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Hi all –
P1xels continues to dominate my life. It’s why I have not released any music in two years. The good news is that I still get excited every day when I see some of the new work that comes in to the site, Pixels At An Exhibition. If you visit the site, you will see why. It’s been quite an adventure: I love the artists and their art. We’ve been getting a lot of press coverage lately and I expect that to increase exponentially once we announce the first ever major show at a major east coast museum
(I can’t announce formally just yet), opening next spring.

So we have a new show opening this weekend …
New works of iPhone photography from around the world from a number of incredible artists who are a part of this global, and emergent art community. Pixels: The Art of the iPhone is an astounding show, and will run until October 30. Please join us at the reception. Several of the artists will be there.

You can see a quick run-through of the show here:

The Giorgi Gallery is located right underneath the Claremont Hotel, at:
2911 Claremont Ave.
Berkeley, California

Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat.: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.

The OPENING RECEPTION is this Saturday, September 24, 6 to 10 p.m.

It is possible to see the gallery by appointment. Please write us or call 510-612-6124.

Don’t forget that we receive new images every day from around the world at Pixels At An Exhibition.
Everyone needs a dose of beauty on a daily basis!

So, yes, this is an amazing and exciting show … I hope you all can make it.



I was recently contacted by a fella named Arnoldo Hurtado Escobar about shooting a commissioned concept for him. Arnoldo is a a painter who recently graduated from UNT and who will soon be moving to Cambodia for two years to learn more about life and serving others. He wanted to shoot a take on “one of the most intriguing biblical mythologies” – the story of Adam and Eve as found in the bible.

After talking it over we decided to approach it together. One of the points within that really interested us was the idea that a creator would turn its back on its creations for proving themselves to be faulty, broken and human… just as it had created them to be. It seems like a lot of people’s fear and/or doubt of God and even the existence of God are an unfortunate byproduct of such teachings. The other point of interest was the entrance of “evil” as something that came from outside of us, a spiritual principality and even boogeyman that we should all watch out for because it may incite us to do wrong.

We both felt that most of our problems in life were of our own making and came from within ourselves. The idea of personal responsibility. Having said that, we didn’t have any desire to refute anyone’s beliefs or minimize a story or book that contains beautiful teachings and does so much for so many. Just wanted to kick the ideas around.

When all was said and done, we ended up with something more portrait than concept and found the idea difficult to translate properly, but the ideas were still implied. I posted one of them on Facebook and unfortunately it was reported and deleted within a few hours. I was pretty disappointed because I felt both the image and the accompanying words were tasteful, unoffensive and couldn’t be classified as containing nudity. I was given a seven day photo uploading restriction which is pretty inconvenient because I use Facebook in conjunction with my website and blog to share all I shoot with the masses.

I am at least thankful I could share this here though and I hope you all enjoy it. Be well and happy shooting, my friends.

Dylan Hollingsworth
July 12, 2011

Arnoldo Hurtado Escobar and Vanessa Ruiz ©DylanHollingsworth


A message from our friend Matt:
Dear friends and colleagues,
Since April of 2010 I have been pursuing a project about the Baptist Town neighborhood of Greenwood, Mississippi. The 500 or so residents live in a pocket of poverty, crime and violence that is cut off on all sides by train tracks – barely separated from a comparatively affluent white community. Over the course of the last year I have been invited into bedrooms and kitchens, to bachelor parties and funerals. The short time I have been able to spend with the residents has been punctuated by celebrations, evictions, murders, births, fights, strokes, and a myriad of other experiences ranging from joyful to heartbreaking that sum up the chaos of this place. A lot happens in a short period of time in Baptist Town, but somehow everything remains the same. The people in this neighborhood have come to mean a great deal to me and I am trying to be creative about the way I approach and disseminate this body of work in the naive hope of helping to bring about some positive change for this community.

Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town” is the beginning of a two-part examination of contemporary race and class disparities in the Mississippi Delta town of Greenwood. My goal is to remind people that while we may live in a time where civil rights are taught in history classes around the country, the real legacies of racism in the south continue to impact people economically and culturally, in persistent and often pernicious ways. I want to directly focus our collective attention on this complicated inheritance, honing in on Baptist Town in particular by continuing to document the neighborhood for the remainder of 2011 while launching into a separate facet of the project documenting the adjacent, white neighborhood in Greenwood. In the end I plan to bring an exhibition of the work created to both Baptist Town and the more affluent white communities that surround them. I want to actively engage the residents in a dialogue about improving the lives of their neighbors who have been disempowered for generations. These neighboring communities are separated by fear, distrust and a history of exploitation. By photographically introducing neighbors to one another in an honest and intimate way, my goal is to foster understanding and dispel uncertainty and fear. I hope to bridge the gap between these two worlds, so close together and yet so different.

Last year I was assigned by AARP Bulletin to visit Mississippi for a story about rural healthcare and eventually spent a total of 14 days working there split up over five trips. I just returned from my first five-day visit in 2011 which was funded by the National Geographic Innovation in Storytelling Grant. My goal is to spend 30 days on the ground in Greenwood this year, gathering stills, video and audio. If funding through is successful I will be able to spend two weeks documenting the Baptist Town neighborhood and their more affluent neighbors across the tracks in Greenwood. I have 36 days left to raise the $5200 goal or all of the pledged funds are returned to the backers.

Platforms such as should not be viewed as photographers standing on the virtual corner with palms outstretched, but rather an outlet for a more engaged audience to interact with a story as it is taking shape. The incentives for backers include tangible items ranging from work prints, books, and limited edition prints to home-made cookies and mix tapes. More importantly, opens up lines of communication between backer and photographer, allowing for an exchange of ideas and offering a platform for conversation during the development of this long-term body of work.

Please visit my page for an expanded proposal and a video trailer, which was produced by Hyunsoo Leo Kim of The Virginian-Pilot. Other places you can learn more about the project are listed below:

The early beginnings of “Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town”, edited by LUCEO partner Mike Davis, were recently recognized as a finalist for POYi’s Community Awareness Award and one of the Critical Mass Top 50. It was recently a solo exhibition at Lorrie Saunders ArtGallery in Norfolk, Virginia. You can read more about previous trips to Greenwood on my LUCEO blog, listen to an interview at Photo Radio and read reviews of the exhibition at The Virginian-Pilot and VEER.

This is just the beginning of a long-term project that has been evolving very rapidly into something much larger than I had originally anticipated and will be disseminated through exhibitions, video, audio, and a dual-sided book. Thanks in advance for your support and I am looking forward to further exploring this community with you.

All the best,

Matt Eich
Norfolk, Virginia
Copyright Matt Eich/LUCEO

February 24, 2011

In dating and in love, the common advice is always: “It will come when you’re not looking for it.”

I think the foundation of this idea is true and it applies to all things in life, not just love. But I would like to make a slight alteration to this idea. Events, people, love, and success appear when you’ve made space for it in your life.

Last fall I started an unconventional art gallery with my long time friend, fellow artist, Kesha Bruce. We started to promote the work of an amazing roster of artists and started having conversations as gallery directors and art dealers. All of sudden I am no longer an artist in search of a gallery. My head space changed and shifted and I no longer felt the burning need to sign on with the perfect gallery.

When you’re searching for love, a career break, a baby, or any of those normal human desires, your need for it can take over. The need grows larger and larger and before long, there is no room for the very thing you want most. All the spaces are occupied by the need. This is ironic given that we perceive the need as an emptiness, a lack of something.

With the creation of Baang and Burne Contemporary and a clear vision on how I am to proceed forward with my artistic career, I contracted. I became a heavier mass while taking up less space, trading 50lbs of cotton for 50 lbs of gold so to speak. Then all of sudden, I was offered an exhibition by an amazing gallery in SoHo, NYC.

The thing we desire the most cannot appear until we are ready for it and when we’ve made room for it.

Will you make some room on your calendar and join me at the opening reception for “Sustain” photographic works from my epic series Wok the Dog at HousProjects.

31 Howard St, 2nd FL
March 4, 2011

If you like this post, please retweet it and share it with your friends. I look forward in meeting you.

