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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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Portfolio Reviewer for LACP

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on August 5, 2017

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Dawn Watson, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale

This last month I was a guest portfolio reviewer for the LACP (Los Angeles Center of Photography) EXPOSURE 2017 portfolio reviews at the dnj Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamont (Arts) Station.

Overall it was a great experience as a portfolio reviewer as I was introduced to some very intriguing and well thought out photographic projects. It should probably come as no surprise that many of the photographers and artists were interested in spending time with me regarding my assessment about these projects being published.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked before one of these events; how does one prepare for a portfolio review? Since the review is scheduled for only 20 minutes, everyone is always surprised in how quickly this time slips by. First just about everyone brings too many photographs and supporting materials probably in the hopes that a reviewer will be able to see it all and still have time to provide some wise advice. Nope that usually does NOT happen.

Second, as a portfolio reviewer I start each discussion with three requests: tell me about yourself, tell me about the portfolio we are going to review and what is it you would like to obtain feedback from me about your project that might help you to move it forward?

Reviewers would like to know a little bit about who they are talking to; not your life story, but a quick 2 minute bio, which I call an elevator speech. Same for the portfolio (maybe a photographic project), for the photographer/artist to provide some context as to what is going to be reviewed, again perhaps 1-2 minutes, another elevator speech. Last, what is it you need from the review? Some examples: feedback on the editing of the photographs, are the images technically acceptable, could this sequence or series work in a book layout, are the photographs consistent with the artistic statement, etc.

Third, plan on reviewing only one portfolio with each reviewer, you can bring more portfolios, but you will only have real quality time to spend on one with each reviewer. In most portfolio reviews the artist/photographer might be meeting with a series of different portfolio reviewers and it is appropriate to select a portfolio that is relevant to a specific reviewer. In my case, most wanted me to review their book dummy’s or portfolios that they were thinking about having published.

Fourth, plan on having less than 15 prints in the portfolio to have reviewed. In many cases we did not get through all 15 prints during our 20 minute session. You should want quality time/discussion for each image and how these images relate to each other. This exchange takes time when it results in a give and take discussion.

Bring something to take notes and one photographer recorded our review session. Each portfolio reviewer is an individual with a point of view, which may be very different from yours, so don’t become defensive if the reviewer does not see or understand what you are trying to communicate with your photographic prints. One key purpose of coming to a portfolio review is to get a broader exposure to your work and have others talk about what they see. If you are doing more talking than listening, then you are not going to obtain the full benefit of this occasion.

Last, leave something behind, perhaps as simple as a business card (yes, one person left me with one of their books) to help the reviewer remember who you are (I did 12 portfolio reviews on Saturday and names and projects began to blur at the end of the day) and then follow up with a nice email note a couple of days after the event.

Reviewers are there to help you and if they can point you in a direction or make an follow on introduction, they usually will. I had a short list of introductions and follow-up items that I had promised and these are just about completed, as it takes a few days to get organized. Also realized that these are good events to network with the other photographers and artist who are participating in the reviews as you never can tell what might come up during a side discussion.

Note: I had not realized at the time I took the photograph of Dawn Watson, above, that the large red photograph behind me was going to reflect so much pink color on Watson’s self-published book. Below is a better representation of her book “Trees” ( & thanks to Watson for providing a better photograph) and a nice follow-up email regarding our review time together. well done.

Cheers!

Douglas Stockdale, Publisher

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Gerhard Clausing takes over as Editor of The SoCal Photo Exchange

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on August 3, 2017

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Gerhard Clausing, Bodyscapes, copyright 2016

I am very excited to announce that Gerhard “Gerry” Clausing is the new Editor of The SoCal Photo Exchange. This is an on-line journal which covers photographic events, exhibitions and other news in Southern California. Previously Clausing was a Contributing Writer while recently functioning as the acting-Editor for this photo-blog in conjunction with being the Associate Editor of the The PhotoBook Journal.

