LAWRENCE SCHILLER: Talks Marilyn Monroe at Steven Kasher Gallery

Larry Schiller and Steven Kasher, May 2012
Photo © Elizabeth Paul Avedon

Lawrence Schiller and Marilyn Monroe on the set of her unfinished last film "Something's Got to Give, 1962."©Lawrence Schiller/Courtesy TASCHEN... La Lettre de la Photographie 5.30.2012

Schiller on Meeting Marilyn Monroe for the first time: "Here I am a 23-year-old kid out of college becoming a photojournalist and I was scared shitless...I had seen her on the cover of Time Magazine when I was in college. I had already photographed some celebrities for Life Magazine, but I ‘d never photographed somebody who had been photographed by every photographer in the world. By the time I was introduced to her in 1960, she had been photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman, Richard Avedon, you just name it..."

“Oh you’ll never get a good picture from that angle. Go over there where the light will be better and I’ll show you what a good picture is.” Then she turns and that’s that...

On his iconic photograph of Marilyn on the cover of his new book, Marilyn & Me: "I think there are probably some unedited Marilyn somewhere. In the new book, there are at least thirty images that came from the shooting for Look Magazine. I’m not exaggerating, until last year I had never looked at that shooting since the day the film was sent into Look Magazine and Marilyn approved the contact sheets...Now I look at it and I come up with this image, the first picture I ever shot of her. This picture was never published; it’s on the cover of the Talese book. It comes from a contact sheet she killed all except the one frame. She said to me as I’m shooting, “Oh you’ll never get a good picture from that angle. Go over there where the light will be better and I’ll show you what a good picture is." Then she turns and that’s that..." –La Lettre de la Photographie link to Interview



Photographer Laurie Lambrecht in front of her latest photographs Paint (#4), 2010 and Paint (#5), 2010 (left) and Roy Lichtenstein series (right), at Rick Wester Fine Art

Photographers Laurie Lambrecht and Magdalena Solé

I'm just catching up after a short break from these pages. In early May, Magdalena Solé and I visited Pulse New York, an annual contemporary Art Fair. Photographer Laurie Lambrecht showed us her latest work Paint, portraits of artist Eric Fischl's oil palettes at Rick Wester Fine Art.

Also showing, Joni Sternbach (l); Garry Winogrand (c); Richard Avedon, William S. Burroughs (r), at Rick Wester Fine Art.

SurfLand, Revisited 2006-2011
Rick Wester Fine Art

May 17 - June 23, 2012

Magdalena Solé's New Delta Rising on Photo-eye.com.
Buy a vintage copy of An Interview with Eric Fischl
Photos (c) Elizabeth Avedon. All rights reserved


JON RAFMAN: 9-Eyes of Google Street View

Google Street View
Nacozari De Garcia – Montezuma, Sonora, Mexico 2011

Google Street View
3081 Valmont Road, Boulder, Colorado, United States, 2012

Google Street View

Jon Rafman (b. 1981) "is a Montreal-based artist, filmmaker and essayist. Mixing irony, humor and melancholy, Rafman’s work explores the paradoxes of modernity. 9-Eyes of Google Street View consists of selected images taken by the cameras atop the Google Street View vehicles that document the world’s roadways in a constant mission to organize the world’s information. While Street View's only goal is to capture the planet, mediated and easy for a viewer to peruse, Rafman’s intervention is one of an Internet curator. He searches through the vast records of fleeting moments, holding up a planet size mirror to ourselves, nature and our constructed world."–M+B Gallery

M + B
19 May - 23 Jun 2012
Los Angeles



Photograph (c) Robb Kendrick

Who We Are
Family Eldercare is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a continuum of professional services to seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities in Central Texas. Family Eldercare’s mission is to help people live with dignity and independence in their own homes and community for as long as possible. To celebrate Family Eldercare’s 30th Anniversary and raise awareness of the changing and growing needs of older adults in Central Texas, Family Eldercare is sponsoring this Professional Photography Contest.

A Call For Entries
This contest is open to all photographers, and all forms of photographic expression are welcome. The contest will culminate in an exhibition and all winning selections will be included in an exhibition catalog. Photographers are encouraged to submit any image of an older adult, alone or with others, and in all stages of life. The judges will be especially interested in photographs that highlight the focus of Family Eldercare – images depicting the challenges facing older adults as well as images celebrating older adults leading dignified, independent and engaged lives.

The Judges
Mary Virginia Swanson, Michael O’Brien
Leslie Baldwin, Robb Kendrick

The Awards
From all the entries submitted, the judges will first choose up to 30 Judges Selection Images to be Printed and Framed (at no cost to the winners) and displayed at the Family Eldercare Exhibition to open in September, 2012. The Judges Selection Images will all be featured in an Exhibition Catalog. From among those images, Judges will award: First Prize: $400 cash award, plus the winning image on cover of the Exhibition Catalog. Second Prize: $300 cash award. Third Prize: $200 cash award. Honorable Mention (2): $100 cash award. Best Submission from applicants 18 years of age and younger: $100 cash award. The contest submission closes on June 23, 2012.

To register & submit photographs, please go to:
Family ElderCare Photo Contest

Thanks to Jace Graf at Cloverleaf Studio and Sean Perry for alerting me to this rewarding organization and Photography Contest!

FORECLOSED: Exhibition and Talk

"A home for sale with a dead lawn stands out next to it's green neighbor in the Rosetta Canyon development in Lake Elsinore, Calif."

Carl Rutberg, Executive Director of the Alice Austen House Museum (left) and Paul Moakley (right), Deputy Photo Editor for TIME and Curator of Foreclosed: Documents from the American Housing Crisis

A special presentation by (l) Paul Moakley, Deputy Photo Editor TIME, and John Moore (r), Photographer for Getty, about his World Press Photo winning series documenting the American foreclosure crisis.

Foreclosed: Documents from the American Housing Crisis
to June 14, 2012

"This exhibition examines how artists are using photography to record the aftermath of the housing bubble; from its’ beginning in 2006 to the dramatic effects it still has on the American Landscape today. The artists and photographers in the exhibition depict the ruins of rich and poor neighborhoods, as well as the families affected by the economic downturn. As a result, the exhibition aims to explore the disintegration of the American dream and how it effects a culture where home ownership is no longer a reality."– The Alice Austen House Museum

Photographer Susan May Tell and I took the Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty to the Alice Austen Museum for the Opening Reception of Foreclosed: Documents from the American Housing Crisis.

Alice Austen (1866-1952)
One of America's earliest female Photographers

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$100,000 Grant Opportunity
Alice Austen Museum Grant

May 20 1:00 – 4:00
1PM - Bring and share your vintage cameras or come see Alice's! 2PM - Alice Austen's Cameras: A Demonstration and Talk with Imara Moore, speaking about the two cameras in the Parlor and how they are similar to what Alice used as well as highlighting the glass plate shooting process of the late 1800's and early 1900's. 3PM - FREE with a $3.00 suggested donation. Call to reserve at 718 816-4508 ex13


ALICE AUSTEN HOUSE MUSEUM: An Exhibition Documents From The American Housing Crisis

Foreclosure Alley, USA, 2009, Guillaume Zuili-Vu


The Exhibition includes Work by:




The Alice Austen House Museum
Opening Reception
Saturday May 5th 2–6PM
2 Hylan Boulevard at Edgewater Street, Staten Island


How You can Help:

The Austen House is eligible for a $100,000 grant from American Express. All you need to do is go to www.partnersinpreservation.com and VOTE. You can vote once every day till May 21. It is an easy way of making a great house greater! Alice Austen (1866-1952), began her remarkable Photography career in the 1870s. The Alice Austen Museum on Staten Island offers wonderful photography exhibitions, workshops, programs and other events! Checkout The Alice Austen House on Facebook and their website.