Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Kevin Miyazaki is having a "tinytinygroupshow" (click on the group, when it opens in a new window click on the images to zoom) on his fairly new blog. Talk about coming late to the party and leaving some of us in the dust....
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Camille Seaman has won the Critical Mass hardbound monograph from Photo Lucida for 2006 for her The Last Iceberg series. In a case of sending coals to Newcastle through researching her I discovered she is also founder of Fastback Creative Books. From the site it looks to be the answer to the many Internet book publishing options that are less than what one would hope for. The prices are competitive and they offer PERSONAL service. Let me know if you have used them or seen their work.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
The summer issue of Aperture has arrived and includes an essay by Gerry Badger on Magnum. It makes me miss the days when the photo essay was part of general culture but motivated me to spend some time at Magnum in Motion again to view the various essays, current and historic (Elliott Erwitt's Personal Best is particularly delightful). Reading Badger's history I am impressed by the Cooperative's ability to survive and transcend the various disagreements and "squabbles" in order to adopt the above quote as their mission statement just last year.
As to the Art vs.Photojournalism debate, I refuse to be put in a position to choose and generally find the people pushing it to be self serving rather than enlightening. Although it seems Art believes it has the upper hand at the moment, as long as quality is the inherent motivating factor for Magnum photographers, I expect they will continue to be the gold standard for another 60 years.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Amy Elkins has posted a further edit of a video of her Beyond This Place: 269 Intervals and Halfway There projects. I have followed this project for over a year and the video rendition (with its inherent frenetic aspect) is a completely different experience than a photo a day. I wonder which is truer to her experience.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Julian Schnabel was asked by a young master class student, "What's the worst thing you can do as an artist?"
"Try to get people to like you." (John Seabrook, Masters Voice, The New Yorker May 7, 2007)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Mike Johnston, over at The Online Photographer has a very helpful post on what to tell all your friends and family when they inevitably ask you which digital camera to buy. You might just want to print off copies to hand out just to save time and aggravation.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I inherited a large number of photographs from a family member and have been mulling over a way to rephotograph them in an attempt to make these objects not just the past, but the present. To give them a life beyond a box in the basement. I came across Cedric Smith's work, particularly these photographs, and the bar has been raised.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
C. N. Track No. 1,Skihist Provincial Park, British Columbia 1985 Edward Burtynski
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
The Window in Cheryl's Room Kevin Miyazaki
I am happy to announce two new photography blogs from fellow Wisconsinites. jw lawson Fine Art and Kevin Miyazaki are sharing their thoughts, process and work. Stop by and tell them Mel sent you.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Synchronicity n. syn·chro·nic·i·ty (sĭng'krə-nĭs'ĭ-tē, sĭn'-)
1. The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous; synchronism.
2. Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality.
Friday, May 4, 2007
I am in the process of setting up a studio space away from home. My current workspace is beginning to strongly resemble the homes of elderly hermits you read about where one has to weave ones way through stacks and piles to move around. It's time for bigger digs. I'm still a few weeks away from painting but I want some input. The image above is a monochromatic color theme made with Kuler with 50% grey as the base color. If you haven't played with Kuler yet then you just aren't trying to waste time. Your job is to go to Kuler, create a color theme, give it a name and let me know about it. I'll post the results and hopefully the one chosen. The space is a 950 square foot rectangle, ceiling is original pressed tin (already painted dirty beige) at 14 feet high. So this isn't entirely about me, feel free to use Kuler whenever you need to play with color.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
"are aesthetics something given to you from the outside, or is it latent potentiality, waiting there for you to recognize it as some part of your self?"
the space in between has a thoughtful post on personal aesthetics.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Another artist I found at Art Chicago with whom I was unfamiliar is San Francisco artist J John Priola. After what seemed to be mile after mile of large color prints (don't get me wrong, I love large color prints) his strong black and white, graphic intimacies were a sorely needed rest for my eyes. They are simply stunning. Read a current review of a San Diego exhibit here.