The Photo Exchange

Interview: Michael Weitzman – CollectorWorks

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on June 5, 2017

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Photographs copyright Michael Weitzman

This is the second of a series of interviews of photographers who are or have been members of The Photographers Exchange, a group of photographers and artist that meets monthly at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC). Michael Weitzman has been regularly featured on YourDailyPhotograph and has recently become represented by CollectorWorks. This interview was about that transition. Previously we interviewed Jim McKinniss on his similar transition to be represented by CollectorWorks.

Editor, Douglas Stockdale (TPE): Michael thank you, we appreciate the opportunity to discuss your photographic background and what led you to become part of Daniel Miller’s CollectorWorks (CW). Since each of you have a diverse style, perhaps it would be a good start if you could describe what you photograph and how you then process that imagery?

Michael Weitzman (MW) I typically shoot with plastic and lo-fi cameras, which enables my imagination to roam freely seeking new narratives from the mundane and often overlooked subjects. I enjoy immensely the handmade print utilizing a variety of traditional and alternative processes.

TPE: One of the common threads for this series of photographer interviews is that each of you has a shared background of being part of The Photographers Exchange. How did participating in The Photographers Exchange monthly meetings prepare you for being included in CollectorWorks?

MW: The Photographers Exchange is a great forum to showcase your work and get feedback and ideas from a good cross section of artists. It also pushed me to not be a “one trick pony”.

TPE: What was the process that eventually led to being included in the CW? If I recall, you have been featured somewhat regularly on YourDailyPhotograph (YDP) prior to this.

MW: Credit is due to fellow member Jim McKinniss. Jim attended a group exhibition that had three of my photogravures. He approached me and said you should talk to Daniel Miller or at least sign up for YDP. Miller just might be interested. The rest is history.

TPE: Miller has been quoted as saying that he has a particular following and has a great idea of what will sell and what will not. Have you found that to be the case as well for the photographs you have had featured and sold?

MW: My first photo sale was from a “lith” print on YDP. I decided to hand deliver it and meet Miller. We had a good exchange and I left with the impression of the old APPLE Computer term “Think Different”. Subsequently, I have sold several photographs, mostly alternative processed either through YDP or CW.

TPE: It would appear that the CW is a virtual gallery, does Daniel Miller have any of your photographs in his inventory or is this truly a virtual gallery?

MW: Miller maintains an inventory of my photographs and occasionally will exhibit them along with others from CW at his Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica.

TPE: As a result of being represented what other opportunities has this opened up for you?

MW: Lots of exposure, networking, and sales. For 2017 I was part of PHOTO L.A. and had the honor to present my work in front of many collectors and gallery owners. The energy and buzz was amazing !

TPE: What are the next steps that you now intend to take as a result of this representation?

MW: I’m thinking a book. The beauty of having my images presented thematically or as a story is very appealing to me.

TPE: If a photographer was interested in being represented by CollectorWorks, which recommendations would you offer?

MW: Find photographers, painters, sculptors, musicians that you admire and respect. Look at their work, study them. Rinse and repeat. Do work from the heart whatever that might be. Quoting Miles Davis “Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself”

TPE: Thank you, it was a pleasure to discuss this with you and we are wishing you success as you continue your creative endeavors.

MW: Doug, thank you very much for the opportunity. It was a pleasure.

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Interview: Jim McKinniss – CollectorWorks

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on June 1, 2017

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Photographs copyright Jim McKinniss

This is the first of a series of interviews of photographers who are or have been members of The Photographers Exchange. Jim McKinniss has been regularly featured on YourDailyPhotograph and has recently become represented by CollectorWorks. This interview was about that transition.

Editor, Douglas Stockdale (TPE): Thank you Jim, we appreciate the opportunity to discuss your photographic background and what led you to become part of Daniel Miller’s CollectorWorks. Since each of you have a diverse style, perhaps it would be a good start if you could describe what you photograph and how you then process that imagery?

Jim McKinniss (JM) Hello Doug. I have a rather eclectic portfolio of photographs. My current and past projects include a ten year project revolving around the annual Mask Festival in Venice, Italy,  the Los Angeles Metro,  Nudes in the landscape of the Badlands of South Dakota, Horses and the farmland around Santa Maria, CA where I currently live.

I make heavy use of Photoshop to do traditional wet darkroom type edits. For many of my photographs I will use texture layers to enhance images.

TPE: One of the common threads for this series of photographer interviews is that each of you has a shared background of being part of The Photographers Exchange. How did participating in The Photographers Exchange monthly meetings prepare you for being included in CollectorWorks?

JM: When I first began seriously making  photos about 12 years ago I attended my first Photographers Exchange meeting. In those meetings I saw a lot of great photography and participated in the friendly exchanges  about photography between members . I had the opportunity to see and discuss photos each month. I learned a lot about composition, printing, alternative ways of processing photos. Most importantly I learned how to read photographs and appreciate the artistic expression the members gave to their photos.

TPE: What was the process that eventually led to being included in the CollectorWorks? If I recall, you have been featured somewhat regularly on YourDailyPhotograph.com (YDP) prior to this.

JM: I met Daniel Miller a number of years ago when I visited his original gallery on Venice Blvd. in Los Angeles. Somehow that led me to subscribe to YDP. Through that  connection I found out that Daniel was was offering a free portfolio review. That was about 3 years ago.

I went to the review and at the end Daniel asked me to submit 6 of my images to YDP. Since then I have had my photos shown in 13 issues of YDP and have sold several photos through that exposure. Subsequently Daniel offered to represent my work through CollectorWorks.

TPE: Daniel Miller has been quoted as saying that he has a particular following and has a great idea of what will sell and what will not. Have you found that to be the case as well for the photographs you have had featured and which of these were the genre of images that sold?

JM: As I said, I have sold several of my photos through YDP. Since the work I submit covers a wide range of genre there is no specific one that I can point to as being the most popular with collectors.

Daniel definitely knows his collector base and is very aware of what they are interested in collecting. More than that Daniel travels, mostly to France I think, to art exhibitions to keep abreast of the status of the photography market.

TPE: It would appear that the ColllectorWorks is a virtual gallery, does Daniel Miller have any of your photographs in his inventory or is this truly a virtual gallery?

JM: It is a virtual gallery.

TPE: As a result of being represented by CollectorWorks what other opportunities has this opened up for you?

JM: CollectorWorks is only a few months old and I haven’t seen related opportunities arise as yet.

TPE: What are the next steps that you now intend to take as a result of this representation?

JM: Daniel Miller and CollectorWorks are the first  to offer representation of my work. I use that representation as part of my bio and for interview articles.  At this point I have not gone farther because of my travel schedule.

TPE: If a photographer was interested in being represented by CollectorWorks, which recommendations would you offer?

JM: Start by submitting photos to YDP.

TPE: Thank you, it was a pleasure to discuss this with you and we are wishing you success as you continue your creative endeavors.

JM: Thank you very much for your interest in my work and experiences Doug.

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LACP portfolio reviews – EXPOSURE 2017

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on May 13, 2017

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Gerhard Clausing’s portfolio, EXPOSURE 2016, copyright 2016 Douglas Stockdale

LACP (Los Angeles Center for Photography) has just announced the dates for EXPOSURE 2017, their three day portfolio review event. I am very honored to be among a diverse and broad group of portfolio reviewers again this year. Similar to last year, I will be providing portfolio reviews on Sunday, July 16th, from 9:30 to 5:00 pm at the dnj gallery in Bergamont Station, Santa Monica (CA).

These portfolio reviews are always great events to network and have your work seen and discussed. As a reviewer, I have found this to be a wonderful opportunity to hear and see photographic projects that are in the various stages of development. As a networking event, myself included, a chance to meet up with reviewers, make a stronger personal relationship and as importantly, network with fellow photographers in between sessions. As you might imagine, I am very intrigued with portfolio’s that are intended to become photographic books.

Dates & Places:

Friday, July 14, 9:30 am – 5 pm (at LACP facilities, Los Angeles, CA)

Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 9:30 am – 5 pm (at dnj Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA)

Early bird registration!

