Obscura (a non-profit I help establish in 2009) has just announced a Kickstarter pre-sale of our latest book: Black Apple by Thatcher Hullerman Cook. We will be accepting pre-orders for 30 days. Take a look at our page and order you copy soon!
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I am very pleased to announce that Coney Island 40 Years by Harvey Stein has been released. I did the design for the book and am very pleased with the final results. The book is published by Schiffer Books and made it to bookstores earlier this month.
The View Project began with renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson asking her friends and colleagues to send her “views” that were significant to them on a personal level. She then collected all of these submissions and carefully edited them into a collection of images for a book and traveling exhibition. Accompanying each photograph is a written description from the photographer describing the image and why it is significant to them. It is this personal touch, along with an interesting and diverse selection of photographers, that makes the View project so enjoyable.
I am also proud to have worked on the design of the book, and am happy to see it make its debut. In addition, I am very happy to have an image of my own included in the book (which was selected long before I was hired for the design, no conflict of interest here I promise).
Be sure to check out The View Project on Blurb:
There will also be a traveling exhibition as part of the project. Here are the dates:
Dec. 18 – Mar. 13 | Naples Museum of Art | Naples, FL
Apr. 7 – 9 | Gallery 27 | Santa Barbara, CA
Aug. 27 – Oct. 29 | Palm Beach Photographic Centre | Palm Beach, FL
And finally, here is a link to an interview with Joyce about the making of the view project: blog.blurb.com
I am excited to announce my first Norwegian workshop and lecture this month in Oslo. I will be presenting my photographs this Thursday at 2:00 pm at the Bilder Nordic School of Photography. This lecture will be a precursor to a three-day book design workshop that I will be leading at NORDphotography, also in Oslo.
Obscura, a non-profit organization I co-founded, was officially launched this May with a celebratory photography show at Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland, Maine. Obscura’s mission is to support artists at all levels through scholarships, grants, and publishing. Initially we had intended to create a quarterly printed publication for the organization, but as our vision evolved we decided on an online publication instead. This idea became Obscuraweb.org, which was launched on May 27. In addition to the launch of the site we have also announced the publishing of a softcover edition of The Blue Poet Dreams, the first book published by Obscura. May was a big month! We have a lot more in store for our organization… including the announcement of our first scholarship, as well as the launch of a store on our site to aid in the fundraising.
Be sure to visit our new site: www.ObscuraWeb.org
Brenton Hamilton, a master of alternative photographic processes, has just updated his website with new work. I have been a longtime admirer of Brenton’s mysterious and deeply affecting images, and have also had the privilege of working with him on several projects, as well as a cross-country mentorship that has been a constant source of inspiration and motivation. His new collection of images (gallery IV on his website) consists largely of circular portraits rendered in neutral shades of browns and golds created by a luscious combination of platinum-palladium and gum-bichromate. There are also the occasional salted paper prints which Hamilton has crafted in shades of red, as well as strict gum-bichromate prints which turn deep shades of green.
The portraits themselves seem to bring our attention more into the personalities and inner dialogues of Brenton’s figures, as opposed to some of his earlier work in which the actions and interactions of the figures with their surroundings and fellow inhabitants seemed to dominate. Here, the primary focus seems to be on the identity of the subjects, or rather, their multiple identities. The term two-faced takes on a very literal meaning in these new images, as several of the figures seem to be emerging from behind masks or splitting themselves into separate identities. Or are there simply two people occupying the frame? Just as the circles themselves aren’t always circles, and the colors shift from browns to greens to reds, Hamilton’s new images defy any quick categorization and attempts to gain easy answers. I could write about them for days.
www.brentonhamiltonstudio.net (go to gallery IV)