Ari Gabel

Ari Gabel is a working photographer whose main concentration deals with the documentation of the vanishing faces and stories held within countless individuals across the American landscape. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Ari Gabel nurtured the ability and importance of photography into a lifelong passion of his, which came to fruition during his four years at the Ringling College of Art and Design. His work is both a balance of research and shear instinct, allowing him to explore the environment around him and establish a common understanding of the land. His use of analog cameras is not due to the rarity of it’s existence in modern times, but for the quality it posses and the personable connection it creates with the subject.

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Good River

Good River documents life in the Ohio River Valley. I set out to document an area of the country that has gone through significant cultural and socioeconomic change. This is a part of the U.S. where individuals’ collective livelihoods and lifestyles have been, and are, currently dependent upon certain industries–particularly coalmining. Generations of Appalachians committed their lives and passed on an “identity” of working in the mines, becoming culturally bound to the coal industry. As the nation began to look at alternatives to coal as a resource for fuelling cities and towns, the nation forgot the people who dedicated themselves for generations to the industry. These people were, and still realistically are, unequipped for a different way of life. My goal with this project is to document these stories in an unbiased manner, and in doing so, breakdown preconceived notions about who they are as humans.

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To view more of Ari’s work please visit his website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Small Talk Collective
Womens Photography Collective
Small Talk Collective
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of "small talk," that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We're Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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