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Art Works Projects Exhibits Touring Europe

Big news! My first museum show is opening in a little over a week. Here is a little teaser from Art Works Projects: Exciting exhibits are touring Europe – ART WORKS is bringing “Sanctuary and Sustenance” to Cologne and “Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain” to Milan! Thanks to our collaborators Amanda Rivkin Photography, the U.S. Consulate General Milan, Manifest Media, and Art und Amen.

New Event Added to “Sustenance” Programming: Access Through Excess

ACCESS THROUGH EXCESS: A ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATION February 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm According to the USDA, between 30 and 50% of all food produced in the United States goes to waste. At the same time, many Chicagoland children and their families experience hunger. As part of the current 625 at 6:25 exhibition, Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain, ART WORKS Projects​ and Zero Percent are pleased to present a community roundtable as we discuss how to prevent and rescue this waste, turning excess food into accessible nutrition. Please join members of the Chicago food community as we share ideas and brainstorm solutions. Participants to include: Goose Island Clybourn, The Signature Room at the 95th, Pilot Light Chefs, Gourmet Gorilla and the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Homeless and Human Services Division Free & Open to the Public Tell us you’re coming! RSVP@artworksprojects.org

Five Years Later: Reuniting With One of the First Gay Couples to Obtain A Marriage License in Iowa

In April 2009, I traveled from Chicago to Davenport, Iowa to cover the first day gay marriage licenses were issued in that state for The New York Times. In line at the Scott County Recorder’s office that day were these two, Curtis Harris and Daren Adkisson. The picture I took of them ran in the paper and subsequently in over 500 newspapers across America they told me yesterday. They also told me that as Daren was suffering from cancer at the time, the picture led to attention in their community which led to a cancer specialist who was not taking any more patients opening his doors to Daren. While they credit the picture with saving his life, I credit the doctors. These guys are pretty special. The rare Americans who turn down $10k to be on TV (a comedy show’s producers called three times wishing to do a spoof, the third time offering a cash incentive) and are just happy to be and live and love each other. Another benefit of the picture appearing was …

British Journal of Photography: VII Photo adds four photographers to Mentor programme

VII Photo adds four photographers to Mentor programme British Journal of Photography by Olivier Laurent June 6, 2012 Photographers Laura El-Tantawy, Nafis Ahmed, Jošt Franko and Amanda Rivkin have been selected to join VII Photo’s Mentor Program The VII Mentor Program was launched three years ago to help young and emerging photographers build and polish the necessary skills to expand their professional practice. The photographers are selected by individual VII Photo members who will mentor them for two years. This year, VII has added four new photographers to the programme – Gazi Nafis Ahmed, Laura El-Tantawy, Jošt Franko and Amanda Rivkin. Ahmed is based in Bangladesh after studying at the London Guildhall University in Art and Design. He has also received a B.A. from Pathshala, the South Asian Media Academy, with his final semester conducted abroad at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Ahmed, who will be mentored by John Stanmeyer, “feels compelled to use photography to document the constant changes and impact the collective state of mind of the people,” says the agency. …

VII Mentor Program at VII Photo

VII For Immediate Release June 5, 2012 VII Photo announces new additions to the VII Mentor Program VII is pleased to welcome four new photographers to the VII Mentor Program: Gazi Nafis Ahmed (based in Bangladesh), Laura El-Tantawy (based in London and Cairo), Jošt Franko (based in Slovenia) and Amanda Rivkin (based in Azerbaijan). (To download full release click here.) Gazi Nafis Ahmed is a documentary photographer born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He sees Bangladesh as a place with many social, political, economic and environmental challenges, and feels compelled to use photography to document the constant changes and impact the collective state of mind of the people. After graduating from Bangladesh International Tutorial High School in 2003, Ahmed continued his education at the London Guildhall University in Art & Design. He received a B.A. with Honors in 2008 from Pathshala, the South Asian Media Academy, with his final semester conducted abroad at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Ahmed will be mentored by John Stanmeyer. http://www.gazinafis.com — Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer living between …

Postcards from the USA! Images from the Last Week in the USA!

Last week, was a busy one. Rahm Emanuel was inaugurated mayor of Chicago and I graduated from Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Service. I drove 2,000 miles between here, there and several other places in between. From the corn fields in the plains of the Midwest, to the backyard patios of Brooklyn, to the gates of the highest office in the land. It all ends just before the rapture that was said to end the world but did not manage to. Some postcards from the last week:

From the Archive: Cordoba and “The Edge in Dissent”

“Cordoba had the edge in dissent,” begins Pakistani writer and commentator Tariq Ali in a section devoted to the one-time intellectual capitol of Al-Andalus, the once Muslim southern half of contemporary Spain that is home to one of the most spectacular works of Islamic architecture, The Mezquita, in his larger post-September 11 work, The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity. Much has happened in the ever-complicated relationship between mine and Ali’s country in the last week since U.S. Navy Seals raided, killed and then buried at sea Osama bin Laden, who it turns out has spent several of the past fugitive years in an elaborate compound just off Kakul Road, the drive leading to Pakistan’s elite military academy equivalent to Sandhurst in the U.K. or West Point here in the U.S. The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan was just 40 kilometers from the capital Islamabad. Not even former President and Head of the Pakistani Army Pervez Musharraf received such treatment, although he did assert he had gone jogging in the area in the past. The …