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Report on the First Annual “Faculty, Member, and Alumni Exhibit” at LACP

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits by Gerhard Clausing on April 14, 2018

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Last night was the opening of the first annual “Faculty, Member, and Alumni (FMA) Exhibit,” which will run through May 18 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).

It was a great occasion to catch up with friends and to see some of the latest work of folks that were included (we previously published a list of participants). Julia Dean exhibited an amazing new street image, “Noirish” (2018), as shown below. Douglas Stockdale showed the image “America” from his forthcoming book, Middle Ground /En Medio Tierra. The monochrome images by Eric Joseph and Sarah Hadley also stood out. I also enjoyed the Bosch Redux series by Lori Pond. Many other images also demonstrated a substantial amount of talent and energy.

I was very pleased to see a huge number of younger folks that showed an avid interest in the work shown. I would hope that next year a more theme-oriented exhibition would be planned to represent this talented group.

Gerhard Clausing

 

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“Noirish” (2018) by Julia Dean

 

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Douglas Stockdale with his image “America” from his forthcoming book

 

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Work by Eric Joseph (upper left) and Sarah Hadley (right), and others

 

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Sarah Hadley

 

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All images © 2018 by Gerhard Clausing

 

 

 

 

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Special MOPLA Event This Week: LOST ROLLS AMERICA Featured April 12-15

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on April 10, 2018

A special event sponsored by the project LOST ROLLS AMERICA will be featured this week as part of the 10th Month of Photography Los Angeles, to take place at the Line Hotel, April 12-15. I spent a bit of time familiarizing myself with the project and would like to share some of my thoughts.

Ron Haviv, well-known award-winning photographer, and Lauren Walsh, Director of NYU Gallatin’s Photojournalism Lab, are the forces behind the project. The idea was to solicit undeveloped film that might be hiding in people’s drawers, almost forgotten, but perhaps worthy of seeing the light of day. The deal was, you sent them your undeveloped roll of film, they had it developed by FujiFilm, and the finished images were then returned to you, with the option of incorporating one or two into the archive, after some questions regarding time, place, subject, and photographer’s reaction and memories evoked are answered. Here is the project’s original description:

Lost Rolls America is a national photo archive created by a democratized process: Anyone can submit their lost roll of film to the project for processing (the images must be at least 3 years old), and the images are subsequently returned to the originator.  These contributors, who are members of the general public, are asked to select one image, answer several questions that are provided, and return it to the project for inclusion in the archive.

This photography project is the brainchild of Ron Haviv, Project Creator and Emmy-nominated, award winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, and Lauren Walsh, Project Director and Director of NYU Gallatin’s Photojournalism Lab.  Her work focuses on the history of photography, contemporary visual culture, war reportage and journalistic ethics.  Ron’s prior book, The Lost Rolls, was the jumping off point for this project.

Meanwhile, the archive has grown into several hundred images, and these can be studied along with the fascinating answers to the questions, on the website devoted to the project.

Here is the poster for this week’s event:

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Studying the pictures in the collection is a great adventure into recent popular, “vernacular,” and even some professional lost photography. Forgotten places and people take on a mysterious aura: friends, relatives, and pets in long-forgotten moments of levity or seriousness remind all of us about the fleeting nature of life. Indeed, even experiments with fine art photography may be hidden among the undeveloped rolls still hidden in your closets or other places, as the images submitted by Melanie Chapman and Chris Jurgenson demonstrate. I leave it to you to find these and other images in the archives and to read the responses of the photographers who found the films. Not every ambiguous moment can be disambiguated! And yet, memories from our past, when shared, can become a part of our universal experience and help us understand our common concerns.

Gerhard Clausing

 

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© Walker Sayen / Courtesy Lost Rolls America

 

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Anne Olmstead (assumed), © Jeff Olmstead / Courtesy Lost Rolls America

 

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© Melanie Chapman / Courtesy Lost Rolls America

 

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© Chris Jurgenson / Courtesy Lost Rolls America

 

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Palm Springs Photo Festival – Deadlines approaching

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Workshops, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on April 9, 2018

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There are a number of events that occurring in conjunction with the Palm Springs Photo Festival (PSPF) this year.

This annual event for photographers occurs over the week of May 6th – 11th in Palm Springs, California.

Part of this event are the Portfolio Reviews with the registration occurring April 20th. That is when you will be able to select and prioritize your reviewer choices. After this date, usually only a few of the reviewers are still available. There will be some additional reviewers posted weekly until April 20th to the provisional listing.