I am looking forward to his leadership of this photographic venue as a site to capture the diversity of the Southern California photographic community. I have enjoyed collaborating with him as we have participated in photographic workshops, and covered the LA Art Book Fair, Photo Independent and now anticipating the Medium Festival in San Diego.

Please join me in welcoming Gerry to this well-deserved position.

Cheers!

Douglas Stockdale

Publisher & Founder (2008), The SoCal Photo Exchange

About Gerhard Clausing; with a Ph.D. in linguistics and literature from UC Berkeley and a career as tenured USC professor with numerous publications behind him, he is now happy to concentrate on his visual adventures. He studied at Otis, Brooks, and the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) and has been featured on Lenscratch, Blur Magazine, Black&White Magazine, Le Journal de la Photographie, Black and White Spider Awards, Houghton Mifflin. He has exhibited at LACP, dnj Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), PhotoPlace Gallery (Vermont), Kiernan Gallery, Julia Dean Gallery (Venice and Hollywood), Perfect Exposure Gallery (Los Angeles), Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine, CA), and Art Basel Miami, among others.​ He is the Associate Editor of the The PhotoBook Journal.

About The Photographers Exchange; an informal organization of creative photographers who meet at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine, CA) on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Participants can bring up to five pieces of work for presentation and evaluation by the group. The organization is open to all photographers and artist who would like to participate.

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Reminder: Last Day to Submit to Size Matters at Medium!

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photograph Exhibits, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on August 1, 2017

Call for Entries:
the 2017 Size Matters exhibition

We’ve extended our signature Festival exhibition, with submissions now open through August 1 at midnight!

Juried by Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Size Matters celebrates photographic prints no larger than 10″ in the long dimension. Previous works exhibited range from sculptural works to 35mm and 8″x10″ contact prints, digital, analog, tintypes and more. One work from our exhibition will be selected for the Juror’s Choice Award, receiving a $500 purchase award and having the work donated to the permanent collection of a regional museum. Additional awards include VIP passes to the Festival and more!

Submit up to 10 images today, powered by our friends at LensCulture.

Edward Weston Exhibit at the Bowers Museum from July 22, and more

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on June 29, 2017
COMING SOON | Opens July 22:
$5 After 5 PM – FRIDAYS!
Bowers is the place to be on Friday nights this summer!
Every Friday evening, enjoy food, drink, live music, and $5 admission from 5 PM–9 PM and experience permanent and special exhibitions on display this July and August.

Each Friday you and your friends can enjoy gallery access, live music, amazing food for purchase provided by Tangata Restaurant, drink specials and a cash bar.

Medium Festival of Photography (Oct. 26-29) and Size Matters Exhibition (Entries from July 1)

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Workshops, Photograph Exhibits by Gerhard Clausing on June 21, 2017
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2017 Festival Registration

Save the date for our 2017 Festival happening Oct. 26-29, and take advantage of our early bird registration opening August 18! We’ve got an exceptional event planned this fall including our renowned Present Tense lecture series, a new set of Medium Experiences taking you behind the scenes at museums and photography exhibitions across the city, and more exciting plans in store!

If you’re planning to attend Medium and want to book your hotel rooms now visit our Lafayette Hotel reservations page.

Save the date, the 2017 Medium Festival returns Oct. 26-29!

2017 Size Matters exhibition

Join us for the 3rd annual Size Matters exhibition, celebrating small works of art (sized less than 10″), curated this year by Katherine Ware. Submissions for the 2017 exhibition open July 1—plan to submit your work to the signature exhibition of the Medium Festival of Photography!

Summer means Medium events!

Join Medium this summer for a series of planned events, including:

July 25 – an exhibition reception in San Diego for our Second Sight Award recipients
Aug. 12 – a film screening offered through Group f.16
Sept. 18 – a seminar on collecting contemporary photography.

Stay tuned as we release more details on each of these events, or email us to learn more!

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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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!

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