Adam Pape

Adam Pape was raised in Smithfield, Virginia.  He left Smithfield for college, and in 2006 received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduating he received the Meyer Traveling Fellowship to work on a collaborative photography project in Turkey. In 2007 he moved to Chicago and began work as the photography department Studio Manager of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011 he moved to New York spending his week days working as a production manager and his nights and weekends in the wooded areas of the city making pictures. He is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at the Yale School of Art. Today we share his series, Skunks & Blunts.

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Skunks & Blunts

In the city there are ways to escape the grid and walk along lines unseen. The parks of New York City offer this escape, eliciting both alienation and intoxication, where the rules are not the same. They allow citizens and nature both a space for development, a second city unto themselves. Like a church or temple, parks are transformative. My photographs utilize these city parks as the backdrop for a narrative that unfolds in between day and night, in between domestic and wild. The fictional image, directed and lit artificially, represents this transformation against and away from the grid.  This liminal space of the city, a world within a world, is like a photograph – autonomous and composed – a microcosm its own.

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To view more of Adam’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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