SUSAN DERGES – Paris Photo Agenda.
Susan Derges lives and works on the west coast of England near Dartmoor in Devon. She is one of the pioneers of the largely British movement (along with Adam Fuss, Christopher Bucklow, and Garry Fabian Miler) who in the 1980s and 1990s revived the art of the photogram taking it to new and unexpected places with a freshness of scale, color, and concept. This will be the Danziger Gallery’s third show of Susan Derges’ photographs. Recently, Derges began working in the studio combining analog and digital techniques to create new forms, colors, and perspectives hitherto impossible to capture. Her practice reflects the work of the earliest practitioners of photography but is contemporary in its experimentation and awareness of new technical, conceptual, and environmental issues. Derges’ newest works, which will be receiving their first American showing, largely use the symbols of gates and arches to explore themes of reflection, memory, and the flow of time.
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Lori Vrba Photography – assemblage.
Lori Vrba is a native Texan now residing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a self-taught artist committed to film and the traditional wet darkroom. She has shown her work internationally to great acclaim. Vrba considers the exhibition and installation as an extension of the aesthetic and narrative components of her imagery. Recent examples of her unique voice in presentation include “Piano Farm”, New Orleans, LA 2010 and “Southern Comfort”, Atlanta, GA 2011. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Lishui Museum of Photography, China and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, as well as private collections through out the world.
Poems and Images : Brian Taylor.
Photographers believe a picture is worth a thousand words, while poets hope the right word is worth a thousand pictures. Photographers labor over scenes while poets labor over syllables. I’ve poured over my images for years, coaxing each landscape and still life to say more. Poetry can be the looking glass we hold up to magnify the spaces between photographs, helping explain why they happened.
Photography and poetry each have their strengths and limitations, yet both attempt to make order out of the tangled, myriad thoughts and events we encounter each day. Poetry allows me to break free of photography’s reliance upon realism; the luxury of words grants me the freedom to travel anywhere and convey whatever I imagine, without the need to stand before an actual subject.
As Kafka wrote,
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
Brian Taylor was born in Tucson, Arizona. He received his B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. from Stanford University, and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico.
Brian is known for his innovative explorations of alternative photographic processes including historic 19th Century printing techniques, mixed media, and hand made books. He has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Polaroid Corporation. His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad in numerous solo and group shows and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. His work has been published in American Photographer, Photo Asia, Exploring Color Photography, Photographic Possibilities, and Artworks.
Jennifer Schlesinger-Hanson Photography.
Artist Statement: HERE NOR THERE 2011-Ongoing
As I observe my young daughter’s craving for imagination, I see the potential in that creativity and how it could be harnessed to make positive changes for the world. Children have the candid imagination to entertain themselves effortlessly for pure play and invention. In between the adult reality and the purely imaginative one is the magic. The magic is the inexplicable place that lies somewhere between here and there. It is the mystery of the unknown that enchants humans into believing in any given religion or any spiritual path. For humans, it is this mystery that leads to curiosity, which can be the impetus to bring forth solutions and innovations for healing the Earth’s future. The images in this series are my interpretations of these initial magical, mysterious moments of inspiration. These images are influenced by literature, folklore, invention and reality as well as the unexplained and the curious. They can not be attributed to any one given place – they are neither here nor there.
The prints in this ongoing series are approximately 8 x 3.5”, and each print is a unique selenium toned, hand-coated albumen print in an edition of 9 with 3 artist proofs. The Albumen process, which involves simple egg whites as the base on the paper for light sensitive silver nitrate, serves the intent of the series in that Albumen is the perfect combination of the magical and the scientific. Albumen is a prime example of how the combination of creative innovation and curiosity progressed the photographic world into a major artistic and societal shift at the time of its invention.
BBC News – Did the Lomo camera save film photography?
The little camera was the Lomo LC-A – Lomo Kompact Automat, built in Soviet-era Leningrad by Leningrad Optics and Mechanics Association (Lomo) – and very soon a craze was born. It was an analogue Instagram in the days before digital photography. This Lomo craze may have ended up helping save film photography from an untimely end. In 1992, the students set up Lomographic Society International, exhibiting shots taken on unwanted Lomos they had bought up from all over Eastern Europe. Then, in the mid-90s, having exhausted the supply of left-over Lomos gathering dust in Budapest, Bucharest or East Berlin, they went to the camera’s manufacturers – still making optics in St Petersburg – and persuaded them to restart production. The negotiations were helped along by the support of the city’s then deputy mayor, Vladimir Putin. On Thursday 22 November, Lomography is celebrating its 20th anniversary, by starting a series of parties in some of its 36 stores around the world
….. Read Further http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20434270
2012 Deutsche Börse Prize Roundup | American Photo
Earlier this month, John Stezaker of the UK won the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Some people might be cry foul that he’s not, technically, a “photographer”: Stezaker’s images are collages put together from other photographs. Still, they’re very interesting to look at, and this article in The Telegraph goes a long way towards explaining what Stezaker is all about. Looking at the other finalists for the award gives a nice cross-section about what’s happening in the world of contemporary photography.