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Digital Darkroom exhibition closes at The Annenberg Space for Photography – Thoughts from tPE member Larry Pribble.

Posted in Photography by Jim McKinniss on May 30, 2012

Image copyright by Jerry Uelsmann


Image copyright by Brooke Shaden


Image copyright by Maggie Taylor


Image copyright by Martine Roch


I received the following thoughts about the Digital Darkroom exhibition from Larry Pribble on May 28, 2012.

Yesterday, I finally got to see the Digital Darkroom exhibit at the Annenberg Space before it closed today.  I had been wanting to see it since I first heard about it because of the concept behind it and because among the artists included are one of my longtime and one of my newest favorite photographers, Jerry Uelsmann and Brooke Shaden, who use the medium of photography to communicate their personal visions in distinctive and creative fashions.  As enjoyable as it was to see the images on the wall, as with every exhibit I’ve been to there, the short documentaries about the artists, their work, and their creative processes is equally illuminating and makes the experience all the more enriching.  One point that was continually emphasized in the video is that the digital means by which each of the artists creates their images is simply a tool they employ to be able to express their creative and artistic vision.  That is something that gets lost in the onslaught of Photoshopped imagery by which we are constantly bombarded.  That Photoshop is a far more accessible means of expression than other media gives many the illusion that it somehow enhances the creativity of the user.  Unless there is a creative spark behind its use, it simply proliferates the creation of mediocre art.

If you didn’t get to see the exhibit and the documentary, it is on the Annenberg’s web-site along with those from their previous exhibits.  The video gave considerable time to Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, and communicated that Jerry was a precursor to the digital artists represented in the exhibit, achieving similar results in his darkroom in creating altered visions of reality though multiple and manipulated images as artists today are in using Photoshop. Every time I saw the video, the last line, which was given to Jerry, never failed to get a laugh when he said he feels a kinship with the artists today using digital means to create their art, and that he was just glad that he made the final cut.


By Jim McKinniss

Dale Johnson and Dan Shepard photographs featured in new exhibition at dnj Gallery

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on May 29, 2012

Approaching Storm copyright by Dale Johnson

Day at the Beach copyright by Dale Johnson

Fagus #2 copyright by Dan shepherd

Pyrus #2 copyright by Dan shepherd

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions on display June 9 through July 21, 2012.

“By the Sea” by Dale Johnson will be exhibited in the main gallery space. Gallery II will feature “Blinded by Science” by Dan Shepherd.

Dreamy views of the shore capture the imagination in Johnson’s “By the Sea” series. Johnson is an accomplished artist who worked with charcoal, gouache, watercolor, and pastel for several decades but eventually turned to photography to satisfy her desire for a sense of spontaneity. Inspired by both Pictorialism in photography and Pointillism in painting, Johnson seeks to create with the quick click of the shutter the soft, hazy effects she cherished in her work in other mediums. Johnson states, “[m]y art education led me to appreciate the quality of light, form and texture and how they set the tone or mood for my photographs in composition, palette and texture.”

Dale Johnson earned her B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She has exhibited across the country, and as a winner in the Emerging Focus Photography Competition, her work was exhibited at Photo L.A. 2012. In 2010, Johnson’s photographs were published in “Color Magazine,” Special Issue #10, and “Urban Country Landscape,” The Worldwide Gala Awards. Johnson lives and works in Carmel, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The trees of Manhattan’s Central Park arrive in Santa Monica in Shepherd’s “Blinded by Science” series. With these works, Shepherd seeks the antidote to his view of the world as an environmental scientist and student of botany–someone so “blinded by science” that trees are more subjects of study than objects of beauty. By treating the leaves and branches of trees as parts of an abstraction, Shepherd rediscovers the aesthetic wonders of nature. He states, “I am using the artistic power of abstraction to create images of some of my favorite plants and trees, which helps me filter out the science details and lets me focus on the pure beauty of nature.”

Dan Shepherd has a master’s degree in environmental science from Columbia University and an International Diploma in Plant Conservation from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, England. He holds a B.A. in Japanese from the University of Oregon. His work has been shown in various locations throughout the country, and has been featured in several recent publications, including: “The Orion Magazine,” “The F-Stop Magazine – Abstraction” and “Lenscratch.”  This is his first show at dnj Gallery.



SHOW DATES: June 9 – July 21, 2012
ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, June 9, 6 – 8 pm
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm
For more information or images, please contact Cambra Sklarz at (310) 315-3551 or

dnj Gallery 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 315-3551


By Jim McKinniss

tPE Member Byong-Ho Kim selected as Merit Award Winner for the 2012 B&W Magazine Portfolio Contest

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Jim McKinniss on May 28, 2012

Botanic Energy 4 copyright by Byong-Ho Kim


Botanic Dance 12 copyright by Byong-Ho Kim


Botanic Energy 3 copyright by Byong-Ho Kim



Byong-Ho Kim, also known to The Photo Exchange members as Brad, has been honored by B&W Magazine with a Merit Award in the 2012 Portfolio Contest for his beautiful botanical abstractions. Brad’s wide ranging photographic interests are expressed through his portfolio of landscapes, people, botanicals, water and dancing photographs.


Issue 92 of B&W Magazine which contains the Excellence and Merit award winners for the 2012 Portfolio Contest will go on sale May 29, 2012. The Spotlight portfolio winners will appear in several future issues throughout 2012 and 2013.

You can view Brad’s work on  his website


By Jim McKinniss

Photo Workshop in the Grand Tetons

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Gina Genis on May 25, 2012

A view of the Grand Tetons

Hello Friends,
I am teaching a photography workshop in the amazing Grand Tetons from June 25 – 29th. Take a look at my website to see photos and get details. Join us. You will be inspired and go home with fabulous images and memories.

Schwabacher Landing, the Grand Tetons

tPE member Byong-Ho Kim to show his photography in the Recapture exhibition at Galerie Rheeway

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Jim McKinniss on May 16, 2012

Photo copyright by Byong-Ho Kim.

Photo copyright by Byong-Ho Kim.

Photo copyright by Byong-Ho Kim.


Galerie Rheeway is proud to host “Recapture” exhibition, a group show that explores the limits of photography in the 21st century. Most snapshots today unassumingly present an objective image, especially in the new age of social media and camera phones. The eleven artists in the show were selected to share refreshing approaches to photography as their practice loosely follows the mantra “photography as a medium.” In many of the works, the photographs are elevated beyond a “snapshot” and move into the subjective and intangible by the addition (or subtraction) of a secondary process. Some of these processes include: recalculating digital pixels with software, analogue painting, physical cutting and pasting, sculptural reforming, pre-engineering of materials and more. Regardless of which process the artist chooses to explore, a curiosity of the human is evident in all the works. This is where we find a new beauty in photography.


This show runs 05/24/2012 ~ 06/23/2012

Artists’ Reception: Thursday, May 24, 6-9 pm


Galerie Rheeway
3525 West 8th Street Suite no. 216 & 217
Los Angeles, CA 90005


For further information please contact Sukran or James.

Phone:  (213)-785-1121 / Email: / Web:

By Jim McKinniss

The G2 Gallery Presents Wild on Earth: Piper Mackay

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on May 15, 2012

Photo copyright by Piper Mackay



Photo copyright by Piper Mackay


On Tuesday, May 15, The G2 Gallery will present Wild on Earth: Piper Mackay, a solo exhibition focusing on the wildlife of the African continent.  A stunning set of emotional images captures a range of African wildlife including elephants, zebras, and cheetahs by Piper Mackay, the only known solo female safari leader in Africa.

Piper shoots documentary style images while in the field in Africa and then uses special software by Nik Filters to bring the emotion she felt in the presence of wildlife to her finished product.  The rich tones and sepia shades bring a glow to the dust of places like the Serengeti and Amboseli.

Featured in the exhibit is Cheetah Mother and Cub, which appeared in the January 2012 edition of National Geographic and was a part of the 2008 Nature’s Best photo exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute.  Among all of her images, Piper states “Cheetah Mother and Cub is the one I’m most emotionally invested in,” in part because she spent an entire week observing and photographing the interactions between mother and cub.  The mortality rate for cheetah cubs is 95% and, according to Piper “this mother was especially protective of her sole surviving cub and watching them together was something so incredibly special.”

The exhibit will be comprised of 16 of Piper’s original prints in sizes ranging from 20×30” to 40×60”.  All proceeds from art sales will be donated to support African wildlife.  Piper hopes that her images will inspire viewers to “protect what’s right in the world.”  The area in which Piper photographs faces many challenges.  “The Serengeti is in so much trouble,” she says, “rhino and elephant poaching are at an all time high, the Masai Mara River is drying up, and a proposed road that would affect the migration” all bode trouble for the wildlife that Piper says makes the region so magical.  “It’s very empowering to experience seeing these animals in the wild,” she explains, “it makes you come back and feel like the world is fake.”


This show runs May 15 through June 24, 2012

An artist’s reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 6:30–9:00 PM.


Admission is $5 at the door and RSVP is required to  All proceeds from the event will benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving African wilderness, particularly endangered species such as black rhinos and elephants.  Drew Fellman, writer and producer of the acclaimed IMAX film Born To Be Wild, will speak at the reception about the work of the Sheldrick Trust, which is featured promiently in the film.


The G2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291-3742

Phone:  310.452.2842  E-mail


Contact: Diane Shader Smith  310.386.6803  email:

Gia LaRussa 310.428.7752  email:


About Piper Mackay

Piper Mackay’s work as a photographer is focused primarily on the continent of Africa, its magnificent wildlife, and its diverse social milieu. Piper left the fashion world to focus on her photography full time and since her initial trip, she has been back 8 times and to 8 different countries, mostly in the eastern part of the continent. Piper’s career in photography has been steadily ascending since she took up the medium in 2005. Her images have been displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, The Museum of History and Industry, and Art Wolfe Gallery. She is active with various NGOs working for humanitarian and conservation causes as a volunteer photographer.

About The G2 Gallery

Established in March 2008, The G2 Gallery in Venice, California, is a green art space with a dedicated focus on nature and wildlife photography. In keeping with G2’s commitment to supporting arts and the environment, the gallery presents exhibitions with eco-conscious themes, donates the proceeds from all art sales to environmental charities and hosts events that bring awareness of critical issues to our community.


By Jim McKinniss

America’s Last Mustangs Will be the Focus of The G2 Gallery’s New Exhibit Nature LA: Jennifer MaHarry

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on May 15, 2012

Photo copyright by Jennifer MaHarry

Photo copyright by Jennifer MaHarry


A tribute to some of America’s last wild horses will be the focus of The G2 Gallery’s upcoming exhibit, Nature LA: Jennifer MaHarry, on view Tuesday, May 15, 2012.  Jennifer’s breathtaking photography documents free-roaming wild horses living in the desert and mountain regions of Western Utah.  

Two years ago, Jennifer presented an exhibit at G2 that featured rescued mustangs at a sanctuary in Ojai, Calif.  For her current project, Jennifer was able to get in and amongst herds of wild horses in their natural state.  She also received permission from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to witness the roundups—or “gathers” as they are termed by the BLM—which serve to inventory—and in most cases remove—wild horses on federal land. The images featured in Nature LA: Jennifer MaHarry document this incredible effort.

In 1971, the Nixon administration passed the Wild Horses and Burros Act, deeming mustangs “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.”  Protections for the horses were mandated, as well as stipulations regarding “excess animals” including roundups, removal from an area, adoptions, and euthanasia.

Today, the existence of wild horses on federal public lands presents a difficult challenge for the BLM, as they struggle to maintain healthy land and healthy herds while an ever-growing cattle industry is allowed grazing rights, and mining industries are allowed to divert water away from the horses’ designated Herd Management Areas.  Jennifer’s intention for these images is to give voice to the wild horses as their populations continue to decrease annually.

