Herb Ascherman’s Life Behind a Camera

In photographer Herb Ascherman’s Shaker Heights living room, there’s what he calls his “worship wall.” It features classic photos by some of photography’s towering giants: Albert Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Inge Morath, Arnold Newman.   “Every morning I get down on my kneeler and ask for their blessing,” he says, only half joking.   It must have worked. Ascherman has had […]

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Elephants and Winnebagos: Eric Rippert takes memories down a new road

Eric Rippert’s darkling, toys-in-a-landscape photographs have for several years commented on innocence and alienation, and he has drawn some attention for those. Most visibly, two were printed large — highway scale –and installed on the West 14th Street underpass in Tremont, as part of the Cleveland Innerbelt Project Mural Art Program.  In 2014 the Progressive Insurance collection – always a […]

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BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

What do you want the world to know about Cleveland? And what do you think the world could learn from this place? Those questions are on a lot of Northeast Ohio minds as some 50,000 reporters and politically active people are soon to arrive here for the Republican National Convention. We wanted the world’s attention. We got it. Now what […]

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Not Dead Yet: Kate Sopko’s The Fixers

  Kate Sopko’s series of short films collectively known as The Fixers isn’t exactly about fixing Cleveland, which might be impossible, though her narratives do show people hard at work repairing neighborhoods, hammering at closed minds. But “Fixers” in this usage are really guides to complex social or political situations—insiders who know shortcuts and can give journalists a fast ride […]

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Inter Urban Project Rides RTA The Red Line gets a slew of commissioned murals in time for the RNC

Visitors arriving in Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention –most of them, at least—will arrive at Hopkins International Airport. The candidates and their top level staffs will probably have chauffers, and lots of others will surely drive rental cars. But with Greater Cleveland RTA offering light rail service directly to the heart of downtown, it’s safe to say that […]

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TERRIBLE AND BEAUTIFUL: Darius Steward, Clotilde Jimenez, and Race as a subject for artistic dialog

When we talk about race in Cleveland, conversation runs quickly toward headline stories, especially of white police officers and Black men or boys. Thanks to a couple of high profile shootings and the way the justice system responded, the city had a major role in the national discussion of race-related violence in 2015.  That was the context in which I […]

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