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Week in Review: 01.17.2014

Aperture aggregates the photography blogosphere’s most trending posts from the week.

Image from the book This is Mars (Aperture, 2013), with photographs by NASA/MRO. Edited and designed by Xavier Barral, with texts by Alfred S. McEwen, Francis Rocard, and Nicolas Mangold.

›› With the New Year comes the quintessential batch of “Best of 2013″ lists. From photobooks to photojournalism, we were delighted to find our name on a few. The New Yorker‘s Photo Booth blog published a post titled “The Year in Photojournalism,” which included the above image from This is Mars. The book also made Brainpickings‘ Best Photography Books of 2013 list, and Ametsuchi made Terra Galleria‘s meta-list.

›› And 2014 has brought with it some big announcements. This week, MoMa announced its plan to demolish the Folk Art Museum building as part of its expansion plan for 2014, releasing photos of a redesign that has many puzzled. Clearly, the museum needs more space, but at what cost? The decision was met with strong opinions. Architect Elizabeth Diller defended the decision, and the New York Daily News, NYT, and Vulture weighed in.

›› After a long battle to keep Cooper Union free, its Board of Trustees announced that the school will be charging tuition for its fall 2014 applicants. The institution, once extraordinary in its unique meritocracy, will now be decidedly ordinary, joining the ranks of art colleges in NYC and elsewhere. The decision came when a cost-saving proposal created by the Cooper Union community was voted down on January 10. Reuters labeled the decision “depressing, yet entirely predictable,” and ArtFCity sympathized with incoming freshmen.

›› On the plus side, some things will still be free for artists in 2014. The New York Times announced it will continue its second annual free portfolio review. It’s free for photographers to submit images, and 150 will be chosen to attend the review this April. One of Aperture’s editors, Denise Wolff, is on the lineup of reviewers. Also promising was Flickr’s decision to include copyright metadata in its image files, perhaps in response to stories like this one. Now we can all feel a little better about sharing.

›› Larry Clark, whose work includes the 1971 photobook Tulsa and the iconic 1995 film Kids, made waves on the web this week, when he announced that he would be selling snapshots—which can sell for tens of thousands of dollars—for a mere 100 bucks a pop at an East Village art space. Of the decision, Clark said, “This is a payback to all the skate rats and collectors who would like a souvenir, so I can die happy.”

›› There are a handful of openings to look forward to as January comes to a close. FlakPhoto put together an exhibition titled Making Pictures of People with photographers from the online photo and art community, and Aperture’s own Richard Renaldi is on the list with his series Touching StrangersThe show opens January 31 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Opening the same day in New York, the International Center of Photography announced its upcoming exhibition of unpublished color photographs by Robert Capa, Capa in Color.

›› What to expect in 2014? Well, no one seems sure what to call it, but there’s plenty of talk about photography’s shift toward digitized, interdisciplinary media. Whatever you label it, it’s clear that lines are being blurred in innovative ways. Even Sundance has implemented a new program that includes photography, and here, the Collector Daily attempts to sum it up for us.


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Katie Booth is an Aperture Work Scholar and a photographer. Originally from the Adirondacks, she holds a BFA in Photography and Graphic Design from SUNY Plattsburgh.