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Monday, May 31st, 2010

Issue 15 is now online

Wow, this is a good one!

Issue 15 features the photographic work of some of today’s most followed photo bloggers.

Blake Andrews
Joerg Colberg
Geoffrey Ellis
Jane Tam
Melanie McWhorter
Todd Walker
Bryan Formhals
Christy Karpinski

Check it out now

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Nazraeli One Picture Books

I am cleaning out the duplicates so I have the following Nazraeli One Picture books for sale:

Toshio Shibata “Type 55″ Book #20 Number 334/500 $150
Weng Peijun (Weng Fen) “Sitting on the Wall & Bird’s Eye View” Book #23 Number 228/500 $100
Naoya Hatakeyama “River Series / Shadow” Book #25 Number 444/500 $100
Boomoon “On The Clouds” Book #26 Number 233/500 $100

All in excellent condition

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Todd Walker’s “Weld”

Time is not on my side but expect a short review of Todd Walker’s “Weld” this weekend.

It’s a fine little Magcloud ‘zine.

If you want one, buy it here.

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Tim Wride comes to Seattle

wall space is excited to be working with Photographic Center Northwest to bring Tim Wride, former curator at LACMA, and Executive Director of No Strings Foundation to Seattle for a weekend of events celebrating photography, its artists and ideas from May 20-23rd, 2010.

Here is the schedule -

Thursday 20 May, 2010 - 7pm Photographic Center Northwest
cost $5.

The Sky is Falling?
Just when you thought it was safe to go out in the Art World…everyone starts talking about toxic assets and downsizing! What’s an art lover to do? Curator/writer/educator Tim B. Wride will give his unique, and usually irreverent, look at the state of the Photography World in the wake of our current economic, social, and aesthetic meltdown. Follow as he guides us through the past and present trends that are in crisis, and take a leap as he offers insights into what may be the look of the future. Tim will point fingers, name names, and tilt at windmills as he explains how he dares harbor a satisfied sense of total OPTIMISM for the future of image making.

Saturday 22 May, 2010 - 11am – 3pm PCNW
cost $95.

Introduction to Critical Looking: A Seminar for Thinking Photographers

After all the practical workshops, after all the tech consultations, after all the seminars, after all the portfolio reviews ….now what? How does all of the information apply to YOUR process and YOUR work? How do the trends and climate of the art world affect you and your work? Do you know how to look at photographs—including your own—and CRITICALLY ascertain the direction and relevance of them? What is the difference between the work you want to do and the work you SHOULD do? How do you know which way to turn in order to grow as an artist?

Curator/writer/educator Tim B. Wride will guide you toward a fuller understanding of the art climate in which you are working and the social, economic, and creative pressures that are affecting your photography. Through a dynamic program of lectures, Q&A;’s, and group interaction, we will explore the state of the market, the directions of creative interplay, and, most important, the necessity of critically and intensely LOOKING at the work you see as well as the work you make. For too many artists this is the most overlooked aspect of their tools and talents; for all artists, however, CRITICAL LOOKING is the most basic skill that must be developed in order to challenge and advance their artmaking ability.

Sunday 23 May, 2010 - 11am – 4.30pm PCNW
Cost $375. Class is Limited to 15 participants!!

Critical Looking: The Art of Conscious Creativity-

Do you know how to look at photographs—including your own—and CRITICALLY ascertain the direction and relevance of them? What is the difference between the work you want to do and the work you SHOULD do? How do you know which way to turn in order to grow as an artist? CRITICAL LOOKING is the key to expanding your awareness and applying a conscious understanding of your artistic process.

Tim B. Wride guides you through a dynamic series of historical perspectives, contemporary observations, interactive exercises, group critiques, and one-on-one portfolio reviews with the goal of awakening a fuller understanding of YOUR unique creative process and the directions that may be open to you with this new understanding. Open up your creativity and apply it to the way in which you approach images and imagemaking. Make the move to growth through self-awareness.

