John_Cyr_BARBARA_MENSCH'S.jpgJohn Cyr is a photographer and a master printer - he owns and runs Silver 68, a traditional black and white lab in Brooklyn. He is a faculty member at ICP and is in his final semester pursuing an MFA from the Photography, Video and Related Media Department from the School of Visual Arts.

John is contacting photographers, their studios, estates, assistants, to determine whether any developer trays remain in their collections. Unfortunately, a lot have been discarded over the years, but as you can see in his ongoing project John has successfully photographed several. Enjoy letting your imagination run wild as to which of your favorites might have been printed in these.

"From the mid nineteenth century until today, silver gelatin printing has been one of the most utilized photographic processes. From classic reportage to fine art photography, the majority of it was performed in a black and white darkroom until the mid-1970's. As recently as 2000, black and white darkroom classes still served as the location for introduction to photography courses.

The digital advances in photography over the past ten years have been remarkable. Digital manipulation is found in most contemporary work, even within these developer tray photographs. This shift from film-based to digital imaging is occurring at a rapid rate, which is why photographing developer trays is a timely endeavor. Many photographers, printmakers, and photographers' archivists have already discarded or thrown out their developer trays because they believed they were no longer significant or useful. Irving Penn's developer trays have been thrown away, as have those of master printer Richard Benson. I am photographing available developer trays so that the photography community will remember specific, tangible printing tools that have been a seminal part of the photographic experience for the past hundred years.  By titling each tray with its owner's name, I reference the historical significance of these objects in a minimal manner that evokes thought and introspection about what images have passed through each individual tray." - John Cyr

View the magazine feature.

Barbara Mensch's Developer Tray ©  John Cyr

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Another interview, this time with Miss Sara Rosen, about the inspiration for, and mission of, aCurator Magazine.



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There were many gorgeous-looking books laid out at the Aperture press preview, not least of all 'Destroy This Memory', photographs by Richard Misrach. The book is being published to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and accompanied by an exhibition on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art July 24 - October 24, 2010.

"The photographs in Richard Misrach's 'Destroy This Memory' (Aperture, August, 2010) are an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina as told by those on the ground, and seen through the lens of a contemporary master. Rather than simply surveying the damage, Misrach - who has photographed the region regularly since the 1970s, most notably for his ongoing Cancer Alley project - found himself drawn to the hurricane-inspired graffiti: messages scrawled in spray paint, crayons, chalk, or whatever materials residents and rescue workers happened to have on hand. At turns threatening, desperate, clinical, and even darkly humorous, the phrases he captured - the only text that appears in the book - offer unique and revealing human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of this disaster."

Destroy This Memory, photos by Richard Misrach


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Afterlife 2 © Michael Massaia

Baron Wolman recently introduced me to the work of Michael Massaia, a young, New York-based photographer who uses a large format view camera and makes his own platinum/palladium prints. He describes the images as "one shot" candid scenes that have been pushed to their limit via film developing and printing techniques. Should you find yourself in Texas, Michael has a solo show of his platinums opening on June 12th at Afterimage Gallery in Dallas. He is also represented by Gallery Two Seventy in NJ.

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Afterlife 1 © Michael Massaia

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Deep in a Dream 1 © Michael Massaia

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Deep in a Dream 2 © Michael Massaia


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aCurator is proud to support Snap Galleries of London, England.

"Marianne Faithfull is the subject of our next full length exhibition, which features unseen images by Dennis Morris from the iconic Broken English session.

It's always a pleasure to work with Dennis Morris, a really inspirational photographer with an exceptional archive. This exhibition is a real exclusive - with the exception of the classic Broken English cover image, shown alongside, the images we will have on display in this exhibition have never been seen before. We will be posting further details on the website when the exhibition opens, but please do come and see this fabulous show, which starts on 11 June 2010.

Please note that edition sizes for Dennis' Marianne Faithfull collection are going to be reassuringly small. For example, the Broken English cover image, shown here, will only be offered in two sizes - with a 15 x 15 inch image size in an edition of 15, and a 30x 30 inch image size in an edition of 8.

If you can't wait and want to get this classic piece at the best possible price, you can order one right now here."

Marianne Faithfull © Dennis Morris


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There's something super special about Sarah Small.

Of the portfolio reviews I've attended, Sarah's work, which I first saw 2 or 3 years ago (thank you ASMP), has been the most enduring. The strangest of juxtapositions reigned throughout her book, highlighting brilliant bruises and silvery stretch marks. Since then she has developed the Delirium Constructions which include her Tableau Vivant events - multifarious models assembled into a series of suspended interactions. Startling, sincere images that speak to the viewer again and again.

Recommended watching: the Tableau Vivant videos at Living Picture Projects are beautifully moving, and set to the incredible tones of Sarah's a Cappella quartet Black Sea Hotel (seemingly, skill is in no short supply chez Small).

View the feature.

Ariella and Crow © Sarah Small

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From October 2009 through January 2010, four documentary photographers - Farhad Parsa, Arash Saedinia, Parisa Taghizadeh, and Ramin Talaie - focused their lenses on second-generation Iranian-Americans of Los Angeles, the world's largest population of expatriate Iranians. This Galleria exhibition offers a selection of engaging images by each of these photographers considering the everyday lives of their subjects. It also addresses the processes of documentation and how various understandings of hyphenated Iranian identities inflect the images that result.

See intriguing photographs capturing the varied lives and interests of L.A.'s Iranian-American community: from toddlers at play to an acupuncturist in the office of her Los Feliz practice, including a few recognizable figures such as public intellectual Reza Aslan and comedian Maz Jobrani.

The exhibition will be on view in the Goldenberg Galleria in the Fowler Museum at UCLA, from June 6 to August 22, 2010.



John Wooden was an American basketball coach. He was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and as a coach (class of 1973) and was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Wooden died of natural causes aged 99 on June 4th, 2010.

John Wooden © Yousuf Karsh

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"A team of humanitarians and art lovers have gathered together to create HeArt for Haiti, an impressive bevy of artwork to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to Doctors without Borders/Medicines Sans for Haiti Earthquake relief.

World renowned photographers and artists including Ture Lillegraven, Danny Clinch, Stephen Wilkes, Peter Hapak, Martin Schoeller, Phil Toledano and Pamela Hanson, to name a few, have donated signed prints to the cause. The campaign is a collaboration of four organizations dedicated to healing the world through art: Heart Art, Sascha and Stephen Mallon, run red creative and agmac.

The auction, generously hosted by BenefitEvents will take place online here, starting May 19th at 9:00 am, and will be active until June 17th at 11:59 pm. There will be a one-night gallery opening on Wednesday, June 16th at Aperture Gallery, where potential buyers will be taken through how to register for the site and will have the opportunity to view the work they want to bid on in person.

Four months after the earthquake, the devastation in Haiti is still apparent to all who live there. There are still more than 1 million displaced, homeless people. While many governments are promising aid, there is still a lot that can be done with personal contributions."

With bids starting at $250, you could pick up a nice bargain and feel good about it.

© Stephen Mallon, Stone Wall, 2004, Chromogenic Print 28"x35"

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The family of Wynn Bullock announces a new website dedicated to the great man with work spanning four decades, and a traveling exhibition 'Wynn Bullock's Color Light Abstractions' is on now through June 26th at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA.

Typewriter, 1951 © Wynn Bullock

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