Saturday, July 31, 2010

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July 31st 3:00 PM

LA DOUBLE VIE DE MONSIEUR G.

Dir. Catherine Galodé (France) 13:02 mins.

This film explores the making of and ideas behind Gilbert Garcin’s photographs. In conversation with photographer Christian Ramade and critic Jean-Claude Carbonne, Garcin examines how his work and the character he embodies allows him to lead a “double life.”

Please note: this film is in French with no subtitles.

MON ONCLE

Dir. Jacques Tati (France: 1958), 117 mins.

Monsieur Hulot lives a very different life from his family, the Arpels. His sister, her husband and their son Gerard live in an ultra modern house, equipped with all the latest automated conveniences. They've decorated the property in a minimalist theme and are highly regimented in every aspect of their lives. Gerard enjoys escaping his “un-friendly” reality to spend time with his Uncle M. Hulot who lives a more lackadaisical lifestyle in a smallish apartment in an old building in a more established neighborhood. M. Arpel in particular doesn't like the influence his brother-in-law has on his son. The Arpels try to make M. Hulot, fit in better with themselves and their group of friends. M. Hulot even tries working for his brother-in-law at his factory after much insistence from M. Arpel. Of course nothing works out as planned when M. Hulot is around, either at work or at a social gathering! Perhaps in the end the Arpels can learn more from M. Hulot then the other way around.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Cynthia Greig featured in Group Exhibition at Gallery Project in Michigan USA

Opening Reception Tonight!

Faux Real at Gallery Project


July 28 - September 5, 2010 Reception: Friday, July 30, 6-9pm

Gallery Project presents Faux Real, a multimedia exhibit in which 26 artists play with the idea that things can be both fake and real simultaneously in terms of concept and materiality.

Contributors to the exhibit include: Jeffrey Apt, Sam Blanchard, Sarah Buckius, Peter Bugg, Lea Bult, Susan Evans, Lynn Galbreath, Matt Gordon, Cynthia Greig, Adrian Hatfield, Nicole Jacquard, Darlene Kaczmarczyk, David Lambert, Lap Le, Jim Nawara, Abigail Anne Newbold, Alison Norlen, Gloria Pritschet, Ashley Allen Short, Clinton Snider, James Stephens, Rob Todd, Jason Urban, Robin Walker, Allen Williams, and Hui Yang. The exhibit is curated by Sarah Buckius, Lea Bult, and Lynn Galbreath. (Image by David Lambert, Seasons Series, digital print)

215 South 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Spring/Summer gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon-9pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

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July 31st 3:00 PM

LA DOUBLE VIE DE MONSIEUR G.

Dir. Catherine Galodé (France) 13:02 mins.

This film explores the making of and ideas behind Gilbert Garcin’s photographs. In conversation with photographer Christian Ramade and critic Jean-Claude Carbonne, Garcin examines how his work and the character he embodies allows him to lead a “double life.”

Please note: this film is in French with no subtitles.

MON ONCLE

Dir. Jacques Tati (France: 1958), 117 mins.

Monsieur Hulot lives a very different life from his family, the Arpels. His sister, her husband and their son Gerard live in an ultra modern house, equipped with all the latest automated conveniences. They've decorated the property in a minimalist theme and are highly regimented in every aspect of their lives. Gerard enjoys escaping his “un-friendly” reality to spend time with his Uncle M. Hulot who lives a more lackadaisical lifestyle in a smallish apartment in an old building in a more established neighborhood. M. Arpel in particular doesn't like the influence his brother-in-law has on his son. The Arpels try to make M. Hulot, fit in better with themselves and their group of friends. M. Hulot even tries working for his brother-in-law at his factory after much insistence from M. Arpel. Of course nothing works out as planned when M. Hulot is around, either at work or at a social gathering! Perhaps in the end the Arpels can learn more from M. Hulot then the other way around.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

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July 24th 3:00 PM

LES VACANCES DE MONSIEUR HULOT

Dir. Jacques Tati (France: 1953), 114 mins.

The peace and quiet of the hotel guests at a seaside resort doesn't last very long when Monsieur Hulot goes on a holiday at the resort. Mishaps and calamities follow him where ever he goes because although his intentions are good, they always turn out disastrous.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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July 24th 3:00 PM

LES VACANCES DE MONSIEUR HULOT

Dir. Jacques Tati (France: 1953), 114 mins.

The peace and quiet of the hotel guests at a seaside resort doesn't last very long when Monsieur Hulot goes on a holiday at the resort. Mishaps and calamities follow him where ever he goes because although his intentions are good, they always turn out disastrous.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gallery Artist Vincenzo Pietropaolo Exhibition "Toronto Tree Portraits" Featured on thestar.com

Vincenzo Pietropaolo, John Van Burek's tree

Toronto's Favorite Leafy Giants


Exhibit to profile 16 urban trees

Written by: Amy Dempsey

They’re tall, slender, beautiful . . . and green.

The Toronto tree portrait exhibit profiles 16 trees chosen by local artists, musicians and politicians, all captured by photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo.

Each tree-picker — from Adrienne Clarkson to Joe Pantalone — wrote a short memory or anecdote about their chosen green giant. The idea was to get a peek into how others see the city’s trees.

“It was a way to personalize the urban forest. And I think when you personalize something you’re much more likely to care about it and look after it,” said LEAF member Lorraine Johnson.

LEAF, an environmental non-profit organization that works to protect the urban forest, organized the exhibit, which opens Thursday July 22nd at 7 p.m. at Side Space Gallery on St. Clair Ave.

To continue reading the article, please click here;

http://www.thestar.com/

Monday, July 19, 2010

News From The Robert Giard Foundation

This spring we premiered the first Robert Giard Fellowship project by 2009-2010 award winner Sonali Gulati.

Her film, "I AM," is a brilliant depiction of the difficulties of coming out as a lesbian in India. It was especially timely and important since it was made just as the Indian Parliament was debating the current law which punished homosexual activity between men or women.

We are very pleased that the fellowship allowed Sonali to finish this important film.

"I feel really fortunate for being the first recipient of the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship and plan to live up to the responsibility that I've been entrusted with in broadening the representation of gender and sexuality through my creative work." -- Sonali Gulati

If you are interested in applying to the Robert Giard Fellowship, please click;

http://web.gc.cuny.edu/clags/awards.shtml#giard

Submission deadline is November 15 2010

Our next big piece of news is that we are finally on FACEBOOK and would very much like you to sign up and become one of our friends. It is a great page which tells you about Robert Giard's current exhibitions and all of our current news. It also has photos of Giard's work and pictures from recent events.

Please tell your friends to visit our FACEBOOK page as well as our beautiful website: www.therobertgiardfoundation.org. Help us build upon a historic photographic legacy.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

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Fading Dream

July 17st 3:00 PM

MEMENTO
Dir. Christopher Nolan (France: 2000), 113 mins.

Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator whose short-term memory has been damaged following a head injury he sustained after intervening on his wife's murder. Leonard is determined to avenge his wife's murder. He attempts to do this by using valuable tools, from tattooing notes on his body to taking Polaroid’s of familiar circumstances, to remind himself, despite his disabled state. The movie is told in forward flashes of events that are to compensate for his unreliable memory, during which he has liaisons with various complex characters, which assist him in getting closer to solving his wife’s murder.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Fading Dream

July 17st 3:00 PM

MEMENTO
Dir. Christopher Nolan (France: 2000), 113 mins.

Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator whose short-term memory has been damaged following a head injury he sustained after intervening on his wife's murder. Leonard is determined to avenge his wife's murder. He attempts to do this by using valuable tools, from tattooing notes on his body to taking Polaroid’s of familiar circumstances, to remind himself, despite his disabled state. The movie is told in forward flashes of events that are to compensate for his unreliable memory, during which he has liaisons with various complex characters, which assist him in getting closer to solving his wife’s murder.

Reminder! Opening of Vincenzo Pietropaolo Exhibition Tonight at Side Space Gallery from 7-10pm


July 12 - August 12, 2010

Opening reception Thursday, July 15, 7 - 10 pm
at Side Space Gallery, 1080 St. Clair Ave. West (west of Oakwood).

This exhibition was produced as a fund raising initiative for LEAF - Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of Toronto's urban forest.

A number of respected Torontonians were invited to select their favorite tree in the city, a tree that had particular meaning for them in terms of sense of belonging, diversity, community building, or heritage preservation.

Pietropaolo photographed the selected trees and produced 16 photographic prints --16x24 inches, in a limited edition of 4. LEAF is offering these prints for sale at a special price as part of its fund raising drive. All the proceeds will go to LEAF, and will be used for planting trees, education and training initiatives.

Pietropaolo strongly supports LEAF's efforts for a greener Toronto and a healthier tree canopy, and invite you to consider supporting them also and what better way than through a purchase of one of these prints!

