Alyssa Coppelman

Alyssa Coppelman is an Oakland, California-based independent photo editor who works regularly as Art Researcher for Harper’s Magazine and the Oxford American magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2016. She has juried photography contests and exhibitions for Center for Fine Art Photography, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and A Smith Gallery, and has reviewed portfolios at Photolucida, Fotofest Houston, PhotoNOLA, Medium Photo Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Filter Photo Festival. She is a regular contributor to Adobe Create and has written for Slate's Behold blog, Feature Shoot, and WIRED Photo. As a visiting lecturer, Alyssa speaks to graduate and undergraduate photography students about their practices and developing a career in the publishing industry. Most recently, she taught a photo editing workshop at PhotoNOLA, and was a panelist in Mary Virginia Swanson’s Social Media Strategies for Artists seminar. Working directly with photographers, she provides oversight in editing, sequencing, design, and editorial aspects of websites, portfolios, and photobook projects. When she’s not hard at work, Alyssa tries to convince everyone to go dancing.

Alyssa Coppelman is an Oakland, California-based independent photo editor who works regularly as Art Researcher for Harper’s Magazine and the Oxford American magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2016. She has juried photography contests and exhibitions for Center for Fine Art Photography, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and A Smith Gallery, and has reviewed portfolios at Photolucida, Fotofest Houston, PhotoNOLA, Medium Photo Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Filter Photo Festival. She is a regular contributor to Adobe Create and has written for Slate's Behold blog, Feature Shoot, and WIRED Photo. As a visiting lecturer, Alyssa speaks to graduate and undergraduate photography students about their practices and developing a career in the publishing industry. Most recently, she taught a photo editing workshop at PhotoNOLA, and was a panelist in Mary Virginia Swanson’s Social Media Strategies for Artists seminar. Working directly with photographers, she provides oversight in editing, sequencing, design, and editorial aspects of websites, portfolios, and photobook projects. When she’s not hard at work, Alyssa tries to convince everyone to go dancing.

Bettina von Zwehl’s Haunting Tribute to the Parkland School Shooting Victims

Meditations in an Emergency #5 (2018) © Bettina von Zwehl

Meditations in an Emergency #5 (2018) © Bettina von Zwehl

When London-based photographer Bettina von Zwehl began her artist’s residency at the New-York Historical Society last year, it had already been part of her practice to photograph people in profile for 18 years. Coming across profile drawings by Benjamin Tappan in the museum’s collection sparked this beautiful yet eerie new series of 17 portraits called “Meditations in an Emergency,” which recall the 17 students and staff members who were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, last Valentine’s Day. Today marks one year since this horrific event.

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Searing, Hilarious Cultural Commentary of Paul Reas

From ‘The Valleys Project’, 1984 © Paul Reas

From ‘The Valleys Project,’ 1984 © Paul Reas

Paul Reas, I am ashamed to admit, is a photographer I was unfamiliar with until his new book Fables of Faubus showed up at my doorstep. Reas’s work is right up my alley: awkward and funny; full of characters simultaneously stylish and unstylish; and interwoven with biting social commentary on class and cultural stratification in Northern England in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Écal Photography (and thank you and farewell)

"Coco," 2012, Saada Priscillia

And this, my last post for fotoblog, a bittersweet farewell, and a highlight to another of their beautiful publications. I would like to give resounding thanks to Hatje Cantz for providing this unique forum to the wonderful array of bloggers they have invited to populate their site. It has been tremendously enjoyable to be able to post in this fashion, about whatever I wish in whatever way I like, over the course of the month. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to do so and will, truthfully, start missing it the moment I press “publish” on this last post. Thank you, Hatje Cantz!

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The Ice Plant: Adventures in Art Book Publishing

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The Ice Plant is a small art book publishing company in Los Angeles, California, that has a wonderful penchant for imagery in which there’s an aspect of the peculiar in the mundane. Mike Slack and Tricia Gabriel, the duo that runs The Ice Plant, leapt into publishing after many combined years of experience in the book business. And while they are both photographers, they estimate that this experience working in the business has more to do with how they publish books than their own creative practices in photography.

They published their first book, Jason Fulford’s Raising Frogs for $$$, in 2006. To date, they have published 19 titles, and, along with artist  Tamara Shopsin, co-publish the 5 Year Diary, which “lets you keep track of the next 60 months of your life in just a few lines a day.” Their next book will be a book of Seth Lower’s photographs, entitled The Sun Shone Glaringly. While they haven’t been able to make the press their one and only job, Gabriel and Slack have managed to continue publishing the books they both want to.

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