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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/

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!

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.

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 

According to Lisa Byrne on her website, www.lisa-byrne.co.ukSimultaneous Perspectives shows the photographic result of three pinhole cameras, operating simultaneously over a period of fifteen minutes. 

This is the second in my series of completely original Tumblr posts that I compile myself, without finding them in their entirety somewhere else. One of my favorite photo books of all time is Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids, so I thought a post in his honor was appropriate. I discovered this book at the very height of my obsession with Polaroids and whenever I look through it I have the urge to pull out my Polaroid camera and take some photographs. Thankfully, I brought the book with me to Jerusalem, but left my Polaroid camera in Michigan, so the world will not be subjected to any more of my boring Polaroids— well… at least for now.

For the record, this post is not just to honor Tarkovsky or his invaluable images, but also film photography. With Kodak’s bankruptcy (and my resulting depression), it is important to recognize my love for another fantastic photo-changing company, Polaroid. I am thrilled that new manufacturers have taken to making Polaroid film for artists and hipsters.

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The first paragraph especially amuses me, since I notice something similar every Friday evening at dinner. Being practicing Orthodox Jews, my husband and I observe The Sabbath on Friday nights and Saturdays. During weeknight dinners, we’ll often google things that come up in conversation— but not on Friday nights! It’s kind of fun watching a bunch of our friends uncomfortably fidget at the dinner table when they want to check a debated fact, but can’t pick up their iPhones to google it. I guess we have the credit for keeping the hardbound encyclopedia in business (except that none of us own any…)!


The Dilemma of Being a Cyborg happened to be a very interesting NYTimes article (written by Carina Chocano), but I never would have read it had it not been for the Tom Gauld illustration that adorned the link in the NYTimes app. Tom Gauld is one of my comics heroes and the illustration associated with this article shows the true brilliance of his work.

(In case I didn’t make it clear, the article is worth a read as well.)

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