To learn more about this exhibition at Side Space Gallery, click here;

http://www.sidespacegallery.com/TreePortraits.html

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Gallery Artist Vincenzo Pietropaolo Exhibits "Toronto Tree Portraits" at Side Space Gallery


July 12 - August 12, 2010

Opening reception Thursday, July 15, 7 - 10 pm
at Side Space Gallery, 1080 St. Clair Ave. West (west of Oakwood).

This exhibition was produced as a fund raising initiative for LEAF - Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of Toronto's urban forest.

A number of respected Torontonians were invited to select their favorite tree in the city, a tree that had particular meaning for them in terms of sense of belonging, diversity, community building, or heritage preservation.

Pietropaolo photographed the selected trees and produced 16 photographic prints --16x24 inches, in a limited edition of 4. LEAF is offering these prints for sale at a special price as part of its fund raising drive. All the proceeds will go to LEAF, and will be used for planting trees, education and training initiatives.

Pietropaolo strongly supports LEAF's efforts for a greener Toronto and a healthier tree canopy, and invite you to consider supporting them also and what better way than through a purchase of one of these prints!

To learn more about this exhibition at Side Space Gallery, click here;

http://www.sidespacegallery.com/TreePortraits.html

Gallery Artist Scott Conarroe Exhibition Review on 'By Rail'

Scott Conarroe Gets Railroaded

Photographer Scott Conarroe travelled across North America documenting train tracks and how they occupy the landscape.

by Laura Kenins

Sitting on a passenger train somewhere in eastern New Brunswick and listening to a voice announce that the train will be an additional four hours late getting into Halifax, it's easy to forget that train travel was once a crucial mode of transport. Photographer Scott Conarroe is conscious of this change. Known for his large-format, long exposure landscape photographs of hockey rinks and bridges devoid of people, in 2007 Conarroe turned his focus to trains.

Conarroe, who received his MFA from NSCAD in 2005, spent the 2000s moving around Canada, scrapping some of his photos with each move. "I noticed that a lot of the work I kept keeping...had railroad tracks somewhere in the frame," he says. "My sidelong interest in railways began to dawn on me then."

His earlier landscapes were shot at locations across the country, from the west, where he grew up, to the east, where he studied, to central Canada, where he moved after Halifax. "At some point I got it in my head that going different places and making work about the local realities is a good way to become relevant to new people. A study of railways was what I seemed to have been working up to," Conarroe says.

The pictures in By Rail, exhibiting at MSVU Art Gallery, travel from the east coast of Canada to the west, down into the southern US and to Chicago, where Conarroe was teaching. He began shooting in southern Ontario in the summer of 2007 and left on the trip that generated the majority of the series in January 2008, travelling until mid-September that year.

He undertook the journeys by van rather than train, reasoning that relying on his own transportation and accommodation was simpler than matching it to train schedules. Conarroe primarily photographs at dawn and dusk, so having his own vehicle allowed him to scope out locations during the day. He suggests that this way of working is in line with the nature of the project. "By Rail isn't an inventory of tracks and trestles and stations. It is a study of how our civilization occupies the landscape at this point in history; the railway gives a sense of structure to this big sprawling project."

To continue reading this article click here;

http://www.thecoast.ca/

Monday, July 12, 2010

Gallery Artist Scott Conarroe's 'By Rail' Exhibiting at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery

19 Jun 2010 – 1 Aug 2010

Scott Conarroe is well known for his social landscape photographs which evoke romantic pictorial traditions while participating in contemporary photography’s critical discourse.

In 2007, Conarroe embarked on a journey across North America to photograph railway infrastructure. His large-format, long-exposure photographs are a remarkable testament to the railway’s past glory and future potential, and its former ability to unify urban and rural environments. Largely empty of trains or people, these often derelict, always elegiac scenes evoke a range of responses to what was arguably the defining technology of the modern nation state.

The artist’s first solo public art gallery exhibition with catalogue, Harbour Photographs, was held at MSVU Art Gallery in 2005, following his graduation from NSCAD.

Scott Conarroe has generously donated Loop Canyon, Chicago, IL 2007 to the MSVU Permanent Collection.

To continue reading about the exhibition click here;

http://msvuart.ca/

Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Fading Dream

3:00 PM July 10th


ONE HOUR PHOTO
Dir. Mark Romanek (USA: 2002), 96 mins.

