August 22, 2013

New Addition to Our TEM Team

This month TEM (along with our partners Ed Kashi Photography) are excited to have Mallika Vora join us as our Digital Imaging Technician.

Mallika recently graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a BFA in Photography & Imaging and a minor in Web Applications & Programming. She works on various aspects of digital imaging (archival printing, image toning, file management, graphic design, technical maintenance) for Ed Kashi as well as video color-correction for TEM. 

Prior to joining the studio, she spent two years interning for documentary photographer Susan Meiselas and the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, helping with physical archiving, print handling, design projects and research. She learned the ropes of digital imaging at Tisch's Photography department where she worked for three years assisting the digital coordinator.  She has done some freelance web design for documentary artists and on her own time is working on an ongoing photography project on working-class minority families and the effects of gentrification in her neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Welcome Mallika! We're thrilled to have you join our team!

To check out Mallika's work, visit her website:

August 9, 2013

Eyes On This: Portraits of Survival

For nearly a decade, photojournalist Michael Kamber covered war zones from Iraq to Afghanistan for The New York Times. In the "lull between battles," he used his camera to capture quieter moments of the civilians impacted by war. These photographs have been assembled into Kamber's first solo show in 25 years, Portraits of Survival. The show opens August 14th at the Bronx Documentary Center.

Kamber, who has seen more destruction than most people could endure, has spent the last few years trying to lend order to the chaos he has witnessed. Earlier this year, he published Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq, a book that features harrowing interviews with 39 intrepid photographers who covered the war.

Kamber's commitment to analyzing the emotions and humanity surrounding war are a welcome contrast to the steady diet of carnage we have come to expect. His thoughtful probing forces us to  better understand the intricacies of war, from the perspective on the ground.

August 8, 2013

Donate to #SANDY

In October 2012, the treacherous Superstorm Sandy rolled onto the east coast leaving a wake of destruction in her path. Relentless, Sandy destroyed thousands of  homes, ravaged the Jersey Shore, and left millions without electricity. The effects of this monstrous hurricane were documented expansively, especially through the medium of mobile photography. #SANDY is a book project compiling about 100 iPhone images from the work of 20 photographers, including Ed Kashi (VII) who braved the storm to capture history in the making. 

This unique collection of photographs shows many facets of the storm including the violence, devastation, sadness, hope, and human elements. Interpreted through the various styles and approaches of these acclaimed photographers, the world watched as up-to-the-minute storm updates unfolded on their Instagram feeds. 

"Keyport,  NJ - October 30, 2012"
Photo©2012 Ed Kashi/VII

In order for this book to get published, the project needs your help.  This week, Wyatt Gallery launched the IndieGogo campaign to raise funds for publishing this timely and historic photography book. If the funding goal is reached, #SANDY will be published this Fall and distributed in 2014. All of the royalties from #SANDY will be donated to Occupy Sandy to support rebuilding efforts in the New York City area and Sandy Storyline. Although there has been great progress in restoration, there are still so many struggling to return to normalcy after the deadly storm. 

“This book is important because it will remind the public that many people are still in need of assistance in order to rebuild their lives and homes.  Together, we can make a difference and be the change.” 

Help get #SANDY funded by donating and spreading the word.

August 6, 2013

American Politics from a Different Perspective

Working as an intern at Talking Eyes Media, I have had my finger in many pies, but certainly one of the most interesting projects I worked on was the documentary Bring It to The Table. This is an ongoing project that aims to break down partisanship in America and promote free, unfettered discourse on the political issues that sit at the heart of this country. It proved a particularly interesting experience for me, as unlike my native-born co-workers, I am a London-born, British national. Though I am a close follower of American politics and I certainly hold my own personal beliefs, I cannot profess to have any real stake in the issues that are so important and consequential to millions across this nation. While this might not have given me complete objectivity in approaching this documentary, I do believe I was in a unique position to understand and appreciate the range of beliefs that occupy the American political spectrum. In the same way that the spectator, unlike the player consumed in the heat of the action, sees more of the game.  

A key aspect of my work was researching not only examples of partisanship being perpetuated in the media—by news anchors and politicians alike—but also evidence of why we should really be concerned. Though Bring It can be identified more as a campaign to encourage the voting populace to engage in active conversation with each other and examine their own beliefs, it is undeniable the role the media and politicians have in shaping and defining that discourse. I found an abundance of videos of senators bravely standing up in Congress against partisanship. Their rhetoric was inspiring and hopeful, but their actions rarely mirrored their sentiments and, more often than not, went in direct contradiction. Take this video of John Boehner passionately arguing against partisanship on the floor and then here shamelessly admitting he believes Congress should be judged by the laws they repeal rather than the laws they pass. The inertia of the legislative process, the polarization of party politics, and the dramatic rise of the filibuster, were the consistent, gloomy headlines that came across in recent studies and statistics of the Capital.

In researching American media and news organizations I was perhaps most struck by the unashamed theatrics of it all. There certainly seemed an equal, if not weighted, duty to entertain rather than inform across all news stations. Of course I was familiar with the stridently partisan Fox News before beginning this research, but what shocked me the most is that this was not unique to the right. MSNBC clearly promoted a left wing, partisan agenda. Although with my liberal sensibilities the talking points of MSNBC felt a lot more reasonable, one can certainly hold them guilty to much of the same editorializing and partisanship as Fox. Even if organizations such as CNN can be excused from being partisan, too often the content and quality of their discussions still left much to be desired; as Jon Stewart said in this historic indictment, ‘you guys are hurting America’.

So from this you may conclude that my research drew for me a hopeless picture for the future of American politics, with polarization in Washington and a mainstream media lacking in integrity. But that is truly not the impression I was left with. Yes the system is broken in many ways but for me this just underlined the importance of the individual in the political process. And that is what I feel Bring It to The Table is all about: Taking responsibility of one’s own beliefs, not just owning them, but rigorously challenging and questioning them. If this mindset can be instilled in the young minds of this country, I believe American politics still holds much promise. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose when it comes to concertedly sitting down and listening to the other side.