PS. Interestingly, both Kesha Bruce and Michael Kirchoff (another amazingly talented artist on B+B’s roster) were both offered great exhibition opportunities within 3 months of the formation of B+B. The burning desire went away and we all made space in our lives for other things.

To own a limited edition print of “Number 14, Casablanca, Morocco, 2010”

My memory is quite sketchy on this but I do have the magazine at work with all the info so I’ll expand it later when I do the whole set. I found these two negatives, some 8 months ago and have been waiting for my friend to get them scanned. I don’t recall what camera these were made with but probably a Pentax (6×9) or Hasselblad I borrowed. We didn’t have one in the paper’s pool but a couple staffers had their own. I can tell you this was shot very early in the morning on Plus-X b/w film. And it looks like it was hand-held based on the tilt in the second of the two consecutive frames. But the ss had to be 1/4 or so and that’s sharpness that just isn’t possible off a tripod. I know this was a regular part of the routine for these guys because I must’ve seen it and decided I needed a special way to get what I wanted here. I do know we ran this huge in the Sunday Magazine in The Morning Advocate.

Oh yeah, this was a boot camp for first-time offenders at one of the Louisiana penitentiaries. They weren’t hardened criminals. Yet. I went there numerous times from check-in day until graduation day. My best friend, Keith Lawrence, did the reporting. We teamed up on numerous stories together for the better part of 7 years at two papers together. He went over to the dark side and does PR for Duke University now.

The following frame:

©1987 Guy Reynolds

The PDN Pulse blog is a great news source, with numerous daily updates on developments and stories in the photography realm, and this little gem showed up in my RSS feed today.

Titled: “Producers of New Instant Film for Polaroid Cameras To Open New York Store,” it details a little more of Polaroids comeback at the hands of some motivated individuals at the Impossible Project.

For those who didn’t know, they are producing PX 100 and PX 600 black and white instant film packs, for use in vintage Polaroid SX-70 and 600 cameras. There are 8 instant pictures in a pack, for about $21.

They have opened a store in New York, where the film can be purchased, and the film is also available online. The rest of the story can be found here.

Polaroid Packs can be ordered on The Impossible Project’s website here.

Hooray for the Impossible Project, and the comeback of Polaroid. Happy Shooting.

When video and still camera systems finally merged in DSLR’s, it was a natural, and progressive step that was nothing short of revolutionary.

It has altered the lives of many photographer/filmmakers for the better, and will continue to do so as the technology improves, and catches up with the demands and dreams of those of us who use it professionally. Video DSLRs are a phenomenon that will continue to gain momentum and respect, and will ultimately become a cornerstone in producing professional, dynamic work from the field.

However, because the concept and capabilities of video DSLRs are still in their infancy, subtle, calculated use of these cameras can provide photographers, videographers, and journalists with rare opportunities of access. Authorities, security, and the State at large have not really caught on to the concept yet, and we are thus offered a temporary cloak of video secrecy.

Photographers can operate under their usual moniker and not experience the harassment, scrutiny, or rejection that a videographer might receive in the same venue. And armed with a DSLR capable of video, a simple suffix difference on a credentials badge gives the photographer the advantage in many situations, even exclusive access, and precious footage.

For instance, while filming on assignment in Lahore, Pakistan, I visited the Badshahi Mosque a number of days in a row. I was allowed to take my Nikon D3 inside, even with large lenses, but not allowed to take the Canon XH-A1 video camera. If my D3 would’ve had video capabilities at the time, I could’ve filmed as much as I wanted, unbothered by the security that patrolled the 17th century sandstone marvel, and come away with breathtaking footage.

Likewise, in Moscow, three different undercover agents stopped us for trying to film with a shoulder mounted video camera in Red Square, asking us for permits and credentials. Meanwhile, I continued to photograph at will, even on a tripod, unbothered, and unwatched.

The list could go on, but I think you get the point, and might even be starting to plot yourself.

This temporary loop in the system will undoubtedly dwindle, hand in hand, with the rapid progress and escalating popularity of DSLR video. But with a deft and subtle dash of espionage, photographers and journalists can still operate under the video radar in otherwise forbidden locations.

After all, you are only taking pictures, right?

Dallas is full of good photographers, however, it is not full of good print studios.

