Get Your Portrait Taken @ Loves & Fears in SE Washington: Saturday August 2: 11-2


DMV: Do, Please, Come.  This Saturday August 2:11-2 pm I will be stationed in the lobby of the Anacostia Arts Center collecting your portraits and words for a project we’re calling the Loves and Fears Project. Share yourself, be represented – I’ll ask you to sign a model release because I want to plaster these around the city, project them from rooftops, and more . . . I’ll email you a a copy of your finished portrait. Professionally lit, plain white backdrop – meant to showcase yourself as simple or as fancy as you want to be. It’s going to be an ongoing project cause


Here’s the facebook event link at Vivid Solutions Gallery.

Please come to my party, might be a pleasant day for a bike ride. Highly recommend the Anacostia River Front Trail, a stop at the shoot, then lunch at Nuurish in the Anacostia Arts Center.  There’s always parking and it’s a short walk from the Anacostia Green Line. We love our Urban Explorers! Vengate!

Converging Cultures works by Latino Artists at Ridderhof Martin Gallery Opening & Lecture

I’m in a group exhibit with a bunch of good folks at the University of Mary Washington’s  lovely Ridderhof Martin Gallery opening on Thursday September 5, if you happen to be in Fredericksburg, VA, which I do highly recommend. V. dog friendly, nice downtown, lots of antiquing.

Lecture in conjunction with Converging Cultures: Works by Latino Artists

“On Identity in the Arts: What it Means to be ‘Latino’”
F. Lennox Campello, independent artist and art critic
2 PM, Sunday, September 29, 2013
Ridderhof Martin Gallery

Artist and art critic F. Lennox Campello delivers an illustrated and sometimes irreverent discussion on the history and evolution of the Latino ethnic label while raising important questions on the issue.

I will have two images from Cholita in the exhibit and will be attending the Sunday lecture.  More info available here.

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Sarah Greenough on Alan Ginsberg Photos at the NGA: Sunday Lecture

Howl, Washington, DC © Stephen Crowley

May 23 at 2:00 pm
Seeing with the Eyes of the Angels: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
Book signing of Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg follows. In the East Building Auditorium: first come, first serve – democracy in action!

PSA #243: info cornucopia

The life is undergoing tiny seismic shudders right now so attention is firmly based in the analog realm.  I do have a few tidbits to pass along:

You probably have heard by now that photographic collector cum blogger/curator Ruben Santy-Mike is the subject of a show of his own work curated by Eric Ogden at Hous Projects Gallery opening Thursday March 18.  This is the same gallery on 31 Howard Street (2nd floor) which hosted the highly acclaimed and Ruben-curated exhibit, Versus.

Also the nymphotomaniacs are hosting a limited edition print sale to benefit Haiti, featuring works of art lovingly created by veritable nymphettes.  Really I have to say this print sale is featuring some very smart and strong work.  I have my eye on a thing or two.  Bidding begins Feb. 27 online.

© Suzanne Revy

LOVE this image by the very talented Suzanne Revy and so many more by Jane Tam, Tema Stauffer, Rhona Chang, Emily Shur, Nina Büsing Corvallo and other talented photographers.

National Portrait Gallery’s Boochever portrait prize goes to photographer

Laura © Dave Woody 2009

Laura © Dave Woody 2009

In the first year that the triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009 opened itself up to other works besides painting, Ft. Collins, Colorado photographer Dave Woody won with an 8×10 format portrait of a fellow student, “Laura”. The honors come with a $25,000 prize and a commission from the museum, and was culled from over 3,300 submissions. The exhibition will open to the public  Friday, Oct. 23 and will remain on view through August 22, 2010. The public may also vote on a People’s Choice Award through Jan. 18.

Looking In on Robert Frank with Michael David Murphy


The Mecca, When, Oh When will it be MY TURN????
Sunday was a good day – Michael David Murphy was in town, scribbler of 2.8whileseated as well as unphotographable as well as being a fine photographer in his own right, and working full-time for Atlanta Celebrates Photography.  He seems to do it all without artificial stimulants and this must be a true testament to the power of following your bliss.



