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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mandaza #1 WORKING

“I am a vehicle of the spirits and no more than that. Whatever I do, is done through me by the Ancestors” -Mandaza Kandemwa.

Born in Zimbabwe, Mandaza now travels the world as an internationally known Svikiro (traditional healer) and medicine man. Truth, love, justice and peace are his life and are prominent in his teachings.

Franco Manella with Mandaza Kandemwa.

I used one of my favorite cameras the Hasselblad X-Pan with Tri-X film and printed the images on Ilford warm tone fiber paper creating a small limited edition series.

Mandaza and Rino

I would like to thank Franco Manella for inviting me and allowing me to be part of this soul enriching experience. Also, I thank Michael O’Brien for taking this great image of Mandaza and myself.


Lei-Milla Jovovich

I recently came across the 1987 issue of Italian Lei magazine featuring a then 11 year old Milla Jovovich. The title of the article “Lolita’ is very fitting for these great images captured by Herb Ritz. Milla would then be photographed by Richard Avedon for his “Most unforgettable women in the world” campaign for Revlon.

By coincidence, last week Milla took part in a performance piece entitled FUTURE/PERFECT, created by Tara Subkoff which opened the 55th annual Venice Biennale.


Milla, portraying the protagonist, inhabited a glass house for 6 hours. While in the house Jovovich only contacted the outside world through electronic devices, ordering vast amounts of merchandise, art, and other objects. The objects and packages were then delivered to the house, filling it to the brim.

Tara Subkoff along with Milla may be moving into the world of performance art with the greats such as Yoko Ono and Marina Abramović.

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