Archive for June 2010

16 Jun, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

An Exibituin in Lagos, Nigeria
.A solo photography exhibition, J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: A life in pictures: Portraits of a photographer was mounted at Chic Afric House, Yaba, Lagos in celebration of his 80th birthday.
Ojeikere’s story is that of an achiever. The only regret he has at 80 is that he wished he could still be actively involved in photography. Strength is gradually failing him. However, his joy, among other things, is that he has lived a purposeful life. He has trained his children and some of them, including a 6-year-old grandchild have already taken after him in the field of photography.
Born on June 10, 1930 in Ovbiomu-Emai, Owan–East Local Government Area of Edo State, he is one Nigeria’s leading photographers who, at 80, is still into full-time studio practice.
Ojeikere, who learnt photography from one Mr. Albert Anieke, said: "Photography is my calling and, as a matter of fact, I can’t imagine myself to have settled for any other options."

09 Jun, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

Fred Lyon's photos of old San Francisco in show

After nearly 70 years as a professional photographer, Fred Lyon decided he was due a show of his work. The question was, what work to show?
He looked around his studio, and what called to him was not on the walls but in the bottom drawer of a file cabinet. He got down on his knees, which takes some doing
when you are pushing 84, and pulled out a box marked "SF negs." Inside that box were rows of small envelopes, each containing a square 2-inch negative. Most had not been looked at in 50 years.
"I looked at them and I got a little scared," says Lyon, who at first wished he hadn't opened that box because it took two years of sorting and scanning and editing to get from there to here.
San Francisco Then: Fred Lyon's photographs from the 1940s and '50s. Through Aug. 28. Modernbook Gallery, 49 Geary St., S.F. (415) 732-0300.

SOURCE: Sam Whiting; San Francisco Chronicle
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A Gathering of Women With Cameras
The show — 200 works by 120 artists — starts with a botanical print by the British photographer Anna Atkins from around 1850, when photography barely had a history, it was still so new. Because the curators — Roxana Marcoci, Sarah Meister and Eva Respini, all from the department of photography — have ordered the exhibition by date, we get a solid dose of late Victoriana in the opening room, with pictures by Julia Margaret Cameron and Gertrude Kasebier.

“Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography” remains on view through March 21 in the Edward Steichen Photography Galleries at the Museum of Modern Art,; contemporary photographs from the show are in the museum’s Robert and Joyce Menschel Gallery through Aug. 30. Source: HOLLAND COTTER NYTimes;