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ON-SITE at UCR/California Museum of Photography

Check out the review here:
Curated by Lisa Henry
April 01, 2010 – August 22, 2010
California Museum of Photography
Riverside, CA
ON-SITE explores contemporary American landscape and domestic space using photography, video and new media. The four contemporary artists who have been selected to participate in the show have all undertaken long-term projects that investigate architecture and [...]

MAK Billboards in LA

Dear MAK Center audience members,
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join the MAK Center and me in exploring and celebrating How Many Billboards? Art In Stead. Twenty-one newly commissioned works on billboards by leading contemporary artists are currently being installed throughout central Los Angeles. The first five have appeared; Los Angeles [...]

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: Off Color (Rush Arts Gallery)

(This was first posted a year ago when the exhibition was in Miami. I just updated it for the current venue. For more information go to

Off Color [is] an exhibition designed to highlight nine international emerging artists (Elizabeth Axtman, Lauren Woods, Mansita Diawara, Nekisha Durrett, Stanley Squirewell, Bayeté Ross Smith, Russell Watson, Heather Hart, [...]

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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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