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December 3, 2016

Jason Fulford & Gregory Halpern – The Photographer’s Playbook

Filed under: Art Market, Books, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 8:44 pm

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Copyright 2014 Jason Fulford & Gregory Halpern published by Aperture

While in Santa Fe and visiting the photo-eye book store, I had an opportunity to get a copy of Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern’s book The Photographer’s Playbook. The subtitle reveals the essentials of this book; 307 (photographic) Assignments and Ideas, which are distilled from 307 photographers, curators, photographic academia and workshop leaders, including Aline Smithson, Mark Steinmetz, Jim Goldberg, Stephen Shore, John Gossage and many more. From my perspective, this book draws heavily on a few photographic academia programs for BFA and MFA photographic programs.

It appears that the book is focused on young and inexperienced photographers who are searching for the reason to be a fine art photographer (as part of a BFA/MFA program) or for a photographer who is stuck in a dry spell as to how to find conceptual ideas to development next. If you have the technical side of photography down then working through a bunch of these assignments could provide you with an equivalent BFA/MFA education as to the conceptual projects you work on. What may be missing is the group critiques offered in the academic programs and instructors that might challenge you (alternatively a best friend that can continue to say “No, try again, dig deeper”). So find a small group photographic/artist peers that you can count on to be candid and talk/show the work/assignments, a group who can say “Very cool, I see where you are going, keep at it, dig deeper”

To be candid, there are some ideas within this book that are similar to other ideas I have developed over the years to help me consider photographic options and move my concepts forward. I will continue to write about some of them, such as my post earlier this morning about experiment-play (games), a frequent idea (27 different variations) that is recommended in this book. In my case, experiment-play was what I was doing that led me to my Memory Pods project that I have been working on for just about three years now. Recently, experiment-play is what inspired me to start the Middle Ground (aka Life in the Slow Lane) project earlier this year.

To be fully transparent, as a portfolio reviewer for LensCulture, we also provide some resource recommendations as part of the portfolio review and this book is one that I recommend to photographers who have a photo technique but appear to looking for a project to apply their process.

Cheers!

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November 12, 2016

Just Announced: LACP introductory book design class next Spring

Filed under: Art Market, Books, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:58 pm

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Douglas Stockdale 2016 photograph by Ella Webb

Surprise! Not often you will see my mug on this blog. The special occasion is that Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) just added my profile as one of the LACP instructors for a introductory book design class I have developed and will be leading next Spring.

The workshop has just been formally announced, so check out the class details and if in the LA area next Spring, please consider joining the book making fun. The class is going to occur over two consecutive Saturdays; April 1st and 8th, from 10am to 6pm.

Oh yeah, the class size is limited to ensure that I don’t become overextended and everyone gets the help and assistance they need.

Early Bird Sale also now in effect; save 20%!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact me.

Cheers!

 

 

September 4, 2016

Honorable Mention – IFAC “All Media 2016”

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Memory Pods – Loss 2014 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I received word from a couple of my friends late last night that my photograph Loss from my Memory Pods project received an Honorary Award during the reception at the Irvine Fine Arts Center reception for the “All Media 2016” exhibition. Wow! This is very, very nice.

And totally unexpected, especially since Jeannie and I were at the exhibition reception earlier in the evening and had left early. We reviewed the exhibition (taking note that my photograph was the first art work hanging at the exhibit entrance) and talking with a few other artists and members of the Photographic Exchange, we went for an early dinner. I was just a happy-camper that one of my photographs from this series was juried in. It looked really nice hanging there.

I was reminded afterward that I should have taken note of the folks who came in the door and who immediately stopped to inspect my framed image with some seeking me out to discuss my photograph. Should have been a clue, which of course means I am truly clueless (yuk, yuk).

Still another validation that I may be on the right track with this project ;- )

Oh, and I forgot to add the photographs from this series to my web site, so something I better complete sooner than later. And I plan to re-photograph the exhibition of this print as I have noticed upon enlargement, this photo is a bit blurry.

Cheers!

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August 1, 2016

LACP Exposure 2016 portfolio reviews

Filed under: Art Market, Photography — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:04 pm

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Los Angeles Center of Photography “Exposure 2016” 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

As I had announced last month, I was honored to be a portfolio reviewer at the LACP “Exposure 2016” event this last weekend, which was hosted by two all-stars: Julia Dean and Sarah Hadley. I was very fortunate to join a wonderful group of photographic, gallery and publishing professionals providing these reviews.

I was very impressed in the preparation and professionalism of the photographers who participated, as well as the quality, consistency and conceptual content of their photographic portfolios. I was only able to review portfolios on Sunday and had great discussions and hopefully informative interactions with Gerhard Clausing (above), Tami Bahat, Matt Shallenberger, Thomas Hobbs, Christopher Sheils (who may get the award for traveling the furthest for this event from Australia), and Linad I’Anson.

