W. o’ W.: Barbara Crane

“Chance extends the boundaries of my imagination. I try to set up a framework to allow this to happen: I choose where I stand; I determine the tonalities; I select the forms; I look for the right light. Then I give chance a little room to perform for me.”

Perfect. (Or, not.)

Marvin Heiferman’s mini-essay puts things into perspective a little bit:


(I suppose I could find out for myself [perhaps by familiarizing myself with the rules] why, when soccer games end 0-0, one team advances in the tournament and another might be eliminated.) I (and, I daresay, we) have enough on our plate (I’ll let that potential pun slide — that one as well) with the baseball rule book. I just like Mr. Heiferman’s conclusion.


For those of you who are participating in Sofobomo this year (June-July), Tyler Monson’s work in Iceland is an excellent example of something that works well.
“I am doing some things differently this time. First off, the blog will be completed when you first see it; there will not be ongoing posts, so it is more like a book than a journal (although I might make changes). Also, like a book, it begins at the top/front and ends at the bottom/back — as Mother Nature intended.
“Look—but look slowly—rewards can be found in the smallest, and quietest, of places.
“And remember:
Assuming that my pictures are documents or records of anything, because they appear to be photographs, is just lazy thinking and you should stop it.”

W. o’ W.: Bill Dixon, 1925-2010

“When I play, whether you like it or not, I mean it.”


Work by Kelsey Zimmermann

This is long overdue. Dig the variety and inventiveness. Kelsey is an “alumna from the” class of 2008.

There is strong form as well as a sense of light; done, and done. 

A Massive Exhibit from Sotheby’s and Polaroid

Watch this little promotional video, then consider a road trip to New York next weekend:


An opportunity to see work of this scope may not occur again in a lifetime. (The fact that the Type 55 film used by St. Ansel for a trio of different-size prints was in fact Kodak’s Panatomic-X in a Polaroid product does not in any way diminish Adams’s achievement.)

The 63-print mosaic is SX-70 prints, spat out from a hand-held camera (as is the Warhol self-portrait at the top; the nine unique prints that make Chuck Close’s self-portrait are each 20×24 inches, as are the Wegman Weimeraners.

UPDATE: Even though this was a court-ordered dispersal of collateral, it comprised only 1% of Polaroid’s collection.

Summer School Hours

Summer School Fo-Do, one of the best imaginable experiences in huge school, will run from 7:20 to 12:00, June 14-July 1.

Some of you have expressed an interest in picking up work; please e-mail Yours Truly at least one day in advance in order to facilitate matters, and to make sure we’ll even be there. Work pick-up time will be noon on days when it’s feasible.

If you’d like to use the lab on a particular day, likewise get in touch ahead of time to be certain there’s room.

If we’re engrossed in some sort of media presentation, please do not mar our mood by doing anything with the door.


At http://www.360atlas.com/demo.html, a real White Guy shows how he made our planet his own, and is selling a DVD (not unlike Mark Klett’s free, more engaging, site “Third View”- see link at right) of his panoramic pictures made with a Globuscope, designed by the aptly-named Globus brothers (yes, that’s their real name; you realize, of course, that I’m in no position to make fun of names). At http://globuscope.com/ you’ll see that the odds of acquiring a Globuscope are daunting. Fear not, especially if you prefer toys over quality: http://www.lomography.com/magazine/news/2010/06/09/spinner-360?utm_source=www&utm_medium=teaserPhotos&utm_campaign=spinner360

When I Hear Summer, I Hear Albumen. In Pittsburgh.

Albumen prints were the dominant photographic process for the latter half of the 19th century. They survive to this day, and they are beautiful.

You can learn how to make your own in the City of Bridges during the weekend before the All-Star break.


Your Instrument, Your Voice

Recast this as photography: