SoCal PhotoExchange

The OPEN Exhibition

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on March 10, 2019

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The OPEN Exhibition

Deciding which of your many images is one of the most representative is a difficult task indeed. Twelve of us have chosen one particular image to submit for this open exhibition, and, as expected, the resulting set is quite a strong presentation.

Congratulations to Nancy Albright for having been selected as the keynote image, shown above, and to all the participating members for their great work:  Bill Collins, Diane Reeves, Douglas Stockdale, Ellen Butler, Gerhard (Gerry) Clausing, Jan Brueckner, Janos Lanyi, Jim Koch, Jim McKinniss, Manuel Martinez IV, Nancy Albright, and Scott Mathews. All images are copyright © by each individual photographer, with websites (as available) accessed by clicking the name when highlighted. Since this is an exhibition open only to our group of Photographers Exchange members, yet shown to the whole internet, it is our custom here (contrary to practice for other shows) to include the curator’s work  as well. This time I have grouped the images by similar subject matter and approach. 

The work of the Photographers Exchange group is much more than any one particular genre, as you can see here, and as all our exhibitions have already demonstrated. All previous exhibitions will continue to be available for your viewing pleasure and reference; you can just put the keyword in the search box:  Living Nature – Water & Ice – Human Nature – Fall Season – Abstract Visions – Contemporary Landscape – Connections.

I know that we will continue to receive interesting submissions for the online exhibition opportunities in the months ahead. The next two exhibitions, open to members only, will be TRAVEL and AMBIGUITIES. Watch for the next newsletter that will be coming to your email containing more details!

Gerhard “Gerry” Clausing, Curator

 

Manuel Martinez IV

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Diane Reeves

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Douglas Stockdale

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Ellen Butler

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Jim McKinniss

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Jim Koch

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Gerhard (Gerry) Clausing

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Scott Mathews

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Janos Lanyi

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Jan Brueckner

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Bill Collins

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Janos Lanyi’s “Kaleidoscope” opens February 23

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, tPE members, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on February 18, 2019

The LIVING NATURE Exhibition

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on February 10, 2019

© Janos Lanyi

 

The LIVING NATURE Exhibition

We share our world with animals and plants, and both of these groups, while their physiology may differ, certainly demand our attention and care in various ways. They have a similar meaning to many of us as well, and we provide them with love and dedication, the closer they are to us, as they often share our most closely defined personal spaces. Some people talk to their plants, others to their pets, and some talk to both, placing similar value on these living beings that are our companions.

As the contributions for this theme came in, I saw a celebration of our animals and plants. I also saw that our group of photographers found visual excitement in the appearance and characteristics of these various “creatures” and vegetation. Whether they are found around our house, or majestically attempt to survive in their native habitats, there is a definite impact that plants and animals have on our psyche and our emotions. The particular observations collected here certainly pay tribute to the majesty and beauty of the plants and animals around us, and convey the impact they have on us, as well as the impact we have on them.

This time the order is by first name, in alphabetical order. Congratulations to Janos Lanyi for having his image selected as the keynote photograph, and to all the participants for their great work:  Beatta Bosworth, Bill Collins, Diane Reeves, Douglas Stockdale, Gerhard (Gerry) Clausing, Jan Brueckner, Janos Lanyi, Jim Koch, Jim McKinniss, Linda Berman, Manuel Martinez IV, Scott Mathews, and Stan Kuran. All images are copyright © by each individual photographer, with websites available by clicking the name when highlighted. Since this is an exhibition open only to our group of Photographers Exchange members, yet shown to the whole internet, it is our custom here (contrary to practice for other shows) to include some curator’s images as well, if only to call attention to yet another particular artistic perspective. Remember that Doug and I have issued a call for guest curators, so let us know if you are interested!

It was a pleasure to curate this exhibition for our group. Also, please pay attention to the newsletter that outlines the next two exhibition opportunities. We also welcome new members, which would allow newcomers to participate.

Enjoy!

