Panel Discussion: Photography is Burning

March 9, 2013
7:30 pmto8:30 pm


On Saturday March 9th 2013, The Village Zendo will be transformed into a one day gallery from 11am until 6pm. From 7:30 to 8:30 there will be a panel discussion with the curator and photographers. (A $10 suggested donation will be encouraged for the panel discussion.)

A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Catherine Talese
Elizabeth Felicella
R. Liam Ōshin Jennings
Sean Hemmerle

I have always been fascinated with photography. As a painter I use it as a tool to find paintings; to find the inner landscape outside of myself. When the image is still I can delve deeper into the unconscious layering of time and place, seeing beyond seeing. For me a burning question is what makes photography art? I decided to create this show and ask five wonderful photographers to help me understand more deeply this practice called photography.

Photography, more than painting, is evolving at a rapid pace. Due to the technology of social media and camera equipped smart phones, photographs can be shot, edited, filtered, captioned and sent into a mass public instantly. With millions of people shooting and publishing more pictures that ever, how do we recognize the work of a thoughtful artist? There is something special about the intentions of these artists that cause their pictures to emerge out of this chaotic sea of images. Maybe in the setting of a print hanging in a quiet room, we are given the chance to consider what the photographer is asking us to see, feel, or question. In that way how different is it from painting? Who are photographers these days?
Emma Seiki Tapley 2013



Catherine Talese has been photographing the slick retail banks that have popped up on every corner in New York. Her pictures have a surprising surreal quality although they are shot without post production editing or in camera manipulation.



A. Jesse Jiryu Davis is a documentary photographer who shoots transitional housing facilities, the East Village and contemporary zen practice. All the photos come from a desire to meet people in need, connect to their feelings, and confront his own inner discomfort. His work is dignified and moving without being sentimental.


Elizabeth Felicella is an architectural photographer who investigates public spaces with a large format camera. The pictures in this show are from her series of the 200 Public Libraries in New York. For her libraries are significant due to the changing climate of information technology, prompting questions of their purpose.



Sean Hemmerle is a New York based photographer whose work ranges from international conflict zones to deserted industrial towns in the United States. In addition to thematically driven subjects, Hemmerle is drawn to architecture as a formal and symbolic element. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work can be found in many public and private collections.



R. Liam Ōshin Jennings is a sculptor with a background in ceramics who has come to photography because of its immediacy and portability. His expressive work is concerned with beauty and decay often found in overlooked places. There is a gritty passion to all his works, and a zen perspective to reality as it is.


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