Assorted and sundry links from around the Web

I’ve been wanting to mention a few upcoming items or recent articles for a while and came up with a list of exhibitions, articles, and videos – hopefully at least one of these will be of interest to you!

First, Gallery 5 in Lewiston has the opening for their next show, In Contrast, coming up this Friday, June 11th, 2010, from 5-7 pm.  The show will run until August 7, 2010, and includes a wide variety of excellent artists, including the beautiful work of my friend Ann Krumrein.  After the opening there will be an online exhibition as well – all definitely worth checking out.

From the comfort of your office chair, you can watch many hours of wonderful photography videos from various presentations at the TED conference.  If you don’t know what TED is, well, get on over there and see for yourself, but don’t blame me if you don’t come up for air until many hours later. ( TED describes itself as Riveting Talks by Remarkable People, Free to the World – sounds good to me).  On this page, you can see 14 different TED presentations about photography collected in one spot.  I’ve seen a number of them and can definitely recommend them – Taryn Simon, Edward Burtynsky, James Nachtwey, Chris Jordan – powerful stuff.

Photobooks are a particular passion of mine and one of my favorites was just selected by a panel of jurors set up by the British Journal of Photography.  The panel selected Fukase’s Ravens (a/k/a Solitude of Ravens) as the best photobook of the last quarter century.  There are many other interesting selections as well – in particular, one book I’ve been lusting after for a while, John Gossage’s The Pond, is on the list.  Like many on this list, it runs for north of $500 a copy now and is pretty hard for me to justify.  Ravens is quite expensive, too, but I got lucky a few years ago and found a very reasonably priced copy.  As an aside, the new British Journal of Photography website is quite nice and is definitely worth repeated visits.

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