Turnley in Spain: It's exciting when we get to see a new photo essay by TOP's unofficial Foreign Correspondent, Peter Turnley. Peter's been in Seville teaching a workshop, and he's taken the opportunity to do a new essay. He created a new portfolio of work during Easter week at the ancient and fabled Semana Santa, one of the oldest and holiest public ceremonies in Christian Europe.
By concentrating more than usual on faces in the crowd, Peter has created a visual essay with a different feel than his reports from Haiti and the Brazilian Carnaval previously published here. He says, "Mankind, world-wide, is united by a series of life institutions that, in spite of difference of religion, geographical and ethnic origin, and age, connect people to Universal rituals and life pursuits. Photographers have long pursued an exploration of religious rites and events that connect people to various forms of spirituality." The intent, serious faces of the participants and spectators underscore the religious gravity of the traditional processions.
As part of the ongoing cooperation between Peter and TOP to explore new means of presenting extended photojournalism on the web, we will publish this beautiful new work in three parts next Monday morning, April 19th. Our goal is to present stories in greater depth, giving more authorial control to the photographer, than you would see in almost any printed magazine. As with Peter's other extended essays, a definite "do not miss."
Weese at Work: I'm pleased to announce that our next print sale will start at noon on Sunday, April 25th. The centerpiece of the offer will consist of 8x10-inch platinum/palladium contact prints by Carl Weese. There will be three choices—one from the "Drive-In Theaters" project featured recently in the New York Times' "Lens" blog, one a "rural ruin" Americana shot representative of much of Carl's large-format shooting, and one a pure nature shot.
And there's a further twist. Each picture will be offered in two versions: The platinum contact print, and the same negative scanned and printed digitally on Carl's new HP Z3200 printer. The purpose here is twofold: first, for educational interest, it will allow you to compare and contrast with your own eyes the aesthetic qualities of one of the oldest and noblest traditional B&W printing methods to that of a state-of-the-art inkjet print. And, as a bonus, it allows you to choose the same picture at two very different price points.
If you're not familiar with TOP print offers, what we do is collect the orders in advance during a short window (this sale will be open for five days), which allows the photographer to plan the printing in volume knowing the sales have already been made. That allows us to provide fine prints of the highest quality for far less than normal gallery prices. One thing I can virtually guarantee: you will not soon have the opportunity to acquire a handmade platinum print for less money.
Check back at noon on Sunday, April 25th, to see the pictures and find out all the details.
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