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Archive for May, 2008

Three excellent shows in Boston

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Abe Morell has a wonderful new bunch of pictures up at Bernie Toale’s Gallery in SOWA. There are a half dozen color camera obscura pictures, three of which are just fine. A group of maybe 8 B&W Cliche Verres of the world. Five or six new pictures mad in museums, of juxtapositions of famous artworks juxtaposed with other elements. All three groups certify that Abe just keeps rolling along making strides (maybe leaps and bounds) forward, Solid work and a joy to see.

Frank Gohlke has two groups of pictures up at Gallery Kayafus just down the walk from Bernie’s gallery. He is one of the best landscape photographers working today. There is always something curious and beautiful about and in Frank’s pictures, standing in fornt of them invariably reveals more than simple surface or form.

The PRC has its annual member’s show juried by Leslie Martin, Publisher of Aperture. This is a show with ten or so photographers (out more than 300 submissions) and at the very least represents a survey of the state of the art today. The PRC continues to provide a beacon of insight and a feel for the pulse of where the medium is today.

Extended Landscape Workshop at VSW

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

VSW in Rochester, NY June 30-July 4.

Sometimes the single photograph does not aptly describe the idea, sometimes the idea is about the form of the presentation. Over the course of five days we will examine what an extended landscape is, how to make use of the properties of the medium and create extended landscapes. Whether these are installations, books, topologies, or extended images, the investigation into the real or personal landscape will be about picture making.

There will be critiques, lectures, field trips, and lots of photographing, journal writing, and idea generation. There will be a high degree of photo fun. Photographers and image makers may work in B&W or color, digital or in film, the goal is to work and make work.

MFA Photography Thesis show at Yale

Monday, May 19th, 2008

I had the chance to see the annual thesis show of Yale this weekend. Some good work, some interesting work, some neither. In year’s past all the work looked the same this year not so. There seems to be an effort to make curious, not attractive pictures though. In the Greene Gallery through 5/25/08.


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