Anyone going to APIS in Santa Fe in July?

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  1. TheFlyingCamera

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    Well, it looks like I'm going to APIS in July after all. It would be great to meet up with any other Ape-huggers out there also planning to attend. Maybe I'll even have the vertical 12x20 ready to bring along, if my parts camera I just got works out.
     
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    Wish I could! It is just out of my budget this year. Have fun!

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    what is apis
     
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    APIS stands for the Alternative Photographic International Symposium. This year it will be held in Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA -- put on by Bostick and Sullivan.

    I went several years ago (it has been alternating between Sante Fe and England) and I enjoyed it very much.

    Here is the B and S website address:

    http://www.bostick-sullivan.com/

    You can link to more info from there.

    Vaughn
     
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    I will be there and look forward t omeeting more APUG alt printers.
    Jim
     
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    jim- looking forward to meeting you there. And anyone else who can make it too!
     
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    Hi to all,

    Ok, if you are going to twist my arm. Apis 1999, College of Santa Fe, 2001 St. Johns College, 2003/05 down town, and now 2007. Ok, I'll go. Besides people like Kenro Izu, Ron Partridge, and Kim Weston. Plus alot of the usual suspects. Maybe? William Crawford 'Keepers of Light', he came last year.

    Name a process, and you my find thay you are not the only one doing it. For a lot of us it is a great way to catch-up and see new work. Oh and don't forget the print swap {bring a print wraped and get a print back. It's a fun time. See you all in Santa Fe

    Jan Pietrzak
     
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    I'm going this year and look foward to meeting alot of the faces in person
    Best, Peter
     
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    Andrew Smith, from the Andrew Smith Gallery is also hosting a party, exclusively for APIS participants. If you don't know about his gallery, I would put it in the top 5 galleries for photography in the United States, or perhaps the world.

    His parties are legendary in Santa Fe, so this is definitely a do-not-miss!
     
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    Wow, they have quite the inventory. Wish I could get there.
     
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    I'll be there.
     
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    Thinking about going for sure, but don't know if I can also afford the symposium, although I would like to attend...:sad:.
     
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    Anyone looking for a room-share? Santa Fe t'aint cheap.
     
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    Scott, how long do you plan on spending in Santa Fe? I'll ask around and see what I can find on this end.
     
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    I plan to be at APIS. Will be in Santa Fe from July 18 through July 21.

    Sandy King
     
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    Dana- I'm planning on coming out on either the 18th or 19th and staying through the 22nd (leaving in the morning on the 22nd). I'm flying in and out of Albuquerque.
     
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    Ok- booked my flight and rental car, and reserved my conference ticket today. Just need to take care of the housing bit now.
     
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    So who is going?
     
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    So far from here it looks like you, me, Sandy King, Jan Pietrzak, Peter Schrager, Jim Noel, possibly Jeremy Moore...
     
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    The only reason I live here is because I can't afford a motel room to visit...
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    So how was it?
     
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    APIS was a really neat experience. Lots of really neat presentations about antique and historic processes, and just really great photography. Kenro Izu was the keynote speaker, and he was a really good presenter in addition to being a brilliant photographer. Ron Reeder gave a very interesting talk about using the QuadTone RIP to customize digital negative output (if you're interested, he posts on hybridphoto). Kim Weston showed his own work, and placed it in the context of his family's different working styles. He is now doing platinum (and silver) prints and painting on top with oils. To reproduce the one-off originals, he has them scanned, printed out 30x40, and mounted on aluminum.

    On a very different note, there was a presentation on the Woodburytype, which was the first photomechanical means of reproduction for continuous tone images. It involved making a relief using sensitized gelatin, then impressing the relief on a lead plate, which was then inked and printed like an intaglio or gravure. In its day, the Woodburytype enabled printing at what was then high speed, but it lost out to other processes that quickly outpaced it. I'm embarassed to say that I forget the speaker's name (I'll come back and annotate later when I get home and get my conference materials in front of me).

    Joe Sarff and Dick Sullivan gave a joint presentation on the importance of vernacular photography (vernacular photography being all the pictures that we take that we don't put in frames and try to sell as "art"- little Jimmy's seventh birthday, the wedding album, the family trip to the beach, etc etc etc). Specifically, they talked about what we need to do to preserve our own family photo heritage, in this day and age of digital media.

    John Guider showed his photo series of his canoe trip from the stream behind his house in Tennessee down to New Orleans. A very ambitious, daunting, and visually captivating project. He is currently looking for a publisher to put it in book form.

    Rondal Partridge was the opening presenter, and a fascinating bit of living photographic history himself. Turning 90 this year, he has been working in photography for well over seventy years. He grew up working in his mother's darkroom, and printing for Imogen Cunningham. He had all kinds of fascinating tidbits about darkroom work (if you get stains or silvering on your negs, you can take it off with kaolin-based car wax from the auto supply store). He also showed work he had done with chrysotypes (gold prints), and the infinitely variable results you can get.

    One of the neatest things about the conference, though, was not the speakers themselves, but the chance to meet other photographers working in different media, and to see and handle work in those media. Some giants of the alt-process world were there with their work - Dick Arentz, Patrick Alt, and folks mentioned previously like Kenro Izu and Richard Sullivan. I got to meet some fellow APUGgers like Jeremy Moore (great to finally meet you Jeremy!). By the way, if you haven't seen his work in person, well... you're really missing out on some terrific images.

    The only real shortcoming, in my view, was a lack of hands-on opportunities to try some of the techniques discussed in the presentations. This was understandable given the space constraints and the low cost of the conference. In future years though, it would be nice to have as an option.
     
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    Thanks for the update!!
     
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    To all that came

    So, the dust has settled, and we turned out the lights. And we put APIS away for another time. Melody and I, sat around on sunday looking for what to do for next time. For a fact B&S and APIS looking forward to the completion of the new Sweeney Center. And plans will be starting on the list of thing to do.

    I did have a chance to see some old friend and meet some new one (Scott I wish you would have smacked me up side the head to say Hi). Jeremy's work was wonderful to see. Chris Anderson work is alway fresh and new.

    Of course Kenro, John, Barret, Ron and Rondal, the Joe and Dick show, and the print exchange (always fun). Jeremy thanks for your help.

    Oh yes, print, prints and more printsto look at.


    Care to all, and see you soon
    Jan Pietrzak
     
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    Jan- you were so busy with running the show it was hard to get a moment to introduce myself. I've got this hangup about interrupting folks :smile: . Well, next time. I get out to California at least once a year if I can, and I'm trying to get out there this fall for a long weekend or something. If nothing else, at the APUG Conference next year.