Barret Oliver

Barret Oliver

Barret Oliver lives in Los Angeles where he works as a photographer and printer and is known for his use of nineteenth century processes. His print work has been featured in gallery and museum exhibitions, publications and motion pictures. We spoke about his close collaborations with artists, the joys and challenges of using historic processes to create hand made prints, and why he believes these techniques remain relevant today.

“We forget that photographs are objects as well, and that the way you make something, the materials and the techniques, often have an influence on its meaning.”

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Endia Beal

Endia Beal

Endia Beal is a North Carolina based artist, who is internationally known for her photographic narratives and video testimonies that examine the personal, yet contemporary stories of marginalized communities and individuals. We talk about the inspiration for her work, her experience in Yale’s MFA program, and the differences she observes in her millennial students.

“Instead of trying to capture stories that are already known to the world, it's time to capture the ones that make me feel uncomfortable, those that I am afraid to discuss. “

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Sheila Bergman

Sheila Bergman

Sheila Bergman is the Executive Director of UCR ARTS. Bergman oversees the California Museum of Photography and Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts. We talked about her vision for the museum and the desire to engage with the photography community at home and worldwide.

“What do we want our legacy to be? And what impact do we want to have?

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Douglas McCulloh

Douglas McCulloh

Douglas McCulloh is the curator of In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs and Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1950 to the Present at the California Museum of Photography. We spoke about the birth of the New Topographics tradition, the depth and variety of photographic production from the Inland Empire, and the reasons why the region is the perfect place for artistic experimentation.

“The bottom line is that there’s freedom on the margins.”

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Judy Dater

Judy Dater

Spanning five decades of the artist’s work, Judy Dater: Only Human provides a survey of Dater’s work, celebrating her achievement as a pioneering figure in 1970s feminist art and her subsequent creative evolution.

“There’s a certain feeling that runs through it, a certain kind of humanity that I think is there and something I care about”.

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Eric V. Ibarra

Eric V. Ibarra

Eric V. Ibarra is the Founder and Executive Director of Las Fotos Project, a non-profit, community-based photography program whose mission is to bring about positive change for teenage girls facing adversity.

“All of these pictures are about how beautiful East L.A is, how beautiful the people are, how beautiful their stories are. That's not what you typically hear from East L.A.”

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János Vetõ NahTe

János Vetõ NahTe

János Vetõ NahTe, photographer, self-taught painter, and musician, was a leading figure of non-conformist photo art in Hungary’s neo-avant-garde period (up to 1980) and the New Wave period that followed, and continues his approach today. Vető’s work is included in the exhibition Promote Tolerate Ban at the Wende Museum in Culver City.

“History happens. Without war we don’t have Goya, we don’t have the Guernica.”

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Mazie Harris

Mazie Harris

Marie Harris is an assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

“I think it's important to remember that they're not just pieces of history. They're not just documents of what happened, but they were active parts of making things happen. They created social change.“

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Mary Beth Heffernan

Mary Beth Heffernan

Recipient of the first PAC·LA Contemporary Artist Grant, Heffernan worked in residency at the Huntington Library, where she applied her research-based practice to a rare book in the Huntington's collection.   "I hope my consideration of The Huntington's copy of Anatomy will yield insights about this book that is a representation of bodies, and also a body itself."

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