Sunday, September 24, 2017

"Women" exhibition opening reception October 12, 5:30-7:30, Scott Nichols Gallery (San Francisco, CA.)

Scott Nichols Gallery presents
Vintage and contemporary prints by women photographers

Exhibition dates: September 16 – November 4, 2017
Reception: October 12, 6-8pm

The Scott Nichols Gallery is pleased to present its fall show, "Women," highlighting the work of female photographers from our vast collection. Included in this exhibition are works by Ruth Bernhard, Anne Brigman, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Margo Davis, Monica Denevan, Katy Grannan, Niniane Kelley, Mona Kuhn, Dorothea Lange, Doris Ullman, and others. The exhibition features original vintage gelatin silver prints and platinum prints as well as contemporary work ranging from unique wet plate collodion tintypes to chromogenic prints. We are also excited to unveil some rarely seen Dorothea Lange images on the heels of her retrospective at the Oakland Museum of California. Along with the powerful portraits taken by these female photographers, we are reserving one wall to display some important photographs of women taken by the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Wynn Bullock, Jim Marshall, George Tice, Edward Weston, Joel-Peter Witkin and others. It’s an interesting contrast between the women photographing women and the men photographing women. It’s not so subtle a difference. This is indeed a show full of surprises.

The Scott Nichols Gallery is a fine art photography gallery located in downtown San Francisco. The gallery shows a combination of established, up and coming and contemporary photographers.
Scott Nichols, a Southern California native, has been a private dealer since 1980. He is considered one of the experts on Group f/64 and Brett Weston. The gallery opened in 1992 and houses one of the largest private collections of Brett Weston photographs as well as an extensive inventory of photographs by classic California photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard, Wynn Bullock, and William Garnett.
Though the gallery is located in the upscale gallery district of the Union Square area, Scott Nichols has a very casual and friendly style. This is not the typical white walled gallery affair.
The Scott Nichols Gallery is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).


Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 5:30pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Also available by appointment
49 Geary Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

* When: Opening Reception, October 12, 5:30-7:30pm; Exhibition Dates: September 16-November 4, 2017
* What: "Women"
* Who: Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Mona Kuhn, Ruth Bernhard, André Kértesz, others
* Where: Scott Nichols Gallery, 49 Geary Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
* Public info: 415-788-4641,
* Contact: Scott Nichols or Ann Jastrab,
* Image by: Imogen Cunningham, "Gertrude Stein", 1937, vintage gelatin silver print

O'Christmas Tree! City of Chicago is looking for the perfect Tree to shine in Millennium Park!
Tree nominations will be accepted through October 20
 The 104th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is November 17 in Millennium Park
The City of Chicago is looking for a tree to grace Millennium Park this holiday season and serve as the City’s “official” Christmas tree. Through October 20, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will accept tree nominations from the Chicagoland area. The family of the selected tree will get the opportunity to “flip the switch” and light the tree at the 104th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 17 in Millennium Park.
The City of Chicago’s 104th Christmas Tree will shine this holiday season in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. The musical program will begin at 6 p.m. in Wrigley Square.
In order to secure the perfect tree, all trees nominated must meet the following criteria:
  • Be at least 55 feet or taller;
  • Be located less than 100 miles from Chicago’s Loop; and
  • Preferably, be a Spruce or Fir Tree. Pine trees are ineligible, they are not sturdy enough.
Trees that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
All submissions need to include: the owner(s) name, address, phone and email; at least two photographs (one from afar and one up close); and a brief description of why the tree should be Chicago’s official Christmas Tree including any background information on the tree that makes it special.
Trees can be nominated via email to or by mail to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL. 60602 (must be received by October 20). The selected tree will be announced in early November. For complete details, please visit
Millennium Park is Chicago’s town square, the #1 attraction in the Midwest and among the Top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S. Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am–11pm daily. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.
The Millennium Park campus is the epicenter of holiday fun in Chicago. See the lighting of the city’s sparkling Christmas tree, skate at the iconic McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, and join in caroling at Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) or the Do-It-Yourself Messiah at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance—all in Millennium Park, Chicago’s town square and the #1 attraction in the Midwest. There’s more skating and family fun just across the BP Bridge at the ice ribbon in Maggie Daley Park. The Wreathing of the Lions has been a tradition at the Art Institute of Chicago for more than 25 years; watch as cheery holiday wreaths are placed on the regal lion statues on the museum steps (where they’re up all season), then head inside for art-making activities. And you won’t want to miss the Dance-Along Nutcracker® at the Chicago Cultural Center—with dance lessons and live music for children of all ages and abilities under the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural asses to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico

 Thanks to my friend Tom Tuohy for this post from his Facebook Timline.

It can be hard too keep up with the natural and the national disasters. But what is going in #PuertoRico is not getting enough attention. This where social media can make all the difference.
The entire island might be without power for 6 months. Think of that. Many people are worried about family and friends. A friend posted this for communication.
And they are going to need massive assistance to recover

#HurricaneMaria left Puerto Rico 100% without Electricity. The Emergency Management Antenna and the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center have collapsed. Some cell towers have fallen and many radio stations are off the air. If anyone knows of any person who needs help, they can call (787) 777-0940 WIPR Radio, they are receiving emergency calls. It's our turn to copy and post relevant information we find to make sure that you can keep the news running.

