Looking for a last minute gift for mom? Spend the day creating
hand-made projects that any mother would love. Everyone is welcome to
take part in craft projects, family portraits, face painting and a raffle which includes indulgent items such as a 5 day yoga pass to Mala Yoga & a gift certificate to local restaurant Robin DeBois.
When: Saturday, May 9th 10am-3pm. Where: SA's Storefront location @ 211 Smith Street
$20 per family of four or $10 per adult, $5 per child Gift bags for the first 50 families! For more info, click here.
New York, NY-April 30,
2009--Get “Hung Up” on Celebrity Mash Ups, a new monthly party at Stay
Lounge that will be having its debut party on April 30th, 2009, with
the theme of Madonna Vs. Britney! The event will feature a costume
contest and a Madonna Vs. Britney drinks menu and specials. “Get Into
The Groove” with DJ Ian Urgo who will be spinning classic and modern
hits of both divas, as well as some dance favorites. That’s our
Bar, a premiere performance venue in Brooklyn, has always brought
people together to support serious up and comers. They were at it again
with "The Mission Tour" hosted by 623 entertainment. The stage was
graced by a number of artists vying to be heard, but the night belonged
to Traum Diggs,
the self-proclaimed hope for hip hop. He closed the night with his four
piece band of soul scholars. To a swollen crowd of supportive
onlookers, he debuted his new video "Died in Vain," and performed cuts
from his latest project. I'm sure he'll be making some noise in the
DoF recently had a chance to sit down with photographer and curator, Jade Doskow. The interview was conducted by kamau ware.
DoF: What makes a good photography exhibition? JD: It
depends what size the show is... if it's 2-3 people, the work should
have a dialogue which is either similar or opposing in idea and energy.
As Paula Abdul says, 'opposites attract.' In larger shows I love the
energy of showing multi-media, and how a photograph and a sculpture and
a video piece can all compliment each other visually and conceptually.
These are the most exciting shows to me to put together.
DoF: What was your first camera? Your next camera?
JD: My first photo
project was shot on a plastic Holga. I found what I could do with the
Holga very 'modern futurist' back when I was green. Now I'm an OCD
large format perfectionist. I just got a new camera which I am very
excited to shoot with, an Arca-Swiss Discovery, a field/ technical 4x5
camera. I got it on ebay for a really great price. It's very sexy.
DoF: How do you think photography will change in the next 5 years?
are so many amazing photographers and artists out there currently,
either using photography as a tool as a means to an end, making
straight photographs, or digitally creating imagined worlds using
pieces plucked from reality with a camera. I think more and more
creative people realize photography and Photoshop provide a whole new
set of tools; things will become more and more limitless and
envelope-pushing. Ideally, photography as an art form will be respected
as equally as painting or sculpture because just as much imagination
will be required---as opposed to just technical skills and an expensive
On any given Saturday night, LES is teaming with party-goers, hipsters,
fashionistas and artists galore. Googies, a small bar with a quaint
performance lounge, was no different except for the soothing soulful
presence of Abby Dobson. She sang the night into a serene ambiance even
if only for 30 min. I stumbled upon her for the first time with a group
of friends this past Saturday. I look forward to hearing that voice
PS from the DoF Team: If you do a search for Abby Dobson, you will likely find that there are two. One is from Jamaica and the other Australia.
DoF recently had a chance to sit down with photographer Greg Scaffidi. He has some of his recent work published in Soma Magazine. The interview was conducted by Moon Kim.
DoF: At what moment did you realize you had to be a photographer?
GS: I was in the dark room and was watching a print that I had captured in my trip to Mexico develop. As I watched the print become a portrait of the Mexican boy, I knew in that moment that photography was going to be my career.
DoF: What adjacent art form inspires you and helps you be a better photographer?
GS: Film, which is basically moving photos and at times a stronger medium. I get inspired by documentaries – particularly war documentaries since they expose the raw mentality of the most fucked up situations and bring you to the most basic level of emotions. Another favorite is Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, a documentary about the making of the film Apocalypse Now and narrated by Eleanor Coppola.
DoF: What are your thoughts about digital photography?
GS: For the longest time, I fought against going digital and proudly held onto film. But technology and cost finally led me to make the transition. These days, you can almost get the same feel and tone with digital as you would with film. I’m still much more confident with film but I can take more photos with digital, which helps relax the subject. Digital photography has helped me to remain on my toes. With technology always evolving, I am constantly learning.
DoF: With camera phones being so widely available, photography has become much more democratized. How do you feel about that?
GS: I think it’s a wonderful thing and don’t feel at all threatened. As I like to say, it’s not the camera… it’s the photographer. A camera is just one piece of the pie.
DoF: Who are some pivotal photographers that inspired you to learn more about the art form?
GS: Roy de Carva is one. He was a master of black and white photos. There are so many sharp details in his blacks. Bruce Davidson is another one. His use of light and shadow is just amazing. Danny Lyon and Michel Compte.
DoF: Besides these talented artists and photographers, do you have any other moments that schooled you in photography?
Living and working in Paris. I was studying abroad in Paris one semester in college. Almost immediately, I realized I had to stay here and dropped out of school. My real education in photography started when I dropped out. In fact, my professor encouraged me and told me, “Beg, borrow or steal but stay in Paris.” I was in Paris for two years and worked for a number of fashion magazines like W Europe.
Moving to New York was another event that really helped me break out into photography. I came to New York May 1999 after selling everything I owned in Los Angeles. New York still entices me to shoot, especially the Lower Ease Side neighborhood and the tenement building 91 Orchard Street where I live. There I am constantly surrounded by diversity and immigrant experiences.
And traveling continues to help me grow as a photographer. First sighting in a new place is sensory overload for me. Whenever I’m in a new place or a new country, it’s like I have a new pair of eyes. There’s a good photograph everywhere – you just have to find it.
Last week on April 15th I had a chance to work with tag, a brand communications agency specializing in events. They were preparing for dance company Rioult's gala being held that evening at the Altman Building. Stay tuned, we have an interview coming up with tag's Chief Operating Officer, Terry Reiser.
Last Thursday Greenhouse, the super eco-friendly club, was filled with
a crowd of 300 or so like-minded progressives all attending a
fundrasier supporting The Opportunity Network. The Network provides
talented, New York City public school students with access to the
careers and networks that will lead to a bright future. This event was
a green time for a great cause.