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Video: Artist Talk with Photographer Jeff Cowen

Jeff Cowen Photographic Works, Artist Talk, Köln 2012 from Jim Casper on Vimeo.

Photographer-Artist Jeff Cowen spoke about his work and approach to art in a conversation recorded at Michael Werner Kunsthandel in Köln Germany. Art Historian Jennifer Crowley and Lens Culture Director Jim Casper participated in the conversation with Cowen.

Cowen makes original mural-size, sculptural, painterly photographic works that are visually stunning and beautiful but defy easy categorization. His comments offer insight into his working methods and goals.

This video is a 13-minute edit that contains excerpts from the public conversation that ranged over a wide range of topics.

Jeff Cowen and Jim Casper will conduct a 5-day Masterclass for Photographers, in Paris, October 18-22, 2012. For more details, and to register, see bildernordic.no/en/archive/register-for-the-5-day-photography-masterclass-in-paris-with-jeff-cowen-and-jim-casper-october-18-22/

Video: B/W Analog Photography by Jeff Cowen

All photos © Jeff Cowen, jeffcowen.eu
Video produced by Rémy Badan, pixiesfilms.com


Photographer Jeff Cowen will be conducting a masterclass in black-and-white analog photography at his studio and custom large-format darkroom in Berlin, August 6-10, 2011. I will be participating, as well, leading discussions on editing, marketing, and strategies for career-oriented photographers.

It’s going to be great.

Limited enrollment: 5 photographers. Check out the details and sign up today!

Jeff Cowen 5-day black-and-white analog masterclass in Berlin


5-day black-and-white analog masterclass in Berlin
with photographer Jeff Cowen and Lens Culture publisher Jim Casper

When: August 6-10, 2011

Where: Private studio and custom darkroom of Jeff Cowen, in Berlin

Included: Film processing, work print paper, archival mural-size paper, models

Who: Participation limited to 5 pre-selected photographers

Fee: 1,850 euros

This is an intense, hands-on workshop (marathon) for serious photographers who want to master the best of black-and-white film techniques and experience the magic of making large mural prints from your own negatives in a custom large-format darkroom specifically designed by Jeff Cowen. oil change . Lessons and assignments will include: portraiture, the nude (in studio and in nature), still-life, and street photography in Berlin.

At the end of 5 days, each participant will have several work prints in various genres, plus one archival, museum-quality master print (mural size) of one of your images that you will make in the darkroom with Jeff Cowen and his longtime darkroom assistant, Csilla Szab. Jim Casper will conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews with each photographer, and offer advice about career development, publicity and promotion, international markets, and more.

The masterclass includes lectures and demonstrations on:

working with natural and studio lighting

creative collaboration with models

aesthetic choices while shooting, editing and printing

developing a personal photographic signature and visual voice in your photography.

Each photographers masterclass work will be discussed as part of a group process as well as private sessions regarding editing, shooting, printing and presentation techniques. Each participating photographer is encouraged to bring a portfolio of current work to be reviewed and critiqued, as well.

In addition to shooting, evaluating and printing your own photographs, each day will involve formal and informal talks on various subjects such as:

photography as a career

marketing, PR, and international exposure

developing fruitful relationships with collectors and galleries

working with book and magazine publishers

how to break through creative blocks

Developing onsite will be provided for 35mm and 120 film (film to be provided by each photographer). All darkroom supplies, including chemicals, and paper for test prints and one final mural-size museum quality print are included in the cost of the masterclass.

Because we have the luxury of only 5 students and 3 instructors (including Jeff’s darkroom assistant), the class will be tailored onsite to work on the specific issues of the class members.

Interested photographers should send a brief email summarizing your experience, plus 6-10 examples of photographs (JPEGs) and/or links to your work on a website. Photographers who are accepted will pay a non-refundable 50% deposit in advance, with the balance payment due one week before the masterclass.

Please send your letters of inquiries and samples to: [email protected].

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Visit Jeff Cowen’s website for more information about him and his work: jeffcowen.eu. Cowen has over 25 years of darkroom experience, including his early work with Larry Clark and Ralph Gibson.

Jeff Mclane

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately and one of the treats of air travel is to fly into Los Angeles at night. Looking down on a metropolis of lights, spreading and sprawling into unlimited vistas is slightly mind blowing and makes one realize that the future is now. Los Angeles photographer, Jeff Mclane has captured a sense of that night time landscape focusing on communities surrounding the Port of Los Angeles, offering a glimpse of a terrain tightly bonded with the energy of the nearby industrial structures. Jeff will be sharing six of these large scale photographs in an exhibition, Effulgence, at the Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, CA opening on May 15 and running through August 14th, with an opening reception on May 15th from 1:20-4pm.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1984, Mclane received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. His work has appeared in such publications as The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2 and Monocle magazine. In 2010, he was commissioned by the Humble Arts Foundation to produce work for Manual Transmission, which was exhibited in Brooklyn, New York and Miami, Florida. The series, Thirty six Medical Marijuana Storefronts is featured below. His project, Property Lines, was featured on LENSCRATCH in 2009.

The images from Effulgence offer a new perspective of the harbor communities, depicting how towns like San Pedro, Wilmington and Palos Verdes are tied to the visual landscape of the Port of Los Angeles. The generated light from the port, is a constant reminder of the solid presence of the industrial network, and becomes even more apparent during the night hours.

Images from Effulgence

Jeff offers familiar foreground objects such of street lights, residential homes & highway roads; all while being contained in an immense brilliance of commercial trade and industry. These indications of the power and resources surrounding the communities, give insight to how these communities maintain function, and therefore exist in their own active surroundings.

Thirtysix Medical Marijuana Storefronts, Los Angeles, CA was created with the support of Humble Art’s Manual Transmission exhibition.

The choice to photograph medical marijuana dispensaries presented itself as a very current condition of the city. It is a topic in the midst of both revolution and introduction. Legal marijuana now has physical spaces in the city, which give proof to the litigation, and eventual legalization of itself. Now part of the public community, this developing topic has justification, and perhaps (eventual) normalcy.

By choosing to photograph these spaces, I have access to a new landscape, which is photographically untouched. Framing this subject, and visually ordering the storefronts, is in a way an attempt to find order and control to this somewhat socially unrefined topic.