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Steampunk Camera Obscura

This is just too cool, and I had to share. Joseph Barone turned an old flatbed scanner into a camera using gold duct tape and a magnifying glass as a lens. The resulting images, and the camera, are beautiful. Click the link to see images.

Photo Credit: Joseph Barone's Camera


Brianna Burnett

Photographic artist, Brianna M. Burnett, will speak on Thursday evening, April 3, at 7pm in the Oak Room, on the second floor of the College Union Building, located directly north of Lynn Library. She will speak about the dryplate tintype process she uses to make images and construct one-of-a-kind photographs currently on display in the Southern Light Gallery.

Thursday is also the last day of her exhibition, "Re-Told" in the Southern Light Gallery, first floor of Lynn Library, on the Washington Street Campus.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Artist Statement:

I use a dryplate tintype process to make images and construct one of a kind photographs using artifacts. I incorporate both digital manipulation, camera-less processes and historic photographic images to create photographic works. Although these are several different processes, each of the series has the continuity of story. The narrative is what holds me to making images. I delight in the visual reference of story or interpretation. These images are narratives from myth, folklore, history and memory and I am only continuing the tradition of telling and interpreting. These images are made for the act of re-telling. I interpret the stories and memories or adapt the narratives as an act of referencing time and collection. My photographs are a collection of moments remembered as the story unfolds.

They are always, simply stories re-told.


Stories Found in Old Photographs

I love finding old photographs in flea markets, the photo above is from the day I found a well-loved scrapbook kept from 1925-29, it was filled with photos, tickets stubs, ribbons, and even locks of hair. The vendor wanted more for it than I could afford, so I kept going back and looking through the pages, throughout the afternoon. He would come down a little, but never enough. As I was walking out that day, he ran up behind me and said "How about 30 bucks?" and I replied, "sold." Even then, I knew it was a steal, but nowadays the quality of this book would bring over $750 on eBay, I know, I price them all the time.

As an instructor and lover of all things photography, I wanted the scrapbook, but my artist wanted it even more. As I was leaving, the guy told me that he knew the book belonged with me, I'm so glad he knew. Because it evolved into a series of digital composites called "1929," and when people see those images, they always tell me stories about their ancestors, or give me old photographs that they do not want. Jim Jordan, a friend in Amarillo, even loaned me his great aunt's photo albums from the 1940's and inspired a new series. 

René West, Four Birds, from the series Marguerite, 2012

So when I read this article about Ransom Riggs being inspired by old photographs, it made me reflect on my own passion for these treasures. Mr Riggs is right, there are narratives within these images, and as I work with my own composites I begin to know the women who create theses scrapbooks, and I love recontextualizing their stories for a new audience. I look forward to reading one of his books, I think I will start with his first novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2011).

Two other lovers of old photographs come to my mind this morning. One would be John Maloof who discovered all of Vivian Maiers' negatives at a garage sale, upon finding this treasure Maloof became obsessed, and basically dedicated his life to archiving, cataloging, and promoting her street photography.

And these beautiful creations Lisa Kokin makes from sewing found photographs together. (image below)

Her work, sewing on images, reminds me of the upcoming exhibition at the Amarillo Museum of Art featuring works by Christopher Pekoc and Romy Owens. Both artists use photographs and sewing in their works. (more on their work soon)

That is probably enough rambling for one morning about photography, although in parting I just have to mention, Christain Boltanski. The king of using old photographs to create new narratives.

This seems like an appropriate topic for the day we spend looking back and reflecting on our past.




Carrie Mae Weems Retrospective

This is incredibly exciting news. Carrie Mae Weems has a retrospective show travelling around the US for the next 2-3 years. It is currently in Nashville at the Frist. This is the schedule.

Frist Center for Visual Arts: Now - Jan. 13, 2013
Portland Art Museum (OR):  Feb. 2–May 19, 2013
Cleveland Museum of Art:  June 30–Sept. 29, 2013
Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University: Oct. 16, 2013–Jan. 5, 2014
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York: Jan. 24–April 23, 2014

Review of show with excellent pictures of the installation

ROAD TRIP! Just not sure where to go. Such delicious choices.

Photo Credit: Carrie Mae Weems. Blue Black Boy from Colored People, 1989–90.

100 Most Influential List

I'm not sure what the criteria for this list was based on. Nor do I agree with the names, or the ordering of these photographers. Still it is a great list of photographers for students to become acquainted with some of the more famous shutterbugs.


Francesca Woodman

There is something about looking at pictures or movies created by someone who has committed suicide. Perhaps there is a searching for some clue as to how or why they took their own life. For this reason, I think Francesca Woodman became a cult figure in photography, but the images have managed to hold their own over the course of time. Recently, her work is getting a new buzz - Partly because of the documentary made about her family, The Woodmans, and also because of a traveling exhibition complete with monograph of her images. (Currently at the Guggenheim) The New York Times has a review and describes her as: From first to last, her photographs play out a high-low struggle between innocence and experience, the spiritual and the carnal and the angelic and the demonic.

Francesca made more than ten thousand negatives, which are maintained by her parents. Fewer than 150 of her images have been published or exhibited in public. (Sunday Salon) This is an astounding number of photographs considering she died at the mere age of 22. There is a beautiful surreal quality to her images that are oftentimes reminiscent of Man Ray. The images seem so sophisticated and yet, many were made for assignments while studying at RISD.

I would love to see this exhibition, and be more informed about her work. Hopefully it will come to a city nearby....

Photo Credit: Francesca Woodman, Polka Dot Dress, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976



Orkin's Iconic Image Turns 60

"American Girl in Italy" turned sixty in August. This photo was always a personal favorite, and was my introduction to Orkin's photography. So, I really enjoyed reading the story of how it came into existence.

Photo Credit: Ruth Orkin, "American Girl in Italy" 1952


Amorous Protesters

Photo Credit: Rich Lam (Getty Images)

This photo went viral a few months back, after the Vancouver Canucks’ loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and I thought that I had blogged about it at the time. I'm working on a Power Point for a Photo-Journalism lecture and was scrolling through the blog looking for it - only to discover I never posted it.... better late than never.

This photo is a great example of the way in which point of view can make or break a photograph. The two combined pull back the curtain on the way photographs can lie and tell the truth simultaneously. The photo by Rich Lam (Getty Images) immediately went viral. The guy in the photo was dubbed the "Riot Romeo." Some thought it was photoshopped, but it is actually just a great photo. I love this quote:

Illuminated in a glow, they looked like they belonged on a movie poster (their embrace even drew a comparison to the iconic image of lovers on a beach from the film classic “From Here to Eternity”).

-Scott Stump

A bit of investigative journalism revealed that instead of the two lovers passionately kissing as a riot raged all around them, Scott Jones was comforting his girlfriend, Alex Thomas, after riot police knocked her to the ground. Getty responded the next day by releasing the sequence of images shot by Rich Lam.

Photo Credit: Unknown - A different perspective on the scene


Binh Danh - Leaf Photos

A former student sent me a link to this on Facebook, and I just had to share it. Binh Danh is making photographs on leaves, by taking advantage of their sensitivity to light. This is a new spin on the tire left on the lawn. I tried this with students a few semesters back, but we were working with potted plants inside - and I think the windows had a UV filter on them. Our results were dreadful compared to his. So I am newly inspired!

There is an article about his work on the NPR website, and more at his website. Check it out, and learn more about the process.

Photo Credit: Binh Danh


Edward Curtis: American Indians

I recently saw an exhibition of Curtis' work at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth and was so impressed. One thing that really struck me was how his images were responsible for every Hollywood cliche of Indian's that I could remember. It all starts with Curtis. The Smithsonian has recently acquired over 700 negatives and the video reveals some of the things they have discovered in the archive.

(UPDATE - Viddie removed - To watch it - chase this link. Sorry but every time I opened my blog some dumb commercial would play and then the viddie would start - why oh why do they write the code like this.... irritating to say the least.)