Jennifer Schwartz Selects on Fototazo

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I am honored to be selected along with Dorothy O'Connor, Katie Koti, Amelia Morris and Julien Mauve this month's feature by Jennifer Schwartz for Fototazo. 

Jennifer Schwartz Selects

The premise here is simple: to ask a curator, blogger, editor, photographer or other person involved in contemporary photography to select five portfolios of work that they are currently excited about to recommend to the rest of us, placing emphasis - ideally - on work that hasn't seen heavy rotation online. The portfolios are not presented in any sort of order.

The series comes from a belief that the Internet has a tendency to briefly cohere around certain projects and, longer-term, establish its own canon of photographers, distinct and separate from the gallery and museum canons.

While these dynamics have advantages, they also have the expense of promoting a limited number of projects on a large scale, frequently overshadowing other projects equal in quality. This series, then, seeks in particular to look for great photography that counterbalances heavily distributed projects. It also is part of a general interest I have for this site to go behind the limits of my single vision, personal knowledge and time.

Today's guest is Jennifer Schwartz. Her biography follows the post. For previous posts in this series, please see the site links page.

Nataly Castaño helped organize this post.

Winner of the Aperture Award

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I am honored to be the recipient of the Aperture Award for the 88th Annual International Competition at the Print Center in Philadelphia, PA.  Please follow the link below for more information. 

Seven Rivers Feature in the New York Times

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A Photographer’s Evocative Portraits of Rivers in Flux


The art photographer Ansley West Rivers‘s “Seven Rivers” project began after a life-changing 25 days she spent floating the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 2011 — a trip that culminated with her drifting, under a full moon, to Lake Mead. As she recalls, “We had lived surrounded by the canyon walls for three weeks, so the abrupt transition was disorienting. The river we had developed such passion and love for over the last three weeks was now being choked into an eroding construction site. The dignity of the mighty Colorado was lost.”

The trip made Rivers “realize the importance of watersheds as maps,” she says, “for they tell the story of civilization past and present, as well as the landscape.” And it inspired a photography project that investigates the current state of the American river. As Rivers explains, the photographs aren’t intended as documentation, but rather to depict the “unseen changes” that human interference wreaks on each of these waterways. “The constructed images I make on each negative show the possibilities and effects of industry, global warming, agriculture, power, and the unquenchable demand for fresh water,” she says. “Each image depicts the journey each river takes and the struggles bound to every drop of water.”

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Full Moon Centennial Valley

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New lunarscape photograph from Centennial Valley, Montana.  The moon light lit the mountain in such a beautiful way that the details of trees and vegetation are exposed. 

Moonrise over Centennial Valley, MT

Centennial Valley Residency

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I recently returned from a residency in Centennial Valley, Montana.  The residency was through the Environmental Humanities Education Center affiliated with the University of Utah.  I was continuing work on my River Project, exploring the utmost source of the Missouri/Mississippi River.  Please check out the work on my website under the River Project page.  

Below is an image of Odell Creek, one of the many creeks in the Valley that contribute to the Jefferson River.  The Jefferson along with the Madison and the Gallatin come together to form the Missouri River. 

 Odell Creek

Odell Creek