Loading...

Julia Calfee - Air date 03-26-08

1,171 views

Loading...

Loading...

Transcript

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Mar 21, 2008

Julia Calfee. American-born photographer Julia Calfee has spent most of her professional life living and working in Europe, and is fluent in French. She majored in journalism at NYU and studied art history at the Sorbonne in Paris. Her first book, Photogénèse, was published by the Joan Miro Foundation.
From 1996 to 2002, she focused on Mongolia, where she led a caravan to bring medicine to remote areas. During this time she also documented life in Mongolian prisons for a relief organization, and photographed the blight of poverty in Ulan Bator. Over these years she also took pictures of traditional reindeer herders in the north, particularly one female shaman. The experiences with the shaman were published in a limited-edition catalogue called Mountains Spirits of Mongolia, published by the Richard Liu Foundation. In 2003, Spirits and Ghosts: Journeys Through Mongolia was published by PowerHouse, New York. This book explores the transitions and changes in Mongolia since 1996, touching upon the obstinate ritual and beliefs of this country still steeped in the murkiness of the post- Communist era, and awkwardly adapting to a new democratic system. A series of exhibitions followed these publications in New York, London, Paris, Milan and Brussels.
She then began to photograph what she refers to as the New China, which has included documenting the private lives of a new class of people who are suddenly extremely wealthy as well as the urbanscapes that have arisen with the overall economic changes of recent years. She has also documented the new contemporary art scene in Beijing, principally the 798 Factory, and has spent time in the northwest and southwest of China, where Central Asian influence still dominates despite the march of Chinese influence ever westward. In these areas she also found evidence of a never-changing China, where some groups of people hold on to ways of life seemingly unaltered since 1,000 years ago. She is conversant in Mongolian and has cultivated a large network of contacts in Asia and Europe, from shepherds to CEOs.
For the past three years, when not in Brussels or Beijing, Julia Calfee has been living mainly in New York City's Hotel Chelsea, where she is documenting the state of mind that has existed and still exists in that unique place. Calfee's work has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New York Times, Time, Business Week, London Sunday Times, Paris Match, Guardian, Elle Italia, Elle Japan Marie Claire, Paris Photo, Digital Photography, Corriere della Sera, and Photo Eight. She is represented by Polaris Images.

Loading...

When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...