Paul Mobley, the photographer of the famous American Farmer, contacted me wanting to advertise an upcoming portrait workshop. But because it's coming up so soon and there are only a limited number of slots left, we figured an ad might outlast its utility. So, as a compromise, we traded—one of his prints for my new collection, for this notice.
American Farmer was #6 on Amazon's list of the Ten Best Art/Photography books of 2008. You can see small page spreads of the whole book by going to the official book website and clicking on "Look Inside." The project "...started as a personal project photographing farmers from his home state of Michigan. It grew into a body of work that has led [Paul] on a three-year, nearly 100,000-mile journey capturing farmers from Alaska to Maine."
Paul's workshop is limited to 14 people and still has a few places left. It will take place from March 14th to March 20th, 2010, in Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA, presented under the auspices of the Santa Fe Workshops. Although the concentration is on portraits of any kind, and establishing a connection with subjects, it might be an especially good opportunity for anyone with an ambition to do corporate, editorial, and advertising portraiture—Paul has a distinguished roster of clients.
And, in a semi-related question—do people want to know what prints I'm adding to my collection, and what I think of them? I was thinking I could eventually do a recurring type of post called "Added to the Collection" or something like that, giving details about the picture, the photographer, how I found them, how I acquired the print, the quality of the print, and so forth. And of course showing the picture, as well. Would that be something that might interest you, or would it just be tiresome?