New Work: Trump Faces (Adoration of the MAGA?)

"Trump Faces" isn't a proper name for the project. I originally called this one "Faces," but only as a working title—you can't have a dozen projects titled "untitled" if you want to stay sane. So "Trump Faces" it is, while I try to think of something better. The images are…

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New Work–Black Sun (The Anomaly)

Black Sun (The Anomaly) is my newest project. Initially, I wrote two sentences here, all of the text that would accompany this project. But I felt it needed more and so, at just past midnight, I started to write that something more. The photographs should enlarge if you click on…

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Transformation of Trump: The Primaries Project of 2016

I can't remember another presidential election in my lifetime where so much has changed, so much transformed in only four years. Four years ago to this day I was working on my Primaries project. My original conception was to make portraits of each of the candidates running for president, photographing…

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Revisiting 100 Days with Only A Few Days to Go

Earlier in 2016, months before the election, I was buying typewriters. Lots of typewriters. I had an idea, only partially formed, of using typewriters in a project and estimated then that I needed five or six different models to make the idea work. This estimate morphed and changed as the…

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Every Mention of Ansel Adams in the New York Times in the 1940s

(Note: This article is part of a series.) January 21, 1940Notes of Camera World In a roundup, the book Graphic and Graflex Photography is highlighted with a list of chapters: "...Ansel Adams gives advice on print-making... June 9, 1940Diverse Attractions At the Golden Gate Fair. Old Masters, North and South…

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Transitional Delights, Four Years later

(As we approach the election I thought it might be interesting to share a project I undertook during the transition after the 2016 presidential election. A slideshow of the images from Transitional Delights (2016-2017) follows the text, which is excerpted from a longer essay.) The needle danced and bounced on…

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Every Mention of Ansel Adams in the New York Times in the 1930s

(Note: This article is part of a series.) August 17, 1930Santa Fe Has Its Own Architecture. Inspired by Indians and Spanish, It Is Now of Frankly Modern Type. By Mildred Adams."Santa Fe has developed a style of architecture all its own, so distinctive that people are beginning to speak of…

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New Work: Fools

I've undertaken a series of projects in the last four years centered on the Trump presidency, starting with the early debates in 2016 (or was it 2015?). Nothing is especially photoshopped here--the weird spiraling colors are from interference patterns, layers of them, caused by the digital nature of the camera…

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Was Ansel Adams A Landscape Photographer?

If you google "greatest landscape photographer" and expect to hit a link for Ansel Adams you would be wrong. You get a page of click-bait links, all with numbers in the titles: 25 Best Landscape Photographers Of All Time, The Best landscape Photographers You Need to Follow in 2020, 15…

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