© Dawn Watson

© Dawn Watson

© Dawn Watson

“Message from GRACE: Imaginings of an Altered World” 

“…the places are what remain, are what you can possess, are what is immortal. They become the tangible landscape of memory, the places that made you, and in some way you too become them. They are what you can possess and in the end what possesses you.” – Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Dawn Watson's “Message from GRACE: Imaginings of an Altered World,” was top winner from the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Members’ Exhibition. Her work was selected for solo exhibition by juror Paula Tognarelli, Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA.

Dawn Watson writes, "High above the Atlantic, suspended between time zones and uncertain outcomes, sleep comes fitfully. In the dark, the world shifts. Midnight reading offers a distraction but also deeper evidence for concern. Earth’s axis tilts, gravity pulls, seasons change, ice melts, flooding waters rise, or the earth is left parched, the natural world changes beyond recognition. Human activity contributes to these seismic shifts in Earth’s mass and atmosphere. Heightened awareness of our ever-changing world leaves bodies and spirits under stress from this increased vulnerability. Adapt and change to a new way of being or turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the  comprehensive observations from both elders and science warning of the consequence of denial. “Message from GRACE” offers an inverted reality, present but not yet seen. Delicate details or vast landscapes are familiar yet strange, hold both beauty and decay, alarm and possibilities. How to make sense of our off-kilter politics, environment, relationships? How can we shape our near and distant future?"

“NASA’S GRACE Mission satellites, (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) relay data that has transformed analysis of changes in the Earth’s system. GRACE-FO, scheduled for launch in late 2017, will continue the work of tracking Earth’s water movement to monitor changes in underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, soil moisture, ice sheets and glaciers, and sea level caused by the addition of water to the ocean. These discoveries provide a unique view of Earth’s climate and have far-reaching benefits to society and the world’s population. “https://gracefo.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/overview

I offer my deep gratitude to juror Paula Tognarelli and the Los Angeles Center of Photography for their dedication to the photographic process and community.

Dawn Watson's "Message from GRACE: 
Imaginings of an Altered World"
August 12, 5-8pm
 Los Angeles Center of Photography
515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA


A. SMITH GALLERY: Black and White

 William King / Give Peace a Chance

 Mark Coggins / Geisha Confidential

 Leslie Jean-Bart / The Cargo Has Arrived

Francis Crisafio / Holdup in the Hood 1

Black + White

“I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.” – Henri Matisse

The call to enter was simple. Black and White. The possibilities of what may be entered are limitless. “All the masters shot in black and white,” as Daido Moriyama has put so simply, “but then again, that is all they had.” Today there are so many other choices, and directions photographers can take, but thankfully many continue to embrace the choice toward black and white imagery.

I never get bored looking at images. I’m drawn to all types, all subjects, and all genres. What makes one image more interesting to me than another is hard to define. Finding something, perhaps the smallest detail, is the extraordinary that waits to be discovered.

And so with this call for entry I was not disappointed by the results. From over 1,000 images submitted, I found that there was more than one exhibition that could be edited from the whole. That is what makes jurying so difficult. There are only fifty seats at the table, but there are at least four or five times as many images that exceed expectations, that tell a story better than another, that make you feel strongly about something you may not have noticed before.

When I first viewed William King’s magical photograph of Coretta Scott King (no relation), I knew it had to receive the top Juror’s Award. It just rose above the others both in content and in skill. I had that same strong feeling when viewing Leslie Jean-Bart, Mark Coggins and Francis Crisafio' three Honorable Mention photographs. The images that followed were chosen individually for one reason or another, but not to say they were easy choices – there were so many that had to be left out for reasons of space. The photographs that weren’t “chosen” this time around – try not to take it personally – all of the work was very good. Continue to send your work out into the world as a big wide net. Let it come back to you from sources you couldn’t plan. You can never be sure who will find it, and contact you next.

