FAP:O 2.03 – Bookmaking

Hi all,

We had a great time this afternoon and, since some of you are recovering from the flu (and spared us the contact) I’m going to dump the recording here right away. There will be more notes when I get a chance.

  • Recording: FAP:O 2.03 Bookmaking (by Jake Morrison)
  • Next gathering: Sunday, December 22, 2 pm
  • Topic:  What are the influences that have changed your photography?

Duane Michals places himself in the history of art

When I can I use Sunday to explore. Today I explored Duane Michals in The New York Times. At age 87, he has just opened Illusions of the Photographer: Duane Michals at the Morgan

He was born & raised in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where my partner’s family came from. He moved to NYC in the mid-fifties, after art school and military service. He has lived and worked there ever since so the Times has extensive coverage of his artistic efforts, gallery and museum shows, public charity involvements, even his country house.

I have barely known of him but, from the current exhibit, I see that he has been fairly uniquely a photographer of ideas and that sounds so interesting. By contrast, Garry Winogrand walked out of one of his early exhibits. Winogrand was NOT a photographer of ideas and Michals’ work was not, to him, photography.

I searched the Times and have created a list of the links I thought interesting. Some just barely mention him but I kept those that gave a sense of him, even if brief.
I should say that I haven’t read much of this list. I’ll leave that for another exploration but here’s the linked index:

1963/11/10 – CAMERA NOTES; Contrasting Approaches In Two Print Shows
1970/10/25 – EXHIBITIONS
1972/10/15 – Photography by Gene Thornton
1976/03/14 – Document: New Monthly Devoted To Black‐and‐White
1976/10/10 – CAMERA VIEW: Creating Photographs by Peggy Sealfon
1976/10/22 – Art: The Fascination of Portraits
1978/12/08 – Art: What’s New, Whitney Style
1979/05/08 – Books: Photography Critic’s Views (A.D. Coleman) – one of the great photography reviewers
1989/08/11 – CAUTION: THIS ART MAY OFFEND; Photography
1990/09/09 – Reportage Is Out and Opinions Are In As the Camera Redefines Itself
1991/07/06 – Four Frames on America
1991/10/18 – Bolstering Narrative Qualities With Whimsy
1992/09/25 – Storytelling With a Deceptive Simplicity
1993/02/21 – THE NIGHT; Of Portraits Small and Big
1994/11/25 – Questions Without Answers
1997/01/05 – Making Art Out of Whitman’s Stirring Words
1998/11/29 – ART REVIEW; Reflections of Whitman In a City He Loved
2000/05/07 – Self-portrait; DUANE MICHAL
2000/08/13 – Lives; Portraits of the Artists by Duane Michals
2001/11/16 – ‘Who Is Sidney Sherman?’
2004/10/08 – Revisiting the Past With Someone Who’s No Longer There
2005/11/20 – How to Act Like a Poet in Black and White
2013/10/31 – Duane Michals: Heart of the Question
2014/10/30 – Duane Michals: Looking Back, Moving Forward
2014/11/02 – Documents of a Contrarian
2019/10/18 – T Suggests: A Photographer’s Eclectic Selections From the Morgan Library
2019/10/29 – Duane Michals Searches the Morgan and Finds Himself



FAP:O 2.02 – Show and Tell

October 27th, 2019, 2 – 4 pm
The Green Door Restaurant

Seven of us met today at the Green Door and five of us brought stuff to show and talk about. It was a lot of fun and I think we all learned something. I know I did!

Attending were: Ralph Nevins, Peter Coffman, Diane Laundy, Bill McCloskey, Richard Perron, Irene Tobis and Jake Morrison.  

Sunday afternoon at the Green Door was quite comfortable. The sound level was much better than at our first meet on a Thursday night so I think I’ll continue with – the last Sunday of each month – for a while. Do let me know what you think of this.

The next meeting will be on a theme. I hope to hear from you about what themes you might want. I’ll announce the theme and definite date of FAP:O 2.03 within the next two weeks.

So, what happened today?

  1.   Jake showed a few prints from the last rehearsal of the dance that he has been following. He talked about some first steps in making a book about the making of a dance.
  2.  Ralph showed a 3D printed image of one of his B&W slit-scan print made  as a “lithophane”, He showed a back-lit print printed to about a quarter inch thick with relief printed in (not carved out). He also showed us his mock up of a new colour slitscan camera that he has developed.
  3. Diane presented her and Peter Coffman’s new book of prints with resulting poems – The House the Spirit Builds .  They let the poet (Lorna Crozier) pick from a DropBox full of images and the images that she wrote about became the image choices for the book. We had a great discussion about collaboration.
  4.   Peter presented his new/old project of “Gloss”.  “Gloss” describes the annotations in text that people do when critically reading.  “Gloss” also describes the pretty picture that he makes which is juxtaposed to text written within the image that challenges the Beauty with an inconvenient reality.
  5.   Irene presented her vegetable prints with a laminated asparagus print.

“Photography has become a tool in the war between realisms”

I just ran into an idea presented at the recent FotoFocus Symposium in Cincinnati. The main idea was that, increasingly, photography is created by machines and viewed by machines and that the subjects are judged by machines.

