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The Curator’s Code

Maria Popova and her “human powered discovery engine,” Brain Pickings, have been an inspiration to me for some time now. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I often attribute links, reposts, and ideas to her here. I deeply support an endeavor she and Kelli Anderson have taken on. The Curator’s Code was introduced on Brain Pickings on March 9th and is far better explained there than I can ever manage.

It is both unbelievably easy and impossible to find an audience for one’s art on the interwebs and many challenges are due to the fact that the authorship of the work is so easily lost. You can make it difficult for others to copy images from your site, but then you significantly cut down on the number of eyes that see them from reposts on blogs, etc. Here’s to those who go so far out of their way to attribute the origins of not only full images, posts, and articles, but also the ideas they kindle in the minds of viewers, readers, and audiences.

Maria Popova @ www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/03/09/curators-code/

This is shaping up to be NYTimes week. Yet another fantastic photo-related article. Samples and history of Harry Warnecke’s color work, started in the 1930s for The Daily News in New York, that is currently being exhibited at theNational Portrait Gallery. Here, Gene Autry as rarely seen— in color. Click thru for the article and more images.

Yet another reason to try to make it to DC in April…

Some people have technical skill beyond my imagination.

(I just hate to think of projects like this as a “final ode” to a “vanishing culture.” But that’s a diatribe for another day. Preferably when it isn’t 3AM…)

Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus. Great Blue Heron, Ardea hernias... Canvas Back Duck, Aythya valisineria... Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea... Yellow Crowned Night Heron. Belted Kingfisher, Ceryle alcyon. Northern Lapwing, Vanellus vanillas.

Finally back to posting new photo inspiration. Another from NYTimes seems to be a prime way to get back on track.

Clicking the above photo will take you to the NYTimes review of Katherine Wolkoff’s show, currently at Sasha Wolf Gallery. I’m incredibly excited to make this my 1st addition to my must-see-show list for my April trip to NYC. Also overjoyed to discover that she’s a fellow strong, beautiful Barnard woman!

Just finished updating my site!

I’ve always wanted to take images of the patterns of lights from high above urban areas, but I doubt I’ll ever get this kind of chance…

Really focusing on broadening my photographic horizons lately and finding so many fantastic sources of photography online (this week in particular). Check out this UK/Ireland-focused photography site, Photomonitor, that published portfolios of work from showcased photographers, as well as show reviews and interviews. The photograph I’ve chosen came from Christiane Monarchi’s January 2012 interview with Gayle Chong Kwan, where they discuss her series, The Obsidian Isle (click the photo to see more images and the accompanying interview).

So much more to see on this site. Of course I had to find it during a week with a huge deadline! At least I know I can take a heavy reading week next week as a reward!

Yet another fantastic Tumblr blog, this time from NYTimes Lens, which can always be trusted to showcase some great photography. I know a lot of these posts will show up on my “likes” list!


Oct. 16, 1970: The Times chronicled the sale of used display stock at a warehouse on Long Island, an event that the reporter said “would have made a swarm of locusts look like a bunch of lazy butterflies.” The complete dummies cost $10 and $20,  “but the parts were a bargain,” the caption said. “You could get a hand for five cents or buy an arm for a dime.” Photo: Gene Maggio/The New York Times  

Tanger, 1992 Valencia, 1991 Braga, 2000 San Francisco, 1983 Florencia, 1975 Self Portrait

The first time I happened upon a Javier Campano photograph, I was visiting Museo Reina Sofia with my father. It was my second trip to Madrid and his first, so I had to drag him to see my favorite painting in the whole world. While there, we stumbled into another one of their exhibitions, Hotel Mediodía. Since much of my favorite literature is Spanish and my favorite painter is Spanish, it should come as no surprise to me that I would immediately take to the Spanish photographers. Still, I was too shortsighted to buy the book for the show. Still dreaming on the photographs three years later, I ran back to the museum bookstore the very first day I was next in Madrid. At least I learned from the mistake and remembered to bring it with me when we moved overseas! I, of course, also discovered another 40 photographers (and their books) that I needed to own, but that’s a story for another post…

Behold! The amazing Javier Campano!! I’m as certain that G-d drinks Coca Cola as I am that He also has one of Campano’s photographs hanging in his sitting room.

As usual, URLs for these image files’ previous web homes below. I tried to use some particularly good specimens of his style, finding good examples pretty hard to find. Hence, I am lead to believe that not enough of the interwebs knows his work. I might get it stuck in my mind to scan some more images from my long-loved book one of these days…

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So bummed to have to miss this opening. Tim is one of my favorite people— not to mention a killer photographer. See the announcement from Meulensteen Gallery below and more of his work here.

Meulensteen is pleased to announce the opening of Tim Hyde’s The Island: Prologue on February 23rd in the Project Space. The installation presents photographs, drawings and text as an overture to a body of work that the artist is developing for his forthcoming major exhibition at Meulensteen in 2013.
The series begins with a story about a small island in the Pacific Ocean. The island was the site of a shipwreck in the 1950s that set off a series of geopolitical disputes. These conflicts, combined with the cultural shifts of the early twentieth century, resulted in human evacuation and subsequent replacement by large colonies of sea mammals. The animals have since moved into a house abandoned by the island’s former human inhabitants and established their own strict social order within the ruins. Sea lions, who have articulated limbs, maneuver up and down stairs and have therefore commandeered the upper floors. Seals are left to fight over the crowded first floor.  Giant sea birds fly in to occupy the attic. The only human presence on the island for more than two decades has been that of a solitary government ranger, whom Hyde photographed on the last day of his assignment there.
As site where apparent failures have become a generative force to yield unexpected successes, Hyde uses the island as a case study in which to activate relationships between time, architecture, and the expanded field of photography.
Tim Hyde’s work has most recently been included in exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (solo), Philadelphia, PA; Ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy; Instituzione del Comune di Scandici, Florence, Italy; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; and The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY. Forthcoming exhibitions include The Invention of Island Time (solo), Galeria Doce in Santiago, Chile; and Placemakers, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska. A graduate of Colombia University, Hyde is also an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.  
The artist currently lives and works in New York.

NYTimes’s Lens is one of my favorite places to find fantastic photography. They did it again. (Though some of the credit should go to Samuel Aranda…)

I haven’t reblogged anything from Brain Pickings (which I always misread as “Brain Picklings”) in a long while and this one was too cool to pass up. To lure you in, a snippet from Michael Popek’s book, Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages, as quoted in Maria Popova’s article entitled Forgotten Bookmarks: The Secret Life of Second-hand Books, which reviews it:

It’s happened to all of us: we’re reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people’s bookshelves, or to a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell?

Adam Fuss, (for full bio, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Fuss) is a British photographer. In this series, Water Babies, Fuss uses camera-less photographic techniques to create his images. According to the blog from which I am reposting this, “he places babies in shallow baths with photographic paper and lets it develop, capturing the ripples and movement of the babies and water.”

Seems a perfect time to reblog this, seeing that a friend asked me to describe some camera-less photographic techniques just yesterday!

Thanks to alecshao for posting this where I could find it.


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double sided drawing on mylar, ink, graphite and gesso 

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