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photo-eye Gallery Time, Light, and Land: An Interview with David H. Gibson In honor of our current exhibition Rendezvous with Light Gallery Associate Lucas Shaffer interviews photographer David H. Gibson about his process and practice.

David H. Gibson completing a panorama on location at Plaza Blanca, Abiquiu, New Mexico.
Image © Walter Nelson
David H. Gibson once defined his photographic work as "a constant process of experiencing the unexpected …like listening to music with its structure of sound forming and unfolding during performance." I love this quote because I find David's imagery, perhaps more than any other artist at photo-eye Gallery – melodic. From the staccato Jazz improvisation of Lotus Stems and Cloud Reflections to the low orchestral hum of Sunrise, Aug 26th, Gibson's photographs are rhythmic, lyrical, and harmonious possessing music's facility to arouse emotion.

In honor of Rendezvous with Light, Gibson's current exhibition at photo-eye Gallery, I had the privilege of interviewing the artist regarding his background, philosophy, and photographic practice.
– Lucas Shaffer

David H. Gibson – Lotus Stems and Cloud Reflections, Texas Gulf Coast, 1998 Toned Gelatin-Silver Print,
9.5x13" Image, Edition of 45

Lucas Shaffer: 
   For clients with the privilege of viewing your work for the first time, how did you begin your career as a photographer, and what draws to you making images?  Who would you list among your influences? 

David H. Gibson:     My first introduction to photographic process occurred as a child.  My father had set up a temporary darkroom in our kitchen and I saw a print develop and appear as if by magic.  I do not remember being invited back but the memory is as clear as yesterday.  He was an experienced printer working for a commercial photographer to help put himself through the University of Louisville.  He made photographs around Louisville and experimented with carbro printing.  He made portraits of us in b/w until color film became available and from that point on he made slides.  I had a Brownie camera for fun and later a 35mm camera for general use.

In 1965 my engagement with photography changed dramatically.  We were given an exhibition catalog of The Family of Man.  I came to the double page spread of Ansel Adam’s Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada from Manzanar, California.   In the foreground was a massive boulder field of incredible rock forms.  The mountains in the background light streams through backlighted clouds was a dramatic theatrical event captured perfectly.  I decided at that point to try to learn how to make an expressive print.  I purchased Ansel’s books, set up a dark room, and began the process.  I finally began to make prints and decided to show the work to Bruce Barnbaum who was conducting a workshop in Dallas.  I realized an artist critique would speed my process. This lead me to attend a workshop conducted by working photographers.  My first formal workshop was with Bruce, and Jay Dusard and later with Michael Kenna, and John Sexton.

David H. Gibson - Cypress Island, Village Creek, Texas, 1987 Gelatin-Silver Print, 6x6" Image, Edition of 50, $600

LS:     The landscape images currently on view in Rendezvous with Light span 30 years’ time, what draws you to go out and make your work in a natural environment. Why does much of your work revolve around the passage of time – both short sequences photographed over a few minutes and long stretches as you return to the same locations year-after-year for decades?

DHG:     I was initially drawn to Caddo Lake in East Texas.  The mysterious moss-covered trees reflected in the water and sometimes foggy mornings were a great attraction.  The earliest photograph in the show is from Caddo.  Water is often a presence in my photographs.  It is dynamic and reflections are an important aspect of my work in the land.

David H. Gibson – Sunrise Sequence August 27, 8:37 AM Eagle Nest Lake, NM, 2016, Archival Pigment Ink,
10x40" Image, Edition of 25, $1200
David H. Gibson – Sunrise Sequence August 27 8:48 AM, Eagle Nest Lake, NM, 2016, Archival Pigment Ink, 10x40" Image, Edition of 25, $1200   
David H. Gibson – Sunrise Sequence August 27 8:59AM Eagle Nest Lake NM, 2016, Archival Pigment Ink, 10x40"
Image, Edition of 25, $1200 

I have returned often to Cypress Creek, Wimberley, Texas, the Texas Gulf Coast, Eagle Nest Lake, New Mexico, the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, and the Canyonlands in South East Utah.  These places combined with annual trips to Japan are designed to experience the unexpected.  My garden at home allows me surprise and wonder often as I walk out the back door.

Sunrise Sequence, December 24, 2016, Texas Gulf Coast, Archival Pigment Ink, 116x27" Image, Edition of 3, $8000

LS:     Your signature piece in Rendezvous with Light is the gorgeous hand-made Sunrise Sequence Scroll. Can you share some details about when and where the images were made, the idea behind making a scroll, and the process of producing the object itself?

