Glyphs of Time :: a blog by jarvis grant

June 16, 2010

The Life of a Photograph…

Filed under: Art History,Museum,Observations,Photography,Video — Tags: — Jarvo @ 1:14 am
The Cowboy by Sam Abell

The Cowboy by Sam Abell

There was once a time when photographers thought of themselves as members of a Brotherhood/Sisterhood. As a photographer, you were one with all other photographers. Whether you liked a photographer’s work or not, you respected that person for the energy they brought to it. Well in these days were “artists” (usually painters) now call themselves photographers.They know little to nothing about that brotherhood/sisterhood of like spirited folk feel. Yet, in an Andy Warholed way, they can appropriate the images of others. Not only appropriate/steal an image, but actually call it they own! When artists and Big Time arts institutions feel comfortable with this type of behavior, there’s a problem.

A few years ago I read about the artist, Richard Prince. He had put together a series of works at the Guggenheim Museum about the New Americana and some blah, blah, blah.  In his exhibit, he used an image of photographer, Sam Abell. So here’s an interview with Sam Abell about what he thinks about this guy stealing one of his images and is making crazy amounts of money from it. Sam is a class act, but there ought to be a law about things like this. I think they should call it Copyright Infringement! Yet it seems to be legal. Kinda like bringing the financial markets to their knees in 2008. It’s legal, but is it right or ethical?

But wait, there’s more! Well now it seems that someone else inspired by Prince, is selling the Abell image as micro stock for pennies in comparison in a project called 20×200! Photography, it’s a crazy business


April 29, 2010

ATLAS Gallery, London – Faces of Our Times

Filed under: Art History,Gallery,Observations,Photography — Jarvo @ 1:20 pm
Faces of Our Times

Meet The Beatles, by Robert Freeman ©1963

 The Atlas Gallery was founded in 1994 by Director and owner Ben Burdett. 

In 2005 The Atlas Gallery became the official gallery agent of Magnum Photos for all print sales in the United Kingdom and represents all Magnum photographers in the UK and its world-wide territories. 

One of the great things about being on the Photography Now mailing list is all of the wonderful announcements you receieve about international photography exhibitions. I’m amazed by the number of photography shows that occur around the world everyday. As a photographer, the thing I enjoy and learn from Photograph-Now’s newsletters,  is all of the subjects, objects, and approaches that are presented as “legit” . Now, by legitimate I’m talking about what photography dealers are willing to and can sell! I must admit, when I’m creating photographs, in the back of my head is the thought, “I love this, but who cares?!” Then when I see something of a similar vein in Photography-Now, I see that all is well and I’m on the right track. However, in a small town like Washington, DC, it can be hard to read just where dealers and collectors are coming from. But that is a whole other story. 

OK, back to the ATLAS Gallery’s exhibit. When I visited the Gallery’s web site there were so fimilar and unfamilar ‘Iconic” images there. Not that I know evry grand portrait image, but it is always interesting to see something new and have my imagebank grow a little bit more. As I look at the faces of these famous people, I also see/feel myself passing through history. All those faces of people who were alive during my life time, and now they are gone. I’ve got that alblum, Meet the Beatles. I think back when I 9and they) were kids, with our whole live ahead of us. Now, only two are left. Who’d thought! I expected them to make music together forever, and it all ended in 1970. Photography is an amazing time machine. 

Check out the photos.     ATLAS GALLERY – FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY


March 25, 2010

Aipad attracts crowds with lower prices and contemporary editions | The Art Newspaper

Filed under: Art History,Museum,Observations,Photography — Jarvo @ 12:05 pm

The annual international photography fair celebrated its 30th anniversary with dealers reporting brisk sales
By Brook S. Mason

Airan Kang’s LED illuminated books were a hit with Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

NEW YORK. Hard on the heels of the Armory Show, the 30th instalment of the Aipad Photography Show 18-21 March, organised by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, opened at the Park Avenue Armory with record crowds.

Seventy-three dealers took part—only up by one exhibitor from the year before—but as a sign of the event’s strong retention rate, only a handful of galleries were new participants. These included Gallery 339 of Philadelphia, Monroe Gallery of Santa Fe, M+B from Los Angeles and private dealer L. Parker Stephenson of Manhattan.

