The History of Photography (at Barrington High School)


Here it comes, people: we’re mounting an exhibit of work from students of photography (and teachers) at Borington Huge School over the decades. The work of alumni has gone in so many directions, and ‘twould be good to represent all the years in our big show, whether the pieces be from hah thkoo, art school, commercial jobs, journalistic jobs, or wherever. Send us a couple of  pieces, unmounted or framed, and we’ll get them back to you afterward.


Get in touch with us at!/bhsphoto or right here.

UPDATE: The work is accumulating nicely, and we’re still trying to get the word out to more good workers of other years. If you think of someone who should be included please don’t hesitate to have them contact us. Time is of the essence: the exhibit will be mounted on September 30! Also, a reception is now scheduled for Friday, Rocktober 11.

UPPERDATE: It’s looking as though the installation will take the better part of two days. At least four of the current and former Photography teachers will be in attendance at the reception, now confirmed as 6:30 to 8:00 on the evening of the 11th. Although participation is huge, some key alumni are still not represented, so we’ll accept whatever work for which there is room.

*UPDATE* Go look at

It’s A Noun/Verb/Adjective; It’s… Frank.

Over at LBM, our colleague Alec says: “I recently purchased an album of photographs of a Westerner in Japan. I’m hoping to make this album into a storybook, but don’t have much of a story to work with. All I know is that the man’s name is Frank and that the pictures seem to be made in the 1950′s.”


“For each picture, we’re asking participants to write a short, paragraph-long story. This can be a factual description or imaginative speculation. Some of these submissions will be included in the final book.”

You have nothing to lose.

Get Ready, Boys and Girls: It’s Almost Showtime











Here is the trailer for “Finding Vivian Maier:”


UPDATE: Ach, Ayun Halliday beat me to it. Maier and Darger, Darger and Maier:

Mural Art In Public Schools


Myron Nutting was commissioned in June 1934 to design and paint the Wauwatosa High School murals in the school’s art-deco style front lobby. Lincoln Cleveland

Anyone who stood by the railing at the well between classes will remember the three-story high mural “Spirit of Education,” the WPA mural, in the main entrance hallway of Lincoln High School in the Cleveland Municipal School District. The mural is now a cultural and historical memorial which was painted specifically for the school in 1939 by artist, William Krusoe.


The large mural on the east wall of Dubuque’s Senior High School was painted by Cyrus Ferring in his spare time, the necessary expense borne by the student fund, and is a gift from Mr. Ferring to the school. It was hung in its present location in the summer of 1935.


This appeared, unannounced, over winter break in January 2013, filling some available space above the already-busy entry wall of Barrington Huge School. Rotating displays concerning student activities (occasionally giving way to student art), sit next to a patriotic collage hung over the shoulders of the reception desk attendant.

Rather than taking the allegorical approach used by many artists commissioned in times of financial uncertainty, the new piece consists of politically-correct buzzwords partially obscured by reproductions of yearbook-style photographs, each representing a decade of this particular school’s history; current logotypes used on district and school stationery; and the district’s “motto,” written in the style of other nearby districts. The application of spot color in the monochromatic reproductions, popular in 1980s television commercials and used sparingly (once) in a 186-minute Stephen Spielberg film twenty years ago, is employed no fewer than five times, apparently in an effort to unify the images. The designer is anonymous (design may have been by committee).

Viv Lives!

“Open through summer 2013”

Submit Your Portraits to SHOTS

Good ol’ SHOTS Magazine falls somewhere between the pop photo publications and, say, Aperture: it’s not full of not gear geeks or techies, nor does it aspire to the worlds of universities or galleries. It’s full of earnest enthusiasm and well-made pictures. If you’re enthusiastic enough to hit their August 1 deadline (or if your name is Ernest), send your pictures for the theme issue.

Everybody makes portraits, right?

Viva Vivian

Here are some images from vintage prints by Vivian Maier that you have not seen before. Some are as small as 3×3 inches; any of them would fit in your hand. They’re not from the collection that prompted the blockbuster Cultural Center show and the book.

Go look at the collection, but ya gotta hurry. The Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery is above Dusty Groove America; perhaps you already know where that is. Read all about it at and contact me here if you need directions/encouragement. At the gallery, you might see Ben, who was so nice to everyone at the Tony Wight Gallery on the day of the AP “Power Walk In The Noonday Sun” field trip.

Here’s a little deep background on some of the work:

We’ve Got Your Bach on the Street

This summer, when you’re downtown, go listen to Leyla I. Royale busking with her ‘cello at Michigan and Huron.

Annual Art Department Awards

Our AP 2-D Design Studio Student of the year is Michelle Henneberry!

Our Photography Student of the year: Kendall Wallin!

Thanks to all who attended, enjoyed, and generously participated.

“Vivian Maier makes me cry.”

More exciting news about another book from Richard Cahan.