More times than should be the case, I have had a friend or fellow photographer ask me where I print my photographs, or if I could recommend a good print studio. Well that is what I am here to do today. For any who are searching, or are currently dissatisfied with impersonal and sub-par printing, I have some advice; go to Artizen.

At 1211 Dragon St in the Design District, they are right across the street from Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. The owner, who is a good family friend of mine, has been involved with the photography and print industry since the 70’s, and the in house master printmaker, Damon, can print just about anything you can imagine. They have a wide range of archival papers, canvases, substrates, and even UV coated, sticky backed photo paper for outdoor use. Damon is not just a master printer, he is an artist, and will work with you to create something unique, professional, and innovative.

I print all of my photographs there, and had an amazing experience during the printing of my solo show back in October at the Cube Creative. Damon knows things about image making and post production that most of us don’t, and he makes photographs look better than you ever thought was possible. Hal Samples and Dylan Hollingsworth print most of their work there, and even a good portion of La Reunion’s materials have been printed there.

In my opinion, Artizen’s quality of equipment, materials, and technical expertise is un-matched in the city of Dallas, and even pushes the envelope of printing innovation across the country, even internationally. I suggest you give it a try.

Drop by, or send Damon an email:, and tell him you want the Photopolus special! 🙂

Happy Printing!

Artizen Studios

1211 Dragon Street
Dallas, TX 75207-4005
(214) 979-2160

Dear Fellow Photo Snipers, I just wanted to share some exciting news…

A photo story that I wrote about Lee Harvey’s was just published online for Pictory Magazine’s theme, A Neighborhood Treasure. It is story #6, and both the patron’s of Lee Harvey’s or I couldn’t be happier.


When I saw this theme, I knew immediately that I wanted to shine a small documentary light on my favorite bar down the street, and so I waited for the right time to get a good shot. On the night of the record snow a few weeks ago, I walked down the street hoping to walk into an empty bar, in an effort to get a unique picture that accurately represents the bar we all know and love. I explained to Kevin (the bartender in the photo) that I was writing this story, and asked if I could take his picture once I was all set up. He was extremely helpful, and even excited to be a part of my project.

I set up a small wireless flash unit with a diffuser and some colored gels on top of the fireplace in front of the bar, and carefully selected the best angle. When I was all ready, I told him to pour me a four fingers of Maker’s, and then snapped this frame. I was very pleased with the results, and apparently so was Pictory Magazine.

I talked to the owner of Lee Harvey’s last night, and though he really liked the story, he said, “couldn’t you take out the part about the toilet overflowing in the bathroom?” As much as I would like to accommodate his request, the toilet in the men’s bathroom is pretty frisky, and makes the place all the more charming to me.

I hope that you like the story, and if you haven’t been to Lee Harvey’s before, then you should go, and ask to see the cat testicles.

P.S. If you are interested, the original, un-edited version of the story is on my site here.

Hello Photopolus fans, Tyler Sharp here. Some of you may know me, most of you don’t, but I will be attempting to contribute to this wonderful website on a regular basis, starting now.

In a quest to establish myself as an accredited photojournalist, I have been scouring various websites, blogs, and publications in search of the best work, the most dramatic methods, and the most poignant photo essays. Consider it surveying the competition.

Without a doubt, one of the most prestigious of arenas for photojournalists and emerging photographers is burn magazine, an online publication curated by David Alan Harvey. For one, if you don’t know Mr. Harvey’s work, you should. He is a full member of the Magnum Photo collective, has shot over 40 articles for National Geographic, and has won countless awards and honors over the years. He conducts and teaches photo workshops all over the world, runs numerous blogs, founded, and now curates this photographic realm of genius.

The site is open to submissions, both single images and photographic essays, but they only accept and publish the highest caliber of material. I have submitted a number of times to no avail, but see it as a very clear and admirable goal to pursue. They also offer a grant from their Emerging Photographer’s Fund, which is $15,000 this year, to breathe life into a photographer’s personal project of either journalistic or artistic imperatives. The deadline for proposals is April 15th, 2010, and the winner will be announced in June of 2010.

I highly recommend viewing some of the published work on the site, as it is some of the best around. Enjoy.

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