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Desert Dweller by Daniel Skwarna

From February 01, 2021 to February 28, 2021
Desert Dweller by Daniel Skwarna
San Diego, CA
All About Photo is pleased to present Desert Dweller by Daniel Skwarna.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Founder & Editor of All About Photo is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of February 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the project Desert Dweller.


Slab City sits on the leftover infrastructure of Camp Dunlap, a WWII marine base activated in 1942 as a training camp for action in North Africa. The base also provided training areas for army troops under General Patton, a bombing range for planes from a nearby Marine Air Station, and a staging area for smaller Marine groups. It was deactivated in 1945. When the land was returned to the State, only the concrete slab foundations remained to float on the shifting sands. Slabbers have been shifting with these sand for decades; building, scrapping, repurposing, surviving, dying. They’re a motley crew, as varied as anywhere else. The year-round population is modest. Roughy fifty stay through July and August when temperatures are mercurial and even rattlesnakes seek the shade of campers. Their ability to endure inhuman conditions year after year is matched only by a shared distaste for the gridded boiler plate of city life. Many are on SSI, SSDI, or just plain broke. Modern American pioneers, claiming their slab and declaring themselves master. A free range society of feral folks occupying a chunk of desert in Southern California. Slabbers have different reasons for coming here and staying. Many are transient, coming for the warmth in winter. Some seek anonymity, others to forego the rat race. Veterans with PTSD neighbour hippies, meth heads, and Oxycontin addicts. Survivalists and religious men come to the desert to test themselves as their forefathers have for millennia. Felons hide deep in the Slabs under cover of creosote to evade the authorities. Average American families that never recovered from the Great Recession or want to stretch their retirement funds. Artists, musicians, philosophers. Few of them enjoy the conveniences we take for granted. There is no free drinkable water, no tap to turn. Slabbers can filter the East High Line canal, brown with farm runoff, or take from the faster moving Coachella Canal feeding Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Otherwise, you pay local suppliers. Garbage is either kept by Slabbers (for future reuse) or dumped for lack of municipal pick-up. Solar panels and deep cycle batteries provide power to run fans and swamp coolers in the hottest months. Sanitation varies from rvs to composting toilets and gopher holes. To each his own. There is a cost to living free.

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

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3 Points of View: Kamoinge Photographers
New York, NY
From November 23, 2020 to February 26, 2021
Keith de Lellis Gallery presents the work of three early Kamoinge photographers for this winter exhibition. The name "Kamoinge" comes from the Kikuyu language of Kenya and means a group of people acting together. The Kamoinge mission statement: To HONOR, document, preserve, and represent the history and culture of the African Diaspora with integrity and respect for humanity through the lens of Black photographers." ( Beginning in 1963 and continuing into the present day, Anthony Barboza (b. 1944 New Bedford, MA) has enjoyed a long career in photography, capturing his subjects both on the street and in the studio. Perhaps best known for his photographs of singers and jazz musicians in the 1970s and '80s, Barboza's subjects span a wide range, from high-profile celebrities to anonymous children on the street of New York City. Barboza's photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, LIFE Magazine, and Vogue. In the early days of Barboza's interest in photography, he was introduced to Kamoinge, and served as president of the organization from 2005-2016. Founder of Cesaire Photo Agency and cofounder of the Black Photographer's Annual, Beuford Smith (American, b. 1941) has enjoyed a diverse and celebrated career in image-making. His clients include Black Star, AT&T, Emory University, Merrill Lynch, Avon, and GE. He received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1990 and 2000, a Light Work Artist-in-Residence Fellowship in 1999, and an Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship in 1998. Smith was a founding member, and later served as president, of Kamoinge. Among Smith's work is an emotional set of photographs exploring the Black community's anguish the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Harlem native Shawn Walker (American, b. 1940) was invited to Kamoinge in 1963, having been interested in photography since childhood. "I knew this was going to be a life-saving event for me. I was the youngest and least knowledgeable in the group. [Kamoinge members] Louis Draper and Adger Cowans had degrees in art. I was a high school dropout, but fortunately, I had been exposed to stuff so I wasn't out of my league. It was a mentor/big brother kind of thing. You always had somebody to talk to. That's a rare thing. Imagine having 12 guys you could rely on for information," Walker says (Document Journal). Walker has taught photography for decades now, first at Queensboro College, then York College, and finally Columbia University Teacher's College. At the beginning of 2020, his archive of nearly 100,000 photographs, negatives, and transparencies was acquired by the Library of Congress. The photographs of these three distinguished artists can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, Princeton University, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, and more.
Touchstones of the Twentieth Century
Notre Dame, IN
From August 11, 2020 to February 27, 2021
The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame is home to a noteworthy collection of photographs, perhaps the finest academic collection in the Midwest. Although the 19th century collection is renowned, the 20th century collection is equally significant but lesser known. This exhibition of one hundred carefully selected American and European photographs is the first presentation of this scope at Notre Dame. It will provide a survey of creative photography through the course of the century, an era when such images were known worldwide, providing touchstones of history and culture. Among this survey are iconic works by Alfred Stieglitz and Lewis Wickes Hine at the dawn of the century, as well as photographs by Sally Mann and John Baldessari in is final decades. In the academic setting, the photographs have been chosen to exemplify major developments in visual culture, historical events, and the stylistic and technical evolution of photography. This dynamic century-marked by two world wars, aesthetic and news pictures, and humans on the Moon-is preserved in the collective memory in photographic images. The installation will unfold in a roughly chronological arrangement over seven galleries. This presentation is meant to guide college students in diverse ways of confronting and understanding works of art. It also provides an introduction to the history of photography. The exhibition will also reveal the scope and caliber of the Museum's collection to the broader national academic community. For the general public the show will provide a rare opportunity to experience a survey of such breadth and quality.
Odette England: Love Notes
New York, NY
From October 21, 2020 to February 27, 2021
Originally programmed for Spring 2020, this exhibition is now scheduled for the Fall. We're delighted to be premiering new work from the 'Love Notes' series, as well as presenting collector favorites from previous bodies of work. More information and details regarding Artworks will be available online from August 1st. A public Opening Reception is scheduled for October 22nd, 6:00–8:00pm.
Paul Cupido
New York, NY
From December 16, 2020 to February 27, 2021
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new New York gallery at 952 5th Avenue (at 76th St.) with the first U.S. show of works by the acclaimed Dutch photographer Paul Cupido. Cupido's imagery deals largely with natural world seen through the eyes of a visual poet. Interwoven processes - different cameras, papers, and scale - constitute his versatile approach to photography while exhibiting a consistent vision and aesthetic. Informed by a Zen sensibility, Cupido's work reflects upon notions of beauty and the quest for inner peace, searching for moments of the sublime in the turmoil of the transient. Readers of the New York Times would have recently seen Cupido's image "Suave" used to illustrate Meghan Markle's op-ed piece on empathy and loss. The image (illustrated above as the right hand part of a diptych) was thought by many to be the Duchess of Sussex herself but is not. We are honored to open our new space with this show of 52 of Cupido's photographs ranging in size from 5 x 7 inches to 24 x 36 inches. Viewing is open to the public under the normal Covid protocol of masks and social distancing. Current gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday 12-5pm and by appointment. Paul Cupido was born on the small Dutch Island of Terschelling in 1972. He graduated cum laude from the Fotoacademie Amsterdam and began exhibiting his work in 2017. Presented at Photo London and at Paris Photo - his photography was an immediate sensation leading to his representation by Danziger Gallery. In the fall of 2021, the exhibition will move to our Los Angeles space, Danziger at Fetterman.
