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Help OverExposure this Thursday 11/13 for GiveMN


Dear friends, collaborators & community,

With little boasting or comparisons to other non profits I write you again this year to make a humble request and ask that you consider donating to OverExposure during GiveMN – Give to the Max Day, the annual giving drive on November 13, 2014.

Our achievements are modest, but hold great promise for the next year. Our website  has been redesigned to be more engaging, user-friendly and act as a platform to showcase past projects as well as inform about opportunities within and outside of the organization. We are truly excited to share this with you.

Next year we hope to build upon this platform and hire a writer to create engaging commentary on contemporary documentary, opportunities for photographers within Minnesota and better utilize our social media channels to promote documentary project and professional opportunities to local photographers. By doing this, we hope to continue to engage our community as well as position ourselves to grow even more in the coming years.

We are dedicated to the rich tradition, power, and deft ability for documentary photography work to insightful narratives about issues that directly impact and affect the Midwest and look forward to continuing this tradition.

Through your support we look to expanded projects and programs that will further enlighten, engage, and inform our viewing public on relevant social issues.

Please mark your calendars for Thursday 11/13/14 and donate to OverExposure

The process is simple:

1) Go to:
2) Schedule a gift by selecting OverExposure and continue the process.

In advance, thank you for your support and your continual support of the organization




Susan Boecher
Executive Director

The Fashion Show

Ellen Von Unwerth - Bathing Beauties II

Truly excited to see some of these photographer’s work coming to Minneapolis. The Fashion Show opens November 7th at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis. The exhibition will showcase classic and contemporary work from Lillian Bassman, Olivia Bee, Cass Bird, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Sheila Metzner, Deborah Turbeville and Ellen Von Unwerth, among others.

From the Gallery;

Weinstein Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition devoted to fashion images by leading women photographers, the first exhibition of its kind in the United States.

First and foremost, fashion photography is a means by which clothing and accessories are presented to promote commerce. In a larger sense, the photographs act as documents of varying and evolving moments throughout history, examples of changing fashion trends, artistic preferences, and cultural customs.

During the 20th and 21st centuries, male photographers have received much of the notoriety and accolades for their contributions to fashion photography, while women’s crucial role has often been overlooked or underappreciated. This exhibition, which is long overdue, proudly presents over 40 images by leading female fashion photographers, including Lillian Bassman, Olivia Bee, Cass Bird, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Toni Frissell, Ina Jang, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Sheila Metzner, Sarah Moon, Genevieve Naylor, Deborah Turbeville, and Ellen Von Unwerth.

The commonality amongst this group of 12 photographers, even though their work spans nine decades, is that each has a strong and unique photographic voice. Louise Dahl-Wolfe, who shot for Harper’s Bazaar in the 1930s, pioneered a new style of photographing her models in motion, which subsequently influenced photographers like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. Lillian Bassman’s sought after images presented soft-edged portraits of slender and elegant long-necked models. Her lingerie ads from the 1950s are particularly noteworthy in that her corseted models had a softer, more natural sexuality, which differed tremendously from the clinical way in which they had been presented previously. Deborah Turbeville revolutionized fashion photography in the 1970s by turning the conventions from vividly-lit clothing towards something more brooding, edgy, and unsettling. Since the 1970s, Sarah Moon has produced dreamlike, almost melancholy images that have influenced countless contemporary photographers. The images of Cass Bird, who has been photographing since the 2000s, are instantly recognizable by their youthful and carefree spirit. Olivia Bee, the youngest photographer represented at 20 years old, has shot her friends in a dreamy, 1970s inspired style for Harper’s Bazaar, Numero, Levis, Hermes, and the New York Times.





“From There to Here”. OverExposure photographer Xavier Tavera joins Katherine Turczan Ashley Hanson and Wing Young Huie at the MMAA

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From There to Here

August 21 – October 19, 2014

Opening Reception

Thursday August 21, 2014
7 – 8:30 p.m.

From There to Here explores the ways that public transportation intersects with community and connects people to places and the opportunities they offer. Featuring the commissioned work of local artists Xavier Tavera, Wing Young Huie with Ashley Hanson, and Katherine Turczan, the projects consider the neighborhoods that light rail users move through but never visit, the temporary community formed by people waiting at the same stop and riding the same train, and the glimpses of them seen through the window of a passing train. All three projects of From There to Here celebrate local diversity, evoke a unique sense of place, reflect local history and culture, and involve all levels of constituents. It is a truly exciting and multivalent project born of the energy and diversity of the Central Corridor itself.


More info

Aperture Summer Open call for entries ends 4/9


There are only two days left to enter Aperture’s Summer Open, an open-submission exhibition that gives you the chance to see your work hanging at Aperture Gallery in New York City. The Summer Open will reflect what’s happening in photography today, and anyone—whether established or aspiring, professional or enthusiast, young or old—can submit their work. This year’s selections will be made by Aperture’s executive director, Chris Boot.

