Archive for April, 2010

Discussion on “Future of Book Publishing” on Bob Edwards Weekend radio program

Jean Laughton tipped me off that today on “Bob Edwards Weekend” there was a discussion on the future of book publishing in the first hour.

From the website:

“Publishing industry visionary Richard Nash, will kick off our series on The Future of Book Publishing. Nash is the former publisher of the independent Soft Skull Press and founder of the new social publishing house Cursor.

Peter Brantley is the director of the Bookserver Projec at the Internet Archive. As part of our series on the publishing industry, Bob talks with Brantley about the effects of technology on the future of reading, writing, and selling books.”

This is the first in a series of three broadcasts to be devoted to book publishing.

Download the podcast here.

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April 29th, 7 pm: Fred Ritchen lectures at Northeastern University in Boston

The Photographic Resource Center in Boston (PRC) is partnering wit Northeastern University to bring Fred Ritchen to Boston for a public lecture on the evening of April 29th.

From the PRC website:

LECTURE — Fred Ritchin

After Photography:
In a digital environment, what can emerge from a medium transformed? How will it change us as people? And how can we influence what comes next?

“Fred Ritchin is author of the recently published book, After Photography, and has been writing on the digital challenge for media since a major article for The New York Times Magazine in 1984. He is professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and directs PixelPress. Ritchin was picture editor of The New York Times Magazine, executive editor of Camera Arts magazine, and founding director of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography. Ritchin has also authored In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (1990), and his essays have appeared in other books such as In Our Time: The World As Seen by Magnum PHotographers, An Uncertain Grace: THe Photographs of Sebastiao Salgado, Mexico Through Foreign Eyes, Sahel: End of the Road, and Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam. He is currently finishing another book Outside the Frame, on photography and human rights. He also writes the blog  afterphotography.org

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Northeastern University (Building 20F, in West Village)
MBTA T-Stop (E-Line – Northeastern)

This lecture is in collaboration with Northeastern University; click here for a campus map / directions.

Cost:
Members $10, Non-Members $15, Full-time students $5
Free for Students of Institutional Members”

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Continuing through April 30 in Syracuse: “Covering Photography” exhibition at SU Special Collections

I am a huge fan of the website “COVERING PHOTOGRAPHY” and the gems it offers (to say nothing of the research potential to identify great graphic designers to add to your mailing list!).  This exhibition was first shown in Boston, and has been on view in Syracuse, the alma matter of Karl Badel who is the mind behind www.coveringphotography.com and the exhibitions.

When Susan kae Grant and I were guest speakers on campus at Light Work this past November, we had the pleasure of meeting Peter D. Verheyen, librarian and Department Head, Preservation who is the SU Library (and beyond!) specialist on Book Arts.  Peter launched the Book Arts Web (www.philobiblon.com) which is not to be missed.  Peter was key in bringing “Covering Photography” to Syracuse;  if you are anywhere near, GO!!

From the original press release:

“From January 19th through April 30th,2010, Syracuse University Library presents the exhibition, Covering Photography: Imitation, Influence and Coincidence. This display of books and book covers was conceived and curated by Karl Baden, a photographer and Fine Arts faculty at Boston College.

Since 2001, Baden has been constructing a comprehensive history of photography through volumes of fiction and poetry with important, well-known photographs on their covers. To date, he has assembled more than 2000 books, representing the work of more than 350 photographers. Much of this project may be accessed online at http://www.CoveringPhotograpy.com.

For Imitation, Influence and Coincidence, Baden investigates a new facet of this concept by presenting several dozen books whose cover illustrations are in some way derived from well-known images in photographic history. His concerns in this instance involve the larger question of how ‘high art’ is absorbed, processed and regurgitated by popular culture, either through direct imitation or by stylistic influence. In the exhibition, Baden compares a reproduction of each ‘source’ photograph to a comparable book cover image, to not only suggest the influence, but to indicate how the image was altered by the process of translation. Sometimes the connection is quite obvious; an instance of blatant appropriation. In other cases it is more a question of the designer or illustrator being subtly, perhaps even unconsciously, influenced by a particular photographer or photograph. Finally, there may be no direct, or even indirect, connection, but rather, for lack of a better term, an ‘intelligent’ coincidence; ie, an idea or visual trope that is part of the collective cultural consciousness, and manifests itself in various ways by groups or individuals who have no obvious connection to each other. By comparing book cover art to the photographs from which they are, or may be, derived, Imitation, Influence and Coincidence poses the questions: How far can this concept of influence be stretched before it breaks? How is visual syntax processed by culture, and when does influence end and coincidence begin? This exhibition prods the viewer to consider these questions and come up with an answer of his or her own.”

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April 21st in New Orleans: Lynn Goldsmith exhibition opening and book signing for “Rock n’ Roll”

The photography events in New Orleans just keep on coming, sorry to be heading home!  Seeing samples of Keith Carter’s newest works at A Gallery for Fine Photography was exciting!  The gallery space will be transformed to display “ROCK n’ ROLL” by Lynn Goldsmith which opens on the 21st with a signing of the book of the same name.  I hope you will have a chance to meet Lynn in New Orleans this week!

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April 20, Tempe: William Wiley speaks at ASU Art Museum at 7 pm

From the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts website:

Gallery Talk by William Wiley, on his project “Forged Power:  Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wiley

Artist William Wylie will present a gallery talk on Tuesday, April 20th at 7 pm on his video art exhibition Forged Power: Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wylie, which is showing at ASU Art Museum through May 29, 2010.”

