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Galeria Tagomago in Barcelona last Thursday.

Fotografia Americana.

The exhibit featuring my County Fair pictures opened in Barcelona last Thursday.  The East coast–West coast theme of the show teamed me up with the wonderful photographs of Aline Smithson of the popular blog, Lenscratch.  Aline, who now lives in LA, represented the West coast with her series, Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother.  Aline and I, as far as I know, were not previously aware of the others’ work so I am all the more grateful to Galeria Tagomago for this introduction.

Aline Smithson's Arrangement in Green and Black in Sala 2.

No. 7. Photograph by Aline Smithson.

Aline’s photographs of her mother in different arrangements with found objects and costumes from yard sales are at first funny then moving as the complicity of Aline’s mother is realized.  The unique collaboration unfolds from image to image.  Aline’s mother’s age added a layer of significance to the collaboration since she never saw the completed series.  Aline writes:

This series had serendipitous beginnings.  I found a small print of Whistler’s painting, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother, at a neighborhood garage sale.  The same weekend, I found a leopard coat and hat, a 1950’s cat painting, and what looked like the exact chair from Whistler’s painting.  That started me thinking about the idea of portraiture, the strong compositional relationships going on within Whistler’s painting, and the evocative nature of unassuming details.
The series incorporates traditional photography techniques, yet becomes richer with the treatment of hand painting.  It is my intent to have the viewer see the work in a historical context with the addition of color, and at the same time, experience Whistler’s simple, yet brilliant formula for the composition.

My patient 85 year-old mother posed in over 20 ensembles, but unfortunately passed away before seeing the finished series.  I am grateful for her sense of humor and the time this series allowed us to be together.

No. 15. Photograph by Aline Smithson.

No. 3. Photograph by Aline Smithson.

No. 13. Photograph by Aline Smithson.

I congratulate Aline for a great showing.  She was not able to make it to the opening, but I can say that her pictures were very popular among the lively crowd.

Last but not least,  special thanks to Vicenç and Valérie Boned of Galeria Tagomago for the opportunity to show at their gallery.  We were blown away by their generosity.

Schnecksville, 2005.

An exhibition of my County Fair photographs opens Thursday in Barcelona at Galeria Tagomago owned and masterfully run by Vicenç Boned and his wife Valérie.  My wife, Tina, my daughter, Gioia (4 1/2) and I are all here for the opening.  What an unbelievable city!  More on this as the week progresses.

Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona. L to R: Gioia, Tina and Vicenç Boned.

Last week the same photographs were included in the GETXOPHOTO Photo Festival Sept 2-5, on the streets of Getxo, the beach town suburb of Bilbao in Basque Country.  This year the festival was curated by Frank Kalero under the theme, In Praise of Leisure. I shared the stage with a very impressive lineup of photographers: Martin Parr, James Mollison, Steve Schofield, Phil Toledano, Martin Schoeller, Naomi Harris, Robert Huber, Nadav Kander, Anoek Steketee, Txema Salvans, Martin Kollar, Andreas Meichsner,Eduardo Arrillaga, Peter Dench, and the Mentalgassi collective.

GETXOPHOTO Festival last week, Sept 2-4.

GETXOPHOTO Festival

GETXOPHOTO Festival

An attendee of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, DC.

Two weeks ago TIME magazine called and asked me to photograph the “Restoring Honor” and “Reclaiming the Dream” rallies in Washington, DC.  One of the pictures appears in The Moment section of the Sept 23rd issue.  You can see the complete slideshow online here.  (Evidently it looks amazing on the TIME Ipad app).

An entrepreneur along the "reclaiming the dream" route.

"Restoring Honor" attendee.

I am an frequent contributor to Popular Mechanics who I love shooting for.  Last Spring, for their September issue, I was asked to photograph the spokeless bike designed by a team of seniors at Yale for  a story on backyard geniuses.  The students were from Yale’s Mechanical Engineering 489 led by Vern Van Fleet, a Sikorsky test engineer.  Here are three of my favorites from the outtakes.

Untitled, from Asser Levy Pool. 2010.

Here is your opportunity to see, in person, the Asser Levy 20×24 Polaroids I have been telling you about.  They will be on view in the back room at +Kris Graves Projects, 111 Front St., Gallery 224, DUMBO, Brooklyn, starting Tomorrow, Sept 2 until Oct 30.  Also showing in the main room is the dark landscape work of Andreas Gehrke so you don’t want to miss this one.  I will be attending the opening tomorrow from 6-8:30.  If you are reading this, you are invited.  Seeing the 20×24 Polaroids in person is nothing like seeing them as jpgs, believe me.  I still can’t take my eyes off them.