Archive for February, 2010

February 18th at the CCP: Bruce Yonemoto Lecture, 5:30 pm

Bruce Yonemoto will lecture at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson on February 18th (5:30 pm).

This lecture is part of the University of Arizona School of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Series “Transculturations: Cultural Hybridity in American Art”

From the series website:

Bruce Yonemoto is a Japanese-American multimedia artist. His photographs, installations, sculptures, and films appropriate familiar narrative forms and then circumvent convention through direct, over-eager adoption of heavily clichéd dialogue, music, gestures, and scenes that click in the viewer’s memory without being identifiable. Working in collaboration with his brother, Norman Yonemoto, since 1975, Bruce Yonemoto has set out to divulge a body of work at the crossroads of television, art, commerce, and the museum/gallery world. As a complement to his body of work, Yonemoto explores intersections of traditional Japanese and contemporary American cultures. His work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Maya Deren Award for Experimental Film and Video, and a mid-career survey show at the Japanese American National Museum.

This digital photograph from the North South- East West series, 2007, centers on Walter Benjamin’s ideas raised about portrait photography and the vestige of the aura. Yonemoto researched the historical record and discovered that there were, indeed, soldiers of Asian descent in both the armies of the North and South. He realized that once again people of various racial backgrounds had been systematically excluded from the national record, even by recent revisionist histories. The costumes worn are rented from the oldest Hollywood collection house, Western Costume. Western Costume’s collection dates back to 1912 (the beginning of cinematic history) and includes Civil War uniforms used in D.W. Griffith’s infamous film, Birth of A Nation.”


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February 14: Discussion in Boston on importance of theory in the art making practice

El’s Salon at Mobius

February 14, 3-6 pm, 725 Harrison Avenue, Suite one, Boston MA  02118

From the website:”EL’s Salon Importance of theory in the art making practice

“EL’s Salon” is a formal-informal discussion that encourages artists to explore the theoretical and philosophical aspects of the art making process.  Each discussion will be loosely based on a concept, and all who attend are welcome to engage (or just listen) by contributing openly in this laboratory of intellectual exercise.  Artists, philosophers, art appreciators, students, professors, and even philistines are welcome to attend.”

Tea and light refreshments will be served.
February’s Topic: Importance of theory in the art making practice

Feb 14 2010

3pm to 6pm

@ Mobius
725 Harrison Avenue, Suite One
Boston MA 02118

Artists   El Putnam

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February 18th, 7 pm at the Getty Center: Panel Discussion with Opie, Liao and Kim

In conjunction with the exhibition URBAN PANORAMAS: Opie, Liao, Kim:


“Virginia Heckert, associate curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, talks with photographers Catherine Opie, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao and Soo Kim, whose works are on view in the exhibition.”

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

The panel discussion is free but advance registration is required.


“Three contemporary photographers apply a panoramic approach to explore a specific city. Each series reveals how multiple sensory experiences such as time and space can be collapsed into carefully composed images that interpret the essential character of an urban environment.”

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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to 2/19: “Our World” Portfolio Reviews, San Francisco in March

I just received word that the deadline to submit your work for acceptance in the OUR WORLD Portfolio Review has been extended to February 19 (delivery date).  This national juried portfolio review is limited to 50 participating photographers.  Our World is co-sponsored PhotoAlliance and Orion Magazine, and held at the San Francisco Art Institute from March 14-16, 2010.


From the PDF which was attached to the email announcement:

“The Our World Portfolio submission deadline has been extended.

NEW FINAL submission due date is 5pm Friday February 19th.

PhotoAlliance must have in their possession the submission by that time.

Please do send us an email letting us know you are applying however, so we can anticipate receiving your application.

Our Mailing address:

PhotoAlliance PO Box 29010 San Francisco, California 94129

If you are using Federal Express or UPS and need a STREET ADDRESS use this:

PhotoAlliance 616 Key Boulevard Richmond, California 94805 415-425-5608

We want you to participate, so a few thoughts…

We do realize that these are challenging times financially, and are committed to help as best we can. Through some generous donors, there are a limited number of need-based scholarships that we can offer to the review. Please inquire. In addition, PhotoAlliance is quite willing to work with you individually to manage tuition payments divided over time into smaller, more manageable increments, so give us a call at 415.425.5608.”

