David Schonauer

Art News: Sandy Phillips "Unretires" To Berkeley Museum

San Francisco Chronicle   Tuesday April 30, 2019

Sandy Phillips, the esteemed senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, had just retired into an emerita research position when Lawrence Rinder, director of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, asked her to unretire. Now an adjunct at the museum, Phillips has curated the exhibition “Unlimited: Recent Gifts from the William Goodman and Victoria Belco Photography Collection” (through Sept. 1). “I think they see an opportunity with patrons here, and also students who may be interested in photography, and they needed a floating curator,” says Phillips.   Read the full Story >>

Books: "Last Day on a Chain" Looks at "Evil Sport of Dog Fighting"

By David Schonauer   Tuesday April 30, 2019

"Compassion, salvation and misperceptions." Those, notes St. Louis-based photographer Mike Bizelli, are the themes of his his book project "Last Day on a Chain," which is now being crowdfunded at Kickstarter. The book, he writes, "sheds light on the evil blood sport of dog fighting, overcomes the negative stereotypes that pit bulls suffer in the media and pays homage to the animal welfare agencies ...   Read the full Story >>

Passings: Michael Wolf, Photographer of Megacities

The New York Times   Monday April 29, 2019

Photographer Michael Wolf, known for his depictions of rainbow-hued skyscrapers in Hong Kong as well as the minutiae of everyday life there, died last week in Cheung Chau, an outlying island near the city, notes The New York Times. (Dates vary according to different accounts.) He was 64. Wolf published more than 20 books of his images of dense urban life and won a World Press Photo Award in 2005 for his series on workers in Chinese factories. He won a second World Press Photo prize in 2010 for one of his images of a commuter on a crowded Tokyo subway, a subject he explored in his four-volume Tokyo Compression series, adds PDN.   Read the full Story >>

Culture Watch: The Story Behind Iconic Hole Album Cover

AnOther   Monday April 29, 2019

Rolling Stone magazine recently released its list of  50 Greatest Grunge Albums, putting Hole’s “Live Through This” album at number four. “The raw, unapologetic honesty of the lyrics” of the album’s songs, brought to life by Courtney Love’s “sweet yet deeply sinister vocals,” makes the album unforgettable, noted AnOther recently, adding, “The same could be said about the spine-tingling album cover image, shot by fashion world favorite, Ellen von Unwerth.” Unwerth herself tells the story behind the cover shot.   Read the full Story >>

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