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Wood Architecture Now! Vol.2 is a new hardcover book by Philip Jodidio (Taschen) available mid-June. As soon as humans bravely moved out of their protective caves, they surely built protective structures out of wood. The ultimate renewable resource for architecture is thus the oldest, but also the most modern of materials. Thanks to computer-driven design and manufacturing techniques, wood can be cut and carved in the most astonishing new ways. – Courtesy Taschen

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Photographer and first-time filmmaker Christopher LaMarca and filmmaker Katrina Taylor spent the past two years filming an experiential film called “Boone.” The film documents the journey of three young farmers in Southern Oregon. There are no interviews with farmers or agricultural experts. The goal is the experience; dealing with the realities of a season of farming and the physical and emotional demands. LaMarca and Taylor are currently in post-production. Goats waiting in their pen for evening milking. Fresh blood in the spring grass from a baby goat who needed to be ‘put down’. Dana feeding goats alfalfa after evening milking.

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“Drawn to Water: A Floating Photographic Exhibition” is a new photo exhibition series aboard New York’s East River Ferries. It’s a collaborative project between the East River Ferry and United Photo Industries (UPI). UPI is also a part of Photoville, a summer pop-up photo destination in Brooklyn Bridge Park. “Drawn to Water” will run for 4 months with a new set of exhibitions every month. The first edition is currently on view through June 28 featuring three different artists work. “Underwater Creatures” is a series of shots of aquatic animals in their natural environs by David Doubilet, Stephen Mallon’s “Next Stop: Atlantic” and Joni Sternbach’s “SurfLand.” Be sure to tell all of your out-of-town visitors to check it out.

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Marcel Christ is a highly successful still-life photographer. However, there is rarely anything still in his photographs. His subjects move, jump and fly. By experimenting with different materials and techniques, he creates original shapes and structures. In his “Clouds and Powder” series, the materials are often unpredictable. He brings his education in chemical engineering to bear in creating unpredictable moments. Christ is represented in North America by LEVINE/LEAVITT.

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The exhibit “Politics in Play” presents three very distinct styles of campaign photography by Damon Winter, Lauren Fleishman, & Ricardo Cases. Looked at side by side, their three approaches can serve as vibrant shorthand for some of the messages, stances, and moods of this election. With his dramatic capturing of shadows and light, Damon conveys the staged aspects of the process. At the other end of the spectrum, Ricardo’s pictures, strobed and super-bright, play on an idealized—even neutralized—vision of America, replete with blue skies, perfect white teeth, and success within reach. And Lauren’s photos, shot in black and white, lend a classic, timeless feel to their unscripted moments. Expectations are in check for November 6th; perhaps, latent in this rich imagery, are portents for that day’s results. – courtesy Anna Van Lenten. Damon Winteris a staff photographer for The New York Times. Lauren Fleishman is a freelance photographer. She followed the 2012 Romney campaign for Time magazine. Ricardo Cases is a freelance photographer who covered the Republican primary in Florida for Time.

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George Steinmetz‘s new exhibition and book, Desert Air, is the first comprehensive photographic collection of the world’s “extreme deserts”, which receive less than four inches of precipitation a year. This body of work, culled from 15 years of shooting, takes the viewer from China’s Gobi Desert to the Sahara in northern Africa to Death Valley in California. Steinmetz photographs from a motorized paraglider which he describes as a “flying lawn chair”. Using the slowest and quietest powered aircraft in the world, he is not only able to take off and land without an airfield or government permission but is also likely to land in someone’s yard and be invited in for tea, becoming the talk of the town. In his thirty year career, Steinmetz has been a regular contributor to National Geographic and GEO magazines and has won numerous awards including two first prizes in science and technology from World Press Photo. Desert Air will be on view through March 3, 2013 at Anastasia Photo.

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With her newly released work of Doppelgänger II, Cornelia Hediger continues her exploration of the uncanny, constructing complex pictorial narratives into segmented tableau vivants, consisting of up to eighteen individual photographs combined into a single composition. In each artwork the central characters—doppelgängers—are interwoven into a performative psychological struggle, displaying an undercurrent of the sinister, of angst and moral ambiguity. Hediger was selected as one of PDN’s 30 in 2009.

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On assignment with writer Elizabeth Rubin for Tablet Magazine, New York-based photographer Gillian Laub traveled to the Israeli settlements in the West Bank to produce a series of portraits of teenage girls, all students and former students of an Orthodox religious school called Ma’ale Levona. The work appears as part of a searing report on the teenage believers who could reshape the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. As Rubin writes, the girls, who live on one of the front lines of that conflict, are being taught to become “a new kind of girl—smitten with God, righteous, ideological, ready to fight and procreate for the cause of restoring biblical Israel.” The challenge for Laub was to convey each girl’s defiance, strength, and determination, mixed with their youthful vulnerability. “After all,” she says, “they were still teenagers, but they viewed themselves as warriors. I also wanted to show the land, the idyllic landscape, that is the root of this ongoing conflict.”

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