Reminder: Sit for a portrait this Friday and Saturday


Alone and Together: Tintype Portrait Studio at Gallery Aferro October 3 + 4th, 1-7 PM

email ewilcox@aferro.org for an appointment, or walk in.

Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley is inviting the public to have their portrait taken at Gallery Aferro on October 3 and 4th from 1-7 PM. Sitters can come solo or with a loved one. The sittings are free. A print of the image is $10.

The downtown Newark area was once home to many portrait studios where people could come to have a high-quality portrait made. By photographing contemporary America, especially in diverse New Jersey, Keliy is compiling a beautifully made record of what we all really look like, using a classic process.

Keliy hopes to meet and photograph as many people as possible while she is in Newark. All are welcome!

This portrait series is made with the wet plate collodion process, the leading mode of photography in the 1850’s and 1860’s. Tintypes are positive images exposed onto metal. This historic process has a different relationship to time than digital or film photography. The chemistry is hand-mixed and poured onto the plate in front of the sitter. As soon as the exposure is made in the wooden view camera, the plate must be taken to a portable dark box to be developed and fixed. The wet plate collodion image captures a pose held over several seconds or even minutes. This prolonged gaze creates a tension between the sitter and the camera. While a snapshot captures a moment about a 1/1000 of a second long, the tintype process allows for a portrait of a person or a couple to unfold over time; the image produced can then slow down our looking. A viewer sees the hard lines of bone structure, wrinkles and blemishes, but also sees bright, focused eyes staring back intently. This process allows the photographer and the viewer to stare, but it is not entirely voyeuristic, as the sitter stares back. The act of taking someone’s portrait can once again be an event.

Tintype Portrait Studio coming to Downtown Newark


Alone and Together: Tintype Portrait Studio at Gallery Aferro
October 3 + 4th, 1-7 PM

Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley is inviting the public to have their portrait taken at Gallery Aferro on October 3 and 4th from 1-7 PM. Sitters can come solo or with a loved one. The sittings are free. A print of the image is $10.

The downtown Newark area was once home to many portrait studios where people could come to have a high-quality portrait made. By photographing contemporary America, especially in diverse New Jersey, Keliy is compiling a beautifully made record of what we all really look like, using a classic process.

Keliy hopes to meet and photograph as many people as possible while she is in Newark. All are welcome!

This portrait series is made with the wet plate collodion process, the leading mode of photography in the 1850’s and 1860’s. Tintypes are positive images exposed onto metal. This historic process has a different relationship to time than digital or film photography. The chemistry is hand-mixed and poured onto the plate in front of the sitter. As soon as the exposure is made in the wooden view camera, the plate must be taken to a portable dark box to be developed and fixed. The wet plate collodion image captures a pose held over several seconds or even minutes. This prolonged gaze creates a tension between the sitter and the camera. While a snapshot captures a moment about a 1/1000 of a second long, the tintype process allows for a portrait of a person or a couple to unfold over time; the image produced can then slow down our looking. A viewer sees the hard lines of bone structure, wrinkles and blemishes, but also sees bright, focused eyes staring back intently. This process allows the photographer and the viewer to stare, but it is not entirely voyeuristic, as the sitter stares back. The act of taking someone’s portrait can once again be an event.

Tomorrow: Free Movies Under the Stars at Ivy Hill Park

Tomorrow: Free Movies Under the Stars at Ivy Hill Park
Festivities begin at 7:30 pm; movies begin after sundown, approximately 8:30 pm. Update: this was RESCHEDULED due to rainy forecast to Aug 22.

“The Great Debaters,” starring Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise and directed by Denzel Washington will be shown FREE outdoors at Essex County’s Ivy Hill Park near Seton Hall University as a part of Movies Under the Stars, a program of Branch Brook Park Alliance in partnership with Essex County.

Based on the true story of the Wiley College debate team of the 1930’s who participated in the first interracial collegiate debate in the U.S., “The Great Debaters” will be projected onto a large inflatable screen in the park. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on; pre-screening activities will include face painting, a DJ, karaoke and other festivities. Assorted snacks including popcorn will be available for purchase.

Over 500 people attend Movies Under the Stars screenings at Branch Brook Park, leading this successful free outdoor movie program to bring it to other parks in Essex County so even more people have the chance to enjoy family-friendly entertainment in our county’s beautiful parks.

A $126 Million Rumor, Flying From New Jersey to Rio

A $126 Million Rumor, Flying From New Jersey to Rio
The Times chases rumors of the $126 million lotto ticket sold in the Ironbound. The least colorful — and most likely true — is excerpted below.

Antonio Seabra, owner of A & J Seabra Supermarkets XII in Ironbound, where the winning ticket was sold, said in a telephone interview late Thursday that he knew the winners. And while he declined to disclose their names, he said the winners were a married couple, legal Portuguese immigrants who had been shopping at his chain of supermarkets for 35 years and who were putting off claiming the prize until they could get their legal affairs in order.

“They’re wonderful, wonderful people,” Mr. Seabra said. “They are so humble, a hard-working family. One of the American dreams.” The husband, he added, “actually went to work the next day.”

But the tale of the Brazilian lottery winner has become a great example of a world made small by modern telecommunications, media, trade and travel, where rumors in one immigrant corner of one American city can quickly reverberate back home, even if home is thousands of miles and a hemisphere away.

A year later, triple slayings still echo in Newark

A year later, triple slayings still echo in Newark

Mounds of dirt dot the playground where three college-bound friends were gunned down and a fourth gravely wounded a year ago, symbol of a transformation that will wipe away most of the physical remnants of the horrific events of Aug. 4, 2007.

As the one-year anniversary approaches, the lingering effects of the grisly crime also can be gauged by the numerous anti-crime measures it spawned and by the unprecedented philanthropic outpouring that followed.

“Out of that tragedy came collective action and a collective will to get things done,” Mayor Cory A. Booker said last week

Program gives dads a gift of hope, a second chance

Program gives dads a gift of hope, a second chance
Barry Carter profiles three men currently enrolled in a very cool program at Newark Now that provides comprehensive support for fathers in the city.

And Happy Father’s Day to you, Jesus Rios. His father named him after Christ, and there’s a resurrection occurring within. Rios, 41, has reconnected with his family and three daughters. They have accepted him and the mistakes he’s made that took him to prison and out of their lives.

The stories of these Newark men have one common denominator — The National Comprehensive Center for Fathers in Philadelphia. The self-help program has been replicated in Newark by Newark Now, an organization started by Mayor Cory Booker. It helps men who have lost their jobs, who are re-entering the work force from prison and who want to be better fathers.

Bill Cosby brings ‘blunt’ message to community leaders

Bill Cosby brings ‘blunt’ message to community leaders

Comedian Bill Cosby told several hundred people at a conference of community associations Thursday to stand up and confront the ills facing black Americans and ignore those he called “intellectual panhandlers.”

Characterizing his own words as “blunt, but not harsh,” Cosby criticized a culture in which “babies are wearing $40 sneakers while their mothers are feeding them Oodles of Noodles” and in which pimps and murderers are seen as heroes.

During a speech that lasted nearly an hour, he began by comparing current attitudes to a patient who ignores a toothache until it requires major surgery.

Several times he exhorted the audience to “stand up and stop looking for somebody to blame,” a mantra that has angered some black leaders who have accused him of downplaying the effects of long-term discrimination.

Cosby is a frequent visitor to Brick City and has stirred a bit of controversy from time to time over his sharp remarks to Newarkers.

Newark Opens Fathers’ Center

City Hall: Mayor Booker Opens Newark Comprehensive Center for Fathers

“We are now providing the tools that our fathers need to succeed – as men, as fathers, as workers, as neighbors, and as residents of Newark,” Mayor Booker said. “These programs have been tested and are successful in other cities. But they can only succeed in Newark if Newark’s fathers match the effort that we are making in this center. Society can no longer afford to turn its back on men who want to better their lives from a difficult situation.

“We have interwoven destinies. We’re interconnected. We’re interdependent. If we just turn our back on our brothers, we’re not just hurting that person, we’re hurting ourselves. I am reaching out to and challenging all the fathers in Newark who need help, are at risk, or feel they cannot cope. Reach out to us. Come to our center, talk to our staff, help us assess your needs and issues, join a program, and follow through.

“The effort you put in here will be more than paid back in the successful and productive lives that you and your children are able to lead.”

Glad to see this attention being paid to this particular family need in the city — if Newark is going to be successful, we need to see stronger, more cohesive families, and that means keeping fathers employed and giving them support. The full press release is below.

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