Ben Altman @ Kopeikin Gallery

unnamedBen Altman: Site/Sight
July 18th through August 29th

Opening reception: Sat. July 18th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 South La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca, 90034

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ANSEL ADAMS @ QUINTENZ GALLERY

The Golden Gate before the Bridge, 1932 Vintage gelatin silver print, 6-5/8 x 9-1/16 inches Photograph by Ansel Adams © 2015 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

The Golden Gate before the Bridge, 1932
Vintage gelatin silver print, 6-5/8 x 9-1/16 inches
Photograph by Ansel Adams
© 2015 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

ANSEL ADAMS: MASTERWORKS FROM SEVEN DECADES 1928–1982
JULY 10–SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

Quintenz Gallery
613 Cooper Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

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Interview with photographer Terry Ratzlaff

The Tide Goes North 1

The Tide Goes North 1

F-Stop Magazine: How did you first become involved in photography and what led to you working in this medium as an artist?

Terry Ratzlaff: I became interested in photography during my senior year of high school when my brother gave me a book of the work of Andre Kertesz. I had never seen images like that before and it inspired me to the point where I began making photos in my spare time. 6 months later I decided to go to school and study photography. My first semester of school was terrible, I struggled in most classes and nothing made sense. During my second semester, things started coming together and I found that I really enjoyed photographing. 12 years later I don’t know what I would be doing without photography and story telling.

F-Stop: The current issue of F-Stop Magazine includes images from your project “The Tide Goes North,”  can you tell us about this project? How did this project come about?

TR: A culture has thrived for thousands of years, but now, the proposal of North America’s largest open pit mine, Pebble, is threatening its existence.  Drawing inspiration from writer and anthropologist, James W. VanStone, who spent time on Nushagak Point in the early 1900’s.  The Tide Goes North is concerned with the complexities of human interaction between the Pacific Salmon and the immediate environment of the Bristol Bay watershed.  Having spent 13 weeks over the last two years on Nushagak Point, this work addresses the concept of sustainability between man and nature in a time of uncertainty of future destruction.  If this mine is built, the salmon ecosystem will cease to exist.  Preserving the people and landscape is the main reason for my work in this area.

The Tide Goes North 3

The Tide Goes North 3

F-Stop: Can you discuss your process for making these images or your creative process more generally? What were you looking to capture?

TR: I took a fairly simple and natural approach to making these images and decided not to interfere with what the people were doing and set out to capture mostly natural moments.  I didn’t want my presence to shape a photograph in any way, this is something I struggled with on the daily and I don’t think I was successful in that sense, mostly due to the fact that I was working in large and medium formats.

F-Stop: Do you think that it is possible for a photographer to not shape or affect a photograph they take?

TR: Yes, I think it’s possible, but in my situation, I was making large format portraits of people I’d never met, and in this case I think people are generally interested in the camera which creates a conversation of its own.  At that point I feel direction is needed to achieve the desired feeling, so interfering with the moment is inevitable.

F-Stop: What do you hope people see or feel or perhaps learn when they look at your photographs?

TR: The conversation in these images is one that questions sustainability between man and nature in a time of uncertainty. When people look at these images I hope they think about the way they interact with nature and the affect that we have on it, whether the affect is positive or negative, I’m interested in questioning both sides.

The Tide Goes North 4

The Tide Goes North 4

F-Stop: Do you have a favorite image in this series? If so, which one and why is it the image that speaks to you most?

TR: I don’t think I do have a favorite image from this project, instead I feel that this is my favorite body of work I have created. It was a big transition for me from how I used to photograph and I feel it has opened a door into my mind of how to see the world. If I can approach other projects similar to the way I’ve approached this one then I think I will be on the right path.

F-Stop: Are you working on any other projects currently?

TR: I’ve been working on a project revolving around found objects and the places they were found with hopes of creating a narrative about the person who left the objects behind. I’m currently in the process of making into a book and I’m excited to see where it goes.

The Tide Goes North 7

The Tide Goes North 7

F-Stop: What photographers or other artists inspire you?

