Thursday, December 18, 2008

Quote of the Week

U.S. 91, leaving Blackfoot, Idaho. Copyright © Robert Frank

From an article in the NYT art section commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Robert Frank's The Americans :

Still, Mr. Frank’s picture of a man at the wheel taken from the passenger seat of the car, “U.S. 91, Leaving Blackfoot, Idaho,” might well double for a portrait of the characters in “On the Road.” He was quick, however, to dismiss that association, remembering the men simply as “hitchhikers I picked up,” adding, “We were going to Butte, I think.”

Mr. Frank referred several times to the lessons he gained from just such opportune moments: “to find your way by intuition, not by intelligence, but intuition.”

Feature - Lou Mora

Lou Mora is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based here in So. Cal. I'd like to feature a project from the personal section of his website in which he uses a simple, but beautiful technique. Kudos to whoever can guess how he achieves this.

Hint: It's not Photoshop.

Holly Andres at DNJ Gallery

The Lost Mitten. © Holly Andres

Holly Andres's fairy tale-esque adolescent female tableaus promise to be compose one of the better shows in LA this season. The official opening will be on January 17th, but the works will be on view starting this Saturday at DNJ Gallery.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Conversation and Booksigning with Catherine Opie and Lari Pittman

I you can roll out of bed by noon tomorrow, MOCA is hosting a conversation between these two artists to celebrate the release of their new books. If you are curious as to how shooting shocking things might get you a spot in the Whitney Biennial, this one's for you.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Saturday: Open Group Show curated by David Pagel

David Pagel, art critic for the L.A. Times curates an Open Group show with work chosen from an open call for submissions on view at Gallery 825 from December 13th through January 16th under the umbrella of the Los Angeles Art Association.

Opening reception Saturday night, December 13 from 6-9pm.

Opening Tomorrow - Tim Barber Curated "TV Books"

Tim Barber of Tiny Vices fame and champion of the snapshot aesthetic curates "TV Books Exhibition and Catalog Viewing" at Space 15Twenty. Opening reception (PBR's anyone?) tomorrow, Friday the 12th from 6-9pm.

The Gallery Space @ 15Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Ten Most Expensive Photos of All Time

This is not my post, but I thought it an interesting one to link to.

The Ten Most Expensive Photographs of All Time.

The death of the newspaper still photographer

Vincent Laforet's talk last night at APA-LA was quite interesting. It's always nice to hear the stories behind shots first hand.

I thought I'd share something he spoke about last night that honestly, left a bad taste in my mouth. He said that with the advent of HD video capabilities, he couldn't see anyone in the future who shoots for newspapers shooting still images. It just doesn't make sense when you are there to cover an event and need to get the shot and you can now shoot HD video that allows you to pull any frame at 72 dpi and 2000 pixels wide, which is plenty of quality for online or newsprint. The exception, he said, would be sports photographers.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Photographer Quote of the Week

Copyright Torbjørn Rødland

From an excellent interview on Shane Lavalette's blog

I accept that my imagination is limited: I cannot design a chair, but show me ten and I know which one is right for me. I suspect this is a typical photographer’s handicap.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

USC Avance Photography Exhibition - Opening Sat., 7-10pm

The kids...are coming up from behind. I'm curious to see what's "broken" about their view.

@ Five Thirty Three
533 S. Los Angeles St.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Community (let's hope...) - Too Much Chocolate

Jake Stangel has launched a new hub for all of us emerging photographers to get to know one another, give and ask for advice, or just vent when necessary. Hopefully, the discussion forum section of Too Much Chocolate will catch on and be a valuable virtual zone for all of us. Also included on the site will be interviews with gatekeepers who's take on things I'm sure we're curious about and a rotating curatorial "tag you're it" gallery feauturing an emerging photographer's work each week. I encourage you to go sign up.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Copyright Sam Abell

Longtime (1967) National Geographic shooter, Sam Abell will be speaking at A&I Thursday from 7:30 - 9pm. The event is put on by Julia Dean Workshops and will be followed by a booksigning.

PDF here.

Also, an interesting interview with PDN over having one of his photographs stolen appropriated by Richard Prince here.