Ashly Stohl, our co-founder and photographer of Charth Vader, will be taking over the The WPA's instagram this week! She will be sharing photographs from her ongoing project, What do you do all day? Follow along at @wpanyc!
The Women’s Photography Alliance (WPA) was founded in 2015 to promote and support women photographers in order to diversify a male-dominated field. The group’s mission is to offer multiple perspectives, challenge stereotypes, and make the point of view of women more universal.
New book from VICTORIA WILL
With a foreword by Jason Momoa
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Peanut Press is thrilled to announce the debut book Borne Back by photographer Victoria Will, featuring her tintype photography of actors and directors at the Sundance Film Festival. Books will be available for sale on October 1, 2017.
While planning an assignment at the Sundance Film Festival, Will took advantage of the vintage look achieved with a large format camera and the wet-plate process to bring a different light to the faces that we see photographed so often. At the shoot, she set up a mobile darkroom and developed each plate as it was taken, often capturing only one image of a particular subject during each sitting.
The publication of Borne Back marks the first time that Will’s photographs will appear in a book, showcasing her incredible work that bridges the gap between commercial photography and fine art. Consisting of 38 images, Borne Back gives us the blue-eyed, chiseled youth of Robert Redford hiding just underneath the lines etched into his face. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea (above right) appears to us from the past, seemingly incinerated in chemical flames, and Anne Hathaway (above left) channels the ghost of a young Judy Garland. The book features a foreword from actor Jason Momoa, best known for his work on Game of Thrones and as the title role in the upcoming feature film Aquaman.
Borne Back was designed by renowned photo book designer Elizabeth Avedon and is available in three editions: a hardbound trade edition, a limited edition featuring a signed trade edition and one of three signed and numbered prints, and a very limited edition featuring a signed trade edition and a portfolio of ten signed and numbered prints.
Victoria Will began her career at the New York Post where she was a staff photographer. In a news environment responsible for headlines like "Headless Body in Topless Bar," she honed her skills and her sense of humor. She has the ability to put the ordinary in an extraordinary light while seamlessly balancing heroic yet natural compositions. No matter what the circumstance she manages to find those honest, real moments. With a focus on portraiture and lifestyle imagery, her photographs appear in newspapers and magazines worldwide, from W Magazine to the Associated Press, The New York Times to Vogue.
Borne Back will be available for sale online at Peanut Press on October 1, 2017.
Download press release here.
Thanks to SVA for hosting a talk with Peanut Press' co-founders, David Carol and Ashly Stohl on May 16 in NYC. If you missed the talk, you can watch it here:
Neither rain, nor more rain, nor a lack of cabs kept street photography fans from the opening of Richard Bram's show at the Leica Store & Gallery in Soho, New York. Thanks to everyone who came!
Richard Bram's work will be the subject of an exhibition at the Leica Gallery, Soho in New York, from April 4-June 3, 2017. Come join him on April 6 from 6-8pm for an opening reception and signing of his book, Richard Bram New York.
Find out more about his show here.
"I make lunches" © Ashly Stohl from her project, "What do you do all day?"
“What do you do all day?”
I am a stay at home mom of three kids, two of whom have special needs, and yes, someone said this to me.
And what made me even more angry is that I couldn’t answer the question. I know what I do is important. I know I wake up at 6am and fall asleep around 10pm, and I’m always tired, but I have no idea what I do in the day.
Women in the U.S. around the world perform on average, 4.5 hours of unpaid labor a day, almost twice that of men. You can read about the statistics here, but what can't be represented in a bar graph is how those hours are valued by our society. All that unpaid labor, the labor of raising our children, keeping our homes, doing the things that nobody wants to do, is considered "women's work," and it's not meant as a compliment.
So today, on International Women's Day, let's celebrate the true meaning of Women's Work - unpaid labor, traditionally done by women, that is now done by women, men, and people of all gender identities. It's work that is hard, unforgiving, rarely celebrated. and not appreciated nearly enough. It's work that requires selflessness, patience and love, and if you look in the right places, it's work that returns more love than any paying job ever could.
So today (and every other day,) please extend some love and appreciation to any person who is brave enough and strong enough to do Women's Work.