David Zimmerman focuses on Tibetans in exile19th Dec
We first met David in Cannes in 2009 at the Sony World Photography awards. He and his wife, Marilyn, were such charming people that we spent much of the week with them, eating drinking and of course talking photography. David has an amazing passion for the image and believes deeply in its power to influence. His Desert series won him both the professional Landscape award and the L'Iris D'Or (the overall award) that week. His evocative images of light playing on the dunes of the US southwest simply astounded the judging panel.
David's photographs are beautiful. The way he captures light, his compositions and technical ability are phenomenal. However his images are subtly realised and riven with a deeper meaning inspired by his deep concern for environments and people. The Desert series were as much about the fragility of the ecosystem as its beauty, subsequent projects focused on individuals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the eerily degraded landscape of the Salton Sea. His present project, to examine the experience of exiled Tibetans living in northern India, will I am sure reflect his sensitive eye, but also convey the troubling times these exiles are living through.
David anticipates making 500
portraits ranging from the Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration
(CTA) to the lay people of Ladakh.
This aim has greatly benefitted from the personal support from HH The
Dalai Lama and the CTA (an organization based in India with the stated goals of
"rehabilitating Tibetan refugees and restoring freedom and happiness in Tibet").
As well as carrying out his own work, David is collaborating with Exile Lens - a group of Tibetan photographers dedicated to preserving a visual legacy of Tibet. This has involved running photography workshops in Dharamsala, India, to improve people's basic skills, as well as demonstrating the storytelling and creative potential of photographs. David has been overwhelmed by his pupils' enthusiasm, so much so that it crossed is mind to give up photography and become a teacher instead!
David frequently writes about the warmth and generosity of the people he is with. I imagine that he makes friends quickly and this desire to get to know his subject only enhances the sensitivity of his portraits. On one occasion, in Ladakh, he tells me that he, a complete stranger, asked a mother if he could take away her children for an hour or so to take their photographs. She replied with "Yes, but would you like to have some tea first?". A level of trust that I, as a mother in the UK, find difficult to imagine but it is perhaps indicative of both him and Ladakhi society.
This is an exciting and important long-term project, I look forward to seeing the results and sharing them with you.
David Zimmerman, Tibet, Monks, Photography
John Kenny talks about Sub Saharan Journeys: 6 years of visiting Africa's remotest communities21st Sep
Courtesy of The
Globetrotters Club, John will be giving a talk about his Sub-Saharan journeys this
Saturday 14th April, 2.30pm at The Church of Scotland, behind the Fortune Theatre in
Covent Garden. Entrance £6 per non member.
2006 his focus has been on Sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting the pivotal role that
traditional communities play in humanity's survival in places where the earth's
resources are minimal. His work emphasizes the positive role that Africa and
Africans play in the 21st Century and also highlights the threats to
traditional ways of life today. John's work has been exhibited worldwide
through international art shows and has been featured in The Times of London,
The Telegraph, and the international art and photography press.
supports organisations that work within traditional African communities
been a guest on BBC Radio and at the London International Documentary
Last year John donated works in support of Survival international,
Worldwide, and his work was auctioned at Sotheby's New York in aid of
Africa'. John has been visiting tribes across the African continent
years as part of an ongoing photography project and will be talking
through his most memorable experiences across West, East and Southern
Africa. The talk will
be accompanied by a slideshow featuring some of the remarkable people
has met on this journey, and why these people and their communities
matter to him in the 21st Century.
Art For Africa - James Sparshatt and John Kenny exhibit at Sothebys NY05th Jun
The second Art for Africa auction was held on 17th November in
New York (the first auction, held in London in 2009, raised $750,000).
Art For Africa benefits the Africa Foundation, which was set up 20 years ago, working in partnership with the eco-tourism industry in Africa to empower rural African communities through sustainable development projects.
Capital Culture's James Sparshatt with Soweto Strings (palladium platinum print) and John Kenny with Lines that Lead to Perfection (at an impressive 56 X 38 inches) were exhibiting alongside U.S. artists Warhol, Peter Beard, Alex Katz, Nick Cave, Ross Bleckner, Matt Magee and Jeff Sonhous. African artists Mary Sibande, Sue Williamson, Dylan Lewis, Peterson Kamwathi, Beezy Bailey, Creative Block, Mikhael Subotzky were also auctioned.
The Gala dinner and Auction Preview was held at Sotheby's in New York City on the 12th October. Guests included Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and his wife Mary, Lola Ogunnaike, Nina Griscom, Cristina Cuomo, Enyinne Onwunwanne, Mia Morgan, Jennifer Creel, Africa.com CEO Teresa Clarke, and artists Peter Beard, Kehinde Wiley, Andres Serrano, Julian Lethbridge, Nan Goldin, Hunt Slonem, Caio Fonseca, E.V. Day, Mary Sibande, Shinique Smith.
"The first highly successful sale
in London saw enormous enthusiasm from collectors for works by some of the
rising stars of African and international contemporary art," said
Scott Nussbaum, contemporary art specialist at Sotheby's.
James Sparshatt, John Kenny
Last Refuge - A new series of photographs by David Zimmerman30th Mar
We are pleased to announce a new series of work titled 'Last Refuge' by award winning photographer David Zimmerman. About this work David explains:
Refuge' series was photographed in a community of people who live
in the desert entirely removed from society, where there is no water or
electricity. Driven by hardship and the need for independence, these people
create shelter with scrap and good intentions. The clothing in these pictures
was one mans roof.'
Refuge' has been exhibited at the Detroit Centre for Contemporary Photography
and will open as a solo exhibition in New York City, in Soho on the 8th
photographs have also been shortlisted for the Terry O'Neill Award 2011, opens
8th December at the Hot Shoe Gallery, London.
A new series of platinum / palladium prints from David's Desert project has been awarded third prize by juror Michael Mazzeo (Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York City).
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