Saturday, March 31, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
My friend, teacher and mentor Sonja Thomsen's work is included in the Minnesota Center for Photography's Photocentric 2007 this weekend through May 31. This juried biennial has an amazing group of midwestern photographers showing that make me proud to be from the geographic "center" of the country. If you can get to Minneapolis to enjoy this, do it.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
to get your work hung in a museum. Bypassing the whole acquisitions struggle this toy takes your images from flickr and puts them in a museum setting of your choice. I may mount a major retrospective. These folks are certainly taken with my diptych. Notice the women's heads leaning in as they make appreciative, and no doubt pithy, comments. I have every confidence they are going from here directly to the gift shop for the beautifully printed catalogue. I feel better about my portfolio review already! Use this whenever you're feeling down about your own work.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
For me it is when those things the artist can control and those he/she can't come together there is something that happens that upon viewing, is palpable. As Lovejoy would say a gong goes off in your chest.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I was in need of portfolio boxes and wasn't happy with the shipping charges at the place I have usually used. I did a Google search and found Archival Methods and have been very impressed with their prices and service. The items I ordered were shipped same day and two day shipping was only $8. Plus they have the wonderful portfolios pictured above, sadly they're only 1 inch deep. Just thought I'd pass it along.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
"While it has been my observation
that art photography is more about presenting the collected (hunting) while
photojournalism is more about collecting the presented (gathering), this may be
an overly simplistic reduction; I do not mean to imply that art photographers
only hunt and photojournalists only gather. Such a statement would be ignoring
some of the best photography out there, as some of my favorite photographers
possess the distinct ability to marry the two."Megan Bigelow, The fStop
And they say these kids today don't know anything. Go read for yourself.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Walid Raad/The Atlas Group has won the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize for 2007, the largest prize in photography offered, at $60,000 give or take depending on the exchange rate. Black and white. Interesting.
"Undertaken between 1989 and 2004, The Atlas Group is a project to research and document the contemporary history of Lebanon. In this project the authenticity of photographic and video documents in the ‘archive’ are queried leaving the viewer uncertain as to how history - in particular one marked by the trauma of civil war - can be told and visually represented. Appearing to be based on one person’s memories, it also draw on cultural fantasies constructed from the material of the collective memory."
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Sadly the Badgers just lost their NCAA bid for the Sweet 16. Amy Stein and Alec Soth have both posted this bit of distraction from Chad Muthard. Alec can't get past Nixon vs. Mann in the first round, Amy is picking Sternfeld, Evans, Wall & Arbus for the Final Four. I'm going to print out the PDF and ponder my picks.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
The respect and honesty with which he seems to have made these pictures is palpable to me. Perhaps it's my father's Southern roots but looking through them I can hear the bugs singing and feel the humidity.
Monday, March 12, 2007
If you are, like me, schooled in the magic of
photography's willful embrace of luck, mistakes, and happenstance, you view the
art world's partial endorsement of this bastard form with some suspicion.
This month's essay by Charlotte Cotton, author of "The Photograph as Contemporary Art", is titled The New Color: The Return of Black-and-White. It is also available as a PDF for download and printing.
This looks to be a venture well worth keeping an eye on.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
Take a moment to check it all out. It is remarkable work and remarkable fun all at once. It is also heartening to see the "collective" notion floating again.