Learn more about the show and submit here

Alec Soth: Until Now Opening Tonight at Weinstein Gallery


We couldn’t be more excited about Alec Soth’s retrospective Until Now, which is opening tonight at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis. This is a show not to miss from one our favorite local photographers and past Over Exposure collaborators.

From the Weinstein Gallery

Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective of 35 photographs taken between 1998 and 2014 by internationally recognized Minnesota-based photographer, Alec Soth. Included will be photographs from the well-known projects Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), NIAGARA (2006), Dog Days, Bogota (2007), Fashion Magazine: Paris/Minnesota (2007), Last Days of W. (2008), Broken Manual (2010) and Siren (2012). In addition, Weinstein Gallery will be debuting a new photograph taken during the Minnesota winter this year. The photograph, Lake Calhoun, 2014, was prominently featured in the New York Times Magazine.

Until Now runs March 21 through May 10, 2014.

Weinstein Gallery
908 West 46th street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419



OverExposure sponsors 24 hour photo competition — #MNShutterSpeed for Give MN day 11/14/13


To celebrate GiveMN day (read more about it here) OverExposure is sponsoring a 24 hour, 1 day, live exhibition and photography competition called #MNShutterSpeed to raise awareness and support. Participation is open to all, and we need your help.

On Thursday November 14th, hop on the bus, halt the brakes on your bike, take the light rail or subway, stop in your tracks and take a photo. Take photos that show us your family, friends, community, buildings, landmarks, neighborhoods, restaurants or what you happen to be up to. Then post it to your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter! One winner whose work most embodies the nature of OverExposure work will not only be showcased on the live feed along with all participants, but will receive a signed pigment ink print from OverExposure artist Xavier Tavera.


How do I participate?

Take a photo and post along with the following to your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter feed.


#OverExposure #GiveMN #MNShutterSpeed. Spread the word and help a great organization by donating today


Check out my submission for #OverExposure #GiveMN #MNShutterSpeed. Spread the word and help a great organization by donating today


Check out my submission for #OverExposure #GiveMN #MNShutterSpeed. Cast your net, tell your friends, spread the word and help a great organization by donating today


Visit the GiveMN OverExposure page and spread the word!

OverExposure launches What’s New? — The Map

OverExposure, a media arts nonprofit, is pleased to announce the launch What’s New, an online interactive exhibition.  Designed and created by Matthew Rezac, the site showcases over 1000 photographs, artist bios, and neighborhoods documented during the 5 year project.  Initiated in 2007 What’s New attempts to present the changes and challenges currently facing neighborhoods in the Metropolitan Twin Cities.

Visit the Site!

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OverExposure Presents: What’s New? at CO Exhibitions Saturday March 16, 2013

Please join us for OverExposure: What’s New?, a multi-media exhibit featuring over 1020 images by 15 photographers spanning 102 neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. This one night exhibit will take place on Saturday, March 16th with a reception from 7-10pm at CO Exhibitions in Northeast Minneapolis.

What’s New? A 5-year OverExposure project began in 2006, when the board discussed a pattern of emerging social trends: unprecedented urban demographic changes; an expansion in the immigrant and refugee communities; growth in high-density urban living and the devastation of rising home foreclosures. These issues prompted a decision to initiate What’s New?, with the goal to create a photography project that would present neighborhood narratives, increase the public’s understanding of emerging community issues and provide photographers an opportunity to work within local communities. In 2007 a call for artists was made available for photographers to apply to participate in the project.

The exhibit at CO Exhibitions is a culmination of the project’s entire span. The work will be presented in multi-media format through projections as well as physical prints. The exhibition also celebrates the launching of the What’s New? OverExposure website an interactive map which not only enables viewers to select and view photographs by the neighborhood but also spotlights the participating photographers. The reception will also feature live music from Chris Strouth of Paris 1919 and light refreshments, as well as a chance to meet the participating artists and community members.

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Hashtag for the event: #WHATSNEW


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Michael Dvorak awarded Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant

OverExposure wants to congratulate Michael Dvorak who received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in January. Dvorak will use the grant to continue a project with the Amish community. For four years, he worked on the What’s New project and continues to contribute his time and energy to OverExposure.


© Michael Dvorak 2012

Calle Lake by Xavier Tavera – January 14 – March 14, 2013

Xavier Tavera’s recent photographic portrait series documents members of the Latino community on Lake Street in Minneapolis.

January 14 – March 14, 2013

Friday, January 18, 6­8 p.m.

Christensen Center Art Gallery
Augsburg College, Christensen Center
22nd Avenue South at 7 1/2 Street, Minneapolis

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.



©2013 Xavier Tavera