I also thought it might be fun that each photographer choose their signature print for a portfolio review portrait (also posted on my Instagram @douglasstockdale), with Christopher Sheils choosing a pose that emulated the subject in his photograph.I did review one book dummy presented by Thomas Hobbs, which I thought was pretty cool, but probably destined to be self published due to the nature of his creative design. He is shown below with the inside spread of the book covers.

In between reviews, I also had a chance to share my Memory Pods portfolio with Aline Smithson (Editor/Founder Lenscratch) and Julia Dean, receiving some great feedback and ideas on how to advance this project.

One outcome of this event is that I am now a member of the Los Angeles Center of Photography!

Photographs inside with my Samsung S5, so pardon the slight blurs (yeah, the Canon 5DMkIII was in the car, but too lazy to run and grab it)

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July 13, 2016

Irvine Fine Art Center – All Media 2016 acceptance

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Loss (Memory Pods project) 2014 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I am very excited and honored to announce that Loss from my Memory Pods project was juried into the Irvine Fine Art Center (IFAC) All Media 2016 exhibition. The juror was Dan Cameron who most recently was the past Chief Curator for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and who is now an independent curator. This acceptance is another great validation on the response to my Memory Pods project that I received during Photo Independent earlier this year.

The All Media 2016 exhibition dates are September 3rd – October 22, 2016 at the Irvine Fine Art Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine CA. The opening reception is Saturday, September 3rd, from 4-6pm. Needless to say, I hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, this limited edition print is in the process of being archival framed.

As to the photograph, I was taken by the slow demise of the seed pods of this plant and how many were falling off and in this case, one seed pod stubbornly remained. A potential metaphor about one remaining and persistent memory amidst the turbulent chaos when all else appears to be failing.

What I need to work on now is getting my web site updated with more of the photographs from this project. If its not one think, its another, but this is all good.

Cheers!

09-03-16 Update: My photograph was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Saturday evening reception; very nice! (and from what I was told, the only photograph of this all media exhibition that received recognition)

June 30, 2016

LensCulture profile

Filed under: Art Market, Ciociaria, Photography — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:17 am

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Ciociaria copyright 2010 Douglas Stockdale

A curator/book designer just referred me to the LensCulture.com publication group and so now I am in the middle of developing a photographers profile on their site. Similar to my recent Art Photo Index profile, I am starting with my Ciociaria project photographs and book information. I included an edited version of my Biography and CV, which I may tweak over the next several months.

I was subsequently invited to also be a part of the LensCulture “Insider” team, a group which is composed of Editors, Reviewers, Jurors, Curators and Publishers. This is a pretty impressive international group that I am honored to be joining. I am guessing that this was probably a result of a combination of being the Editor/Founder of The PhotoBook as well as my recent participation as a photobook juror and exhibition talks that I provided at Photo Independent last month. As an Insider, this means I will be participating as a LensCulture submission reviewer, which should be pretty interesting.

I will be getting more into the thick of things in the next few days, so probably more about this soon.

Cheers!

 

June 29, 2016

Art Photo Index listing

Filed under: Art Market, Ciociaria, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 1:18 am

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Fiuggi Passage Way 2010 copyright Douglas Stockdale

When Art Photo Index (API) was launched a few years back, I was provided with an invitation to join, which I immediately accepted. Regretfully I was in-between web sites and photographic projects and really unsure as what to provide for my profile, thus I opted for the minimal profile information to get started. As such my API site lay relatively dormant until recently.

After attending Photo Independent I realized that it was time to get the various supporting web-sites and photographic indexes up to speed, which included API. Since I have an interest in exhibiting my Ciociaria project, that book project is as good as any place as a cornerstone for my photography. I selected 21 photographs from the Ciociaria project to feature on API. I also found out that API has included some new profile options for photographers to discuss and show their work, which are some nice additions.

Since API is a part of the photo-eye group, it is easy to link up my two books that are available to purchase from photo-eye to the site. Although I initially had trouble linking my Pine Lake artist book, the API team quickly figured out the issue and made the necessary changes. So I think my profile is looking good and recommend you check it out.

Hopefully, more to come!

Cheers!

 

June 7, 2016

Portfolio Reviewer at LACP Exposure 2016

Filed under: Art, Art Market, Photography — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 11:40 pm

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Susan Burnstine, a Portfolio Reviewer for LACP Exposure 2016

I will be among the 19 Portfolio Reviewers, joining Susan Burnstine (above), Aline Smithson, Julia Dean, Kirk Pederson, Sarah Lee, Chris Davies to name only a few, for the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s (LACP) “Exposure 2016” event being held at the end of July at Santa Monica’s Bergamont Station.

I am recommending that photographers who are interested in feedback on a portfolio that has been edited for potential publication may want to consider me for a review session. I am also recommending that if the photographer/artist has a book dummy in addition to a print portfolio, it would be a great opportunity to get some constructive criticism on that as well. The issue as always for these events is that you only have a 20 minute window to spend with each reviewer, so it really helps to know what exactly you want from this brief exchange.

