Rocio De Alba (rohsee-oh) is a fine art, multimedia, and conceptual photographer based in Queens, New York. She received a BFA from The School of Visual Arts and is an award-winning book designer...
My series Honor Thy Mother is headed to China! I was super excited to find out that Guo Jing, executive director and curator of the Yixian International Photography Festival invited this work to be exhibited at the festival in November.
A quick note to let you know that my series "Honor Thy Mother," was invited to showcase at a gallery in Providence. I am exhibiting these images again, directly from my first solo show that originally opened at The Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts. From that show the representatives of the Providence Center for Photographic Arts invited me to take the exhibit to them. It was an honor to accept the invitation made by David DeMelim, Managing Director, and board member Peter Miller of Peter Miller Fine Art Gallery.
I’m super honored and ecstatic to find that one of my images has been selected for inclusion in the Analog v. Digital exhibition at Foley Gallery! Michael Foley was one of my favorite instructors when I attended The School of Visual Arts back 2007. He was well versed in the history of art/photography and quite an influential figure in our community. It was always a dream to exhibit with his gallery (so you can imagine my excitement). I learned a great deal from him about the gallery world at SVA. I also attended some workshops at the Exhibition Lab with some excellent instructors. Sherri Littlefield, Associate Director at Foley Gallery, is simply aces and a top-notch executives and creative experts in our industry! She has an abundant amount of expertise and I humbly admit to have the utmost admiration and respect for her.
The Analog v. Digital exhibition will take place August 16, at Foley Gallery 59 Orchard St, New York, New York 10002, from 6pm-9pm. If you are in the New York area please come party with us! Again thank you Sherri and Mr. Foley for this wonderful opportunity. I am deeply grateful.
The exhibition at the Griffin Museum in the Atelier Gallery was fantastic! There were a ton of people and a potential collector who was deeply touched by the project in a personal manner. That was very exciting to experience. My image entitled "The Fistherman's Wife - Mother of Three, 2015", was the intro image to art critic Mark Feeney's review of the show printed in the Boston Post. He has an interesting take on the image and my series. The entire experience was unforgetable. If you are in the Winchester area, please do visit the museum. It is a wonderful gem!
Here's a quote about the Atelier Gallery taken from the Griffin's website:
The Griffin Gallery and the Atelier Gallery At the Griffin Museum, we are constantly reviewing works by new photographers with an eye toward capturing who the next great artist will be. Our Atelier and Griffin Gallery is reserved specifically for showcasing these artists, providing a rare opportunity to view their work before they are widely known.
Amigos, please excuse me for bombarding y'all with so many posts. But as an artist self promotion is part of our mandatory duties isn't it? So I hope you can tolerate one more modest yet significant post.
This July the distinguished Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography, has honored me with my very first solo show. Perhaps you will join me on this special occasion. I will make an entrance dressed as some of these characters in the photographs throughout the evening and serve drinks -just kidding. ;-)
Even so it would thrill me to see YOU there. Thanks for your time friends. For more information you can click the link below.
I have an enormous amount of respect for CPAC and Samantha Johnston who runs a tight ship there. I've wanted to be part of their exhibitions for some time now; so having my image "Cotton Head" exhibit on their member's annual exhibtion new month is a true honor.
Hey amigos! So as a result of my new series There is a Crack in Everything" feature on The New York Times - Lens - Photography, something TRULY wonderful occurred! I was contacted by She Recovers in NYC, a women's organizations focused on women in recovery from various addictions. There are two chapters, one in Canada and now New York. They will be holding a sold out convention gathering over three hundred women in recovery right here in New York coming in May!!!!
Anyway, I was head over heels to receive a call from the organizers inviting me to exhibit and perform an artist talk during their convention!!!! Unfortunately it's a sold out event. But don't fret my "sisters," if you want to watch and listen to the keynote speakers segment, you can purchase a ticket to their LiveStream. One of the speakers is Elizabeth Vargas from 20/20, who is quite open about her alcohol addiction. There will also hold Yoga classes, prevention lectures and art exhibitions focusing on projects like mine. I will have an entire space of my own!! My heart is filled with gratitude to discover and meet MORE women in long term recover I KNEW were out there. Again, thank you so much David Gonzalez and James Estrin for the opportunity. And a nice shout out to Evelyn Nieves for her beautiful article.
