Monday, January 31, 2011

The 8 x 10 Hearst Biennial 2011- NYC

8 Winners. 10 Judges. 1 Exhibition.

A celebration of people who don’t just take pictures. 
They take pictures further.

2011 Winners
Nicholas Mendise, Devin Tepleski, Christoph Engel, Jonathan Smith, Gareth Kingdon, 
Victor Yuliev, Rena Effendi, Thomas Stanworth

2011 Honorable Mentions 
Christopher Vongsawat, Ivo Rafailov, Ryan Obermeyer, Brandon Schulman, 
Jenny Johannesson, Julie Soefer, Alix Smith, Ariel Bernades, Nils Orth, David Wright

Curated by John A, Bennette
John A. Bennette Curator of the  2011 8x10 Hearst Biennial in front of Nils
Orth portraits
 Photo by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

This is a great exhibition with a global feel and demonstrating what a strong and powerful media  fine art  photography truly is . Out of 4,600 entries these are the very lucky winners.
The 2011 Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial garnered more than 4,600 entries from
across the U.S. as well as 70 other countries, five times the number of entries garnered in the 2009 inaugural competition the work of these talented newcomers is
 showcased in two exhibition spaces in the atrium of Lord Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower, 
company’s acclaimed New York City headquarters.

Here is a selection of some of my favorite images from the exhibition:

Jonathan Smith- Untilted #147, 2005

Jonathan Smith- Untitled #31, 2009

Jenny Johannesson-Made in America (untilted #2)

Jenny Johannesson- Made in America (untitled #3)

Rena Efendi- Refugee girl with bread, Georgia- Russia
Conflict, Georgia, 2008

Christoph Engel- Untitled , 2009

David Wright- Solomon, Alebtong, Unganda , 2009

David Wright- George and Josephine
Alebtong, Unganda, 2009

Ariel Bernades- Red Lattice

Nicolas Mendise- Moth #1

Devin Tepleski- Untitled #10

Nils Orth - Untitled from the series Untitled Faces
I highly recommend you to see this exhibit. There is a lot of new work , fresh and with a strong global feel. John Bennette, the 8 x 10 curator did a wonderful job creating a elegant display and exhibition flow. The setting is so perfect like a true Manhattan bubble, elegant  surrounded by magnificent spaces and architecture . One  might think once in there that, Sarah Jessica Parker might pop in all of the sudden in one of those great outfits. 

The 57 cafe and this exhibit will make a perfect date for a couple.

Going back to the exhibit, the work of Jonathan Smith and Jenny Johanneson is one of my most favorites. The work of this two photographers is the kind of work, I really like to go after. The exhibition runs till May 2011 so, you have plenty of snowy days to plan and see the exhibit. Since it is a private lobby building, there is specific exhibition hours and entry. I will be adding this info ASAP. Stay tuned!

You can also see the show on line here:

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