After all the months of travel, I’ve had a really great time in December cleaning, catching up, socializing, and planning for 2008. If only we had more weeks like this, where everything shuts down…
Here’s a taste of some of the fun coming up for the brand-new year of 2008:
“Unrefined Light: Image-Making with Plastic Cameras and their Friends” is a juried toy camera exhibition happening at the Foundry Arts Center in St Charles, Missouri, this spring. It’s a nationally open call for art, and I’m the juror! The deadline is January 28th, 2008, so get your work together and send it in – I can’t wait to see it! Find the link for the prospectus and application here., or click here to download the PDF.
The opening is March 28th, and I’ll be there for it. Plus, I’ll be teaching a workshop that weekend. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.
There are several other toy cameras shows happening year in New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and online. See here for details.
As it happens, I’ll be in San Francisco for the opening of Rayko Photo’s National Juried Plastic Camera Exhibition, opening Tuesday, January 8th. I’ll be back in SF at the end of the show to teach a workshop at Rayko on Feb 9th and 12th.
I’m hoping to go down to New Orleans to teach a workshop there during their exhibition. More details as I get them.
This week my new adventure in the Bay Area is a digital printing residency with the Creator’s Equity Foundation. The project, 21 Days of Black Rock City, is bringing in 10 or so photographers to their space in Berkeley to make large-format digital prints and mount them, using the newest high-end printer and mounting machine, with all the materials supplied. The prints be shown at an exhibition in the Bay Area, hopefully sometime this year. Very exciting!
On March 1st, the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA, is hosting a panel discussion with the photographers who are part of the “Photography Biennial: 9 Photographers to Watch from the Pacific Northwest” exhibition. Since the opening got snowed out, I believe we’ll be having some sort of party in conjunction with the talk. I’ll also be teaching a workshop there on April 26th.
Later in March, I’ll be heading to Denver for the Society for Photographic Education‘s national conference. I’ve been the last few years (Portland, Chicago and Miami), and always have a great time. The theme this year is “Agents of Change: Art and Advocacy,” and the presentations look especially interesting. My friend (and contributing editor of my book), Mary Ann Lynch, is giving a talk, as is Angela Faris-Belt, who is also having her book release party, for “The Elements of Photography,” coming out in Feb by Focal Press. I have some photos in the book, so I’m looking forward to seeing it! Congratulations Angela!
At the end of June, I’ll be teaching a week-long workshop at the Maine Photographic Workshops (now part of the Maine Media Workshops), where I got my start, way back in 1991. The workshop, Toying with Creativity (June 28-July 5, 2008), will be an extended version of the class I’ve been teaching for years, and recently, all over the US. During the week, we’ll have lots of time to play and experiment with the cameras, and also in the darkroom and digital lab. Plus, the class occurs over the 4th of July, so it’ll be a great opportunity to experiment with photographing fireworks and festivities!
I have more talks and workshops in the works for 2008, so keep an eye on the website, or let me know if you’re interested in having me come to a location near you!
Happy New Year!