2. Eadweard Muybridge // Animal Locomotion: Plate 44 (Man Taking Off Hat)
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Eadweard Muybridge (April 9, 1830 – May 8, 1904) was an English-born pioneer in photographing motion and in motion-picture projection. An eccentric man who used several aliases—Helios, The Flying Studio; several variants of his birth name, Edward Muggeridge—he first received worldwide acclaim with his landscape photographs of Yosemite Valley, which he developed from large negatives in a mule-driven darkroom.
Muybridge is most remembered for his contributions to the understanding of human and animal locomotion. In 1872, he was hired by railroad magnate Leland Stanford to find the answer to a popular question of the time: whether or not all four of a horse’s hooves leave the ground during a gallop. Muybridge determined the answer by utilizing a series of large cameras. He repeated this practice of stop-motion photography with other animals and people, in effect preceding motion pictures and modern cinema.
Muybridge bequeathed his equipment, including his Zoopraxiscope projector, to the Kingston Museum in Kingston upon Thames, in southwest London. His works are part of the collections of such major institutions as the Smithsonian. Additionally, a large collection of his photographs and correspondence are in the archives at the University of Pennsylvania. A major exhibition of his works, entitled Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change, was held in 2010 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and at the Tate Britain in Millbank, London. The exhibition then went to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from February 26 through June 7, 2011.
His artistic legacy influenced such artists as Marcel Duchamp and Francis Bacon, while many of his photographic sequences have inspired cartoonists and filmmakers—Muybridge is referred to as the Father of the Motion Picture. Muybridge’s personal life was also fodder for original works by poets, composers and playwrights.
3. Jessica Snow // Curly Words
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Jessica Snow was born in Berkeley, CA and currently lives and works in San Francisco. She has had solo exhibitions at Rena Bransten Gallery in SF, the Riverside Art Museum, POST in Los Angeles, Jen Bekman Gallery and Merge Gallery in NYC.
Snow has received numerous honors including the Artadia Award, the Cadogan Fellowship Award, and selection for the American Artists Abroad Program in Montevideo, Uruguay. She studied at Mills College, UC Davis, the Sorbonne, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
4. Laura Plageman // Response to Print of Vulture Roost, Texas
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Laura Plageman is an artist and educator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. Her images explore the relationships between the process of image making, photographic truth and distortion, and the representation of landscape. She is interested in making pictures that examine the natural world as a scene of mystery, beauty and constant change—transformed both by human presence and by its own design. Plageman has exhibited her work in San Francisco, New York, Portland and Galway, Ireland. She earned a BA at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and an MFA from the California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA). She was also a First Edition 2011 winner in the Hey Hot Shot! photography competition, another Jen Bekman Project.
5. Jenny Odell
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Jenny Odell grew up in the Bay Area and studied at UC Berkeley and the New School in New York. She completed an MFA in Design and Technology at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she was awarded a graduate fellowship and honored as the school’s top design graduate of 2010. Much of her work—including her MFA project, Travel by Approximation—explores the (dis)connection between virtual space and lived experience and involves a particular fascination with Google’s mapping technologies. Her prints, books and videos have been featured on KQED and exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Jenny lives and works as a designer in San Francisco.
7. Kurt Tong // Louis Vuitton Multicolor Handbag, from the series In Case it Rains in Heaven
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Kurt Tong was originally trained as a health visitor at the University of Liverpool. He has worked and traveled extensively across Europe, the Americas and Asia. In 1999, Kurt co-founded Prema Vasam, a charitable home for disabled and disadvantaged children in Chennai, South India.
Kurt became a full-time photographer in 2003. He was the winner of the Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award and the City of Port St. Elpidio Prize with his first picture story. He gained a Master’s in documentary photography at the London College of Communications in 2006. He has since been chosen as a winner in the first Lens Culture – Rhubarb Photo Book Award, the Hey, Hot Shot! competition and the prestigious Jerwood Photography Award.
Kurt’s photographs have been widely exhibited around the world at numerous venues: Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, Impressions Gallery in Bradford, The Royal Academy in London, La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Abbaye de Neumunster in Luxembourg and the CPA Exhibition in Chengdu, China.
8. Elizabeth Huey // Abracadabra
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Raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Elizabeth Huey now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Before obtaining her MFA from Yale University, Huey received a BA in psychology from George Washington University, and she studied painting at both the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France, and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in New York City. She has received several awards, including an Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, a travel fellowship through Johns Hopkins University and a Terra Foundation of American Art Fellowship and Residency in Giverny, France. Huey has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and her paintings are held in collections such as the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.
10. Philip Cheung // Panjwai. From the series A Winter in Kandahar
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Philip Cheung is a photographer based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Originally from Toronto, Canada, he relocated to the Middle East in 2007 and has worked extensively in the region on commissioned and self-initiated projects.
Philip’s work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, including the National Portrait Gallery (U.K.), the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism (DE) and the Flash Forward Festival (CA). In 2011, he was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, and he has previously received awards from the Magenta Foundation, Communication Arts, American Photo, PDN Photo Annual and Applied Arts.
Philip has worked for editorial clients such as TIME, Wallpaper*, GQ magazine (U.K.), the Wall Street Journal Magazine (Europe), the Guardian Weekend magazine, Stern, The Independent, Monocle, the New York Times, Le Monde, Macleans and The Globe and Mail. His photography has also been published in Maisonneuve, Dear Dave, and the British Journal of Photography.
11. Kathranne Knight // Setting Fire
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Kathranne Knight holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Ms. Knight has been an artist in residence at Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and at the Connemara Conservancy Foundation in Dallas. In Massachusetts, she has participated in group shows at Bernard Toale Gallery, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Geoffrey Young Gallery, the Danforth Museum of Art and MASS MoCA. Ms. Knight was published in New American Paintings #56, and she has recently moved to the Midwest from Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and young daughter.
12. Austin Kleon // Creativity is Subtraction
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Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He’s best known for his Newspaper Blackout Poems—poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. His first book, Newspaper Blackout, was published by Harper Perennial in 2010. New York Magazine called the collection “brilliant” and the New Yorker said the poems “resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.” He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan, and their dog, Milo.