Early Bird Pricing (ends June 7, 2017)
$475 ($450 Members) for 8 reviews
$325 ($300 Members) for 5 reviews

Regular Pricing (after June 7, 2017)
$500 ($475 Members) for 8 reviews
$350 ($325 Members) for 5 reviews

Reviewers include (besides your truly):

Elizabeth Avedon, Curator and Contributor, L’Oeil de la Photographie
Sherrie Berger, Photo Consultant
Rudi Bianchi, Photo Collector
Jonathan Blaustein, Writer and Contributor, NYTimes Lensblog and Photo Editor
Susan Burnstine, Contributor, B+W Magazine (UK)
Marisa Caicholo, Curator, Building Bridges Art Exchange, Casablanca Biennale
Kai Caemmerer, Curator, SFO Museum
Brittany Cernansky*, Art Producer, Saatchi & Saatchi
Brian Paul Clamp, Director, Clamp Art
Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Critic and Curator, Art Share LA Board Member
Crista Dix, Founder and Director of wall space gallery
Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, Curatorial Associate, Hammer Museum
Nick Haymes, Owner/Director, Little Big Man Gallery
Pamela Hassell, Photo Editor, Associated Press
Maiza Hixson, Curator and Co-Director of Santa Barbara CAST
Sarah Lee, Independent Curator
Kaycee Olsen, Director, Kopeikin Gallery
Eve Schillo*, Curatorial Assistant, Photo Department, LACMA
Gabrielle Sirkin, Freelance Photo Editor, AirB&B magazine
Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor Lenscratch.com
Douglas Stockdale, Founder/Editor of The PhotoBook journal
Heather Strobo, Curator, The Porch Gallery
Joanna Szupinska-Myers, Curator of Exhibitions, CA Museum of Photography
Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography

My friend Sarah Hadley will be providing a FREE LACP portfolio review prep talk on June 14th. So if you have not participated in a portfolio review before or it has been a while since you last participated and need a “rust remover”, a great discussion about what to do and as important, what not to do, for a portfolio review session. The review sessions are relatively brief, 20 minutes, and time flies by fast, so you want to make a lasting impression and being prepared with your portfolio, the “leave-behind” and a short rehearsal of your “elevator speech” will be well served.

I am looking forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,

Douglas Stockdale

Los Angeles Festival of Photography, April 17-23

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Workshops, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on April 12, 2017
Sharing this with all our Photo Exchange Friends!      —Gerry

Come Celebrate Photography!
Come to an incredible week of photography. Gain knowledge from remarkable leaders in photography. The Los Angeles Festival of Photography features workshops, exhibitions, special events, keynote lectures and seminars from world renowned photographers, museum curators and gallery directors. Sign up today!
LINK FOR FURTHER INFO:   http://www.laphotofestival.com
WORKSHOPS
  • April 18-20, 2017
    Fine Art Photography
    with Roger Ballen
    Only 2 Spots Left
  • April 18-20, 2017
    Urban and Landscape Photography
    with Karin Apollonia Müller
  • April 22-23, 2017
    Defining the Personal Narrative
    with Susan Burnstine
  • April 23, 2017
    Downtown LA Street Photography Walk and Workshop
    with Julia Dean
MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
  • April 22, 2017
    Life in layers – Creative iPhone Artistry
    with Nicki Fitz-Gerald
  • April 22, 2017
    Creating Conceptual Art on Mobile Devices
    with Bob Weil
  • April 22, 2017
    The iPhone Darkroom
    with David Ingraham

OTHER WORKSHOPS
  • April 21, 2017
    The Secrets of Professional-Quality Inkjet Printing Revealed
    with Master Printer Eric Joseph
  • April 21, 2017
    The Business of Photography

SPECIAL EVENTS
  • April 21, 2017
    Photo Independent Fair
    Photobook Independent
    Mobile Photography Show
    Lumiere Photography Awards
    Opening Night Party
  • April 22, 2017
    Champagne Breakfast With Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA) Photography Curator Britt Salvesen
    with Britt Salvesen
  • April 22, 2017
    Keynote Speaker: Roger Ballen
    with Karin Apollonia Müller
  • April 22, 2017
    VIP Reception with Roger Ballen and Special Guests
    Limited Tickets | 7-9pm
  • April 23, 2017
    Keynote Speaker: Charlotte Cotton
    Photography Is Magic – Reframing Photographic Practices

BOOK SIGNINGS
  • Roger Ballen: Signing several of his books
  • Charlotte Cotton: Signing copies of Photography is Magic
  • Susan Burnstine: Signing copies of Absence of Being
  • Marjorie Salvaterra: Signing copies of Her


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Annual Print Exchange meeting – March 16

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on March 13, 2017

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Trubuco Canyon, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

This week The Photographers Exchange is having the annual print exchange meeting. Except with a slight twist; everyone who brings a print will leave with some else’s print, it is just the print you leave with maybe different than the one your heart truly desires.

This turns into a fun and wacky meeting; first all of the prints are laid out and everyone has a change to pick their top three prints. The print with the highest score allows that photographer who brought the print to choose one of the other prints. The photographer whose print is just selected, then gets to choose one of the remaining prints. and so it goes. Typically as the night wears on, the selection of the available prints becomes more and more limited.

Meeting will be held (as usual)

Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC)

date & time: Thursday, March 16 starting at 5:30pm

So if you are in the O.C. area on Thursday, I hope you can make it (and bring a print! the only requirement to attend). There will also be some pizza, veggies, & soda.

BTW the print I will be bringing is featured above and is an open edition, 6″ x 6″ inkjet with archival white matte (11 x 14″) ready for framing. I think its a winner ;- )

Cheers!

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LACP Spring Open House

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Ciociaria published by Punctum Press, Rome, Italy

For those on the Left Coast, Los Angeles Center for Photography (LACP) is having a Spring Open House on March 18 & 19th, 2017 at their L.A. facility; 1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, California.

Over the two days there will be a series of events (see below) during which I have been asked to participate on Saturday to host a table of my personal photobooks, including Ciociaria and my artist book Pine Lake. Probably also have a portfolio as well. Nice!

And of course I will be discussing my Introduction to Photo Book Design workshop that begins on April 1st at LACP. I have told that there are a few remaining spots still available for this dynamic  two-Saturday workshop.

LACP Spring Open House:

Featuring on Saturday, March 18

NOTE: Saturday (not Sunday) is entirely FREE and open to the public. RSVP is not required.

Schedule:
10 am – Doors Open
11 am – Screening of the Robert Frank documentary film Don’t Blink. RSVP your seat to info@lacphoto.org. (Seating limited to 60. Outside of that standing room only.)
12:45 pm – Short presentations/demonstrations by various vendors
2-5 pm – Portfolio and book walk featuring the work of LACP Members

Throughout the day:
• Silent auction fundraiser to support LACP (preview images here: https://lacphoto.org/gallery/images-up-for-auction-2017/)
• Used photo equipment for sale (printers, darkroom equipment and more)
• Rare collector photo books for sale (some signed by artist)
• Various organizational vendors including ASMP Los Angeles, APA Los Angeles, Freestyle, Blurb, KEH Camera, The Artist Corner, The Impossible Project and Photo Independent/Fabrik Media
• KEH Camera buying used photographic equipment
• Raffle prize drawings
• Wine and beer served from 2-5 pm

Featuring on Sunday, March 19

• 18 “mini” classes and seminars.
NOTE: A one-day pass is $100 for Members; $200 for Non-Members. Individual classes are $20 for Members; $40 for Non-Members. Seating is limited.

To purchase classes individually, please click the corresponding class links below.

10:00 am:
1) “Portrait Studio Lighting” with Jennifer Emery
2) “Perfect Exposure” with Julia Dean
3) “Optimizing Your Images in Camera Raw Before using Photoshop” with Ed Freeman

11:00 am:
1) “How to use the Canon 600 EX RT Flash” with Julia Dean
2) “Introduction to the Holga” with Tom Alleman
3) “Black & White Conversion using Lightroom” with Rollence Patugan

12:00 pm:
1) “Custom White Balance” with Rollence Patugan
2) “The Singular Vision (Ways of Seeing)” with Andrew Southam
3) “Lightroom Slideshow Module: Show the World Your Talent” with Michael e. Stern

2:00 pm:
1) “Mastering the Core Features of Your Camera” with Ibarionex Perello
2) “Getting Known/Getting Shown: How to Get Your Photographs Out into the World” with Sarah Hadley
3) “How to Sequence and Design a Photo Book in Blurb” with Julia Dean

3:00 pm:
1) “How to Shoot Events” (And Making a Living)” with Kevin Weinstein
2) “Introduction to Instagram” with Kat Bawden
3) “Lightroom Develop Module: Breathing Life into RAW Files” with Michael e. Stern

4:00 pm:
1) “The Direct to Client Market” with Jennifer Emery
2) “Monitor Calibration: Why You Really Need to Calibrate Your Monitor and How To” with Eric Joseph

Cheers!

