The ƒ/D Book of Pinhole

I’m very pleased that one of my images shot several years ago with a handmade lensless camera has been included in a new collection of pinhole photography from all over the world. The ƒ/D Book of Pinhole contains nearly 100 images, color and black & white, that display the range of techniques and effects available from the simplest of cameras.

The ƒ/D Book of Pinhole

boXed

I’m pleased to be included in a new exhibit at The Nave Gallery in Somerville, titled “boXed”. It features 2D and 3D works in a variety of media on the theme of boxes—physical, figurative and otherwise. My three pieces are b&w photographs printed on box templates which are partially folded and presented in shadow boxes. You can see them at the opening reception from 3-5pm on Saturday, November 19, or any Saturday or Sunday through December 18, except Thanksgiving weekend.

Oskar Nerlinger

Oskar Nerlinger At the Harvard Art Museum, I recently saw a couple of interesting photograms, apparently made using tissue paper, by Oskar Nerlinger, a German painter and graphic designer (1893-1969). Although created as illustrations for a children’s book, they exhibit a great sense of light and texture combined with a sure command of Bauhaus-style composition. A web search shows a strong continuity across his paintings, drawings, woodcuts and work in other media.

Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter I recently came across the name of Vera Lutter, reminding me of a talk she gave on her work and methods a few years ago at Harvard. Lutter uses room-size pinhole cameras and huge sheets of photo paper (8 or 10 feet wide) to create unique negative prints, many of urban or industrial landscapes (as well as some memorable images shot in an airplane hangar). Web images obviously don’t provide the experience of seeing her wonderful prints, but her work is well worth seeing in any form.

Art and Agriculture

For the last year or so, I’ve been participating in a project organized by the Concord Agriculture Committee and the Umbrella Arts Center.  Eleven juried artists, working in a variety of mediums,  were paired with 13 Concord Farms to create works based on what they saw and experienced—not just in the high season of summer, but through four successive seasons — witnessing the farming and work cycles and getting to know the people who make a farm run.

This all comes together with an exhibit at the Umbrella Arts Gallery from September 22 through November 13. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Thanks to the Marshall family at Marshall Farms for allowing me to tromp around their farm for a year, and to Mark Rosen for providing much of the film for this project (including discontinued Kodak 125PX).Art & Agriculture

Somerville Toy Camera Festival

stcf_banner

I’m happy to be involved again with the  Somerville Toy Camera Festival, which includes  exhibitions at three non-profit spaces during September and October. In addition to a wide variety of photographic images from artists all over the US (and several from other countries), there are a host of events planned around Somerville and a walk-in camera obscura at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, too.

I’ll have two images hanging at the Nave Annex in Davis Square through October 1, after the opening reception on Friday, September 8, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.