Watercolor+gouache on paper.
"The paintings are celebrations of Nature, but they also respond to the anxiety and uncertainty endemic to our time by returning to the traditional Sublime, picturing an ambivalent world that delights and inspires as surely as it destroys and awes. They depict a melting world, a Nature torn apart and dissolving." Christopher Reiger.
"When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse."
Commencement Speech. University of Portland graduating class 09.
Stephen Shames has been creating award winning photo essays on social issues since the 1960s: Outside the Dream, Pursuing the Dream, and The Black Panthers are Aperture publications. Shames has also written+directed videos: Friends of the Children, Children of Northern Uganda, and Our Students.
He started the Stephen Shames Foundation which helps Ugandan children become leaders, by sending them go to college and providing them with everything they need. In a recent interview with Shames he revealed, "I had a rough childhood due to abusive relationships with my dad and mom (...) My work is a healing process for me. My work is also about survivors, about people, especially children triumphing over adversity."
Steven lives in Brooklyn NY. He is one of my top favorite photographers ever.
Refashioned snapshots. Household bleach.
Mann takes photos that were taken in countries like Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq- found online, at estate sales, and online auctions etc., and paints parts of the photos with clear varnish. When submerging the prints into bleach, the varnished areas block the bleach while the other parts of the image wash away. As a result, large sections of each photograph are replaced by a bright white space, accentuating other details in the original photographs.