Photography News

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

When current CCA Director of Fine Arts Tammy Rae Carland was in college, Nirvana played the rent parties she and her friends threw at their student-founded alternative gallery space. “This was before they released records and got super-famous,” she avers. “But still!”

They called the gallery Reko-Muse. The place: Olympia, Washington. “It really was a ‘build it and they will come’ kind of a scene. Everyone I knew was playing in a band, starting a gallery, putting out zines, precisely because there was nothing to do otherwise, culturally speaking. And people would drive from Seattle -- or further, even -- to come to shows. Olympia’s music scene became a really big deal.”

Carland, who was also in bands, ran a record label, and put out more than a few zines herself, is today a rock star in another realm: photography.


Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

I'm a photographer and director. I began taking photos as a teenager going to punk shows in the Midwest where my family had moved from the Bay Area. My mother was a flight attendant and my father a pilot, so at a very early age I was traveling constantly and always had my camera with me. I went to school at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and immediately began working as a photographer. My first feature film, Echo Park, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. I live in LA now but I am always at home in an airport or on a plane.

Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

Raised in the San Fernando Valley, Sultan moved to Northern California in the early 1970s, but continued to draw inspiration from the architecture, atmosphere, and attitude of the Southern California of his youth. A lifelong educator, Sultan taught photography at the San Francisco Art Institute for 10 years (1978–88) and the California College of the Arts for 20 years (1989–2009) where he served as a Distinguished Professor of Photography.

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

'Devils Den was a project that came out of our current experience of life in the mythmaking/marketing hub of New York City, and our awareness of having grown up in a context of rampant consumerism and growing political unrest. The reenactment reflects themes in the civil war that continue to play out in today's politics. Though this work is inspired in part by the aesthetics of advertising, it is anti-propaganda at its core. We are not trying to sell some sort of nationalist pride. We are just presenting what we saw, through a framework that interests us.'

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014 by Laura Braun

Over the last several months, some people here have spotted an R.V. rolling down their streets with a man squatting on top, holding a camera he trains down on them as if trying to compile his own version of Google Street View. A few have accused him of being a cop. Others have struck up conversations, and he has climbed down to spend the afternoon taking their pictures.

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

The city is a rich subject for the nocturnal photographer; it forms the grim backdrop for the midnight rambler in Larry Clark’s Acid, Lower East Side. In the work of Todd Hido and Judy Gelles, suburban houses and mobile homes radiate with ambiguous warmth, leaving the viewer to guess what transpires inside.

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

After studying photography at the California College of the Arts, Shirley moved to Los Angeles in 2007. “My plan was to assist as much as possible. I came from a fine-art background, and I didn’t have much technical training,” he says.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Laura Braun

Curators around the country like the meaning they find in Chiara's work, which he's exhibited since 2003. Chiara was one of a select few whose art was picked for the recent de Young exhibit, "Crown Point Press at Fifty." Among prestigious museums that have Chiara's images: The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A native San Franciscan with an M.F.A.

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

The decision to include Jake Longstreth was a natural one. Longstreth, who, like McFarland, graduated from California College of the Arts about 10 years ago, focuses on painting. His portraits of sprawling landscapes are minimal -- stripped down to basic, elegant shapes.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

Eva O'Leary and Harry Griffin are photographers who work together. Last year they funded a project called Devil's Den using Kickstarter. For it, they photographed reenactors and spectators at the 150th-anniversary commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg. Juxtapositions within their images lay bare the differences between then and now. The project is featured in Mossless Issue 3, which is also currently on Kickstarter. We spoke with Eva and Harry about preconceptions drawn from history books, crowdfunding as a strategy for self-publishing, and the nature of collaboration.