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Lightbox Gallery call for entries – Katherine Thayer memorial Gum Bichromate show
Regular readers of my blog will probably remember the notice I posted last year about Katherine Thayer’s passing. Katherine was a tremendous gum bichromate printer and an extremely generous teacher of the process. Lightbox gallery in Astoria, Oregon is organizing a commemorative exhibit and has put out a call for entries for the show (link above).
To reprint the notice on the LightBox web page,
LIGHTBOX PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY CALL FOR ENTRIES
Two Friends Who Never Met
An Exhibit of Gum Bichromate Prints
In Memory and in Honor of Katharine Thayer
featuring the work of Katharine Thayer and Diana Bloomfield
with a juried exhibit of Gum Bichromate Prints
Juror – Diana Bloomfield
We welcome you to share in the beauty of the hand-made print, and specifically, the gum bichromate print,
with a juried exhibit as part of this memoriam for Katherine.
This exhibit serves to illuminate Katharine’s artistry— her admiration for, dedication to, and mastery of gum printing.
This exhibit also celebrates her legacy and her years-long friendship with Diana.
I had a mental picture of the kind of photograph I wanted to make. I had never seen any photographs like them, but I was determined to find a way to make them, these pictures I saw in my head. Their colors were soft and relatively unsaturated, but with a kind of glow about them . . . I set out first to teach myself to print in gum, then to adapt the method to produce the kinds of pictures I wanted to make, and have been making them ever since – Katharine Thayer – katharinethayer.com
Katherine Thayer was a long-time resident of Oregon and a masterful gum bichromate printer. She was also a generous teacher to those who struggled to learn this ultimately rewarding, yet often challenging, 19th century printing process. In Katharine’s words, “learning gum printing involves some trial and error, and there’s no short cut to mastery; a person successful in mastering the process will have some staying power and possess a sense of humor and some tolerance for failure.”
Katharine was also a decades-long member of “The List” , an Alternative Process listserv— a free and open online discussion list related to all things ‘alternative’ in the photographic printing world. For Katharine, of course, this meant gum printing. Currently, over 600 people world-wide are members of this List, and this is where Diana Bloomfield, a native North Carolinian, photographer and printer, first met Katharine. In the middle of teaching herself to make gum prints, Diana gleaned invaluable bits of information from those on the List, but she learned the most from Katharine and from her website (KatharineThayer.com). In the midst of all the questions, and in-between Katharine’s tireless mentoring, the two became good friends. They corresponded via email almost daily, and they were once in a group pinhole exhibit together in the Seattle area. Diana was also in a group exhibit at LightBox, where Katharine was a frequent visitor. Still, they never met.
Danielle Ezzo makes beautiful salt prints. You should check out her work!
She has an upcoming show at Galerie Protege in New York, the opening is October 11.
Lovingly Distant, by Danielle Ezzo
Ok – I managed to get my FotoWeekDC portfolio contest entry submitted. With three hours to spare, give or take. I’m submitting nine images from my Colors of Night series. I finally got to take advantage of my (rather pricey) large format film holders for my scanner, and re-scanned some of my 5×7 negatives from San Francisco. I submitted 5 San Francisco and 4 Washington DC night shots. Fingers crossed, they’ll go over well.
For more information about FotoWeekDC – https://www.fotoweekdc.org
FotoWeekDC started about three years ago. It’s becoming a really big deal and drawing international attention to the photography scene here in DC.
Ok- I’ve got my wall finished. And with hours to spare! Isn’t it purty?
Here’s my exhibit, in progress of being mounted.
Postcard for Artomatic 2012
My promo postcards arrived via UPS today. They’re awesome! The printing is outstanding, as is to be expected from ModernPostcard (http://www.modernpostcard.com). I got them 6.5 x 8.5, as there was no price difference between that size and 5×7. 500 should be enough to last me through Artomatic and still have leftovers to send out.
Feedback on the card design, both front and back, is welcome. I trimmed the white space on the back when making the JPG to save on file size.
Modern Postcard is a great company to deal with – they provide you with design templates for both front and rear in a variety of application packages (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark to name a few), and provide very simple instructions on how to prepare the files and how to transmit them to get the best results. You can even download monitor ICC profiles for proofing to be sure what you envision matches what they print. Are they the cheapest? No, but they are top quality, and you don’t have to agree to get daily spam emails from them in order to have postcards printed at a discount unlike some other printing firms (cough,cough, vistaprint, cough, cough).
Well, today was a very busy and successful day. I had an early morning, taking my SharePoint certification exam. This was my second time. Last time, I failed with a score of 570-ish (you need a 700 out of 1000 to pass). Today, I got a 957, which means that I missed only one question. I’m very psyched at the turnaround, and I owe a debt of thanks to an iPad app, VCE mobile.
Then I went over to the site of this year’s Artomatic. This will be the biggest Artomatic ever – 390,000 square feet; enough room for 1700+ artists. I found a great wall space to hang my work on the 11th floor, near the elevator, with a view of the Potomac River and National Airport. We’ve got until May 13th now to get our work up on the wall, which is pretty tight time, but I’ll manage somehow.