DHG:     Sunrise Sequence Texas Gulf Coast was initially presented at the 2017 Dallas Art Fair in an accordion form housed in an acrylic box.  I mentioned that to Vicki [Bohannon, photo-eye Co-Owner, and Gallery Preparator] and she suggested a scroll for the entry to the exhibit.  I thought that it was a wonderful idea and proceeded to design the piece in the show.  Harvey Phillips, a craftsman with whom I have worked for many years, crafted the piece.  Harvey also made the box containing the scrolls used in A Tourist's Walk in Katsura Garden.

David H. Gibson – Sunrise, Eagle Nest, 2010, Handmade Artist Book This limited edition book is presented in a clamshell box. Box: 15 3/8"L x 6 13/16"W x 2"H Accordion Book: 14 1/4"L x 5 3/4"W x 1 3/8"H
The book contains 17 archival pigment prints. – $2,400

LS:     Last week we featured your exquisite limited-edition artist books on the photo-eye blog, many of which feature your signature sequences, what is it that you love about photo books and building artist books in your studio?

DHG:     I have always loved the tactile quality of books in all shapes and forms.  The experience of holding a fine book and viewing photographs is a joy for me.  As I moved into the digital world it was a natural progression to print books on the 44” printer.  The accordion form lent itself well for presenting my work. Books printed on press are for a mass audience.  Options are extensive with paper type, font options, unique bindings opportunities limited only by the imagination of the designer.  My books are all original pigment prints and generally sequences of experiences over time.  The books are designed to allow the viewer to be engaged in a personal way.

David H. Gibson - Grasses and Reflections, Eagle Nest Lake, New Mexico, Gelatin-Silver Print,
 8x23" Image, Edition of 48, $800 

LS:     As I understand it, you are also an established photobook collector; do you have any favorite volumes or books that are particularly influential to your practice.

DHG:     Rixon and Vicki began photo-eye in Austin and somehow I got on their mailing list and I have purchased unique and special books from photo-eye ever since. At some point, I discovered Nazraeli Press and my collection includes Chris Pichler’s publications from the very beginning of NZ Press.

LS:     You are a prolific image-maker, what’s next for you?

DHG:     My next projects are a continuation of work with current contact sheets and travels.

— PE

Images, Panoramas, Sequences
Photographs by David H. Gibson, Nazraeli Press
3 volumes, Signed Limited Edition, 500 copies
$250
In 2016 Coinciding with a major exhibition of David H. Gibson's photographs at Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Dallas, Texas, Nazraeli Press' gorgeous new publication comprises three separate clothbound volumes spanning some thirty years of work. Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies and presented in a custom-made clamshell box, Images, Panoramas, Sequences is a long-overdue survey of Gibson's highly-acclaimed photographic output.

Images, Panoramas, Sequences also includes an incredible introduction by John Rohrbach with an in-depth discussion of Gibson's background, process, influences, and place in the photographic timelines. If you are interested in Gibson's work this introduction is a must read, here's a small excerpt:

"I don't feel the need to enter his photographs, to stand there with the artist. Gibson gives me the freedom to stand there by myself and to revel in the scenes that cannot be described in words. Koans, one might call them. The early images keep my eye continually moving in their simple complexity. The panoramas engage not land and clouds but the space between. The sequences invite me to walk, stop, and notice how light and patterns are constantly changing. The photographs leave aside the domains of commerce, people, and the empirical age, even if they trumpet the pleasures of beauty in counter to an art world that for years regarded that quality as irrelevant. — John Rohrbach






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Books 2017 Best Books We are delighted to present photo-eye’s Best Books of 2017. photo-eye asked 28 photobook lovers from across the world to share their favorite books of the year.

We are delighted to present photo-eye’s Best Books of 2017. We have again asked numerous photobook lovers from across the world to share their favorite books of the year. Our contributors for 2017 are:
Adam Broomberg
Alec Soth
Alejandro Cartagena
Aline Smithson
Christian Michael Filardo
Daniel Boetker-Smith
Deanna Templeton
Ed Templeton
Forrest Soper
Fred Cray
Jim Goldberg
John Gossage
Joshua Rashaad McFadden
Larissa Leclair
Larry Fink
Laura M. André
Laura El-Tantawy
Martin Parr
Mike Mandel
Miwa Susuda
Rafał Milach
Rebecca Norris Webb
Rinko Kawauchi
Roger Ballen
Sara Terry
Thomas Sauvin
Todd Hido
Yumi Goto

photo-eye asked each contributor to select three photobooks that were significant to them on a personal or professional level, and to write a brief text about each selection. Among these diverse selections, you may recognize some of your own favorite publications, along with exciting new discoveries.

