W. o’ W.: Duane Michals

“The best part of us is not what we see, it’s what we feel. We are what we feel. We are not what we look at. We’re not our eyeballs, we’re our mind. People believe their eyeballs and they’re totally wrong. That’s why I consider most photographs extremely boring, just like Muzak, inoffensive, charming, another waterfall, another sunset. This time, colors have been added to protect the innocent. It’s just boring. But that whole arena of one’s experience, grief, loneliness, how do you photograph lust? I mean, how do you deal with these things? This is what you are, not what you see. It’s all sitting up here. I could do all my work sitting in my room. I don’t have to go anywhere.”



In the era during which the huge school gallery kept its own library of art books, our department secretary objected to keeping the Francesca Woodman monograph there. Now, some people have a shallow opinion of her (too emo): http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?t=84815

We missed the telecast, but it’s available. See what you think.


An end-of-the-year Top 15 (+21) List (as well as 20 or so “MIA”)

Surf this; find something that you can use: http://lpvmagazine.com/2011/12/top-photography-websites-of-2011/

…and surf these for what remains: http://blakeandrews.blogspot.com/2011/12/in-memoriam-photoblogs-2011_26.html

Join AA in Wauconda

“A national touring exhibition featuring works by celebrated photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) extends through January 8, 2012 at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda.

In Lake County and the Chicago area for the first time, the Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams exhibition presents a rare portfolio of 70 photographs hand-printed by the artist, and selected by him to represent the best of his life’s work.

‘The Museum Set’ collection of Adams’s favorites reveals a lifetime devoted to capturing the drama and splendor of the natural world. Through these photographs, museum visitors will be swept away to mountains and horizons in places such as Sierra Nevada and sun-baked geometries of New Mexico, and enjoy them through Adam’s keen eye for the rhythmic detail.

Adams’s prints are known for their technical mastery and subtle gradations of tone and contrast. His vision speaks of the enduring power of fine photography. He promoted his techniques through published writings and workshops, which have influenced photographers through the years.

The Lake County Discovery Museum is located on Route 176, just west of Fairfield Road and east of Wauconda in Lakewood Forest Preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students ages 18 to 25, and $2.50 for youth ages 4 to 17. Admission is discounted on Tuesdays: $3 for adults, and free for youth 17 years and under.” A $1.00 discount coupon is available on the website: How much will you have to pay: $3.00? $2.00? $2.50? $1.50? Nothing?


The Rostromedial Prefrontal Cortex — Holiday Gemini Edition


It’s one thing to have Ella’s recording of “Sleigh Ride” stuck in one’s head, especially the ending sung as triplets on a descending blues scale; but why in the world would it be alternating with Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys?

Yeesh. Happy hip holidays.


W. o’ W: Robert Adams

“Most photographs would never be taken were it not for an impulsive enjoyment, a delight that is notably free of big ideas.”

W. o’ W.: Richard Benson

“Traditional chemical photography is an extraordinarily flexible field, which, even as it disappears, has hardly been touched.”