Lisa Kereszi

Photograph by Lisa Kereszi

Photograph by Lisa Kereszi

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My mother doesn’t forget anything. She remembers what I wore the night of my first theater performance in middle school; she remembers my scores at high school sporting events; she recalls what kind of cake she made for my various birthdays growing up. She gets hurt when she reminisces, asking, “Don’t you remember that night?” and I say, not really. The details for her seem anchored in the harbor, the one calm cove of her mind. 

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With improvements and accessibility of camera technology, it is rather easy for anyone to buy a camera and start taking pictures. We photograph random as well as common moments in our lives and garner a large body of work with no central meaning or end in sight. While there is still value in this methodology of shooting, the Palms Springs Photo Festival has conceived a workshop, led by Lisa Kereszi, that will show image makers the importance of working in a series.

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LEPOCO Protestors by Judith Joy Ross

One of the topics 8x10 portrait photographer Judith Joy Ross is photographing continues to be protest. Rather than the anti-war protesters she photographed in her small, accessible booklet, "Protest The War", the subjects in part of her current show at Pace are environmental activists, who are speaking out, among other things, about the dangerous practice of fracking to drill for natural gas in her area. A previous post here listed the show, but a recent discussion with the artist highlighted just how deeply personal this issue is for her. The 65-year old photographer frequently sets out these days, view camera, Tom Tom and "Frack is Wack" button in tow to various Occupy camps and protests staged in Pennsyvania and in New Jersey. She photographs them in meetings, in lines, phonebanking.

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Photographs Not Taken: A Collection of Photographers' Essays

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Featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, TIME, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, La Repubblica, Wired, Photograph, and Artnet

Edited by Will Steacy
Introduction by Lyle Rexer
Paperback, 232 pages

Photographs Not Taken is a collection of essays by photographers about moments that never became a picture. Conceived and edited by Will Steacy, each photographer was asked to abandon the camera and, instead, use words to recreate the image that never made it through their lens.

Featuring contributions from over sixty photographers!

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Hart Island by Melinda Hunt

In Peekskill, artist Melina Hunt, who has spearheaded a major art and access project for Hart Island, is having an exhibition of her photos and drawings memorializing some of those buried in NYC's Potter's Field. Catch it before it c loses soon. “The Hart Island Project: Shades of New York” runs through Jan. 14 in the Westchester Gallery at Westchester Community College’s Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension, 27 North Division Street, Peekskill. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information: sunywcc.edu/peekskill or (914) 606-7304. For more information about the Hart Island Project: hartisland.net.

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Clic screengrab

While Xmas shopping in Soho (who, me?!) you can escape the crowds by exiting east over to 255 Centre Street, where you will find a corner, glass-windowed storefront gallery, the relative newcomer, Clic Bookstore and Gallery. If the old-school, straight photography aficianado can see past the bright colors and fashionista book covers by the door, he or she will discover tables with carousels of stacked book piles and a corner bookshelf replete with the rarest-of-the-rare photography books in the finest condition, some signed, and some not, though still worth just as much in some cases. I was surprised to find and be able to gingerly handle signed O. Winston Link books (yes, plural), rare books by the also gone-from-this-world Helen Levitt and Roy deCarava and Richard Avedon, and scarce titles by Emmet Gowin and Stephen Shore. Definitely worth a visit.

http://shop.clicgallery.com/collections/rare-books

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copyright Judith Joy Ross

Debuting this Thursday night at Pace MacGill is a show of new, unseen, large-scale color work by famed portraitist, Judith Joy Ross. This is the 1st time she has worked in 8x10 color and with mural-size prints. Decide for yourself how her intimate, felt work changes in its new form. One of the topics she is photographing continues to be protest. Rather than the local Pennsylvania anti-war protesters she photographed in her small, accessible booklet, "Protest The War", the subjects are environmental activists, who are speaking out about the dangerous practice of fracking to drill for natural gas in her area.

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Walker Evans's subway grid

Fans of so-called Straight Photography, Modern Art and forward-thinking need to get in their cars, or on the train, and visit the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn. Ironically, at this home of American Impressionism, is a wonderful show, a mini-retrospective of sorts, of the photography and collecting habits of Walker Evans. I say "ironically," because Evans railed against Pictorialism and artiness, and his pictures were detached, clean and crip, most unike a gauzy, fuzzy Impressionist's view. But Evans, like these painters before him, chose to make a home there in Old Lyme, an artist's colony in a quintissential New England small town, not far from the Long Island Sound, source of many of the treasures he collected on the beach in a neighboring town.

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Joe's Junk Yard, by Walker Evans

Two 1971 Walker Evans interviews came into my inbox this week. Here's the link to the transcript of one of them, to complement the one that ASX presented last week. I guess Evans was doing a lot of talking that year in conjunction with his MoMA retrospective.

"PAUL CUMMINGS: Could you describe in some kind of terms what makes a good photograph for you? I mean if you look at ten photographs what are the qualities that you would look for to kind of separate them?

WALKER EVANS: Detachment, lack of sentimentality, originality, a lot of things that sound rather empty. I know what they mean. Let’s say, “visual impact” may not mean much to anybody. I could point it out though. I mean it’s a quality that something has or does not have. Coherence. Well, some things are weak, some things are strong. You just have to…. Well, if you’ve got something in front of you and you’ve got some students you throw those words around and point them out.

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Bus stop with sea spray at Governors Island by Lisa Kereszi

Lisa Kereszi will give a slide lecture of unpublished work from a Governors Island photo project this Sunday the 24th at 130pm in the gallery at the Commanding Officer's House, on Governors Island. The work, commissioned in 2003 by the Public Art Fund, by Kereszi and Andrew Moore, is installed in the former officer's quarters, which is open 7 days a week, normal business hours, through September 25th, 2011. The pair independently photographed the innards and exteriors of the former Army, then Coast Guard, base, which was abandoned in the mid-Nineties and sold to the city for $1 to be turned into a public park. The talk will be followed by a tour inside the gym in the grand building, Liggett Hall, and the Officer's Club inside the South Battery, both otherwise off-limits to visitors. Spend the day on the island, a park in NY Harbor with activities like mini golf and circus school, art installations, bike rentals and food and drink.

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