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The Pixiporter November 2005

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Digital Art Fernando Hocevar

Featured Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale

Featured William Ropp

Children

Featured David Nitsche

Seven Deadly Sins and Addictions Gallery

Gary Auerbach

Images of Their Own

Ellyn Short

Fine Art Videos


 

Digital Art Fernando Hocevar

Fernando Hocevar born in Mendoza, Argentina in winter of 1944. Graduated from Universidad de Mendoza as an Architect. A solid aesthetic background guides him in his fine arts search. Starting as a photographer he participates in numerous and important competitions, obtaining several prizes that stimulates his activities in this field. Nevertheless, not fully satisfied, the necessity of a more direct contact with the materials for art works guide him to oil painting and the creation of his own world of landscape. He begins to develop a very personal technic and works in an endless series of paintings called «Landscapes in the country of the calm». In 1997 a deep change takes place in his creations. Without abandoning the spirit and beauties of his works he starts developing his landscapes by digital processes, medium in which he starts working passionately. After two years of work in this field, in 1999 he surprises Mendoza with an exhibition of 40 works at the Modern Art Museum of Mendoza. This show of large size digital works suggestively named «Landscapes under the hidden moon» is, in the opinion of the specialized critics, the most important sample of digital art work carried out in Argentina at the time.

By the end of 1999 Fernando Hocevar is rewarded with one of the most important art prizes in the world, the Fiorino d'Argento, at the XVII Premio Firenze-Europa, Digital Art Section, a contest sponsored by the European Parliament and the Florence, Italy, Government. In march 2000 he is awarded the Great Prize of Honor, at the Fourth Digital Creation Awards of Japan, contest of great world importance. By the end of 2000 Hocevar obtains Honorable Mention at the «Hyperart Biennale 2000 held in New York, USA. At the beginning of 2001 Hocevar is awarded the GRAND PRIZE at the 5th Internet International Art-Photo Contest, carried out in Japan with the participation of 500 works from 48 countries around the world. This recent award, added to the previous ones, makes Fernando Hocevar one of the most important international artists in the new discipline of digital art works. His last works took him to India, invited by the prestigious Interior Design Architechture Bilkey Llinas Design (Palm Beach - Hong Kong) to do works that nowadays are part of the Grand Hyatt Bombay and Grand Hyatt Kolkata interior decoration, after the job he did for the Hyatt Hotel Mendoza, Argentina. This important buildings collection has more than 60 pieces.

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Dear PixiPort,

Pixiport's featured guests this month are sure to affect you in many ways. We are pleased to introduce three fine art photographers, each in very different fields of photography. but each with the common factors, of emotional content and technical perfection. Starting with Ami Vital bringing you the stark truth of lives of humans and the struggle of simple existence. Next, William Ropp brings us within ourselves with his deep emotions and passions for us to feel. Finally, David Nitsche brings us back to joy and delight with his vivid creative images and the smiles and joy these create.

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  • Featured Ami Vitale
  • Ami Vitale attended the University of North Carolina and took a course in International Studies, before working for Associated Press as a picture editor in New York and Washington, DC. She worked overtime on the picture desk to get enough money to make the break, initially basing herself in the Czech Republic, and working around Eastern Europe. In 1995, she had visited her sister, then working for the Peace Corps in the tiny remote village of Dembel Jumpora in the east of Guinea Bissau. A grant in 2000 from the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, Inc enabled her to return there to photograph in 2001. The opportunity led her to realize that she wanted to show how the ordinary people of the majority world live, and to promote a real understanding of other cultures. Vitale went intending to stay a couple of months, but ended up living in the village with the people there for 6 months. She stayed with a woman and her children in a mud hut, shared their lives, living, eating, sleeping as they did, and helped in their everyday tasks (finding an American education and upbringing had ill prepared her for many of these.)

    Now based in Barcelona, Vitale also has a contract with Getty Images, and has worked for a number of NGOs. Her pictures have appeared in magazines around the world, including the major US publications such as Geo, Time, The New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure and more. Unsurprisingly she also has a very long list of awards, including the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant, World Press Photo, National Press Photographers Since Guinea Bissau, Vitale was based for several years in India, producing memorable work from Kashmir, Gujarat and elsewhere. One of her most surreal works is from idyllic Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir. The shikaras (gondolas) with their posts supporting colored roofs have featured in many travelogues, and she captures them perfectly, reflected in the mirror-perfect water, looking like some fleet of brightly decorated curiously rustic alien space fleet floating above the reflected clouds. Looking in them brings us down to earth with a jolt, as we see the khakis of the Indian border security force, seated guns ready to hand as they set of on patrol. Now based in Barcelona, Vitale also has a contract with Getty Images, and has worked for a number of NGOs. Her pictures have appeared in magazines around the world, including the major US publications such as Geo, Time, The New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure and more. Unsurprisingly she also has a very long list of awards, including the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant, World Press Photo, National Press Photographers Association, POY International and many other awards. One of them was a Magnum grant, given in honor of Inge Morath (1923-2002), the fine Austrian photojournalist.

