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Catching Up After So Long ...

A few highlights in this busy half-year since my early spring update:

Enjoying my winning Detroit photograph printed as a postcard for inclusion in the prestigious Venice Biennale/Architecture
and published as the lead photograph in many articles.

Pamela Tom's elegant documentary TYRUS, on my friend, Tyrus Wong who will be 106 years old next week(!), is making festival rounds, winning awards and my kite photographs are beautifully paired with the end titles.

Speaking at the NYU/Africana Studies symposium on Jean-Michel Basquiat/STILL FLY@55.

Additional visits to Detroit, now 12 in all since January 2011, have only made me love and admire this city more.


and now...

DETROIT:DEFINITION opens in Paris
Galerie Claude Samuel on Thursday, 10 November
during ParisPhoto !!
 

I am delighted that my work is coming to Paris in November through a partnership between the noted contemporary art/photography gallery Galerie Claude Samuel & Maison de la Photographie/Lille (where the work was previously shown) and that it will again represent Detroit with a dual perspective, mine and that of the French photojournalist, Guillaume Rivière

   Galerie Claude Samuel is located in Le Viaduc des Arts (near the Marais), an historic renovation of an old elevated train line with incredibly beautiful arched artisan spaces and it makes perfect sense to have the Detroit project shown here for Detroit, as well, is all about creative renovation.

The opening reception, starting at 6:30 on 10 November, is also a celebration of 30 years of the Galerie Claude Samuel and I am honored that the Detroit project was chosen for this anniversary celebration.

The exhibition opening is during ParisPhoto so hopefully some of you attending will make this as well.  I am also thinking about a walk-through on Saturday late afternoon, 12 November so if any of you are interested, please let me know.


 
A FEW PICS ....

from the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (my image on the top right)
 


From BASQUIAT: STILL FLY@55, the Spring conference in NYC from the NYU/Africana Studies department, a panel on which I was asked to participate concerning the economics of the Basquiat name and "brand" today.  I was honored to be with such amazing artists, art professionals and writers due to my first book on contemporary art & poetry for youth, LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME, where I married the evocative words of Dr. Maya Angelou's l978 poem to Jean-Michel Basquiat's paintings.
The cover photo of LIFE is projected on the screen behind us.
 


From a summer interview in The Towner about Los Angeles Writer David Ulin's new book, the lead photograph is from my GRIDLOCK series published in the DAP/Metropolitan book, BOTH SIDES OF SUNSET: PHOTOGRAPHING LOS ANGELES, out last year with an intro by David.



In September, I completed my 12th visit to Detroit for my DETROIT:DEFINITION project. When I started the project, I knew nothing except the address of the house in which I was born.  Today my connections and my friends - so many who have so graciously befriended me - have grown complex and important. The work is changing as I explore more intimately this city with not yet an insider's perspective but no longer an outsider's casual view, understanding more of what has brought me here.

I am extremely honored that I have been able to represent Detroit nationally, internationally and even in the city itself. In September, the Crain's Detroit Business DETROIT HOMECOMING conference about social and economic investment in the city used my photographs to show off Detroit to the expats who had returned.

Below: a conference mural composed of my images on the wall of Cass Tech.



Expanding NEWS!

Throughout a varied set of careers that includes both my published children's book projects and my fine art photography, the underlying theme of my life has been the arts and I am always amazed how the various aesthetic disciplines interact within one's soul, not always clearly but always influencing thought and vision.  So I am so delighted to announce that, I5+ years down the serious photographic road, I am broadening my outreach by occasionally creating and combining two of of my loves - words and images - and several new book projects will be soon out to publishers.

I even have a new literary agent for my new children's book projects: Erzsi Deak of Hen & Ink Literary Studio, someone I admire and with whom I really look forward to working!

At present, I am reconfiguring my blog, SaraJaneBoyersAloud as my temporary literary website to showcase the work and chat about this renewed and expanded focus.   Hopefully soon, my new literary website - sarajaneboyersbooks.com - will be online.

I look forward to you joining me on this journey.
As an artist, it is exciting to expand and while I have no intention of leaving fine art photography, I am already finding within myself a greater sense of observation and heightened sense of story, both for me and for my photographic subject.  It feels good.




My thanks to so many for what has been a great year so far and look forward to what comes up next.
I will be in Paris during the important American election and am eager to hear other perspectives on our concerns today.  Of course I am voting early by mail but urge all you in the States to vote, however you can.  We all depend upon it.









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