Read more,  here


March 19, 2010

The New Zone System…

Brooks JensenBrooks Jensen is probably one of the most progressive, innovative photography communicator/educators out there. Back in the last century (!) Brooks was telling photographer not to fall prey to the gallery system. He has set up his own publishing house, that creates “Folios” of photographers work for sell. Not only has he done that, he actually instructs photographers & artists how to do the same. There are no secrets with this guy! I have passed along his ‘white papers” and podcasts to fellow artist. When ever I had a question, I could send him an email, and he would answer.

I was just at his website, Lenswork,  & one of his three blogs. For photographers, this article on the “New Zone Systems” is definitely worth a read. Click here to check it out.


March 16, 2010

John Knoll Recreates the Photoshop Demo to Adobe

Filed under: Art History,Digital Tech,Innovation,Photoshop — Jarvo @ 4:31 pm

This video, an episode from Adobe TV, celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Photoshop. Here John Knoll re-creates his demo of the application given to Adobe.


March 15, 2010

Bedroom Secrets at The Van Gogh Museum

Filed under: Art History,Museum — Jarvo @ 12:32 pm
Van Gogh-Bedroom

Van Gogh, The Bedroom

The Van Gogh Museum has created a blog , Bedroom Secrets, that will follow the restoration of the painting, “The Bedroom”. Back in 1999 the Van Gogh Museum let 20 paintings out for a world tour. Washington, DC’s National Gallery of art was one of the stops. The Van Gogh Museum also produced virtual online exhibition as well. There were selected pieces that were given a special 3D treatment, which was very cool! Or I should say, it was very cool when it worked! Back in 1999 this was a breakthrough technology that was plug-in based. It took a big performance hit on your computer system. The painting, “The Bedroom” was one of those paintings given the special 3D touch. The illusion was that you could “walk” inside of the painting and look around. For some reason I always thought of the title of this painting as, “The Yellow Bed”. Maybe that was its sub title.

 Here in Washington, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History did something similar with the restoration of the “Star Spangled Banner”. The flag from Battle of Baltimore, that Francis Scott Key wrote about. I can’t remember if they had a blog, but you could follow the restoration from the museum’s site. The museum now has an online educational program, check it out , here.


March 11, 2010

Rights battle over Polaroid sale | The Art Newspaper

Filed under: Art History,Museum,Observations,Photography — Jarvo @ 2:11 pm
Former judge urges artists to go to court over original contracts before June auction
By Charlotte Burns | From issue 211, March 2010

Instant art snaps: Polaroid photos by Lucas Samaras, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol are up for sale

LONDON. A group led by a former US magistrate judge has launched an 11th hour campaign to prevent the auction of photographs from the Polaroid collection.

via Rights battle over Polaroid sale | The Art Newspaper.
Published online 9 Mar 10 (market)


February 21, 2010

Visit to the National Gallery of Art

Filed under: Art History,Museum,Observations,Photography — Jarvo @ 3:53 pm
Self Portrait at NGA-2010

After viewing vintage prints @ the NGA I made this photograph in my "darkroom".

This past Friday afternoon, I went down to the National Gallery of art to attend a Gallery Talk on their exhibit, In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes before the Digital Age. It was a small group andthe lecturer, J. Russell Sale, did a very good job in enlightening the group on the history of the photographic precesses between 1839 -1945. It’s amazing to think that in the brief time that photography has exsisted, about 170 years, there have been more  2D images made than most of human recorded history. No longer are only the portrayal of those noted human beings who have made their mark, whether good or evil, on this planet have been recorded. Now the images of everybody doing anything can be captured by anybody! Even 5 year old kids can make moving pictures with color & sound, and post them to the Internet to their grandparents hundreds of miles away. I often wonder what would Mathew Brady, or Augustus Washington do with such technology.   How much more of their world would we know? How much would that have informed & changed the world they lived in?

To learn a little more about the exhibit, In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes before the Digital Age, checkout this podcast by Sarah Kennel, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington.


February 20, 2010

Photoshop Startup Dreams Video

Filed under: Art History,Digital Tech,Media,Photoshop,Video — Tags: , — Jarvo @ 2:32 pm

A trip down Photoshop’s Memory Lane, with the Knoll Brothers and a couple of their friends.

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