TR: I’m inspired by other artists and photographers working to make a difference in this world. There is a bigger picture that we all need to talk about. There is so much in this world that is unknown, those who are interested in what we do not know are the ones that inspire me.

For more of Terry Ratzlaff’s work: www.terryaratzlaff.com

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@ KLOMPCHING GALLERY

Adrienn with Mosaic ©Bill Durgin

Adrienn with Mosaic ©Bill Durgin

the wall/the page/the internet FRESH 2015
July 8–August 1, 2015

Artist Reception: July 8th, 6:00–8:00pm

FRESH 2015 is co-curated by Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching, from an international open call for submissions. Five new voices are presented, each presenting distinct bodies of work, but united in bringing the subject of the photograph(y) itself into scrutiny through their different methodologies of merging subject and image construction.

KLOMPCHING GALLERY
89 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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ANNE SCHWALBE @ L Parker Stephenson Photographs

unnamedANNE SCHWALBE: The Life Within
July 1 – September 12, 2015

Quiet. Thoughtful. Delicate. Simple on first appearance yet layered. Schwalbe’s images awaken the senses and invite extended inspection. The landscapes and silent moments illustrate the poetry of seeing. They trigger the imagination: childhood memories, mysteries, or foreboding fairytales.

L Parker Stephenson Photographs
764 Madison Avenue NY

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Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley @ Filter Space

© Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley

© Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley

Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley: Devil’s Promenade
July 11 – August 22

Reception: July 11, 7 – 9 PM

Filter Space
1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 207
Chicago, IL

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Glasgow 1955 + 55 @ Gallery 103

Image © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Image © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Glasgow 1955 + 55
3rd July – 2nd August

Reception: Thursday 16th July, 6pm-7.30pm

In 2008, the People’s Palace in Glasgow featured an exhibition called “Glasgow 1955: Through the Lens”. The exhibition presented images taken in 1955 as part of a project involving several Glasgow camera clubs.

Queen’s Park Camera Club, as the only surviving club of those that took part in the original survey, decided to undertake an update project. In the course of carrying out this work throughout 2010, Queen’s Park members tried to record as many aspects as possible depicting Glasgow in 2010 to feature in an exhibition to show the comparison between Glasgow in 1955 and 55 years later.

Gallery 103 : Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD

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Ramadan 2015 selection of Fine Art photography @ The Empty Quarter

Ramadan 2015 selection of Fine Art photography

Ramadan 2015 selection of Fine Art photography

Bruno Barbey – Kai Loffelbein – Mario Marino – Roland & Sabrina Michaud – Peter Sanders
30th June until 13th September 2015

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EDITION VI: Film(ic) @ The Wapping Project Bankside

Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nora, Trainstation II, Oslo, August 2006

Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nora, Trainstation II, Oslo, August 2006

EDITION VI: Film(ic)
2 July – 21 August

a group exhibition that explores the overlaps and tensions present in the mediums of film and photography.

The Wapping Project Bankside
37 Dover Street, Ely House
W1S 4NJ London

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Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monument @MoCP

Ana Vaz, Entre temps, 2012

Ana Vaz, Entre temps, 2012

Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monument
OCT 15 – DEC 23, 2015

GEERT GOIRIS
IMAN ISSA
FLORIAN JOYE
NADAV KANDER
JAN KEMPENAERS
BASIM MAGDY
NICOLAS MOULIN
ANA VAZ

Monuments are deliberate gestures—objects or structures created to commemorate an event, person or era. Their meaning is usually imposed, and they often serve as vehicles for the communication of civic qualities like valor and duty, or to underscore a foundational political narrative. But their meaning can transform, changing over time as the relevance of their symbolism ebbs and flows due to social and political shifts. Like monuments, architecture and photography are also inflected with a grace of intention, and both have the ability to commemorate or represent a nation, event, time or place. Like monuments, their meaning often shifts due to time and context. Furthermore, the act of photographing monuments and buildings transforms them, sometimes revealing some of their original qualities and more closely evoking the responses that they were originally intended to have.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY AT COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO
600 S. MICHIGAN AVE CHICAGO, IL 60605

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