Gerhard (Gerry) Clausing, Exhibition Curator

Beatta Bosworth

Bill Collins

Diane Reeves

Douglas Stockdale

Gerhard Clausing

Jan Brueckner

Janos Lanyi

Jim Koch

Jim McKinniss

Linda Berman

Manuel Martinez IV

Scott Mathews

Stan Kuran

Photo LA 2019

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, tPE members, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on February 6, 2019

The Photo LA and Focus Photo LA exhibition and events, held from January 31 through February 3, 2019, added up to an impressive opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to study the latest offerings in photographic art and book publications. Some 60 galleries, publishers, bookstores, non-profits, schools, and other organizations were present to provide a vast array of offerings.

Rather than cover the enormous quantity of what could be seen and the many friends and acquaintances I was able to share time with, I will describe a few special highlights here, along with some photographs of what surprises I found.

One of the organizations that never fails to impress is the Building Bridges Art Exchange, which featured the work of L.A. photographers Sarah Hadley, Bootsy Holler, JK Lavin, Lisa McCord, and Marian Crostic.


Moonrise by Sarah Hadley

The Lapis Press/Nazraeli Press stand featured, among others, images by Mona Kuhn, Abelardo Morell,  and Daido Moriyama (color work).


Chris Pichler, Owner & Publisher of Nazraeli Press, with a Valerie Belin Image


Morell image rear wall, right side (Nazraeli Press booth)
Image courtesy Douglas Stockdale © 2019

The Lapis Press: Miyajima by Daido Moriyama


The Nino Mier Gallery of Los Angeles and Cologne, Germany, surprised us with large prints of the visually and psychological altered state work Morphs by Polly Borland, in which the model is enveloped in colored body stockings:

Morphs by Polly Borland

At the Toth Gallery (Manhattan) two artists were presented that are both intriguing. Tom Blachford showed mysterious photographs of Southern California environments taken with long exposures in moonlight (below left) and Matthew Tierney exhibited multi-layered portraits that are painterly and modern (below right).



Among the bookstore/galleries, photo-eye had a stand with outstanding treasures: The lastest work by Nick Brand (whose book This Empty World will be reviewed in The Photobook Journal shortly), amazing portrait book featuring goats and sheep photographed by Kevin Horan, the animal portraits of Brad Wilson, and a wonderfully complex and elaborate hand-made photobook, Xian by Thomas Sauvin, celebrating vernacular photography; Rixon Reed, Founder and Director, ably demonstrated this work reminiscent of advent calendar windows behind which surprises can be found.




And speaking of surprises, I was delighted to see a number of representatives from China at this exhibition. Not only that, at the SoPhoto Gallery (Beijing), in addition to studying the great work of established fine art photographers, I was introduced to the talented newcomer Dia Yunzhi Wang, who was so kind as to present me with her one-of-a-kind hand-made artist book, I Was There in Your Shattered and Rosy Dreams, which also has been printed for general distribution, and which I will be reviewing in The PhotoBook Journal shortly. As I photographed her for this article, a priceless unstaged moment developed: two other photographers photographed me photographing Dia, and the whole thing was ably captured by the one and only Douglas Stockdale for your amusement:


Photographing Gerhard Clausing photographing Dia Junzhi Wang at SoPhoto Gallery
Photo courtesy Douglas Stockdale © 2019

Dia Yunzhi Wang with her handmade artist book

Last, but certainly not least, two presentations stood out, Open Show LA #50, featuring five local talents (shown here: Ave Pildas), and the Photobook Roundtable, featuring Aline Smithson, Dotan Saguy, Douglas Stockdale, and Khodr Cherri, and moderated by Richard S. Chow, which I discussed at TPBJ.

Open Show #50 – Ave Pilvas Presenting

The Photobook Roundtable

Looking forward to Photo LA 2020!

Gerhard Clausing

All images © 2019 by Gerhard Clausing, and Douglas Stockdale (where indicated), and/or the respective artists

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On-line exhibition: Water & Ice

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on January 7, 2019

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copyright Scott Mathews

Within the artistic genre of landscape, documentary and still-live photography, the subject of water and all of its related forms is one of the classic themes. The subject of water has continued to evolve into contemporary art due to its metaphoric potential as representing one of the basic essences of life, thus carries the capability to visually represent a multitude of feelings and conditions.

This exhibition is an investigation of all of the conditions of water; whether it is a foggy day, the mist of a cold rain or a cascading waterfall runoff, and for this winter season, both ice and snow. This exhibition is inclusive of the events that occur in conjunction with water; how we as individuals, both directly or indirectly, interact with the various conditions and effects of water.

This is a broad interpretation of the myriad ways that visual symbols of water are investigated, whether the “modern” unadorned nature or the urban human landscape, as an abstract concept or a straight rendition while being created using digital capture, film or other analog techniques.

The fourteen artists in this exhibition include: Paul Anderson, Roger Bennett, Beatta Bosworth, Jan Brueckner, Gerhard “Gerry” Clausing, Bill Collins, Stan Kuran, Janos Lanyi, Scott Mathews, Jim McKinniss, Marc Plouffe, Diane Reeves, Robert Staeck and Douglas Stockdale. I have arranged the images alphabetically by last name. All images are Copyright © by each individual artist/photographer, with websites if available by clicking on the name when highlighted.

The exhibition is open only to members of Photographers Exchange and it is our custom (contrary to practice for other exhibits) to include some of the curator’s images as well, if only to call attention to yet another particular artistic perspective.

Cheers,

Douglas Stockdale, Associate Editor & exhibition curator

Exhibition:

Paul Anderson

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Roger Bennett

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Beatta Bosworth

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Jan Brueckner

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Gerhard “Gerry” Clausing

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Ocean Power

Bill Collins

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Stan Kuran

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Janos Lanyi

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Scott Mathews

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Jim McKinniss

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Marc Plouffe

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Diane Reeves

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Robert Staeck

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Douglas Stockdale

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Photo LA – Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2019

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on January 4, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Photo LA, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica

January 31 – February 3

Details here:   https://www.photola.com/


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The HUMAN NATURE Exhibition

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on December 10, 2018

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Jan Brueckner

 

The HUMAN NATURE Exhibition

It is the nature of humans to want to leave their mark, while life also leaves its marks on them. Whether it is through their own presence, or more indirectly through writing and art on paper, in blogs, or on walls, or paint on canvas, or through photographs and other media – there are memories and interpretations and evidence of the human spirit that outlast the moment.

The submissions for this exhibition are also a notable testament to the human spirit. We observe strong personalities, we can study human nature, both here as well as in other countries, as observed by our talented members, and we also witness attempts to make a difference through markings of all sorts, as well as an absence of significant markings at times (no program on TV). The selections shown here constitute a fascinating set of observations of many personal and social moments.

There are similarities and differences in the points of view represented. One could have grouped them by similarities rather than by photographer. Nevertheless, in the end I chose to keep the groupings by member; in this case – very predictably – alphabetically by last name. Congratulations to Jan Brueckner for having one of his images chosen as the keynote image, and kudos to all the participants for their imaginative work:  Roger Bennett, Beatta Bosworth, Jan Brueckner, Ellen Butler, Gerhard Clausing, Bill Collins, Jim Koch, Stan Kuran, Janos Lanyi, Scott Mathews, Marc Plouffe, Diane Reeves, and Douglas Stockdale.

All images are Copyright © by each individual photographer, with websites available by clicking the name when underlined. Since this is an exhibition open only to our group of Photographers Exchange members, yet shown to the whole internet, it is our custom here (contrary to practice for other shows) to include some curator’s images as well, if only to call attention to yet another particular artistic perspective. Remember that Doug and I have issued an open call for guest curators, so feel free to volunteer!

Enjoy the images! Hope to see you at the meeting on Thursday, December 13; in any case, best wishes for the holidays and for 2019!

Gerhard (Gerry) Clausing, Exhibition Curator

 

Roger Bennett

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Beatta Bosworth

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Jan Brueckner

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Ellen Butler

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Gerhard Clausing

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Bill Collins

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Jim Koch

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Stan Kuran

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Janos Lanyi

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Scott Mathews

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Marc Plouffe

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Diane Reeves

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Douglas Stockdale

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Fall Season – On-line Exhibition

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on November 8, 2018

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Photographer; Harvey Chin

The year is traditionally marked by the passing of time as indicated by the seasonal weather conditions; it is currently the fall while steadily heading into winter. This seasonal period also has events that are well known; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and coming soon Christmas and Hanukkah. Most of these holiday events are family events in combination with a reflection of the seasonality time of year; the fall colors of Thanksgiving and snowy conditions we usually associate with Christmas.

