April 25, 2012

Grand Poobahs, and Little Bears, with Christopher James

Excerpt of a Christopher James interview with Nancy McCrary, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, South x Southeast Photomagazine

Nancy: In his 1975 book, The Painted Word, Tom Wolfe alluded to the idea that the monopolies of art, especially modern art, were dying out, and being replaced with a kind of fusion. If we achieve near-complete democratization of photography (if not all the arts), what happens to the high priests?

Christopher: The fact is there is often precious little difference between the imagery selected by the Grand Poobahs of the museum and gallery world and much of the work I am seeing from my MFA students … it’s just a matter of right-place-right-time, intelligence, luck, and being ready when you’re lucky. I really like the art game but I am not a fan of the religion, or the politics, of it’s high priests. Like I tell my students, if you want to be really good at this, you need to learn how to play really hard. Little bears become very successful big bears through play, not because they follow the rules and current bear fashions.  

To learn more from Christopher join us for one or more of his workshops this summer:

Alternative Photographic Processes
with Christopher James
June 24 - June 29, 2012

Wet Plate Collodion
with Christopher James
July 1 - July 6, 2012

Advanced Alternative Processes: Projects
with Christopher James
July 8 - July 13, 2012

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