Lewis Baltz, 1945-2014

“Being a White Anglo-Saxon Straight Male, I brought a certain ethic to my job, trying to give a good day’s work for fair pay. So, I always took it seriously, and did it as well as I could. But it was never near my heart. I was always an artist who supported himself by teaching.” Unknown

“It might be more useful, if not necessarily more true, to think of photography as a narrow, deep area between the novel and film.”

images “This was the richest, most powerful country in the world, and what did it do? It made shopping malls, tract houses, industrial parks…” http://bcove.me/z4z4byh1 Unknown-1 “…I never had much confidence in art that was scolding people. I don’t want to say that late Capitalism is wrong and that we shouldn’t do it. It’s more interesting to plant doubt in people’s minds…”

W. o’ W.: Steve Albini


“Music has entered the environment as an atmospheric element, like the wind, and in that capacity should not be subject to control and compensation. Well, not unless the rights holders are willing to let me turn the tables on it. If you think my listening is worth something, OK then, so do I. Play a Phil Collins song while I’m grocery shopping? Pay me $20. Def Leppard? Make it $100. Miley Cyrus? They don’t print money big enough.”




A Serious Little Tripod

Seriously, people, let’s get serious. Here is a substantial “tiny” tripod with which to stuff someone’s stocking.


Read about it on the Cool Tools website–and then everything else on hold whilst you trawl through that site for the rest of your busy broadcast day.


As well, check out the Glif, linked inside that entry: http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/9723


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“Not long ago there were video stores in which you could browse among the shelves, discovering films you had heard of and always meant to try. Most of these stores are history… Supply rewards demand–what else is it to do? When people no longer know what to ask for, some films will go out of stock.

This is not written in anger or indignation. Cinephilia is well catered to now–so long as it is prepared to overlook the memory of movies as a screen-projected film and maybe two thousand people watching. That was the context that made moviegoing not just important but essential. So are movies settling back into the status occupied by novels? That’s possible, and we can be comfortable with it. But consider this possibility: that movies were once based on an inspiring contract, according to which “everyone” could see and be moved by some marvel all at once. That was the nature of a mass medium, and it went beyond entertainment, art, or culture. it was a hope for preserving our perilous existence and sharing experience.” -David Thomson, in The New Republic

Henry. Wessel.


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Admitted via Raptortech!

It’s come to this:


Q. o’ th’ D.: James Brown

“I’m well rested now.


But I miss being tired.”

Critical Mass Top 50

Photolucida, in Oregon, has solicited entries, juried work, and announced the honorees in (the 7th?) “CriticalMass” event. Prominent among the prominent is Patty Carroll, whose artist’s statement is worth noting:

“Photographers observe, comment, criticize, and make fun of the worlds we live in by interacting with reality, and visibly displaying those perceptions in images. My training was as a straight, documentary photographer, but I stray back into the studio to make up fictional worlds.

I believe that every artist has a moment or time which became a defining point in their life view, and as we struggle to discover it, we repeat work trying to either recreate that moment, or possibly redefine it. As our inner and outer worlds collide, photography seems to be the most satisfying way of expressing that convergence.

Perhaps there are several moments that define a personality, and I look deeply for each one as it emerges. Artists often go to great lengths to find their soul place. Fortunately for me in this work, I only have to return to Park Ridge, either metaphorically or in actuality to find my defining moments and place.”





Photographers’ Sketchbooks

Presently (one month from now), a promising new resource for all of us: 43 short chapter entries which display how creative camera workers prepare for executing their visual ideas (as in these illustrations).




( These examples are taken from a 1977 issue of Creative Camera magazine. I don’t know if these workers are included in the book, but for the remaining time until the release date, there’s a Major Award for the first person to identify correctly whose sketches these are.)

Molly Crabapple’s 14 Rules

Excerpts from which:

Don’t work for free for rich people. Seriously. Don’t don’t don’t.

Just by busting your ass, you’re probably good enough to put yourself forward, so why not try?