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06.09.13 Gordon Parks & Burt Glinn

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A recent NYTimes Lens Blog featured the photographic work of Gordon Parks and an essay by Maurice Berger about Joanne Wilson, a truly remarkable woman whose strength in the face of oppression has been, until now, largely unheralded. The post reminded me of the picture below, which I discovered while visiting Elena Glinn. The image captures Gordon Parks, Burt Glinn and Elena–three exceptional and influential individuals in their own right.

130502_GP&BG_7633Gordon Parks, Burt Glinn and Elena Glinn at the opening of Southern Roads/City Pavements: Photographs of Black Americans by Roland L. Freeman at the International Center of Photography. New York, 1981. Photograph by John Abrams.


06.20.11 Balancing Acts

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The theme for the 2011 Moth members’ show was, “Walk the Line: Stories of Balancing Acts.”  As you might suspect, the stories revolved around major life events which resulted in clarity and change.  The storytellers, whose accomplishments and experiences cover an immense range, included  June Cross (The Secret Daughter), Mark Moffet (a.k.a. Dr. Bug), Richard Price (The Wire, Clockers, The Color of Money), Mishka Shubaly (latest LP –  How to Make a Bad Situation Worse) and Tricia Rose Burt (artist recovering from a corporate career).  Bill Irwin (MacArthur Genius Award winning actor and clown) was the perfect host.  A life changing event, as you may know, often comes with tears, cringing, laughter, chaos, eye-rolling, resolve or perhaps all of these and more.  I’m grateful for the inspiration and wisdom these talented storytellers were willing to impart.


Written by Sarah Stacke

June 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

03.12.11 Shot Through the Heart

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Moth events are always entertaining. But Shot Through the Heart: Stories of Beaus and Arrows was fantastic on every level.  Each story was intensely felt by the storyteller, and in turn, the audience.  Todd Bush shared a horrific childhood hunting experience that taught him the politics of belonging.  Rachel Dratch hilariously described a tragically perverse ex-boyfriend.  Christian McBride told an inspirational and uplifting story about making it in the music business.  Tina McElroy Ansa left the crowd cheering after her triumphant tale of a beautifully surrendered virginity.  Walter Mosley revealed the decades he patiently endured waiting for his mother to say “I love you.”  And to top it off, the evening was hosted by Mike Birbiglia.

To view more photos from this event please visit:  http://sarahstacke.photoshelter.com/gallery-list

02.03.11 Teen Rockers of Southpaw

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Written by Sarah Stacke

February 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

09.18.10 A Reasonable Facsimile

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Based on Baudelaire’s claim that a photograph can never be an authentic copy of real life, each photographer will interpret one another’s photographs in a visual conversation that progresses around the country. It’s a photographic experiment in interpretation that functions similarly to a game of visual telephone. This project explores the complexity of communication, perception, and inter-connection in an increasingly globalized/digitalized world.    — Michelle Westmark

Earlier this year I was honored to be chosen as one of twelve photographers to participate in  A Reasonable Facsimile, a project created and led by Michelle Westmark.  This “game of visual telephone” began in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a photograph taken by Michelle.  She then sent a 4×6 postcard of the image to the next photographer in the chain.  This photographer interpreted the image with an original image, and sent a 4×6 postcard of the new image to the next photographer.  The project proceeded around the country in this fashion and ended in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  It is important to note that each photographer only saw the image that they received in the mail.  The progression of the chain was not revealed until all twelve photographers had finished.

New York was stop number seven.  The postcard I received was from Charlotte, North Carolina, and I carried it with me everywhere I went for two weeks trying to decipher its meaning.  It was a self-portrait taken on Cinco de Mayo in the photographer’s home.  The subject was pictured looking out her balcony — it was personal, but at the same time distant.  I responded by making a photograph called “In Bed” that was sent to Delaware.  To view the entire chain, and learn about upcoming exhibits, please visit the website I created for the project: http://www.facsimileproject.com.


In Bed - New York, NY - 5.29.10 - 77 F


Written by Sarah Stacke

September 18, 2010 at 1:08 pm