Re: SPE and alt update
Chris et al,
I was struck by the same 'dearth of alt' at this year's Fotofest Meeting Place venue in which I participated. One of the great ideas they introduced this year was meet-the-artists event which allowed all the artists participating in the Meeting Place to spread their wares on an 8 foot table in a large ballroom. There were probably about a hundred or so tables set up, and the public was encouraged to come in and window shop. It also allowed all the participants to wander around and look at other people's work. Neat idea. But to get around to my point, I counted only 5 alt-process printers in the whole room. So probably less than 5%.
Fortunately one of the alt-artists was Soo Kang Kim (sp?), a South Korean gummist who produces large and luscious tri-color gums. I chatted with her for a while, and she mentioned that many of her 22x30 inch gums have as many as 10 gum layers on them. I was impressed with her incredible technique. The prints are compositionally spare and just (as they say here in Texas) purdy as all get-out. If you ever get a chance to see her work, jump at the opportunity.
My impression of the evening is that it appears that if you print very large color prints with a deadpan / ironic esthetic approach to the subject, you are bobbing quite happily in the tranquil seas of photography's current idiom.
And then there are the people like us.
On Apr 1, 2008, at 9:27 PM, Christina Z. Anderson wrote: