Category Archives: News

Me, Myself, and I – at RayKo Photo Center

One of my images will be exhibited at RayKo Photo Center September 12th through October 13th.

Me, Myself, and I – Juried by David Hilliard.

Im very excited to be part of this show. It is an honor to have been selected by David Hilliard. I have been a fan of his work for a long time. If you are going to be anywhere near San Francisco you should stop by the show. Opening reception will be on Thursday, September 12, 6-8pm.

Contemporary Fine Art Photography

Contemporary Fine Art Photography

My thoughts on the SPE National Conference in Chicago………

I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the Society for Photographic Education’s annual conference this year in Chicago. I have never been to Chicago before. It is truly an amazing city. The architecture is breathtaking (and I live in New York City so I know breathtaking when I see it). The conference was held at the Palmer House; the longest continually operating hotel in North America- open since 1871. Located in the historic district, it retains its Gilded Age aura in its grand lobby and opulently decorated guest rooms.

Martin Parr kicked off the event. His work is really beyond words. He made a futile attempt to go through his lifetime body of work in an hour or so, which was of course impossible. Pure photographic genius. But the highlight of the event was Mona Kuhn’s Embracing the Body. I have been a follower of hers for some time. She gave a fascinating talk about her process, how she works and what drives and motivates her. As an artist I found it very inspirational and moving. If for nothing else, Mona Kuhn made the entire trip worth-while. Mona Karsa from the University of Texas in Dallas spoke about The emergent Image. It was a fascinating talk about new medias like cell phone imagery, and how and why an image or video can go viral. Important information for anyone involved in photography today. It was a great talk! One of the keynote speakers was Richard Misrach. Personally, I found his earlier work to be much more interesting. His latter work I found boring and even amateurish at times. I know I will get some emails on this one, but I wasn’t too impressed with his bodies floating in the water, people on the beach, etc. He says he has gone all digital now, and shoots with an ultra telephoto lens, from the terrace of his condo in Hawaii. He photographs couples on the beach, people floating in the water, surfers etc. His earlier work was much more edgy and powerful. In my opinion, this newer work just screams “rich old dude with an expensive camera”. Its not voyeuristic, it’s just boring (especially when one compares this to his work in the desert and the environmental projects) I think Misrach is a very talented artist. He has an impressive and successful body of work. I just don’t care for the photos from his terrace. I think its too “safe”. He is capable of better.

SPE National Conference 2013

SPE National Conference 2013

DSCF0805

DSCF0802

DSCF0801

DSCF0800

DSCF0723

DSCF0739

DSCF0722

DSCF0721

The conference sold out early this year. There was hardly any breathing room at most of the events. This I found disturbing. I personally don’t like crowds. On the final day of the conference we decided to forgo the conference and spend the entire day at the Art Institute of Chicago. A professor I was attending with put it so eloquently saying “why are we waisting our time here today fighting the crowds when just 2 blocks away lies one of the worlds most important art collections”! So off we went.

The Picasso exhibition that is currently on display is the big draw there for most of the tourists, however we spent most of our day in the photography section. The Irving Penn Underfoot series was killer! I was especially pleased to see they even included his camera in the exhibition (Hasselblad 501CM, 150mm lens, extension tubes, chair and all). Amazing body of work. Some of the highlights were Lutz Bacher, Alejandro Cesarco, Jerzy Lewczynski, William Klein, Diane Arbus, Robert Heinecken, Andre Kertesz, Daniel Brenner, Neil Armstrong and his Hasselblad on the moon, Cindy Sherman, Shizuka Yokomizo, Shimon Attie, Nicole Eisenman, Sue Williams, Scott Burton, of course Warhol’s Mao in its massive glory, Vija Celmins, David Hockney’s American Collectors was breathtaking, Richard Hamilton, Ed Ruscha, of course Gerhard Richter, Lee Bontecou, Charles Ray, and finally Picasso.

Contemporary Fine Art Photography by John Kobeck

Contemporary Fine Art Photography by John Kobeck

DSCF0932

DSCF0927

DSCF0930

DSCF0926

DSCF0923

DSCF0924

DSCF0914

DSCF0906

DSCF0911

DSCF0905

DSCF0904

DSCF0902

DSCF0901

DSCF0898

DSCF0900

DSCF0896

DSCF0892

DSCF0894

DSCF0890

DSCF0887

DSCF0879

DSCF0885

DSCF0877

DSCF0874

DSCF0865

DSCF0867

DSCF0860

DSCF0862

DSCF0858

DSCF0859

DSCF0856

DSCF0850

DSCF0854

DSCF0848

DSCF0847

DSCF0841

DSCF0842

DSCF0839

DSCF0838

DSCF0834

DSCF0836

DSCF0833

DSCF0832

DSCF0827

DSCF0828

DSCF0826

DSCF0824

DSCF0825

DSCF0823

DSCF0821

DSCF0819

DSCF0817

DSCF0818

DSCF0815

DSCF0812

DSCF0814

DSCF0809

DSCF0807

SOMAS/SOY Exposicion Fotografica Retratos ~ International Portrait Exhibition

One of my photographs is continuing to make its way through Central and South America as well as Spain in the International Portrait Exposition SOMOS/SOY, curated by the extremely talented Ruth Rodriguez. To date we have had 15 exhibitions in Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, Venezuela, Portugal, and Argentina with two more exhibitions planned latter this year for Columbia. Although I couldn’t personally attend any of the shows, Ruth Rodriguez was kind enough to keep me updated via email as well as through her blog.

 

1. 8 to 15 May 2010: Belen Posada del Migrante. Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

 

2. May 22 to June 1, 2010: Café Gallery Agoras. Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

 

3. 4 to 8 June 2010: Metro Station Cuauhtemoc, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

 

4. 3 to 11 June 2010: Social and Cultural Centre, Vila Praia de Ancora, Portugal.

 

5. July 27 to August 23, 2010: Ministry of Economy, Mexico City, D. F. Mexico.

 

6. 6 to 28 September 2010: Metro Station Salto del Agua, Mexico City, DF Mexico.

 

7. October 6 to November 10, 2010: University Artes Visuales, UANL, Monterrey, NL, Mexico.

 

8. December 16 to January 15, 2011: Bokeh Gallery, Santander, Spain.

 

9. July 29 to August 29, 2011: Gallery Estespacionoesmio, Carabobo, Merida, Venezuela.

 

10. 6 to 30 September 2011, Central Library of the Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela.

 

11. October 21 to November 14, 2011, Museo de Arte Colonial, Merida, Venezuela

 

12. August 11 to September 11, 2011, Alternative Space Chac Mool, Monterrey, NL, Mexico.

 

13. November 23 2011 to January 31, 2012, Museum of the Reconquista, Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

14. April 7 to May 2, 2012, La Fragua, Villa Elisa, Entre Rios, Argentina.

 

15. June 23 to July 8, 2012, Society for the Promotion Villa La Ñata, Las Heras and Richieri, Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Upcoming:

 

16. University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia. (pending dates)

 

17. University of Medellin, Medellin, Colombia. (pending dates)

 

Highlights courtesy of Ruth Rodriguez: