Tuesday, May 27, 2008

NYPL - Eminent Domain: Contemporary Photography and the City

The "Sunday Arts" segment on the New York Public Library (NYPL) exhibition "Eminent Domain: Contemporary Photography and the City," will be repeated tonight (Tues May 27) on "New York Voices" on PBS, Channel 13 (New York) from 10:30-11 PM.

For those outside of the NYC area, a link to the segment is available online as well:

Friday, May 23, 2008

Cornell Capa (1918-2008)

Cornell Capa
Portrait courtesy of Bill Jay

Cornell Capa died on Friday, May 23rd at his home in Manhattan aged 90. He was a highly respected photojournalist working for LIFE magazine and Magnum and he will be remembered as the founder of the International Center of Photography (ICP).

The New York Times - obituary by Philip Gefter

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Walter Schels: Life before Death

Walter Schels
Heiner Schmitz
[Life Before Death]
2003, 14 December (after)

In the nineteenth century post-mortem photography was both accepted and commonplace with the lower life expectancy making death a very real part of life. There are several excellent books on this topic including:

Ruby, Jay. (1995) Secure the Shadow: Death and Photography in America Boston: MIT Press

Burns, Stanley B. (1990) Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America Twelve Trees Press

Burns, Stanley B. & Elizabeth A.(2002). Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement in Memorial Photography American and European Traditions Burns Archive Press

Death has become an increasingly taboo subject and the rights associated with it being passed on to funeral directors making it increasingly remote. In 2003 photographer Walter Schels and journalist Beate Lakotta commenced a project to photograph terminally ill patients both before and after death.

"We all know that we are going to die one day, but it is very difficult to believe that it will really happen to us. Our motivation for this project was to overcome our own fear of facing up to death. The project goes some way to explore this."

This is a powerful series and I'd like to thank Beate and Walter for allowing me to include it here.

Walter Schels: Life before Death

Luminous-Lint exhibitions on abstraction

Aaron Siskind
Chicago 30

Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 in

Robert Mann Gallery

On the 4th May 2008 I put up an online exhibition Abstract: Abstraction of the real that has proved to be the most popular exhibition this month and there is also an exhibition by Carl Chiarenza: The Nature of Abstraction available. The Robert Mann Gallery in New York (May 15 - June 28, 2008) is currently showing an exhibition Aaron Siskind: The Egan Gallery Years 1947-1954 including photographs taken in the 1940s and 50s and have kindly agreed that we can include them on Luminous-Lint.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Photographic Full Body Map

You may have noticed the recent online exhibitions I've added to Luminous-Lint include Hands and Back view - these have been very popular and are being extended with additional contributions from photographers and galleries - many thanks.

The intention is to create a "Photographic Full Body Map" where each part or area of the body has a distinct online exhibition that shows how it has been photographed from the earliest days of photography. Finding good examples is easier for some parts - hands, eyes, legs, backs are common themes but some areas are not so this is your opportunity to assist. I'm seeking unusual and classic photographs of ears, the mouth, feet, single fingers, toes, knees, elbows, the delicate areas and I mean declicate. So if you have a daguerreotype of a mouth, a tintype of just a knee, or any print showing an ear I'd be fascinated and I'm interested in all periods of photography and medical photographs are permissable. Each selected image will be credited and for each image I need full caption details:
  1. Photographer name
  2. Title
  3. Date
  4. Name of series (if appropriate)
  5. Photograph type
  6. Size
  7. Anecdote (if there is anything you would like to add about the image)

The images can be sent as jpgs at a maximum length on the height or width axis of 1000 pixels at 200dpi. The higher quality I receive the higher the quality on the website but please note that some artifacts may occur due to compression. For screen display images are normally shown at a maximum of 500 pixels on an axis at around 72 dpi.

If there is a website for the images you feel should be included just send me the link - if sending images only send a couple for me to get a sense of and I'll be in touch if I need others. Let's see what treasures we can unearth - Alan. alan@luminous-lint.com

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Online resources for understanding Pictorialism

Following on from the previous post on the issue of EXIT covering Pictorialism I thought it might be useful for you to see the original works online at Luminous-Lint. In most cases these include all the photogravures in the original publications.

