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Portland, Oregon
October 2017

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Airbnb for Renting Studio Space

Holly Andres on a 43-Day Fashion Road Trip for New York Magazine

Critical Mass 2017 finalists!

Blog Entry: Whither the School Darkroom?

Follow the Money with Jennifer Stoots, speaking at the Society for Photographic Education

Life on the Dry Side  Travel with me on this visit to Caldera.

At the Museum:  Vernacular Photographs of, by, and for African Americans and the Brown Bag Lunch Talk  with Gloria Baker Feinstein

Photogaphy Around the Town and On the Road

Film:  Byron Beck writes about what the Oregon Media Production Association is bringing to Oregon


Airbnb for Renting Studio Space

the first global platform where artists can sublet their studios.

A couple years ago, Berlin artist Ralf Dereich found himself in a situation. His studio in Neukölln was like a second home, but he had an itch to travel and create elsewhere.

He wanted to sublet his own space and find another abroad, but quickly realized that that was easier said than done—there was no one website or app that seamlessly facilitated such sublets. He turned to a friend from art school, Melina Volkmann, and asked her: Why wasn’t there already a service like this, a sort of Airbnb for artists?

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Holly Andres Survives a 43-Day Fashion Road Trip for New York Magazine

Holly Andres started taking pictures in Portland, Oregon, on June 19, circled the nation, and ended in Missoula, Montana, on July 31. Along the way, she met the following women — and their Americas.

It’s no secret we think Holly Andres is amazing. The Portland photographer, well-known for her evocative storytelling pieces, has shot some certified Portland Monthly gems, So it’s no surprise to us that New York Magazine would hire her for the most adventurous fashion shoot we’ve ever seen.   
Read more in Portland Monthly

Critical Mass 2017 finalists!

These photographers move on to the final phase of Critical Mass. 

Testimonial from 2016 —Yelena Zhavoronkova 

 I would like to thank Critical Mass for giving me the opportunity to expose my projects to a large audience year after year.  2016 was the most successful for me – a very prominent European curator wrote a wonderful review about my work. I also started a wonderful working relationship with a highly professional advertising company producing top quality large format works, which recently resulted in a sale. Thank you.

Whither the School Darkroom?
I still remember the first time I saw a black and white image emerge from the liquid in the tray.  This blog by Blue Moon Camera and Machine is a prescient reminder that nothing really expires in the arts.  Many years ago I sat with
Rondal Partridge, son of Imogen Cunningham, as he talked about reviving the old platinum recipes.  "If she originally printed in platinum," he said, "That is how she visioned it."  He found the recipe, but still went through $3,000 worth of platinum before he could faithfully reproduce her images. 


read the full blog from Blue Moon Camera

"Darkroom instruction reflects a mature technology going back more than a century. While there are things which a computer will do which an enlarger will not, ultimately the bulk of what we are teaching computers to do is how to act like an experienced darkroom printer.

Darkroom work is a “hands on” craft. When asked about the future of traditional photography vs. digital photography, one of my old mentors quipped: “Don’t worry about the future – kids are always going to want to get their hands wet.” A bit flippant, certainly, but not without truth. There is that moment when your first image floats up from the developer solution – this moment is unlike any other. There is no way to digitally replicate it."

Society for Photographic Education

Jennifer Stoots will be giving a talk at the Society for Photographic Education conference this month:

Society for Photographic Education, NW Conference
OSU, Corvallis
Saturday, October 21 at 4pm

Life on the Dry Side

Culture, Curiosity and Character about
Oregon East of the Cascade Mountian Range

For a couple of years now I have wanted to learn more about Camp Caldera, and this summer provided a chance to visit during Eclipse Month in Central Oregon.   Caldera received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award as one of the top youth arts programs in the nation.

As a child I spent summers each year at Camp Pioneer, a Scout camp near Camp Caldera in the Cascades.  I also was a volunteer mentor at Portland's Comitted Partners for Youth for one year a couple of decades ago.   As a Docent at the Portland Art Museum I lead school tours for Portland Public Schools.

This has given me a particular interest in the way in which art, environment, and community can help to develop young minds, and each year Caldera supports over 430 youth from Central Oregon and Portland.  Over 100 professional youth workers, artists, and environmental specialists serve as mentors and teachers at the Camp.

Travel with me on this visit to Caldera.

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Vernacular Photographs of, by, and for African Americans
Through DEC 3, 2017

Bringing together studio portraits from an important North Portland family album, vernacular snapshots, and Polaroids to demonstrate the rich diversity of African-American life and experience from the late 1800s through the 1990s.

Photography Council Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Gloria Baker Feinstein

October 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Brown Bag Lecture Talk series is a presentation of the Portland Art Museum's Photography Council and is generously sponsored by Canon and Pro Photo Supply.

Around the Town and On the Road

Camerawork Gallery  Jimmy Carter Photographs 1970-2010 opens Saturday, Sept 30 thru Oct 27. Artist Talk is Sunday, October 1 at 3:30pm. Reception and book signing is from 4-6pm. Gallery doors open at 2:30; Free Admission and Open to the Public

Blue Sky Gallery    Thomas Roma- Plato's Dogs    Karolin Klüppel  Kingdom of Girls    October    5th - October 29th, 2017 First Thursday Opening Reception: October 5th 6:00 - 9:00 PM


Architectural Heritage Center  Parting Shots: Minor White’s Images of Portland, 1938-1942 thru Saturday December 23rd.  Read a great article in Portland Monthly

......Road Trip

(Astoria, Oregon) Lightbox Photographics Fairy Tales & Nuclear Bombs (What Happened to the Summer of Love) October 14 through November 07, 2017

(Pendelton, Oregon) Pendelton Center for the Arts  James Allen: Bookworks   October 5 – 28   Allen’s sculptural pieces are the talk of the fine craft world right now. He’s been featured in all the national art magazines, and we’re proud to have him at PCA.  In Portland, 23 Sandy has added him as a inew artist to the gallery, James Allen.

(Eugene, Oregon)  Greg Giesy, Connecting with Nature  thru December 18th, 2017   Knight Law Center, 2nd Floor Gallery University of Oregon School of Law  1515 Agate Street  Eugene, OR 97403-1221  HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday-Friday

(Salem, Oregon) Rich Bergeman, Invisible Light   October 4 - November 3, 2017  Reception and Gallery Talk Wednesday, October 4, at 12:30pm  Gretchen Schuette Gallery (Bldg. 3)  Chemeketa Community College  4000 Lancaster Dr. NE  Salem, OR 97305  (see website for Fall Term open hours)

Call for Submissions  Submission Deadline – October 15, 2017  Nature’s Way  (a search for beauty)  November 11 – December 5, 2017


Lights, Camera, Action
Small Business & The Film Industry

Byron Beck is a Portland, Oregon-based journalist and blogger who contributes to both local and national publications, as well as to radio and television.  read the article in Townsquared

One reason that small business owners end up working in the film industry is because of people like Janice Shokrian. As Executive Director for Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), Shokrian is a champion for the film, television and interactive media industry and she advocates for laws and policies that impact the industry.

In 2016, the Oregon Film Office tracked 24 distinct projects, and numerous locally produced, commercial production projects through their incentive program. “We’ve seen consistent growth in the film and television sector over the last 10 years,” said Tim Williams, Executive Director for the Oregon Film Office. “The tracked in-state spending for projects coming through our modest incentive programs has grown from just over $5M in 2005 to almost $200M [in 2016].”    Learn more about Oregon Media Production Association.


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