– Elizabeth Avedon

black + white
Juror | Elizabeth Avedon
Exhibition dates | August 4 to September 10, 2017
Reception | August 26, 2017 from 4 to 8pm

photographic arts
103 N. Nugent Ave
Johnson City, Texas



 © Claire A. Warden, Ed Friedman Award
 The 23rd Griffin Museum Juried Exhibition

© Suzanne Revy, Director's Award
The 23rd Griffin Museum Juried Exhibition

The 23rd Griffin Museum Juried Exhibition - Ed Friedman Legacy, curated by Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, is in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum through September 1, 2017. View all the artist's work: griffinmuseum.org

Jimmy Mack, On Float, Southampton, NY
© Gary Beeber, 2016

Steve D., God Bless America
© Gary Beeber, 2016

Gary Beeber’s series, “Personalities,” is featured in the Griffin Gallery at the Griffin Museum of Photography through September 1, 2017. Beeber began making documentary films of burlesque shows and accompanying side performances. His focus was on people who led unconventional lives.

© Rocio de Alba / Honor Thy Mother

Rocio de Alba’s ongoing series, “Honor Thy Mother,” is featured in the Atelier Gallery at the Griffin Museum of Photography from June 6st through September 3rd, 2017. de Alba poses in a series of humorous and processed self-portraits, which shows us different contemporary mothers in current modern families. Read more: griffinmuseum.org/show/honor-thy-mother/

© Janet Holmes, Clarice
Griffin Museum Instagram Exhibition

The 23rd Juried Exhibition: Ed Friedman Legacy Show assembled 84 images as part of the virtual Instagram Exhibition juried by Hamidah Glasgow. More: Griffinmuseum.org/

The Griffin Museum of Photography, a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the art of photography, is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year! As a public charity The Griffin Museum is dedicated solely to the language of photography. Through the many exhibitions, programs and lectures that they  produce, they strive to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional and social impact of the photograph. Through its network of eight galleries and 40-60 exhibitions, the Griffin Museum is at the cusp of cultural and artistic innovation in photography-all tirelessly overseen by the Griffin's brilliant Director, Paula Tognarelli. Ms. Tognarelli not only plans and over see's all 8 galleries exhibitions rotating at all times, but juries exhibitions and reviews portfolio's around the world, as well as mentoring grammar school children and all of the photography community at large all times! Whew! I'm exhausted imaging what a day in the life of Paula Tognarelli is all about.

In October, The Griffin Museum of Photography with collaborators SoWa Boston, Boston University, Lesley University, Art New England and Gallery Kayafas, brings FlashPoint Boston, a photography festival, to Boston. Donate here

Also in October, there will be "The Fence", lectures, workshops, panel discussions, portfolio reviews 
and the Griffin's Focus Awards.
The Griffin Focus Awards will be presented to:

Elizabeth Avedon (Lifetime Achievement!)

Paul Messier (Beacon)

American Photography Archives Group (Spotlight) 

and Beuford Smith (A Culture of Legacy)


CLAMPART: Where Water Comes Together

 Alex Gencarelli | Untitled (Breath)

 Peter Nicholson | Untitled (from the series “What Cheer?”)

Tianqiutao Chen | Untitled (from the series “The Last Post”)

Rhode Island School of Design 2017 MFA Graduate Show
July 20 – 28, 2017

Opening Reception:
Thursday, July 20, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

247 West 29th Street, NY
+1 646.230.0020


ENTER PORTRAITS: South x Southeast Gallery. Deadline July 15, 2017

 Photograph © Magdalena Sole

 Photograph © Magdalena Sole

Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon

Juror: Elizabeth Avedon
Deadline to Enter: July 15th, 2017

South x Southeast Gallery
 Exhibition: November 1 - December 15, 2017
Enter your portraits, self-portraits, and likenesses. As Juror, I'm looking for committed artists  with a clear voice; a narrative flow; an image that takes me on an unknown journey. I'm always interested in beauty, curiosity, nerve, illusion, and the magic of photography. Sponsored by Nancy McCrary, South x Southeast PhotoGallery Enter here

Juror: Elizabeth Avedon
Deadline to Enter: July 15th, 2017

South x Southeast Gallery
  Exhibition: November 1 - December 15, 2017


BLACK / WHITE : A Smith Gallery Juried Results

Juror Award
William King / Give Peace a Chance

Juror Honorable Mention
Leslie Jean-Bart / The Cargo Has Arrived

Jurors Honorable Mention
Mark Coggins / Geisha Confidential

Juror Honorable Mention
Francis Crisafio / Holdup in the Hood 1

Juror | Elizabeth Avedon

Exhibition dates | August 4 to September 10, 2017

Reception | August 26, 2017 from 4 to 8pm

A Smith Gallery Photographic Arts

103 N Nugent Avenue

Johnson City, Texas


The Best of LensCulture, Volume 1

The Best of LensCulture, Volume 1 (Schilt Publishing, 2017)

 © Justine Tjallinks

© Gareth Bragdon

© Matic Zorman

"The language of photography continues to get more interesting and more complex as it becomes the most universal medium of communication worldwide.” – Jim Casper, founder of LensCulture

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LensCulture's first book, The Best of LensCulture, Volume 1 (Schilt Publishing, 2017) features contemporary photographers from all over the world, discovered during four of LensCulture’s annual competitions. Not only are these photographers geographically diverse, but their work encompasses many different genres.

For those of you who don't know, LensCulture is a global network and online magazine. For new, emerging and established photographers– it means exposure. THE place to be seen. "For almost 10 years, LensCulture has become one of the most authoritative resources for contemporary photography – currently reaching a monthly audience of over 2 million people around the world. They have been committed to discovering and promoting the best of the global photography community. They look for exciting work from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, nature, photojournalism, activism, street photography, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human. LensCulture International Exposure Awards, now in their 5th year, are granted yearly to discover, reward, and promote new, emerging, and established photographers from around the world."

"The range of work in this book is wide and diverse—from portraits to street photography, photojournalism, personal stories, documentary, fine art, fictional narratives, poetic beauty and abstraction. Their images will take you on a tour of the world and introduce you to people, cultures, historic events and the wonders of nature. Their imagery will also help you appreciate the richness of photography itself as a powerful creative language in all its variety. Who are the people practicing this profound universal language with “fluency” in our image  saturated world today? This book attempts to answer that question. The editors of this volume believe it takes the critical eyes of curators and experts in the field to discover and celebrate true excellence, finding those images that stand out from the crowd and deserve our considered attention."

"The photographers were discovered through four international photography competitions sponsored by LensCulture in the past year. These awards attract entries from photographers all over the world—individuals who have chosen the medium of photography as the best way to communicate and share their experiences, personal visions and points of view. This book is designed as a resource for inspiration, a reference guide, and a point of departure that will allow you to discover amazing photographs and stories." 

Design: Heijdens Karwei, Amsterdam.
ISBN 978 90 5330 862 2
Schilt Publishing 

  © Martin Venezky, Barbara Levine

© Frank Herfort

Many thanks to Schilt Publishing for much of the text and images. And to LensCulture's Jim Casper for his enormous efforts in discovering and showcasing the world’s best new, emerging and established contemporary photographers and multi-media creators, and bringing them into our lives.


The 23rd Griffin Museum of Photography Exhibition Juried by Hamidah Glasgow

 Photograph © Emily Hamilton Laux
Beauty Versus Beauty series about biodiversity 

  Photograph © Emily Hamilton Laux
Beauty Versus Beauty series about biodiversity
"Director's Choice Award"

23rd Griffin Museum Exhibition Catalog
Buy a copy here

Jurist: Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director and Curator
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

The Griffin Museum of Photography's
23rd Annual Juried Show
Ed Friedman Legacy Exhibition

"In my mind and through my eyes, this exhibition is an expression of life, creativity, and ultimately, of love.” 
– Hamidah Glasgow, Jurist 