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“Photomicrographs” of SNOWFLAKES by Wilson ‘Snowflake’ Bentley

As a mighty blizzard grips the east coast, blanketing the area with more snow:

Check out the wonderful short (3:23) audio/slide show narrated by Chicago galleriest Carl Hammer on the work of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley (1866-1931), a scientist who attached a microscope to his view camera to take ‘photomicrographs’ of snowflakes.  It was first shown on The Newshour’s ARTBEAT segment on February 4th.


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Deadline February 16: “RED” Competition at Center for Fine Art Photography, judged by Amber Terranova

One of my favorite photo editors, AMBER TERRANOVA from PDN, will serve as the Judge on the upcoming competition”RED” at the Center for Fine Art Photography.

From the website:

Theme: The color Red is a psychologically powerful color that resonates with more cultures than other colors. But Red is not just a color. Red is symbolic, culturally, emotionally, politically, financially, and physically. Red is danger, fire, sex, love, speed, heat, anger, passion, arrogance, blood, revolution, war, wealth, purity, mourning, strength and so much more. The Center is looking for images that not only describe how Red looks, but describe what Red mean, how it feels, and who it describes.”

Deadline is February 16th; submissions are made online.  For complete details, click here.

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February 12-14 in Los Angeles: 43rd Annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair

In conducting research towards the forthcoming title “Publish Your Photography Book” which I am writing with my colleague and co-author Darius Himes (Princeton Architectural Press, anticipated fall 2010), I came across this upcoming book fair at the Hyatt Regency in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

From the ILAB website:

Collectible Treasures from the World’s Rare Booksellers

43rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 12-14, 2010

Book lovers, collectors and scholars will have the opportunity to see and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, fine graphics, prints, maps and more at the 43rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel from Friday, February 12, through Sunday February 14, 2010. Additionally, the public will get a distinctly literary perspective on the journey a story makes from the book to the big screen by visiting this year’s special exhibit, From Author to Oscar.

Sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the Los Angeles Book Fair is recognized as one of the world’s premier antiquarian book exhibitions and sales. Exhibits from over 200 pre-eminent members of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America will feature books from five centuries of printing, as well as rare manuscripts that predate Gutenberg.

Books will cover every imaginable area of interest – from the history of travel and exploration, early science and medicine, technology, law and commerce to literature and the arts. Whether you are seeking a first edition of a favorite modern author or historic objects such as original maps from the age of discovery or a 17th century copy of Shakespeare, you’ll find it at the Book Fair where items range in price from a few dollars to more than six figures.

From Author to Oscar, will celebrate literary works that were turned into Best Picture winning films at the Oscars with a display of beautiful and rare copies of the original books along with related movie scripts, posters and other collectibles. More than 65 per cent of all Best Picture-winning films are based on books, short stories or plays ranging from Hamlet to Slumdog Millionaire and from Gone with the Wind to The Godfather.

From the official Press Release, read more details …

Exhibitors’ List …

Events at the Fair:

From Author to Oscar

The theme for this year’s design concept and Special Exhibits, entitled From Author to Oscar, is all about great books turned into great movies. Fifty out of the 78 Best-Picture Winning films are based on books, rare copies of all these will be showcased at the Book Fair, along with ephemera such as original movie posters.

Southern California Book Arts

Bookbinders, calligraphers, printers, and conservators will be demonstrating their arts.

A Talk on the Value of Bookseller’s Catalogues

Presented by Michael Suarez and the Bibliographical Society, Saturday, February 13th, 2010 1.00 p.m.

From Author to Oscar

A Panel Discussion about the role of great books in Oscar winning movies, presented by Rare Book Experts Kevin Johnson and Jim Pepper, along with LA Times Film Critic, Kenneth Turan. Saturday, February 13th, 2010 3.00 p.m.

Rare Books 101

Speed course on the essentials you need to know to start collecting, presented by Katy Carter, Brad Johnson and Carol Sandberg. Sunday, February 14th, 2010 12.00 p.m.

– What makes a book rare?
– The different areas of collecting.
– Internet as a research tool for shopping: Ebay versus ABE.
– How to care for your books.

Discovery Day

The Discovery Day offers an opportunity to receive free appraisals on up to three books. Sunday, February 14th, 2010 1.30 – 3.00 pm
43rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, February 12-14, 2010

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California

February 12th – 4 pm to 9 pm
February 13th – 11 am to 7 pm
February 14th – 11 am to 5 pm

All about the California Antiquarian Book Fair on

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