Debating Modern Photography – Triumph of Group f/64

In the 1930s, a small group of California photographers challenged the painterly, soft-focus Pictorialist style of the day. They argued that photography could only advance as an art if its practitioners exploited characteristics inherent to the camera’s mechanical nature. This small association of innovators created Group f/64, named after the camera aperture which produces great depth of field and sharp focus. The exhibition revisits this debate and includes images by photographers in Group f/64 such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Sonya Noskowiak, and Willard Van Dyke, as well as images by such Pictorialists such as Anne Brigman, William Dassonville, Johan Hagemeyer, William Mortensen, and Karl Struss. With 90 works by 16 artists, Debating Modern Photography offers a feast for the eyes while illustrating both sides of a high-stakes debate. Outstanding examples of the clean edges and bold forms of Group f/64 stand in sharp contrast to the romantic, hand-crafted Pictorialist work that includes ­elegant portraits, tonalist landscapes, and allegorical studies.
The exhibit is open (Mon-Fri 9-7) through Dec 5.
Learn more at Maine’s Portland Museum of Art.

Photographing Maine – Ten Years Later

In 2000, CMCA mounted the most comprehensive exhibition of Maine photography ever: Photographing Maine: 1840-2000. The project was presented in two parts: photography from 1950-2000 in August and September and earlier historical work from the 1840s to 1950 in mid-October to mid-December.
During the past decade, the activity among Maine photographers has grown exponentially. In this digital age there are more and more people seriously committed to fine art photography using both new and traditional darkroom techniques. The goal of the invitational exhibition Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later is to pay homage to the two exhibitions in 2000 by showing a sampling of works by 150 Maine photographers created between 2000 and 2009. Each photographer is exhibiting a single work in the invitational exhibition. In addition, four images from each of the 150 photographers are part of an online exhibition (see below), which is also available to view on computer at the exhibition.
The exhibit in Rockport, Maine runs from October 02 – December 05, 2010.

Exhibit – Harry Sandler and Barbara Ventura

“Allusions of Reality’ is clearly a seminal moment in my personal process. I have always been attracted to craft and a multitude of technical abilities, and, at the same time have always felt that I had the sensibility of an innocent. These were difficult to balance with my painting and photography and I struggled, like most do.  ‘Allusions’ for me is the meeting of form and substance, and, for the first time, I am able to express myself both as a photographer and a painter, with no line of demarcation in between.
To those who have come to realize that life’s journey is really about the discovery of who we are, as well as the exquisite expression of our true nature, I have the pleasure of sharing, through these images an inexpressible sense of unfolding oneness and wholeness represented through nature’s wisdom and beauty in the orchid.??As the observer engages (connects with) the photograph, through a seeing eye and a sensitive heart, a sense of inward reflection allows an opening to the depths of self as is well exemplified in the gentle exposure of a tender flower in a free exhibition of itself.??Unfolding from within and displayed in their magnificent array, the images warmly entreat a careful consideration of the flowering of human consciousness and invite an understanding of the magnificent dance of life between Creator and Creation.
Learn more about the Exhibit here.
Learn more about Barbara Ventura here.
Learn more about Harry Sandler here.

New Work 2010 Exhibition Preview

Here’s an interesting sampling of images from my upcoming exhibit – New Work 2010.
All of the source images for the ground in these composites are drawn from Iceland.
While the body of work (Reflection) isn’t site specific, it’s interesting to note that many of the images are drawn from similar locations. In the case of the ground exposures a majority of the sources came from Iceland, Utah, and California.
When successful work becomes more site specific like this I ask “What was it about that place that worked so well?” or “What was it about my experience of that place at that time that worked so well?”
Then I plan to return to that location and/or that state of mind.
Find out about my Iceland workshop here.
Preview the book here.
Learn more about my upcoming exhibit here.

You're Invited ! – Annual Open Studio Exhibit – 7/31-8/1

You’re invited! Come visit my annual open studio event July 31 – August 1 from 10-5. Gallery talks are at 2.
It’s been one of my most prolific years to date. Producing more than one hundred new images, four bodies of work, in progress for ten years, have been brought to completion. The results are surprising, even for me.
Three new books featuring this work have been released – Reflection, Condensation, and Correspondence – which you can preview and purchase online.
Also on hand will be my playful iPhone photo sketches, some of which are featured in my column on the Huffington Post. I’ll even take, process, and transmit some during my daily artist’s talks at 2 pm.
Come enjoy prints, books, web galleries, performances and conversations during this very special event.
Click here for more information including directions, previews, reviews, statements, audio, video, and press kit.

Photographer Gil Maker Becomes Partner in Gallery

Alumni Gil Maker recently became a gallery partner with 9 other photographers. He shared some insights about why and what he’s learned so far.
In 2007 I decided to take the plunge and begin showing my work.  I spent a lot of time visiting local galleries, presenting my work and waiting for answers.  One of the galleries that offered to show my work was Image City Photography Gallery. After the show I was asked if I wanted to become a partner in the gallery.  I accepted without hesitation.  My main motivation was that I did not have to try to get galleries to show my work.  We have new shows every 4 weeks and I now get to display my work without fear of a gallery saying no.
I did not join the gallery with any thought of making a profit.  In fact none of the other partners do either.  We have two goals for our gallery:
1.    A place for us to constantly show our work.
2.    To foster growth in photography and offer others a chance to have a gallery experience.
I have sold a few pieces, which is a nice extra.
What would I advice others in doing this?  First, understand that you will probably not make a living from this.  It is very hard work (as I am finding out).  We have to constantly advertise for people to show their work.  What we make per show does not cover out expenses.  But if you really love photography and want to share that love with the community, then this is one way to do it.  We have met many good photographers from Rochester, New York and have the chance to foster photographic interest in the community, make new friends and grow our own photographic aspirations.  This is one of the best decisions I have made in my life.”
See more of Gil’s work here.

Winners – Juried Exhibit – Elements of Water at CFAP

I had the pleasure of jurying The Center for Fine Art Photography’s upcoming exhibit – Elements of Water.
50 images were selected from over 4,000.
You can see them now online at CFAP.
Juror’s Selection – Barbara M Ventura
Juror’s Honorable Mention – Kathy Beal
Juror’ Honorable Mention – David Novak
Director’s Selection – Jennifer Trausch
Director’s Honorable Mention – Gina LeVay
Elements of Water will be on display in the Center’s online gallery and physical gallery from February 17 – March 11, 2009. The public and artists’ reception will be held in Fort Collins on March 5, 2009 from 6-9pm.

Earth Under Fire on Exhibit in DC

Gary Braasch’s large-scale color photographs from the book  “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World”  ( a book called “essential reading for every citizen” by Al Gore ) are currently on exhibit.
A companion exhibit for kids, parents and school groups, “How We Know About Our Changing Climate” will highlight how scientists study climate change and how youth can learn to be citizen scientists. Includes kids taking action, in the films “Young Voices on Climate Change,” produced by Lynne Cherry
The opening is tonight November 18.
The exhibit runs from November 12 – March 15, weekdays 8-5 at …
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC 20005
Find a preview and and the book here.
Read Gary Braasch’s insights on global warming here.

Elements of Water – Deadline November 17, 2009

I’m selecting the winners for The Center for Fine Art Photography’s upcoming juried exhibit Elements of Water.
You could be included if you enter by November 17 .
Water is both physical and symbolic. Water can be a solid, liquid or gas. It covers 71% of the earth’s surface. Water fascinates us with the way it moves and transforms. It can be a destructive force and a life giving element. Without it we would not survive, but too much and our lives would be drastically altered. Elements of Water will showcase how diverse water can truly be.
Exhibition and Awards
With selection for this exhibition, artists and their work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and others who appreciate the fine art of photography.
• Juror’s Selection Award: $300
• Director’s Selection Award: $200
• Artists’ ShowCase Online Awards: Two artists will receive a year subscriptions to Artists’ ShowCase Online, a $120 value (preview at
• Gallery Visitor’s Choice Award: $100
• All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery
Entry Fee
• The entry fee for non-members is $35 USD for the first three images.
• The entry fee for members of The Center for Fine Art Photography is $20.00 USD for 3 images.
• Additional images may be submitted for $10 each. There is no limit to the number of images that may be submitted. Applicants signing up for membership at the time they submit their work for jurying may become a member and meet the entry fee for a total of $77.00 USD.
Important Dates
• Entries due: November 17, 2009
• Notice of acceptance: November 30, 2009
• Exhibition dates: February 19 – March 13, 2010
• Reception: March 5, 2010
Note: images accepted by The Center for Fine Art Photography for exhibition in the previous 12 months are NOT eligible. Images previously submitted but not accepted for exhibition may be resubmitted as often as you wish.
Find out more here.