The Eye of the Beholder exhibition is in its final week at BC Space Gallery. This combination of innovative camera obscuras by San Francisco photographer Jo Babcock combined with the whimsical drawings of Costa Mesa artist Bruce Barton challenge the age old debate of the camera vs. the mind’s eye as the source of artistic creation.
There will be a closing reception for the exhibition on Sunday, March 22, from 4-6 PM to be followed by a light repast and showing the documentary movie Tim’s Vermeer. This intriguing movie, produced by Penn and Teller, explores the possible use of a camera obscura by 17th Century painter Johannes Vermeer a century before light sensitive materials and photography as we know it, was discovered. Music will be provided by The Liquid Window Project with Vincent Mitchell on Bass, Dan Olney on drums, and Carras Paton on Sax.
The closing reception is free (yep, FREE) to the public, but donations are requested for dinner and the movie. Reservations are encouraged. For additional information on the film see: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140103-could-anyone-paint-a-vermeer
For other viewings of the exhibition and reservations for dinner and film, please contact BC Space at (949) 497-1880 or (preferable)firstname.lastname@example.org. A preview of the show may also be seen at www.bcspace.com.
Printed Matter’s (2015) LA Art Book Fair
This coming weekend on the Left Coast is what is becoming an annual event; Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair which will take place again at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
As I have written about the past (2014) LA Art Book Fairs taking place at MOCA, this building is a maze of rooms, small hidden rooms, medium size display areas and a huge room usually reserved for the Zine world. A ton of books, magazines, zines that are new and old (“collectibles”) that can overwhelm the senses. Fortunately the food trucks out the front doors can provide sustenance to help you endure. In past years there was a section reserved for photobooks up on the mezzanine, but guessing there will be spot somewhere.
Preview Thursday 29th January, 6-9pm
Friday January 30th, 12–7pm
Saturday January 31st, 11-7pm
Sunday February 1st, 11-6pm
Also nice about this event: FREE Admission!
Douglas Stockdale, Founding Editor
Photo LA – 2015
Having missed Photo LA for the last two years and growing a little disappointed with the show, I was pleasantly surprised by this year’s event. It was clean, fresh, and much easier to navigate than past shows. This year I opted to take a docent tour led by Eve Schillo, Curatorial Assistant in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA. Schillo added more relevancy with her running commentary on many of the artists and why they are considered “worthy” of inclusion. She elaborated on the labor over time going into creating many of the pieces, such as the eight-hour exposures of Chris McCaw and the prevalence of contemporary works using alternative processes such as tintype, cyanotype, and platinum.
Docent tour of Photo LA before the crowds arrive:
Some of my favorites were works by Jennah Ward (cameraless cyanotypes), Jacob Gils (huge composites), Rosemary Warner(montaged prints), Susan Burnstine, Nick Brandt, Jo Whaley, Mona Kuhn, Hiromu Kira, Tadao Ando, Bart Synowiec, Bruce Davidson, Eric Holubow, David Adey (raised pinned images), and Susan Turner. It was also nice to see old favorites like Dr. Dain Tasker’s x-ray photos from the 1930s and the work of the late James Fee.
Eve Schillo discussing landscapes by Photo LA honoree Catherine Opie:
Abstracts using light as a key element by Barbara Kastin:
Copyright Barbara Kastin
Cameraless cyanotypes by Jennah Ward:
Copyright Jennah Ward
Printer Amanasalto Working with Platinum:
Also exhibiting was a Japanese company, Amanasalto, that is making platinum prints from contemporary photographers as well as masters like Imogen Cunningham. They were beautiful prints but not to be confused with originals printed by the photographer.
Copyright the estate of Imogen Cunningham, print by Amanasalto
APA LA’s Off the Clock
For the first year, 100 winning photos from the American Photographic Artist’s (APA) annual contest Off The Clock were displayed at Photo LA. If you are a photographer, this is yet another reason to consider joining APA and to participate in their many events.
Photo LA Downloadable Catalog:
For more information and to see more images from the show, download Photo LA’s 128-page catalog here.
Classic Photographs Los Angeles
Entrance, Classic Photo LA
A few years ago, a number of galleries that carry primarily “classic” (black & white) photography split from Photo LA and started their own show. This year it was again held at Bonhams auction house. It was easy to spend an afternoon there and enjoy looking at the variety of Classic and Contemporary photographs including work by: Ray K. Metzker, Val Telberg, Bruce Wrighton, George Tice, Brigitte Carnochan (hand colored selenium prints), Giacomo Brunelli, Pentti Sammallahti (and his book, Here Far Away) and Sebastiao Salgado. I have eclectic tastes and was tempted by a Muybridge and a lovely Bromoil by an unknown photographer…perhaps next year.
