2014 Medium Festival of Photography

October 23-26 Lafayette Hotel
Keynote Lecture by Duane Michals
Friday, October 24 at 7:00pm

Additional Lectures:
Kurt Simonson (Second Sight Award + Lecture)

Points of Entry:
Roundtable with Jolene Hanson, Rudy Hernandez, Hamidah Glasgow, Bonny Taylor and scott b. davis: Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11:00am
This informative roundtable discussion examined the business of working as a fine art photographer. With four diverse viewpoints on contemporary photography photographers received valuable information to establish and build careers in the art market.

Virginia Beahan
Saturday, October 25 at 1:30pm

Beahan’s presented her new project, Elegy for an Ancient Sea, exploring the shores of California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea. The artist shared the historical, environmental, social and political issues that collide in this surreal and remote section of California

Soo Kim
Saturday, October 25 at 3:00pm

Focusing on the subtraction of visual information in her photographs, Soo Kim uses techniques of cutting and layering chromogenic prints to explore ideas of photographic transparency, while challenging the ubiquitous nature of photography in the 21st century. Her lecture suggested that imperfection can be a powerful tool in an era of speed and perfection.

Chris Engman
Sunday, October 26 at 9:30am

Chris Engman’s lecture explored his performance based photographs made in the landscapes of the American west. The artist transforms the sometimes mediated and distancing nature of photography into a compelling visual art that sometimes reads like a puzzle, marking a starting point for the dubious nature of photography.

Jess T. Dugan
Sunday, October 26 at 11:00am

Jess T. Dugan‘s explored issues of gender, sexuality, identity and community within queer and transgender communities. Her lecture reviewed her commitment to this work, traversing all corners of the United States and bringing light to these important communities. While in San Diego, the artist connected with the LGBT community to expand on her ongoing work.

Matt Black
Sunday, October 26 at 1:30pm

Matt Black’s lecture looked at the human relationship to land, food, farming and community, all of which comprise the core of his work. During this lecture the artist discussed the progression of his projects: The Kingdom of Dust, set in rural California, and The People of Clouds, set in southern Mexico’s Mixteca region.

Joni Sternbach
Sunday, October 26 at 3:00pm

New York based artist Joni Sternbach presented her work with contemporary surf culture across the globe. Using the wet collodion process, her images evoke a sense of mystery and timelessness while capturing an anthropological portrait of individuals at the junction of land and sea.

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