JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPHY NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2002



Greetings Friend!

It seems hard to believe that one month has already passed in the new year of 2002. Wow, time does fly! I guess that's one reason why I like long exposures when photographing!!!

The year 2002 marks the centennial of the birth of two important figures in the history of photography, Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock. I first realized the power and beauty of photography when I attended an exhibition that included the work of both Adams and Bullock, along with Edward Weston. It's safe to say that attending that exhibition in 1973, along with participating in Ansel's Yosemite workshop a few months later, changed not only my photography, but also my life.

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that my 2002-2003 John Sexton Photography Workshops brochure has just been mailed. You should be receiving this mailing shortly if the US Postal Service "bulk mail" is efficient. If you don't receive the brochure within a couple of weeks, and would like to receive one, feel free to call, fax, or email us. The schedule is included near the end of this newsletter, along with a link to download a PDF file of the complete workshop brochure.

John



JOHN'S 2002 WALL CALENDARS NOW HALF PRICE


Unlike fine wines, calendars do not improve with age! Ventana Editions has reduced the price of the remaining stock of John's beautiful 2002 wall calendars. They are currently available for half price - $7.50 rather than the normal $14.95 suggested retail price. Stock is limited, so act quickly if you still need a 2002 calendar for your home or office.

"Exploring the Land" 2002 Wall Calendar
http://store.yahoo.com/ventanaeditions/exlan20walca.html
(Note: Link no longer available)


"Space Shuttle: An Inside Look" 2002 Wall Calendar
http://store.yahoo.com/ventanaeditions/spacshutinlo.html
(Note: Link no longer available)



TWO INSPIRING PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOKS


The other day I was sorting through my library of photography books, and I came across two books that I found truly inspiring. Curiously, both of these books are of aerial photographs.

The first is "William Garnett: Aerial Photographs," and the second is "Mountain Photography" by Bradford Washburn. Garnett's images cover a wide range of geographic areas and subjects on the ground. Bradford Washburn's images are of Mount McKinley and other spectacular high mountains. Though both books contain black and white aerial photographs, they couldn't be more different. For me, neither of these books is really about aerial photography. Rather both volumes reveal the incisive eye of the photographer, as each of these two masters transform what they saw from the air into amazing abstractions. After looking at both of the books, my desire was not to be in a plane looking down on the earth, but rather I was inspired to pick up my camera, to try to see the world in a new and different way with my tripod legs firmly planted on the ground!

Both of these books should be available from any bookstore, and are also available from Amazon.com. I have included links to the Amazon.com pages for your convenience. Bill Garnett's book is available in both hard and soft cover.

Hardcover:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0520084454/johnsextonphotog

Softcover:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0520083482/johnsextonphotog

Bradford Washburn's book sold out almost immediately in hard cover, and is only available in soft cover.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898866901/johnsextonphotog




TWO IMPORTANT PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS


EDWARD WESTON: LIFE WORK • Los Angeles Central Library

I saw this exhibition week before last at the urging of a friend who has a great knowledge of Edward Weston's work, as well as Edward Weston's grandson, photographer Kim Weston. Both of these individuals indicated that there were images within this 100 print collection they had never seen previously. Anne Larsen and I visited the gallery on a Tuesday, late in the morning. There were only a handful of people there, and it made for easy viewing and study of the photographs. One word of caution, the lighting is horrendous. I'm not sure if one could plan to do lighting as ineffectively as is displayed in the gallery. That being said, there are a number of prints in this sizable gathering of Weston's work that are absolutely spectacular. There are images of sand dunes that literally glow - in spite of the poor lighting. There is a 4x5" contact print of a nude that is etched into my mind.

The exhibition will run through March 17th. For further information on the Edward Weston exhibition, go to: http://www.lapl.org/exhibits/lifework/
(Note: Link no longer available)


For library hours and directions, follow this link:
http://www.lapl.org/central/cent_add_hrs.html
(Note: Link no longer available)

Los Angeles Central Library
630 W. Fifth Street
Los Angeles, California 90071

Phone: 213-228-7000

PIRKLE JONES: 60 YEARS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Santa Barbara Museum of Art - Santa Barbara, California

I have not yet seen this exhibition, but my long-time friend, photographer Al Weber, says that this is an exhibition well worth seeing. This exhibit is comprised of approximately eighty photographs, and is a retrospective of Pirkle Jones sixty years in photography. Pirkle studied photography with Ansel Adams and Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and subsequently taught at the San Francisco Art Institute for over thirty-one years.

