“If you haven’t heard of Fovea yet you should” —American Photo
“Fovea offers an unblinking eye to world events” —Roll Magazine
“One of the hundred places in America where you can see the best in photography today,” — Design Arts Daily
“Fovea displays disarming prints by international photojournalists” —Conde Nast Traveler
Behind Bars in ROLL MAGAZINE November 2008
"In photographing America's prisons, Anderw Lichtenstein set out to put a human face to wasted lives. What he captured was the realities of a failing system, rife with violence, where the powerful rule over the weak. With Behind Bars, Lichtenstein raises questions about the real cost of America's correctional system. These facilities can be found in our own backyards. The educational nonprofit Fovea Exhibitions poses questions, opens eyes and begins conversations about social issues that touch the world."
Planet China in Chronogram, September 2008 Download the article.
When I found out about the exhibition of 12 women photojournalists opening Saturday at Fovea Exhibitions in Beacon, New York, I thought it sounded like a great project (especially serving, as it does, as a kind of homage to Alexandra Boulat). And I didn't even know the half of it. If you aren't acquainted with Fovea already, you should be. The non-profit gallery was started by several working photo editors and specializes in photojournalism and media education for local schools. My interview with co-director Stephanie Heimann is available at American Photo online .
Second Saturday in Beacon, NY
By Peggy Roalf Wednesday, August 8, 2007 When the DIA Art Foundation opened the Beacon/Riggio Galleries for contemporary art four years ago, the formerly down-at-the-heels Hudson River town quickly began to gain some luster. Second home buyers soon arrived, followed by artists, then by young professionals commuting to Manhattan a few days a week. Inevitably, new restaurants and contemporary art galleries began moving into the 19th-century brick row houses on Main Street and the adjacent side streets.
Fast forward to Saturday, August 11, 2007: the Beacon Arts Community Association-sponsored Second Saturday cultural celebration, with galleries open until 9:00 pm, and most hosting opening receptions for their artists. On Second Saturdays, DIA offers free admissions to residents of neighboring communities. This week, everybody in Ulster County is invited. Photo, left: Second Saturday at Van Brunt Gallery <http://www.vanbruntgallery.com/home.html> , courtesy of nynarts.com <http://www.nynarts.com/> .
This weekend, the newest photography gallery in town, Fovea Editions, presents a panel discussion on "Media, Military, and Censorship." Panelists include photographers represented in the current exhibition, It Is Our War, including Todd Heisler, Chris Hondros, and Suzanne Option, and Captain Thomas Sowers of West Point Military Academy. It will be moderated by Jamie Wellford, International Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine.
At 8:00 pm, all are invited to an outdoor slide show of photo essays on international topics by acclaimed photojournalists Stanley Greene, Moises Saman, Farah Nosh, Jake Price, Q Sakamaki, and more. Sponsored by SeenUnseen.org <http://www.seenunseen.org/> , this will take place across the street from the gallery, which is located at 143 Main Street, Beacon, NY. Please check the websites below for details about these and all the other happenings in town.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Photos tell many stories of peace and conflict
Kathleen Murray, Poughkeepsie Journal
In Beacon, a gallery dedicated to advancing the interest of domestic and international topics in photos, has opened on Main Street.
Fovea Exhibitions Gallery Beacon is part of a nonprofit organization, Fovea Editions Inc., founded in 2000 by Julian Jourdes, Jamie Wellford and Stephanie Heimann-Markham, who were all international photo editors at Newsweek at the time.
"We commissioned so much work that was so extraordinary and so powerful," Heimann-Markham said. "We felt frustrated that the limitations of the magazine didn't allow people to see all the stuff that we got to see."
Books in the works
The founders had the idea of doing a book series, she said.
In September, Heimann-Markham, photo editor at Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, moved to Beacon from Brooklyn.
"I knew Beacon because of the Dia," she said. "I found it to be a really dynamic community."
It was in Beacon that Heimann-Markham met Sabine Meyer, photo editor at National Geographic Adventure.
"She said, 'Would you like to open a photo gallery?' and I said, 'Sure, would you like to do it as a nonprofit?' " Heimann-Markham recalled.
That way, the gallery could mount exhibitions of photojournalistic work without compromise because of commercial interests.
Together, Meyer and Heimann-Markham are the directors of Fovea Exhibitions Gallery Beacon, which opened in May with "Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict."
The exhibition of large-scale color photographs is the result of 15 years of work and travel to 30 countries by photojournalist Lori Grinker. Through her photographs, she brings stories of veterans from around the world to Beacon.
Grinker on Saturday will appear for a book signing and discussion with Chris McGurk, a veteran of the Iraq war; and Barbara Smith, a psychologist who works with veterans.
James Galvin Smith will moderate the talk on how the lives of former soldiers are haunted by the conflicts they fought in and the effects of war on returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The panel discussion, which takes place Saturday at 4 p.m., is part of a monthly series.
"We have deliberately tried to choose photographers who are based in New York City so they can come to Beacon to participate in panels and community events," Heimann-Markham said.
The gallery's directors will give group tours of exhibits, she said.
Hudson Valley Press
May 23rd, 2007
Fovea’s first “Afterwar” exhibit
By Jennifer Warren
(Beacon) - Art can do many things. It can inspire, entertain and captivate. Lori Grinker saw firsthand, on Saturday May 12th, how it can do something else: make us cry.
Displaying 15 intense, large scale, color war veteran photographs, internationally acclaimed photojournalist Grinker was the first of a series of six photojournalists to have work shown at the new Fovea Exhibition. Titled "Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict," the photographs documented the physical and psychological wounds of war veterans from World War I to the War in Iraq. For many on hand during this Second Saturday it did much more.
"Two men left the place crying, one of them was a war veteran, said Grinker, whose work has appeared in such publications as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, People and Life. "These photos are more than just art; people are really touched by them."
And understandably so. The images tell unique stories of everyday people rich in spirit. Grinker spent much of the time on her 15 year "Afterwar" project, meeting survivors of war and being moved by the strength each garnered in the face of incredible adversity. The conflicts they faced, as well as their results, were secondary to the humanity she witnessed.
"I like showing people getting through tough situations with resilience; I always feel it could so easily be me," reflected Grinker as she eyed one of her photos in the gallery’s back, well lit room. "What was important to me with this project is that you can see people as themselves, ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
That philosophy was exactly the one that guided Fovea co-directors, Beacon residents and photo editors Stephanie Heimann-Markham and Sabine Meyer, along with gallery manager Ilana Glickman, when they pursued the not-for profit educational undertaking. Hoping to advance public interest and understanding of domestic and international topics through the photojournalism medium, the trio was hopeful an alternative forum, such as the Beacon gallery, would be well received.
"Photojournalists spend a lot of time putting their lives at risk," pointed out Heimann-Markham, as she greeted the steady flow of visitors with gallery literature Saturday. "So, we felt the stories we saw were not given enough play, especially since they can be so expensive to reproduce."
Price did not seem to be a factor at Fovea’s opening, as several pieces piqued purchasing interest. Grinker, whose larger "Afterwar" exhibit was shown at the United Nations, was pleasantly surprised.
"I was amazed that people wanted to buy these photos," said Grinker, who has been a photojournalist for over twenty years. "I like that they are able to cross over places to be viewed and be seen as beautiful images that one can put up in a home or some place else."
Grinker’s memorable photos, including amputees relaxing in the water and smoking a cigarette, a veteran receiving acupuncture and another at a hospital, surrounded by a get well card and visitor, will be on display at Fovea Exhibitions Beacon Gallery, located at 143 Main Street, through July 8th. 2007 Hours of operation are Saturdays and Sundays 11am-6pm as well as by appointment. To learn more, log on to www.FoveaEditions.org or send e-mail to info@FoveaEditions.org. Scheduled next at Fovea is a July 14 (Seconday Saturday Opening) exhibit on Iraq, containing material that earned a 2006 Pulitzer Prize.
Afterwar Exhibition at Fovea Gallery
Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict, is an exhibition by seasoned
photojournalist Lori Grinker that captures on film the effects of war on all
involved, and is currently on display at the Fovea Exhibitions Beacon
Grinker has worked in war zones as a photojournalist in Cambodia in the late
'80s and Sudan in the early '90s. Most of Grinker's stories involve the
consequences of war and its impact on the people living in the region.
"Afterwar is about the effects of war on the men, women and children who
were on the front-lines of wars from World War I to Iraq," explained
Grinker. "They are war veterans who I met over a 15 year period and
photographed and interviewed. The photographs represent how the war lives on
in their bodies and psyches. Interviews are about the experience of war."
Grinker began her photographic career in 1981 while a student at Parsons
School of Design when Inside Sports published her photo-essay about a young
boxer as its cover story. During that time, she met another young boxer, 13
year-old Mike Tyson, who she documented for the following decade. Since
then, in addition to her reporting of events such as the destruction of the
World Trade Center, she has delved into several long-term projects, and
published two books: The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American
Women and Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict.
The Afterwar gallery originated in Israel and the Occupied Territories in
1986. Grinker met Israeli veterans who inspired her to document their pre-
and postwar experiences. Then, in 1989, she traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia
to photograph ex-combatants from different sides of the region's conflicts.
Thus began her 15-year journey seeking out veterans' stories.
"In difficult situations, when covering tough stories for people to view, I
try very hard not to sensationalize but also not to sanitize," Grinker
explained. "I want to make a photograph that expresses that person's
experience or situation."
Afterwar first opened at the United Nations in New York City in March 2005.
It has since traveled across the United States. The smaller version, which
is currently running at Fovea in Beacon, first opened at the Nailya
Alexander Gallery in New York City in the spring of 2005.
"I hope to keep it traveling for years to come," Grinker added.
Grinker photographs wars "in order for people to see things that they might
otherwise never experience, things they should learn about, or things they
see everyday but don't take notice of," she said.
Over the years, Grinker's style has evolved with technology and her
"I shoot more color now, and medium format film. I tend to do portraiture --
although I still look for a 'moment' -- and more landscapes, more formal
images in a way with the medium format," she said.
In addition to the exhibition, there will be a panel discussion at Fovea
sometime in June. The discussion will include local war veterans and a
psychologist or journalist.
"It's a very powerful experience to listen to what these veterans have been
through; to see war through their experiences on the frontline; to
understand all points of view," said Grinker.
According to Sabine Meyer, co-director of the gallery, Fovea Exhibitions
Beacon Gallery is one branch of a nonprofit organization called Fovea
Editions. Fovea Editions was founded with the purpose of creating an
alternate forum through exhibitions and books to advance the public interest
of domestic and international topics through the work of photojournalism.
Afterwar is currently on display at the Fovea Exhibitions Beacon Galley, 143
Main St., Beacon until July 8. Fovea is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11
a.m. to 6 p.m.