Where to Go and What to See

I wasn't familiar with Stella Johnson's work before, but I'm glad to have been introduced to it through her show on Saturday at the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography in Turner Fall, Massachusetts. She spent her Fulbright year photographing women in rural Mexican communities, and her new book, Al Sol, demonstrates the best of her dense, poetic black-and-whites from there as well as Nicaragua and Cameroon.

If you haven't picked up on this before, I'm a photojournalism girl at heart, so I'm happy to see there are several shows this week that have a distinctly documentary bent while preserving the beauty and grace of what we call "fine-art photography" (although the distinction between the two is getting blurrier every day).

Shifting Landscapes at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn looks at changes humans have wrought on our environment through images by Edward Burtynsky, Olaf Otto Becker, David Maisel, and Simon Norfolk. It also includes work from Christopher LaMarca, whose individual Forest Defenders show opens contiguously today.

I wasn't familiar with Stella Johnson's work before, but I'm glad to have been introduced to it through her show on Saturday at the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography in Turner Fall, Massachusetts. She spent her Fulbright year photographing women in rural Mexican communities, and her new book, Al Sol, demonstrates the best of her dense, poetic black-and-whites from there as well as Nicaragua and Cameroon.

Finally, it's a bit of a hike (to Amsterdam actually), but I highly recommend a show with Lana Slezic and Robert Knoth at the LUX Photo Gallery on Thursday. If you can't make the trip (and most of us can't), it will be worth your while to get familiar with these two artists through the internet at least. Slezic's book Forsaken was on American Photo's top ten list last year, and her new series of portraits made with an old field camera of unveiled Afghanistan women is mesmerizing (see above). Robert Knoth has systematically documented the effects of long-term nuclear testing on parts of the former USSR, and his portraits especially are haunting without being voyeuristic.

~Miki Johnson

(Photo: © Lana Slezic)

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