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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

Welcome to Aleim!

Check out the new online journal ALEIM—I’m a contributing writer.
ALEIM MAGAZINE is designed as a quarterly interview source for the photographic, cinematic and creative personalities of our time. The magazine works with award-winning writers, photographers and videographers to capture these personalities in their most honest and unfiltered environments.
It’s been a long time coming so I’m [...]

Posing Beauty

Check out this really lovely article on Deborah Willis’ current publication and touring exhibition, Posing Beauty: Here are some installation views I made at the venue in NYC. My work is above right (you’ll recognize it from this blog’s header). It’s an interesting read—I can’t believe someone would tell Deb that it is inappropriate [...]

Updated: Deadline extended until September 15!

You’ll need the files in this zip to complete the nomination form: Archive
Dear En Foco supporters,
En Foco’s publication Nueva Luz needs your nomination to compete for a 2009 Lucie Award under the category of Photography Magazine of the Year.
Please take a few minutes to nominate us. A few sentences will do.
See below for instructions:
Help get [...]

Interview by Kasalina Nabakooza

The wonderful blogger Kasalina Nabakooza posted an interview with me on her blog at I was coincidentally a regular reader of her blog so was delighted when she contacted me.

Make sure you check out her entire blog, though; she posts her own images, which are lyrical and inquisitive and quite wonderful with a great [...]

who knew?

I came across this on MagCloud—I had no idea she is a photographer. I’m surprised this is published as a journal, though, or rather, as a catalog—it seems more like a one-off.

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 11, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

  • "Dedicated to the real photographers of the world—to those who, with their second-hand equipment and their makeshift darkrooms, are today fighting their solitary battles with their recalcitrant medium, not for money or for glory, but because they would rather make pictures than anything else in the world." - William Mortensen
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