Road to Hell

Filed under: Life,museums,Work in Progress; Author: mas; Posted: August 4, 2008 at 5:30 pm;

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I’ve been intending to keep my promise and post something “fatter” since the last post in June, but here it is August. I’ve been busy but not in the way I planned. About six weeks ago I found out that Blurb was hosting a book contest to be judged by Darius Himes, the owner/editor of the new publishing house, Radius Books. Not having any plans to make a book just yet, I still managed to pull together a cohesive 80 page book of 95% new work. I was impressed when I saw a finished copy. I must thank Betsy Dollar for her incredible editing and sequencing work.

Since moving to St. Paul, I’ve been doing a lot of street photography, including buildings, alleys, and people. Often, I shoot for design with people as elements. It seems as if there is a street dance always in progress. Sometimes it is a slow dance, sometimes fast. Occasionally, there is even a break, but it is just between dances. Beyond that, I’m working on portraits and on my cafe series.

Sad News: MCP (Minnesota Center for Photography) has closed as of July 31. There were budgetary problems that seemed insurmountable to the board of directors. I sincerely hope that George Slade, the center’s creative director, continues to make his presence known.

I was fortunate to see the Friedlander show at MIA a couple weeks ago. It was inspiring and permission giving. Lee is certainly an icon in the history of photography. Hmm, MIA, no permanent photo curator, George Slade…?

Anyone interested in previewing or purchasing a copy of the new book, Culturescape I: City Clicks, may do so here.

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