Peggy Roalf

When The Mountain Is Out

By Peggy Roalf   Friday February 8, 2013

Mount Rainier, North America’s Fuji, stands as an icon in the landscape and in the imagination. Rising 14,410 feet above sea level, this dangerously active volcano is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 – and spawns six major rivers. When “The Mountain,” as it’s locally referenced, is “out,” it can be seen from as far away as Portland and Vancouver. Michelle …   Read the full Story >>

Michelle Dunn Marsh Speaks to the Graduates

By Peggy Roalf   Friday May 30, 2014

Last year Michelle Dunn Marsh launched Minor Matters to provide a new platform for publishing high quality art books through pre-sales to a collaborative audience. She also was appointed Executive Director of Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW), Seattle’s lively hub for photographic education and presentation. With that in mind, I asked Michelle, a longtime friend and colleague, to speak about the world that awaits young photographic artists finishing up …   Read the full Story >>

Protest at AIPAD: The Photography Show

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday March 22, 2018

As we enter a new age of protest—or is it simply a continuum of “I can’t believe I’ve been carrying the same sign for 45 years”—it’s a good time to delve into photo archives regarding issues of social change. And how photography has foregrounded important landmark causes. At  The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, which runs from April 5th to 8th at Pier …   Read the full Story >>

Michelle Dunn Marsh on Collecting

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday January 26, 2012

Michelle Dunn Marsh, a longtime friend and colleague, will be giving a talk this Saturday at G. Gibson Gallery, in Seattle, WA, in conjunction with the current exhibition LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK: Classic 20th Century Photographs. We had a chance to catch up for an email Q&A last week and here’s what we wrote: Peggy Roalf: You’ve been associated with photography as …   Read the full Story >>

Photo Camp: The Culture of Now

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday June 30, 2011

In April this year, select students from various universities around New York City and Los Angeles were invited to attend Photo Camp, a hands-on photography workshops presented by Sony and Aperture Foundation. Held over two consecutive weekends, first in L.A., then in New York City, each workshop consisted of a day of shooting with a Sony Artisans of Imagery, followed by a day of …   Read the full Story >>

Jim Marshall & The Rolling Stones

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday July 5, 2012

While the Rolling Stones have postponed their 50th Anniversary tour, it’s not necessary to wait for iconic images of the band that won’t quit. Tonight an exhibition of photographs by one of rock’s great image-makers, Jim Marshall, opens at Steven Kasher Gallery. And a book of his photographs from the Stones’ 1972 tour is also being launched. The book, The Rolling Stones: 1972 (Chronicle) is …   Read the full Story >>

Minor Words: Photography and Writing

By Michelle Dunn Marsh   Thursday July 17, 2014

For many years I defined myself as a disciple. As I advance in my understanding of self and move beyond the language and traditions of my childhood, I make space for occasional equality with, rather than only service toward, my teachers. I have gained in this understanding through active consumption of the words, photographs, and sequences of Minor White (1908-1976). Sequencing is the …   Read the full Story >>

The New Polaroid Arrives in New York

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday April 29, 2010

"Polaroid instant photography is back." That's the message that came through, boldly and colorfully, at a press conference in SoHo yesterday. "We are thrilled that today marks the return of instant photography. It's bigger - and better - than ever," said Giovanni Tomaselli, Managing Director of the Summit Global Group, the exclusive worldwide licensee for Polaroid branded imaging products. Seen at the Polaroid …   Read the full Story >>

Michelle Dunn Marsh's Bookshelves

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday March 19, 2020

Peggy Roalf: When did you realize that books were a drug of choice?  Michelle Dunn Marsh: I was born into a family with a home library, and began creating my own books at a very young age, so they have been a constant in my life. As a literature and art history major in college I rarely wanted to part with my textbooks; I …   Read the full Story >>

The DART Board: 01.25.2012

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday January 25, 2012

Left: Ken Lum, Untitled (Sauq!), 1987, from Spelling the Image, opening Thursday at Marc Jancou Contemporary. Right: Thomas Ovlisen | Tomato, opening Friday at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. Wednesday, January 25 Book signing, 6-8 pm: Motoyuki Daifu | Lovesdy (Little Big Man 2012). Dashwood Books, 33 Bond Street (Between Bowery and Lafayette), NY, NY. Talk and book signing, 6-8 pm, with Seattle-based …   Read the full Story >>

EXIT 2020

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday December 30, 2020

“May you live in interesting times.” This pandemic year has proved, without doubt, that the ancient Chinese curse is ripe for an update. As we exit a year that has left its mark on everyone, reflecting on how we adapt in a world where change is beyond exponential is unavoidable. So I looked at the opening weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown to see how the …   Read the full Story >>

Unsung Hero: Wayne Sorce

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday March 14, 2018

To say that the photography of Wayne Sorce (1946-2015) flies under the radar is hyperbole. This master of color photography, who worked at a time when anything not black-and-white guaranteed exclusion from the discussion of “fine art photography,” embraced urban chaos as his métier—in extraordinarily measured views of Chicago and New York. Mainly taken during the late 1970s and early 1980s, these vibrant, large-scale …   Read the full Story >>