Saint Celluloid

Silver (detail) - Kalliope Amorphous

Artist's Statement: Saint Celluloid is a series of self-portraits exploring both the vulnerability and immortality of the film star as well as the potentially oppressive and regressive culture of fame. These images were Inspired by the idea of instrumental transcommunication (ITC), a term coined by Ernst Senkowski in the 1970s to refer to communication through any sort of … [Read more...]

Diorama: Photographs by Ido Abramsohn

Ido Abramsohn - Welcome to Lebanon 2 (detail)

Artist's StatementModels of Israeli soldiers and Palestinian insurgents and civilians were photographed and enlarged to human size. The new scale of the models casts the original meaning of the images in doubt, and enables us to scrutinize the stereotypical perception of the image of the “good” and “bad” soldier, as well as to examine local stereotypes of the Israeli as … [Read more...]

Book Review: Hijos de la Selva: Sons of the Forest

Hijos de la Selva: Sons of the Forest

In the early part of the 20th century photographer Edward Curtis was funded by American businessman J. P. Morgan to undertake the extensive task of making a photographic record of Native Americans across the United States. While some of these photos are undeniably powerful and poignant, the motivation behind them of creating a portrait of "a vanishing people" resulted in him … [Read more...]

Teeth of the Sea

Chum Bucket, 2013 (detail) / photo by Maggie Shannon

Artist's Statement: Maggie Shannon grew up in Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island best known as a summer beach colony. Teeth of the Sea explores Islanders’ ambivalent relationship with the sea and with outsiders by focusing on the enduring memory of two historical events: the 1969 tragic drowning of Mary Jo Kopeckne, which ended the presidential hopes of Senator Edward … [Read more...]

A Form of View: Photography by Yoav Friedländer

copyright Yoav Friedlander http://www.yoavfriedlander.com

Artist's StatementThe obvious similarity between photographs (as they are the result of recording the visible light) and reality had been confusing me since I was a child. Photographs promised me a vision of a reality from the past or a visualization of a current reality that is geographically inaccessible to me. In a sense they where like a recipe to remake a world. And … [Read more...]

Grand Marais by t. kilgore splake

Grand Marais by Jonathunder, via Wikipedia

Grand Marais by t. kilgore splake / paperback, with DVD / 978-1-4675-8222-3t. kilgore splake's latest volume is a poetic and photographic celebration of Grand Marais, Minnesota, a small city on the shore of Lake Michigan.splake's roots go deep in the Grand Marais area. It's where, aside a campfire years ago, he wrote his first poem. It's here that his pen name was … [Read more...]

Charged Vision: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg

The photographs of Allen Ginsberg recently were on display at the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco. Walking through the museum is like going on a jaunt through Beat History. A spritely Jack Kerouac followed by the drunk. A youthful William Burroughs, and the junky with withered skin. Gregory Corso, Gary Snyder, Robert La Vigne, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and of course, … [Read more...]

Ginsberg at the Grey

Photo credit: Joybot / CC BY-SA

How belly they aged, your friends, how hard the young years, every look, an eye for an eye, rapscallions when this country had corners rounded to secret, sweet places unfound by blab and tweet. In that famous photo, which stood over my desk so many years, I regard the defiant penis on Gregory and you, but here, in the Grey Gallery, I see I missed the smile hidden in the … [Read more...]

Photos – Richie Havens at the Festival of the River

Richie Havens 2009, copyright D. Enck

[Note: I took these photos in 2009, and present them here again in memory of Richie Havens, who passed away on April 22, 2013 at the age of 72. Rest in peace, Richie.]Richie Havens played the Festival of the River & Pow-Wow, sponsored by the Stillaguamish Tribe, on August 8, 2009, in Arlington, Washington. He was accompanied by Walter … [Read more...]

Review – Anywhere Road: Retracing Jack Kerouac, by Joerg Haeske

Anywhere Road: Retracing Jack Kerouac by Joerg Haeske

"What's your road, man?—holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It's an anywhere road for anybody anyhow." - Jack Kerouac, On the RoadFor the last several years, on his website www.RetracingJackKerouac.com, Joerg Haeske has documented his travels to places which figured in Jack Kerouac's life and work. Now Joerg has gathered together some of his … [Read more...]

Maggs Counterculture – Experimental ’70s Pop photos of Russ Karel

A recent blog post by Maggs Counterculture discusses the experimental '70s Pop photos of Russ Karel, a much overlooked documentarist. An important collection of his work has just been catalogued and is almost ready for public consumption and sale. Prepare to be amazed by these visionary portraits by reading the blog post below.We do not seek to offend but bear in mind … [Read more...]

Beat Generation Photos by Rob Lee

Photos by Rob Lee

Lawrence FerlinghettiMarch 11, 1987 Taken in his office above City Lights Bookstore (shaped like an arrowhead bisecting Columbus Avenue and Jack Kerouac Alley), Ferlinghetti spends more time in his painting studio at this point in his life. A quiet, observant presence, "fighting the good fight." Gregory CorsoSeptember 25, 1988 Gregory was on a tear, for reasons … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Bruce Conner, 1933-2008

Bruce Conner by Larry Keenan

THE ARTIST for Bruce ConnerTHE ARTIST has faces that are nude ladies and feathers. Women pose in the visage of the whirlpool raising bare arms and arching bare thighs. Tentacles of squid sway down among pinions of African eagles from the artist's beret and they tangle white hair. In the blackness of his face, spider webs and lichens, are matted … [Read more...]

About Photographer Larry Keenan

Larry Keenan

In 1965, California College of Arts and Crafts student Larry Keenan was asked by his teacher, poet and playwright Michael McClure, if he would like to photograph a group of his friends. Asking McClure whom his friends were Keenan was amazed when he listed names that included Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Bruce Conner, Neal Cassady and Ken Kesey. Keenan had studied … [Read more...]