Monthly Archives: May 2010

Dennis Hopper

Double Standard (c) Dennis Hopper

Hollywood actor and prolific photographer Dennis Hopper died yesterday, Sat May 29th. The news is obviously all over the net, this little snippet is from the NY Times:

Mr. Hopper had several artistic pursuits beyond film. Early in his career, he painted and wrote poetry, though many of his works were destroyed in a 1961 fire that burned scores of homes, including his, in the Los Angeles enclave Bel Air.

Around that time, Ms. Hayward gave him a camera as a gift, and Mr. Hopper took up photography.

His intimate and unguarded images of celebrities like Ike and Tina Turner, Andy Warhol and Jane Fonda were the subject of gallery shows and were collected in a book, “1712 North Crescent Heights.” The book, whose title was his address in the Hollywood Hills in the 1960s, was edited by Marin Hopper, his daughter by Ms. Hayward.

Dennis Hopper

- Rory

Glen E. Friedman exhibition opening July 8th

Definately an opening to try to get to if you are in Dublin in July. Came across this via Aidan Kelly’s blog.

If you don’t know Glen E. Friedman, the following is from the burningflags.com website. He also has a blog – here

Glen E. Friedman, considered one of the most important photographers of his generation, became well known for working with such rebellious artists as Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C, KRS-1, and Public Enemy, as well as old school skateboarders like: Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta, among others. Many of his photographs are recognized as the subjects’ definitive portraits. His graphic documents of the movement reveal the science of defiance upon which all are based. Friedman’s photos reflect the spirit of progression and angst that defined an era. Not only was he in the right places at an extraordinary number of appropriate times, Friedman has helped define the moment and movements he was caught up in. His process was much more incendiary than it was documentary. According to Henry Rollins “The bottom line is that he was there at the beginning of so much cool stuff in so many different areas it’s not funny.”

- Rory

Monochrome Meath: Workshops

From Monochrome Meath webpage

Peter Fitzsimons is running some workshops in May and July -

INFRARED FILM PHOTOGRAPHY:
Carrickdexter Castle

This exciting one day Infrared B&W Film Photography workshop is a great introduction for anyone interested in this unusual film. This workshop will teach you all the basics required to use black and white infrared film. I will show you how to expose, focus and develop various types of Infrared film currently on the market. I will also dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about using Infrared film. This is an outdoor workshop which will start with a discussion and presentation of examples of infrared prints. Then it’s out to shoot some selected locations to put the theory to the test. Participants will need to bring a 35mm film SLR camera plus a tripod. Three rolls of 35mm film will be provided and are included in the workshop fee.

Venue: Trim Castle, Meath.
Date: Saturday 3rd July 2010
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Cost: €75

DARKROOM WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS:
Yellow Steeple, Trim

This workshop is designed for the beginner and teaches the basics of film development and darkroom printing using various dodging and burning-in techniques. No previous Darkroom experience is required and this workshop would also benefit someone who has not been in the Darkroom for a long period but who wishes to get a revision course.

Venue: Trim (Meath)
Date: Saturday 22nd May 2010
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Cost: €75

For more information, see the website – Monochrome Meath

- Rory

From Lighting The Edges exhibition

From "Lighting the Edges" by Ann O'Kelly

Ann sent me some images from her solo exhibition “Lighting the Edges” currently showing in Tallaght Public Library. I’ll post some more shortly. I also have some photos taken on the opening night last week to put up. Watch this space …

- Rory

Craig Doyle Impossible Project customer

Couldn’t help notice in Saturday’s paper, that Craig Doyle, a Polaroid SX-70 user, was helping some broadband provider sell their wares. I wonder does Craig have a freezer load of old Time Zero Polaroid film for the camera, or has he invested in the recently released new version of the film from the Impossible Project?

- Rory