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Mike Sinclair

Mike Sinclair is an architectural and fine art photographer living in Kansas City, Missouri. His photographs are frequently published in the Architectural Press and elsewhere, including the New York Times, Metropolis, Architectural Record and Interior Design. His work is in several public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, also in Kansas City. Sinclair was a 2009 Hey, Hot Shot! Ultra.

Christian Chaize

Christian Chaize, a self-taught artist, lives and works in Lyon, France. In 1992, he was awarded the Prix European Panorama de Kodak for Young European Photographer in Arles, France. In addition to his artistic achievements, he enjoys a successful career as a commercial photographer.

In 2004, Chaize became intrigued by a small stretch of coastline in southern Portugal. Itching an artistic scratch, he began shooting what was then an entirely new subject matter for him. Using medium and large format cameras, his commitment to photographing a single beach front several times a year since then is now evident in the series, Praia Piquinia. This work has been the focus of two one-man museum shows in Portugal, as well as gallery exhibitions in New York, Berlin, and Lyon. Among other publications, it has been featured in The Collector's Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2, BLINK MAGAZINE, Issue No. 13, and Elle Decor. In addition to its popularity on 20x200.com, Praia Piquinia is also the subject of Chaize's first monograph, published by Chronicle Books for release in the Spring of 2013.

Paradis, images made in the Seychelles, and To Praia Grande, a separate beach series shot in Portugal, have also been exhibited in New York and Berlin, respectively. Future projects will continue to reveal his interest in enlightening the way we look at something that has otherwise become banal, or merely familiar. In the words of Marcel Proust, and in the tradition of all the great modern photographers who came before him, Chaize is always seeking to "have new eyes".

Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie was born in Connecticut in 1971 and grew up in New Jersey. The daughter of a land use planner, it is probably not coincidental that she would make paintings about development and construction as an adult. McKenzie received her BA in film studies from Yale University and her MFA in painting from the University of Michigan. After graduate school, she taught painting and drawing at the college level for eight years, including five years as a professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 2006, she left her teaching position to pursue her studio work full time. McKenzie was the 2006 First-Place Winner of the National Young Painters Competition, hosted by Miami University. Her paintings have appeared in Art in America, New American Paintings, Dwell, Landscape Architecture, the Miami Herald, the Denver Post and on NYTimes.com. McKenzie opened a solo show, Building Code, at Jen Bekman Gallery in February 2009. She was included in the group exhibition Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, which originated at the Walker Art Center in February 2008. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.

Youngna Park

Youngna Park's photography has appeared in various online and print publications including SPIN, New York Magazine, GOOD, Artkrush, Hotshoe and Dwell and she has exhibited work in various U.S. cities. She was selected as a Summer 2005 Hot Shot, an Ultra for the same calendar year, and is currently represented by Jen Bekman Gallery. She has been documenting musings and photography on daily life in and around New York since 2004 on her eponymous blog, www.youngna.com. By day, she is a content strategist at the interactive design agency, HUGE Inc. and can otherwise be found baking, biking, gardening on her balcony or reorganizing her bookshelf. Youngna lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with her husband and two crazy cats.

Derek Henderson

Derek Henderson was born in a rural town called Napier, in New Zealand. In a town where studying photography was not an option, he became an assistant for an advertising photographer in Auckland, New Zealand, going on to work in London. Wanting to work on more personal projects he returned to New Zealand and completed his second book, Mercy Mercer. Derek Henderson was a Hot Shot in the First Edition 2008 competition at Jen Bekman Gallery and has exhibited his work in shows worldwide.

Todd Hido

Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Metropolis, The Face, I-D and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. He is represented by: Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Bruce Silverstein, New York, NY; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL; Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; and Kaune Sudendorf, Cologne, Germany.

In 2001, Nazraeli Press published an award-winning monograph of his work, titled House Hunting. A companion monograph, Outskirts, was published in 2002. His third book, Roaming, was published in 2004. Between the Two, his fourth book that focuses on portraits and nudes, was published in 2007. His latest book, A Road Divided, will be out in 2010. He is an adjunct professor at the California College of Art, San Francisco, California.

Alec Soth

Alec Soth’s work is rooted in the distinctly American tradition of “on-the-road photography” developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Stephen Shore. From Huckleberry Finn to Easy Rider there seems to be a uniquely American desire to travel and chronicle the adventures that consequently ensue. He has received fellowships from the McKnight, Bush and Jerome Foundations and was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His photographs are represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walker Art Center. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial and a career survey at the Jeu de Paume in 2008. Steidl published his first monograph, titled Sleeping by the Mississippi, in 2004 to critical acclaim. Since then, Soth has published NIAGARA (Steidl, 2006), Fashion Magazine (Magnum, 2007) and Dog Days, Bogotá (Steidl, 2007).

