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Exhibition Opening: Mimi Chakarova, “The Price of Sex” – Thursday, April 15 , 5:00-7:30pm

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One of the first posts on the FiftyCrows blog was about Berkeley based photographer, Mimi Chakarova who has been documenting sex trafficking in Eastern Europe and the Middle East for the past eight years. This Thursday, April, 15th from 5:00-7:30, FiftyCrows will be holding an exhibition opening for Chakarova’s work, “The Price of Sex”. The intimate portraits and unique curation transcend the confines of the gallery space to tell the harrowing stories of the women subjected to sexual slavery, harsh abuse, extreme poverty, and devastation hardship. Chakarova will be present at the opening.

Below is the original blog post about Chakarova’s work. There are two short videos that are part of Chakarova’s work on a full length documentary film on the subject. Also, check out the many important links on resources and ways to help.

chakarovascreenFor over eight years, investigative reporter and photographer Mimi Chakarova has carried out painstaking, often dangerous, on-the-ground reporting into all aspects of the sex trafficking trade from Eastern Europe, including investigations into the countries of origin, the process of transit, and the initial allure and stark realities these women face in the receiving countries. She has slowly built trust and developed relationships with young women in Eastern Europe who have been trafficked abroad. Over the years she has traveled through Eastern Europe, Southern Europe/Mediterranean regions and the Middle East for this project. Her work has won a 2008 Emmy Nomination and a 2008 Webby Award, and has appeared on PBS Frontline/World and CBS 60 Minutes. This long-term project was also awarded the Inge Morath Magnum Photo Grant for outstanding documentary work.

BACKGROUND

After the fall of the Soviet Union, millions of young women in Eastern Europe came of age amid economic misery. Their childhood fantasies of a better life in the West became a human trafficker’s golden opportunity. Through agents and brokers who arrange the travel and job placements, young women are escorted to their destinations and delivered to their employers. Upon reaching the foreign land, some women learn that they have been deceived about the nature of the work they will do. Most have been lied to about the financial arrangements and conditions of their employment, and most find themselves in coercive and abusive situations from which escape is both difficult and dangerous.

Currently the main destinations for sex trafficking of Eastern European women are Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Most women are proposed work as seasonal and factory workers, waitresses, domestic servants and au pairs. After arriving in the country of destination, their passports, documents, money, and personal belongings are taken away. They become today’s sex slaves, sold and resold like cattle. Those who manage to escape their traffickers are deported. Back home, they rarely tell their loved ones the truth. The stigmatization of prostitution is every family’s deepest shame.

For more stories, videos, and images go to: http://priceofsex.org

On the website there are two very important links which provide information on ways to help:

HOW TO HELP – http://priceofsex.org/content/how-help

LINKS & RESOURCES – http://priceofsex.org/content/links-and-resources

http://www.mclight.com/

Written by Zara Katz

April 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

Judith Fox: I Still Do and Sea of Dreams, Exhibition Opening and Book Signing- Thursday, March 4th, 5:00 to 7:30

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You are invited Thursday, March 4th for an opening and book signing with Judith Fox. We are excited to exhibit two bodies of work by Fox: “I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer’s”, a powerful, poetic and universal portrayal of aging, loving, humor, mortality and hope, also the subject of a touching photographic memoir published by powerHouse. We also present, “Sea of Dreams”, an abstract depiction of haunting beauty that explores the powerful turbulence beneath the surface calm of the ocean. Seen together, these images offer both direct and metaphoric representation of deep emotion and the resilience of the human spirit. Ms. Fox will be present and signing her new book. Books available for purchase at the gallery.

WHEN: Thursday, March 4th, 2010

TIME: 5:00 to 7:30 pm

WHERE: FiftyCrows Gallery

49 Geary St, Suite 225

San Francisco, CA 94108

For more information on Judith Fox and FiftyCrows, click here.

If you would like a personal invitation please email: exhibitions@fiftycrows.org

First Thursday Gallery Night TONIGHT- Learn about the environment through conservation photography at FiftyCrows Gallery

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The current exhibition at FiftyCrows called, A Climate for Life, comes from the International League of Documentary Photographers. This group of some of the most profound nature photographers in the world has put together a campaign of images and writing on the environment in order to inform, educate, and provide answers on what can be done to rescue our destroyed world. In the FiftyCrows Gallery, along with the 30 large scale, brightly colored, stretched canvas prints, are accompanying informational text posters about the state of the environment, the problems that we face, and the solutions that can create change. We have books for sale for $50 if you want to take the images and information home with you.

The gallery will be open until 7:30pm, TONIGHT, Thursday February 4.

Regular gallery hours are: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11am – 6pm

Daniel Beltra – Color, texture, rainforest: An interview with a conservation photographer

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This post comes from LensFlare 35, a weekly show created by Dave Warner. Below you can watch a multimedia interview with Conservation Photographer Daniel Beltrá whose images are part of the next exhibition at the FiftyCrows Gallery opening on Thursday January 7th. Daniel is a Spanish photographer based in Seattle. His images are often shot from aerial views producing a painterly effect of textured blocks of color. Abstract and even surreal, Beltrá believes his photographs will help catalyze change in ideas and action regarding environmental preservation. He has documented several expeditions by Greenpeace to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian Ice Fields, among many others.

This year, Daniel was awarded the Prince’s Rainforest Project from the Sony World Photography Awards. The award, granted by Prince Charles, sent Daniel for three months to the Congo, Amazon and Indonesian rainforests to create photos for a book, website and traveling exhibition about the perilous fate of the world’s rainforests.

Read an interview with Daniel Beltra on the RESOLVE Blog –

For photographers, pursuing passions always pays off

Written by Zara Katz

January 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Exhibition Opening at the FiftyCrows Gallery – International League of Conservation Photographers – First Thursday Event

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A Climate for Life

Images from the International League of Conservation Photographers

Exhibition Opening

WHEN: Thursday, January 7th
TIME: 5:00 to 7:30
WHERE: FiftyCrows Gallery
49 Geary St, Suite 225
San Francisco, CA 94108

©Frans Lanting

A Climate For Life focuses on the global challenge of climate change and suggests ways to dramatically reduce risks to human health, economic prosperity and the planet’s irreplaceable biological diversity.

A Climate for Life exhibition is a facet of the A Climate for Life campaign  and consists of 35 images from the International League of Conservation Photographers. Powerfully combining compelling images and essays into a beautiful volume, A Climate for Life is the result of leading scientists and veteran photographers contributing their talents to showcase the topics, issues, and challenges that society must urgently face. The A Climate for Life book creates a lasting impression that ultimately the responsibility to save the earth is literally and figuratively in our hands.

©Nick Nichols

The International League of Conservation Photographers is a consortium of some of the best photographers in the world working for conservation. A project-driven organization, ILCP’s mission is to translate conservation science into compelling visual messages targeted to specific audiences. We work with leading scientists, policy makers, government leaders and conservation groups to produce the highest-quality documentary images of both the beauty and wonder of the natural world and the challenges it faces.

Featured photographers from the iLCP include: Robert Glenn Ketchum, James Balog, Frans Lanting, Cristina Mittermeier, Daniel Beltra, Michele Westmoreland, and Nick Nickels. The list of publications, exhibitions and awards among these photographers include but are not limited to: National Geographic, World Press Photo, International Center of Photography (New York), the Centre Nationale de la Photographie (Paris) Leica Medal of Excellence, the California Academy of Science (San Francisco), the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, Outstanding Photographer of the Year from the North American Nature Photography Association, BC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award.

©Daniel Beltra

Written by Zara Katz

December 31, 2009 at 2:12 pm

FiftyCrows Gallery Hours – Closed for Christmas and New Years

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The FiftyCrows Gallery will be closed for Christmas and New Years from December 24 to January 6th.

The gallery will reopen on Thursday January 7th for First Thursday San Francisco Gallery Night. The next exhibition opening at FiftyCrows is from the International League of Conservation Photographers. Look out for a following post on the exhibition and book signing.

©David Doubilet

Written by Zara Katz

December 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm

1st Thursday Gallery Night in San Francisco TONIGHT – 5 to 7:30pm – ART WOLFE’S TRAVELS TO THE EDGE

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Tonight is First Thursday Gallery opening night in San Francisco and the 49 Geary building will be packed with people coming to enjoy five floors of art galleries. Here on the second floor in suite 225, the FiftyCrows Gallery is showing Art Wolfe’s extraordinary images of wildlife, nature and people around the world. Art truly sees the magnificent beauty in the world which comes across in the focus, depth and color of his masterful images. The exhibition will be up at the FiftyCrows Gallery until the end of December.

WHEN:   Thursday December 3rd, 2009
5:00-7:30pm

WHERE:  FiftyCrows Gallery
49 Geary St – Suite 225
San Francisco, CA 94108

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December 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Take photographs side by side with Art Wolfe in Asia – Workshop opportunity

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Beginning this Thursday, Art Wolfe’s images from Travels to the Edge are being exhibited at the FiftyCrows Gallery which consist of incredible views of the worlds most exotic places, people and wildlife. Viewing the images is a trip around the world in itself, but how amazing would it be to actually go around the world with Art and photograph tigers, Kazakhs hunters, and the moonrise over the Himalayas? Art offers international photography workshops in India, Vietnam and Cambodia, and Myanmar that will be taking place in January and February of 2010. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to travel with a world-renowned photographer and focus on creating breath-taking images, as well as discuss matters of environmental and cultural conservation.


Come to the FiftyCrows Gallery on this Thursday, November 19th from 5:00-7:30pm to meet Art Wolfe and see his images from Travels to Edge. Art will be signing copies of his book, Travels to the Edge and feel free to ask him questions about his travels and workshops.

FiftyCrows Gallery
49 Geary St, Suite 225
San Francisco, CA 94108

Written by Zara Katz

November 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm

New Exhibition at the FiftyCrows Gallery THIS WEEK – ART WOLFE and Travels to the Edge – Opening and Book Signing Thursday November 19th 5:00-7:30pm

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Come meet top conservation photographer Art Wolfe at the FiftyCrows Gallery on Thursday November 19th from 5:00 to 7:30pm for an exhibition opening and book signing.MONG0807030356

Over the course of Art’s 30-year career he has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world’s fast-disappearing wildlife, landscapes and native cultures, and are a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve them all.

Travels to the Edge is an intimate and upbeat series that offers unique insights on travel, nature, cultures, environmental issues. Exhibition visitors will experience remote and awe-inspiring places through Art Wolfe’s lens, whether documenting the behavior of wild grizzlies in isolated coastal Alaska, marveling at the dreamscapes of the Bolivian Altiplano, navigating fjords in the icy oasis of South Georgia Island, or capturing unique cultures on the edge of extinction in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley.

Art’s television program, “Travels to the Edge,” launched on May 5, 2007, and currently airs on public television stations in 47 U.S. States and on 35 of the top 40 market stations. The series has reached 73% of U.S. households via analog stations, translating to over 171 million potential viewer impressions per episode.

Art Wolfe has been awarded with a coveted Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award as well as named Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association. The National Audubon Society recognized Wolfe’s work in support of the national wildlife refuge system with its first-ever Rachel Carson Award. He is a member of Canon’s elite list of renowned photographers, “Explorers of Light,” Microsoft’s Icons of Imaging and Fujifilm’s Talent Team. Wolfe has released over sixty books, including the award-winning Vanishing Act and Edge of the Earth – Corner of the Sky.

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Art Wolfe – Travels to the Edge

WHEN:   Thursday November 19th, 2009
5:00-7:30pm

WHERE:  FiftyCrows Gallery
49 Geary St – Suite 225
San Francisco, CA 94108

Written by Zara Katz

November 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm

1st Thursday TODAY – FiftyCrows Gallery 4-7:30pm – Last week of Ed Kashi’s Exhibition

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As many of you Bay Area locals know, First Thursday is a big night for exhibition openings, lectures, and gallery viewings. The FiftyCrows gallery will be open all day from 11am with extended hours until 7:30 so that everyone can come see Ed Kashi’s exhibition. Ed’s show is only up until Saturday Nov. 14th so don’t miss his amazing photographs from his newly published book Three as well as his work in the Niger Delta, Curse of the Black Gold.

Also, we still have several books for sale from both bodies of work. There are only 3 copies of Three left that Ed signed so get them while they are hot! All books are $45.

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When:   Thursday Nov. 5th, 4-7:30pm

Where:  FiftyCrows Gallery

49 Geary St, Suite 225

San Francisco, CA 94108

Other events on First Thursday and First Friday:

Darcy Padilla photography at Togonon Gallery – Reception Thursday Nov. 5 – 5:30-7:30

Eros Hoagland is speaking at Exposure Gallery – Thursday Nov. 5th – 7pm

Jim Goldberg is speaking at SFAI sponsored by PhotoAlliance – Friday Nov. 6th – 7:30pm

Written by Zara Katz

November 4, 2009 at 5:59 pm