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Stacy Kranitz

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My project engages with history, representation, biography, personal narrative, and otherness in the documentary tradition. Each year in Pennsylvania, 500 people come together to reenact the Battle of the Bulge. During the reenactment, I portray Leni Riefenstahl and behave with soldiers, as she would have. I am intrigued by the complex story of a woman with a problematic set of morals. My work aims to understand people beyond the constraints of good vs evil. I have inserted myself into the Nazi reenactor photographs to subvert the viewer’s instinct to dismiss these people as different from themselves. This allows me to reflect upon atrocity, delve into my own relationship with my Jewish heritage, and contemplate the camera’s ability to re-imagine history.

Much of our conception of history is based on images. Historical images have been filtered through media and propaganda. These images become history as generations pass. Images are the dominant force that shape the public imagination. My images of the reenactment are part of the deconstruction process by which images first represent and then replace history.

The next phase of this project will explore Riefenstahl’s life between 1962-1977 when she lived with the Nuba in Sudan. I will visit the same Nuba tribes to focus on the disjunction between her fetishized images and my own exploration of the Nuba’s complex modern reality. The Nuba were victims of genocide during a recent civil war and it has deeply impacted their culture. They were forcibly relocated to camps and Islamicized. Hundreds of thousands died from warfare and starvation.

My project asks how we live in a world where genocide takes place in continuum? It reflects on the history of the documentary tradition as it poses new ways of expressing identity in relation to ‘otherness’. This project deconstructs the notion of the photograph as document, its power as a tool of propaganda, as a witness to history and a call for change.

 

Bio

Stacy Kranitz studied film and photography at New York University. Her work focuses on the ways we express aggression and violence in our daily rituals, habits and pastimes. Additional themes in her work include the relationship between music and culture, the emotional growth of children and environmental racism. She is interested in the theoretical underpinnings that bind together the evolution of the documentary tradition. Her work looks to explore important social issues while commenting on this tradition and challenging its boundaries.

Her clients include Adbusters, Dwell, Elle, ESPN, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, Fortune, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, Metropolis, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, People, Rolling Stone, Spin, Vice, Wall Street Journal and Wired.

She was awarded a Young Photographers Alliance Scholarship Award and also received a Story Project Grant from the California Council for the Humanities. She has shown her work at galleries in NY, CA, LA and FL.

 

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July’s first instalment of Photojournalism Links….Getting a bit sloppy..It’s Monday already again… Oh well…

First off… BJP reports that Iranian press photographer Maryam Majd is still being detained in the Evin prison for her work on women’s rights… ‘Photojournalists appeal for Iranian photographer’s release’ 

Some good news too…NYT: 2 French Journalists Freed by Afghan Militants 

Features and Essays 

One of my favourite photojournalists Shaul Schwarz had two, obviously, very strong pieces on TIME Lightbox last week…a series of stills and a short video, both related to this Narco Culture project…

Stills…

Shaul Schwarz: Mexico’s Ongoing Drug Violence (TIME LB: July 2011)

Video…

Shaul Schwarz: Aerial Drug Bust at the Mexican Border (TIME LB: July 2011)

Schwarz is releasing both a Narco Culture documentary and a book next year… Eagerly waiting for both of those… You can see the trailer on the project website here.

Sudan division nearing…

Tyler Hicks: Sudanese Seek Refuge from Bombing (NYT: July 2011)

Sarah Elliott: When Home is New (Sudan) (Newsweek: June 2011) Young Exiles Return to South Sudan

Happy birthday America…

I was following Magnum’s first Postcards from America road trip daily in May… There’s a selection of 100 photos on the agency’s website…

Photo: Alec Soth

Magnum Photos (various photographers):  Postcards From America (Magnum: June 2011)

Phil Bergerson:  Shards of America (TIME: July 2011)

Bruce Gilden: Fresno (Magnum in Motion: June 2011)

Antonin Kratochvil: In America (VII Magazine: July 2011)

Stuart Freedman: Delhi’s Army of Homeless (Panos: July 2011)

Mishka Henner: In a Foreign Land (Panos: July 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen: The Mapuche Indians (NOOR: June 2011) You can follow his ViaPanam blog here.

