November 12th in Boston: “Then/Now” panel and exhibition opening reception at the PRC

Then/Now: Recent Work by PRC Founders Carl Chiarenza and Chris Enos

November 10, 2010 – January 9, 2011

Panel discussion: Friday, November 12, 6 pm Photonics Building Room 206, 8 Saint Mary’s Street, Boston

Exhibition reception: Friday, November 12, 7:30 pm – 9 pm

PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

In honor of the 35th anniversary of the PRC and the 25th anniversary of the PRC Gallery, the PRC presents recent photographs by two individuals who were instrumental in the PRC’s history and photohistory in Boston:

Chris Enos, the founder of the PRC, and Carl Chiarenza, founding board member, past BU alum and photography history professor

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The Photographic Resource Center will exhibit work by two individuals who were instrumental in the PRC’s history and photography history in Boston, Chris Enos and Carl Chiarenza. Along with recent work by Enos, the PRC will showcase the traveling exhibition from the University of Richmond Museums, Peace Warriors and Solitudes: Recent Photographs by Carl Chiarenza, organized and circulated by the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia.

Both Enos and Chiarenza wore many hats in the PRC’s history and were important members of the Boston photography scene at a critical time. Showing them together, and highlighting their newer work, strikes many appropriate notes for the PRC’s anniversary—in terms of their remarkable oeuvres, the history of the PRC, and the history of photography in Boston. Both played crucial roles in regional as well as national photohistory—in front of and behind the camera.

Besides their intersecting history, lifelong careers in photo education, and friendship, Enos’s and Chiarenza’s work shares aesthetic and conceptual affinities, including the transformation and abstraction of the image, and references to painting and landscape.

Enos received a MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA in 1970. Besides founding the PRC in 1975, along with assistance from A.D. Coleman and Jeff Weiss, and acting as Director until 1980, Enos has taught at many prestigious institutions, including Boston University, and from 1986 to 2004, she was a professor at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. Collected internationally, her work is included in important venues such as the Addison Gallery of American Art, Center for Creative Photography, and Bibliothèque Nationale, among others. Enos currently resides in Santa Fe, NM.

Before attending Harvard University and earning his PhD, Chiarenza received an MS and MA from Boston University. Between 1963 and 1986, he was Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Art History at Boston University. A modern master and collected internationally, he is currently Artist-in-Residence and Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Rochester.  Since the PRC’s founding until 1982, Chiarenza was on the Board of Directors of the PRC (and an advocate to secure space for the PRC at BU) and an important contributor to a tradition of photohistorians in BU art history department. A photographer whose work spans five decades, Chiarenza currently resides in Rochester, NY.

This exhibition, Then/Now: Recent Work by PRC Founders Carl Chiarenza and Chris Enos, initiates the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the PRC gallery and the 35th anniversary of the founding of the PRC itself. Join us as we honor these two remarkable artists and individuals and recognize as the past and future of the PRC.


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November 10th in San Francisco: David Maisel lectures at the Morgan Auditorium

Artist DAVID MAISEL will be giving a lecture this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Art University’sMorgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street in San Francisco.

This talk is free and open to the public.

David’s talk is not to be missed!!  His publication LIBRARY OF DUST (Chronicle Books) is featured as a Case Study in “Publish Your Photography Book” by my coauthor Darius Himes and myself (Princeton Architectural Press, Winter 2011) is From David Maisel’s website:

“David Maisel’s large-scaled, otherworldly photographs chronicle the complex relationships between natural systems and human intervention, piecing together the fractured logic that informs them both.

Maisel’s aerial images of environmentally impacted sites explore the aesthetics and politics of open pit mines, clear-cut forests, and zones of water reclamation, framing the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor. As Leah Ollman states in the Los Angeles Times, “Maisel’s work over the past two decades has argued for an expanded definition of beauty, one that bypasses glamour to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, the decomposed.”

Library of Dust depicts copper canisters containing the cremated remains of patients from a psychiatric institution. Vibrant minerals bloom on the urns’ surfaces, as the copper reacts with the ashes held within. The New York Times calls Maisel’s Library of Dust monograph “a fevered meditation on memory, loss, and the uncanny monuments we sometimes recover about what has gone before.”

History’s Shadow, Maisel’s current project, further explores the boundaries and essential properties of the medium, as he re-photographs x-rays of art objects, drawing from existing archives the spectral visions of past cultures. As always, Maisel seeks to render the invisible.”  This project will be published by Nazraeli Press

Library of Dust and History’s Shadow are on view through the end of the year at the California Museum of Photography.

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November 9th in NYC: Fred Ritchen and Brian Palmer in Conversation at Aperture


In Our Own Image

Fred Ritchin and Brian Palmer
In Conversation

Join Fred Ritchin and journalist, photographer, and filmmaker Brian Palmer for a discussion on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary edition of Ritchin’s groundbreaking book In Our Own Image.

Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 pm


Aperture Gallery & Bookstore
547 West 27 Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

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AUSTIN, this weekend: KATE BREAKEY exhibitions, book signing events

Kate Breakey’s mid-career monograph PAINTED LIGHT (UT Press) is being celebrated with exhibitions, talks and signings this weekend in Austin:

Reception and signing, Saturday, 7 pm at The Wittliff Collection, San Marcos (see below)


Reception and signing Sunday, 4-7 pm at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery, 110 W. 6th Street, Austin

PAINTED LIGHT |  Artist Reception + Book Launch
Internationally recognized for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs, KATE BREAKEY is the featured speaker for the Painted Light exhibition reception and book launch of the latest title in the Wittliff Collections’ Southwestern & Mexican Photography Book Series. Kate’s introduction will be made by critic, poet, lecturer, and editor A.D. COLEMAN. Published by the University of Texas Press,Painted Light is available October 2010. Books will be for sale at the event for $65.00 plus tax.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to

Visitor information and directions:  link here

Special thanks to this event’s Partner Sponsor: SUSAN CREWS BAILEY.

