PRC eNewsletter
August 10, 2010
Michal Chelbin: Strangely Familiar
September 7 - October 31, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, September 16, 6:30 - 8pm
Artist Lecture: Tuesday, October 19, 7pm

Jenya in My Hotel Room, Ukraine, Color Coupler Print 2005

"Because I shoot portraits I can say that people are my first inspiration. They are intriguing, mysterious, and unsolved."
-Michal Chelbin (from 9/4/2008 interview on Nymphoto)

Michal Chelbin (born 1974, Haifa, Israel) started making pictures when she was 15, and honed her skills as a photographer during her compulsory service in the Israeli military. Following four years of study in Haifa, Chelbin began pursuing personal photographic projects and traveled in Russia, Ukraine, England, and Israel making the portraits that appear in Strangely Familiar (also the title of her 2008 Aperture monograph; The Black Eye, her new book, is forthcoming from Twin Palms). The body of work on display at the PRC this fall demonstrates Chelbin's search for those displaying a "legendary" quality, which she describes as "a mix between odd and ordinary."

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PRC 35th Anniversary Gala

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       Tuesday, November 9, 2010

       6 pm - 10 pm

To honor our members, supporters, and founders for bringing us to where we are today, we will be having a Gala Banquet on Tuesday, November 9 at the Photonics Center Colloquium Room at Boston University. The Gala will be an elegant evening overlooking Boston from the 9th floor of this modern building on the Boston University Campus designed as a research center for photographic imaging. Cocktails will be followed by a three-course dinner and dessert. At the Gala, we will give awards to PRC founders Chris Enos and Carl Chiarenza, followed by a keynote address by an acclaimed speaker (TBA). We will also have a gallery of photography by leading New England photographers to raise funds for our next 35 years.

We hope you can join us for this momentous occasion. Invitations and complete details will be available in the fall.

PRC Portfolio Reviews with PRC Curator George Slade
Wednesday, August 25, 1 - 4pm 

To make a reservations for 25 minute review slots, call the PRC office at 617-975-0600 beginning Wednesday, August 18 at 10:00 am SHARP. Portfolio reviews are a first step for being published in the PRC Blog, website, or magazine. This opportunity is for PRC members only and is on a first come, first serve basis. If your portfolio was reviewed in May, June, or July, please allow others to sign up for this opportunity.

Discounts for PRC Members

One of the many benefits available to PRC members is discounts at businesses in the Boston area that service photographers. Click here to see the discounts currently available to members. If you business would be interested in offering discounts, please call the PRC at 617-9750-0600.

from the blog

First Doubt, Digital Eye

Two exhibition catalogues were recently acquired for the PRC's library: Joshua Chuang's First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography (Yale University Art Gallery, 2008) and
Sylvia Wolf's The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age (Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, 2010).

These two volumes form a useful compendium of the challenges of reading photographs as "truth." Wolf's exhibition in Seattle includes many of the blue chip names in what is emerging as the canon of digital imaging, represented by work made before 2000: Paul Berger, MANUAL (Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill), Nancy Burson, Peter Campus, Martina Lopez, Iņigo Manglano-Ovalle, Pedro Meyer, and Esther Parada. Also included are those whose digital imaging has evolved in step with the evolution of the tools, less avant garde, or ahead of the digital wave, than riding it in full splendor. Digital Eye is largely concerned with this group, from which I'd identify Tom Bamberger, Aziz + Cucher, Noriko Furunishi, Ben Gest, Anthony Goicolea, Simen Johan, Chris Jordan, Isaac Layman, Loretta Lux, Jason Salavon, Paul Shambroom, and Angela Strassheim as leading exemplars.

"First, doubt" is a useful mantra when reading photographs. Bring skepticism, or at least a momentary suspension of disbelief, to the encounter with any image. Don't believe everything you see...

To
Elaine Croce-Happnie
by George Slade

Elaine, who came to meet with me in May, was one of my most surprising meetings from my first three sets of reviews. A whirlwind of energy, Elaine and her work caught me completely off guard, and reminded me for the umpteenth time not to judge books, or artists, by their covers.

Member Spotlight
I'm not sure what I expected to come out of her portfolio, but it wasn't pictures of the Combat Zone. Made during their infamous heyday in the 1970s, when a young woman entering that neighborhood was definitely stepping out of her comfort zone...

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LISTINGS: Photo Events in New England

August 18
New England School of Photography
New York City Architecture (August 16-October 1; Opening Reception: August 18, 6:30-8:30pm) 537 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. 617-437-2868.

Click here for a complete list of current exhibitions and events.


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