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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!

 

 

 

 

Report on the Opening Night of the Photo Independent and Fabrik Expo Show

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on October 6, 2018

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Last night I had the great pleasure to attend the opening of this important annual event, held at the Reef in Downtown Los Angeles.

It is a great opportunity to get in touch with old friends and make some new ones as well. The ever so gracious host, Chris Davies of Fabrik Media with his great staff, did a fabulous job making everyone feel welcome and taken care of.

Especially noteworthy this year was the attraction called Skulpturengarten, which even included a set of nature scenes on large panels by Sandra Mann – photography as sculpture. Other attractions were architectural shots by Richard S. Chow, abstracts by Jonas Yip, the work by Cathy Immordino, which has a special appeal, as it combines old and new elements; check it out below. On the even more edgy side, there were nudes and other provocative images by a number of gifted photographers; I was particularly impressed by the work presented by Vlad Kenner, Carl Shubs, and Milan von Brünn. A special treat was the series Dressed by Jerry Weber: his fascinating work that touches many subjects – especially gender, culture, and fantasy – was ably enhanced by the presence of some of his models in costume, as you can see in my images below.

Since I am on the Editorial Board of The PhotoBook Journal, I was also looking out for interesting books. Jonas Yip, Richard S. Chow, Ara Oshagan, and Douglas Stockdale were ably conversing with many interested guests concerning previous and new book projects; check out our forthcoming book reviews for more details. Not only that, but the renowned printing company Dual Graphics of Brea, California, whose work goes back all the way to Ansel Adams, was present to consult with potential authors.

A most enjoyable event; as announced in previous posts, the show continues through Sunday, October 7. Don’t miss it!

Gerhard Clausing

 

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Dennis Keeley, Chair of Photography at Art Center College of Design, in conversation with Chris Davies (right)

 

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Jonas Yip

 

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Richard S. Chow

 

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Cathy Immordino

 

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Upper picture: Douglas Stockdale, whose books are printed by Dual Graphics. Craig Evans, lower picture right, explains the finer points of quality printing to a potential customer.

 

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Where does reality end and fantasy begin?

 

All photographs above Copyright © 2018 by Gerhard Clausing

 

 

Photo Independent at the Reef, Downtown L.A., this weekend

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits by Gerhard Clausing on October 4, 2018

Check it out, interesting events and exhibits! Doug Stockdale and I hope to see you there!

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Remembering Hannes Wanderer

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo books, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on September 22, 2018
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We are very sad to note the untimely death this month of Hannes Wanderer, publisher of Peperoni Books, as well as proprietor of 25books, a bookstore on Brunnenstrasse in Berlin.

Hannes was a very special and unique person. He was totally committed to the cause – publishing and promoting photobooks, albeit to the exclusion of much else. Whenever you would go to his store, you would experience a gracious storyteller and teacher, who along the way persuaded you of the value of some of the photobooks available each time, as well as their contexts. He shared his tremendous understanding of the fields of photography and publishing, and freely gave advice if and when you wanted it, also about potential projects the visitor might have been contemplating. Stories about crowded subways in Japan, rural rituals in the American midwest, a mother in Russia and stories told to her child, a German fellow who started a family that grew and thus resulted in a three-volume set of photobooks. Well, he was able to still let me have a proof copy of the first volume of that latter set, and I have the other two as well (einer-zwei-drei  by Fred Hüning); they were snapped up quickly, since the assessment of the market that Hannes had was quite realistic, and he shared all that with you each time. He had a special sensitivity toward the needs of each visitor, shown by the stories that he was able to tailor to the visitor’s goals and purposes – a rare talent. I particularly enjoyed his tales about the printing craft, especially about his collaboration with his brother in Lower Saxony, where I briefly lived as a child.

60 is way too early an age at which such a treasure should be lost to us. We will hold Hannes Wanderer in the highest esteem, as a member of the photographic community, and especially as an honest, gracious, and enthusiastic human being!

Gerhard Clausing

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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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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

Report on the Classic Photographs Event at Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers by Gerhard Clausing on February 6, 2018

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On Sunday, we had the pleasure of visiting the Classic Photographs Show at Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica. Several folks from the Photo Exchange could be seen in attendance, among them Doug Stockdale, Larry Pribble (with his delightful wife Michele), Scott Mathews, and Bill Edwards, in addition to myself. The galleries offered visitors the work of many of the major photographers of the past as well as significant current work. The atmosphere was more intimate than at other shows and therefore very personal, with excellent opportunities for informal conversations.

Contrary to the rumors concerning Bergamot Station Art Center that were floating about, we are pleased to note that yesterday an announcement was made that this important center will continue, in enhanced form. Cheers to the city of Santa Monica and the developers!

