Reconsidering the Horizon

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Curated by Renny Pritikin

Exhibiting artists:
Jack Androvich
Adrienne Defendi
Anthony Delgado
Steve Epstein
Steve Goldband & Ellen Konar
Irene Imfeld
Thomas Lavin
Erin Malone
Heather Polley
Ari Salomon
Gary Weiner

Artist’s Reception
Saturday July 20, 2013
2pm to 5pm

Curator’s Talk
Saturday July 20, 2013
3pm

A BAPC group exhibition at PHOTO, 473 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

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Photo Exhibitions to Check out this Memorial Day Weekend

We are coming upon a long 3 day weekend so take a day (Saturday is best as most galleries may be closed Sunday and Monday) and check out the interesting array of photography exhibitions currently in galleries around the Bay Area. You will still have 2 days to play…

John Chiara, Crestmont at Coral
Haines Gallery
49 Geary Street, Fifth Floor, SF, CA
through May 26, 2012

Susan Burnstine, Absence of Being
Cordon|Potts Gallery
49 Geary St., Suite 410, SF, CA
through June 2, 2012

Paul Schiek, dead men don’t look like me
Stephen Wirtz Gallery
49 Geary St., 3rd Floor, SF, CA
through June 2, 2012

Tom Chambers
Modernbook Gallery
49 Geary, 4th Floor, SF, CA
through June 2, 2012

Nina Katchadourian: Seat Assignment
Catherine Clark Gallery
150 Minna Street, SF CA
through June 9, 2012

Leonard Zielaskiewicz, FOUND
Smith Andersen North Gallery
20 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo, CA
through June 9, 2012

Contents: Love, Anxiety, Happiness and Everything Else Critical Mass 2011
Rayko Photo Center
428 Third Street, SF, CA
through June 15, 2012

Urban Information, Group Show
SLATE contemporary gallery
473 25th Street, Oakland, CA
through June 16, 2012

Mannequin, Lee Friedlander
Fraenkel Gallery
49 Geary, SF, CA
through June 23, 2012

Dorothea Lange, A Photographer’s Journey
Scott Nichols Gallery
49 Geary Street, Fourth Floor, SF, CA
through June 30th, 2012

Eric William Carroll, 2012 Baum Award: Eric William Carroll
SFCamerawork
657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor, SF, CA
through June 30, 2012

Robert Heinecken, Edmund Teske, Experimental Photomontage
Robert Koch Gallery
49 Geary St, Suite 550, SF,CA
through June 30, 2012

Photography in Mexico, Selected Works from the Collections at SFMOMA
SFMOMA
151 3rd Street, SF, CA
through July 08, 2012

About Face
Pier 24, SF, CA
through February 28, 2013

Review of Walker Evans at Stanford

I went with a group of Internet photo friends to the Walker Evans show at Stanford on Saturday. Richard Gordon asked me to send a note if the prints in the show were good ones. Here’s an ambivalent answer.

If you’re a disciple or devotee, every Walker Evans show is a good one just because you see some prints again. If you’re an aficionado but more critical – or are less devoted – the Stanford show might seem like ho-hum, more-of-the-same. One nice thing is its scale: It’s the (younger) Fisher family’s collection of Evans’ work, and it seems to have been collected by saying ‘Jeffrey, we’ll take everything you can lay your hands on.’ They don’t seem to have a special collecting eye, they just reach out for one of everything. They’ve missed a few I always want to see again (the watermelon boy, Richard Perkins Contractor, Cherokee Parts Store), but they’ve caught a few I hadn’t seen before or had ignored, including a head-on version of the post office in Sprott, Alabama, with a porch-full of patrons and loungers.

Walker Evans, Broadway, 1930. Gelatin silver print.  Lent by Elizabeth and Robert J. Fisher, MBA ’80. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Walker Evans, Broadway, 1930. Gelatin silver print. Lent by Elizabeth and Robert J. Fisher, MBA ’80. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The subway series is well represented in dark prints. Maybe Evans wanted them that way, but I don’t remember seeing them so dark and haven’t seen them reproduced that way. Anyhow the printing accentuates the darkly underground feel.

On Richard’s question of how these particular prints look, the answer is complicated because a wall-sign says they’re prints he made or approved/supervised, but the title cards don’t say which are which & I couldn’t tell which he made and which were by Thomas Brown or Jerry Thompson. Evans wasn’t a consistent printer – maybe he liked them all when he printed them, or maybe he kept some that could have been thrown away. Some, like the famous BW man in Havana, are great, with lovely highlight detail. But you can see he didn’t always care too much: the particular print of the striped New Orleans lady barber that he reproduced in American Photographs was so weakly fixed that now it’s light brown.

