Happy Thanksgiving to all my photography friends.... may you enjoy peace, gratitude, and lot's of home made pies!

Lost & Found

Check out David Kessler's documentary film about the lost
Diane Arbus photographs from her early days at Hubert's in New York...

The Hubert's Collector on Studioscopic

Story on Art Blog

"Freaks was a thing I photographed a lot. It was one of the first things I photographed and it had a terrific kind of excitement for me. I just used to adore them. I still do adore some of them…. There’s a quality of legend about freaks. Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats." (Diane Arbus)
November 14th 7-8 PM
Painted Bride Art Center
203 Vine Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19106

Davy Rothbart, founder of the wildly popular underground magazine Found (also a book and website) weaves some of his most fascinating finds into an energetic presentation. Join Rothbart for his entertaining elaboration on the stories behind the cast-off notes and letters plucked from the nation’s subways, schools, streets and sidewalks.

Found Magazine

An exhibit of Found items will be on display in the Painted Bride Gallery throughout the Festival. Audience members are invited to contribute their own discoveries to Found’s collection of anonymous ephemera. Photos below are from the beautiful and fascinating display of found items...

Salon du Festival
Thursday November 13th
Painted Bride Art Center
203 Vine Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19106

Part of the Thursday night First Person Arts Festival will feature a new documentary film by David Kessler, a short film about the finding of some "lost" photos of Diane Arbus and the man who made this discovery in a collection of circus sideshow memorabilia. The film is called the Hubert's Collector on the Diane Art-Bus.

Here is the full story about the lost Diane Arbus photos on Artblog

I am currently working on the Tao Project... a photography project based on the Tao te Ching ... and it will be an attempt to interpret the 81 chapters of the Tao through photography.A thoughtful and meditative interpretation through the eye of the camera lens.The project is to be a pure collaboration between artists who share a similar spiritual connection to the earth, the water, the skies, and all living beings. As of today, over 100 photographers from all over the world are participating in the project. At this point we are in the very early stages of collecting a body of work, and I am gradually selecting one photograph for each of the 81 chapters and then posting the chapters one at a time on wabi blogi. I am trying to post one chapter a day. The initial selections of photographs that I am posting with each chapter is a temporary selection made solely by me. Eventually I will form a team of jurors from among the most active participating photographers and a few random experts who will decide by consensus on the final photos that best interpret each of the 81 chapters.
Cecil William Stoughton (January 18, 1920 - November 3, 2008)

From todays New York Times...
Cecil Stoughton, the chief photographer for the Kennedy White House, who documented its glittering public moments and its intimate private ones, and who captured its sudden end in one of the signal images of the 20th century — Lyndon B. Johnson’s swearing-in as president aboard Air Force One on Nov. 22, 1963 — died on Monday. Mr. Stoughton, who died at his home on Merritt Island, Fla., was 88.

Full NYT Obit

Cecil W Stoughton Bio

Zoe Strauss and Barack Obama sharing the cover of this week's Philadelphia Weekly.

Zoe Strauss story in PW

I'm going to vote like the
spirit say vote,
I'm going to vote like the
spirit say vote,
And if the spirit say vote I'm
going to vote,
Oh Lord, I'm going to vote
when the spirit say vote.

Finishing Our Work
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.

(from the Tao te Ching, ch 9)

The Path to National Serenity.....

1. Get out and Vote
2. Celebrate a victory or accept defeat
3. Support the winner

What this country needs more than anything is to get together behind the next
administration...no matter who wins on Tuesday. No ifs, ands, or buts. No crying, no whining, no devision.
We need a united front more than ever before. Do it or we are all screwed.
(I'm not talking about blind obedience...I'm talking about eliminating hatred, ignorance, and intolerance which has been spewing forth in equal amounts from the left and the right for too many years now)