Copyright Frank Cancian 2013 published by Delta 3 Edizioni
An anthropologist by training and a photographer as a passion, these two elements were fused together in 1957 when Frank Cancian investigated a small Italian hill-top community located east of Naples. This body of work could also pass for a photojournalist story found in either LIFE or LOOK magazines of this same period.
As a trained observer of culture and society, Cancian did not remain aloof and at a distance, but directly interacted with his subjects, catching them in self-reflection as well as allowing them to boldly face his lens. For a small Italian town, an Italian-American stranger with a camera was an oddity, thus his presence was conspicuous. Nevertheless, over time he was able to blend in and become more of an objective observer.
The book is divided into four sections; The Town, The Piazza, Procession of Our Lady of Graces and The Farm, all important elements to life in this region. The double page spread of a wedding progression as it snakes along the hilltop road winding through the town is beautifully composed. The light drizzle adds an interesting atmospheric effect. Cancian includes in the edge of the frame in the foreground a small knot of townspeople who although are not part of the wedding procession, are still very interested in the local event.
The hardcover book has an image wrap cover, with the texts in both Italian and English. The essays were provided by Franco Arminio, Rocco Pagnatiello and Frank Cancian. As Cancian is a member of the Photographers Exchange and a first generation American who family had emigrated from Italy, thus this is also part autobiographical story.
I am very thrilled to announce the publication of my hand made artist book Pine Lake. It is a semi-fictional narrative about a multi-generational summer rite. The fishing trip.
I recently discovered some family photographs of my grandfathers fishing, a passion of which was unknown to me. These small, worn photographs are talismans for the lost memories and stories of my family and led me to created this artist book to tell a story of what might have been. This artist book is part of my on-going series that investigates memory and its preservation.
It is presented in a style reminiscent of a promotional processing book common in the 1960′s produced by Kodak and Ansco, which could be purchase with a film processing order. The book is accompanied by a small collection of preserved ephemera.
Pine Lake is produced in a Limited Edition of 25, with a price of $100.00 USD per book.
The stiff cover book contains 17 black & white photographs with a printed and hand inscribed cover, hand assembled with metal prong binding, and contained inside a hand inscribed poly zip-lock bag with three pieces of ephemera; fishing stamp, fishing notice & a section of fishing line with small weight. The book and ephemera are housed in a custom made wood frame with a printed cover and an elastic band closure.
Exterior size is 8 1/2″ x 10″ x 7/16″ (210 mm x 250mm x 100mm)
The photographic images are anonymous and are from my private collection.
10 x 10 American Photobooks, selection by Douglas Stockdale
Over the weekend, the second phase of the 10 x 10 American Photobooks reading room project was provided at the PGH Photo Fair held at the UnSmoke Systems Artspace (Braddock, PA). This is a continuation of a photobook project that was started in 2012 on Facebook, for which 10 curators chose 10 photobooks created by Japanese photographers. For 2013, the 10 x 10 emphasis was placed on American photographers, but limited to books that were published since 1985. There are two groups of curators, those who selected photobooks in which the photobook would be available as a physical object, to be held, read, and time spent at a venue called the reading room. The second group of curators, one of which I was fortunate to be a member of, made their selection of 10 photobooks and provided links on their web site. I had posted my selection of 10 photobooks on my blog The Photobook. which includes links to the reviews of almost all of the books I selected.
The reading room photobooks are now being packed for the final installation at the Tokyo Institute of Photography (Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan), which will take place September 11 thru October 6yh (2013).
On December 1, 2012, Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) will present the 2012 Open Show, LAAA’s signature survey exhibition of the very best emerging contemporary art. The 2012 Open Show is juried by Rebecca Morse, Associate Curator, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA).
Distinct by design, LAAA’s annual Open Show has developed into one of the most potent survey exhibitions of emerging art.
The opening reception is from 6 to 9pm on December 1, 2012 and runs through January 4, 2013 at LAAA’s Gallery 825.
