Deadline for PhotoEspana’s Descubrimientos 2010 Looms

I had the good fortune to participate in PhotoEspana’s excellent portfolio review as a finalist for their Descubrimientos Award in 2007.  The review runs concurrently with PhotoEspana which turns the city of Madrid into a series of photographic exhibits, far-flung and spread out perhaps, but a good excuse for a good exhibit/tapas crawl and who doesn’t love that.  If you have the funds and a love of paella, I highly recommend entering.  You can see the details, reviewers and forms here. Buen suerte!

April 15 Here We Come!

It’s approaching the dreaded time of year again.  Want to know what you can get away with what is deductible and what is not? Hamiltonian Gallery is here to help:
Hamiltonian Artists Board Member Richard Kamenitzer, Executive Director of the International Center for the Management of Arts & Culture, Program Director and Professor of Arts Management at George Mason University, College of Visual & Performing Arts, will help clarify the different avenues artists can take when administrating the business of their art and speak about:
  • Fact vs.Fiction
  • Record keeping
  • What is required to be declared income and what is deductible expense, including the “home studio”

The talk will begin promptly at 7pm at Hamiltonian Gallery, on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. Please RSVP to Jacqueline Ionita, Director of Hamiltonian Gallery, and for all other related inquiries., 202.332.1116


Installation Shot: Old Havana Street with Paper Whites

© Dave Jordano

The very talented and prolific prairie wanderer Dave Jordano kindly sent me an installation shot of my print, Old Havana Street, Cuba, nestled next to Paper Whites.  He purchased it through Collect.Give, an effort conceived by Kevin Miyazaki to donate prints to the donors favorite charity.  My donation benefits research for a disease that my mother has been battling for 8 years now.  Today is her birthday.  Happy Birthday Mom, I love you lots!

Collect.Give, a  great way to collect affordable art and help good causes.

Brilliant. Wm Greiner Print & Monograph on Ebay to benefit Haitian Earthquake Relief

© Wm Greiner

Silly me, I stupidly just donated directly to an organization working in Haiti.  If I just waited (and to be honest I just wanted to clear my conscience early, like when you are listening to public radio during a pledge drive and you just go and pledge that money so Ira Glass won’t be talking directly to you. I know, I am a woman of questionable good intentions.  Motivated sometimes by something not altogether empathy but a desire to just not feel guilt. At least I’m honest about it. Of course not the case with Haiti, which made that much more difficult to reconcile with how much blight that country has already suffered.)

Silly me, I could have bid my limited resources instead by this fantastic print and monograph by one Wm. Greiner, which he is auctioning off on ebay in a brilliant maneuver to raise funds for the people of Haiti, who certainly need funds (and water, HURRY!), and aid in great quantities, so I hope that not one of us is not moved to donate something, however seemingly insignificant.  Anyway, I already bid it up past my maximum.  Perhaps you will fare better. Best o’luck.

Dennis Stock (1928-2010)

Miles Davis © Dennis Stock 1958

A man whose work is emblematic in my mind of a sort of halcyon time where long-term personal work could sustain a committed documentary photographer, Dennis Stock died on January 11 at the age of 81.

“I’ve never taken an assignment,” Mr. Stock said last year during an address to photojournalism students at the University of Texas. “I’ve always photographed what I wanted to be photographing, and then worried about selling the pictures or doing something with them afterwards. I’ve always shot for myself, and when you’re shooting what you’re interested in shooting, you’re always going to be happy.”

Sounds like you had a good life Mr. Stock, and you made some memorable mesmerizing images.  Thank you.

An obit can be found at the Washington Post here.

UPDATE: Doug Menuez has more personal remembrance here.

Also OT but not to be ignored you can donate to help HAITI through a number of resources here.

THE Online Bookstore

So glad Joerg and Hester have added independent-photo-book aggregation to the repertoire here.


Grace by the Window © Tanyth Berkeley

People*Love*Photos is a film about young American photographers by Amadelio Films.  I enjoyed receiving the dvd some months ago, which features photographers Tanyth Berkeley, Rose and Olive, and Elinor Carucci.    Some production problems aside, (the ambient noise could be a bit loud and some interviews, the camera angles in a gratuitous snippet that I had to watch first were a bit all over the place), the segments highlighting the photographers are really interesting, and I can imagine students getting a lot out of this and sparking discussion.

Tanyth , for those of you unfamilar, had a series, Grace, who is an albino Mexican American, that was afire last year? and consisted of ethereal almost-monochramatic quasi-ecstatic portraits of Grace.  She had a show of the work at Danziger Projects, and James Danziger , scribbler of the popular blog, The Year in Pictures, has a cameo, though gallerist Becky Smith offers a lot more on her take on Tanyth.  I am also really diggin the name Tanyth.

More importantly, her sitters have lengthier appearances and the process of hearing about being the subjects of Tanyth‘s work with her long term subjects and their feeling about their roles as art world icons (a bit strong, but one of the women was featured in a show at MOMA), is quite informative and worth the viewing alone.  And you get to walk the streets of NYC with Tanyth as she goes about her photographic business. And Tanyth talks honestly about her raison d’etre.

The second vignette featuring two Texans, Ashley and Tracy,  whose street names are Rose and Olive, a photographic duo who made me think of what people must mean be talking about when they refer to Gurrrrrrrrls, if in fact they still do.  These energetic fun-lovin’ ladies apparently shoot a lot for the entity Nerve.Com? and other things.  Their segment involved unclad yellow pepper consuming, and using the body as a repository for cracked eggs, among other activities.  They drink wine out of the bottle on shoots, and ply their subjects with self-same spirits while playing Itunes on Macbooks, operating out of a cute bedraggled bungalow type house.  Kind of low-rent Terry Richardson.  I am clearly living the wrong photographic life.

They also shoot film and in all sorts of fun formats and tie up their naked models, so some of you may enjoy this part more than others.  Though I might avoid showing this to my fifth grade Literacy through Photography class. Definitely NSFW. For me they were speaking a completely different language. I did have a dream one night featuring them as my best mates.  Make what you will of that.

The final bit on Elinor Carucci is mesmerizing.  I have always appreciated her work though never been in LOVE.  Now I am in love with HER.  She is like a neurotic beautiful empathetic sometimes self-centered child and to hear her talk about her feelings and relationship with her mother, as well as seeing her function as a mom in her own right is very illuminating and caused me to respond more to Elinor’s singular ouevre.  I cannot imagine anyone meeting her and not being completely charmed.  I imagine her sashaying into galleries with a small box of prints and causing gallerists to want to simultaneously swoon and mother her.  Oh to inspire such!  I imagine she is a good teacher as well.

So if you are into young american photographers, and really, who isn’t? I highly recommend a perusal of aforementioned dvd.  Encourage your library and or photo program to acquire it or do it yourself if you can spare the change.  You won’t be sorry!

PS Found this interview with Tanyth on a blog whilst googling her website. Makes me like her even more:

Tanyth: Brassai was probably my first hero  then yes, Robert Frank, was and is a favorite of mine  too but I get my inspiration from painting. literature and film Bosch, Beckett and Bresson and Goya for example and have always loved social documentary more than formalist inclined work.  I love Walker Evans,  Eggleston, Koudelka, Lewis  Hine and Atget .

and later

You take one picture of a person with albinism and you’re Diane Arbus I don’t get it either.