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“Ansel Adams in Our Time” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
I had the pleasure of going to “Ansel Adams in Our Time” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston recently. An interesting juxtaposition of a previous and later generation of photographers shooting the same subject matter as Adams. While not a “landscape photographer,” Adams was a big influence for me with the craft of photography having been introduced to The Zone System through his basic photo series of books (The Camera, The Negative, The Print, etc.) early in my photographic carrier. I had the good fortune to attend the Ansel Adams Workshop in 1982 and 1983—the last two during his life.
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Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, June 30 – September 23, 2018 PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUMI was fortunate to catch Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings on its last day at the Peabody Essex Museum back in September. I’d long admired her work in book form going back to my days at the Maine Photographic Workshop—where I briefly [...]
Annual Pilgrimage to Woonsocket, Rhode Island Summer means a trip to Maine, and—for two years in a row now—a trip to Maine means a side-trip to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, home of S.K Grimes. This year I brought three large format lenses up with me to take down to Woonsocket: Perken, Son & Rayment 3¼ x 4¼ “Optimus” [...]
Barbara Morgan, 8 July 1900 – 17 August 1992 Barbara Morgan was an American photographer best known for her depictions of modern dancers and pioneering work in photomontage. She was a co-founder of the photography magazine Aperture. Morgan is known in the visual art and dance worlds for her penetrating studies of American modern dancers Martha Graham, [...]
Henri Cartier-Bresson, August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.” – Henri Cartier-BressonHenri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early adopter of 35mm film. He pioneered the genre of [...]
The Guntersville Museum: Restoring Leon Kennamer’s Century Master Studio CameraSurplus Camera Gear is happy to be able to assist The Guntersville Museum in their restoration of portrait photographer Leon Kennamer’s Folmer Graflex Century Master Studio Camera by providing reference images of our own late model camera. We look forward to the camera being on display [...]
Gallery Talk with Photographer Eugene Richards at the George Eastman MuseumIt was treat to accompany photographer Eugene Richards and co-curators Lisa Hostetler (George Eastman Museum) and April Watson (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) as they guided visitors on a tour of the exhibition The Run-On of Time. Running June 10 through October 22 at the George [...]
“Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time,” at the George Eastman Museum Had a wonderful evening at the preview of the new exhibition “Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time,” at the George Eastman Museum. I was first introduced to Richards’ work in the 1980s as a student at the Maine Photographic Workshops. The Eastman exhibit is the [...]
Irving Penn: Centennial at The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn to mark the centennial of the artist's birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Irving Penn (1917–2009) mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its [...]
American Photographer, Walker Evans: 3 November 1903 – 10 April 1975Walker Evans was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans’s work from the FSA period uses the large-format, 8x10-inch camera. He said that his goal as [...]