Afghanistan…

Gratiane de Moustier: Afghanistan in Transition (Reportage by Getty Images: June 2011)

Was reading Newsweek last week.. It had an article on President’ Obama’s dilemma relating to the economics of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan…Article was accompanied with two Rita Leister - Basetrack photos…see below…

Basetrack’s Photostream on Flickr

Gary Knight: Living with HIV (Burma) (VII: July 2011)

Really couldn’t enjoy viewing the below Dominic Nahr’s slideshow on the Magnum Emergency Fund website, but to no fault of the photographer…Either it’s my connection or bad website design..Every photo ‘loads’ separately and half of the time I was staring ‘a loading wheel’ going from 1% to 100% before seeing each of the images… Annoying..Hope it works better for you..

Dominic Nahr: The Unhealed Rift (Kenya) (Magnum Emergency Fund: June 2011)

Tomas van Houtryve: Laos: Open Secret (VII Network: July 2011)

Abbey Trayler-Smith: KO’d in Kabul (Panos: July 2011)

Stefano de Luigi: Ivory Coast (VII Network: July 2011)

Peter Marlow: Point of Interest (Magnum: July 2011)

Chris de Bode: When the Guns Fall Silent (Panos: June 2011)

Pierfrancesco Celada: Japan, I Wish I Knew Your Name (TIME LB: June 2011)

Jeremy Suyker: Jaffna: In the Aftermath of the Sri Lankan Civil War (Foto8: June 2011)

Muhammed Muheisen: Quiet, but Telling, Scenes in Pakistan (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Chloe Dewe Mathews: Banger Boys (Panos: July 2011)

Eivind Natvig: You Are Here (TIME LB: June 2011)

Articles

This week’s must read…. John Stanmeyer on pitching and planning a National Geographic photo essay…below a photo of Stanmeyer working..

Photo: Anil Chandra Roy

John Stanmeyer: The Amazing Yellow-Bordered Magazine (Photographer’s blog: June 2011)

I’d also like to recommend DuckRabbit’s post on war photographers… Make sure to read the comments…

DuckRabbit: The war photographer’s biggest story: themselves (Duckrabbit: June 2011)

David Campbell: Thinking Images v.19: Do local photographers have a distinctive eye? (DC Blog: June 2011)

I’d also recommend going back to David Campbell’s earlier post ‘Who’s Afraid of Home?’ to read some of the comments

PDN: 4 Questions to Ask Before Donating to a Charity Photo Auction (PDN: June 2011)

Jeremy Nicholl: The Photographer, The Entrepreneur, The Stockbroker And Their Rent-A-Mob (Photographer’s blog: June 2011)

NYT Lens: JR | Eyes on, and of, a South Bronx Community (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Guardian: Vanessa Winship’s Poetic Portraits (Guardian: June 2011)

Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: Urial Sinai (Guardian: June 2011)

Guardian: Steve McCurry : The Eyes Have It (Guardian: June 2011)

BJP: Stockpiling trouble: How the stock industry ate itself? (BJP: June 2011)

BJP: ICP graduate wins Humanitarian Visa d’Or award (BJP: June 2011)

Black Star Rising: The Photographer’s Life Should Start with Family (BSR: 2011)

Napa Valley Register: Windows XP desktop screen is a Napa image (Napa Valley Register: June 2011)

Interviews 

“I’m doing exactly what I want, and there are people paying me well to do it. It’s a fantastic life.” – Martin Parr

Martin Parr (Urban Outfitters: June 2011)

Lynsey Addario (Youtube: 2011)

Peter van Agtmael (e-photoreview: 2011)

Recommended….

University College Falmouth Press and Editorial Photography students have made an excellent Professional Profiles interview series…

Professional Profiles interviews pt 1 | pt 2 | pt 3 | pt 4

Elin Hoyland (e-photoreview: June 2011)

Seba Kurtis (C U Photography: June 2011)

Pierfrancesco Celada (Ameteur Photographer: June 2011)

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

The Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award offers €50,000 grant to develop a project in Zimbabwe | Article on BJP

Aftermath $20,000 grant for conflict photographers and a $5,000 grant for fixers & translators. | direct link to PDF

Jobs – Senior Photo Editor Daily Beast : NYC

Photographers – Stacy Kranitz

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