Bryan Schutmaat

Since he picked up photography in 2003, Bryan Schutmaat's work has been exhibited and published in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Bryan is a member of Young Photographers United. He holds a degree in history from the University of Houston.

Michael Lundgren

Born in Denver, Michael Lundgren spent his formative years in the hills of upstate New York, roaming the fields and woods behind his home. Lundgren received his BFA in photography from RIT in 1997 and his MFA in photography from ASU in 2003, and has taught photography since 2004. His monograph, Transfigurations, was published by Radius Books. He is coauthor of After the Ruins: Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake with the photographer Mark Klett.

Lundgren was recently nominated for the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, the Silverstein Photography Annual, the Santa Fe Prize, and was a finalist in the Aperture West Book Prize. His work is included in the fine art collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark, the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, as well numerous private collections.

Jorge Colombo

Jorge Colombo has worked as a designer, photographer and illustrator for more than 20 years. He's best known, however, for the iPhone drawings he started doing in February 2009. Four 20x200 editions released in April 2009 led to his first cover for the New Yorker, highlighted by the media everywhere as the first magazine cover ever created on a smartphone. Video animations of his drawings appear weekly on the New Yorker's website.

Colombo was born in 1963 in Lisbon, Portugal, and moved to the USA in 1989. He lived in Chicago, in San Francisco and has been living in New York City since 1998 with his wife, artist Amy Yoes. He has published three books in Portugal: Fullerton, a retrospective of his 1990s drawings; Of Big and of Small Love, a photographic narrative created in collaboration with novelist Inês Pedrosa; and Lisbon Revisited, a series of tinted photographs inspired by early 20th-century poet Fernando Pessoa. The New Yorker's weekly spot has led him to amass an ever-growing collection of New York landscapes. He has started to expand his finger-painting approach to other cities.

Darren Almond

Darren Almond was born in 1971 in Wigan, UK and lives and works in London. He has participated in numerous important group exhibitions including ‘Sensation’ (1997-1999), Berlin Biennale (2001), Venice Biennale (2003), The Busan Biennale (2004) The Turner Prize, Tate Britain (2005), Moscow Biennale (2007), and the Tate Triennial, Tate Britain (2009). Solo exhibitions include The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1999), De Appel (2001), Kunsthalle Zürich (2001), Tate Britain (2001) and K21, Düsseldorf (2005), Museum Folkwang, Essen (2006), SITE Santa Fe (2007), and Parasol Unit (2008).

John Arsenault

Raised in a small town in northern Massachusetts, John Arsenault moved to New York City in 1997 to pursue a degree in photography at the School of Visual Arts. He now resides in Los Angeles. Arsenault’s photographs are represented in the permanent collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. ClampArt in New York City represents Arsenault currently.

Rachel Barrett

Born in 1981 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rachel Barrett moved to New York City in 1999 to study at New York University and received her BFA in Photography & Imaging from The Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 and her MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media from The School of Visual Arts in 2008. Much of her work is deeply rooted in nostalgia, memory and identity and the act of making photography at Kingsborough Community College and The College of Staten Island. Coming from a working method of street photography Barrett continues in the tradition of those who have inspired her. Past work focuses on the social landscape of America from the roadside vignettes of contemporary life to archive of the disappearing newsstands of New York. Recent work, which consists of portraits, interiors, nature and landscapes, has shifted attention to iterations of communal life among her peers for whom there is a resurgence of back to the land ideologies and examines the ways in which individuals shape their own understanding of self within the context of coherence among other and among the land.

A 2010-11 Tierney Fellow and 2011 PDNs 30, Barrett has received numerous other awards and honors for her personal work. She has shown nationally in both solo and group shows, including exhibitions at The Camera Club of New York, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Sara Tecchia Gallery, The Minneapolis Center for Photography and most recently at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Her work has been published in The Sunday New York Times, Photo District News, Russian Esquire and Next American City Magazines and has been acquired into several private collections.

Robert Bechtle

Robert Bechtle was born in 1932 in San Francisco and raised in Alameda. He studied graphic design and painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, earning his BFA in 1954 and MFA in 1958. He began painting seriously in the early 1960s, finding his own voice through a tightly controlled realism that was distinct from the expressionistic paint-handling characteristic of Bay Area Figurative art—then the dominant mode of expression among his local peers and predecessors.

Bechtle works from photographs of familiar subjects (his family and home, for example) to depict precise moments in time. Photographs provided Bechtle with the beginning structure for the painting, which allowed him to make artistic changes in the content and composition of the work as he painted. Despite their photographic origins, however, his canvases are resolutely about painting. Underneath the smooth sheen of their surfaces lies a textured web of strokes and dabs where abstract shapes meet edges to form an intricate, layered view of our environment. For more than forty years Bechtle has pursued a quiet realism based on the things he knows best — family, cars, houses, neighborhoods — translating what seem to be ordinary scenes of middle-class American life into extraordinary paintings.

John Button

Born in California, John Button (1929 - 1982) was educated at UC Berkeley. After moving to New York City in the early 1950s he became friends with Fairfield Porter and Frank O'Hara and assumed his role in the New York School of Painters and Poets.

Amidst the frenzy of Abstract Expressionism, Button remained true to his interest in realism, and is now most commonly associated with such New York School artists as Fairfield Porter, Jane Freilicher, and Alex Katz. Concerning Button, Bill Berkson has written: "The scaled-up perceptual intimacy his best paintings assert is part of what the realist wing of the New York School developed, beginning in the ‘50s, as a counterthrust to – as well as an absorption of – abstraction’s headlong specifyings of applied paint.”

Amy Eckert

Amy Eckert is an artist currently based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2002 and is a 2010-2011 McKnight Photography Fellow. Eckert’s work has been exhibited at Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins Colorado; Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh; Humble Arts Foundation, New York; Voies Off Festival, Arles, France; as well as in the collection of the George Eastman House, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her project “Manufacturing Home”, a finalist for the 2009 Center Santa Fe Project Competition, debuted at the Minneapolis Photo Center in June 2010.

Candace Gaudiani

Candace Gaudiani was born in Boston and grew up in Wisconsin and Maine. She holds a B.A. (cum laude), in English Literature, and an MBA from Harvard University. Gaudiani studied fine art and portraiture at UC Berkeley, and printmaking with the print maker for the late Eugene Smith. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.

Gaudiani’s narrative work with people explores what lies beneath the public face. More recently, she has pictured America through train windows, considering the following: What is 'home'? How do our memories and the speed at which we move through life shape us? From what do we derive our identity? Can we ever see clearly where we have been and what we have become? Can we ever understand ‘place’ or ‘each other’?

Her works are held in numerous collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman House; The Prentice and Paul Collection/Sack Photographic Trust; Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States; the Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection; The Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities, Austin, Texas; Ryerson University, Toronto; and private collections. Her work is exhibited widely in the United States and Europe.

Peter Allen Hoffmann

Peter Allen Hoffmann was born in 1979, in Philadelphia, PA but currently lives and works in New York City. He received his MFA from Hunter College and his BA from Bard College, both located in New York. Hoffmann has been shown in group exhibitions such as: Sotheby’s Planned Parenthood Benefit Auction, New York, NY; Introductions, Thomas Robertello, Chicago, IL; Opening Group Show, Open-Galerie, Berlin, Germany; Landscape, Gary Tatinsian Gallery, New York, NY; Baalil/Evident, Makor Gallery, New York, NY; and Benefit, 222/odg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. His solo exhibitions have been held at Freight + Volume, New York, NY and 222/odg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. His major awards include the 2005 William Graf Travel Grant and the 2004 Tony Smith Scholarship.

Jeremy Kohm

Inspired by huge waves and mountainous backdrops, Jeremy’s career began with a focus on surf photography while living in Japan. Three years later, he moved to Sydney and developed the more technical aspects of his craft while studying at the Australian Centre for Photography. Upon returning to Canada, he gained years of practical education working under the country’s top advertising and editorial photographers.

Based in Toronto, Jeremy currently shoots advertising and editorial photography across North America and is an affiliate photographer with Frank and is represented by Grasshopper.

Michael Light

Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer and bookmaker focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Research Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New York Public Library and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.

For the last 15 years, Light has aerially photographed over-settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, aspects of geologic time and the sublime. A private pilot, he is currently working on an extended aerial survey of the arid West and, in 2007, won a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue the project. Radius Books published the first of a planned multi-volume series of this work, Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack, in 2009. The second, LA Day/LA Night, was released in April of 2011.

Light is also known for reworking familiar historical photographic and cultural icons with a landscape-driven perspective by sifting through public archives. His first such project, FULL MOON (1999), used lunar geological survey imagery made by the Apollo astronauts to show the moon both as a sublime desert and an embattled point of first human contact. 100 SUNS (2003) focused on the politics and landscape meanings of military photographs of U.S. atmospheric nuclear detonations from 1945 to 1962.

Sally Mann

Sally Mann was born in Lexington, Virginia in 1951. Remaining close to her roots, she has photographed in the American South since the 1970s, producing series on portraiture, architecture, landscape and still life. She is perhaps best known for her intimate portraits of her family, her young children and her husband, and for her evocative and resonant landscape work in the American South. Her work has attracted controversy at times, but it has always been influential, and since her the time of her first solo exhibition, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., in 1977, she has attracted a wide audience. She has explored various genres through her maturation as an artist: she produced landscapes and architectural photography, and she blended still life with elements of portraiture.

A Guggenheim fellow, and a three-times recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Mann was named “America’s Best Photographer” by Time magazine in 2001. She has been the subject of two documentaries: Blood Ties (1994), which was nominated for an Academy Award, and What Remains (2007) which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary in 2008. She has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Her photographs can be found in many public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Klea McKenna

Klea McKenna was raised in the rural, bohemian subcultures at the western edge of the United States. She has studied photography at Florence Art Institute, UCLA and UCSC, and holds an MFA from California College of the Arts. McKenna currently teaches photography at UC Davis and makes her home in San Francisco, CA.

Her current projects engage the materiality of analogue photography to create evidence of visual experience. In particular, she explores human perceptions and representations of nature, and photography’s unique ability to either confirm or disarm those perceptions. Familiar landscapes become strange, even abstracted terrain through the patterns of the microcosms and macrocosms of ecology. Her work with found material and images points out our collective dependency on this unstable medium.

Stas Orlovski

Stas Orlovski was born in 1969, in Kishinev, Moldova and received his BFA from York University in Toronto in 1992 before earning his B.Ed from the University of Toronto and MFA from the University of Southern California. Orlovski's work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. He has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country. His prestigious awards include COLA: City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (2008), The California Community Foundation Fellowship, J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts (2005), and The George Rickey Fellowship (2004). Orlovski was an artist in residence at Art Omi, Yaddo and Skowhegan. Public Collections include The Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Ed Ruscha

Born in 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska, Edward Ruscha was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where his family moved in 1941. In 1956 he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Chouinard Art Institute, and had his first solo exhibition in 1963 at the Ferus Gallery. In 1973, Ruscha began showing his work with Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. He continues to live and work in Los Angeles, and currently shows with Gagosian Gallery. Encompassing painting, drawing, photography, and artist's books, Ruscha's work holds the mirror up to the banality of urban life and gives order to the barrage of mass media-fed images and information that confronts us daily. His early career as a graphic artist continues to strongly influence his aesthetic and thematic approach.

Ruscha has been the subject of numerous museum retrospectives that have traveled internationally, including those organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1982, the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1989, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 2000, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in 2002, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in 2004. Also in 2004, The Whitney Museum of American Art organized two simultaneous exhibitions: "Cotton Puffs, Q-tips®, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha," and "Ed Ruscha and Photography." In 2005, Ruscha was the United States representative at the 51st Venice Biennale. The traveling exhibition "Ed Ruscha, Photographer" opened at the Jeu de Paume in Paris in 2006. In 2001, Ruscha was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters as a member of the Department of Art. Leave Any Information at the Signal, a volume of his writings and interviews, was published by MIT Press in 2002, and the first comprehensive monograph on the artist, Richard Marshall's Ed Ruscha, was published by Phaidon in 2003. A major retrospective, "Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting," opened at the Hayward Gallery in London in October 2009.

Esther Pearl Watson

Esther Pearl Watson grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her family moved often since her father's hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn't always sit well with the neighbors. Esther's pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious, scenes of houses or figures, ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer's own imagination engaged and wanting to know more. Some are about family and some about places, but all have a rich interior life. Her works without words are just as suggestive as a story, also exerting a deep emotional pull. Her work has been exhibited nationally and collected by Matt Groening, Cindy Sherman, David Byrne, Megan Mullally and Morgan Spurlock.

Letha Wilson

Letha Wilson is a mixed media artist who was born in Honolulu, raised in Colorado and currently lives in Brooklyn. She earned her BFA from Syracuse University, and an MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Letha's artwork has been shown at many venues including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, Exit Art, White Box, Fredrieke Taylor Gallery and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2009 Letha was a resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award.