This film showcases the morose and lonely life of Seymour ‘SY’ Parrish which fuels his growing obsession of the seemingly ‘perfect’ Yorkin family. SY is the local photograph developer working at a department store the Yorkin family uses to process family photos. SY has worked as a developer for over 20 years and is as obsessed with modern photography practices as he is with the personal inner-workings of the Yorkin family. As SY discovers that the Yorkin family is not as perfect as they seem, he begins to take it personally and becomes a man possessed to expose the imperfections of the family which could tear them apart.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Review of Gallery Artists Larry Towell and Susan Meiselas Featured in L.A Observed

'Engaged Observers' at the Getty

Written by: Iris Schneider

This week, several of the brightest lights of the photography world turned out to honor the still image.

Susan Meiselas, James Nachtwey and Lauren Greenfield are three of the photographers whose work is represented in a Getty Museum exhibition called Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the 60's. They were treated like celebrities as they autographed books and answered questions on opening night.

I remember looking at some of these very images in the 70's and 80's, at the time I was just beginning my career as a photojournalist, and I was moved by their power and emotion. Meiselas' photos of the revolution in Nicaragua from 1979, Nachtwey's reportage of wars on foreign soil, Walker Evans' and Dorothea Lange's images that captured the Depression era in the United States and its effects on the people across the United States who were struggling for their survival. They inspired me and seeing them on the walls of the Getty was like reconnecting with old friends.

As we now know, things have changed for photography and photographers. Meiselas is working in video along with stills. Greenfield, who has documented the effects that money, marketing and society's emphasis on beauty has over young people in books like "Fast Forward" and "Girl Culture," has also begun working with film. Her last effort was "Kids + Money," a powerful film that explores how teens feel about the role money plays in their lives.

Even the photographers at Magnum Photos, one of the few remaining photo agencies and whose members are among the elite and most accomplished in the business, recently had several intense days as they met for their annual business meeting.

The agenda that made things so stressful? "Survival," said Larry Towell, a Magnum member and one of the photographers whose work graced the walls of the Getty show.

The exhibit provides a welcome respite from all the worry, and a chance to revel in the pure power of photography.

The show features the seminal and iconic work of some of the best documentary photographers working since the 60's, each of whom have passionately pursued personal projects. Two whose work are represented, Leonard Freed and Philip Jones Griffiths, recently passed away but not before the Getty purchased their collections. Freed, whose work on civil rights highlighted the struggles and pride of the African American community, and Griffiths, whose early work in Vietnam helped to document the effects of the war on both the American soldiers and the Vietnamese people, are strongly represented at the show.


To continue reading this article click here;

http://www.laobserved.com/

Thursday, July 8, 2010

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Fading Dream

3:00 PM July 10th


ONE HOUR PHOTO

Dir. Mark Romanek (USA: 2002), 96 mins.

This film showcases the morose and lonely life of Seymour ‘SY’ Parrish which fuels his growing obsession of the seemingly ‘perfect’ Yorkin family. SY is the local photograph developer working at a department store the Yorkin family uses to process family photos. SY has worked as a developer for over 20 years and is as obsessed with modern photography practices as he is with the personal inner-workings of the Yorkin family. As SY discovers that the Yorkin family is not as perfect as they seem, he begins to take it personally and becomes a man possessed to expose the imperfections of the family which could tear them apart.

Reminder! Blurb's 3rd Annual Photography Book Now Competition is only a week away!

Today marks one week countdown for professional and amateur photographers to enter Blurb’s Photography Book Now Contest and showcase their photos for a chance to win a $25,000 USD Grand Prize USD. Submissions must be made by 11:59 p.m. PT on July 15, 2010. You can get more information about PBN at www.photographybooknow.com.

This is an ideal time for Canadians to enter the competition as Blurb is now accepting payment in Canadian Dollars!

Still in need of some inspiration? Check out the competition categories and the Photography Book Now Bookstore to get the creative gears turning. If you need a little help designing your book, here are some Tips & Tutorials to help make your book great.

Categories: http://pbn.blurb.com/categories

PBN Bookstore: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/pbn

Tips & Tutorials: http://www.blurb.com/help/tutorials

This international contest is in its third year, and entries are accepted in three categories – Fine Art, Editorial, and Photography Portfolio. The finalists’ books in each category will become part of the permanent collections at the International Center for Photography, the Annenberg Space for Photography and the George Eastman House.

