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Last Friday I received an e mail from the Chief of the Department of Image Collections Mr. Gregory Most, at the National Gallery of Art informing me that my portrait of Will Barnet has been mentioned in their 2013 Annual report on page 21. It reads – The artists’ portraits collection added self-portraits by Arthur Fellig, known as Weegee, c. 1950; Philippe Halsman, c. 1955–1960; and Jerry Uelsmann, c.1970. Other artists’ portraits include Fernand Léger by Herbert Matter, 1939; Frida Kahlo by Manuel Alvarez – Bravo, c.1938, printed 1960; Paul Eluard in his apartment by Brassaï, 1944, printed 1960; Andy Warhol being photographed by Horst by David Bailey,1972; and Will Barnet by JoAnne Kalish, 2005, printed 2013. David Dufour donated a pair of photograph postcards of Marsden Hartley by Carl van Vechten,1939.
Totally an honor to be amongst the group. It was a great way to end the week on such a high note!
Springtime in Milford, PA Photography Workshop with Internationally known Photographer JoAnne Kalish. This workshop is open to photographers of all skill Levels. There are so many close by locations in the Upper Delaware with several great Waterfalls. It is the home of Grey Towers – first center for conservation. We have a 70 acre Llama Farm and Dude Ranch close by. Walking or driving around our historic town you will come across many Victorian Homes, galleries and antique shops. Perhaps you’d like to bring along your partner (or family for that matter) and stay over for the weekend. There’s plenty here to do and lots going on. I promise you’ll come back over and over. Pack a bathing suit, cowboy boots and hat and bring them along with your camera gear.
One of the locations we will visit and photograph will be Luna Parc, an environmental sculpture Park. It is the home of artist Ricky Boscorino and is an on-going work in progress. Be prepared for lots of close-ups, graphics, exciting fun, crazy and zany stuff. So much to photograph! Our Second location will be at one of the many varied waterfalls highlighting the area. The third location will be a magnificently beautiful 70 acre Llama Farm where approximately 80 Llama roam freely.
The town of Milford, PA is a wonderfully vibrant town. It was written up in Frommer’s as being one of the coolest small towns in the U.S. We hope you decide to stay for the weekend. You can find more information on the workshop here
Our recent People to People Exchange to Cuba was a very memorable experience and one that we plan on doing again and again. I could not get enough and according to almost everybody in our group, actually, EVERYBODY said the same thing – they want to go back. A facinating, vibrant and beautiful place with really amazingly intelligent, warm, friendly, and good people. I couldn’t recommend it more – it was a trip of all trips. Posting a few photos for now. More to follow.
I have been lucky enough to have gotten to know and spend time with Pete Seeger. I have photographed him many times. He is truly an American Folk Hero and one-of-a kind beautiful person. There will never be another Pete Seeger. When God made Pete he broke the mold. Rest in Peace Pete. You will always be remembered for being a very special man.
I did not know Bill Eppridge very well but I certainly knew of his work. He did so many iconic history making photographs that we all know so well some of which I had no idea were made by him. Bill Eppridge was as an extremely talented and great photojournalist. According to my partner Joe DiMaggio, Bill was rather humble about what he’d accomplished over the last few decades. I always like someone more when I hear this.
For those not familiar with Bill’s work, Bill made the enduring historic image of mortally wounded Senator Robert F. Kennedy lying on the floor of a Los Angeles hotel in June 1968. Mr. Kennedy had just won the California primary and was delivering an acceptance speech when he was shot by an Assassin.
Both Joe and I had an opportunity to go to Bill’s retrospective at the Fairfield Museum a while back. I had no idea how many photographs that I remembered, in my minds eye, as part of history, that had such a great impact on me. The depth and scope of his work at that show really brought it home about how important his contribution was as a journalist. My sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to Bill’s family and friends. The world will miss him.