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Here is something to do on this rainy, lazy Sunday...I've been browsing this enormous collection of photographs and writings by William Gedney for weeks. The Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library has his whole collection of photographs, contact sheets, and notebooks. His two main bodies of work are photographs of hippies in SF's Haight Ashbury and photographs of coal miner's families in Kentucky. These were shown in his first and only solo exhibition at the MOMA in 1968, organized by John Szarkowski. All these images are in the Duke collection, as are his cross country drives, trips to India, photographs of composers and many other adventures. The notebooks have meticulous records of images and prints as well as writing on other photographers, sketches of subway riders, quotes, bits of personal drama and pep talks, and book mock-ups of his own photographs.

More of his photographs after the jump... They are all, btw, Copyright Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.

Continue Reading William Gedney: Duke University Collection

Random Linktown

04/06/09

Blender folds, editor goes to Maxim, Maxim folds. So do Arena, Tokion, King and Genre. The Guardian weighs in on Maxim and Arena (via magculture). UPDATE: Despite my best efforts to find someone who still works there, I cannot say for sure that Tokion has folded... Only that they were acquired by Nylon in January.

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Photographer Helen Levitt died last week at 95. Read her NYT obit, browse some of her wonderful street photography and buy her books from Powerhouse Books.

San Francisco-based art site, Fecal Face, is looking for a Berlin correspondent. So if you live there and are involved in Berlin's art sceney-scene, you should email info about yourself with some samples of writing and skill set to: news(at)fecalface.com.

Fabulous new poster, perhaps by Stefan Sagmeister, or a good copycat.

A movie I'm waiting for, by someone who I think will understand the themes as well as the visuals of the source material (unlike SOME people)...

Free Danger

03/19/09

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8.5 x 5.5
BW, photocopied and stitched
FREE

Free Danger is hilarious, gross, silly, creepy, boisterous, lo-fi and free. I met the kids responsible for it at their DJ night. We discussed methods of sneaky photocopying and tie-dying over whiskey and pickle juice. Their zine cracked me up. It's totally juvenile but in the best way and includes stories about swinger parents, OD'ing on water, gross fast food recipes, amputee sex, hitchhiking and puking. Go to their website to peruse their other offerings or shop at Cinders Gallery. This issue of Free Danger comes free with anything you buy or you could just email them directly about it.


cover photo by Sarah Forbes Keough

Ms. Keough will have prints available tonight at this Melanie Flood one night show. If you RSVP soon, you just may make it in! Melanie's space is lovely and they'll be a lot of great work to see.


photo from Lay Flat


photo by Juliana Beasley

Limited Edition drawings, prints, magazines, photographs & more all priced at $100 or less.

Anna & Tess Knoebel
Breanne Trammell & Peter Segerstrom
Carey Kirkella
Clayton Cotterell
Elizabeth Fleming
Erin Jane Nelson
Gerald Edwards III
Grace Kim
Greg Wasserstrom
Humble Arts Foundation
Jane Gang
Jason Polan
Jimmy Limit
Juliana Beasley
Lay Flat
Noah Kalina/Kalina Magazine
Peter Riesett
Rachel Sussman
Stephen Wong/WONG WONG
Umelec Magazine

CASH ONLY!

RSVP Required
msflood@gmail.com

Because Melanie Flood Projects is located in a private residence, the Guest List will be strictly enforced.

Melanie Flood Projects

186 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

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March 7-28: In Real Life is an exhibition at the Capricious Space where several online art spaces are invited to do 4 hour long residencies in the gallery. Says the website, they are "attempting to explore how the distribution, production, analysis, and consumption of culture are rapidly evolving in an online context." It kicks off March 7th at Noon. VVORK is the first website to take the space and they are bringing a male stripper to do a slow strip for 4 hours while surfing the internet.

Also involved: Art Fag City, ASDF, Club Internet, Ffffound, The Highlights, Humble Arts Foundation, I Heart Photograph, Loshadka, Netmares/Netdreams, Platform for Pedagogy, Private Circulation, UbuWeb, Why + Wherefore.

Consult the In Real Life site for a full schedule. Capricious Space, 103 Broadway, Brooklyn.

I was mindlessly flipping channels when I came across this awesome screen printing device on the Home Shopping Network. Although it's marketing seems squarely aimed at soccer moms, I'm very intrigued. Although it kind of looks like a scanner, all it is is a compact screen printing station. What seems to be great about it is that it makes the whole process much less messy as well as minimizing the margin for error. Everything is held into place, the emulsion is in handy fruit roll-up form rather than a liquid - and it has it's own screen dryer. This is really great for someone who doesn't have a lot of space or is intimidated by all the pieces and bottles in the screen printing process. I kind of want this!


for now, this is the only link I can find where to buy it - for $229.00!

The Outsider was a legendary literary magazine that came out of the New Orleans French Quarter in the 1960's that published works by William S. Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley and Walter Lowenfels. Lujon Press also published handmade books in a variety of formats by authors like Bukowski and Henry Miller.

Filmmaker Wayne Ewing has a wonderful documentary about the journal and it's quirky creators, Jon and Gypsy Lou Webb. This is a must see for anyone interested in small press determination, beat writers and or the awesome history of the French Quarter.

Buy the DVD here

An interesting article about printing small press in the beat era, particularly The Outsider

Check out Jeff Weddle's awesome book about The Outsider and Loujon Press

Random Linktard

01/26/09

R&S has been posting rarely... what can I say? We're just out hustlin' with no time for our dear, dear Print Fetish. Anyway! Here are some links of interest.

Oliver Luft discusses the future of Print in The Guardian

Fantastic Man write up in The International Herald Tribune

Magtastic Blogsplosion Interviews German Indie mag publisher, Lothar Eckstein

Flikr Finds: ocad123's sublime 45 collection

The Last Days of W
Photographs by Alec Soth
48 pages, 12 x18, color newsprint
$17

The Presidential Inauguration is days away and I'm reading about past Inaugural addresses in the New Yorker, stressing out about layoffs at all magazines everywhere, feeling nervous, confused, dismayed, hopeful, hungry and amused at a sudden interest I'm developing in American history and politics. As usual, I waited until the last minute to think about this. After the intense joy and relief of election night, I wasn't quite ready to interpret every move, word, appointment and photograph of our soon-to-be president.

So now, a week before the Inauguration, I sit in my living room looking over The Last Days of W by photographer Alec Soth. Mr. Soth and Little Brown Mushroom published this nice big unbound newsprint selection immediately following election day. The book's title is the last line of a poem inside by Lester B. Morrison. Mr. Morrison's poem talks about the aftermath of the last 8 years--a kind of quiet, an almost boredom. I get it. I have an empty feeling looking at the empty spaces in Soth's photographs knowing the realities behind them are too enormous to process. He's gathered images from a decade of projects including the mortgage crisis in Stockton, California, mothers of Marines in Iraq, and the world's largest landfill. Moments of that old Weird America (tm) show up in some images--an awkward motivational Jesus poster, a papier maché terrorist, a prom king and queen in front of a mural of the Pyramids--but they're not sensational or grotesque or hilarious really. Everything kind of flattens out. Whether dawn or dusk, the book repeats a few times, wondering if this is The end, the beginning, or both. I'm not sure.

The Last Days of W is available directly from Little Brown Mushroom, at Spoonbill & Sugartown and other cool bookstores.



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