PRC eNewsletter
September 8, 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."

Click here for more information.

Richard Renaldi

Richard Renaldi, Reginald and Nicole, 2007 from the unpublished series Touching Strangers
Richard Renaldi

Friday, September 24, 7 pm
Boston University, College of Arts & Sciences 522
725 Commonwealth Avenue
Members: $10/Non-members: $15/Students: $5
No charge for students of PRC Member Institutions
Click here to register online

As prelude to his photography book self-publishing workshop on 9/25, Renaldi will review 12 years of his photographic work in the context of being a project-based photographer. He will discuss having his work published as an Aperture monograph. He will emphasize work from Fall River and talk about the motivation to start Charles Lane Press, his own publishing company, to produce his recent monograph Fall River Boys. Renaldi's monographs will be for sale, and a book signing will follow his lecture.

Introduction to the Photo Book
Saturday, September 25, 9 am - 3:30 pm
Boston University, College of Arts & Sciences 326
725 Commonwealth Avenue
Class Size: 18
Members: $60/Non-members: $80
Click here to register online

This one-day class will explore the current landscape of the photography book publishing market, and will focus on the process of editing, sequencing and preparing a body of work for publication. Photographer and publisher Richard Renaldi will explain the steps involved in shepherding a project from the portfolio state through to a published book. More>>
Portrait Night at the PRC!
Wednesday, September 29, 7 - 9 pm
Photographic Resource Center
832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Open to all who are interested in the contemporary photographic portrait. Please email [email protected] to reserve one of twelve available presenter slots. You're also welcome to attend without work as an audience member. Presenters bring prints or show images on their own laptops and are asked to make a brief statement about their work. Audience members don't need to register, but they must bring their curiosity about photographic portraits of people. Everyone's welcome to bring refreshments.

To learn about more about Nights at the PRC...
portfolioReviewsPortfolio Reviews with PRC Curator George Slade
Wednesday, September 22, 1 - 4 pm
Photographic Resource Center
832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Reservations for review slots will take place on Wednesday, September 15, starting at 10am SHARP by calling the PRC at 617-975-0600. This opportunity is for PRC Members only and is on a first come, first serve basis.

To learn about more about Portfolio Reviews...
The Spotlight Shifts to Interns

The PRC is fortunate to have some very talented students working with us as interns. Believe me, an organization like the PRC depends on the dedicated, often selfless effort from a lot of people to help us maintain our connections to the world. My thanks to all of you, past, present, and future, who have served the PRC or other non-profits in this way. You truly keep us afloat.

As it turns out, many of our talented interns are fine photographers, to boot. (We work with great schools, naturally.) Our summer crew has just finished, and while we're sad to see them go, we decided that it would be good to feature some of their artwork on the PRC blog. So, we start this week with MassArt senior Chris Maliga. I met with Chris to discuss his work, and as you'll see from his images, he's not afraid to take a big camera into some very murky, musky places to confront, as he says, "states of anxiety." His photographs are subtle performances, interactions between himself, the large format camera, and the elements. He's also a dedicated gelatin silver printer, which is always worth applauding.

Reflection, March 2010, Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Print

The Spotlight will continue to focus on our interns, and we will highlight them over the next few weeks. At the same time, please look for our rejuvenated NEO feature to begin in two weeks with a profile of Jane Paradise. The NEO artists will rotate each month, and will be archived and indexed on our site, as will past Spotlights. We are also implementing a search tool, so that the years and years worth of material we have posted will be recoverable at the click of a button.

Please take a look at Chris' portfolio, and be sure to thank the next intern you see.

To

from the blog

"Accelerating on the Curves: The Artist's Roadmap to Success"

As photographers go, I'm not an artist. I post a lot of pictures on Facebook, but that's as much a way to prompt conversation, to let people know what I'm seeing in my day-to-day life, as it is a creative outlet. I don't hesitate to call myself a photographer; anyone with a cell phone can say that (are there any cell phones that don't have cameras?). Not to belittle photographers, but there are countless ways one can employ this malleable medium. I decided in my twenties that I was fascinated and motivated by what other people were saying with photography, and that I hoped that I would, through writing and curatorial activities, be able to contribute something to what the world understands about the territory of photography as it was being mapped by its most able practitioners.

