John Humble was raised in a military family and grew up traveling the world. Perhaps his ability to see odd and quirky juxtapositions in the most mundane of public tableaux can be attributable to the freshness of eye that one experiences as a “visitor.” Humble, however, has now lived in L.A. for over 30 years and his color photographs continue to uncover aesthetics of chaos and clutter, and a melting pot of architecture. He quotes the Grateful Dead, “once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if you look at it right.”
Humble is recognized as a keen observer of Los Angeles and was one of eight photographers awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to chronicle the city on its bicentennial. In 2007, the Getty mounted a major mid-career retrospective of his photographs entitled: A Place in the Sun: Photographs of Los Angeles by John Humble, accompanied by a significant catalogue.
In this, his first exhibition with Craig Krull Gallery, Humble decided to broaden his scope and “drive around the United States and photograph the American Landscape.” Previously, his work was created with a large view camera, but advancements in digital photography enabled him to make his new photos with a hand-held camera, allowing more freedom and mobility. Humble made a series of extensive trips, staying primarily on smaller country roads. It is, of course, significant that his explorations were made in a car, and that his discoveries have become part of a great tradition in American photographic road trips. Like his observations in Los Angeles, these American pictures are about insights in juxtaposition; aged and vacant storefronts sit beside gaudy drive-thrus, hand-painted religious billboards stand in empty fields, as do newly constructed, box-like churches that look more like concrete-slab industrial parks.
As a counterpoint to Humble’s photographs of Middle America, he will concurrently present a series of photographs of Venice Beach. As the artist describes it, “there is no place in the world like the tawdry three-ring circus of Venice…electric guitar players on rollerblades, marijuana doctors, tarot readers, muscle builders, tattoo shops, drug addicts, entertainers, and people speaking every language under the sun.”
This show runs April 5 to May 7, 2011
Artist reception: April 9 5-7pm
Craig Krull Gallery is located at Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building B-3
Santa Monica, California 90404
Tel: (310) 828-6410 . Fax: (310) 828-7320
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00a.m. – 5:30p.m.
Saturday, 11a.m. – 5:30p.m.
By Jim McKinniss
Vogel was spotted at the Photo Exchange Anniversary Party wearing the brand new 21 year anniversary “Sharing The Light” T-Shirt.
“Wow! Is it possible for me to get a “Sharing The Light” T-Shirt?”
Of course you can , shirts are available in sizes Small – Extra Large for $12, XXL $14 and XXXL $15.
If you would like to place an order, request an order form from Larry Vogel at firstname.lastname@example.org. All orders must be prepaid. No shipping charges if you pick up your order at the Photo Exchange meeting.
The Photographers Exchange - Larry Vogel - photo by Billy Bob Blackberry
The annual print exchange went off without too many hitches, mostly due to the excellent planning of Larry Vogel and Barbara Runge, and maybe even more so to the 12 year learning curve in attempting to get it “right”. The food was nice and we could have used some beer with that pizza, but otherwise, no complaints.
Larry Vogel in his usually good fashion and form, above, explained the rules of engagement again for the mechanics of the print exchange. It seemed less complicated this year. The 44 photographic prints were subsequently exchanged amongst those who brought in a print. Everyone who brought a print, left with a different print. nice.
Greetings Photo Exchange Members and Friends of The Photographers’ Exchange,
We are 21 this year! Come and celebrate with us at our annual Photographers’ Exchange Anniversary Party on March 17th from 6:30-9:30 at The Irvine Fine Arts Center located at 14321 Yale Avenue in Irvine, CA. Dinner will be served, pizza, drinks and the usual accessories.
We will continue this year with The Photographers’ Exchange photo print exchange. If you plan to participate, please bring a print to exchange. Your print can be loose, mounted and/or matted. Typically prints are any size, but usually not anything too large. We place all of the prints up for viewing, then we vote for our three favorites. We then begin the print exchange, starting with the image that receives the most votes. Through a very complex system, developed over the years, selections are made and when the evening is finished each participant will go home with a print. Remember to bring your best print for the exchange…the sooner your image is selected, the sooner you get to choose the image you want to take home. Lots of fun.
Please note: Our $36 membership payments for the year are due in March. You can bring a check with you to the meeting, or mail it to Larry Pribble, 2114 Plumwood, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Make checks payable to The Photographers’ Exchange.
As a member you are welcome to participate and show your work on our website www.thephotoexchange.org
Please email Larry Vogel for details on how to prep your images for submission to the members site.
The Photographers’ Exchange maintains a blog which can be found at www.thephotoexchange.wordpress.com
Any news or information about members exhibitions can be posted on our blog site. Please send your information to be posted to Jim McKinnis at email@example.com or Doug Stockdale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to a great evening,
Copyright of the various artists
Wide Angle View is an exhibit of 16 international photo and multimedia journalists, on exhibition at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, which is curated by Gina Genis, a member of the Photographers Exchange. The exhibiting photographers have all won top honors in their field, including Pultizers and Emmys.
How do journalists decompress from the stress of being placed in war zones and natural disasters? What do they choose to photograph on their own time? Wide Angle View exhibits 120 photographs, placing five assignment images next to five personal images to show us the human behind the lens. Twenty one films, including Altered Oceans (Pulitzer) by Rick Loomis, and Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons (Pulitzer) by Ackerman Gruber can be viewed in our media room.
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 N. Sycamore
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Exhibit runs through March 26
Hours of exhibition: Thurs & Sun 12 – 5, Fri & Sat 12 – 9 Closed on Mon, Tue, Wed
“Hemingway Summer” copyright of Barbara Ruffini
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day – An Exhibit honoring 28 contemporary women artists.
Juried into the exhibition are two members of the Photographers Exchange; Ellen Butler and Barbara Ruffini.
RECEPTION: SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 at 7 – 9 PM
Gallery is located at:
435 ALAMITOS AVE
LONG BEACH, CA 90802
Update: Barbara Ruffini’s “Hemingway Summer“, above, was awarded the Eye Opener Award. The juror was Idurre Alonso who is a curator at MoLAA. Congratulations Barabara!