ADAM BROOMBERG
  
ALEC SOTH

ALEJANDRO CARTAGENA

ALINE SMITHSON

CHRISTIAN MICHAEL FILARDO

DANIEL BOETKER-SMITH

DEANNA TEMPLETON 

ED TEMPLETON

FORREST SOPER 

FRED CRAY 

JIM GOLDBERG 

JOHN GOSSAGE 

JOSHUA RASHAAD MCFADDEN 

LARISSA LECLAIR

LARRY FINK 

LAURA M. ANDRÉ  

LAURA EL-TANTAWY 

MARTIN PARR 

MIKE MANDEL 

MIWA SUSUDA 

RAFAŁ MILACH 

REBECCA NORRIS WEBB 

RINKO KAWAUCHI 

ROGER BALLEN 

SARA TERRY 
THOMAS SAUVIN
  
TODD HIDO

YUMI GOTO


Books Adam Broomberg: 2017 Best Books Adam Broomberg Selects Photography Against the Grain, 42nd and Vanderbilt, and In Most Tides An Island as the Best Books of 2017
Adam Broomberg
Adam Broomberg (born 1970, Johannesburg, South Africa) lives and and works between London and Berlin. He has collaborated with Oliver Chanarin (born 1971, London, UK) for over 20 years. They are professors of photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, Germany. Together they have had numerous solo exhibitions including the Hasselblad Center (2017), Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2015); Jumex Foundation, Mexico City (2014); Mostyn, Llandudno, UK (2014); Townhouse, Cairo (2010) and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006). Their participation in international group shows includes the Yokohama Trienniale (2017), Documenta, Kassel (2017), The British Art Show 8 (2015-2017), Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern, London and Museum Folkwang, Essen (2015); Shanghai Biennale (2014); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Tate Britain (2014), Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2013); Gwanju Biennale (2012) and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011). Their work is held in major public and private collections including Tate, MoMA, Yale, Stedelijk, the V&A, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Baltimore Museum of Art. Major awards include the ICP Infinity Award (2014) for Holy Bible, and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2013) for War Primer 2. "

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Books Alec Soth: 2017 Best Books Alec Soth Selects Reading Raymond Carver, Nausea, and In Most Tides An Island as the Best Books of 2017
Alec Soth
Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books including Sleeping by the Mississippi and Songbook. Soth has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minnesota (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, and is a member of Magnum Photos.

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Books Alejandro Cartagena: 2017 Best Books Alejandro Cartagena Selects Zona, Bleu, and Mexico 1986-2016 as the Best Books of 2017
Alejandro Cartagena
Alejandro Cartagena, Mexican (b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. Cartagena’s work has been exhibited internationally in more than 50 group and individual exhibitions in spaces including the the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris and the CCCB in Barcelona, and his work is in the collections of several museums, including the San Francisco MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art, The West Collection, the Coppel collection, the FEMSA collection, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman House and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and among others.

Alejandro is a self-publisher and co-editor and has created several award winning titles, including Santa Barbara Shame on US, A Guide to Infrastructure and Corruption, Rivers of Power, Santa Barbara Return Jobs to US, Headshots, Before the War, Carpoolers, and Suburbia Mexicana. Some of his books are in the Yale University Library, the Tate Britain, the 10×10 Photobooks book collections among others.

Cartagena has received several awards including the international Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award, the Street Photography Award in London Photo Festival, the Lente Latino Award in Chile, the Premio IILA-FotoGrafia Award in Rome and the Salon de la Fotografia of Fototeca de Nuevo Leon in Mexico among others. He has been named an International Discoveries of the FotoFest festival, a FOAM magazine TALENT and an Emerging photographer of PDN magazine. He has also been a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Award and has been nominated for the Santa Fe Photography Prize, the Prix Pictet Prize, the Photoespaña Descubrimientos Award and the FOAM Paul Huff Award. His work has been published internationally in magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, Nowness, Domus, the Financial Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Stern, PDN, The New Yorker, and Wallpaper among others. He is represented by Patricia Conde Gallery.

