Photography News

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Rebecca Najdowski with Tio Lino. They created Rocinha Foto Project, a photography course for community youth

Even after the end date of her nine-month Fulbright scholarship in São Paulo, Brazil, the photographer and artist Rebecca Najdowski (MFA 2010) couldn't resist staying just a little longer to make one more trip, south to the Argentinean border, to see the legendary waterfalls of Iguaçu.

Art and travel have been soldered together in her life for as long as Najdowski can remember. She grew up in Santa Fe, a city world-renowned for its art scene. "I was surrounded by this impulse for craft. My dad was a silversmith and had a studio attached to the house. His work wasn't separate from his regular daily life. My mom was a school counselor and teacher at a public elementary school. During school holidays, she'd take off to Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, with organizations like Save the Rainforest, and often brought me with her. I've definitely inherited my love for travel from her, the drive to really experience other parts of the world."

Movement infuses Najdowski's own artistic practice, from her Spectra photogram experiments with color and light to her photographs of rural Brazilian storefronts to her roaming investigations into South American shamanism. "Travel forces you to be really open to new people and experiences. During my time in Brazil I couldn't stop traveling, moving around to collect experiences and material. I went to Rio, to Brasília, to Recife for a folk carnival (a super cool experience), and took a three-day boat trip on the Amazon River between Belém and Santarém. The river is so massive, sometimes you feel you're on a lake. Near the northern Brazilian outpost of São Luís, I went to see a tidal bore known as the pororoca, from the word for 'destructive noise' in the indigenous Tupi language. It is an immense wave caused by salt water crashing over fresh water during the new and full moons. It's not exactly on the tourist map -- I had to go through hoops to get in touch with local surfers to reach it."

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Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

History's Shadow
Nazraeli Press, 2011
Hardcover, 72 pages, $75

David Maisel’s (MFA 2006) work has always been concerned with processes of memory, excavation, and transformation. In the History’s Shadow series, Maisel re-photographs, then scans and digitally manipulates, X-rays from museum archives that depict artifacts from antiquity. X-rays have historically been used by art conservators for structural examination of art and artifacts much as physicians examine bones and internal organs; they reveal losses, replacements, construction methods, and internal trauma invisible to the naked eye. Maisel's mages seem like transmissions from the distant past, both spanning and collapsing time. The book, designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish, contains an original short story by Jonathan Lethem that was inspired by Maisel's images. It was named one of American Photo magazine's Best Photography Books of the Year!

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis
Rizzoli, 2011
Hardcover, 240 pages, $60

Volume Inc., of which Eric Heiman (Graphic Design faculty) is a principal, designed this book featuring four decades of photographs of Los Angeles by Julius Shulman. Shulman, whose life and career spanned nearly a century, played a key role in the mid-century modernist movement through his photographs of the pioneering architecture of Richard Neutra and Charles Eames, among others. His pictures have been widely published, but this monograph presents many never-before-seen images on a subject closest to Shulman's heart: Los Angeles and its environs, including Palm Springs and other suburbs. In the pictures, Los Angeles becomes a living organism, simultaneously vibrant and volatile, depending on the neighborhood. Many of the buildings and neighborhoods have since been torn down or otherwise altered beyond recognition, making these photographs some of the only lasting testaments to their existence.

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Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Jason Hanasik (MFA Fine Arts 2009) shot, directed, and edited Gap Inc.'s official "It Gets Better" video, the first video of its kind from a major retailer, for inclusion in the national It Gets Better Project, which is committed to reducing or eliminating harassment of LGBT youth in schools.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Lifting Water
TBW Books, 2010
Limited edition, $200 (signed) / $100 (unsigned)

Dru Donovan (Photography 2004) presents an investigation of mourning in Lifting Water, part of TBW's annual subscription series (the other artists in the 2010 series are Mark Steinmetz, Elaine Stocki, and Katy Grannan). Donovan's tableaux explore the rituals of caregiving while shifting perspectives between the caregiver and the cared for. She focuses on the psychological weight of physical proximity alongside emotional isolation. Donovan was included in Wallpaper magazine's graduate directory of emerging talent to watch. Her work is included in reGeneration2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today, published by Thames & Hudson, and in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. She lives and works in San Francisco.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Katherine Avenue
Steidl, 2010
Hardcover, 131 pages, $65

This book brings together three of Larry Sultan's best known photographic series: Pictures from Home, The Valley, and Homeland. Sultan died in 2009; he was one of CCA's most beloved faculty members and taught for many years in the Photography Program. Made principally in the San Fernando Valley, where he grew up, in these works Sultan explored the domestic landscape of his childhood and adolescence by photographing and re-presenting photographs of his parents, their home, and their experience of the American Dream. Wandering further behind this Californian fabric, he photographed in suburban homes serving as sets in the pornographic film and video industry. His work culminated in a series of tableau of Latino day laborers undertaking prosaic tasks on the peripheries of these suburban sites. The book accompanied an exhibition at kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, and features an essay by curator Martin Germann. The text is bilingual, in English and German.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Directed and edited by Yoni Klein (Photography) and Alka Joshi (MFA Writing 2011)

Blink, a short documentary directed and edited by the talented interdisciplinary team of Photography undergraduate Yoni Klein and Alka Joshi, a soon-to-be MFA Program in Writing graduate, has been programmed into the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the longest-running, largest, and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world.

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Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

Harry Griffin (Photography 2011) likes old movies. He’s inspired by the aesthetics and framing of cinematography, preferring to sequence his photographs from a cinematic point of view. While his pieces don’t evoke traditional narratives, bits of story line can be gathered from associations made between seemingly unrelated works. He's fascinated by “how disparate images work together in the world.”

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Posted on Thursday, January 6, 2011 by Samantha Braman

Jessica Silverman (photo by Daniel Trese)View slideshow 

"Art dealer" may be the best way to describe her day-to-day work, but Jessica Silverman (MA Curatorial Practice 2007) wears many hats as the founder and director of Silverman Gallery in San Francisco. While her exhibition programs have garnered increasing visibility and national press and her business has grown and thrived, Silverman has needed to be not only "dealer" but also curator, director, writer, installer . . . and sometimes delivery person!

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Posted on Monday, December 6, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Celebrated German photographer Thomas Demand during visit to CCA [photo: Jim Norrena]

Celebrated German photographer Thomas Demand delivered a lecture at CCA's San Francisco campus November 12, followed by a student-faculty Q&A session.

Demand, born in Munich in 1964, is known for making photographs of 3D models that look like actual depictions of spaces. His photographs often are associated with contemporary political situations.

Demand represented Germany at the Bienal de São Paulo in 2004 and his work was the subject of a midcareer retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2005. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

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