Category: Photography

Calendar. 03.20.14.

Lew Thomas, Polaroid Hand (B&W&C), 1972/2014 at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Polaroid Hand (B&W&C), 1972/2014, by Lew Thomas. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition Structural(ism) and Photography, at Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles. Opens Saturday at 4pm, in Culver City. (Image courtesy of the artist and Cherry and Martin.)

Calendar. 01.19.13.

1250 South Broadway, Pico Boulevard, 2013 by John Humble
1250 South Broadway, Pico Boulevard, 2013, by John Humble. Part of the artist’s solo show, Pico Boulevard, at Craig Krull Gallery. Through February 22, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

Calendar. 01.09.14.

Orgasmic Man (I, II, III), 1969, by Peter Hujar. (Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.)
Orgasmic Man (I, II, III), 1969, by Peter Hujar. Part of the exhibition Peter Hujar: Love & Lust at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Also on view at the gallery is Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits. Through March 8, near Union Square. (Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.)

Calendar. 12.05.13.

Photograph by Julio Sanchez
A photograph by Julio González Sánchez. Part of the group show Bolivia Existe, at Momenta Art in New York, in collaboration with Kiosko Galería from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Bushwick. (Image courtesy of the artist and Momenta.)

Grotesque Seduction: The Photographs of Tod Seelie.

High Heels Crowd Surf, by Tod Seelie. From Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York, published by Prestel.
High Heels Crowd Surf, by Tod Seelie. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Bright Nights, by Seelie, was just published by Prestel.

In the mail today came a book I am super ecstatic about: Tod Seelie’s Bright Nights, which gathers all of his New York photographs into one handy tome. Even as the city becomes a monochromatic carpet of condos and faux retro watering holes, Bright Nights is a reminder that even at its most Bloombergian New York has always retained pockets of creative chaos (and hopefully always will). This book is a tribute to those pockets — and all the bloody noses that come with it.

Bright Nights by Tod Seelie
My essay!

What’s more, I got to write an essay for this baby, which I’m pretty dang proud of. (Thank you, Jeff Stark, for the mad editing skills.) I’ve been an admirer of Tod’s work for years, from the time his images first started to pop up on Flickr years ago. I’ve long been enthralled by what they covered: under-the-radar events like Bike Kill, Japanther concerts, vogue-ing competitions and journeys made by Swoon on her flotilla of hand-made rafts. But it’s his framing and his sense of color that makes his work rise above simple documentation.

It was a thrill to be able to contribute a few words to the spaces between the pictures. So go out and get the book! And while you’re at it, check out Tod’s website, his Instagram, and his Twitter.

Calendar. 10.23.13.

Untitled #175, 2013 by Simon Johan, at Yossi Milo Gallery
Untitled #175, 2013, by Simen Johan. Part of the artist’s solo show at Yossi Milo Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. (Image courtesy of the artist and Yossi Milo.)

Calendar. 10.02.13.

The Micheels House, designed by Paul Rudolph, Westport, Connecticut, 1972-2007, by Chris Mottalini The Micheels House, designed by Paul Rudolph, Westport, Connecticut, 1972-2007, by Chris Mottalini. Part of an exhibition and book signing for Mottalini’s project After You Left/They Took It Apart (Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes), at The Landing at Reform, in Hollywood. Opens Thursday at 7pm. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Ed Ruscha and Los Angeles.

Ed Ruscha's documentation notes from

There are some insanely cool things about being a reporter. One of them is access — to people, to information, to old artist notebooks. As part of reporting a story about Ed Ruscha and his artist books for NPR, curator John Tain of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) took me into the Institute’s archive and showed me some of Ruscha’s materials. (The GRI holds all of Ruscha’s so-called ‘Streets of Los Angeles’ projects.) We poked around old notebooks and contact sheets. My favorite was the sketch above, which shows how Ruscha executed Every Building on the Sunset Strip. An image which I simply had to snap…

The Getty currently has a show devoted to Ruscha’s early photography. (You’ve got one more week before the show closes!) And my profile of Ruscha is now up at NPR. It includes 1933 Ford pick-ups and vintage audio of the Doors playing at the Whiskey A Go Go. Please tune in!