JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPHY NEWSLETTER
October 2013


Greetings,

It's been more than three months since my last "full size" eNewsletter. In some ways it seems like three years, but in other ways it seems like just three weeks. In a nutshell, 2013 has been an extremely busy year for Anne and me.

Next week we head to the Eastern Sierra for our annual workshop in the Mono Basin with Charlie Cramer. We are looking forward to some quiet time camping and making photographs following the workshop. Hopefully, being "off the grid" and "disconnected" will rejuvenate our sprits and our bodies. In addition, we both hope we will make some good photographs! Even if we don't come back with some "keepers" it will be fun trying.

Once we return home we will be back in the thick of things. There are more exhibitions, and other projects ahead. We will save that material for the next eNewsletter. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the information in this installment. Remember... you do your best WORK when you play

Have fun,

John

 

 



2014-2015 JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

I am pleased to announce my new workshop schedule for 2014 through early 2015. One of the most gratifying aspects of my nearly forty years of teaching workshops is the number of friends I have made over the years. It pleases me to see people who have been pursuing their passion for photography for decades making great progress along the way. Recently I received a note from one such photographer. I was humbled and honored that they felt I had contributed in some small way to their success in photography.

We are happy to again offer four sessions of The Expressive Black and White Print workshop, which has been offered with multiple sessions every year for the past thirty-one years and still has great interest!

 

Workshop 2014-2015

 

You can download a complete PDF of the new workshop brochure here.

A number of you have been eagerly waiting for the official announcement of the Mono Lake and Eastern Sierra: Exploring Autumn Light workshop for 2014. This very popular workshop will be held October 12-17, 2014. We have a long waiting list of people who were not able to get into the 2013 session, so this workshop will likely fill up very quickly. If you are interested in attending, please apply for the workshop as soon as possible. Charlie and I personally review each application to try and assemble a balanced workshop group to help ensure the maximum benefit for all workshop participants.

Charlie and I are also offering another session of our popular The Luminous Print: A Synthesis of Traditional and Digital workshop, March 17-22, 2014.

We are in the planning stages for twenty-eighth offering of the Fine Tuning the Expressive Print workshop. The Fine Tuning workshop is open only to those people who have taken The Expressive Black and White Print workshop, or a handful of other printing workshops listed in the downloadable workshop brochure.

Again, to learn more about the workshops, or to apply, please visit my web site www.johnsexton.com where you can download the complete workshop brochure as well as the application form.

 

 


 

JOHN'S PHOTOGRAPH INCLUDED AS WALLPAPER IMAGE IN APPLE'S NEW iOS 7

I am thrilled to have my image Tenaya Lake, Clouds, Afternoon included as one of the wallpaper images in Apple's new iOS 7. Imagine a "dinosaur" like me having my image included in a state of the art mobile operating system. Over 250 million iOS devices upgraded to iOS 7 in the first ten days following its release.

 

Tenaya Lake Sexton iOS 7

 

As you might imagine I am honored to have one of my images as a small part of this completely redesigned operating system. The image can be found in the "Wallpaper" section of the "Settings" app in iOS 7.

If you have an Apple iOS device running iOS 7 you have a limited edition image 1/250,000,000! I am glad I didn't have to make that many prints in the darkroom!!!

 


 

ANNE LARSEN + JOHN SEXTON: LIGHT AND FORM EXHIBIT CLOSES OCTOBER 12, 2013
OUR RECENT VISIT TO DALLAS, TEXAS - IT WAS A GREAT TRIP

Our exhibition at Sun to Moon Gallery is entering its final week. If you are in the Dallas - Ft. Worth area, and would like to see our prints, please stop by. The last day of the show is Saturday, October 12, 2013. You can find all of the details at the Sun to Moon Gallery web site.

 

SextonSun to Moon Seminar

 

We had a grand time seeing old friends, and making new ones, during our visit to Dallas last month.The warm Texas hospitality was greatly appreciated, but the warm temperatures (each day was 100 degrees or more!) were not as appealing!

We visited with the photography students at Richland College. We also had lunch with a group of friends that meets every week to share their love of photography. Friday I presented (with Anne's essential help) a daylong seminar Exploring the Expressive Print. We had a great time with the twenty enthusiastic seminar participants. The seminar filled immediately after it was announced, and some of them travelled from great distances to attend. The day flew by for Anne and me.