About Tim - 

Tim B. Wride is a voracious consumer of photographic images. He likes nothing better than to look at photographs and talk to photographers about their work.
As Curator of the Department of Photographs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for 14 years, Tim curated over 50 exhibitions, authored and contributed to a dozen books, and has lectured, participated in panels, juried exhibitions, and provided portfolio reviews internationally. In 2004, Tim became the founding Executive Director of the No Strings Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that provides individual artist grants to U.S. photographers.

for more information, or to sign up for any of the events, please call wall space at 206.330.9137 or contact the gallery or PCNW

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

David Maisel at the Annenberg in LA

David Maisel will give a public lecture at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles on Thursday evening, May 20, from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Please note~ reservations are required!

David was featured in Issue 10.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The Hido Hysteria

With all of the Hido hysteria today about his 20×200 print, I felt it was appropriate to post one of his videos about making photographs at night.  (btw…do the math.  amazing!)

So, enjoy.


Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Thrills and Chills by Isa Leshko

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Isa Leshko and her photo project, Thrills and Chills.  I’ve included the work as part of Issue 12, and I was one of the juror’s who thought she should be part of this years Review Santa Fe.

So when she told me she was producing a little catalog of the work, I knew she would put a lot of love, sweat, and as it turns out, tears, into it and now that I have it, I can honestly say that she did.  It is lovely.

The catalog is only $19 (plus shipping) and contains 19 photographs.  It looks great in the 6″x6″ size and contains two recent interviews that help give a sense of who Isa is and why she uses a Holga plastic camera.

This is not a Magcloud or a softcover book made by Blurb. This catalog was made at an offset press.  It is well printed and designed and comes signed and numbered, and is limited to 250 copies.  I am not sure how many are left but Thrills and Chills has been written up in the Boston Globe’s website, was featured on NPR’s Picture Show, and has been mentioned a multitude of times on Twitter and Facebook by the many people who bought it already.

With that being said, it’s probably a good idea to buy a copy of the catalog before it sells out.  I’m sure it will.

The above image is Copyright Isa Leshko

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Canon 5D Mark II + 50mm F1.0 + Moonlight = Awesome

Check out this very cool new video using a Canon 5D Mark II at ISO 25600, the rare and expensive Canon 50mm f1.0 lens and moonlight.
Shooting Under Moonlight from James Pontifex on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

For Sale: Nikon Coolscan 9000ED

A good friend of mine just called to see if I could help her sell her Nikon Coolscan 9000ED film scanner.  It does up to 2 1/4 film.

If you are interested, email me and I will put you in touch with her.

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

So I spent a few days in Savannah

Sometime back in March, I was invited by Ashley Craig, a photography instructor at the Savannah College of Art and Design who I met at Review Santa Fe, to come and talk to some of the programs undergrad and graduate students and to do portfolio reviews for 14 students.

I arrived in Savannah on Thursday afternoon so that I could go to a talk by David Taylor, who was also in town.  Friday morning I did reviews and then was part of a panel discussion along with Karen Irvine, who is the curator of photography at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago,  Paula Tognorellithe Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, and Natalie Zelt is the Curatorial Assistant for Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  I also did reviews on Saturday morning.

During the reviews, I had a continual thought in my head: these students are not only technically competent and savvy, but they can really talk about their work as well.  I was really blown away by the skill set that some of these students have.  I have no doubt some of these students have the real ability to make their mark on the fine art world.

This is the list of whom I reviewed:
Chris Hannant  –

Peter Leix –
James Jackcman –
Mary Quin – 
Keith Williams – 
Patty Roger – 
Eun Sol Choi – 
Jason Wang –
Kristen Densmore – 
Daniel George –
Greer Muldowney

(If I am somehow missing someone, please let me know).

While there, I was also able to attend SCAD’s Silver and Ink student show which was a curated show of 100 photographs.  The quality of work in this show was so good, that I truly believe this could have been an art show in NYC or LA.  Congrats to all of the students who had work in the show.

On Saturday afternoon, I got to spend some time with six or seven grad students, in Starbucks (go figure), where we discussed Fraction, and how to market and brand their own work.  It was a lot of fun connecting with so many fantastic artists.

I would very much like to thank Ashley Craig, Rebecca Nolan and Jenny Kuhla for their very fine hospitality and to Scott Dietrich for great conversation and insight as well as many laughs (don’t buy skinny jeans if you are over the age of 21).

All in all, this trip left me with a great impression of Savannah and SCAD, and a really great impression of this photography program.

Who knows, Savannah just might be in my future.