Reading List

On May 16, 2013 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments
Reading List

Art exhibitions generally don’t come with a recommended reading list. Unless, of course, the exhibition is in a library.

Photography in Mexico at SF MOMA

On Nov 28, 2012 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments
Photography in Mexico at SF MOMA

‘Photography in Mexico’ at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art spans a century of photographic history, including Mexican photographers as well as outsiders’ visions of Mexico. Opening with the work of Tina Modotti and Edward Weston in the 1920s, the exhibit traces how photographers responded to cultural and political changes in the country. The […]

Look3: Photographers on Honesty and Objectivity

On Jun 14, 2011 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments
Look3: Photographers on Honesty and Objectivity

Last week, I attended the Look3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA, and was struck by the conflicting opinions on the role of photographic images.  Ashley Gilbertson delivered an impassioned talk about why he photographs the empty bedrooms of young soldiers killed in conflict. “I don’t believe in objectivity,” he explained, “I believe in honesty.” […]

Pictorialism and Truth

On Dec 22, 2010 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments
Pictorialism and Truth

“We very much fear that … photography … has been degraded to the level of a mere sport, and many take it up as they do lawn tennis, merely for an amusement, without a thought of the grand and elevating possibilities it opens up to them.” As the tools of photography became widely accessible in […]

New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape

On Aug 12, 2010 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments
New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape

  I recently saw this exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. “A turning point in the history of photography, the 1975 exhibition New Topographics signaled a radical shift away from traditional depictions of landscape. Pictures of transcendent natural vistas gave way to unromanticized views of stark industrial landscapes, suburban sprawl, and everyday […]

The Past is Not What it Used to Be

On Oct 23, 2009 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments
The Past is Not What it Used to Be

The walk to the Centro de la Imagen, on the Plaza de La Cuidadela in central Mexico City, took me past 20-foot-high temporary steel barricades and hundreds of police in riot gear, in preparation for a massive protest the same day. The main exhibition, titled Presencia Flagrante, showcases the work of contemporary photographers Marcos Lopez […]

Look3

On Jun 18, 2009 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments

Look3: The Festival of the Photograph was great fun — three days of browsing photography exhibits, seeing presentations from luminaries in the field, and hanging out with lots of photographer friends. However, the photography on display I found less than inspiring. The exhibits and shows were heavily weighted towards serious photojournalism. The implication here was […]

New York Photo Festival

On Jun 4, 2009 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments

I checked out the New York Photo Festival last month in DUMBO. The neighborhood itself, becoming a focus for photography galleries and studios, made for a worthwhile destination. In fact, the weather was so nice I saw more photographers spread out on the grass alongside the river than inside the exhibition spaces. ANTI-Plano at the […]

Art Chicago and NEXT

On May 21, 2009 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments

I finally looked back through the various cards and artist bios I collected a couple of weeks ago at Art Chicago and NEXT. Here are a few artists that caught my interest: Galería Leyendecker, based in the Canary Islands, was showing (photo) a series of large-format photographic prints from a film by German artist Julian […]

Fire and Disorder

On Apr 10, 2009 in Blog, Ideas | No Comments

Last week I stopped by the Adamson Gallery to see “Touched by Fire”, a collection of works by French photographer Martin d’Orgeval. One year ago, a fire destroyed Deyrolle, a famous taxidermy shop in Paris. D’Orgeval was there to photograph the shop after the fire, capturing scenes of half-charred animals amidst the disordered shop. At […]