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Autoportrait en poulpe, 2009 by David Favrod

An entrancing, sometimes hallucinatory collection of images, Gaijin is a tool in photographer David Favrod’s quest for identity.  The Second Edition 2012 Hot Shot and Aperture Portfolio Prize–winner has lived in Switzerland for most of his life, but was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Swiss father; he created Gaijin after the Japanese embassy in Switzerland denied his citizenship request.  “The aim of this work is to create ‘my own Japan’ in Switzerland, from memories of my journeys when I was small, my mother’s stories, popular and traditional culture and my grandparents’ war narratives,” says Favrod.

See all of our Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots and learn more about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition

Male Centerfold, 2012 by Pacifico Silano

Through his photo and video work, Pacifico Silano explores LGBTQ history and how it has shaped contemporary gay identity. By creating imagery with Al Parker, one of the most famous gay porn stars of the 1970s, Silano has created an unconventional series of portraits that memorialize and draw attention to a lost generation of gay men. “The process of making these new pictures and reworking images from the past has allowed me to catalogue and emphasize a neglected history, one that is imbued with my own fantasies of a place and time that I never lived through,” he says.

Silano is one of five exceptionally talented photographers included among our Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots. Learn more about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition. 

Scholar’s Rock, 2012 by Erin O’Keefe

Erin O’Keefe’s has explored architecture, sculpture and photography during her artistic career. Here, she examines the relationship between object and image.  “I photograph two-dimensional constructions, which are themselves made from pieces of other photographic images, and rely on the three-dimensionality depicted in these fragments to create the illusion of a sculptural object,” says O’Keefe.

O’Keefe is one of five exceptionally talented photographers included among our Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots. Learn more about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition. 

Lariat, TX, 2012 by Ilona Szwarc

Ilona Szwarc’s Rodeo Girls is a portrait project about young girls who compete in rodeos on a professional level.  Theirs “is a unique lifestyle, where kids are brought up in a very strict and disciplined manner, with emphasis on hard work, respect and cultivation of friendships and family relationships,” says Szwarc.

Szwarc is one of five exceptionally talented photographers selected to be a Second Edition 2012 Hot Shot. Learn more about Szwarc and about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition

Steps by Thomas Prior

An extraordinary image, Steps is part of a project by photographer Thomas Prior examining “dangerous recreation in beautiful places.” In this instance, the place is Blackrock diving tower on the west coast of Ireland. Prior captured this surreal photograph inside the tower at high tide.

Prints of this edition begin at $60

Eighth Avenue and Central Park by Joseph O. Holmes
Every picture tells a story, true. But Eighth Avenue and Central Park, the 23rd and 24th 20x200 editions (!!!) by chronicler-of-NYC Joseph O. Holmes, have an especially intriguing genesis. We might never see the likes of them again, so read on for the back story of how they came to be. Keep reading.
Prints of these editions begin at $60. 
Eighth Avenue and Central Park by Joseph O. Holmes
Every picture tells a story, true. But Eighth Avenue and Central Park, the 23rd and 24th 20x200 editions (!!!) by chronicler-of-NYC Joseph O. Holmes, have an especially intriguing genesis. We might never see the likes of them again, so read on for the back story of how they came to be. Keep reading.
Prints of these editions begin at $60. 

Eighth Avenue and Central Park by Joseph O. Holmes

Every picture tells a story, true. But Eighth Avenue and Central Park, the 23rd and 24th 20x200 editions (!!!) by chronicler-of-NYC Joseph O. Holmes, have an especially intriguing genesis. We might never see the likes of them again, so read on for the back story of how they came to be. Keep reading.

Prints of these editions begin at $60

Madalyn, TX, 2012 by Hey, Hot Shot! Contender Ilona Szwarc

Warsaw, Poland-born photographer Ilona Szwarc has resided in New York City since 2008. Szwarc’s background in the film industry—she has worked for Andrzej Wajda, Jonathan Glazer and Roman Polanski, notably—reveals itself in the beautifully cinematic quality of her work. Her latest project, Rodeo Girls, explores the world of young Texan rodeo competitors. Through her portraits, Szwarc reveals the complexities of an unusual people. The images celebrate the beauty of the terrain and the unique traditions these girls uphold, their faces laden with emotions from the demanding lifestyle. Keep reading.

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Nethermead by Joseph O. Holmes

Near the center of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is a meadow called Nethermead, and as you can see in Joseph O. Holmes’s photograph, it is a popular destination for dog walkers. Of his park images, Holmes has said, “Even when I’m the middle of other projects, exploring other ideas and subjects, the promise of discoveries like these send me back out into the city to try to nudge it into revealing itself again.”

This and many more works by Holmes are available for purchase on 20x200.  

Jen Bekman of 20x200

We’re excited to share this interview with the fabulous (and very quotable) Jen Bekman, founder of 20x200, Jen Bekman Gallery, and Hey, Hot Shot! If you like to be inspired, check it out: 

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Jen Bekman is the founder of 20x200, an online venue for affordable limited edition prints by artists and photographers from around the world. Her business has helped transform the way people shop for art, making a once implausible activity for many, both possible and enjoyable. We at Ghostly have long-admired the ideals championed by 20x200—we strive in our own way to make the work of artists with whom we collaborate, equally accessible—and so it was a thrill to have Jen not only respond to our request for an interview, but to offer up such heartfelt insights on her business and approach to collecting art.

Note: Now through December 31st, 2012, Ghostly readers can grab 20x200 art at an even better price. Head to 20x200 and enter code GHOSTLY at checkout for $10 off any purchase over $50. Some restrictions apply. 

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[GI] Do you remember the first piece of art you ever bought?
[JB] I bought Andrew Kuo’s My Favorite Places as of November the night of his opening reception, at a gallery on the Lower East Side. It was a big leap, an impulse buy, but I loved the work and felt sure about it. I’ll always remember the great vibe of the evening and how the Lower East Side was just-under-the-radar cool—it was not Chelsea. I’ll always connect that work with the reception, which was all about a talented artist being celebrated and supported by friends. I love that work as much now as I did then.

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