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Martine Franck dies at age 74

Posted in Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on August 23, 2012

Copyright Martine Franck.


Copyright Martine Franck.


Copyright Martine Franck.Copyright Martine Franck.


Copyright Martine Franck.


Martine Franck, a photographer whose documentary-style portraits of artists and marginalized populations alike helped her rise into the highest echelons of her profession while fiercely protecting the artistic legacy of her husbandHenri Cartier-Bresson, died last Thursday in Paris. She was 74.

“I think our collective sense of the artistic and intellectual life of Paris in the second half of the 20th century has been substantially enriched by” Ms. Franck’s portraits, said Peter Galassi, who was director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art until last year.


Read the full article from the New York Times at ”



By Jim McKinniss


Suda House: “Beneath the Surface” exhibition to open at dnj Gallery in Bergamot Station

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on August 22, 2012

Photo copyright by Suda House.

Photo copyright by Suda House.

Photo copyright by Suda House.

dnj Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming exhibition, “Beneath the Surface,” featuring photographs by San Diego-based artist Suda House.  The exhibition will be on display from September 8 through October 27, 2012, and will occupy both the main gallery and Gallery II of dnj Gallery’s space at Bergamot Station.

At various significant points in her life and career, House has focused on pulling back nature’s physical boundaries to explore the strength and power of women.  “Beneath the Surface” highlights three separate projects, “Aqueous Myths,” “Aquarella” and “Under the Skin of Grace,” all devoted to the theme of female empowerment.  The majority of the pieces in the exhibition from the “Aqueous Myths” and “Aquarella” projects are vintage Cibachromes, which will also be available as contemporary, archival, digital prints.

House created “Aqueous Myths” during the 1980’s, when she first moved to San Diego and began observing the rich marine life that was beneath the choppy waves of her ocean swims.  This series portrays fantastical scenes of underwater creatures, all of which were shot in a tank in her studio.  Inspired by the high-powered career woman of the 1980’s and the female athletes in the 1984 Olympics, House matched the pieces to water-themed Greek myths.  In the process, the figures assumed the status of goddesses.

In “Aquarella,” House turned to a more natural view of her subjects at a period when the idea of motherhood loomed large in her life.  This time shot through the observation window of a diving pool, House captures the mini-dramas that occur beneath the water.  The safety of being surrounded by liquid, the struggle, the release and the eventual rise to the surface are seen as allegories for maternity.

Finally, in “Under the Skin of Grace,” House imagines a fictional archaeological world in which she looks beneath the earth to find relics depicting the archetypal woman.  Influenced by Bryan Sykes’ 2001 book, “The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry,” House uses plaster casts discarded by a local sculpture class to suggest artifacts that loosely illustrate Sykes’ thesis that a large portion of the population can be traced back genetically through their maternal lineage (or as House views it, beneath the surface of patriarchal surnames and genealogies) to one of only seven different women.  House created these photographs during the course of her own struggles as a mother and daughter and views them as symbols of the immutable lineage, common instincts and strength of women throughout time.

Suda House is Professor of Art and Photography at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California.  She was the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Emerging

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

Phone: (310) 315-3551

EXHIBITION:          “Suda House: Beneath the Surface”

SHOW DATES:        September 8  – October 27, 2012

 RECEPTION:            Saturday, September 8, 6 – 8 pm

 GALLERY HOURS:   Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm

By Jim McKinniss

tPE member Bill Collins photos selected for “Lines, Marks and Graffiti” at Long Beach Arts.

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photography, tPE members by Jim McKinniss on August 21, 2012

Karl Loves Blake copyright by Bill Collins


Oaxaca #11 copyright by Bill Collins


Oaxaca #7 copyright by Bill Collins


Long time tPE member Bill Collins had 3 photographs accepted into the Long Beach Arts exhibition “Lines, Marks and Graffiti.” This show runs through September 21, 2012.

The show was juried by Gregorio Luke. Mr. Luke is an internationally recognized expert on the art and culture of Mexico and Latin America and the development of Latino audiences.


Long Beach Arts  is located at 5372 Long Beach Blvd. · Long Beach, CA 90805

Phone: (562) 423-9689

Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m. (Closed between exhibitions.)


By Jim McKinniss

It Startled the Natives

Posted in Uncategorized by Jim McKinniss on August 13, 2012

Ridgecrest #4A copyright Mark Ruwedel


Gallery Luisotti is excited to announce the opening of its summer exhibition, It Startled the Natives. This group show features photographs and paintings depicting the ever-evolving relationship we have with one of the most significant inventions of the 20th Century: the automobile. Whether fresh off the assembly line or abandoned in the desert, these machines have come to hold a unique place in our culture that transcends their utilitarian purpose.

