Photos: A Holiday Shoot With Suzanne Heintz and Her Mannequin Family

Photographer Suzanne Heintz shoots a family Christmas card just like any self-respecting matriarch would, but with a difference: Heintz's happy family is made of plastic -- husband, snowflakes, flocking, stocking caps and all. Photographer Danielle Lirette joined Heinz for a holiday photo shoot Sunday at Kanon Collective; read on for images.

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Photos: Bhutan Refugees Chronicle Their Journey to Colorado

Bhim Bahadur Bhattarai
For many refugees, their flight to the United States was their first experience with air travel.
A photography exhibit opening this weekend offers rare glimpses of an arduous journey: The long road taken by displaced people from Bhutan, many of whom have spent years in refugee camps awaiting resettlement opportunities, to strange new worlds -- like Aurora, Colorado. The images were taken by young refugees themselves, with cameras handed out in a resettlement camp in eastern Nepal by the Denver-based Picture Me Here project.

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ARC Calendar Project Strikes a Few Iconic Poses

Cassandra Zink Photography
The return of Lady Day, courtesy of LaFonda.
If, as Fred Allen once suggested, a celebrity is someone who works hard at not being recognized, then the folks featured in the soon-to-be-released 2015 calendar put together by The Arc Pikes Peak Region are true superstars. The models -- all people with developmental disabilities and Arc clients -- have managed to recreate some of the most recognizable celebrity images of the twentieth century with such uncanny verisimilitude, masking their own identities in the fame of their subjects, that it's easy to get confused over which image is the original, which the impersonation.

Last year the Pikes Peak office did a feel-good calendar that depicted clients celebrating the seasons in Colorado. This year advocacy specialist Craig Severa wanted to take a different approach: drawing on volunteer talent and props and wardrobe borrowed from ARC thrift stores to restage some of the most iconic photos and posters of modern times.

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Colorado Photographers Document Disaster in Flood: A Thousand Year Event

Katie Harwood, "February 19, 2014, 5:09:10 PM," Archival Pigment Fiber Based Print, 2014.
When Front Range communities washed away in last year's torrential rains and subsequent floods, some folks who experienced the disaster firsthand did so with cameras in hand, documenting the stark power of nature as rivers jumped their banks to wreak havoc. A year later, the Dairy Center for the Arts will commemorate the Boulder region's floods with Flood: A Thousand Year Event, curated by Mark Sink and featuring images by seven of those photographers: James Balog, Andrew Beckham, Chris Brown, Charles Forsman, Kevin O'Connell, Richard Van Pelt and Katie Harwood. The show opens tonight with artist talks at 4 p.m. and a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and runs through October 10. Admission is free. Keep reading for images from the exhibit.

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Ralph-Michael Giordano recreates classic Hollywood photos with Colorado actors

Ralph-Michael Giordano
Kendra Buck as Gloria Swanson
Colorado's independent film scene is booming, says filmmaker and photographer Ralph-Michael Giordano, whose exhibition A Colorado Tribute to Classic Hollywood will be featured at Tenn Street Coffee and Books on First Friday, as part of the Tennyson Street Artwalk. Giordano has spent the last six months rebooting classic photographs of Hollywood stars. The new images feature fourteen Colorado actors posing as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor and beyond. In advance of the August 1 opening, Westword spoke with Giordano about his photographs and his homegrown homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Photos: The Heads of Hydra couple up for an intimate exhibition at Carmen Wiedenhoeft
Katie Taft and Anthony Camera
Lovers are already collaborators in life, but what happens when they collaborate as artists? Some would say that a deeper understanding comes into play under the circumstance, that couples creativity is different, perhaps more intimate, and rooted in unspoken simpatico. That's what Lovers Collaborations, a group project of the Heads of Hydra photography collective that opens Friday, August 1, at Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery, is all about.

"Anti-Curator" Richard Alden Peterson gave free rein to seventeen artist couples -- pairs that loosely range from married duos to good friends -- to create something together; even gallerist Carmen Wiedenhoeft doesn't know what the final product will look like. But as a preliminary tease, Peterson asked each couple to submit photographs of themselves with one requirement -- that their eyes be closed in the images. Keep reading to see the results.

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Catherine Opie talks selfies, AIDS and her shift from representation to abstraction

Categories: GLBTQ, Photography

Catherine Opie
"Untitled #5 (Inauguration Portrait), 2009"
Catherine Opie began shooting photographs at the height of the AIDS crisis. Her portraits of LGBTQ people were born from the urgency of the moment: She was watching her friends die. Over the years, her work has evolved from documentary portraiture and landscapes toward greater abstraction and a study of her internal self. In advance of her artists' talk at Anderson Ranch, Opie spoke with Westword about shifts in her work and the LGBTQ community, and the purpose of photography in the age of the selfie.

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Photos: Suzanne Heintz leaves Chauncey the mannequin at the altar

More than a decade ago, Starz art director Suzanne Heintz decided there was a way to have a family and her freedom, too: She acquired a set of mannequins, including make-believe husband Chauncey and daughter Mary Margaret, and began photographing herself in vignettes with them for a project she calls Life Once Removed. This past Monday, she staged the greatest scenario ever in the project's history: A formal renewal of wedding vows at the elegant Grant Humphreys Mansion, with a mixture of human and plastic guests.

The joke's on Chauncey, though: Heintz took advantage of her place at the wedding podium to discuss her thoughts on commitment and her chosen life of spinsterhood, and left the poor mock man stiffly standing at the altar. Photographer Danielle Lirette was front and center to capture these images from the performance/celebration.

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Photos: The costumes of Denver Comic Con

More than 85,000 people walked through the aisles of the Denver Comic Con over the weekend, according to the folks behind the rapidly growing convention, and a lot of them were in costume. Con cosplay, after all, is an art unto itself, featuring hand-built costumery that can sometimes take months to create. Or not. Photographer Danielle Lirette brought back these images -- and more -- from the third annual event.

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Five great views -- both mountain and city -- around Denver

Denver is a beautiful city, especially on days devoid of any brown cloud, and there are dozens of places where you can get a memorable shot. Here are five spots that offer a great view of the city or the mountains -- and, in some rare cases, both.

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