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.”

Holiday Hedonism

Whether you’re reading this when it’s fresh, or whether you’ve come across it months after posting… when one needs to make purchases by a hard deadline, any sort of help is welcome. That is why we provide this service again during the holiday season. You be the judge as to which items are bang-for-the-buck and which are only to be acquired with one’s second lottery winnings. Let’s begin with the glowing items:



On to books. Books are always good. 

The New Testament of pinhole literature is (may we have the envelope, please):

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Next item of interest: the aforementioned101 Things to Learn in Art School by Kit White.

A book which has in limbo for 40 years is finally published:

The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan by Richard Nickel, Aaron Siskind, John Vinci and Ward Miller.

Another monograph we’ve been anticipating, for a year or more, is Vivian Maier: Street Photographer

by Vivian Maier, John Maloof and Geoff Dyer (hmm… didn’t know Mr. Dyer was involved; good).

Not enough Viv? http://www.bighappyfunhouse.com/archives/11/12/16/14-55-57.html

How about The Vivian Girls? http://www.hammergallery.com/Artists/darger/Darger.htm

Perhaps you’d like to fill your freezer with things that are, um, going away soon. Kodak_Announcement-1

…or simply enjoy collecting an artist’s work in the fast track: http://blakeandrews.blogspot.com/2011/11/with-halloween-fading-in-rearview.html

Personally, all I want for Xtol Xmas is more film & paper and the time to ruin it. (And maybe a $2500 gift card.)

Happy armchair surf-shopping!

Vote Early, Vote Often

The Photo Devoto who wears f13 entered the Reader’s annual photo contest. Rather than rummaging through already-existing digital files that could be perceived, however ironic or propagandistic, as touching on the theme, she set out to make images specifically for the competition which are formally strong and non-doctrinaire. The Reader’s fbook page says: “The theme for photos is money. We’re giving away bicycles, gift cards and Ray Ban sunglasses for the submissions that receive the highest number of likes and comments in this album. This has nothing to do with which photos are published in the paper. There are some details below regarding the content here. Please contact gcook@chicagoreader.com with questions or requests.

1) Only one of your photos can win – even if two of your photos receive a million votes, you still only get ONE prize.
2) Photos with the most votes qualify you for prize winning. Votes do not determine whether or not your photo will make it into the paper. Our editorial staff will choose the pictures that will be published.
3) Your photo might be missing its title. If this makes you angry, feel free to comment below the photo and add your title.
4) If you do not see your photo, you’re not the only one. We did not post pictures that had nothing to do with the theme ‘money’. There was discretionary editing.”


They’re pictures #100 & 101; try to ignore the less than constructive criticism in the comments (apparently, not everyone has adopted a benign avocation with which to while away idle hours). Don’t wait until you’re a ghost voter: do it now!

Best. Acknowledgementofwintersfirstsnowfall. Ever.