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Mar 12, 2009 Pierre Toutain-Dorbec: Confronting the Past - The Aftermath of the Khmer Rouge Regime 
 
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This exhibition includes 40 photographs from Cambodia and the Thai border by photographer Pierre Toutain-Dorbec.
 
The end of the Khmer Rouge regime and the years that followed marked the beginning of a long and difficult transition toward a more open and democratic society. Thirty years later, Cambodians finally face their past and seek to hold accountable those most responsible for the war crimes, with the creation of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).
 
Pierre Toutain-Dorbec’s photographs confront us with Cambodian history, especially with the challenging transition from war to peace. The exhibition provides a reflection on that past and a visual record of the Khmer Rouge regime’s actions. In turn, this documentation prompts broader reflection on the role of remembrance, justice and accountability.
 
Pierre Toutain-Dorbec is a French photojournalist who worked in Cambodia from 1979 to 1980. He is exhibiting here pictures rarely seen from that transition era, including the dramatic situation in refugee camps on the Thai border.
 
(Patrick Vink, Initiative on Vulnerable Populations - University of California, Berkeley and Tulane)
 
With thanks to Pierre Toutain-Dorbec and Patrick Vink for their assistance with this exhibition.) 
  
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Mar 12, 2009 William Edward Kilburn (1818-1891): London Daguerreotypist 
 
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William Edward Kilburn was a Daguerreotypist in London who took two images of the Chartist meeting on Kennington Common in London in 1848 which are part of the Royal Photographic Collection at Windsor (UK). His Daguerreotype portraits are noted for their painterly style and their high quality coloring. He also took portraits of the British Royal family, who were enthusiastic supporters of early photography, between 1846 and 1852. 
  
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Mar 9, 2009 Michael Massaia: Chinatown Nights 
 
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Michael Massaia uses a large assortment of cameras, tools, filters, and techniques to document the New York City he experiences. To re-introduce people to the mundane, and find the moments that have fallen between the cracks, is his ultimate goal. All of his photographs are true one shot candid scenes that have been pushed to their limit to reveal the wonder and the isolation of the mythic city.
 
For his "Chinatown Nights" portfolio, Michael used 11”x14”, 8”x10”, 4”x5” view cameras coupled with traditional black and white film to capture the highest possible resolution and dynamic range. After the image has been captured and the film developed, Michael then hand makes Platinum/Palladium prints using a “damp processing” technique he developed. Michael works alone and is the sole craftsman in the process.
 
Thanks to Michael for his assistance with this exhibition. 
  
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Mar 9, 2009 Camera obscura illustrations requested 
 
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I'm seeking to include an online exhibition as a resource for researchers that will include illustrations of camera obscuras along with the original source information wherever possible. Please email the best quality scans you have available along with any reference information to alan@luminous-lint.com. Many thanks to those who have already been kind enough to contribute materials. 
  
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Mar 8, 2009 Typologies 
 
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Typology: The study of types and symbols
 
This new exhibition explores what happens when there are multiple elements within a single image. My opening paragraph may be provocative but I'll leave that for you to decide...
 
"The series provides a consistent visual theme for a photographer's body of work and it has the advantages of delving into a subject more deeply than a single image can possibly achieve thereby increasing understanding and at the same time making it easier for galleries to market and for curators to accept. Whilst series are successful for marketing this approach has the disadvantage that many photographers create sequences purely for the market which can lead to cynical and crass projects. To criticize photographers for making a living and galleries for understanding their customers can appear unfair but I feel the process can limit rather than enhance artistic development." 
  
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Mar 7, 2009  William Edward Kilburn (1818-1891) 
 I'm pulling together the images for an online exhibition on the Daguerreotypes and early works of William Edward Kilburn (1818-1891) and if you could send any example scans through it would be appreciated. All images are fully credited as always.
 
It would be wonderful if we could include the historically significant photographs of the Chartist meeting on Kennington Common in London in 1848. I think they are in the Royal Photographic Collection at Windsor (UK). 
  
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Mar 6, 2009 Stereo Daguerreotypes 
 
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An online exhibition from the vaults at Luminous-Lint. Thanks to all the institutions, galleries, dealers and private collectors who have provided examples - as always your assistance makes Luminous-Lint what it is. 
  
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Mar 5, 2009 Luminous-Lint on Twitter 
 I'll be investigating the use of Twitter as a means of improving www.luminous-lint.com. At first this will be experimental but I think it will prove useful for speedy updates on some of the photo-history research we will be carrying out so you might want to follow it at http://twitter.com/luminouslint. Twitter is a system for posting short messages of up to 140 characters and others who are interested in what you have to say follow your messages.
 
There is also a large community watching Luminous-Lint on Facebook if that is your social networking tool of choice. Just search for Alan Griffiths or Luminous-Lint and you will track me down. Best, Alan 
  
  
  
Mar 5, 2009 The Annenberg Space for Photography 
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Opening | Friday, March 27, 2009
 
The Annenberg Space for Photography is a community space dedicated to celebrating photography as an art form and presenting images focused on the human condition.. The premiere show, entitled L8S ANG3LES, will be comprised of images from eight Los Angeles-based photographers in the genres of fine art, architecture, documentary, fashion, photojournalism and celebrity portraits. The artists contributing to the group show are among the most respected in their fields—John Baldessari, Catherine Opie, Greg Gorman, Douglas Kirkland, Tim Street-Porter, Julius Shulman, Lauren Greenfield, and Carolyn Cole.
 
2000 Avenue of the Stars,
Century City, CA 90067, USA
General admission is free.
Hours: Wednesday–Sundays, 11 am–6 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday
 
On the amusing side of community space when I was in Los Angeles I wrote and telephoned several times to the fledgling Annenberg Space for Photography offering to provide information, data sets and generally assist and never got a reply or a returned call. Mind you I don't get around to answering every email so I shouldn't complain. 
  
  
  
Feb 25, 2009 Fritz Henle: The Spirit of Beauty 
 
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This online exhibition Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty coincides with that at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin (February 3, 2009 - August 2, 2009). And I'm delighted in include it on Luminous-Lint There is also a new book by Roy Flukinger "Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty" (University of Texas Press, 2009) that provides a context to the exhibition. As Roy writes in the introduction:
 
Henle’s art was unrestricted by convention or by popular trends. First recognized for the clean and sharp elegance of his black-and-white photographs, Henle remained the champion of what he defined as “beauty” in photography and, regardless of the type of subject matter he encountered, always strove to find an aesthetically pleasing approach to what came before his camera. While his subjects and assignments remained diverse and complex, he always managed to capture the elegance, meaning and passion that an image’s true forms could convey or reveal. In the process he brought to all manner of photographic applications – from fashion to documentary, from industrial design to studies of the nude form – a distinctive sense of style which combined the realistic and the romantic in a positive and unique vision. Such was the grace of his fidelity and the quality of his technique that by the early 1950s Henle effortlessly made the frequent transition to color photography and back again.
 
With special thanks to Roy Flukinger, curator of the real world exhibition and Senior Research Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center for his continuing support for Luminous-Lint and to Jennifer Tisdale, Public Affairs Representative at the Harry Ransom Center for her enthusiastic assistance. 
  
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