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(Installation view with a glimpse of works by Jesseca Ferguson and Ron Cowie)

As a curator, I spend a lot of time researching ideas for new shows and jotting down ideas for exhibitions as they come to me. “Doors of Perception…” is perhaps a little bit different because I have been thinking about curating a show like this one for many years.

The seed for this show was planted in a workshop at the George Eastman House in Rochester, a few years ago.  Simply titled, “1839,” the workshop, led by photographer and Process Historian Mark Osterman, served as a hands-on introduction to the historic photographic processes from 1839: photogenic drawing, daguerreotype, and Bayard’s process.  A seamless integration of making photographs (in the gardens and darkroom) and viewing photographic objects in the Eastman House’s collection, the workshop was a thorough and rewarding education in historic processes.

At the end of the workshop, I had the chance to see Mark Osterman’s studio, which he shares with his wife, photographer, and teacher, France Scully Osterman.  Having taught so many students historic processes over the years, France had a lot of insight into students and practitioners of alternative processes. During that visit, she said something that really stuck with me.  She said that a lot of people learn alternative processes and think that that’s it; “but you need to have something to say,” she pointed out. In other words, the historical process is not an end in and of itself. It’s only the beginning. To make compelling artwork, one still needs to have something to say. Read the rest of this entry »

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There’s AIPAD, of course. Thursday through Sunday at the Park Avenue Armory. Knock yourself out looking for the best and brightest.

And some major shows at MoMA (and another), the Met (one, two), ICP (four shows there). I’d love to go the PS 1 to see the Winogrand animals on exhibit there.

If I was going to be in the city this weekend, and AIPAD wasn’t there (or if I had loads of time between strolls through the booths), here’s the south-to-north itinerary I’d make up for myself.

  • Lisa M. Robinson at Klompching 111 Front Street, #206 (DUMBO)
  • Michelle Bates at Soho Photo 15 White Street
  • Massimo Grimaldi at Team 83 Grand Street
  • Karlheinz Weinberger at Swiss Institute 495 Broadway (KW also in Chelsea, below)
  • Colleen Plumb at Jen Bekman 6 Spring Street
  • Frederick Sommer at Ricco/Maresca 529 W 20th (FS also at Silverstein on 24th)
  • Karlheinz Weinberger at Anna Kustera 520 W 21st
  • Sambunaris and Yamamoto at Yancey Richardson 535 W 22nd
  • Andrea Robbins & Max Becher at Sonnabend 536 W 22nd
  • “The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2” at Chelsea Art Museum 556 W 22nd
  • Phyllis Galembo at Kasher 521 W 23rd
  • Shinichi Maruyama and Frederick Sommer at Bruce Silverstein 535 W 24th
  • Sandi Haber Fifield (Boston local!) at RWFA Fine Art 511 W 25th
  • Sze Tsung Leong at Yossi Milo 525 W 25th
  • Seton Smith at Winston Wachter Fine Art 530 W 25th
  • Michael Eastman at Barry Friedman Ltd 515 W 26th
  • Alina & Jeff Bliumis at Andrea Meislin 526 W 26th, suite 214
  • David Nadel at Sasha Wolf 548 W 28th
  • Philip Jones Griffiths at Howard Greenberg 41 E 57, 14th fl.
  • Karine Laval at Bonni Benrubi 41 E 57, 13th fl.
  • Mark Power at Amador 41 E 57, 6th fl.
  • Suzanne Opton at Robert Anderson 24 W 57, #503
  • Jean Pagliuso at Marlborough 40 W 57
  • Raphael Dellaporta at L. Parker Stephenson 764 Madison Avenue 4F (bet. 65th and 66th Streets)
  • Charles H. Traub at Gitterman 170 E 75th
  • Rachelle Mozman at En Foco at Aguilar Library, 174 E 110th

Then I’d have to decide what to do on Sunday.

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Portraits from Martha’s Vineyard – Photographs by Stephen DiRado (self-published, 2010) link

Politics: Puns & Parody – Photographs and writing by James R. Holland (A Bit of Boston Books, 2010) link

In Eastern Light: Diptychs of Downeast Maine – Photographs by Steven D. Keirstead (published 2009 via Blurb) link

Surviving Cambodia – Jim Krantz (Paper Mirror Press, 2007) link

Moonpies: Mardi Gras, Mobile, AL – Photographs by Warren Thompson (self-published, 2009) link

All of these are welcome additions to the Library. Please note, too, that these and other independent and self-published books donated to the library over the coming months will be considered for the fall 2011 exhibition of the Indie Photobook Library (iPL) at the PRC.

