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Robert Frank at the Metropolitan

Friday, November 27th, 2009

I was a tad reluctant to go to the Met Wednesday; haven’t we seen enough of The Americans already?  I had never seen its entirety as an exhibition with some rather large prints laid out as in the book through 5 or 6 rooms.  I have to say the sequence had never read as clearly nor as succinctly as it does that way.  The Americans is truly a book in my mind, but having known the work for 40 years it remains brilliant, ground-breaking, and formative for me and my photography.  There were always some pictures that were less resonant, particularly from the Montana timeframe, but yesterday I was completely satisfied.  Furthermore the art of sequencing photographs (which I have be long steeped in-thanks, Nathan-makes the meanings deeper and more satisfying.  I learned some stuff, yet again.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Bruce Myren: Redux.

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Bruce has his MFA Thesis show up at the Benton Museum on the UConn Campus in Storrs, CT and a fine show it is.  15 new 24×30 prints from 8×10 film of Fort Juniper made over the past six months.  The one above is a particular favorite, a strong bit of seein.  Additionally, The View Home, shown in a grid this time was shown and written about last year from his Gallery Kayafus show.  Kudos.

David Taylor: Aldrich Museum

Monday, March 9th, 2009

David Taylor has a show at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT.  The exhibition is photographs and video installations entitled Frontier/Frontera looking at the border between Mexico and the US.  A document through the eyes of a somewhat neutral but impassioned viewer of the land and the people on both sides.  Regardless of your political position, the work shows us something about us.  I was particularly taken with the video work with three multiple monitor installations.  The museum is a marvelous jewel of a pocket museum with about ten galleries of first rate current work, including Taylor’s.

David Hilliard

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Recent work (2008) of David Hilliard at Carroll & Sons Gallery at SOWA in boston is first rate.  His work continues to evolve and is beautiful to boot.


Sunday, January 4th, 2009

I made the pilgrimage to the Whitney for the Eggleston retro and I left feeling rewarded. The guy can sure see and has always been able to see, but in a way that challenges what photographs are supposed to look like.

In 1975 when I was finishing graduate school we did b&w or most of us did. Most everyone except Eggleston, Shore and Sternfeld. There were others of course but those three guys were the ones who gave the rest of us license. I always understood Shore and Sternfeld but my relationship with Eggleston was love/hate. He didn’t make pictures that looked like pictures we were supposed to make. He used color in a way that confounded what color had been used for. He could make dye transfer prints which of course no one could afford, but he made pictures that made you sit up and take notice. Inside of ovens, freezers for God’s sake, under beds and pictures of dogs drinking muddy water. Who made such pictures and why?

The prints at the Whitney were surprisingly dark and heavy handed. I expected to see prints done in the fashion of the way the pictures had been portrayed in reproductions. They all worked, of course, but not the look I had expected. It was a pleasure to see the work at moderate sizes, most were about 20×24 and they read well.

I left with my love/hate feelings intact although leaning more toward love than hate. There are still several (ok many) pictures that leave me wondering but then there is always a killer picture nearby. The book is a real disappointment as the reproductions are not first rate. The show is down Jan 27 so see it while you can.

It’s sometimes a small world: William Greiner

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Blue car and caution tape, New Orleans 2003

Just when you think you understand the size of the photographic universe a surprise shows up that astounds. I received an email from William Greiner yesterday letting me know he had run into my work through a friend. Seems the two of us have been walking somewhat parallel paths for a bunch of years. Why we never crossed paths is a mystery given mutual friends and similar photographic concerns. I sure like his stuff, especially Home Front, Snapshot and his Blog. Have a look.

Abe Morell: Again

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Behind the Seen: Photographs of Abe Morell

The second time I have seen and written about an Abe Morell exhibition in two months; this time at YUAG in New Haven.  There are about 40 pictures up including some of his very recent color work done in museums (as Doran Artist in Residence at YUAG) and camera obscura. The show is up through Aug 10.

The guy just continues to make first rate stuff.

20×200 redux: Rajotte

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

James Rajotte, student and now colleague has also been selected and has nearly sold out his edition on Jen Bekman’s 20×200.  Great for James and great for Jen.   His work is worth a look.

James is off to Frenchtown, PA (read middle of no where) for three weeks of photo concentration.  I’ll post something form this effort as soon as available.

Myra Greene

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Myra Greene makes good art. She is currently campaigning a fine large group of colodian plates from the series Character Recognition. She has cast her net wide and is reaping the benefits of her hard work. See it if you can.


Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

First Luke Strosnider then Kirby Pilcher, both students and friends at VSW were selected for Jen Bekman‘s 20×200 program and both have sold out their editions. Yay. Proud.

Luke Strosnider

Kirby Pilcher

Brad Temkin

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Chicago photographer Brad Temkins work is beautiful, monumental work from Iceland. Really quite lovely.

Richard Renaldi

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Renaldi has a terrific site with some excellent work.

Martin Parr

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Martin Parr

Lars Tunbjork

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Lars Tunbjork


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