ThumbnailPremière Exposition d'Art Photographique - 1894 (The Photo-Club de Paris)
ThumbnailDeuxième Exposition d'Art Photographique - 1895 (The Photo-Club de Paris)
ThumbnailTroisième Exposition d'Art Photographique - 1896 (The Photo-Club de Paris)
ThumbnailQuatrième Année Salon de Photographie - 1897 (The Photo-Club de Paris)
ThumbnailWiener Photographische Blätter: Herausgegeben Vom Camera-Club In Wien (1894)
ThumbnailWiener Photographische Blätter: Herausgegeben Vom Camera-Club In Wien (1896)
ThumbnailA Record of the Photographic Salon of 1895 (London)
ThumbnailKodak Portfolio: Souvenir of the Eastman Photographic Exhibition 1897
ThumbnailDie Kunst in der Photographie (1897)
ThumbnailDie Kunst in der Photographie (1898)
ThumbnailDie Kunst in der Photographie (1899)
ThumbnailDie Kunst in der Photographie (1900)
ThumbnailDie Kunst in der Photographie (1901)
ThumbnailAlfred Stieglitz: Picturesque Bits of New York and Other Studies (1897)
ThumbnailAmerican Pictorialism: Camera Work (1903-1917)
ThumbnailG.L. Arlaud: Vingt Études de Nu en Plein Air
ThumbnailGustave Marissiaux: Visions d’Artistes (1908)
ThumbnailJapanese Art Photography preserved on Postcards
ThumbnailJapanese pictorialism: Bunka Shashin-shu (1922)
ThumbnailErotica: Pictorialist
ThumbnailFlowers: A Pictorialist perspective
ThumbnailPortraits: A Pictorialist perspective
ThumbnailTrees: A Pictorialist perspective
ThumbnailThe Collector's Perspective: Belgian Autochromes - Florent Van Hoof
ThumbnailThe Clarence H. White School of Photography
ThumbnailA. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Pictorialist

Monday, May 12, 2008

EXIT #30 - Pictorialism

The Magazine EXIT will examine the historical context of pictorialism and contemporary photography and I felt the press release would be of interest.

Exit Quarterly Magazine on Image and Culture
# 30 PICTORIALISM May, June, July - 2008)

EXIT #30 retrieves the 19th century Pictorialist movement as a basis for explaining some of the latest photographic trends.

Rosa Olivares, director and editor of EXIT, asks in her editorial Is Beauty Old-Fashioned? why a concept like that of beauty, traditionally associated with art, has currently lost value. Ulrich Pohlmann, director of the Fotomuseum del Münchner Stadtmuseum of Münich, writes in his article, A New Art? A Different Nature!, about the relationship between painting and photography during the first decades of this new medium's existence. Michel Poivert, Professor of History of Art at the Université Paris 1-Sorbonne and president of the Societé française de la photographie, comments on the use of the strategies used by 19th century Pictorialists in contemporary photography. The issue concludes with a text by Phillip Prodger, recently named curator of photography at the Peabody Essex Museum of Massachusetts and co-curator of the exhibition Impressionist Camera, in which he outlines a brief history of Pictorialism and explains why it can be considered to be an innovative and avant-garde movement.

Also in this issue is an interview with Marie Cosindas, pioneer in the use of colour and Polaroid, as well as seven portfolios of the work of contemporary photographers, with texts written by them, who use painting as an inspiration for the creation for their images or which use some of the elements or subjects of the 19th and early 20th century Pictorialists. Photographs of more than thirty artists are included, by predecessors of Pictorialism, by Pictorialists and by contemporary creators, creating plays of continuity and parallels.


Texts: Ulrich Pohlmann, Michel Poivert, Phillip Prodger.
Interview: Marie Cosindas.
Portfolios: Jeff Bark, Pierre Gonnord, Laszlo Layton, Shinichi Maruyama, Youssef Nabil, Anoek Steketee, Carla van de Puttelaar.
Artists: Elina Brotherus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Toni Catany, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Gregory Crewdson, L.J.A.D. Creyghton, Edgar Degas. Robert Demachy, Desiree Dolron, Pierre Dubreuil, Tamotsu Enami, Frank Eugene, Roger Fenton, Vincenzo Galdi, Émile Gsell, Bill Henson, Fred Holland Day, Tom Hunter, Kim Keever, Rudolf Koppitz, Édouard Levé, Rita Magalhaes, Sally Mann, Sheila Metzner, Barón Adolf de Meyer, Gabriele Münter, Oscar Gustave Rejlander, Guido Rey, Henry Peach Robinson, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Baron Franz von Stillfried-Ratenicz, Jeff Wall, Liu Zheng, Heinrich Zille.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Magnum Founders, In Celebration of Sixty Years