I enjoyed the copies of post-war Fortune magazines with his work, but the accompanying text baffled/horrified me. A wall-note said he made ten thousand color transparencies for Fortune – I had no idea there were so many. But the note also said neither he nor the magazine arranged for photo-printing, and so the only versions we have are the aging magazines; no dye transfers or Cibachromes. Because it’s hard to imagine that they exist and nobody has located and reproduced them, I suppose Fortune cleaned out its archives and destroyed its photo-fortune?

What I enjoyed most was seeing finely detailed prints that were small. I’ve fallen in too heavily with the trend toward large prints, and I was re-awakened to the pleasure of exquisite prints that compel the eye to enter them and search search search for the tiniest details: What tiny highlights! And what does that little sign on the wall say? It’s a trip I’ve been missing lately.

Kirk Thompson

Timescapes exhibition

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When She Was Young, Charlotte Niel

A photography exhibit featuring work by members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective at Collaborate Studio & Art Gallery in Oakland.

Participating artists are:
Adrienne Defendi
Linda Fitch
Barbara Kyne
Eric Larson
Erin Malone
John Martin
Charlotte Niel

The show will run from December 2, 2011 – January 25, 2012.
Curated by Susan Rippberger and Nicole Hills, both of Collaborate.

Artists Reception December 2nd, 6-9pm

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Collaborate Studio & Art Gallery
431 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Located in City Center Oakland, at 13th and Broadway, steps from the 12th Street BART Station.

HMC Photo Exhibition

Our friends at the Harvey Milk Photo Center are hosting an exhibition of current instructors at the Photo Center.

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Opening Reception
Friday April, 15 2011
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Come see this new exhibition by world traveled photographers and current instructors teaching classes at the Harvey Milk Photo Center.

Harvey Milk Photo Center
50 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 6:00 – 9:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 4:30

Exhibition closes Wednesday May, 11 2011

BAPC: Bay Area Street Photography Now

Most artists are doing basically the same thing – staying off the streets.
— Edward Ruscha

This show, inspired in part by the book and online project Street Photography Now, is an exploration of this topic by six members of our collective. The photographers use a broad spectrum of photographic technology—from silver gelatin to digital cameraphones—to candidly portray life in public places. Their vision elevates the ordinary into realms of beauty and myth.

Artists’ Reception Friday, April 1 6 – 9pm
Exhibiting Artists: Anthony Delgado, Ralf Hillebrand, Thomas Lavin, Charlotte Niel, Kirk Thompson, Gary Weiner

PHOTO 473 25th Street Oakland, CA 94612
510.407.0449 www.photogalleryoakland.com
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 12p.m. to 6 p.m.

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BAPC Members Speak As Part of Arc's FOTO Artist Talk Closing Reception

BAPC members Heather Polley and Ari Salomon, spoke about their work in the Arc Gallery and Studio’s National juried show FOTO.
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Write up of show at Arc Gallery

Arteaser does a nice writeup with images of the recent FOTO show at Arc Gallery and Studios. Two BAPC members, Ari Salomon and Heather Polley, each had several pieces in the show and upstairs the BAPC show Cultivating Photography was on exhibit. The show closes today, March 26th.

BAPC: Cultivating Photography

BAPC members will exhibit in the Skylight Gallery at Arc Studios and Gallery.

Opening Reception March 5th, 7-10PM
1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Exhibiting artists include:
Adrienne Defendi, Anthony Delgado, Charlotte Niel, Erin Malone, Gary Weiner, Heather Polley, Irene Imfeld, Kirk Thompson, Linda Fitch, Sophia Antipas, Thomas Lavin

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Keeping Images

Last week the Times had an interesting article about 65 glass plate negatives purchased for $45 at a garage sale in Fresno. Suspecting that they might be far more valuable than $45, the purchaser then assembled a team of experts to prove that the negatives were recovered from the 1937 fire in Ansel Adams’ darkroom. Value, $200 million. Well it turns out the experts in this case may not have been that expert, the $200 million is a givaway of course. It is still being disputed so we will have to wait on that, but it may remind any of us from the film era of our own stories of lost negatives. We all have them, don’t we, lost negative stories. I have.

In the digital era the problem is slightly different but images can get lost and when that happens its feels like more of a loss than it is because the potential image is an incalculable thing. I don’t need to tell you to make backups and put the hard disk in a separate safe place but there are other ways to lose things in the digital world by simply misfiling them. I try to file everything when I download it but still manage to lose a few files along the way, although, so far I have not lost anything in the digital realm as thouroughly as I lost those lost negatives that I still think about to this day.