Thursday 17th, 5:30 pm at the CCP in Tucson: Guest Curator Kate Palmer Albers on “Locating Landscape” exhibition; Joe Deal’s WEST AND WEST also on view through August 1

From the Center for Creative Photography website:

“Gallery Walk
Thursday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.

Join exhibition curator, Dr. Kate Palmer Albers, for a walking discussion of Locating Landscape: New Strategies, New Technologies on Thursday, June 17th, at 5:30 p.m.   The exhibition continues through August 1st.

Inspired by the recent revival of the influential New Topographics exhibition from 1975, Locating Landscape: New Strategies, New Technologies traces the effect of newly available technologies such as GPS and Google mapping on today’s landscape photography.”   Guest-curated by University of Arizona photography historian Kate Palmer Albers, this exhibition includes work by Christiana Caro, Andrew Freeman, Frank Gohlke, Margo Ann Kelley, Mark Klett, Paho Mann, Adam Thorman and Byron Wolfe.”

Also continuing through August 1st:

West and West: Joe Deal

Drawing on the remarkable history of 19th-century survey photography of the Great Plains, West and West was also inspired by the landscapes Joe Deal saw as a child while driving west from his home in Topeka, Kansas, to visit relatives in Great Bend. Deal presents the Western landscape in a consistent format, dividing each scene with a horizon line and using the square-format negative. His depiction presents an endlessly fascinating and changing expanse as grasslands and sky unfold in equal share. The 21 images on view capture the full drama of the Great Plains, spanning the area between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, and from the Canadian provinces to the Mexican border.

The Center for American Places has published a book in conjunction with this show, WEST and WEST: Reimagining the Great Plains (112 pages, 51 duotones, 3 maps  10×11, October 2009).

From the University of Chicago Press’ website:

The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 officially opened the Great Plains to westward settlement, and the public survey of 1855 by Charles A. Manners and Joseph Ledlie along the Sixth Principal Meridian established the grid by which the uncharted expanse of the Great Plains was brought into scale. The mechanical act performed by land surveyors is believed by photographer Joe Deal to be powerfully similar to the artistic act of making a photograph.To Deal, both acts are about establishing a frame around a vast scene that suggests no definite boundaries of its own.  Thus, when approaching his own photographs of the Great Plains, Deal viewed his photography as a form of reenactment, a method of understanding how it felt to contain the Great Plains in smaller, more measurable units.

In West and West, Deal, who was born and raised in Kansas, revisited the Kansas-Nebraska territory and applied his photographic understanding of the landscape grid and horizon line to illuminate the sense of infinite space that transcends the reality of the survey. As Deal writes in his concluding essay: “If the square, as employed in the surveys of public lands, could function like a telescope, framing smaller and smaller sections of the plains down to a transect, it can also be used as a window, equilaterally divided by the horizon, that begins with a finite section of the earth and sky and restores them in the imagination to the vastness that now exists as an idea: the landscape that is contained within the perfect symmetry of the square implies infinity.”

The stunning photographs in West and West present the Great Plains from a rare perspective. From this vantage point, Deal is able to distill and contemplate its expanse.”   You can read the press release here.

Author Biography

Joe Deal was born in 1947 in Topeka, Kansas. He has served as the provost of the Rhode Island School of Design. Deal has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and his work is included in numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles; and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester.
Deal is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery in NYC, which in the winter of 2004 hosted the exhibition JOE DEAL: THE FAULT ZONE & OTHER WORK 1976 – 1986.  You can view all the work from the exhibition here, and read the complete press release here.

This exhibition marks the Center’s first opportunity to display a monographic Joe Deal show since acquiring his archive in 2009.

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SAVE THE DATE: “Shaping the History of Photography” Symposium at the Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin from September 30 – October 2!

Check out the website for this upcoming symposium, register now, book the on-campus hotel now and get your flights in order!  I have been waiting with great anticipation for the exhibition:

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection (9/2/10 – 1/2/11)

and the catalogue to the collection that Roy Flukinger has been writing.

Now I have learned that not only will there be the exhibition at the HRC and book coming this fall, but a gathering for the minds, a learning experience for us all!

