Munkacsi at MOMA
Through September 16, Martin Munkacsi has an exhibit at SF MOMA. The exhibit includes about 125 photos, some of them quite wonderful. Others don't seem quite novel, but must have been when they were taken in the 1920s and 30s. The photos are a mix of photojournalism in Berlin and protofashion photography in New York. I can't say that I knew much about Munkacsi before the exhibit, but I did recognize some of my favorite photos (e.g., the dark silhouettes of three boys running into ocean waves) that I didn't know were his. Apparently, Munkacsi's work is not well known because of his financial troubles later in life. But his early work inspired Cartier-Bresson and Avedon among others.
You know you want to.
You know you want to get those photos out of that shoebox or hard drive and on to a wall. San Francisco’s Open Studios dates are set for October and November. In case you’ve never been, Open Studios is a free, city-wide, multi weekend event where all (amateur, professional, whatever) open up their homes and studios to the public. Display for fun, sell, or both. The deadline to get in the show is August 30. Details available at artspan.org.
Seeking partners in crime
Am I the only one mildly obsessed with photographing the cranes on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge? And the AT-AT-looking container movers just south of the bridge on the East Bay side? They look so beautiful, especially when the fog gets dramatic or during sunrise and sunset. Does anyone know good, safe places to photograph them without getting arrested? Hanging out of the car at 60 MPH is getting kind of tired. Anyone know any good shooting spots that won’t result in being carted away by guards/federal troops for taking photos of high-value targets?
Anyone interested in an October Meetup?
"Hey, how's it going? Is this still the right contact info for you? This is Martin; we met at the Bay Area Photoblogger's meetups a couple of times, remember? Yeah, I've been following your RSS feed and your photography looks to be going well; interesting stuff.
"How long has it been? I know how it is; life gets in the way, yada yada, and the next thing you know it's been a year or two. So, I was thinking about you the other day and was wondering what you are up to. I thought we should get together for a beer or coffee and catch up. We could meet at the old place, or somewhere new. Are you free any weekend afternoon in October? Anyway, let me know what works for you if you're interested.
"Better go now and get back to work but I hope you're keeping well and I hope to hear from you soon.
Mexico as Muse
Mexico as Muse, an exhibit featuring the work of Tina Modotti and Edward Weston from their life in Mexico during the turbulent 1920's runs at SF MOMA through January 2, 2007. The exhibition features not only the gorgeous work of these two pioneers of 20th century photography, but shares ephemera from their real life relationship and the effects of the political turmoil around them as well. Picturing Modernity and Imposing Order photography exhibitions are also going on at SF MOMA right now. I for one can't wait to see them all. Enjoy!
Photo SFPhoto SF is at Ft. Mason this weekend, and if you're socially inclined, there are flickr-people getting together. More info here. If you like saving money, there's a 2-for-1 coupon offer on Fotovision.
How NYT Professionals Work
Ever wonder how photographers and photo editors work for the New York Times? There’s a long and fascinating Q&A in the paper today. The Managing Editor for Photography discusses aesthetics, photo selection and general practice and procedure. It’s worth checking out. (The link may expire after a week or so. If it does, feel free to email me and I'm happy to share my NYT password.)
Ulrich at Koch
Brian Ulrich opened at Koch Gallery last night and is worth a long look. Jose Luis introduced me to Not If But When about a year ago; it's a deep site for the click inclined. Aperture's bookifying it, and the show's up through Sept. 2. You should stop looking at this computer and go!
BAP and the 2006 Photobloggies
Today the 2006 Photobloggies finalists were announced. BAP was strongly represented by our own:
- Michael David Murphy, whileseated.org, Best Street Photography finalist
- Jose Luis Martinez, abeatexperience.com/experience, Photo of the Year and Photoblog of the Year finalist
- Juan Buhler, photoblog.jbuhler.com, Best Black and White Photography and Best Street Photography finalist
Excellent work guys on all those well deserved nods! This is just further proof that the best photobloggers on the planet are right here in the Bay Area, and next year I predict a full BAP takeover.
If I missed anyone else, who was nominated, feel free to slap me. Really hard.
Fifty Crows Premiere Exhibition on Sudan
Tonight's Sudan photo exhibition marks the first exhibition in Fifty Crows' new gallery space located at 49 Geary.
The exhibition explores the past ten years of strife in the Sudan. Featuring the works of highly-respected Magnum photographer Eli Reed, four-time Picture-of-the-Year winner Colin Finlay, and San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker and photographer Mark Brecke, the three essays focus on the horror of famine and genocide to the beauty and enduring spirit of the Sudanese people.
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA