Tonight is the opening of Michael Jang’s show “The Jangs” at Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco.
Michael is a talented photographer and a nice guy. I just got back from Paris Photo L.A. and his work was some of the most interesting stuff being shown there. You should stop by the opening tonight and take a look.
Michael Jang: The Jangs
May 2 – July 13, 2013
Reception: Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7:30 pm
Stephen Wirtz Gallery
49 Geary St 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA
I have spent so many hours working on my photobook “Gone Quickly” that it is impossible for me to know how long it takes to make each book. But I know that assembling each book takes about 45 minutes.
Assembly includes trimming the cover, scoring and folding the sheets, assembling the signatures, trimming the signatures, piercing the signatures for sewing, sewing the signatures to the cover, and trimming and scoring the cover wrapper. Prior to assembly, the book must be edited, designed, and the letterpress and inkjet printing must be complete.
Here is a time-lapse video that condenses 45 minutes of book assembly into 2 minutes and 21 seconds:
I will soon be making an announcement about the book. Stay tuned…
Today I visited SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum with my aunt. The exhibition label for one of Lisette Model’s photographs in the Photo League show at the CJM nicely summarized some of my recent thoughts about photography:
Lisette Model challenged the idea that the photograph was merely a factual record, seeking instead to produce images that transformed her subjects, allowing her photographs to gain their “own independent life.”
In photographing a three dimensional reality, there is necessarily a transformation when the image is recorded in two dimensions. But the potential exists in this process for so much more than simple flattening.
The show is curated by Darius Himes from Fraenkel Gallery and Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library. My book “Gone Quickly” will be in the show and I will participate in the photobook meet-up tomorrow morning.
The opening goes from 6-10pm. Gallery Carte Blanche is located at 973 Valencia Street in San Francisco.
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.”