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Houston FotoFest 2020 Biennial – International Fine Print Auction

Houston FotoFest 2020 Biennial – International Fine Print Auction

It is once again a great honor, for the third time, to have had one of my prints selected by Houston FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans, for their 2020 FotoFest Biennial International Fine Print Auction. Artists from all over the world have donated their photographic works to support FotoFest’s art and education programs as well as the work of other photographers and of students from all over the world as well as from inner-city Houston. At the auction there were collectors from Asia, Latin America, Europe – including Paris and London, as well as from many parts of the US, including New York. I have been going to FotoFest since 2008 and have great admiration for what they do to support photography and photographers.

The photograph I have donated is from the series “Concrete Coast” with the title “Shade for Rent – Mallorca, Spain”. On Spanish beaches, tourists rent these recliners and umbrellas which are very much a symbol of a type of constructed holiday “paradise”. This is a larger project consisting of a documentary film by the same title, “Concrete Coast”, as well as the photographic series. These images were taken during Spain’s massive construction boom, when 2 hectares of land were being urbanized every hour. This overbuilding, along with other factors lead to Spain’s massive Great Recession in 2008.


Title: Shade for Rent – Mallorca, Spain. (From the series “Concrete Coast”). 2005.
Medium: Inkjet Print on LexJet Sunset Photo eSatin Paper 300g. Printed in 2020.
Image Size: 17 11/16 x 17 12/16 inches
Edition: 1 of 7 + 2 Artist’s Proofs

March 12, 2020 – Whitehall Houston Hotel
Live Auction and Gala.