Mark Tucker : Journal

Dumbo Studio Sublet

Posted in WetPlate by marktucker on August 14, 2013

We begin shooting wet plate for the next month, starting tomorrow. Slow going, but nice temporary space. Nice light. Darkbox by UHaul.

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Bitter Southerner

Posted in The South by marktucker on August 11, 2013

Deborah Luster

Posted in New Orleans by marktucker on August 11, 2013

My love for New Orleans. And I love her work:

Deborah Luster: Tooth for an Eye from The Kitchen Sisters on Vimeo.

Chasing Piglets in the creek

Posted in Jack Daniels by marktucker on August 6, 2013

After the main shot, this morning, Lynchburg, Tennessee. Three amazing little pigs. Here’s Jon Morgan holding the little white one. How they can squeal; and then miraculously, they calm down and almost go to sleep in your arms.

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Peeling Wood

Posted in The South by marktucker on August 4, 2013

This morning, Lynchburg, Tennessee. Love the peeling wood.

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Oprah and Thich

Posted in Buddhism by marktucker on August 2, 2013

Good (excerpt) interview with Thich Nhat Hanh, done by Oprah Winfrey. Trying to just focus on him, and his message. I had no idea he is in his mid-80’s. A good reminder for me today. (Full interview here, in text).

George Saunders

Posted in Personal by marktucker on August 2, 2013

Commencement speeches seem to be all the rage lately. Multiple people sent me this today; (not sure if they were trying to tell me something or not). A commencement speech by George Saunders on kindness. Nice portrait by Damon Winter too.

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Blank City

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 28, 2013

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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.

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Posted in New York by marktucker on July 27, 2013

I’m now the king of searching for wet-plate space in Brooklyn. Here’s a potential studio building, today, off the Graham stop of the L. Reminds me of the electricity riggings in New Delhi, or that old Werthan building in Nashville. It’s a Fire Marshall’s wet dream. I found it oddly pretty, with that window light.

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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.

Lewis Hine

Posted in Interesting People by marktucker on July 26, 2013

From Shorpy.com. Caption reads: “March 1909. Hartford, Conn. Newsgirls waiting for papers. Largest girl, Alice Goldman, has been selling for 4 years. Newsdealer says she uses viler language than the newsboys do. Bessie Goldman and Bessie Brownstein are 9 years old and have been selling about one year. All sell until 7 or 7:30 p.m. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee’.

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High Line tonight

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 25, 2013

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Elephant birth

Posted in Mothers and Children by marktucker on July 24, 2013

Dance portraits

Posted in Photographs by marktucker on July 23, 2013

Everybody Street

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 22, 2013

Mt Carmel Fair

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 21, 2013

I stumbled onto this Italian Street Fair on Roebling, in Williamsburg, last night. Mount Carmel festival of some type. Complete with six story portable giglio. With the drenching rainstorm, and the tattoo booth next to the statue, the whole thing was surreal biblical.

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Yard Art

Posted in The South by marktucker on July 20, 2013

This is something like my mother’s mother would have done, in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, when I was a kid. Neat, with weedeater trim. I still love The South. Nelson and I ran upon this yesterday, scouting in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

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Lynchburg Hot Tub

Posted in Jack Daniels by marktucker on July 19, 2013

Today, in the scorching heat. Wearing black, and looking for a solution. Relief.

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Ondrej Janu

Posted in Artists by marktucker on July 18, 2013

Chelsea Market

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 17, 2013

Big adventure last night on The High Line and Chelsea Market. Spices and Tease pictured below.

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“The Photo Man”

Posted in Interesting People by marktucker on July 14, 2013

Vimeo showing a man who deals in vernacular photography. He’s bought and sold millions of snapshots. Shows the universal appeal of photography. (Thank you, Allie Hine).

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Posted in New York by marktucker on July 11, 2013

Stairwell leading to second floor of (hopefully) my new home, soon. Built in 1865, brownstone. Hell’s Kitchen, 44th and Ninth.

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Whitney: Robert Irwin

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 10, 2013

Today at The Whitney, with a massive Robert Irwin white scrim sculpture. Plus, “I You We”.

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Williamsburg Sunset

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 9, 2013

Manhattan in the background. Gorgeous soft light, this afternoon. And somewhere out there, a dog is in the East River, fetching a ball.

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Chelsea Hotel

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 8, 2013

Very well written article in The Times Magazine, about the Chelsea Hotel.

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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Bedford at Sixth

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 7, 2013

Jewelry vendor, today, on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Great style, beautiful face.

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No Doctor Here

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 6, 2013

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Plywood sign glued to the stone doorway, at 31st and Park Avenue, today. I can only assume that, at one time, there was.

Union Square, 90 degrees

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 6, 2013

Great face, today, on the street in Union Square, at the fresh market. Striking presence.

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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.

SX-70 from the 1970’s

Posted in New York by marktucker on July 4, 2013

Two frames from the first pack of SX-70 film, today, at Gus and Barbara’s apartment uptown. With Andre Schneider too and his wife. Handheld, window light, Impossible Project SX-70 B/W instant film. Quirky process, but it’s getting there. Camera from 1970’s is still solid though. Great lens.

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Gus and Barbara’s son.

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Andre’s stepson, Gabriel.

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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