Foto Infinitum’s Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Everyone loves a photo goodie, but sometimes you just want to treat yourself, am I right? Shop my picks for the photographer in your life! Even if that photographer may very well be you.

So if you’re treating yourself, (or getting some holiday shopping done) you’re going to love these pieces. Get your online shopping carts ready! There’s something here for everyone.

Keep scrolling to see what my current favorite photo goodies are! 


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For your everyday, casual photo encounter, get a load of these everyday beauts!

  1. STAK Bloom Ceramic Phone Vase by STAKCERAMICS
  2. Holga enamel lapel pin by Lost Lust Supply
  3. Polaroid Prism graphic tee by Altru Apparel

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For those with a knack for design, and all things neatly displayed, try out these frames:

  1. 12″ magnetic wood poster rails available on Parabo
  2. Project 62™ Gallery 11×15″ Float frame available at Target
  3. Threshold™ Geometric Gold 4×6″ frame available at Target

4To all the night crawlers out there, this is for you.

  1. Joby GorillaPod DSLR tripod – get the mini version on Adorama
  2. Donut and Burger Snack Cap Lens Caps available on Photojojo
  3. Wire Pull Color Smoke Grenades by Enola Gaye Grenade Co.
  4. Magic Hour Photo Club snapback by the one and only BOOOOOOOOM

 

Did you find a favorite? Share in the comments below!

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Cherished & Celebrated: The Women of Photographer Victoria Campa’s Portraits

Madrid based photographer Victoria Campa has always been fascinated by cameras. When she was only seven years old, her aunt and uncle had a Polaroid where she became as instantly obsessed with the medium as the print itself. She grew up borrowing point and shoots, phone cameras, whatever she could get her tiny hands on. It wasn’t until high school that she became acquainted with her film camera, “which is now my main baby,” she gushes.

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© Victoria Campa. Akua in fighting metanoia, from the series “Goodbye to all that”.

Invested in the online photo community a-la Flickr, Campa began to pursue photography.  “I spent a lot of time looking at photography online and in the library,” she admits, “and I was taking a lot of photos, too.” Campa started with fashion, creating concepts and approaching friends with the question to pose before her camera. Now, in a lot of ways her direction has changed. “It took me a long time to call myself a photographer, and to take ownership of the work I was producing. I think this recognition is an important step for all of us, no matter what we are doing.”

In her series Goodbye to all thatCampa endures the end of an era in New York. “I was entering my last year of college, and as a pretty nostalgic person, I knew that the four years I had spent living in New York had been monumental for me as an individual, but also for my photography.” The collection of images celebrates Campa’s personal experience living in the concrete city the only way she knew how: through photos.

“It is not possible for me to separate my last year in New York and this series from the political events that were occurring at the time. They were central to my friends and my experiences, and also coming from a women’s college, we were constantly thinking and talking about these issues. On the day of the women’s march we spent the morning in our living room, painting signs with the sun streaming through the window.”

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© Victoria Campa. Women’s March, NYC from the series “Goodbye to all that”.

“There was always music playing from my roommates’ speakers, and I have a very clear memory of us all sitting around, talking and decorating our signs. It was very special to get on the subway and see other people holding their signs too, all of us fighting for the same things. We marched, we chanted, and although we were angry and disappointed, it was a celebration of who we are and what we stand for. It was amazing for so many people to come together, for 5th avenue in the middle of Manhattan to be completely closed down in the middle of the day. It was a powerful moment in time and I don’t think any of us who were there will forget it anytime soon.”

There is a duality in the series where Campa presents us with the combination of New York city life versus more singular, withdrawn moments. “New York City is very individualistic, and my work in many ways is as well,” she says. “I am drawn to the inner workings of an individual, which leads me to photograph a lot of the more quiet moments,” she explains her subject matter. And it’s true. There are very open and honest moments where, at the majority, women are existing on their own, and what Campa describes as “a sort of isolated bubble” is formed. Campa is able to captivate us to this bubble with “the notion of the public versus the private life, and how the city combines the two.”

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© Victoria Campa. Mimi on her couch, from the series “Goodbye to all that”.

