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Ann Fensterstock is the author of the book Art On The Block. The book charts the history of the New York art world over the last sixty years. Unlike other cultural and business districts in New York, the hub of the art scene has had a tendency to pick up and move. Over the last six decades artists and galleries have moved from uptown to downtown, spread across lower Manhattan, and set up shop across the East River in Brooklyn. Art on the Block tells the story of this migration and explores why the art world doesn't stay put.
Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He's written several books on the subject, and his newest, Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen, is published by Aperture. In the book Ritchin takes a critical look at the state of documentary photography and visual journalism in the twenty-first century media landscape. Richin wonders, do photographs still have any power in a world where billions of images are made, shared, linked, and liked every day? Bending the Frame also asks the question: how can photojournalists and citizens use photography to help solve some of the world's problems, rather than just document them?
Since the civil war in Syria began two and a half years ago, nearly two million Syrians have fled the country. About half a million of them have fled to Jordan, Syria's neighbor to the south, where they have passed through refugee camps and been absorbed into the Jordanian population.
Only one more day until Thanksgiving... Count down to T-Day. Are you ready? If not, listen to this mix. It will get you in the mood... ;)
In the new book Art On The Block, writer Ann Fensterstock charts the history of the New York art world over the last sixty years. Unlike other cultural and business districts in New York, the hub of the art scene has had a tendency to pick up and move. Over the last six decades artists and galleries have moved from uptown to downtown, spread across lower Manhattan, and set up shop across the East River in Brooklyn. Art on the Block tells the story of this migration and explores why the art world doesn't stay put. Playlist 00:00 Art On The Block pt. 1 06:25 Lizard Watcher's Theme - Phil Yost 07:04 Art On The Block pt. 2 11:02 We Are Him - Angels of Light 11:36 Art On The Block pt. 4 16:45 Bent City I - Phil Yost 17:26 Art On The Block pt. 5 22:11 Crash - Folk Implosion 22:27 Art On The Block pt. 6 28:56 Every Party - Erlend Oye 29:50 Finish
Last summer, my guest photographer Benjamin Rasmussen went to Jordan along with photographer Michael Friberg to meet some of these Syrian refugees living in Jordan. With the help of local journalists Benjamin and Michael photographed refugees' daily lives, and recorded interviews with them telling their stories. They're calling the project By the Olive Trees. Benjamin and Michael are currently working on a newsprint publication of their photographs and interviews that will be distributed for free.

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