If you would like to purchase tickets for the LiveStream, please follow the link above; and thanks for taking the time to read this.
For people who know me, they know I am a proud recovered addict. I have been sober since 2008 and one day at a time, I will continue to do so for many years to come. When you're the kind of addict I was, life seems bleek and I felt nothing but disgust for myself. Sure in the beginning it was fun, but it wasn't long before I was suicidal and in the very end, even though I didn' want to drink, I had to in order for my body to function properly. I admire the plethora of photo projects out there depicting recovering women addicts in various media platforms such as the fine-arts community, news coverage, and photojournalism. I believe these talented photographers genuinely and beautifully capture the devastation female addicts cause their love ones. However, there is another side of that spectrum and that is the long-term sober woman. It's true not many women addicts overcome their vices and many give the ultimate sacrifice -death. And even though statistics prove that women with long-term recovery are slim if not rare, they are out there living productive and flourishing lives against the odds. I began my journey to find them a few years back, interview, and photograph them with this profound objective: to bring social awareness to their stories and honor their accomplishments in hope that it may help other women seek help.
My series "There is a Crack In Everything," is still in its developing stages but I'm honored to know it's getting encouraging recognition. So I'm tremendously honored to say that The New York Times - Lens Blog has picked-up my story and published it today. If you have a moment please take a look.Thank you for your time.
I have to to admit that every time I THINK I'm done shooting for my Girl Anachronism series, I crack and shoot a new one. Perhaps it's one of those things that will grow. Still I had a great time planning, staging and shooting this new one.
I wanted to welcome all new members. It's really great to be amongst such talented people.
I'm posting some news to share a new project in progress. It's not entirely complete but I felt it's well on its way enough that I could share it with you. If you have a few minutes to spare from your busy lives, I'd love it if you checked it out.
Thanks in advance and hope you have a wonderful weekend! =D
Hey Visura family. Just wanted to share that I will teach a hand made book workshop for beginners this July 2016 at the Vermont Center for Photography.
If you or anyone you know lives in the area, please stop by say hello or sign-up for this fun filled class. It's a two day workshop where I will teach you basic techniques to create proffessional like quality book covers for any occasion. If you're a scrapbook maker or a photographer, making your own one of a kind portfolios to carry your work at photo reviews is an excellent way to stand out from the hundreds of photographer at portfolio reviews. Please click the link above for more information and I hope to see YOU there. =D
Man oh man!! It's been long hours, countless sleepless nights, endless test and trials of various materials, repeated self taught book making training that created mountains of fails and achievements but it's FINALLY done. My FINAL Miracle Baby book dummy version III. Next stop, the UK for publishing and (crossing fingers) a show in August.
If you have a chance, please have a look at the video. I'm off to enjoy some hot tea and much needed sleep. But I'm feeling mighty proud. Thank you in advance for your time and support
Hello my dear Visura familia. It is after long hours of hard work that I am proud to announce the new mailers for "Miracle Baby" will be in the mail by the end of this week; this will coincide with the brand new "Miracle Baby" dedicated website I have JUST completed. The story has become bigger then I expected and through the visionary guidance of great people I am lucky to call mentors, teachers and friends, I feel the site is ready for its debut!!
I want to thank my beautiful son Thomas and my partner Glen Thomas Falk for their courage and strength. I am nothing without you. It's a privilege to share our story with you all. So please feel free to roam about. There are new images and galleries (including background videos). I thank you truly for taking time out of your busy day to visit. A HUGE shout out goes out to Adri and Graham for their unyielding support and encouragement.
I have begun this year with steady dedication to get my book funded and published. The amount of publishers wanting to work with me has not been limited nor abundant. The one thing that stays the same is their desire for an excessive request for my financial contribution. It's a little disheartening. 25k might as well be 25 million. Just found this video and well, it gave me some home. And sometimes, a lil' hope goes a long way.
I'm thrilled to state that the second version of my book dummy for the Miracle Baby series is part of a group exhibition taking place at The Elder Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. The exhibition was curated by Larry Gawel, whom I met last summer at the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago. The title of the exhibition is "Refocusing the Lens of Motherhood". There will be a panel discussion on February 5th. If you're in the Nebraska area, please come visit us!
Since this is a book dummy, there is only one copy (the one currently at the gallery.) However, I did manage to create a new video of it. So if you happen to have about three free minutes, please take a look. I have revamped it from the first version. I am also in the process of creating a third version with a blue folder instead of green. I just want to take a look at the difference. Anyway hope you enjoy it. Please click HERE to check out the video of the book. Thanks for your time!
I've been sitting here thinking about this past year and how hard I have worked on getting some of my work out into the world, and how difficult it is to get recoginition. I'm incredibly thankful to Visura for this amazing platform that has helped shine light on projects that would otherwise just "sit" on my site and never get seen by a large relevant audience.
Hey Visura family! Just a friendly reminder that today is the opening of Small is Beautiful from 6-8pm at Flowers Gallery NY. Last year's opening was a packed house. So if you're in the hood, stop by and say hello!
Hi all! Just wanted to humbly announce that I was once again invited to The Flowers Gallery Annual Small is Beautiful group exhibition. I can't tell you how honored I am to be part of this amazing group of artist. I want to give a HUGE thanks to Brent Beamon, Allegra Favila, and Mathew Flowers for this great opportunity.
The show opens next Thursday, November 19th. So, if you're in the area, stop by, have some wine, check out some beautiful art and let's hang! I'm a hoot! =D
For more information, please clidk here to be redirected to the Flowers Gallery website. I hope to see YOU there.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
I want to give a huge thank you to the Women's Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter for accepting my piece into their "Old Enough to Know Better" exhibition. I'll be heading out to Philadelphia on November 12th for the opening. So all my Philly folks I hope to see you that night.=D
Hey guys! Rocio here wanting to let you know that I am taking over the Visura.co Instagram page this week. Please follow along as I explore the city taking photos of some amazing people. You can go to the Visura.co Instagrram page or follow my personal page rociodealba_photo.
Hope you enjoy the images! I want to send a special thanks to Adriana, Graham, and Mike Cullen for all their help and support.
Happy to say that one of my images was accepted into the Women's Caucus for Art - Philadelphia Chapter "Old Enough to Know Better" exhibition running November 1 - November 28.
RECEPTION: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6-9pm
"We are pleased to inform you that your work has been accepted for the upcoming 'Old Enough to Know Better' Exhibition at Crane Arts, Gallery 105. The jurors, Eileen Neff and Diane Burko have selected your piece 2210.182463.770873 Uncomfortable Silence for this important exhibition.
Thank you for being so patient as the jurors worked through all of the entries multiple times. This was a highly competitive show. Out of the 265 artists who together submitted 2087 pieces of work, only 67 pieces were accepted. The jurors had to make some very tough edits based on their response to the call and the overall size of the venue."
I had an electric time this weekend in Fort Collins, Colorado at The Center for Fine Art Photograpy. I met so many unique and fascinating artists. The staff @c4fap was simply dazzling. There was some serious inspiration and bonding going on with the participating artists. It was followed by an amazing lakeside BBQ thanks to the generous and gracious Hamidah Glasglow. Sunshine Divis runs a tight ship up there and the exhibit was well organized.
I'm truly thankful to The Center, the staff and all the artists. It was a magical weekend.
This is REALLY exciting news for me. It’s officially the first time I've been nominated for an award by a Latino artist based organization like Fotografia 4. It's so thrilling to be recognized by “mi jente” finalmente!
My entry is also eligible to make it into the grand prize of "Los Dies" (the final 10) nominees. The award is taking part in a travelling exhibition that will start in NY and move throughout in 2016. Keeping my fingers crossed REAL tight for that one. But honestly, not matter what, it's one of my biggest honors thus far - regardless. I'm so grateful to Fotografia 4 and all the judges for this amazing opportunity. Si estuviera vivo, yo se en mi corazon, que mi padre (el pintor) estaria muy orgulloso de mi.
I am thrilled and super proud to announce that one of my images was selected to be part of the Latin American FOTOGRAFIA 4 Collection!
"from hundreds of submissions in all categories, only 50 [artists] were selected..."
