Soho Photo is pleased to announce that its November show will feature the winning entries in the Seventh Annual Alternative Processes Competition.This year’s Alternative Processes Competition presents the winning images of photographers from across the United States. The images that were submitted for this competition represent a wide range of alternative methods that can include beeswax paper negative, Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, platinum/palladium, gum dichromate, gold toned salt print, tintype, and ziatype. This year’s juror was gallerist, educator and photographer Michael Paris Mazzeo. As an educator, Mazzeo has long been a practitioner of antiquarian processes; he’s taught at the School of Visual Arts, ICP, New Jersey City University, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.
The top three winners are:
First Place: Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Chicago, IL Second Place: Denyse Murphy, Haverhill, MA Third Place: David Zimmerman, Taos, NM
After judging all the entries, Mazzeo issued a statement, an excerpt of which follows: He said, “My criteria for selecting work for this exhibition included technical proficiency, compelling imagery, and consistency of vision. I looked for work that was intelligent, thoughtful, engaging, entertaining, humorous and challenging, devoid of kitsch, cliché, and the obvious. Above all, my priority was to reward those artists whose work communicated distinct ideas through the effective use of their chosen process.
My top choice was Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman's exquisite portraits of elderly women adorned with botanical specimens by way of cyanotype photograms. An elegant elegy to old age and the passage of time, this work also nicely references Anna Atkins, an English botanist and the first recognized female photographer, who is credited with publishing the first book of photographic illustrations, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.
from Busts: All Things Are Always Changing
The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain by New York Times science editor Barbara Strauch overviews the latest findings of high-tech brain scans and psychological testing that demonstrate cognitive expertise reaching its peak in middle age. Although distractions and oversights may more easily prey on the mind, the continued growth of myelin (or white matter) increases problem-solving skills, pattern recognition, and even wisdom....we suspected as much.
C.J. Gunther for the New York Times Calibrated to make the wearer, in this case the student Katii Gullick, experience old age, the Agnes — short for the Age Gain Now Empathy System — has harnesses and bands that restrict joint and limb movements.
Wisdom and maturity do have their rewards, but physical aging brings none. Now the youthful can step into our frumpy shoes. The Age Gain Now Empathy System (AGNES) comes from the M.I.T. AgeLab, where researchers designed the suit to help product designers and marketers better understand older adults and create innovative products for them.
One advantage of the consumer culture our longer-lived generation has created: a recognition of the staying power of the mature market.
John Klavitter, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Consider longevity and wisdom of other species....and empathize.
The albatross named Wisdom is the oldest know wild bird in the United States. First banded in 1956, her age is thought to be 60 years old. After her annual 50,000 mile migration flight, she has recently begun raising what is thought to be her 30th to 35th chick.
This year's International Women's Day celebration is focused on work — and making sure women across the world have access to the training and technology necessary to be a part of the global economy.
Participating artists (l to r) Abigail Simon, Margaret Mary Downey, Martha Wilson of Franklin Furnace who curated the exhibit, and Barbara Ciurej. The opening was crowded and friendly and Mother Teresa (performance artist Linda Montano) was there to bestow blessings on those who made the art pilgrimage.