December 11, 2013 |
Over at Essay Daily (which calls itself “A Filter for and An Ongoing Conversation About Essays and Magazines About Writing”), John D'Agata offers a brief meditation on Ansel Adams - and the moment he understood that photographs were not taken so much as made. The year was 1927, and Adams “hadn't figured out yet how to make photography work, how to render with light and luck and dark the deep and powerful truths that he felt when in the mountains.” He was in Yosemite, shooting images of Half Dome, when, as an experiment, he decided to use “a heavy red filter that immediately darkens the sky, transforms it even darker than the cliff face itself, so that an abyss opens up on the left side of the cliff, as if the brooding shelf of Half Dome has torn straight through it like a cleaver made of light.” This, D'Agata suggests, is the turning point: when Adams stopped merely being someone who shot pictures and became an artist, with all the intentionality it implies.
October 31, 2013 |
Are photographers vandals? Does the mere presence of a camera at an ordinary place or extraordinary event inevitably damage the experience of it, as vandalism does? Is photography a powerful creative tool for the willful destruction of established art, all in the service of making new possibilities and unexpected ways of seeing? These questions, provocative and surprising, began to be posed in 1974 by artist John Divola, then 25 and just out of school. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, an area whose wholesale transformation from rural to suburban shifted into overdrive after World War II, during his youth, Divola studied first at Cal State Northridge and then UCLA.
July 18, 2013 |
The Hawaii works by painter Georgia O'Keeffe and photographer Ansel Adams will be featured in a special exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art beginning Friday. O'Keeffe is best known for her colorful portrayals of flowers and the Southwest, and Adams for his expansive California landscapes. But both found a wealth of subjects during their visits to Hawaii . O'Keeffe traveled to the islands in 1939 to create advertising illustrations for Hawaii Pineapple Co. (now Dole)
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March 4, 2012 |
Eleanor Callahan, whose ever-changing image became a sensitively nuanced chapter of photography history — composed of pictures taken over more than 50 years by her husband, Harry Callahan — died Tuesday in an Atlanta hospice. She was 95. The cause was cancer, said her daughter, Barbara Callahan. The couple met on a blind date in 1933, when Eleanor was a secretary at Chrysler Motors in Detroit and Harry was a clerk at the firm. They were married three years later, forging a remarkably close relationship that lasted until Harry's death in 1999 and produced hundreds of imaginatively composed black-and-white portraits.
January 8, 2012
To learn more For information on photography classes offered by the Ansel Adams Gallery, go to http://www.anseladams.com . The free photo walks are offered at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and are limited to 15 people. The children's photo walk - which is open to adults - is offered only in summer. Call (209) 372-4413 to reserve space.
January 8, 2012 |
"Great shot," my friend said. "Yeah, my Canon G10 is really smart. " After two years of mumbling, "Shutter speed, ISO -- I don't know," as I put my camera in auto (or "idiot-proof") mode, it seemed time for me to know as much about photography as my camera knew. So recently I headed to Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery, which offers free camera walks, as well as photo classes and multi-day workshops for a fee, taught by staff photographers. Many of the iconic Yosemite photos I adore were shot by Adams, who died in 1984, and I thought a lesson here would be the nearest thing to learning from the man himself.