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Best of 2014 Honoree: Jeannie O’Connor

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Berkeley, CA www.jeannieoconnor.com Jeannie O’Connor’s intricate artwork begins with architecturally precise photographs of industrial sites near her West Oakland studio. She outputs the photos onto clear film and paints the back of each image with acrylics. The film layer is then hinged to printmaking paper, to which she adds pastel and charcoal. This layering gives her work a three-dimensional, luminous sheen. © Jeannie O’Connor “The buildings I shoot are often covered with alternate layers of...
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Best of 2014 Honoree: David Fonda

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Philadelphia, PA www.davidfondaphotography.com David Fonda negotiated a personal day from a family vacation to make a whirlwind architectural tour of Los Angeles for a self-assigned shoot. With no time for scouting, he narrowed his selection to a half-dozen buildings, concentrating on only the most interesting aspects of each. © David Fonda “I generally like to take some time before a shoot to walk the site by myself,” Fonda says. “The less clutter in my head,...
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Best of 2014 Honoree: Jamey Stillings

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Santa Fe, NM www.jameystillingsprojects.com Jamey Stillings spent three and a half years making aerial landscapes in the Mojave Desert for The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar. Ivanpah Solar is now the world’s largest concentrated solar thermal power plant. The first solo exhibit of this work debuted in August, and a book is planned for spring 2015. Stillings is also working on Changing Perspectives: Energy in the American West, a more extensive look at utility-scale renewable energy....
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Best of 2014 Honoree: Daniel Kramer

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Houston, TX www.dankphotos.com Daniel Kramer has been documenting multiple aspects of the three-week, all-American spectacle known as RodeoHouston since 2007, particularly the characters and settings surrounding the world’s largest entertainment event. © Daniel Kramer “People have been photographing the rodeo since my grand-aunt, Bobby Brooks Kramer, was riding Broncos back in the ’30s,” Kramer notes. “My photographic access to the actual rodeo is so tightly controlled that I can’t bring anything new to the photos....
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Best of 2014 Honoree: Courtney Reints

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Minneapolis, MN www.courtneyreints.com Courtney Reints investigates various aspects of taxidermy in her fine art series “Moving Skin.” Her images of trophies made from the spoils of war are juxtaposed with photographs of natural landscapes and still lives. © Courtney Reints “My title surfaced from the Latin meaning of the word taxidermy: taxis ‘arrangement’ and derma ‘skin’. I adjusted a tad and decided the title ‘Moving Skin’ would be very fitting,” she says. “It’s all about...
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Best of 2014 Honoree: David Bowman

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Minneapolis, MN www.bowmanstudio.com David Bowman’s body of work represents his vision of life at the top of the United States. His images are a blend of self-assigned and commissioned projects, but they all get to the heart of his experience living in Minnesota, the northernmost state in the contiguous United States. © David Bowman “I’m fascinated by the world within driving range of my own house, where I grew up and where my family comes...
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ASMP’s Best of 2014

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2014 marks the tenth anniversary of our annual publication of the Best of ASMP. This year, our three illustrious jurors: Jeff Dunas, Palm Springs Photo Festival & Portfolio Reviews Mary Virginia Swanson, Author, Educator & Consultant Rob Haggart, www.aPhotoEditor.com carefully considered more than 300 projects, and then debated the merits of the work during a lively conference call to narrow the field to these 24 finalists. Click on the portraits for an extended interview with...
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ASMP’s Best of 2013

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Examining more than 240 projects submitted for the ninth annual Best of ASMP to narrow the field to twenty finalists was an inspiring yet exhausting task. The quality of work was at an all-time high, leading Best of ASMP judge Herb Ascherman to comment, “There is more good work in this year’s submissions than what we’ve seen cumulatively in the past three years.” Allen Birnbach © Allen Birnbach Andy Snow© J. Montgomery Antonio Cuellar© Viviana...
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