Richard Mosse’s video about a shelter for abandoned and orphaned kids in Shawnee, Oklahoma, is one of a series of videos the photographer did around the state. The project was done for Blanket America, a business which donates a blanket to charity for each blanket it sells.
The video combines beautiful black-and-white imagery and an interview with a compelling subject.
You can see more of Mosse’s videos, and find a link where you can donate to the Hope House shelter or learn more about Blanket America on his Vimeo page.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the winners of its 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships yesterday. Eight photographers were among the roughly 80 individuals awarded fellowships in the Creative Arts: Katherine Turczan, Karolina Karlic, Jonathan Lowenstein, Richard Mosse, Pipo Hieu Nguyen-duy, Betsy Schneider, Penelope Umbrico and John M. Willis.
The prestigious Fellowships, typically awarded to “midcareer” artists and scholars to allow them to pursue their work independently for a minimum of six months to a maximum of one year. The Fellowships awarded in four categories: Creative Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. Applicants submit examples of recent work and a statement of their plans for the period of the Fellowship.
Founded in 1922, the Fellowship program is intended to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding,” Photographers who have previously won Guggenheim Fellowships include Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Robert Adams, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lewis Baltz. Robert Frank, Ray K. Metzker and Joel Meyerowitz.