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Photography exhibits and printing photographs

Looking forward to seeing the exhibit of photographs of national and international celebrities taken by the late Dallas photographer Andy Hanson at SMU Fondren Library. For more on that exhibit, read Rick Brettell’s review in the The Dallas Morning News. I already know the picture of Michael Caine lighting a cigarette with a candle will me among my top ten.

There’s a line in the review that made me think of the Gordon Parks exhibit at Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Brettell says Hanson’s memorable photographs were a result of snapping key moments, his gift of composition, and “wizardry” in the darkroom.

Learning to print photographs well – to deepen the blacks, to give the photograph more depth (or not, I guess) – is hard. I’ve known for years that it’s not something I will do well, because I don’t have a natural understanding of light, have always been intimidated by enlargers and filters, and because I’ve never taken the time to learn to understand any of that.

Two exhibits at Amon Carter Museum of American Art have highlighted photographers that were master printers and in doing so, has given the process the recognition it deserves: the Dave Heath and the Gordon Parks exhibits. Personally, those exhibits, and Mark Birnbaum‘s keen eye and commentary, have made me appreciate the art of printing photographs in a way I had not.

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2019/12/08/heres-how-the-rich-and-famous-did-dallas-the-way-one-photographer-saw-it/

 

 

Yesterday, I spent part of my day with the son of a friend learning about watercolor techniques at Oil and Cotton. My adopted nephew is so much fun, he’s a sweet and interesting child who also has a silly sense of humor.

During our car rides and over lunch, we talked about what he likes to read (fantasy, but not fairy tales), what video games he likes to play (still Minecraft), what he likes to eat (cheese pizzas, strawberries and corn, but not kale).

We also talked about what’s going on in school. He shared with me that students at his elementary school have found nails and hairs in their food, and he’s drafted a petition to get the school to make changes. So far, he’s collected 50 signatures and hopes to collect another 50.

So fun to be part of his life.

 

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