Saturday, September 26, 2009

Our Man on the Street: Larry Golsh on Sarah Moon

Slowly we are receiving more reports from our "Man on the Street" in Paris (even though he's been in San Diego for a couple of months now), the famous Larry Golsh.

This week he discusses the Sarah Moon exhibit at the Galerie Camera Obscura.

Sarah Moon is my most favorite living photographer. I saw her in person for the first time in Paris at her opening at Galerie Camera Obscura.

Larry is a man of few words but he has an impeccable eye for art.

Thanks Larry.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Image accepted to Carmel Art and Film Festival

Whaler's Cove, Pt. Lobos, CA, 1984, 15.5"x19.5" silver gelatin print

I am honored to have had a print accepted to the Carmel (CA) Art & Film Festival. Through a juried process, 50 artists were selected for a month long exhibition at the Marjorie Evans Gallery at the Sunset Center in Carmel, California. Ten top winners from this group will be given a group show at the FARMANI Gallery, in New York City. One top winner will be featured in ARTWORKS Magazine.

Also accepted was my friend, John Kitts, owner of 422 Gallery in Phoenix. Congratulations, John!

Guilded Dreams, platinum print, by John Kitts

Bosque Reeds, silver gelatin print, by John Kitts

The Photography Show was juried by:

Hossein Farmani is the founder of the Lucie Foundation, and the The Lucie Awards recognizing excellence in photography. He also founded the International Photography Awards, Month of Photography L.A., and the non-profit Focus on AIDS Foundation, just to name a few. Hossein also owns one of the largest private collections of photography in the United States.

Kim Weston is a third-generation member of one of the most important and creative families in photography. Weston has been a fine art photographer for 30 years specializing in large format photography. He learned his craft assisting his father, Cole, in the darkroom making gallery prints from his grandfather’s (Edward Weston) original negatives.

Bruce Haley is the recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world. Haley received this honor for his coverage of Burma‘s bloody ethnic civil war. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Baltimore Sun, for helping to break the story of the famine in Somalia.

The Opening Reception is Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 5:30 PM. If you are in the Monterey Peninsula area, please stop by and enjoy the show.

InFocus: Face to Face at Phoenix Art Museum

Last night I attended the first official event sponsored by InFocus, the Photography Support Organization at the museum. It featured a talk by Dr. Rebecca Senf, the Assistant Curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Also in attendance from the Center was Linda Truesdale, Director of Development.

Dr. Rebecca Senf leads a discussion on photographic portraiture.

Among topics discussed were the stories portraits can tell, the ways photographers convey the essence of their subjects and the impact of the relationship between photographer and subject. Including nearly 60 portraits from the Center, as well as key loans from a few local collections, the exhibition raises engaging questions:

New York City, Gary Winogrand, 1968

How does a portrait become iconic?
What is unique about a photographic self-portrait?
What are the advantages of working in the studio, or in the field?

Alfred Steiglitz, by Paul Strand, 1924

How do photographers use setting, pose, camera angle, or scale to add meaning to a picture?

Prints by some of the greatest portraitists and photographic image-makers of the 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century are included: Southworth and Hawes, Gertrude Kasebier, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, W. Eugene Smith, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Yousuf Karsh and Richard Avedon.

Bob Dylan, by Richard Avedon

Our friend, Randy Efros, Brett Weston's last assistant.

A private reception for InFocus members followed.

Photographers Randy Efros and John Prouty

The exhibit continues through January 10, 2010 in the Norton Photography Gallery at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Inspirations #16: Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers

Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, c.1889, Vincent van Gogh

Vase with Five Sunflowers, c.2009, Richard M. Coda

Taken at Juan Garcia's opening at Photomark.

But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.

Don McLean, Vincent

Juan Garcia Exhibit Opening at Photomark

This past Friday I attended the opening reception of my friend, Juan Garcia, at the gallery at Photomark in Phoenix.

Juan is a great friend and photographer. He is particularly drawn to historic mining murals found throughout the mining towns of Arizona, including Superior, Globe, and Miami. His detail shots of these large murals, which are basically outdoor frescoes, serve as a record of the hard life these miners lived, and as a reminder of the glory days of these towns. Most of the murals are in varying states of disrepair currently. Most of the mining towns are just shadows of the bustling boom towns they once were... which is also a blessing in disguise for photographers.

Juan exhibited nine 16x20 prints which all worked very well together as a group. I hinted that this would make a great portfolio in 8x10" size.

Juan Garcia, Sue Reynolds, and Randy Efros

Juan talking with his mentor, Randy Efros, Brett Weston's last assistant

Juan talking with gallerist John Kitts and his wife, Lani.

From left, John Prouty, Tammy Cowden, Juan Garcia, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Slater

Larry Slater saving the moment on his iPhone

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dead Snake in the Road...

Hail to the Chief, Richard M. Coda, 2009

You know the old joke about the difference between a dead snake in the road and a dead lawyer in the road...

Inspirations #15: Joel Meyerowitz

North Wall, Joel Meyerowitz, 2001

911 Saguaro, Richard M. Coda, 2009