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.”
On July 12, 2019, Lights for Liberty vigils captured the attention of the US and beyond as thousands of people took to the streets to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. VII photographers were there to witness the powerful vigils. Click here to see what Ed Kashi, Danny Wilcox Frazier, John Stanmeyer, Maggie Steber, Sara Terry, and Nolan Trowe of the VII Mentor Program saw and heard.
Congratulations to Maggie Steber for being named one of the Lucie Foundation’s 9 honorees for this year’s Lucie Awards. Maggie is being recognized for her achievement in photojournalism. The prestigious Lucie Awards gala returns to New York City to kick off Photo Week and to celebrate photography. The red carpet gala ceremony will be held at New York’s renowned Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
VII Emeritus Member Maggie Steber was nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography. Maggie and fellow photographer Lynn Johnson’s work for National Geographic was nominated “for a compelling, dignified photo narrative that provides an intimate look at the youngest face transplant recipient in the U.S.”