Alex Novack, the man behind iPhotoCentral:
Several years ago I became acquainted with exhibitor Alex Novack who is the man behind iPhotoCentral, an online resource and gallery collective where buyers can search an enormous inventory of photos. It’s worth checking out whether you are a potential buyer or simply want to educate yourself on what’s available.
If you are interested in learning more about collecting, I highly recommend subscribing to Alex’s newsletter. He sends it when he can (almost monthly) and it consistently contains a wealth of information from around the world.
PhotoExchange Contributor: Nancy Albright
Photographs copyright Jeff Alu
I am very pleased to announce that Jeff Alu will be the Guest Curator for ThePhotoExchange blog for the month of February. He resides here in Orange County and in addition to his day job as a 3D Animator and Flash Developer, he is a photographer, author, curator and the Exhibition Developer at Orange County Center of Contemporary Art (OCCCA), located in Santa Ana, CA.
Zero+ Publishing released Jeff Alu: Surrealities in 2012 and Alu has had five solo photographic exhibitions, including Marks Art Center, Palm Desert, CA, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and Studio 343, San Pedro, CA, and has been included in over 60 group exhibitions. His photographs have been featured in 24 publications, including Adore Noir, B&W Magazine, LensWork Extended (#68), Shots and Focus magazines. As a curator Alu has five exhibitions that he has organized and developed at OCCCA. He has provided presentations at Disney Imagineering Photography Group, Glendale, CA, Marks Art Center, Palm Desert, CA and Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA. He has a Bachelor of Music from Chapman University, (Conducting, Piano Performance, and Music Composition) and attended Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY.
Jeff states that the path that let him into photography began in his childhood, where he grew up in an artistic household. His mother was studying art and he witnessed her development through many mediums and learned at a very young age the value of experimentation by watching her in action. Large canvases on the garage floor that were splattered with paint and abstract sculptures being created out of found objects were being brought to life before his eyes. This in conjunction with a job at the Jet Propulsion Lab and Palomar Observatory a little later in life hunting for Near Earth Asteroids and comets led him to appreciate the spirit of searching for the unknown.
As to his own creations, his photography is a combination of art and science, where he combines his love for searching with his love for alternate worlds and meanings. His style hovers between documentary and a semi-dreamlike state. He is constantly searching for what he likes to call “clues.” These clues generally represent the initiation of questions that should be asked, rather than answers to pre-defined questions. He never has a set idea of what it is he’s looking for. He simply seeks, occasionally finding exactly what it is he wasn’t seeking. That’s the time he learns something new about life: when he discovers a new path, a new way of seeing, a new reason for continuing his search.
He has a very broad background in photography, digital art and gallery exhibitions and has provided a tantalizing submission as to what he hopes to accomplish during the month of February. I am extremely delighted to have Jeff take the reins and I highly recommend that you check in frequently and join the conversation!
The deadline to submit submissions as Guest Curator for March is February 18th.
Doug Stockdale, Founding Editor
Next week is a fabulous time to make a trip to Los Angeles for anyone interested in art and photography. With three huge shows listed below, one can see the work of the hottest artists, up-and-coming artists, and tried-and-true masters. There is sure to be something to impress and inspire all working artists/photographers.
LA Art Show 2015: (Historic, Modern and Contemporary Art including Photography) at the Los Angeles Convention Center: (January 14-18) http://www.laartshow.com/ Discount tickets can be purchased through Groupon.
Photo LA: (The 24th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition) at THE REEF/LA Mart (January 15-18) This show includes docent tours and a number of classes for photographers and collectors. http://www.photola.com/
Classic Photographs LA: Galleries and dealers of classic photography at BONHAMS (January 17 & 18). See the work of masters of photography with many pieces quite reasonably priced. http://www.classicphotographsla.com/
Guest Contributor: Nancy Albright
This is an Open Call for submissions to be the Guest Blogger/Curator of this Blog, The Photo Exchange, for a 30 day duration.
You need to provide a brief proposal, not to exceed 200 words, as to what you want to accomplish during your 30 days curating this blog.
