ISSUE #46 is finally out

ISSUE #46 is finally out

Dear readers, we should not philosophize much at the end of this year on how things have been. It is not the time or the place. It is important to keep a healthy mind, to stay optimistic, and move on. We wish you much success and happiness in the coming year, and please continue to support our work. Happy New 2016.

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief

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flawed | an instant film exhibition

flawed | an instant film exhibition

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A Smith Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of our new exhibition space, “The Salon”. We are fortunate to have recently moved into a larger building with room for two simultaneous exhibits. In “The Salon” we will be hanging juried and invitational exhibitions of alternative, analog images. We are very excited to have Michael Kirchoff as our juror for our first exhibition.

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Michael Kirchoff straddles the worlds of both commercial and fine art photography. A commercial shooter for twenty-five years, it is his fine art work that has set him apart from others, with instant film fueling more than a few bodies of work, both completed and ongoing. His consulting, training, and overall support of his fellow photographers and artists continues with help in constructing ones vision, producing artist lectures, and finding exhibition opportunities, which fill the gaps in time away from active shooting.

“As a child, my father introduced me to Polaroid SX-70 film, which I immediately fell in love with as a way of making photographs. That love for the material and the magic has never ceased and remains with me to this day. Truly, instant film has been with me for decades, exploring its serendipitous ways, and remarking on its often quiet beauty as a medium for ones vision. The artists and photographers who know and feel what it can do share in this admiration. Both the expired and the new instant films carry the trait of embracing their defects and flaws, including them in their final output, while the artists revel in these hallmarks. It is these characteristics that add to the mystery and depth of the work constructed.

I want to see what you have created with the instant film that you love, including all the inherent flaws and happy accidents that so often occur. Show me the passion that you feel for a material that enables you to create a physical, tangible image that can be made no other way. From soft color palettes to striking black and white imagery, there are a multitude of ways to present your photographs in the instant world. With a lifetime of experience in the medium I know what can be done. I also know that I can still be surprised at the flexibility of this amazing instant gratification that predates our digital world, yet endures like no other.
This call for art is open as far as subject matter, with the only constraints being that it must be made with one of the many forms of instant film, be it original Polaroid, any one of the Fuji Instant or Impossible Project films, or even the latest New55 Film.”

-Michael Kirchoff

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• Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work for “flawed | an instant film exhibition” to A Smith Gallery by November 30, 2015.
• The entry fee is $30 for the first 5 images and $6 for each additional image.
• Thirty images will be selected for exhibition and shown in the gallery’s “Salon” from January 15 to March 6, 2016.
• Receptions will be held on January 30 and February 27, 2016 both from 4 to 7pm.
• A Blurb full color catalogue of the exhibit with all the accepted entries will be available for purchase.
• Awards are $325 for Juror’s Selection and three Director’s Selections each receiving an exhibition catalogue.
• Winning images will be published in a special editorial section of the international publication Blur Magazine.

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Creativity is encouraged.

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For more information and to enter, please see

Call for Entry

 

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A Smith Gallery

105 North Nugent Ave

Johnson City, Texas 78636

www.asmithgallery.com

amanda@asmithgallery.com

Gallery Hours

Friday and Saturday noon to 6 pm

Sunday noon to 3 pm

 

Direct Positive Photo Paper

Direct Positive Photo Paper

New B/W Positive Photo Paper for pinhole and large-format cameras. Very high speed, rich tones, better dynamic range.

We want to reach all the photography artists who are as passionate about classic black-and-white photography as we are. Those who are captivated by the magic of the development process. Those who are ready, just like the alchemists of the past, to experiment with chemicals until they find a recipe that turns their work into gold. Basically we’re looking for like-minded people. Most photo paper manufacturers have closed down, but while there’s still at least one inspired photographer in need of good reversal photo paper left, we will keep trying to get it made! Read more…

ISSUE #44 is finally out

ISSUE #44 is finally out

This summer has been full of temperature surprises. A long period of hot days that were reaching almost 40 degrees (Celsius), and sudden temperature drops to 20 degrees with stormy winds and rain. I don’t remember the last time it was so difficult to finish a new issue. But as things stand, here it is for you to enjoy :). I hope that next year I will be wise enough and somehow finish it in advance, at least a couple of months earlier. That’s how I could completely forget about it and then, on vacation, I could read it and enjoy the beautiful photos just like you do.

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief Read more…

ONDU -A Pinhole camera that can be passed on for generations

ONDU -A Pinhole camera that can be passed on for generations

We worked and collaborated with numerous backers and supporters from all over the world, to improve and even more simplify the new range of ONDU’s! Your feedback and experiences in real life were the most important thing that kept our minds open for new possibilities. This time we need your support once again. Our know-how in woodworking has increased exponentially and so has the research about cameras. Together we can create wonders!

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ISSUE #43 is finally out

ISSUE #43 is finally out

Finally … summer is here with its long days. I apologize for the belated issue, but I hope the material will compensate for these few lost days. It won’t be long until the holiday season begins, a time when BLUR magazine is read the most. With this in mind, we have tried to provide you with content that will inspire you to make your holiday an active one.

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ISSUE 42 – almost 300 pages of fine art photography goodness!

ISSUE 42 - almost 300 pages of fine art photography goodness!

Hi, BLUR friends and fans! Our April issue #42 is finally out – we refrained from posting it yesterday so you don’t think we’re running an April Fools joke on you, because we’ve got a really special treat for you this month: almost 300 pages of fine art photography goodness! The page increase is due to the inclusion of a special guest section – Lightbox Nude 2015. If you’ve followed our updates lately, you already know that Lightbox Nude is one of the key exhibits of worldwide nude fine art photography, and BLUR’s editor-in-chief Robert was this year’s juror. Don’t miss it! Read more…

CLOSE-UP Alina Lebedeva, Russia

CLOSE-UP Alina Lebedeva, Russia

Alina Lebedeva presented in BLUR 41 | CLOSE UP section by Robert Gojević

BLUR magazine: What do you like best about a woman’s body?

Alina Lebedeva: Most of all I like interesting faces. I think every face is really unique. Body for me is a material that we can see in pictures. I’m not crazy about some special parts of it.

BLUR magazine: Today, everyone can be a photographer. Do you think photography is appreciated more or less because of this?

Alina Lebedeva: Quantity and quality are not the same thing. Yes, everyone can buy a camera, but it doesn’t mean that they automatically become a good photographer.

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The Photographic Nude 2015

The Photographic Nude 2015

LIGHTBOX PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Photographic Nude 2015

February 14th – April 4th, 2015
Call for Submissions: Deadline January 4, 2015
Juror: Robert Gojevic of Blur Magazine
PROSPECTUS : ENTRY FORM

LightBox welcomes submissions to The Photographic Nude 2015, a juried exhibit exploring the artistic and creative view of the body and it’s form. This exhibit celebrates the nude in photography, welcoming the timeless elegance of a classical study as well as alternative and provocative styles. Studies of the whole or partial human form, nude or semi-nude are eligible.

We are very pleased to have Robert Gojević as juror for this exhibit. Robert was born in 1968 in Zagreb, Croatia, by profession a painter and graphic designer, he is the founder and chief editor of the international photographic PDF magazine BLUR magazine. Active in photography for more than 15 years using various techniques, from digital, analog, instant, pinhole and wet plate photography. Read more…