The image will be sent to editors, take part of their online catalog and gallery exhibition, and will be promoted on all of their social media platforms. The next step is to move on to "Los Diez" (the final 10) artists that will participate on a travelling exhibition (sponsored by Epson) through 2016. I have all limbs crossed, lol.
I was thrilled to find this morning on CNN Photos my series about my son Thomas' entrance into my life. It's still difficult to relive but sharing his unique story to the world is an honor. Please check it out if you have a chance.
I know I haven't shut my mouth about this but I can't help myseft....seriously! This is pretty darn awesome! I finally got my copy of @thehand Magazine's 2nd year anniversary edition No. 9. It's actually ALL SOLD OUT!!! Got two copies for myself. If you get a chance, please check out their website. I foundout that all copies of issue no. 9 are completely SOLD OUT!! But I also heard some vendors are carrying the issue. Anyway, there are some incredible artists in this issue! Congrats to them all.
So after many years and two absolutely resourceful workshops with Fotovisura GUILD editors, I'm happy to say that "Girl Anachronism" is one image away from being complete. I will shoot the last image Tuesday. I completed the second to last today.
Plus with the intense edit with Deborah Dragon last week, and my own, I am starting to feel satisfied with the current edit (are we ever really satisfied, lol). But the images are hanging in my studio so it may change again, who knows. OH and I shot another photo for my "You, 'Them' and I" series. If you have a second, please take a look. I want to give a HUGE “thank you” to Graham and Adriana for their continued support. I hope you enjoy them.
I couldn't decide on a name at first. My father was a painter and he created a portrait of a man whose face was covered in butterflies. He hung it proudly in his studio and as a kid I'd stare at it for long periods of time. So the image at first was called "An Ode to Innocence" because all the really horrible things that provoked my panic and anxiety disorder had not yet occured at the time the my father created that portrait. But now, since it's really ispired by my father's painting, I call it "An Ode to The Mad Man".
Please support this not for profit organization and buy yourself a copy! It super affordable. Plus you get to check out all the other amazing artists selected.
Please get your summer shoes on and bring the kids to view the selected photos of this year's Soho Photo Gallery 2015 Photo Competition, curated by the amazing Elizabeth Avedon and featuring work by yours truly.
The opening reception takes place on July 7 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
I'm super proud and honored to be sharing wall space with some of my favorite photographer colleagues and friends. I also want to thank the charming Joel Morgovsky for making this event possible. Hope to see each and every one of you there!!
Friday, May 29, 2015
I am SO looking forward to venturing out to Vermont next month to work with the AMAZING Deborah Dragon, Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stones Magazine!!! I am beyond thrilled to work with her and to spend some quality ALONE time. Thank you FotoVisura and the power team: Adriana Teresa Letorney and Graham Letorney.
I'm super honored and excited to announce that one of my photos was selected for inclusion in the SohoPhoto Nattional Competition and Exhibition curated by the brilliant @elizabethavedon Hope to see some of you @SoHoPhotoNYC!
The wonderful organization Art Saves Lives featured my work and interviewed me as one of their featured artist for May. If you have a minute, please take a look. You can click here to go directly to the site.
What a TERRIFIC way to start the day! Woke-up to see my work on Elizabeth Avedon's L'Oeil de la Photographie online magazine as one of the feature artists from day 1 of The New York Times - Lens - Photography portfolio review!!! Please take a moment to check out all the wonderful work. My image made the feature page. There's even a sneak peek of my hand made book dummy for a project I've been photographing the past five years.
If you have time, please click here to check out this online magazine. Thank you for your time.
I had such an amazing time yesterday at the New York Time 2015. I was so nervious! I felt like it was the first day of at a new school or something, lol. I sat down with some coffee to think things through and suddenly this beautiful womwan enteres the room! I was so happy to see her. Adriana has this amazing presence in a room and this energenic aura around her. She's an amazing artist, mother, metor, friend.
It was an honor to be there and a joy to meet so many talented photographers.
I am so honored to have been accepted into the Visura's GUILD network. I'm also very excited to be part of this innovative group and join the ranks of some extremely talented photographers like Michelle Frankfurter, Andrea Star Reese and many more. I'm so grateful to Adriana Teresa Letorney and Graham Letorney for the opportunity. I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a great year!! Please check the link below to view my new updated website: www.rocioalba.com