His visit was a great excuse to re-visit and re-acquaint myself with Robert Frank.  As studious readers of this blog may know, I purposefully do not spend a lot of time looking at photography, esp. on the web.  I do look at it.  And if you ask I will look, but I don’t seek it out.  Time is precious, I’ve formulated my personal vision (for the moment), and it doesn’t serve me much purpose.  Please do not misunderstand, I love photography, I love looking at it, I love going to exhibits and seeing books. I just try not to make it a daily habit.  All this being a long-winded way of saying I haven’t spent any time with Bobby Frank since the last century.  Sorry if this offends you. I last sought him out at the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, and after spending a very unprofitable 20 minutes viewing his video-work, I had to put the fatwah on him for the wasted minutes of my life I could never get back.

Fortunately, such was not the case with this exhibit.  So it was great fun to spend the time with MDM and look at all the works from the Americans in order as they are on the book, except they are much larger, vintage prints on a wall. AND some contact sheets are there. Despite the fact that I almost had myself thrown out of the National Gallery several times for committing the cardinal sin of leaning on the plexiglass housing said contact sheets (consider yourself warned, you too may get caught mesmerized by the Frank process as I did and lean not once, twice, but thrice against said plexiglass despite REPEATED warnings from ever-vigilant NG security guards who are very polite, and should be highly compensated for their thoroughness).  It is a completely different process than viewing the book – you really absorb the sequencing differently.  My favorite room was the one devoted to transportation.  For the rubber-necker in you, the contact sheet depicting the scene of a fatal car crash in the Southwest is on display, and i must say I found it fascinating. Call me Macabre.


MD-M himself, not to be confused with one of my favorite collegiate bevies, MD 20/20 (I have changed!) His sartorial sense is impeccable, note how his palette matches the walls and the painting behind!  He’s a charmer!

It is great fun to meet new photographers – I believe we share a similar sensibility in regards to our appreciation of photography, and that is always nice to see one’s beliefs reinforced.  He’s got ideas and I love that. We also both LOVE Lars Tunbjork.

Good times Michael David!

Robert Frank is in the House


Parade – Hoboken, New Jersey by Robert Frank. Copyright © 2009 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

The Nattie Gallery opens two exhibits on American photography on January 18. Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans” presents all 83 photographs from Frank’s photography book which is heralded as the most important photography book published since World War II. Held in conjunction with Looking In, Changing Perceptions: Reading the Modern Photography Book will display twenty-one books drawn from the Gallery’s library to show how the photography book is a significant conveyor of contemporary experience and a witness to historical events. Both are on display through April 26.


When Color Was New at Julie Saul (here: © Joel Sternfeld)

visiting nyc is akin to visiting a foreign country. i mean, you speak the same language, most of the time, but there is a sensory overload that completely short circuits one, and i always struggle to orient myself there. this was not aided by the fact that i was staying near times square which is a visual cacophony dedicated to nothing. i had a wonderful but brief visit which included a few galleries, visits with editors, and a some terrific meals with friends.

© Asako Narahashi

i had the pleasure of attending a preview to a show that’s up at yossi milo – some really wonderful images by photographer Asako Narahashi, with the ambiguous title, half awake and half asleep in the water. The front room was filled with these large scale images of landscape taken from the sea, taken from the vantage point of the water with a Nikonos 35mm. Narahashi brings back edge tension and offers some surprises. My only beef is that perhaps they are blown up too much with the dreaded digital green and magenta blotches in the shadows, but the accompanying book – offering a much smaller scale, obviously, looked lush.

Next, I hoofed it over to Hasted Hunt for James Mollison’s The Disciples, taken at concerts all over the place, showing fans dressing up to imitate their idols. A teeny commercial for me, but interesting and fun to look at. In Esquire

© Mitch Epstein

My favorite show was at Julie Saul Gallery – When Color Was New- vintage mostly small scale photographs from the ’70s. The usual suspects: shore, parr, christenberry, sternfeld, meyerowitz, goldin, walker evans – and a few lesser known nice surprises. With any group show it will be hit or miss for you with the photos. But I like the spirit of the endeavor, it’s always fun to see what a gallery will do. The photographs were all beautifully printed, if seemingly diminuitive – and appropriately lush. Nary a pixel in sight. I saw an old favorite (Sternfeld’s burning house pumpkin patch) and got a new one (Mitch Epstein’s photo above) – and was delighted with the whole thing.