Garry Winogrand at the Met

New York ca.1962 - Garry  Winogrand

New York ca.1962 – Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand produced numerous iconic images in his chaotic career and they can be seen are among all the others in the show of his oeuvre at The Metropolitan  Museum in NYC (through September 21, 2014.) It is a big show and must have been a monumental undertaking for the curators.  It is hard to imagine a more prolific shooter than Winogrand and people love to write about him  reciting the statistics of how many pictures he shot, how many he never even developed, etc, etc.

From the Museum’s website: “Dying suddenly at the age of 56, he left behind proof sheets from his earlier years that he had marked but never printed, as well as approximately 6,600 rolls of film (some 250,000 images) that he had never seen, more than one-third of which he had never developed at all; these rolls of film were developed after his death.”

Having seen the show I walked away with my head spinning , partly from the quality of his work and partly from the statistics.  Truman Capote famously said about Jack Kerouac’s work, “That’s not writing, it’s typing.”  And I will adapt that to say this about Winogrand’s work: “That’s not photography, that’s editing.”  When a person produces that many exposures and that many great pictures it is a monumental undertaking to sort out the ones to frame and hang.  It is often said that Winogrand didn’t edit his work but asked curators to make the selections.  He was too busy shooting, or perhaps his trigger finger was too tired.

In any case, I recommend seeing the show as a way to better understand Winogrand’s work, his troubled personality, and the stupendous accomplishment of the curators that sifted through the wheat and chaff to make the selections.  Winogrand deserves his exalted reputation, but the curators’ accomplishment in pulling together a great show from all that stuff should get equal credit for making the show superb.

Jay Maisel: New York in the 50′s

Jay Maisel NY in the 50s cover

Jay Maisel is known for his lush color images of the world, but his newest book is black and white photographs of New York in the 1950′s. He has been prowling New York capturing the pulse of the city longer than most photographers have been alive. He is still out there photographing New York with the same enthusiasm today.

He writes….“I have been shooting New York for over 60 years now. And though I have achieved age, I can safely say I have never made my way to maturity so I have never been jaded or bored. I think all this is due to the grittiness and hectic quality of the city, you never capture it, it captures you.

His New York in the 50′s book is a wonderful counterpoint to his gorgeous color work. These insightful black and whites evoke times gone by without sentimentality but with sensitivity. It is a really great book. You can order it on his website: http://www.jaymaisel.com/2014/06/20/new-york-in-the-50s/

The Great Fredini

The Great Fredini

The Great Fredini with his scanner and one of his Makerbots

The Great Fredini has created a 3D printed model of Coney Island’s historic Luna Park.  This first came to my attention in 2013 through his Kickstarter campaign to fund the project  – and scan supporters to populate Luna Park.

Since I was deep into using 3D printing for my Ascent Project I was fascinated and wanted to support it and be scanned.  Lisa and I visited The Great Fredini at his Manhattan scanning studio and had a great time with him.  He made 3 scans of Lisa and I together.  Fred created his own “Scan-a-Rama” scanning system and a great workflow to be able to scan lots of people fairly quickly

Fredini's Scans - Bill's prints

Fredini’s Scans – Bill’s prints

The artist’s reception for the show of his Luna Park is Sunday July 6th 2014 from 2-6pm at The Coney Island Museum 108 Surf Avenue in Coney Island (duh!)  We plan to be there live and in 3D.

The Art of War

A classic of ancient Chinese literature Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” takes a new form in my 3D printed edition. This 3D printed book is 5″ x 3.875″ x 1.125″ printed in translucent PLA resin and contains the text of “The Art of War” on a USB flash drive and plastic toy soldiers.  There is a profile of a toy soldier wielding a bayoneted rifle debossed on the front cover, and the my signature is 3D printed on the bottom of the “pages.”  The flash drive also is signed, numbered and dated.  Like my other books, this one cannot be read without destroying it.

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You can read more about this classic book and the author on Wikipedia   From the wikipedia text: “The book is not only popular among military theorists, but has also become increasingly popular among political leaders and those in business management. Despite its title, The Art of War addresses strategy in a broad fashion, touching upon public administration and planning. The text outlines theories of battle, but also advocates diplomacy and cultivating relationships with other nations as essential to the health of a state.” 

I was pleased to see that the historic Chinese form of a book is quite different from what we recognize to be a book today.

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Artists Book Cornucopia V

A great show of contemporary artist’s books at Abecedarian Gallery in at 910 Santa Fe St. in Denver includes my 3D printed book “Wm. S. – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” The opening is Friday April 18th until 8pm for the Third Friday Art Walk.

The online catalog is a great way to see the fantastic range of superb books being shown.

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AIPAD 2014

Please visit me in Charles Schwartz Ltd.’s booth #409 at AIPAD this week at the Park Avenue Armory on Park Ave. between 66th & 67th Sts.  I will be there from the Gala Wednesday April 9th (5-9pm) and all week through the weekend showing my 3D printed photo books.  They will be an interesting 21st century contrast to some magnificent 19th century pieces Charles is showing.

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An Enigma

“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” said Winston Churchill.  Russia continues to vex us today.  My latest 3D printed book “Enigma” is like a Russian matryushka doll – 5 nested books, the innermost book is black and contains a USB flash drive with all the data files used to print the book.  One of the books is red.

The book is bound in PLA resin 9″ x 6″ x 1.5″, edition of 10, 2014

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3D printed sculpture class at Montclair Art Museum

I have been teaching teens to design and 3D print sculptures at the Montclair Art Museum.  After 6 weeks – one 2 hour class per week – we have some great examples of the kids’ work.  They design in Tinkercad and then print on a Cube printer or on my Makerbot Replicator 2.

There will be another session of the class – for teens only – beginning in April.



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Guns are Art

When people hear I am working with a 3D printer the first question they ask is “Have you printed a gun?” And I emphatically answer “NO!”  IMHO the 3D printed gun story is blown way out of proportion.  Sure, a person could print parts of a gun, but not the important parts like the firing chamber.  The printers available to most people today print ABS or PLA plastic and these materials are not suitable for making a high precision part that must withstand the substantial stresses of an explosion that is the source of the power of a gun.  Someday there will be printers readily available which can print metal, but until then, today’s printers can only print parts which have nothing to do with the firing parts of the gun.

That is a long introduction to my latest 3D printed book “Black and Blue” which contains 13 pages of photographs of guns.  Plus I put a gun on the cover.  So now I can answer those people – “Yes, I have printed several guns…” And off to the races we will go.  Don’t shoot me.

5″ x 4.375″ x 0.75″, 13 pages, translucent PLA plastic and archival inkjet prints. Edition of 10, $1000

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Manual Printed 3D

Manual is the latest in my series of 3D printed books.  It has 60 pages of archival digital inkjet prints enclosed in a translucent PLA binding which cannot be opened.  It is signed and dated on an interior page which is not visible.  The book is then enclosed in a 2 piece black PLA box with a hole in the top which exactly matches the hand shape which is on the cover of the book.  The interior of the box is lined with silver lamé fabric.  The book is 4” x 6” x 1.25” and the box is 4.25” x 6.125” x 1.75”.  Published in an edition of 10 the price is $1600.

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My 3D printed photo books will be available at AIPAD’s Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC April 9-13, 2014 at Charles Schwartz Ltd.’s booth # 409.  I will be there Wednesday through Saturday to show the books.