Photo Philanthropy + Activist Award

Sep 17 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

Peace Rally | Union Square, NYC | October 7, 2001 | Photographer Lorna Tychostup

Photography driven by social change. Social change driven by photography.

This is a great organization to help photographers be able to connect with people all over the world and document stories of the people. It is interesting to see how the organization connect viewers to see different photographers’ work and see the stories of different people. The organization not only help professional photographers, but as well as amateurs and students. There are many inspirational stories and photographs that you don’t see everyday.

Change the Truth—Uganda | By Gloria Baker Feinstein for Change the Truth

Photo Philanthropy’s Activist Award

Activist award Submission Open through October 1st!

PhotoPhilanthrophy believes in the power of photography to inspire hope and understanding and to connect people around the world.
Submitted photos must depict the work of a charitable organization (designated by 501c3 in the US, or international equivalent) and be presented as a photo essay. All photographs in the essay must have been taken within the last 3 years.

click here to submit your work, and remember to let us know if you won so we could congratulate you and publish your socially aware artworks right here!

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Multi-Media Artist Sama Alshaibi

Aug 21 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

Sama Alshaibi is born in Iraq to an Iraqi father and Palestine mother. She is now an American citizen living in the States and teaching in post secondary institution. She is a multi-media artist who produces photographs and video art. Alshaibis’ art is strikingly powerful with its silent grab on the viewers’ attention with stories about suffer and the displacement of loss.

Alshaibi often uses her own body as both a protagonist and a site, linking struggles and the way that nations have affected and twisted lives in bodily performances. Her auto-ethnographic approach is informed by her own history of living in war, the double negation to her familial homelands and her countless encounters with those policing borders from the undesired. I admire her art and courage to render the history and the current affairs that is heavily looked at today. Her photographic and cinematic skills are full of stories behind them. It was very difficult to choose just a few images to represent her work, which is very aesthetic, powerful and diverse. Check out her website, it is a little old fashion (flash and pop-ups) but it does compliment her artworks.

Sama Alshaibis’ website

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THE 99: Changing stereotypes through Muslim cartoon characters

Aug 17 2010 Published by under Religions

Superheroes inspired by Islam

In “THE 99,” Naif Al-Mutawa’s new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime — they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America.

Wonder How THE 99 Comics Are Created?

It all starts with an idea. Maybe the idea is about a certain character or a type of story that we want to tell. Sometimes, the creator of THE 99 generates the ideas for our stories but other times one of our writers or editors has a story that they’d like to tell or even read! An editor oversees the entire production process of the comic book, from discussing the direction of the story with the creator or publisher to hiring the various artists who will work on the book. Almost all of the people who work on our comic books are freelancers; this means they work from their own home or studio rather than in one of Teshkeel’s offices.
Once an idea has been approved, it slowly takes shape by first becoming a script. A script provides written direction from a writer to the artists who draw the comic book stories. The writer explains what action will take place in each panel and provides the dialogue and sound effects that will accompany that image.

A copy of the script gets sent to the penciler, an artist who adapts the writer’s words into action-filled images. A penciler must be able to draw just about anything from airplanes, buildings and cars to jungles, futuristic machinery and super-powered people with extraordinary abilities. Using a pencil, the penciler draws on a large piece of paper called an art board. Each page is broken down into panels that tell the story sequentially (in order). The penciler uses his drawing abilities to stage the pacing, frame the action and create the mood of the story.

Once the penciler has finished drawing, the pages are sent to the inker. The inker applies black ink to the penciler’s artwork with a pen or brush. This provides the dark lines that are necessary for the printing process. The inker does his best to enhance what the artist has penciled. The inked artwork gets scanned into a computer.

Working from a scan of the inked artwork the colorist provides the color that can add life and mood to the black and white artwork. Our colorists use a computer program called Adobe Photoshop. This program allows them to create a wide range of coloring effects that best enhance the action atmosphere of the story.
While the artwork is being colored, another process is also taking place; again, working from a scan of the artwork, a letterer is creating the speech balloons, captions and sound effects that add to the visual imagery.

When all these processes are complete, a production artist works on the computer to bring each piece together to create a finished computer file that the printer can work from. The editor reviews the files and finally sends them off to the printer.

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Desperation and Politics in Art

Jul 25 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

Statue Of Limitations By T. Royal

Statue Of Limitations By T. Royal

Despair of Politics

“Statue of Limitations”, a strong and controversial political image. This great drawing has been released about ninety years earlier than anticipated because reclusive artist T. Royal who prefers to release her work posthumously says there is just too much at stake to keep this particular image below the radar. “We’re fighting and dying ostensibly for the freedoms of other countries, yet here at home we see our own freedoms eroding on a daily basis,” Royal said.

Not surprisingly, the release of Statue of Limitations has evoked mixed reactions. While some people identify with the symbolism, others are clearly offended by it. “I don’t like what it says about our country,” said one art critic. “I’d rather see Lady Liberty standing tall with an Uzi in her hand.” The artist claims that she welcomes feedback from detractors as well as supporters on a community Feedback forum that she created at her website (the link is at the bottom) but the forum isn’t working, strangely enough, the store on the website that sell prints and other items portraying Statue of Limitations that are available for purchase is working just fine. I have a feeling that T. Royal is not her real name, but that doesn’t matter. I appreciate her highly detailed pencil drawings for its quality and guts, and I think that no matter what your political response to this drawing it is easy to appreciate the excellent craftsmanship of this artist who has no formal art training at all.

Zina Saunders’ Political Satires

Many artworks require lots of complicated explanations or speak in an abstract language that only the artist understand. Saunders’ political satires are completely clear, sharp, and totally self explanatory. We will give you just a taste from her vibrant, colorful, and very interesting portfolio – the link is as usual, at the end of the post.

Sarah Palin, political satire painting by Zina Saunders.

Sarah Palin, political satire painting by Zina Saunders.

Rights. Zina Saunders. So many symbols in one painting. Amazing.

Rights. Zina Saunders. So many symbols in one painting. Amazing.

"And then, he taxed all your money and gave it away to the poor!"

"And then, he taxed all your money and gave it away to the poor!" Zina Saunders.

Links and Sources

T. Royal website
Zina Saunders website

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