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By Ron Cowie, photographer

I’ve attended AIPAD every spring for years and love every minute of it. There is no other place where I can see the entire history of photography under one roof in one afternoon besides AIPAD. Galleries of every stripe show up and showcase their strongest work to sell. That in itself is interesting because I get a snapshot of current market trends. I won’t say the collection is comprehensive but just about every base is covered by one gallery or another.

 AIPAD is the ice cream parlor in the belly of the “Photo World’s” beast. Something sweet for everyone.

It’s fun to make art and not think about money. However, if you plan to have any career in the arts that is based on the selling of said art, you had better see what people are willing to pay for work that is similar to what you are making. That’s right, if you attend AIPAD, you’re going to bump into some work that looks a lot like yours. This is a necessary dose of humility, which frees up some space for making better work. Knowing there is an audience for the work I create saves a lot of energy in the creative process.

I go to be inspired by the work of old masters and new “stars.”  I also get a better idea of which galleries are “right” for my images by seeing what they are showing in their booth. Websites don’t always accomplish this in the same way. It costs a lot more to ship actual photos to New York than it does to upload images to a website. That kind of commitment to an artist speaks volumes.

At AIPAD, I get to talk to people who are just as interested in photography (gallery owners, artists, fellow collectors, curators) as I am. At AIPAD, I get to I introduce myself to a gallery owner or artist, take his/her cards and get in touch later. Some call it speed dating; I call it a lovely way to meet people who share the same interests for the sake of meeting. It beats Facebook hands down.

After all is said and done about social networks and whatnot, making and collecting art comes down to old fashioned face to face relationships. I don’t go to AIPAD to have my suspicions and cynicism confirmed but to have them dispelled. It is nice to know there is a place at the “Photo Industry” table for just about anyone willing to do the work. Galleries play a very important part in promoting photography. The investment they make to participate at AIPAD is not a small one and should be respected.

Also, I like rubbing elbows with the big shots. I know, I’m shallow for thinking that way, but it’s true. It is reassuring to see people I admire hustling as hard (if not harder) than I do. You can’t leave the Park Avenue Armory without a profound respect for the work that is being done in order to get seen there. No one gets off easy in that regard.

Business woes aside, the main reason I go is just to be an audience member for my fellow photographers. I love being able to look at the photos and buy them. I collect photography because I need to be a good viewer in order to be a good photographer. I don’t have the time or budget to make every opening that I want to attend or collect every piece that inspires me. AIPAD allows me to cover a lot of bases in an afternoon or two. Even if I leave empty handed, I’m encouraged by what I see and the people I meet. That’s worth the price of the ticket alone.

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By Liz Ellenwood, PRC Volunteer

My work at the 2013 Krappy Kamera Exhibition at SoHo Photo Gallery.

The Krappy Kamera just celebrated its 15th year at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, and the theme is simple—you can only apply with photographs that were created using “equipment from the low end of the technological scale.”  That means toy cameras, Holgas, Dianas, etc., cameras that you can pick up at a garage sale or even make yourself. My image was created with a Holga that I have had for a few years now, and it has seen better days. There is black tape on the sides to protect my film from light leaks and apparently something inside it broke off so it can double as a maraca if I shake it. Did I mention it’s also a plastic camera (both body and lens)? Regardless of its musical talent and its durability (it won’t shatter if I drop it), it is SO much fun! As is the Krappy Kamera Exhibition.

I was actually made aware of the call for entry for the Krappy Kamera by Jesseca Ferguson when I was her workshop assistant for the PRC’s “Pinhole Madness Workshop with Jesseca Ferguson.”  Ferguson primarily works with pinhole cameras, which you guessed it, are considered to be “Krappy Kameras.” Her work is anything but “krappy” it is eye catching and ethereal. So with her encouragement I decided to apply with my recent work made with my Holga. Needless to say I did a little happy dance when I received the acceptance email to the Krappy Kamera Exhibition. My selected image was Untitled 002, an in-camera multiple exposure that was then printed as an archival silver gelatin print.

I was thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful show juried by Christy Karpinski, the Founder and Editor of F-Stop Magazine. Karpinski selected 47 artists from 180 applications and pieced together a fantastic grouping of photographs, ranging in both subject matter and printing processes. I am honored to have been in this show with photographers from all over the United States and from other countries. I even knew one of the selected photographers from Boston, Suzanne Revy.

I was able to attend the opening night at Soho Photo Gallery. The gallery was even more beautiful in person: great lighting, terrific wall space, I could go on and on about the space but lets focus on the show. The exhibition celebrates the excitement of cameras that people have written off as “not good enough” because they are not at the top of the camera food chain. Looking around the room I felt proud to be a part of something so simple yet beautiful. We were taking away all of the fancy settings and digital capabilities and just having fun with photography. That was my favorite quality of the show, the lighthearted exploration of photography.

At the end of the opening, I was awarded the People’s Choice Award and won a GOLD Holga. I can’t wait to take this baby out for a spin!

Winning the People’s Choice Award and receiving the “Gold Holga.”

 

 

 

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I will never cease to be amazed at how many talented photographers there are in the world. Do you suppose that the numbers are increasing in direct proportion with the number of cameras that are being manufactured? I think that there are visions that are nurtured out of the glare of exposure and expectation, visions that gain power from being focused on a topic and not worrying about who is seeing the results, when and where the work is reaching an audience, how quickly it goes to market.

Our current exhibition at the PRC features four photographers whose work was new to me. Tomasz Tomaszewski, judged the first place winner in the contest organized by SocialDocumentary.net that led to the show (see Mark Feeney’s Boston Globe review here), is perhaps the most accomplished of the group. I tracked down a copy of his massive 2008 book, Rzut Beretem/A Stone’s Throw (published by National Geographic Poland) and acquired it for the PRC Library. (The book is signed by the photographer and inscribed “To H— with my friendship.”) It can easily share the table top with Salgado’s Workers and Nachtwey’s Inferno, at least on the basis of quality of vision; the table top would have to be fairly large and sturdy to handle these three biblo-behemoths.

Tomaszewski’s black-and-white imagery in this book offers an eloquent and evocative tribute to modern Poland’s rural landscape and its accommodations of former agricultural lands and buildings. Some of these environments are in complete decay, others are being reclaimed and rebuilt after decades of post-WWII indifference. Land is again being tilled and grazed, social rituals are being replayed and space is repopulating. But throughout there is a grittiness, a resolute, unshaven quality that lends the emotional landscape an elegiac tone. These Polish spaces may be alive, Tomaszewski implies, but life has shown everyone its tenuous, fleeting nature. There is nothing to take for granted, no saccharine pleasures to absorb thoughtlessly.

When you come in to see the show, be sure to see this book in the library; it complements Tomaszewski’s vibrant work on the walls with a view that is at once deeper, more somber, and more personally rendered. I think that Rzut Beretem/A Stone’s Throw deserves to be ranked among the most accomplished compendia of insider documentary imagery of the last several years.

–George Slade

p.s. The call number for this book is “UT 60 oversize”–which means it’s in the Uncatalogued section (if it’s not still a “New Arrival”). It’s a big black book with no spine title, no dust jacket, and red letters on the cover.

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Editor’s Note: We regret that the reception for Neal Rantoul’s exhibition at Photostop was not listed in the PRC’s October e-newsletter.  The correct date and time is listed below.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

Rhode Island School of Design.
Fall 2009 TC Colley Lecture Series: Abelardo Morell.
Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center): 7pm. 401-454-6122. 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21

Cushing-Martin Gallery at Stonehill College.
What’s Left Behind… Adam Lampton and Millee Tibbs.  Reception: 5:30-7pm.  320 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02357.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

A Walk In The Past, photography by Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano.
Pigment prints of statues, fountains, monuments and memorials from the parks and plazas of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Opening Reception: October 22, 6pm-8pm. Gallery hours: M-F 10:30am-6pm.  Gallery open October 15 – December 31. Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center – 41 Second St, Cambridge, MA 02141. T: 617-577-1400.

