Here our latest newsletter.
It seems that living takes up a lot of time and sometimes it is difficult to get other important things done—like this newsletter. It has been almost three years since our last one. Please be assured that we are still here and working, and we trust this newsletter will bring you up to date on our activities in the world of photography since 2012. Again, for the record, the addendum at the end lists current prices and availability of our photographs, books, and portfolios.
We hope all is well with you and yours, and we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.
In late February we will be driving to California to print three of our own books, Iceland: A Personal View, Volume I and Volume II, and Ocean Variations. We will also be printing the Brett Weston Portfolio series books. Whenever possible during our travels, we hope we can see you for a visit.
In this newsletter:
Photographing: Paula has continued making still life photographs in the studio—Botanicals in 8x10-inch black and white contact prints. She has made drawings on some of these black and white negatives before printing them, and with others she has made straight prints overlapped with photograms. In addition, she is in the midst of a continuing series of flower arrangements, From the Field, with prints in various sizes made from scanned 8x10-inch color negatives.
Paula also finished a yearlong series of color photographs of a local woman who does extensive outdoor decoration on and around her house for every holiday in her inimitable style.
Celebrating Sarah will become a book. Michael has continued to make photographs locally.
Paula has also been making hundreds of sumi ink drawings, many in combination with watercolor and other color applications, a series of collages, and even some sculpture. We are including several examples of her new work here, and many more can soon be seen atwww.michaelandpaula.com. We will let you know when this work is up on our web site.
Exhibitions and Catalogues:
In 2012, we both had a number of photographs exhibited and reproduced in the catalogue from Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Also in 2012, Paula's photograph "Mia in Her Room" was exhibited inPortrayal/Betrayal at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and was also featured in the catalogue of the exhibition. In 2013, one of her photographs was reproduced in Focus on Photographs, an exhibition at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Also in 2013 a number of her photographs and drawings were exhibited in Creative Hand, Discerning Heart: Story, Symbol, Self, again at the Michener. During this period her photographs were exhibited in nine other group exhibitions.
Michael's photographs were exhibited in ten group exhibitions during this period, including one at the National Portrait Gallery where his photograph, "Two Families in Iceland," a 40x50-inch print, was one of only forty-eight works selected out of nearly 4,000 entries in all media in the Outwin-Boochever Portrait Competition. He was one of only three artists whose work was selected in two successive Outwin-Boochever Portrait Competition exhibitions.
His portrait, L. R. from the series INMATES at Sheriff Joe's Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail was one of fifty works selected for the previous Competition. It was purchased from the exhibition by the 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ten of our color photographs from Iceland (five from each of us) were purchased by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (formerly the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art). (Paula's is on the left)
In Paris at the charming Italian restaurant, Olio Pane Vino, at 44, rue Coquillière (in the First Arrondissement) is the long-running exhibition of our photographs. Currently we are showing photographs from a variety or earlier series by Michael, and large color photographs from the series, From the Field by Paula. Francesco Bertuna, owner of the restaurant, is both an art lover and a great chef. We warmly recommend the restaurant for its authentic food and casual and excellent ambience. If you can make it to Olio Pane Vino, tell Francesco that we sent you. You will love meeting him.
Book Publishing—Lodima Press:
ICELAND: A Personal View, Vol. I and Vol. II. These books will be published in the spring of 2015. We are pleased to have Draumsýn Bokaforlag as our Icelandic co-publisher. Paula's, Volume I, 9" x 11" book has 83 reproductions, a long Preface, The Poetry of Earth by Paula that includes some otf the journal entries she made while we traveled in Iceland, a Foreword by Omar Ragnarsson, Iceland's foremost defender of the environment, and an essay by Jens Erdman Rasmussen former Curator of Photography at the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen, all in 142 pages. And in addition there is a DVD with a film consisting of examples of the video captures Paula made in 2006 and in 2010. Michael's 108 page book is 9" x 17" and has 54 black and white reproductions and 24 reproductions of his photographs in color. After photographing for forty years, in 2006 Michael began photographing in color for the first time. The writing includes Michael's Preface and the essays by Ragnarsson and Rasmussen. All text in both books is in both English and Icelandic.
The Lodima Press edition of these Iceland books will consist of only 500 signed and numbered copies. After publication this spring they will sell for $95 and $125 respectively. However, there is still time to take advantage of our pre-publication offer: Only $75 for Paula's book and $95 for Michael's for the regular hardcover edition.
If you might be interested in acquiring one or more of our photographs from Iceland, the Collector's Edition is limited to fifty copies and comes with your choice of any print in either book or in both books—at half price. The photographs can be seen here: www. lodima.org. Prices are available upon request. This pre-publication offer will also end upon publication, so if you would like to take us up on this we suggest you place your order as soon as possible. (ICELAND BOOK COVERS)
Ocean Variations: This long-delayed book of Michael's will also be published in 2015 at the same time as the Iceland books. It will have 29 photographs in 52 pages. There will be no text. As with our Iceland books, the pre-publication offer will be in effect until the books are published this spring. The pre-publication price is $95. On publication the price will be $125. We are publishing this book in a signed and numbered edition of only 500. (OV Cover)
Back in 1996 we published Paula's book San Francisco: Twenty Corner Markets and One in the Middle of the Block in an edition of only 550 copies. It quickly sold out and we have seen it for sale on the Internet for over $400. Very limited edition books sell out and go up in price quickly, so "a word to the wise . . ."
The Portfolios of Brett Weston: a nineteen-volume series: Our printer in Belgium informed us that they are no longer doing any offset printing. So we have selected another printer, Dual Graphics in California. We will be printing four books, The Vintage Collection, Twenty Photographs, Alaska, and Hawaii in March and we will have the full series completed by early 2017. Ten volumes, out of nineteen, have been published to date. (See the list at the end of this newsletter.)
Lodima Press Portfolio Book Series: Delayed as above. Fourteen volumes have been published to date.
Other Publications: We have begun work on two other books—a book by the Italian photographer Stefano Germi of his photographs of the art of the graffiti artist, Blu, and on a retrospective book by the American photographer, Neal Pressley.
Workshops: We have been conducting only one Vision and Technique Workshop a year these past two years. But we have also held a number of "one-on-one" (actually "one-on-two") private workshops here at our home/studio. We will be holding the next Vision and Technique workshop May 22–24 of 2015 here at our home/studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Full details and sign-up information about our workshops can be found here: Give us a call or email about scheduling a private workshop.
We have never asked for feedback about our workshops, but here are a few of the many comments we have received.
"I have been a commercial photographer since I was 17, I went to college, assisted the top photographers in London, worked on global international advertising accounts for the last twenty five years, and last year I went back to collage to get a Masters Degree. Not once in all that time have I ever had such an interesting and informative photographic experience." —Alun Crockford
"Just a note of thanks to you both for having me at your wonderful workshop. There are events that occur in one's life that you consider a milestone for growth for who you are or become. I can honestly say that your workshop is one of my milestone events. You have renewed my photographic vision. You have reaffirmed my love of photography." —Jeffrey Zeitlin
"I truly enjoyed your workshop. The experience expanded my perspective and I have not felt this level of excitement since I started in photography. The best workshop of the dozen that I have attended." —Mark Roh
Lodima Photographic Paper: http://lodima.org/photographic-paper/
The second run of the silver chloride paper we have had manufactured as a replacement for Kodak Azo contact printing paper was shipped to us in 2012 and is partially sold out. We are having another run produced early in 2015 of the grade 3, and also one produced with greater contrast, a grade 4. A comment about our paper, typical of those we have received:
"I have been out shooting as much as I can and have been printing on Lodima. In fact, I have been revisiting negatives I had originally contact printed on enlarging paper and I am now achieving the tones and depth that I had been looking for but could never get."
We are now taking pre-production orders. All pre-production orders will be at the price of the last run of paper. Because of increased materials cost, orders placed after the paper arrives will be at a higher price. See the link here: http://lodima.org/photographic-paper/
Expos, Trade Shows, and Other Travels:
For many years we have attended Paris Photo in November and Art Basel Miami Beach in early December, and AIPAD in New York. We will be at AIPAD in New York and at Paris Photo again in 2015.
"Lodima" now encompasses more than Lodima Press. We have Lodima Photographic Paper, Lodima Archival Materials, and Lodima Digital.
Lodima Archival Materials: In 2000, Michael wrote an article for View Camera Magazine titled, "Advances in Archival Mounting and Storage." The article can be read here: http://lodima.org/archival-materials/advances-in-archival-mounting-and-storage/
The article is mostly an interview with Bill Hollinger, the inventor of MicroChamber™ technology. He invented a mat board called ArtCare™ that actively traps pollutants, thereby protecting photographs and other works on paper far better than conventional 100% acid-free all-rag materials. We became so interested in this material that it has been the only material we have used for our mat boards, negative folders, and storage boxes since we learned about it. ArtCare™ materials are used by the National Archives and the Library of Congress, thus being the choice for archives requiring the highest standards.
In addition to our computerized mat cutter, we have installed a 5,000 pound, 8x10-foot, 41-inch guillotine for custom and precise mat board cuts.
For those of you making photographs and other works on paper, we can now provide all of your mounting needs: mat boards and archival foam core, custom-cut overmats, archival storage boxes, and negative folders. We can also supply Nielsen metal-section frames at competitive prices. We have no minimums and usually ship within a day of when orders are placed. Please think of us for your archival mounting, framing, and storage needs. http://lodima.org/archival-materials/matboard/
Lodima Digital: In order to make large prints from our black and white and color negatives we now have high-end drum scanners that can accommodate up to 20x24-inch originals and scan them up to 12,000 dpi, a large ink-jet printer as well as other equipment. We can currently make prints in the 8x10-inch format up to 40x50 inches and in the 8x20-inch format we can make prints up to 40x100 inches. In addition to using this equipment for our own work, we are doing work for others—scanning negatives, making enlarged digital negatives, and making large prints. We are still committed to the darkroom and to making silver chloride contact prints, and this digital development is an expansion of our work, not a replacement. Give us a call or send an email for any needs you may have for Lodima Digital.
Extensive revision is still underway for our web sites. Among other things, it will allow us to put many more photographs online. We will let you know when many photographs are posted.
Seven years ago we formed a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization called Arts of Our Time. Because our buildings are artist-designed, and because we have a significant presence in the art world (between us, our photographs have been collected by 147 art museums) it is appropriate that our home and studios become a museum in the tradition of artists' homes that are museums.
Our vision for Arts of Our Time
The original impetus for the museum was to house our very extensive archive. Where an artist's archive will be permanently and appropriately housed is always a concern to serious artists. It is unlikely that the Center for Creative Photography or another institution would take on the responsibility of storing and curating our archive, so the solution we came up with is to house our archive of photographs and other artworks, letters, books, and other published materials here. Proceeds from the sale of our work during our lifetime and after our deaths will help fund the museum.
We are located on a beautiful and secluded property here in rural Bucks County, as beautiful a property as can be found anywhere on the East Coast. To access our property we share a driveway with an adjacent ten-acre parcel owned by a couple that became good friends. They are no longer living there because their house burned down seven years ago. In speaking with local township officials about re-zoning our 18-acre property from rural agricultural to a museum, we were told our property could indeed be zoned as a museum, but not with a shared driveway. Because of the configuration of the land, adding a separate driveway is not possible. So we knew that we needed to eventually buy the adjacent ten acres.
We never thought this would happen at this time, but our friends who own the ten acres must sell now. In order to buy this parcel, we need to act fairly quickly. Although the owners have another buyer, they would like to see that we get their property, knowing that it would benefit our long-term goals here. We will purchase these ten acres in the name of our non-profit organization, Arts of Our Time.
Not only do we need to purchase our neighbor's ten acres in order to establish the museum, but we must acquire it for another reason as well. We were told that the other buyer who is ready to purchase the property is a recent war veteran with PTSD who wants to live here and hunt. We have sympathy for war vets with PTSD, yet considering our secluded location and the close proximity of the houses, the idea of someone who is troubled and with weapons living so close by would insert an element of anxiety into our lives. And that is something we surely do not need, and which could threaten our existence. Conflicts would likely be inevitable, as we have a neighbor who hunts our land and also takes care of it. Neither he, nor we, would want anyone else using it as a hunting preserve, and the land is so configured that most all shooting from that ten acres would be in the direction of our house.
In order to purchase this property we need to raise the money to do so—and quickly. We are currently seeking tax-deductible donations to Arts of Our Time. We are also asking those interested in our photographs if they could purchase prints now. Please let us know if you can help us in one way or the other—or in a combination of donation and purchase.
As always, we are deeply grateful for your interest in and support of our work. As part of our audience, you complete a vital circle and make a valuable contribution to the creative process and to the making of our art.
In early February we will be driving to California to print our Iceland: A Personal View—Volumes I and II, Ocean Variations, and four books in the Portfolios of Brett Weston series. Whenever possible during our travels, we hope we can see you for a visit. And do remember that you are always welcome to visit us here at our home and studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Although we are still building, we were able to make the private guest suite habitable last year with a completed bedroom and bathroom—and Paula is a great cook, so come and stay with us!
We send you our warmest regards and very best wishes for a fabulous 2015,
Many who receive this newsletter have requested updates on our print prices for their records and for appraisal. This addendum contains those updates and also provides information about our books, exhibition catalogues, portfolios, note cards, posters, and singular video converted to DVD.
