LOOK3 2013 was a better balance of art
photography and journalistic photography than last years mix.
Of course there are many labels used in
photography and most are misleading and limiting at best but that was
One is not better than another it just
seemed a little more 50/50 this year. I enjoy most forms of
photography and consider it all good grist for the mill. I will
attend and did attend most insight interviews regardless of labels.
In fact I really appreciate the more mixed bag LOOK3 had for us this
What it seems you won't find at the
LOOK3 insight type events are any primarily commercial photographers.
What I mean here is all of the photographers have the love of making
images in common first and generally have to find money to support
the work or the life of the photographer. This is different than photographers
who get paid to make images that have a direct bearing on things such
as sales as apposed to say history, anthropology and so on.
I found the print shows overall more
formally beautiful last year than this, maybe this was content
For my dollar I would have loved seeing
more Gregory Crewdson prints (only 2 color pieces shown) lots of wall
space was devoted to the technical things behind the images. It
isn't that was not interesting to me, but I would prefer to read
about it in a book or another form and seen the wall space used for
more images. Although in the smaller room at Second Street Gallery
there were a number of recent b&w prints, from his latest body of
work. While on Crewdson, I have been aware of
his work for sometime and would of liked to have a book of his. It
seems to me when he first came to some prominence I was heavily into
studying various painters. So given this opportunity (despite my lean
financial [on sabbatical] lifestyle) I purchased books yet again at a