This exhibition investigates this fall time of year; either as a holiday event or seasonal environmental conditions that describes the Fall Season.

The ten artists in this exhibition include: Roger Bennett, Beatta Bosworth, Jan Brueckner, Harvey Chin, Gerhard “Gerry” Clausing, Bill Collins, Jim McKinniss, Stan Kuran, Janos Lanyi, Scott Mathews, and Douglas Stockdale. I have arranged the images alphabetically by last name. All images are Copyright © by each individual artist/photographer, with websites available by clicking on the name when highlighted.

Cheers!

Douglas Stockdale, Exhibition Curator

Fall Season exhibition:

Roger Bennett

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Beatta Bosworth

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Jan Brueckner

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Jan_Brueckner - Prairie Winter

Jan_Brueckner - Fall in Connecticut #2

 

Harvey Chin

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Gerhard “Gerry” Clausing

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Bill Collins

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Jim McKinniss

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Jim McKinniss_Angle of Death

Jim McKinniss_Karin Upahl_2

 

Stan Kuran

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Janos Lanyi

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Scott Mathews

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Douglas Stockdale

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Ellen Butler at Flux Art Space, with Dan Gerchik: “fistfuls of change”

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on October 31, 2018
 
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Two photographers will be showing their work at Flux Art Space, Long Beach – Ellen Butler and Dan Gerchik:  Ellen’s public telephones and Dan’s gritty urban images.

The reception is on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 3 – 5.

Ellen will be at the gallery this Saturday, Nov. 3, from 12 – 5.

Hours are limited, but alternative visits are possible, contact Ellen here.

Thanks to Betsy for the show and to all who attend!

Flux Art Space connects mid-career artists with each other and with members of the vibrant Southern California community through exhibitions, workshops, and gatherings.

And here, as a preview, are some of Ellen’s images:

 

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All images Copyright © Ellen Butler

 

 

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Report on the Medium Festival of Photography: John Divola Lecture and Paris Photo/Aperture Book Selections

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photographers, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on October 20, 2018

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The Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego is one of the most delightful and productive photography events in Southern California, with many useful activities, as we have reported several times, such as our impressions and experiences at the 2017 and 2016 Medium Festivals, along with announcements in between.

This year, the Keynote Speaker was John Divola, whose lecture encompassed many examples of his work, beginning with the 1970s. Particularly interesting was his performance art applied to abandoned buildings, which, once photographed, became new art, with some of it subjected to further enhancements; work at abandoned military installations, fierce encounters with dogs in the desert, and experiments with color and light in many locations were further fascinating photographic adventures presented in an appealing and forthright manner by this local luminary, a professor at UC Riverside. He also did a book signing of his 2018 volume Vandalism:

 

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The Executive Director, scott b. davis, introduces the keynote speaker

 

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John Divola delivering his keynote presentation and signing his latest book, with Douglas Stockdale

 

At the Gym Standard in North Park, San Diego, the Paris Photo/Aperture PhotoBook Exhibition was a great opportunity to examine a number of outstanding photobooks first-hand. The following four books stood out to me as particularly noteworthy; I am showing a double-page spread from each, right below each bit of information:

 

Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen, Eyes as Big as Plates (Oslo: Forlaget Press, 2017), covering the role of the elderly in society, presented in nature:

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Mayumi Suzuki, The Restoration Will  (Self-published, Tokyo, 2017), dealing with the loss of her parents in the tsunami of 2011:

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Senta Simond, Rayon Vert (Self-published, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017), an especially innovative approach to depicting the human face and form:

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Debi Cornwall, Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantánamo Bay (Santa Fe, NM: Radius. 2017), a comprehensive approach to detention:

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Thanks again, Medium Festival, scott b. davis and team!