#PresentHistory: Art for Women's Futures

Online sale of photo prints going on until Jan 31, 2018. Please send your best bid to info@kota-alliance.org. The latest bid will be posted. 

Renate Aller                                                       
Nicola Bailey                                                                               
Glenna Gordon                                           
Carol Julien                                             
Meeri Koutaniemi         

Shoog McDaniel                                          


Born in Germany, Renate Aller lives and works in New York. Her work makes us aware of our futile desire to arrest nature in one specific moment.

ARTFORUM: …”There are obvious similarities to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs and Mark Rothko’s horizontal division of space, but Aller manages to avoid being derivative with her hypnotically beautiful combinations of light and texture that melt abstraction with representation in arresting yet simple compositions.” - Nord Wennerstrom

The Washington Post: … ”Aller is concrete. These are real places and unique moments, rather than universal ones. Her pictures insist that we keep on looking.” Jessica Dawson

New Republic: …”Once in a while, we stumble upon a photo or series that leaves us in a state of wonder. German-born photographer Renate Aller’s new book Ocean | Desert (Radius Books) does just that.“

Aller’s work is in the collections of The Yale University Art Gallery, Hamburger Kunsthalle, National Gallery of Art Washington, DC, the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM, and Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY.


You've RED Between the Lines

Renate Aller’s photographs explore the relationship of desire and reality. In You’ve RED between the lines, the artist plays with the nature of sensuality, and requires the viewer consider multiple readings of the same image. Initially part of an installation in collaboration with curator Vittoria Ciolini, Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, and the city of Prato, Italy, this body of work also confronts the general perception of the color red, in a time of “high alert”. It continues to inform the artist’s practice as she keeps marking the distance between our need to draw meaning from a frozen instant and the eternity within which that instant is inscribed.


Archival pigment print, uframed
21.5 x 17.5 inches sheet 14.5 x 10.5 inches image
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Across her portfolio of travel, lifestyle, current events and portrait photography, Nicola’s work speaks volumes about her love for people, connectedness and community. In addition to dividing her time between her bases of New York City and Sydney, she travels frequently and has wracked up trips to some 60+ countries worldwide, doing work for editorial, not for profit and commercial clients. When she’s not shooting, she works as the Photo Editor for the travel site www.adventure.com and is also an avid teacher of her craft, running workshops for kids and adults, as well as photography tours locally and internationally. Nicola has also been involved in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Australia,

Europe and the US. Her work has also been published in a variety of mainstream and alternative media, including among others, The Guardian, Refinery 29, and regularly for the New York Times. Her work telling the stories of non profits (through photo and video) has allowed her to contribute to raising awareness and funds for a variety of valuable causes supporting human rights and social justice. Nicola is the recipient of awards from The Walkley Foundation for Journalism, the Head On Photo festival, as runner up emerging Photographer of the Year from Capture magazine and most recently, an award for outstanding achievement from the Sydney Institute of Photography. 

The Synagogue, Brooklyn

This photo forms part of a commission that I did on the changing face of Brooklyn. Fewer places in the world can compete in terms of diversity with each neighborhood offering up its own distinct flavor. However the borough has and is changing, raising questions and issues about what this means for long-term residents and the people moving in. This image was part of a collection which looked at just some of the many faces of Brooklyn, and, offered an insight into some of the communities impacted by these changes. Specifically it is of a Hasidic Jewish man in Williamsburg, walking past one of the Synagogues there. The ultra Orthodox community is known to be well established in Brooklyn.

Photograph on posterboard, mounted on a frame
30 x 40 inches
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Glenna Gordon is a documentary photographer and photojournalist. She’s worked regularly in Africa and elsewhere since 2006. She spent the past few years focusing on projects from Nigeria, including “Diagram of the Heart,” which she made into a book and exhibit that was first show at Open Society’s “Moving Walls,” as well as a Photoville, MoCADA, and elsehwere. Select awards include World Press, POYi, PDN, and American Photo. She’s been a finalist for the Eugene Smith Award, and received grants from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, The New School Faculty Development Fund, and others.

She is also a lecturer at the New School and an editor at the photo book collective Red Hook Editions. She is currently at work on a new project in America.  

From her website: 'Time's Lightbox described Glenna’s photographs as "powerful images of significance, humanity and loss," and Teju Cole said her approach was “unusually lyrical” in the New Yorker.'


Nigeria Voyages

Story in The New York Times
“Ever since the railway line connecting Lagos, in Nigeria’s south, with Kano, in the north, reopened in December 2012, I’ve wanted to make this journey. The north and the south are essentially two different entities — Lagos is a hub of growth; Kano is an ancient trading city just south of the Sahara that struggles with incursions from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. This is among the longest train lines in Nigeria, covering roughly 700 miles from lush wetlands to sweeping desert and brush. Nigeria can be a hard place to take photographs; it’s not a country with press freedom, and people usually greet strangers with suspicion. But on this trip, I became a familiar face. I was surprised how easily I could move around.”


Print on photo paper, unframed
11 x 17 inches
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From her website: Carol Julien is a New York based photographer with a passion for black and white photography. Raised in multiple cultures, on multiple continents, Carol is continuously inspired by finding commonality of experience in the split second capture of life’s surprising, unscripted, fleeting moments.

Carol’s work is high contrast black & white with a mix of modern technology, old

film noir tones and current content. Her current project in progress investigates the
 plight of displaced women, the turbulent journey of exile and the meaning of home. Carol is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and of Soho Photo Gallery where she exhibits regularly.


In Limbo

Shackled and Lost amidst the wind and fog, when the sea becomes the sky, and the points of reference are foreign, where is the solid ground?

©carol julien-In Limbo.jpg

Archival Pigment Print, unframed
13 x 19 inches
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From her website: "Meeri Koutaniemi, 28, is a Finnish photographer and a journalist. Koutaniemi's work extends to over 50 countries where she has photographed and otherwise documented people with powerful stories of struggle and resilience. Her work stems from the question and definition of identity. She is fascinated by the complexity and possibilities of humanity, and finds purpose in the similarity of people's hopes and fears. At the core of her work lies a universal ability for empowerment and persistence. In 2012 and 2013 Koutaniemi was selected as the Photographer of the Year in Finland and won the category of Foreign Reportage with her photo series Taken of female circumcision. In 2012 Koutaniemi received the Memorial Award of Tim Hetherington in United

States and the Memorial Award of Carina Appel in Finland 2013. Koutaniemi has exhibited her photos in over 40 exhibitions around the world and her first book Oasis was published in Finland in 2013. In 2014 Koutaniemi won the Visa D'or Daily Press Award in Perpignan and FreeLens Award in Lumix Photofestival in Hannover. Koutaniemi was selected to participate to Joop Swart and VII Masterclass in 2014.

Koutaniemi is a founder member of an Italian Photo Agency Echo and Finnish Collective 11."


Recustomized; De-colonized

Kaiuaa Muraugi, 60 years Herero woman, Windhoek, Namibia ”I have dressed like this since I was 18. Woman should wear this dress after she has given birth.”


Photograph, 3/30, unframed
17 x 11 inches
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Mentioned by Teen Vogue as an artist to watch this past August, Shoog McDaniel is a southern, queer, non-binary, fat photographer and artist living in Gainesville, Florida. From their website: "With little exceptions, I have a connection with the humans in my photos and I intend to show that through the intimacy of my portraits.

"I strive to connect the viewer of each photo to beauty within themselves, through understanding the brilliancy of diversity, by showing them that there are many ways to be beautiful."


Venus Fly Trap

April creates different looks every Mardi Gras that showcase her talents in costuming. This year she allowed me to photograph her wearing her Venus Fly Trap crown, in her backyard in New Orleans.

Matias Underwater

When I connect with a model, it's a magical thing. When we both are on the same wavelength with complementing visions, it is seamless and powerful and the experience leaves us both tingling. Thanks again for working with me, Matias, you're a true visionary and a gem. #bodieslikeoceans #transfats


Color Archival Print, unframed
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Color Archival Print, unframed
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For ten years I have lived in a small town on the coast of Mexico attempting to figure out my own place in the world and identity in a country that isn't inherently mine. Past commissions and features include The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Hyatt Hotels, Frommer's Travel Guide, Afar, The Toronto Star,

The Guardian, PDN, Rangefinder, Latin American Fotografia 3, 4, & 5, and American Photography 31, and Photoville, Brooklyn.

Gloria, San Andrés Cohamiata 2017



35mm film photography cross-processed slide film, unframed
12 x 18 inches
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Florence Montmare is an artist, photographer and director, whose creative drive takes her around the globe. Born in Vienna and raised in Stockholm by Swedish and Greek parents, she graduated with an MBA in Innovation & Design Management in Sweden. Subsequently, she worked for several years as a creative consultant in advertising.

Equipped with $200 and a single suitcase she left for New York City, seeking new challenges. Simultaneously she transitioned from the corporate to the fine art world. She traveled South America with only her Nikon F-301, a backpack full of TRI-X, and a diary.


Upon her return she worked with international creative agencies and artists. 

After graduating from the International Center of Photography, New York, and working with fine art projects in Paris, Florence established her studio practice in New York and Stockholm. She makes photographs, films, installations, creative content, campaigns, and television while exhibiting art work at galleries internationally.




Print from polaroid, unframed
14 x 11
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Alice O'Malley was born in Buffalo, NY and now lives and works in New York City. She has had exhibitions in North America and Europe, worked with the press and multiple magazines such as The New Yorker, T, the New York Times Style Magazine and Vogue. She has given lectures in various settings like at University of Buffalo (2016) and Peace Encampment Herstory Project (2009-14) and now teaches at School of the International Center of Photography.

Alice O'Malley was awarded with the Acker Award in New York City in 2013 and has also received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Art Grant as well as Artists Alliance Rotating Studio Grant.

