Friday, April 10, 2009
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Bloomington resident and Associate Professor of Photography at the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University Osamu James Nakagawa has been awarded a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
I first encountered James Nakagawa's work in the late-1990's when I was in graduate school in Houston. His photographic explorations show an interesting and careful balance between the analog character of film and the tools of digital technology while exploring the deep existential realms of family, time and the land we occupy. Congratulations to James. His work can occasionally be seen at Pictura Gallery in Bloomington.
Also of note, a neighbor to our northwest who often uses Indiana and it's environs as his subject matter, Chicago photographic artist Brian Ulrich also rereceived a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. Brian and I have dialouged as gear-geeks and about his recent body of work Dark Stores, Ghostboxes and Dead Malls, which I find poignant and timely in the midst of the great correction of 2009. Congratulations to Brian as well.
A complete list of 2009 Guggenheim Fellows can ve viewed here.