JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPHY NEWSLETTER
- A NOTE FROM JOHN
Anne and I have just returned from Phoenix where we were supervising the initial stages of the binding process for my new book, Recollections. It was exciting to finally hold a finished book, complete with dust jacket, in our hands. If I do say so myself, Recollections is a beautiful book (realize this is a very biased opinion!!!).
It has been exciting to work again with the same talented team that I worked with on Places of Power. Cliff Rusch has produced an elegant design to present my images in the book. I have been working with David Gray Gardner and Kevin Broady of Dual Graphics on printing projects for twenty-eight years. I can honestly say that I have never had more accurate and beautiful reproductions of my photographs. The books are now in the capable hands of Mike Roswell and his crew at Roswell Bookbinding. Next week the books will be on their way here... and to retailers throughout the country.
It's been an exciting, and at times exhausting, adventure producing Recollections. As I have done with my three previous books, I have supervised every detail of the production of Recollections. I can honestly say that I am thrilled with the way this has turned out. Anne and I hope you will enjoy the new book.
AUTOGRAPHED COPIES OF RECOLLECTIONS
I am pleased to be able to offer subscribers to my email newsletter autographed (and personally inscribed if you desire) copies of Recollections at special discounted prices. You can purchase the books at the Ventana Editions online store, or you can download an order form which you can mail or fax to Ventana Editions. You can also place orders via telephone by calling toll free at 888/390-4545 or 831/659-4377. The easiest and most time efficient option for us would be through the web store, via fax, or mail. We anticipate that hardcover books will begin to ship around October 1st. Your credit card will not be charged until your book ships.
As an added bonus to the subscribers of my email newsletter, we are offering free shipping on the hardcover books (or anything else ordered from Ventana Editions online store) by entering the coupon code " •••••" in the appropriate data field during the checkout process. You can also receive this special discount by writing that code on your order form if you are faxing or mailing, or mentioning it when placing an order via phone. There are additional discounts available for quantity purchases of Recollections.
In addition, there is special pricing being offered on the Deluxe Limited Edition book and print set of Recollections. Our initial pre-order offering (sent to those who specifically requested it over the last two years) greatly exceeded our expectations. If you find an image of interest among the selections, I suggest that you order promptly as a number of my past Limited Edition offerings have sold out quickly. Since it is a genuine Limited Edition, once an image is sold out it will no longer be printed for sale in any size. There are four different images from the book offered in the Deluxe Limited Edition. A signed and numbered book in an elegant handcrafted clamshell box accompanies each 11 x14 in original silver print.
You will also be receiving a brochure in the mail in the not too distant future. I hope when you're able to take a peek at the new book on the web, or in the printed brochure, that you too will find this a book you would like to own. It's exciting to be able to share favorite images that have never appeared in any of my previous books in such an elegantly designed and beautifully printed book.
I have been flattered and humbled by what some of my friends and colleagues have said about Recollections, after seeing advance copies. See what Marilyn Bridges, Peter Bunnell, Bruce Davidson, Michael Kenna, David Hume Kennerly, and Mark Klett had to say about the book.
Along with my fifty-five photographs, I was honored to have noted curator, museum director, educator, and photographer Arthur Ollman contribute an insightful foreword for the book. In addition, my long-time friend, superb photographer, and workshop partner for thirty years, Ray McSavaney, produced a very personal afterword to accompany my photographs. In my preface and photographer's notes I have written about some of the excitement and photographic challenges I have encountered during the last thirty years.
Recollections will be available from fine booksellers across the country, along with many online retailers. Look for features on Recollections in forthcoming issues of LensWork, Photo Techniques, Rangefinder, and other magazines.
FALL JOHN SEXTON LECTURES, SEMINARS, AND BOOK SIGNINGS
In just a few weeks Anne and I will be hitting the road with our new book Recollections, along with a brand-new audio/visual lecture presentation. We are looking forward to seeing a number old friends on the East Coast, and hopefully making many new friends along the way.
In addition to the lectures listed below, I'll be spending time with photography students at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Maine Augusta, as well as students from various High Schools in Boston. It will be a busy three-week "tour," ending at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City - November 2-4. There, along with presenting a seminar on Friday morning, I will be in the Eastman Kodak booth on Thursday and Friday afternoons, as well as in the Light Impressions booth all day on Saturday, eager to visit with photographers and signing copies of Recollections.