From the event website:

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin presents the ninth biennial Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium,

Shaping the History of Photography

September 30-October 2, 2010

The symposium springs from Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, the Ransom Center’s exhibition of this foundational collection of the medium’s history. Curators, collectors, historians, and photographers will participate in a series of panel discussions that focus on the areas in photography on which the Gernsheims had such impact—collecting, exhibiting, publishing, and historiography. Leaders in their fields will consider the forces that have historically shaped these areas, as well as the contemporary influences and developing trends that continue to affect our understanding of the history of photography.

The Flair Symposium, held biennially at the Ransom Center, honors the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine.

Registration is limited and closes on October 1, or when available seats are filled. The $100 registration fee includes access to all events on the schedule. There are a limited number of $35 registrations available for full-time students. Discounts are available for members of the Ransom Center. There is no single-day registration.

A limited number of rooms at the University’s hotel are available to registrants at a discounted nightly rate of $119. To request a reservation code and further instructions, registrants must email Requests will be answered in the order that they are received. Reservation codes will only be provided to individuals who are registered for the symposium.”

While speaker invitations are being confirmed, I can share with you the structure of this event, which allows for a terrific on-going and growing dialogue as we are all present in the same lectures and events throughout the Symposium, presenter, attendee and student alike:

Schedule of Events

Schedule is subject to change. All events take place at the Ransom Center unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 30

5 p.m. Registration and Opening Reception

7 p.m. Public Lecture: Shaping the History of Photography (Jessen Auditorium)

Friday, October 1

9 a.m. Registration and Coffee

10 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address

10:45 a.m. Panel: Collecting Photography

12:15 p.m. Break for Lunch

2 p.m. Panel: Photography’s Historiography

4 p.m. Panel: Photographers React

Saturday, October 2

9 a.m. Coffee

10 a.m. Panel: Photographic Exhibitions

Noon Break for Lunch

2 p.m. Panel: Photographic Publishing

4 p.m. Conclusion

4:30 p.m. Closing Reception

Get ready to see the masterpieces of our history, engage in rich dialogue with many new peers!  I look forward to seeing you in Austin!

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“SNOWBOUND” Lisa M. Robinson’s project now posted on

In the fall of 2009, Wendy Watriss, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of FotoFest commissioned MediaStorm to create a piece on Lisa M. Robinson‘s project SNOWBOUND, adding to our understanding of the project and the artist, and allowing access to the work in all its digital glory.

The piece debuted during the FotoFest Biennial‘s 2010 workshop program, where Brian taught a one-day seminar.  Lisa was present as well, and the question and answer period with the audience was memorable.  It was interesting for both she and Brian to reach into each other’s worlds – she into multimedia storytelling, and Brian into bringing a fine art project to life on the screen, audio and visual combined.   To see the SNOWBOUND project, visit Lisa’s website here. To see the MediaStorm film on the project, visit MediaStorm here. And to view an “Epilogue” interview with Lisa, click here.   Thank you Wendy Watriss and FotoFest, Lisa and the entire creative team at MediaStorm!

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Greenpeace/ILCP Photographer Daniel Beltra’s posts from the Gulf Oil Spill

The Guardian has created a second slideshow of images of the Deepwater Horizon disaster by award-winning conservation photographer Daniel Beltra who is covering the issue for Greenpeace.  You can link to them from Beltra’s blog or click on the links below:

You can learn more about Beltra’s Amazon: Forest At Risk project on the Blue Earth Alliance current projects roster, and watch the recent video of HRH The Prince of Wales announcing Beltra as the winner of his Rainforest Project Awareness Campaign at the Sony World Photography Awards.

Beltra will be among the photographers sharing their work at the “Review Santa Fe 100 Portfolio Viewing” this coming Friday night at the Hilton in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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JUNE 8: Gerry Badger and John Gossage in Conversation at Aperture, NYC


Gerry Badger and John Gossage in Conversation

Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 pm

On Occasion of the Publication of 
The Pleasures of Good Photographs
by Gerry Badger

The Pleasures of Good Photographs (Aperture, June 2010) is an intellectual and aesthetic excursion led by Gerry Badger, one of photography’s eminent critics and popular writers. On the occasion of its publication, Aperture is pleased to present a conversation between Badger and his contemporary—celebrated author and photographer John Gossage. Drawing from the nearly three decades of writing and thinking about photography presented in Badger’s new volume of essays, Badger and Gossage will offer insight into their favorite images, artists, and themes.

The Pleasures of Good Photographs showcases primarily new essays, with a few classics thrown in for good measure, making it an important addition to the canon of photographic writing. A book signing will follow the conversation.

Gerry Badger, a photography critic for nearly thirty years, is himself a photographer, as well as an architect and curator. He has written for dozens of periodicals and his previous books include The Photobook: A History, Volumes I and II, coauthored with Martin Parr, and The Genius of Photography: How Photography Has Changed Our Lives, a companion volume to the esteemed BBC television series. Badger lives in London.

John Gossag
e is well known for his artist’s books and photographic publications, and has produced seventeen books and boxes on specific bodies of work. He is the author of The Pond, to be reissued by Aperture in September 2010. In the 1960s, Gossage studied briefly with Lisette Model and Alexey Brodovitch. Since then, his work has been exhibited worldwide. His photographs are held in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gossage lives in Washington D.C.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
(between 10th and 11th Avenue)
New York, NY
(212) 505-5555

Subway: C, E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue or 1 to 28th Street and 7th Avenue


Media contact: Andrea Smith, Aperture Foundation,; (212) 946-7111

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June 5th in New Orleans: “Louisiana Road Trip” exhibition opens

“LOUISIANA ROAD TRIP”  A group exhibition opens at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery

Exhibition Juried by NICK SPITZER, producer and host of the radio program AMERICAN ROUTES

Opening Reception:  Saturday, June 5th, 6-9 pm

Exhibition dates:  June 5 – July 18

111 St.Mary Street, New Orleans, Louisiana  70130

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June 4th in Chicago: Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani CHROMOTHERAPY exhibition opens

The exhibition of works by Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani from his body of work entitled “CHROMOTHERAPY” opens this Friday evening at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago.  The reception will be held from 5-8 pm and is open to the public.

This exhibition will continue through August 20th.

To read about his upcoming exhibition at the UNM Art Museum (September 10 – December 19, 2010) click here.

From the museum’s website:

“The University of New Mexico Art Museum is honored to present the retrospective Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008. This project is the first comprehensive analysis of the many and varied projects of New Mexico-based photographer Patrick Nagatani who has worked as a photographer and artist since the 1970s. It will include examples from his Nagatani/Tracey Polaroid Collaborations, the Japanese American Concentration Camp portfolio, Nuclear Enchantment, Novellas, Nagatani/Ryoichi Excavations, Chromatherapy series; and, the large-scale masking tape works, Tape-estries. This exhibition is the first to bring together these tour-de-force and seminal projects thus providing a unique opportunity to see the range of Nagatani’s directorial approach and the breadth of his contributions to color photography.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 260 page full-color publication, edited by curator Michele M. Penhall with essays by leading authorities in the field.”  (UNMN Press, anticipated June 2010)

To read about earlier works, click here (Center for Creative Photography) and here (Museum of Contemporary Photography).

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BARNSTORM 2010: The Eddie Adams Workshop deadline extended to June 4 for applications

The 23rd annual Eddie Adams Workshop will be held October 8-11, 2010 in Jeffersonville New York, and is tuition-free for those accepted.

From the website:

“The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios.”

You must be a current students, a working photographer with less than three years of professional experience, or active military to apply.  Attending this workshop affords an incredible glimpse into the world of working with your camera, meet your peers and have an invaluable dialogue with industry professionals.  Good luck to all who apply!

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June 4th in Santa Fe: The Review Santa Fe 100 share work with the public

This Friday, the 100 photographers accepted into this year’s Review Santa Fe will share their work with the public from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Hilton in downtown Santa Fe.  From the CENTER website:

Portfolio Viewing


When: Friday, June 4, 5:30-8:00pm
Where:  Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, 100 Sandoval St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501; Phone: 1-505-988-2811

Free and open to the public.
“Collectors and lovers of photography will appreciate this extraordinary opportunity to view the compelling projects of 100 nationally recognized photographers, including many on the cusp of wider acclaim.

