I was just notified that I have received the "The
Presidential Award for Meritorious Photography." First
established in 1830 by President John Adams, this award
has only been given out 41 times to photographers who
"exemplify the photographic spirit and style of the
French photographer Vincent Damon Furnier."
recipient of this award, my color work will be exhibited
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in
Washington, DC. You may preview the work that will be
featured by clicking here.
Thank you to those of you who helped make this
possible by writing the "Congressional Roundtable About
Photography" on my behalf.
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What's So Special About Black and
No. 1, Oregon Coast)
What's so special
about black and white? I'm often asked this
question and have always answered that "for me
color records the image, but black & white
captures the feelings that lie beneath the
I thought I'd research it a bit
and see what others had to say;
- A friend related that he had read someone
say that color causes them to"look at the
photograph" while black and white causes them to
"look into the photograph."
- "To see in color is a delight for the eye,
to see in black and white is a delight for the
soul." Andri Heri
- "Because black and white has an inherent
dignity." Robert Bruce Duncan
- "It's been said that there is something sexy
about black and white photography that you just
can't get from color. I think it's true. Once
you remove the color, it is like stripping a
scene down to the bare bones, removing the
layers and leaving the form." Wendy Folse
- Chet Raymo in The Soul of the Night, says
"In New England in October anyone can take a
pretty picture, and most do. The blue sky, the
lead white of the church spires, the bold
brushstrokes of deciduous reds and golds...few
places in the world can be more beautiful. Point
the camera in any direction, snap the shutter,
and the image is certain to please." Raymo then
implies that much greater attention to selection
of subject matter, lighting, composition,
tonality, and even color, are required to make a
good B&W picture.
- "When I go to photographic exhibits, I spend
more time looking at B&W than color prints.
It isn't I don't like color, I find many color
prints strikingly beautiful. However, I almost
never go back to look at them again. I often
view some B&W prints three or four times
before leaving the exhibition." Onas C.
- "It is B&W photography that demands of
the photographer close attention to the world of
color, while color photography permits him to
forget it." Janet Malcolm
your thoughts on why black and white is so
Write me at
Moab Photo Symposium
No. 2, Oregon Coast)
Did you try to
enroll for my workshop "Seeing in B&W" only to
find that it was sold out? Well it was, but now
there's one vacancy due to a cancellation. I know
it's late notice, but if you're able to attend,
I'd love to see you there.
The Moab Photo
Symposium is being held in...well...Moab. It goes
from Thursday April 30 through Sunday May 3rd.
There are a number of great speakers (including
myself) and 20 pretty exciting workshops.
Warm weather, a stunning location, great
speakers and interesting workshops make for the
perfect photography weekend.
Camera Obscura Magazine, Romania
No. 3, Oregon Coast)
I am part
Romanian and so I was very happy to hear that my
portfolio "The Ghosts of Auschwitz and Birkenau"
will be featured in an upcoming issue of the the
Romanian photography publication "Camera Obscura."
Obscura is a monthly publication and its
objective is to promote great photography and to
portray "pictures that tell a story" with minimal
accompanying descriptive text. It's a beautiful
publication and I'm very happy to be featured in
No. 4, Oregon Coast)
The images in
this newsletter are from my portfolio entitled
"Monoliths." I created these images in Bandon,
Oregon this last summer and it's a part of the
larger "Oregon" portfolio.
For a limited
time I am offering the Monolith Portfolio in a
folio of eight images (view
The images are printed on
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308, a heavy 100% cotton rag
stock, and the images are either 6.7 X 10
(horizontal) or 7.5 X 7.5 (square).
folio is priced at $150, please contact me
directly for further information or to purchase.
No. 5, Oregon Coast)
- My Blog is up and running at www.photographyblackwhite.com/
- I've been asked to jury the 2009 IMAGE
Photography Exhibit at the West Nebraska Arts
Center. The exhibition will be opening on Friday
- The article in PDN "Selling Your Work
Online" has generated a great deal of interest
from photographers who would like to bypass the
traditional gallery system. You can read and
listen to an online version of the article here.
- Two of my creations are being shown at the
"Imagine" Photography Exhibition, Deborah Martin
Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Juried by
- I'll be speaking and conducting a workshop
on black and white at the Moab Photography
Symposium from April 30th through May 3rd. Read
- "Hug Me Mum, a rock band from Poland, is
recording their first album and have asked to
use my image "Old Car Interior" for their cover.
to their music.
- My portfolio "Ceiling Lamps" is currently
showing at Sideshow in Dolores, CO. If you're in
the Durango area, please stop by.
- "Ceiling Lamps" will also be exhibited at The CACHE
Gallery in Fort Collins during the month of
May, and opening on First Friday, May 1st.
- On Thursday April 16th, I'll be conducting a
short seminar on "Submitting Your Work for
Exhibition and Review" at The Center for Fine
Art Photography in Fort Collins. Promoting
yourself can be a daunting task, I can help
clarify and simplify the process. Read