Since The G2 Gallery signed Jennifer to its roster of nature and wildlife photographers she has become one of the top-selling artists in the history of the gallery.


The exhibit Wild on Earth: Piper Mackay will also be highlighted at the opening and all proceeds from the $5 admission and from all art sales will benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.


About Jennifer MaHarry

Jennifer MaHarry is a photographer and graphic designer based in Culver City, California.  In 2000, Jennifer founded Eden Creative where, as creative director, she designs motion picture print advertising campaigns for major releases by the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, and Sony among others.  A graduate of the School of Visual Arts at Syracuse University, Jennifer exhibited at the Kingston Museum of Contemporary Arts and the Venice Art Walk before her highly successful solo show at The G2 Gallery in 2010.  Since that time, Jennifer’s artwork has helped raise thousands of dollars for environmental causes through The G2 Gallery.


This show runs May 15 through June 24, 2012

A reception will be held Saturday, May 19 from 6:30–9:00 PM. 

The G2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291-3742

Phone:  310.452.2842, E-mail

Contact: Diane Shader Smith 310.386.6803

Gia LaRussa 310.428.7752 email:


By Jim McKinniss

A Day In The World, Photo Project You Can Participate In

Posted in Uncategorized by Gina Genis on May 13, 2012

May 15, 2012 is designated as a world photo documentary day. Cell phone shooters to pro photographers are welcome to photography their lives and share with the world. Please click on this link for details on the project and how you can participate.

Roman Loranc: Selected Photographs at Duncan Miller Gallery at Bergamot Station

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on May 12, 2012

Photo copyright by Roman Loranc

Photo copyright by Roman Loranc


Photo copyright by Roman Loranc


Born in Poland, Loranc emigrated to the United States in 1981. 

Since settling in California’s Great Central Valley, Loranc has increasingly turned to photographing subjects in his immediate area. He typically works within an hour of his home, documenting the uncommon beauty of the vanishing subjects that surround him. The delicate and fragile wetlands shadowing the Pacific Flyway, the primeval contours of the Diablo Range and the sinuous, radiant surfaces of once-mighty rivers.

According the publisher of his 2003 monograph Two-Hearted Oak, intimate encounters with landscapes are a central theme of Loranc’s work. “Stark visions of freshwater marshes, valley oak woodlands, rain-swollen streams, and other scenes reveal themselves to us. Visually stunning and sometimes ephemeral, they are testaments to the workings of the human heart and psyche.”

In recent years, Loranc has returned to explore the surviving countryside and architecture of his Polish homeland, including the atmospheric interiors of its churches and synagogues.

His work is included in numerous public and private collections.

This show runs through June 9, 2012

Duncan Millery Gallery is located at 2525 Michigan Ave, Unit A7, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310.453.1111
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11-6 pm and by appointment

By Jim McKinniss

“Mirror Sites” by Jon Rafman to Open at M+B Gallery

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on May 11, 2012

Image copyright by Jon Rafman

Image copyright by Jon Rafman

Image copyright by Jon Rafman

M+B is pleased to announce Mirror Sites, a two-part exhibition of new work by Jon Rafman. Rafman is a leader in demonstrating how images created in digital space can be transformed to exist in physical space. As Jon Rafman bridges our two worlds, the virtual and real, it is only fitting that he should introduce us to his work at two galleries in a show entitled Mirror Sites. Mirroring is a salient term in both the computing and artistic worlds. Rafman’s Mirror Sites is a dialogue spanning M+B and International Art Objects Galleries, both exhibiting examples of 9-Eyes of Google Street View and New Age Demanded. This approach expands the dialogue of re-use and re-interpretation as well as our own desire to look for meaning and intent. As the digital world becomes alive in this new way, its images become vital in their new form, and we are made to rethink both the virtual and the real world.