Please join us on this one special evening to view a broad range of contemporary photography, encompassing social, environmental and political issues, plus exceptional fine-art projects.

The public will have the opportunity to peruse the bodies of work and speak with the artists. If you love contemporary photography, you won’t want to miss this lively event.”

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Exhibition ends soon: “ON THE ROAD: A Legacy of Walker Evans” on view through June 12th in Andover

If near Andover before June 12th, don’t miss this exhibition at Brooks School in Andover:

On the Road: A Legacy of Walker Evans, curated by Belinda Rathbone
APRIL 2 – JUNE 12, 2010
Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School, Andover, Massachusetts

Belinda Rathbone is the author of WALKER EVANS: A BIOGRAPHY (1995, Houghton Mifflin, now in paperback).  She is the curator of this exhibition.

Artists exhibited: Robert Adams, Jeff Brouws, Wendy Burton, William Christenberry, Jim Dow, William Eggleston, Terry Evans, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Jan Groover, Frank Gohlke, Danny Lyon, Joel Meyerowitz, Catherine Opie, Edward Ruscha, Erik Schubert, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Sultan, George Tice, Henry Wessel.

For more information, please visit

From an article printed 4/1/10  in the Eagle

“NORTH ANDOVER — His photos hang in some of the world’s most celebrated venues, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

His images evoke the poverty and destitution of The Great Depression.

And now, the celebrated work of Walker Evans finds its way to the Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School in the exhibit, “On the Road: A Legacy of Walker Evans.” The exhibition is open to the public April 2 through June 12.

In addition to 24 Evans photographs from the collection of the Robert Lehman Art Center, the exhibit will feature another 40 photographs from 22 well-known artists who have been equally enthralled with life found along American’s back roads and major highways.

“The example of Walker Evans endures because of his belief in the power of straight photography and the objective stance. In spite of their apparent detachment, these artists are essentially storytellers,” curator Belinda Rathbone writes in the exhibit’s accompanying catalogue.

“American photographers have matched the expressions of novelists, Ô¨Ålmmakers and songwriters in the classic American subject of the road trip as a voyage of discovery,” she said.

Lehman Center Director Marie Costello approached Rathbone, whose brother, niece and nephew all are Brooks alums, about curating such an exhibit several years ago. Costello had read Rathbone’s, “Walker Evans: A Biography” (Houghton Mifflin, 1995).

The collaboration resulted in an engrossing exhibition of 21st century photographers exposing numerous aspects of our society through the American landscape.

Springtime curriculum within Brooks’ English and History departments will tie into the exhibit, as well as inspire countless photography students on and off campus. The exhibit crisscrosses this country, exposing much of America’s true identity found on the road, instead of online.

“In the years to come, will the information highway take the place of the real highway? Will the instinct to explore and discover the material culture, together with the element of chance encounters, diminish with the spread of virtual reality?” Rathbone questioned. “With this exhibition we invite a new generation to assess the interest and durability of the concept ‘On the Road’ for themselves.”

About Walker Evans (1903-1975)

Born into middle-class family in St. Louis, Mo.

Graduated Phillips Academy in Andover.

Dropped out of Williams College; resided in Paris for a year.

Back in the states, adopted artistic circle of friends in New York City, including John Cheever and Lincoln Kirstein.

Photography career began in late 1920s.

Assignment in early 1930s landed him in Cuba, where he became briefly acquainted with ex-pat Ernest Hemingway.

In 1935, worked on a Resettlement Administration campaign in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, which was followed by other RA and Farm Security Administration projects through 1938, primarily in the South.

In 1936, with writer James Agee documented life during the Great Depression while staying with three white tenant families in Alabama.

Resulting 1941 book, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” offered a heartbreaking glimpse of rural poverty.

Briefly served as staff writer for Time magazine in 1945, before long stint as an editor at Fortune magazine.

In 1965, began teaching photography at Yale University School of Art.

Died in his Old Lyme, Conn., home a decade later.

What: Photography exhibit, “On the Road: A Legacy of Walker Evans.”

Where: Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School, 1160 Great Pond Road, North Andover.

When: April 2 through June 12. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. closed during school vacations.

Free. Gallery open to the public and handicapped accessible. Go to, or contact Gallery Director Marie Costello at 978-725-6232 or

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