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May 14, 2008 Photographic Full Body Map - Please join in 
 You may have noticed the recent online exhibitions I've added to Luminous-Lint include Hands and Back view - these have been very popular and are being extended with additional contributions from photographers and galleries - many thanks.
The intention is to create a "Photographic Full Body Map" where each part or area of the body has a distinct online exhibition that shows how it has been photographed from the earliest days of photography. Finding good examples is easier for some parts - hands, eyes, legs, backs are common themes but some areas are not so this is your opportunity to assist. I'm seeking unusual and classic photographs of ears, the mouth, feet, single fingers, toes, knees, elbows, the delicate areas and I mean delicate. So if you have a daguerreotype of a mouth, a tintype of just a knee, or any print showing an ear I'd be fascinated and I'm interested in all periods of photography and medical photographs are permissible. Each selected image will be credited and for each image I need full caption details:
  1. Photographer name
  2. Title
  3. Date
  4. Name of series (if appropriate)
  5. Photograph type
  6. Size
  7. Anecdote (if there is anything you would like to add about the image)

The images can be sent as jpgs at a maximum length on the height or width axis of 1000 pixels at 200dpi. The higher quality I receive the higher the quality on the website but please note that some artefacts may occur due to compression. For screen display images are normally shown at a maximum of 500 pixels on an axis at around 72 dpi.
If there is a website for the images you feel should be included just send me the link - if sending images only send a couple for me to get a sense of and I'll be in touch if I need others. Let's see what treasures we can unearth - Alan. 
May 14, 2008 Van Leo: An Armenian Photographer in Cairo 
Leon (Leovan) Boyadjian, better known in as “Van Leo” (1921-2002) was an Armenian photographer who opened a studio in Cairo in 1941 and recorded the businessmen, British officers and actresses who frequented the city. In 1998 photographer Barry Iverson arranged for his negatives and archives to be preserved at The American University in Cairo and there has been an increasing interest in this remarkable body of work over the last decade.
I'd like to thank the American University in Cairo for their permission for this online exhibition and Barry Iverson for his assistance in arranging it. In Italy the work of Van Leo is represented by Galleria Magenta 52 and they hosted an exhibition of Van Leo's photographs in 2007. The introduction to this exhibition is from the book by Martina Corgnati A Photographer called Van Leo, (Skira, 2007) and I'm grateful to the author for allowing it to be included. 
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Exhibition: Van Leo: An Armenian Photographer in Cairo 
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May 13, 2008 Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) 
 Robert Rauschenberg died on Monday, May 12. A master of the American art scene and a truly multimedia artist who incorporated diverse forms into single works. As The New York Times obituary (May 14, 2008) says:
Building on the legacies of Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell and others, he thereby helped to obscure the lines between painting and sculpture, painting and photography, photography and printmaking, sculpture and photography, sculpture and dance, sculpture and technology, technology and performance art - not to mention between art and life.
New York Times 
May 13, 2008 Theo Frey: Swiss reportage photography 
Fotostiftung Schweiz
Exhibition: March 1 - August 24, 2008.
The Swiss Foundation for Photography (Fotostiftung Schweiz) at Winterthur, Switzerland currently has an exhibition of the photographs of Theo Frey (1908 -1997). They hold his archive of over 100,000 negatives and associated materials.
There is also a publication accompanying the exhibition:
Peter Pfrunder (ed.): Theo Frey, Fotografien. With texts (in German) by Theo Frey, Martin Gasser, Klaus Merz, Sabine Münzenmaier and Peter Pfrunder. Limmat Verlag, Zurich 2008. 240 pages, approx. 200 ills. CHF 68.-, Euro 42.-
I'd like to thank Peter Pfrunder and Sabine Münzenmaier for their assistance. 
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Exhibition: Theo Frey: Swiss reportage photography 
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May 12, 2008 Newsletter 2.7 - May 12, 2008 has been emailed 
 Luminous-Lint Newsletter 2.7 - May 12, 2008 has been emailed to all those on our mailing list and you can subscribe to these free newsletters if you haven't already done so.
Past issues of the newsletter are in the library on the Luminous-Lint website. 
May 8, 2008 Magnum Founders, In Celebration of Sixty Years 
Verso Limited Editions has released a limited edition hand-bound photography collection of iconic images by four visionary photographers who influenced the course of modern photographic history – Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour. This collector’s book celebrates the 60th anniversary of Magnum Photos, a photographic co-operative founded by these four men. An introduction with biographies of each of the photographers is included in this exhibition.
For further details on availability:
Elizabeth Owen
Verso Limited Editions
813 Reddick Street
Santa Barbara, California 93103
805-963-0439 x239
I'd like to thank Verso Limited Editions and Magnum for their permission to include this collection. 
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Exhibition: Magnum Founders, In Celebration of Sixty Years 
May 4, 2008 Abstract: Abstraction of the real 
Abstraction in photography contains no reference to figurative reality but rather extracts real forms by selection that reduce the subject into a simplified representation. The removal of the extraneous surroundings and the concentration on form gives the resulting image its essential power. When Paul Strand photographed shadows in Abstraction, Twin Lakes, Connecticut (1916) or his Still Life with Pear and Bowls, Twin Lakes, Connecticut (1916) or Edward Weston took his photograph of a porcelain toilet in Mexico Excusado (1925) these were examinations of form rather than function.
This online exhibition is the first of a series on abstraction that will include:
Abstractions with light
Abstractions of scale
Using different viewpoints
Using intermediates
Multiple exposures
Cameraless photographs
Capturing motion
Appropriated images
Over time this will create a visual framework or classification for better understanding abstraction. If this is a subject that interests you please join in when you can. 
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Exhibition: Abstract: Abstraction of the Real 
May 2, 2008 John Loengard: Celebrating the Negative 
It is a quirk of nature that silver and chlorine combine in the dark but separate when struck by light, leaving behind tiny, black, round particles of silver. In 1833, an English gentleman named Henry Fox Talbot coated a sheet of paper with silver chloride and after putting a leaf on top, left it in the sun, so that dark silver appeared everywhere except in the leaf’s shape. Under the leaf, the paper remained white. A wash in saltwater stopped the process. The negative was born.
Each image has a full accompanying description that provides the context.
Thanks to the Etherton Gallery for their assistance in providing this exhibition from a new portfolio of photographs by John Loengard. 
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Exhibition: John Loengard: Celebrating the Negative 
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May 1, 2008 Exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915 
 Exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915
This is an online research database of over 45,000 records from the annual exhibition catalogues of the Photographic Society, London, published between 1870 and 1915. It contains detailed records of all the exhibits, plus information about exhibitors, judges, hanging and selecting committee members. It also contains reproductions of all the catalogue pages and all the pictures of the photographs that were printed in the catalogues, plus further pictures and reviews of the exhibitions published in the contemporary publication Photograms of the Year. The interface allows visitors to browse the data, pictures and the catalogue pages, to search for specific information and to refine and export search results.
‘Exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915’ was developed with the assistance of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) resource enhancement grant.
Information kindly provided by Stephen Brown (May 1, 2008) 
Apr 29, 2008 The Lust of the Eye - Why we collect 
 I will be adding a series of short pieces on Collecting Photography to our blog over the coming weeks and as these are refined by your comments I'll convert them into illustrated articles for this website. The first part is now available.
The Lust of the Eye - Why we collect
The next part will be on Assessing your reasons for collecting photography

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