TC Photo ~ 2016.02

heyday-coverIt’s hard to review a book without seeing the book. It’s even worse for an allegedly objective writer to own up to being predisposed to like a book. But I have to admit that Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis, just published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, would be likely to garner a few stars from this writer.


  1. Photographer Dan Corrigan has been the principal chronicler of music in the Twin Cities almost as long as Bob Dylan has used electric guitars;
  2. Corrigan’s photographs haven’t previously appeared in book form, which, putting it mildly, is an oversight (Kudos to MHS Press for correcting this.);
  3. How many books have an opening reception in First Avenue, then a second reception in a museum? The performers and performances that passed in front of and through Corrigan’s lens during the 1980s and 1990s constitute a remarkable cross section of the music world;
  4. Dan’s father and my mother used to go out, so by extension he and I are something like half spirit brothers. Sort of. We both got the photo gene, in any case.

I never said this was an objective space, did I?

Check out an article about Dan and Heyday in City Pages here, and read the MHS Press listing for the book here.

And, look for the exhibit at the Historical Society’s Mill City Museum opening November 16. Info here (about the show) and here (about the free reception to be hosted by Andrea Swensson of 89.3 The Current at the museum on Wednesday, November 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.)

TC Photo ~ 2016.01

I’m using this post to offer a link to LensCulture’s 2016 Emerging Talent Call for Entries. I have considered posting such links on TC Photo’s calendar page, but I fear that doing so will create an endless stream of “opportunities” to enter contests, juried shows, grant and fellowship application processes, and various other ways that photographers can be persuaded to put themselves and their work on the line.
I have been working with LensCulture as a reviewer, so I can vouch for the organization and with a clear conscience encourage photographers to participate, knowing that applicants receive a written review of their submission in exchange for the sharing of imagery, and the $60 entry fee.
However, I can’t attest to the value of every opportunity, and I can’t afford the time to research and vet every one of them, let alone the time to assemble, collate, and format them for the calendar, then monitor them for currency (so often deadlines are extended). 
Consider this call from LensCulture to be my encouragement to younger photographers to look carefully at the myriad options available these days. Look extremely carefully at the small type in the rules, and be aware that you often give up rights—otherwise known as control of your images.
Opportunities always involve rewards and risks. Your job is to decide where you find equilibrium along that continuum. Just remember, don’t jump at every gold ring that appears as your professional life carousel turns. Do your research, pick and choose. Because money is involved, they want you as much as you may want them.