As I had reported previously, a number of important galleries were present, as well as some notable publishers, Nazraeli Press and Marymount Institute Press (Elias Wondimu, Publisher, and Theresia de Vroom, Editor). The latter published Judy Dater’s book, Only Human, which she signed in a session that included refreshing conversation (and shared sandwiches. Please, dear organizers, let there be a food truck when the cafeteria is closed on certain days in the future!) I will be reviewing Judy’s impressive volume in The PhotoBook Journal shortly.

For us Californians, especially noteworthy galleries (in addition to fabulous out-of-state ones noted before) were  Christa Dix and her Wall Space Gallery of Santa Monica and Seattle (featuring the work of Aline Smithson et al.), Susan Spiritus Gallery in our very own Newport Beach/Irvine area (who also featured a book signing with Cat Gwynn), Michael Dawson Gallery of Los Angeles, which featured significant items for collectors, including some rare books, as did Stephen Daiter Gallery of Chicago, represented by Lucas Zenk. Rose Gallery, which also has a significant collection and resides at the Center, was also well represented.

And lo and behold, just around the corner in another building is Marisa Caichiolo’s Building Bridges Art Exchange which, though not part of this show, deserves a special mention, as they are currently featuring Tami Bahat’s solo exhibit, “Revisiting Humanity: Secrets and Lifetimes” (only through February 17, with a closing reception at 6 p.m. the last day). Her work is so fascinating that I will be devoting a special article to it shortly.

Enjoy the photos below!

Gerhard Clausing

 

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Gerhard Clausing visiting the Wall Space Gallery:  Christa Dix, Founder and Director (right), and Dani Kroll, Gallery Assistant (center)

 

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One of the many spacious gallery areas of Bergamot Station Art Center

 

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Michael Dawson and Gerhard Clausing considering the details of a Winogrand item

 

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A lively conversation with Susan Spiritus: Michele and Larry Pribble and Doug Stockdale

 

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Two Dougs and one Susan Spiritus

 

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Cat Gwynn with her book 10-Mile Radius, a testament to the positive power of art

 

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Douglas Stockdale and Debra Klomp Ching of the Klompching Gallery, viewing the work of Jennifer Thoreson (Hudson)

 

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The famous picture by Judy Dater: “Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite, 1974” offered by Scott Nichols Gallery

 

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The one and only Judy Dater and Los Angeles photographer Lisa McCord (right)

 

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Tami Bahat’s solo exhibit at Building Bridges Art Exchange

 

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Photos 1, 2, 4, 7 by Douglas Stockdale © 2018; all others by Gerhard Clausing © 2018

Drones, Drones, Drones!

Posted in Books & Magazines, Camera equipment, Photo books, Photo techniques by Gerhard Clausing on January 31, 2018

For all drone fans and others who appreciate aerial photography, there is a recent award-winning book and associated website you might want to check out. I recently reviewed their book, Dronescapes, in THE PHOTOBOOK JOURNAL; you can read my review there. The website (Dronestagram) accepts submissions from around the world.

Particularly interesting about this volume are the subject areas, corresponding with chapters of the book, with the following titles:  Drones Are Us (playful, humorous); Close (unusual angles); Urban; Fauna (animals); Probe (environment); Space; Pattern/Shadow (images emphasizing composition and seen as more artistic rather than straight-forward); Move (sports and leisure); and I Do (wedding photography). The editor, Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, also does a good job of highlighting the background of a number of photographers who use these quadcopters in their photographic pursuits.

You should also note that the editor of the book provides a short section of helpful hints for using drones, in addition to all the inspiring ideas and more than 250 images. Plus, each image is marked by the latitude, longitude, and ALTITUDE of the drone at the time of exposure. This gives all drone photographers and videographers ideas about placement and angles for their own work.

Hope this helps those of you fascinated by this new way of seeing the world from above!

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Classic Photographs Los Angeles at Bergamot Arts Center, February 2-4

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers by Gerhard Clausing on January 28, 2018

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Since the next l.a. photo show and the next L.A. Art Book Fair regrettably won’t happen until 2019, we are especially happy to announce that an invigorated version of Classic Photographs Los Angeles is coming to us Feb. 2-4, 2018, next weekend.

Note the presence of renowned galleries and other exhibitors, many from other parts of the U.S., as the listing below demonstrates. The images shown are representative of a very high level of quality. There will be book signings and other events, including the legendary Judy Dater, among other notable artists. Check out the details here!

The Bergamot Arts Center in and of itself is always worth a visit, but this event makes it special. Highly recommended! We will be publishing a report on this significant event as well.

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