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Access Robert Frank’s Photos

Robert Frank in action

Robert Frank in action

Did you know that the National Gallery of Art has a massive archive of Robert Frank’s photos and movies? Did you know you can access them? That’s right, you can view his work from 1937 to 2005. The archive even includes contact sheets, work prints, negatives, technical material, and even recordings. It’s the largest collection of Frank’s work anywhere in the world.

Click here to get further info on how to gain access to this archive.


Gina Genis – Artist Profile in Press Enterprise Newspaper

The 11 x 18 1/2 foot Economy Portraits flag at Huntington Beach Art Center

The 11 x 18 1/2 foot Economy Portraits flag at Huntington Beach Art Center

Dear Friends and Bloggers,

The Press Enterprise newspaper, serving Riverside and San Bernardino in southern California has printed an artist profile, titled “Gina Genis Puts Artistry In Photojournalism”  about my work. I hope you visit the link and enjoy the article.

Thank you to Grace Kook Anderson, Curator of Exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum, and Dave Barton, Senior Art Critic of OC Weekly, Theater producer and director, for providing insights about my work for this article.

Another thanks goes out to Jill  K. Jones for taking the time to research and write such an engaging profile.

You can find out more about Economy Portraits, the work highlighted in this piece by clicking here and going to another page in this blog.

A book about the Economy Portraits project is available on Amazon.

Find out about Gina Genis Photography Workshops, Lessons, and fine art here.

Gina Genis Radio Interview With Creative Orange County


Economy Portraits book

If you have an interest and about 1/2 hour to spare, have a listen to a radio interview I did with Creative Orange County on February 28, 2012. Susan Petrella, the engaging host asked questions about my current work, how I became interested in photography, and what makes me tick as an artist. Click here to listen.

By the way, the Economy Portraits book can be purchased on

Documentary Photogaphy Contest

Are you a documentary photographer? If so, here is a competition you may be interested in. The Curator Ship has put out an open call from professional, non-professional and student photographers. Submission can be a single photo or a series, which portrays photo-reportages of social, cultural, political or environmental issues.

1st prize  is 4.000 EUR, 2nd prize is 2.000 EUR, and 3rd prize 1.000 EUR. The judges are Michael Ackerman (photographer, U.S.), Raed Bawayah (photographer, PS), Carola Dertnig (lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna), Thomas Licek (director of « Eyes-On » European Month of Photography Vienna),
Hannamari Shakya (curator and editor of Photo Raw Magazine, FIN), Horst Stasny (photographer and curator).

Deadline is April 30, 2012. Click here for details and registration.

National Historic Landmark Photo Contest Results 2011

The 2011 National Historic Landmark Photo Contest Winners have been announced. Take a look and get inspired.

Economy Portraits Book Signing

Economy Portraits book

Economy Portraits, a project addressing the affect the downturn of the American economy has had on everyday people, is now a book. You are invited to join me for the launch book signing at the Huntington Beach Art Center in Huntington Beach, California on December 3, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. for a discussion of the project and book signing.

How has the collapse of the economy affected your life? This is the compelling question photographer Gina Genis asks as she photographs 245 individual people. Their answers expose the helplessness and struggle to rise above the Great American Recession. Genis prints and places the portraits together to build an American flag 11′ high by 18 1/2′ long on the gallery wall. This project is a record of the American recession as well as a tribute to human spirit. Economy Portraits was awarded Best Art Show of 2011 by OC Weekly.

Economy Portraits is also available through Gina’s website and on Amazon.

You can view a short video of the project in progress on YouTube.

***December 4, 2011 – The signing was a great success. Thanks to all those who came to support me. Below are a few photos of the event.

Some of the people who attended the book signing

Looking at the book

Copies of the book

The article about Economy Portraits in the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper

List Price: $28.95
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Full Color on White paper
132 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1467902892
ISBN-10: 1467902896
BISAC: Photography / Photoessays & Documentaries

Economy Portraits Receives “Best Art Show” Award From OC Weekly

Early on during the reception. Participants are looking for their portraits.

I am thrilled, honored, and humbled to receive news that my project, Economy Portraits, has received the award of “Best Art Show” of 2011 from OC Weekly.

Those of you who follow my blog took the journey through the 5 1/2 week process of creating this project that was executed at the Huntington Beach Art Center, in California, in March and April of this year. It was an intense, exhausting, and immensely rewarding experience. A partial explanation of the project is as follows:

The portraits are photographed on three different colored backgrounds, red, white, and black. The purpose is to construct an American flag on the wall. I chose to use black instead of blue as a metaphor for our dark economic times. When the portraits fill the middle of the gallery, they are replaced by newly printed images. The first ones take their place on the wall.

You can see a full account of Economy Portraits on this blog by clicking here.

Read a speech I gave to the Huntington Beach City Council in an attempt to keep the Huntington Beach Art Center open. It is in danger of closing due to budget cuts.

View a video of the process of creating Economy Portraits on youtube.

Read a review of the exhibit in the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper.

See more images of Economy Portraits by clicking here.

I’d like to thank Darlene DeAngelo, curator of the Huntington Beach Art Center, for giving me the opportunity to make Economy Portraits happen. I needed a very large space, and few places have it. Another enormous thank you goes to the powers that be at OC Weekly for giving me this award. I hope it propels Economy Portraits to be shown in other venues. Lastly, my deepest gratitude to those lovely people who opened their hearts and lives to participate in this project. You are the true stars.

A book of Economy Portraits is in progress. Completion date will be sometime in November 2011. Please contact me if you would like a copy.

I'm 17. My dad couldn't make enough money to keep my mother married to im. She left. I now live with my dad, older sister, and 3 roommates. I've had a second job for the past 6 months and have been finishing my senior year of high school. I'm still coping.

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