In early December we're headed to Portland, Oregon, and after the first of the year we'll be making a swing through Southern California. Other cities and regions are in the planning stages. If you, or any of your friends, have interest in organizing a presentation in the near or distant future, please contact Laura by phone at 831/659-3130 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LECTURES BY JOHN SEXTON
October 19, 2006
October 26, 2006
October 28, 2006
November 2, 2006
November 3, 2006
ADDITIONAL EVENTS ARE CURRENTLY BEING SCHEDULED . . . STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
FIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC LEGENDS FADE AWAY...
The photographic world lost more than its share of photographic legends since my last email newsletter was sent out about six months ago. I certainly don’t know the number of serious, dedicated, and talented photographers that have passed away in the past six months, but five photographic legends certainly will be missed by many.
William Garnett, Robert Heinecken, Philip Hyde, Arnold Newman, and Joe Rosenthal all passed away in the last few months. I can't imagine five photographers, whose approach to photography and outlook on the world, who could be more different from one another, but each of these individuals shared a long passion and dedication to the medium of photography that will always be remembered. Their legacy of images, and the influence that each of them has left behind, will continue for decades.
I did not know Robert Heinecken well, though I did meet him at a few photographic gatherings over the years. Not only was he a cutting edge image-maker, he taught and influenced thousands of photographic students at UCLA and elsewhere over the decades. I never met Joe Rosenthal, but we all know his iconic image of the Marines raising the flag on Mt. Suibachi five days into the battle for Iwo Jima. It is an image that is indelibly etched in the minds of hundreds of thousands of people.
I had the great pleasure of knowing Bill Garnett, Philip Hyde, and Arnold Newman over the years. Interestingly, I met each of them while I was an assistant at the Ansel Adams Gallery Workshops. It was 1974 when I met Phil and Bill at a color workshop in Yosemite Valley. I was impressed with their photographs and their dedication to photography.
In my humble opinion Bill Garnett is the greatest aerial photographer that ever has lived, flown, and photographed. For me, his images transcend the fact that they are made from the air. Bill’s beautiful retrospective monograph William Garnett: Aerial Photographs is one of my all time favorite photography books. Each time I look at his images I am amazed and inspired.
I spent a great deal of time with Philip Hyde over the years. We floated the Green and Colorado River through Canyonlands, the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, and the San Juan River together, leading photographic explorations for the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. In addition, we taught a few workshops together in Yosemite. Phil was a quiet person, but always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. His unique sense of humor quickly put a smile on everyone else's face that was nearby.His contributions to the Sierra Club, and other environmental organizations, are unparalleled.
It was a couple of years later that I met Arnold Newman when he was teaching at Ansel's workshop in Yosemite. I had the opportunity to be Arnold's "personal assistant" during that workshop. I keenly watched him as he gave six different portrait demonstrations to six different workshop groups. I learned a great deal helping Arnold. I noticed how carefully he observed and was aware of the smallest details that would contribute to making a successful portrait that conveyed authenticity in the subject being photographed.
It's sad to lose these photographic legends, but it's reassuring to know that their imagery has contributed to the rich treasure of our photographic heritage. Indeed, images from all these photographers will continue to influence future generations. The images that each photographer left behind, as well as their influence, have a life of their own.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITS ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA
The Assistants of Ansel Adams
Highlands Inn Park Hyatt
Through October 31st, The Ansel Adams Gallery will present The Assistants of Ansel Adams at the Highlands Inn Park Hyatt in Carmel, California. This exhibit brings together six of Ansel Adams former photographic assistants. Starting in the 1930's with Rondal Partridge and spanning into the early 1980's with Chris Rainier, landscape photographer Ansel Adams hired assistants to help him out in the field and the darkroom. Learning from the master allowed each of these photographers to grow in their knowledge of photography and carry landscape photography to the next level. Each went on to become a well-known photographer, and today they all continue to push landscape photography, as we know it.
Original photographs by Ted Orland, Rondal Partridge, Chris Rainier, Alan Ross, John Sexton, and Don Worth are on display in the Fireside Lounge. In addition to showing prints from each photographer, each photographer displays a portrait made of Ansel Adams while they worked as his assistant, as well as a brief essay on their time spent with this photographic icon.
The Assistants of Ansel Adams Exhibition
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