PSPF Sponsors will offer 9 Special FREE Shooting Events during the festival week. Attendance is limited so sign up as soon as possible. Canon, Fuji, Leica & Pentax are all offering great free classes.

Another trade mark of PSPF are the intensive workshop classes that are offered through the week, which include; Virtual Reality for Still Photographers, Lightroom and Photoshop with Ben Willmore, Color Management and Digital Workflow with Mac Holbert, Reducing Unauthorized Usages of Your Images with Michael Grecco, The Creative Process with Mona Kuhn, Standing Out in a Saturated Market, Scanning Your Archive with Your DSLR, The Bottom Line with Ink-jet Papers, Writing Winning Grant Proposals, Securing Support for Your Personal Projects with Mary Virginia Swanson, Enhancing Your Creative Process, and Digital Asset Management.

There will be workshops by renown photographers inlcuding Dan Winters, Erwin Olaf, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Mark Edward Harris, Scott Frances, Art Streiber and Stephen Wilkes.

So check out their schedule, as it appears that there is something for every type of photography and photographer.

I plan to attend one day of this event, May 10th, so give me a shout-out to arrange a meet-up and discussion.

Cheers, Douglas Stockdale

Medium Photo Festival – Portfolio Review Registration opens on April 19-20

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on April 9, 2018

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The Portfolio Review registration for the 2018 Medium Festive opens April 19 -20 (click here)

The shout-out from Medium: So consider grabbing one of 65 spaces for the acclaimed Medium Festival Portfolio Reviews. Participating photographers meet with 8 reviewers from across the field of photography and consistently receive 90% of their top ranked reviewers—something few other review events can claim. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and will sell out quickly. They’ve posted a short list of our 2018 reviewers online to help you discover who can expand your career this fall.

If you are considering attending a Portfolio Review?

Each year Medium offers a two-hour workshop helping photographers plan properly for a portfolio review event. Join Medium on April 14 in San Diego as we explore the range of portfolio reviews available today. Whether you’re planning to attend Medium in October or another review, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn what you’ll need to successfully develop relationships with professionals from across the field.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice their presentation skills as part of the workshop. You will need to register for this two-hour workshop.

LACP’s First Annual “Faculty, Member and Alumni (FMA)” Exhibition – Opening Reception April 13

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on April 3, 2018
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“America” – © Douglas Stockdale

 

Among others, the image “America” from Douglas Stockdale’s forthcoming self-published book Middle Ground will be featured in LACP’s First Annual “Faculty, Member and Alumni (FMA)” Exhibition at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. You are cordially invited!

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 7-10 pm

Shown through May 18

The exhibition features a collection of photography honoring the organization’s faculty, members and student alumni. 33 artists will be exhibiting their work, with a total of roughly 60 images on display. The exhibition will show at the Los Angeles Center of Photography in Hollywood, April 13 – May 18, 2018. The FMA will be an annual exhibition in the Spring of each year.
Exhibiting Faculty:

Aline Smithson, Art Streiber, Brad Buckman, Bonny Taylor, David Zentz, Douglas Stockdale, Eric Joseph, Erin Davis, Gabriella Muttone, Gina Valona, Jennifer Emery, Julia Dean, Kat Bawden, Michael Pliskin, Rollence Patugan, Sarah Hadley and Susan Burnstine.

Exhibiting Members:

Andy House, Jenna Mulhall-Brereton, John D. Elliott, Joshua Sarinana, Kathy Curtis Cahill, Kevin Weinstein, Lori Pond, Matthew Finley and Wendi Schneider

Exhibiting Alumni:

Amanda Rose, Brian Jung, Gila Silberman, Ilis Ruiz Cano, Jamie Siragusa, Sarah Rooney and Willie Mack

 

For further information and free admission tickets to the April 13 opening please click this link.

 

 

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Photography and Other Arts in Vienna

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Vienna, as seen from the Upper Belvedere Museum

 

Last week was spent in Vienna (Austria), a city bursting with history and art, as well as home of culinary specialties including the infamous Wiener Schnitzel (no, it’s not a hot dog!).

The occasion was my participation in a workshop on curating, conducted by the enterprising and well-informed art historian Kristin Dittrich, who also happens to be the Founder and Director of the Shift School for Photography in Dresden, Germany. The location was the Anzenberger Gallery, a place known for its emphasis on contemporary photography as well as its special nurturing of photobooks through its affiliated store. All these subtopics would certainly merit separate articles, especially since the Shift School is the site of the complete Steidl Library with well over a thousand volumes, a unique contribution to the documentation and use of photobooks.