Currently backpacking around India, Campa has found herself “inspired by street life here. Waking up before the first light and sitting on the sidewalk with cows and dogs as I drink my morning chai. I’m inspired by the colors of the sky when the sun is setting, and by the stories of all the people I have met.”

I asked about her ever changing process with photography. “Sometimes I photograph what I see, and sometimes it is more of a gut reaction than a conscious thought.” What she often attempts to do before formulating her images, is to find a location and look for a subject that is able to tell or create a story. “I work very closely with whoever is in front of my camera to allow them to show me what they want to express,” says Campa.

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© Victoria Campa. Shriya, from the series “Goodbye to all that”.

Photography is in many ways a testament to our world, and how we make sense of it, yet it’s also an imprint of Campa’s existence, and the women who are very much a part of it. One of my favorite portraits by Campa is that of her friend’s grandmother [pictured below]. The setting of leafy limbs framing the woman sitting in her plastic chair seems so casual, but also gives us a glimpse of the very women Campa cherishes. “I am so lucky to be surrounded by many women I admire,” Campa declares. “There is no power like the power of a woman, and I hope to communicate their strength and beauty in my images.”

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© Victoria Campa. Fani’s Grandma (Vela Luka), from the series “I Remember”.

“It doesn’t matter where you are from, what your age is.. your perspective and your life is both different and unique from anyone else’s. You can teach someone so much just by capturing your world,” Campa shared. The photographer’s world is now being shared at the Tate Modern in London for their after-hours exhibition Uniqlo Tate Lates  which features an eclectic mix of art, music, talks, film and workshops. Campa is also working on a collaboration project entitled Layers of Synergy, with fellow photographer Victoria Zavala Carvajal. So be on the lookout!

To view more of Victoria Campa’s work, check out her website and Instagram below.

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Print Giveaway No.1

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I’ve decided to start my first print giveaway, and so with pleasure, I’m offering to one lucky winner a 5×7 print of my digital collage Hypnotized which features personal photo scraps from my series, Salvation Mountain.

If you are in need of some colorful art to add to your walls, or office, leave a comment below to enter and I’ll pick a winner next week, Saturday, September 30th! 


 

Congratulations to winner — and totally coincidental — photographer Desliu Munoz! Super happy this piece gets a creative home for life!

This Is How Mujeres Do It

LOS ANGELES —  The Beta Main’s current resident artist, Star Montana, moderated a wonderful Saturday afternoon panel discussion. “How We Do It” brought together women creatives Valerie BowerArlene Mejorado, and Desilu Munoz who all share a love for zines, and the need to document their lives through the still image.

The parallels you see in their work all gravitate to hometown pride, families, and friends. These subjects dominate the forefront of their works, giving visibility to those not often represented, sans exploitation.

It was empowering to see mujeres like myself, and I’d like to thank Star Montana, and the Main Museum for bringing together a panel that was well deserved, greatly needed, and entirely appreciated.


Images by yours truly:

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I Dream of Los Angeles, is the body of work by photographer Star Montana, which is currently on view at the Main Museum now until September 24, 2017.

Main Museum and Star Montana presents How We Do It

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On Saturday, July 22nd join photographer and artist, Star Montana, at the Main Museum as she brings together a group of women of color photographers to discuss their use of photography, zines, and social media to make visible to the world the places and people in their experiences.

Participating photographers are:
Valerie J. Bower
Arlene Mejorado
Desilu Muñoz

Don’t miss out! Admission is free but RSVP here in advance.


The Main Museum is located on 114 W 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Zero Hour by Amy Li

00:00 (Zero Hour) is a series of dreamscapes filled with the hidden truths concerning death and memory in our everyday, ranging from portraiture, landscapes and objects. Photographer and artist Amy Li began working on the series in late 2014, but it wasn’t until the Flint water crisis took hold that same year, where cost-cutting measures led to tainted and toxic drinking water, truly got the project going.

“I was thinking about rising political and social turmoil that was happening in the US,” Li recalls. “Race relations were tense and the discussions surrounding water were starting to take place. The water crisis in Flint was the initial inspiration of the project because it had involved two subject matters that were extremely important to me: racism and environmental concerns. It had never occurred to me that those two separate discussions could happen simultaneously.”

The series begins with an open Nike shoe box (a size 6 of Air Force 1’s to be exact) filled with overlapping childhood 5x7s. “For most people, their first introduction to photography is the family photo,” says Li. The cardboard box takes on the role of the family album, encasing each stored memory as a nonlinear daydream. These snapshots play on the photographer’s love for the vernacular image.

I really love vernacular photography for its mystery and intimacy. I always strive for those characteristics within my personal work.

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Suspended in Amy’s world, we catch ourselves taking in the contrasting warm and cold lights of these nameless places and nameless faces. “I think the way the internet presents photography is very similar to looking through photographs in a bin, box or album.”

In the digital realm, where time and space is disintegrated, flattened and illuminated by a bright screen; images are forced to sit at a stand still — a purgatorial dimension where they drift aimlessly. The bright light blinds us all but we still gaze longingly.

 

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Amy Li is an American photographer living and working in New York.
To see Zero Hour in its entirety, have a look at Amy’s website below.
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In Remembrance: Khadija Saye, young photographer loses life in London’s Grenfell Fire

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LONDON — The world sinks heavily after learning about the rising death toll (at least 79 are dead, missing, or presumed dead) from the Grenfell Tower fire that took place early morning on June 14. As we mourn the loss of many, one of the confirmed victims was young artist, Khadija Saye, 24 who lived and worked on her photography from the 20th floor with her Gambian mother, Mary Mendy (who is also missing, and presumed dead).

The art world only saw a glimpse of what talent Khadija Saye displayed through her photography. Her wet plate collodion tintype series, Dwelling: in this space we breathe is currently exhibited at the Diaspora Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale. Saye described her series as an exploration of “the migration of traditional Gambian spiritual practices and the deep rooted urge to find solace within a higher power.”

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Khadija Saye self-portrait, from the series Dwelling: in this space we breathe © Khadija Saye, courtesy International Curators Forum
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Khadija Saye self-portrait, from the series Dwelling: in this space we breathe © Khadija Saye, courtesy International Curators Forum
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Khadija Saye self-portrait, from the series Dwelling: in this space we breathe © Khadija Saye, courtesy International Curators Forum

Saye presented her final series Crownedwhich encapsulates Afro-Caribbean hairstyles, a project she began working on that expressed her Gambian heritage for her graduation project from UCA Farnham in 2013.

What aches the most is the inclusion of Saye’s mother in Crowned.

The portraits were taken in a makeshift home studio on the 20th floor; I recall with tenderness the tutorials during the making of this work, Khadija would burst in with work prints and talk with joy as she recounted her mother’s nervousness at being photographed

— Natasha Caruana, senior lecturer in photography at UCA Farnham, in an interview with the British Journal of Photography.

There is something familiar about being a student in photography, and turning to subjects that you know whole heartedly. More often than not we aim our lens inward to the ones who gave us life, and we appreciate them within a single frame, unknowingly documenting them for the world to see.

Khadija Saye and her work will forever be remembered. Let us not forget her kindness, her love of others stories, her struggle, accomplishments, her vision. She has left it all behind for us to remember and celebrate, and I hope it inspires our youth, especially young girls, to continue their art, to follow through with scholarships, and to never regret asking for help, or guidance. Collaborate, pursue mentorships, and above all, be proud of where you come from.

Rest in power, Khadija Saye. You are truly a source of inspiration to all.

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From the series Crowned © Khadija Saye, courtesy Nicola Green
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From the series Crowned © Khadija Saye, courtesy Nicola Green
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From the series Crowned © Khadija Saye, courtesy Nicola Green

All images appear under the British Journal of Photography’s obituary for Khadija Saye. Image credit is given to Saye’s mentor, Nicola Green, and the International Curators Forum.

Delphine Blast Captures the faces of Bolivian Womanhood in her series, Cholitas

Delphine Blast is a French documentary and portrait photographer based between Paris and South America. She has dedicated several works to the situation of women in Latin America, drawing in on the humanitarian dimension of life, while bringing out the emotional response and engagement of her subjects.

