Picture: Carola van Herk
Yesterday evening I went to National Geographic Benelux Photo competition 2009 event. With more than 27.000 entries a picture from my ‘Deep Soweto” series was nominated together with 6 others in the ‘human’ category. During the evening the winners were announced and Dutch wildlife photographer Ruben Smit talked about his work for the ‘Wild Wonders of Europe’ project. The winner was Andrew George, with a photo at the blue mosque in Instanbul.
Together with the other nominees my picture will be exhibited for 3 months at the Dutch tropical Institute in Amsterdam.
Looking forward to see Louis Malanghu again tomorrow evening, and to see the progress he made with the cultural center.
My initial plan was to visit last november, but plans changed because of my move to Belgium, I wrote back then:
“This time I will bring the prints to get them framed. The pictures will be installed inside the Molapo Cultural Center. Many tourists who visit Soweto stop by the center on their way to lunch. The owner of the center, Louis Malanghu hopes the pictures will give the visitors a taste of the Sowetan people and culture. Dances are performed and girls sell selfmade handicrafts, a library will be made of donated books, and there is a flower garden.”Very happy to keep my promise;-))
Spending the whole day behind the screen preparing exhibition prints for South Africa. Output sharpening (the Bruce Fraser way), re-sizing, converting to printer profiles,8 bit jpeg conversions and adding white canvas borders.
Well, luckily I am listening to some nice funk music;-) I am planning a trip in August.
I was happy I got to see Avedon’s large format prints of ”In the American West”,at the foam in Amsterdam this month. Really such high quality realistic prints, amazing… But already the book is disappointing, you have to see these prints live once in your life!
Tourists surrounding the most famous painting in the world at the Louvre in Paris.
During my last trip to Chicago I visited the Museum of Comtemporary Photography (MoCP).
This museum gives me the BLUES!
Besides that there is no entry fee you may arrange a custom-designed viewing of prints from the museum’s permanent collection led by graduate students studying photography and arts administration at Columbia College Chicago (same building), museum education staff will work with visitors to select photographers, techniques and themes related to the interests and curriculum of the group. The permanent collections hosts more than 7,000 photographs. I personally had a private session of Garry Winnogrand prints, one of my favourite street photographers. The museum also reviews portfolios from national and international artists on a monthly basis for consideration for exhibition and acquisition. This museum supports photography and students in a great way! So next time I’m in Chicago you know where to find me;))
Oh, and by the way if you are looking for some real blues I can recommend Blue Chicago on Clark street.