Faculty Kudos – July 2015

In April 2015, Flooded Brick Factory by Carrie Tomberlin, lecturer in photography, was on display in Tbilisi, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. This is the first of many images from Sea Level Rise: Visualizing Climate Change, a collaborative project with Eric Tomberlin (assistant professor in photography).  In summer 2014, the two traveled to Bangladesh where they researched and documented examples of community-based adaptations to climate change.  The Tbilisi Photography Week presented the work of professional journalists and artists from more than 40 countries, and sponsors included the US State Department and the British Consulate. 

In April 2015, Flooded Brick Factory by Carrie Tomberlin, lecturer in photography, was on display in Tbilisi, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. This is the first of many images from Sea Level Rise: Visualizing Climate Change, a collaborative project with Eric Tomberlin, assistant professor in Art (photography).  In summer 2014, the two traveled to Bangladesh where they researched and documented examples of community-based adaptations to climate change.  The Tbilisi Photography Week presented the work of professional journalists and artists from more than 40 countries, and sponsors included the US State Department and the British Consulate. 

Eric also exhibited work in April in the Kolga Award Exhibition, the feature exhibition in a week-long photography expo that consisted of many exhibitions, speakers, conferences in Tbilisi, Democratic Republic of Georgia. Two bodies of work spanning nearly twenty years were selected for inclusion in the exhibition, twenty images in total:

Also in the catalogue:

Eric Tomberlin, assistant professor in Art (photography), is to take part in The Fourth Image: International Photography Fair, l’Espace des Blancs-Manteaux in the Marais in Paris, France October 27–November 1. The event is expected to have a minimum of 25,000 visitors, including curators, photographers, and other photography professionals from France and abroad. A jury made up of international photographic professionals including Anne Cartier-Bresson, Administrator, Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation and of the French Society of Photography; Dimitri Beck, Editor-in-chief Polka, Parisian photojournalism magazine; Jean-Yves Langlais, Director of the Cité Internationale des Arts of Paris; will also select the best photographer during the event for The Fourth Image Award valued at 10,000 euros. 

Eric was selected in June as a Finalist for the Lens Culture Earth 15 Awards, photography focused on how we live on the planet.  This international competition received submissions from photographers representing more than 100 countries. Jurors for the competition included: Molly Roberts, Chief Photographer Editor, Smithsonian Magazine; Tetsuro Ishida, Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan; Kethy Moran, Senior Editor for Natural History, National Geographic; Melissa Ryan, Director of Photography, Nature Conservancy Magazine; Chris Jordan, Photographic Artist; Francis Hodgson, Photography Critic, Financial Times; and Jim Casper, Editor & Publisher, LensCulture. 

LensCulture is a global photography network and online magazine celebrating current trends of contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce, and popular culture worldwide. In addition to being featured as part of Lens Culture’s online gallery, which reaches a monthly audience of over 1.4 million, Eric’s work will also be included in the Earth Award 2015 annual catalogue, and he was also awarded a lifetime LensCulture profile, (peer-reviewed online publication), and a one-hour curatorial consultation with Jim Casper, Editor-in-Chief LensCulture.

Eric was contacted by Wired writer, Laura Mallonee, in early July, for an interview about his piece Garden of Earthly Delights.  The interview resulted in the article How To Photoshop 150 Images Into One Creepy Suburbia which was published on July 27 on wired.com.

Eric’s Garden of Earthly Delights was also recognized in June at the Photo Annual Awards in Prague, Czech Republic, with the award of Second Prize in his category.  The jury included Tomáš Pospiszyl: Critic, curator and art historian; former curator at The National Gallery in Prague; Jiří Jaskmanický: Director of the Czech Center of Photography; and Radek Burda: Editor-in-Chief of biweekly Art Photo Magazine.

Eric’s work was selected for Top 40, an international juried exhibition at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) in Los Angeles, California, showcasing some of the most innovative artists in contemporary digital art.  Joanna Szupinska-Myers, Curator of Exhibitions at California Museum of Photography, was the competition’s juror, and the exhibition was on display June 11-July 3, 2015 at LACDA, which is located in the Gallery Row area of downtown Los Angeles, 104 E. 4th Street between Main and Los Angeles Streets.