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  • Ami Vitale
  • There are rare moments when one is able to capture a vision of the past and a look into the future. I have been fortunate enough to glimpse a group from the nomadic Fulani tribe after they settled, became farmers and now struggle to adapt to a world that has thrust itself onto them in uncompromising ways in the West African country of Guinea Bissau. The Fulani, who once crisscrossed the continent of Africa tending the precious herds of cattle, was a civilization whose renowned physical characteristic was its constant movement. The movement that they were accustomed to spun the threads of a rich social fabric of traditions and rituals, many of which continue to endure today.

    This is the story of one Fulani family's life; the age- old rites that persist and those that die in an Africa that few can ever imagine. Among the things that sets them apart from most other ethnic tribes in Guinea Bissau is that they are Muslim. Islamic traditions such as female and male circumcision, five prayer times a day, the Islamic calendar and multiple wives are just a few of the traditions that make up the structure of life in the village. Local beliefs and traditions have come together to produce a brand of Islam that is unique to its area and it's people. From the belief of tree spirits to the use of traditional medicine or "voodoo", the mixing of cultures that took place centuries earlier have produced a society that blends a unique spiritual universe with the often brutal day to day existence of the physical world.

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  • Featured William Ropp
  • (We are only listing a few here please go to his biography page for complete list.) ACQUISITIONS (Extract) The Museum of Fine Art, Houston (USA) Museo de Arte Moderno de Vitoria Artium (Spain) Maison Européenne pour la Photographie, Paris (France) Museet for Fotokunst, Odense (Denmark) Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne (Switzerland) The New York Public Library, (the Spencer Collection), N.Y .(USA) Musée Civico Farnese, Piacenza (Italy) Musée Ken Damy, Brescia (Italy) Galerie Robert Doisneau , Vandoeuvre (France) Musée Vamn Reekum, Apildoorn (Holland) The Polaroid Collection (USA) Galerie du Château d'eau, Toulouse (France) Fotomuseum in Mölkau, Leipzig (Germany) And many private collections.

    INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS (Extract) Some of which include: Farmani Gallery Los Angeles Feb 2006 Ombres Blanches Toulouse Sept 2005 Clampart Gallery New York (March 2005) Australian center for Photography (Nov 2004 Baudelaire Gallery Anvers (Belgium) Oct 2003 Krisal Gallery Genève (Switzerland) April 2003 Bibiana Museum Month of Photo Bratislava 2002 Alliance Française Toronto (Canada) May 2002 Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia, Almeria (Spain), 2001 Photographers Gallery, London (England), 2000 Galerie de la Maison de la Culture de Metz (France),

    William ROPP, Ken Damy Museum Editions, Italy, 1996 . Children, William Ropp, Kehrer Verlag & Editions de l'Oeil, 2004 . Polaroïd Collection, Taeschen Editions, 2005 ARTIST'S BOOKS .Collector's books, limited edition, France, 2002. .Collector's books, limited edition, France, 2003. .Collector's books, limited edition, France, 2004.

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  • Children
  • Photographs by William Ropp. Kehrer Verlag, Frankfurt, 2004. 120 pp., 50 duotone illustrations, 9½x12". In multiple languages. Cat# ZC291H Hardbound $48.00 Publisher's Description The French photographer William Ropp is well-known for the unique style in which he captures the mysterious aspects of human nature. Taking outstanding pictures of children is only one part of the internationally renowned photographer's oeuvre. Surprisingly, it is not the viewer who gazes at the children; they rather redirect the stare towards the person looking at the unfathomable black and white pictures. Seemingly coming from a different time, these young human beings unify ancient mysteries and timeless questions in their appearances. The artist's foreword gives an insight into his technique, illuminating the enigmatic pictures. A limited edition with original photos packaged in a box will also be available. E-Mail : w.ropp@free.fr

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  • Featured David Nitsche
  • Dave Nitsche first picked up a camera 20 years ago. That statement is a bit misleading because his first journey into photography only lasted 6 months. Having always been involved in the arts (guitarist, graphic designer, web developer) he had an outlet for his thoughts and emotions. Career changes and life put him in a place where he had never been before. The outlet that was always available was not present any more. So 18 years since he had sold his Canon A1 he decided to try photography again and bought his first digital camera. That was May 15th 2002.

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  • Seven Deadly Sins and Addictions Gallery
  • Dave's goal from the beginning was to merge human emotion into non human environments using what ever 'stuff's' (mannequins, glass, guns, fire, etc.) necessary and in the process to be as original as possible. His images are steeped in expressionism but they cover so many categories that it is hard to place them in just one. The pieces have been admired and praised by critics, photographers, artists and the public in general (through shows, publications and galleries) for their ability to conjure feelings in people that are very deep, very personal and usually reserved for living things.

    Dave lives in Altamont Illinois USA with his wife of 17 years Carol, their two dogs Coy and Dingo, their cat Ange.

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  • Gary Auerbach
  • In the Smithsonian Institution's letter of appreciation found at the close of this book, the photographer Gary Auerbach is rightly praised for his artistry and mastery of his craft. Stunning and lush, rich in texture and vibrancy, and deftly composed, the alluring photographs presented here and in the limited edition of photogravures, reveal a compelling talent. But to me, the ultimate beauty of these images lies with Auerbach's subjects as well as his own gifted vision. The indigenous voice--an essential element notably absent in most images of Native Americans-- is celebrated in this path-breaking, harmonic union of images and words.

    As a librarian specializing in photographs of Native life and people, I have viewed thousands of images over the past twelve years. While studying the face of a handsome and beguiling Lakota Wild West show performer pictured in an early 20th-century studio portrait or while getting lost in the sparkling eyes of a Northern Cheyenne child as she plays with her toy tipi in a faded image taken in Montana, I've often wondered: What are you up to? What are you thinking? Has your family seen this delightful picture? What sort of life do you have? What are your thoughts of yesterday, today, tomorrow? Sadly, in the history of the photography of Native people, the Indian voice has been most striking for its silence. Indigenous people generally have been excluded except as subjects.

    Created primarily for commercial markets and anthropological studies, their portraits often revealed more about the photographer's attitudes than they did about Native life and culture. Offensive, degrading, or simply inaccurate captions contributed further to the objectification of indigenous people and kept their real identities a mystery

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  • Images of Their Own
  • In her book about photography and the American West, Martha Sandweiss suggests that 19th-century photographs of Native Americans were "used to endorse a political agenda that involved a systematic attack on native cultures." [1] Susan Sontag, the late critic of contemporary society, is even more scathing in her assessment, claiming that the photography of Native Americans represented the "most brutal" and "predatory side" of photography. [2] And, describing the far-reaching impact of these attitudes, Rick Hill, a Tuscarora photographer and scholar who has written extensively about stereotyping in historic images, states it simply: "The camera photographed Indians but the viewer saw losers." [3]

    Breaking with the past, Auerbach is one of the first photographers to invite his subjects to participate as full partners in the collaborative process of making a photograph. This innovative book is the poignant and successful result of that collaboration. Working with Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O'Odham), a distinguished professor of linguistics and recipient of the MacArthur Foundation award (the "genius grant"), Auerbach crafted a series of interview questions for the photographic participants. I think you will agree with me that their responses, which are completely unedited, speak as loudly as the photographs.

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  • Ellyn Short
  • Ellynn Short, born in Massachusetts, has been a long time resident of New York City. Her photographic efforts are a result of discovering the organic images within those we are conditioned to see. She feels that her fundamental artistic inclination lies in the recognition of commonly disregarded elements which unwittingly provoke the viewer's imagination.

    Much of her early work has appeared in commercial and industrial design magazines. She has also photographed numerous network and cable television shows. She has since developed a strong direction in fine art photography and various aspects of this work has been juried into the 1994-1998 annual Lincoln Center exhibitions. She has also participated in the 1997 Center for Emerging Art's invitational exhibition in Miami, Florida. In 2002 one of her sepia prints depicting forty second street prior to it's gentrification appeared in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Read on...

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  • Fine Art Videos
  • Godlight by Michael Mollick

    TO THE SEA by Mark Steffen Goewecke

    L'Hôtel" by Mark-Steffen Göwecke

    Scarlet James

    Mario Pischedda

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