Fall 2015 Updates
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I've just returned from an extended trip to Europe, where my exhibition, "Nuclear Tourism," was shown at Visa Pour l'Image in Perpignan. During a stopover in Vienna, Austria I attended the Alfred Fried Award ceremony, and in Berlin I completed an assignment for the German edition of National Geographic Magazine. Next week, I'll be in New York for my talk at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, and then travel to St. Louis to accept the Missouri Honor Medal from the School of Journalism. Meanwhile, my Austrian publisher, Lois Lammerhuber, and I have started the layout for my next book, Sleeping Cars
. I'm looking forward to finishing it up and will share it with you when the book gets released.
As always, you can follow my upcoming events via my website
, and Instagram
THE INVISIBLE STROBE
Registration is still open for my lecture at PDN's PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center in New York City this October 23, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. "The Invisible Strobe" will cover the uses for small, handheld flashes in visually sophisticated ways – to emphasize your message, offer a sense of place, maintain atmosphere, and create a personal vision, while simultaneously avoiding the obvious “strobe” look. I'll share a wide range of possibilities, from utilizing strobes at high-speed sync in broad daylight to enhancing extreme long exposures at night by firing the flash(es) multiple times. More information here.
MISSOURI HONOR MEDAL
I'm humbled and honored to be named as a recipient of the 2015 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Medalists are selected by the faculty of the School on the basis of lifetime achievement in journalism. I'll be traveling to Missouri in October for the Award Ceremony and will share my lecture "Winds of Change" and visit the exhibition of my Chernobyl photographs currently on view at the school. Read more and see the press release here.
SLEEPING CARS: BOOK & EXHIBITION
There are more than seven million vehicles registered in Los Angeles County. Images of traffic jams are omnipresent. But where do all those cars go to rest? The photographs in my project Sleeping Cars
examine where LA cars spend their nights. These cars have a presence and command their space. They are mostly loners and shy away from being too close to others. Many sleep in covers, wearing them like nightgowns, though some sleep in the nude. Some take daytime naps, a few lucky ones sleep in pairs. Sleeping Cars
will be published as a book by Edition Lammerhuber this winter. Following the book's release, the photographs will be exhibited in a solo show at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, opening in February 2016. See more from the project on my website.
NUCLEAR TOURISM AT VISA POUR l'IMAGE
Thousands of photographers, editors and photo enthusiasts gather each year in Perpignan, France to attend Visa Pour l'Image
, the world's premier festival for photojournalism. They view exceptional work from around the world in exhibitions across the city and dramatic evening open-air screenings. Titled “Nuclear Tourism” my images of tourism in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone were exhibited at the Couvent des Minimes. To read more about the exhibition, along with others shown this year in Perpignan, see: CultureBox
, L'Obs Culture
, and Phototrend
ALFRED FRIED AWARD CEREMONY
As a member of the Jury for the Alfred Fried Award, I presented the medal to Dutch finalist Arthur van Beveren, whom I first met when he assisted me on an assignment in Amsterdam. The keynote speech at the award ceremony in Vienna, Austria was given by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Congratulations to Patricia Willocq, the 2015 Alfred Fried Award winner, the finalists Dmitrij Leltschuk (Germany), Carla Kogelman (The Netherlands) and David Bedoya (Peru)! More information about the Alfred Fried Award here.
THE LONG SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL
My heartfelt congratulations to Svetlana Alexievich, who was named the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature. Her mesmerizing and chilling book, "Voices from Chernobyl," was excerpted in "The Long Shadow of Chernobyl." More information here.
Adorama's Learning Center blog recently published an in-depth piece on my book and the work in Chernobyl, which can be viewed in full here.