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An Image in Honor of President’s Day

Posted in Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on February 19, 2018

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© 2017 Gerhard Clausing

 

After the last presidential election, I created the self-portrait above (with some distortion) to express my feelings. And isn’t that really the main purpose of photography and art in general?

While I have been a citizen of the United States for over 50 years and have great respect for this country and the office of the President, I have had great qualms ever since this last election campaign was underway. I feel that much of what we believe in has been seriously distorted. Surely we deserve better than such divisive tactics and insulting rhetoric? And now that the occupant of that office has engaged in many shenanigans for over a year, perhaps on a day like this we should ask ourselves if we are worthy of better representation: someone who does not get elected with the help of foreign propaganda and fake news, someone who does not want to spend our money on “walls,” someone who does not emphasize tax breaks for the super wealthy, someone who does not use the government to solicit business for his own family’s enterprises?

Your mileage may vary from mine. Please send your comments and images that express your own emotions and opinions, so we may have a lively exchange here! That is what a real photo exchange is all about.

 

Happy President’s Day!

Gerry

 

 

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The Extraordinary Art of Tami Bahat

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on February 9, 2018

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Tami Bahat’s vision transcends time and space. When I met her for the first time some years ago, I was fully convinced that she was some sort of ethereal spirit that had been placed in my path as a reality check to reevaluate our contemporary upheaval through renaissance eyes. Not only does she have a gentle, forthcoming way of interacting with everyone, she is also a most insightful and creative artist whose work is both abstract and natural, both modern and history-laden, all wrapped up into each individual image, delightful to contemplate and appreciate. Incredible! As Will Geer once said, “it needs to come from the heart,” and Tami Bahat’s creative inventiveness is certainly full of heart and intellect as well.

Let me take you on a small preview of her current solo exhibition, “Revisiting Humanity: Secrets and Lifetimes,” shown at the Building Bridges Art Exchange gallery at Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica, only through February 17, with a special closing reception from 6 to 9 that evening. Don’t miss this exhibit! There is no substitute for seeing the actual work and its gallery presentation, the superb prints as presented by Tami in gorgeous frames.

Marisa Caichiolo has curated Tami’s work into outstanding settings, generously presented, on a level of quality that art museums would be proud of. The subdued lighting is perfect for the mysterious work that looks as if it might have been created in a different time, yet, on closer examination, is so modern. We are confronted with a variety of figures that seem to serve in important roles in their own space and time, both of which remain mainly undefined, for the viewer to puzzle over. The figures are shown in a very theatrical manner against dark backgrounds, lit interestingly to give a pleasant, yet somewhat Kafkaesque effect; at the same time we feel an urge to place them somewhere in time, perhaps some centuries ago. And yet we can’t quite pinpoint where they belong or what they might be feeling, as their expressions are fairly neutral. This is where the viewers are enticed to do their part and to project themselves into what appears like a stylized historical tableau with contemporary psychology thrown in to startle us a bit. Some of the figures are shown together with other creatures or in the process of engaging in activities, with a clear mantle of other centuries and an unseen director (a puppet master, or possibly the Establishment) hovering over the whole enterprise. The shadows know … there can be danger in some of what’s in you or around you, or it can be lovable, or anything in between. There is an astonishing obliviousness that we observe. We want to caution the characters … watch out – some of the creatures present may not be as complacent as the momentary stillness might imply! Look at the images below and judge for yourself. Better yet, go see the exhibit and immerse yourself in Tami’s world of art.

Other series that Tami previously created also show her skills in translating emotions into images. Shades of Man Ray, Ralph Eugene Meatyard and William Mortensen, but with a very unique contemporary twist: the series “Reflection,” “Subsurface,” and “Wildlife,” exhibiting varying levels of abstraction and exquisite compositional arrangements, challenge the viewer to question form and purpose of life itself – implicit in her images displaying ambiguous beauty and tension. One example from each of these three other series is shown below. I invite you to view more of Tami’s work on her website.

We expect many more great projects from Tami Bahat in the future!

Gerhard Clausing

 

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The Dispute

 

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The Housekeeper

 

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The Fishmonger

 

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The Maid

 

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The Twins

 

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Divergence

 

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High and Low

 

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Inseparable

 

Image No. 1 above: © Gerhard Clausing, Nos. 2-13: © Tami Bahat

 

 

 

 

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John Montich at El Camino College Feb. 12 – Mar. 8; Art Palm Springs Feb. 16-19 this year

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on February 8, 2018

John Montich will show the largest Cibachrome print he has ever done at the Moving Line Exhibit at El Camino College Gallery in Torrance. He will also participate in an artist talk on February 22 at 1 p.m. Further details can be found here (check the current exhibition link).

