Mark Tucker : Journal

Norbert Ghisoland

Posted in Artists by marktucker on September 6, 2013

Three generations of portrait photographers, in a small town in Belgium. What faces they encountered. Norbert Ghisoland was the first generation.

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Dia Beacon

Posted in Artists, New York by marktucker on September 1, 2013

Hopped the MetroNorth upstate to the Hudson Vallery area to Dia Beacon, about 80 miles north of the city. 240,000 square feet of modern art. It was an old Nabisco box-printing factory building. Only photographed part of it before security nabbed me. Missed the giant Warhol room. The whole museum was a giant meditation in white, especially the Richard Ryman area. Also passed this incredible rotting site called Bannerman’s Castle, on an island in the Hudson, seen from the train window.

The exterior grounds. (Robert Irwin).

The exterior grounds. (Robert Irwin).


Richard Serra.

Michael Heizer.

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Richard Ryman.

Richard Ryman.

Richard Ryman.

Richard Ryman.

Richard Ryman.

Richard Ryman.

Six Grey Mirrors, by Richter.

Six Grey Mirrors, by Richter.

John Chamberlain.

John Chamberlain.

John Chamberlain.

John Chamberlain.

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Dan Flavin. (meh).

Dan Flavin. (meh).

Flavin.

Flavin.

Really nice bookstore. Book on early collage and manipulation, prior to Photoshop.

Really nice bookstore. Book on early collage and manipulation, prior to Photoshop.

Love the train.

Love the train.

Water on the deck, outside.

Water on the deck, outside.

Bannerman Castle, from the train window. Lame photograph. Awesome in person.

Bannerman Castle, from the train window. Lame photograph. Awesome in person.

Michael Ackerman

Posted in Artists by marktucker on August 29, 2013

Andrew Hetherington

Posted in Artists, New York by marktucker on August 28, 2013

Portrait today of my friend Andrew Hetherington. I think he wears the same model of denim jacket, and wears them out. Just buys another one once it’s shot. 8×10 collodion.

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Like Knows Like

Posted in Artists by marktucker on August 24, 2013

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Katie Triptych

Posted in Artists, WetPlate by marktucker on August 23, 2013

From today. She wrote directly on the plate. 8×10 collodion. (Last days of collodion; one more week, if it doesn’t kill me first. It’s been a worthwhile chapter, but it’s almost complete).

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Julia Margaret Cameron: Met

Posted in Alternative Processes, Artists, New York by marktucker on August 20, 2013

Saw the show quickly this morning; little free time. Hopped on the 4. Nice show; small. Made me admire her even more — six children running around, and photography had just been invented. Late 1860′s. Seemed to care more about feeling than exacting technique; she caught hell for that from her peers. (I give her Bonus Points). Fascinating woman. Wet-plate collodion, on clear glass, so she ended up with negatives to print somehow.

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Opening room. I included some guy in there, to show scale of that opening poster print image, for the intro.

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Lord Tennyson. I guess she knew him personally. The caption talked about how she put that collar on him.

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Not sure who this is, but interesting that she staged and propped some of her images.

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One of the few “models” that she photographed. She normally only photographed friends and family. Great face though.

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Sir John Herschel.

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Portrait of Julia Margaret Cameron.

Fantasy Tree

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 28, 2013

Loved the eyeball in the bark of this tree today, on the grounds of Wave Hill, in the Bronx. Second annual AIM Biennial. Wet-plate work by Lisa Elmaleh, and my favorite piece was “Joist”, by Jessica Sanders — pieces of deteriorating wax.

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Lisa Elmaleh, 8×10 collodion

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Jessica Sanders

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Grounds of Wave Hill

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Gorgeous subway building, 1 Train. End of the line at 242nd Street, Bronx.

Bruce Davidson

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 27, 2013

Hank Willis Thomas

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 26, 2013

Good show of Hank Willis Thomas new work at Jack Shainman in Chelsea. I shot this bad iphone video today, trying to show how the glass diffuses the images in the five frames, as you walk left to right. Each of the five images were about 30″x40″, butted together. The glass or plastic did that effect where Jesus opens and closes his eyes. In the back room was a video piece of five monitors — interviews with black men about race. I could have stayed all day and watched it. Here’s another link to show more of the (strong) work. Chelsea, between about 22nd and 26th, is like a Masters Program; just walking the streets and ducking into galleries.

