Bill Jay Documentary

 

There’s a great documentary on the writer, photographer and curator Bill Jay, titled Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay. Until this week is was only screened at selected venues, and those were primarily in the UK, but it’s now available on YouTube. I’m only part way through, as I usually am with most things right now, but I can really relate to many of the people in it and status of photography as it was then, in the 1970s in the UK, having started a serious interest in photography around 1972.

Studio News

Spring is finally here in Minnesota, thankfully. I love the seasons but I’m as glad to see the back of all that snow and ice as everyone else.

 

Something else I’m thankful for is the variety of work I get to be involved with working with other artists. I’ve just finished printing two exhibitions as inkjet prints, both of which I’m really happy with, and now I’m currently working on projects that include albumen prints, salt prints, a platinum-palladium portfolio and an edition in polymergravure.

 

I love working one-on-one with photographers and I’m as happy making one print as I am a portfolio, an edition or a clamshell portfolio box to put it all in.

The Handmade Photograph

Recently Bostick and Sullivan, all round good people and who have supported practitioners working in the field of alternative and historical processes for decades now, had their first call for entries — The Handmade Photograph: Contemporary Photographers Working in Historic Processes.

 

Christopher James was the juror and I’m really pleased that not only did I have two prints accepted but that one was awarded an Honorable Mention!

 

The exhibition will be at the El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, in the Railyard Art District, June 7th – July 27th, 2019. The opening reception will be on June 14th 5 – 7pm.

 

El Museo Cultural
555 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Left
Temple of Apollo, Corinth, Greece
Platinum-palladium, 7″ x 7″
Honorable Mention
 
Right
Dust Storm, near Saguaro National Park, AZ
Polymergravure, 4.25″ x 8.75″

Minnesota State Arts Board Grant

This year I’m one of the very grateful recipients of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

 

The grant will allow me to continue working on Otherworld, to make images around the state and print them in silver-gelatin. We’re so lucky to have such funding opportunities here in Minnesota.

Polymergravure Class

We’re also getting close to the end of an eight-week Continuing Education polymergravure class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This is always a fun class to teach and so rewarding, seeing the prints that are produced during that period.

 

Fortunately/unfortunately it’s usually oversubscribed, so check my website’s workshop page regularly for details of any upcoming classes at either MCAD or Highpoint Center for Printmaking, or sign up for my newsletter.

Aquatint Screens

These fine-micron stochastic screens, the ones I use for my work, my clients and in the workshops I teach, are now available on my website at a special introductory price until the summer. Used with photopolymer plates, they are available in three contrast resolutions, soft, medium and hard.

 

These screens have been shipped to print shops across the U.S. and to Scotland, England and Australia. If you’re a school or college, or run workshops in polymergravure, email me to enquire about the availability of test screens.

 

Available in sizes from 8″ x 10″ to 20″ x 28″ although larger sizes are available – prices on demand.

FilmNorth Exhibition

STATES OF MATTER — New work by Lisa Nebenzahl and Keith Taylor

Photographers Lisa Nebenzahl and Keith Taylor look at elemental components of the natural landscape, turning their cameras to land, water, and sky. These quiet investigations move in and out of abstraction, using light, scale, and perspective to describe the subtle surfaces of our environment.

I’ll be exhibiting some new work at FilmNorth in St. Paul, MN alongside my friend Lisa Nebenzahl. Lisa was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board grant last year and spent several weeks at the studio with me making a series of diptychs in polymergravure.

 

Opening reception: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 5-8pm

Marsden/Gustafson Gallery at FilmNorth

 

The exhibition is free, accessible, and open to the public.

Gallery hours: Monday — Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm.

FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, St. Paul, MN 55114.

B&W Magazine

BLACK & WHITE MAGAZINE

Several of my images are featured in the latest issue of Black & White magazine as part of its story on the Obsolete and Discontinued project that I was invited to be part of.

 

The paper I chose was Kodak Royal Bromesko, a paper that was available between 1962 and the late 1970s, so at best, it’s close to 40 years old. The image is from a series I have been working on titled Otherworld.

 

Thanks Debbie for sending me the magazine image!

Here We Go Again…


W. Eugene Smith in his darkroom.

 

Another new year and another attempt at posting more often and keeping this blog current and up-to-date. Maybe this is the impetus that I need to start again.

 

Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we think they’re about to swing back in style, as we all discover the real costs and problems brought by such centralization.

— DHH writing for Signal v Noise.

 

 

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