Fall 2007 Newsletter
It was a busy summer and fall, and winter
looks even busier!
I'm just back from the LA area where I had a
chance to do a lot of work with my Rollie SL-66. This camera (one of
Brett Weston's favorites) provides me a great change of pace from
working with the larger Arca-Swiss 8x10 camera. The Rollie is like a
little view camera with its bellows and front tilt.
I got the chance to see the Edward Weston
show at the Getty and hear Kim speak about his grandfather and his own
photography. It is definitely a show to see (about 160 prints) and while
there you should pick up the fine new Getty book: "Edward Weston's Book
of Nudes". The book is based on the mock- up for a book Nancy Newhall
was putting together while Edward was alive. Our friend Brett Abbott did
a fine job editing the book.
I also attended the
Three Generations Of
Weston show at Freestyle Photographic in Hollywood. I'm a member of the
Freestyle Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals and it was nice
to visit their store and gallery and see how seriously they take their
commitment to film photography. They even carry 11x14 sheet film in
stock that I have been using for my Alternative Process printing. The
whole staff there is very friendly and knowledgeable.
In late July at Photo Arts Santa Fe, I
shared a booth with Kim and Gina Weston and attended APIS 2007
(Alternative Photographic International Symposium) presented by the good
people at Bostick & Sullivan. This event happens every two years, so
plan to attend the event in 2009 because its a lot of fun.
Kim spoke at the Symposium and also
introduced his large Painted Photographs which are just great and were
very well received in Santa Fe. Check them out on his website www.Kim
Weston.com along with his other great work. I showed my 8x10 POP prints
that also got a lot of attention.
A speaker at APIS was Rondal Partridge (son
of Imogen Cunningham) and at age 90 a vibrant gentleman with incredible
stories from his 70 years in photography, along with a fine body of
photographs that everyone should see. Look for the book "Quizzical Eye,
The Photography of Rondal Partridge" to see his work.
Photo Eye in Santa
Fe has it available. I had the pleasure of introducing Erica Weston
(Brett's daughter) to Rondal during the festivities.
Most of the summer I've worked with the 8x10
Arca-Swiss camera making POP Contact Prints. I love the POP (print out
paper) paper and the process of trying to make full tonal prints in the
manner of Edward Weston, who once reflected that his only limitation was
the edge of his ground glass. For the next couple of months or so I will
be working with an 11x14 camera and making POP contact prints from that
format. Our friends at
Bostick & Sullivan sell the POP paper and toning
kits necessary along with any other materials for your alternative
I have added a one day of "Introduction to
POP" instruction to my
POP along with the
Platinum Printing hourly tutorials are always available. I
also teach 5-7 Day Private Tutorials where we will work with the camera
to expose the proper negatives, develop the negatives, and then make the
final prints. You will learn a lot in this short, intense period of time
of both field and darkroom work and you will go home with some finished
prints. When the cold weather hits your area of the country, you might
want to schedule one of these tutorials here in Phoenix because Arizona
is very beautiful and accessible in the fall and winter months.
On November 4-6 I co-taught an
Workshop with Rod Klukas (Arizona's Photographic Guru!) in the wonderful
Wickenburg, Arizona area. We had a great group of people attend the
workshop. This is a great workshop to get comfortable with your view
camera, make some great photos, and have some fun, so watch my website
for details on the next one in March 2008.
Scotland Platinum Portfolio is now
available and is limited to an edition of 10 portfolios. It contains Ten
4x5 Platinum Prints and is priced at $2,000 per portfolio. Let me know
if you are interested as this small edition will sell out quickly.
I also have a selection of
for sale. Please contact
me if you are interested in any used equipment.
As always, please let me know if you are ever in the Phoenix area and
want to visit, look at prints, or go photographing.