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Beaumont Newhall Quote About Arnold Newman’s Portraits

Arnold Newman photo of Igor Stravinski

Arnold Newman photo of Igor Stravinski

“The camera is a deceptive tool. With today’s technology mediocre results can be achieved automatically.

Unfortunately, mediocrity is all too often confused with success; we are too easily pleased. To push photography beyond the acceptable demands self-discipline and self-criticism on the part of the artist…..

Avoidance of the trite, the banal, the obvious demands visual imagination. Newman’s insistence upon the inclusion of his portraits of some vital aspect of the sitter’s environment goes far beyond obvious symbolism. Subtly, yet powerfully, he recreates the very world of the sitter….

There are photographers who impose their personalities upon the images they create to such an extent that the sitter becomes a model and not a person. Not so Newman, which may be the reason he dislikes fashion photography….”

Beaumont Newhall, From the foreword to the book One Mind’s Eye – The Portraits and Other Photographs of Arnold Newman, David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston 1974

Arnold Newman at home, 1980. Photographer unknown.

Arnold Newman at home, 1980. photographer unknown.

Arnold Newman photograph of Pablo Picasso

Arnold Newman photograph of Pablo Picasso


A Walk On Salt Creek Beach

A Walk On Salt Creek Beach by Gina Genis

This is a photo I took in 2009. I was exploring a Lensbaby to do a series of work called June Gloom about the beaches I grew up on. I took thousands of images. Only 172 made it into the final project which was shown in a solo exhibit at the Porter Butts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This photo is an outtake. I was running through my image library, and the couple walking together caught my eye. Feeling romantic, I guess. I decided to work on it a little in onOne software, adding a graduated lavender filter to the top part of the image. I hope you enjoy this walk on the beach.

If you are interested in purchasing a Lensbaby, contact me first for a discount code.

Circular Panorama of Dana Point Harbor

Circular Panorama of Dana Point Harbor by Gina Genis

Hi Friends,

Thought I’d share a photo I did of Dana Point Harbor – with a twist – literally. I took a series of shots of Dana Point Harbor, stitched them together, then uses a bunch of PhotoShop manipulations to twist it into a circle. This is the result. You can learn how to do this technique in my Creative Photography Workshop.

Happy Birthday Walker Evans

Walker Evans in 1937

Today, November 3, is the 109th birthday of Walker Evans. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1903. He first dabbled in photography in 1928 and quickly became one of the most important documentary photographers in America. His most powerful work was created for the Farm Security Administration. Evans was especially adept at showing us how the average person lived in the 2nd half of the 20th Century.

Evans died on April 10, 1975.

Walker Evans photo


“Floyd and Lucille Burroughs, Hale County Alabama,” by Walker Evans


Women on a Subway by Walker Evans



Send Your Best Images Competition

Hello Friends, Photographers, and Fellow Bloggers,

Just wanted to let you know that I am one of the jurors for the “Give Us Your Best Shot” competition. This photographic competition is hosted by the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. OCCCA has been in existence for 32 years, and has a exhibition space of more than 6,000 sq ft in the heart of the Santa Ana Arts District in California. OCCCA is on the list of 10 Best Museums in California, and award given by CBS Los Angeles.

The OCCCA Building below.


The other esteemed jurors are Susan Spiritus, of Susan Spiritus Gallery, Kirk Pedersen, fine art publisher, and Jeff T. Alu, photographer and curator.

If you have read my past blogs, you know I am wary of photography competitions. I will never list a competition that I do not believe in. I have had a lot of experience working with OCCCA in the past, and curated “Wide Angle View” there. You can rest assured every entry will be looked at and we, the jurors will choose the best, most interesting submissions for a strong show.

So give it a shot. Expose your work to curators, publishers, and gallerists. Even if you don’t make it into the show, your photography will be seen and possibly remembered for future exhibits. The deadline is November 10, 2012. Good luck.


The MET To Exhibit “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop”

Faking It – book

The approximately 200 photos taken between the 1840’s and 1990’s. in the exhibition have all been manipulated with different techniques. Multiple exposures from negatives, combination printing, photomontage, overpainting, and retouching are all represented.

The exhibition is divided into seven sections, Picture Perfect, Artifice in the Name of Art, Politics and Persuasion, Novelties and Amusements, Pictures in Print, Mind’s Eye, and Protoshop. Some of the artists included are favorites of all of us: Gustave Le Gray, Carleton E. Watkins, Edward Steichen, F. Holland Day, Maurice Tabard, Dora Maar, John BladessariDuane Michals.

I am always amazed when I think of the endless hours photographers (including myself) use to spend to manipulate our images. Now contemporary software programs are so sophisticated, we achieve them within a couple of computer clicks. I urge the young photographers out there who have never worked in a darkroom to visit this exhibit and see where your photo ancestry comes from.

A fully illustrated hard cover catalog is available through the MET’s bookstore for $60.

Happy 122nd Birthday to Man Ray

Emmanuel Rudnitzky – AKA – Man Ray

Man Ray, was born Emmanuel Rudinitsky, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 27, 1890. His adult life was spent in Paris, New York, and Hollywood. He considered Paris his home, and his artistic reputation flourished there.

Along with Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia, he became a big part of the Dada and Surrealist movements in art. He is most known for his experimental photograms which he labeled Rayographs. These were not fully appreciated in his lifetime, but are now considered great works.

A Man Ray photogram, or “Rayograph”

Man Ray “Rayograph” of a dandelion

Man Ray made his living as a fashion and portrait photographer, but always managed to throw in his highly individualistic avant-garde style.

Larmes – “Glass Tears” by Man Ray ca 1930-33

Hair photo by Man Ray

“Le Violon d’Ingres” 1924 by Man Ray

World War II forced Man Ray to flee Paris. He spent time in Hollywood from 1940-1951. He had to leave behind his masterpieces of paintings and photography; in essence, his entire artistic career. When his boat was safely in the Port of Newark, he “was overcome with a feeling of intense depression”. He knew he had to start over. (From the book Perpetual Motif – The Art Of Man Ray, 1988, p. 273, compiled by the National Museum of American ArtSmithsonian Institution). I highly recommend this book if you want to learn more about Man Ray.

Eventually, he was able to return to Paris where he died on November 18, 1976.

Happy 122nd, birthday, Man Ray. You have inspired generations of artists.

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