Tim Soter… blog.

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William Eggleston signs “The Democratic Forest, Selected Works.”

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William Eggleston, perhaps the founder of modern color photography (“perhaps” as I’ll leave a little space for argument) signed a new Steidl publication, “The Democratic Forest, Selected Works. at the Strand book store.  Dapper Bill was gloveless and quiet, but the the room of perhaps seventy-five people snaked throughout the rare book room were electrified by his presence, or perhaps more so by the chance to have their books signed.  His daughter sketched colorful patterns next to him, not looking up. Wristbands were distributed as admirers arrived, and even I, an assigned member of “Group 3” was concerned that at any moment this seemingly frail man might take a break and not return.  I think everyone had that thought during this rare opportunity, which made everyone in the room a little edgy and excited.  Bill spoke very little and signed only his name in Sharpie©, no personalization, in each book. I brought a copy of the original “Democratic Forest” to get signed alongside of the new release.

I had nothing specific to say while he signed my books offering only a “thank you, sir” when he was done.

He raised his eyes for the first time and gave me a polite nod, Southern gentleman style.

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Two modern users of the medium and obvious fans, Landon Nordeman and Jeff Mermelstein.

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Since it’s the week of Steidl at the Strand, Gerhard Steidl had shared generously shared the plan of how the sausage gets made.

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But without a doubt it was this fan who really scored the creative win.  I’m envious.

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Tuba.

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Duane Michals protests Trump.


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Sometimes you just have to get it out of your system, and Duane was passionate about going to Trump Towers to get the message out.  Interesting spontaneous discourse as that are of NYC offers a lot of visitors from around the country and Europe.  A few nut jobs, and one gay photographer for Trump (truth!) but mostly support for the message.  Some Germans disagreeing with the comparison and some pre-millennials giggling and selfie-ing, quite a Sunday crowd.

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Sacha Lecca – a night out!

01Had a great night out with photographer and Rolling Stone photo editor, Sacha Lecca.  I’ve know him for years but this was the most time we had spent together – he’s the type where you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t say he’s an incredibly nice guy.  Sacha’s out most nights, even after a long day at the office – I didn’t discover the motive behind his stamina other than a passion for the music and the community. I LOVED getting back to my roots of shooting in clubs, harkening back to my days in the 90’s as the house photographer at Twilo.  But that’s another story.

Read Sacha’s instead, because it’s fantastic.  And beyond that, there’s some absolutely stunning photography.

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AND… my days of Twilo.  Twenty years apart.

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Arthur Tress “Boy in the TV”

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Glad to get a print of this before the edition is gone for good.  Having been a child of the seventies, this one resonates with me – the cabinet TV, the architecture, the kid finding his own imaginary fun outside.  It’s all analog.

The Guardian wrote a nice piece about this photo, talking to Arthur about the series it came from, his most famous, “Dream Collector.”

In the late 1960s, an old schoolmate of mine started doing art projects with young kids. In one, they examined their dreams and used them as the inspiration for paintings and poetry. I was invited to photograph the kids and brought along costumes and masks so they could act out their dreams.

I decided to pursue the project further and came up with a title: Dream Collector. I made a list of themes from children’s dreams, and asked adult friends what they remembered from theirs.

I shot this in Boston on a wintry day in 1972. Children are wonderful actors. I would say I was doing a project on dreams and they would immediately understand – because the worlds of reality, illusion and play are close for them. I noticed this TV set dumped in an abandoned lot in Roxbury, on the edge of Boston. At the time, it was quite a rundown, black neighborhood. There had been riots a couple of years earlier after the death of Martin Luther King and a lot of arson.

A kid was running around playing with a toy gun, so I asked him to get inside the TV. There’s a feeling of anxiety and tension, which you get in dreams, but it is also what an urban boy might be feeling. Violence from around the world is brought to us by the media – even more so today with the internet – which makes the photograph still relevant.

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2016 Anamorphosis Prize shortlist winner!

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Happy to be on the shortlist for the 2016 Anamorphosis Prize!

The Anamorphosis Prize was established to promote excellence, dialogue and excitement in the field of self-published photobooks and photo-based artist books.

The word anamorphosis is derived from the Greek, ana meaning again and morphe meaning form. Anamorphosis is a distortion that demands a change in perspective from the viewer in order to be properly and completely viewed. This can be interpreted today as a whole new way of looking at things.

Self-publishing is creatively liberating. The most interesting and daring developments often occur on the margins. Allowing greater control over a creative vision and expression, self-publishing drives revolutionary change within the orbit of the photobook culture and enables the artist to autonomously sculpt a vocation.

The Anamorphosis Prize will be held 3 years in a row starting in 2015 and the winner will be chosen from a shortlist of 20 books, 3 of which will receive special jury mention. All submitted books will be donated to Franklin Furnace and the shortlist of 20 books will also be included in the MoMA library.

The winner will receive $10,000.

No strings attached.

 

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“TIM! GO AWAY!” unique Second Edition. UPDATED!

For the Second Printing of “TIM! GO AWAY!” I wanted to again make each copy of the book a unique piece.  In the First Edition, each book had a plate on the title page – a removed page from the book Duane Michals, Pantheon Books, 1986, personally embossed with my stamp.  It was a copy pulled from my library shelf that I dissected as a way to not only make each book its own exclusive piece but also to emphasize the obsessiveness of collecting and exalting an item.  It really just comes down to excitement, the excitement with which you react to something specific.  For the Second Printing of “TIM! GO AWAY!” I wanted to again make each copy of the book a unique piece.  I thought for some time as to how to create that without repeating myself.

I had an idea.  I asked Duane if he would give me a signed print, specifically for cutting up so that each book would have its very own piece of the print.  It’s less like a puzzle – which is meant to be reassembled – more like a piece of the Berlin Wall, though a verifiable, authentic piece!  Each rectangle, roughly an inch by two inches is housed inside the book in a small envelope, so that the piece can be taken out, examined and held.  I like the idea that for those who love Michals’ work but might not be able to afford a print, here they can have a portion of a print.  Or a very tiny print, depending on how you consider it.

Duane provided quite a nice silver gelatin print I have to say, one which was in excellent condition and printed beautifully.  And it was an image I hadn’t seen before.  That first cut was the toughest!

ORDER HERE.

UPDATE: Books will be randomly selected as orders are received, through a randomized lottery.  Starting with the first sale, everyone has a chance at receiving a piece containing a portion of Michals’ signature.

The books will be printed and ready to ship at the end of September.

Books are shipping now!

 

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Each book will be sold in order received, with the corresponding print piece.

UPDATE: Books will be randomly selected as orders are received, through a randomized lottery.  Starting with the first sale, everyone has a chance at receiving a piece containing a portion of Michals’ signature.

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Book copies will be randomly selected from this jar when each order is received.  Everyone has a chance at getting the piece that they want, a flower, a breast, Duane’s signature… it’s all up to fate!

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Walking photos : Harlem

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Creative mystery, writing and reading.

There are days when my the creative side of my brain has been really relaxed and and I’ve wandered around making photographs and being really connected to the day. But the following day when I looked at the photos, it’s like they were written in another language.

Today is one of those days, I just didn’t bring a camera.

Two signatures, five years apart.

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