Houston Center for Photography Book Signing
Wednesday, March 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
at the Houston Center for Photography
Free and open to the public
HCP invites you to a book signing featuring Candace Gaudiani, Laurie Lambrecht, Rania Matar, Lydia Panas, and Lorena Guillén Vaschetti. During the event, HCP will also offer a screening of a fast-paced 22-minute film highlighting the photographers and multimedia creators who were winners of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011. HCP's Executive Director, Bevin Bering Dubrowski was a juror of the Awards.
Between Destinations by Candace Gaudiani
- The photographs featured in Between Destinations evoke a dreamy, romantic vision of the landscape we see when travelling. The ethereal images explore what it means to be part of and sometimes estranged from the places we hold in our memories. That very ambiguity of belonging, longing, and estrangement led to Gaudiani’s choice of framing each image through a train window. We are with her on the inside looking out while passing by, reaffirming that we are always between destinations, from birth to the end.
Roy Lichtenstein in His Studio by Laurie Lambrecht
- Laurie Lambrecht was an administrative assistant to Lichtenstein for three years. She and the artist worked together daily and their bond is evident in the photographs included in the book. Lichtenstein is shown working on two major series, Reflections and The Interiors. He is completely absorbed, oblivious to the camera, as he mounts ladders, assembles colors, composes, and steps back to consider the effect. Lambrecht's images offer a fascinating glimpse into the Pop artist's working processes, as well as images of sculptural pieces, paintings in progress, and lots of masking tape aligned with precision on working canvases.
A Girl and Her Room by Rania Matar - Rania Matar began to photograph teenage girls after observing her own daughter and her friends. She set forth to photograph each individual in order to give each a distinct voice amongst the group. She was soon welcomed into their bedrooms--an area they can fully control. In this space, Matar is able to photograph them amongst their own relics of childhood and symbols of adulthood. These photographs capture a person within a transitional time in her life as she sets forth to adjust and define the person she is becoming.
Ordinary Lives by Rania Matar
- In Ordinary Lives, photographer Rania Matar honors the lives of the women and children of Lebanon through illustrating the many facets of life, acknowledging the undeniable presence of war and tragedy, yet celebrating the strength, dignity, and humanity of lives lived amid the rubble, in refugee camps, or behind the veil. These images are universal reminders of the tender bond between a mother and child, the cheerful camaraderie of friends, and the resilience of the human spirit.
The Mark of Abel by Lydia Panas
- For three years in hot weather and cold, Lydia Panas invited families to stand before her lens. She was curious to see what would happen. These groups stood graciously before her as the series unfolded. Nothing was deliberate or planned. It was fascinating to see how they took certain positions in relation to one another, to the photographer and to the camera. Panas found that with the camera, she was free to watch and capture a sense of the connections between people, those unclear feelings that exist between us. Those moments we feel, yet are so difficult to describe in our connections with others.
Historia, Memoria, y Silencios by Lorena Guillén Vaschetti - In her highly evocative and personal first monograph, Historia, memoria y silencios, Argentinean artist Lorena Guillén Vaschetti ponders what truth of our past is revealed within the photographic document – and most important, what is hidden. Vaschetti's work is reverent without crossing over into sentimentality. It is the simplicity of the presentation that makes it profound, and moves us to reconsider our own pasts via the family photograph.