Griffin Museum of Photography, Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre.
Superheroes: Russ Ford, Reyn Soffe, Heather McDonough, Reiner Riedler, Danielle Picard- Sheehan, Tanit Sakakini, Betsy Schneider, Harvey Stein, and Gregg Segal. Opening Reception: 6-7:30. 781-729-1158. Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham, MA.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
Sacred Spaces: Samina Quareshi.
Exhibition Opening Reception & Book Signing: 5:30-8pm. 617.496-1027. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Visiting Artist Lecture: Karl Baden. Room B-311: 12:30pm. 617-267-6100. 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02215.

Three Columns Gallery.
SACRED STONES: Photographs by Ron Rosenstock. Opening Reception: 5:30-7pm. 781-424-7018. Mather House, 10 Cowperwaite St., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

Photostop.
Neal Rantoul: Wheat, An American Series.  Opening Reception: 6-9pm; Gallery Talk: 7:30pm.  802-698-0320. Suite 150, Tip Top Media Arts Bldg, 85 N. Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001.

Brookline Arts Center.
Photography Discussion Salon with Photographer Istvan Akos Morocz
. Discussion: 6:30-8:30pm. 617-566-5715. 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA 02446.

The Sacramento Street Gallery at Agassiz Baldwin Community.
Small Works Show 2009. Opening Reception: 5-8pm. 617-349-6287. 20 Sacramento Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Jules Aarons: In the Jewish Neighborhoods, 1946-76.
Curator Talk: Koch Curatorial Fellow Nina Gara Bozicinik: 3pm. 781-259-8355. 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Photographic Resource Center.
2009 PRC Benefit Auction.  5:30-10:30pm.  617-975-0600.  808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

Photostop.
Series Work: Beyond the Single Image with Neal Rantoul.  Workshop: October 24th and 25th, 10-4pm. 802-698-0320. Suite 150, Tip Top Media Arts Bldg, 85 N. Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001.

The Arnold Arboretum.
Botanica: Scanographic Prints by Marty Klein at Arnold Arboretum. Reception with the Artist: 1-3pm. 617-384-5209. Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 + 25

Dorchester Arts Collaborative.
Dorchester Open Studios. Open Studios: 12-5pm. 617-839-6734. 11 Pearl Street #2, Dorchester, Massachusetts 02125.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26

Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Fall 2009 Visiting Artist Lecture Series- Alec Soth: Dog Days Bogota.
Lecture: 6-7:30pm. 719-330-4151. 11th Floor. The Tower Building on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Tetlow Street, Boston, MA 02115.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler.
Where are We? Clara Lieu, Julie Gearan, Eric Sung, Brian O’Malley.
Reception: 5-7pm. 401-421-9230. 228 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906.

Krause Gallery.
Silver Prints & Fabrics: Dominick Marcigliano. Reception: 5-9pm. 401-831-7350. Moses Brown School, 250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, RI 02096.

Peabody Essex Museum.
Valerie Belin: MADE UP.
Conversation with artist and curator with mimosas and a light breakfast to follow: 9:30am. 978-745-9500. East India Square, Salem, MA 01970.

Panopticon Gallery.
Architecture and Landscape: Photographs by Steve Rosenthal, John Woolf, Keith Johnson and Peter Vanderwarker.
Opening Reception and Rosenthal Book Signing: 5-7pm. 617-267-8929. Inside the Hotel Commonwealth, 502c Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215.

Fort Point Open Studios.
FPAC Gallery Group Show Opening. New Works: Photographic Based Mixed Media: Jeffrey Heyne.
Opening: 5-9pm. 617-423-4299 and 617-423-6207. 300 Summer Street unit35 Boston, MA 02210.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

John J. Moakley United States Courthouse.
c u r v e  o f  t h e  E a r t h: by Fran Osborn-Blaschke.  Opening Reception: 4-6pm.  617-981-2244.  Atrium Gallery, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210.

The Lamar Soutter Library at The University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Artist in Residence Series: The Life and Works of Tobias McConchie.
Reception: 4pm. 508-856-3334. 55 Lake Avenue N., Worcester, MA 01655.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Decordova’s Annual Benefit and Auction.
Cocktails and Silent Auction: 6:30pm, Dinner: 8:30pm. 781-259-8355. 51 Sandy Road Pond, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Kathryn Schultz Gallery.
Cambridge Art Association Celebrates 65 Years: 65th Annual Members’ Prize Show: Juried by Joseph D. Ketner II, Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art at Emerson College, Boston.
65th Party/Reception: 12-2pm. Awards to artists: 1pm. 617-876-0246. 25 Lowell St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (across from Mt. Auburn Hospital).