Selected Artists
: Anne-Laure Autin, Zeren Badar, Hannah Bates, Clare Benson, Richard Boutwell, Alexandra Broches, Robert Calafiore, Lauren Ceike, Rebecca Clark, Lisa Cohen, Virgil DiBiase, Kev Filmore, Randi Freundlich, Preston Gannaway, Randi Ganulin, Amy Giese, Leonard Greco, Joe Greene, Frank Hamrick, Robert Johnson, Gregory Jundanian, Brian Kaplan, David Kelly, Richard Kent, Barbara Kyne, Emily Hamilton Laux, Susan Lirakis, Joshua Littlefield, Ward Long, Joyce P. Lopez, Molly McCall, Alyssa Minahan, Astrid Reischwitz, Suzanne Revy, Amy Rindskopf, Michelle Rogers Pritzl, Charles Rozier, Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, Joshua Sarinana, Michael Seif, Wendy Seller, Karen Sparacio, Tema Stauffer, John Steck Jr., Robert Sulkin, Jane Szabo, Jerry Takigawa, Sal Taylor Kydd, David Underwood, Claire A. Warden, David Weinberg, Nina Weinberg Doran, Stuart Zaro, Ryan Zoghlin, Mary Zompetti. read more here 

- Ed Friedman Legacy - 
Hamidah Glasgow, Jurist
July 6 – September 1, 2017
Opening Reception: July 13, 7-8:30 p.m

67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA 01890

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Congratulations! The Griffin Museum Turns 25!
Donate to this non-profit Museum dedicated to Photography
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NOTES • I met photographer Emily Hamilton Laux, whose image is on the cover of the Griffin's 23rd Juried Exhibition catalogue, at the Center for Photography at Woodstock Portfolio Reviews in May. Her work was chosen for The Griffin's "Director's Choice Award." • The Griffin Museum's 25th Anniversary Logo Design is by Meg Birnbaum.


LENSCULTURE: Street Photography Awards 2017

If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, 
 it’s a street photograph – Bruce Gilden

The 3rd annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2017 invite you to share your vision of the world’s streets! They want to discover today’s finest photographers capturing exceptional moments of life in all of its vibrant forms. Engage with the global photography community with your very best images: thei audience reaches over 2.5 million people around the world, and winners and finalists receive career-changing recognition for their work. In addition to international exposure, prizes and benefits include: an exhibition in San Francisco, projections at international photo festivals, $22,000 in cash awards and much more.

For the first time ever, they are waiving fees for anyone who enters a single image. They truly want to discover the most talented image-makers and believe that EVERY photographer deserves the opportunity for exposure and recognition without restriction. Show them your streets today!
Enter a series or 5+ images in the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2017 and get a free submission review! We believe that every photographer who enters deserves thoughtful feedback on their work. That’s why we have recruited over 100 of the top photo editors, educators, portfolio reviewers, curators, and other industry professionals to give you constructive feedback on your photography plus recommendations for improving your practice.


MAGIC MIRROR: Reflection + Perception in Photography at Daniel Cooney Fine Art

 Cecil Beaton
Charles James Dresses, 1948

 Melvin Sokolsky 

 Morris Engel 

Amos Mac 

Magic Mirror is an exciting exhibition of photographs that use reflections and mirrors as key elements in the aesthetic and conceptual composition of the image. Perception is a compelling concept whether one is referring to physically seeing a visual distortion or referring to the idea of how one perceives their own reflection.  

The topic allows for a large range of ideas, genres and concerns to be expressed as photographers have been drawn to the dynamic visual effect of reflections through out history. In this exhibition we have many unlikely cohorts such as 19th Century French photographer Felix Jacques Moulin and contemporary artist Allen Frame. Moulin's racy female nude posed in front of a mirror for a full view of her derriere contrasts with Frame's image of two young men admiring themselves in tank tops and tight jeans.