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Just read this blog entry about Steve McCurry, who managed to get the last roll of Kodachrome out of Kodak’s manufacturing. I’m imagining the machines turning off as the film comes off the spool, in the dark. Thanks to Judith H. Dobrzynski for this. Jeff Jacobson, who is on our schedule of exhibitors here in 2011, is also thinking about the last roll, in a metaphoric and personal sense. A long-time user of Kodachrome, Jeff’s “last roll” is a meditation on life both on film and off. Stay tuned for more on that.

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Following Minneapolis Star Tribune arts writer Mary Abbe’s bracing, or “lush” as one PRC blog reader opined, words about a major traveling exhibition (posted July 8 in this blog, with a comment added today), come Andy Grundberg’s comparably questioning observations in the Summer 2010 Aperture, issue number 199. And now noted scholar, writer, and critic David Levi Strauss has posted an entry on Aperture‘s blog taking Grundberg and his review to task. We all know that celebrity gossip, lolcats, YouTube videos, and sports fanaticism whipsaw virally across the ‘net; it’s good to see a lively forum for exchanges in photographic arts criticism settling in as well. (Link here for Strauss’ entry on Aperture‘s “Exposures” blog, and a link to Grundberg’s review.)

Also, reader Lauri Robertson sent me a link to a posting on another blog about the Grundberg/Strauss interaction. Find it [on (Notes on) Politics, Theory & Photography] here.

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It was this writer’s first First Friday, and it was unquestionably a hot event. Is it as hot in February?

Outside in the plaza between 450 and 460 Harrison was incredibly pleasant space and breeze for conversation. Inside Yezerski, Kayafas, and Carroll multitudes teemed and swarmed around some very tasty photography.

Neeta Madahar at Howard Yezerski Gallery

Neeta Madahar. Laura with Irises, 2010, digital color coupler print from the "Flora" series, 40 x 30 inches

Neeta Madahar’s Flora series at Yezerski is so full of sensory information I’m surprised the gallery wasn’t awash in floral scent. Her portraits are woman in the metaphoric guise of flowers. Think of “jasmine” or “fuchsia” and what comes to mind? What colors, what characters? These connections are what charge Madahar’s work. She shifts gears with ease and intelligence; she has floral vision.

Until July 6

Familiar Bodies at Carroll and Sons Art Gallery

Photograph by David Hilliard from the Carroll and Sons exhibition "Familiar Bodies"

David Hilliard, Sally Mann, Doug DuBois, Laura Letinsky, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Irina Rozovsky (on display in PRC’s Exposure show until June 20). So hard to choose amongst all the offerings in this group show about people close at hand. Photographing one’s nearest and dearest is bound to show in the images, isn’t it? Different, I mean, than if you take pictures of strangers. You care more, the interaction has implications. When you look at the picture later, you know what came before, you know what came after the fractional moment that appears in the print.

At least, that’s the idea, the worthy premise explored in the many exhibitions and books devoted to the topic. Photographers may just photograph their family because they’re all agoraphobic stay-at-homes, or they live in the woods, or some other reason that keeps the camera from circulating in the wider world. There are a number of eloquent answers to the challenge in this fine and wide interpretation, drawn from familiar names, local and international, and probably some less known as well.

Until June 26

Yoav Horesh, (my) American Life at Gallery Kayafas

Yoav Horesh, New York City 2004, gelatin silver print, 8 x 12 inches

Maybe I’m just a 20th Century throwback, but I am irresistibly drawn to fine black-and-white prints. Yoav Horesh’s work was a revelation to me, largely because it is so good and covers such familiar ground, and I’d never seen it before. News travels slowly to Minnesota, I guess.

Yoav Horesh, East Chatham, New York 2006, gelatin silver print, 14 x 17.5 inches

Familiar doesn’t mean outworn, by the way. Horesh brings a novel eye to the American cultural landscape, and finds a place with the best of the outsiders and the insiders. This is connected, knowing work (there’s a view of John Szarkowski’s barn in East Chatham, New York that Yoav was quick to point out, and noted photographer Thomas Roma was among Horesh’s many admirers at the opening) that isn’t jaded or boring. Each photograph contains some amazement at discovering that, in fact, a photograph of a thing is truly different than the thing itself.