For those who don’t live in the Washington DC metropolitan area, Artomatic is this HUGE “art happening”, by artists for artists, with no jury or curation, just pick a 12′ wall and hang your work to your heart’s desire. It encompasses just about every conceivable artistic means of expression, from painting, photography, drawing, sculpture to music, theater, dance, performance art, video, poetry and the just plain incomprehensible. Artomatic strives to be a bi-annual event, but that doesn’t always happen, as it has no permanent home and is dependent on property owners of large empty spaces being interested in making those spaces available. The last few Artomatics have featured something on the order of 1000+ 2-d/3-d artists and 600 performers of some kind. The whole thing is produced on a volunteer basis, which makes it all the more amazing that it even happens at all.
For more information about Artomatic in general, the history of the event, and schedules for this year’s event, go to Artomatic.org
Important dates relating to this year’s Artomatic:
- May 18 – Artomatic Opens
- June 2 – Meet the Artist Night (I will be there, with wine and cheese if allowed)
- June 23 – Artomatic Closes
The show is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12 noon to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12 noon to 1 AM, and Sundays 12 noon to 5 PM. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. There is a recommended $5 donation for admission, but it is pay what you can. Despite the fact that over 75,000 people attended, Artomatic did not make a profit – this is a very expensive, labor intensive effort to produce a show of this size and scope.
I have NOT yet decided what work I will be putting in the show. It’s a toss-up between doing some really large color prints of my night-time work, or making some new platinum/palladium/gum male nude images inspired by Japanese landscape screens. The $64,000 question is will I have enough time to produce that work before installation is over.
I’ve got two news items to announce. I’ll be in an invitational show at Glen Echo Photoworks from April 12-May 7, and I’m teaching my Introduction to Platinum/Palladium Printing class May 5-6 also at Glen Echo Photoworks.
Please come to the opening reception for the show, April 22 – I’ll be speaking briefly about my work. I’ll be showing some selections of my work from Argentina.
April 13-May 7
Alternative Visions – An Alternative Process Photography Exhibition
Scott Barnes, Andrew Currie, Scott Davis, Sheila Galagan, Barbara Maloney, Janet Matthews, Richard Pippin, George Smyth, Grace Taylor
Opening reception and Gallery Talk 6-6:30pm. Sunday April 22 5-7:30
If you are interested in registering for the Intro to Platinum/Palladium, you can find the link on the Photoworks website
The class is a hands-on two day course on the basics of platinum/palladium printing. Topics covered include history, technical basics (chemistry, equipment, paper), major process controls (negatives, exposure, processing), and fine controls (contrast, process variations). This is a film and wet darkroom focused course – I will be providing a 5×7 camera and film, and we will shoot film negatives and make prints from the same. Digital negative making will NOT be covered due to the number of potential variables involved in working from student supplied images.
Please note: As of the date of this announcement, there are only two spaces remaining in the class – don’t hesitate if you are interested. If this class sells out, I will discuss running it again in the fall with the Photoworks staff.
Here is the press release about the Glen Echo Photoworks events coming up for FotoWeek DC. I will be participating in the “Celebration of Alternative Processes Symposium” on Sunday, November 6 and running a demo of Platinum/Palladium printing on Wednesday, November 9. I know a lot of the other presenters and they’re really great people and great artists. This will be a terrific event and I’m really looking forward to it.
PHOTOWORKS FOTOWEEK 2011
Celebrate The Alternatives!
Photo Symposium & Workshops
Image by Barbara Maloney
Cyanotype Workshop with Barbara Maloney
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Glen Echo Park, MD 20812
Register: www.glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2226
Whether you are new to non-silver processes or not,
this one-day workshop promises to be a lot of fun.
We will make cyanotype photographs, photograms and collages.
The class includes toning, hand-color and overprinting gum bichromate.
Celebration of Alternative Process Symposium
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2011
Time: 11 AM – 4 PM
Glen Echo Park, MD 20812
Cost: FREE — Lunch Break — Drinks & Desserts Provided RSVP: Event is FREE. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of artists whose work embraces the use of historic
photography processes and hand-applied emulsions
will show and discuss their work and processes every 30 minutes.
Guest Artists are listed below, in order of their presentations…
Barbara Maloney, “Temperaprint, Photo Etching, Cyanotype”
Scott Davis, “Platinum and Palladium”
Sheila Galagan, “Lith Printing”
Andrew Currie, “Tintype”
Grace Taylor, “VanDyke Brown”
George Smyth, “Bromoil”
Keith Williams, “Monobath, IR, UV”
Richard Pippin, “Lith Printing”
Platinum & Palladium Printing & Variations
Workshop with Scott Davis
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Time: 7 PM – 9 PM
Place: Photoworks Studio
Glen Echo Park, MD 20812
Scott Davis will demonstrate the beautiful and noble platinum,
palladium and ziatype printing processes. Discussion includes
tools, chemistry, paper choices, coating techniques, processing,
contrast control, and techniques for affecting image color.
Tips and tricks for great prints will be shared
Bromoil Workshop with George Smyth
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Glen Echo Park, MD 20812
Cost: $120 plus $30 supply cost
Bromoil is an early photographic process popular with the Pictorialists
and is presently being revived by fine art photographers with endless
possibilities for expression. Topics covered are: digital negatives,
silver gelatin papers, mixing chemistry, and bleaching prints.
Students will have the opportunity to ink a few prints (provided).
Smyth will conclude with the “finishing” and presentation of prints.
Photoworks Photography School will offer
Alternative Process Workshops
in Spring 2012 as part of the course curriculum.
An Alternative Process Exhibit will be held
in the Photoworks Gallery in April 2012.
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812