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NOW! FotoWeek DC Events have begun in Washington, DC

Don’t miss all that is FOTOWEEK DC!  Lectures, exhibitions, evening projections, photobooks and more!  I hope to see you at the portfolio reviews on Sunday, and at our lecture (with coauthor Darius Himes) on publishing photobooks on Monday, 12:00 noon at the Corcoran (free).

And, major exhibitions of interest in DC independently of FWDC:

JOHN GOSSAGE: THE POND at the American Art Museum  (through January 17)

THE PRE-RAPHAELITE LENS: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY and PAINTING, 1848-1875 at the National Gallery of Art (through January 30th)

COBURN AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTFOLIO at the Phillips Collection (through January 9th)

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November 5/6/7: NY Art Book Fair at PS1

One of my favorite fairs of the year, without question!  From the website:

Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing.

Philip Aarons, Chairman of the Board of Printed Matter, said: “The NY Art Book Fair is the premiere venue to find what’s new in art publishing. While it has spawned the next generation of independent art book fairs world-wide, it remains the biggest, the best, and by far the most fun.”

The NY Art Book Fair includes special project rooms, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend.

Other events include the third annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, and The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations between artists, together with readings, workshops and other artist-led events.”


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November 6th in Seaside, Oregon: Lecture by Cherie Hiser during November Art Walk

from Facebook events, send by long-time colleague Cherie Hiser:

“Cherie Hiser will be present and ready to discuss her amazing career and answer questions. She has been described as “one of the most vital persons of our time” by Cornell Capa, Director of the international Center of Photography in New York. Also featured artist this month include Jodi Miller, and Buck Roberts. Jodi Miller has had her work placed in the Tate Gallery in London (2007), and has won a second place award in the International Photography Awards in 2009.
Come check out the amazing photography and learn a little tattoo history at Novembers Art Walk!”

Hold Fast Tattoo Company and Gallery, 611 Broadway in Seaside, Oregon from 5-8 p.m.

Cherie’s bio from Photographic

Cherie Hiser began her study of photography after completing graduate studies in psychology in Hawaii in 1963. Her first workshops at the Portland Art Museum were with master teachers Minor White, Ruth Bernhard and Imogen Cunningham. She became impassioned with the medium and has become an internationally known artist, teacher, and “Photographic Evangelist”.

After moving to Aspen, Colorado in the mid 60’s to teach skiing, she worked as a newspaper photographer and married colleague David Hiser, who was soon to become a National Geographic photographer. In 1969 she founded The Center of the Eye in Apsen, one of the first and finest photography facilities in the country, which gained an international reputation as an alternative educational community in the arts. Through the barrage of prominent photographers who came to teach and participating students of those workshops, many of today’s finest artists and photographers are alumni of the Center of the Eye. In 1973, Cherie and her friend and neighbor, Paul Soldner, “the Minor White of clay”, developed a joint program of photography and ceramics through an invitation from the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado. Both Paul and Cherie have continued their association with the Anderson Ranch, including attending and celebrating it’s 25th anniversary of continuing inspiration.

Hiser served on Ansel Adams Friends of Photography Board of Trustees in Carmel, California for five years. Ansel recommended she become the first Director of Photography for the new Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities in Idaho in 1974. She was responsible for designing the photography building and programs, fundraising, establishing a photography gallery, fulfilling the role of curator of the private collection and teaching.

From Sun Valley, Cherie went to Santa Fe, New Mexico to establish the Center of the Eye Collaborative and Gallery on Canyon Road. The center stayed active for some years after Ms. Hiser had returned to her hometown of Portland, Oregon in 1978. She is a third generation “Portlander” and began teaching photography at the college level as well as embarking on a career as a professional Mental health Therapist, working predominately in hospital psychiatric units before retiring as a Psychiatric Assessment Specialist in 2001.

In 1996, responding to a yearning to leave the “corporate setting” and embrace community again, Hiser founded PhotoWorks NorthWest, Inc. (PWNW). The PWNW was a non-profit community for photographers in Portland, a “god-child of the Center of the Eye’. The 2400 sq ft facility included darkrooms, studio, and gallery, resource center, meeting space and workshops for members and their guests.

In the fall of 2000, Photo Americas, Inc. a non-profit organization with an international orientation, and new to the Pacific Northwest, occupied the PWNW facilities. Cherie Hiser has been a Trustee of Photo Americas (now called Photo Lucida) since its inception and establishment in Portland in 1999, and has served as Chairperson of the Fine Art Auction in both 2000 and 2001, and is a frequent reviewer.

During 1997-1998, Hiser was one of the twenty semi-finalists in the United States for the 1998 Humanitarian Photographer of the Year Award. She is in demand as a curator, juror, consultant, teacher, innovator and visionary. She has exhibited and published her work and taught at universities, workshops, hotel lobbies and campsites throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe for more than three decades.

In January of 2000, Cherie was diagnosed with a neurological disorder, which seemingly changed all life plans and goals. The healing process is on –going and challenging. During long months at home she began photographing her beloved pet doves and pigeons, constant companions for forty years. This transformational experience offered her a new perspective and the opportunity and enthusiastic commitment to concentrate on her life’s work in photography. This last series is named “Birds of Pray” #1, 2000-2006.

Cherie Hiser has been described as “one of the most vital persons of our time” by Cornell Capa, Director of the international Center of Photography in New York. Now in her sixth decade, she truly is an “emerging photographer’. ”

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