Cecil Beaton's classic 1948 color image of Charles James ball gowns reminds us of old world glamour while Corey Grant Tippin's 1974 Polaroid of Potassa De La Fayette exhibits the chic attitude and style of that era. Then Lyle Ashton Harris brings us up to date with his photograph of M Lamar checking his look in a public restroom mirror.

Taking a look at the world around us with striking landscapes and cityscapes are Lisette Model, Lee Friedlander, Morris Engel, Andre Kertesz and Daniel Kukla with a lush color image of the night desert. Fashion photographers have long used reflections as a way to energize their work such as Melvin Sokolsky's iconic "Bubble" photographs with the model posed in a transparent plastic orb that reflects it's surroundings and William Klein's infinitely reflected model in Paris.

Reflection and Perception in Photography
June 22 - July 21, 2017 

508 - 526 West 26th Street, Suite 9C, New York

Opening reception: Thursday, June 22!

Thanks to Dan Cooney for the text and photos!

ELLEN WALLENSTEIN: East Harlem Diptychs

 Ellen Wallenstein, East Harlem Diptychs

 Ellen Wallenstein, East Harlem Diptychs

Ellen Wallenstein, East Harlem Diptychs

"These images were made while I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Leonard Covello Senior Center on East 109th Street. They were made in a  very prescribed area on my way to and from my studio." – Ellen Wallenstein, East Harlem Diptychs
This exhibition is in conjunction with the group show "Summer in The City": works by Olivia Beens, Myrna Burks, Karin Bruckner, Elisabeth Jacobsen, Robert Ludwig, Carol Massa, Margo Mead, Kate Misset, Rod Record, Nieves Saah, Vera Sapozhnikova, Sheila Schmid, Angela Valeria and Jerry Vezzuso. And "On the Wall" will feature Barbara Lubliner's installation "Upcycled Tubes: Assert, Defend, Surrender & Youngsters". Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 AM - 5 PM, Saturday 11AM - 6PM

Photographs by Ellen Wallenstein
June 29 - July 20, 2017
    Carter Burden Gallery
    548 West 28th Street, #534, New York
Opening June 29 6-8 P.M.



Richard Renaldi, 05:14
Courtesy Richard Renaldi and Benrubi Gallery 

Join Aperture Foundation for the opening reception of Manhattan Sunday, with photographs by Richard Renaldi. Featuring photographs taken in Manhattan between midnight on Saturday and noon on Sunday, Manhattan Sunday is an homage to New York’s nightlife and a celebration of New York as palimpsest onto which millions of people project their ideal and imaginary lives.

Renaldi’s visual observations are rooted in the home he found himself, in “the mystery and abandonment of the club, the nightscape, and finally daybreak, each offering a transformation of Manhattan from the known world into a dreamscape of characters acting out their fantasies on a grand stage.”

Richard Renaldi (born in Chicago, 1968) graduated from New York University with a BFA in photography in 1990. Manhattan Sunday (Aperture, 2016) is the fourth body of Renaldi’s work published in book form, following Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006), Fall River Boys (2009), and Touching Strangers (Aperture, 2014). In 2015, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.

Opening Reception
Richard Renaldi: Manhattan Sunday
June 16, 2017  6 PM - 8 PM
Aperture Foundation
547 W 27th Street
New York, New York

Thanks to Aperture Foundation for this announcement.


LAST CALL TO ENTER: Black and White Exhibition A. Smith Gallery by June 19

731 Lexington Avenue, One Beacon Court, Architect Cesar Pelli
Photograph © Sean Perry 





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Entries due: June 19, 2017

Results emailed: July 3, 2017

Exhibition dates | August 4 to September 10, 2017

Receptions | August 26, 2017 from 4 to 8pm

More information: amanda@asmithgallery.com


MARYMARY projects: Allyson Anne Lamb • Desiree Kong • Ken Lavey

Ken Lavey, Untitled 2016

Desiree Kong • Allyson Anne Lamb • Ken Lavey
June 14 – 23, 2017
Opening Reception: June 15

