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Just a quick reminder that 214Trans4m by Daniel Kusner and Bryan Amann opens TONIGHT at the Magnolia Gallery from 8pm-11pm. We hope to see you there! -Scott & Nicole

The Magnolia Gallery presents

When transgender models strike poses beside landmarks in Texas’ most conservative metroplex, the results can be exquisitely photogenic yet ideologically conflicting. But the creative team of Daniel Kusner and Brian Amann hasn’t shied away from the challenge. “214 Trans4m,” is a collaborative a photo series that aims to capture Dallas’ history, architecture and stereotypes, all while straddling the invisible divide that separates the feminine and masculine. Kusner and Amann construct each image as if they’re producing a small movie. Each project involves casting characters, choosing wardrobe, scouting locations, styling and building props.

Some regard Dallas (now that George and Laura Bush are our neighbors) as the Lone Star State’s cradle for reactionaries and traditionalists. Where men are men, and women are women. But Big D is too big to surrender to such narrow definitions. Like places of interest for the average visiting tourist, “214 Trans4m” invites Dallasites to look at their own city — but in a different light.

Some images from the Kusner+Amann portfolio include:
• “Dallas in Wonderland” featuring local drag artist Jenna Skyy becomes Lewis Carroll’s “Alice,” kneeling beside the painted X on Elm Street and pointing toward the Texas Schoolbook Depository. True to her character, “Alice” incorporates mathematics to gauge the magic bullet’s path on the spot where a commander-in-chief’s head was ripped apart by a sniper.
• “Breakfast at Neiman’s” features doe-eyed goddess Chaselyn Wade becomes a modern version of “Holly Golightly,” a down-at-heel party gal who can taste an unsullied life while gazing into a downtown window display of Dallas’ poshest retailer.
• “Callas in Dallas,” features trans showgirl Erica Andrews emulating Maria Callas reenacting the day that the New York Metropolitan Opera fired, who then gave the performance of a lifetime as Medea at the State Fair Music Hall.

The title of this photo is “Memora-Beale-ia,” featuring local drag performer Richard D. Curtin who morphs into a daffy Edith Bouvier Beale dancing before the Kennedy Memorial to inspire our admiration for a forsaken structure whose design was approved by Edith’s famously tasteful cousin.

Daniel Kusner is a former editor of Dallas Voice and publisher of Spread magazine. He blogs at His fascination with drag artistry began when the KISS Army recruited him at the age of seven.
Bryan Amann’s photos have appeared in Elle Décor: Germany, Out Traveler and Dallas Voice. His work has been exhibited at Dallas City Hall, Baylor’ Chas. A Sammons Cancer Center, The African American Museum in Fair Park, The Trinity River Audubon Center. Amann’s photos can be seen at

WHO: Daniel Kusner and Bryan Amann
WHAT: “214 Trans4m”
WHERE: Magnolia Gallery, inside the Magnolia Theatre: 3699 McKinney Ave. Dallas. Texas.
WHEN: Sept. 8, 2011 to Oct. 12, 2011
PHONE: 214-683-9134
CURATORS: Nicole Cullum Horn and Scott Horn

Magnolia Gallery
inside the Magnolia Theatre
3699 McKinney Ave.
curated by Nicole Cullum Horn & Scott Horn


Born in Dallas, Texas on November 29, 1982, Nadyia enjoyed painting and photography as a child and young adult, and in high school, became interested in graphic design. She studied fine art photography and majored in graphic design at school and recently has started to explore video production, which she hopes to incorporate into her photography.

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

My father sparked my interest in photography when I was fairly young. He’s an amazing underwater photographer and taught me a lot about what I know now.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon 40D and Canon 5D, and on occasion, film.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

This is hard to pinpoint because I draw inspiration from so many different things. But I guess with photography, it’s people. I try to bring to life what makes a person beautiful, sexy, or sometimes, vulnerable. Sometimes I like to shoot someone in a way no one else has, just for the purpose of making and exposing something different.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Definitely. Sometimes my job gets incredibly busy and I just don’t have time to shoot my personal work. But it’s important to me that I have that outlet, so I try not to go too long without it.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

My favorite is definitely conceptual photography. I like to actually think and plan a shoot or even a specific shot. I love seeing ideas I have become real. I also love collaborating with other artists, models, etc and making something amazing.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I just moved to Austin and I’m incredibly grateful at how welcoming other photographers and artists have been here so far. I’m already planning and scheduling shoots with another photographer for a collaborative mixed media project. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to see what comes of it.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I don’t know if it makes my work unique, but I pay close attention to detail, so much so that it annoys me sometimes.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

My grandmother when she was my age, because she helped raise me and because she was a really beautiful, genuine person.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Spain, just because it’s the one place I’ve always wanted to go to that I haven’t yet.

what’s your post production process?

I bring the raw images into Lightroom then do most of the editing in Photoshop.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’d probably stick with what I have and just get more lenses. I don’t have enough and I’m always borrowing some from other photographers.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

My father, of course. Also an amazing man named A.Kaye, he’s been my main mentor and a really wonderful friend. He started out as a sports photographer for professional sports and is now photographing for a project, Heart of Women, to raise money for women who have suffered domestic abuse. I also really love Mark Sink, all of his work is really interesting but I’m fascinated most by what he does with wet plates.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Being published in several magazines and publications. That’s always a good thing.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

Make sure it’s a passion of yours before you jump into it. It sounds mean, but I don’t like being in the same industry with people who don’t care and are only doing it because it seems like a cool thing to do. Also, remember that most photography is a collaborative effort, and being able to respect those that you work with is essential.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

When it comes to music, I’m all over the place. But when I’m editing, a majority of the time I’m listening to David Bowie, Bjork, or Saul Williams.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

I don’t have one favorite spot. I like trying out new places, especially in Austin because there is so much here.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Usually something light like a salad so I can still be pretty active. And if I’m celebrating, probably Makers or Bulleit.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

I have so many favorites, but this one I just love because the image I had in my head came out exactly as how you see it in the photograph.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I can’t pick just one photo, but go here and check out the photos in his wet plate galleries.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, but the direction I’m going definitely has.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

Not really. As long as it’s comfortable, I’m good to go.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?


what’s your sign?


who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Anyone I’ve already mentioned, also maybe J Woods (who does amazing photo composites) or Hutch MuselessMime (talented photographer/videographer in Dallas). I have worked with all of them and really admire their work.

