Archive for July, 2008

Photograph #14

July 31, 2008

Untitled II, Brimfield, MA, 2008

To request the above photograph:

Send an email (subject: photograph #14) to horses [at] with your name and address.

If you are the first* person to respond after the posting, you will receive the photograph in the mail.

* This photograph is no longer available.


Scenes From An IBM Slide Presentation

July 28, 2008

Square America has posted an online exhibition titled It’s 1975 And This Man Is About To Show You The Future.

It’s a pretty strange relic from IBM of the 1970’s and definitely worth a look.

Somehow the images manage to conjure both Lewis Baltz and John Baldassari not to mention a little Ed Ruscha.

(via Big Contrarian)


July 27, 2008

A leaked trailer for Oliver Stone’s film about George W. Bush.

See it before it’s gone.

*Update: Slightly different trailer available now.

Photograph #13

July 26, 2008

Untitled, Robert Moses State Park, NY, 2008

To request the above photograph:

Send an email (subject: photograph #13) to horses [at] with your name and address.

If you are the first* person to respond after the posting, you will receive the photograph in the mail.

* I’m changing the rules of the project so that the first responder wins. The main reason being that I didn’t anticipate how long it would take to get the number of responses needed to find a winner.

* This photograph is no longer available.

Misha De Ridder & Talia Chetrit

July 24, 2008

While everyone seems to be busy looking through all the Blurb contest submissions, I will admit that I don’t have the patience nor the interest. There’s just way too much crap to wade through in order to find the gems. Once you find a gem, you still can’t really see the book because they only put the first 15 pages online. Then you have to hope that the photographer has a website with the whole project on display.

In terms of the jury and the selection process, I feel for them having to go through all this. I wonder if Blurb will actually print out every online book to balance out the competition so that the handmade printed books don’t have an advantage. Looking at all those submissions online must be mind numbing not to mention visually blinding. It’s complete overload.

Luckily some people with good taste have been compiling selected book lists actually worth looking at.

Via Shane’s list I discovered both Misha De Ridder’s drop dead gorgeous landscapes and Talia Chetrit’s minimalist yet reflexive photo savvy still lives.

Castricum, 2007 by Misha de Ridder
Castricum, 2007 by Misha de Ridder

Misha De Ridder’s metaphysical landscapes remind me of some of Eliot Porter’s best photographs. I usually resist making pictures of such awe inspiring natural beauty, but there seems to be something else going on in these photographs that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe it’s the spiritual quality about them or maybe it’s just the beauty and the light. I like them either way. My only question concerns the size of the photographs in the real world. According to the website the photograph shown above is printed at 160 x 200 cm which is pretty damn large. I hope it holds up to that kind of enlargement.

Triangle, 2008 by Talia Chetrit
Triangle, 2008 by Talia Chetrit

As for Talia Chetrit’s photographs, I find them incredibly smart and interesting to look at. The images seem to explore many ideas concerning vision, color, photography, light and minimalism. They come across as both serious and playful at the same time. I’m curious how the photographs will translate into Inkjet prints as something about the project seems to speak to the chemical nature of photography.

Either way, both photographers are worth checking out if you haven’t already done so.

Is This Photography?

July 18, 2008

I’m sure it’s been discussed many times before, but in continuing the conversation about photography and how the definition seems to be expanding all the time, I wonder if this video demonstrates yet another expansion?

See how it was made here.

Photography Grants

July 15, 2008

Most photographers seem to know about this site, a great resource available to photographers and those interested in photography.

I just came across another site that has even more information and links to all kinds of grants and contests all around the world.

Definitely worth adding to your RSS reader.

Feist + Sesame Street = Counting To Four

July 15, 2008

A video to get the day started off in the right mood.

Clifford Ross – Mountain Redux

July 14, 2008

Clifford Ross, Yellow Cloud, 2008
Yellow Cloud, 2008 by Clifford Ross

Not sure what to make of Clifford Ross’s new work at Sonnabend based on his previous¬†Mountain XII¬†photograph.

Ross has been busy digitally de-constructing, re-constructing, cropping, inverting (into a negative), and color separating the original photograph with what looks like photoshop. At times he shatters the original image into tiny shapes and colors resembling broken glass or Japanese origami. Many of the new images are being printed with archival pigment on Japanese Rice paper.

Overall it’s definitely one of the most bizarre photography (if you can even call it that) exhibitions I’ve seen around in a while.

Someone I know compared it to Gursky’s Stockholder Meeting, Diptych from 2001. That photograph had it’s one and only public exhibition at the MoMa retrospective in 2001 and forever disappeared from sight. I can’t even locate an image of it online, it’s like it never existed.

It’s quite surprising that no one seems to be talking about the Ross show considering how much press and attention he received for the earlier Mountain photographs and the invention of his super large format R1 camera. The New Yorker seems to be the only place that even mentions the new work (scroll down to find the snippet on Ross).

In the beginning I was very curious to see what kinds of subjects Ross might attempt to capture with the R1 and how the subjects themselves might reflect on the invention of the camera as well as the photographic medium on the whole. So far Ross has given us some beautiful though rather traditional and romanticized landscapes with confounding resolution and detail.

I hope that this latest exploration doesn’t signify the end of Ross’ experimentation with the R1 and that there will be further developments from him as they are pursued.

All this has me wondering what I would do with such a behemoth of a photographic apparatus. In truth I really have no idea, what would you do?

Bruce Conner, 1933-2008

July 8, 2008

Bombhead, 1989/2002 by Bruce Conner
Bombhead, 1989/2002 by Bruce Conner

Bruce Conner, a pioneering San Francisco based artist known for his work in film, drawing, collage and assemblage, passed away yesterday afternoon.

Probably his most well know piece was a short experimental film composed of found footage titled A Movie (1958).

still from A Movie, 1958 by Bruce Conner
still from A Movie, 1958 by Bruce Conner

I remember watching A Movie in film class and being surprised (and confused) by the jarring juxtapositions of images and title screens continually announcing the THE END. It was quite a revelation to see at the time and has been extremely influential ever since.

A few appreciations of Bruce Conner’s life and work can be found here, here, here and here.