The Photo Exchange

Wolfgang Suschitzky (1912 – 2016)

Posted in Uncategorized by Jim McKinniss on October 8, 2016
Peter Fetterman Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue Gallery A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T . 310 453 6463
F . 310 453 6959
Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
and by appointment.
General Inquiries:
Dear Friends, we mourn the passing of our friend and photographer Wolfgang Suschitzky at the age of 104, and celebrate his great contribution to the history of photography.
“Great photography is a combination of the right choice of detail, the elimination of all that is inessential and the right moment that makes the picture.”
~ Wolf Suschitzky
Three of Wolfgang’s photos from the 1930s.

Medium Festival of Photography: Oct. 20-23 in San Diego

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on October 3, 2016

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This year the Medium Festival of Photography will take place October 20-23, 2016, at the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego. This week of events, lectures, portfolio reviews, and book signings promises to be an exciting experience!

Registration open now through October 9.

More details at:


Highlights of the Festival Lineup

All events take place at the Lafayette Hotel unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, Oct. 20

9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews  (by appointment only)

7:00 – 9:00 pm  Open Portfolio Walk  (FREE!)


Friday, Oct. 21

9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews  (by appointment only)

6:00 – 7:00 pm  VIP Reception  (VIP and Big Pass Holders only)

7:00 – 8:00 pm  Keynote Lecture with Penelope Umbrico

8:00 – 10:00 pm  Book Signing and reception with Penelope Umbrico


Saturday, Oct. 22

9:30 am  Second Sight lecture with Leonard Suryajaya

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  FLASH! Pop-Up Shop

11:00 am  Susan Rankaitis lecture

12:00pm  Susan Burnstine book signing  (FREE!)

12:00pm  Michael Lundgren book signing  (FREE!)

1:30 pm  Patrick Nagatani lecture

3:00 pm  Marisa Scheinfeld lecture

4:00pm  Marisa Scheinfeld book signing  (FREE!)

4:30 pm  Vincent Cianni lecture

5:30pm  Vincent Cianni book signing  (FREE!)

7:00 pm  Size Matters exhibition reception at Low Gallery  (FREE!)

7:00 pm  OpenShow San Diego

8:00 pm  Daylight Books Fall book launch and signing  (FREE!)


Sunday, Oct. 23

9:30 am  Collecting Contemporary Photography  (roundtable discussion)

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  FLASH! Pop-Up Shop

11:00 am  Matt Eich lecture

1:30 pm   Wayne Martin Belger lecture


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Some Thoughts On William Mortensen

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on September 30, 2016

At the August meeting, I briefly discussed the American photographer William Mortensen (1897-1965) as one of the artists who has inspired my work. He was fiercely maligned and ostracized in the second half of his career, especially by Ansel Adams, and generally by “straight,” i.e., less manipulative practitioners, such as Group f/64, labeled “straight” in contrast to the “pictorialist” photographers, and by the East Coast art establishment of the time. This exclusion from important exhibitions and history of photography books drove Mortensen to the point of returning to painting in his last few years. Having published more than a dozen highly popular photography textbooks and instructional pamphlets from the 1930s to the 1960s, he was much less well known after his death, but is now enjoying a revival. Some of you wanted to know more about this innovative precursor of the digital era, and so I thought I would start the discussion here.

Mortensen began his career as a set photographer and mask maker in Hollywood and later ran his own popular studio and photography school in Laguna Beach, California. He was particularly known for his discussions and implementation of various techniques to enhance the final prints in chemical and physical ways (now made so much easier with digital techniques). Since some of his images appealed to popular tastes, such as the pinup style, while others delved into the extremely pictorial subject matter, even toward what we might consider kitsch, and at times included esoteric mythology and grotesque elements, he was highly controversial.

To illustrate the range of his work in just one category, I am showing four items from my collection: An early nude from the 1920s created in his Wescosco Studio period, the cover of the Know your Negative pamphlet (1954), and two of his signature images, “Caprice Vennois” and “Mutual Admiration.”





Further reading: Mortensen

I especially recommend Monsters and Madonnas. A Book of Methods (San Francisco: Camera Craft, 1936), The Command to Look (San Francisco: Camera Craft, 1937, reprinted and expanded by Feral House in 2014), William Mortensen: A Revival (Tucson: Univ. of Arizona Center for Creative Photography, 1998), and American Grotesque—The Life and Art of William Mortensen (Port Townsend, WA: Feral House, 2014). If you would like me to review any of these, please let me know.

                                                                                                Gerhard Clausing



Southeast Center for Photography – Masks

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on September 14, 2016


Outing copyright Gerhard Clausing


Day of the Dead Performer copyright Jim McKinniss

SouthEast Center for Photography (SEC4P) exhibition – “Masks”

The exhibition dates are the month of October, 2016 and the opening reception for this exhibition is October 7th, from 6-9pm

Juror for “Masks” is Aline Smithson, photographer and founder of Lenscratch.

Exhibition concept:  We all wear masks. Halloween, Mardi Gras, at work we are one person, while at home, another and with friends we have yet more masks to choose from.

Members of the PhotoExchange included in this group exhibition are Jim McKinniss and Gerhard Clausing.

SouthEast Center for Photography is located at 1239 Pendleton St., Greenville, SC 29611

Ellen Butler – “Home” Exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP)

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We are pleased to announce that Ellen Butler’s three-dimensional artist’s book Come Home Again was selected by Juror Kevin Miller for the “Home” Exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP).