About the exhibition:

In the digital age, the way we engage with physical work has drastically shifted. Such shifts are not new and have occurred over the course of human history – from the invention of simple tools to the industrial revolution, to our current digital society. But as technologies continue to advance, our control and power appear to diminish not only in our work, but also of our bodies. The body’s relationship to work continues to be less physical. We use mechanical arms to lift both heavy and light objects into place and vacuums now roam floors on their own. A document that once took the entire use of one’s arm to hand write can now be created with light touches of computer keys. With voice activation and eye-tracking technologies entering the mainstream consumer market, the hand may soon be removed altogether from the process of work.

Spanish artists Ferran Mendoza and Alvaro Sau traveled the Basque-French border region. The artists refer to it as “this kind of frontier land which we call the outdoors,” a territory of Europe where the “most archaic ways of living coexist with the omnipresent industrial world.” Using their cameras, Mendoza and Sau captured in high definition video the residents of this seemingly isolated region in their daily routines and surroundings. The result of their journey is the video Outdoors (2008), a 56-minute work that delivers a composition of portraits. These portraits provide fleeting glimpses of individuals who take pride in their independence, work and know-how. Their knowledge of their tools, their environment and how their bodies interact with each is clear and poetic; they perform their tasks as if every specific activity or action has been choreographed.

In the historic quarries of Carrara, Italy, the cavatori (stonecutters) have worked for centuries excavating large slabs of white marble from the earth. Through a fellowship exchange, artist William Wylie was provided the opportunity to spend time observing the everyday operations and interactions of the men who work in these famous quarries, the very quarries used by artists from Michelangelo to Louise Bourgeois. What at first appears to be a focus on machinery is soon realized to be a study of human activity and control. While trucks and machinery within these digital videos appear to struggle and battle to complete tasks, the cavatori work with their hands – making precision measurements and chiseling slight grooves. The artist captures in his Carrara series, Cavatori, The Block, Dust, and Friction (2006), the gestural engagements of the hand and body as the stonecutters work together, using signals and whistles, to coordinate their movements within the noise and chaos of the industrial site. Together these four videos demonstrate that the actions of work can be perceived as beautiful in and of themselves.

The individuals captured in these videos control their own actions by working with their hands and bodies. They do more than just push a button; they exert human energy and create an effect through the power of their own body. Retaining the capability of doing work or accomplishing tasks with the use of the physical body, their forged power is a reaffirmation of human capability.

The exhibition will feature five video works by the artists. William Wylie will be in attendance at ASU Art Museum to present a free lecture on APRIL 20th at 7 pm. He will also meet with students and classes while in Tempe.

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Deadline May 15th: The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Portfolio Competition

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art Photography Portfolio Competition website:

“A great photography opportunity…..

The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce its first Photography Portfolio Competition. 

A jury of nationally recognized photography experts will select six entries for inclusion in a 16″ x 20″ portfolio to be published in an edition of 25 in fall 2010. Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz CenterPhiladelphia Museum of Art, will select one additional curator’s choice entry to be sold as an individual print in a limited edition. The Museum will exhibit the portfolio and the individual print in fall 2010, and an event will be held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the production of the portfolio. 

The application deadline for the competition is May 15, 2010. All applications must be submitted online.

Jurors 2010

 Jurors will include noted photographer Tina Barney; Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief, ApertureMagazine; and Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Awards 2010

 Each winning photographer will be awarded $1,000. The curator’s choice photographer will receive $500. Winning artists will receive one print of their work. The winning photographs will become part of the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Portfolio 2010

 The portfolio will be sold through The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a limited edition of twenty-five (25) boxed sets to be produced by Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints, Philadelphia. Two (2) additional editions will be printed for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The portfolio will comprise six photographs and information about each artist. An additional curator’s choice photograph will be selected and sold as an individual print in a limited edition.”

For further information or to download the entry form click here.

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Aline Smithson hosts lecture series at JDPW and has exhibition at The Atelier Gallery, opening reception April 22nd

From the Julia Dean Photo Workshops website: 

“Los Angeles has a rich tapestry of fine art photographers that create amazing work. Because our city is so expansive, we often don’t get the opportunity to connect and learn about each other. This second chapter of Four Evenings with Fine Art Photographers opens the door to four incredible evenings, shared through the vision of some of the most interesting fine art photographers working in Los Angeles today. Many have published books, are inspired teachers, exhibit throughout the world, and are award-winning visionaries.

Come join and us and these four talented photographers for what promises to be an unforgettable journey into artistic exploration, philosophy and discussion.

March 25th – Tierney Gearon

April 29th – Jay Mark Johnson

May 20th – Robbert Flick

June 17th – Susan Anderson

Listen. Learn. Be inspired.”

From the Griffin Museum of Photography website:

The Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre

ARRANGEMENT IN GREEN AND BLACK: PORTRAIT OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S  MOTHER Photographs by Aline Smithson 
April 7 through May 16, 2010
 An opening reception is April 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

For Aline Smithson, the inspiration for a series of photographs began when she found a small print of Whistler’s painting Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother, at a neighborhood garage sale. The same weekend she found a leopard coat and hat, a 1950s cat painting, and what looked like the exact chair from the Whistler painting.

“That started me thinking about the idea of portraiture, the strong compositional relationships going on within Whistler’s painting, and the evocative nature of unassuming details,” says Smithson.

With her 85-year-old mother, who posed in more than 20 ensembles, as a model, Smithson created the series Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother, which is featured in The Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA, April 7 through May 16. An opening reception is April 22, 6-7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs parallel to the theater’s production of My Fair Lady. .

Smithson says the series of 21 images “incorporates traditional photography techniques, yet becomes richer with the treatment of hand painting. It is my intent to have the viewer see the work in a historical context with the addition of color, and at the same time, experience Whistler’s simple, yet brilliant, formula for the composition.”

Smithson’s mother passed away before seeing the finished series. “I am grateful for her sense of humor and the time this series allowed us to be together,” says Smithson.

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