Stephen Johnson Photography News
Welcome to the July 2019 Edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter.
I often get so involved in the projects I’m doing that it seems the current one is all I’ve been up to. I have been so busy preparing publications for our Landing Party Celebration of Apollo 11’s Landing on the Moon 50 years ago, that I forget much of the other stuff that’s happened this past month. Again, my monthly Newsletter keeps me aware of the real life I am living…
ps: the current Newsfeed tells the story of a kitten in our wall. It’s not about photography but it is a good story.
This month's View From Here column collects photographs and stories from the last month and offers new products related to the anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon. We hope you find the column interesting and will consider sending us some comments.
Check out the workshops we’ve added, including our summer sale on Masterful Fine-Art Printing class.
FEATURED PRINT July 2019
Photograph by Michael Collins. NASA. Ekatchrome film with Hasselblad Camera, 80mm Zeiss lens.
11x11 Pigment Inkjet Print $90 each
Lunar Module Eagle Ascent Stage Returning to Command Module Columbia. LM is performing a roll to prepare for docking. The planet Mars is to right of Earth.
We're offering a 11x11 inch print of the photograph for $90, matted to 16x20 inch board and ready to frame, framed in silver for $200, wood for $250. This print at this price is offered through July 31. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by August 15, 2019.
In honor of Apollo 11s 50 Anniversary were are rolling out three new publications including Apollo 11 Collectors Portfolio, the 50 Years of Space Photography Exhibition Catalog and the Apollo 11 Photography book. On top of that, we are holding a Landing Party on the evening July 20th. Check it out.
2019 and 2020 Workshop Schedule continues to form with great courses coming up. See what a great experience students have had on Steve's Workshops by exploring Workshop Testimonials.
Upcoming Events & Workshops
THE VIEW FROM HERE
by Stephen Johnson
These Newsletters are often the best perspective creating process I have. Sitting down to reflect on the last 30 days has taken on an important role for me in understanding my career and life chronology. The forced selection of that process reminds me of photographs made, ideas pondered, and connections realized. Writing from life experiences has worked well for me, and is something I frequently encourage. For me, writing helps allow all of the self-doubt to be confronted by the reality of my curiosity always pushing me forward.
This past month I have been immersed in fulfilling some print orders and preparing some publications relating to the Apollo 11 anniversary /50 Years of Space photography. New books/portfolios include the 50 Years of Space Photography exhibit catalog, an Apollo 11 Collectors Portfolio boxed-set of prints and the 94 page Apollo 11 Photography book. Of course, now I have to put some real work into preparing for our Apollo 11 Landing Party celebration on July 20.
The June Flora and Form Workshop
Our June session of the Flora and Form Workshop at the local Shelldance Orchid Gardens nursery, brought a good time, beautiful light and some new photographs. It always feels like such a privilege to bring people to this wonderful nursery and have the leisure to explore, with tripod, with no rush. The time enables a consideration of subject and application of craft that is rare for this kind of environment.
In a place I’ve visited so often, I didn’t expect to make any new photographs that would stay with me. I did make some mistakes, but am pleased with many of the new photographs.
Surrealistic Summer Solstice in Golden Gate Park 3
We attended this years redo of the Summer of Love outdoor concert in Golden Gate Park. Although a little cold (it is after all, summer in San Francisco) we had a good time listening to the music and people watching.
New Space Photography Products
Apollo 11 Collector's Portfolio
Apollo 11 Collectors Portfolio
A suite of photographs from Apollo 11. 12 pigment inkjet prints on letter-sized paper selected, edited and printed by photographer Stephen Johnson, in a portfolio box. The set includes a Mission Summary book, original US Postal Stamp commemorating the Mission, the Mission patch and a schematic of the Lunar Module. $250
50 Years of Space Photography Exhibition Catalog
The Exhibtion catalog featuring photograhs from Planetary probes, the Hublle Space Telescope, Lunar explorations, the Apollo program and Space Shuttle/Space Station images. Includes an exploration of the imaging technologies emplyed by the spacecraft.
68 pages, 8.5x11 inches
Apollo 11 Photography Book
A 96 page 8.5x11 inch collection of Apollo 11 photographs from launch to recovery including contact sheets for every surface Hasselblad photograph.
It’s the collection I wish I could have bought, so I made it.
-7 sections, Lunar Photo Equipment, Preparation, On the Way, Lunar Orbit, Tranquility Base, Heading Home, Relics
-Film Magazine proofs
A Walk in the Woods
San Pedro Valley Park
We recently took a walk up the Hazelnut Trail of our local San Pedro Valley Park at the back of the valley near my studio. Many old familiar views still get my attention and there always seems to be different light and new ways of seeing them.
Come Visit the Exhibitions
Check out my new 50 years of Space Photography Exhibition now joined with my Life Form Exhibition as Other Worldly for a mind-blowing journey from the living world close-up to the depths of space.
Come see the show when you can. Space and Awesome Life! A dive into cosmic extremes...