Ed Ruscha’s innovative photobook at OCMA

Posted in Art Museums, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on January 26, 2017

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Every Building on the Sunset Strip copyright 1966 Ed Ruscha

Currently OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art) is exhibiting Pop Art Design and included are a few works by Ed Ruscha, but probably the most photographically interesting is a very long display of Ed Ruscha’s 1966 creative photobook Every Building on the Sunset Strip.

This was a deadpan photographic project in which a 35mm motor-drive camera was load with a bulk feed and photographed the adjacent buildings while driving up and then back down Sunset Blvd, which was commonly called the Sunset Strip. The resulting photobook then takes advantage of the street name’s pun by creating a long continuous strip of images. On the top of the page is one side of the street and below this in reverse is the other side of this street.

This photobook design was very innovative for its time with stiff covers and the interior was bound to display as an accordion (also known as Leporello and Concertinas) layout, which is to say each page was connected and continuous. A very long strip of photographic images. My photographs of this exhibit were a grab shot and do not do it very much justice, thus go check it out and see the real thing!

The OCMA exhibition runs thru April 2nd, 2017.

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Early bird discount for photobook workshop ends this Saturday

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Workshops, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on December 16, 2016

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LACP Introduction to Photo Book Design, photo Douglas Stockdale

The early-bird registration discount of 20% for my Introduction to Photo Book Design workshop that I will be leading next April over two weekends will be ending midnight this Saturday, December 17th. This creative workshop is sponsored by Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).  So if you plan to be in the Southern California area (aka best-coast), time to check this workshop out and take advantage of this discount.

Could also be a wonderful Christmas present for someone special ;- )

Just saying…

your wonderful Editor.

 

Jason Fulford & Gregory Halpern – The Photographer’s Playbook

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on December 3, 2016

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Copyright 2014 Jason Fulford & Gregory Halpern published by Aperture

While in Santa Fe last month and visiting the photo-eye book store, I had an opportunity to purchase a copy of Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern’s book The Photographer’s Playbook. The subtitle reveals the essentials of this book; 307 (photographic) Assignments and Ideas, which are distilled from 307 photographers, curators, photographic academia and workshop leaders, including Aline Smithson, Mark Steinmetz, Jim Goldberg, Stephen Shore, John Gossage and many more. From my perspective, this book draws heavily on a few photographic academia programs for BFA and MFA photographic degrees.

It appears that the book is focused on young and inexperienced photographers who are searching for the reason to be a fine art photographer (as part of a BFA/MFA program) or for a photographer who is stuck in a dry spell as to how to find conceptual ideas to development next. If you have the technical side of photography down then working through a bunch of these assignments could provide you with an equivalent BFA/MFA education as to the conceptual projects you work on. What may be missing is the group critiques offered in the academic programs and instructors that might challenge you (alternatively a best friend that can continue to say “No, try again, dig deeper”). So find a small group photographic/artist peers that you can count on to be candid and talk/show the work/assignments, a group who can say “Very cool, I see where you are going, keep at it, dig deeper”

To be candid, there are some ideas within this book that are similar to other ideas I have developed over the years to help me consider photographic options and move my concepts forward. I will continue to write about some of them, such as my post earlier this morning about experiment-play (games), a frequent idea (27 different variations) that is recommended in this book. In my case, experiment-play was what I was doing that led me to my Memory Pods project that I have been working on for just about three years. Recently, experiment-play is what inspired me to start the Middle Ground (aka Life in the Slow Lane) project earlier this year.

To be fully transparent, as a portfolio reviewer for LensCulture, we also provide some resource recommendations as part of the portfolio review and this book is one that I recommend to photographers who have a photo technique but appear to looking for a project to apply their process. Recommended!

Cheers,

Douglas Stockdale, Editor

(originally posted on Singular Images)

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FREE guide from LensCulture – Get exposure for you photography

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on November 29, 2016

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LensCulture is now offering a FREE download (pdf) for their recent 2017 guide to help with gaining exposure for you fine art photographs, available here

I will have to admit that since I now work for lensCulture, I have a bit of a basis ;- )

Nevertheless, go check it out and I would like to hear back from you as to whether you think if this guide will make a difference for you in 2017.

Your truly, the Editor