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One of the most exciting things happening here on campus this winter is the construction of a new Book Arts & Alternative Process Studio, which will be complete in just a few weeks.
Part of a from-the-studs-up renovation of the lower level of the Ernst Haas building, the studio is dedicated to enhancing our Book Arts & Design program, introduced in 2007 by former Maine Media President Charles Altschul. The studio will house a raft of exceptional book arts equipment including Vandercook proofing presses, multiple book presses, a photopolymer platemaker, composing stone and base, stamping press, bookbinding sewing frame, and much more. The Alternative Process Lab being renovated in the adjacent space embraces the resurging interest in 19th century historic photographic techniques including tintype, collodion, gum bichromate, and calotype. It's a veritable cornucopia for "maker" enthusiasts and photographers alike!
The new studio will allow our students to exponentially expand their opportunities here, by exploring, blending, and combining these age-old techniques in tandem with the most cutting-edge image technology available. Take a picture on an iPhone, use a special printer to create a digital negative of that image, print the image using a historic process, and overlay letterpress onto the final image or bind multiple prints into a hand-bound book. It's the marriage of old and new.
For those of you who have already had a chance to look over our latest catalog, you'll see loads of new book arts, design, and alternative process courses taught by world-class instructors. We know you are going to love experimenting and creating in this gorgeous new space!
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Steve Rausch Documents Poverty Among Families of Inmates
While attending Doug Jensen’s The Art of Lighting and Shooting Interviews workshop this summer, Steve got a call to gear up for a month-long shoot to document some of the poorest families in Cambodia and Costa Rica who had at least one family member in prison. Steve served as Audio and AC on the project, and recently sent us this dispatch:
We shot in incredible conditions: heat, monsoon rain, and thick fog. We shot in areas where dengue fever are highly present as well as lots of gang activity. The level of poverty was eye opening. One young girl that we filmed lives with her grandmother in an old crematorium. It’s the only place they have to go. Working on this project was priceless experience that, I hope, will assist the client in raising funds to help these people in such great need.
Deanna Witman Connects Celestial Nighttime Visions
MFA graduate Deanna Witman recently exhibited a new body of work at Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA that dispenses with cameras in favor of the unpredictable vision of the lowly slug. The trails these nighttime wanderers left behind on her gelatin silver paper resemble images captured of far away galaxies and nebulae, and the collection of images draws fascinating connections between something so small and simple with something so massive and unfathomable. The entire collection, titled Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena, can be seen by clicking HERE, and in a beautiful catalog prepared for the exhibit. One of the collection’s images was recently selected for Plates to Pixels juried Lenzless exhibition. View the online exhibition HERE.
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The workshop season is over, but students in our long-term programs are just hitting their stride. Our Professional Certificate students have been combing the midcoast and surrounding islands (on land and under sea), photographing, interviewing, and writing. Their recent presentation of first term work was impressive. MFA candidates and auditors were joined at their biannual retreat by award-winning documentary filmmaker Bestor Cram, and were also treated to a presentation by Newman Award-winning photographer Steven Laxton as he closed out his recent exhibition, Circo El Salvador, in our Rockport gallery. The MFA students are currently showcasing their progress towards their degrees with a Maine Media Gallery exhibit titled A Work in Progress, running through February 1. If you missed Steven Laxton’s exhibit, you can see it through December 28 at PhoPa Gallery in Portland.
We’re sorry to tell you that Peter Turnley’s winter and spring Paris workshops are both full. They have always been some of our most popular Destination Workshops. If you missed out on travelling to the City of Light with Peter this year, he’s got a pretty good consolation prize for you. His new book, French Kiss—A Love Letter to Paris celebrates 40 years of photographing intimacy and street life that is uniquely Parisian. Photographer, collector, and bookstore owner Tim Whelan wrote this review for us:
There are still a few spots available in Peter's July and September Paris workshops! To check out Peter’s complete list of 2014 Destination Workshops, CLICK HERE. You can also watch a wonderful interview with him about his new book and his love for Paris on his website at www.peterturnley.com/frenchkiss/.
Peter Turnley has shared his love of photography since he was a teenager. Since then, his travels have taken him to over 90 countries. He has photographed world leaders, wars, famine, and a great deal of human suffering. Paris was his safe haven, a place where he could recharge from the many horrific things he never flinched from. The iconic Parisian photographer Edouard Boubat once told him, “Peter, if you keep your eyes and heart open there is a gift waiting for you at the corner of every street.” Fortunately for us he took these ideas to heart, and worked hard to create many iconic images. He did not put his camera away at the end of an assignment, but would walk the streets of Paris, always looking. With Peter there is always an immediate connection made. He communicated with attention, interest, and eye contact.
Peter Turnley has given us an intimate, classically beautiful, poetic, and keenly seen book on love in Paris. He shares with us 138 black & white photographs made on the streets, riverbanks, and in the cafes and restaurants of his adopted home. The book is 144 pages, 11 1/2 inches wide by 12 inches high, hardbound with French fold dust jacket, and an elegant cloth covered slipcase. This is Peter’s first self-published book. A gutsy undertaking that allowed him the freedom to make it just as he wanted. It marries great images and fine printing with strong design from Laura Lindgren. 40 years of images have given him a lot to choose from, and resulted in interesting sequencing and strong imagery throughout.
This is a timeless book that is in the classic tradition of Cartier- Bresson, Doisneau, Boubat, Kertesz, and Ronis. You may want to buy it soon, as well over half of this slip-cased deluxe limited first edition has sold in the first month of the book’s release! It is sold exclusively from Peter’s Website at: French Kiss-A Love Letter to Paris
Screenwriting Instructor Wayne Beach was interviewed on 207 recently. Check it out for some great advice about how to get your script or screenplay through the door and onto the screen. Wayne wrote the screenplays for Murder at 1600 and The Art of War as well as developed projects for the makers of The Pirates of the Caribbean, Law & Order, The Fugitive, Ocean’s Eleven and The Perfect Storm. Watch the video HERE.
Volunteering is an excellent way to become involved in our local creative community and to see some of Maine’s most wonderful artwork! Our galleries depend on the help of volunteers to maintain open hours, interact with gallery visitors, and assist in the general upkeep of the space. If you are interested in volunteering at either the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport, ME, or the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME, please contact the gallery manager, Sarah Whitling, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine Media Alum Nominated for Primetime Emmy
Earlier this year we shared news about alum Annetta Marion working as showrunner on season three of Oprah's Master Class. Well, she's back on our radar! The season has just been nominated for a Primetime Emmy, the first series nomination for OWN. Congratulations, Annetta! Best of luck!