Submissions due April 25th, 2014 at midnight. Please submit to Oranbegpress@gmail.com up to 5 images for consideration (sRGB, JPG, 2000 pixels). Send as a ZIP file. Also please include: Title, Series (if relevant) and your web url.
MOSSLESS: What are your thoughts on contemporary American culture, compared to what you experienced growing up?
Benjamin Rasmussen: I grew up in a place that was quite simple and harsh. There were no roads, electricity or phones. There were no doctors and lots of tropical diseases, so my parents had to teach themselves how to diagnose and treat illnesses and emergency injuries. Kids made most of their own toys and their own excitement. The focus was on the community and that was pretty much it.
What has struck me in the US is how everything needs to be large, complex and smooth. We believe in constant upward mobility and the pursuit of the financial American Dream. There is a strong cultural message that the most important thing is that we feel good, look beautiful and are always happy and fulfilled. And as photographers, there is a level of entitlement that since we created something, millions of people should see it and praise us and then give us money for it.
Conveyor Editions is delighted to announce the official launch and book signing of Strange Paradise by Charlie Rubin at Printed Matter on Thursday, April 10th from 6 - 8PM.
In conjunction with the launch of Strange Paradise, Rubin will present a window installation at Printed Matter reflecting the ideas and aesthetic of his new publication. Composed of varied materials, including photographic prints, newsprint posters, window paint, found objects, and other ephemera referenced in the book, the installation is a layered, composite work that offers a complex and shifting experience as people walk by.
MOSSLESS: Timothy, for your series Boonville you visited six different towns with that name. How different were the towns to each other?
Timothy Briner: Remarkably similar. They were different from each other in the sense that each one had their own special something that they identified with. For example North Carolina’s Boonville was built on tobacco farming, upstate New York’s Boonville had logging, Indiana’s Boonville was a mining town, and Boonville in Missouri was built on the Missouri river, so they identified with the river and shipping. But they were more similar than they were different. Oh, and Boonville in California had weed.