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Photographer and filmmaker, Phil Jackson is also an avid skateboarder, who spends a lot of time in skate parks. His series, “Temporary Autonomous Aggro Zone,” photos of an abandoned building he and his friends are rebuilding into a skate park in Newark, New Jersey, is currently on view through July 27th at Marginal Utility Gallery in Philadelphia. Jackson received his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and since then has participated in multiple group exhibitions both domestically and internationally. His annual zine, “Borderline Retarded,” was featured on our Tumblr, PDN’s Promos We Kept.


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Alec Soth with Francesco Zanot: Ping Pong Conversations (Contrasto, October 2013) “is a long, friendly conversation” between Minneapolis-based photographer Alec Soth and the Italian curator and critic Francesco Zanot. “Analyzing his most famous photographs as well as others that have been published or are virtually unknown, Soth reflects upon his career as a photographer. Each picture gives rise to a charter of its own, an original thought or reflection,” the publisher said in a statement about the book. Soth and Zanot discuss the use of color versus black-and-white photographs, staged versus candid photographs, and personal and political issues in conversations that “constitute both a complex examination of Alec Soth’s work and a manual on the reading of photography itself.”


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Images from Kerry Skarbakka‘s long-term project “The Struggle to Right Oneself” are currently on view at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. “Ten Years of Falling,” as the show is appropriately named, includes 28 anxiety-ridden images of the artist in precarious situations, such as falling off rocks, ladders, buildings and trees. Skarbakka has a background in rock climbing, martial arts and acting, which makes him the perfect stuntman. The photographs are shot on location, occasionally with the use of ropes or a harness. Whatever Skarbakka lands on is intentionally obscured either in camera or, when necessary, with Photoshop. Skarbakka referred to himself as a performance-based photographer in a 2009 interview on NBC’s Today show. “I use my body to describe these tensions and anxieties I’m trying to create, and I use photography to disseminate my ideas.”"Ten Years of Falling” at the Kopeikin Gallery is currently on view through September 7, 2013.


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“The Drinking Show,” currently on view at the Sasha Wolf Gallery, is a group exhibition that celebrates our age-old relationship with alcohol and drinking culture. Curated by Peter Kayafas, Matthew Pillsbury and Sasha Wolf, the show includes works from series such as Brian Finke‘s “Frat Boys,” Jesse Burke‘s “Intertidal” and Henry Horenstein‘s “Honky Tonk.” “The exhibition is intended to offer a glimpse of the role that drinking has played in the making of photographs, both as subject and inspiration,” the gallery said in a statement. “Beyond the stereotypes of the drunk artist (apt as they sometimes are!) these pictures playfully, sometimes seriously, depict how drinking looks: the relationship between drinkers and the drink, each other and the world around them.” Visit the exhibit before it closes on August 16.


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Minnesota native Mark Heithoff ‘s series of images of Lake Minnetonka, called “The Lake,” is currently showing at the Burnet Gallery at Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis through September 8, 2013. Lake Minnetonka was named in 1852, and its name came from the Sioux Indian words minne (water) and tonka (big). Rightly so, as the lake covers almost 22 square miles, with many bays, peninsulas and islands, providing lots of scenic views and attracting loads of visitors. Heitoff’s series of images, known as “The Lake,” was photographed from the bow of his parents’ boat over a period of four years (2006-2009). Out of the estimated 1500 photographs Heitoff produced, only 18 images were selected for the Burnet Gallery show. “The Lake” was made into a photo book of the same name in 2012.


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Dan Winters offers an exclusive view on America’s space shuttles and space exploration through his most recent work, Last Launch, at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition opens tomorrow, July 11 and runs through August 31. With special access, Winters photographed NASA’s Space Shuttle program’s last launches of space shuttles Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour which took place from February to May of 2011. He takes viewers on exclusive tours inside and outside the shuttle, even placing automatically-controlled cameras around the launch pads.


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Photographers of all levels submitted their best image series that captured the essence of “community.” Winners will see their work on the 1000ft long photographic installation displayed in Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City and, new this year, in a special curated version of THE FENCE displayed along the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. THE FENCE is an annual summer-long outdoor photo exhibition thanks to United Photo Industries, Photo District News (PDN), Brooklyn Bridge Park and Flash Forward Festival. The unveiling of THE FENCE 2013 happens tonight, Tuesday, June 18, at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public.


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This series by photographer Vance Jacobs celebrates the "Old Goats" as they call themselves, who despite advancing age (or maybe because of it), swim in the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay almost daily. The “Goats” are all members of the Dolphin Club in San Francisco and range in age from 65 to upwards of 90. Jacobs is a triathlete who has swum in the bay before, but he can’t imagine swimming in 50-55 degree water without a wetsuit, let alone in the dead of winter or at that age. Jacobs says, “Having done a lot of athletics in my life and having been around a lot of elite athletes in different fields, I’m more impressed by longevity than being able to produce amazing numbers when you’re a teenager or in your early 20's.” Let’s give them a round of applause.


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