Archive for September, 2009

An interview with photographer Tod Papageorge RAAR’09

September 17, 2009

PapageorgeTod Papageorge. Credit: Deborah Flomenhaft

Tod Papageorge is the Walker Evans Professor of Photography and Director of Graduate Studies in Photography at the Yale School of Art. The Features section of the Academy website has posted eight compelling photographs from his work this summer in Rome (“In the Street, June 15-July 27”). Recently AAR Mellon Professor Corey Brennan caught up with Papageorge to ask him about his six weeks at the Academy this summer as the Photographer in Residence, and about some aspects of his approach to photography in general.

You are well-known as a black-and-white photographer of people in public spaces. For your Rome photographs, you are using a digital camera (a Leica M8.2) for the first time, and shooting in color. How much of a departure are your Rome images from your work to date?

It was all a big change, of course, and coincided with my arrival in Rome: I’d bought the Leica just a couple of weeks before, and spent some harried days up until my flight learning a few things about digital photography, and pinning down and applying a series of technical modifications to the camera. So the experience of making these pictures was as bright-penny new as the city itself seemed to me. (more…)


For painter Doug Argue FAAR’98, the 2009 London International Creative Competition first prize

September 8, 2009


“My work is meant to be physically experienced”, says San Francisco based artist Doug Argue FAAR’98. Still, a selection of images of Argue’s meticulous, large-scale paintings impressed the jurors of the London International Creative Competition (LICC) so much that they awarded the artist first prize in its 2009 contest. The announcement was made in a ceremony at the Soho Theatre on London’s Dean Street the evening of 6 September.

Now in its fourth year, the LICC “was formed to provide an open platform and an even playing field for artists from all walks of life.” The LICC’s mission statement underlines its breadth and scale: “the competition is open to artists from around the world and is judged solely on the artwork.” It’s a massive enterprise: this year saw entries from over 5000 artists from more than five dozen countries, yielding fifteen finalists. Argue’s work, as well as that of the other finalists, will also be showcased during the 2009 Lucie Awards for photography at New York’s Alice Tully Hall on 19 October. (more…)