Francois Laxalt via The Huffington Post

Francois Laxalt, photographer

Francois Laxalt

Carrying the Message of Peace Through Senbazuru is a short post that I wrote about Parisian photographer Francois Laxalt for The Huffington Post.

I first met Francois in Paris in 2013, and then got a chance to review his portfolio at FotoFest in Houston in 2014.

The images are whimsical and abstract, but the story of Senbazuru is what really fascinated me. Click on the image to read the full story.

Mooselookmeguntic via The Good Men Project

stephen sheffield, photographer, panopticon gallery

Stephen Sheffield

Check out my recent story, Mooselookmeguntic via The Good Men Project.  It’s about photographer Stephen Sheffield and focuses on the balance between being a working photographer and father.

The title comes from the name of the lake in Maine where Stephen and his family spend their summers. It’s also the spot where many of his most iconic photographs where created.

From the Interview with Vik Muniz

“The great challenge is how to make smart, intelligent art that can speak to everybody.” ~Vik Muniz

This quotes comes from the interview that I did with Vik Muniz when he visited Boston a few years back.  It appears in my book Instant Connections. He is one of my favorite contemporary artists. The image below is an original Polaroid 20×24 of Freud’s profile in Ham by Vik Muniz. It is in our personal collection.

vik muniz, artist, photographer, freud

Instant Connections: Now Available

Instant_ConnectionsIt’s finally here!  My book, Instant Connections: Essays and Interviews on Photography is now available. Published by Boston-based Doolittle Press, this book includes essays, interviews, poems and quotes about photography. Most of what you will find in this book is coming from my own point of view––that of someone who was a photographer and who is now a collector, educator and gallery owner.

I never in a million years imagined that I would write a book. I have to give thanks to my wife who got me motivated to write and to my editor Debbie Hagan who pushed me to make each and every essay the best it could be.

In the world of photography, I have primarily been a giver. I give my time reviewing portfolios, mentoring students and emerging artists. As a gallery owner, I spend a lot of time promoting the artists that I represent––helping them to build their network, and grow as artists.

You will like this book if you like or can relate to:

Photography, Art and Galleries
Collecting Photography
People who want to be photographers
People who ARE photographers
People who write about photography
People who went to art or photography school
People who are self-taught artists
People who want a behind the scenes look at the photography industry
People who know the importance of having a personal network of friends and connections
People who have had a mentor and it has changed their lives

Click on the book cover or visit Amazon.com or as soon as you can, or contact any one of your local independent bookstores and buy a copy through them.

I will thank you the next time I see you. Maybe I can help you make an ‘Instant Connection’. All you have to do is ask.

Sincerely,

Jason