When it comes to curating exhibitions, one of my favorite experiences is working with contemporary photographers. It allows for the interaction I would never be able to have with the masters who have paved the way, like Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Harry Callahan and Ruth Bernard. Towards the end of last year, I had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful photographers for MOPA’s upcoming fall exhibition Staking Claim: A California Invitational.
Have you ever come across a computer from 10 years ago and find yourself wondering how anyone was impressed by such outdated technology? Technology has a short life in our day. But the exception to this is the camera obscura, a photographic technology that is over 1,000 years old and still manages to captivate our sense of wonder today.