Many thanks to Arezoo Moseni for her thoughtful posts linking contemporary artists with broader considerations of time, space, and place. You can follow her musings on her own site here.
Up next, we welcome Laurel Ptak to the guest blog. Laurel is an independent curator, educator and photographer based in New York City, and the founder and curator of the photography website iheartphotograph.com. As a curator, she’s organized the exhibitions www.iheartphotograph.com at Higher Pictures in New York City and, at the Pierro Gallery, Is it possible to make a photograph of New Jersey regardless of where you are in the world?, curated exclusively through digital means with the ambition of “physicalizing a Google image search for the words New Jersey.” Laurel is also an active speaker on photography and has recently lectured at the 2008 New York Photo Festival, Aperture Foundation, NYU, the Cooper Union, UCLA, Skidmore College, School of Visual Arts, Hampshire College, and PS1 Contemporary Art Center. Her own photographic work is published in the book 25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers (PowerHouse Books, 2003) and her writing on photography appears in the Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography (Routledge, 2005) and elsewhere. She is currently working on a book project about contemporary portraiture titled Un-Portrait, preparing for upcoming exhibitions in Viborg, Denmark and Brooklyn, New York in 2008, and working as Educational Programs Manager at the Aperture Foundation.