Author: Keith

20×200 Interview

Recently, Beth was asked by the good folks at 20×200 to come up with some answers for their continuing series of artist interviews. Here’s the complete interview, or you can go to the weblog at 20×200 Artist Interview: Beth Dow. Happy Friday! I am pleased to offer you this snappy little interview with photographer Beth Dow. Beth recently won a Grand Prize from Photography.Book.Now for her book In the Garden: Ms. Dow’s photography is truly outstanding. Her elegant images of the cultivated natural world, her devotion to a traditional photographic process, her ability to make work that feels contemporary, and her intelligent use of the book form to showcase that work is what ultimately separated her work from an impressive field. – Darius Himes  And now on to the questions! Do you have any guilty pleasures? While I try not to align pleasure with guilt, maybe: loud, fast, music that freaks out my kids (and husband). And singing! Especially while I cook. When did you decide to be an artist? I couldn’t have been older than four. I was obsessed with drawing and was always good at that. Can you remember your first photograph? My dad was a photographer and it was a part of my life so I don’t remember the first. When I was very young, I drew pictures on blank slides and ran them through a projector in the basement. Family lore says...

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Florence

  Back in Minneapolis after another (all too quick) trip to Florence and a week of good eating. And photography… Villa Le Piazolle was incredible. High in the hills above Florence yet near enough to be able to walk into town, although the return journey usually involved a taxi ride, especially after lunch or dinner. My room had windows facing in three different directions and the image above was shot from one of these. According to the website its ancient purpose was to let the occupant control the property on three sides, as well as the work that was being carried out on the estate. The flight back was uneventful, from the taxi being there at 5am to making the connection in Amsterdam. But special thanks must go to the steward on the Northwest Airlines flight who, because I had briefly fallen asleep, chose to decide for me that I didn’t want a main meal. When I requested one from him on his way back to the galley I was told that “we’ve stopped serving”. OK, I’ll just have to make sure I’m awake for the snack later. Which I wasn’t. Again, he knew better, but at least I had my stash of Clif bars. I’m thinking that he did me a favour though, because on the last three international flights I’ve taken with NWA this year I’ve been...

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Massachusetts Shows

Beth Dow and I are having a joint show at the Iris Gallery in Boston opening this week. The original gallery started in the beautiful town of Great Barrington, MA, right in the heart of the Berkshires, and the owners Alison and Fred Collins opened the second gallery in Boston in the summer of 2007. Once the show finishes in Boston on November 3rd, it will travel on to Great Barrington and will be up until early 2009 – through the holiday season – so there’ll be no excuses for buying your friends and family lame Christmas presents this year! Boston – September 18th – November 3rd 2008 70 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114 Telephone (617) 895-8951 Tuesday – Friday 11am-6pm Saturday 11am-7pm Sunday 12pm-5pm Great Barrington – November 7th – January 5th 2009 47 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 Telephone (413) 644-0045 Thursday – Sunday 12pm –...

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Blurb Photography.Book.Now Winners

Today, Blurb announced the winners of their first Photography.Book.Now competition, and although she’s been sitting on this news for nearly a week, I’m happy to say that Beth has won the Grand Prize of $25,000 for her book, In the Garden. Congratulations Beth! The purpose of the award is to allow the photographer to start or finish any project of their choosing – and what a nice chunk of change to work with. Beth has always believed that her work would be best presented in book form, and has worked towards that end for many, many years. She has a good eye for design, layout and the grouping of images and will agonise over the smallest of details. So this award is truly well deserved, in my completely biased opinion. Next week she gets to fly out to San Francisco for the awards ceremony that’s being held at Bimbo’s 365. Check out the history (and the name of the club) here. After that, Blurb takes the work on the road and has organised symposiums and meet-ups at Photokina in Cologne, London and finally New York. There are free tickets to be had for each of the events, just click on the RSVP link for the appropriate city, although the New York symposium looks as if it already has a waiting list. UPDATE Her flight leaves at 7.30am which makes...

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