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Post One: Model Arrested for Posing Nude

Just in case you haven’t seen this fun little perky happening, here is a link to the NY Examiner who wrote up this story which was first covered by AP. Nothing new about culture/ art and the law clashing. Coming from Europe where we actually don’t scream when we see someone naked and have for the most part even seen our parents naked at some point, this is a.) waste of time and b.) waste of tax payer money and c.) will get K.C. her fifteen minutes of fame. But then that just might have been the point.

Here is an excerpt from the article, please click on the link above to read the entire article from Lorenzo Dominguez.

Reportedly, a museum employee was passing through the gallery and stopped the photo shoot, subsequently escorting the pair to the front of the building to await police. The New York Post reported that the guard in the gallery explained, “I had to make sure that girl was turned over to the police. There were little kids in here watching the whole thing.”

In response to the incident the museum issued the following statement: “As a nonprofit institution on city-owned land, the Met, like all other individual and institutional citizens, is subject to municipal laws, rules, and regulations.”

Model K.C. Neill faces a charge of public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a minor. Her defense attorney, Donald Schechter, stated that the museum is full of nude art, and that the obscenity charge is therefore “ridiculous.” Schechter also said in an interview with Culture Monster for the LA Times. “She didn’t do anything sexual. She didn’t perform lewdly and she made no reference to her genitalia. There are nude sculptures and paintings all over the museum. It’s the height of stupidity accusing a live model of showing the same thing in a house of art.”

Post Two: Lawyers for the Creative Arts provides free legal service

Check this out, I just came across this website. This is a pro bono legal service for artists. Services are provided to all areas of the arts— the visual, performing, entertainment, literary, arts education and more. We help individuals as well as for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with business issues, contracts, copyrights, trademarks and many other legal areas. Learn more about LCA, our website, and our services.


Post Three: Irving Penn at the Getty (Los Angeles)

Who: Irving Penn: Small Trades
When: September 9, 2009–January 10, 2010
Where: The Getty Center
Irving Penn is renowned for his innovative contributions to portrait, still life, and fashion photography. In this series of over 200 full-length portraits—never before displayed in its entirety—Penn brings the elegant simplicity and meticulous rigor of his style to the professions of charwoman, waiter, and seamstress, revealing the dignity of the working-class people he photographed in Paris, London, and New York in 1950 and 1951.

Learn more about this exhibition.

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Seamstress Fitter, London. Irving Penn. Negative, 1950; print, 1951. Partial gift of Irving Penn. © 1951, restored 1996 Condé Nast Publications, Ltd.


Post Four: Eric Meola – India in Word and Image

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Post Five: WIRED

Check out this fun article from Wired. You got to read the entire article it”s well worth it and I guarantee you will get a chuckle out of it.

10 Photography Pet Peeves We’d Throw Down a Black Hole

By Photo Department

After scientists created an “acoustic black hole” using Bose-Einstein condensates, our good friends over at Underwire pounded out a list of atrocious albums to throw into the sonic sucker.

As photographers — who rely on light — we’re usually terrified of black holes. But we enjoyed Underwire’s black-hole list so much that we and everybody at decided to get in on the action. Gadget Lab tossed annoying gear, Autopia banished bad cars, and Wired Science ousted hideous scientific clichés.

Now it’s our turn. Here are our top photography pet peeves that we would like to throw into the abyss.

Here are two exerpts:

Wide-Angle Vertical

Seriously. Nobody and almost nothing looks good photographed with a wide-angle lens turned vertically. If you think your picture looks “cool” because you have turned your camera vertically and warped everything … you are wrong. Stop it.

The Megapixel Discussion

“How many megapixels does that camera have?”

We don’t know, and we really don’t care. The real question is: Can you make a picture with it? We hope so. And we care. We care about pictures.


Post Six: EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Emma Ferreira at the Frank Pictures Gallery

Emma Ferreira (l. to r.) “Turquoise Enigma”, mixed media on canvas, 12”x12” / “Seduction”, mixed
media on canvas, 36”x36” / “Muktub (it’s written)”, mixed media on canvas, 36”x36” / “Seduction III”,
mixed media on canvas, 36”x36” / “Mandara”, mixed media on canvas, 36”x36”.

Emma Ferreira : Exposed
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 13th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 13 – October 24, 2009

Frank Pictures Gallery
Begamot Station A-5, 2525 Michigan Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Laurie Frank
310 828-0211 / 323 839-6166 cell
Web site,
Gallery hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30am-6:30pm

Frank Pictures Gallery is pleased to present the photographs of Emma Ferreira in her latest series provocatively titled, Exposed, which opens on September 13th at the Bergamot Station gallery. Born in Buckinghamshire, England, Ferreira’s photographic training in London nurtured her natural instincts to represent the human form as more than just a model seen through the lens of a camera. She aims to portray the meditative complexities and consciousness that lie beneath the individual’s external appearance. The results are sensually balanced, vibrantly colored photographs that exude a richness of texture and depth of creativity. Her photos and mixed-media works draw the viewer in and subtly convey messages of connection and harmony in the world.

Ferreira has already undertaken a journey to build a monumental body of work that will exhibit in cities around the globe to raise funds for various charitable foundations. Currently, the artist is attracting corporate sponsorship, which will allow her to strengthen the charitable donations that will be going to various foundations. Proceeds from an ongoing exhibit, When Life Dances II: Classic Beauty, will be given to Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s medical charity dedicated to healing facial deformities and to advocating sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Ferreira has shown internationally including Farmani Gallery, Heck Arts Studio, Tribeca Cinemas Gallery, Spin Gallery, and Gladstone Gallery. She has been involved in such events as the acclaimed Brit Week, Venice Art Walk, Caboom: Festival of Contemporary Design, and LSDAD for Project Angel Food.

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