529 West 20th St. #6E
NY NY 10011

More information here: 


SHERI LYNN BEHR: The Polaroid Project at the Amon Carter Museum

 Over / Under © Sheri Lynn Behr

Headshot © Sheri Lynn Behr

"In July, 2016, FEP Suisse / Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland notified me that two of my photographs in "The Polaroid Collection" were chosen for inclusion in "The Polaroid Project" exhibition and catalogue at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, from June 3-September 3, 2017, and then travel to the WestLicht Museum for Photography in Vienna, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, C/O Berlin, and finish in late 2019 at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s very exciting and an honor to be part of it.” –Sheri Lynn Behr

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology

"The Polaroid Project" surveys the history of the innovative photographic company Polaroid and its intersection with art, science, and technology during the second-half of the twentieth century. Featuring a wide-ranging group of artists, the exhibition showcases the diversity of works produced over several decades. The Project displays a variety of image sizes and formats produced over the years and the rich legacy of technological and artistic experimentation that the company enabled prior to its obsolescence. This exhibition has been organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/NewYork/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration with the MIT Museum, Cambridge, Mass., and the WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna.
June 3, 2017–September 3, 2017
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth, Texas

Sheri Lynn Behr
Beyond Recognition 

PADDLE 8: Live Auction to June 12th!

Stephen Shore
U.S. Route 10, Post Falls, Idaho, August 25

From his seminal series “Uncommon Places,” Stephen Shore’s photograph was taken during one of several road trips that the artist took across the United States between 1969 and 1979. Described as “...the daily experiences of an astute wandering stranger,” Shore uses a carefully fixed frame and bold colors—in a gesture reminiscent to postcards, of which Shore was an avid collector—to capture both the familiar and the uncanny of the great American landscape.

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Madrid, 1933

Henri Cartier-Bresson remains one of the leading and most influential photographers, having photographed tirelessly and internationally, producing an extensive account of the modern era. Concentrating on the quick and candid moments in a scene, Cartier-Bresson used the speed of photography to capture intimate details, seeing in them the significance of an entire event. This image of a group of young boys in Madrid notes both the expressions and internal dynamics between them as well as their interaction with the camera and the photographer’s presence. Immobilizing their gaze with the camera, the suspense and curiosity of the scene builds but remains balanced by the central figure who looks at the viewer directly, full of cheek.  

Morris Engel
Shoe Shine Boy, Times Square, 1947

A native Brooklynite and pioneering member of The Photo League, Morris Engel is noted for his early documentary photographs of New York, of which “Shoe Shine Boy, Times Square” is a wonderfully dynamic example. Though primarily focused on a single figure—the titular shoe shine boy, clad in cuffed jeans—Engel’s photograph skillfully captures the frenzied energy of mid-century Times Square, with its proliferation of flashy text, its vast, varied expanse of crowd, and a distorted reflection of the city’s notoriously nasty traffic occupying the right side of the image.

 Angela Strassheim
Untitled (Danielle)
American photographer, born 1969 

Herb Ritts
Duo IV, Mexico, 1990

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) revolutionized fashion photography, modernized the nude, and transformed celebrities into icons. He often made use of the bright California sunlight to produce bold contrasts, and his preference for outdoor locations, such as the desert and the beach, helped to separate his work from that of his New York-based peers. From the late 1970s until Ritts's untimely death in 2002, his ability to create images that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill, but also marked the synergistic union between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s

PADDLE 8's Live Photography Auction features a curated selection of rare works by masters such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Stephen Shore, Cindy Sherman, Herb Ritts, Paul Caponigro, Andre Kertesz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Danny Lyon, David Lachapelle, and many more well known photographers. View their on-line Gallery. Bid until June 12th.

Closes June 12th, 2017

Contact: Joslin Van Arsdale
Senior Specialist, Photographs | Paddle8
T: 310.926.2695