There is a surreal giddiness to Griffin's photographs, wherein he turns Florida's senior-centric communities into utopian dreamlands. But Griffin is quite young himself, having graduated from art school in 2011. According to his alma mater California College of the Arts, Griffin is fascinated by "how disparate images work together in the world." Perhaps that's why his seemingly random photos weave together such a beautiful narrative when placed together in a series.
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Excerpts from Silver Meadows
Nazraeli Press, 2013
Hardcover, 108 pages, $75
Selected by Time as one of the top photo books of 2013! This is the sixth monograph from Nazraeli Press devoted to the work of CCA alumnus and Photography faculty member Todd Hido, and it is his most ambitious project to date. It is designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish.
Update as of 2014: Check out the "Silver Meadows B-Sides Box Set," also designed by Bob Aufuldish.
Silver Meadows is the name of a street that runs through the neighborhood in Kent, Ohio, where the artist grew up. The setting of Hido's childhood, it also became the creative wellspring for his work. Here, it serves as a point of departure for his reexamination of a Midwestern suburban upbringing: 'a trip through the innocence of childhood and adolescence and into the darker aspects of life beyond.'
This first edition is printed on matte Japanese art paper and features an "installation" of tipped-in images on the case binding.
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers
Attending the MFA show at one of the Bay Area's large art schools is like getting bludgeoned by art. After about a half-dozen presentations I am full, my critical faculties have been short-circuited and I have been forced into submission. Think about it, at any given group show, you might see one or two pieces from (at the most) twenty artists. Or on any Art Murmur or First Thursday outing, you might visit five or ten solo shows.
Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Allison Byers
For the third year, Giorgio Armani is sponsoring Paris Photo, which is being held this weekend in Los Angeles for the first time, at Paramount Studios. At the fair, the brand has installed the “ACQUA #3” exhibition, a collection of unpublished photographs taken by the photographer Jim Goldberg in Haiti. Gold is a professor of Art at the California College of the Arts* and a member of Magnum Photos.
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Allison Byers
Todd Hido is not your average photographer. The art photos he does have a life of their own. Hido uses his still camera like a movie camera but he only keeps the one scene that defines the entire “movie”. His work is a reflection of the lost “American Dream” that left with the 50’s with an emphasis on the alienation and fracturing of suburban America. His is the stuff of noir films and pulp fiction.
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by Allison Byers
The NYU-educated photographer, who recently moved to San Francisco to pursue her MFA in Photography and MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts, has been walking behind those ancient walls for over a year now, with just her Mamiya RB67 medium-format film camera in hand.
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 by Allison Byers
A National Guard facility. A professional boxing venue. A Star Wars shooting location. And now, most recently, a massive online fetish porn factory. The San Francisco Armory has a history befitting its Moorish, lost-in-time exterior. It’s also the backdrop of photographer Elizabeth Moran’s porn-sans-porn photo project, The Armory.
Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Matthew Harrison Tedford
Amanda Marsalis's (Photography 2001) photographs appear regularly on glossy pages across international newsstands. She shoots both editorial and advertising photography, and her clients have included Apple, FedEx, GQ, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and many other household names.
It is global in reach, but she describes her style as Californian, owing much to her home state.
Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 by Clay Walsh
First place: "Making a 16-foot-Long Book," by Jocelyn Chang, Graphic Design
Congratulations to all the student finalists in CCA’s third annual R.A.W. Photo (real artists @ work) contest, which featured the theme “I Belong at CCA.”
Contestants were challenged to submit images that depict a project, moment, mood, or other quality of CCA life taken from a student perspective. As expected, the results were as varying as the students themselves!
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 by Allison Byers
Although a photographer’s process is integral to his/her work, it is often a carefully guarded secret. Most photographers tend to keep the development of their work to themselves, sometimes choosing to seek counsel only from a small circle of trusted friends.
It comes as a surprise, then, to find Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg’s reworked sketches, videos and maquettes of his groundbreaking books openly shared online.