Spring 2010 In This Issue

Looking at Ourselves

As the entire photography community gears up for the 2010 FotoFest Biennial, we are all thinking about this year's theme: Contemporary U.S. Photography. With this in mind, the spot team began developing this current issue along similar lines. In Looking at Ourselves, we explore the variety of who we are and what we share in contemporary U.S. society. Madeline Yale explores the ambiguous sense of belonging and relatedness in the work of Anthony Goicolea. This theme is further illuminated in the portfolio of Dennis Yermoshin as he documents his family's transition to the U.S. from Azerbaijan. Edward Osowski's essay captures the alchemic southern imagination of Keith Carter's photographs while Bill McCullough's portfolio offers a humorous look at our strange rituals. In our spotlight, where we showcase the work of one HCP member, Peter Brown introduces us to Sharon Joines and her images of rural Texas culture. Tracing our photographic roots a bit, Dr. Jorg Colberg interviews W.M. Hunt about his collection of vernacular images, RE: groups, and Igor Alexander explores ruptures and continuities in photographic practice since 1960 with Yasufumi Nakamori's current exhibition at the MFAH. Looking forward as well, in the first installment of our ongoing series about the Houston photography community, Deborah Bay provides an overview of all the Houston galleries who represent and support photographers. We also turn the lens (or pen) towards our-HCP-selves with an overview of "What's Happening at HCP" by our new executive director Bevin Bering Dubrowski, and book reviews of two recent publications by HCP members: Looking at the U.S. 1957-1986 by Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss and Hard Knocks by Shelley Calton.

Looking at Ourselves
is a fortuitous issue for a visual sociologist to come on board and I am delighted to be heading up thespot editorial team! Much thanks goes to David Crossley, Peter Brown, Paul Hester, David Jacobs, Paul Zeigler, and Jeff DeBevec for their long-standing support and diligence in keeping spot running for nearly thirty years. In recent years, spothas also been fortunate to have the insights and innovations of Madeline Yale, Toby Kamps, Ebony Porter, Bevin Bering Dubrowski, and Mary Magsamen who have all left the publication in good stead. On the nuts and bolts side of the editorial process, Jason Dibley and Maria Ciepiel have been indispensible. And I do not know where we would be without the brilliant visual magic of Antonio Manega, the designer who is the mastermind behind spot's stellar "look."

Our plan is to continue to develop spot as a visually stunning, informative resource for not only the Houston photography community but anyone anywhere who loves photography as much as we do here at HCP! We welcome your feedback, story ideas, comments and suggestions.

We hope you enjoy Looking at Ourselves!
Tracy Xavia Karner