The Photo Exchange

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

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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Gerhard Clausing – LACP Members Show

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on August 20, 2016

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Gerhard Clausing copyright 2016

Third Annual Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Members’ Exhibition at the dnj Gallery in Bergamot Art Station

The exhibition will run from July 30 – August 27, 2016, with the opening night reception  held on Saturday, July 30, 6-8 pm 2016. The Los Angeles Center of Photography showcases our supporting Members’ work with an annual exhibition. The exhibition, normally programmed in July of each year, is open to Members’ only with the the opening reception at the dnj Gallery in Bergamot Station.

The juror for this exhibition is January Parkos Arnall, who is an interdisciplinary scholar and curator expert in photographic practice, theory and history, and grounded in modern and contemporary art movements in the United States. January is currently utilizing her comprehensive education in cultural studies and visual theory in her position within the curatorial department of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles focusing on Public Engagement.

In discussing his photograph, Clausing states “This is one of a series of self-images that present anatomically ambiguous formations. Symmetry has always been a measure of beauty, yet here mirroring transforms normal body parts, such as a hand or a foot, into unexpected “scapes” and shapes, transporting the viewer to a world of fantasy. While evoking unexpected associations, these images are in the tradition of mutated body art and evoke both attraction and repulsion, as they challenge our notions concerning human appearance.”

dnj Gallery is located at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, CA 90404 & the admission and adjacent parking is free.

Ted Nichols – Solarized Duotones

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on July 28, 2016

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Copyright 2016 Ted Nichols

Ted Nichols has been bringing to the PhotoExcahange meetings the past couple of years experimental solarized duotone photographic prints from his wet darkroom. On some occasions he has scanned the prints and made some further adjustments in Photoshop. He had learned this unique photographic process from Edmund Teske during one of Teske’s many Los Angeles workshops, which were held until Teske passed away in 1996. Essentially a wet darkroom process using black and white (B&W) paper in conjunction with light flashing and processing chemicals that creates unique colors on B&W printing paper.

Nichols will readily admit that each print is unique because he has really tried to duplicate a print, but due to the total randomness of the Teske solarized duotone process, each B&W solarized duotone print is almost guaranteed to be one of a kind. And it usually takes him four or five attempts to get a print that looks acceptable enough.

Nichols also laments that the current B&W printing papers do not have enough silver content and it is getting harder and harder to achieve the effects he wants.As a result, he has learned to work fast in the darkroom, because with the current B&W papers, the visual effect is fleeting and you need to move the print quickly to the next tray to stop and hold the effect. So he is constantly on the look out for expired old B&W printing papers.

Editors note: Freestyle, located in L.A., has information on a Chromoskedasic Sabatier wet darkroom chemical for a process that can achieve somewhat similar effects.

Cheers

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Ellen Butler – IFAC All Media 2016

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on July 20, 2016

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I am very excited to announce that Ellen Butler, a member of the Photographers Exchange, was recently juried into the Irvine Fine Art Center (IFAC) All Media 2016 exhibition. The juror was Dan Cameron who most recently was the past Chief Curator for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and who is now an independent curator.

The All Media 2016 exhibition dates are September 3rd – October 22, 2016 at the Irvine Fine Art Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine CA.

The opening reception is Saturday, September 3rd, from 4-6pm. Needless to say, I hope to see you there.

Cheers!

Irvine Fine Arts Center’s All Media 2016

Posted in Art Museums, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on July 13, 2016

 

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Memory Pods – Loss 2014 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I am very excited and honored to announce that Loss from my Memory Pods project was juried into the Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC) All Media 2016 exhibition. The juror was Dan Cameron who most recently was the past Chief Curator for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and who is now an independent curator. This acceptance is another great validation on the response to my Memory Pods project that I received during Photo Independent earlier this year.

The All Media 2016 exhibition dates are September 3rd – October 22, 2016 at the Irvine Fine Art Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine CA.

The opening reception is Saturday, September 3rd, from 4 – 6 pm

We hope to see you there!

Cheers!

Update: at the reception, my photograph was awarded a Honorable Mention. Very nice!

Portfolio Reviews at LACP Exposure 2016

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on June 7, 2016

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Susan Burnstine, a Portfolio Reviewer for LACP Exposure 2016

I will be among the 19 Portfolio Reviewers, joining Susan Burnstine, Aline Smithson, Julia Dean, Kirk Pederson, Sarah Lee, Chris Davies to name only a few, for the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s (LACP) “Exposure 2016” event being held at the end of July at Santa Monica’s Bergamont Station.

The LACP’s “Exposure 2016” is a great opportunity to have your work seen by a diverse group of portfolio reviewers; see all of the bio’s here.

I am recommending that photographers who are interested in feedback on a portfolio that has been edited for potential publication may want to consider me for a portfolio review session. I am also recommending that if the photographer/artist has a book dummy in addition to a print portfolio, it would be a great opportunity to get some constructive criticism on that as well. The issue as always for these events is that you only have a 20 minute window to spend with each reviewer, so it really helps to know what exactly you want from this brief exchange.

Although this is a two day event; Saturday, July 30, 10 am – 5 pm + Sunday, July 31, 10 am – 5 pm, regretfully I will be available only on Sunday, July 31st. So I’m a bit limited for availability. Thus I suggest if you want to have my review, you will probably want to sign up as soon as possible.

For more details on “Exposure 2016”, including on how to sign-up, head over to: here.

Currently early bird pricing is still available until July 1st, so check it out now ;- )

Exposures 2016 event adress: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, California, 90404, (United States).

Cheers!

Douglas Stockdale, Editor