— Russet Lederman

Close to the Edge: New Photography from Japan
Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, NYC
April 21-May 28, 2016

Press and Reviews:
The New Yorker (May 16-23, 2016)
Collector Daily (May 20, 2016)
L’Oeil de la Photographie (May 24, 2016) – English / French
Musée Magazine (May 2, 2016)
Artsy: Galleries

The five young Japanese photographers in Close to the Edge simultaneously embrace and shatter photographic illusions through images that acknowledge the artifice of their craft and the power of photography’s seductive fiction. Works on view by Mayumi Hosokura, Kenta Cobayashi, Taisuke Koyama, Hiroshi Takizawa and Daisuke Yokota.


¡CLAP! – 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks: 2000-2016
14-15 May 2016 at PGH Photo, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
2-5 November 2016 at Aperture Foundation, NYC
2-3 March 2017 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

¡CLAP!– 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks is a pop-up reading room that brings together 130 contemporary Latin American photobooks from 2000 to 2016, representing a range of exciting innovations in Latin American photography and publication practice. Selected by twelve specialists, the reading room is a hands-on opportunity for North American audiences to browse a range of recently published books from Latin America that are rarely seen in the U.S. The selected photobooks will be documented in a forthcoming comprehensive catalogue.

Organized by the nonprofit 10×10 Photobooks, the CLAP! reading room launched at the PGH Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh from 13-15 May, 2016 before popping-up at the Aperture Foundation in New York City from 2-5 November, 2016. The CLAP! reading room tour will conclude at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in March 2017, where all the books in the project will be donated to the museum’s Hirsch Library.


Print & Play: Japanese Photobooks

ICP- Bard Studios, NYC
September 18-20, 2015

A 10×10 Photobooks reading room of photobooks by young Japanese photographers from the past 10 years. The selection reflects holdings from the International Center of Photography’s vast collection of Japanese photobooks and presents an overview of the diverse photographic voices now gaining attention in Japan. Included among the more than 50 photobooks on view are books by Daisuke Yokota, Shimpei Takeda, Sakiko Nomura, Hiroshi Takizawa, Mayumi Hosokura and Yusuke Yamatani.


Shashin: Photography from Japan
International Center of Photography and the New York Public Library
New York City
April 17 – 26, 2015

Shashin: Photography from Japan is a multi-institution program aimed to raise awareness of photography from Japan in New York and foster an exchange and stimulate discussion in multiple segments: Academics, students, art collectors, researchers, artists, photographers, Japanophiles, and the general public of New York City. The festival’s main event is a two-day symposium held inside the New York Public Library with presentations by renowned Japanese scholars from around the world.  The festival is organized by the Council for Photography from Japan (CPJ), International Center of Photography (ICP), and the New York Public Library (NYPL).

Shashin: Photography from Japan

Member of NYC Organizing Committee

Event Sites:
Shashin Festival Site
NYPL Events

Shashin Zine Fest NYC
A zine festival event associated with the Shashin: Photography from Japan Festival
Resobox Japanese Cafe
Long Island City, NY
April 17 – 26, 2015

10×10 Photobooks in association with Shashin: Photography from Japan shall be shaking it up at Resobox LIC, NY with 10×10 Photobooks Shashin Zine Fest NYC on 18-26 April 2015. This is a pop up event featuring photographic based zines from artists from Japan and the Japanese diaspora around the world. As a result of an open call for submissions these zines shall be on display for one week at the Resobox Gallery our pop up hosts (near PS1). These materials shall also be available for purchase. During this event there shall be dj’s playing music much of which shall have a Japanese edge. There shall also be the screening of short video art pieces during a zine fest of music, food, drinks and conversation.

Zine Fest Poster

Event Sites:
Shashin Photography from Japan
10×10’s Sashin Zine Fest

10×10 Japanese Photobooks
A Reading Room and An Online Space
ICP-Bard Studios, New York City: September 28-30, 2012
PGH Photo Fair, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh: May 17-18, 2014
Unseen, Amsterdam: September 18-21, 2014

Co-organizer of 10×10 Japanese Reading Room, a traveling pop-up reading room sponsored by the International Center of Photography Library and the Photobook Facebook Group, which presents 100 Japanese photobooks from the perspective of 10 specialists who have each been asked to select 10 postwar Japanese photobooks or magazines. 10×10 invites the public to come in, browse and explore the books! 10×10 Japanese Photobooks was initiated on 28-30 September 2012, at the ICP – Bard MFA Studio Space and coincided with the Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. At the end of the 3-day pop-up, all the books from the reading room were donated to the International Center of Photography Library.

