Andi Schreiber

My Own Wilderness competition winner Andi Schreiber  received an a Honorable Mention in the Documentary category of Photography Book Now 2011 for her book WonderLust AT•A•GLANCE. This was the second Honorable Mention award Schreiber has received from the annual Blurb photography book competition. Her images of the everyday surroundings of suburban family life present themselves with a unique mix of sophistication and irony. They are such a pleasure to look at. Andi Schreiber's work will appear in the upcoming My Own Wilderness book, to be released in mid-January.

What is Wonderlust?  

Wonder is a genuine feeling of awe brought on by something unexpected. Lust is irresistible desire. I'm attracted to subjects that make my heart beat a little faster. In a word, WonderLust.

My sense of wonder and the thrill of seeing brought forth this project. These photographs are made at home, at poolside, at parties and in parking lots, of family and friends, and people unknown to me. They are fragments of my small world.

My process is random. I fight the urge to pre-visualize; I'm struck by the accidental image. I need to experience deeply what is here, right now. The camera enables me to vanish into moments before they are gone.

This ongoing body of work, "WonderLust," embraces sensation and a passion for what's unseen. It's as if the subjects find me. I have no choice but to turn that irresistible desire into something tangible, into a photograph. I want to seduce the viewer to feel as I do – to know pleasure is to be alive.

All images are copyright Andi Schreiber, from the series WonderLust At A Glance

Announcing AIPAD 2012

The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) will hold the 32nd edition of The AIPAD Photography Show New York, one of the world’s most important annual photography events, March 29 – April 1, 2012, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

More than 70 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will present a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media. The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography. The Show will open with a Gala Preview on March 28, 2012, to benefit InMotion, which provides free legal services to low-income women.

AIPAD 2012 will present four new member exhibitors: David Zwirner, New York; Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York; Paul Cava Fine Art Photographs, Bala Cynwyd, PA; and 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing.

“Numerous photography collectors have told me that they are marking their calendars for AIPAD 2012 in March,” said Stephen Bulger, president, AIPAD, and president, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. “There is no question that AIPAD is a prerequisite for both new and established collectors.”


A wide range of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will exhibit at The AIPAD Photography Show New York. In addition to galleries from New York City and across the country, a number of international galleries will be featured from Germany, Great Britain, Argentina, Japan, and China. An exhibitor list is available at


The AIPAD Photography Show New York will offer museum-quality work from established and emerging contemporary artists to modern and 19th-century masters. Among the highlights will be a selection of extraordinary portraits. Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, will show Linda McCartney’s photographs of Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. One of Bert Stern’s famous contact sheet images ofMarilyn Monroe from her last sitting in 1962, which she famously crossed off, will be on view atStaley-Wise Gallery, New York.

Flip Schulke’s mural-sized silver gelatin print of Muhammad Ali jumping out of a hotel pool in Miami Beach from 1961 will be exhibited at Keith de Lellis Gallery, New York. The image was first published that year in Life magazine. Portraits of pioneer photographers will be shown at Charles Schwartz Ltd., New York, including a rare self-portrait by Herbert George Ponting from 1912 on the ill-fated expedition of Robert Falcon Scott to Antarctica.

Tam Tran is known for her self-portraits with provocative titles such as My Call to Arms, Retro Bitch, I Forgot Pants, Strip Tease, and When Are We Leaving? Her photographs were seen at the Whitney Biennal last year; at age 23 she was the youngest artist in the exhibition. This fall, her work was included in the recent exhibition Portraiture Now, Asian American Portraits of Encounter at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Her image entitled Youniverse will be shown by Gary Edwards Gallery, Washington, DC.

Kelli Connell creates portraits that appear to document a relationship between two women, caught up in everyday moments of pleasure and reflection. Yet upon closer inspection, the viewer will notice that the subjects appear to the twins: in fact, Connell has seamlessly created a photograph with the same model portraying both roles. At the forefront of digital technologies for the past decade, Connell addresses complex issues of identity and visual rhetoric. Her work will be exhibited at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.

Unique portraits of dolls by Fausta Facciponte will be on view at Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. In her series Sleepy Eyes, 2011, Facciponte explores the human qualities of reclaimed dolls from garage sales and online auctions.

Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, will show new photo-based work by John Chamberlain. Created in 2010-11, Pictures is Chamberlain’s most candid, autobiographical, and intimate body of work to date. Departing from his sculptures in medium and imagery, these new works on canvas continue the artist’s powerful use of color and composition.

Karen Knorr’s series, India Song, 2008-2010, depicts tigers and other wild animals lounging in exotic palaces, mansions, and mausoleums. The stunning images reinvent the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of animal fables, for the 21st century, blurring the boundaries between reality and illusion. Knorr was nominated for the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, one of Europe’s most prestigious awards. Prints from India Song will be on view at Danziger Gallery, New York, along with work by Andy Warhol, Evelyn Hofer, and Hendrik Kerstens. Robert Burge/20th Century Photos, Ltd, New York, will show John Woolf’s new color panoramas of classical theater interiors.

Compelling landscape photography will be on view at AIPAD. Mariana Cook, the last protégé of Ansel Adams, was at her home on Martha’s Vineyard on the day before Thanksgiving in 2002, when 56 cows strayed through a crumbling section of the stone wall she shares with her neighbor. Struck by the beauty of the wall, Cook spent eight years traveling to Peru, Great Britain, Ireland, the Mediterranean, New England, and Kentucky in pursuit of photographing dry stone walls. Her acclaimed book Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries was published last fall, and Lee Marks Fine Art, Shelbyville, IN, will exhibit a number of gelatin silver prints, including Modern Wall in Spring, Froggatt, Derbyshire, England, 2004.

A study of trees, c. 1910-20, by Maxfield Parrish will be on view at Paul Cava Fine Art Photographs, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, will offer the diaristic photography of Elinor Carucci whose work can be found at The Museum of Modern Art and the International Center for Photography, New York. Gitterman Gallery, New York, will show the landscapes of Adam Bartos whose interest in 19th-century travel photography has taken him to Egypt, Kenya, and Mexico with a large format camera. Robert Mann Gallery, New York, will exhibit landscapes and interiors ranging from 1940s work by Ansel Adams and Fred Stein, as well as new work from Julie Blackmon and Jeff Brouws.

In late June of 1964, three civil rights workers in Mississippi went missing, kidnapped by Klu Klux Klansmen. One man was black; the other two were white. Their names were James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Bill Eppridge arrived shortly after their bodies were pulled from the muck of an earthen dam in Neshoba County on August 4, 1964. His touching portrait entitledMrs. Chaney and young Ben, James Chaney Funeral, Mississippi, 1964 will be on view at Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe.


An ambitious schedule of five panel discussions featuring leading curators, artists, dealers, and collectors will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Park Avenue Armory Veteran’s Room. The panels are as follows:

10 a.m. | A Conversation with Rineka Dijkstra
Contemporary women photographers are being feted in a number of solo exhibitions at leading museums across the country this year. Among the most widely anticipated is a retrospective of the work of Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. This interview with the internationally-recognized photographer will offer a rare opportunity to hear her inspirations and thoughts before her upcoming exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in June 2012.

12 p.m. | Curator’s Choice: Emerging Artists in Photography
Two major exhibitions in New York City during the run of The AIPAD Photography Show New York are of note: the Whitney Biennial 2012 at the Whitney Museum and Perspectives 2012 at the International Center for Photography. To explore emerging artists in these exhibitions as well as broader trends, this panel will feature top curators and artists discussing their perceptions about new photography and video, moderated by Steven Kasher, Steven Kasher Gallery.

2 p.m. | How to Collect Photographs: What Collectors Need to Know Now
What important artists are being talked about right now? What do collectors need to know? What art fairs should be on your calendar? How has the photography market changed in recent years? AIPAD dealers and seasoned collectors will offer tips for both first-time and experienced buyers.

4 p.m. | A Celebration of Diane Arbus and Francesca Woodman
To commemorate traveling retrospectives of Diane Arbus (organized by the Jeu de Paume, Paris) and Francesca Woodman (organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), leading experts, including AIPAD dealers, will talk about the importance of this these groundbreaking artists and their enduring legacies. Robert Klein, Robert Klein Gallery, will moderate the panel.

6 p.m. | Italian Contemporary Photography
During the run of The AIPAD Photography Show New York, an important exhibition at Hunter Art Gallery. Peripheral Visions: Italian Photography, 1950s – Present will showcase the work of major Italian photographers who have explored unconventional images of Italy. Speakers will include Maria Antonella Pelizzari, exhibition curator and professor in the history of photography at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY; Sandra Phillips, senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and other international scholars and artists.

Tickets are $10 per panel discussion. Seating is limited, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The AIPAD Photography Show New York will run from Thursday, March 29 though Sunday, April 1, 2012, at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street in New York City. Show hours are as follows:

Thursday         March 29        11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday              March 30        11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday          March 31        11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday             April 1            11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The admission is $25 daily and $40 for the run-of-show. Student admission is $10 with a valid student ID. No advance purchase is required. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, the public can call AIPAD at 202-367-1158 or visit

Andrew Wertz

Christmas Tree by Andrew Wertz  (2011)

Irina Popova

My Own Wilderness competition winner Irina Popova is a current artist resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and recently presented an exhibition at the annual Open Studio event held each year at the prestigious art academy. The photography of Irina Popova moves on the border between art and documentary. From her background in journalism Popova increasingly uses different media to tell her stories. She grew up during the post-Soviet era and the rapid succession of changes in Russia are a great source of inspiration. Popova has a keen eye on the fringes of society: immigrants, refugees, homeless and drug addicts. "By examining life through my camera, I try to show things that other people just pass by every day." For her latest project, Popova traveled to Morocco, where she wondered why the Arab Spring has left the country untouched. Her project is titled Narocco. A video of her unique installation is presented below, along with these photographs from the exhibit.

Images by Irina Popova  from the series Narocco

Irina Popova's work was selected as one of the winners of this year's My Own Wilderness competition sponsored by PHOTO/arts Magazine. You can see more of her work and an essay she wrote reporting on the current trends in Russian photography in a previous post by clicking the link below.

Irina Popova on PHOTO/arts Magazine

Irina Popova at The Rijksakademie

Project Basho
1305 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

February 11th, 2012

ONWARD Summit is an annual photography conference and networking event for those who are inspired by unique imagery and perspectives. This one-night event will bring engaging presentations by both established and emerging photographers along with an intimate party for photography lovers to socialize and share images and portfolios.
Keynote speakers:
Additional presentations:
  • Zoe Strauss and Peter Barberie on Ten Years – Strauss’ mid-career retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The two winners of the ONWARD Compé ’12

Details here

My Own Wilderness update

Currently in full on editing mode for the My Own Wilderness book and it is on track for publication sometime in mid-January 2012.  There will be a large format (13 x 11) hardcover version, as well as a smaller (10 x 8) softcover version, which will provide a lower cost option for those who don't want to invest in the premium hardcover edition. I love self published books, and Blurb is wonderful, but the cost is much higher due to the production inefficiencies of on-demand printing.  The hardcover version of My Own Wilderness should end up at around $80, and the softcover version at around $30. I haven't determined the final number of pages in the book, and that drives pricing levels.

In the meantime... have you watched the exhibition video?  It's beautiful... and costs nothing!

ONWARD 12 Selected Photographers

ONWARD Compé is Project Basho's annual international photography competition for emerging photographers. This year's juror was Todd Hido.


Missoula Art Museum 40th Benefit Auction

Experience it Here  (2011)

 Proud to be selected by the jurors committee for Missoula Art Museum's benefit auction for the third year in a row. Previous selections were Goodwill in 2009, which sold for $375, and Popeye's Chicken in 2010, which sold for $500.

Robert Schlaug

Serial Typology, in the style of Bernd & Hilla Becher, has been described as a paradox of complete boredom and visual delight. The conceptual act of assembling found anonymous objects into something greater than the sum of the parts is the underlying formula for explaining this paradox. The skillful eye of the photographer and the effort behind collecting the individual pieces in the series are often neglected by the viewer who simply enjoys the visual beauty and fascination of the resulting montage. Robert Schlaug’s contemporary interpretations of the serial typology continue the tradition of transforming the mundane and banal into something magical. These are wonderful assemblies.

Artist Statement-

My "Serial Typologies" deal with banal motifs we normally pay no attention to in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In times of total visual overload, I would like to encourage the viewers of my pictures to take their time and to have a closer look, to compare and to discover subtle differences. At the same time, by their uniformity, even conventional architecture and everyday objects reveal their own distinctive form and surprising aesthetic quality.

The award-winning serial typology "Prefab Garages" illustrates what happens when we focus our view on anonymous and faceless utilitarian architecture, which only seems to be purposeful and cost-effective and without any artistic or creative value. The three-dimensional reality of the prefab garages becomes a two-dimensional surface that blocks our view from what is behind. The entire typology becomes a composed image of lines, colors, surfaces and geometries. The banal becomes something special.

This also applies to my other typologies. The typology "Seseña", for example, shows nine over-sized, drab and uniform residential buildings in the southern part of Madrid in Spain, which at first glance only differ by color and environment. Other peculiarities only reveal themselves upon closer examination.

The typology "Allotment Gardens" focuses on small fenced garden plots often found on the outskirts of German cities. They are arranged in perfect alignment. Their uniformity is emphasised by the barren winter landscape. The differences between the small huts are evident only upon close inspection.

All of these serial typologies require the viewers to take a closer look, to compare, to discover the uniform and the particular. They encourage them to take a new perspective on unnoticed motifs in everyday life."

Robert Schlaug is a photographer who earns his money as a teacher. He lives near Nuremberg, Germany.