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Report on the 2017 Medium Festival of Photography

Posted in Art Museums, Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on October 31, 2017

Last Sunday marked the conclusion of the sixth annual Medium Festival of Photography. This time (in contrast to the brief visit last year) I decided to participate in all four days of activities (October 26-29), and I am very pleased I did. This way I am also able to report on the range of activities that are offered, and would encourage you to participate next year. It gives me pleasure to note that we, the SoCal Photo Exchange, are a media sponsor of the Medium Festival of Photography.

The first two days were spent doing portfolio reviews. This process allows the participating photographers to show their work to leaders in the art world, be they artists, collectors, publishers, or museum staff. The feedback one can obtain is priceless, and the process teaches you to be concise and focused in editing, describing, and presenting your photographs. You are also able to make contacts this way and have the experts remember your work if there are future opportunities where your work may be exhibited and/or published. I got at least seven or eight excellent suggestions for presenting my work more effectively and for creating new series. You also get a sense of the range of preferences for various purposes. There was also a “portfolio walk” on Thursday night, where the public and fellow artists can view your work. I found the interactions refreshing, and the talks were just as straight-forward and personal as the reviews.

Friday night and Saturday were devoted to lecture/presentations. The keynote lecture by John Gossage was inspiring, as he discussed his long career and publishing history in detail, and is a great model for finding opportunities and using everyday subjects to generate profound contemplation via narrative landscape/photographic fiction. The presentation of 3D images and films by Claudia Kunin was also impressive, as she has a way to make the animated stills stir one’s memories and emotions. The lectures by Justyna Badach (selected from last year’s portfolio review participants) and Christina Seely were interesting to me as well, since they dealt with political and environmental issues that should be a concern for all of us.

Sunday a group of us went on one of the Medium Festival bus tours to visit major museums and galleries. This too was a fabulous experience. In a very compact amount of time we were able to visit a number of venues as well as to talk with a number of artists that had specifically come to the venues to make themselves available for discussion. Without having to drive, we could appreciate the Museum of Photographic Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Central Library Gallery, and the San Diego State University Downtown Gallery in a very compact amount of time. The images below give you some glimpses and further descriptions of what I saw. I hope it will encourage you to make use of these resources and this festival in the future.

My special thanks to Scott B. Davis, Sarah Koenig Wagner, and all the other workers of magic for creating this wonderful experience!

Gerhard Clausing

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Photographers shared their work and exchanged ideas throughout the two days of portfolio reviews at the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego.

 

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The Executive Director of the Medium Festival of Photography, Scott B. Davis. The interpersonal skills and dedicated energy of Scott, Sarah, and the rest of the team were huge factors contributing to the festival’s success, already in its sixth year.

 

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Prep time between reviews. Here photographers J.K. Lavin, Wendi Schneider, Lori Pond, and Gerhard Clausing are sorting their images.

 

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An open slot! Off to be reviewed, facilitated by Sarah Koenig Wagner, Program Manager.

 

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The keynote speaker, John Gossage, who talked about his impressive career creating several dozen books.

 

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At the Dual Graphics table, Craig Evans and author Douglas Stockdale (who introduced his very useful Guide to Self-Publishing an Indie Artist Book, soon to be reviewed here) are conversing with artist and reviewer Andrew Burgess (second from left) and photographer Todd Bradley (right).

 

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Maggie Downing, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, explains the installation behind her and is about to start a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.

 

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A viewer’s approach to the exhibit “Play,” featuring the work of Brenda Biondo (former portfolio review participant) at The San Diego Museum of Art.

 

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Philipp Scholz Rittermann explains his work, part of the San Diego Central Library Gallery exhibit “Dream of the Nineties.”

 

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Members of our group at the exhibit “We are here/Estamos aquí.” We had a chance to discuss work with photographers Tom Kiefer, Ingrid Hernández, and Stefan Falke. It was fascinating to see and hear about the artists’ personal involvement and to hear about the difficulties experienced around the US/Mexico border.

 

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The Mexican photographer Ingrid Hernández at the exhibit “We are here/Estamos aquí” at SDSU Downtown Gallery.

 

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Stefan Falke and Chantel Paul, Director of the SDSU Downtown Gallery, discussing Stefan’s work photographing artists in Mexico.