In Jon Rafman’s 9-Eyes of Google Street View (GSV), the accidental, the incidental, the baffling and the dramatic collide. Rafman’s work consists of selected images taken by the cameras atop the Google Street View vehicles that document the world’s roadways in a constant mission to organize the world’s information. While Street View’s only goal is to capture the planet, mediated and easy for a viewer to peruse, Rafman’s intervention is one of an Internet curator.  He searches through the vast records of fleeting moments, holding up a planet size mirror to ourselves, nature and our constructed world. From this chaotic reality Rafman builds an ambitious visual project that reflects both our modern experience and our desire to read meaning into images.  Within the sheer vastness, there is an inherent tension recognized by Rafman between the uncaring camera and the human being that sees meaning, sees stories and looks on things as a moral creature. As a result of editing, re-framing and focusing these moments, we are presented with images from the banal to the extraordinary in works that range from apparent social commentary to surreal landscapes touching on the sublime.  The formal visual qualities Rafman manages to inject or discover only reinforce the terse but open-ended, comprehensive social message. We seem to live always under the eye of such observation. From some perspectives it appears to be Google, God or chance, but Rafman suggests that the universe that is reflected is our own contemporary consciousness.

Previously conceptualized and rendered solely in digital form, these shows mark the emergence of the New Age Demanded (NAD) series in physical form.  Inspired by Ezra Pound’s poem Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, in which a poet struggles to write in a Philistine age, NAD expresses Rafman’s stance that every age demands something new of its artists, and that the artist can be seen as screaming to express it. Rafman takes the real to the virtual and then back to the real, bridging past and future, high and low, history and narration.  Employing 3D software, Rafman sculpts the “skin”—including paintings by Bruce Nauman, Francis Picabia, Robert Delaunay, Mark Rothko and others—onto virtual busts.  This evocation of both classical Greek busts and the covers to long-lost sci-fi space operas results in an image that suggests conversations and clashes between past, present and future. The reference becomes almost invisible yet fully integrated, as the different works in the series can be seen to represent different individuals in different ages on different planets. For Rafman, sci-fi is the literature of ideas, the world of alternative possibilities, and NAD allows the viewer to contemplate the artworks as unique beings of expression from what might appear to be another world of alternative possibilities. The age demands new artists capable of taking up this challenge, of plunging into this simmering broth and emerging with new awareness, new languages and new rules. The ability of Rafman’s work to appeal to this call is what makes it so radical and potentially threatening. The exhibition will also be the preview of another digital intervention, Tokyo Color Drifter.  The video work filters the city’s landscape through the experience of a video game rendering of speed, a form heavily dependent on science fiction and virtual world.


Jon Rafman (b. 1981) is a Montreal-based artist, filmmaker and essayist.  Mixing irony, humor and melancholy, Rafman’s work explores the paradoxes of modernity. Well known within the digital community, his work is informed by the rich potential provided by contemporary technology in its possibility for celebrating and critiquing contemporary experience. As an artist whose subject is the human experience, he captures the human in a wide variety of potentially alienating contexts. He received his BA in literature and philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, QC in 2004, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL in 2008. Rafman has exhibited his works across the US, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan and Russia. This month, Rafman’s work will be included in “Collective Identity,” a group exhibition at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) and presented as a feature show of the 2012 CONTACT Photography Festival at Angell Gallery in Toronto. The first part of 2012 also sees Rafman’s work being exhibited at the 2012 Moscow Photo Biennale, the 2012 Hong Kong International Art Fair, the New Museum (New York, NY), American Medium (New York, NY) and International Art Objects (Los Angeles, CA). Rafman’s Nine Eyes of Google Street View has been featured in Modern Painters, Frieze, Der Spiegel, Libération, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Harper’s Magazine.


 Mirror Sites runs from May 12 through June 9, 2012 at International Art Objects Galleries and May 19 – June 23  at M+B,  with an opening reception at M+B on Saturday, May 19,  from 6 to 8 pm. 

For more information, please contact Alexandra Wetzel at M+B at (310) 550-0050 or

By Jim McKinniss