The workshop was a highly fascinating experience. Kristin knows how to combine theory with practice, as well as how to build in the experience of the participants at various points in the proceedings. Many hints on the process of curating exhibitions were included, as well as some practical exercises on how to sort topics, issues, styles, and images into an actual exhibit, along with a formal presentation and the fielding of audience responses. A museum visit (Kunst Haus Wien) and the Ostlicht Gallery and Library were also included. The Shift School is offering a variety of events and classes throughout the year, highly recommended!

Naturally, you can’t be in Vienna without visiting some other museums and cultural events. Highlights were Belvedere Castle with its Klimt exhibits, 18th century Messerschmidt facial selfie sculptures, and Klemens Brosch, who was a particularly gifted early 20th century creator of drawings that approximated photographic quality and moods, with a special bent for science fiction. Kafka’s Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung) at the intimate Pygmalion Theater provided a stunning tour-de-force performance by Philipp Kaplan as the stressed outsider figure.

Lest you fear that I was lacking other sustenance, I am including a soupscape, first photographed and subsequently consumed at Anzenberger Gallery, as well as an image of a slice of walnut cake, for your vicarious pleasure. Wahnsinn!

Gerhard Clausing

 

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Anzenberger Gallery: Gilbert Garcin exhibit, “Life is a Theater” (through May 19, 2018)

 

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Kristin Dittrich, Director of the Shift School of Photography in Dresden, teaching the curating workshops at Anzenberger Gallery in Vienna

 

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Sketch/model for a photography exhibit on positive aspects of aging, “Hey, we are still around!” designed by Franziska Neidhart and Gerhard Clausing as part of the Shift School Curating Workshops

 

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Kunst Haus Wien exhibit: “It’s not me, it’s a photograph” by Elina Brotherus (through August 19, 2018)

 

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“It’s not me, it’s my shadow”: The viewer (GC) superimposed on the video projection by Elina Brotherus

 

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An early example of selfies: one of Messerschmidt’s 60 facial grimace sculptures of himself (this one, about to sneeze), 1771-1783; Upper Belvedere Museum

 

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Lower Belvedere Museum exhibit featuring the rediscovered Klemens Brosch (through June 3, 2018)

 

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Klemens Brosch, “The Crocodile on the Moon Disk” – ca. 1912, property of Österreichisches Landesmuseum

 

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Soupscape, observed and consumed at the curating workshop, taking care of the stomach

 

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Vienna is famous for its cakes and pastries: Walnut Cake, Café L. Heiner, Vienna

 

All photographs © 2018 Gerhard Clausing

 

 

 

Jim McKinniss at SE Center for Photography

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photograph Exhibits, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on March 21, 2018

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Iris, #2 copyright Jim McKinniss

The South East Center of Photography will be exhibiting their show The Still Life, which was curated by Kimberly Witham. We are excited that PhotoExchange member Jim McKinniss was juried in with two photographs, Iris #2, above, and Two Tulips, below.

I had a chance to talk to McKinniss recently about this still life series which came about when he had an opportunity to experiment in a photo studio. He brought with him some glass vases and a collection of flowers and then just played with the various combinations. What I note is that by placing the vases of flowers on a precarious edge of the support, he introduced a subtext of tension in which otherwise might appear as a tranquil subject.

The exhibition runs from April 13 thru May 19th, and the opening reception is April 13, 2018 from 6-8PM.

Juried into this exhibition and joining McKinniss are Hannah Arnette, Angie Pember Brockey, Susan Bryant,  Jo Ann Chaus,  Mihai Chebac, Robert Dutruch, William Earle,
Malcolm Easton, Vladimir Frumin, Daniel George, Nadide Goksun, Margaret Halaby, Jackie Heitchue, Gea Hogeveen, Susan Kott, Thomas Ladd, Carol Lawrence, Laura Malaterra, Lea Murphy, Katherine Richmond, Wilford Scott, Melissa Stewart, JP Terlizzi, Terry Towery, and Tina Weitz.

We have featured Jim McKinniss photographic work previously: represented by Collector Works

Cheers!

