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My thinking about critique was piqued for three (and then more) reasons this fall. Before the semester started in a meeting with John and Anne, Anne suggested we watch this video, The Room of Silence addressing ways in which some BIPOC students feel in critiques. I began to think a lot about race and critiques. [...]

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Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to login to Nick Shepard’s presentation at the SPE Online Conference for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Chapters.  The amazing Nick Shepard created multi camera studio set up in an AirBnB with borrowed equipment and available lighting, using his laptop, a cell phone and an old 5D Mark II [...]

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Teaching during Covid 19 provided us with plenty of Unknown Unknowns, to quote Donald Rumsfeld during the disaster that was the Iraq war.  At this point we have have more Known Knowns and more awareness of what we don’t know than we did in the spring.  Knowing what we don’t know gives us an opportunity [...]

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Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the databases! There are so many new entries on all three and I encourage you to visit often and continue to add entries so that we can have truly inclusive resources: https://fotofika.org/data/ The Inclusive Photographer database has added 36 entries!  The Inclusive Classroom database has added 14 [...]

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And it continues, you can’t make this shit up.  This week. An insane debate with three old white guys, maskless in a room (albeit large) for 90 minutes fighting to talk like a really really bad Thanksgiving dinner, only they were discussing issues affecting the entire planet–and then one is positive for Covid. (Don’t get [...]

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Last week the Northwest Chapter of the Society for Photographic Education hosted their annual conference online as part of a series of weekend conference programs by SPE chapters.  This week the Midwest Chapter is hosting three days of programing starting tomorrow.  All of the speakers are listed at: https://2020-spechapterconferences.heysummit.com/ The SPE membership drive runs through [...]

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    Marni Shindleman leads the photography, Art X and AB in Interdisciplinary studies programs at UGA, which has one of the highest rates of Covid+ students in the country.  They  have mandated face to face classes. It is a crisis of all sorts.  She told us: “I wake up some days in tears and [...]

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It was so nice to see so many of you last week at FotoFika! I shared a number of resources which I’ll share below, ALL DATABASES ARE WORKS IN PROGRESS AND OPEN FOR ADDITIONS OR EDITS: https://fotofika.org/data/ CALENDAR: if you have events that are open to the public (lectures, etc), please invite [ fotofika2020 [at] gmail.com] – [...]

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FotoFika is happy to be back online for Fall 2020.  We are going to run every other week for the semester and are looking forward to seeing everyone again.  So much has happened since we last met that we want to talk about.  We also would like hear from you about how your semester is [...]

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FotoFika Workshops Update. Out of  respect for the continuing momentum behind BLM political movement over the past month we have pulled back on FotoFika both in promoting the All Star Cards as well as the planned workshops. Today’s workshop was to focus on workers rights and unionization and it was the title Solidarity that made [...]

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I will be offering 4 workshops this summer, details for RSVPing will be forthcoming as we solidify. Workshops will take place on Wednesdays but unlike the regular FotoFika slot, we will meet from 2 to 4 (EDT). The dates and general topics are as follows: Workshops will be participatory and emphasize problem solving and solutions [...]

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The FotoFika Allstars trading card project is closing in on 200 submissions to date.  We have students from around the world including China, Australia and New Zealand.  Becky Senf, Anne, Betsy and I have reached to our network of artists, curators and programers and can confirm the participation of the following list of AWESOME (which [...]

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This week on FotoFika,  Stephanie DeMer will join us to talk about strategies for establishing healthy work/live/creativity balance during COVID 19.  DeMer is the Iowa Idea Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at The University of Iowa, she holds an MFA in Photo + Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and as part of sustaining her artistic [...]

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It was an overused joke even before the Covid era, but I really did pick the wrong year to give up Facebook. Now I cling to it for connections and the news. As one of my friends said about Facebook, “In 2008 it was a novelty, a year ago it was the ruin of civilization, [...]

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My father was a grief expert and I remember him talking about the idea of care for the caregiver, a bit to my mother’s dismay. I think as the caregiver for the caregiver it hit her wrong or exponentially problematic. But it brings up a lot right now of the idea of who is doing [...]

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Authors

John Freyer

John Freyer is an artist, author and educator based in Richmond Virginia. His projects include All My Life for Sale, Big Boy, Live IKEA, Free Ice Water, and Free Hot Coffee Freyer is an Associate Professor of Cross Disciplinary Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Freyer’s practice engages accidental audiences in galleries, museums, and public spaces. He explores the role of everyday, personal objects in our lives – as commodities, fetishes, and totems and investigates how the circulation of objects and stories enrich social ties between individuals and groups. He earned his B.A. from Hamilton College and M.A. & M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Sunday London Times, Artforum, Print Magazine and NBC’s The Today Show. Freyer is a Fulbright Scholar, a Macdowell Colony Fellow and was an Artist in Residence at Light Work and the Fannon Center, Doha, Qatar. Freyer has brought his social practice projects – Free Ice Water and Free Hot Coffee to the TEDx stage, has exhibited at Mixed Greens Gallery in New York, the Liverpool Biennial Fringe in Liverpool, UK and was a 2018 Tate Exchange Associate at Tate Modern, London.

Anne Leighton Massoni

Anne Leighton Massoni, is the Dean | Managing Director of Education at the International Center of Photography in New York City. She has held positions at Marshall University, Cornell University, Tyler School of Art, Washington College, Memphis College of Art, Monmouth University and the University of the Arts.

Massoni graduated with a MFA in Photography from Ohio University and BAs in Photography and Anthropology from Connecticut College. Her work relates to ideas of both real and fabricated memories and identity, using a variety of film and digital techniques.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the H. F. Johnson Museum in New York, The Print Center in Philadelphia, The Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia, NIH in Washington, DC, the Allen Sheppard Gallery in New York City, Newspace Gallery in Portland, Rayko in San Francisco, the East End Film Festival in London, England, the International Mobile Innovation Screening in New Zealand and Australia, and IlCantinonearte Teatri e Galleria del Grifo in Montepulciano, Italy. Recent publications of her work include ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art and SpostaMenti, an exhibition catalog of her series “Holding” and The Photograph & The Album, Published by MuseumsEtc in England. She co-edited The Focal Press Companion to the Constructed Image in Contemporary Photography with Marni Shindelman.

Betsy Schneider

Betsy Schneider is a photographer and filmmaker who explores and documents transformations of individuals and families over time and place. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and her work has been shown in major museums and festivals around the world.  A former national board member for SPE. From 2002 to 2016 she was a professor in the School of Art at Arizona State University, in 2016 she relocated to the Boston Area and since then has continued to work for ASU as a lecturer, designer, developer and coordinator of an unique online BFA in photography. She has recently taught at Harvard, MassArt and Hampshire and currently teaches online for ASU and at Emerson College.