"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
"When darkness is at its darkest,
that is the beginning of all light."
-Lao-Tzu (600 B.C.E.)
"Beware of darkness."
-George Harrison (1970)
Lots happening 'round The Nocturnes enclave of late - Summertime is upon us, lots to say and do - so let's just "dive in," shall we?
There is still time to register for our trip to the West of Ireland in October. We have a few spots left and we'd love to see you! Visit - http://www.thenocturnes.com/ireland.htm - for all the details.
Tim is just about ready to head East (not as far as Ireland this time) in a week or so - for our Summer Workshop on Cape Cod. Last year's Workshop was a great success and we were asked back again this year. Last year's group was a hardy bunch - staying out til 3 or 4am every night! Devotees! Dedicated, driven people. In fact, one of the attendees for this year is a repeat from last year - can't get enough of that old-time noctunal imagery, I guess! This year's workshop promises to be just as fruitful. Visit - http://www.thenocturnes.com/workshop.htm - for news and updates on all our offerings.
As you (many of you) read this, final preparations are being made for our Fourth AlumNight event, to be held in San Francisco's newest National Park, the Presidio. The event on June 21 promises to be our best yet! BTW, our next scheduled AlumNight, on the Solstice in December, will be held in conjunction with a show of Night Photography of the Presidio and Marin Headlands by past workshop attendees (and you know who you are!), that we are doing for the Presidio Alliance. Plan ahead for it!
"NightTalk" - http://www.thenocturnes.com/nighttalk/index.html - the message board of The Nocturnes, is roaring along. Nocturnist Jimmy Patrick's hard work at setting it up is really paying off. Newcomers to the site, as well as Workshop Alumni and full-fledged "Nocturnes" are using it to share info, insight, warnings, . . . whatever. That is the whole point, really. If you haven't had the chance check it out!
Work has begun on next year's Workshop schedule - greatly expanded, we are "shooting" for one event per month - "Every Full Moon in 2002." More details from this space, and the Web site, as they become available.
BOOKS AND ARTICLES NOTED
Smithsonian magazine featured the night work of Night Photographer Berthold Steinhilber in the story "Ghost Town by Night Light" in their May 2001 issue. Thanks to nocturnist Mark Interrante for steering us to that article - great stuff, large-scale, "well-lit" work that is reminiscient of O. Winston Link. BTW, The Nocturnes site and Troy Paiva's Lost America site - http://www.lostamerica.com - were both "linked to" (a couple of times) in the online version - http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/journeys/01/may01/abs_feature.html - of the article.
Todd Hido's first monograph, entitled "House Hunting," has just been released by our friends at Nazraeli Press. It includes a text by A.M. Homes, and is available at SFMOMA (http://www.sfmoma.org) and the Stephen Wirtz Gallery (http://www.wirtzgallery.com).
And Michael Kenna's newest text is due out this summer, in an English version, also published by Nazraeli Press. It is the long-awaited book on the Concentration Camps in Europe: "L'Impossible Oubli - Les camps nazis cinquante ans apres." Check out Michael's Web site - http://www.michaelkenna.net/html/books/ccamp/index.html - for more info.
Our 2001 landmark online exhibition, "2001: a nocturne" brought out a lot of great work, all focused on the theme of "2001," the movie. You can see the results at - http://www.thenocturnes.com/2001_nocturne.htm
The deadline for submission of entries to our next online show, "a little night music" has been extended to July 31. So let's take advantage of these warm summer nights to reflect upon the nocturne and that "other" favorite art form of ours - music. It is The Nocturnes, after all! The interplay of lyrical content, musical references, and night photogrpahy is one that is very near to our hearts, you know. Visit - http://www.thenocturnes.com/nightmusic.htm - for more info.
Good News! Tim's award winning piece "North Tower, Detail" (http://www.thenocturnes.com/notower.jpg) has been selected for the Berkeley Art Center's 18th Annual Exhibition. Artists' Reception to be held at the Berkeley Art Center - http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org - on July 22, from 2-4pm; 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley.The show was juried by Rupert Jenkins, Director of San Francisco's Art Commission Gallery, site of the recent Photo Metro - http://www.photometro.com - annual exhibition.
Another of Tim's prints, "Trust, Presidio of San Francisco" (http://www.thenocturnes.com/trust.jpg), a 15x15 Ilfochrome print is now part of the collection of the Presidio Alliance - http://www.presidioalliance.org - The Presidio Alliance is a project of The Tides Center, dedicated to the vision of the Presidio as an innovative model of a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable community. This group has generously supported The Nocturnes the past year, allowing us to use their space for the events we hold in the Presidio. One of those events is the upcoming exhibition (mentioned above) of Night Photography, to be held in December, featuring work done in the Presidio. Look to the Web site soon, for more details.
Michael Kenna recently spoke to a dedicated group (our April San Francisco Workshop participants) of nocturnes, at the site of his show, "Night Work" at the Friends of Photography in San Francisco. By the time his "gallery talk" was over, some 50 or more lucky museumgoers had heard his views on night photography, art directors, technology, etc. Look for a Photo Metro (http://www.photometro.com) review by Tim Baskerville of the exhibit in their upcoming issue.
Jeff Brouws is featured in an exhibition (and a book by Chronicle Books) at the Robert Koch Gallery, through June. Entitled "Inside the Live Reptile Tent," it is a fascincating, eerie, look at "the twilight world of the Carnival Midway." The Koch gallery has graciously posted a number of the images from the show and the book (see Library Notes, below) on their Web site - http://www.kochgallery.com - have a look!
Recent Acquisitions: Paris by Night (2nd copy), Brassai. Pantheon Books, 1987. ISBN 0-394-56327-1
Literature & Photography, edited by Jane Rabb. Univ. of New Mexico Press. ISBN 0-8263-1663-8
Andre Kertesz. '55' series by Phaidon. ISBN 0-7148-4040-8
Atget's Paris. Taschen. ISBN 3-8228-5549-9
An Intimate Look at the Night Sky by Chet Raymo. Walker & Co. ISBN 0-8027-1369-6
Paris by Night (new edition), Brassai. Bulfinch press. ISBN 0-8212-2738-6
The Great Central Valley, Stephen Johnson, Gerald Haslam, Robert Dawson. Univ. of California Press. ISBN 0-520-06411-9
Inside the Live Reptile Tent, the Twilight World of the Carnival Midway by Jeff Brouws. Chronicle Books. ISBN 0-8118-2824-7
Eugene Atget. '55' series by Phaidon. ISBN 0-7148-4049-1
Photo Metro, Issue #2, October 1982
Ghost Towns by Night Light, Berthold Steinhilber. Smithsonian Magazine. Vol. 32 Number 2, May 2001. The Resurrection of Stones, Berthold Steinhilber. Smithsonian Magazine. Vol. 30 Number 4, July 1999.
When Bandogs Howle & Spirits Walk, Roger Ekirch studies the nighttime across the Centuries. Smithsonian Magazine. Vol. 31 Number 10, January 2001
Recent Acquisitions: Nocturne by Charlie Haden. Verve #440-013-611-2
All Things Must Pass (re-issue) by George Harrison. Capitol # CDP7243-5-304-74-2-9
Other World, Lunasa. Green Linnet #GLCD1200
19 Nocturnes, Chopin. RCA Red Seal, Vol 49, #09026-63049-2
Live in Seattle, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Green Linnet #GLCD1195
Night Owl by Dolores Keane. Alula #ALU-1020
In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra. Capitol #72434-94755-2-6
15 Nocturnes, John Field (Irish, 1782-1837). TeleArc #CD-80199
IN RELATED NEWS
Some of you may know Colorarts as the firm who handles credit card registrations for our Workshops, but did you know they also offer color and b/w darkroom rentals, and custom printing, with plans to open a digital facility in September. They have a brand-new facility - you can find out more about it at their Web site - http://www.colorarts-sf.com
Richard Misrach speaks at Photo San Francisco 2001, the 2nd San Francisco Photographic Print Exposition - http://www.photosanfrancisco.net/archives/sf01.html - held at the Herbst Pavilion, Ft. Mason Center. Saturday July 28, 10am.
We have been invited to participate in the 2nd "Expo for the Artist" - an event for Art Services, Resources, and Networking - http://www.artsandmedia.net/expo2001/ - July 15 at CellSpace in San Francisco, along with craigslist.org, artistresource.org, and other arts organizations.
A sure sign that we're growing, came with our last newsletter. In what appears to be our first (we hope) publishing error - it was in a URL, no less! We hope none of you were tripped up too bad - we provided a corrective link shortly after publishing (broadcasting?) the info. The offending URL in our last newsletter tried to send those interested in the NightTalk message board to http://www.thenocturnes.com/nighttalk.html - as you might have found out, or figured out on your own, that was incorrect - the correct URL is - http://www.thenocturnes.com/nighttalk/index.html - as mentioned above.
As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/nitenews.htm
On these warm nights of summer just remember, in addition to getting your
facts straight: "... lets just be careful out there."
"It's been ages since you last visited . . . "