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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

LensCulture

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

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/

Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham – Opening November 19 at the Bowers Museum

Posted in Art Museums, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on November 6, 2016

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Future Exhibition:

Frida Kahlo – Her Photos will open February 25, 2017.

http://www.bowers.org/index.php/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/477-frida-kahlo-her-photos

 

The Bowers Museum is located at the corner of 20th & Main Streets in Santa Ana – one minute from the 5 freeway, (Main St. South exit) and just minutes from the 57, 55 and 22 freeways. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 – 4. Closed Thanksgiving. For additional exhibits and further information, please check  http://www.bowers.org/index.php.

 

Some Reflections on the Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, October 2016

Ten things I got out of just a few hours of attendance (I highly recommend a more extended visit for future years):

  1. A useful escape from the tedium of the current election campaign!
  2. Sharing an informal atmosphere that was very conducive to informal conversations.

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  1. A chance to talk at length about photography and creativity with such super talents as Douglas Stockdale, Susan Burnstine, Barbara Kyne, and others.
  1. Checking out and purchasing the work of some of the finest creators of current photobooks — see the links in my previous post for details:

        https://thephotoexchange.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/medium-festival-of-photography-oct-20-23-in-san-diego/

  1. Conversing with the Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego.

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  1. Finding out about innovative MFA programs, especially the one at the University of Hartford. Erica Ann Flood displayed and discussed some of the creative photobooks of their graduates. They are given close scrutiny by Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin and Doug Stockdale as shown below.

        http://www.hartford.edu/graduate/programs/Art/photo/default.aspx

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  1. Catching up with old friends.
  2. Making some new friends.
  3. Interesting presentations and other events.
  4. A good feeling supporting each other as a photographic community.

Hope to see you there next year!

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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/

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:   http://mediumsandiego.org/

 

Highlights of the Festival Lineup

http://mediumsandiego.org/portfolio/festival-events-at-a-glance/

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.”

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Further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William 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

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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