The Pratt Photography Lectures inaugurates its 2014-2015 season with an evening focusing on the life and work of photographer Garry Winogrand. Curator John Szarkowski famously called Winogrand “the central photographer of his generation.” The event at Pratt Institute coincides with a major retrospective, Garry Winogrand, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through September 21.
The evening will feature a keynote lecture by photographer and essayist Leo Rubinfien, entitled “The Reasons for Winogrand.” Rubinfien, the curator of Garry Winogrand, and the editor of the exhibition catalogue, is former protégé of Winogrand’s. His lecture will be followed by responses from and, a conversation with, three individuals who knew Winogrand during his lifetime: Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Susan Kismaric, former curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art; and Thomas Roma, photographer and Director of Photography at Columbia University. Photography Chair Stephen Hilger, will moderate the conversation, which will include a Q & A session with the audience. The run-time of the program is approximately 120 minutes. This event is co-sponsored by the Pratt Photo League.
Free and open to the Pratt community and to the public. Registration is required for this event. Please register here by September 8.
Exhibition Tour—A Photographer’s Perspective on Garry Winogrand Friday, July 25, 6:30–7:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 691
Stephen Hilger, Chair, Photography Department, Pratt Institute
Hear a contemporary photographer’s perspective on the work of twentieth-century street photographer Garry Winogrand in this exhibition, and see how the artist’s own work resonates with the subjects and themes Winogrand captured thirty years earlier.
Photograph: Garry Winogrand, Los Angeles, 1980-83, Posthumous gelatin silver print (frame not marked by Winogrand on contact sheet), courtesy The Garry Winogrand Archive, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona
Where are you from/where are you currently residing?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I grew up in Sheepshead Bay, a neighborhood in south Brooklyn by the water. I remained local to brooklyn, currently living and working in Clinton Hill/ Bed Stuy.
What is the work you are currently focusing on?
I am currently working as Media and Art Coordinator / Outpost Manager at the Dossier Outpost in South Street Seaport.
I curated a show at the Dossier Outpost gallery a few weeks ago titled, High Tide, which was a mixed show of photography, painting, sculpture and a .gif It was really exciting being able to bring seemingly unrelated work together and thus give it new meaning within the curation. Currently, I am focusing on putting out the third volume of the KS/RP zine, that artist Richard Perez and I have worked together on for the past year and a half.
What is your opinion on the current state of photography, particularly on the photobook?
I’m really excited about the photo book / Zine culture that is currently striving. There are more and more self published artists that are putting there work out there and making it super accessible to own. There are so many photo book and zine fairs popping up that you can’t even keep track of all of them. While being at the Dossier Outpost I had the pleasure to work alongside Ed Varie for a month, who has a beautiful photo book/ zine collection. I love how photo books and zines are being brought together over the internet, online submissions are bringing together international artists and having them exist together in a final book product. To summarize, I am excited by the current state of photography. I feel that its growing and expanding and using all its available resources to do so.
Favorite Photo Blog?
I honestly can’t say I have one favorite photo Blog. I use tumblr to organize all the different blogs that I follow and they all end up flowing into one entity that is tumblr. Which I appreciate in and of itself. A few of the artists that I had in my show I believe I was originally exposed to on tumblr, one of which was through Oranbeg Press, (so thank you for that). I like following galleries and publications on tumblr to see what they are posting. A few favorite blogs I have saved in my bookmarks:it’s nice that,time and space, flaunt,Ain’t Bad Editions, Ed Varie, and of course Oranbeg Press
Metcalf South Shopping Center was a mall I used to go to growing up. They had water fountains that you could walk across on an ugly concrete platform where colored pink and blue lights made the water glow underneath. The mall was built in 1967 and everything was mauve. That mauve that I associate with my childhood - in doctor’s office wallpaper and my parent’s lamps and old peoples’ sweatshirts and the storefront of Krigel’s. I remember Krigel’s commercials on TV. A frog would be holding a diamond ring or something and croak, “Kreeee-gal’s.” I think maybe my granny used to shop there.
As I got older, we started going to Metcalf less and less. Apparently, everyone did. The newer mall, Oak Park, had more contemporary stores and when I grew out of The Jones Store and wanted to go to places like Limited Too, we stopped going altogether. This past March, I went home to visit my parents and drop off film at the one place I know of in Kansas City that processes medium format, which sits directly across from Metcalf South. I figured that the building must be locked, but my mom suggested we try the door. Unlocked! Everything looked exactly the same and I felt that pang of nostalgia when you forget that you missed something so much, forgot that you had memories way, way back in your head. Being inside made me miss my mom, even though we came back together. Those hideous yellow light bulbs on that hideous silver and gold track. The ugly Topsy’s sign and the ugly tiles on the floor. No offense, mom, but all of that ugliness made me miss you. It also made me miss not being a snob and thinking that I loved that mall. When I’d get new shoes for school at Penney’s and then we’d sit on those cold, white painted metal gridded chairs in the food court and I’d decide between pizza or Chinese food.
When we went back in this last time, the only visitors were elderly people doing their morning walks, mothers and daughters speed-walking together to lose weight. There were wholesale stores that were still open by appointment and I remembered that Lady Foot Locker was a thing. A nail salon had moved into a storefront that was made of fake boulders and I’m assuming that had made sense for the previous tenant. But the nail salon had closed, too. I thought the security guards were going to kick me out for carting around a tripod and a camera that still shot film, but they were friendly and seemed to share the same nostalgia.
Two weeks after I returned from home, Metcalf South closed forever. They’re demolishing it next year.
Check out this excellent interview with Thomas Roma by Matthew Leifheit!
Matthew Leifheit: It seems like all of your work is very personal but made to apply to a much wider audience.
Thomas Roma: The one thing I really like hearing about my work is, “You know, I really hated your last book, but I loved the one before.” Only sociopaths want everyone to like them. When we attempt to make art, we’re subjecting ourselves to criticism. That’s the role of the hero: The hero doesn’t play it safe. Going through life and trying to convince people is a mistake. You have to just put something out there, and if people don’t like it, you say, “Don’t like that one? I’ll sing a different song.”
We would love for you to submit any pieces, to be considered for the final exhibition, you feel fitting for our exhibition, it would mean so much to the community at Pratt to be able to exhibit your work!
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Thank you so much for being a part of Pratt Institutes history and a part of our future!
The Photo League is very happy to announce that Lucas Foglia (@lucasfogliaphoto) will be lecturing at #Pratt Institute as part of the fall artist lecture series. Stay tuned for more news on the #LucasFoglia talk, as well as other artists lecturing in the series.