Update: Please include your Bio/CV with your submission. This is secondary to your submission proposal but will help us with the selection process.
This is a photography blog focused on like discussions and content. Although this blog has had a strong emphasis on photographers, photography and photographic gallery events occurring in Southern California, the submissions do not need to be limited to this regional scope, although those that do will be provided preferential treatment.
The submission deadline to curate the month of February is Monday, January 27th. If you have a specific month that you prefer to be the guest blogger, please state that in your submission.
This is a non-paying gig, but then again, there is no fee to make your submission!
The blog has been in existence since 2008, viewed over 200,000 times and has 100+ pokes per day.
The content posted will need to comply with the WordPress guidelines.
So if you are looking for some exposure, want to try your hand at photo-blogging, have a photographic issue or theme you want to explore, here is your opportunity. As you may already realize that posting on a blog has a longer virtual life than the brief exposure of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, with many of the articles posting here currently obtaining repeated reads many years after they were posted.
Let me know if you have any questions or send your submissions to me at email@example.com
I would like to take this opportunity to personally INVITE YOU to participate in the International Photography Contest PHOTO ANNUAL AWARDS 2015
Since I work both as a photographer, curator and publisher, I am fully aware of the importance and the greatness of your work.
My particular desire is that the Photo Annual Awards, which is held under my leadership, will achieve good quality participation.
The contest results will be exhibited – as in last 4 years – in the Wall Gallery in Teplice, near Prague.
(see last Opening Ceremony: http://www.photoannualawards.com/2014-in-pictures.html)
The exhibition time is overlapping with the beginning of the 861th Teplice Spa Season.
Since this event annually attracts the attention of more than 50,000 VISITORS, my task is to exhibit the real jewels of modern photography – like your photography.
(see – for example – last winners http://www.photoannualawards.com/2014-winners.html)
For Grand Prize Winner is $500 cash and Art Residence for one month in romantic chapell
And finally: All 2015 winner photos will be publish in photo magazine Art Photo Mag (www.artphotomag.com)
(list of published photographers in Art Photo Mag is here http://artphotomag.com/photographers)
Early Bird for contestant:
Entry fee for contest is 5 EUR per photo, but to the end of February you have special discount – only 3 EUR per photo.
Contest Deadline: April 19, 2015. Don´t forget please.
Thank you very much and I look forward to seeing your photo at our Opening Ceremony.
Link for upload of photos: http://www.photoannualawards.com/log-in-and-upload-photo.html
Director PAA 2015 & Publisher Art Photo Mag
Copyright Douglas Stockdale 2014, self-published Pine Lake
As a book artist and photobook specialist, this is the time of year that I provide kudo’s to all of the photographers, photobook designers, photobook publishers and the book artists who use photography as a part of their creative medium. .
What came as a very pleasant surprise is when the amazing NYC book designer Elizabeth Avedon (yes, a familiar last name to those following photography over the years) selected my artist book Pine Lake as one of her Best Photography Books of 2014. A total surprise as this is a very limited edition artist book (edition of 25 plus 2 A/P’s) and thus I am assuming not many have actually held or seen this.
What a sweet ending to the year and which reminds me that I need to get my butte back into gear and finish my next limited edition book Bluewater Shore, the second of the three photo-narratives planned for this series.
copyright Alejandro Cartagena, 2014 self-published – Carpoolers
Earlier today I posted the five photobooks that I had selected for Emaho magazine’s list of Interesting Photo Books for 2014. Since this short list was a bit daunting, I have made a broader selection to post on my photobook review blog, The PhotoBook.
So check it out to see which additional photographers and photobook titles I have chosen as Interesting Photobooks for 2014! https://thephotobook.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/interesting-photobooks-for-2014/
Copyright Ed Templeton 2014
As a photobook reviewer for Emaho magazine, I was asked by the Editor & Founder, Manik Katyal to provide my list of five Interesting Photobooks for 2014. This is pretty daunting as there were a number of awesome & brilliant photobooks published this year.
My list of five are:
Kate Nolan – Neither, self-published (Ireland)
Laia Abril – The Epilogue, published by Dewi Lewis (Spain/UK)
Ed Templeton – Random & Pointless, published by Deadbeat Club (SoCal/USA)
Julia Borissova – Running to the Edge, self-published (Russia)
Paula McCartney – A Field Guide to Snow and Ice published by Silas Finch (USA)
I was also joined by 14 other intentionally known photobook specialist including Martin Parr.