Silver Chloride Contact Prints
Now that we are not printing from older negatives (except in a very few instances), prints from these negatives are now editioned. The edition number is different for every image: for some photographs it may be as few as 4 or 5; for others it could be 12, or 17, 26, or 33, or some other "odd" number. Although we did not originally edition our photographs, we have always assigned each print a unique number and have kept exact records of how many prints of each image we have made.
Each year we expect the photographs that fall into the "older" category to change by one year, although that is not rigidly fixed. We may consider certain work "current" for more than two years or we may consider it to be current for only one year. Here are prices as of January 1, 2015.
Current photographs (2004–2014):
Color 8˝x10˝ $2,000.
Color 30˝x40˝ $7,500.
Color 8˝x10˝ $2,000.
Multiple 6x6cm and 6x7cm $1,250.–$4,000.
16˝x20˝ combinations from Chicago: Lake $1,500. each panel
Older photographs (pre-2004):
The price for Michael's 2´x5´ silver print enlargements, made directly from his 8˝x20˝ negatives is $10,000 except for the two prints from which half the edition has sold. Those are priced at $15,000.
Our large platinum prints, made in editions of ten, and two artists' proofs, begin at $15,000 for Paula's prints and $10,000 for Michael's prints.
Paula's platinum prints are printed on translucent handmade Japanese Taizan paper 23˝x29˝. Michael's are printed on Arches Platine paper and are one meter wide, 15˝x39˝. To make these prints, our original negatives are scanned at the Salto Platinum Atelier in Belgium, then five enlarged film negatives are made from each scan and are then printed in register with multiple exposures—a lengthy, arduous, expensive process. These platinum prints are as beautiful as any we have ever seen. Each image is limited to an edition of ten, and two artists' proofs.
Please keep in mind that seeing photographs on the Internet is nothing like seeing them "in the flesh," especially with Paula's platinum prints on the thin Taizan paper where the delicacy and luminescence does not translate well, but we hope you can get at least some idea of their quality and appearance.
BOOKS and CATALOGUES:
Iceland: A Personal View, Vol. I and II: Photographs mostly of the natural landscape in Iceland. Vol. II (Michael's book) will include his color photographs. We will publish this two-volume set of books this spring in a Lodima Press edition of only 500 copies. After publication, Paula's book will be $95 and Michael's will be $125. Pre-publication prices are $75 and $95 respectively.
Ocean Variations: We will print this book, limited to only 500, at the same time as our Iceland books. The pre-publication price is $95. After publication the price will be $125.
Chicago: Loop/Chicago: Lake: Our only joint book to date. Published in 2008. $95.
Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads, Vol. I: Published in 2004, Paula's book of photographs of the countryside and small towns and villages of Tuscany. Essay by the late Robert Sobieszek, Curator of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Foreword by Ferenc Máté, author of The Hills of Tuscany, Preface by Michael and Paula. 70 reproductions printed in 600-line screen quadtone. Almost sold out: $150. Signed and numbered, slipcased limited edition: $250.
Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads, Vol. II: Published in 2004, Michael's book of 8x20-inch photographs of the countryside and small towns and villages of Tuscany. 59 reproductions printed in 600-line screen quadtone. Almost sold out: $150. Signed and numbered, slipcased limited edition: $250.
Madonnina: Paula's book of photographs of the small shrines to the Madonna that can be found throughout the countryside in Tuscany. Foreword by Steven Maklansky, who was then Assistant Director for Art and Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Essay by Giuliana Bianchi Caleri, Italian scholar, Preface by Paula. 50 reproductions printed in 600-line screen quadtone: $60. Signed and numbered, slipcased limited edition: $200.
Landscapes 1975–1979: This two-volume set of books was awarded le Grand Prix du Livre (Best Photography Book of the Year at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (International Festival of Photography) in Arles, France in 1981. This set of books is sold out.
Michael A. Smith: A Visual Journey: Photographs From Twenty-Five Years: Published in 1992, this book accompanied Michael's twenty-five year retrospective exhibition at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House. There is a Foreword by Marianne Fulton, Then Curator at he Eastman House, and an Essay by John Bratnober. 176 duotone reproductions. Almost sold out: $150. Signed and numbered, slipcased limited edition: $250.
Princeton: An exhibition catalogue of Michael's with five reproductions and an essay by Richard Trenner. Published in 1985. Rare; fewer than thirty copies remain. $25.
Natural Connections: Photographs by Paula Chamlee: Published in 1994, a book of Paula's photographs of the natural landscape accompanied by selected writings from her journals with an essay by the late Estelle Jussim. Printed in Laser Silver-Lit Tones™, 42 tritone reproductions: $85. Signed and numbered, slipcased limited edition: $200.
High Plains Farm: Published in 1996, a book of Paula's photographs and writing about the farm where she grew up on the High Plains of the Texas Panhandle. Foreword by George F. Thompson. 81 duotone reproductions: $85. Signed and numbered, slipcased limited edition: $200.
San Francisco: Twenty Corner Markets and One in the Middle of the Block: Paula's third book, published in 1997. Sold out.
The Students of Deep Springs College: Michael's book about the most unusual college in America, published in 2000. With an Essay by L. Jackson Newell and an Afterword by William T. Vollmann, Preface by Michael, 53 reproductions printed in 600-line screen quadtone: $60. Signed and numbered, slipcased limited edition: $200.
A Field in Tuscany: An edition of ten portfolios self-published in 2000 containing eight 8"x10" photographs archivally mounted and overmatted, and two sheets of deckle-edged Arches paper printed letterpress. The portfolio comes in a handmade box covered in heavy linen. P.O.R.
San Francisco: Twenty Corner Markets and One in the Middle of the Block: An edition of three portfolios self-published in 1997 containing all twenty-one 8"x10" photographs archivally mounted and overmatted, and three sheets of deckle-edged Arches paper printed letterpress. The portfolio comes in a handmade box covered in heavy Italian linen. P.O.R.
High Plains Farm: A Unique Portfolio: An edition of fifteen portfolios self-published in 1996. Sold out.
PORTFOLIOS: Michael and Paula
The Azo Portfolio: An edition of ten portfolios plus two artists' proofs self-published in 2006 containing a selection of ten photographs, five 8"x20" contact prints by Michael and five 8"x10" contact prints by Paula, archivally mounted and overmatted with two sheets of deckle-edged BFK Rives paper printed letterpress. The portfolio comes in a handmade box bound in heavy linen. This portfolio was produced for the purpose of helping finance production of the new silver chloride photographic paper, Lodima Photographic Paper. P.O.R.
The Stones of Monteriggioni: A suite of six 8"x20" photographs archivally mounted and overmatted. Printed in an edition of five. P.O.R.
Eight Landscape Photographs: An edition of twenty portfolios plus two artist's proofs published by Regnis Press in 1983 containing eight 8"x20" photographs archivally mounted and overmatted, and two sheets of deckle-edged Arches paper printed letterpress. The portfolio comes in a handmade box covered in heavy linen. Upon completion of this portfolio, the negatives were retired; no further prints were made from them. Only one remains. P.O.R.
Twelve Photographs 1967–1969: An edition of twenty-five portfolios self-published in 1970, this portfolio contains a representative selection of twelve photographs from this period. The 8"x10" archivally mounted and overmatted photographs and two sheets of Arches paper printed letterpress come in a custom-made portfolio case covered in heavy linen. P.O.R.
Michael A. Smith: Note Card Set One and Paula Chamlee: Note Card Set One: Two boxed sets of note cards, one set from each of us. Printed in Belgium by Salto in 600-line screen quadtone. Each set has twelve cards and envelopes—three cards each of four photographs of the natural landscape. We chose a fine card stock that is coated on the outside for optimum reproduction and uncoated on the inside for quick-dry, non-smear writing. Both sets are limited to an edition of only 1,000. $19.95 for the first set, and $16.95 for each additional set.
The four High Plains Farm posters are exquisitely printed in 300 line-screen duotone on heavy cover stock and were run through the press an additional and fourth time for extra luster and brilliance. Size: 19"x26" for three of the posters and 19"x27" for the fourth (a vertical photograph): $25 each or $75 for all four. A limited edition of signed and numbered posters is also available at $50 each or $150 for all four.
The PBS half-hour documentary film, High Plains Farm: Paula Chamlee, produced by KACV-TV is being transferred into DVD. The price is $25.
OTHER BOOKS FROM LODIMA PRESS : www.lodimapress.com
The Portfolios of Brett Weston — A 19-volume series
Lodima Press Portfolio Books:
Edward Weston: Life Work
Los Crepúsculos de la Imaginación by Alejandro López de Haro R.
Stones and Marks by Peter Elliston
Passage: Europe by Richard Copeland Miller
Crash, Burn, Love: Demolition Derby by Bill Lowenburg
Ticetown by George Tice
Land of the Deer Stone by Elaine Ling
On My Mother's Side by Emily Grimes
Whiteout by Nathan Lyons and Marvin Bell
Blu by Stefano Germi (2015)
Ground Glass Reflections by Neal Pressley (2015)