Elisabeth Cummings

Australian artist Elisabeth Cummings’ career is going well and her painting is getting more attention.

“I’m not mad about it in lots of ways,” she said. “I like anonymity.”

After years of what Cummings describes as “quietly working away” practicing her art and teaching, the painter and printmaker has had in the past six months had a show in Hong Kong, plus two highly successful exhibitions in Sydney.

“In the last 20 years I think I’ve grown more confident,” she told the ABC.

Her landscapes and interiors are on show at the Manly Art Gallery alongside Lloyd Rees and Brett Whitely.

The only surprising thing about it is that she is 81 years old.

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Article by Phillipa McDonald: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-31/artist-elisabeth-cummings-enjoys-renewed-success/7126462

Cyanotype’s revival

“Cyanotype, Photography’s Blue Period, Is Making a Comeback” appeared in the New York Times recently to support a show on cyanotype’s history and its revival as a viable art medium.

“As of the 1960s, people started to be interested in reviving old photo processes,” said Dusan Stulik, a former senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute who has studied cyanotypes for decades. “Cyanotypes handle subtle light well, and they are fairly sturdy.”

On a gut level, cyanotypes produce a result that is universal. “The color blue strikes some chord in us that goes beyond words,” said the San Francisco photography dealer Jeffrey Fraenkel. “It’s that simple.”

Link: Article from the New York Times by Ted Loos: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/06/arts/design/cyanotype-photographys-blue-period-is-making-a-comeback.html?_r=0

Link: Exhibition at Worcester Art Museum: ‘Cyanotypes: Photography’s Blue Period

Video link: ‘Open Studio’ (up to 05.10): http://video.wgbh.org/video/2365649404/

Cyanotype classic process: http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/processes/cyanotype/cyanotype-classic-process

John Free street photography

Spend ten minutes in the entertaining company of John Free.

Los Angeles-based photographer John Free is one of the great street photographers of our generation and one who regularly shares helpful advice videos and inspiring behind-the-scenes looks at how he works.

Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography recently traveled from Texas to California for a private photography lesson with Free. The 10-minute video above is that lesson he received.

Common file types and when you should use them

You’ve spent the last few hours working on the perfect photo shoot and everything went better than you could have possibly imagined. After importing the RAW files to your PC and making a few edits in Photoshop, it is time to save your masterpiece. But, what file type do you select? With over twenty different file types to choose from, we are here to break down some of the most popular and tell you a bit about their strengths and weaknesses.

An excellent summary of the most common file types in digital photography and when you should use them, on Petapixel: http://petapixel.com/2015/09/23/5-common-file-types-in-photography-and-when-you-should-use-each-one/

William Eggleston resources

The American Suburb X website has a great collection of films, articles and interviews about William Eggleston, one of the key taste makers of the last 40 years.

He is one of those artists after which the medium is never quite the same. These people are very rare.

Link: http://www.americansuburbx.com/tag/william-eggleston