Graphic Designers and Art Directors – do you keep notebooks, sketchbooks, or scrapbooks?

•06/01/2015 • Leave a Comment

I’m curating an exhibition that will display pages from Graphic Designers and Art Directors notebooks, sketchbooks, and scrapbooks. The pages will be scanned and printed oversize for display in the Mount Ida College School of Design Gallery.

The exhibition is titled “Permission to Fail: Notebooks of Graphic Designers” and will run from October 15th, 2015 until January 16th, 2016 at the Mount Ida College of Art School of Design Gallery.

It will feature large-scale photographs of pages from the notebooks, sketchbooks, and scrapbooks of approximately 50 well-respected graphic designers.

The concept behind the exhibition is to demonstrate the necessity of thinking through the steps of a project prior to turning on a laptop. Too many graphic design students begin the design process before they have explored a multitude of possible solutions. A large percentage of successful designers explore possible solutions by creating thumbnail sketches in a notebook or sketchbook.

Notebooks will be collected from designers and single pages or spreads will be photographed and large-scale exhibition prints will be created.

If you are interested in submitting your notebooks for consideration, or would like more information, use the email address on the contact page of my website.

Please let me know if you keep a notebook, how you use it, and if you are interested in being in the exhibition.

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2014 was a very good year for www.photoweenie.com.

•01/02/2015 • Leave a Comment

My website, photoweenie.com, ended the year with over 500,000 hits. In fact, it was just under 550,000 hits.
Fine arts photography fans from all over the world visited the website and viewed the work of photographers that they most likely would not be able to see anywhere else.
Click here to see photoweenie.com for yourself.

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Taking photos of the Boston Marathon

•04/25/2013 • Leave a Comment

I have been photographing the Boston Marathon on and off since the 1970s. For a number of those years I positioned myself in the area where the bombing occurred. As time went on, and the scope of the event grew, it became almost impossible to take the kind of photographs I want to take from that location. I wanted to focus on the runners who were testing their limits. The middle and end of the pack runners. As a former long distance runner, I know what the mental and physical pain is they are feeling.

I am fortunate that I live just past Heartbreak Hill. The crowds are still large, but I have found a couple of locations that offer the vantage point that I need. Here are three photographs from this year. They were taken prior to the bombing and show, I hope, the grit and determination of runners in the middle of the pack.
If your would like to donate to TheOneFund-Boston here is the link.

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A Great Photo Book Never Crashes.

•12/07/2012 • Leave a Comment

Before there was the iPad there was this thing called a book.

A photo book in particular. A photo book is, by in large, heavier and quite a bit clunkier than an iPad. It cost much less than an iPad but, of course, it does less. It can’t play movies or your favorite music and you can’t check your email on it.

I’m all for the iPad. It’s quite the thing. But a good photo book does something different, something more magical. It gives you a chance to experience photographs in a manner that no other media, but the real thing, can match.

Perhaps that is why this antiquated, dumber-than-shit piece of old school technology has lasted such a long time.

Years ago photo books were all there was for us photoweenies. Yes, there were magazines, but magazines were pushing news and fashion and lifestyle and well, you get the picture. Photo galleries? Forget it.

Then something very interesting happened. I don’t remember exactly when, but books (in book stores, remember them) began appearing that took fine art photographs and the fine arts photographer seriously.

It was during this era that I bought a remarkable photo book. It may not have been the first photo book I bought, but it is a book that has been part of my library for several decades. I still look at it regularly and although it is almost as beat up as I am, to me it is still magic. It is Conversations With the Dead by Danny Lyon.

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I remember first seeing it on a remainder table and purchasing it for $1.98. Had I known what a first edition copy of the book would be worth on the open market today, I would have taken a lot better care of it. Conversations With the Dead changed my perception of documentary photography. It cemented my perception of photography as fine art. It launched a lifetime obsession with learning about and collecting photographs.

As I write this, an original print of the weightlifters (page 129) is framed and hanging on the wall above my computer.

There are many other photo books that have been influential to feeding my photo obsession. The Americans for one. But none has whacked me on the side of the head as strongly as Conversations With the Dead. Not a bad investment for $1.98.

I wonder if someone sitting in a Starbucks today staring at his or her iPad, trolling the web will stumble across a photo blog or a photo website and see a photographer’s work and it will result in a lifelong obsession. I can only hope.

Jim Fitts from Photoweenie.com

Yes, I’m ooh, cool, ahh!

•08/29/2012 • Leave a Comment

My mixed media piece, “Start of Piercing” is included in a design faculty exhibition.

Here’s the info:
Come see what we are oohing and ahhing about!  The School of Design Faculty of Mount Ida College show their latest creative works. The exhibition includes Earl Battle, Ezra Cove, Christopher Durocher, Aleta May Deyo, Alison-Poor Donahue, Kathleen Driscoll, Taylor Harnisch, Cheryl Hirshman, Hans Christian Lischewski, Phyllis Misite, Maria Vitagliano, Tamotsu Yamamoto, and others.

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September 11, 2012 through October 13, 2012
Reception: Wednesday, September 19, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Talk: 6:30 pm
The Gallery at Mount Ida College
777 Dedham Street
Newton, MA  02459
P: 617 928-4654

A double shot of black and white photographs by a living legend.

•08/20/2012 • Leave a Comment

September is the month that you get two chances to see (and own) photographs by local living legend, Harold Feinstein. On the 14th of the month, Panopticon Gallery will host an opening for their exhibition of Harold’s classic photographs as well as a book signing for his latest book, “Harold Feinstein A Retrospective”.

The book features 80 of Harold’s most beloved black and white photographs of the boardwalk at Coney Island, the streets of New York City, and his tour of duty as a grunt in Korea.

I was part of the team that helped get the book published and was privileged to write the forward. The book is published by Nazraeli Press and you can pre-order the book by visiting their website.

You can read my foreword here.

Harold Feinstein | A Retrospective
Exhibition opening and book signing: September 14th
Exhibition: September 14th – October 30th
Panopticon Gallery
502c Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617 267-8929

“The Secrets to Getting Your Photography Seen and Exhibited” panel video is posted online.

•06/29/2012 • Leave a Comment

On Thursday, June 7th, I moderated a panel comprised of Jason Landry, Owner and Director of the Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Cary Wolinsky, editorial, commercial, and fine arts photographer, and Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

The panel provided emerging and established photographers with the best practices to use in getting their work seen and exhibited in galleries and museums.

The event was free and was part of Flash Forward Boston.

The video of “The Secrets to Getting Your Photography Seen and Exhibited” along with video of the other lectures and panel presentations is posted online here.