Nina Brauhauser: Triangles
New York, NY
From January 28, 2021 to February 27, 2021
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is pleased to present "Triangles", the ongoing series by German artist and photographer Nina Brauhauser, part of the young generation of European artists exploring the intersection between photography and abstraction. This online exhibition is starting January 28th through February 27, 2021. Nina Brauhauser doesn't see her work as photographically in a traditional sense; In the sense of concrete photography, her photographs exist as self-referential signs. The paper is equally space-creating for the "drawn" body and subsistence of the body itself. The image becomes an object itself, with all its information captured in hermetic seclusion of the surface of the photographic material. Gottfried Jäger calls concrete photography self-assertion. " And literally, the work is a counterpart for me. If you want to see me as a photographer, I'm concerned to be a portraitist who depicts the essence of photography itself" explains Nina Brauhauser. Also with these 'Triangles", Nina Brauhauser further developed the complex "2dimensional objects", which she has been working on since 2009." I like the way Donald Judd called a series of works "specific objects" rather than sculptures, to indicate their distance from classical ways of making sculptures," comments Brauhauser. Nina Brauhauser, b. 1980 in Düsseldorf, studied photography at Folkwang University of the Arts (Essen) and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (Netherlands). Her photographs have appeared in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions across Europe, including at Städtisches Museum Kalkar; Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg; Galerie Schütte, Essen; FFFZ Kulturforum Düsseldorf; Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin; Galerie Christa Burger, München; and Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, among several others. In 2013 Brauhauser participated in Bushwich Open Studios, and in 2012 was awarded "Förderpreis Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW."
WHERE? A Brief History of Photography through Landscape
West Palm Beach, FL
From January 22, 2020 to February 28, 2021
This is the second in the series of permanent collection installations outlining the histories of photography from six perspectives: who, what, where, when, why, and how. From the beginnings of the medium in the 19th century, photography has been used to document, describe, and claim the planet. Photographers were a vital part of any expeditionary force and the visual strategies they employed remain relevant today - though the reasons for their use have greatly changed. WHERE? includes images by 19th century American William Henry Jackson, famed MoMA curator Edward Steichen, modernist Brett Weston, earthworks artist Robert Smithson, and Californian John Divola, among many others, and will provide a concise visual history of photography's role in defining the many environments we call home.
Mitch Epstein: Property Rights
Fort Worth, TX
From December 22, 2020 to February 28, 2021
In a series never shown before in a museum, pioneering color photographer Mitch Epstein (b. 1952) faces urgent, contemporary issues through his compelling photographs in Mitch Epstein: Property Rights. From Standing Rock protests to the Arizona and Texas borderlands, Epstein travels the country capturing images where public and private rights are often in conflict. Politics and citizenship, or environmental degradation and land rights, Epstein focuses on tough topics, helping us see overlapping, and often competing, histories and perspectives. Epstein's signature large-format photographs offer viewers a new way to consider the attention-grabbing headlines. His compositions celebrate beauty, light, and space, even as they raise questions about societal attitudes and priorities. Get lost in these 22 large-scale photographs as you challenge your perceptions and see modern history through the lens of an internationally renowned artist.
The 1970s
Dallas, TX
From January 16, 2021 to February 28, 2021
The decade marks a historic turn in art history for photography. No longer was traditional landscape and documentary photography the same. Photography shared the spotlight with painting. The subject of American landscape became not the natural but the altered. Images of our urban, and suburban landscapes by Ed Ruscha, Robert Adams and Bill Owens took hold. Garry Winogrand manically photographed the streets, brilliantly capturing people in moments of joy, oddity, drama, sport and truth. Major artists like John Baldessari, Lucas Samaras, Robert Rauschenberg, incorporated photography in their work. Feminist artists were reacting viscerally to their lack of equality. Ana Medieta used photography to document her powerful performances. Performance art became popular world-wide and necessitated photography to record temporary works and performances by Christo, Dennis Oppenheim, and the duo, Marina Abramovic and Ulay. Lee Friedlander found art in the banal, poetically documenting what we see every day, but seemed to miss. And the Photo Realist painters started painting the cookie cutter suburban scenes that photographers were documenting. It was a feverishly creative time for the medium of photography, that spanned the 1960's - 1980's, exploding in the 1970's. John Szarkowski, the photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, understood this new vision and gave exhibitions to artists that have become icons of 20th Century art, including Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Garry Winogrand, George Krause, Lee Friedlander and more. PDNB Gallery is particularly drawn to this decade in photo history. With the representation of artists from the era, PDNB has emphasized its importance in several exhibitions in the past 25 years.
Atomic Island: Ben huff
Anchorage, AL
From January 01, 2021 to March 01, 2021
Adak Island, the midpoint of Alaska's Aleutian Islands chain, is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the South and the Bering Sea to the North. Used by Indigenous Unangax^ peoples for millennia, in the 20th century the island became the primary U.S. military site for World War II defense against the Japan, as well as a strategic base in Cold War counterintelligence. The town of Adak once supported a military operation of 6,000 people, but in 1997, the U.S. Navy vacated the island. Today, less than 100 people call Adak home. Alaska photographer Ben Huff's documentation of Adak began in 2015. Intrigued by landscapes that once held vital economic and strategic importance in Western culture, he was drawn to the island's geographic remoteness and its complex history. Capturing Adak's stark and expansive horizons, remnants of suburbanization and military infrastructure, as well as portraits of present-day denizens of Adak, Huff explores connections between the natural, geopolitical and cultural forces that have shaped the island. He juxtaposes this work with historical records from the Anchorage Museum's archives. The work in this exhibition forms part of his forthcoming photo book, Atomic Island.
Your Denver
Denver, CO
From December 04, 2020 to March 01, 2021
The Denver Architecture Foundation (DAF) and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) are pleased to present their 3rd annual Doors Open Denver Photography Competition, Y/OUR Denver. Y/OUR Denver asked local photographers to find and photograph their favorite areas of Denver. The call was open to all forms of architectural imagery and from photographers of all skill levels. Juror Samantha Johnston, Executive Director & Curator of CPAC, selected 30 images for the exhibition from a pool of 225 entries. From digital photography to analog film, Y/OUR Denver showcases the big and small areas of our city. Starting December 4th, Y/OUR Denver can be viewed on both the CPAC and DAF websites. Pictured above: City & County Building – Downtown Denver, by Megan Self Founded in 1990, the Denver Architecture Foundation continues to champion the deep-rooted connections between architecture, education and community-building through diverse and expanding programs. DAF is a unique organization in the Denver area, fulfilling strong public interest in local architecture and its relevance in shaping Denver’s past, present and future. As the city continues to experience unprecedented growth, DAF’s importance also grows – and we have responded by expanding and enhancing program offerings for all people living, working and studying in the Mile High City.
Reflecting Voices
Denver, CO
From December 04, 2020 to March 01, 2021
As part of our ongoing efforts to amplify the voices of underrepresented artists, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center presents Reflecting Voices - a collection of photographs from bodies of work by Alanna Airitam, Narkita Gold, and Rashod Taylor. In photography, light that reflects off a subject is most often what the camera records to produce a photograph. Here the subject is diverse expressions of black identity. Alanna's tribute to Black culture as realized through characteristics of Dutch portraiture and the Harlem Renaissance; Narkita's revealing portraits of Denver's Black community seen through bright, colorful backgrounds; Rashod's testimony of the Black American experience documented through an intimate study of family. It is an honor to spotlight these artists, who each reflect on identity, race, and legacy in their own way through the art of portraiture. With this exhibition we seek to provide the space to reflect, engage in conversation, and respond to our current moment. Curated by Samantha Johnston, CPAC Executive Director & Curator. This special on-site exhibit at CPAC is in celebration of Month of Photography (MoP), a biennial celebration of fine art photography with hundreds of events throughout the Denver Metro region in March 2021. For a complete list of exhibitions and events, visit
Erik Hoffner: Ice Visions
Brattleboro, VT
From October 24, 2020 to March 06, 2021
Ice Visions is an informal collaboration between myself, the ice fishing community, and elemental forces. When fishing holes refreeze overnight, they create fertile ground for nature's wild artistic side, and these perfectly augered circles become worlds at once interstellar and cellular, dreamlike and tactile. The images on display depict ice designs I've documented during 20 years of exploring New England lakes and ponds. In the morning light, with tiny bubbles from below fixed in place by several inches of new ice, these scenes come to life as eyes, galaxies, stars, cells, and more when rendered in black and white. Due to milder than usual temperatures during the past winter, on many mornings I found barely a skin of new ice covering the prior day's fishing holes. Bubbles pooled up at the surface before freezing, creating striking new kinds of formations I'd never seen before, ones that perhaps reveal the fingerprint of a warming climate.
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