Article in Today’s Oregonian About Photo+Book

Power to the Artists! The Self Publishing Revolution

The gallery was fortunate today to be featured in the Oregonian newspaper, on the front pages of the How We Live section, no less. Read the full article on DK Row’s Blog here.

Writer Bob Hicks took the “democratization of art photography” angle in the article which was really terrific. As a book artist I’ve always been a fan of “democratic multiples” and Bob made the link between POD books and artist books that I hadn’t made before. They also printed two color photographs from our Best of Show winners, Jonathan Sharlin (shown below) and Kristy Lynn Carpenter (show above).

Other show artists featured in the article follow in this expert: “Melissa K. Stallard’s “Worth the Trip,” is her MFA thesis, a clear-eyed and affecting gathering of off-the-mainline scenes of life between her adopted home of Chicago and her hometown in Tennessee…. “The Battered Trucks of Barrow,” a compelling visual cacophony by Dennis Witmer of Fairbanks, Alaska; the portraits in “Mostra” by Portlander Loren Minnick; the sweet “Interior Nature” by Karen Bucher of Las Cruces, N.M.; Portlander Stewart Harvey’s compelling shots of New Orleans and its people in “Souls by Water”; and “Exit Wounds,” Portlander Jim Lommasson’s book of searing images of the lives of military veterans back in civilian life…”

Congratulations to all of the Photo+Book artists. Your utterly compelling books have made a wonderful show.

Photolucida Books in Stock at 23 Sandy

Photolucida is a Portland based non-profit organization that promotes the careers of emerging photographers. You may have heard of this terrific group as it presents an eponymous biennial photography review festival in Portland as well as the very popular annual Critical Mass.

Each year Photolucida publishes monographs of the top two or three winners of the Critical Mass competition. The winners are chosen from over 600 submissions by a group of very distinguished curators, gallerists and photography thinkers from around the world. These books are a great view on what’s hot in the world of photography today.

Stop by the gallery and check out the current six Critical Mass titles. The six books published to date are by Hiroshi Watanabe, Louis Palu, Sage Sohier, Camille Seaman, Amy Stein and Donald Weber. More gorgeous titles are in progress as we speak. Preview all six titles here.

But, hurry! Some of these titles are selling out very quick. Amy Stein’s book, Domesticated, won a book of the year award and is selling fast. Stop by the gallery to start your Photolucida collection.

Also, stay tuned. Date and location are still being finalized. This year’s review festival takes place in April. One event not to be missed is the Portfolio Walk. It is the only event open to the public during the reviews. All of the participating photographers display their portfolios in a great opportunity to see a ton of inspiring work and get a chance to meet the photographers. I’ll post more info as we get closer to the event.

Two New Shows Opening Friday

Join us First Friday, March 6 from 6-9 p.m. for an artist reception!

Photo+Book is a juried exhibition of self-published, on-demand photography books. This show celebrates a new digital innovation in the world or photography. Online services such as Blurb, Lulu and others allow photographers (or anyone else who wants to publish a book!) the ability to produce a book store-quality book with the click of a mouse. Preview Photo+Book here.

Also showing this month: Lady Vengeance. British artist Sarah Bodman’s artist books are inspired by the darker side of nature, human nature and history.

Bodman’s inspiration is the darker side of nature, human nature and history. Like a beautiful poisonous flower, her limited edition, handmade books open with images that lure the viewer in by making the subject look attractive. But, what lies beneath must be, of course, very sinister. Bodman is Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of West England in Bristol where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. You can see a full catalog of her show here.

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