Rose Marie Cromwell: April 6 AIPAD Book Signing

Rose Marie Cromwell: El Libro Supremo de la Suerte
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Book Signing: 2-4 p.m.
Booth #613

The Photography Show (AIPAD)
Pier 94
55th St. and 12th Ave
New York City, New York

We are thrilled dto announce Light Work 2019 Photobook Award recipient Rose Marie Cromwell will be signing copies of her award-winning debut photobook, El Libro Supremo de la Suerte, on Saturday, April 6, from 2-4 PM in Booth #613 at The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD in New York. We have fewer than 100 copies of Cromwell’s visual novella in stock, so be sure to arrive early to add this photobook to your collection.

Rose Marie Cromwell’s El Libro Supremo de la Suerte (The Supreme Book of Luck) is the result of eight years she spent traveling to Havana to make pictures, from 2005 to 2013, and pays homage to a Cuba that she grew to love over that time. Through a lyrical sequence of images of everyday rituals, she captures a multilayered Cuba that continues to defy expectations. Cromwell’s photographs take us to a place that is, most of all, profoundly human. Through this, she expresses her belief that even intimacy is political.

Rose Marie Cromwell is a photographer and video artist based in Miami. Her work explores globalization’s effect on human interaction and social politics and the tenuous space between the political and the spiritual. Cromwell received a BFA in Art Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005 and an MFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University in 2013. Cromwell received both a Fulbright Research Grant and a Syracuse University Graduate fellowship. The Center for Documentary Studies named her one of 25 Under 25 Up and Coming American Photographers in 2008 and the British Journal of Photography listed her as One to Watch in 2017. She has had solo exhibitions at the Antitesis Art Space and the Diablo Rosso Gallery, both in Panama City, Panama, and participated in the 1st Biennale del Sur in Panama City, Panama and Prizm Art Fair in Miami, Florida. Cromwell has published artwork online and in print in a variety of international magazines, including ARC Magazine, Camera Austria, Musee Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Oxford American, Time Lightbox, and Vice Photography. She participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in September 2014.

One of the world’s most prestigious annual photography events, The Photography Show is the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the medium, offering a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs as well as photo-based art, video, and new media. The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) will hold The Photography Show for the 39th time on April 4-7, 2019, at Pier 94, in New York City.

See you soon, NYC!

Re:Collection: Marvin Heiferman on Toby Old

Visitors to our website can now explore thousands of photographic works and objects from the Light Work Collection in a new online database that expands access of work by former Light Work artists to students, researchers, and online visitors. To coincide with the our new collection website launch, we’re introducing a series on our blog called Re:Collection, inviting artists and respected thinkers in the field to select a single image or object from the archive and offer a reflection as to its historical, technical, or personal significance.

Today we’re sharing a reflection on Toby Old’s Diving Mule, Orange County Fair, from Loose Games Series, 1991 from Marvin Heiferman, Faculty, International Center of Photography.

Square photographs, like snow globes, are classically balanced and seem to offer up perfect little worlds, at least until their contents get shaken up a bit. Think Vivian Meier, Diane Arbus, Peter Hujar or Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Fink, and even Robert Adams. Think Toby Old, too, who, since the 1970s, has been drawn to various spectacles in, and the fleshiness of, everyday life. Trained as a dentist―a field that, like photography, demands a forensic eye for detail―Old went on to picture disco revelers, boxers, strippers and their audiences, and public events, all with an appreciation for both localized cultural values and the more generalized ways of the world. In this photograph, a silhouetted mule, hurtling headlong into a swimming pool at a state fair, hints at mythology, Muybridge, and danger, while rapt observers underscore Old’s fascination (and ours) with extraordinary things we can see when we’re receptive, patient, or maybe just lucky enough.

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