Available Jan 23, 2012
270 p., 10 1/4 x 11
250 color + 15 b/w illus.
With little formal training as a photographer or artist, Zoe Strauss (b. 1970) founded the Philadelphia Public Art Project in 1995 with the aim of exhibiting art in nontraditional venues. Five years later, she began using photography as the most direct means of representing her chosen subjects. Zoe Strauss: 10 Years offers a midcareer assessment of Strauss's achievement to date, and the first full account of her celebrated ten-year project, beginning in 2001, to exhibit her photographs under an elevated section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia.
Strauss's troubling and sometimes touching images focus primarily on American working-class experience, to convey what she calls "an epic narrative that reflects the beauty and struggle of everyday life." Generously illustrated, this book includes nearly 200 photographs—135 of them published here for the first time—along with images that document her I-95 exhibitions. With essays by Peter Barberie and Sally Stein, plus a text by the artist herself, a bibliography, and a chronology, this is the most definitive publication to date about this important young artist.
Peter Barberie is the Brodsky Curator of Photographs at the Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Sally Stein is professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine.
Yale University Press
Labels: Zoe Strauss
Here is the YouTube version of My Own Wilderness. The quality isn't as good as the Vimeo version, but if you are having any difficulty with slow loads on the HD version from Vimeo, this might be a better choice.
It's been quite a ride since announcing the call for work back in August for My Own Wilderness. It was the first time I attempted something like this on PHOTO/arts Magazine. Would I get any submissions? Would anyone care about the theme? Would I get nothing but cliche landscape shots? All of those concerns were unfounded and the response was truly amazing. Submissions came in from day one and continued steadily throughout the month of September. 150 photographers from all over the world submitted over 700 images. Images that made it a joy to work on this project and a very difficult time narrowing down to an exhibition quantity. The result of my hundreds of hours of curation and editing time are on the video being released today. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I did creating it. I am looking forward to editing the book which will be published in January 2012.
Choosing five winners out of the 45 selected photographers was even more difficult than choosing the images for the exhibit. Any of the 45 could have been one of the winners as far as I'm concerned. Every one of these selected photographers submitted very thoughtful and personal projects to this call for work. In the video you are only seeing one or two images from far broader series with deeper meanings than I can reveal within the confines of a group show. It is well worth going to the individual photographer's websites and exploring the full body of their work.
The terms of the competition stated that five winning photographers would receive a free copy of the book when published. (All selected photographers will be able to buy the book at cost), so as difficult as it was to choose, those five photographers are...
Bernard Mindich New York, USA
Agan Harahap Jakarta, Indonesia
Irina Popova Russia
Andi Schreiber New York, USA
Katerina Bodrunova Russia
I will be posting some extended features on these five photographers in the coming weeks.
Here is a list of all photographers selected with links to their web sites
And here is the video of the exhibit. It is just under 15 minutes long. Pour yourself a cup of tea and sit back and enjoy it. Would love to hear your feedback. Thanks again to all the amazing artists who had the courage to write some very personal and intense artist statements and submit incredibly emotional work.
My Own Wilderness on Vimeo