Saturday started off with a crowd of over 200 people for my lecture at Richland College. It was a very responsive group. I had a lot of fun sharing my photographs, along with some of Ansel's images. There was a reception and poster signing that followed the lecture. We had just enough time to drive back to Sun to Moon Gallery to meet the large crowd that showed up for our opening reception. As I mentioned earlier I saw a number of photographic friends that I hadn't seen since my last exhibit in Dallas twenty-three years ago! We also made lots of new friends - including a father and son that drove from Louisiana!

It was a great trip, and we had a fine time. We look forward to our next visit to the Lone Star state.

 


 

JOHN'S IMAGE FOAM ON WATER INCLUDED IN UPCOMING EXHIBITION AND BOOK
SEE THE LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHY, PERCEPTION, COGNITION
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
OCTOBER 27 2013 THROUGH MARCH 23, 2014

 

I am honored to have my image Foam on Water, Yosemite National Park, California included in the upcoming exhibition and accompanying book, See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The exhibition, which includes 220 photographs from LACMA's Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, takes a historical perspective, identifying parallels between photography and visual experience over time. When I received the news that my print would be included in the exhibition and book it made my day! I have a hard time believing that my work will be included along with so many of my photographic heroes including: Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Wynn Bullock, Julia Margaret Cameron, Paul Caponigro, Imogen Cunningham, Frederick H. Evans, William Henry Fox Talbot, Sally Mann, Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Carleton Watkins, Edward Weston, Minor White and many other legendary photographers.

 

Form on Water

Foam on Water, Yosemite National Park, California
©1974 John Sexton. All rights reserved.

 

The exhibition opens to the public on October 27, 2013 and runs through March 23, 2014. You can learn more about the exhibition, and the book, at the LACMA web site.

My longtime friends Marjorie and Leonard began to collect photography in 1975, eventually building a collection of more than 3,600 photographs, from 700 photographers, spanning the entire history of the medium. In 2008 LACMA acquired the complete collection. LACMA curator Britt Salvesen has authored a new book of the same title that includes 100 images from the exhibition. The book is scheduled to be released in November 2013, but can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com.

 

 


 

 NEW COMPANY - KODAK ALARIS - CONTINUES TO MANUFACTURE AND SELL KODAK FILM

As some readers may recall I mentioned that Kodak was selling its film manufacturing business to the U.K. Kodak Pension in the June 2013 eNewsletter. In early September Kodak Alaris was born as Eastman Kodak exited its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Unlike a start-up launching from someone's basement office or an incubator, Kodak Alaris came into the world with considerable assets – annual revenues of roughly $1.3 billion, a global workforce of about 4,700 employees.

Among its product lines Kodak Alaris is continuing to produce Kodak Professional film in the same "Building 38" state of the art emulsion coating facility in Rochester, New York with the same seasoned professional employees. As a user of Kodak Professional film for my entire 40-year photographic career, I think this is GREAT news. I am confident that there will be no change in the quality, or availability, of Kodak film in the foreseeable future. In my humble opinion... this is good news for photographers around the world.

In the spirit of "full disclosure" I have had a close involvement with Kodak photographic products over the years. I am proud to say that I served as a consultant on many Kodak photographic projects including Kodak Elite paper, Kodak Polymax paper, Kodak T-Max films, numerous Kodak film developers, Kodak Readyload system, and many other Kodak products. I am proud to have Kodak Alaris as a workshop sponsor, and humbled by the fact that Kodak has been a sponsor of my workshops for twenty-six years.

To learn more about the "new" Kodak Alaris check out this article by the British Journal of Photography.

As Lars Fiedler, Marketing Manager at Kodak Alaris' Personalized Imaging Division says in the article, "There are no plans at all to cut down. We enjoy a good demand, but of course we will continue to monitor the market and if for whatever reason – which I wouldn't expect, to be honest – the demand would dry up, we would need to react and look at our portfolio."

So if you LOVE the MAGIC of the traditional silver halide process, continue to use silver halide materials. If you don't use it, you are sure to lose it!

 


 

FANTASTIC AERIAL VIDEOS OF BODIE AND UTAH

I recently had a chance to see a fantastic aerial video of the ghost town of Bodie made by my longtime friend Russell Brown and Aaron Grimes. I am sure that readers will enjoy this amazing video. Russell pointed me in the direction of another of Aaron's "tour de force" aerial videos of another one of my favorite photographic haunts... Utah! This is truly uplifting (pun intended!) imagery. Enjoy.

BODIE - FROM THE SKY

UTAH - FROM THE AIR

 


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