Ondrej Janu

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 18, 2013

William Klein: the 21mm lens

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 8, 2013

The man that put the Leica 21mm lens, and grainy contrasty B/W film, on the map. Good video; I had no idea of his art background in Paris.

Annie doc

Posted in Advertising, Artists by marktucker on July 7, 2013

Somehow, I missed this one too. Not sure how it works, but this was not free on YouTube; you rent it for $1.99. But worth the money obviously. Quite a nice insight into her life, and also an insight to see just how much our industry has changed in such a short time.

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Richard Avedon: “Darkness and Light”

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 5, 2013

Somehow, I never saw this documentary on Avedon. Very much worth a view. One hour and 25 minutes.

The Grey Dog

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 2, 2013

Talking business with my friend Gus today, at The Grey Dog. Nice light.

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Basquiat at Gagosian

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 1, 2013

More Anselm Kiefer (later work)

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 1, 2013

Gregory Crewdson documentary

Posted in Artists by marktucker on June 4, 2013

Stream on Netflix. It’s quite good.

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Bukowski

Posted in Artists by marktucker on May 26, 2013

Manuel and Janice Zeitlin’s beautiful new space

Posted in Artists by marktucker on May 11, 2013

Chestnut Street area coming alive. An event last night; stopped in after Dane’s open studio. (Then we went on a crazy late night search to rescue a stray dog, but that’s another story entirely). Fun night.

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Within earshot of the fireworks, on summer nights. Sounds Stadium.

Within earshot of the fireworks, on summer nights. Sounds Stadium.

Herbert James Draper: “Lament for Icarus”, 1898

Posted in Artists by marktucker on April 14, 2013

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Dane Carder + Mary Addison Hackett

Posted in Artists, Interesting People by marktucker on February 24, 2013

A detail, back in the rear of Dane’s studio on Chestnutt, during the “Still Life, Landscapes, Posers” show, curated by Mary Addison Hackett.

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Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg (and Frank)

Posted in Artists by marktucker on January 13, 2013

Photography in the Beat Generation, Part One and Part Two.

Edit: Another slide show in the NYTimes today, from Allen Ginsberg.

“I sit in the car amazed to see the photographic artist prowling like a cat, or an angry bear, in the grass and roads, shooting whatever he wants to see. How I wished I’d have had a camera of my own, a mad mental camera that could register pictorial shots, of the photographic artist himself prowling about for his ultimate shot – an epic in itself.” — Kerouac, writing about Robert Frank.

Kerouac, on right.

Kerouac, on right.

Jerry Joyner

Posted in Artists, Books, Interesting People by marktucker on January 12, 2013

We photographed graphic designer and illustrator Jerry Joyner yesterday. Here are a couple of initial images. More to be added later.

Portrait of Jerry outside on his deck.

Portrait of Jerry outside on his deck.

Still life creation inside his home.

Still life creation inside his home.

Jerry holding a tiny miniature Dutch dictionary. A gift from a friend.

Jerry holding a tiny miniature Dutch dictionary. A gift from a friend.

Drawing Table, by the window. (T-square still in use).

Drawing Table, by the window. (T-square still in use).

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A salad he made for Samantha and me. Lunch on the deck, after the pictures. Nice.

A salad he made for Samantha and me. Lunch on the deck, after the pictures. Nice.

Every year he does an illustration for the Chinese New Year. This year is "Year of the Dragon".

Every year he does an illustration for the Chinese New Year. This year is “Year of the Dragon”.

Jerry's quote when we're looking at this: "I've always thought I had a little bit of Gina Binkley in me..."
Bottom snapshot is Jerry, in the black suit. Amazing. And the top image is of his mother.

Bottom snapshot is Jerry, in the black suit. Amazing. And the top image is of his mother.

A chair that Jerry's father made for him. Made from clothespins.

A chair that Jerry’s father made for him. Made from clothespins.

Author photo of Jerry, with Remy Charlip. Back cover of "Thirteen". Click photo for Amazon link.

Author photo of Jerry, with Remy Charlip. Back cover of “Thirteen”. Click photo for Amazon link.

Back porch stoop. Nice lines and shapes, and pretty light.

Back porch stoop. Nice lines and shapes, and pretty light.

I made the Kitchen Chalkboard.

Beta version of the iPad Calendar. But I made it into a slot. Jerry’s handwriting looks a great deal like Virginia Team’s. Osmosis?

Venetia Dearden: Nice work

Posted in Artists by marktucker on January 8, 2013

My friend Julian Calverley sent me this link to intimate images by Venetia Dearden. I love this location; jealous of her access to all that great content to shoot. Nice to see warm weather, too.

© Venetia Dearden 2013

© Venetia Dearden 2013

Ai Wei Wei, “Never Sorry”

Posted in Artists by marktucker on December 31, 2012

Strong film. Art and political activism in China. Stream for free on Netflix.

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Maurice Sendak Illustrated Interview

Posted in Artists, Spirituality by marktucker on December 30, 2012

Just sit down and find some quiet, and let this interview with Maurice Sendak in the NYTimes just wash over you. Illustrations by Christoph Niemann. I think Terry Gross was even a bit flustered and taken aback by his honesty and transparency.

Click on illustration to be taken to interview.

Click on illustration to be taken to interview.

Dane Carder

Posted in Artists, WetPlate by marktucker on December 21, 2012

Shot this portrait of my friend Dane Carder today after lunch. Experimenting with shooting 8×10 HP5, but with the old 1800′s Petzval lenses. And this combined with a built blank plate from some wet plate that we shot today. Still learning…

Dane Carder, fine artist.

Dane Carder, fine artist.

Neil Young (on eleven)

Posted in Artists by marktucker on December 8, 2012

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(Thank you, Kristy. “Cortez The Killer”).

Borut Peterlin: Modern Collodion

Posted in Artists, WetPlate by marktucker on November 23, 2012

We do not have to be stuck in the past — here’s a very exciting modern approach to a job. I understand his fear of shooting collodion on location, for a job. There are a million things to go wrong, and risk blowing the job. The full article is here; really fun approach, and nice result. More than one way to skin a cat.

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Mike and Doug Starn

Posted in Artists by marktucker on November 22, 2012

Tricia sent me an article last week about the Starn brothers. They had an art piece installed near one of the storm areas in New York. I had not thought of them in a while. When I was first starting out, I photographed them for a story in Rolling Stone, in about 1987. I remember being so starstruck and nervous before the job. Obviously, they’ve now moved into “art heavyweights” as they’ve matured. There is so much strong work on their site, but the crowning piece, to me, is the bamboo work at The Met.

© Mike and Doug Starn

© Mike and Doug Starn

NYC Subway project (survived the storm)

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Jayne Hinds Bidaut

Posted in Artists, WetPlate by marktucker on November 19, 2012

Tia Danko / Martina Dankova

Posted in Artists, Interesting People, Photographs by marktucker on November 15, 2012

A friend shared this work with me. I love the Orwo Chapter. No idea what it means, but it’s strong work. On Facebook, she’s leading a double life as Tia Danko. Not sure about all the backstory, but all that matters is that the work is interesting. She lives in Slovakia. It’s a big world out there. (Edit/Clarification: She writes that Orwo is an expired GDR film that’s very unpredictable in its results).

© Tia Danko

© Tia Danko

Lauren Simonutti

Posted in Artists, Interesting People by marktucker on November 14, 2012

Two images from “The Birthday Series”

I know very little about Lauren Simonutti. I’m just now beginning to read about her. All I know is that she had some type of mental illness, and that her photographs were strong, and that she seemed quite intelligent. She seemed to do all of her work in a very small area, in one room. She died this year.

Also, I just rewatched the Francesca Woodman documentary the other night, so all this is on my mind.

Link to Chapter One work from Edelman Gallery.

Link to Chapter Two work from Edelman Gallery.

And below, a video of Lauren, explaining her work.

Artist Talk with Lauren E. Simonutti (2010) from Catherine Edelman Gallery on Vimeo.

Anton Corbijn

Posted in Artists by marktucker on November 9, 2012

This guy was my hero when I was a kid. Here’s a very nice video on him — surprising honest and refreshing. Lack of hype.

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