The means are a Guggenheim fellowship and a sabbatical from teaching. I remain grateful.
The problem is to push my photography yet another notch. The find new means to relate the inner to the outer, to describe and express simultaneously. To conceive and execute at the same moment (photography and jazz) and to do so with Spartan means.
It seems to me that Mexico is missing a layer of protection. Death is a fact that is experienced every day. Things are more direct that in Euro-American culture. Mexicans are more civilized in important ways. I don't believe they kill for money as readily as we do.
After the second trip (there were four) the picture started to take on a life of their own. I began to feel that my job was to be as attentive and receptive as possible (and of course quick). It became, as Marjorie Welish has said, a "collaboration with circumstance."
The pictures in many ways are unexpected now that I am the viewer. I would not have thought that many of them would be so funny. I had no idea I was so attracted to religious icons. The surreal quality is of course what brought me to Mexico in the first place.
This work is not documentary -- more that to the degree that all photographs describe.The precision, vigour and sureness of this kind of thinking,
Born: Boston, Massachusetts Education: San Francisco Art Institute, B.F.A., 1962 Additional study with Minor White and Dorothea Lange SOLO EXHIBITIONS 1995 Gallery Taranto, New York 1990 Central Park Dairy, New York 1988 55 Mercer Street Gallery, New York 1985 Photocollect, New York 1984 Camera Obscura, Tel Aviv, Israel 1982 Light Works, Syracuse, New York 1981 White Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel 1977 Portland Art Institute, Portland, Maine 1976 Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 1972 Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts 1971 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California 1966 Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts GROUP EXHIBITIONS 1994 Under Surface, gallery onetwentyeight, New York 1991 New York Stories, Douglas Drake Gallery, New York 1990 Country in the City, Woodstock, New York 1988 No Trumpets - no Swans, Puck Building, new York Curator and Exhibition Artist 1984 Seeing the Mid-East, Two-Person Show, Tom Zimmermann Fine Arts Gallery, New Hope Pennsylvania 1982 Photocollect, New York 1981 Photografia Actual En Nueva York, Two-Person Show, Guadalajara, Mexico 1980 Photography, Recent Directions, Decordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts 1977 Photographic Landscapes, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York 1976 50 American Photographers, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas A Camera in Common, Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts 1973 Landscape/Cityscape, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1972 Five Photographers, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Maine 1971 Kindred Spirits, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York 1970 Being Without Clothes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1969 U.S.A. In Your Heart, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California Thirteen Photographers, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York 1967 Twelve Photographers of the American Social Landscape, Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts 1966 Two-Person Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California 1964 Two-Person Show and Group Show, Fifth Street Gallery, New York GRANTS 1991 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship 1978 National Endowment for the Arts 1976 New York State Council on the Arts 1971 New York State Council on the Arts PERFORMANCE WORK 1991 Reading, Tantrum Festival, Exit Art, New York 1990 Performance Black and Jews in New York, La Mama Theatre with Suzan Lori Parks: slides, script, and performance 1988 Poets Theatre Festival, St. mark's Church, New York - Solo performance Photographic projections - Fear and Misery of a Generation, Byrdcliff Theatre, Woodstock, New York 1984 Photographic projections - The Major General's Memories, Theatre for the New City, New York 1982 Photographic projections - Madness of the Day, Cafe la Mama, New York PUBLICATIONS 1993 Publicsfear - photographs from Mexico 1992 Print Magazine - Coney Island Portfolio 1988 The National Poetry Magazine of the Lower East Side 1981 Contact Sheet, Lustrum Press Catalog for two-person show, Photografia Actual En Nueva York, Guadalajara, Mexico 1978 Warwick Mountain Series, Nexus Press - a monograph 1977 Faces, Maddow, Ben, Chanticleer Press PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Addison Gallery of American Art; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; George Eastman House; Fogg Museum of Harvard University: The Getty Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art TEACHING EXPERIENCE Present Tenured Professor, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York Teaching Graduate and Undergraduate Photography since 1969 Chairman, Photography Department, 1975-1984 1988-89 Guest Artist, Cooper Union, New York 1984 Visiting Artist Teacher, Camera Obscura, Tel Aviv, Israel - 6 months 1971-72 Instructor, Graduate Photography, New York University - part-time 1971 Instructor, Undergraduate Photography, City College of New York - part-time 1967-68 Instructor, Undergraduate Photography, New York Institute of Technology - full-time 1964-65 Wingaite Paine Teaching Fellow, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS 1993,'94 Primer Coloquio Internacional De Fotografia, University of Guadalajara, Mexico - Featured Speaker 1983,'89 Camera Obscura, Tel Aviv, Israel - curator of photographic exhibition and workshop 1982 New York State University, Fredonia 1982 Crealde Arts Center, Winter Park, Florida 1981,'82 Montauk Photographic Workshop, Montauk, New York 1978 Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 1976,'78 Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 1976 Peters Valley, Layton, New Jersey 1973,'74 Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts 1973 New York State University, New Paltz 1969,'70 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California 1969 Center of the Eye Aspen, Colorado 1967 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York 1966 Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1992 Commission from Print Magazine to photograph Coney Island - Nov-Dec ‘92 issue 1989 Commission from National Reliance Insurance Company photograph New York and environs in color Commercial assignments since 1962 Clients include: ABC Television, Angel Records, Borg Warner, CBS Television, Esquire Television, New York Racing Association, New York University, Prime Time Magazine, Print Magazine, Sotheby's, Standard Oil, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Promotion Art Department, Vanity Fair Magazine, Westvaco