On a two month journey in Bolivia, Delphine discovered what it meant to be a cholita in today’s modern world. In the capital of La Paz she met dozens of cholitas and decided to honor the women by taking their portrait in a recreated photo studio based on backgrounds featuring traditional Bolivian fabrics.

A series of 35 portraits was born, entitled Cholitas, the revenge of a generation. The images highlight their unique outfits inspired by Andean traditions, but above all it reveals the women’s femininity, elegance and dignity.

Discriminated against for a long time, the cholitas are now very much a driving force in Bolivia. In scenes that were unimaginable 10 or 20 years ago, nowadays they have real clout in the economic, political, and even fashion worlds. The cholitas have managed to find their place in modern society without denying their collective past. They are an expression of the dignity of Indian populations.

Delphine’s photographic series aims to renew insight into Bolivian womanhood. It also carries new identity affirmations and reflects the social changes on the march in the country.

Take a look at Delphine’s stunning portraits below:

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© Delphine Blast. From the series Cholitas, the revenge of a generation.

Top Photo Events Happening This Week

This week, when it comes to photo related events, February is looking good. I mean, real good. With four photo haps featuring some of the most incredibly talented women to date, it’s hard to make it to them all.

I thought I’d soften all the FOMO by including an upcoming  Q+A panel discussion in April with the impeccable, Shirin Neshat. More info on that below!

Now on to the hard part, how will you be spending your photo weekend? I know it’s going to be quite the decision, but hey, at least I’ve taken out some of the dirty work for you.

Don’t forget to send in those RSVP’s!

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LA ART BOOK FAIR 
@ The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA | FEBRUARY 24, 2017 – FEBRUARY 26, 2017
Preview | Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 6–9 pm | $10 entry fee

Printed Matter presents the fifth annual LA Art Book Fair, from February 23 – 26, 2017, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2016 saw over 35,000 visitors over the course of three and a half days.

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR is the companion fair to Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR, held every fall in New York. In September 2016, over 39,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and enthusiasts attended Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR.


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(RE)PRESENT Q+A Discussion Panel
@ Las Fotos Project | FEBRUARY 25, 2017 6PM – 8PM

Join Las Fotos Project on Saturday, February 25 for a panel Q+A with four well-known black female photographers: Oriana Koren, Kayla Reefer, Dana Washington and Sophia Nahli Allison.

The conversation will be centered on the experiences, challenges, and triumphs of black women photographers and their relationship to their craft. Our wonderful panelists will discuss how their intersecting identities impact both their photographic subject matter and their professional career.

The discussion will highlight the need and importance of black women’s visibility in photography, the challenge of diversifying representations of “blackness” and traditional representations of black communities in mainstream media.

Following the moderated portion of the panel, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions to panelists during the Q+A.

This community event is free, but please RSVP at www.lasfotosproject.org/RSVP.

You can also read my interview with Dana Washington on her portrait series Awa here.

Las Fotos Project is located on 2658 Pasadena Ave., Lincoln Heights, CA 90031


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ICONS by Parker Day
@ Superchief Gallery | FEBRUARY 25, 2017 1PM – 10PM

Superchief Gallery LA took on the solo exhibition of 100 portraits by photographer Parker Day. Her images from her series ICONS burst forth from the seamy underbelly of life in an explosion of lurid technicolor with a cast of characters played by club kids, internet personalities, and self-professed freaks. The un-retouched grit and grain of 35mm film packages fantastical content in palpable reality. Identity, and our ability to shape how we’re seen and in turn who we are, is central to the work. It’s communicated through costuming, symbols, and the emotional language of color, to connect in an intuitive and direct way that transcends artifice.

Parker Day began shooting ICONS in July, 2015. Images from the series have been featured in The New Yorker, Juxtapoz, Vice, i-D, and Dazed. Although selections from ICONS have appeared in international media and group shows, Superchief Gallery LA is the first to exhibit the complete ICONS series.

Visit the work of Parker Day during her closing reception before it’s gone!