This is the second time Ellen is exhibiting at C4FAP; the previous time was in 2009. She said she is hoping that visitors will be able to pick up, view, and read her unique art book at the exhibition, which will run from December 2, 2016 to January 7, 2017, with an opening reception on December 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The preview of this exhibition can be found here:

C4FAP is located at 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays 10-6 and Saturdays 11-5. Closed Sundays and Mondays.


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3.jpg Copyright © 2016 Ellen Butler


L.A. Month of Photography (MOPLA) Has New Dates

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on August 24, 2016



Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) for 2017 will move up from April to January 12 – February 14, 2017.

Lucie Foundation and photo l.a. will also present Converge: 11 Days of Featured Photographic Programming, along with multiple exhibitions, events, and celebrations.

A Photographers Open Call is now accepting submissions for three opportunities (deadline for all submissions is November 11, 2016):

  1. Month of Photography Los Angeles Group Show

“Month of Photography Los Angeles is accepting submissions for the annual Group Show! The MOPLA Group Show is a submission based exhibition featuring both emerging and established photographers.”

  1. Photo Books

“Month of Photography Los Angeles is accepting submissions for a juried Official MOPLA Exhibition dedicated to the photo book.  Submit books that were independently or commercially published and distributed from anywhere in the world within the last 24 months. Eligible books include: self-published, handmade, exhibition catalogues, book dummies, zines, and limited/special edition photo books.”

  1. Host Space Exhibitions

“Submit a thematic body of work for exhibition consideration in one of our “host spaces”.  Eligible submissions will be framed and ready to exhibit and can belong to one photographer or a group of photographers.”

The website for details:


All members of The Photo Exchange are encouraged to participate!


Gerhard Clausing – LACP Members Show

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on August 20, 2016


Gerhard Clausing copyright 2016

Third Annual Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Members’ Exhibition at the dnj Gallery in Bergamot Art Station

The exhibition will run from July 30 – August 27, 2016, with the opening night reception  held on Saturday, July 30, 6-8 pm 2016. The Los Angeles Center of Photography showcases our supporting Members’ work with an annual exhibition. The exhibition, normally programmed in July of each year, is open to Members’ only with the the opening reception at the dnj Gallery in Bergamot Station.

The juror for this exhibition is January Parkos Arnall, who is an interdisciplinary scholar and curator expert in photographic practice, theory and history, and grounded in modern and contemporary art movements in the United States. January is currently utilizing her comprehensive education in cultural studies and visual theory in her position within the curatorial department of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles focusing on Public Engagement.

In discussing his photograph, Clausing states “This is one of a series of self-images that present anatomically ambiguous formations. Symmetry has always been a measure of beauty, yet here mirroring transforms normal body parts, such as a hand or a foot, into unexpected “scapes” and shapes, transporting the viewer to a world of fantasy. While evoking unexpected associations, these images are in the tradition of mutated body art and evoke both attraction and repulsion, as they challenge our notions concerning human appearance.”

dnj Gallery is located at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, CA 90404 & the admission and adjacent parking is free.

Ted Nichols – Solarized Duotones

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on July 28, 2016


Copyright 2016 Ted Nichols

Ted Nichols has been bringing to the PhotoExcahange meetings the past couple of years experimental solarized duotone photographic prints from his wet darkroom. On some occasions he has scanned the prints and made some further adjustments in Photoshop. He had learned this unique photographic process from Edmund Teske during one of Teske’s many Los Angeles workshops, which were held until Teske passed away in 1996. Essentially a wet darkroom process using black and white (B&W) paper in conjunction with light flashing and processing chemicals that creates unique colors on B&W printing paper.

Nichols will readily admit that each print is unique because he has really tried to duplicate a print, but due to the total randomness of the Teske solarized duotone process, each B&W solarized duotone print is almost guaranteed to be one of a kind. And it usually takes him four or five attempts to get a print that looks acceptable enough.

Nichols also laments that the current B&W printing papers do not have enough silver content and it is getting harder and harder to achieve the effects he wants.As a result, he has learned to work fast in the darkroom, because with the current B&W papers, the visual effect is fleeting and you need to move the print quickly to the next tray to stop and hold the effect. So he is constantly on the look out for expired old B&W printing papers.

Editors note: Freestyle, located in L.A., has information on a Chromoskedasic Sabatier wet darkroom chemical for a process that can achieve somewhat similar effects.






Ellen Butler – IFAC All Media 2016

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on July 20, 2016


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I am very excited to announce that Ellen Butler, a member of the Photographers Exchange, was recently juried into the Irvine Fine Art Center (IFAC) All Media 2016 exhibition. The juror was Dan Cameron who most recently was the past Chief Curator for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and who is now an independent curator.

The All Media 2016 exhibition dates are September 3rd – October 22, 2016 at the Irvine Fine Art Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine CA.

The opening reception is Saturday, September 3rd, from 4-6pm. Needless to say, I hope to see you there.


Irvine Fine Arts Center’s All Media 2016

Posted in Art Museums, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on July 13, 2016



Memory Pods – Loss 2014 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I am very excited and honored to announce that Loss from my Memory Pods project was juried into the Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC) All Media 2016 exhibition. The juror was Dan Cameron who most recently was the past Chief Curator for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and who is now an independent curator. This acceptance is another great validation on the response to my Memory Pods project that I received during Photo Independent earlier this year.

The All Media 2016 exhibition dates are September 3rd – October 22, 2016 at the Irvine Fine Art Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine CA.

The opening reception is Saturday, September 3rd, from 4 – 6 pm

We hope to see you there!


Update: at the reception, my photograph was awarded a Honorable Mention. Very nice!