Ginger Liu’s single image from the series “You’re Practically A Man” was awarded Silver for The Nude 2 competition by the prestigious London Photographers Association.
Ginger Liu had just completed a self-portrait series and decided to enter one of the images for competition. “I’d looked at past winners and saw how much they considered it a big deal to win an LPA award,” she says. “Competitions are imperative. Winning a respected and industry-known competition like this is a selling point for photographers to market themselves and gain recognition. London is one of the most important cities in the art world.”
The self-portrait was shot in 2009 and is part of a second series of shots. Ginger is also planning a third series. “The scars represent the efforts I went through to try and save my womb from an overactive fibroid,” she explains. “I had three separate surgeries and lost three years of my life. The title refers to a comment made to me by another woman when I told her that I had just recovered from a half hysterectomy. I was shocked because she was so repulsed. It affected me for some time.
I researched how other women felt about their operation, scars and identity. When I shared these images with other women, many of them told me that they were ashamed of their hysterectomy scars and some hadn’t dated in years. There are all these women who are hiding in shame from a very common operation. It all seemed rather ridiculous. So I hope that my art might encourage some women to feel okay about their scars.”
Recognizing the uptake of digital technology and the way it was radically altering the way in which commercial and fine art photography was commissioned, produced, and marketed the London Photographic Association (LPA) was formed in 2001.
The LPA holds regular competitions and gallery exhibitions as a way of highlighting photographers, this along with members folios, profile pages, online featured gallery exhibitions and social networking gives members worldwide exposure.
London Photographic Association
Ginger Liu is an artist based in Los Angeles. Images from “You’re Practically A Man” are currently on exhibition at Los Angeles New Puppy Gallery for “Frame Stories.”
Frank Melleno Folded Arms 1978 12″x12″ Archival pigment print from original SX70 Polaroid
|The Fairoaks Project is an exhibit of Polaroid photographs taken by Frank Melleno during the spring and summer of 1978 at The Fairoaks Hotel, a San Francisco bathhouse.
Situated in a refurbished Victorian building near a black ghetto, The Fairoaks was known for its laid-back and racially integrated ambiance. Bold and unapologetic, Melleno’s images capture an aspect of gay life rarely seen in snapshot photography: sexually candid encounters that are playful, spontaneous and often affectionate. The dark storm of drug abuse and pandemic disease that would soon overtake the community is not visible in these celebratory pictures.
Melleno’s collection of Polaroids was put in a box shortly after they were shot and have not been seen until now. Many of the images contain nudity and frank erotic scenes, but they also capture men dressed in festive attire and engaged in other aspects of the counter-culture lifestyle the Fairoaks promoted. Many artists lived at the hotel, and ongoing therapy-support groups and monthly theme parties enhanced the Fairoaks’ reputation as a neighborhood center for gay men as much as a bathhouse.
A limited-edition book of photographs from the exhibit, with an introduction by Mark Thompson, is available for purchase in the gallery and on BLURB.
Frank Melleno: The Fairoaks Project
Polaroids from a San Francisco bathhouse 1978.
In celebration of Gay Pride Month, drkrm/gallery proudly presents an extraordinary, never-before-seen glimpse into pre-AIDS gay sexual culture. The Fairoaks Project is an exhibit of Polaroid photographs taken by Frank Melleno during the spring and summer of 1978 at The Fairoaks Hotel, a San Francisco bathhouse.
June 12th – 27th, 2010
Opening Reception June 12th, 2010
2121 San Fernando Road Suite 3
Los Angeles, CA 90065
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