I know Andy from a photographers’ group on Facebook. His current project is “Sex Workers of Kolkata” and the images and text displayed here are taken directly from his Facebook page.
Here is a link to Andy’s website: http://www.andyvc.com/sex-workers-in-kolkata/
Covering human trafficking in Kolkata has been one of the most challenging projects I have done so far. Approaching sex workers was very difficult. I was always followed by their “owners”. To talk with them is almost impossible. Women from all eyes can be found on the red light districts and parks. Travesties and women sell their bodies for $2; 30 minutes time. Used condoms can be seen all around the streets. Many of the condoms are available in small shops along the streets for 3 cent of USD. Some of them are absolutely fake.
Walking through the streets on the red light districts can be a real dangerous adventure. Sex workers will take you very strong from the arms. I was forced many times to get into buildings. Some times they understood I did not want anything and let me go, other times I was push and threatened of been kill. One time I was locket in a room with two sex workers who asked me for money. I had with me $5. After they took the money they asked me to have sex with them. My eyes were in the door, blocked with a stick. One started touching me, I push her away and asked her to please open the door. The adrenaline was on the top and I was starting losing control of the situation. Once they opened the door I walked slowly out of the room. One customer was having sex on the stairs with a young woman. “Please keep going, I am just leaving” I said. Could not find the way out. A building full of rooms, people started going out to see who I was… Pretending to be a costumer is not easy… “Do you want to fuck?” one woman asked me. “No, thank you”, “thanks” is not the best word to be used in that situation… one has to be a bit more inhuman, less polite, something like “fuck you”. But I said “thanks” she grabbed me from my t-shirt. At the end could manage to leave the building and found myself in a maze of streets… . These are normal obstacles a photographer can found covering such a story. However, the experience has been very sad. Many campaigns against human trafficking has been done with posters showing women tied in beds or locked in rooms using models (Many of these campaigns made by UN). Reality is not that, is worst and most of them are prisoners without being tied or locked.I let you with this young girl. Working since she was 10 years old, now with 17, she behaves as an adult in the sex industry, working 24 hours every single day…
To be born poor in India is one of the most saddest thing I have witnessed. There is a high risk to be exploited, especially if you are a women. “Agents” know very well the vulnerable situation in which many people live. Parents sell their children for around $50 to an “Agent” who them, will sell the girl to a “employer” for around $800. The “new life” is dirty and disgusting. It is a life of abuse and suffering.
This sex worker invited me to see the room where she works every day attending around 10 men per day in Kalighat, one of the oldest red light district in the city.
Not all keys open the door to freedom.
By Jim McKinniss
Photographs copyright 2013 by Douglas Stockdale
We had the opportunity last night to join the second year anniversary party for As Issued, an art+design bookstore located in The Lab, a non-conventional shopping area located in Costa Mesa, CA. The evening’s exhibition was curated by Kevin Peterson, whom I captured standing in front of a part of the exhibition, below.
This bookstore has a small selection of contemporary photobooks. The eagle eye reader will spot the Edward Weston, 125 Photographs edited by Steve Crist and published in 2012 by AMMO books (LA, CA). This book really provides a nice selection of Weston’s oeuvre and it was still available at the bookstore, as I already have my own copy!
by Douglas Stockdale
George Marlowe will have work in Dysonna Gallery for the second time. Marlowe’s photos have appeared on television shows on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.
This show will run from October 5th through October 25th
The Opening Reception and party on October 5th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm and a closing reception and party on October 25th also from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Dysonna Gallery is located at 5373 Wilshire Boulevard.
Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Contact information: Phone: (323) 857-0030
By Jim McKinniss
Christopher Colville (1974- ) After receiving his BFA in Anthropology and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, he returned home to the Sonoran Desert and is currently living in Phoenix.
Colville’s works are one-of-a-kind camera-less photopaper-based art. The artist places found and other objects on silver gelatin photo paper, and uses the light and heat from a controlled gunpowder blast to create unique images.
Colville works with multiple art organizations and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. Recent awards include the Humble Arts Foundation New Photography Grant, Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a Public Art Commission from the Phoenix Commission on the Arts as well as an artist fellowship through the American Scandinavian Foundation.
Colville’s first California showing of this body of work will take place at Duncan Miller Gallery.
This show runs September 14 – November 2, 2013.