The Art Palm Springs Show will take place from February 16 to 19 this year. A discussion of the work of Andy Warhol (Feb. 16) will be one of the highlights, Further details can be found here.

 

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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 Clompching 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

Super Blue Blood Moon Exhibition

Posted in Photo techniques, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on February 3, 2018

The Moon has always had a strange fascination for us. Mysterious powers have been attributed to this ever-present companion of ours (there are many folk tales about it), and science has verified that we definitely need that stellar friend.

So this past week we had a convergence of several phenomena that resulted in showing us a “super blue blood” moon. A few of our members actually got up in the wee morning hours and subsequently submitted their images: Douglas Stockdale and Roger Bennett, and this exhibition honors their dedication. Doug describes the difficulties of this kind of photography in his own blog. Robert Staeck submitted a moon image as well, adding, “Well, it could have happened.” Another member, the one who is writing this post and is known for his surreal images, wanted to share a vision of the moon that he had later that morning when he finally got up. Thus image No. 4 came about, an impression showing a man in the moon with quite a different expression!

There will be more group exhibitions throughout the year! Enjoy!

Gerry

 

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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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Report on the 2017 Medium Festival of Photography

Posted in Art Museums, Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on October 31, 2017

Last Sunday marked the conclusion of the sixth annual Medium Festival of Photography. This time (in contrast to the brief visit last year) I decided to participate in all four days of activities (October 26-29), and I am very pleased I did. This way I am also able to report on the range of activities that are offered, and would encourage you to participate next year. It gives me pleasure to note that we, the SoCal Photo Exchange, are a media sponsor of the Medium Festival of Photography.

The first two days were spent doing portfolio reviews. This process allows the participating photographers to show their work to leaders in the art world, be they artists, collectors, publishers, or museum staff. The feedback one can obtain is priceless, and the process teaches you to be concise and focused in editing, describing, and presenting your photographs. You are also able to make contacts this way and have the experts remember your work if there are future opportunities where your work may be exhibited and/or published. I got at least seven or eight excellent suggestions for presenting my work more effectively and for creating new series. You also get a sense of the range of preferences for various purposes. There was also a “portfolio walk” on Thursday night, where the public and fellow artists can view your work. I found the interactions refreshing, and the talks were just as straight-forward and personal as the reviews.

Friday night and Saturday were devoted to lecture/presentations. The keynote lecture by John Gossage was inspiring, as he discussed his long career and publishing history in detail, and is a great model for finding opportunities and using everyday subjects to generate profound contemplation via narrative landscape/photographic fiction. The presentation of 3D images and films by Claudia Kunin was also impressive, as she has a way to make the animated stills stir one’s memories and emotions. The lectures by Justyna Badach (selected from last year’s portfolio review participants) and Christina Seely were interesting to me as well, since they dealt with political and environmental issues that should be a concern for all of us.

Sunday a group of us went on one of the Medium Festival bus tours to visit major museums and galleries. This too was a fabulous experience. In a very compact amount of time we were able to visit a number of venues as well as to talk with a number of artists that had specifically come to the venues to make themselves available for discussion. Without having to drive, we could appreciate the Museum of Photographic Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Central Library Gallery, and the San Diego State University Downtown Gallery in a very compact amount of time. The images below give you some glimpses and further descriptions of what I saw. I hope it will encourage you to make use of these resources and this festival in the future.

My special thanks to Scott B. Davis, Sarah Koenig Wagner, and all the other workers of magic for creating this wonderful experience!

Gerhard Clausing

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Photographers shared their work and exchanged ideas throughout the two days of portfolio reviews at the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego.

 

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The Executive Director of the Medium Festival of Photography, Scott B. Davis. The interpersonal skills and dedicated energy of Scott, Sarah, and the rest of the team were huge factors contributing to the festival’s success, already in its sixth year.

 

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Prep time between reviews. Here photographers J.K. Lavin, Wendi Schneider, Lori Pond, and Gerhard Clausing are sorting their images.

 

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An open slot! Off to be reviewed, facilitated by Sarah Koenig Wagner, Program Manager.

 

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The keynote speaker, John Gossage, who talked about his impressive career creating several dozen books.

