Archive for January, 2009

THIS WEEKEND: Linda Connor speaks at Phoenix Art Museum, January 31 and SMOCA on February 1

Linda Connor comes to Phoenix for two events this weekend:  the first, in conjunction with her one-woman exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum (2 pm Saturday) and the second to speak in conjunction with the Callahan, Siskind and Sommer exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2:30 p.m. Sunday).  Details below:

Meet the Artist: Linda Connor
Saturday, January 31, 2pm

Phoenix Art Museum

In conjunction with her exhibition ODYSSEY, join photographer Linda Connor for a discussion of her motivations, processes and choices as expressed in her works on view in the Norton Photography Gallery.

The exhibition remains on view through March 8th.

About the exhibition:

The Norton Gallery will offer an escape into the world of photography with an aesthetic exploration of sacred spaces. Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor is an artist-designed installation, offering spiritual and meditative experiences to those who enter the gallery.

Traveling around the world, contemporary photographer Linda Connor seeks places and traditions that convey such intangible qualities as time, faith, and spirituality. Her photographs connect these ethereal concepts to specific locales and to the natural world. She has worked extensively in India, Indonesia, Turkey, Cambodia, Egypt, Tibet, and the American Southwest. Included in the exhibition of more than 70 photographs are some of Connor’s best known images from the past three decades, along with more recent works that have had little public exposure.

Connor’s work intimately links imagery and technique. Her use of a large-format view camera allows her to achieve remarkable clarity and rich detail; frequently using long exposures, Connor captures movement and suggests the passage of time. Her photographs, created by direct contact of the 8×10-inch negative on printing-out paper, are exposed and developed in her garden using sunlight. Toned with gold chloride, each print has a warmth, luminosity, and delicacy seldom found in standard photographic printing.

Sunday, February 1st, 2:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Linda Connor, a former student of Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer, will speak about her personal experiences and knowledge of the three influential photographers. In conjunction with At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer. Connor’s own photographs are simultaneously on view at the Phoenix Art Museum in Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor through March 8.

Meet in the Museum lobby. Free.

About the exhibition and upcoming related events, from the SMOCA website:

At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer, examines the pivotal interrelationship of three mid-century photographers who helped define the course of American photography: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer (who lived in Prescott, Arizona). This is the first full comparison of their work and exploration of their robust, prescient exchange of ideas about photography, abstraction and metaphor. Self-taught as photographers, they helped shape the evolution of photography as an art form. This exhibition highlights the powerful role of such camaraderie in shaping photography at this seminal time, before the emergence of a market for photography and before widespread artistic acceptance of the medium. Their work is an important bridge between classic mid-century photography and hybrid artistic approaches to the medium today.

This project also showcases the historical importance of Frederick Sommer, who worked in relative isolation in Prescott, Arizona, yet whose masterful and singular work is internationally recognized today. It has been some 20 years since Sommer’s art was last shown in depth here. SMoCA thanks the Frances and Frederick Sommer Foundation, Prescott, AZ for its consultation on and partnership in this project since its inception.

The exhibition will include 151 prints of remarkably high quality, many from a heretofore unseen private collection. The ” At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer” catalogue is available through the SMoCA Store and Radius Books.

The public opening reception for the exhibition will be February 13, 2009, in conjunction with the museum’s 10th-Anniversary weekend festivities.


FEB 1   2:30 pm Free Gallery Talk: Linda Connor, a former student of Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer, will speak about her personal experiences and knowledge of the three great photographers.

FEB 19  6:30 PM Free Gallery Talk: Claire Carter, exhibition co-curator, along with Naomi Lyons and Jeremy Cox, co-trustees of the Frederick & Frances Sommer Foundation, Prescott, Arizona, will discuss the importance of Frederick Sommer.

MAR 11 at 12 Noon Free Gallery Talk: Phoenix Art Museum Curator Rebecca Senf will explore Ansel Andam’s influence on photographer Harry Callahan.

MAY 8 & 9 SYMPOSIUM: “Exchanging Ideas: photography, abstraction and metaphor at mid-century”


FRIDAY, MAY 8         7 PM

Emmet Gowin (photographer, professor, Princeton University and student of Callahan and Sommer) will give a poetic gallery talk about Frederick Sommer, abstract photography and the influence of Sommer and Callahan on his personal work.

SATURDAY, MAY 9         8:30 AM – 4 PM

Joseph Sterling (photographer and student of Callahan, Siskind and Sommer at the Institute of Design) will share his personal experiences and Callahan, Siskind and Sommer’s role in developing a photography program at the Institute of Design, Chicago.
Claire C. Carter (co-curator of the exhibition and Curatorial Coordinator at SMoCA) will investigate Siskind’s work and its relationship to the paintings of the Abstract Expressionists.
Leland Rice (photographer, curator and writer) will discuss Sommer’s Arizona landscape photographs and how the Surrealist painters Max Ernst and Yves Tanguy influenced his work.
Keith F. Davis (Curator of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Chair, Art Selection Committee, Hallmark Cards, Inc., both in Kansas City, Missouri) will lecture on Harry Callahan’s interest in the universal.
Harold Jones, (photographer, curator and educator, director of LIGHT Gallery, New York [1973-1975] and founding Director of the Center for Creative Photography [1975-1977], University of Arizona) will discuss the inception of LIGHT Gallery and how these three artists’s archives came to reside in Arizona.

Question and Answer Session with all symposium speakers.

Book Signing by Keith F. Davis and Britt Salvesen, authors of the exhibition’s accompanying catalog.

Juried Portfolio Share for local artists and photographers. Juried by Terry Etherton, owner of Etherton Gallery, Tucson. Symposium participants and audience members will attend. (University photography faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and artists using photography are encouraged to submit work to the Juried Portfolio Share. CLICK HERE, call 480-874-4641 or email for submission guidelines.)

The At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer catalogue is available through the SMoCA Store and Radius Books.

Organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Co-curated by former Director Susan Krane (now Oshman Executive Director, San Jose Museum of Art) and Project Curator Claire Carter, with Consulting Curator Keith M. Davis (Curator of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Hallmark Collection).

Sponsored by the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation.

Additional sponsorship provided by Sue and Bud Selig; Rose & Allyn PR; SRP; Paul Giancola; and Phyllis and Richard Stern.

Additional funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and from the J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation and the Margaret T. Morris Foundation.

Frederick Sommer, Untitled (Painted Desert), ca. 1940, 7 9/16 x 9 7/16 inches. © Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation, Prescott, Arizona.

January 31, 2009-
May 13, 2009

Galleries 3 and 4, SMoCA

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Look3- Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for Look3: The Festival of the Photograph 2009.   The subtitle for the event, and why it is named LOOK3: “Three days of peace, love and photography.”  Be mindful of the price increase as the event date approaches.

The main photographic exhibitions are paired with what is called call “INsight CONVERSATION”

This years 3 conversations will be: Sylvia Plachy with Melissa Harris, Editor-In-Chief of Aperture Magazine, Martin Parr with artist John Gossage, Gilles Peress with legendary photo editor and Look3’s Guest Curator MaryAnne Golon.

The festival is 3 days of all things photography  …there will be review sessions, book exhibitions, outdoor photo exhibitions, etc….i.e. photography in every form. Be sure to check out the schedule.

AND be sure to book your hotels early as they  fill up fast, or if you choose the dorm option make sure to book now as they fill up even faster.  I know many photographers who have stayed at the campus residence during the previous events and loved it – affordable, and great sense of community there.

Here is a video of last year’s highlights.

The lore about Look3 is that it started as an annual gathering in Michael K. “Nick” Nichols’ back yard, and grew, and grew to the point that moving it to hotels, auditoriums, galleries and more – essentially taking over downtown Charlottesville – allowed more to enjoy the energy of the event.   I can’t wait!  I’ve had this event on my calendar for 11 months, having heard nothing but great things about it for its first two years and have planned around the dates, nothing stopping me from attending this year.   See you there!

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February 2nd- Deadline for Shots Magazine, theme “Water”

Shots magazine, is an independent reader supported journal of Fine- Art photography that each Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter comes out with a theme based set of photographs to share with its readers. The magazine is printed in black and white, but it is not exclusive to black and white photographs.

What is wonderful about this magazine is that anyone can apply, and not just the famous are accepted. It is a way to share and look at new work in the photo community, other than just on blogs and websites (although those are both good things) .

The magazine is run by the photographer Russel Joslin out of Minneapolis.

Deadline for Issue no. 103 is February 2nd. The theme is WATER.

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Winter Antiques Fair: Exhibition in the spirit of Steiglitz’ “Little Galleries”

Before leaving Manhattan earlier this week I had one more important stop to share with you:

There is a wonderful exhibition of photographs not to be missed at this year’s
Winter Antiques Show in New York City, which continues through February 1st at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street.

Hans P. Kraus, highly regarded dealer of the early masterworks of photography, has taken this opportunity to install a special exhibition created in the spirit of Alfred Stieglitz’s “Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession,” later to be known as simply “291” (291 Fifth Avenue).   Kraus has recreated the space as per installation views reproduced in issue #14 of Camera Work, right down the wall fabric, lights created for the show, and more.  The vintage works on view are stunning, and this wonderful show is not to be missed!

