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ISSUE 39 • August • 2017
Fred Lyon takes us back to an era when trench coats and gentlemanly hats took strolls with ladies in heels. Through the night, lit up by possibility, his feature, San Francisco Noir is a compilation of photos from the 1940’s and 1950’s; a throwback to a time when you didn’t know whom you might meet on a rainy street or fall in love with in a jazz club.
Alex Timmermans’ wet plate collection, Storytelling, intrigues the viewer. The juxtaposition between the orderly and the mundane, with that of the wild, stays with you as you rest longer and longer with each image.
Jinhyun Cha documents sex slaves of WWII in his touching series The Portraits of 108. His subjects float against a black backdrop, some of the women show a hint of a smile and others look almost as if they are wondering why their portraits are being taken. Cha underlines the importance of documenting those historical acts that many would like to pretend never occurred. These women are testaments to strength and fortitude, and each of them tells you thousands of stories with their eyes.
It is important to showcase that which may be uncomfortable and even controversial, in my essay, Exploring Controversy & Art; I discuss what it means to go deeper and sometimes darker into subject matter in the name of art. There are no clear lines of yes and no and that is what keeps us coming back for more.
In her series Vignettes, Janet Matthews was inspired by childhood play. The resulting photographs are oddly inviting as they vibrate within a strange childhood place of the unknown.Gerasimos Plantanas’, Visions & Portraits, keep your attention as you are sure the face behind the rain will turn around and become apparent, reaching out to hold you and tell you everything is going to be okay. The mist remains, and the broken mirror stays broken, but our dreams of the whole are not erased.
In her feature Feed the Flame, Tracie Williams illuminates the peace and the pain during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The visions of armed forces cutting tepees, the young child keeping watch with binoculars. Fires burn as body and mind risk personal pain, physical harm and all the hurt that comes with losing, at least momentarily, that which you believed in with your whole soul.
Sandra Djak Kovacs