For the second time I have attended Photolucida in Portland, OR. It was wonderful to get so much great feedback from both reviewers and fellow photographers. The festival is run really well and The Benson Hotel is a perfect venue. Thank you to all the Photolucida staff and the many volunteers who help to make it such a wonderful experience. One of my favorite thing about Photolucida is meeting old friends and making new ones. Below some photos.
In March Niniane Kelley and myself were conducting a workshop on Cyanotype printing and toning. The venue was The Image Flow located in Mill Valley, CA. We had a fabulous group of six students ranging between the ages of 25 and 89. During two and a half days we covered the making of digital negatives, coating the paper, exposing and toning in a wide variety of toners and bleaches. A big thank you to all the students for their enthusiastic participation and to the Image Flow for hosting. This is about as good of an environment as it gets!
During the recent CODEX Art Book Fair in Point Richmond, CA, Corden|Potts Gallery was showing my limited edition Artist book "Le Scarpe" and the photogravure portfolio "Feld und Flur".
The book "Le Scarpe" measures 40" x 16" when open and it features twelve images reproduced from the original toned cyanotype prints. It's beautifully bound in red silk fabric with a leather backing by John Demerritt of Emeryville.
If you missed CODEX you can see both at Corden|Potts Gallery in San Francisco.
I am pleased to announce that my print "Mezlan" from the series Le Scarpe, which I donated to the FotoFest 2016 Benefit Auction, was purchased by a private collector after heavy bidding, with the final auction price well exceeding the estimate.
The auction sales go directly to support FotoFest art and education programs in Houston and abroad, as well as the Literacy Through Photography year-round education program, operating in over 60 Houston area classrooms this year.
A selection from my series "Le Scarpe" will be featured at Corden|Potts Gallery during San Francisco Art Market 2016, in Booth 123.
April 27 through May 1
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
I am pleased to announce that my print "Gordon Rush" from the Le Scarpe series will be part of the FotoFest 2016 Biennial International Fine Print Auction.
The auction will be held Monday, March 21 at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Houston, TX.
A few weeks ago I got contacted by Daniel Regan from London, UK. He saw photos of my series "Carry" on lenscratch and wanted to feature my work on the web site FRAGMENTARY. His site is devoted to the exploration of mental health within photography. Take a look at some amazing photography.
I have been thinking about creating images with empty shoe boxes which I started collecting about 20 years ago. I have tried many times but was never quite convinced. Last fall I made another effort and I am proud to present 12 large, toned cyanotypes at Corden|Potts Gallery in San Francisco. The show "Le Scarpe" - Italian for "The Shoes" opens on Thursday, September 3 and will run through October 17, 2015.
Artist receptions on Thursday, September 3 and Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Aline Smithson, one of my reviewers at photolucida, was intrigued by my ongoing series, "Carry." This past Monday, August 8th, Aline featured my work on lenscratch. This is yet another example of how important it is to attend photo reviews. The connections one makes not only exposes ones work to the art world, it opens up art friendships. Thank you Aline. This is wonderful exposure for my work.
I am happy to be included in a wonderful group show in my hometown Lucerne, Switzerland. Henri Spaeti, owner and curator of the gallery TUTTIARTluzern, selected five images from my ongoing series "Carry". The local newspaper Luzerner Zeitung published the review and they chose one of my images - see below! The show will run through August 22, 2015.
PORTLAND, OR, 4/23 - 4/26
I spent 5 days in Portland showing my work along with 160 other photographers. It was wonderful to meet old friends and make new ones. I was excited and inspired by seeing so much good work.
While attending the PhotoAlliance Photo Review in 2012 I met Nicholas. We connected through our mutual appreciation of each others work and the analog format. Nicholas has recently published a wonderful book entitled, One No One and One Hundred Thousand. The images, taken around the Salton Sea, create a powerful story of mystery and overbearing. Nicholas was also recently asked to write a blog for the German online magazine, Der Greif. In this article he mentions our PhotoAlliance connection and eventual friendship. He writes about my Cyanotype series, Blues. His words were very kind about my work and I am grateful for his friendship.
I am pleased to share two photography events that I participated in and one that is currently being shown.
As a nice holiday surprise I was selected by the Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn to be part of their One: Unique Photographs show. Including myself, there are six artists' work featured. The piece that Debra Klomp and Darren Ching selected was my Scarf, Diptych, 2013 cyanotype.
This past fall I was asked by Cathy Kimball of the San Jose ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art) to donate one piece for their annual fundraiser auction. I chose to donate one of my unique cyanotype photogram Baby Doll #2, 2013. I was happy to learn that after a good spirited auction it ended up selling for a high price.
A photograph from my What We Carry series was selected for the 2014 Photo Review contest. The image that was selected was Young Man with Orange Parcel, 2013. The Photo Review has been a wonderful publication for many years now. The founder and editor in chief, Stephen Perloff, has been a major contributor to the photographic community. He has curated numerous shows, edited Photo Review since its founding and written countless articles about photography and its art market.
49 Geary Street is a great place to see art, especially photography. Unfortunately with the high rents it's becoming more and more difficult for the galleries to stay in that wonderful building in that great location.
I usually start on the fifth floor and work my way down. Make sure to see Robert Adams' show at Fraenkel on the fourth floor. Very impressive. Fraenkel is really more like a museum, impeccably curated and selected. Also, see the show at Corden|Potts on the fourth floor. Featured are David Pace's images "Market Day." Absolutely wonderful. I had the pleasure to briefly meet David at my opening reception at Corden|Potts back in February and then had a better chance to connect at Fotofest in Houston in April.
His photographs from Burkina Faso emit so much life, color, vibrancy and joy. David has been spending up to 10 weeks a year since 2007 in this small West African country. He has been very successful with several solo shows such as Blue Sky in Portland, the Griffin Museum of Photographs or 511 Gallery in New York. And he just returned from an invitation to give a talk at the George Eastman House in Rochester New York. Congratulations David.
My new series "What We Carry" got some wonderful feedback at this years FotoFest. Anna Gripp, coeditor in chief of the German magazine PHOTONEWS, chose 4 images for the May 2014 issue. PHOTONEWS is published 10 times per year and is a great newspaper style publication which lists shows, workshops, new books and other photo related information with a focus on Europe. Unfortunately PHOTONEWS is not available in the US.
PHOTONEWS 5/14, page 15
You can see (and buy!) some of my cyanotypes on photoeye's "Photographer's Showcase". I am very proud of being represented by this wonderful organization! Additionally there is wonderful interview on photoeye's blog. Here a screenshot of my gallery page:
I got a wonderful spread in issue #5 of the French fine art photography magazine "camera". Featured on 14 pages are 5 photogravures from my limited edition portfolio "Feld und Flur" and 6 cyanotypes from the series "Blues".
"camera" was originally published in Switzerland. It's former editor in chief Allan Porter became a mentor and friend of mine back in the 1970's.
FotoFest 2014 was my very first time! With a lot of encouraging support of "fotofest veteran" Luis Delgado I finally got it together to attend this amazing event. Thank you Luis!
There will be a lot to write but for now I am just posting a few images of some fellow photographers I met....