In addition, Pirkle worked as Ansel's Assistant for a number of years. The exhibition includes a wide variety of subject matter and extends far beyond the "rocks and roots" subject matter that is often associated with West Coast photography. Al says that this is a standout exhibition, and should not be missed. This exhibit is on display through March 31st.

For more information on the exhibition go to:
http://www.sbmuseart.org/exhibition/index.html

A new book "California Photographs," by Pirkle accompanies the exhibition. It can be found at:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0893819492/johnsextonphotog

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-963-4364
Fax: 805-966-6840
http://www.sbmuseart.org/


2002-2003 JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP & LECTURE SCHEDULE



To download a complete 2002-2003 workshop brochure in PDF format follow this link:
http://johnsexton.com/images/JSPW02BRO.pdf

March 16
JOHN SEXTON LECTURE AND SEMINAR
"The Power of Black and White"
Sponsored by the Baltimore Camera Club, Baltimore, Maryland
Contact: Gary Faulkner 410/529-7362
Email: mailto:mllgsg@cs.com

April 2-7
THE EXPRESSIVE BLACK AND WHITE PRINT
Carmel Valley, California. John Sexton Photography Workshops.

April 20-25
JOHN SEXTON YOSEMITE IN SPRING WORKSHOP
Sponsored by the Ansel Adams Gallery - Yosemite - FULL

Contact the Ansel Adams Gallery 209/372-4413
http://www.anseladams.com


May 9
JOHN SEXTON LECTURE - ANSEL ADAMS: PHOTOGRAPHER, MENTOR, FRIEND Sponsored by the Center for Creative Photography
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 520/621-7968
http://www.creativephotography.org


May 12-18
SOUTHWEST LANDSCAPE: A SENSE OF PLACE
Ray McSavaney & John Sexton
Arizona and Utah, including Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.
Co-sponsors: John Sexton Photography Workshops and the Ray McSavaney Photographic Workshops.


June 19-24
ANSEL ADAMS CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM
Sponsored by the Ansel Adams Gallery - Yosemite

Contact the Ansel Adams Gallery 209/372-4413
http://www.anseladams.com


August 18-30
ADVANCE LARGE FORMAT BLACK & WHITE TECHNIQUES
Snowmass Village Colorado. Special two week hands-on darkroom and field workshop for photographers working in large format.

Sponsored by Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Phone: 970/923-3181
http://www.andersonranch.org


October 22-27
THE EXPRESSIVE BLACK AND WHITE PRINT
Carmel Valley, California. John Sexton Photography Workshops.


November 19-24
FINE TUNING THE EXPRESSIVE PRINT
Carmel Valley, California. John Sexton Photography Workshops.


February 4-19, 2003
THE EXPRESSIVE BLACK AND WHITE PRINT
Carmel Valley, California. John Sexton Photography Workshops.


February 18-23, 2003
THE EXPRESSIVE BLACK AND WHITE PRINT
Carmel Valley, California. John Sexton Photography Workshops.


April 1-6, 2003
THE EXPRESSIVE BLACK AND WHITE PRINT
Carmel Valley, California. John Sexton Photography Workshops.

John Sexton Photography Workshops gratefully acknowledges our Corporate Sponsors:
- Kodak Professional
- Bogen Photo
- Jobo Fototechnic
- Light Impressions
- Myrick Photographic
- The Tiffen Company



SOME THOUGHTS ON PHOTOGRAPHY... AND OTHER TOPICS


Memorable comments by noted photographers, and others:

"In black and white photography it is the infinite variety of middle tones, the silver, that provides the sweetest experiences."
- Morley Baer

"I see you have a new camera... got any new ideas?"
- W. Eugene Smith

"Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.



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