When the shelling got too bad my mom would hide us in the bathroom and say it's just raining really hard and this is the safest spot in the house.
Rola Khayyat grew up during the Lebanese Civil War but when talking about her experience she doesn't focus on the horrors, she focuses on the richness of her life and how her mother protected her children and gave them a sense of security and home. Life during conflict is at the heart of Rola's work and also became the creative drive behind the work of her siblings and her mother. We talk about all of this with a focus on Rola's documentary, "From Brooklyn to Beirut" about a community of Lebanese Jews in New York and their connection to Lebanon.
This episode sponsored by the School of Visual Arts MFA Photography, Video, & Related Media - Charles Traub, Chair.
"The people that I dealt with were quite fascinating to me because I came from a completely different perspective and I began following them and I said they support me there's no reason for me not to support them."
Peter Kasovitz is the co-founder of K&M Camera which has been in business for 42 years. It's an institution among photographers from all around the world and Peter's generosity and support for students and established photographers is know by many. Peter and I spoke at SVA which was meaningful for the both of us, SVA brought many customers to K&M, including me, and it was while I was a student at SVA that I learned first hand of Peter's generosity. We also talk about Peter's relationships with some great photographers such as Robert Frank and Roy DeCarava.
"There is sort of a desert in Richmond Virginia, there was no photo gallery, there are a couple of blue-chip galleries…but my feeling is I could talk circles around them…where photography is concerned, but I'm still trying to learn the business, that they are very good at."
Gordon Stettinius is an artist and the founder of Candela Books + Gallery. He started Candela to help publish and promote well-known, but maybe underrepresented artists, as well as to promote new, and mid-career artists who are pushing boundaries with their practices. It's a big part of Candela's annual open call and exhibition, "Unbound," which is designed to provide an opportunity for artists to further their careers by being part of a larger collection. Michael recorded Gordon at AIPAD, so the sound quality is a little funky and this episode is a little shorter because the Candela booth was very busy.
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