PERSPECTIVES ON PHOTOGRAPHY SPEAKER SERIES 2016-2017:

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman:  Sunday, November 20th, 4:30pm.

Greg Foster-Rice: Sunday, February 26th at 4:30

Joe Gioia: Sunday, March 26th at 4:30pm  

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Joe Gioia’s Spring lecture will present a more fully-developed picture of photography pioneer and icon, George Eastman

On Sunday, March 26th at 4:30pm Mr. Gioia will give a talk entitled, "You Push the Button and We Do the Rest." 

Long before camera phones, picture-taking was made easy through the efforts of one man, George Eastman, and snapshots became the main product of his remarkable company, Eastman Kodak. An able chemist, a visionary businessman, and a marketing genius, Eastman brought photography to the masses. A predicted fad, his cameras and films quickly became a fundamental part of millions of lives as Kodak defined amateur and professional photography for the next century. In his talk, Joe Gioia reviews Eastman’s little-known life and work, paying special attention to the technological advances and business innovations he employed to make photography available to everyone.

Joe Gioia was born in Rochester, New York and spent many happy hours at the George Eastman House museum of photography before going away to school. During his illustrious career, Mr. Gioia has been Senior Editor of Modern Photography magazine and a contributing editor at American Photo magazine. He has also written about photography for PDN, Lens on Campus, Salon and the New York Times. His photographs are included in the Polaroid Corporation Collection, now housed at the Westlicht Gallerie in Vienna, Austria,  and at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work can also be seen online at www.visiblerepublic.com.

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On Collaboration: One Thing Leads to Another

On Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., Perspective Gallery will present the first lecture in their 2016/7 Perspectives on Photography lecture series. Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman will discuss the core of their collaborative practice and how it has fostered new projects, mirroring the fluid and mutable ways of storytelling traditions.

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have been collaborating on photographic narratives since they met as students at Chicago’s Institute of Design in 1977. Their collaborative practice grew from their work at the Institute and developed in the alternative art world of the 1980s. They were both asking the same questions about ļ¬nding their place in the world and used photography to examine those questions. 

On a practical level, working with a collaborator provides ongoing discussion, a willing model, a road trip companion, an assistant and an editor. On a conceptual level, it challenges the notion of the primacy of the individual artist’s vision, the artist/model relationship and ownership of the final work. Collaboration demands moving beyond personal stories into the realm of collective experience. 

Their ongoing projects examine the collective and historical shaping of gender expectations and chronicle the metaphoric and physical landscapes in which they travel; all the while, weaving history, myth and popular culture into photographic observations.

Ciurej is a Chicago-based photographer and graphic designer and Lochman is a photographer and educator living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They share a studio in Milwaukee. Their photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago History Museum, Walker Art Center and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Their work has been published in the New Yorker, Oxford American, CNN, BBC, Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Artists’ book projects are in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art, the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection and the Phoenix Art Museum. 
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