December 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

📽 . . . ACTION!


November was a busy month for motion pictures. Director Eric Minh Swenson's 7-minute documentary Osceola Refetoff: Kinematic Exposures unpacks my recent exhibition at Von Lintel Gallery, shedding new light on the essential question: "What's a Kinematic exposure anyway?"

Zen Psychosis, also directed by EMS, features author Shana Nys Dambrot reading from her eponymous dream novella, and a discussion about our collaboration combining text and image. Signed editions of Zen Psychosis are available for shipment from A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books.


Osceola Refetoff : Kinematic Exposures (7-minute video)
Photo: The Persistence of Being #4 (after Giacometti)

Two current shows can be viewed online, Exploring Humanity at the LACP and the International Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art. The Los Angeles Art Association's Open Show will be on view IRL December 12 (by appointment thru Jan 15). And I'm happy to have a few images in the just-released book California Love: A Visual Mixtape curated by Michael Rababy.

Recent press includes: Von Lintel Gallery : Osceola Refetoff : Kinematic Exposures in L'Oeil de la Photographie, Landscapes of the Soul: Kinematic Exposures by Genie Davis in Diversions LA, and "Kinematic Exposures" at Von Lintel Gallery by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat.


"Zen Psychosis" a film by Eric Minh Swenson with Shana Nys Dambrot & Osceola Refetoff – 2020"Zen Psychosis" a film by Eric Minh Swenson with Shana Nys Dambrot & Osceola Refetoff – 2020ITurn Signals – 101 Freeway – 32-Second Pinhole Exposure – Los Angeles, California – 2010 (First printed: 2018)

Zen Psychosis (5-minute video)
Photo: Turn Signals – Pinhole Exposure – Los Angeles, California

Photographically, it's been quite a year: an Antarctic adventure with my Dad, the OpenWalls Arles Outstanding Series Award and an in situ installation at Galerie Huit in France, two 1st place awards from the LA Press Club and one from the LA Center of Photography, gallery representation plus my first solo show at Von Lintel Gallery (yay!), and work featured in The British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, and The New Republic.

2020 was... a lot. Wishing you all a safe holiday season. We will get though this, together. Now more than ever, "It's a Mess Without You!" ❤️

It's a Mess Without You! – Cinco California – 2011It's a Mess Without You! – Cinco, California – 2011First printed: 2011

I'd been documenting the abandoned trailers at this site for three years before capturing this image. The same room appears in an earlier photograph Desert Kitchen – Cinco, California – 2010 before the sink was pried out and someone added a memorable epitaph to the scene. As a documentary photographer, I can only bear witness to the aftermath of such events, wondering like you, who may have spray-painted the message, and for what intended audience. A couple of months later, the entire property was razed to make way for a massive solar installation.

It's a Mess Without You! – Cinco, California as seen in The Guardian



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