Archive for November 6, 2008

Mary Ellen Mark lectures at Free Library of Philadelphia, November 10th

Lecture by Mary Ellen Mark: “Seen Behind the Scenes” at the Central Library branch, Philadelphia

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark is renowned for her humanist portraits of people and cultures. Presented in books and exhibitions, or appearing in publications like the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, her work often addresses complex social issues. Since the 1960s she has also worked on more than 100 film sets as a special stills photographer. Given unrestricted access to sets and actors, Mark has made thousands of images of life behind-the-scenes of productions including Fellini’s Satyricon, Apocalypse Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Tootsie. Seen Behind the Scene collects the best of her rare photographs of some of the most famous figures in film history.

$14 General Admission, $7 Students

Date: Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 7:30 p.m.

Location: Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street (215-686-5322)

NOTE: Upcoming speaker at this same venue: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: Annie Leibovitz At Work,

on December 4th

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Blue Earth Launches Lecture Series: Daniel Beltra, November 8, 2 p.m. at the Henry Art Gallery

Blue Earth Alliance will present the first lecture in a series on documentary photography that focuses on global environments, social, and cultural issues. One of our own project photographers Daniel Beltrá will initiate the series at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle on Saturday, November 8th at 2 p.m.

Beltrá will present his stunning, award-winning photographs of the threatened Amazon rainforest. His breathtaking images witness both the worst drought in living memory and the burning of thousands of acres of untouched rainforest.

Daniel Beltrá is the recipient of awards from the World Press Photo, China International Press, Pictures of the Year and the National Press Photographers Association. He was also recently admitted to the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.

Tickets available at the door. Free to Blue Earth and Henry members; $10 non-members; $5 for students with ID.

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“Keeping Time: Cycle and Duration in Contemporary Photography” Exhibition opening at PRC in Boston this Friday, November 7

KEEPING TIME is the title for an exhibition opening November 7th at the PRC in Boston; reception is this evening November 6th from 5:30 – 7:30. The exhibition will be on view through January 25th, 2009.

From the website:

Artists include Stuart Allen (TX), Erika Blumenfeld (TX), Rebecca Cummins (WA), Sharon Harper (MA), Chris McCaw (CA), Matthew Pillsbury (NY), Byron Wolfe (CA).

EXHIBITION ESSAY by Leslie K. Brown:

From the December / January / February 2008 – 2009
PRC newsletter, in the loupe
By Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

“This group exhibition brings together photographers who deal with concepts of time, duration, and cycles—human, celestial, and photographic—in their work. From the “music of the spheres” to “seasonal affective disorder,” there is no doubt that humans are affected by time and the natural rhythms of the sun, moon, tides, and seasons. Since its very beginnings, photography has been lauded as nature capturing itself and as a method with which to stop, preserve, and contemplate time.

In creating their work, each artist in Keeping Time uses a different idea or aesthetic means to capture time and bookend or collect their exposures. For example, several in the show create rules or use outside activities to dictate when the shutter is open and closed. Others follow important celestial markers, like equinoxes, or human markers, like birthdays or conversations. Concomitant with this, a number of the artists incorporate, and often welcome, elements of chance within their work.

Usually used to record a single moment, photography can cumulatively record time and light in a way that no other medium (or even our eyes) can. Recalling earlier motion and time studies of Eadweard Muybridge and Étienne-Jules Marey, some photographers in Keeping Time alter their cameras or construct new forms of light recording devices. These artists cut to the core of the medium itself and duly consider the interesting possibilities of light as subject as well as the materiality of the medium.

Time itself is both an experience and a construct. Our understanding and conception of it has changed over time and place. “Standard time” came into being as a result of the railroads needing to coordinate schedules; “daylight savings time” is itself a convention, adopted to take advantage of daylight in the summer months. Today, new developments in physics and astronomy challenge and extend our traditional conceptions of light, space, and time. This work also brings to mind philosophical and mathematical concepts of duration and time—from the theories of Henri Bergson to Albert Einstein.

As time seems to pass by faster and faster everyday, these artists grant us a chance to look to the sky and slow down. It is not a far jump, then, for us to contemplate the natural cycle of life and death, not only for astronomical bodies, but for our own bodies as well. Simply put, Keeping Time aims to unite various projects that attempt to make sense of and keep time.”

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