Gallery Talk - Frederick Sommer - SMoCA, Feb. 19, 2009
I attended a Gallery Talk at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) last night. The current exhibit is "At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer." The talk this night was on Frederick Sommer and was presented by Claire Carter, the co-curator of the show, and Naomi Lyons and Jeremy Cox, co-trustees of the Frederick & Frances Sommer Foundation. The talk was very informative and, of course, the prints were beautiful.
I recorded the gallery talk and have an MP3 file (30MB, 1 hr. 4 min.) linked here (please excuse the first few seconds as I was fumbling to start the recorder after they started talking unexpectedly).
The exhibit continues through May 13, 2009 and is worth the trip.
Richard Coda has been photographing since he was a teenager. In college he fell in love with images made with large format cameras. Starting with a 4x5" view camera, he soon moved up to an 8x10" camera and, most recently, has begun working with an 11x14" camera.
While he photographed landscapes early in his career, recently his work has focused on that which has been overlooked, forgotten, or looked at, but not seen. He finds compositions where others see the ordinary, or nothing at all. While concentrating on black and white for most of his career, Richard has found a new love for color, using color as the subject, while still retaining his classical aesthetic for form, line and tone.
Please visit his websites at www.rcodaphotography.com and www.pctype.com