The exhibition features work by gallery artists including Lewis Baltz, Frank Breuer, Joachim Brohm, John Divola, Frank Gohlke, Shirley Irons, Ron Jude, Milton Rogovin, Mark Ruwedel, Wilhelm Schürmann, and Toshio Shibata.


This exhibition runs  through September 1, 2012.


Gallery Luisotti
2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. A2 

Santa Monica California 90404

By Jim McKinniss

World’s oldest photograph

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on August 2, 2012

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s “View from the Window at Le Gras” (1826)


The following article  appeared in Blouin Artinfo on August 2, 2012.


Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s “View from the Window at Le Gras” (1826), known as the world’s earliest surviving photograph, is to be shown in Mannheim at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, the museum announced to the press on Monday. Housed normally in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the photograph was last exhibited in Europe on 1961. Niépce’s tin plate photograph will be shown as part of the exhibition “The Birth of Photography: Milestones from the Gernsheim Collection,” opening on September 9, 2012.

“This is like the Mona Lisa or the Blue Mauritius,” the exhibition’s curator, Claude Sui told the press, with regard to the unique nature of the image. However, Niépce’s process at the time didn’t resembled anything that we would consider photography today, or what Louis Daguerre, Niépce’s partner for the last four years of his life, from 1829-1833, would later develop based on some of their experimentations, the Daguerreotype. Still, in our image-overwhlemed contemporary society, this is a rare chance to view the very beginning of what we now take for granted while we indisciminantly Instagram into infamy parties, exhibitions, and sandwiches.

Remarkably, “View form the Window at Le Gras” was lost for over 50 years after being exhibited in London, just before the turn of the 20 century. Helmut Gernsheim rediscovered the photo in 1952 and sold his entire collection of early photography to the University of Texas in 1963.

The exhibition — on view from September 9 through January 6 — features images well into the middle of the 20 century. They capture moments of war, feats of architecture and technology, and city- and landscapes alike. Daguerre’s early picture, “Notre Dame and the Ile de la Cité” (1838), produced based on technology developed with Niépce, will also be on view.

This article also appears on Berlin Art Brief.


By Jim McKinniss

tPE Member Byong-Ho Kim awarded honorable mention at Irvine Fine Arts Center

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Jim McKinniss on August 2, 2012

Tree Farm copyright by Byong-Ho Kim.



Byong-Ho Kim who has been a longtime member of  The Photographers’ Exchange was recognized with an honorable mention for his photo “Tree Farm” at the All Media Show at The Irvine Fine Arts Center.

The juror for this show is Doug Harvey who is a Los Angeles based artist and  independent curator. Mr. Harvey was the lead critic for LA Weekly for 13 years and is currently the West Coast editor for Modern Painters magazine.

The All Media show is an annual juried exhibition open to all Southern California artsits.


By Jim McKinniss

Photographer Melinda Isachsen

Posted in Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on August 1, 2012

Photo copyright by Melinda Isachsen.

Photo copyright by Melinda Isachsen.

Photo copyright by Melinda Isachsen.

Photo copyright by Melinda Isachsen.

I have known and been friends with Melinda Isachsen for about 7 years now. Melinda and her husband Jan join up with me and several other friends each year in Venice, Italy during the Carnivale to photograph the performers in the Mask Festival. One of Melinda’s many photographic projects is photographing dolls in flea markets throughout the world but mostly in Europe where she and Jan travel extensively because of Melinda’s work.

I ask Melinda to tell me about her flea market dolls project. Here is an excerpt from our conversation:

It all started when I was at a flea market about three years ago and saw a doll’s leg sticking out of the hole of a banana box. It made me smile and I took a picture. Subsequent visits to the flea market in search of dolls became frequent. Everywhere I went – Paris, Rome, Berlin – I found myself searching the markets for dolls to photograph.

My doll images have slowly progressed from that first light and whimsical photo to much darker tones. Earlier, I took a picture of any doll I found. But today, if a doll is pretty I hardly take notice. I am looking for the worn and broken ones, and am beginning to wonder if these wretched dolls are reflections of the frightening dreams I had as a child. By applying grungy backgrounds and cracked overlays during post processing, I bring to the surface the fear and turmoil inside. Do the darkness and cracks represent my childhood nightmares? Though evocative of the past, some of the dolls have a haunting presence.

By  Jim McKinniss