I've seen a lot of change in the medium, and in the art world, since my early twenties. I admire the dedication that drives photographers to make a career of their art. I wish, always, that it would be easier for them to chart a course. Everyone takes a different path, it's true; what works for one doesn't always work for someone else. Passionate engagement with your art, and a sense of direction, guided by a lodestar of intention and purpose, is a critical part of moving forward. But it doesn't hurt to have some additional direction from the field.

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PRC 35th Anniversary Gala

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       Tuesday, November 9, 2010

       6 pm - 10 pm
       Keynote Address by Vicki Goldberg
       Photography critic and author

       Lifetime Achievement Awards
       Carl Chiarenza, Chris Enos,
       Barbara Hitchcock

On November 9 plan to join us for a celebration of the legendary history of the Photographic Resource Center and to look at the future of New England's premiere institution devoted to photography.

The Gala will be an elegant evening overlooking Boston from the 9th floor of the Photonics Center on the campus of Boston University. Cocktails will be followed by a three-course dinner.

At the Gala, Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Chris Enos and Carl Chiarenza, PRC founders, and to Barbara Hitchcock, former Curator of the Polaroid Collection, for her outstanding service to the photography community. Acclaimed photography critic and author, Vicki Goldberg, will give the keynote address.

This event will also feature a gallery displaying prints from the PRC Portfolio. The PRC is providing a rare opportunity to individually purchase these masterful photographs. Visit the PRC website for updated information on pricing and pre-Gala purchase options.

Invitations will be mailed in October, or visit our website for updated information and ticket sales:
Add November 9 to your fall social calendar today!

Honorary Gala Committee: Barbara Bosworth, Marie Cosindas, Jim Dow, Frank Gohlke, Henry Horenstein, Lou Jones, Jerome Liebling, Constantine Manos, Laura McPhee, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Abelardo Morell, Nicholas Nixon, Barbara Norfleet, John O'Reilly, Eugene Richards, Alex Webb, Cary Wolinsky

Sponsors: Art New England, Nikon, Robert Klein Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Benefactors: Pamela Allara, Eric and Nanny Almquist, Cailleen and Joseph F. Bernardi, Jr., Cathy England, Jay Glasson, Rick and Ellen Grossman, Deborah Hawkins, Andrew Kessler, Mary L. Koch, Gary Leopold, Susan Lewinnek, Vittorio Mezzano, Les and Sandy Nanberg, Glenn and Faith Parker, Neal Rantoul, Andrea and Harvey Rosenthal, Don and Jeanne Stanton, Rosamond Vaule

As of 9.7.2010

LISTINGS: Photo Events in New England

September 9
Griffin Museum of Photography @ Digital Silver Imaging
Architecture of the New China: Landmark Projects of Beijing (June 30 - September 9) Gallery Talk with the Artist: September 9, 7pm. Common St #236, Belmont, MA 02478. 781-729-1158.

September 9
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Faculty Show: David Davison, Mags Harries, and Warren Mather (September 1-October 16) Opening Reception: September 9, 5-7pm. Grossman Gallery, 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115.

September 10
Kingston Gallery
Twenty Ten: Annual Members' Show (September 1 - September 26) Opening Reception: September 10, 5-7:30pm; South End Open Studios: September 25 & 26, 11am-6pm. 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. 617-423-4113.

September 10
Frontier Café + Cinema + Gallery
Afghan Stories (August 30-October 23) Opening Reception & Multimedia Presentation: September 10, 7pm. 14 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011. 207-725-5222.

September 10
Gallery Kayafas
Caleb Cole: Other People's Clothes
Rania Matar: A Girl and Her Room
(September 10-October 16) Opening Reception: September 10, 5:30-8pm; First Friday: October 1, 5:30-8. 450 Harrison Avenue #37, Boston, MA 02118. 617-482-0411.

