based in Portland, Or.
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Markus Shearer was born in Portland, Oregon in 1988. After graduating with a B.A. in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute, Ventura, California he moved back to Oregon where he’s worked as...
A group of former Newspace Center for Photography volunteers got together after the abrupt closure of the non-profit DIY photo space. While processing the blow to the photo community we've managed to open a new darkroom/reproduction space that is functional and inclusive.
We've been overwhelmed by the support from our community and want to thank those invested in these types of workspaces! We've relied on your help and would love to spread the word further to those who are unaware. To properly do the space justice we're continuing to fundraise for a few more days. Please check out our kickstarter page and see what we're up to.
Eventually PDR wants to host an artist in residence program for working photographers who need some serious decompression time. This will be a great place to make a book. It will also give individuals the oppurtunity they need to scan and process film.
If you're ever passing through Portland don't hesitate to reach out as we'd love to share the space!
PS Something similar is taking shape in Detroit! Check it out! http://www.darkroomdetroit.org/
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After operating as a community arts non-profit for nearly 15 years, Newspace Center for Photography is closing its doors. The exhibition space, darkroom, lighting studio, digital scan/print lab and educational facility in Portland, Oregon was an incredible place to meet like minded photo amatuers and professionals alike.
This unfortunate event is an example of why our community arts organizations need your membership, guidance and dedication more than ever! Funding for such spaces, as you know, is unproportionate in regards to the breadth and depth of their public functions. Working and volunteering at Newspace taught me more about photography and community than through any other establishment. I now acknowledge that I took NS for granted.
Over the past few years Newspace's exhibitions have leaned heavily toward group documentary shows. Issues such as labor, LGBTQ rights, the prison industrial complex (via Pete Brook's prisonphotography.org), enviornmental (water, nuclear radioactive impacts, etc.) and gentrification were widely viewed in this public space. The trajectory of Newspace's social commitment was progressive--challenging modern notions of what photography was, is and where it's going--making it one of the West Coast's preeminent photo spaces.
When Magnum stopped through town on its Postcards From America project they teamed up with Portland State University's Arts and Social Practice MFA program to deliver short term projects. The 2 week engagement culminated in a 1 night pop-up show (pictured); the largest opening in Newspace's history. It was one hell of a party, inclusive to the entire community.
We hope to rebound. We hope to bring in as many diverse voices as possible to inform the best possible public setting. These organizations can vanish literally overnight so I implore you to cherish, re-invigorate and sustain what you have.
If you happen to be in Portland tomorrow evening Monday, July 10, please come share your questions/concerns in a public meeting with the board at Newspace's old space (I know). As the decomission of NS is still extremely fresh, we'll all be learning together how to improve as a photo community.
If you have experience with similar like-minded organizations, please contact me as I'd love to pick your brain!
Markus Shearer 503-313-2976 firstname.lastname@example.org www.markusshearer.com