Please consider joining us on one of our upcoming workshops. Enrollment is the key to continuing to offer these classes and keep the studio running. We hope to hear from you.
Recently at Stephen Johnson Photography
Around the Studio
A Solstice Delight
Pulling into the studio last week on the Solstice, a beautiful butterfly was dancing among the wildflowers in front on my usual parking space. I was delighted, grabbed my camera and followed him for a few minutes. A few days later, the fields were mowed, and all of the wildflowers gone.
In the Galleries
The new space exhibition has been getting some nice attention. It is being shown in conjunction with my current show or original photographs “Life Form.” The joint exhibition is called "Other Worldly.”
The upcoming Fine Art Printing and Special Projects in Printing, both in July, Mono Lakein October and Joshua Tree in November are open for enrollment now. Enroll while there is time and space!.
A small outcropping of California Poppies founds its way into a crack in the concrete in front on my Studio door. Small blessings that we need to take in.
I’ve always been drawn to historical photographs and maps. I’ve been collecting 19th century books, engravings and now making scans of photos and maps. Printed on just the right paper and sheen, the reproductions are often vey special in their own right. So I’ve decided to make some of these prints available as I print them and discover more.
The first few are from the San Francisco Bay Area, local to my home in Pacifica, We’ll make them both available as 8x10 ($35-$45) and 11x14 ($75-$85) with larger sizes available for quote. The Gallery of current offerings where you can place orders can be found here.
Life Form opened in the Main Gallery at Stephen Johnson Photography on July 21, 2018. The show has been extended through August 2019. We have had many visitors come by the gallery since the opening. Many have then joined workshops and certainly helped build community. Please come see the show. Pass the word.
Seeking Good Venues for Life Form
We are seeking good venues to show this work. The Life Form Series is now available for museum and gallery exhibition after August 2019.
Don't forget to Check out our next workshops
Next Studio Workshop
Next Field Workshop
The Studio, Scholarships and Mentoring
As part of our ongoing commitment to photographic education, there is one student scholarship spot in many of our classes. Please pass the word along.
For discounted time studying with Steve, keep in mind our Mentoring Program.
With all of our busy schedules and limited budgets, destination workshops or classes become a challenge, but many of you still have questions you need answered, or feedback on some new work. We want to remind you of our Virtual Online Consulting Program. This service allows all of you out there around the globe to consult online live with Steve on technical, aesthetic and workflow issues using Skype and your webcam.
We hope you can come by the gallery and see the original prints in the new Life Form Gallery and its new Life Form Portfolio, the Exquisite Earth exhibition with its accompanying very special Exquisite Earth Portfolio 1. We invite you to join us on a workshop, rent lab space, or just say hello and let us know what you are up to photographically and what you might like to see us offer. We value your input.
Print Mentor Program
Many of my mentoring students have wanted help with their printing, often to make sure they can produce a specific print. Consequently, I am starting a Print Mentoring Program that sets up a 2 hour time slot and the production of a finished print, all with the tutorial video of how we did it together. Prints can be up to 16x20 and on either Hahnemühle Museum Etching or Photo Rag Pearl paper. Fee is $500. Email for more information and to set up times.
Free and For Sale
Free Stuff (a few items still left)
I have been printing out nice copies of the Constitution and Bill of Rights on rich cotton paper. You are welcome to a copy if you come by the gallery.
Additionally, I rescued a few Besleler Enlargers, a 23c and 4x5, hoping to find good homes for them. Make an offer.
New Life Form Folio
The Life Form Folio
As we are premiering the Life Form Exhibition, I wanted to have a collectible item and record of the show prior to the full book I plan. So, now available is the 36 page 11x17 wire bound book, 5 years of work from 2013 to 2018 exploring these magnificent lives.
Photographs from 2013-2018
11x17 wire-bound book
New Exquisite Earth Exhibition Catalog
The Exquisite Earth Exhibition Catalog
As I've been on a roll on fixing bodies of work into POD books, I decided before the Exquisite Earth show could come down for new upcoming show, I wanted to create a printed record. So, now available is the 56 page 11x17 wire bound book, 5 years of work from 2005 to 2010 traveling this wondrous planet.
Photographs from 2005-2010
11x17 wire-bound book
New Pacifica Book
A collection of photographs in and around Pacifica California. Include a trail map.
11x17 wire-bound book
Pacifica Trail Map
32 years in Pacifica
10 years of calendars
Pacifica Trail Map by Pease Maps special to the Pacifica Land Trust.
11" x 17" folded
$10 (free shipping) proceeds go the Pacifica Land Trust a non-profit 501c3.
Gift Certificates for Prints and Workshops!
Emailed or shipped with beautiful gift note card.
Life Form Note cards
5x7 inches (sold-out, on backorder)
12 image Note card set with envelopes featuring photographs from Steve's new Life Form work.
Printed by Steve in his studio in very limited numbers on a color laser digital press
National Park Note cards
12 cards/envelopes $20 set
From "With a New Eye" Beautiful 300 line screen offset reproductions with envelopes in clear box. A great gift.
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