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9th annual Poetry of Venice Photography

  • Beyond baroque 681 Venice Boulevard Venice, CA, 90291 United States (map)

free admission

2-4pm=panel discussion
4-6pm=Opening for PHOTO SHOW in gallery and lobby

Paramedia ecologist Gerry Fialka hosts a panel discussion of award-winning Venice photographers, who explore landscapes of the human psyche and push pictorial representation beyond! Examine the trance-inducing transforming power of cameras in our community by way of fiery discussion.

Photographers include:

Aisha Singleton www.aishasingleton.com

David Healey http://www.davidhealeyphotography.com/ http://mydadtakespictures.tumblr.com/

Ned Sloane http://nedsloane.smugmug.com/
(Ned’s photos of Cosmos and Boardwalk Elephant are seen on the Facebook event link)

Todd von Hoffman

Margaret Molloy, http://www.margaretmolloyphotography.com/

B. Meade

Gerry Fialka- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttr6Gh8lcf0

Trish Ellebracht www.instagram.com/trish.ellebracht/

Carlos Rodriguez

Bjorn Schaller http://silent-gallery.com/bjorn-schaller

Taylor Cox

Wendy Winston

Regina Barton

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Dedicated to Alfred Benjamin (Holocaust survivor who shot a photo of Hitler in his teens)
Free, donations appreciated.

Program NOTES for PANEL DISCUSSION -

POETRY OF VENICE PHOTOGRAPHY Laughtears.com

As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s originality. It is a way of life.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson http://truecenterpublishing.com/photopsy/decisive_moment.htm

"Sculpture as place" - Carl Andre, who also said in 1968: “The photograph is a lie. I’m afraid we get a great deal of our exposure to art through magazines and through slides, and I think this is dreadful, this is anti- art because art is a direct experience with something in the world and photography is just a rumor, a kind of pornography of art.”

"As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s originality. It is a way of life.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

In McLuhan's Understanding Media, the chapter entitled Photography: The Brothel Without Walls, McLuhan writes: Awareness of the transforming power of the photo is often embodied in popular stories like the one about the admiring friend who said, "My, that's a fine child you have there!" Mother: "Oh, that's nothing. You should see his photograph."

"As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s originality. It is a way of life.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

In Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, Roland Barthes writes, “By attesting that the object has been real, the photograph surreptitiously induces belief that it is alive … ; but by shifting this reality to the past ('this-has-been'), the photograph suggests that it is already dead.” He goes on to argue that every photograph, “whether or not the subject is already dead,” suggests death, since by capturing a specific moment, that moment and the person who experienced it immediately become a part of the past, something that will never exist again. Once someone is photographed, that photograph, and everything it captures, ceases to exist as it is, and becomes instead a verification that it has existed. “The photograph does not necessarily say what is no longer, but only and for certain what has been.” Barthes: “In photography, the presence of the thing (at a certain past moment) is never metaphoric.” Simply, Boyhood (the Richard Linklater film) ratifies this boy’s existence, an existence that has passed through time and formed according to the moments that he lived. - Philip Conklin

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: “The real photographer has a great social responsibility. He has to work with these given technical means which cannot be accomplished by any other method. This work is the exact reproduction of everyday facts, without distortion or adulteration. This means that he must work for sharpness and accuracy. The standard of value in photography must be measured, not merely by photographic esthetics, but the human-social intensity of the optical representation.”

Photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing....So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful...The destiny of photography has taken it far beyond the role to which it was originally thought to be limited: to give more accurate reports on reality (including works of art). Photography is the reality; the real object is often experienced as a letdown. - Susan Sontag

To speak of the image is often to speak of an object with a set of specific boundaries. It is to elevate image to the level of a category. Underlying this approach is the search for the visible. Frozen, the image becomes concrete. The visible can be named. What then happens to motion and to the passage of time? Are the configurations on the screen, the patterns of light and dark, the flowing presence and absence of people and objects, an image? Can this plurality and heterogeneity be reduced to the singular? Should it be? The concrete image can then become like a word or like a text. - Ron Burnett

To understand the medium of the photograph is quite impossible, then, without grasping its relations to other media, both old and new. For media, as extensions of our physical and nervous systems, constitute a world of biochemical interactions that must ever seek new equilibrium as new extensions occur. In America, people can tolerate their images in mirror or photo, but they are made uncomfortable by the recorded sound of their own voices. The photo and visual worlds are secure areas of anesthesia. - McLuhan http://www.sfu.ca/media-lab/426/readings/thephoto.htm

More info: pfsuzy@aol.com or 310-306-7330

Free Admission

Earlier Event: January 26
2019 California Wine Festival
Later Event: January 26
Jane Austen Evening 2019