 

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At the Dual Graphics table, Craig Evans and author Douglas Stockdale (who introduced his very useful Guide to Self-Publishing an Indie Artist Book, soon to be reviewed here) are conversing with artist and reviewer Andrew Burgess (second from left) and photographer Todd Bradley (right).

 

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Maggie Downing, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, explains the installation behind her and is about to start a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.

 

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A viewer’s approach to the exhibit “Play,” featuring the work of Brenda Biondo (former portfolio review participant) at The San Diego Museum of Art.

 

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Philipp Scholz Rittermann explains his work, part of the San Diego Central Library Gallery exhibit “Dream of the Nineties.”

 

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Members of our group at the exhibit “We are here/Estamos aquí.” We had a chance to discuss work with photographers Tom Kiefer, Ingrid Hernández, and Stefan Falke. It was fascinating to see and hear about the artists’ personal involvement and to hear about the difficulties experienced around the US/Mexico border.

 

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The Mexican photographer Ingrid Hernández at the exhibit “We are here/Estamos aquí” at SDSU Downtown Gallery.

 

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Stefan Falke and Chantel Paul, Director of the SDSU Downtown Gallery, discussing Stefan’s work photographing artists in Mexico.

Image #3 © Douglas Stockdale; all others © Gerhard Clausing

 

Frank Cancian a Finalist at the Lucie Photobook Prize Competition

Posted in Books & Magazines, Juried opportunities, Photographers, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on October 6, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Frank Cancian’s book Lacedonia: An Italian Town, 1957 is a finalist in the Lucie Photobook Prize Competition. This project was reviewed here at SCPX by Douglas Stockdale. Congratulations, Frank!

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Lectures and Events at Medium Festival, Oct. 27-29 (discounted registration through Oct.15)

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on October 3, 2017

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Discover Medium’s 2017 Present Tense Lecturers

 

Medium is defined by an exceptional program of artist lectures—creative voices in the field who share their recent work and creative development with you. The 2017 lectures kick off with a Keynote Lecture by John Gossage on Oct. 27. John Gossage is a revered artist who got his start at the Leo Castelli Gallery (in a two-person show with Jasper Johns, no less)!

The weekend continues with lectures by Justyna Badach, Claudia Kunin, John Chiara, Christina Seely, and J. Grant Brittain. Discover their work on our website and pick up a Festival Pass today—discounted registration is available online through Oct. 15.

 

Meet Claudia Kunin on Oct. 28 at 11am

Claudia Kunin is a Los Angeles native who has maintained a career in photography for more than 30 years. Her recent work as a filmmaker involves her use of family photographs, which the artist meticulously animates into short films that tell haunting, evocative stories. In 3-D!

The artist will discuss her career and current work as part of Medium’s Present Tense lecture series at 11:00am on Sat., Oct. 28. Festival participants will be invited a free film screening with the artist at the Digital Gym beginning at 7:00pm. We’re honored to have Claudia Kunin’s lecture as part of the 2017 Festival.

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Free Festival events and exhibitions!

Don’t miss the ongoing series of free events and exhibition receptions this fall. We kick things off with an exhibition by Morgan DeLuna, a participant in our Far Sight Mentorship program. The exhibition Morgan DeLuna: Phenotype opens at Subtext Gallery on Oct. 12. from 6-8pm. Additional free events include:

  • FLASH! Pop-Up Shop, Oct. 26, 7-10pm, Lafayette Hotel
  • Open Portfolio Walk with participating Portfolio Review photographers, Oct. 26, 7-10pm, Lafayette Hotel
  • Book signing with John Gossage, Oct. 27, 8-10pm, Lafayette Hotel
  • Size Matters exhibition reception, Oct. 28, 7-10pm, Helmuth Projects

Medium Festival of Photography Discounted Early Registration Starts Friday, Aug. 18

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Festival registration opens Friday Aug 18; discounts through Aug. 31.

Medium’s 2017 Festival registration opens Friday, August 18. We offer Early Bird discounts on all VIP and Festival Passes purchased before midnight Aug. 31—take advantage of the deepest discounts we offer!

This year’s Festival brings artist lectures with John Gossage, Christina Seely, John Chiara, and many other provocative artists. We’re also introducing collection tours, exhibitions, a film screening, pop-up events, and book signings at the 2017 Festival.

Medium is more than an annual event for contemporary photography, it’s a place to make new discoveries and connect with fans of contemporary art from across North America, Europe, and beyond!

Medium is an artist-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Support our mission to foster awareness and understanding of innovative photography by donating today!

­Copyright © 2017 Medium Festival of Photography, All rights reserved.

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