Saturday, April 28, 2007

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Non Stop

Thanks to my back in the mix as"sis"tant, Savannah Roberts and to the Philadelphia PAP summer intern Ms. Charday Laverty.
It's on.

May 6st promotion web site 2007 web

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Come celebrate the release of Pocket Myths #4....THE ODYSSEY!

THE ODYSSEY: An Epic Night of Film and Readings
When: Sunday, May 13, 6:30 pm
Where: The Rotunda, 4012 Walnut St.

Come celebrate the release of Pocket Myths #4, THE ODYSSEY, with a free
screening and reading!

Films by Philly makers Courtney Dailey, Michael Hyde, Laska Jimsen,
Mary McDermott, Mendal Polish, Irit Reinheimer, Zoe Strauss, and many

Performances by Emily Abendroth, Justin Audia, CAConrad, Steve Dolph,
Ryan Eckes, Laura Jaramillo, Jen Welch, and surprise guests! Plus

THE ODYSSEY is a film and book collaboration curated by Bernadine
Mellis and Andrea Lawlor, featuring work by mostly queer, trans, and
women artists, retelling Homer's ancient epic of the aftermath of war.
Almost half of the 75 contributors are from Philly.

Fun facts: The book was designed Philly book artist Courtney Dailey.
Writers Samuel R. Delany, Keith Waldrop, and Brian Evenson all appear
in the film. Poet Eileen Myles made her first film for this project, as
did Zoe Strauss. Painter Xylor Jane, known for her math art, contributed both a drawing and her first
published short story.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Another Great Manny Dominguez Show!

Grasshopper, your continued work has surpassed my dreams for you.

New for 95 2007

This was the first edit for the new images to come in this year. About 40 will be in.

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1. 2 tables green wall mummers
2. Adam and Eve Room
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3. American face paint making out mummers
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4. Art showing revolver
5. Brothel museum wall
6. Candida hofer pre-install
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7. Cell palm tree
8. Christine Camden
9. Dawn
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10. Dollar magic
11. Dollar tree
12. Eileen’s son in bed
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13. Fireworks at eagles playoffs
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14. Food market
15. Good neighborhood food
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16. Gunshot
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17. Honey he really fuck up Vikki
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18. Inground pool
19. Jack
20. Judge with green paneling voting
21. Kathleen holding fudgesicle
22. Las vegas shooting
23. Let’s go eagles cake
24. Lighting fireworks
25. Lion and panther on 7th st.
26. Locked their house
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27. Luck
28. Man standing in front of crushed cars (man working at car lot)
29. Michael Jackson Camden
30. Mickey mouse
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31. Monique
32. Most we feared
33. PA national guardsmen killed in Iraq
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34. Philly fried chicken
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35. Phylicia’s wall
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36. Refinery
37. Renee with clowns
38. Rims Pahrump
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39. Scraped off sticker
40. Showing track marks
41. silly string
42. Sisters neon sign
43. Stardust
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44. Store at 9th and snyder
45. Stripped grays ferry van
46. Taken down posters Cantrell st.
47. Teardrop tattoo fuck off
48. Think
49. Top of the 80s
50. Tvs under tarp
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51. Two women Camden
52. Uncle Sam Mummers
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53. Uniform city
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54. Vanessa
55. Woman pink shirt stroke Camden

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007


All Photographers Now

This is a great project about "the rapid mutation of amateur photography in the digital age."

Without addressing the policy impact and the world's response to the abomination of Abu Ghraib, I would say that the above photo, as well as the other Abu Ghraib torture photos, definitively showed how new technology allowed snapshots to rapidly move about in the world and opened a conversation about what photojournalism is.

The video above is Musée de l'Elysée Director William A. Ewing introduces We're All Photographers Now, a groundbreaking show on amateur photography in the digital age.

Anyone can upload their images to the museum on and be part of the show.

Click on the above title, "All Photographers Now" and submit a photo, whoever you are.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

I am out of my mind with work, but I did leave the house today for a brief period. Let me tell you, THANK GOD I went to Marshalls with my lady for a few minutes. Otherwise I would have never witnessed 3 different men, browsing in different aisles, all audibly singing along to "Endless Love" playing over the intercom.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

May 6st promotion web site 2007 web

Report from New Haven

My trip to Yale. I show up and Tim picks me up at the train and we go out to lunch at a Thai restaurant
(ok, what the fuck is up with "higher" learning and Thai and Indian restaurants? Seriously.)
and there's a table of 5 next to us and while we're talking at our table the other table has a sudden hush and then someone says in a booming voice "OHHHHHHHHHHH HO HO... RILKE."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

In Loving Memory of Kilgore Trout

Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84. God Bless You, Mr Vonnegut.

addendum: when I was 11 or 12, I made a shirt (using an El Marko permanent marker) that said "I love Kurt Vonnegut, Jr." It runs that deep. The first Kurt Vonnegut book I read was Cat's Cradle and that's remained a favorite book since. My favorite of all is certainly Slaughterhouse 5, although I have always had "Welcome to the Monkey House" close to my heart as well.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Temple today, Yale tomorrow


Apr 10, 2007 at 3:00 at Temple University

in Anderson Hall in the Women's Studies Lounge, room 821

(The Women's Studies Lounge was my Temple hangout, reading bell hooks and drinking tea from the cart on 12th St)

...Maverick photographer Zoe Strauss, known for her stark and revealing images of everyday life in Philadelphia, presents and talks about her work. For more information, visit Sponsored by the American Studies Program.

