Michel Tournier with his camera, 1977. Getty Images.
After the recent series of deaths of legendary figures, yesterday was the turn of Michel Tournier, one of the most interesting French writers and also a very influential, passionate lover of photography. To get an idea of how influential: he is the co-founder of Les Rencontres d’Arles, the famed photo festival in France.
Although he has published books with photographers’ bios and also with discussions of selected photographs, his most interesting writings are actually the novels and short stories in which photography is a subtle theme, a subject, plot driver and protagonist. I am fascinated with the ways the two arts intertwine.
Take his short story “Veronica’s Shrouds” Continue reading
After several years of hard work, I am preparing my project The Skin of Memory for a solo show at the Fort Worth Community Art Center coming up in early January. It was an honor to be selected by the exhibition committee and debut a body of work that has taken so much to research, experiment and think about.
Hope you can come!
Archive of Abandoned Dreams, Gallery 1855, Davis, CA. February 2015
Well, it was a very eventful three months! Now that the semester is (almost) over and I am back up for air, here is what has been happening the meantime. Continue reading
The Union Gallery at UNT. The building is currently under reconstruction and the gallery will not available until 2016.
Many artists, including photographers, are not aware of the exhibition opportunities in university galleries, yet they are some of the best places to make your work known to a great audience. Not only are university galleries places where you can start a dialogue with the budding artists who are students in these academic institutions, but they are visited by invited curators and others – not to speak of the faculty.
Also, since universities are intellectual communities first and foremost, the dialogue that an art exhibition establishes goes beyond art appreciation and connects with concerns of broader interest; it participates in the intellectual debates on campus. Continue reading
I had the distinct pleasure of teaching a group of awesome students this semester: sensitive, hard working and very much personally invested in photography. They made some great work and also allowed me to post some of their images.
If these images look familiar to you, you are not mistaken: this was their emulation assignment, in which they had to research an iconic photographer, analyze his or her style and produce images inspired by it. So that’s why you may recognize something you’ve seen. Continue reading