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Barbara Daugherty and Mrs. Brandywine

I Should Have Shot That

Over at Animal, Marina Galperina has a recurring feature where she asks photographers to describe the great shot they didn’t get, called “I Should Have Shot That.” I have many, but went with a scenario that involved an invite with a hooker and her john and me not getting naked. The best part of the series are the illustrations made by James Noel Smith. You can read the whole story here.

“Thank You For Your Call” Wins Jury Award for Best Documentary Short Film

Outfest 2011 came to an end this weekend, and Thank You For Your Call was fortunate enough to have won the jury award for outstanding documentary short film.  This is my first award of any kind for my photography and documentary work, so it’s a great feeling to know that the film has impacted some people.  I’m also proud to have helped bring some much needed to attention to Bill’s story.  He’s a great man and a good friend and I’m happy to have met him.


For its moving examination of one man’s emotional journey through a complex and systematic issue of inequity which currently and will continue to affect many of us, we award the Outfest 2011 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film to “Thank You for Your Call,” directed by Shawn Nee.

It’s been a year since the film was made, and unfortunately people are still treated unfairly in this country and the Social Security Administration continues to discriminate against the LGBT community.  So it’s important that people be persistent and continue fighting for what they believe in until everyone is treated equally.

To see what other films won at the festival go here.


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“Thank You For Your Call” at the DGA Theater

If you’re in the Hollywood area today and have about 4 minutes to spare, “Thank Your For Your Call” is playing at the DGA Theater on Sunset Boulevard.  The screening starts at 4:15 and tickets can be purchased at the door for $13.  The film was also mentioned in the Los Angeles Times this week:

Though there is lighter fare such as the comedy “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” in the festival, which begins Thursday evening and continues through July 17, the majority of the features, documentaries and shorts hit political hot buttons for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender audiences, as well as others interested in such issues as gay marriage and anti-gay bias.

Two examples are the short “Thank You for Your Call,” which examines the plight of survivors of same-sex partnerships who cannot collect Social Security, and the documentary “Wish Me Away,” about the fallout from country singer Chely Wright’s decision to come out.

To read the entire article click here.

Capturing the “Eastern European Coney Island”

Photo by Yelena Yemchuk

Yelena Yemchuk is most known for her fashion and music photography, as seen in places like Italian Vogue, W and Dazed and Confused. Before she emigrated to the US at 11, she spent her summers at a resort area in Kiev called Gidropark, which she describes as an Eastern European Coney Island. Recently she spent three summers there, photographing the carefree and sunbathing denizens on a 35-mm camera. The result is her book, Gidropark, out now, which shows a lovely mixture of quirky, evocative scenes. An exhibit of selected works is at the Gitterman Gallery in New York through September.

To see more of her work, go to Photo Booth or La Lettre.

“Thank You For Your Call” Featured In Outfest 2011

You might remember our own Shawn Nee’s excellent documentary short, “Thank You For Your Call,” got some good buzz last year when it was released. Now it’s been accepted to Outfest 2011, the 10-day gay and lesbian film festival held every year in Los Angeles. If you’re so inclined, the film will show before the AIDS documentary We Were Here on Saturday, July 9 at the DGA Theater on Sunset Boulevard.

The festival runs from July 10-17 and features 163 films from 25 countries.

Malls Across America

Photo by Michael Galinsky

How strongly do you believe that American mallgoers in 1989 deserve their own book? Enough to give to Michael Galinsky’s Kickstarter project?

In 1989, following in the footsteps of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and William  Eggleston, I drove across the country and documented malls across America.  I had a cheap Nikon FG-20 and an even cheaper lens – but I had a lot of passion. I shot about 30 rolls of slide film in malls from Long Island to North Dakota to Seattle.  It was hard to tell from the images where they were taken, and that was kind of the point. I was interested in the creeping loss of regional differences.  I thought a lot about Frank’s “The Americans” as we drove from place to place without any sense of place.

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