10x10 Japanese Photobooks

Exhibition Catalog: 10×10 Japanese Photobooks

Event Sites:
General Event information: http://www.icp.org/events/2012/september/28/10×10-japanese-photobooks
10×10 Reading Room blog posts: http://icplibrary.wordpress.com/10×10/
10×10 Online blog posts: http://photolia.tumblr.com/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/10x10JapanesePhotobooks
New Yorker Review: www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2012/09/10×10-japanese-photobooks.html
Bookbinding Now Podcast Interview: http://www.bookbindingnow.com/


10×10 American Photobooks
A Reading Room and An Online Space.

NYC Preview: 3-5 May, 2013
PHG Preview: May 18-19
Tokyo Reading Room: 11 September – 6 October 2013

10x10 American Photobooks


10×10 American Photobooks website
10×10 Photobooks Facebook Page
American Photo article on 10×10 by Dan Abbe (May 8, 2013)
Foam Magazine article on 10×10 by Ken Schles (September 24, 2013)

10×10 American Photobooks is a multi-platform photobook event with a reading room, online component and publication that presents American artists’ photobooks from the last 25 years. The project previewed in New York and Pittsburgh in May 2013. It will travel to the Tokyo Institute of Photography for a 4-week run, which will coincide with the Tokyo Book and Photo Fairs in September 2013. At the end of the project, all the books from the reading room will be donated to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography’s Library. 10×10 American Photobooks is co-sponsored by the International Center of Photography Library, Tokyo Institute of Photography and the Photobook Facebook Group.

10×10 American Photobooks presents 100 contemporary American artists’ photobooks selected by 10 specialists in a reading room and an additional 200 books online from the perspective of 10 American and 10 Japanese photobook specialists, who have each been asked to select 10 books. The project is accompanied by a bilingual English-Japanese publication, which documents all the selected books along with essays highlighting different aspects of contemporary American photobooks. In addition, Self Publish, Be Happy will produce two pamphlets for 10×10 American Photobooks Tokyo reading room, featuring newly commissioned work by American photographers and writers.

The focus of the event is to offer both the general and photo-specific public the opportunity to see photobooks, which are rarely seen beyond private libraries or independent American photography circles. By emphasizing the selections from the 10 reading room specialists and 20 online specialists, along with essays from noted writers, 10×10 will provide a concise and well-researched selection for both the seasoned and new viewer of contemporary American artists’ photobooks.

Exhibition Catalog: 10×10 American Photobooks

Get up to date information on the project’s Facebook page or website.


Critical Information Conference – Interdisciplinary Conference on Media, Theory and Society, 2011 and 2012

Develop, organize and act as Faculty Advisor for a graduate student conference, sponsored by the MFA Art Criticism & Writing program at the School of Visual Arts. This interdisciplinary conference provides a critical forum to present current scholarship and academic research projects at the intersection of media, art, and society.

Critical Information Graduate Student Conference

Conference Site: http://www.criticalinformationsva.com


Provocateurs of Japanese Photography: Films, Books and Photographs – Curatorial Project at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, NYC, 2010

Conceive and co-curate a group exhibition, which presents experimental and innovative Japanese photographs, films and photo books from the 1970s and 1990s/2000s.

Facebook Page
Press Release
Exhibition Site

Shuji Terayama, Untitled from the Series Akuma No Sasayaki, 1976

Shuji Terayama, Untitled from the SeriesAkuma No Sasayaki, 1976


MediaModes Conference – Interdisciplinary Conference on Media, Theory and Society, 2009

Conceive, organize and act as faculty advisor for the inter-departmental Mediamodes Graduate Student Conference at the School of Visual Arts. This interdisciplinary conference provided a critical forum to present current scholarship and academic research projects at the intersection of media, art, and society.

