An off-shoot of the Barcelona-based collective RUIDO Photo, 7.7 is a photo project that calls into question the idea of photo projects, calling for instead for a different kind of story-telling, and for a “photography of proximity and profundity, a photography where the stories that are told contain all the hues found in this world we live in.” 7.7’s critical and political manifesto is clearly designed to shake the viewer out his or her complacency, and the stories collected on the site, effective and moving photo documentaries, achieve the goal. 7.7 has also initiated a photo contest, inviting like-minded photographers to submit work for publication and for a 2000 euro prize.
Aevum is the showcase for a collective of clearly passionate and committed young photographers, supporting each other’s work and making a case for a “visceral and visual” mode of expression. The site offers slideshows from Aevum’s cast of six international photographers, organized under the headings “projects” and “features.” The work shown here reflects the obvious commitment this group has to working with the emotional and intellectual power of photography.
Two normally unrelated concepts, photography and the alphabet, have been brought together in this unusual and clever yearlong photographic challenge. There are 26 photographers from around the world, each one of whose name begins with one of the letters of the alphabet. The photographers each propose a theme or a task to the group, one based on their letter of the alphabet (“A” is for Alternative Accommodation). The 26 members have posted their photographic interpretations of the themes to the website and the result is a fascinating game of “variations on a theme” that can be viewed at this permanent online exhibition.
Canada’s Boreal Collective pursues stories that reveal the uncomfortable realities on the peripheries of the mainstream, such as: what is really happening on Indian reservations, the price we pay for resource extraction, and the direct consequences of climate change on people’s daily lives. Boreal members may come from varied backgrounds, but they have a common concern for unexamined, over-looked, and yet totally compelling stories.
Burn founder and Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey’s online photo magazine/journal comes across as a rousing call to creativity directed at the best of the next generation of working photographers. A showcase for the work emerging photographers, Burn is also the realization of Harvey’s work as a teacher and mentor. He “curates” the content in Burn’s ever changing pages, a collection of photo essays (that sometimes include a soundtrack) and individual images. Much of this work seems to come out of the many workshops Harvey leads, and his remarks to students and to the group show up with along with the thoughtful comments and constructive criticism of peers. Burn is the reflection of an intense love for and commitment to photography on the part of its founder and those whose work makes it onto the site.
The collected work of a group of young Romanian photographers, Camera80 is an excellent showcase of up and coming talents that deserve to be seen. The site offers a large selection of horizontal scroll “exhibitions” from different photographers, giving us a range of perspectives. There are links to each artist’s homepage, and although the site is not fully translated into English, the blog page is loaded with news of exhibitions, festivals, events and calls for submissions from all over the world, and much of that is in English.
The Documentography collective’s 5 photojournalists may work out of the Europe and Brazil, but their areas of interest are large and varied. The group’s archive shows a penchant for the stories of outsiders and the unsung in South America, Europe and Africa.
Here is something fresh and new: a venue for photographers over 35, a demographic clearly underserved by the “emerging photographer” support system. Expiration Notice’s curators have created a space for artists with an important body of work but who fall outside the strict definitions of “emerging” and “established.” Set up as a monthly blog, the site acts as a gallery for those who “have the quality goods long denied the glory of the glossy magazines or gleaming white gallery walls.” Although a lack of financial support forced this site to cease publication in 2009, this is still an excellent archive of work that might not otherwise have found an audience.
The Argentine photo collective Ph15 believes in the power of art and education to help open up the lives of teens from impoverished neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. By helping teens to express their creative natures and depict their own experience through the medium of photography, The Fondacion’s workshops impart experience that empowers students to move beyond the confines of their circumstances. Founded with a mission to build social inclusion through art, ph15 includes students in the entire process of creating and displaying images, and makes a point of exhibiting their work both in international galleries and local venues. Some of the impressive results of this decade long experiment can be seen in the gallery section of the site.
The photographers of Gaia have two missions: get their photos seen by a wider audience, and on a grander scale, help the people of the world see each other and the state of the planet. Gaia photographers are typically established freelance photojournalists and hail from all over the world. They post stories that reflect local issues that, taken together, present a portrait of our times. There is some fascinating stuff here.