Reposting: Hurricane Hotlines numbers for Puerto Rico to call and check on Family and Friends.
Please share this post. 🇵🇷
Material things can be replaced, the lives of our loved ones cannot.

Chicago International Film Festival >> Founder Discounted Rate - EXTENDED

Hello, Cinema/Chicago Members!

By popular demand, we are extending our discounted Founder rate until September 28! It's your LAST chance to take part in these exciting benefits before the
53rd Chicago International Film Festival!

Films have the power to entertain and educate. They give us unforgettable cinematic experiences and celebrate all walks of life from around the globe. I know you love movies, and now is your chance to enjoy even more films as a Founder member.

Free screenings! Reserved seating! Exclusive discounts! AND MORE! With our 53rd program already announced, now is the time to secure your Founder membership with its high-value (more than $1,500 worth) and extensive benefits to be enjoyed throughout the year and especially for the Festival season.

  • All-Access Badge to Regular Screenings: 1 Badge Per Membership
  • Access to Reserved Seating: 1 Seat Per Badge
  • Opening Night Film and Reception: 1 Ticket to Each
  • Closing Night Film and Reception: 1 Ticket to Each
  • Vouchers to Regular Screenings: 6 Vouchers to Share with Friends
  • Special/Gala Presentation Tickets: 2 Tickets
  • Priority Entrance
  • Concierge Ticket Service (Bypass long ticket lines!)
  • Access to Filmmakers' Lounge throughout the Festival

  • Access to Reserved Section (4 seats) during Exclusive Members Screenings
  • Merchandise Discount: 20% off


Contact Rosie Galicia for any questions or comments at or 312.683.0121 ext.108.

Thank you for keeping our vision alive. I look forward to seeing and meeting you at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival this October!

Michael Kutza
Founder and CEO
Call 312.683.0121 ext.108
Experience film together! Suggest a friend to become a member with you.
Direct your friends to the Membership page, HERE .
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Focus on 2017 Lucie Honoree: Art Shay


Image © Richard Shay

2017 Honoree, Lifetime Achievement

“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert

Art Shay was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1922. During World War II, he was lead navigator on 30 missions in the Eighth Air Force. His service, which also include 23 combat supplies missions, earned him five Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Croix de Guerre. He is credited with shooting down one Focke Wulf 190, a German fighter plane.
Shay has pursued photography since his teens, and he took his first Leica to war with him. His first published photographs—documenting a mid air collision over his English Air Base—were printed in a September 1944 issue of Look magazine. Upon returning to civilian life, Shay wrote Sunday features for the Washington Post before becoming a staff reporter for Life magazine. In San Francisco at age 26, he became Life’s youngest bureau chief. His specialty was story ideas and he wrote text and captions for photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Peter Stackpole, Wallace Kirkland and Francis Miller.
Shay moved to Chicago in late 1948. A longtime fan of literature, he befriended novelist Nelson Algren, the winner of the first National Book Award for Fiction. Throughout the 1950s, they wandered Chicago documenting Algren’s “rusty heart” neighborhoods. In 1951, Shay left his staff position at Life magazine and became a freelance photographer. He found success shooting for major magazines including Life, Time, Fortune, Ebony, Sports Illustrated, The Saturday Evening Post and The New York Times Magazine. Shay earned a reputation for getting the shots editors wanted. As former editor of Lifeand Fortune Roy Rowan put it, “Art Shay’s extraordinary talent lies in capturing the human spirit of all those who come before his lens.”

Images © Art Shay
Shay’s images range from photographs of nine US Presidents, to the early 1960s Post cereal box baseball card photographs, to a forty-year ongoing essay of a local shopping mall. He is the author of nearly 70 books, including several dozen nonfiction children’s books. He has also written five plays, two of which had professional stage runs: “A Clock for Nikita” in 1963 and “Where have you gone, Jimmy Stewart?” in 2002. Shay is also a member of the U.S. Racquetball Hall of Fame (having been a state and national champion) and has been the official photographer of the racquetball association.
Since 1958, Shay has lived in Deerfield, Illinois, where he and his wife Florence raised their five children. Florence Shay, an esteemed rare book dealer and his wife of 67 years, died in 2012. Art has since published “My Florence: A 70-year Love Story” which honors her as his intellectual and loving partner.
Shay’s photographs reside in major permanent collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago and the National Portrait Gallery (Washington D.C.). He is currently involved in several photographic and literary projects including an expansive book of his civil rights photographs and a documentary on his life and work.

The 15th Annual Lucie Awards 


Join the premiere annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography. 

OCTOBER 29, 2017

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC



Support Category Awards are presented to the individuals and organizations who are an integral part of crafting an image.  

The public is invited to nominate those from the creative community to compete for this honor.  It is from these nominations that seven individuals or organizations in the creative community will be awarded a Lucie Award this year in NYC.

DEADLINE TO NOMINATE: September 25, 2017 by Midnight, PST


The 15th Annual Lucie Awards
Presented by Lucie Foundation
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC

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