Hold on, because you know I enjoyed the term "Maverick."


Heading to Yale to talk to Tim Davis's class, which will be awesome so long as none of the Bush dynasty is taking photography this semester.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Kiefer, Celan, Bachmann: a dialogue à trois…

Dudes, I want to see this SO MUCH. Why does it have to be in Paris? Haven't the Monumenta people thought about ditching the use of the "steel-and-glass nave of Paris's Grand Palais" and looking into a great site in the tri-state area? Hellllooooo, Momumenta?!?! Two words for you, "The Gallery."

"For MONUMENTA 2007, Anselm Kiefer is dedicating the group of new works presented in the nave of the Grand Palais to the poets Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann. More than a straightforward tribute, this dedication witnesses Kiefer's intense dialogue with the art of poetry over many years. What connects these three artists? And what references and connections does Anselm Kiefer weave into the epic saga of remembrance at the heart of his work?"

The recently-renovated Grand Palais is one of the great historic buildings of Paris, and the world. Designed for the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900, the monumental steel-and-glass roof rises to a height of 45 metres beneath the central dome, while the nave extends for over 200 metres at ground level, covering a surface of 13,500 square metres in a single span.

The Gallery at Market East, or more commonly, The Gallery, is an urban mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with over 170 stores.

photo by raabenb

I'm actually completely serious.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Presenting Ms. Lauren Black!

View this montage created at One True Media

Click on the above photo to check out an amazing montage that my cousin Colin made about his daughter, the GREAT LAUREN BLACK!
Lauren Black has Cystic Fibrosis and her folks, Colin and Ann, are very active in CF research fundraising. Of course!

There is a local CF walk, with walkers for "Lauren's Lifesavers," every year and this year sees a terrible scheduling's on the same day as the Silverstein opening. However, the CF walk is in the is in the morning so I fully expect all walkers to get in the car and get up to NY. I will be sorry to miss the walk, though.

Two things folks should know about Lauren Black: 1. she prefers to dress in Eagles gear and 2. she loves Superman and has been dressed in a Superman outfit before. It's really crazy because I don't even know where she saw Superman! I wish that "Superfriends" was still on for kids. That show was great.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

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I'm pretty sure I should up date my real website considering it was last updated about 4 years ago. Plus, it was only half done and then I got kind of busy and never went back and fixed it.

I do have to say that the images I chose for the initial website have held up and there are only a few I will remove when it's time for someone to redo the site.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

May 6st promotion web site 2007 web
The below post is a lie, it's a day later and I haven't answered any emails yet.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I am about to answer a months worth of email

and, just a heads up that posting will be very infrequent during the month of April and May due to 95 and the upcoming Silverstein show.

Considering and Reconsidering Leo's Mantle with Medications Day After Death

I have been thinking a lot about these 2 photos; what makes them so compelling to me, why I think they're both strong images, what viewers could read in either of these images, how either one of these could be read placed next to other photos, if my brief descriptive title changes a viewer's reading or perception of the image and, last, the difference in tone between the flash photo (the top image) and the no flash image. This is an image that's pretty art heavy...painting references, photo references and theory references all float about in this photo.

Rarely do I have two photos of essentially an identical composition, one with flash and one ambient lighting, which are so different. While the composition is strong in these photos and the image, obviously, addresses the same idea in both of these photos, the change in lighting makes them completely different photos; the flash image speaks to illumination and a direct exposure of the moment, as opposed the bottom photo which is a private and warmer daily life image. This year I'm going with the flash image.

This brings me to presentation of images. I have this photo up here on my blog and on flickr and it's just a low-resolution image. When people view this on their own monitors, I have no control over any of the color subtlety that I think is important to this photo...actually the image could be distorted in any number of ways depending on where it's viewed.

Now, this particular image would really benefit from a larger than my usual printing. It would also really benefit from great attention to detail in the printing. So, while I know that the image below that you're looking at is a rough draft in some ways, I don't care about how I've presented this image online... that's just one part of my working process... the big question is can this image hold it's own as a color photocopy under I-95? I think about variations of this question a lot and that's been my gold standard question for the duration of the 95 project: Is this image strong enough to hold up to loss of detail and color shifts when reproduced on a color photocopier? And not to say nothing, but you know the answer is yes.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Lynn Bloom Sports Pool Update: One Shining Moment

This year has been a good year for Ms. Bloom...

1. WINNER Mitchell and Ness Football Pool (please don't forget, LB has won 4 out of 6 years)

2. 5th Place Dime Fantasy Baskeball Pool
one spot away from getting one of the 4 coveted playoff spots... Seriously, this is pretty remarkable feat considering that the others in the pool are PROFESSIONAL WRITERS FOR A PREMIERE BASKETBALL MAGAZINE.
(Congratulations to the hat trick winner, Hebrew Thunder)

3. 2nd Place Mitchell and Ness College Championship Pool

4. WINNER Dime College Championship Pool. That's right, #1 of 72 people.

Yeah! How you like her now, SUCKERS?!?!

Good Pesach To All, And To All A Good Night

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