Early Works contains photographs taken by many notable photographers when they were children; each paired with a personal narrative from the photographer recalling the memory of the experience and how it affected them.
The idea for Early Works came from a conversation in which we exchanged stories about discovering photography at an early age. What was it about the medium that kindled our imaginations when we were young?
We wanted to revisit the moment when other contemporary photographers first connected with the medium. We were curious about what childhood images might show us about the nascent stages of creative vision. For many of us, an early fascination with photography led to a life-long passion. How do photographers keep their relationship to the medium alive over the years, and ultimately choose to make it their professional voice?
Many childhood experiences live in our subconscious and are often difficult to navigate, even as adults. Memories of historic moments, of families unraveling, of play, discovery, and struggles with identity are a part of our collective history. This project is about imagery, but equally about personal narrative. A photograph can serve as a strong visual cue that can spark a rich story in a second.
Photolucida presents Then. Now. Here. a projection slideshow in celebration of Oregon – its people, its landscape, its unique character and special history. Curated by Oregonian photographer Motoya Nakamura, the slideshow includes images by contemporary photographers paired with historic images of the beautiful state we call home. Then. Now. Here. takes place at different Portland locations during the month of April.
Ann Kendellen, Aaron Cohen, Adam Wayda, Ashely Anderson, Bethany McCamish, Bill Purcell, Britt Boyles, Brittany Chavez, Carol Isaak, Chris Rauschenberg, Christopher Onstott, Dennis DeHart, Don Klover, Doug Prior, Edis Jurcys, Erica Mitchell, Eugėnie Frerichs, Fergus Firth, Gene Faulkner, Ginny Ducale, Hillary Atiyeh, Jane Johnson, Jasmine Swisher, Jen Vaughn, Jenna Gersbach-King, Jennifer Jansons, Jim Henderson, John Montague, Jordan Lacsina, Josh Zirschyky, Justin Miller, Kate Ampersand, Keri Friedman, Kevin McConnell, Kristy Hruska, Larry Wright, LE Baskow, Leah Nash, Lorraine Richey, Marico Fayre, Martina Maffini, Mary Grout, Michael Schoenholtz, Michael Mitarnowski, Michael Durham, Myles Katherine, Nicole McLaughlin, Raina Stinson, Rebecca Evans, Robert Pallesen, Rupert Jenkins, Sandee McGee, Steven Beckly, Steven Rockoff, Stuart Gordan, Stu Levy, Teri Fullerton, Theresa Meier, Thomas Homolya, Wayne Bund, Zack Jones.
Curated by Motoya Nakamura
Portland Photo Month Opening Reception Date/Time: Wednesday, April 3rd, 8-9:30pm Location: Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave.) Details: Help us kick off Portland Photo Month in style at the first “Then. Now. Here.” screening of the season. Join us for live music by jazz/swing trio Boy and Bean, light snacks, drinks, and beautiful images of Oregon. Photolucida’s photography monographs will also be for sale.
First Thursday Gallery Walk Screening Date/Time: Thursday, April 4th 8pm Location: Regional Arts & Culture Council building (411 NW Park Avenue)
Residency day #1: Exploring and getting familiar with Newspace. Everyone has been so welcoming. I feel right at home. The facilities are amazing. I can’t wait to use their lighting studio, which is probably bigger than my apartment.
I’m living in your city from Sept 28 - Nov 4 while I complete my residency at Newspace, and would love to meet some new faces. If you’d like to have your photo taken by me, send me an email. I’m looking for all types of people. There’s a specific body of work I’m making with identical twins, so please get in touch twins! If you’re camera shy, and just want to grab a coffee, I have up to three cups a day.
There’s also a good chance we’ll squeeze in a weekend trip to Seattle, and would love to meet some good folks who can show us around.
Next month, I’m flying to Portland to start a one-month residency at the Newspace Center for Photography. I’m excited to get the whole month of October to focus on making work, which I haven’t had the luxury to do in a really long time. If you’re in the area, pop by and let’s have a coffee.
The best part is that I’ll get to spend a month with my two favourite people on the West coast. Can’t wait to make delicious bread with Tim, and gain a ton of weight from eating Jon’s cakes. 25 days!