News Recap: January 12, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

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LOOK3 is No More
After 10 years, LOOK3, the “Festival of the Photograph,” has ceased operations. The Charlottesville-based fair cited financial struggles for its closing. In a statement issued on their website, the LOOK3 governing board said, “We are eternally grateful to our featured artists for sharing their talents and inspiring us to look at the world in new ways. And we certainly could not have existed for the past 10 years without the support of our sponsors, donors, attendees, and volunteers. We wish you all much success in your future endeavors and hope our paths cross again soon.”
Read the full story (LOOK3)

Startup New55 Closes
New55, a photography startup re-launching peel-apart 4x5 film, recently announced its closure. As of December 31, 2017, New55 ceased operations and is no longer selling their products. Launching via Kickstarter in 2014, New55 utilized 20x24’s studio to create a revamped peel-apart 4x5 film supported by over 2,000 backers. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to keep the company afloat due to steep production costs. A statement posted to the, now inactive, website reads: “We would like to thank all supporters and all customers as well as our steady suppliers for their faith and good service.”
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

NYPD Investigates Terry Richardson
Fashion photographer Terry Richardson, famous for photographing Rihanna, Kate Moss, and every starlet in-between, is the subject of an investigation by the NYPD’s Special Victims Squad. It’s reported that the investigation started after Clare Bernstein, model, spoke to the New York Daily News about an encounter with the photographer in which he ejaculated on her chest and another instance involving oral rape. Bernstein is just the latest in a number of women who have come forward with allegations against Richardson.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)