'Sur Rodney Sur: "Alice O'Malley is one of the art world's best kept secrets"'

Alice O'Malley's Interview     


This is from a Community of Elsewhere book - more here

Alice O'Malley donation.jpg

Photograph, framed
5 x 7 inches
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Susan Schiffer is a Brooklyn native who, since she was 19, made her home in Greenwich Village. She studied at the New School, at Hunter College and, more recently, at the International Center for Photography. She has done numerous photography workshops in South America, Asia and Europe led by her mentor Harvey Stein.

assignment to document musicians at work in a recording session.  It resonated so strongly with me that I decided to pursue photography professionally.

Everything fell into place: my fascination with people in the many aspects of their lives, photographing the landscape of emotions reflected on people's faces, and a desire to understand their stories and cultures.

Photographing people is a huge challenge, but I never cease to be excited by what I encounter– the joy of the unexpected, the beauty of the ordinary, and the play of light.  Connecting with strangers, getting to know them, and capturing the common threads of their humanity are all part of the fun. 

Discovering India has been a life-changing experience for me, as it has for so many others. It is a magical place, even in its imperfections and contradictions. The people are, for me, the main attraction. Their vibrancy and friendliness, their amazing spirit, the infinite beauty in their faces, the warmth of the close-knit families who invite me into their homes – they have stolen my heart. They will bring me back to India again and again. Most recently, a visit to Vietnam evoked similar feelings."


A long career in the classical music world took her from artist management at ICM Artists (now Opus 3) to the recording industry.  Since leaving her position as Vice President of Media Relations at Sony Masterworks, Susan has consulted on a variety of projects, including the publicity for the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series.

In the beginning of her photography career, Susan photographed album covers, publicity photographs, and various events, but the focus of her work in recent years has been a long-term project of photographing and interviewing immigrants, and she has concentrated on environmental portraiture and street photography.   Her work has been exhibited several times at the Umbrella Arts Gallery in the East Village.  Susan carries her Leica camera wherever she goes and in NYC especially where:  "I don't have to go very far to find subjects to photograph:  ethnic parades, political event, graffiti, architectural wonders, both old and new, and a potpourri of interesting people.

"Since my teenage years I have been enthralled with taking pictures.  Though my passion for classical music led me on a very different career path, I traveled all my life to far-off lands and always loved photographing people.  Only after leaving my work in music was I able to give a purpose to these instincts. It began with a simple

Sense of Self, Kolkata

Malik Ghat is one of the largest wholesale flower markets in Asia and I was lucky enough to find a path out of the crazy, hectic chaos. At the end of the road leading out was a young girl in front of her house playing with her friends. When she saw me she immediately clutched at her bicycle as if she was showing off her possession or she was protecting it. There's no way of knowing, but I was attracted to her self-assured demeanor.


Color photo archival print, unframed
10.3 x 16 inches
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Artist photographer, film-maker

"Helsinki, Finland is my place of birth. I grew up there attending a school run by nuns from St. Louis, Missouri. I received a master’s degree in languages from the University of Helsinki. On a scholarship, I obtained another master’s at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York with emphasis on film and photography−and social rebellion. After all, the year was 1968.

 In the seventies I was a roving correspondent for the Finnish radio and television in the US and Latin America. As a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker I covered the Nicaraguan revolution and made Women in Arms, a film on the exceptional role of women in it.

In the eighties I joined the United Nations as a film director. Much to my surprise, I specialized in disarmament issues, mainly the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. My long documentaries were shown worldwide, as were my reports for CNN from post-war Kosovo where I was a senior TV-producer with the UN mission. After the UN, in the 2000s I went into still photography full-time.

 Today the distance of years allows me to transform my life experiences into staged but true stories. My studio is located in New York’s West Village. I spend part of every year in Paris."



a photograph from the series

In August, 2011, I spent a week on Klovharu, a tiny island in the outer archipelago along the southern coastline of Finland. There Tove Jansson, the internationally celebrated and beloved creator of the Moomin characters as well as writer and painter, had build a sturdy one-room cabin with a sauna in the cellar. She spent summers on Klovharu for inspiration and tranquility. When she was older and no longer went there, she left her solidary residence to the local community. Now it is an artist’s residence which is how I was fortunate enough to stay there. The lack of electricity and potable water was no problem for me since I grew up vacationing with few amenities on another remote island in the Gulf of Finland. While on Klovharu I read Jansson’s THE SUMMER BOOK for the first time. Many phrases in it felt familiar. Since I often include text in my photographs I decided to include quotes from Jansson’s book in the pictures I made on her island. When I ran out of chalk I found a tattered box with pieces of colored chalk in the cabin that I presumed had belonged to Jansson. In her memory I used them to write snippets from her book on the bare cliffs. Then I photographed “staged but true” moments with the feel of wind and sea and craggy rocks. I made the picture YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU PLEASE late one afternoon with dark clouds
looming on the horizon while the sun, at a low angle, lit up the rocks I was jumping on.


Digital Photography on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper, unframed
21 x 24 inches
Signed 1 of a series of 5
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