Featured artists include:
Ted Andersen, Robert Boyd, Gary Frederick Brown, Ellen Cantor, Philippe Chambon, Charles Christopher, Joy
Curtis, Pam Dixon, Jeanne Dunn, Frances Elson, Jeanie Frias, Tina Frugoli, Josh Geyer, Matthew Miles Grayson,
Michael Griesgraber, Chong Hahn, Cindy Jackson, Caroline P.M. Jones, Motoko Kamada, Niku Kashef, Susan T.
Kurland, Sandra E. Lauterbach, Echo Lew, Heather J. Lowe, Matthew Marchand, Luigia Martelloni, Avery Mazor,
Crystal Michaelson, Rodney Millar, Tanya Nolan, Joanne Patterson, Karen Pendergrass, Osceola Refetoff, Alain
G. Roger, Joy J. Rotblatt, Larisa Safaryan, Samantha Senack, Cory Sewelson, Kathy B. Shapiro, Karen Sikie, Lisa
C. Soto, Fabrice Spies, Susan Swihant, Jane Szabo, Guillermo Valentin, Sasha vom Dorp, Jenny Wiener, Michael
Reception: 6-9pm, Saturday, December 1, 2012
Location: Gallery 825 – 825 North La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles 90069
The 2012 Open Show runs through January 4, 2013.
For more information, visit http://www.laaa.org or call 310.652.8272.
By Jim McKinniss
Lest I Forget – Ciociaria copyright Douglas Stockdale
I am very happy to announce that my photograph “Lest I Forget” from my Ciociaria project and photobook, was curated into the December group exhibition at the Orange County Contemporary Center for Art (OCCCA).
The exhibition will have two opening, the first is this Saturday, December 1st, from 6pm to 10 pm and the second will be on January 5th, 2013, also from 6pm to 10 pm.
A very nice way to finish the year! (and of course, to start the new year) My thanks to the curator, Jeff Alu.
BTW, the Ciociaria trade edition as well as Limited Edition book + print are still available from both photo-eye and Ampersand Gallery.
Concurrent with the October Photographers Exchange meeting at the Irvine Fine Art Center, I will be providing a pop-up PhotoBook exhibit. From my collection are the vast majority of the photobooks that are currently showing in my exhibition at FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale in Rome Italy. The exhibition broadly explores the theme of “work”. I will provide a short introduction to my selection for this exhibition and briefly discuss a few of the photobooks.
Although this is not an official PhotoBook Club event per se, it is an exploratory meet-up to determine an interest in a PhotoBook Club group in Southern California. The issue in the past for similar meet-ups to this has been that Southern California is a very large and spread-out region, that a meet-up in Orange County may not be suitable for those in Santa Monica, the SF valley, SG Valley or San Diego. Thus the main reason that this is an exploratory meet-up!
This pop-up exhibition will not have the same polished appearance as my exhibition in Rome, as one component will be missing. For the Rome exhibition, I asked the participating photographers to re-photograph their book’s interior and we then hung these photographs around the book display. Nevertheless, these re-photographs are available here. Additionally, I will bring a few other photobooks from my collection that also investigate the theme of “work”.
The photobooks exhibiting at Fotografia that are planned for this exhibition include: Pierre Bessard’s Behind China’s Growth, Julie Blackmon - Domestic Vacations, Michal Chelbin’s The Black Eye, Chris Coekin’s The Altogether, Clayton Cotterell’s Unarmed, Marco Delogu’s The Thirty Assassins, Charlotte Duma’s Al Lavoro!, Andy Freeberg’s Guardians, Thijs Heslenfeld’s Men at Work, Sarah Hobbs’s Small Problems in Living, Henry Horenstein’sSHOW, Rob Hornstra’s Sochi Singers, Pieter Hugo’s Permanent Error, Ron Jude’s Lick Creek Line, Chris Killip’s Seacoal, Gina LeVay’s Sandhogs, Rania Matar’s A Girl in her Room, Kendall Messick’s The Projectionist, Darin Mickey’s Stuff I Gotta Remember Not to Forget, Cristina de Middel (Puch)’s The Afronauts, Bertil Nilsson’s Undisclosed, Andreas Oetker-Kast’s manpower, Louie Palu’s Cage Call, Lina Pallotta’s Piedras Negras, Christian Patterson’s Redheaded Peckerwood, Nina Poppe’s ama, Florian von Roekel’s How Terry Likes His Coffee, Ken Schles’s Oculus, Martin Schoeller’s Female Bodybuilders, David Schulz’s Lone Wolf, Melissa Shook’s My Suffok Downs
The PhotoBook will be available for inspection and reading.
