Sunday, October 14, 2007

back at the MCA chicago and in the projects too!

just found out the image down below will be in an upcoming exhibit at the mca chicago entitled mapping the self...more is at

getting ready for LA show opening nov17th, info at anybody with advice on buying a gps unit for my rental car and future road trips?

also, broke into chicago's infamous cabrini green housing complex with aron gent ( to look for a living with a portrait. we found no abandoned portraits, but a mess of abandoned mattresses, shoes, books, garbage, postings, scrap wood, broken glass, peeling paint, etc. the one thing i did photograph when i was in there were some poignant text scrawls we found on walls/ceilings that sentimentally spoke of the years residents spent in the projects. regardless of the failed idea cabrini was, it speaks to the attachment we form to places, whether entirely livable or not. hopefully you'll see a successful image from that jaunt posted soon.

Greg's Geronimo portrait for the road

also bought a danny lyons book today on amazon for cheap!!!

any recommendations for photo books??? my recommendation for you is larry clark's tulsa, which you can find cheap in a newer reprint. as a teacher it's great to share when thinking about editing, text, full bleed images, contact sheets made into filmstripped images, the introduction of new characters in a narrative, the role of time in a series, explicit images to tell a story, the idea of a participant/observer...

last, i am reading ralph ellisons's invisible man...intense stuff out of '52

oh pps: i am working on an artist book of the Last rose series, if you ever need a handmade artist book or custom photo box for a series, and ask for julie anne!

pps: thanks aron for tagging along to cabrini...


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