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RE: F295 symposium long synopsis

	Thanks for the synopsis!  Wish I could have been there!
	The wine you had, if it is, indeed, from Montepulciano, may have
been a Vino Nobili (de Montepulciano).  It is an extremely deep red/garnet
color and very full bodied.  It is know as the poor cousin of Brunello di
Montalcino, considered by some the King of Italian wines.  But I have always
enjoyed Vino Nobili with spicier or richer Italian food when in Tuscany...a
gutsy wine!  

-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:zphoto@montana.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 5:42 PM
To: Alt List
Subject: F295 symposium long synopsis

Dear All,

Back from the F295 symposium in Pittsburgh 
(http://www.f295.org/symposium2009/  and I have to say I was very impressed.

First of all, I was unaware that F295 has about 2000 (!) members.  That's 
triple this list serve....Second, Tom Persinger runs a tight ship--aside 
from a technical glitch or two (when does that not happen) the speakers 
spoke on schedule and all were excellent lecturers--not always the case at 
symposiums, conferences, seminars.  Being an excellent artist does not 
always correlate with being an excellent speaker....but these speakers were.

There were 9 of them as you can see on the website.

Third, it is so energizing to be in a group of like-minded, somewhat 
anachronistic people as we are.  When you get right down to it, there aren't

many of us and so many times it is a VERY small world, with so and so 
knowing so and so invariably.

I mean, how many of us out there wax poetic about pinhole or alt process? 
Not many.  How many of us go out to dinner and set up a pinhole camera to 
take pix of the meal out?  Apparently Nancy Breslin is doing this every 
restaurant meal she eats for a year.  How many people think to plop a wet 
plate collodion teeny plate in a Holga like Gayle Stevens does?  They were 
adorable.  How many people think to take the Lumenprint/Jerry Burchfield 
process/POP photograms and apply it to the salt print, exposing salt prints 
outside for hours upon hours to get gorgeous, velvety prints like James 
Hajicek and his partner Carol Panero-Smith? They were really beautiful in 
person--their work as well as themselves. And Joe Babcock with his pinhole 
suitcase camera took the group portrait, very fitting.

We got to see Robb Kendricks' Cowboy project, and when I saw it in National 
Geographic I had no idea the extent of his project on the North American 
Cowboy--and the fact that he has a full custom trailer that he tows behind 
his vehicle that has a stainless steel darkroom in it.  I think that is what

I especially enjoyed is each speaker's (and most conference-goers') intense 
commitment to her/his process of choice.

Which reminds me that in the bestseller book on Outliers it says to become 
an expert at something takes something like 10,000 hr---don't know the 
particulars of how that figure was derived but I can believe it.....

We got to hear Dan Estabrook talk about his work--I've always loved it, and 
had just showed the video on him to my alt students, but his lecture was way

better than his video (BTW a DVD I really like as well is What Remains about

Sally Mann--doing her large wet plates. She went way up in my estimation 
after seeing that DVD).

It was so neat to see people in person I only had read about/seen work in 
books--Martha Casanave was in my gum class and I have always loved her 
evocative pinholes.  Finally got to meet Jill Enfield in person as well as 
Jesseca Ferguson.  Elizabeth Opalenik gave a really great lecture about 
mordancage and her journey with the process all these years.  Jerry 
Spagnoli, Mark Osterman and France Scully-Osterman...Mark who had just had 
the pleasure of meeting Judy Siegel at none other than the TruthBeauty 
show...like I say it is a small world. Michelle Bates showed her great body 
of Holga work, and she has this little teeny weeny rolliflex digicam that 
she hangs from her neck that must be about...1x1x2"??? Martha Madigan shared

her work so extensively and from the heart, it is just so much better to 
hear an artist talk about their work over the whole of it like she did and 
Mark did because you get a much clearer picture of the whole person and not 
just an image or two. Oh, I could continue on and on but you get the 

I loved the city of Pittsburgh--very photogenic.  Wish I would have 
scheduled a day for photographing :(

And the food is EXCELLENT there and quite reasonably priced!  Zarra's 
Italian restaurant was so good I had to drag a group back there the next 
night.  Driest red wine there I have ever had (Moltepiciano??? might be the 

The Carnegie-Mellon University is also a great site for a conference, and a 
mile or so from the hotel so it forced us to exercise twice a day.  Lots of 
great little places to eat surrounding the hotel so a car wasn't necessary, 
especially since the hotel shuttled us all over if we needed it.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers where we all did our workshops was glorious, even with

a vegan chef in a little cafe in-house there who makes great hummus wraps 
and couscous. It's always scary to enter a facility to teach gum because you

just never know how the rooms are set up, especially when you need a 
computer lab, classroom space  AND darkroom/dimroom with running water, but 
this place had all and then even an assigned assistant each day!!  I'm not 
used to that kind of luxury.

Our world, and such as this list is, is such a fascinating slice of 

Tom apparently is taking next year off but I think it is a must-do in 
2011...it'd be like an APIS of the northeast if APIS is too far for some to 

If I had any criticism it would be that I forgot to take an umbrella and had

to buy one for one of the days. And I should have brought better walking 


Christina Z. Anderson

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