JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPHY NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2006





-  A NOTE FROM JOHN
-  2006 - 2007 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE AND BROCHURE AVAILABLE ONLINE
- JOHN'S UPCOMING BOOK "RECOLLECTIONS" SNEAK PREVIEW
- JOHN SEXTON ORIGINAL PRINT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE
- AGFA PAPER AVAILABLE AT FREESTYLE
- TECH TIP - CHANGE CAMERA AND METER BATTERIES ANNUALLY
- PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITS ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA  
- SOME THOUGHTS ON PHOTOGRAPHY... AND OTHER TOPICS



Greetings Friends,

Anne and I recently returned from Dual Graphics where we were supervising the press run for the new workshop brochure. You should be receiving a hard copy of the brochure in your mailbox soon - depending on the U.S. Postal Service! If you're not on the postal mailing list, feel free to drop us an email or give us a call and let us know that you would like to be included on that list in addition to this email newsletter list. We generally send out only one or two mailings per year.

In addition to the schedule of workshops for 2006-2007, this year's brochure includes a "sneak preview" of my upcoming book, "Recollections: Three Decades of Photographs." Ventana Editions will publish this new book in October. We are busy here working on many aspects of the book at the present time.

It looks like it's going to be a busy 2006, and somehow January seemed to just disappear. In addition to my usual workshops, I will be conducting some lectures and seminars in the fall. These will be coordinated with the release of "Recollections." Currently in the planning stages are lectures in a number of cities on the East Coast, in the Pacific Northwest, and California. If you would be interested in having me present a seminar in your area, please feel free to contact Laura and we'll see what we can work out.

I hope you find some useful information in the newsletter below. I'd better head back to the "old-fashioned" darkroom, expose some silver to light, and see what emerges.

All the best,

John



JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS FOR 2006-2007


My new 2006-2007 John Sexton Photography Workshops brochure is now completed and in the mail. If you can't wait for the U.S. Postal Service, you can visit my web site and read the schedule there, as well as download an Adobe Acrobat PDF version of the complete brochure and application form with procedures and policies.

This year's workshop offerings include the twentieth annual offering of the always popular "Southwest Landscape: A Sense of Place" workshop that I instruct with my longtime friend Ray McSavaney. In addition there are multiple sessions of my "Expressive Black and White Print" workshop, along with my "Fine Tuning the Expressive Print" workshop.

To see a schedule of all of my workshops, or to download the workshop brochure, follow this link:
http://johnsexton.com/schedule2006.html



JOHN'S UPCOMING BOOK "RECOLLECTIONS" SNEAK PREVIEW

I wanted to give you an update on my new book, "Recollections: Three Decades of Photographs," which will be published by Ventana Editions this October. We have been working hard with Cliff Rusch on the design of the book. Cliff's award-winning design graced my last book, "Places of Power," and he also did a superb job designing my calendars over a number of years. The book is getting to a point where it is truly exciting for me. 

If you'd like to learn a bit more about the book, and take a quick "peek" at a couple of images from inside the book, check out the link below.

As a subscriber to my email newsletter, you will be receiving information about both the hard cover and the Deluxe Limited Edition book and print set later this year. I am very pleased with the number of people who have written in requesting to be on the "advanced list" for the Deluxe Limited Edition book and print set. As some of you know, nearly all of my Deluxe Limited Editions of previous books have sold out - sometimes almost immediately!  If you'd like to be added to this list, or be sure you're on it, simply drop an email to laura@johnsexton.com. The advance information - with special discount pricing - will go out at some point in late spring or early summer.

There's a still lot to do in the darkroom, working on refining prints from earlier negatives, as well as "playing" with brand new negatives. None of the images in "Recollections" will have been reproduced in any of my three previous books. If you look inside the recently mailed workshop brochure, there are two pages dedicated to the book. We will be on press in late July at Dual Graphics, working again with David Gardner and Kevin Broady, as I have on my printing projects since 1978. We have been working closely with David and Kevin, as well as the Dual Graphics crew, trying to refine the reproduction process - and even the specific ink color - to match my original prints as closely as possible. We will be using a luxurious paper - heavier in weight than my previous books - to enhance the overall quality of this book. As is the case in all of my previous books, I am involved in every step of the process and will be supervising the production of the book personally. I will keep you posted on this progress of the book.



JOHN SEXTON ORIGINAL PRINT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE


The new Collectors Edition print offering is Foam on Water, Yosemite National Park, California." This image has been a favorite of mine since I made it many years ago, while assisting at an Ansel Adams Gallery Workshop in Yosemite. I prefer it printed in the smaller 8x10 format to larger print sizes. The smaller print size hopefully gives the viewer a more intimate experience with the subtle celestial patterns of the foam in Lower Cascade Creek. I am thrilled that I will be able to include this print in my upcoming book, "Recollections."

This print is available for a limited time at the very special price of $600. My 8X10" prints normally retail in galleries for $900, so the savings over the retail price is significant. This print is personally printed by me (as are all my prints), processed to current archival standards, signed, mounted, and overmatted on 14x17" 100% rag museum board. Prints will be delivered no later than March 31 via UPS, carefully packaged, and fully insured.

Those of you who have ordered my prints in the past know we use "bullet-proof" packaging to help ensure your print arrives in perfect condition.

If you prefer to order over the phone, or if you have any questions, call 831-659-3130 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday to place an order. In addition, you can contact us at: mailto:info@johnsexton.com

To learn more about this print, or to order, follow this link:
http://store.yahoo.com/ventanaeditions/joseorpr.html




AGFA PAPER AVAILABLE AT FREESTYLE


In my last email newsletter, I announced that Agfa Photo was closing their doors. I, along with many other photographers, found Agfa Multicontrast Classic fiber base paper to have unique characteristics - including its slightly warm image tone. The loss of this paper, along with the loss of Kodak Polymax paper, has impacted my photographic paper choices significantly.

I recently learned of a bit of good news... a shipment of Agfa paper (in genuine Agfa orange packaging) is estimated to arrive about February 20th at Freestyle Photographic Supplies in Hollywood, California. This will allow photographers who would like to purchase additional quantities of Agfa Multicontrast Classic paper to do so.

Unfortunately, there is no 16x20" paper contained in this shipment, and the 20x24" size is already committed. However, there will be a second Agfa shipment arriving at Freestyle in late March or early April, which will have some 20x24" paper available - still no 16x20" paper. Further good news is that the price for this paper is going to be the same as the current Freestyle catalog and web site prices - no price gouging here.

I made my first purchase from Freestyle thirty-five years ago, and have used them as one of my suppliers since that time. I'm on the Freestyle Board of Advisors, and I find their product selection and customer service to be most impressive. Freestyle is dedicated to specializing in traditional silver halide photographic materials, which is good news for those of us who still love the magic of the "old-fashioned" darkroom.

Freestyle Photographic Supplies
5124 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027

1-800-292-6137 (within North America)
1-323-660-3460 (international)

http://www.freestylephoto.biz/



TECH TIP: CHANGE CAMERA AND METER BATTERIES ANNUALLY

I'm sure, like me, you have had photographic devices (cameras, light meters, etc.) where the batteries just seem to last "forever." Unfortunately, "forever" sometimes ends at the least convenient time.

It's a good idea to change the batteries in your light meters (and other photographic instruments) once per year. A number of photographers that I know change their batteries on their birthday - that's easy to remember.

For the past twenty years I've been in the Southwest when my birthday comes around in the month of May. That's not a good time for me to go through and change all the batteries, so I've chosen a different day that's equally easy for me to remember - April Fools Day - April 1st. My rational behind this is that I would be a fool not to change my photographic batteries each year!

In addition, I always carry a backup or reserve battery for every important photographic device. At the time of the annual replacement of batteries, I move the backup battery into the device and take the fresh battery and put it into the backup position. Many high quality batteries today have expiration dates, which make it easy to know that you're getting fresh stock. I'd always suggest buying your batteries from a reputable retailer that sells a lot of batteries (they don't get better with age on the shelf).

As a reward to those readers who have actually read this far in the newsletter here is a discount code good for a 10% discount on all purchases at the Ventana Editions online store between now and March 1st. This includes all of my books and posters, along with a recently printed Collector's Edition print (see above). The Ventana Editions online store can be found at: http://store.yahoo.com/ventanaeditions/

To receive the special 10% discount, simply enter the code "•••••" (without quotation marks) into the 'COUPON CODE' section of the secure web order form. Please remember to enter the coupon code during the checkout procedure to receive your special discount. This special 10% discount is good for orders placed through March 1st. Remember that UPS ground shipping (to the 48 continental United States) is only $5.00 per order - no matter how many items you purchase.

If you prefer, you may also place an order by calling Ventana Editions toll free at 888-390-4545 or 831-659-3130, Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Pacific Time.




PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITS ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA

CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC ART
Roger Fremier - Richard Garrod - Henry Gilpin

January 13 - February 17, 2006
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Center for Photographic Art has a beautiful display of photographs by noted Monterey Peninsula photographers Roger Fremier, Richard Garrod, and Henry Gilpin. Roger, Dick, and Henry are long-time friends and I have a great respect for their work. It's exciting to see so much good photography in one room.

Center for Photographic Art
Sunset Cultural Center
San Carlos & Ninth
Carmel, California 93921

Phone: 831/625-5181

mailto:info@photography.org
http://www.photography.org

MONTEREY MUSEUM OF ART
In Celebration of Light
Photographs from the Collection of Cherye R. and James F. Pierce

January 28 - May 7, 2006
Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 11 am - 5 pm, Sundays 1 - 4 pm

The Monterey Museum of Art is the sole West coast venue for an important collection of photography, "In Celebration of Light." which highlights over one hundred works from this sizeable private collection, featuring photographs by world-renowned artists such as Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston, as well as many contemporary photographers.

Along with the "In Celebration of Light" exhibition, there is a most handsome display of photographs from the Museum's permanent collection.

Monterey Museum of Art
559 Pacific Street
Monterey, California 93940

Phone: 831/372-5477




SOME THOUGHTS ON PHOTOGRAPHY... AND OTHER TOPICS

"Photography is a medium of formidable contradictions.
It is ridiculously easy and almost impossibly difficult."
- Edward Steichen



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John Sexton
Post Office Box 30
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Voice: 831-659-3130
Fax: 831-659-5509

mailto:info@johnsexton.com
www.johnsexton.com




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