Sincerity and Photography

SFMOMA Photography Talk at San Francisco Public Library Tonight

Tonight, SFMOMA will present a talk at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. The presentation, Photography: Art or Craft?, “traces photography back to its origins and looks at its many roles in modern art.”

More details:

Photography: Art or Craft?
Wednesday, July 18, 6:00-8:00pm
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin St.
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B

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Carte Blanche Gallery Opening Thursday


San Francisco has a new photography gallery. My friend Gwen Lafage has opened Carte Blanche gallery at 973 Valencia St. in the Mission, selling prints and photobooks.

The official opening is Thursday, December 15 from 6 to 9pm. If you’re in San Francisco you should stop by to welcome her to the neighborhood.

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PiY2 Day 4

Sunday, the final day of the PiY exhibition in Nogent-sur-Marne, outside of Paris.


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Maxwell Anderson.


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Gérard from Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz. He made us lunch. He is such a generous and thoughtful person.


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Laurence Vecten.


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It was raining so the books were displayed inside.


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I went for a walk in the rain…


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And met these nice women who were looking for the exhibition.


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Heading back to the hotel after the show wrapped up.


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It was crazy to see this elevated train track, like something out of a Kertész photograph.


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We went to Paris for dinner and some final drinks. Next morning, it was time for me to go back to San Francisco.

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PiY2 Day 3

These photos are from Saturday, when the PiY exhibition really started.

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Visitors start to arrive. The books were displayed in the garden behind Maison d’art Bernard Anthonioz in Nogent-sur-Marne.


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Adam and Robert from Preston is my Paris.


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Gérard from Maison d’art Bernard Anthonioz and Adam share a laugh.


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Set up for dinner in the garden. Gérard is an incredible cook and he spoiled us with delicious food the entire weekend.


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Gérard, Maxwell Anderson, and Anne Schwalbe.


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Maxwell thanks Laurence Vecten (and Gérard) for their hospitality and for bringing us together in such an amazing place…


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And Anne presents Laurence with portraits we made earlier as a token of our appreciation.


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As the evening progresses, Hannah Darabi keeps a candle lit.


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Dinner by candle light in a French garden. It was something out of a film.


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Laughter and heartfelt conversation with new friends. It’s hard to think of a better way to end the day.

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PiY2 Day 2

On to my second day in France for the Publish it Yourself exhibition.

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Met up with Laurence Vecten at Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz (MABA) in Nogent-sur-Marne which is an art center that was hosting the PiY show.


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Setting up a table in the garden behind the art center for lunch.


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This is Gérard who is the director of the art center. He is an amazing cook.


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He made a salad for lunch.


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Anne Schwalbe, one of the photographers in the show.


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Caroline, manager at the art center.


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Caroline and Adam from Preston is my Paris.


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Maxwell Anderson, another photographer in the exhibition.


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Rémi Coignet (and in English), who is a photography journalist for Le Monde, and a friend.


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Gérard in the garden.


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A self publishing talk that evening with the folks from Boehm Kobayashi


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Preston is my Paris


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and Designer Frédéric Teschner, Laurence Vecten, and moderated by Rémi Coignet.


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Then it’s time to head into Paris…


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Hanging out at the train station.


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We met up with Robert’s friend from college, I can’t remember his name at the moment.


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Then back to Nogent-sur-Marne for some night photography.


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Back at the hotel.


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Anne suggested that we make something to give to Laurence and Gérard to thank them for their hospitality. Robert busted out his Polaroid passport camera and we made some portraits.


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PiY2 Day 1

I just returned from Paris/Nogent-sur-Marne where I attended the second PiY self-published photobook exhibition. Here are some photos from the first day of my trip.

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I went to Le Bal to meet up with some folks I met at PiY last year. It’s a bookstore and cafe, and I guess they have a gallery in back but that part was closed.


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Laurence Vecten, the organizer of PiY.


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Adam Murray, one half of Preston is my Paris.


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I think this guy is the bookstore manager. He looks serious, I wouldn’t want him pointing at me.


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The awesome American-style snacks for the opening at Le Bal — saltines and marshmallows! That’s a common meal over at the Beil residence.


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Then a few of us went over to Aux Folies for a drink.


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Robert Parkinson, the other half of Preston is my Paris. He’s not always this pinkish.


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Thomas Boivin


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Thomas invited us over to his place for some wine.


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So many gracious hosts in Paris.


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Waiting for the train back to Nogent-sur-Marne.


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The mean streets of Nogent.


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No matter how late it is, there’s always time for photography.


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Off to bed.