To view or download:
I especially recommend the workshop on Photobook Design by our own Doug Stockdale, April 1 and 8, 10-6:
I also have taken workshops with Aline Smithson, Ken Merfeld, Phil Borges, and Nevada Wier; they are fabulous, as are others!
Photo © LACP
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/
Frida Kahlo – Her Photos will open February 25, 2017.
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.
Ten things I got out of just a few hours of attendance (I highly recommend a more extended visit for future years):
- A useful escape from the tedium of the current election campaign!
- Sharing an informal atmosphere that was very conducive to informal conversations.
- A chance to talk at length about photography and creativity with such super talents as Douglas Stockdale, Susan Burnstine, Barbara Kyne, and others.
- Checking out and purchasing the work of some of the finest creators of current photobooks — see the links in my previous post for details:
- Conversing with the Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego.
- 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.
- Catching up with old friends.
- Making some new friends.
- Interesting presentations and other events.
- A good feeling supporting each other as a photographic community.
Hope to see you there next year!
© Douglas Stockdale; the others © Gerhard Clausing
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:
2525 Michigan Avenue Gallery A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T . 310 453 6463
F . 310 453 6959
Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
and by appointment.
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.”
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.
The 24th annual Orange County High School Photography Invitational is in process, with today (May 20th) being the last day for submissions.
The accepted photographs will be exhibited at Orange Coast College (OCC) photography gallery on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, from 5:30 – 8:30pm. The awards ceremony will occur at 6:30 pm.
The jurors for this year, who are members of the Photographers Exchange, are Larry Vogel, John Montich, Barbara Runge, Ellen Butler, and Larry Pribble.
This High School Photographic Invitation opportunity was started by Ellen Butler when she was the photo instructor at Costa Mesa High School.
Larry Pribble states “There are several hundred entries every year. We are amazed every year at the level of creativity, artistry, and craftsmanship that we see, and at the reception we have the delightful experience of being able to meet and talk with the student artists whose work we also have the pleasure of recognizing with cash awards and donated prizes from local photo related businesses.”
As a way to help to encourage and honor the creative artistry of the students who enter, the Photographic Exchange has supported the exhibit by presenting a cash award or awards to deserving students for the quality of their work. Members of the Photographers Exchange have also supported the students by attending the reception. If you are able to make it to OCC on June 1st, you won’t be disappointed!
As a follow-up to being one of the judges for the Photo Book Independent book competition, I am honored to also be providing two curatorial discussions of the juried in books as well as the other photobooks available during Photo Book Independent.The schedule for talks, book signings and curatorial discussions has just been posted.
The first curatorial walk will be held first on Friday night at 6pm just prior to the VIP opening of the exhibition space at Raleigh Studios (yes, a functioning sound stage in the midst of the film capital). The second walking discussion will be on Sunday morning at 10:30 am just prior to the opening for the general public. I am planing on an hour discussion, but be prepared, it could last a little longer depending on the questions and answers.
For the juried in photo books, since I was part of the judging and had developed the judging process, I am planning to provide a little back-ground on the judging criteria. How did we decide which books were interesting and provocative and which did not seem to past muster and capture our attention? If you were every thinking about submitting a book dummy or photobook to a competition, this could be an interesting discussion for you.
The good news, my curatorial discussions are FREE for those to participate, but the space is limited and if you want to join for what I hope is an interesting, fun and informative event, you need to sign up for it NOW: http://photoindependent.com/talks-and-book-signings/
Leave a comment if you have any questions.
Photobook Independent – Photobook Competition 2016
I have some great news, I am honored to be recently selected as one of the judges of the PhotoBook Competition this year as a part of the Photo Independent activities occurring at the end of April in Los Angeles. I just posted a quick update as to the judges and timing on my another blog that I am also the editor of: The PhotoBook.
If you have a published book and copies still available for sale, then you may want to check this opportunity out now (deadline for mailing submissions is March 21st!). I am now looking forward to all of the submissions, as this should be great chance for me to get a quick pulse on our greater photographic community.