September 10
Gallery Naga
Mary Kocol: Twilight Garden (September 7-October 2) Reception: September 10, 6-8pm. 67 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02116. 617-267-9060.

September 10
Taylor House Bed & Breakfast
Barks of the Arnold Arboretum, Photographs by Erik Gehring
(August 8 - September 26) Reception: September 10, 6-8pm. 50 Burroughs Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. and

September 10, 11, & 12
Mayor Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events
(ahts) The Boston Arts Festival (September 10, 11, &12) Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.

September 11
Clark Gallery
Richard Barnes - Murmur (September 1 - September 29) Reception: September 11, 4-6pm. 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. 781-259-8303.

September 11
Starving Artist Gallery
Piercing Portraits: The Body as Canvas by Elsa Voelcker (September 11 - October 2) Opening: September 11, 3-5pm. 10 West Street, Keene, NH 03431. 603-352-6900.

September 12
Vermont Center for Photography
Roadside Attractions: Jim Schlessinger (September 3-September 26) Gallery Talk by Jim Schlessinger: September 12, 4pm.
49 Flat St., Brattleboro, VT 05301. 802-251-6051.

September 15
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College
Calculated Risks: New Work by Faculty Artists (September 15-December 12) Opening Reception: September 15, 5:30-7:30pm. Wellesley College, 106 Central Street in Wellesley, MA. 781-283-2051.

September 15
French Cultural Center
Linda Szabo White: Fete de Tuileries (September 1-September 30) Opening Reception: September 15, 6-8pm. 53 marlborough Street, Boston, MA 02116. 617-912-0400.

September 16
Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery
Boundless Journeys: The Quest (September 2 - October 18) Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: September 16, 6-8pm. 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA 02067. 781-784-5691.

September 16
Panopticon Gallery
Heights of Observation: The Photographs of Vittorio Sella (September 9 - November 8) Opening Reception: September 16, 5:30-7:30pm. 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215. 617-267-8929.

September 16
Photographic Resource Center
Michal Chelbin: Strangely Familiar  (September 7 - October 31) Reception: September 16, 6:30-8:00pm; Portrait Night: September 29, 6:30-8:30pm. 832 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.  617-975-0600.

September 16
Thayer Academy Gallery
Glen Scheffer-Photograhy (September 13-October 8) Reception: September 16, 5-8pm. Thayer Gallery, 745 Washington Street, Braintree MA 02184.

September 16
Tufts University Art Gallery
Mildred's Lane|Renovating Walden
Mexico Beyond Its Revolution
(September 9-November 14) Opening Reception: September 16, 5:30-8pm. Aidekman Arts caner, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155. 617-627-35118.

September 18
Massachusetts Audubon Society
The Cape: My Backyard (September 18 - October 31) Opening Reception and Artist Lecture: September 18, 4-6pm. 291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663. 508-349-2615.

September 19
29 Newbury Street
Patagonia Lights (September 4 - October 20) Opening Reception: September 19, 4-6pm. 29 Newbury Street, Boston 02116.

September 22
Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Alfred Stieglitz (Lecture: September 22, 6-8pm) Harvard University, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.

September 23
Baker Library Historical Collections
The High Art of Photographic Advertising (though October 9) Gallery Talk: September 23, 4pm in the North Lobby. Harvard Business School, Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02163. 617-496-6364.

September 25 & 26
Kingston Gallery
Twenty Ten: Annual Members' Show (September 1 - September 26) South End Open Studios: September 25 & 26, 11am-6pm. 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. 617-423-4113.

September 25 & 26
Jamaica Plain Open Studios
Jamaica Plain Open Studios: Judy Daniels (September 25 & September 26; 11am-6pm) 57 Cornwall Street #7, Jamaica Plain, MA. 617-524-8616.

September 25 & 26
Photographic Historic Society of New England
Photographica Analog Camera and Image Show (September 25 and 26)  American Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA.

September 29
Photographic Resource Center
Michal Chelbin: Strangely Familiar  (September 7 - October 31) Reception: September 16, 6:30-8:00pm; Portrait Night: September 29, 6:30-8:30pm. 832 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.  617-975-0600.

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


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