Photography Open Salon is an artist led initiative founded and curated by Vanja Karas.
It was designed with the aim to share, promote and exhibit photographic stories and expressions, and to allow new photographic work to be seen, communicated, commissioned and published by creating new audiences, dialogues, followers and collectors.
The aim is to create a global platform for great photographic art and the discourse that surrounds it, as well as for its creators: in space, in print and on screen.
Based on a different theme each year, Photography Open Salon invites submissions from both emerging and established cutting-edge contemporary photographers from around the world.
So far, since its inception in 2011, Photography Open Salon has exhibited over 200 photographers from 45 countries on two continents, in Arles, alongside Les Rencontres d'Arles at Galerie Huit and in South East Asia in China House, Malaysia.
The exhibitions are renowned for the originality of their hangings and installations in unique spaces.
The exhibited works have been published in two books: 'Transience' and 'An Eye for an Ear'.
Next exhibitions: Photography Open Salon // London, Autumn 2013 and then in 2014 Photography Open Salon // South East Asia in Malaysia.
International ArtExpo is an independent group of artists. Its object is to use new technologies to globalize the language of art, to connect the conceptual points of contact of artists working in every part of the world, all united in the thick plot of the world net. From painting to sculpture, from photography to digital art, all the way to video art the work is all manifestation of one will: to communicate through art, a language that transcends the boundaries of language and all political and geographical barriers and unites all religions and all peoples.
An exhibition by Eran Gilat локация / location ZoomBox Center период / period 15.06 - 30.06.2013 / откриване / opening 12:30, 15.06.2013 изложба / exhibition For many years „I live via photography“ (as an expressive tool). In recent years I found myself directing most of my attention and energy to still life photography of biological specimens, highly inspired by my long lasting confrontation with biological tissues and natural fauna. It takes a while for a young clinician or a researcher to accommodate the laboratory or hospital scenes to enable good performance. This is done by extensive training; some cannot adjust to the visuals. I feel my photographic activity carries me to these regions too. My photographic activity deals with the aesthetics of the scene, improvising various contexts, the tools and paraphernalia shown are not just the typical ones used in the operating place.
My „Life Science“ project is forcing the biological tissue into a relatively pleasant, sometimes artificial scenarios contemplating issues of materialism, erotica and mortality, corresponding with the complicated and intriguing category of „Animal reminder“ in the visual arts. # The source of all specimens were meat markets and natural history facilities.
The book tells a story of discovery of a rich and beautiful African intellectual culture that remains largely unknown in the West.
Photography Open Salon's insight:
A country’s cultural heritage is crucial to its nationhood and is a source of pride and dignity. Armed conflicts bring with them destruction: not only of lives, but also of cultural property, theft and looting of museums and archaeological sites, displacement of people and communities…with catastrophic and lasting impact on a country’s cultural heritage.
Photography Open Salon Artist Alexandra Huddlesston is looking for funding for her new book project “333 Saints: a Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu.”
Consider supporting the publication of the photography book that Alexandra has been working on for the last five years: “333 Saints: a Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu.” The US Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Museum of African Art have acquired prints from the project.
The book tells a story of discovery; unfolding page by page, a rich and beautiful African intellectual culture that remains largely unknown in the West. This is a book about men and women who love books – scholars of all ages who seek knowledge and wisdom through learning. It is about a city that has built its identity around a culture of scholarship.
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay.
Photography Open Salon's insight:
A wonderful man and an amazing artist. An inspiring talk by Sebastiao Salgado.
Portfolio of Chilean Photographer Alejandro Olivares
The people captured in “Living Periferia” live with it every day of their lives. The violence, the drugs, the weapons, the lost bullets, which take dozens of lives every year… The fights, the battles with the police. Some barely escape. Others fall in the street law and to save them from oblivion their friends and family draw enormous pictures of them on the walls of the shantytown. It’s a posthumous tribute to their courage, their way to remember them as local heroes.
This work dives in a forgotten world, where many times not even mailmen are allowed in. It’s a world that goes beyond poverty. Wide ghettos in the further corners of Santiago where the State has managed for years to dump what they would rather not see. What investments must never see. What rich people should better keep ignoring.
Chile is now one of the richest countries in South America. The government celebrates the 4.4% economical growth in the last year and everyone claps when they say the international crisis hasn’t reached yet. But no one looks at this face of Chile when they receive the applauses. Derelict that generates more derelict. Violence that generates more violence. The toughest and more efficient school of crime. A society inside the society whit their own codes and mechanics that result inconceivable for the rest of the world. The order inside the chaos, where only the one who yells louder, the one who hits harder or the one who shoots faster can emerge. Or survive.
These photos are a personal puzzle about fragmented social representations. The foreign eyes of someone that, of all the going round, ended up being a local. But who’s look reflects the beauty of an ugly and shocking world to the eyes of whom looks from across the street.
Photo report's insight:
Alejandro Olivares (1981) is a Chilean photographer currently living in Santiago, Chile. He is the photo editor of The Clinic Magazine; correspondent for foreign agencies, several international agencies and photographer for “Felicidad” Design Agency in Chile. His work is divided between press coverage and documentary essay.
He has won multiple awards including; National Hall of Press Photo (Chile), Photo of the Year in the bicentenary version of the National Hall of Press Photo (Chile), Photo of the Year in Querétaro Photo Fest in Mexico, along with the second place in documentary essay in the same festival. He was nominated for the Rodrigo Rojas de Negri award in the years 2009, 2011, and 2012 and he was selected for the briefcase visionary PhotoEspaña 2011 in República Dominicana.
His work has been featured in exhibitions in Chile, Spain and the United States and has been published in several Chilean magazines and journals including “Qué Pasa”, “Joia”, “Pound”, “Guamá”, “Artishock” and “La Nación”. He has also published in foreign medias like “Soho” (Colombia), “Internazionale” (Italy), “Focus” (Italy), “10×15″ (Spain), “Piel de Foto” (Spain).
He has been honorably mentioned in the Zoom-In Poverty Contest, from the Agence Xinhua, China.
Photobook Festival Dummy Award Shortlist - 55 photobook dummies are on display in Milan »MIA | Milan Image Art Fair« (10 to 12 May), in Dublin »PhotoIreland Festival« (1 to 31 July), in Paris »Le Bal« (26 August to 7 September), and in Kassel »6th Fotobookfestival« (24 to 27 October). The three winners will be selected by the main jury at the Fotobookfestival Kassel. The winner of the First Prize is given the opportunity to realize his or her dummy as a "real" book with the printers and publishers Seltmann + Söhne, Germany and the book is presented in the art magazine European Photography. The 2nd and 3rd prizes will be supplied by blurb: the 2nd prize is books to the value of 500 Euros, the 3rd prize books to the value of 300 Euros.
The word "karoshi" came into common use around 1990, when Japanese workers began working longer hours in response to competition from overseas and the recession at the time. Despite increased awareness of the dangers of overwork, de-regulation and increased global competition means that Japanese workers are working harder than ever.
About 20 years ago, heart attacks or strokes were a symbol of ‘karoshi’ in Japan. Today, workers are committing suicide. Of the more than 30,000 suicides recorded 2009, 10,000 were believed to be related to work, according to data from the national police agency. Suicide triggered by overwork is particularly prevalent among white color workers, also known as “salarymen” in Japan. Salarymen devote long work hours and loyalty to companies in exchange for a life-time of employment and benefits.
With the recession of the 1990s and the lifting of a ban on the use of cheap temporary laborers, salarymen increasingly work longer hours because of a shortage of manpower and the fear of losing jobs.
An exhibition by Zann Huizhen Huang локация / location Art Center Photosynthesis период / period 28.05 - 17.06.2013 / откриване / opening 19:00, 28.05.2013 изложба / exhibition After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has been isolated from the international community. In recent years, this nation has been in the limelight for its ambiguous nuclear program and its image is further deteriorated by President Ahmadinejad’s belligerent rhetoric against the West. With an aim of dispelling the myth of how Iranians are often portrayed and perceived as ‘hostile’ and ‘anti-west’, I embarked on a self-funded project to document daily life in Iran since 2006. I witnessed how Iranians live a life of duality, of how they had to conform to Islamic rules in public in sharp contrast to how they can be themselves at home or in their own private spaces. Living under the tight constraints of the Sharia Law where freedom of speech is highly restricted, some youth defy convention by dating secretly or holding private parties where unrelated male and female mingle. Disgruntled with the lack of personal freedom and unemployment, some also indulge in drugs and secret alcohol binges. While one cannot deny that there are still factions of Iranian society who strive to uphold the strict tenets of Islamic laws, there are many who rebelled behind closed doors and tasted fruits which are forbidden.
“Just being there. Somewhere in Teksas-Land”, the curatorial project of Gerda Kochanska and Luca Tronci, presents a hereto unpublished photographic archive by Jan Reutt, Polish born doctor and keen amateur photographer, who passed away in 2003.
Photography Open Salon's insight:
Photography Open Salon Artist Gerda Kochanska is seeking funding for her latest project 'Just being there. Somewhere in Texas-Land.'
In this particular body of work, Nir's editing technique reveals the beautiful subtleties that usually go unlooked. These images are lush with contrast that enhances a super realistic way of seeing the human form. His work also comments on the flaws that are found on even the most beautiful of men. --Grant Gill
Photography Open Salon's insight:
To be a dancer is to work your body to the breaking point. In my project "Inframen", I created a series of portraits using an infrared technique that reveals details that are under the subject's abused skin. I am taking the dancers out of their roles as performers and revealing personal intimate individuals. Through these subtle and surreal portraits, I aim to continue my studies of contemporary male dancers, peeling the physical shield and exposing fragile human beings - The scars show on their skin and in their eyes. Nir Arieli
Miguel Ángel Sánchez traveled in 2012 with his studio to Ulu Pamir, Turkey, a far place in the middle of Turkish Kurdistan, hidden between mountains with very hard winters and connected by a tortuous path to Van Lake. 30 years ago, this land was the witness of the arrival of a group of unusual people with unusual features.
These people, originally from Kyrgyzstan, came walking from far away, from Pamir, with the promise of a better and safer life hosted by the Turkish government, avoiding the war with USSR.
30 years later, people from this place fight against the government´s abandonment and harassment of the PKK guerrilla warfare.
Miguel Ángel portrayed the inhabitants from this small village and their will to preserve their roots and traditions despite being far away from their original land.
Miguel Ángel Sánchez (Madrid 1977), Spanish photographer based in Cairo since 2009.
For years he combined his development as an artist with his work in a commercial photography studio, until, in 2009, he decided to completely turn over to his creative side and opened his own photography studio in Cairo (Egypt).
His studio in Cairo is the base where he works and prepares projects developed in Egypt for the last four years, but he is also a study itinerant photographer who takes his workspace to any corner of the world: Asia, Middle East or black Africa. The Gaddafi war in Libya, the Ulu Pamir besieged by the PKK in Turkish Kurdistan, the Gaza Strip after Israel bombing and Lebanon after Hariri are some of the ports reached by Studio Al Asbani.
Miguel Ángel Sánchez also combines his work as a studio photographer with photojournalist and cameraman in conflict zones where he covered the war in Libya, the Egyptian revolution and the Gaza Operation Pillar of defense, among others.
His work has been published by national media such as El País, and international as The New York Times, Le Monde, New Yorker, Photo Raw, La Lettre de la Photographie, etc.
"Too many people. Too little space. With every passing second, there are more and more of us. By the year 2050, the global population is expected to pass nine billion people, a significant increase from the six-and-a-half billion today. In the Philippines, they are already running out of space. The capital of Manila is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world." - Mads Nissen
My name is Maxim Dondyuk and I’m a 29 y.o. documentary photographer living in Ukraine. I used to be a photojournalist covering news events in Ukraine, but two years ago I quit and started in documentary photography.
In 1995, the World Health Organization declared the tuberculosis epidemic in Ukraine. Over the past 16 years the situation has greatly worsened. Each day TB takes lives of 30 people, annually - about 10 thousand.
In December 2010, I went to Donbass region in Ukraine. I was greatly influenced by what I saw on the first day. One of the first patients I had photographed was suffering from gastrointestinal tuberculosis. He was lying naked on a hospital bed and staring at the ceiling. A week later I was with him in the last hours of his life. He could not move or talk, his body was like a skeleton covered with skin. He clutched a cross to his chest and prayed. Afterwards I met his wife and she told me how he had walked around the house with a torn stomach and intestines dragging across the floor, because the ambulance had refused to transfer him to the hospital. They had to call for a taxi. After a while I realized that this happens all over the country and that the epidemic of tuberculosis has become one of the national problems.
A lot of prisons amnesty the convicts in serious health conditions so as not to spoil their mortality figures. Two-thirds of former prisoners are dissolved in the country without being kept under medical supervision. Hospitals are in a terrible state and all phthisiology keeps on doctors who are long overdue to retire. Patients with drug-resistant TB have to use public transport to receive medical supplies and food and those without money just die in their beds. In the midst of current political wars in Ukraine everybody is just indifferent to the problem of tuberculosis.
For me it is very important to communicate truthfully what I have witnessed. And for that I must experience the problem myself, because my goal is to convince the viewer and to convince others you must first convince yourself. I live in hospitals with other patients, sometimes I stay in patients’ homes. I realized recently that taking pictures is not enough; I began to use a dictaphone to record their stories and made videos for a future multimedia. Everyone I tell about is close to me. I’ve known each of them for several months, lived a part of my life with them and buried some of them.
I will plan to continue shooting project of the TB epidemic in other countries of the former Soviet Union. - Maxim Dondyuk
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