Exhibition venue: Irvine Fine Art Center, 14321 Yale Ave, Irvine, CA 92604
Date and duration: Thursday, October 18th, 2012 from 6:30 pm to 9:0 pm
I look forward to seeing you there.
Best regards, Doug Stockdale
Long time tPE member Bill Collins had 3 photographs accepted into the Long Beach Arts exhibition “Lines, Marks and Graffiti.” This show runs through September 21, 2012.
The show was juried by Gregorio Luke. Mr. Luke is an internationally recognized expert on the art and culture of Mexico and Latin America and the development of Latino audiences.
Long Beach Arts is located at 5372 Long Beach Blvd. · Long Beach, CA 90805
Phone: (562) 423-9689
Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m. (Closed between exhibitions.)
By Jim McKinniss
Byong-Ho Kim who has been a longtime member of The Photographers’ Exchange was recognized with an honorable mention for his photo “Tree Farm” at the All Media Show at The Irvine Fine Arts Center.
The juror for this show is Doug Harvey who is a Los Angeles based artist and independent curator. Mr. Harvey was the lead critic for LA Weekly for 13 years and is currently the West Coast editor for Modern Painters magazine.
The All Media show is an annual juried exhibition open to all Southern California artsits.
By Jim McKinniss
Yes, I writing about myself. So I’ll keep this brief.
My entry into the B&W magazine 2011 Portfolio Contest was selected for 1 of the 24 Spotlight Awards. Almost 350 portfolios were entered in the contest that year .
So if the award was for the 2011 Portfolio Contest, why is my work just now appearing a year plus 7 months later? Well, the answer to that is because the magazine splits the Spotlight Awards articles and interviews over 4 issues and because B&W does not produce an issue every month. Also, one issue each year is devoted to the Excellence and Merit award winners.
Needless to say I’m very delighted to have had my work recognized by B&W Magazine.
I’m very grateful to tPE member Mark Kirchner who turned me on to Frederick Sommer. Sommer was a controversial photographer whose work was both admired and hated. I’m in the admire camp.
The following text was taken from Jonathan Green, American Photography: A Critical History 1945 to the Present
Sommer’s images were reproduced in Aperture in 1956, 1957, 1960, and 1961. And in 1962 Aperture published a comprehensive collection. These images were more darkly and perversely psychological than [Minor] White’s; more fiercely mythic and inventive than [Harry] Callahan’s; more assiduously concerned with mortal corruption than [Aaron] Siskind’s. Those individuals who put down their reactions for Aperture knew where Sommer stood. “In a world of disturbing images,” Henry Holmes Smith wrote, “the general body of photography is bland, dealing complacently with nature and treating our preconceptions as insights. Strange, private worlds rarely slip past our guard…. Sommer has elected to show us some things we may have over-looked…. Sommer charges an ironic or absurd artifact … with the force of an ancient idea.” White wrote: “Sommer makes no concessions to the casual observer … a superficial glance at his pictures reveals about as much as a locked trunk of its contents …. He contemplates his fragments until they are the intimates of his living mind …. Frederick Sommer of Arizona is the rare one who takes time to work in the sun and in the dark, in the desert and in the camera.” And Jonathan Williams summed it all up: “With Sommer we enter the world of the incredible and somebody locks the Doors of Perception behind us …. This is simply what happens when the eye is free to see ……
By Jim McKinniss