Image #3 © Douglas Stockdale; all others © Gerhard Clausing

 

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Lectures and Events at Medium Festival, Oct. 27-29 (discounted registration through Oct.15)

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on October 3, 2017

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Discover Medium’s 2017 Present Tense Lecturers

 

Medium is defined by an exceptional program of artist lectures—creative voices in the field who share their recent work and creative development with you. The 2017 lectures kick off with a Keynote Lecture by John Gossage on Oct. 27. John Gossage is a revered artist who got his start at the Leo Castelli Gallery (in a two-person show with Jasper Johns, no less)!

The weekend continues with lectures by Justyna Badach, Claudia Kunin, John Chiara, Christina Seely, and J. Grant Brittain. Discover their work on our website and pick up a Festival Pass today—discounted registration is available online through Oct. 15.

 

Meet Claudia Kunin on Oct. 28 at 11am

Claudia Kunin is a Los Angeles native who has maintained a career in photography for more than 30 years. Her recent work as a filmmaker involves her use of family photographs, which the artist meticulously animates into short films that tell haunting, evocative stories. In 3-D!

The artist will discuss her career and current work as part of Medium’s Present Tense lecture series at 11:00am on Sat., Oct. 28. Festival participants will be invited a free film screening with the artist at the Digital Gym beginning at 7:00pm. We’re honored to have Claudia Kunin’s lecture as part of the 2017 Festival.

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Free Festival events and exhibitions!

Don’t miss the ongoing series of free events and exhibition receptions this fall. We kick things off with an exhibition by Morgan DeLuna, a participant in our Far Sight Mentorship program. The exhibition Morgan DeLuna: Phenotype opens at Subtext Gallery on Oct. 12. from 6-8pm. Additional free events include:

  • FLASH! Pop-Up Shop, Oct. 26, 7-10pm, Lafayette Hotel
  • Open Portfolio Walk with participating Portfolio Review photographers, Oct. 26, 7-10pm, Lafayette Hotel
  • Book signing with John Gossage, Oct. 27, 8-10pm, Lafayette Hotel
  • Size Matters exhibition reception, Oct. 28, 7-10pm, Helmuth Projects

Medium Festival of Photography Discounted Early Registration Starts Friday, Aug. 18

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Festival registration opens Friday Aug 18; discounts through Aug. 31.

Medium’s 2017 Festival registration opens Friday, August 18. We offer Early Bird discounts on all VIP and Festival Passes purchased before midnight Aug. 31—take advantage of the deepest discounts we offer!

This year’s Festival brings artist lectures with John Gossage, Christina Seely, John Chiara, and many other provocative artists. We’re also introducing collection tours, exhibitions, a film screening, pop-up events, and book signings at the 2017 Festival.

Medium is more than an annual event for contemporary photography, it’s a place to make new discoveries and connect with fans of contemporary art from across North America, Europe, and beyond!

Medium is an artist-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Support our mission to foster awareness and understanding of innovative photography by donating today!

­Copyright © 2017 Medium Festival of Photography, All rights reserved.

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Three PX Members Featured in IFAC’s All Media 2017 Exhibition, Aug. 26 – Oct. 28

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on August 10, 2017

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In my first contribution as Editor, I am extremely pleased to report that three of our members made it into the “All Media 2017” Show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center: Paul Anderson, Gerhard Clausing, and Janos Lanyi – congratulations! Curated by the interdisciplinary artist Kim Abeles, the exhibition features painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, video, installation, and more. The Reception will be Saturday, August 26, from 4-6 p.m., with an Awards Ceremony at 4:45. The exhibition will run through October 28, Mo-Th 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fr 10-5, Sa 9-5, closed Sundays. Opening reception, admission, and parking are free. Kim Abeles will also give an Artist Talk about her work on Saturday, September 23, 3:30 to 4:30. For all friends and relatives: Heritage Community Park, 14321 Yale Avenue, Irvine, CA. See you at IFAC!­

Paul Anderson’s photograph, entitled “Yellow-1,” is from his 2016 portfolio, “Floral Impressions.” He has shown us similarly intriguing images at our meetings:

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My photograph is from the series “Selfscapes” that features my body in all its heights and depths, and is entitled “Nevertheless” to highlight the importance of keeping going as one observes one’s process of aging:

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Janos Lanyi presents an abstract acrylic painting on canvas entitled “The Red House.” It is based on one of his trips to Spain, where he also photographed extensively, as you know from the enjoyable art that he shares from his many travels:

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25th Annual Orange County High School Photography Invitational, May 30 at Orange Coast College

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits by Gerhard Clausing on May 23, 2017

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On Tuesday, May 30th, there will be an artist’s reception of the 25th Annual Orange County High School Photography Invitational.  This is a juried exhibition open to students from all Orange County high schools.  It was created by Ellen Butler, when she was the photography instructor at Costa Mesa High School.  For most, if not all of those 25 years, the event has been supported in some manner by The Photo Exchange, either with members serving as jurors, by awarding prizes on behalf of the Exchange, by helping to underwrite entry fees for students for whom the fee might prevent them from entering, and simply by attending the reception to support the students.  The reception is an opportunity to see the talent and creativity of a large number of student artists from close to 20 schools.  More than 40 awards will be presented to recognize outstanding individual images and for projects and bodies of work.

