Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jefferson Hayman: Provincetown Film Festival


The Schoolhouse Gallery is pleased to announce a special portfolio of photographs by renowned photographer Jefferson Hayman, who is represented by the John Cleary Gallery, assembled and presented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in honor of the Provincetown International Film Festival and in support of the Festival's effort to acquire the Whaler's Wharf Cinema as a home for films on the edge.

The limited edition portfolio will be on exhibit at the Schoolhouse Gallery from June 4 – 23, 2010 as part of the gallery’s special Festival programming. The boxed set of twelve prints plus an introductory image is being offered to festival supporters at a special pre-exhibition price resulting in a reduction from its of more than 60% if the works were to be purchased individually —and 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the festival campaign.

Jefferson Hayman’s Provincetown Portfolio consists of twelve carefully selected Archival Pigment Prints and one introductory image, all on archival 100 lb. matte surface paper presented in a boxed set with titled overlays. The photographs have been selected by the photographer as a note to Provincetown and consist of nine images taken of the town and surrounding seashore during the last three years and four images from the photographer’s studio. The suite of images specifically addresses aspects of the Cape’s landscape such as time, nostalgia, light, memory, journeying, and art history. The portfolio is being produced as an edition of twenty-five boxed sets.

The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors. PIFF is equally devoted to expanding the audience for independent film and to serving our Provincetown community by filling the void for year-round film programming and reflecting the community's rich diversity in our selected films and honorees. An integral part of PIFF's mission is to contribute to the economic and creative vitality of America's oldest art colony.

Jefferson Hayman's black and white still lives, cityscapes and portraiture are a nostalgic journey to an obscure and imperceptible time period. His work suggests solitude and the tranquility of a contented slumber. Hayman uses negative space, filtered light and grainy tones to build an aesthetic of mystery, shadows and time suspended. His subject matter is familiar – personal objects, moments, situations and places that seem to be evidence of an imagined history, one where memories are dreamed, felt and shared but not owned. Hayman works with themes of nostalgia, common symbols & memory to make photographic images that seem historically timeless. His nude figures, silent typewriters, lonely suitcases & forgotten skulls are captured with a delicacy of tonality that brings to mind the highest traditions of graphic art and early photography. His work is in many notable collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, Library of Congress, NY Public Library, President Clinton, Cornell University, Whoopi Goldberg, Banana Republic, Inc., Rudolph Kicken, Robert DeNiro & David Mamet.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Black-and-White Photography for Young Photographers
July 11–17

This is Photo Camp for teens! Spend a memorable week in Santa Fe living on campus and making new friends while practicing and improving your camera skills. Throughout this fun week participants learn the principles of black-and-white photography under the guidance of an experienced instructor and a supportive staff.

Mornings are devoted to photographic field trips exploring New Mexican ranch life and small villages rooted in the Old West. Swimming, hiking, and sampling the local cuisine add relaxing interludes to daily critiques, demonstrations, and image presentations. Afternoons and evenings find us in the darkroom developing film and producing great black-and-white prints of our own photos. By the end of the week, participants acquire a full understanding of their cameras, the confidence to go out and make creative images, and the desire to make photography part of their everyday lives.

Michael creates a comfortable, challenging atmosphere that fosters friendships and constant support. Whether you are new to photography or want to push yourself in new directions, this hands on workshop is an opportunity to experience photography in a pure form as you learn and practice the entire process— from composing an image to making a print.

Michael Donnor is a fineart photographer whose work is in private collections across the U.S.; his gallery representation includes Soulcatcher Studio in Santa Fe, John Cleary Gallery in Houston, and Gallery 291 in San Francisco. After earning a BA in Fine Art Photography from the University at Buffalo, he became a teaching assistant at the Workshops, where he worked alongside David Alan Harvey, Keith Carter, Joe McNally, and Karen Kuehn, to name just a few. Michael has helped students across the country attain their next level of photographic possibilities.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Young photographers 13 to 17 years old
ACCOMODATIONS AVAILABLE:  On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
SPECIAL NOTES:  This workshop focuses on film photography only.
TUITION:  Includes tuition, fees, most meals, and local transportation. PACKAGE PRICE:  $1,380.00

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Isa Leshko at John Cleary Gallery


One of our photographers, Isa Leshko, has been receiving a myriad of press, reviews, and praise. Her series “Thrills and Chills” is delighting the public and critics alike with her darkly printed silver gelatin images of scenes from amusement parks, which are taken with a Holga. In this series Leshko uses her camera to examine her own fears and depict the range of emotions people experience visiting amusements parks and seeking out adrenaline pumping rides.

Swing Ride at the Big E

Isa was featured in the March issue of Fraction Magazine and was reviewed by Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Feeney in the April 30, 2010 edition of the Boston Globe. In the blogging world, Isa and her work have been included on NPR, Lenscratch, and Center for Fine Art Photography’s Perspectives blogs.

Rooster, Age Unknown

Over the past several months Isa has been honored in various ways.  She has been accepted to the esteemed Review Santa Fe as well as Project 5 Portfolio Review.  Her work has been featured in RayKo Photo Center’s International Plastic Camera Show, accepted into Center for Fine Art Photography’s Portfolio Showcase Volume 4 online exhibition and book, nominated for the second year in a row for a Black and White Spider Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art in the professional category, and she received honorable mention in the 2010 Houston Center for Photography Juried Fellowship Competition for her Elderly Animals project.

Moonie, Age 32

Recently Isa’s work was on exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, from April 8 - May 9, 2010 and five of her prints are now in the collection of the Boston Public Library.  Isa’s work will be featured in our upcoming show Found, which will open July 10th this summer. 

Pirate Ship, Topsfield Fair, MA

Isa recently moved to Houston, and if you would like to come by the gallery to meet her and see her beautiful work (with prices starting at $600), just give us a call or shoot us an email. We'll make the arrangements. 

Sassy, Chinese Crested Dog with Heart Disease

Friday, May 14, 2010

International Juried Competition

For all the photographers out there, here is a great opportunity for you to participate in.

Blurb is presenting Photography Book Now.

Photography Book Now is a celebration of the most creative and innovative photography books and the people behind them. Now in its third year, this international juried book competition is an opportunity for photographers of all stripes to showcase their work to a world-renowned jury panel.

How it works: Renowned experts review the entries and after a lot of coffee and discussion, they choose the grand prize winner, the top winners in each category, and first- and second-runners up in each category.

And, you – the people – get to chime in and vote on your favorites for the People’s Choice Award.

Different categories exist and different prizes are presented to the winners of the various categories. Entrants compete for a $25,000 grand prize and the opportunity to have their book housed in the permanent collections at the International Center of Photography, the Annenberg Space for Photography and the George Eastman House. Winners will be showcased at an awards celebration in New York this fall and at meet-ups around the world.

Whether you've already made your book or want to start, Photography Book Now is for working photographers, students of the discipline, and curious enthusiasts. Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 15, 2010. For rules and FAQs click here.

Good luck to everyone!