Archive for September 2, 2007

Getty Museum Lecture: “Edward Weston’s Love/Hate Relationship with Los Angeles” September 13

From the Getty Museum’s website:

Los Angeles launched the career of Edward Weston (1886–1958), the subject of the current exhibition Edward Weston: Enduring Vision and a creative visionary who has been described as “the quintessential American artist/photographer of his time” Weston lived in the greater Los Angeles area from 1906 to 1923, establishing his own photographic business, marrying and having four children, and coming to grips with modern art for the first time.

In 1923 Weston left for Mexico; after returning to California he eventually settled in Carmel, the bucolic seaside town that was the polar opposite of the messy, tumultuous City of Angels. And it is with Carmel, not Los Angeles, that Weston remains firmly associated. Weston assisted in this rewriting of history by destroying many photographs and papers from his years here.

What prompted Weston to erase Los Angeles from his past? Did the city have any influence on his work, or was his time here merely a prelude to the monumental artistic achievements that came later? Learn the answers to these questions from historian of photography Beth Gates Warren, who has spent the last decade piecing together the lost history of Edward Weston in L.A.

About Beth Gates Warren:
Beth Gates Warren is a historian of photography and a leading expert in the field of collecting photographs. An art consultant and the former director of the photographs department at Sotheby’s, Inc., Warren has lectured and taught at such institutions as The New School, the International Center of Photography, New York University, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Phillips Museum of Art. She is the author of Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration, which examines the personal and professional relationship between these two important American photographers.

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300

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“True to Life: Color Photography 1860-1960″ at Michael Dawson Gallery, LA 9/7-10/27

This is an exhibition I wish I could see! From the press release:

Michael Dawson Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition exploring the development of color photography between 1860 and 1960. Featured in the exhibition are photographs by Giorgio Sommer, William Henry Jackson, Karl Struss, James Doolittle, Eliot Porter, Harry Callahan, William Mortensen, and Harold Edgerton among others. From hand-colored daguerreotypes to dye transfer prints, this exhibition focuses on photographic images that attempted to bring the viewer into a seamless relationship with the scene depicted through the integration of various color processes. Beginning in the nineteenth century, the impetus to add color to the photographic image was fueled by the desire to increase the sale of commercial portraiture as well as landscape views sold to tourists making the “Grand Tour” of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In the early twentieth century the development of the Autochrome process led to the acceptance of color photography among amateur and artist/photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Karl Struss.

By the 1930s the conflicting demands of art and commerce were particularly evident in the realm of color photography. The cost and difficulty of producing durable and long lasting color photographs such as the three color carbro print lead to the primary use of color photography in the fields of advertising and journalism. Despite the difficulties, the pioneers of color photography fostered a unique aesthetic vision based on the demands of commercial portraiture, tourism, advertising, and journalism. The technical, commercial, and artistic developments in the field of color photography between 1860 and 1960 paved the way for the wide spread acceptance of color photography in the 1970s as a valid medium for fine art photography and contemporary art.”

True to Life: Color Photography, 1860 to 1960
September 7th through October 27th, 2007

Opening reception: Friday, September 7th, 7pm to 9pm

Michael Dawson Gallery
535 North Larchmont Boulevard (Limited free parking in our lot), Los Angeles, California 90004
(323) 469-2186, FAX (323) 469-9553

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Fotoseptiembre USA: SAFOTO September 1-30 in San Antonio, Texas

The month of September finds many things happening in San Antonio, Texas, under many umbrellas:

Fall Art Festivals
incorporates photography and film festivals, book arts, music events and more. Click here for the Cultural Calendar, here for Festivals.

About FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA:

“SEPTEMBER 1 – 30, 2007

This annual international photography festival is a unique, eclectic, month-long celebration of the photographic arts.

Dozens of exhibits showing traditional photographs, digital images, photography based works, photographic installations, funky camera, and alternative processes, are presented in galleries, museums, art centers and other exhibition spaces in San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country, and in the festival’s web galleries.

All exhibits are free and open to the public.
For more information please visit our web site:

www.fotoseptiembreusa.com
www.safotofestival.com

Click here to download a PDF of the 2007 San Antonio event program.
Click here to download a PDF of the 2007 Mexico event program.

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