Yoav Horesh, San Francisco, CA 2003, gelatin silver print, 12 x 8 inches

After dividing time between Boston and Manhattan, Yoav is taking his street-wise eye on the road for a couple of years as he sets up a photo program in Hong Kong for the Savannah College of Art and Design. I look forward to his take on that megalopolis, and thank him for continuing to give gelatin silver paper makers reasons to remain in business.

Until July 17

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Among the many lessons that photographs have imparted to careful viewers is the fact that photography, a descriptive medium capable of minute detail and intimate specificity, can link the unique and the universal. A well-made photograph conveys information about both the particular object it depicts and the whole category of phenomena—sensations, emotions, and reactions—tied to that object.

Walker Evans exemplifies this dichotomy as well, if not better than, any 20th century photographic artist. To look at any Evans image is to encounter an iconic rendering. A storefront in Birmingham becomes all storefronts in the American South, for instance; a worn pair of shoes evokes miles walked by anyone. Evans pared down his photography, squeezing out excess information in a quest for pure meaning, and thus, pure symbolism.

His efforts resonate with many photographers (and other artists, including Dan Graham, who was paired with Evans for a 1992 exhibition at the Whitney Museum and several European venues). Most find Evans’ purity to be a kind of grail, worth pursuing in their own work over time. Belinda Rathbone, author of a 2000 Evans biography, has assembled 70 prints by Evans and by 22 contemporary photographers in whom evidence of Evans’ quest can be seen.

The photographers in the show, besides Walker Evans, are: Robert Adams, Jeff Brouws, Wendy Burton, William Christenberry (who was raised in Hale County, Alabama, not far from the area Evans photographed for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men), Jim Dow, William Eggleston, Terry Evans (no relation), Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Frank Gohlke, Jan Groover, Danny Lyon, Joel Meyerowitz, Catherine Opie, Edward Ruscha, Erik Shubert, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Sultan, George Tice, and Henry Wessel. A worthy group, to be sure.

The exhibition closes June 12, so don’t delay. Directions to the Lehman Art Center are linked below.

On the Road: A Legacy of Walker Evans

The Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School

1160 Great Pond Road

North Andover, MA  01845 [link for directions]


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Rolly-Michaux Gallery of Boston.
L’Ombra dell’Italia: The Shadow of Italy: Robert Castagna. Opening: 4-7pm. 617-536-9898. 290 Dartmouth St # U1, Boston, MA 02116.

Williams College Museum of Art.
Season Premiere Party: Views of Niagara. Lecture with Marc Gotlieb, Director of the Graduate Program in the History of Art and Class of 1955 Memorial Professor of Art; Michael Lewis, Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History; and Kathryn Price, Interim Associate Curator: 5-7pm. 413-597-2429. 11 Lawrence Hall Drive, Ste. 2, Williamstown, MA 0

The Gallery at Mount Ida College and the Center for Arabic Culture.
Rania Matar: Ordinary Lives. Reception: 5-7pm. Gallery Talk with Rania Matar: 6:30pm. 617-928-4768. 777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA, 02459.


Al Braden Book Signing and Talk.
New book by Al Braden, The Connecticut River, A Photographic Journey Through The Heart of New England. Friday, October 30 from 5pm to 7pm at Creative Encounters, 18 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire.

Fitchburg Art Museum.
Point Click Shoot: Snapshots Celebrating Life. Photographic Historical Society of New England meeting including three tours starting at 1:30pm. 978-345-4207. 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420-7503.

Vermont Center for Photography.
The Connecticut River, A Photographic Journey through the Heart of New England. Book Signing and Talk by Al Braden: 3pm. 802-251-6051. Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT (at the steps to Eliot Street by the new Flat Street Parking Garage.

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The Griffin Museum of Photography.
Midwest Memories: Jim Whitehead.
Opening Reception: 7-8:30pm. 781-729-1158. Aberjona River Gallery, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA 01890.

Mazmanian Art Gallery at Framingham State College.
Sand T new works Semi-Simple Opening Reception 4:30-6:30pm. 508-620-1220. 100 State Street Framingham, MA 01701.

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


The French Library Alliance Francaise of Boston.
Paris in Boston: Photography by Jack Dzamba.  Opening Reception with the Artist: 6-8pm.  617-912-0400.  53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA.

UMASS Lowell: University Gallery.
Blooms, Efflorescences, and other Dermatological Embellishments: Lauren Kalman.
Artist Talk and Reception: 3-5pm. 978-934-3491. McGauvran Student Union, First Floor, 71 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA 01854.