Conference Site: http://www.mediaModes.com



Mediated Realities – Curatorial Project, 2009

Guest Curator for interactive media, installation and video exhibition of selected works from M.F.A. Computer Art thesis projects at the Visual Arts Gallery, School of Visual Arts, NYC. Faculty curator for past thesis shows in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Mediated Realities Exhibition Site


Barely Skin Deep – Online Project, 2005-2008

Barely Skin Deep is an interactive online documentary video project, which explores the concept of feminine beauty from the perspective of 10 diverse women. Using video interviews collected over a 4-year period, this fine art documentary work presents a fragmented, pluralistic perspective on the personal and societal issues which inform and influence a woman’s concept of self and group beauty. .

Project Site: http://www.barelyskindeep.com
Netart Feature 2010, JavaMuseum, Cologne, Germany, January 2010.

Javamuseum Interview Project

Barely Skin Deep


X/FEST, Remote Lounge – Digital Media Festival, 2003

Guest Curator for three night festival presenting several distinct thematic screening programs of video works which exemplified several crossover trends in film,video and music. The festival’s three major themes were: X/Process, X/Iterate, and X/Animate. Following each screening program were live performances of works by experimental video artists and VJs who incorporated live video and audio mixing.

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100 Gestures, Remote Lounge – Multi-Channel Video Installation, 2002

A collaborative multi-channel video installation which focuses on the literal meaning of gesture – a physical movement that contains meaning. In particular, the moment where a movement of the body transitions from an insignificant motion to an act of communication.

More images and documentation about this work

100 Gestures


American Views: Stories of the Landscape, 2001 – Online Artwork Commissioned by The Smithsonian American Art Museum
Award: New Media New Century

An online work which presents a personal and eclectic view of the American landscape as experienced and remembered by three diverse individuals. Emulating the fragmented, non-linear, montage-like construction found in the writings of the German cultural theorist, Walter Benjamin, this interactive work brings together a collection of private and public images, audio, ephemera and text from three “storytellers.” They are: Cindi, a digital designer in Irvine, Kentucky, who lives on a 27 acre farm at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains; Adam, a environmental engineer from Northern California who specializes in the analysis and clean-up of hazardous waste sites; and Neil, who shares his recollections of growing up in an emerging New York City suburb on Long Island in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Woven together with “visual” quotes from 4 central themes — seen[scene], use[re]use, permanence[im]permanence, and earth[un]earth — this randomly accessed, non-linear work reveals the many different “micro” tales of specific places that exist within the larger American experience.

URL for artwork on Smithsonian’s server: http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/helios/newmedia/lederman/
URL for artwork on Rhizome Artbase’s Server: http://rhizome.org/art/by_artist-list.php?u=7289
URLs about this artwork

American Views


Congestion, 2000 – Online Artwork Created for RepoHistory’s Circulation Website

Congestion is an interactive art work which investigates the flow (or lack of) within the vehicular and human circulatory system of an urban environment. At the core of this work is a fascination with the urbanite’s staccato movements through the often stymied vehicular network of a large metropolis.

URL for artwork on RepoHistory’s Circulation website:



NYC Thought Pictures: Memories of Place, 1999 – CD-ROM
Awards: Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica; 2nd Prize, File Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Merit Award for Interactive Design, How Magazine.

NYC Thought Pictures is an interactive CD-ROM which presents a personal and eclectic view of New York, as experienced and remembered by several diverse individuals.

At the core of NYC Thought Pictures is a fascination with the power of “seemingly” ordinary events and places, which ultimately turn out to be monumental within the schema of an individual’s life. For me, the personal and idiosyncratic hold the power. Therefore, as the basis for this interactive work, I have chosen to interview several diverse individuals about their New York “place” stories. These stories along with “visual” quotes from Walter Benjamin and Graeme Gilloch (a Benjamin scholar) form the theoretical and visual armature of this work. Benjamin’s writings on Berlin, Moscow, Paris and Naples provide the theoretical underpinnings for developing an investigation of the four central themes in NYC Thought Pictures , i.e. “Memory”, “Time”, “Fragmentation” and “City Experience”. The fragmentary writing style and sometimes open-ended conclusions in Benjamin’s work is well suited to my visual style and theoretical viewpoint. Loosely following Benjamin’s model, this work is constructed from fragments of private and public images, audio, ephemera and text of and about the city. As a totality, these images aid in revealing the “micro” tales of specific places and neighborhoods within the larger view of New York City.

More images and documentation about this work.
URLs about this work

NYC Thought Pictures