It’s pretty safe to assume that we love our students and are about as proud of them as we would be of our own children. How could you not when they are this awesome?!
Lo and behold! That is not The Avengers you are looking at, this awesome group of students met in the darkroom as they were going through our B&W class series and immediately clicked. From our offices we can hear them laughing, shouting “CORNER!” as they enter the darkroom, and having serious conversations about how to improve their work. Now this fierce group of gelatin silver heroes have joined forces to put together an exciting show at the Alki Arts at the Harbor Steps.
In case it wasn’t evident by this fantastic group portrait, this group only knows one word: epic. Final Exposure (how epic is that?) opens this coming Wednesday, wait for it, 12/12/12. Join us in supporting this incredibly creative group from 5-7PM. Details below.
Michelle Taul, one of the artists said, “The six of us connected in B&W3/Intro to Zone in a way that is rare in this world. We supported each other in every way and with a little friendly competition, it brought out the best of each of us in the most lovely way. Thanks to Kristan, we had an amazing opportunity to put this show together at Alki Arts at the Harbor Steps – a gorgeous space just a block from the Seattle Wheel!”
It’s here! Remember the madness last year? Our annual Photo Center Rummage Sale is back and you might just find what you were looking for. Join us on Sunday, December 16th, 12-7PM. Please note that the 12-2pm slot is open to students and members only, so if you want first dibs on all the great stuff consider becoming a member or signing up for a class!!
B&W Lab / Darkroom Supplies:
-Tanks (plastic and metal)
-Reels (plastic and metal)
-Contact Sheet Makers
-Stacks upon stacks of photographic paper, including color
Slide Projectors, Carousels, and Slide Mounts
Film Cameras and Lenses
Digital Cameras and Lenses
Computer towers and Monitors
The first Monday of the month is almost here!
Please join us for an evening of discussion and camaraderie, lead by thesis student and photographer Dan Hawkins.
The First Monday Discussion Group will be meeting at 6pm on December 3rd at the Photo Center. The reading this month is an essay by Edward Weston on the portrait photograph.
Here a few excerpts and themes from Weston’s writing to stir your thoughts:
The relationship between the photographer and the camera:
“the portrait photographer’s first concern is mastery of his equipment, and for his own sake as well as sitter’s this equipment should be as simple as possible…”
The use of extensive retouching of the negative in early silver gelatin portraits and its relationship to the image’s “authenticity”:
“I have spoken before of the importance of authenticity in a photograph: in portraiture this quality is doubly important.”
Also, I am interested in this article from my own perspective: I am not a portrait photographer. However, when I read this and substitute the words “landscape photograph” for the word “portrait” I find that much of the writing is still relevant to my practice. I wonder what this says about the various disciplines of photography and their relevance in the field?
Look forward to seeing you!
Kick-off the holidays with us next Wednesday, December 5th at the Photo Center print swap!
Come meet your peers, enjoy some refreshments, and take home some beautiful photography – there is no better way to start the gift giving season than with a print swap party!
Wednesday, December 5th
6 – 7:30pm / Studio I
Bring 2 – 5 final prints, please no working prints, these should prints you’d be proud to give your mother! Framing and matting not necessary and there are no size restrictions.
Refreshments will be served, and feel free to bring a dish or drink to share with the group. See you there!
Contact Terry Novak with questions.
It’s that time again!
The First Mondays Discussion group is slated to meet this coming Monday, November 5th at the Photo Center. The month’s discussion will be lead by Melinda Simon and will focus on the current show at the Henry Art Gallery titled Now Here is also Nowhere.
There’s a very interesting show at the Henry that has plenty of fodder for discussion. It’s called Now Here is also Nowhere and is the first of a two-part (as the Henry says) “meditation and non-linear account of how—in making artworks about ideas and intangible concepts— artists continually question and destabilize the nature of the art object.” It is a multi-media exhibit, with photographs and film comprising about half…. I’ve previewed the show, which opened last Thursday, and it’s really something that most folks will need some time to digest; I, for one, am frankly flummoxed by some of it, which is why I was so glad to be offered an invite to the talk.
Whether you are able to see the show beforehand or not, come join the conversation.
Sneak a peak of the work online.
Monday, November 5, 2012 / 6-8pm
Photo Center NW / 900 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Manjari Sharma, Darshan Project
Join us for the opening reception of our current exhibition, Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan, on Thursday, November 8, 6-8 PM.
Have you ever seen our mini gallery? Next time you’re in our building we encourage a scavenger hunt. The mini gallery features a body of work that is said to be made by Tony Danza, but the artist prefers to remain anonymous. Danza’s bio appears on the wall, almost too small to actually read. The photographer imagined that Tony Danza was a photographer wanna-be, a struggling artist so to speak. The labels under the photos are also meant to be too small to read. The exhibition includes forbidding imagery of mannequins and masks and odd dolls and toys. The photos are B&W contact prints from negatives shot with a Holga camera. The frames, podium and vase were also custom made by the artist.The chair and rug were added by mysterious fans of the show.
Mini Bio: Tony Danza
As a youngster, Anthony Iadanza never dreamed of an acting career. The New Yorker from Brooklyn instead envisioned himself the next Rocky Graziano. Changing his name to “Dangerous” Tony Danza, he entered the New York Golden Gloves in 1975. Shortly afterward, on Aug. 13, 1976, he started his professional boxing career. Fighting as a middleweight, Danza became a crowd favorite for his walk-in slugging style. He compiled a record of 9-3 with nine knockout victories, seven in the first round. It was during a gym workout that he was discovered for the part of “Tony Banta” on the TV show, “Taxi” (1978). Danza still had hopes of being a world champion and scored knockouts in 1978 and 1979 but, unable to secure a title shot, retired from boxing to dedicate himself totally to his acting career.
Photo Center NW is accepting mini proposals for the space.
Join us in celebrating our upcoming exhibition, Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan. This exhibition features five contemporary women artists whose work explores the role of women in the context of cultural constructs, religion, censorship, and the media. Each of these artists has left an important mark on the world of contemporary photography through their courageous and relevant work.
From Priya Kambli’s visual explorations of the transience and split cultural identity caused by the act of migration, to Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s play on her individual “otherness,” this exhibition draws powerful parallels and invites us all to reconsider our personal roles as advocates of tolerance and diversity in our own cities.
Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan.
October 26 – December 15, 2012
Artists: Shadi Ghadirian, Priya Kambli, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Gazelle Samizay, Manjari Sharma
Artists’ Reception: Thursday, November 8, 6-8 PM
Click Here for more info and images
Click Here for Social Order press release
This exhibition is generously sponsored by: