"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
Vol.4 No.4

"This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
This ain't no fooling around
No time for dancing, or lovey dovey,
I ain't got time for that now "

-"Life During Wartime"
by Talking Heads (1979)

"This ain't no disco.
. . . it ain't no country club, either"

-"All I wanna do"
Sheryl Crow (1993)

Welcome to Part 2 of this special end-of-year edition of "Night News." This part of the newsletter will include our new ALUMNI NEWS section, as well as LIBRARY NOTES, MUSICAL NOTES, and LAST MINUTE NEWS. . .

The Educational Wing of The Nocturnes (Night School!) has grown so much of late . . . that we've decided to devote a whole section to it here, where we will try to keep track of some of things our very active (some would say hyperactive!) alumni are up to. Our Sixth AlumNight event, originally scheduled for the Summer Solstice, June 21 in the Presidio, was held on May 29, coinciding with the final critique for the Spring 2002 San Francisco Workshop, partly so Lance Keimig, in from the East Coast, could be in attendance. Bay Area Night Photography legend Steve Harper attended, as well as original "Nocturne" Tom Paiva - both showed slides and talked about their work. It was quite a night! The next AlumniNight has been rescheduled for Jan 18, 2003 (so far . . .) - keep an eye on your email box after January 1st for detailed info regarding this event. All alumni are welcome at these events. NOTE: as of this writing, we are still in need of a meeting place for this event, so, if you know of a location, such as your workplace, etc., that could host and accommodate 20-50 charming, low-impact (facility-wise), Night Photographers - please let us know. Some pro-bono, education, or community outreach for your company, perhaps? My email address is below - let me know!

Revisit Part 1 of this "Night News" - http://www.thenocturnes.com/nitenus17.htm - for mention of Michael Quinn's current exhibit over at Castro Photo (http://www.castrophoto.com). Also mentioned was Alumna Corrie McCluskey's work - now being shown at the Blue Room Gallery (http://www.blueroomgallery.org). In addition to these shows, the recent exhibit at Fort Mason (http://www.thenocturnes.com/fortmason.htm) featured a number of our illustrious alumni.

This just in! Susanne Friedrich (http://www.sanneart.com/noc_holga.html) and Andy Frazer (http://www.gorillasites.com/nightphotos/galleries/angelisland1.htm) have both posted work on their respective Web sites, from this fall's Photo Camp on Angel Island (an Alumni-only event!). Look for a full-fledged Web page, with Susanne's assistance, of work by all the attendees in the near future, as well as a return to the Island in the fall of 2003!

Our recent sortie into Death Valley (November 18-20) was not billed as an "alumni event," but it sure seemed like it at times! Tom Paiva even came up from Los Angles to lecture and talk about his new book. The one 'newcomer,' Sue Reynolds adapted well tho' - but then, she's a friend from Betty Walker (http://www.bettywalker.com) - so she definitely went into it with her eyes (and vision) open!

Look for an announcement (at our next AlumNight event, January 18) of another "bricks and mortar" (bricks and white walls?) exhibition around San Francisco in the upcoming year. The show will be modeled after successful shows of the past two years - "Presidio Nocturnes" (www.thenocturnes.com/exhibits3.htm) and " Nocturnes: Fort Mason and Environs" (www.thenocturnes.com/exhibits.htm) - Alumni will no doubt be well represented in this new show, as well. You will be receiving an emailed RSVP request in the next week or so regarding January's AlumNight event.

We plan to have an Alumni Links page up on the Web site soon, but in the meantime, here is a list of some sites, with work done by Alumni.

Warren Agee / www.warrrenagee.com
Julius Cisek / http://photo.popmonkey.com
Max Davis / www.disassemble.org
Paul Dyer / www.pauldyerphoto.com
Robert Follett / www.apersonalsite.com
Andy Frazer / www.gorillasites.com
Susanne Friedrich / www.sanneart.com
Randy Gunning / www.rmgphotography.com
Mark Interrante / www.interwalk.com
Maura, Kathy Kendrick / www.twosistersphotography.com
Corrie McCluskey / www.corriemccluskey.com
Doug, Val Miller / www.midnightexposure.com
Laura Miller / www.colorarts-sf.com
Susan Reynolds / http://www.susanreynoldsphotography.com
Howie Spielman / http://tristesse.com/~howie/Photos/NightWork/index.html
Christian Waeber / www.cwaeber.com
Betty Walker / www.bettywalker.com
Angela Wang / www.bigskyhorizons.com
(Let us know if we missed your site!)

Recent Acquisitions:
Industrial Night, Tom Paiva. (Review copy). The Image Room, Los Angeles, 2002. ISBN 0-9716928-0-7
Northern Lights, Calvin Hall and Daryl Pederson. (Gift of Michael Quinn and Hiroshi Sejima). Sasquatch Books, Seattle. ISBN 1-57061-290-0
Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Notes, Christina Peterson. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1993. ISBN 0-393-31126-0
Photo Secession: Stieglitz and the Fine-Art Movement in Photography. Robert Doty. Dover Publications, 1960, 1978. ISBN 0-486-23588-2
Industrial Night, Tom Paiva. (Archive copy. Gift of the Artist). The Image Room, Los Angeles, 2002. ISBN 0-9716928-0-7
Light of the Spirit: Portraits of Southern Outsider Artists, Karekin Goekjian. University Press of Mississippi, 1998. ISBN 1-57806-025-7
As Dark As Light, Axel Hutte. Sirmer/Mosel, Munchen, 2001. ISBN 3-88814-829-0
Miwoks to Missiles: A History of Angel Island, John Soennichsen. Angel Island Association, 2001. ISBN 0-9667352-2-6
North Bay Trails, David Weintraub. Wilderness Press, Berkeley, 1999. ISBN 0-89997-236-5
Innocent Landscapes, David Farrell. Gallery of Photography, Dublin and Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-899235-88-4
Death Valley: Splendid Desolation, Stewart Aitchison. Sierra Press, 2002. ISBN 1-58071-041-7
Navigating by Light, Philipp Scholz Ritterman. Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, 2001. ISBN 1-878062-05-0
The Guide to National Parks of the Southwest, Nicky Leach/George Huey. Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, 1992. ISBN 1-877856-14-2
Lebensraum: Extermination Camps of the Third Reich, Grant Delin. West Zone Publishing Ltd., 2001. ISBN 1-903391-12-1
Eighteen Days in June, Robert Buelteman. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2000. ISBN 1-88152
Decade by Decade: 20th Century American Photography, edited by James Enyeart. Center for Creative Photography, Univ. of Arizona, 1986. ISBN 0-8212-1721-6
Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey. Ballantinne Books, 1968. ISBN 0-345-32649-0
Diesels and Dinosaurs, Steve Fitch. Long Run Press, 1976. Library of Congress card #76-20064
Fidel's Cuba: A Revolution in Pictures, Osualdo Salas/Roberto Salas. Thunder's Mouth Press, 1998. ISBN 1-56025-192-1
Paul Strand: The World on my Doorstep, Aperture #135. The Aperture Foundation, 1994. ISBN 0-89381-578-0

Recent Acquisitions:
Shaman, Carlos Santana, Arista Records #078-14737-2
Moonsung: A Real World Retrospective, Sheila Chandra. Real World #7243-9-47184-2-8
Dreamland, Robert Plant. Universal Records #314-586-962-2

Andy Frazer points out (via email) that Andrew Sanderson (UK) had an article entitled "Shot in the Dark" published in the November 2002 issue of the British magazine, "Black and White Photography." Sanderson just this year published a great reference book (black and white) for night photographers, entitled, simply enough - "Night Photography." Published by Watson-Guptill, 2002, ISBN 0-8174-5007-6.

Night Photographer Brian Kelly (Grand Rapids, Michigan) is featured in the current issue of "B+W" magazine. Our favorite quote from article: " I think every viewer brings her or his own visual triggers to a work of art. Maybe a picture will bring back a certain time or place or emotion or event. I'm always hoping my photographs set off those visual triggers so people can connect emotionally with my work." Also in the same issue, we find Ken Rosenthal, gallery-mate of Brian Kelly. Good work, lads!

Southern California Photographer David Fokos has a show up at Paul Kopeikin Gallery (http://www.paulkopeikingallery.com) in Los Angeles, January 10- February 18, 2003.

This concludes Part 2 of this edition of "Night News" - and a fond farewell to 2002! Hope you have a safe, fun holiday season.

As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/nitenews.htm

In the midst of "life during wartime," it's important, now as ever, to remember: "... lets just be careful out there."

Susan Nichols

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