DARIUS HIMES & JULIE BLACKMON
Julie Blackmon is a photographer who lives and works in Missouri. Blackmon's photographs are inspired by her experience of growing up in a large family, her current role as both mother and photographer, and the timelessness of family dynamics. As the oldest of nine children and mother to three, Blackmon uses her own family members and household to "move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of our everyday lives."
Darius Himes is Assistant Director of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. He was founding editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photography books, which ran from 2002–2007. In 2007, he acted as a co-founder of Radius Books working there until 2011 when he accepted the position at Fraenkel Gallery. He continues to serve on the Board of Radius Books and consults on project acquisitions. A lecturer, educator, and writer, he has contributed to Aperture, Blind Spot, Bookforum, BOMB, PDN, and American Photo. In 2008, he was named by PDN as one of the fifteen most influential people in photography book publishing. His most recent title, Publish Your Photography Book, co-authored with Mary Virginia Swanson, was released by Princeton Architectural Press in the Spring of 2011. He earned his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe.