Weekend Wanderings

Summer time usually brings a galleries “permanent collection” out from storage, as many folks aren’t staying inside looking and purchasing art.
But there are always some gem events out there that get you out of the flip-flops, and shift your mind set.
This weekend in Los Angeles, there were 2 events that we attended on Saturday, and we’ll share them, not to say “hey, that was cool”, but perhaps get you thinking about other things and future plans. And even things in the past.

We went from an exhibit of vernacular photography, curated by one of our favorite photographic…historians?…researchers?…hmmmmm…..anyway, her name is Babbette Hines. Well, not sure how to catagorize her, but she has an innate sense of the historical, near anthropological nature, of photography in our lives.
She deals it out to us in a very comfortable form. Nothing clinical, nor judgmental, but familiar.
Her first collection was called Photobooth, which we love, but it has sadly gone out of print.
A collection of random people’s photographs, found in every flea market and yard sale, telling the tale of that moment. You know the photos: the single strip of 4 poses and at least one would have a contorted face, designed to make you smile. Many times, multiple folks would pile in the booth to make sure that they would remember their moments.
It still goes on, but Babbette’s sensibility gave us a shared memory in book form. Yes, you may remember we gave one of these away awhile back. It’s gained in value, too.
OK gallery Babette
This same style has been brought to one of our favorite, eclectic stores in Los Angeles, OK, in a 1st time gallery exhibition in the space called “You’re not The Boss Of Me” about women going their own way.

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She has collected a number of these vernacular images, and in an organic type of showing, placed them onto shelves normally reserved for books. As one image sells, it is replaced by another.
We urge you to check out this store online and see what they offer. Larry, the owner, said that since he is not a bookstore, he is not beholden to anyone to carry specific books, so you will find one of the best ranges of photography books we have seen in a very long time. Along with one of kind household items. Yeah, we know. Crazy. Crazy GOOD!
And visit Babette Hines site, FoundPhoto, where you will find some perfect examples of the genre and see when an exhibit may be coming to you.

We then moved down the road to the Annenberg Space for Photography, where after a day long workshop, Steve McCurry, famed National Geographic photographer, presented a slide show of most iconic work. Of course he included the tale of this, his most famous photograph of the Afghan girl, whom he rephotographed 17 years after her portrait graced the cover of National Geographic.

Steve McCurry Annenebrg

While describing the situations that surrounded his photography, he had an almost cavalier attitude, but we suspect it was more about his on-stage persona, although he did admit to being a hard taskmaster with his assistants.

Here is a vid from youtube as he is interviewed in a Kodak “moment”.

His use of color is phenomenal, and, as his favorite film stock was Kodachrome, he will be the shooting the very last roll of Kodachrome to come off of the Kodak line.
Of course not all at once.
He plans to have it live in a camera and take it around to his assignments and shoot frames as he sees the appropriate subject.
One thing he pointed out though, is that he feels that every color image must be able to work in B&W to be successful. Perhaps because it used to be that you may not know if an image would be finally published in color or B&W, depending on the editor and stories needs.
He also leads weekend workshops, so you may want to check on his site for more info on that.

And he was signing books at the end of the lecture, which were oversized (15.5″ x 11″), horizontal, beautifully printed, tomes which did not have any photographs in the gutter!!!
Thank you Mr. McCurry for not cutting off your photographs. Whew. Always feel that you should either make the book bigger or the images smaller. Why dissect a photograph in to the center binding of a book?

So there you have it. A day in LA, with hopefully, enough links to get you started looking at some of the subject matter we discussed.

Oh, and if you are planning a trip to LA, check out the list of speakers and events at the Annenberg. It limited, but free, so get your name in there.

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Current Exhibitions

  • Annenberg Space For Photography
  • “The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years”
  • Current to April 27th, 2014
  • 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
  • Century City, CA. 90067
  • Tel: 213.403.3000
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  • Capa in Color
  • January 31–May 4, 2014
  • 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
  • New York, NY 10036
  • Phone: 212.857.0000
  • Getty Center
  • A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography
  • February 4–June 8, 2014
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • David Goldes, Electro-graphs
  • January 30–March 8, 2014
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Bernice Abbott and Charles Marville
  • February 27-April 12,2014
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Staley-Wise Gallery
  • Real and Surreal
  • Feb. 27-April 19th, 2014
  • 560 Broadway
  • New York,NY
  • 10012
  • Phone: 1-212-966-6223
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio
  • February 8–October 5, 2014
  • 11 West 53rd Street
  • NYC,NY
  • 10019-5497
  • (212) 708-9400
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
  • January 29–May 4, 2014
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
  • New York, NY 10028
  • Phone: 212-535-7710

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