I wrote about my first portfolio review experience at Palm Springs Photo many, many years ago; but most of the do’s and don’t still hold true: bring your best and focused portfolio (not a jumble of favorites) and have one specific question you would like to have addressed. This is about exposure and networking, not selling and get exhibitions booked, although that has happened for some photographers, just do not expect it. Also bring something to leave behind, even if a business card and get the reviewers contact info and follow up with an email after the review.

Although this is a two day event; Saturday, July 30, 10 am – 5 pm + Sunday, July 31, 10 am – 5 pm, regretfully I will be available only on Sunday, July 31st. So I’m a bit limited for availability. Thus I suggest if you want to have my review, you will probably want to sign up as soon as possible.

For more details on “Exposure 2016”, including on how to sign-up, head over to: here.

The LACP’s “Exposure 2016” is a great opportunity to have your work seen by a diverse group of portfolio reviewers; see all of the bio’s here.

Currently early bird pricing is still available until July 1st, so check it out now ;- )

Exposures 2016 event adress: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, California, 90404, (United States).

Cheers!

May 13, 2016

Douglas Stockdale – Photographer’s statement

Filed under: Art Market, Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 1:08 am

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Ciociaria copyright Douglas Stockdale

One of the take-aways from Photo Book Independent was that I need to really consider exhibiting my photographs. When more than one person states that my photographic work is exceptional and I keep getting comments that my “work” prints are exquisite, I think I am ready for taking the next step in my artistic progression.

One of the many things that I need to consider is a very brief statement about myself. Okay, this is not something that I uber comfortable with, but a necessary part of the artistic process. So here is the thing; I am not a MFA artist, or have you already figured that out? A bit of difference between MFA and MBA whereas the the MBA focused was on business not artistic practice. Interestingly there is also the business of being an artist, but seemingly not held in much esteem by other artists or many galleriest (although there are some folks who run galleries seem to like the idea).

As a non-trained artist with only a few under-grad two-dimensional art classes under my belt, I sometimes get a little bit of anxiety. Especially when my day-job career is biotechnology and pharmaceutical drug development and manufacturing. Thus I realize that I need to leverage that difference as to why that makes my vision, as well as me, unique. So instead of trying to hide that personal angst of a non-artist background with smoke and mirrors, to step out and let it be known. What’s the worst that can happen, eh?

So here is my current brief artist statement (aka the elevator speech):

Douglas Stockdale (American, b. 1949) is a native Pennsylvanian and a graduate of an industrial design program from Michigan State University with a MBA from University of LaVerne. He is a veteran pharmaceutical researcher (part of the team the determined that AIDS was transmitted by blood plasma and a virus that could be easily heat inactivated) as well as a photographer and an International photobook critic and curator. His work has been published by Edizioni Punctum and featured on LensWork, Lenscratch, photo-eye and Silvershotz and many notable on-line platforms. His work has recognized by Elizabeth Avedon and is in the collections of the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Reminders Photographic Stronghold and the Indie Photobook Library. Douglas Stockdale is the founder/editor of The PhotoBook and currently lives and works in Southern California.

So what do you all think?

Cheers!

May 11, 2016

Photobook post-exhibition assessment

Filed under: Art Market, Books, Photography — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:14 am

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Photobook Independent, Raleigh Studios, Soundstage #14, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

At the beginning of this month I participated in a book exhibition at Photobook Independent, held in the Raleigh Studios on their sound stage #14, located in Hollywood, California. Always interesting to poke around a Hollywood studio after hours during the weekend and observe the infrastructure for the allusions we see on the small and large screen.

I had the largest table, 8 foot long, thus I had the opportunity to display both my published books as well as some 15 x 19″ work prints for my in-progress project. In retrospect, I did not need to have an artist statement for each book and project. Just a little too much in the way of hand-outs, although these were requested from time to time, I could have held these back under the table and provided them on request. Although I had business cards with my contact info, I would have been better served having one or two photo-cards with just my web site url and email. On my list for next time!

One really nice aspect of participating was the banter and discussions with those friends, like Susan Burnstine, who had a table near mine, as well as an opportunity to make some new friends and connections. I had been in trading emails with Sara Terry (below), but it was really nice to meet her in person and get some really sound advice for a couple of past and current projects. Even better when Sara really liked my artist book, Pine Lake, and we did a swap with her for recently published artist book. I had some really great discussions about my work with a few folks who stopped at my table as well, which provided some much needed feedback.

So I will be making some minor changes to my Memory Pods project while making a major change for a past project, In Passing and the related associated Lest I Forget project. More about all of that in the months to come.

This was also an event that I served as a judge for the photobook competition and subsequently provided a couple of walking discussions, bottom photography by Nancy Albright, of the exhibited books as a guest curator. Nice.

Cheers!

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