Two Tulips

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Report on Photobook Day at LACP Open House, March 17

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photographers by Gerhard Clausing on March 18, 2018

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Yesterday was a very exciting day at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) in Hollywood. During its Open House Weekend, March 17 emphasized photobooks.

The day started with a fascinating presentation by our own Douglas Stockdale. In covering the topic “Photobook Pre-Visualization,” he took the audience on a tour of his own book-publishing history, and shared some of the thoughts, trials, and tribulations behind each of several projects. Contrasting his commercially published volume Ciociaria with several projects in the self-publishing category (Bluewater Shore, Middle Ground), it was an apt demonstration how projects move from the conceptual stage to the finished product, and what all can happen in between. Doug especially emphasized the importance of the necessary haptic and visceral experience with physical “dummies” (maquettes), since you can change the format and sequence around as much as necessary until a satisfactory sample is arrived at. For his latest project, Middle Ground, he showed four stages of dummy preparation.

Dan Milnor, Creative Evangelist for Blurb, was next, with his presentation “Self-Publishing for Photographers: Blurb Books.” Here too the emphasis was on creativity and experimentation. Blurb provides a variety of tools and printing sizes and formats to fit any idea a photographer might have. Dan emphasized that potential photobook artists should dare to break out of the constraints of predictability and sameness. He encouraged each photographer to be “an interesting original human being” and to collaborate, especially with excellent designers.  He then presented a range of photobooks, published by himself over time, as well as by others, showing multiple format ideas, and discussed some cost issues as well.

The third major event was a panel discussion on “How to Get Your Book Published.” With Douglas Stockdale as moderator, experiences were shared by Stephen Schafer (we will be reviewing his book here shortly), Cat Gwynn, Sarah Hadley, Dan Milnor, and Mark Edward Harris. Projects covered included, among others,  photography in exotic locales, publishing offbeat projects, and the role of photography as a therapeutic experience.

In the vendor area, it was possible to check out products and services presented by ASMP-Los Angeles, Blurb, Canon, Dual Graphics, Fabrik Projects, Freestyle, Hahnemühle, and The Artist Corner. A portfolio and book walk by LACP members and presenters (shown above), as well as raffle prize drawings, rounded out the afternoon. The day was also enhanced by food and refreshments facilitated by the one and only Julia Dean (Executive Director), Brandon Gannon, and other dedicated staff members and assistants. Thank you to all — it was a lovely and productive day!

Gerhard Clausing

 

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Douglas Stockdale, explaining one of the dummy stages of Middle Ground

 

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Dan Milnor, Blurb Creative Evangelist

 

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Panel Discussion: D. Stockdale with Stephen Schafer, Cat Gwynn discussing Ten-Mile Radius, and Sarah Hadley

 

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Sarah Hadley discussing her project about Venice, with Dan Milnor

 

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Dan Milnor listening to Mark Edward Harris

 

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Photography is about sharing!

 

All photographs © Gerhard Clausing 2018
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LACP Open House March 16-18, 2018 — Classes, Events, Photobook and Portfolio Day March 17 With Douglas Stockdale & Special Guests

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photo Workshops, Photographers, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on February 24, 2018

 

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Photo courtesy of Douglas Stockdale, Founder/Editor of The PhotoBook Journal

 

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Join LACP for our Sixth Annual
Spring Open House


Featuring workshops, panel discussions, portfolio & photo book walk, raffle prizes, vendors, food, drink and much more!!


March 16th – 18th, 10 am – 5 pm

 

On Friday, March 16, 10 am – 5 pm, bring your old, used camera equipmentand turn it into cash! 

  • KEH Camera will be at LACP all day buying used photo equipment
    On Saturday, March 17th, 10 am – 5 pm, celebrate the Photo Book with workshops, panel discussions, portfolio walks and more!

 

Saturday, March 17, 10 am – 5 pm

On Saturday, March 17th, 10 am – 5 pm, celebrate the Photo Book with workshops, panel discussions, portfolio walks and more!

10:15-11:00 am – “Photo Book Pre-Visualization” taught by  Douglas Stockdale, Founder/Editor, The PhotoBook Journal
$20 for Members; $40 for Non-Members

11:15 am-12:00 pm – “Self-Publishing for Photographers: Blurb Books” with Dan Milnor,
$20 for Members; $40 for Non-Members

12:30-1:30 pm – Free Panel Discussion, “How to Get Your Photo Book Published,
moderated by Douglas Stockdale, Founder/Editor, The PhotoBook Journal
Panelists include Dan Milnor, Cat Gwynn, and more (TBA).

