LIMITED EDITION SILVER GELATIN PRINT BY JOHN AVAILABLE ONLINE
I am pleased to introduce my image Geologic Conundrum, Banff National Park, Canada as Darkroom Edition 2018. This 11x14" silver gelatin print is offered in a limited edition of 100, signed and numbered prints, plus ten Artist's Proofs. When the edition is sold out no further prints will be made for sale in any size. Though my open edition 11x14" prints have a retail price in galleries of $1,000, the special introductory price for this limited edition print is $800 – a 20% discount. After December 31, 2018 the retail price for any remaining unsold prints will increase to $2,000, and will escalate as the edition sells.
Geologic Conundrum, Banff National Park, Canada
To learn more about the print, Geologic Conundrum, or to place an order, follow this link:
This image was made on an extended photographic trip Anne and I made to the Canadian Rockies a number of years ago. Initially we were both photographing the waterfall you can see on the left side of the image above. We had packed up our gear and were heading back to the trail continuing to explore other possibilities with our viewing frames. I took one last look at the scene from the back of the large alcove the river had carved over the eons, and saw a surprising possibility. I only became aware of this when my viewing frame was jammed back against my nose simulating the field of view of a very wide-angle lens. I set up my camera again and began to study the possibilities more carefully. I was attracted to how different the scene appeared on the ground glass as rendered by my 75mm Nikkor wide-angle lens (similar to a 24mm wide-angle lens on 35mm or full frame digital cameras).
Over the years I have found that the best camera position for many photographs is seldom a comfortable one! To make this photograph it was necessary that I was sitting on the ground with my back pushed against the rock wall of this massive alcove. My tripod was set up very low and I was literally "trapped" between my tripod legs. This challenging position was necessary in order to reveal the large rock form in its entirety beneath the alcove roof. Anne had to hand me my film holder to make the exposure, and also assist me by setting my camera lens aperture, as I was unable to see anything on the front of the camera from my position. So in its own way, this photograph was made by both Anne and me!
Most of my titles are straightforward descriptions of the subject – something like Two Chairs or Aspens, Dusk. What I found interesting when studying this image on the camera ground glass, and even more strongly when making the first print of the negative, was the fact that what APPEARS to be a massive boulder on the other side of the river is actually a HUGE peninsula of land. For this reason I chose the title "Geologic Conundrum."
Prints will begin shipping on December 5, 2018. If you would like to receive your print in time for the Holidays, please be sure to let us know at the time of your order. It would be a good idea to follow up with an email as well. We will make every effort to ship prints out in time for holiday gift giving for those who need them. All of the remaining prints ordered will be shipped no later than March 31, 2019.
This limited edition silver gelatin, selenium toned, print is approximately 9-7/8 x 13" in size, personally printed by me (as are all my prints), processed to current archival standards, signed, numbered, mounted and overmatted to 16x20" on 100% rag museum board. As has been the case with all previous Darkroom Edition series prints, a beautifully printed archival presentation sheet will accompany each print. All prints will be carefully prepared and packaged in specially designed protective shipping boxes and shipped fully insured via UPS Ground. If you have questions about my prints, please feel free to contact Anne at 831-659-3130 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Pacific time.
You can see this image and place a secure online order for this print at the Ventana Editions web store:
2019 AND EARLY 2020 JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
I am pleased to announce my new workshop schedule for 2019 through early 2020. I continue to be amazed at the interest in the workshops we offer, and in traditional analog photography. It is particularly rewarding to note the increase in international interest in our traditional printmaking workshop, The Expressive Black and White Print, having been offered for more than thirty-five years! By popular demand we are yet once again offering the Fine Tuning the Expressive Print workshop in March 2020. This workshop is open only to individuals who have previously taken one of my printing workshops.
You can access the complete schedule, get detailed information about the workshops, and download an illustrated PDF of the new workshop brochure here: http://www.johnsexton.com/schedule.html
We have indicated that the most recent offerings of the Fine Tuning the Expressive Print workshop this past spring could be the last such offering. However we continue to get workshop alumni specifically requesting the opportunity to take this workshop, so we are planning to offer it one more time again. Will this be the last offering? At this point we think so… but who knows what the future holds?
If you're interested in next October's Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra: Exploring Autumn Light workshop, be sure to apply early, as this workshop fills quickly. The 2019 session will be the 10th offering of this workshop! Charlie Cramer and I both personally review all applications and try to assemble a workshop group that will create a stimulating environment for all who attend – both traditional and digital photographers are invited to apply for this synergistic field workshop experience.
