Monday, December 28, 2009

Tour: Photography Collection

Tour: Photography Collection

All Photography students should make plans to attend this Tour at the Portland Art Museum:
We will be meeting inside at the member's entrance at 5:45pm. Bring a small notebook and pencil. Laptop bags and large backpacks are not allowed and must be checked in.
It is FREE if you have your student museum membership: it costs $10 for the academic year, forms are avail at the membership counter - allow an extra 20 - 30 minutes to fill it out and get it processed.

Docent tour of the Photography Collection
Thursday, January 28
6:00 P - 7:00 P

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Tours are free for Members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Beyond Place: Recent Photography Acquisitions:

Beyond Place: Recent Photography Acquisitions:
Beyond Place: Recent Photography Acquisitions
DEC 5, 2009 – MAR 14, 2010

Beyond Place: Recent Photography Acquisitions explores place as a subject in photographs by an international roster of artists. The selected works are mostly free of the human figure and focus instead on the power of the photograph to imaginatively transport the viewer, to inspire emotional musings, and to reveal the unknown.

Monday, May 18, 2009


go to the 'how to' here

Cool stuff - stand in one place, take a lot of shots - don't leave any holes - get the boring stuff too! - and assemble!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

women of the photo league

site here
From 1936 through 1951, the Photo League offered classes, exhibitions, lectures, and
friendship to New Yorkers united by an interest in photography and, as Erika Stone recalled, an
idealistic desire to “make the world a better place.” Teachers such as Paul Strand, Aaron
Siskind and Sid Grossman insisted that strong documents also had to be excellent pictures, a
philosophy nurtured by lecturers Beaumont Newhall, Ansel Adams, and W. Eugene Smith. At
the Photo League, professionals and amateurs alike joined to use the darkroom and enjoyed
lively discussions at every gathering. Their monthly journal, Photo Notes, was filled with gossip
and jokes along with serious criticism and reviews. The League sponsored exhibitions when no
museum (including MoMA) had galleries devoted to photography.

In 1947, the Photo League appeared on a long list of organizations identified with the
Communist Party. Efforts to counter the allegation included a large exhibition, This Is the Photo
League, with photographs by members and supporters such as Rudy Burckhardt, Nancy
Newhall, and Lisette Model. But in 1949, Angela Calomiris, a League member and F.B.I.
informant, publicly testified that members of the organization were Communist. The League
disbanded in 1951, a casualty of the Red Scare.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Alexis Pike at Blue Sky

As a sixth generation Idahoan, the landscape of the West influences Alexis Pike's work. In Claimed: Landscape, Pike explores the way communities and individuals stake claims on the picturesque landscape and place it within the conventional structures of the community. Pike says, "by making a photograph of these claimed territories, I am staking my own claim to my heritage, the landscape.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

making a pinhole camera - the basics

A pinhole camera is, at the most basic level, a eensy weensy camera obscura. It is a light-tight container in which you place your negative material - that can be either your film or your paper - and you record the image that is focused by the pinhole upon that material.

Kodak has a basic 'how to' here

But part of your reading and research about pinhole cameras will start here.

I've been telling people instant coffee will rot yer gut for years now....

This link on Photojojo is where you will find complete instructions.
quoted text:
"Seriously, Coffee?!

Okay, first things first: using coffee to develop film is not something Ansel Adams would do. But it works, it gives your film a distinctive look, and it has a certain MacGuyver-ish flair. Think of it like using a plastic camera- it’s more about having fun than getting technically flawless results.

With most film types, the results will be more contrasty and grainy than regular developer. If you do this with color film (negatives or transparencies), you’ll end up with black-and-white negatives.

Here’s the thing, though: different films will have different results. Some will develop perfectly in 12 minutes, others will take up to 20 minutes. Shoot a test roll of your favorite film, develop it for 12 minutes and see how it turns out. If it’s too thin, it needs more time. If the negatives come out opaque, it needs less time."

Friday, January 2, 2009

encore presentation - drawing with light

You need to check this out HERE

Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge

Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957
OCT 4, 2008 – JAN 11, 2009

From rock formations to waterfalls, vast curves and bends to massive mountain views, the Columbia River Gorge’s beauty has been an inspiration to professional and amateur photographers alike for nearly 150 years. The images in Wild Beauty, a 90-year photographic survey of the Columbia River Gorge, comprise some of the most striking and poignant pictures taken of the area from 1867 to 1957.

The exhibition, consisting of more than 200 photographs, is a historical journey through unique geography, advancing technology, and abundant talent, chronicling the beauty and changing character of this dramatic passage of river.