We will be hosting a guest lecture by photographer + photo educator, John Willis. John is a professor of photography at Marlboro College in Vermont and is Execuative Director of In-Sight Photography, which aims to make photography classes accessible to young photographers regardless of cost. He will be lecturing on his work documenting the resistance movement at Oceti Sakowin (“Seven Council Fires”) Camp in North Dakota led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a critique of student photography.
Nadia Sablin, a Russian native and Assistant Professor of Photography at SUNY New Paltz, will present a lecture on her photographs of a migratory family in Russia. She will present her work and experience capturing this family's way of life as well as how this "community of survivors" illustrates the ways "ancient migratory tribes struggle to maintain a traditional way of life in the changing climate."
Phocus has arranged a lecture, co-sponsored by the History department, to bring Sean Hemmerle to speak about his new book Them. Hemmerle's book is a series of portraits taken in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002-2003, and was his way of responding to the events of September 11, 2001.
Sean is an incredible photographer, who has created series on a variety of different subjects and styles. He has been published in the NY Times, Time magazine, and has work featured at ICP and the MoMA. This is an amazing oppotunity to hear him speak about his work and ask him questions and Them, as well as his other projects. You can visit his website: https://www.seanhemmerle.com/
On Thursday, March 2nd from 8 until 10 pm, photographer Sean Hemmerle will come to phocus to discuss his work as well as critique student submissions.
Sean Hemmerle is a New York based photographer whose work ranges from international conflict zones to contemporary architecture to portraiture. His conflict images span a tumultuous decade, from the World Trade Center to Kabul, Baghdad, Gaza, Juarez and Beirut. Closer to home, Hemmerle has created award-winning photographs that reflect the pathos and poetry of the American Rust Belt, including work from Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Gary, and Albany. His work can be found in public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center for Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Calvin Klein, Donald Fisher, and Martin Margulies Collections.
In October 2015, the Vassar College Asian Studies Department is hosting the New York Conference of Asian Studies. The theme of the conference is: Global Asia: Social, Cultural, and Political Spaces. To celebrate the James W. Palmer Gallery ‘90 at College Center and Vassar’s photography club, PHOCUS, will host a photography exhibition in collaboration with the conference entitled: The Palate of Asia: Food Culture from Across the Ocean. This exhibition will introduce Asian food cultures to local communities, provide inter-college collaboration and to promote study abroad in Asia.
We would like to invite student photographers who are undergraduates or graduate students at Vassar College SUNY New Paltz, Bard College, Marist College, the Culinary Institute of America, and Dutchess Community College to submit work around this theme. Please know that imagery is not limited to the Asian continent, but open to adaptation of Asian food around the world.
For more information and to submit your photography, please follow this link.
Stop by the library lawn on Saturday at noon to pick up a copy of FIX, Phocus' 2015 photography publication. Enjoy the great outdoors and the incredible photography of your fellow students while nibbling on a variety of treats.
Special thanks to Jayce Mateo Rudig Leathers' wonderful work, to all those who submitted, and to the incredible generosity of Andrea Baldeck.
Andrea Frank, a german fine art photographer and current professor at SUNY New Paltz, has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work ranges in mediums and subjects, many of which revolve around Nazi Germany.
For more information on her work please visit http://www.andreafrank.net.
Tara Fracalossi's work takes photographic excerpts of common life and categorically recombines them to produce interesting patterns that's repetition produces almost as a moving image. Her series has been on-going since 1998, using collage to question the significance of our photographed existence. On March 5th, Tara will come to Phocus to speak about her work.
For more information on the artist, please visit http://www.tarafracalossistudio.com.
There will be a reception with jazz by Matt Mendoza '15, food, and time to view the exhibit.
A display organized by Zoe Lemelson '17, Sam Schwamm '16 and Daniel Bialer '15 will present work by students from Phocus, Vassar College's photography club. Dance choreographed by Bella Kosmacher '14. Chamber music and readings of original prose and poetry by students from the classes of Eduardo Navega, lecturer in music and director of the program in chamber music, Jean Kane, associate professor of English and Michael Joyce, professor of English.
Student submissions due by February 5th.
About the Film
"Everybody Street" illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.
Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, and Boogie, with historians Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.
Check out the film at http://everybodystreet.com/