Angela Ryan




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In the video on UNFAIR PARK you get a fleeting glimpse of Sean Fitzgerald‘s Grand Prize winner in the second annual Trinity River Corridor Project Photo Contest. City Hall spokesman Frank Librio was kind enough to send the real thing:

Taken at the Trinity River Audubon Center in February

We hope to see you, this show promises to be really fun!
Here’s how it works, when you arrive and if you’d like to purchase art, you can draw a number for $20, then you match up that number with the corresponding print on exhibit.
get there early because we may sell out of numbers before the night is over.
this exhibit and project is close to our hearts because it benefits the kids Ange has been working with this summer as part of the Food on the Move program with Americorps & Central Dallas Ministries. (watch the video below and turn up your volume)

The Hip Shootout: The Hipstas vs the Droids is TONIGHT *(and one night only) at the UTD Visual Arts Gallery

Thanks SO MUCH to the Artists who donated their work for this show and a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our badass Sponsors

MERCI Beaucoup to everyone who stopped by our photo booth at Bastille on Bishop!
A très bon good time was had by the close to 1500 (!!!) attendees and we can’t wait to do it again next year!
News of the event apparently spread like a fever all the way to Fort Worth.
Congratz to David, chef-tel extraordinaire and winner of the mussel cook off contest – they were fabulous!
A very special thanks to our fine Frenchie friends at La Reunion for braving the heat and being our fun & fantastic sidekicks.
It was a great celebration of France in Bishop Arts. We ❤ Oak Cliff.
All photos are HERE.

@Ange Fitzgerald

Thanks so much to everyone who came, saw and made it the BEST TIME EVER.
special thanks to our talented artist & musician pals who ROCKED it. A great time was had by all and we’ve got the pictures to prove it!
Click HERE for some terrific video footage of Giggle Party at CRAVE shot by our friend George.
Be sure to contact us if you are an Artist or Musician and would like to participate in the May Installment of CRAVE – it’s a monthly gig @ Nova, happening every 2nd Sunday (until it gets too hot). We hope to see you there next month! We’ll post the submission info and link soon, and announce our May Art Evaluation Committee too, but you can email us via the address in our “about” section in the meantime if you have any questions. Ange is editing the photos from yesterday and we will have a link to where you can snag ’em posted here by the end of the week.

Luna Matto at Crave by Ange

Drawn by Jaymz at Crave by Ange

Crave Crowd by Ange

LOVIE at Crave by Ange

RTB2 at CRAVE by Ange

THANKS for making Crave a huge success!

Hey Camera Gangstas, this just in… the updated lineup for CRAVE on April 11th during the 2nd annual OAK CLIFF ART CRAWL includes Giggle Party and we couldn’t be happier or more excited.
add that to the mix of LOVIE, RTB2, Dave of THE FELONS, Clay Pendergrass, Anna Procter, Luna Matto, Drawn by Jaymz & Cocky Americans and good grief, we’ve got ourselves a helluva show, yo!
hope you’ve marked your calendar.
here are the brilliant ARTISTS who will be exhibiting some AMAZING work:
(we’re SO proud)
Chris Bingham
Cabe Booth
Can Turk
Dan Colcer
Delaney Allen
Eve Wada
George Wada
Joe Horner
Joshua Smith
Kelsey Foster
MJ Cardenas
Nicole Horn
Sundee Corley
Tanya Meuer
Wendy Wezensky

oh SNAP. it's gonna be a PARTY!

By Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky

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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


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Dead Photographers Society

Galveston Arts Center
March 6, from 6 – 9 p.m.
Dornith Doherty at Mid-Career, Photographs 2007 – 2010

Kettle Art
March 13, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
18 Photographs: Featuring works by featured Photographers

CRAVE: Get your Art Fix
April 11, 2010
Outdoor juried exhibition at Nova

Brookhaven College
Through March 3, 2010
The Almost Forgotten Narrative: Photographs by Enrique Fernandez Cervantes

UT Dallas
Through March 26
“Photojournalism of the Civil Rights Movement: A View of the Cold War’s Home Front,” photographs from the Mother Jones Civil Rights Portfolio of the Comer Collection

PBNB Gallery
Extended through April 3
Rhondal McKinney

Old Red Courthouse
Through April 25, 2010
Behold the People: R.C. Hickman’s
Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949-1961

PDNB Gallery
Through May 1, 2010
Hidden Treasures

Amon Carter Museum
Through May 16, 2010
Edward S. Curtis: The North American India

Crow Collection
Through May 16, 2010
Ka Yeung: China Impermanent Beauty Photography 1996-97

Through May 23, 2010
The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850–1874

Bath House Cultural Center
Through May 29
White Rock Lake Through the Looking Glass- Dan Barber

Sixth Floor Museum
Through July 31, 2010
A Photographer’s Story: Bob Jackson and the Kennedy Assassination

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