Removed series brought me all the way to China for Lianzhou Foto Festival

Removed series brought me all the way to China for Lianzhou Foto Festival

I have to thank curator Francois Cheval for being not just an irreplaceable figure in the world of historical and contemporary photography but for also being so warm and welcoming and supportive of my work. He found Removed like so many others online and immediately reached out to me with an invitation to exhibit the series in Lianzhou, China. Francois is the kind of photography lover who oozes with passion and excitement over images.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to China for the exhibition and festival and to spend time with Francois and his team which turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. I spent late nights singing at the KTV and making new friends, all of which were gathering to celebrate the incredible Lianzhou Foto Festival.

Great to be on BBC program Click again!

Great to be on BBC program Click again!

Always a great time when speaking with the gentleman from BBC World Service program Click. Thank you Bill ThompsonGareth Mitchell-BBC, and Colin Grant for keeping things fun and insightful.

Below is an excerpt from our conversation about my new series www.noshow.social

The full show is here: http://bbc.in/2fBlfsj

I encourage you to listen to the entire program however, if you're in a hurry my interview begins around (7:10).

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NoShow: Official release of new work by Eric Pickersgill

NoShow: Official release of new work by Eric Pickersgill

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"Back to Back Clouds", Wilmington, NC 2016

"Back to Back Clouds", Wilmington, NC 2016

This spring I became immersed in the fake Facebook event phenomenon where people were creating and promoting bogus concerts online. I set out to photograph as many as I could, even if that meant photographing a rural South Carolina video rental store at 2:30am. Like my Removed series, this body of work relies heavily on direct interaction with other humans while I explore the messy intersection of the physical and virtual world. In simplest terms, the project is an example of the divisiveness and manipulation that occurs through our beloved social media platforms.

The entire series and statement can be found at www.noshow.social


**Today (November 1, 2016) around 3:30pm EST I will be speaking about NoShow on the BBC during the radio show Click. You can launch the BBC Live Player here.

Thanks for looking!

"I Love Limp", Morganton, NC 2016

"I Love Limp", Morganton, NC 2016

"I Love Limp", Morganton, NC 2016

"I Love Limp", Morganton, NC 2016

"MGMT", Morganton, NC 2016

"MGMT", Morganton, NC 2016

 

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For exhibition and print inquiries contact Rick Wester Fine Art

Removed Mentioned on MarketWatch.com

Removed Mentioned on MarketWatch.com

Thank you Wallace Witkowski for including "Angie and Me" and a mention of Removed in his piece that deeply explores the research of Dr. Larry Rosen about device use and connection. 

Eric Pickersgill Speaking at TEDxPantheonSorbonne in Paris, Video Online Now!

Eric Pickersgill Speaking at TEDxPantheonSorbonne in Paris, Video Online Now!

I have excitedly waited all summer to view my talk from TEDxPantheonSorbonne in Paris, France in June of 2016. I had an incredible time meeting the people and experiencing the culture of Paris and still cannot believe they gave me the opportunity to be the opening speaker of the event. I owe the team at TEDxPantheonSorbonne so much more than a sincere thank you. They really are a wonderful group of people. 

Le travail d'Eric met en avant de manière universelle ce que beaucoup ont tenté d'illustrer sur le changement de comportements humains engendrés par l'utilisation des téléphones portables, tablettes, etc. Ces portraits épurés exposent les enjeux contemporains à travers une composition réfléchie et attirent le regard et la sensibilité du public sur les rituels quotidiens souvent négligés.

I am also happy to share the photograph I made during my talk. 

TEDxPantheonSorbonne Removed / Paris, 2016

TEDxPantheonSorbonne Removed / Paris, 2016

**URGENT** Tickets for TEDxCharlotte on sale now! This will sell out!

**URGENT** Tickets for TEDxCharlotte on sale now! This will sell out!

I will be presenting my Removed series as well as new work at TEDxCharlotte on October 28, 2016 and the remaining tickets went on sale last night at midnight. They will be gone by this evening so if you plan to attend the event then this is your only chance! The line up of speakers is truly amazing and attending a TEDx event is such an inspiring and life changing experience.

Eric Pickersgill Speaking at TEDxBend, 2016

Eric Pickersgill Speaking at TEDxBend, 2016

Guest Editor of Resource Magazine Summer 16!

Guest Editor of Resource Magazine Summer 16!

Thanks to Resource Magazine for including me as guest editor and to share my Removed series in the "Social Media" Summer Issue. The issue includes 11 photographs and a short essay that I wrote about my practice and the project. 

Resource Mag is available at bookstores and studios across the U.S. You can order a copy here.

**More Studio News**

I have been deep into a new project the past few months and am headed to my darkroom now to process film that will conclude my new series. The work will be released in mid-October and I will be giving a sneak peek of the project during an artist talk that I am giving at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC on September 29th. 

While I was in Chicago last week making new work, I was followed by Central China Television as they filmed a short documentary about my practice. They interviewed me at Columbia College Chicago in the darkroom where I once worked. They also spoke with the brilliant and prolific Terry Evans who was my professor for a documentary photography course in 2009 and who also has work in an important and pressing exhibition at the MoCP. The short will be be out early 2017. 

Angie and Me on AIPAD homepage!

Angie and Me on AIPAD homepage!

I really enjoyed my time at AIPAD (The Association of International Photography Art Dealers) back in April and am excited to see the photograph "Angie and Me, 2014" on the the homepage of AIPAD.com

Announcing Collaboration of Silent Pocket and REMOVED.SOCIAL!

Announcing Collaboration of Silent Pocket and REMOVED.SOCIAL!

++FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE++

Removed is a series about device use that came from a very personal place. Making the photographs was a way for me to confront and analyze the changes I was seeing in the lives around me. The work going viral made evident that noticing this shift was universal. 

As the creator of this series, I still find it difficult to partition my device use from my personal and family time. I knew there had to be a product out there that would help my family, friends, and supporters of my work regain control over where and when we use our smartphones.

A few months ago I began a dialogue with Aaron Zar, the founder of Silent Pocket. His line of patented soft goods serves the dual purpose of keeping your digital information safe as well as helping users to disconnect from their devices. Sliding your device into a Silent Pocket Faraday Sleeve blocks all incoming messages, emails, wifi, etc. which allows you to “Mind The Grid” as their slogan simply states. This feels different than powering the device down and allows you to quickly and fully engage with the individuals or tasks that are right in front of you.

I am excited to announce my partnership with Silent Pocket as we release the limited edition run of the REMOVED.SOCIAL Cell Phone Faraday Sleeve. I've been using mine at home while with my family and even while working on location so that I can be fully engaged in making my photographs. I am thrilled to see the launch of this product as I know it will positively impact the lives and relationships of so many people around the world! 

Click here for technical and purchase info about the REMOVED.SOCIAL Faraday Sleeve by Silent Pocket