Now, Joe Jachna

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One of his former students posted this on social media: “Joe Jachna passed away on March 14th. It’s difficult to express how important he was to so many of his students. One of the luckiest things that ever happened to me was casually registering for his Photography class. It changed my life. And I realize that he became a sort of North Star for me – his teaching and example guiding me through over 45 years as a photographer and teacher. He was a wonderful person, gentle, smart, calm, principled, funny, and kind. He completely separated his practice of photography from the pursuit of career success, concentrating on the search for intrinsic value in photographs and devoting himself to the joys and challenges of photographic exploration. He presented and exemplified a model for a sustained and principled life as a photographer. I’m still guided by things he told us. When my work is going poorly, I remember him saying encouraging things like “You have to take the bad photographs to get to the good photographs.” But his value as a teacher cannot be summarized by the many stories and comments that stick with me – it was more fundamental. Joe taught without ego or baggage. He arrived in each class displaying a true love of photography, and a conviction that photography was important. Perhaps even more crucial, he always looked for – and found – wonderful potential in his students and their work. Often, that gave us our first bursts of confidence as photographers. He took our work seriously, and that helped us take our work, and ourselves, seriously. I’m pretty certain that without his teaching and encouragement I would not be a photographer and teacher today. Joe was truly beloved. He made wonderful photographs. He was an extraordinary teacher. He had such a profound and positive effect on so many of us. I’ve so grateful to have known him. Rest in peace, Joe.”

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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=Joseph-David-Jachna&pid=179412454

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After more than a year of wading through bureaucratic mire, Kimberly and Rebecca have opened a beautiful new space on Milwaukee Avenue. Hie thee thither!

Chicago’s New, Crowdfunded Bookstore is a Glimpse of the Future

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Artur Fischer, 1919-2016

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Father of the electronic flash! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/business/international/artur-fischer-inventor-with-more-patents-than-edison-dies-at-96.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

Golden Silver Nuggets, from Lee Friedlander

…and from Richard Benson. Given the relative paucity of Friedlander’s statements, this is gold, Jerry, gold.

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Good Night, Elsa.

A “perverse combination of dime store photography and Renaissance portraiture.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/06/arts/design/with-film-supply-dwindling-a-photographer-known-for-huge-portraits-stares-at-retirement.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=wide-thumb&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0

Be sure to follow all of the links as well.

http://radioboston.wbur.org/2015/12/30/elsa-dorfman

Photographer Elsa Dorfman with her 20x24 Polaroid camera in her studio. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Photographer Elsa Dorfman with her 20×24 Polaroid camera in her studio. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Estenopeico’s Decalogue, According to Fefo

1) Un estenopeico,no compra cámaras, se las hace.

2) A un estenopeico, generalmente le regala una cámara, otro estenopeico.

3) Un estenopeico si eventualmente, tiene que comprar una cámara, será estenopeica.

4) A un estenopeico, déjalo libre, porque en el espacio de la libertad, es donde mejor esta.

5) Nunca le preguntes a un estenopeico cuantas cámaras tiene (no tiene idea de cuantas tiene…. o tendrá).

6) Un estenopeico, no se olvida una cámara en un poste, está haciendo una solarigrafia.

7) Para un estenopeico, todas las fotos estenopeicas están buenas o muy buenas o impresionantemente buenas.

8) Para un estenopeico, solo dos o tres fotos estenopeicas, son malas, pero algo de bueno seguro tienen.

9) A un estenopeico lo entiende, otro estenopeico mucho, alguna persona más, otras no lo entienden.

10) Un estenopeico, no compite, comparte.

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1) A pinhole photographer doesn’t buy cameras, he makes them.

2) A pinhole photographer usually gives a camera to another pinhole photographer.

3) If a pinhole photographer eventually has to buy camera, it will be a pinhole camera.

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4) Let a pinhole photographer go free, because freedom of space is better for this.

5) Never ask a pinhole photographer how many cameras he has. He has no idea how many he has (or will have).

6) A pinhole photographer won’t forget a camera on a pole; he’s doing a solargraph.

7) For a pinhole photographer, most pinhole photos are good. Or very good. Or really, really good.

8) For a pinhole photographer, only two or three pinhole photos are bad (they gotta have some).

9) One pinhole photographer understands another pinhole photographer very well; others just don’t understand.

10) A pinhole photographer doesn’t not compete, he shares.

From the Annals of the 20th Century’s Greatest Vocalists

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Sony owns the Columbia catalogue. Check the fourth paragraph.

http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/press_releases/2015/08_15/080515_milesahead.html

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