieber (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Jan Banning: Faceless Officials (Guardian: April 2011)

Articles – Martin Parr: Photographic Cliches (Photographer’s blog: April 2011) via @dcuthbert

InterviewsKira Pollack, Director of Photography of TIME (NYPH: April 2011)

Check this Enrico Bossan interview… Enrico is a great guy… I got to know him in quite a funny way… Sometime last summer I received a Skype contact request from someone called Enrico Bossan, with whose work I was not familiar, but I accepted…Enrico gave me call later on the day..He wanted to get in touch to congratulate me for having some of my work published in L’Espresso… I was gobsmacked..I said I didn’t know I had any work published in the magazine.. Enrico was baffled.. He went back to the newsagents’ and came back with a copy of the magazine… It turned out he had confused Andy Spyra‘s work to mine….Needless to say I was teeny weeny bit disappointed that I hadn’t had work in the mag myself, but I’m glad Enrico made the mistake. Otherwise I might have not got to talk with him…We’ve had a couple of rather long chats online since, and I’ve learned a lot from him, especially regarding editing..

Interviews - Enrico Bossan (NYPH: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Simon Roberts: The English at Play (BBC: April 2011) Brighton-based photographer Simon Roberts travelled the length and breadth of England in a motorhome for his book We English – in which he tries to capture a nation at play, and explore the relationship between people and the places they visit.

Essential Roberts interview on a blog that I just discovered…

Interviews - Simon Roberts (Two Way Lens: April 2011)

I am happy  Goldberg won….The rest of the three nominees didn’t impress me at all…

News - Jim Goldberg wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011 (BJP: April 2011)

InterviewsJim Goldberg (Photonet.org.uk: April 2011)

InterviewsMarcel Mettelsiefen : Photographing War in Misurata (Spiegel: April 2011)

photo: Ivor Prickett

Features and Essays – Foto8: The Islam Issue preview (Foto8: April 2011)

Powerful multimedia on prostitution in Nashville by Stephen Alvarez and the NPR team…below is a still from the online article..

Features and Essays – Stephen Alvarez: Nashville Prostitution (NPR: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Bryan Denton: Battle for Influence in Afghanistan (WSJ: April 2011)

InterviewsBruce Davidson (Guardian: April 2011) Davidson talks about his long career. | Related: Bruce Davidson  seeks British girl he captured on film in 1960 (Guardian: April 2011)

InterviewsAaron Huey (TIME LB: April 2011) Pine Ridge Billboard Project

InterviewsTomas van Houtryve : 130 Editors: Insights from a photographer’s first crowdfunded project (Emphas.is: April 2011)

Initiatives - 3/11 Tsunami Photo Project  / The initiative featured on New Yorker Photo Booth and on BJP

InitiativesA Fixer In Need (TIME LB: April 2011) Photographer Marcus Bleasdale writes about the importance of fixers— a fixer whom he’s worked with is in need of help.  | The Pastor Marrion Fund

Exhibitions - Paul Graham: Smoke and mirrors (Guardian: April 2011) Paul Graham’s exhibition at London’s Whitechapel gallery

Awards – PDN: LA Times, Washington Post Photographers Win Pulitzers for Photos (PDN: April 2011)

ExhibitionsHere and Now Show  : LCC International MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography : HotShoe gallery : London : 11-24 May  : Participating photographers are Yolanda Crisp, Daniel Cuthbert, Ivy Lahon, Greg Laychak, James Morgan, Nektarios Markogiannis, Claudius Schulze, Amelia Shepherd, Alice Smeets and Darrin Zammit Lupi.

Vivian Maier website now launched

Articles – Guardian: Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1950s Moscow (Guardian April 2011)

It has been a very rare occasion for me to write to photographers just to let them know I really like their work… Not a rare occasion because I wouldn’t admire a lot of photographers’ work…of course I do, but because getting in touch just to let people know that has always felt tad awkward, like I’m trying to kiss people’s ass.. Well, I did write somebody once, not too long ago… and that photographer was NYT staffer Damon Winter…and he even took the time to send a short reply despite being on assignment in Afghanistan, which was very thoughtful of him…well, Winter is the latest photographer featured on 500Photographers blog…

Blogs – 500Photographers: #276 Damon Winter (500Photographers: April 2011)

Articles – Newsweek: Photographs from the John G. Morris collection go up for auction (Newsweek: April 2011)

Articles – Guardian: Featured photojournalist: Jon Nazca (Guardian: April 2011)

I’m a huge Patti Smith fan…

Interviews - Patti Smith: Photographer’s Muse (TIME LB: April 2011)

New Statesman Photo editor Rebecca McClelland now on Twitter…

Twitter@rlmcclelland

 GrantsBURN emerging photorapher grant of $15,000 :  Deadline for entry is May 15, 2011

InterviewsPhilip Scott Andrews (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Photographers - Harry Borden

PhotographersNatalie Keyssar

PhotographersTina Remiz

PhotographersPhilip Scott Andrews

InterviewsJohn Stanmeyer (Youtube)

InterviewsTaylor Kitsch on The Bang Bang Club, Honoring Fallen War Photographers (Movieline: April 2011)

Articles - Guardian: Turning Photojournalism Upside Down (Guardian: April 2011)

Tips and Tutorials – Brian Storm: 10 quick tips on editing multimedia (businessjournalism.org: April 2011)

Tips and TutorialsMemory Cards – 15 Essential Tips for Photographers (photofocus.com)

EventsASA collective :  Slideshow on Thursday 5th of May, 2011 :  @ Nomad, Old Street : “This month’s show is totally dedicated to female photographers, with a top class line up that includes:  Andrea Star Reese Ciara Leeming Chloe Dewe Mathews Helen Rimell Laura Hynd Leonie Hampton Marta Moreiras”

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@WorldPressPhoto just tweeted that the photo stories by the 2010 masterclass participants are now online…

Features and Essays - World Press Photo: Joop Swart Masterclass 2010 essays (WPP: November 2010)

There’s now a proper website to support injured photographer Joao Silva

InitiativesSupport Joao Silva

Awards – BJP: David Chancellor wins Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (BJP: November 2010)

Alex Webb’s National Geographic August 2010 issue essay The Iron Silk Road now in its entire glory – 81 photos! – on Magnum website

Features and Essays - Alex Webb: The Iron Silk Road (Magnum: November 2010)

Features and Essays – Ashley Gilbertson: Down (VII Magazine: November 2010)

Features and Essays - Shiho Fukada: Nightlife Still Lively in Baghdad Neighborhood (NYT: November 2010) Article: Savoring Baghdad, Where Each Night Is a Battle

World Press Photo exhibition private view tomorrow night and open to the public from Friday…One of the winners on Guardian Eyewitness…

Blogs – Guardian Eyewitness: Joan Bardeletti : It’s a dog’s life (Guardian: November 2010) This image of a Mozambican family on a day out at the beach came second in the daily life section of the World Press Photo awards. All the winners can be seen at the Royal Festival Hall, London from this Friday until 5 December

My friend Yasmina Reggad is organising a collectives encounter at Format 2011..

Festivals /Collectives - Call for expressions of interest : Collectives Encounter 2011 at FORMAT International Photo Festival : Deadline: 20 November 2010 Expressions of interest should be sent by email only: collectives@photo-festivals.com

Articles – BJP: Morel to pursue legal case as AFP tries to settle (BJP: November 2010)

Articles - NYT: Ansel Adams or Not? More Twists (NYT: November 2010)

BooksIsland of the Spirits by John Stanmeyer (VII)

Timothy Archibald had his work on his autistic son on TIME and NYT Lens recently…here’s an interview with him..

InterviewsTimothy Archibald (popphoto.com: 2010)

Brighton Photo Biennial closes soon…Phaidon interviewed Martin Parr about it…

Interviews - Martin Parr (Phaidon: November 2010)

InterviewsDonald Weber (Colinpantall.com: 2010)

AgenciesNOOR November 2010 newsletter

PhotographersEnrico Bossan

Twitter - Mario Tama

TwitterLauren Heinz

TwitterCorbis Images

TwitterHollandse Hoogte

Veronica joined Twitter too!

Twitter - Veronica Sanchis Bencomo

Random thing we realised with Veronica having visited a bookshop in central Brighton…

[VENEZUELA. Caracas. 2006. A man in a devil costume runs around the streets of La Vega before a rally for Chavez. The act is to make fun of the idea of the "red devil of socialism."]

A crop of  Chris Anderson’s photo from his Capitolio series based in Venezuela is used on the cover of Bret Easton Ellis’ latest novel Imperial Bedrooms…

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