Photography Series Screening: Michael Ackerman

Q. Sakamaki at the Half King
Michael Ackerman / untitled projection

A screening and conversation: Michael Ackerman & Jem Cohen.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a special night at The Half King Photo Series, when Michael Ackerman screens his project "untitled projection." Filmmaker Jem Cohen will moderate a discussion.

Spanning 20 years of Ackerman's photography, "untitled projection" moves through different bodies of work from various places: New York, Atlanta, Paris, Havana, Berlin, and Poland. It includes pictures of strangers and people Ackerman is intimate with. It attempts to join and re- edit different stories to form a somewhat cinematic, yet non-linear narrative. It is both autobiographical and not.
Michael Ackerman's photography is held in many private collections, as well as, The Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, and Maison Europenne de la Photographie in Paris. In 2009, he won the SCAM Roger Pic Award for his series "Departure, Poland." He has published three books, the most recent being "Half Life,” in 2010. In 2014, he collaborated with Vincent Courtois, cellist, and Christian Caujolle in “L'intuition,” a show that proposes a dialogue between photography and music creation. This was presented at the festival Banlieues Bleues and at Rencontres d'Arles, 2014.

Jem Cohen is a filmmaker whose projects often meld visual and sonic explorations to tell their stories. Recent films (he has made over 50) include Museum Hours (2012) which took the Heterodox Award at Cinema Eye and We Have An Anchor, commissioned by EMPAC, Rensselaer’s experimental-arts center. Some of his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney, and Melbourne's Screen Gallery. In the US his films have aired on Sundance Channel and PBS. He has received grants from the Guggenheim, Creative Capital, Rockefeller, and Alpert Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other organizations. 

The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photojournalism. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.

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