“The photographs in this series are taken from a larger body of work that documents an after-school, collaborative arts curriculum rooted in self-portraiture. HOLDUP in the HOOD is both a personal and communal exploration of self. It concerns the identity of self that comes with the realization of making one’s mark. The photographs incorporate drawings, re-cycled photographs, print media and body gesture to explore issues of race, class and gender.” Francis Crisafio 2013


"Images from "Holdup " are in three shows right now for 2014 including:VERMONT PHOTOPLACE GALLERY, “BLACK&WHITE
with Juror | Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

ONWARD 14 / PROJECT BASHO, in Philadelphia, PA., with Juror | Andrew Moore,   03.01.14 > 04.13.2014

And the NEW ORLEANS PHOTO ALLIANCE, New Orleans, with Juror | Aline Smithson, 02.01.13 > 03.30.2014

"HOLDUP in the HOOD" has had quite a bit of activity in 2013 with work from the series included in exhibits across the country and a few abroad including: 3 showings in Philadelphia, 2 in Boston, 1 each in Portland, OR. and Seattle, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and 2 in Paris. Some of the highlights are the Boston and Brooklyn inclusion on the FENCE project which comes from the Magenta Foundation/Flash Forward Festival and the FILTER PHOTO FESTIVAL in Chicago. Both the FENCE in Brooklyn and the FILTER FESTIVAL opened in September.


Aline Smithson featured "HOLDUP in the HOOD", which was a FILTER PHOTO FESTIVAL winner on her photoblog LENSCRATCH, read it HERE

An image [one of six] featured on the FENCE in Brooklyn from the "HOLDUP in the HOOD" series was selected as one of "15 of Our Favorite Photos from THE FENCE at Photoville" in the online zine FEATURE SHOOT

The 2 pieces of work in the show at the GRIFFIN MUSEUM this summer in Boston received a mention in the BOSTON GLOBE, you can about the exhibit HERE

This is an older piece written about this project before I titled it "Holdup in the Hood". It was published in Photo District News EDU in New York by Jill Waterman. You can read it here "INSIDE OUT" by Julie Elman / PDN/Edu


_VERMONT PHOTOPLACE GALLERY, “BLACK&WHITE”, Juror | Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

_ONWARD 14 / PROJECT BASHO, in Philadelphia, PA., Juror | Andrew Moore,   03.01.14 > 04.13.2014

_NEW ORLEANS PHOTO ALLIANCE, New Orleans, Juror | Aline Smithson, 02.01.13 > 03.30.2014

_FILTER PHOTO FESTIVAL / "BLOW UP", Chicago, IL., “Holdup in the Hood”, Juror | Aline Smithson, 09.03.13 > 10.25.13

_BLACK BOX GALLERY / Contemporary Portraiture, Portland, OR., “Holdup in the Hood”, Juror | Christy Karpinski, 09.01.13 > 09.20.13

_PHOTO CENTER NW / 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Seattle, WA., “Holdup in the Hood”, Juror | John A. Bennette, 08.3 > 09.15,13

_PRIX de la PHOTOGRAPHIE, Paris, France, "Holdup in the Hood", 1st & 2nd Prize Award, Portraiture & Children, 2013

_GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY / 19th Annual Juried Exhibition, Boston, MA., “Holdup in the Hood”, Juror | Kathy Ryan, New York Times Magazine

_PHILADELPHIA PHOTO ARTS CENTER, Philadelphia, PA., "Holdup in the Hood", 3rd Prize Award, Jurors | Lesley Martin, Aperture Book Publishing & Andy Adams, Flak Photo, 06.13 > 08.24.2013

_FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL / MAGENTA FOUNDATION, "Holdup in the Hood" on the FENCE, 05.19.2013 > 10.2013, Brooklyn, NY. & Boston, MA

_HOYT MUSEUM, 40th Regional, Pittsburgh, PA., "Holdup in the Hood", “Best of Show” Award, Curator | Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, 05.19.> 05.30.2013

_ONWARD 13 / PROJECT BASHO, Philadelphia, PA., "Holdup in the Hood", Curator | Mark Steinmetz, 04.13.2013

_Two images from "Holdup in the Hood" will be included in the 2012
PHOTO REVIEW, the International Journal of Photography out of Philadelphia. PA.,
The annual event was curated by Peter Barberie, Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

_Two images were selected and one of them was given the 1st Prize Award in the TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, TPS:21, The International Competition.

Opening at the A.SMITH GALLERY in Johnson City, Texas on the 24th of August 2012. The exhibition toured Texas for one year.
Curator | Aline Smithson, founder of LENSCRATCH, Los Angeles, CA.

_One image was selected from the series and awarded an HONORABLE MENTION at the GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY ,18th Annual Juried in 2012,
Winchester, MA. Curated by Paul Kopeikin, from the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles