W. Eugene Smith’s Darkroom Sink

 

Sam Stephenson, the author of a book on W. Eugene Smith and of this article that was published on the Literary Hub website, was sold the entire contents of W. Eugene Smith‘s darkroom by his son, Patrick, the little boy in Smith’s iconic image “A Walk to Paradise Garden” (below) in 2006, on the condition that he could buy it back from Stephenson at the same price if necessary. So with the addition of a glass top it becomes a fully functional writing desk yet it’s able to return to its original state in a mere matter of minutes.

After 20 years of research—24 cross-country visits to Smith’s archive, and more than 500 interviews in 26 states and Japan—I finish writing my book about Gene Smith in Durham, North Carolina, standing at my bar-high desk made from his eight-foot stainless-steel darkroom sink, the same sink he installed in his Sixth Avenue loft in the late 1950s. Behind my desk sits his custom-made heart-of-pine light board that he used to inspect negatives.

 

“The Walk to Paradise Garden” —  W. Eugene Smith, 1946

 

MCAD Polymergravure Class

MCAD Printmaking Studio

 

The good news is that the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has asked me to teach my Introduction to Polymer Photogravure class once again this autumn. The even better news is that this time it’s for eight weeks instead of six. This means not only more class time, but more out of class access too, because students are allowed to work in the print studio as long as a class isn’t using the space.

 

Polymer photogravure is a non-toxic and environmentally friendlier alternative to the traditional copperplate photogravure process. I’ve been working with this process for nearly 20 years now, and giving workshops in it for the last 10, and it’s a process that can yield beautiful, tactile prints from photographs, whether the original starts as a digital file or film.

 

More information and a basic outline of the process can be found on my website here, otherwise the class is on MCAD’s website here.

 

Newsletter — June 2017

 

Otherworld

 

Otherworld, my current work in progress, uses photographs taken in the upper Midwest to render possible models of the Earth-like planets currently being sought by NASA’s Kepler mission, and it also references the mythologies of many cultures that establish a land that is home to spiritual beings or the dead. These mythical other worlds of hope or doom often share characteristics with our familiar earthly landscapes, and I am using photographs of real places to suggest realms that may or may not exist. These images use barren terrains to suggest the earthlike landscapes photographed by rovers and other missions in space. As an immigrant, the landscapes of the upper Midwest continue to surprise me. This adds a personal layer to my depictions of territories that appear familiar yet remain unknowable.

 

Otherworld is informed by an earlier project, DARK MATTER, which I made in conjunction with the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.  Where DARK MATTER focused on a specific site, Otherworld will be more of a fanciful musing on our curiosity. We send missions deep into space to search for evidence of other possible worlds, and we create mythological homes for our gods and our dead. How can I depict the geography of our desire? I use this world to create models of others, exploiting the dark tones to create barriers for understanding, always holding something back.

 

More information and images can be found here.

 

 

New Polymergravure Edition

 

This edition is of an image I made near the Saguaro National Park, AZ, just before an amazing monsoon storm rolled in and the roads flooded.

 

The temperature that day had been around 100ºF and humid and the Park Rangers weren’t allowing anyone in who didn’t have water with them. The couple before me had to turn around because they were refused entry. I’m used to the heat and humidity, living in Minnesota, but this was wild, especially since I was halfway up a long trail when I started to see the lightning in the distance. I managed to get back down and to the car just as the wind picked up.

 

Frame not included

 

Details

This edition is hand printed on Hahnemühle Copperplate Etching using Charbonnel inks. All prints are numbered, titled, dated and signed on the reverse, and signed and numbered on the front.

 

I’m offering this edition at an introductory price of $195, but that will increase to $225 on June 10th.

 

Payment is handled securely by Shopify and allows you the choice of paying either with a credit card or a PayPal account. All prints will be packed securely and shipped within 1-2 days via USPS Priority Mail.

 

Prints are unmatted and unframed.

 

TitleDust Storm, near Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Medium: Hand-pulled polymergravure print
Dimensions: 4.5″ x 10″ image
Paper: 11″ x 14″ Hahnemühle paper
Edition: 10 (plus proofs)
Introductory Price: $195 (plus sales tax for MN residents) until June 10th
Shipping: $9 within the US

 

 

 

Obscura Gallery

 

Just a reminder that Obscura Gallery is still offering two of my images at an introductory price, but only until they move into the newly renovated building later this summer. As well as a price discount, shipping is complimentary and includes a copy of my limited edition artist book The Dying of the Light — Twelve Instagram Photographs.

 

This book sold out fast when I released it recently, but I reserved several copies for the gallery. Click here to go to Obscura Gallery’s website for more information and to purchase prints.

 

Dust Storm, Arizona

 

This edition is hand printed on Hahnemühle Copperplate Etching using Charbonnel inks. All prints are numbered, titled, dated and signed on the reverse, and signed and numbered on the front.

 

Payment is handled securely by Shopify and allows you the choice of paying either with a credit card or a PayPal account. All prints will be packed securely and shipped within 1-2 days via USPS Priority Mail.

 

Prints are unmatted and unframed.

 

 

  • TitleDust Storm, near Saguaro National Park, Arizona
  • Medium: Hand-pulled polymergravure print
  • Dimensions: 4.5″ x 10″ image
  • Paper: 11″ x 14″ Hahnemühle paper
  • Edition: 10 (plus proofs)
  • Price: $225 (plus sales tax for MN residents)
  • Shipping: $9 Anywhere within the US (USPS Priority Mail)