"It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones."
Nelson Mandela (via dreamhampton1)
Well over 1000 copies already sold! Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera is a certified hit. Put a smile on someone’s face this holiday season by presenting them with a first edition copy before they’re all gone. Available on amazon.com and at bookstores everywhere. Bless. #thebronxriviera #orchardbeach #nyc
Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 400 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim. I’m honored that I’ve been selected to be a Light Work Artist-in-Residence for September 2014. Bless.
Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera featured in PDN’s notable photo books of 2013!! Be sure to get yours now. Available at bookstores worldwide. #nyc #bronx #classic #everyday-people #grassroots #beautiful #pride #dignity #culture #roots #diversity #love
ROSEGALLERY will be featuring works from Orchard Beach and MIA at #PULSE Miami December 5-8. Stop by and see the work in person at Booth A102!
We have some great events coming up this month!
Wednesday, October 9th: Photojournalist and author Robert Nickelsberg will be at the Brooklyn Brewery for the launch of Afghanistan: A Distant War. Tickets are $25 and includes a free Brooklyn Brewery beer. All proceeds benefit RISC. You can find more information here.
Sunday, October 13th: Head to the Bronx Museum for the Orchard Beach exhibition launch party and book signing! Event begins at 2pm and is free and open to the public. More information here.
Friday, October 18th: Elinor Carucci will be at the International Center of Photography, signing copies of Mother. The event takes place during ICP’s voluntary contribution hours, so full admission is not necessary (but always appreciated!). Head on over to the ICP website for more information.
Monday, October 28th: Elinor Carucci will be at the School of Visual Arts to discuss Mother with curator and writer Susan Bright. The event is free and open to the public! More information here.
Die Antwood <3’s Roger Ballen
Roger Ballen makes some pretty freaky art. You’ll probably recognize his black and white photo of the thick-necked, large-eared twins from just about every single photo compilation book published over the past 20 years. And you’ll also know his slightly disturbing scribblings from the video he directed for Die Antwoord’s “I Fink You Freeky"—a project that came about eight years after Ninja and Yolandi first contacted the artist to tell him that they loved his work.
Recently Ballen released a book, also titled I Fink You Freeky, that features a bunch of his photographs of the South African duo posing in front of his artwork and installations. I got in touch with Roger to have a chat about the project and what it feels like to stop by Ninja and Yolandi’s house for a bowl of pasta, only to discover that it’s covered in a bunch of his own artwork.
VICE: Hey, Roger. How did this partnership with Die Antwoord begin?
Roger Ballen: I think it was in 2005 that Yolandi emailed me and said she loved my work and wanted to collaborate somehow. I said, “I don’t know you, I’m not really doing video and I’m in Johannesburg,” because they were in Cape Town at the time.
In 2010, some people started writing to me and calling me, asking if I’d seen this band that had gone viral who were using my images and drawings, and what I thought about it. I looked the band up and saw that it was Yolandi and Ninja.
Were you OK with them using all your images without permission?
For every one photography fan, there are 10,000 music fans, which means that having Die Antwoord spread the Roger Ballen aesthetic makes my audience that much wider. We got in touch again and discussed how we were going to continue our collaboration. I’d been working on a book called Asylum of the Birds, going to this boarding house of itinerants where birds fly freely and people come and go, sleep and live their lives alongside these birds. I showed them some of the pictures, which they loved, and together we chose images from that series and from archives of my earlier work to inspire scenes for a film.
After close to ten years documenting Jouvert in Brooklyn it was great to be assigned by the New York Times to cover it this year. A selection of this year’s take is now featured in the Metro section of today’s paper and live on nytimes.com. Big Ups to Niko Koppel for the assignment.
A small selection of my Jouvert portraits will be featured in the Metro section of the NY Times on Sunday with an extended gallery online. Please check it out. Peace.
It’s no great secret that VICE loves Richard Kern. Why? Because he’s one of the hardest working and smartest photographers shooting today. Stop asking stupid questions. Tonight, Richard is having an opening for his newest show, “Medicated, etc.” which features some totally new work, including the unveiling of Richard’s film, Medicated, which features cute girls talking about all the perscription pills they take. You can check out the unreleased trailer of it below. He also gave us these fantastic double exposures, which allow you to experience the X-ray vision we all wish we had. We think they rule, but hey, we like cute girls. And Richard. Go to the show!
131 Allen Street
Opening 6 to 8 PM
Today, Thursday, September 5