current show

“Appetite: The Culture of Food.”

September 04 – October 12

(extended  until October 26, by appointment only)




Air Circulation has the pleasure of introducing Appetite: The Culture of Food, a group exhibition of photojournalistic work related to the culture and economics of the global food chain. The opening reception will take place on Thursday 09.04, 7-9 pm. Featuring works by:

Dominic Bracco II, Andrea Bruce, Alan Chin, Peter DiCampo, Brendan Hoffman, Ed Kashi, Yunghi Kim, Charlie Mahoney, Diana Markosian, Justin Maxon, Pete Muller, Katie Orlinsky, Lance Rosenfield, Bob Sacha and Max Whittaker.

Curated by Melanie Burford

about the artists
Dominic Bracco II explores the effects of global economics on local communities. Although he works internationally, Dominic’s work often returns to document the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the Texas / Mexico border region where he was raised. He has degrees in journalism and Spanish literature from The University of Texas at Arlington. Past clients include Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian Magazine. Dominic is also a founding member of the collective Prime. He is based in Mexico City.
Through documentary photography, Andrea Bruce brings attention to people living in the aftermath of war. She is a co-owner and member of the photo agency NOOR. For eight years she has chronicled the world’s most troubled areas as a staff photographer for The Washington Post. She focused on Iraq from 2003 to the present, following the intricacies and obstacles of the conflict experienced by Iraqis and the US military. She also wrote a weekly column for The Post called “Unseen Iraq.” Andrea currently splits her time between Afghanistan the United States and is available for photography and multimedia assignments.
Born and raised in New York City, since 1996 photojournalist Alan Chin has covered conflicts in Iraq, the ex-Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Alan has most recently documented the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. He contributes regularly to the New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire and Time magazines, exhibits at Sasha Wolf Gallery and the Asian-American Arts Center, and is in the collection of the Museum Of Modern Art. The New York Times nominated his Kosovo coverage for the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 1999 and 2000.
Peter DiCampo is a documentary photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development. He launched his freelance career while also working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ghana. Peter is co-creator of Everyday Africa, a project focused on daily-life images from across the continent to refute the stereotypical media image of Africa. Shot entirely on smartphones, Everyday Africa has over 90,000 followers on Instagram and has been featured by National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek (Japan), Bloomberg Businessweek, and Around the World with Christiane Amanpour on ABC News, among others.
Brendan Hoffman (b. Albany, NY, 1980) is a documentary photographer based in Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in the ways economic and political structures shape modern society and the weight of history on everyday life. He divides his time between client work and personal projects. His book-length project The Beating of the Heart is an exploration of contemporary middle class America in the context of free trade, the decline of blue collar jobs, and economic polarization through the lens of a small town in Iowa. Past assignments have included covering the 2014 crisis in Ukraine for Getty Images, The Washington Post, and Newsweek; the 2012 US presidential campaign for TIME and the New York Times; and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti for Getty Images, the Wall Street Journal, and others.
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. One of Kashi’s innovative approaches to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook with MediaStorm, which premiered on in December 2006. Using stills in a moving image format, this creative and thought provoking form of visual storytelling has been shown in many film festivals and as part of a series of exhibitions on the Iraq War at The George Eastman House.
Yunghi Kim is a photojournalist who has covered some of the biggest international stories in the last 30 years. Kim came to the United States from her native South Korea at age 10.  She graduated from Boston University in 1984 and began her career as a photographer at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass., before moving  to The Boston Globe where she was a staff photographer for seven years. Kim was a member of Contact Press Images in 1995 to 2008. Currently back as a special contributor to Contact Press Images.
Charlie Mahoney is  a freelance photojournalist, multimedia storyteller and educator who is dedicated to documenting stories of social significance. Over the last several years he has worked on issues ranging from the plight of African migrants entering Europe to the troubling issues of climate change and political unrest in the Maldives. While his projects have taken me to various parts of the world, he is currently focused on contemporary issues in the United States. A sensitive eye for color, the use of complex compositions and the ability to create provocative, arresting imagery that engages the audience are hallmarks of his work. He uses images to tell stories that aren’t being told, to provide glimpses of the human condition in all its complexity, and to tap into emotions that challenge his audience. Charlie is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Boston Globe and a founding member of Prime Collective.
Diana Markosian has been deported from Azerbaijan, smuggled into Burma by a rebel army and detained by Chechen militias, all in the name of documenting a story. Along the way she has participated in the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass, received Burn Magazine’s Emerging Photographer Fund and has been named one of PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch. Her work is represented by Reportage by Getty Images and can be found in publications like the New York Times, The New Yorker and
Justin Maxon (1983) was born in a small town in the woods of northern California. While attending journalism school at San Francisco State, he began exploring projects that held greater social implications. His desire now is to reveal different variables of truth in humanities conflicted existence. He has worked on feature stories for publications such as TIME, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Mother Jones Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fader Magazine, The New York Times, and NPR.

Since 2005 Pete Muller have worked to document the individual consequences of war, poverty and social unrest. Through a combination of photography, text, audio and video recordings, he aims to illustrate broader issues through individual stories. He strive to create images and material that demand consideration for the lives of those depicted. Peter believes that intimate, sensitive photographs leave indelible marks on the conscience and actively oppose the sterilization of human suffering.

Katie Orlinsky is a photographer, journalist and cinematographer from New York City. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Latin American Studies from the Colorado College and a Master’s degree in Journalism as a Stabile fellow in Investigative Reporting at Columbia University. Katie is currently a contributor with Reportage by Getty Images and regularly works for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and various non-profit organizations around the world.

Lance Rosenfield is a freelance photographer based in Washington, DC, with frequent trips to his hometown of Austin, Texas. In addition to shooting editorial and commercial assignments, he concentrates on long term self-directed work and teaching senior photojournalism students at Corcoran College of Art + Design. He has exhibited in a number of group shows in New York, Virginia, Texas, California and Connecticut. Lance’s project ‘Thirst for Grit’ was chosen as a finalist for the 2009 Emerging Photographer Grant awarded by the Magnum Foundation, as well as the Michael P. Smith Grant for Documentary Photography. He was selected to the Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop in 2007 and is a 2010 B&W Magazine Spotlight photographer. Lance serves on the Board of Trustees for Austin Center for Photography and loves the films by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, and Michelangelo Antonioni.

Bob Sacha is an award-winning freelance multimedia producer, documentary cameraman, internationally published photographer, multimedia and film editor and teacher based in New York City. He shoots and produces stories, conducts on-camera video interviews, shoots motion and stills, edits audio, video and stills and uses the assets to edit and create the cinematic openings to web sites. He also teaches these skills to students around the world. For more than 25 years, Bob has been a globe trotting, award-winning photojournalist, working on contract for National Geographic, LIFE and Fortune magazines and freelancing for many, many publications and corporations.

Max Whittaker is a freelance photojournalist based in Sacramento, Calif. He studied history at the University of California, Davis, and became interested in photojournalism while on a climbing trip in South America. Max worked at newspapers in Iowa and California before going freelance in 2004. He’s covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, presidential campaigns, and social issues in California. He’s a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, senior contributing photographer for Sactown magazine, and is a founding member of Prime collective.


about the curator

Melanie Burford explores long-term projects that blend documentary photography with investigative journalism. A photographer and multimedia journalist based in New York, her career began in New Zealand, working at The Evening Post before moving to America in 1999 where she attended Ohio University. She became a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News in 2003 before moving to New York in 2009 where she became a founding member of the photo collective, Prime.

She was part of the team of Dallas Morning News photographers who received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Melanie’s work has been recognized at the Lone Star Emmy Advanced Media Awards, the 74th annual National Headliner Awards, the Harry Chapin Media Awards, the Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International. A part-time adjunct professor at The Journalism School at Columbia University, her passion for teaching has gained her keynote speaking roles, including the Kodak Seminar Series touring Australia and New Zealand in 2008.

image: Brendan Hoffman