Daniel Schwartz, VII Emeritus Member, has received the Art Prize 2019 of the Canton Solothurn (CH) in recognition of his achievement in photography spanning more than four decades, encompassing the seminal Great Wall of China (1987), a long-term observation of the political reconfiguration of Central Asia and the war for Afghanistan (1998-2018) as well as the topic of global warming, begun with part I in Asia (Delta, 1991-1995), and continued with part II (While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey, 2009-2016). The award follows the Culture Prize of the Canton of Zurich (2010) and will be handed over on November 11 during a ceremony in the Stadttheater, Olten, Switzerland.
Maggie Steber’s “The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma” is on view at Leica Gallery Los Angeles from September 12 through October 21, 2019.
“Over a lifetime we accumulate experiences that end up being like wallpaper in a house where our subconscious resides. The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma holds the photographs on that wallpaper, made in the shadows of a dark side of me that I have, as of late, begun to re-explore. Without meaning to make them so, these photographs reveal my fears and most private memories: my fear of knives, the dark figure that chased and often stabbed me in my dreams from early childhood to middle-age, my spiritual beliefs, my longings and love and all the other things that are wrapped up, not always so neatly, in someone’s life. In the Secret Garden there is danger but also beauty in a wild jungle that has been growing unfettered. The photographs address every experience I have had in an exterior world but are now being re-interpreted in my interior landscape. I credit Lily, my alter ego, with taking the pictures. What I might miss, Lily sees.”
This year, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop was held in Kigali, Rwanda, and was a project of our partner the VII Academy and PhotoWings. The 7-day workshop set out to inspire and educate future generations of men and women to address important issues through the medium of photography. VII’s Nichole Sobecki, Daniel Schwartz, and Ron Haviv were all part of this year’s event.
VII Member Linda Bournane Engelberth and VII Mentor Program photographer Line Ørnes Søndergaard are included in the Norwegian Documentary Photography exhibition.
The exhibition, on view at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter from August 23, 2019, through January 12, 2020, presents the works of 35 photographers with projects spanning the last decade.
All projects presented in the exhibition are the result of dedicated photographic research over time, made possible through support from the Fritt Ord Foundation and the Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP). VII Emeritus Member Espen Rasmussen is one of the mentors and editors at the NJP.