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.
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.
We photographed graphic designer and illustrator Jerry Joyner yesterday. Here are a couple of initial images. More to be added later.
Strong film. Art and political activism in China. Stream for free on Netflix.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.