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FALL 2019


A Letter From The Editor

Editor’s Letter

When does a photographer go from being a new photographer to an “emerging” talent? There is a tendency to link that advancement with a photographer’s age. But reaching career milestones—solo exhibitions, awards or assignments for major publications or brands—depends on the work. When people who love photography stop and take notice of a photographer, follow them, share their work, hire them or curate them into an exhibition, it is first and foremost a reaction to their vision and images. Perhaps they tell a personal story that draws viewers in to their intimate lives, as Riel Sturchio does with her photographs of her and her twin sister’s struggles with cerebral palsy. Or they document a subculture in a way that sparks the viewers’ imaginations, as Rory Doyle does with his series on Mississippi Delta Cowboys. Or they find a new technique for making images, as Elzbieta Kurowska does with her use of organic gels to create pictures that allude to the evolution of life on Earth. Or maybe they help us understand the way people are living half a world away, as Andrea Alai does with his project about youth in Buenos Aires. Within these pages and in the Emerging gallery (emergingphotographer.com), you will find these and other compelling bodies of work that stood out to jurors from more than 300 submissions. This work grabbed our attention, and we are excited to share it—and to follow along and see what is next from these photographers.

Conor Risch Senior Editor, PDN

Thank You!


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Cover Kai Wai Wong

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Dylan Johnston Elder Island

14 Rory Doyle Delta Hill Riders

18 Kai Wai Wong Under the Surface, Portraits

25 Jo Ann Chaus Conversations with Myself

28 Elzbieta Kurowska Light Forms

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Matthew Portch Lost America

11 Jake Mein Six for Gold

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Andrea Alai Si se Puede

Riel Sturchio Chasing Light

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06 Enze Wang Cohabitation

Letter from the Editor Conor Risch


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Matthew Portch Lost America

Matthew Portch / Little America

As a child, television and movies were my favorite distraction, especially any media from the United States. Compared to the humdrum of the suburbs and countryside of England, where I was born and raised, the scenery felt like an exotic antidote. My fascination with imagery and details was expressed through illustration first; I always wanted my drawings to feel as photorealistic as possible.

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Later in life, I was inspired by several well-known, large-format film photographers of North America. Their retro street scenes and landscapes reminded me of the American movies and television shows I watched as a child. Soon, photography became the outlet for my creativity. I was drawn to large- format cameras because the detail was fastidious.

Matthew Portch / Little America

@matt_portch

I like to capture everything across the frame in complete focus to give the effect of a heightened sense of reality. The scenes I choose are simple and intentionally mundane. I try to capture a calm and melancholic feeling in my landscapes, and through their simplicity, evoke an emotional response in the viewer.

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What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? Richard Misrach

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Emerging

Enze Wang Cohabitation

Enze Wang / Cohabitation

Photographs of romantic love are often used to encourage consumption, but love is not a product. This ongoing series, called “Cohabitation,� focuses on the relationship between me and my lover. Our relationship is depicted through products: the daily supplies of life. I am exploring what love is in my life. Desire and need, vulnerability and acceptance, satisfaction and fatigue, uneasiness and reliance all co-exist. I think these banal objects describe our love and our relationship in the most honest way, and they construct a psychological image of the relationship.

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Photographer / Project

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What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? Wolfgang Tillmans

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@wangenze888


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Dylan Johnston

Dylan Johnston / Elder Island

Elder Island

What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? Bryan Schutmaat 8


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Photographer / Project

Emerging

Photography allows me to share my story with others. It doesn’t matter if I’m making a portrait with just one person or I’m in a foreign place shooting a landscape at sunrise. My end goal is to share what I see. Growing up in Florida, I spent most weekends fishing 100 miles off the coast. I developed my style of image-making on the ocean. Living in New York, I try to translate the lessons I learned there. This project started with the frustration I felt

@capt_johnston

about not making any personal work. A friend of mine told me about his family’s farm, located on a remote island north of Iceland. The tradition that his family continues goes back 1,000 years. I spent a week photographing his family. Shooting film shaped my style of image-making in the beginning. Now that I shoot digitally, my biggest struggle is to slow down and shoot only a few images, keeping the best light as the priority.

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Jake Mein Six for Gold

Photographer / Project

What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? Dana Lixenberg 11


Jake Mein / Six for Gold

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Even when it isn’t my intention to delve into the same themes in my work, I find that they come through on their own—the feeling of belonging, a sense of home and the deterioration of familiar places. I like working with one camera for the duration of a project because I think that also lends the work a certain cohesion. I think it is a privilege to get the opportunity to show anyone your work, and I hope that people both enjoy my photographs and are challenged by them. My greatest sources of inspiration are my talented friends in different creative fields. Jake Mein / Six for Gold

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Rory Doyle / Delta Hill Riders

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Rory Doyle

This ongoing project, called “Delta Hill Riders,” shines

Delta Hill Riders

and cowgirls in the Mississippi Delta.

light on the subculture of African-American cowboys

Just after the Civil War, one in four cowboys was African-American, but this population is underrepresented in popular images and stories, even though the cowboy identity retains a strong presence in many contemporary black communities.

This series includes images of black heritage rodeos, horse shows, trail rides, “Cowboy Night” at black

@rorydoylephoto

homes of my subjects. I wanted to capture the love between riders and their horses and fellow cowboys.

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Rory Doyle / Delta Hill Riders

nightclubs, as well as photographs I made inside the


Photographer / Project

Emerging

What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? Gordon Parks

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Rory Doyle / Delta Hill Riders

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Kai Wai Wong Under the Surface, Portraits


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Although photography was

subject, there are a lot of my

originally considered a tool

photographs in which faces

to objectively represent

are either hidden or they have

reality, I believe the power

an ambiguous expression.

of photography is actually

I often apply physical

that it carries the illusion of

effects on prints to create

“realness.”

abstract images and then rephotograph the result. There is a fascinating contradiction

“understand” a portrait by

between what is “real” and

looking at the face of the

“unreal” in the final image.

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Kai Wai Wong / Under the Surface, Portraits

Since viewers tend to try to


Emerging

Kai Wai Wong / Under the Surface, Portraits

@ kaiphotos

What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? Wolfgang Tillmans 20


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Photographer / Project

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Photographer / Project

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Andrea Alai Si se Puede

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Photography is a tool to explore life. I think of the camera as a magic box that has taken me so many places that I would have never gone without it: to explore, to know more, to tell stories. As a medium, it gives me the chance to be in touch with my emotions and all of my senses at once.

Andrea Alai / Si se Puede

This body of work, called “Si se puede,” was created in Buenos Aires. It’s an ongoing project where I’m attempting to understand how young people from my generation, who have lost faith in society and cannot see a future beyond the bleakness that is their everyday life, still finds a

@andreaalai

way to believe in the power of their dreams.

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What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? W. Eugene Smith

Andrea Alai / Si se Puede

Emerging

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Jo Ann Chaus Conversations with Myself

Photographer / Project

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My daily practice of making photographs enhances the way I see and interact with the world so that I navigate every day with more intention and wideeyed awareness.

Jo Ann Chaus / Conversations with Myself

My current work

While preparing to

explores female identity,

move out of my home

drawing from my roles

of many years, I began

as a wife, mother and

photographing clothing,

individual, and my

objects and ephemera

personal and cultural

that were connected to

past growing up as a

my past, using my body

child in the 1950s.

as a mannequin. I felt an intimate connection with myself as I stood before the camera looking into the lens. The work evolved and I began dressing up as women of previous generations who were tied to their homes and their families but perhaps yearned for more.

@joannchaus

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What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? Sophie Calle

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Elzbieta Kurowska / Light Forms

Emerging

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Elzbieta Kurowska / Light Forms

Elzbieta Kurowska Light Forms Before I became a photographer, I worked for many years as a biochemist. Because of my science background, I was attracted to experimental photography. My exploration led me to organic gels—malleable, transparent materials commonly used as tools in research labs. Some organic gels have the ability to glow when subjected to deformation and viewed in crosspolarized light. These gels also naturally form graceful, biomorphic shapes. I started working with them, applying both my scientific and photographic expertise to the process; the results exceeded all my expectations. The images resembled otherworldly life forms, made of light and vivid colors, and emerging from dark space. I call this series “Light Forms.”

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@elzbietakurowska3876

When I was creating “Light Forms,” I felt close to the origins of life: the moment in the Earth’s history when amorphous organic matter transformed into the beautiful structures that we recognize as life. Through these photographs, I am attempting to depict the awe-inspiring, universal vitality unstoppable eagerness to evolve.

What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? Edward Burtynsky

Elzbieta Kurowska / Light Forms

of life, its unpredictability and its

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Riel Sturchio Chasing Light

Photographer / Project

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@rly_riel

What photographer, living or not, would you ask to get a drink? LaToya Ruby Frazier 32


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therapy. Currently, my CP remains nearly

collaborative photography project that I

undetectable, while Bianca lives with the

started with my twin sibling, Bianca, in

physical and social consequences of

2011. The series is an embodiment of the

having a visible disability.

belief that representation, visibility, autonomy and truth-telling can promote personal

The photographs in “Chasing

empowerment and open up access to

Light” capture the activities of daily living,

spaces that foster meaningful dialogue and

our intimate partners, family and the

community. Bianca and I utilize photography

moments of joy, pain and frustration that

to delve into the complications of our queer

we experience. Bianca and I unanimously

identities and health-related challenges. We

maintain that social connections create

were both born prematurely with severely

the foundation for community and

delayed developmental milestones, which

that knowledge is a source of power.

doctors later diagnosed as cerebral palsy

We are using “Chasing Light” as a

(CP). With the help of rigorous physical

platform for, and by, disabled artists

therapy and medical interventions, Bianca

as well as allies who share a desire to

and I learned how to adapt to our bodies.

challenge dominant narratives of health,

However, my body endured less trauma

(dis)ability, illness, LGBTQA+ and non-

and therefore responded more rapidly to

binary identities.

Riel Sturchio / Chasing Light

This series, “Chasing Light,” is an ongoing


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