Noted San Francisco photographer Bill Dane has just refreshed his website design and content.
I have known Bill personally only for a short time, but have been familiar with his work for long. Bill has been a prolific photographer since 1970, after starting in the art world as a painter. His work is idiosyncratic, original and catching, with a very high level of aesthetic and semantic power. I find it a very interesting insight into our modern world and its symbology. "His pictues are pieces of a simultaneously poignant and synthetic puzzle telling us visual truths..." (Frish Brandt, Fraenkel Gallery.)
Bill is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowments for the Arts. His work is held at the NY MoMA, the Met, and the National Gallery in DC, among others.
If you have an iPhone and find its camera software limited (I do) try Photoshop for the iPhone. Crop, rotate, flip, color adjust, convert to B&W, add blur, vignette, and more in your iPhone. On the fly. For free. And it has built-in sharing with am existing Photoshop.com account.
Learn more and try it at: mobile.photoshop.com/iphone.
LACMA has just created an online portal for its extensive collection of exhibition catalogs from the past. On Jan 25th the first set of electronic catalogs was put online in a dedicated section of lacma.org.
Check it our here, and read about it at UNFRAMED, the museum blog.
Does beauty respond to mathematical rules? Is there an mathematical pattern to what we find esthetically pleasing? I think so. My interest in abstract forms is purely visual (my current photographic project centers on the abstract visual qualities of natural forms; more on this soon...) but I have been interested in artists and thinkers who have attempted to quantify that regularity in mathematical terms for a long time.
Iannis Xenakis was one such thinker and artist. As an engineer, a musician, an architect, and a mathematician, he explored the underlying patterns of beauty and worked with giants like Le Corbusier and Messianen. Now an exhibition of over 60 works on paper by Xenakis including sketches, architectural drawings, and mathematical notations is open at the Drawing Center in SoHo with the title: Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary from Jan 15 till Apr 8.
If you like photo books as much as I do, or even if you're just serious about photography, check out The Independent Photo Book blog. A new creature of Joerg Colberg's (of Conscientious fame) and Hester's of Mrs Deane, the blog presents new independently published photo books and zines not available through the the commercial book circuit (including online stores.)
Visit it often. It's well worth your time if you want to stay current about photo books' evolution. Innovation will likely come from some of these independent producers.
The WestPrize 2010 winners were announced last week. Very eclectic and original choices... none I truly feel drawn to.
Congratulations to the winners: David Almeida, Miyo Yoshida, Ryan McLennan, Revital Falke, Nathalie Alony, Leah Bailis, Sarah Kabot, Kevin Cyr, Julie Weitz, Sharon Levy. See their work Prize's website at:
More on the subject of marketing in the age of social media... From Mike Fruchter, Director of Digital Strategy at Pierson Grant Public Relations and host of the Social Media Marketing blog, the 5 C's of social marketing:
"The foundation and core of what social media is, consists of the five C’s. Conversation, community, commenting, collaboration and contribution. These are the five fundamentals that companies and marketers must understand to be able to successfully market on the social web." (Mike Fruchter)
The full post is worth reading (here.) It touches on how social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc. can help brand building and self promotion, but also their rules of engagement.
I am still learning about it all, digesting it, and trying to reconcile the time spent on making art (where I really want to be) with promoting it (where I know I need to be more), but this has "inevitable" written all over it...