Mark Ostow’s 8 Portraits at Rendezvous.
Mark Ostow’s eight 30″x40″ prints displayed at a Central Square restaurant Rendevouz.
Opening:1-3pm, drinks and scallops.

Open Studio at Fort Point.
30th Annual Open Studios at Fort Point Art Community.
Open: October 17-18, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

Fitchburg Art Museum.
Point Click Shoot- Snapshots Celebrating Life:
Curator Stephen Jareckie Gallery Talk: 1-3pm. 978-345-4207. 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19

Boston University.
Boston University Fall Lecture Series:
Thomas Struth. 6pm. 617-353-3350. Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Fall 2009 Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Jason Fulford.
Lecture: 2-3:30pm. 617-879-7471. Room 406, The Kennedy Building on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

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Join us this Thursday, November 6th from 5:30 – 7:30pm, for the opening reception for Keeping Time!

The gallery is painted a beautiful Benjamin Moore historical color (Templeton Gray) and the work is on the walls. Today, I finish the labels and clean up.  All of the artists are great and I am very proud of them and the show. If you are not in town, you can poke around the special online component (which includes an essay, statements, and all images) and wait for our flickr images to be posted. A caveat, with work ranging from Harper’s 40 x 50 inch prints to McCaw’s one-of-a-kind burned paper negatives, the work is so much more in person.

ABOUT THE SHOW: This group exhibition brings together photographers who deal with concepts of time, duration, and cycles—human, celestial, and photographic—in their work. From its beginnings, photography has been lauded as nature capturing itself and as a method with which to stop, pause, preserve, and contemplate time. In creating their work, each artist in Keeping Time uses a different idea or aesthetic means to capture time and bookend or collect their exposures.Artists include Stuart Allen (TX), Erika Blumenfeld (TX), Rebecca Cummins (WA), Sharon Harper (MA), Chris McCaw (CA), Matthew Pillsbury (NY), Byron Wolfe (CA).

ABOVE IMAGE: Sharon Harper (Cambridge, MA), Moon Studies and Star Scratches, No. 6, June – September 2004, Saratoga Springs, New York; Middlesex, Vermont; Johnson, Vermont; Eden Mills, Vermont; Greensboro, North Carolina, Digital C-print from 8×10 transparency, 50 x 40 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Roepke, Cologne

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CALL FOR PHOTOS!

The PRC invites you to share your photographs with our new Flickr group, “New England Survey Online.”www.flickr.com/groups/newenglandsurveyonline

Can’t make it physically to see the exhibition New England Survey at the Photographic Resource Center? Or, you did see it, were inspired, and want to respond artistically? Or even, have you scads of wonderfully poetic photographs of and about the New England landscape?

Well then, you are in luck… we have launched a topical PRC flickr group. Help us test the waters of this new idea in the hopes that we can do it with other topics in the future. Share your work with us and the world! To date we have over 100 photos, 40 members, and an active discussion. Browse the photographs in the pool here and see how to add yours below.

flickr group

This is an open opportunity for all to share and discuss photographs which resonate with our current exhibition and asks “What is New England about New England landscape?” We are hoping to gather together images that explore a state of mind and a sense of place that is unique to this region. We invite you to post your thoughts about this issue as well as any information on your images (and even poems too!).

To share your New England photographs and get started, first you must have a Flickr account (free!). After you do, sign in as yourself first, then go to the PRC’s group page by clicking here and to the right you’ll see “Join this Group” link. Click on it, read the rules and if you agree, and then join the group! (The rules are very minor but will help to keep the group running smoothly and a joy to all.) After you’ve joined, return to your Flickr page, click on the picture you want to share and along the top of it you’ll see “Send to group.” Click on that, select our group’s name, and then presto you are all set! If you have any issues, first visit these Flickr group FAQs, or send us an email.

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