Books We Want to Share

 

Revelations, Wynn Bullock

Revelations, Wynn Bullock

 

Beth Moon

Beth Moon

Fred Lyon

Fred Lyon

 

Fran Forman

Fran Forman

 

To read our review on Wynn Bullock Revelations please visit, Wynn Bullock.

To get your signed copy of Wynn Bullock revelations go to Wynn Bullock Photography.

To read our review of Beth Moon’s Ancient Trees please visit, Beth Moon.

To read more about Fred Lyon please visit, Fred Lyon Photographer.

Read about Fran Forman’s book here,  Escape Artist, Fran Forman.

To learn visit our page on Books.

Thank you to the photographer that share their work with us.

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Carl Corey Gallery

© Carl Corey

© Carl Corey

Please visit Rfotofolio Fine Art to see a special selection of the BLUE Project.

To read our interview with Carl Corey please visit, “Carl Corey, Blue Project”.

To learn more about Carl Corey please visit his site at, Carl Corey Photographer.  

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Carl Corey, Blue Project

Shawn Andreasen Fermenter © Carl Corey

Shawn Andreasen Fermenter © Carl Corey

We are pleased to share the work of Carl Corey on the American worker.

Would you please tell us a little about yourself?

I am a career photographer.  After twenty-five years as a commercial photographer and director / cameraman I returned to my roots in 2004 to work as a subjective documentary (intended contradiction) photographer.

How did you get started photography?

In 1963 At age nine my parents gave me a brownie. I still have it.

Which photographers and other artists work do you admire?

Walker Evans, Saul Leiter, William Eggleston, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, William DeKooning, and Banksy

Would you share with us an image (not your own) that has stayed with you over time.

“Migrant Mother” by Dorothea Lange.

“Migrant Mother” by Dorothea Lange.

How did your series “American Worker” come about?

Working on my third book, “For Love and Money – The Family Business”, I became intrigued by the hourly wage earner.  I wanted to do something to make folks aware of the economic and social importance that our workers provide.  I absolutely believe they represent the foundation of America and without them there is no United States.  They need to be respected and compensated fairly.  I created the BLUE project in the hopes of in some small way making progress in that arena.

Do you have a story about one of your images that you would like to share?

Rather than one singular picture, if I may, I’d rather relay the story from BLUE.  I always learn so much from working on a project.  Each one is like a focused study within a demographic.  What I have learned from BLUE is how justifiably proud American workers are of their work.  They know they provide a value to society and they appreciate work and the subsequent contribution on many levels their work provides.  They are very generous, hard-working and friendly people.  Of the hundreds of people I have photographed for BLUE only one has declined to participate.

© Carl Corey

© Carl Corey

© Carl Corey

© Carl Corey

Please tell us about your process and what the perfect day for you.

I spend a lot of time configuring the logistics of a project.  They all take several years to complete.  I make contact, gain access, and scout.  Then after my initial scout I will return with a camera to make pictures . I never just walk in with a camera as I feel it shows no respect either for the subject or the process.  I use an older classic Hasselblad with a high-resolution digital back for these projects and the best lenses available.  I am always on a tripod.  The action of cranking the shutter sets a nice rhythm to a portrait session and I can tell you from almost fifty years of experience the tripod tells the subject this is important, that they are important, and I respect them.

A perfect day is one that I wake up.

Is there one thing that you wish people would stop doing when it comes to the creative process or in the art world?

Please don’t consider everyone with a camera a photographer.  The tool does not cover the price of admission.  We all have pencils, but we are all not writers.

What challenges do you face as an artist?

It is interesting that the challenges never go away.  They change but the challenge always remains.  This is a necessary component to the creative process.  My creative challenges are mostly internal and I am sure not unique.  Access to subjects is a big challenge for BLUE.  Corporations do not trust a guy with a camera and it takes a lot of discussion to convince them I have their best interest in mind.  Gaining trust is the biggest challenge I face.

© Carl Corey

© Carl Corey

© Carl Corey

© Carl Corey

If you could spend a day with another photographer living or passed who would it be?

John Szarkowski.

How do you view this time in the history of photography?

There has never been a more visual time in history.  Collecting is at an all time high.  That being said it is very important to not lose sight of the craft and intelligence a good photograph exhibits.  I see a trend towards banal, poorly crafted pictures.  Many are appreciated by gallerists and curators because they are unique.  I contend they are unique because previously only well executed pictures containing intelligent content were exhibited. So while there are many unique pictures being exhibited, they compromise our art.

How do you over come a creative block?

I always have several projects in the works.  This allows me to be more productive and allays creative block from being an issue.  I stay busy so a creative block cannot set in.  Work is a vaccine against a creative block.

What do you hope the viewer takes from your images?

A better understanding of the subject and themselves.  I also hope it calls them to react in their own creative way.

How does your art affect the way you see the world?

Of course, I am always seeing within a frame, always editing, and considering a scene.  I am also more interested in others than I believe I would be if I was not a photographer.

Where can we see your work, and would you like to share any upcoming projects?

I have three books.  “Rancher”, “Tavern League”, and “For Love and Money”, all available to order at your local bookstore, online, or signed from me.  BLUE will be released in 2016 or 2017.  I am working with several galleries who would be glad to show work.  ROSE Gallery in Los Angeles, Hamburg Kennedy in NYC and, wall space in Santa Barbara, Sherry Leedy in Kansas City, and Art Beatus in Hong Kong.  There is some work in a few museum collections as well, all listed on my website carlcorey.com which also has several portfolios available for online viewing.

My newest project, now completed, is the journal I created of a four-hundred and eighty mile walk across Wisconsin “Along the Yellowstone Trail”.  I also have a series “Americaville”, observations on life in America.  These are made almost daily with a small camera that is always with me and are mostly absent of people.

Thank you for your time we look forward to sharing your art.  Thank You! I appreciate your interest and support for our craft.

Carl will have a special open edition of his BLUE Project on Rfotofolio Fine Art.   All the prints are archival Inkjet on Crane Silver Rag paper, titled and signed verso in pencil.  Prints are made by Carl Corey in his studio.  More information to come.

To learn more about the work of Carl Corey please visit his site, Carl Corey Photographer.

To learn more about Dorothea Lange, please visit, Grab a Hunk of Lightning.” and The Library of Congress.

Thank you to the photographers that share their work with us.

 

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We Are Proud to Announce

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We are proud to announce that after many months and long hours Rfotofolio is now a non-profit 501( c ) (3).

What started as a way for two people to share their love of photography with others, and a way to build a photographic community, has grown to be so much more.  We have been very fortunate to meet so many wonderful photographers and to share their work and words.

We look forward to sharing more of the art form we love and through Rfotofolio we will continue to support and promote photography, and the photographers that bring more beauty to the world.

Our Goals

Rfotofolio will be awarding a grant to a photographer in need. The Rfotofolio Grant will be awarded to one photographer that may have lost their workspaces or equipment due to natural disasters theft, or though illness or accidents that have limited their ability to practice photography.

To publish monographs, and collective works to establish a research library.

To curate, promote, and design traveling brick and mortar exhibitions.

To establish forums to promote the craft of photography and to help develop the appreciation of the photographic print.

To sustain, maintain, and grow the exposure of photography through Rfotofolio.

Thank you for your support.

Thank you to the photographers that share their work with us.

R.0.0.T.© J.R.and C.R.

R.0.0.T.© J.R.and C.R.

Art Can Make a Difference

 

 

 

 

 

The Streets

Sally Davies,The Story

© Sally Davies

© Sally Davies

© Sally Davies

© Sally Davies

© Sally Davies

© Sally Davies

“I moved to the East Village in 1983 and have been photographing here ever since.

Back then it was kind of forgotten and deserted.  Living along side ten million other people, it still felt small and intimate.  Everyone knew everyone. It really was a community in the formal sense of the word.  The old was over and the new hadn’t quite figured itself out.
Back then, no real cars to speak of, not densely populated (too scary for most) and even the scale of the buildings was low, sharing a big sky.  It was impossible not to photograph here.  Wasn’t sure why back then, but we knew things were changing…and there was a sense of urgency…to document your experience.  You could feel the history here… without even knowing the story.  
Sometimes a photograph of a person in front of their building would tell that story and sometimes the building will tell the story of the person who is no longer in the photograph.
 The wheelchair on the roof, Charles at 3rd Street Church, The girl having a cigarette in a dimly lit doorway on a hot summer night…theres your story.” Sally Davies

Thank you Sally.

To learn more about the work of Sally Davies please visit her site, Sally Davies Photo.

“To read our interview with Sally Davies please visit,“On the Streets with Sally Davies”. 

 

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