Archive for January, 2009

Emmet and Elijah Gowin: “Maggie” Book and exhibition and artist talk in Richmond, Virginia this Friday, January 9th

Emmet and Elijah Gowin have collaborated on a wonderful book project entitled “MAGGIE” (Tin Roof Press, 2008) which will have its first showing as an exhibition at the Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.  The exhibition opens this Friday, January 9th with an artists’ talk and book signing at 6 p.m. and a reception continuing until 9 p.m.

From the e-release from Tin Roof Press:

“Produced as a collaborative family effort by celebrated photographers Emmet and Elijah Gowin, and with text by Edith Gowin, ‘Maggie’ brings together two generations to honor a beloved, elderly aunt, 98 year old Margaret Cooper.  This beautifully printed book of 24 tritone and color photographs features selections from Emmet Gowin’s early photographs of Maggie and her extended family from the 1960′s and 1970′s, which includes both classic favorites and works that have never before been published.  Elijah Gowin contributes photograph from his series Hymnal of Dreams (1994-2004) in which Maggie figures prominently in dreamlike and whimsically constructed scenes.  Edith Gowin’s heartfelt introduction weaves together personal recollections while also providing a cultural backdrop for all the images.  Together, father and son present an extended portrait of a remarkable woman whose unique personality and presence inspored to different generations.  ‘Maggie’ celebrates the ties that bind time, place and family history.”

Signed copies are also available online at or at Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City.

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PhotoLA and ReviewLA 2009: This week!

I’m off to Los Angeles this week to meet with photographers, review portfolios at Review LA and attend its open portfolio viewing evening, and attend one of my favorite art fairs, Photo LA.  I hope to meet many of you there!

This Thursday night January 8th is Opening Night for PhotoLA, being held at Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport.  The programming includes “morning walk throughs”with curators (Fri/Sat/Sun), as well as a series of free lectures on publishing being held Saturday afternoon organized and moderated by Charlotte Cotton, curator of photography at LACMA.  One of my favorite things about PhotoLA is that publishers as well as galleries have booths, so it is a great time to gain a clear sense of the “brands” when one sees all their titles together.  In terms of visiting the booths of galleries, I enjoy gaining a barometer on the market: pricing, editing sizes, presentation styles and more.  Remember: the dealers and publishers present have not invested in participating at PhotoLA to search for new talent – this is NOT the place to approach any vendors with your work; rather, this is a great way to do your homework on the market, and narrow down your search for dealers that would be a good match for you and your work.  THEN, watch for this targeted group to jury exhibitions and participate at Portfolio Review events as opportunities to introduce your work to them.  Also watch for them to be giving public lectures, writing articles and to be profiled in industry trade publications and blogs as a way to better know their interests and tastes.   Attending art fairs is a wise investment in your career as an artist.  Go to for complete event information.  

Review LA:  Portfolio sharing event, SATURDAY, January 10th, 6-9 p.m. open to the public.

While registration for Review LA has long been filled, there is a terrific event open to the public on SATURDAY, January 10th.  All the participating photographers are invited to share their work with the public in the ballroom at the Doubletree Guest Suites, 1707 Fourth Street in Santa Monica.

From the CENTER website:

January 10, 6-9pm

Free and open to the public

Photo LA attendees, exhibitors, special guests, and photography lovers are encouraged to come out for a lively evening of stellar photographic images, artists, and conversation. Approximately 70 photographers will be showing their work at the Doubletree Carousel Ballroom.

Review LA is a two-day photographic event that provides photographers a platform to network and share work with one another and with photography professionals. Photographers present their work to influential members of the photographic community who can provide guidance for bringing their work to a larger audience. One-on-one twenty-minute meetings with esteemed gallerists, editors, agents and more, provide photographers of all levels with networking opportunities and possible career advancement.”

CENTER is the sponsor of Review Santa Fe, the Project Competition and Singular Image Competition; all these have a deadline of January 23rd.

For complete application details, to view the work of previous participants and award winners, go to

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a few lists: Best Photobooks of 2008

More to come…

The Online Photographer: The Nominees

Best Photo Books 2008 by 5B4 Photography

Best Photo Books 2008 by Jorg Colberg Photography

New York Times “NOTABLE BOOKS of 2008″

NYT Art Critics Year End Favorites

The Observer @ by Olivia Laing

The London TImes Photo Books of 2008

and for those who can’t get enough of books…all kinds of books…

Largehearted Boy’s 2008 Year-End Online Book Lists


Mesmerizing Museums” from the WSJ

Among others, the annual Photo-Eye list is forthcoming…  I’ll post when it’s released.

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This Sunday, January 4th at the Getty Museum in LA: Demonstration of Historic Processes

A great way to learn! From the Getty Museum website:

Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Wet-Plate Collodion Negatives and Albumen Prints
Sundays through January 4, 2009
1 pm – 3 pm
Museum Studios, Getty Center

Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make wet-plate collodion negatives and albumen prints using authentic mammoth plate cameras, lenses, and procedures from the 19th century. Complements the exhibition Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California.

Note: if you are planning at trip to LA for Review LA and/or Photo LA, be sure to include a visit to this exhibition in your plans! The Getty is open late – until 9 pm – on Saturdays (closed Mondays).

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