2:30-4:30 pm – Free Portfolio and Photo Book Walk featuring the work of LACP Members  (contact info@lacphoto.org to sign up for a table space)

Throughout the day:
• There will be various organizations and vendors present including ASMP Los Angeles, Hahnemühle, Freestyle, Blurb, The Artist Corner, and more!
• Raffle tickets available and prize drawings!
• Complimentary lunch (served from 1:30 – 2:30 pm)
• Complimentary wine and beer (served from 1:30-4:30 pm)

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Sunday, March 18, 10 am – 5 pm

  • Come take part in one of several of our 17 “mini” classes and seminars.  A full day pass is only $100!!

10:00 am:
1) “Portraiture: An Artistic Journey” with Ken Merfeld
2) “Understanding Your Camera’s Features” with Peter Bennett

11:00 am:
1) “Introduction to the Documentary World” with Kevin Weinstein
2) “Let’s Talk Lenses” with Peter Bennett
3) “Creating Worlds and Stories with Photomontage” with Ry Sangalang

12:00 pm:
1) “Portrait Studio Lighting” with Jennifer Emery
2) “The Singular Vision” with Andrew Southam
3) “Optimizing Your Images in Camera Raw Before using Photoshop” with Ed Freeman

2:00 pm:
1) “Street Photography Essentials” with Ibarionex Perello
2) “Moving Your Career Forward: Steps to Success for Photographers” with Sherrie Berger
3) “Black & White Conversion using Lightroom” with Rollence Patugan

3:00 pm:
1) “Crash Flash” with Julia Dean
2) “Best Practices Using Social Media for Photographers” with Paul-Michael Carr, TBA
3) “Monitor Calibration” with Eric Joseph

4:00 pm:
1) “How to Teach Photography” with Julia Dean
2) TBA
3) “Digital Printmaking Primer” with Eric Joseph

  • Click HERE to sign up for the classes.  (Please note not all classes are posted yet.)
    • Individual classes are $20 for Members; $40 for Non-Members. Sign up now! Seating is limited.
    A one-day Sunday pass is $100 for Members; $200 for Non-Members.

The Open House is all about community. It’s a time and place for all those interested in photography and the arts to come together and meet, socialize, learn, laugh and grow. Network with other artists, try your luck at some terrific raffle prizes, sell your used camera equipment, meet organizational vendors, take some classes and more! Whatever your pleasure may be, we encourage you to spend a weekend with us, invite your family and friends, and enjoy some good camaraderie, fellowship and fun!

A Time and Place for the
Photo Community to Come Together

 

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Photo Book as Art – Artist talk and discussion of Middle Ground

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on February 23, 2018

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America (Middle Ground Book dummy #2) 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

For those on the left coast next week, I am very happy to announce that I will be speaking on “Photo Books as Art” for the Photographic and Digital Artist Group (PADA) at the Palos Verdes Art Center (PVAC) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7 pm. For non-members there is a $10.00 fee, with the good news is that you will also be in the drawing for one of my photobooks.

Additionally this will be the first opportunity I will have to introduce my current photobook project, Middle Ground, a political satire (political protest book).

The PADA announcement:

DOUGLAS STOCKDALE TO SPEAK ON “PHOTOBOOKS AS ART” at PVAC WEDNESDAY, FEB 28
Douglas Stockdale, artist, educator, mentor and founding publisher of The PhotoBook Journal will give photographers tips on using photobooks as a way of presenting their portfolios and as works of art in themselves at the Palos Verdes Art Center (PVAC) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7 pm. At this meeting, sponsored by the Photographic and Digital Artists Group (PADA), Stockdale will review selections by the editors of The PhotoBook Journal for their “Interesting Photo Books for 2017”. 

The books to be discussed will be available at the presentation and can be previewed on The PhotoBook Journal website

Admission to this event for non-PADA members is $10 and automatically enters the ticket holder in a drawing for one of the speaker’s books.

Two of Stockdale’s limited edition artist books were recognized, respectively, as one of the Best Photography Books for 2017 and 2014. He has curated/juried photobook exhibitions for Photo Independent and Fotografia Internazionale di Roma, Rome, and co-curated with 10×10 Photobooks and FotoBookFestival Kassel (Germany) and was a guest curator for LA Photo Curator.

The PhotoBook Journal Features & promotes photographers & artists & their published work

Hope to see you there.

 

Cheers!

Doug