Book cover for "Magnum Founders, In Celebration of Sixty Years" (Verso Limited Editions, 2007 www.versoeditions.com)
[Magnum Founders]
2007 (publication)

Book cover, clamshell, handcrafted walnut box, free-standing print by Robert Capa
Verso Limited Editions
Photo by Mehosh Photography

Verso Limited Editions has released a limited edition hand-bound photography collection of iconic images by four visionary photographers who influenced the course of modern photographic history – Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour. This collector’s book celebrates the 60th anniversary of Magnum Photos, a photographic co-operative founded by these four men.An introduction with biographies of each of the photographers is included in this exhibition. I'd like to thank Verso Limited Editions and Magnum for their permission to include this collection on Luminous-Lint.

For further details on availability:

Elizabeth Owen
Verso Limited Editions
813 Reddick Street
Santa Barbara, California 93103
805-963-0439 x239

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Abstraction of the real

A new online exhibition Abstraction of the real has added to Luminous-Lint.

Abstraction in photography contains no reference to figurative reality but rather extracts real forms by selection that reduce the subject into a simplified representation. The removal of the extraneous surroundings and the concentration on the essential of form gives the resulting image its essential power. When Paul Strand photographed shadows in Abstraction, Twin Lakes, Connecticut (1916) or his Still Life with Pear and Bowls, Twin Lakes, Connecticut (1916) or Edward Weston took his photograph of a porcelain toilet in Mexico Excusado (1925) these were examinations of form rather than function.

Paul Strand
Abstraction, Twin Lakes, Connecticut

Silver-Platinum print
32.8 x 24.4 cm (12 15/16 x 9 5/8 in)

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Copyright © 2000–2005 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. - Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.10)

This online exhibition is the first of a series on abstraction that will include:

Abstractions with light
Abstractions of scale
Using different viewpoints
Using intermediates
Multiple exposures
Cameraless photographs
Capturing motion
Appropriated images

Over time this will create a visual framework or classification for better understanding abstraction. If this is a subject that interests you please join in when you can.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

George Eastman House - Print sales

With the rather catchy motto "From our archives to your walls" George Eastman House has just announced a new way of purchasing prints from their archives in conjunction with Pictopia.

George Eastman House Photo Store

"From our archives to your walls! You can now buy reproduction prints from the George Eastman House collections online at the new Eastman House Photo Store ... all with just a click of the mouse. And for the month of May only, we're offering 30% off orders! Prices start at $45. You can choose from a selection of custom-made frames and mattes, as well as photo sizes ranging from 10 to 30 inches. Choose from a total of 380 collection images, including iconic photographs and photographs from our current exhibitions. All images are fully searchable by artist or keywords."

Friday, May 2, 2008

John Loengard: Celebrating the Negative

John Loengard
André Kertész "Satiric Dancer" 1926
[Celebrating The Negative]
1926 (original image) 2008 (publication)

A new online exhibition John Loengard: Celebrating the Negative has been added to Luminous-Lint that examines famous negatives in photography

"It is a quirk of nature that silver and chlorine combine in the dark but separate when struck by light, leaving behind tiny, black, round particles of silver. In 1833, an English gentleman named Henry Fox Talbot coated a sheet of paper with silver chloride and after putting a leaf on top, left it in the sun, so that dark silver appeared everywhere except in the leaf’s shape. Under the leaf, the paper remained white. A wash in saltwater stopped the process. The negative was born."

Each image has a full accompanying description that provides the context.

Thanks to the Etherton Gallery for their assistance in providing this exhibition from a new portfolio of photographs by John Loengard.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915

Exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915

This is an online research database of over 45,000 records from the annual exhibition catalogues of the Photographic Society, London, published between 1870 and 1915. It contains detailed records of all the exhibits, plus information about exhibitors, judges, hanging and selecting committee members. It also contains reproductions of all the catalogue pages and all the pictures of the photographs that were printed in the catalogues, plus further pictures and reviews of the exhibitions published in the contemporary publication Photograms of the Year. The interface allows visitors to browse the data, pictures and the catalogue pages, to search for specific information and to refine and export search results.

‘Exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915’ was developed with the assistance of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) resource enhancement grant.

Information kindly provided by Stephen Brown (May 1, 2008)