Photographic Resource Center.
Preview Exhibition for the 2009 PRC Benefit Auction. Opening Reception: 5:30-7:30pm.  617-975-0600.  832 Commonwealth Ave and 808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

Stock licensing and pricing: Get the right picture for the right price.  Presentation: 6-8:30pm.  Pearson Education 9th Floor Cafeteria, 501 Boylston Street, Boston.  RSVP by Oct 6 at

Cambridge Art Association.
Seeing Is Forgetting: Catherine Evans, Judy Robinson-Cox, Robert Hesse, Madeleine Lord, and Lorraine Sullivan.
Opening Reception: 6-8pm. University Place Gallery, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square.

Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions.
Delirious Affirmations: photography by Jed Hickson.  Reception with the Artist: 7-9pm.  537 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA.


The Gallery at Hallmark.
A Second Look: Photography by Tony Downer.  Opening Reception: 1-5pm.  Colle Opera House, 85 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.


DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Women, Culture and Islam: A Cultural Historian’s Perspective on Lalla Essaydi’s Photographs.
Lecture: 1pm. 781-259-8355. 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
Step off the Beaten Path: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Rome and its Environs
. Lieberman artist’s perspective: 3pm. 413-458-2303. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA.

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Editor’s Note: We regret that the incorrect times were previously listed for the Members’ Preview and Public Opening Receptions at the DeCordova on October 1.  The correct times are now listed below.


New Art Center.
Making Nice Pictures. Lecture with photographer Peter Vanderwarker. 617-964-3432. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newton, MA.


Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Bearden at Bowdoin: The Art of Romare Bearden.
Opening Reception: 5:30-7pm. 207-725-3275. 9400 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011.

DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc and Jules Aarons: In the Jewish Neighborhoods, 1946-1976.
Fall Shows Members’ Preview: 6-7pm; Public Opening: 7-9pm. 781-259-3627. 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

The Hallway Gallery.
Los Kostinas, Corey Corcoran, and John Steck.
Opening Reception: 6-10pm. 66a South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Lesley University.
Jerarquias de Intimidad: Hierarchies of Intimacy: Luis Gonzalez Palma.
The Inaugural Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture: 7pm. Prospect Hall. 617-585-6600. 1803 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138.

SALT Institute for Documentary Studies.
More Than a Rap Sheet: The Real Stories of Incarcerated Women.
Opening Night: 5-8pm, short program at 6:30pm. 207-761-0660. 561 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101.

Williams College Museum of Art.
The Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art.
Artist Talk with Vik Muniz: 7pm. 413-597-2429. 11 Lawrence Hall Drive, Ste. 2, Williamstown, MA 01267-3248.


The Griffin Museum @ Digital Silver Imaging

Off The Wall- Fashion Photography in Black and White.
Opening Reception: 6-8pm. 781-729-1158. 11 Brighton Street, Belmont, MA.

Khaki Gallery.
“Black & Blue”: Nahid Khaki.
Reception: 6-8pm. 617-432-0105. Khaki Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118.

Vermont Center for Photography.
Picturing Windham County.  Opening: 5:30-8:30pm.  Vermont Artisan Designs, 2nd floor, 106 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT.


Clark Gallery.
Photographs from Museology: Richard Ross. Opening and book signing: 4-6pm. 781-259-8303. 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc.
Artist and Curator Conversation: 3pm. 781-259-8355. 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Peabody Essex Museum.
Adult Workshop: Tintype Photography with Joni Sternbach.
Workshop: 10-5pm. 978-745-9500. Phillips Library Auditorium: East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970.

The Washington Art Center.
Sugar and Spice by Deborah Morgan, El Putnam, Vanessa r Thompson.
Opening RECEPTION: 6-9pm. 617-623-5315. The Washington Street Art Center, 321 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143.


Fitchburg Art Museum.
Splash and Flash Canoe Trip.
Trip: 9am-1pm. 978-345-4207 x306. Nashoba Paddler, West Groton, MA 01472.

New Art Center.
Decidedly Ambivalent. Gallery Talk with Curators. 4pm. 617-964-3424. 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460.


Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Fall 2009 Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Laura Letinsky.
Lecture: 2-3:30pm. 719-330-4151. Room 406, The Kennedy Building on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas.

“Blooms, Efflorescences and Other Dermatological Embellishments” An Installation of Photographs and Objects: Lauren Kalman. Reception: 3-5pm. 978-934-3491. University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, 71 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA 01854.

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