The reception will be held from 5:30 pm to about 8:00 pm at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa in the Arts Center Building on the south side of the campus closest to Merrimac Way.  The awards presentation will begin about 6:30 pm.  At the same, the Newport Mesa School District will be having a multi-media exhibit of student work with a reception that is also open to the public in the Doyle Art Gallery next door to the Arts Center building.  Parking is free in parking lot D, which can be accessed from Merrimac Way.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

PHOTOLA Coming Up Jan. 12-15, 2017

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photography, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on December 28, 2016

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Reminder: Coming up right after the holidays: PhotoLA, January 12-15, 2017, the 26th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL LOS ANGELES PHOTOGRAPHIC ART EXPOSITION (note: location in downtown LA below).

From the website:

2016-12-28 14_57_38-Photo LA.jpg will launch with the annual Opening Night Benefit on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 7-10 PM. The evening will benefit the Lucie Foundation, an outstanding international non-profit whose goal it is to “Honor Master Photographers, Discover and Cultivate Emerging Talent and Promote the Appreciation of Photography Worldwide.”

Public Exhibit Hours:
Friday, January 13, 11am – 7pm
Saturday, January 14, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, January 15, 11am – 6pm

LOCATION:

The REEF/LA Mart
1933 Broadway
Los Angeles, Ca 90007

ALSO:

2016-12-28 14_57_38-Photo LA.jpg and Lucie Foundation are pleased to announce the first CONVERGE: 11 DAYS OF FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHIC PROGRAMMING. This initiative in which both organizations will collaborate to bring together photographic initiatives honoring all aspects of photography, will include multiple exhibitions, events and celebrations to be presented during this comprehensive 11-day period. Aligning with LA Arts Month in January, CONVERGE will provide destination programming where photo l.a., as the centerpiece, is surrounded by a robust Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) line-up. To accomplish this, for its ninth year, MOPLA moves from April to January 12 – February 12, 2017.

Cheers & hope to you there!

Winter/Spring 2017 LACP Catalog of Classes and Workshops Now Online

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on November 17, 2016

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To view or download:

https://lacphoto.org/registration-info/downloadview-catalog/

I especially recommend the workshop on Photobook Design by our own Doug Stockdale, April 1 and 8, 10-6:

https://lacphoto.org/events/introduction-to-photo-book-design-with-douglas-stockdale-2017/

I also have taken workshops with Aline Smithson, Ken Merfeld, Phil Borges, and Nevada Wier; they are fabulous, as are others!

                                                                                                 Gerry Clausing

Nov. 17 Photobook Night at LACP, Spots Available

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photography, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on November 16, 2016

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The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) will hold a Photobook Night tomorrow, November 17, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Spots are still available for LACP members to feature and sell their photobooks. The event is open to the public. Scheduled so far are Nancy Baron, Ara Oshagan, Marjorie Salvaterra, and Aline Smithson. LACP is at 1515 Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Phone: 323-464-0909

For further info: https://lacphoto.org/events/book-night-nov-17/

Call for Entries, Third Annual Street Shooting Around the World Exhibition at LACP

The Los Angeles Center for Photography (LACP) has just issued the Call for Entries for this annual competition.

The salient dates are:

Deadline for Submission: Monday, December 12, 2016

Notice of Acceptance: Friday, December 23, 2016

Framed prints (if accepted) due in gallery: Friday, January 27, 2017

Show Opening: Friday, February 3, 7-10 pm, 2017

Show Dates: February 3 – March 10, 2017

40-50 images will be selected by Craig Semetko, this year’s juror, for the exhibition. Prizes offered include $1000 for the best body of work (at least 6 images) and $500 toward a street shooting or travel workshop. This exhibit is open internationally to both amateurs and professionals.

For further details, please check the LACP website:

https://lacphoto.org/call-for-entries/street-shooting-around-the-world-exhibition/

Southeast Center for Photography – Masks

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

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Outing copyright Gerhard Clausing

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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