Good luck!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Review of Gallery Artists Larry Towell and Susan Meiselas in Group Exhibition Titled 'Engaged Observers' in The Los Angeles Times

When It Paid To Photograph Hard Truth

Written by Leah Ollman, Special to the Los Angeles Times

The 10 photographers in "Engaged Observers," opening June 29 at the Getty Museum, are at once storytellers, witnesses, advocates for justice, investigative journalists, consciousness raisers, evidence gatherers and educators. They're also something of an endangered species, threatened by the destruction of their professional habitat. Magazines that used to commission such photographers to create in-depth chronicles of social phenomena, cultural conflict and struggle and change within communities have either gone out of print (the most legendary, Life, died as a weekly in 1972 and as a monthly in 2000) or are operating on scarcer and scarcer resources.

Assignments from print media largely supported the projects on view in the exhibition: Leonard Freed's incisive look at what it meant to be "Black in White America" in the 1960s, Larry Towell's sensitive portrait of Mennonite colonies in Canada and Mexico, Sebastião Salgado's epic study of human migration and others. For many of these photographers, assigned and self-assigned work could overlap and feed into one another, but not anymore, according to Mary Ellen Mark, represented in the show by "Streetwise," her tough, intimate portrayal of Seattle's runaway kids in the '80s.

"There's no more balance. That's over," Mark says by phone from her New York studio. "You wouldn't find a document like 'Streetwise' in magazines anymore."

Publications now are spending their money on projects she describes as "decorative and safer," or on tracking wars and world crises, rather than on ongoing social issues.

"It's been shifting for the past 10 years, and in the past three or four it's gotten worse. It's harder and harder to get work sponsored."

"Streetwise" began as an assignment for Life and was published as an essay in the magazine in 1983. Mark continued working on the project on her own, making an Academy Award-nominated film by the same name with her husband, Martin Bell, and publishing a book of the photographs in 1988. W. Eugene and Eileen M. Smith's "Minamata," chronicling life in a Japanese fishing village tainted by industrial pollution and a classic in the annals of concerned photography, also appeared in periodicals before coming out in book form in 1975.

Philip Jones Griffiths spent five years probing the clash of cultural values underlying the Vietnam War but couldn't interest the press in pictures that took such a nuanced look at conflict beyond the battlefield. He funded his efforts instead through publishing candid shots he made of Jacqueline Kennedy on a purported rendezvous in Cambodia and published "Vietnam Inc." in 1971. Susan Meiselas was photographing independently in Nicaragua in the late '70s when the Sandinista revolution broke out. Her vivid images on the unfolding action were in demand worldwide. Sales of the pictures enabled her to craft her own visual narrative of events in the 1981 book "Nicaragua, June 1978-July 1979."

To continue reading this article click here;

http://www.latimes.com/

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Gallery Artists Larry Towell and Susan Meiselas Featured in Group Exhibition Titled 'Engaged Observers' at the Getty Museum

Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties

June 29-November 14, 2010 at the Getty Center

In the decades following World War II, an independently minded and critically engaged form of photography began to gather momentum. Its practitioners have combined their skills as artists and reporters, creating extended photographic essays that delve deeply into topics of social concern and present distinct personal visions of the world.

Engaged Observers looks in depth at projects by a selection of the most vital photographers who have contributed to the development of this approach. Passionately committed to their subjects, they have authored evocative bodies of work that are often published extensively as books and transcend the realm of traditional photojournalism.

To learn more on the exhibition, please click here;

http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/engaged_observers/

Saturday, July 3, 2010

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Fading Dream

July 3rd 3:00 PM

EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED
Dir. Liev Schreiber (USA: 2009), 106 mins.

Jonathan, a young Jewish American, flies to the heart of the Ukraine to Odessa, in search of his grandfather’s past. He brings with him the name and a photograph of the village. The past illuminates everything in this film as Jonathan and his hired companions from the Odessa Heritage Tours partake in this expedition. As Jonathan collects found objects from the present he is illuminating his families past.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Fading Dream

July 3rd 3:00 PM

EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED
Dir. Liev Schreiber (USA: 2009), 106 mins.

Jonathan, a young Jewish American, flies to the heart of the Ukraine to Odessa, in search of his grandfather’s past. He brings with him the name and a photograph of the village. The past illuminates everything in this film as Jonathan and his hired companions from the Odessa Heritage Tours partake in this expedition. As Jonathan collects found objects from the present he is illuminating his families past.

Gallery Artist Vincenzo Pietropaolo Exhibits "Toronto Tree Portraits" at Side Space Gallery

July 12 - August 12, 2010

Opening reception Thursday, July 15, 7 - 10 pm

To learn more about this exhibition at Side Space Gallery, click here;

http://www.sidespacegallery.com/TreePortraits.html