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January 30th: Gallery talk and book signing with Emmet and Elija Gowin, Griffin Museum of Photography

Three exhibitions open January 29th at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts near Boston.

In the Main Gallery, from the website: “Father and son photographers Emmet and Elijah Gowin have a lot in common. They began exhibiting together in 2000, but have never jointly shown work from their respective series, Changing the Earth and Of Falling and Floating — until now.

Pull of Gravity, an exhibit of photographs by the Gowins, is featured in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum January 29 through February 29. Elijah Gowin’s photographs come to the Griffin courtesy of the Robert Mann Gallery in New York.”

Emmet and Elijah will be giving a gallery talk followed by a book signing on Friday, January 30th at 7 p.m. Their collaborative book Maggie (2008) was recently voted as a Favorite on Photo-Eye Best of 2008 book list

The work of Emmet Gowin can be seen here, and Elijah Gowin can be seen here.

Also on display at the Griffin from January 29 – March 29th will be the works of Elaine Duigenan (in the Griffin Gallery ) and Arthur Griffin who founded the Griffin Museum in 1992, shown in the Atelier Gallery.

For more information, call 781-729-1158.

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LACMA, January 27th: Artist Judy Fiskin in conversation with curator Charlotte Cotton

From the ongoing series Conversations with Artists:

Judy Fiskin in conversation with Charlotte Cotton, curator and head of the Photography department. The conversation will be preceded by a screening of fiskin’s videos “50 Ways to Set the Table” and “The End of Photography.”

Charlotte Cotton’s Book The Photograph as Contemporary Art

From the Website

Conversations with Artists: Judy Fiskin
Tuesday, January 27 | 7:00 pm
Judy Fiskin appears in conversation with Charlotte Cotton, curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department.

The conversation will be preceded by a screening of Fiskin’s videos Fifty Ways to Set the Table and The End of Photography.
Brown Auditorium | Free; tickets required-available at the box office one hour before the program.”

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Curator Weston Naef to speak at The Getty Museum this Sunday, January 25th, 3 pm

If you are within driving distance of the Getty Museum, try to attend this lecture – Weston Naef speaking about what is regarded as one of the most important exhibitions of his career as curator:

Carleton Watkins and the Element of Time
Sunday January 25, 2009
3 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Weston Naef, senior curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, traces how Watkins made time itself an element of content in his photographs. Focusing on select photographs, this talk illuminates how Watkins influenced Eadweard Muybridge by laying the groundwork for Muybridge’s motion studies through his own multiple views of one subject or location. Complements the exhibition Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California.

Not to be missed!

NOTE: This lecture will be Naef’s last public presentation before his retirement from his post at the Getty (effective January 31st).

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The media, YOUR media: sharing our experiences with the world

Yesterday was an extraordinary day in history, OUR history. We watched, listened, photographed, filmed and otherwise captured a piece of it for ourselves, and to share. TODAY is one of those days – like the day after the November presidential elections – to be sure to log onto to the home page of the Newseum in Washington, DC and click on “Today’s Front Pages” to marvel at how words and images make a difference in our lives, to see our ability to communicate to the world with the tools at our fingertips.

The inauguration’s broad overage began on Saturday, with many media companies encouraging you, the public, to participate by submitting imagery to share with a broader community, to be part of history! By mid-day, on January 20th, the oath of office taken by our 44th President, CNN was beginning to broadcast images sent in by those in Washington and other places in the world via the telecast and the CNN website. Images that the public had shared through CNN’s “iReport” program. Branded “The Moment” viewers were invited to submit their pictures to [listen to CNN’s John King talking about how “they are coming in by the thousands,” and utilizing a format called PHOTOSYNTH (Microsoft technology)].’s website wrote about this, too – check it out here.

The NY Times created an on-line album of images, as well, titled “Picturing the Inauguration: The Readers’ Album,” which is “organized in the order received.” Late afternoon today the @Times email I subscribe to came to my inbox, sharing the top 5 viewed features on with a subject line that goes like this: “The Inauguration, Exclusive Photos And More.”  Your work is popular!!   (You have to be a “member” however to share your work with the world; read the agreement here.)

To Share, forever…

CNN’s “iReport” tells you that the photos you send in will be subject to’s Terms of Use.

NY Times “Gadgetwise” branded its official online photo-sharing site as Photobucket and will publish The Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book “You might just have a shot,” it tells us – “you will be contacted by email if selected for inclusion.”  Or you can create your own book with your own personal photos using Photobucket. You have to sign up as a member of Photobucket to upload content.

Although not an advocate of giving up or even sharing your copyright, I do find that the challenge of communicating effectively online is of great interest to me. On the 17th, The Times published a profile of its interactive news collaborative as a part of its “Talk to the Newsroom” series, inviting your questions through January 23rd. The discussion on the website includes such topics as ‘the elements of good interactive design.’ The group of staffers was also recently profiled in New York Magazine.

And there’s an interesting story that has surfaced concerning the red/white/blue portrait we all know by now of Barack Obama, used with HOPE, PROMISE, CHANGE and other words of optimism in posters, buttons, bumper stickers, t-shirts and more. I’ve never seen a credit to the maker on any use. On yesterday’s FRESH AIR radio show from WHYY heard on NPR, Terry Gross had as her guest SHEPARD FAIREY. From the website:

“Shepard Fairey’s illustration of Barack Obama was one of the most iconic images of the campaign — Obama’s face and the word “hope” rendered in red, white, and blue.

Fairey says he made the image to spur voters’ belief in Obama as a leader. The image was never officially adopted by the campaign, however, because of legal issues related to the original photograph he used.

The iconic poster differed from Fairey’s previous work. The image was unusual, Fairey says, because his political art is usually negative.

“I felt that Barack Obama was an unusual candidate, a special candidate, and that it was worth putting my efforts into making something positive,” he told NPR in a Jan. 2009 interview.

Now Fairey is spreading the message of hope again, this time as the official designer of the Obama inauguration poster.

Fairey spawned the “Obey” street art movement, which in turn was the inspiration for a line of clothing, and he has designed album covers for several well-known bands, including The Black Eyed Peas and the Smashing Pumpkins. He’s the founder of Studio Number One, a Los Angeles-based design company.”

Listen to the show here.

NPR featured an earlier story about this iconic image (October 28, 2008); you can listen to it here.

And the Huffington Post shared news of the acquisition of Fairey’s original collage by the National Portrait Gallery (January 7, 2009).

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) ran a story on January 15th about the Philadelphia Inquire photographer Tom Galish’s blog search to learn who’s photograph was the model for the poster: Jim Young (Reuters). So will we see the poster, a limited-edition version of which is now for sale on the DNC’s website, carrying a credit to Young as photographer?? The Shepard Fairey says he did “stylize and individualize” from the original, but that he as of that interview did not know who the photographers was.

I flew across the country today, and from every TV set in three airports the sounds and images of January 20, 2009 were the soundtrack for my day. The mood was up beat; people were decidedly more patient with the challenge that is airline travel today and with each other. Day One is winding up soon here in the East, and the website for the White House has launched, not to be missed: At 12:01 p.m. yesterday, as the keys to the White House changed, the door was open – a completely new feeling.  It is a symbol for communication and the promise of transparency in the Obama administration. If you click on this link you will find a post from Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House called “Change has come to” Has it ever.

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Lange-Taylor Prize: postmark deadline January 31

From the competition website:

“The year 2009 marks the nineteenth anniversary of the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor documentary prize, a $20,000 award given annually by the Center for Documentary Studies. First announced a year after the Center’s founding at Duke University, the prize was created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. In 1941 Lange and Taylor published An American Exodus, a book that renders human experience eloquently in text and images and remains a seminal work in documentary studies. The Lange-Taylor Prize honors their important collaborative work.

The Lange-Taylor Prize is offered to a writer and a photographer in the early stages of a documentary project

The prize is intended to fund collaborative work by a writer and a photographer in the formative or fieldwork stages of a documentary project. Submissions on any subject are welcome. Winners of the Lange-Taylor competition will have their work featured in Document, a periodical published by the Center for Documentary Studies, as well as in a virtual gallery on the CDS Web site. The amount of the award is $20,000.

By encouraging such collaborative efforts, the Center for Documentary Studies supports the documentary process in which writers and photographers work together to record the human story.”

To view the work of previous winners, click here.

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AMY STEIN to lecture this Thursday in Philadelphia

Photographer Amy Stein is lecturing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia this coming Thursday evening.

Click here to view the notice on the Penn website, and check out Amy’s blog posting on her exhibition “Domesticated” which remains on view at The Print Center through February 14th.

This body of work was an award winner in Critical Mass 2008, and the publications awarded to the top three prize winners have been released.  DOMESTICATED has been a top seller at Photo-Eye since it arrived.  Congratulations, Amy!  It has been exciting to see this work develop and receive it’s due attention.

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