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Books Aline Smithson: 2017 Best Books Aline Smithson Selects The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer, Unfamiliar Familiarities, and Front Towards Enemy as the Best Books of 2017
Aline Smithson
Aline Smithson is a photographic artist, educator, and the founder and editor in chief of LENSCRATCH. As an editor, she has spotlighted the work of thousands of photographers over the last ten years; as an artist, Aline has had over 40 solo exhibitions and has been published in The New York Times, PDN, The New Yorker, Communication Arts, and Eyemazing magazines, among others. In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published a retrospective monograph of her portraits, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to create a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition. Aline lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Books Christian Michael Filardo: 2017 Best Books Christian Michael Filardo Selects lilaque, Sculpture/Printer_Office, and Nekyia as the Best Books of 2017
Christian Michael Filardo
Christian Michael Filardo is a Filipino American photographer, curator, and composer living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This year they released their second book The Voyeur’s Gambit through Lime Lodge. Currently, they help run the gallery and performance space Etiquette and write critically for photo-eye and Phroom. Filardo is the current shipping manager at photo-eye Bookstore.


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Books Daniel Boetker-Smith: 2017 Best Books Daniel Boetker-Smith Selects Museum Bhavan, Why Dresden? Photographs 1984/85 and 2015, and White Night as the Best Books of 2017
Daniel Boetker-Smith
Daniel Boetker-Smith is an educator, writer, curator, publisher, and photographer. Daniel is the Academic Director at Photography Studies College (Melbourne). He is a contributor to British Journal of Photography, Voices of Photography, Vault, Paper Journal, Source, and other Australian and international publications. He is also the Founder of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, the largest collection of self-published and contemporary photobooks from the Asia-Pacific region in the world. Daniel was previously the Managing Editor of Australia’s oldest photography magazine Photofile.



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Books Deanna Templeton: 2017 Best Books Deanna Templeton Selects The Last Son, Prince Street Girls, and Fink on Warhol as the Best Books of 2017
Deanna Templeton
Deanna Templeton (Born 1969) is from Huntington Beach, California. She is represented by Little Big Man Gallery, Los Angeles and Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium.







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Books Ed Templeton: 2017 Best Books Ed Templeton Selects The Last Son, People in Cars, and Kensington Blues as the Best Books of 2017
Ed Templeton
Ed Templeton (born 1972) A respected cult figure in the subculture of skateboarding, his paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed-media installations take their inspiration from the subculture he is a part of and the suburban environment he lives in. Templeton is also a two-time world-champion professional skateboarder, and the founder/creative force behind Toy Machine Skateboard Company. His work has been shown at MOCA, Los Angeles, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, S.M.A.K. Museum, Belgium, Bonnefanten Museum, Netherlands, Kunsthalle, Vienna, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK. His work is included in the LACMA permanent collection. Over 15 books of his work have been published.

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Books Forrest Soper: 2017 Best Books Forrest Soper Selects I Love You, I’m Leaving, INVERSION: (New York Edition), and Ren Hang as the Best Books of 2017
Forrest Soper
Forrest Soper is an artist and photographer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Forrest is the Editor of photo-eye Blog, a former photochemical lab technician at Bostick & Sullivan, and a graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.





 


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Books Fred Cray: 2017 Best Books Fred Cray Selects Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation, Women with Cameras (Anonymous), and Money Must Be Made as the Best Books of 2017
Fred Cray
Fred Cray lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Peter S. Reed Foundation. His works are in various public and private collections; he has published a number of books.








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Books Jim Goldberg: 2017 Best Books Jim Goldberg Selects Red Flower: The Women of Okinawa, Ville De Calais, and Pictures from Home as the Best Books of 2017
Jim Goldberg
Jim Goldberg American, born 1953, lives and works in the Bay Area

Jim Goldberg’s innovative use of image and text make him a landmark photographer of our times. He has been working with experimental storytelling for over thirty-five years, and his major projects and books include Rich and Poor (1977-85), Raised by Wolves (1985-95), Nursing Home (1986), Coming and Going (1996-present), Open See (2003-2009), The Last Son (2016), Ruby Every Fall (2016), and Candy (2013–2017). His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Getty, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is the recipient of numerous awards including three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship (1985), the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (2007), and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2011). Goldberg is Professor Emeritus at the California College of the Arts and is a member of Magnum Photos. He is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York, and Casemore Kirkeby Gallery in San Francisco.

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