Congratulations to photokunst photographer Jamey Stillings and his monograph The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar (Steidl, 2015) on winning IPA’s 2016 “Book Photographer of the Year” and becoming a Finalist for Lucie’s Grandprize “Photographer of the Year” Award (winner to be announced in NYC October 23).
Stillings study of the Ivanpah Solar installation synthesizes his environmental interests with a long-held fascination for the intersections of nature and human activity. The book reproduces 60 compelling black-and-white images, along with contributions from Bruce Barcott, Robert Redford and Anne Wilkes Tucker. The timeliness of this project is reinforced by the current worldwide focus on climate and alternative energy.
Kudos to photokunst photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly on the release of her latest book waterforms (Kettler Verlag, 2016), presenting a stunning collection of 70 black and white photographic abstractions, capturing the effects of water on the shoreline environment and natural surfaces. This body of work has been developed over a thirty-five year span. Introduction by Arthur Ollman, founding Director of MOPA, San Diego, CA.
Kerper Monnelly’s large format black and white abstractions provide a departure from reality, sometimes slight, sometimes partial, and in the case of her Ice Patterns the move to abstraction is complete. However, the origin is always nature; unmanipulated, and unstaged. Through her observations Kerper Monnelly refined her own visual language, a lyrical abstraction, encompassing fundamental changes taking place by photographing with a unique point of view. Kerper Monnelly feels strongly that waterforms represents her deepest and most significant work, exploring alternatives within her visual experience.