I want to thank all of our workshop Corporate Partners and Associate Partners for their support of the program once again this year. It is amazing to realize it was more than forty years ago that I taught my first small workshop with my long-time friend John Charles Woods for a few fellow photography majors at Cypress College. We had a great time on that workshop, and I continue to learn so much from participants today. I always believe the instructor learns more than any individual student in a workshop experience. On our workshops we try and provide an environment that presents useful information, as well as inspiration, to encourage personal growth in your photography.
Again, to learn more about the workshops, or to apply, please visit my web site www.johnsexton.com where you can download the complete workshop brochure as well as the application form.
JOHN INDUCTED INTO THE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HALL OF FAME
Anne and I had a wonderful trip to St. Louis, Missouri to attend the gala awards ceremony and other related events at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. The festivities took place on Friday, October 26, 2018.
I've included a few happy snaps below from the induction events. In addition, by popular request, we have created a '"Photo Album Page" on my web site with many more pics of the festivities, along with a brief video of Dr. Michael Adams introducing me during the induction ceremony, followed by my acceptance remarks.
Susan Meiselas, John Sexton, Walter Iooss, John Loengard, Cynthia Russell
It is an understatement to say how privileged, and humbled, I feel to receive the distinguished honor of being inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame. It was particularly exciting for Anne and me to meet the legendary photographers that were inducted and honored by the IPHF. This year's other inductees are Willard S. Boyle, Walter Iooss, John Loengard, and Susan Meiselas along with Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joel Bernstein.
Dick Miles, John Sexton, and Bob Bishop
A highlight of our evening was my introduction by Ansel's son, Dr. Michael Adams. His most generous and thoughtful words, as well his presence along with his lovely wife Jeanne, (they traveled all the way from Carmel, California to be a part of the event!) made this memorable evening even more special. The IPHF treated all of the honorees, and their guests, wonderfully. They took care of everything for us during the celebratory events. When we arrived at the IPHF Museum building there was a red carpet for us – as was also the case that evening at the sold-out gala awards event venue.
The exhibition featuring photographs by all of the honorees was handsomely presented with excellent lighting. The exhibit runs through January 10, 2019. Each of the honorees received a solid bronze medallion, custom-designed by noted St. Louis artist Adam Foster. When I was awarded my medal on stage, following my acceptance speech, I was stunned by the weight of the object. I soon learned that this response was universal among all of the honorees that evening. When we returned home I decided to weigh the solid bronze object and found it weighed 1lb to 5oz (580 grams)! It's not an object I anticipate wearing around my neck – without risking some type of neck injury – but we are looking for just the right place to display it among the other honors and awards I have been fortunate to receive over my photographic career.
A portion of John's photographs included in the
I want to thank Patty Wente, CEO and President, of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum - along with her dedicated staff - especially Elizabeth Eikmann and Stephen Bruns - as well as the many volunteers, along with the IPHF Board of Directors for the great honor and hospitality extended toward Anne and me during our visit. I again want to express my special appreciation to Michael and Jeanne Adams, who made this honor and event something that neither Anne or I will ever forget.
Anne Larsen, John Sexton, Patty Wente, Michael Adams, Jeanne Adams
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR KODAK 120 SIZE FILM USERS - NEW & IMPROVED BACKING PAPER
You may remember my eNewsletter of May of 2016, back when Kodak Alaris was experiencing incidents of frame numbers appearing on 120-format film negatives. At the time, Thomas J. Mooney, Film Capture Manager at Kodak Alaris told me "we are taking this issue very seriously and have recently made modifications to the backing paper which we believe should minimize the potential for this type of blemish going forward."
I am happy to report that since that time, Kodak Alaris has implemented additional backing paper upgrades and they are very confident that this issue is now behind them. The first product spooled with this improved paper was Kodak Professional T-Max 100 Film, which was brought back to market in November of last year. The balance of the 120-format film offerings transitioned to the new backing paper over the first half of this year, with all films having now been upgraded.
The table above identifies the first emulsion to be shipped with the new backing paper for each specific product. The new backing paper is also easily recognized by its much glossier appearance than any previous Kodak backing paper - as can be easily seen in the image below.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR USERS OF 120 FORMAT KODAK PROFESSIONAL FILMS- PLEASE READ
As many readers are likely aware, I have used Kodak Professional film continuously for more than four decades. Over the years I have found Kodak film to be of the highest possible quality and consistency. However, anomalies can occur from time to time. There have been recent reports that appear to be associated with certain batches of 120 format Kodak Professional film.
The problem can easily be seen in the photograph below recently made by William Wetmore. I appreciate William allowing me to share this example with readers. You will notice the word Kodak clearly appears in the sky, along with frame number '13' multiple times. I first became aware of this situation a few months ago when a former workshop participant brought some online discussions on this topic to my attention. Unfortunately, as time has passed, I have encountered a number of students, colleagues, and friends who have experienced this exact problem.
©2016 William Wetmore. All rights reserved.
Follow this link for more detailed information: John Sexton May 2016 Newsletter
NEW EPSON VIDEO FEATURING JOHN
I am honored to have a new video interview included at the Epson web site and YouTube channel as part of their ongoing Print Your Legacy campaign. I am particularly flattered to be the first photographer included in this project who makes silver gelatin prints in the traditional wet darkroom. I am pleased to be in the company of such highly regarded photographers such as John Paul Caponigro, Lois Greenfield, Steve McCurry, Mark Seliger, Stephen Wilkes, and others included in the Epson Print Your Legacy project.
It was a pleasure working again with my long-time friend Dan 'Dano' Steinhardt. He and his dedicated hard-working production team did a fine job with the video production. It provided me an opportunity to share my thoughts about photography and the importance of printmaking, and they did their best to reproduce my original prints as accurately as possible in the video. In addition, to the online video there will be a series of print ads and promotions featuring me holding one of my favorite silver gelatin prints Corn Lily, Eastern Sierra, Nevada.
I was pleasantly surprised when it was first suggest by Dano that Epson would be interested in having a photographic "dinosaur" like me be a part of their Print Your Legacy campaign. I am most impressed by the fact that Epson's underlying idea is to get people to make prints - whether on an Epson (their strong preference!) inkjet printer, another brand of digital printer, in a traditional wet darkroom, or at a photographic lab. Anne and I share this passion for the tangible and sensuous qualities inherent in a print that are different than an image on a device or display. Our good friend Rob Pike shared an essay on the importance of making prints in a previous edition of the eNewsletter. I think you will find it of great interest, and you can find it here.
If you have five minutes of free time, please take a look. I hope you will find the video of interest. And, in addition, perhaps it will motivate you to head into the darkroom, or fire up your Epson printer, to make some prints! Have fun.
In this video presentation, produced by Epson, I discuss my passion for the black and white traditional silver gelatin print. I am very pleased with the way the video interview turned out. If you have a few moments, you may want to check it out. I hope you enjoy the entire presentation. I was honored to be included in this video production and have the opportunities to share my thoughts and images with viewers.
"To many, the black and white print is the very definition of photography," said Dan (Dano) Steinhardt, marketing manager, Epson America, Inc. "We wanted to capture what Black-and-White has meant emotionally for generations of photographers as we celebrate the Black-and-White print, be it traditional or digital."
LEXUS - ANSEL ADAMS: CHASING LIGHT VIDEO FEATURING JOHN SEXTON
Exactly one year ago Anne and I were in Lone Pine working with a young and energetic production crew from The Enthusiasts Network (TEN), on a video for Lexus. The production, undertaken with the cooperation of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, culminated in a 13-minute video: Chasing Light – Inspired by Ansel Adams.
Lexus Vehicles at Ansel Adams' Winter Sunrise Location
Well, the video has just been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Digiday Video Awards in the “Best Video Design - Consumer” category. I was pleased to be a part of the production, and Anne and I thought the final result was excellent. We are thrilled for the hard working production team at TEN, and have many fond memories from the intense week we spent with them visiting photographic locations around California. Our days regularly began at 4:00 am (ugh!!!) and on occasion we were still rigging or driving after midnight! It was hard work, but we had fun!
You can read in greater detail about the project in last year’s eNewsletter here.
If you haven’t already seen it, I hope you will watch the video here.
By the way... those Lexus SUV’s are very comfortable! It was the fist time I had experienced air-conditioned seats in a vehicle (aka bun chillers!). I hope you enjoy the video, and I am sure you will learn a thing or two about Ansel that you might not already know through the insightful comments of William Turnage, the Managing Trustee of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
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