FAP:O 2.01 – David Barbour

FAP:O 2.01 – David Barbour

The first REVIVAL meeting of FAP:O was really fun. We had a great time with David Barbour at the Green Door Restaurant on September 19th.

We had ten people around the large plank table. The only problem was that the room was quite noisy. Thank goodness David has a strong voice!
David talked about his shift to including colour work in his personal work, driven by the look and feel of the Nikon D810 images. Here’s an example:

David’s exibit is on through November, 2019.

FAP:O 2.0 – the new beginning

Reviving FAP:O

I have shown my work at the Green Door Restaurant four times over the last 12 years. The picture above is from my most recent showing which ended in February 2019. During those shows I would occasionally sit with the sign “The Artist Is In” and people would stop and talk about the work. The most interesting conversations were with fellow photographers about what we were each up to at the time. It was FAP:O one-on-one.

After my last show I talked with the owers about programing the space for photography. We reached an agreement and the first photography show under my curation was hung last Monday, September 2nd, David Barbour’s “10 minutes ago“.

After almost four years I’m missing FAP:O! The Green Door has agreed to let us use the table pictured to meet (Jude’s table). They are hoping for our patronage so come with your appetites! There is no beer but the coffee is great,

FAP:O 2.0 with be a bit different. With the possible exception of the showing artist I will not be inviting speakers. I hope you will come with your current work in mind and in hand and I expect that that will be enough to keep us going. If not we’ll adapt.

I expect to meet monthly with a few breaks. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 19th, from 7 – 9:30 pm. David Barbour will join us.

I hope to see you there!

Jake Morrison
September 7, 2019 

FAP:O 1.0 – the end

What was I thinking!

I’ve just finished pushing the old FAP:O site into WordPress and, by the way, reading and listening to a few of episodes. I am so impressed! It was a wonderful effort by the photographic community in Ottawa that featured the best of our work and ideas.

FAP:O 1.0 (more about that in a minute) started on December 7th, 2012 with Jim Lamont’s “(Print) Size Matters!” and finished on December 12th, 2015 with Justin Wonnacott’s “What was I thinking!” (echoed above). We had thirty sessions in the three years. I started it with the central idea of “respectful listening”, an idea that I got from the amateur musical community whose open stages are all about giving the artist a chance to grow.

We included all the people I knew and a number that others recommended. We focused almost entirely on amateur artists (the lovers of the art!). We never talked about camera equipment!

Most sessions were recorded by Mike Vuckovic of PhotoKibitz.com and I have to say the history would not be the same without those recordings. Thank you, Mike!

It was a great ride. Thanks to all who participated!

Jake Morrison
September 2019

The Gallery Bar, Lieutenant’s Pump, Elgin Street – 2015

Pressed Urban Sandwich Bar, Gladstone  – 2012-2015

Thanks to our hosts over the years!      

FAP:O 1.30 – with Justin Wonnacott

What was I thinking?

  • Date: November 12th, 2015, 7 pm
  • Place: The Lieutenant’s Pump
  • Speaker: Justin Wonnacott
  • Topic: What was I thinking?
  • Justin Wonnacott talked about managing pictures and editing his own work – from an aesthetic and creative growth perspective. Since he began to work seriously with photography he has explored quite a few photographic motifs without necessarily arriving at a definitive “look and feel” that characterizes how his photographs appear. He presented work from two different long term projects and explained how they came into existence as ideas and how he refined them as they grew. With the help of an interested audience, he dealt with very specific issues that are practical in nature to larger questions of how the photographs can be read, can be deployed or how they can be useful to himself and others. It may be helpful to know that Justin is a compulsive photographer, a book collector and that he loves to read about the history and future of photography. He brought images from “Necessary Pictures” which is a project based on his street photography and from “So . . . ” which is landscape based. Both of these projects are recent or ongoing and are long term in their development.
  • Recording:  FAP:O #30 (by Mike Vuckovic)
  • Web Site:     aregeebee

FAP:O 1.29 – with Chris Klus

Compositional judgment of art photography

  • Date: October 8th, 2015, 7 pm
  • Place: The Lieutenant’s Pump
  • Speaker: Chris Klus
  • Topic: Compositional judgment of art photography
  • Chris presented the judgement criteria of CAPA contests. A few FAP:O attendees had sent in pictures to be judged and Jake added a bunch from fine art masters of the twentieth century. It became very lively!
  • Recording:  coming
  • Web Site:    ckphoto.ca

FAP:O 1.28 – Open discussion

Photography <--> Art Photography <--> Photographic Art, What's the diff?

  • Date: September 10th, 2015, 7 pm
  • Place: The Lieutenant’s Pump
  • Speaker: None
  • Topic: Photography <–> Art Photography <–> Photographic Art, What’s the diff?
  • About ten of us met and had a wide-ranging discussion. Jake brought some notes:
  •  Photography <–> Art Photography <–> Photographic Art, What’s the diff?
    • Good Photography is mindful of composition and inventive use of equipment
    • When does that become  Art Photography?
    • And when does That become Photographic Art?
    • And, in the end, is it useful to make these distinctions?
  • Photography, like other creative pursuits, has been inundated by the masses as tools and publishing platforms have gotten easier to use
    What has this mass of creators meant for art? Photography? Quality in the creative media?
  • Recording:  FAP:O #28 (by Mike Vuckovic)
  • Web Site:   NA