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John Steinbeck Quote About Photography

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John Steinbeck

I hate cameras.  They are so much more sure than I am about everything. 

~John Steinbeck, February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968

American author of Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, the Pearl, East of Eden, and more classics of the Great Depression era.

Gina Genis Radio Interview With Creative Orange County


Economy Portraits book

If you have an interest and about 1/2 hour to spare, have a listen to a radio interview I did with Creative Orange County on February 28, 2012. Susan Petrella, the engaging host asked questions about my current work, how I became interested in photography, and what makes me tick as an artist. Click here to listen.

By the way, the Economy Portraits book can be purchased on

Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

Christopher Hitchens

I have been a faithful reader of Vanity Fair magazine for over 20 years. I love the stories from photojournalists, from society writers about the trials and tribulations of the rich and powerful, and the tidbits of the way the media works in America. One of my favorite writers, Christopher Hitchens, died yesterday from complications of esophageal cancer at the age 62. I will miss his essays about the European and American elite. His biting wry humor and revelatory style were a pleasure to read. Rest in peace, Christopher.

Economy Portraits Book Signing

Economy Portraits book

Economy Portraits, a project addressing the affect the downturn of the American economy has had on everyday people, is now a book. You are invited to join me for the launch book signing at the Huntington Beach Art Center in Huntington Beach, California on December 3, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. for a discussion of the project and book signing.

How has the collapse of the economy affected your life? This is the compelling question photographer Gina Genis asks as she photographs 245 individual people. Their answers expose the helplessness and struggle to rise above the Great American Recession. Genis prints and places the portraits together to build an American flag 11′ high by 18 1/2′ long on the gallery wall. This project is a record of the American recession as well as a tribute to human spirit. Economy Portraits was awarded Best Art Show of 2011 by OC Weekly.

Economy Portraits is also available through Gina’s website and on Amazon.

You can view a short video of the project in progress on YouTube.

***December 4, 2011 – The signing was a great success. Thanks to all those who came to support me. Below are a few photos of the event.

Some of the people who attended the book signing

Looking at the book

Copies of the book

The article about Economy Portraits in the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper

List Price: $28.95
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Full Color on White paper
132 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1467902892
ISBN-10: 1467902896
BISAC: Photography / Photoessays & Documentaries

Gore Vidal Quote About Photography

Gore Vidal

For half a century photography has been the “art form” of the untalented. Obviously some pictures are more satisfactory than others, but where is credit due? to the designer of the camera? To the finger on the button? To the law of averages?  –Gore Vidal, Author, born 1925, New York
For a man who is thought of as intelligent, this is one of the most ignorant quotes about photography I have ever heard.

Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore Photo of Baby Birds

Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore "A Study in Natural History" 1903

I thought I’d share this photo of four baby birds by Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore. I came across it in Camera Work – The Complete Photographs. Camera Work was a photographic journal published by Alfred Stieglitz between 1903 and 1917. The image in the book is better quality. I had to scan this, so it has a dark streak down the left side where it is attached to the gutter. There is extreme grain in this scan that is not in the book image.

I couldn’t find much information about Dugmore (1870-1955). He was one of the first wildlife photographers. Born in Ireland, he moved to New York and became a photographer and painter. He accomplished a high level of expertise to be included in Camera Work, as Stieglitz was quite the perfectionist when choosing work for his publication.

I think the reason I am attracted to this image is because of the curious lighting. It appears as if it is a studio set up with backlighting as well as light from the bottom. The background could be sky or a fabric backdrop. You would not expect this type of lighting with wild birds. Did these wild baby birds cooperate while lighting was placed in their outdoor setting? Or were they captured, photographed, and released? Guess we will never know.

Edward Weston Quote About The American Art Buyer

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Edward Weston nude

“the American public want noise, steam-roller methods, -they must be forced to buy, Woman, who is the buyer here, is not genuinely interested in art: with her, it is a pose, along with other ways of culture hunting: all she wants is sex, and all her gestures are directed by sex -she would not spend one cent on art, -yet pretending to be deeply moved, if a new hat would make her more attractive, -for sex sake! And the poor boobs of American men are but money machines to further her ends.”

-Edward Weston, from the Daybooks of Edward Weston, Part II – California, June 9, 1927

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