Artist reception is September 14, 7-10pn
Duncan Miller Gallery is located at:
2525 Michigan Avenue, Unit A7, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Telephone: 310 838 2440
By Jim McKinniss
A friend of mine informed me of David Hamilton through his book titled “Sisters” and so I did a Google search. I found some of his beautiful photos which led me to make this post.
The following text was lifted directly from Wikipedia:
David Hamilton (London, 15 April 1933) is a British photographer and film director best known for his images of young women.
As much of Hamilton’s work depicts early-teen girls, often nude, he has been the subject of some controversy and even child pornography allegations, similar to that which the work of Sally Mann and Jock Sturges have attracted. In the late 1990s, conservative Christian groups in America protested unsuccessfully against bookstores that stocked Hamilton’s photography books.
In 2005 a man was convicted for being in possession of 19,000 images of children, including photos by Hamilton. The images were found to be in the lowest indecency rating. In response, Glenn Holland, Hamilton’s spokesman, stated: “We are deeply saddened and disappointed by this, as David is one of the most successful art photographers the world has ever known. His books have sold millions”. Following the conviction a member of the Surrey Police in Britain stated that possessing Hamilton books was now illegal in the UK. Surrey Police later made a formal apology for this statement and admitted that no legally binding decision had been made on the work of David Hamilton.
In 2010 a man was convicted of level 1 child pornography for owning four books, including Hamilton’s The Age of Innocence as well as Still Time by Sally Mann, which he purchased from a bookstore in Walthamstow, London. His conviction was overturned on appeal in 2011, with the judge calling his conviction “very unfair” and criticising the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for prosecuting him. The judge concluded that “If the [CPS] wishes to test whether the pictures in the books are indecent, the right way to deal with the matter is by way of prosecuting the publisher or retailer – not the individual purchaser.
By Jim McKinniss
The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present “Across the Ravaged Land” the third series in renowned photographer Nick Brandt‘s epic vision and ongoing effort to capture the vanishing world and changing landscape of East Africa. This latest body of work represents the final installment of Nick Brandt’s ongoing efforts to document a rapidly disappearing world. Nick Brandt’s previous two exhibitions and publications, “On This Earth” and “A Shadow Falls” are now concluded by this third and final installment. This series completes the sentence which embodies his trilogy, “On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across the Ravaged Land.”
Nick Brandt began photographing in East Africa in early 2000. Although he was photographing in what he saw as something of a paradise, an Eden, Nick Brandt knew even then he was undertaking a clear mission. “From the outset, I had a vision in mind: I wanted to create an elegy, a likely last testament to an extraordinary, beautiful natural world and its denizens that is rapidly disappearing before our eyes. I wanted to show these animals as individual spirits, sentient creatures equally as worthy of life as us.” (Nick Brandt, I am the Walrus, Across the Ravaged Land)
Nick Brandt’s latest work has a noticeably darker tone, which coincides with the staggering pressures on the region and the increasing difficulty of capturing these photographs. The reality Nick Brandt puts forth in his trilogy is that the animals he has photographed are disappearing as they are being both aggressively poached or crowded out by a growing population. These powerful images of calcified animals, expanses of drought, visibly grieving animals, trophy heads, and massive tusks poached from elephants evoke the feeling of a staggering loss as well as an intimacy and sentience felt between the animals. Nick Brandt is no longer translating the idyllic view he is seeing, but rather putting forth what he is witnessing as it happens before him. “This further sense of foreboding, this greater level of melancholy on my part, informs the way that I photograph the animals in this book as opposed to the previous two. The shadow falling over the animals and land (and therefore also us) in the second book, is now turning a somber, inky black.” (Nick Brandt, I am the Walrus, Across the Ravaged Land)
As a response to what he was witnessing, in 2010, Nick Brandt and conservationist Richard Bonham, co-founded Big Life Foundation. Relying on a grass roots effort and inclusive community collaboration, Big Life Foundation has already achieved a dramatic reduction in poaching of animals in the Amboseli ecosystem, a nearly two-million acre area covering the Kenya/Tanzania border. The aim of Big Life Foundation is not only to apprehend poachers but to protect the entire ecosystem, drawing on community collaboration to support conservation, which in turn can support and sustain the community.
The exhibition and images will be released in conjunction with Nick Brandt’s forthcoming publication, “Across the Ravaged Land” (Abrams, 2013).
This show runs September 5, 2013 through November 2, 2013
Reception for the Artist, Thursday, September 5, 7 – 9 p.m.
Fahey/Klein is located at 148 North La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 934-2250
By Jim McKinniss