 

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FRIDA KAHLO  HER PHOTOS
@ The Bower Museum | FEBRUARY 25, 2017 – JUNE 25, 2017

Frida Kahlo – Her Photos offers an intimate glance into the life of one of the world’s most beloved artists. Throughout her life, Kahlo meticulously collected over 6,000 photographs of loved ones as well as scenes of Mexican culture, politics, art, history and nature.

These photographs were taken by many renowned creatives of the time including Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Martin Munkácsi, the artist herself and others. After her death, the collection was locked away by a grieving Diego Rivera in Kahlo’s Mexico City family home, Casa Azul or the Blue House. More than fifty years later, this treasured collection was revealed to the public. Curated by the distinguished Mexican photographer and image historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Frida Kahlo – Her Photos presents 241 of these photographs, all of which are the first and only prints made of the originals.

The Bower Museum is located on 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706


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AN EVENING WITH VISUAL ARTIST SHIRIN NESHAT
@ Bovard Auditorium | APRIL 25, 2017 at 7PM

Shirin Neshat, born in Iran and based in New York City, is one of the most prominent living artists in the world. Her work probes issues of gender, power, displacement, protest, identity, and the space between the personal and the political. Neshat’s photography, video installations, and films have been shown at museums and festivals across the globe, and she has been awarded the International Award at the Venice Biennale, the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.

In a wide-ranging and inspiring talk, Neshat will discuss her creative process, how migration and living in varied cultures has affected her life and her art, and the role of art and freedom of expression in an enlightened and just society.

For more information, click here.

The 5 Iranian Women Photographers in ‘Art Brief III: The (Un)draped Woman’ You Need to Know

abiiiOn Thursday, February 9th, join LA based visual artist platform, ADVOCARTSY, in celebrating the opening of their third Art Brief installment entitled, Art Brief III: The (Un)Draped Woman. 

The exhibition features 14 artists of Iranian origin whose works speak to the timely and internationally relevant issues surrounding the representation of women. ADVOCARTSY’s founder and curator, Roshi Rahnama, is hopeful that the exhibition’s intent to encourage viewers to go beyond pre-conceived perceptions will help engender a new dialogue regarding the image of women in Iran and beyond.

Featured in this showcase are renowned photographers Shadi YousefianSepideh SalehiShadi Ghadirian, Gohar Dashti, and Tahmineh Monzavi.

Preview their featured works below:


SHADI YOUSEFIAN

is currently based in San Francisco. Yousefian’s mixed media work reflects and addresses issues that touch on universal themes such as loss, dislocation, alienation, and personal reinvention.

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Shadi Yousefian. Social Identity (2003). Photographic print mounted on wood panels. Image courtesy of the artist and ADVOCARTSY.

SEPIDEH SALEHI

is based in New York City and works in collages, paintings, printing, photography, and video animation. Her works revolve around the poetics of the veil, or chador, as well as stories from her country of origin.

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Sepideh Salehi. Mohr Portrait (2014). Photograph and frottage on Japanese paper. Image courtesy of the artist and ADVOCARTSY.

TAHMINEH MONZAVI

is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. Her body of work concentrates on social conflicts, contradictions and the young generation of Iran.

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Tahmineh Monzavi. Tina (2010-2012). Archival digital pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist, Robert Klein Gallery, and Azita Bina. 

SHADI GHADIRIAN

is a photographer residing in Tehran. You may have already seen Ghadirian’s sepia toned work in her series, Qajar.  Ghadirian’s imagery comments and portrays the contradictions between tradition and modernity for women living in Iran and dichotomies present in daily life.

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Shadi Ghadirian. From the series Be Colorful (2002). Image courtesy of the artist, Robert Klein Gallery and Azita Bina.

GOHAR DASHTI

mainly addresses social issues with particular references to history and culture through her photographs. Her practice continuously develops from life events and the connection between the personal and the universal, the political and the fantasized.

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Gohar Dashti. Odalisque (2014 – 2015), from the series Stateless. Image courtesy of the artist, Robert Klein Gallery and Azita Bina.

Art Brief III: The (Un)Draped Woman opens Thursday Feb. 9th at Arena 1 Gallery from 7pm to 10pm. ARENA 1 Gallery is located at 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405