Photographer makes work in extreme climates

Thomas Joshua Cooper and “The Atlas of Emptiness and Extremity”…

Embedded in Cooper’s work is a critique of what he calls the “conniving, disruptive, venal, and murderous” impulses of colonization, the slaughter that followed in the explorers’ wake, or that they themselves perpetrated.
Photograph by Thomas Joshua Cooper

Photographer, Thomas Joshua Cooper, has been working for 30+ years to complete a body of work that features B&W images from the most remote places on Earth. The New Yorker Magazine is featuring the artist and his work, and you can view the story here:

Lecture on collecting photography

Photography collecting and new directions in photography…

Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 11.10.18 AM Photography expert Marie Martin will give a special gallery talk on the New Photography Juried Exhibition. She will speak about collecting photography and the new directions of photography as an art form. Marie Martin is a Fine Arts Appraiser specializing in 19th and 20th century, as well as contemporary, photography. Marie Martin has a long and very deep knowledge of the photography world  and was on the scene with the dealers and curators who made the market in the late 70’s 80’s.

Refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Amanda Beck, Curatorial assistant:
Image: Michael Joseph, A-Lister & Sherie, 2016

Collection Society – Special Gallery Talk
Sunday, July 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum

106 South St
Easton, MD 21601

Paul Lai’s photographs on The Baltimore Sun’s website

BMX riders featured in web gallery of Paul Lai…

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MICA Photo is proud to announce that Paul Lai now has work featured on the Baltimore Sun’s web page called, “The Dark Room”. It’s a space created for photojournalistic endeavors, and it’s currently featuring a web gallery of work by Paul Lai.

From the article (courtesy of The Baltimore Sun):

For a recent photo essay, MICA student Paul Lai turned the lens on his friends — a dedicated group of Baltimore BMX riders. “I think they don’t even have food sometimes,” he said. “But BMX is like their life.”

Congratulations, Paul! Take a look at the gallery here:

Incredible pinhole camera images

Pinhole Camera Made from 32,000 Drinking Straws…!


Using 32,000 black drinking straws, collaborators Michael (Mick) Farrell and Cliff Haynes created the Straw Camera, a homemade camera they began experimenting with in 2007. Despite the connection one might draw to a pinhole camera, the Straw Camera actually functions quite differently, producing a multipoint perspective from an array rather than a single point perspective.

The direct analogue process records the light collected from each straw onto a piece of paper secured to the back of the camera. The camera gives a direct 1:1 view of the subject that is placed before it, however it translates the image to one that mirrors that of pointillist painting, breaking the subject into thousands of little dots.

“In a world beset by selfies with their immediate gratification, and HD television in all its glory feeding our visual appetite, a Straw Camera image of an individual, with its engineering projection and disappearance of the subject into the near fog of visual capture, gives the viewer a glimpse of just how transitory perception is,” said Cliff about the camera.

To read more about the project, check out the photography duo’s website for the Straw Camera, or their book which was published earlier this month. (via PetaPixel)

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Bryn Dunbar wins award in PDN/Nikon national photography contest!

MICA Photo congratulates Bryn Dunbar!

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Congratulations go out to Bryn Dunbar for her winning submission in the 2015 Photo District News/ Nikon College Photography Contest! Bryn submitted a series of images, and won first place in the “still life” category. Her winning submission was chosen over 15,000 other submissions by college photographers nationwide. MICA Photo sends out kudos to Bryn for her outstanding work, and this impressive achievement! We encourage all of our students to take full advantage of these  opportunities!