The Lenscratch 2017 Favorite Things
2017 started off with the panic of an administration change and the profound experience of attending the Women’s March in Los Angeles along with 750,000 of our closest friends, mirrored by actions of millions of protesters around the globe. It’s been a most unusual year filled with a full range of emotions, but we want to end it with a few of our Favorite Things.
Aline Smithson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Favorite Posts: The 2017 Women’s March Exhibition
Creating the 2017 Women’s March Exhibition was a massive undertaking. We received hundreds and hundreds of images and the whole staff stepped up to the plate to create the exhibition. We all felt honored to share these powerful documents of free speech.
Favorite New Photo Festival: Click Festival of Photography, Durham, NC:
I don’t know what it is about Southerners, but they sure know how to have a good time, where art is celebrated with laughter, music, and incredible hospitality. The Click Festival of Photography put a new twist on the review template, limiting the number of participants and having reviews last for 30 minutes, plus a wonderful addition to the portfolio walk was the offering of cocktails and appetizers. And who doesn’t love a closing party with amazing BBQ and dancing. Fun times, great art, and even better people.
Eric Joseph has changed my world in terms of ink jet printing–not only me, but dare I say, hundreds of photographers in Los Angeles and around the country. No one understands paper and printing like Eric and he has opened my eyes to all the possibilities of what a proper combination of ink on paper can produce. His commitment to bringing a level of excellence to a photographer’s practice, elevating their art and craft, is truly unparalleled. I feel so grateful to call him a friend.
I have also kissed my dying, now dead, Epson printer goodbye and moved on to Canon for a new era in printing.
Remembering: Judy Sherrod.
Community activist, rabble-rouser, cheerleader, supporter of all things photographers and photography, Cyanotype champion, tinkerer, photographer, a very much missed friend.
Grant Gill, Special Projects and Content Aware Editor
Clay Lipsky, Art Director
Favorite Photograph: Jeff Bridges
An image by Jeff Bridges that is equal parts movie magic, nostalgia, film photography, panorama goodness, excellent composition and full on Lebowski. A unicorn of a photo in my book, one which I truly abide by. Sidetone: recently lost out at acquiring this at an auction, it still stings.
Favorite Thing: The iPad Pro w/Apple Pencil
The iPad Pro w/Apple Pencil is the pinnacle of current technology for me. It’s no hover board but fulfills the promise of an accessory one would have seen in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It has inspired me to get back to my illustration roots with the incredible app “Procreate” and ironically even got me to put it down and go draw…analog.
Favorite Book: Anne Berry’s, Charles Darwin
Disclaimer: I don’t actually own this BUT Anne Berry’s “Charles Darwin” @ 21st Editions looks epic. I remember being struck by this work many, many years ago at the original PhotoLA (RIP). It makes total sense that the artisans at 21st would give it the royal treatment. Looks like Darwin should be proud.
Sarah Stankey, Editor-at-Large, Contributing Writer
Favorite Thing: Polaroid re-releases their line of instant film and cameras! I always knew they would, they were just waiting for the most profitable moment to make it official again. No matter the reason, I am so excited that I can finally use my old cameras again.
Favorite Book: New book by one of my favorite artists, Rinko Kawauchi, “Halo” is released through Aperture Foundation. All her books are beautiful, I highly recommend any of her past publications as well.
Linda Alterwitz, Art + Science Editor
Favorite Book: The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object by Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan
Fantastic, humorous, educational, delightful read. I love having this on my shelf.
Favorite Exhibition: Home: American Photography at The CU Art Museum, curated by Hope Saska. March 2 – July 15, 2017
Is home “where the heart is”? Is it a building, a landscape or a state of mind? Drawn from the photography collection of the CU Art Museum, Home investigates how American photographers working from the late 1800s to today have engaged with these questions. Through a presentation of landscapes, family photos and candid portraits visitors are invited to consider central themes of the exhibition, including environment, nostalgia and family.
I loved seeing this theme represented through out photo history on the wall of the CU Art Museum. I was amazed at the depth and quality of the Museum’s collection. Who knew! The curation and gallery design was stellar. And I was extremely honored to have two of my prints included in this show.
Favorite Photograph: The Donald Trump Family Photo
This image was sent to me the year by Linda Connor as inspiration or pure “must-see”. I don’t know where she came across this but the image has stuck in my brain. You can read more here.
Jonas Yip, Digital Architect
Left: Favorite Book: At the 2017 LA Art Book Fair came across this lovely series of photo books from Hoxton Mini Press, an indie publisher in East London primarily featuring work about East London. Couldn’t buy them all, and couldn’t buy just one, so I left with these two.
Daniel McCullough, Lenscratch Editorial Assistant
Valerie Patterson, Social Media Editor
Favorite Post: The 2017 Women’s March Exhibition
The day of the Women’s March was one of my favorite days of 2017, and the first sign of a silver lining since the election.
Favorite Book: Kim Haughton, Portrait of a Century, published by The Lilliput Press
This year I spent some time in Ireland for an Artist Residency and had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Kim Haughton . Upon being introduced to her work, I fell in love with Kim’s beautiful book and brilliant portraits.
Favorite Product: Cinestill Film
Cinestill 800 Tungsten is hands down my favorite analog item of the year. The cool blue hues and cinematic tones make me feel like I am on set of a Quentin Tarantino or David Lynch film, and inspire me to continue shooting film forever.
Daniel Chung, Lenscratch Editorial Assistant
Favorite Book: Alec Soth’s Gathered Leaves Book
Favorite Post: The 2017 Women’s March Exhibition
Favorite Event: Graciela Iturbide lecture at USC in October
Dana Stirling: Contributing Writer
Tara Cronin, Hawaii States Project Editor and Contributing Writer
Favorite Gift: “a wonderful and mesmerizing gift given to me by my friend Minny Lee — my former advisor & professor Moyra Davey’s book Les Goddesses; Hemlock Forest”.
FavoriteMovie: “a revisit to an awesomely executed reminder of truth regarding limitation! Lars Von Trier’s and Jørgen Leth’s film ‘The Five Obstructions.
Brian Van de Wetering, Managing Editor
The Blackwing Palomino pencil. Revered by famous writers, artist, and composers, it’s perfect for signing prints and has a most wonderful pencil smell.
Rocky Schenck’s book The Recurring Dream. It is magical and inspiring.
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