1. What I Like (Roberta Smith talking Christopher Williams in the New York Times)

    (via ‘Production Line of Happiness’ Is a ‘Making Of’ Special - NYTimes.com)

  2. What I Am Up To (Reviewing Ensign, The Last Stand, Live Fast Die Fast & Silence Equals Death @ The Grand Victory on In Effect Fanzine)

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  3. What I Like (Quentin Bajec interviewed on PDN)

    (via MoMA’s New Chief Photo Curator Turns to Studio Photography for First Show)

  4. What I Like (Garry Winogrand review on Bmore art)

    (via About Face ‹ bmoreart | Baltimore Contemporary Art)


  5. What I Like (Erik Schubert on The Heavy Collective)



    What part of the planet would you like to explore?
    Everywhere/ anywhere…but specially the jungle and woods. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Trying not to be to stressed out and worried about shit so I’m not too much of a pain to live with. Who would you most like to…

  6. What I Like (Erik Schubert on Mull It Over)


    JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?

    ERIK SCHUBERT: When I was a kid I really wanted to be a professional athlete. I especially wanted to be a baseball player or racecar driver, ideally both. I suppose that was a pretty common career choice for a young lad back in the ‘80s so my other thought was to be a tribal leader. Besides looking at Sports Illustrated, I was also a fan of National Geographic. Those NG photos of tribes looked pretty great. Nice weather, no need to worry about fashion, or money and my thinking was that once your basic needs are meet, you live pretty stress free.

    JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?

    ES: The “what” is black and white photography. I’ve always seen myself as a color photographer, but recently I’ve brought B+W back into my art practice. The “who” is a pretty long list that shifts every now and then, but a few from the list are Jitka Hanzlova (I particularly love her older work, but the new work is pretty great too), Jochen Lempert, Bertrand Fleuret and Tobjørn Rødland books. I’d say I thought about how Rødland communicates through images, among other things, while working on the project and book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Also, Luis Gispert videos, and the band Beirut, who I can’t stop listing to especially when I’m editing photos.

    JC: What are you up to right now?

    ES: I just released my first artist book, How to Win Friends and Influence People with Lavalette, so I’m enjoying the fruits of my labor so to speak. Besides this, I’m always photographing for the pure joy of it, so I’m working on several different projects at the moment. One of which is a follow up to my recent publication. And besides those photo based projects, I’m working on some textile pieces as well that relate to How to Win Friends and Influence People.

    JC: Have you had mentors along the way?

    ES: Oh yes, I’d say that all the teachers I had in undergrad at Columbia College Chicago and grad school at MassArt made an impression on me, were mentors to me at various levels, and I always learned something from them. In grad school, Frank Gohlke and David Hilliard were great mentors and pretty important to me during that time. Particularly when I was going down this new trajectory with my art practice and at times felt vulnerable about it.

    JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?

    ES: I’m based outside the Denver area. It’s been a great change from living in the city. It’s much closer in proximity to nature, which has been fruitful to my current work, but also much better for my psyche. I don’t feel or hear the constant noise of the art world, but if I’m in need of it, I can always drive up to Denver or hit up the Internet. So maybe a better summation would be that it allows me to feel more balanced.

    JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?

    ES: Well, some general advice that couldn’t hurt any recent grads would be: Invest in your self by saving money. When applying to shows, grants, etc. employ the shotgun method. By this I mean, apply to as much stuff as possible, particularly if there are no entry fees. Really look for the no entry fee opportunities because some of these entry fees are just way too high. Invest in some nice, well-made, simple frames that you can reuse for group shows. And last but not least, have fun. I should really follow this advice to heart as well!

    JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?

    ES: Yes, I think it’s important to have a creative community, but also a community in general. I think we have different levels of community and some become more important than others during different times of our lives. During undergrad and grad school, participating primarily in a creative community was important to learn my practice and medium. Now it seems less important, even though I’m still part of communities. Now I’m learning new, maybe more complex, things from them, particularly about teaching. But this could change down the road.

    JC: If all else fails, what is your plan B?

    ES: There is no plan, I’m making it up as I go along—it’s social practice.


  7. What I Am Up (Work In Progress On In Progress Work a collaborative project I’ve been doing with Jason John Würm & Matthew Schenning will be at Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park Sep. 18-28th)

    (via Work In Progress On In Progress Work | Photoville)

  8. What I Am Up To (Reviewing Gorilla Biscuits, The Bouncing Souls & Turnstile @ House Of Vans on In Effect Fanzine)

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  9. What I Am Up To (Reviewing Murphy’s Law, Born Annoying, Huge, Real Cops, Krust at Asbury Lanes on In Effect Fanzine)

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  10. What I Am To (Reviewing Night Beats & Night Birds at House of Vans on In Effect Fanzine)

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  11. What I Am Up To (Posting Good Pictures From Andrew Miksys on Searching for the Light)

    (via Searching for the Light: Good Pictures From Andrew Miksys)

  12. What I Am Up To (Reviewing Anne Collier @ CCS Bard Galleries on Searching for the Light, “Seeing all of the photographs in a couple of rooms makes it pretty clear how much she needs to stop taking pictures of books and other vernacular images very quickly or she risks becoming predictable and repetitive. On the upside, when I got to Woodstock, I saw a store window with a postcard for the show right next to a postcard for a Michael Williams talk. Williams is the founder of the Photo-Sensualis movement (or dudes who photograph naked ladies), so the store inadvertently made the best Collier piece I saw all day.”)

    (via Searching for the Light: Anne Collier @ CCS Bard Galleries)

  13. What I Am Up To (Reviewing Yale Photo Instagram @ Sushi Bar Gallery on Searching for the Light, “As a Yalie, I have a soft spot for Yale photographers. I also like a lot of the photographers in this show: Joseph Maida, Jen Davis, Allison Sexton and Jenny Drumgoole are all awesome. But I am also the owner of a very unsmart phone and have almost no interaction or interest in instagram. That said, I am not opposed to snapshots or snapshots as art, just seems to me that instagram is potentially another time suck. The show doesn’t necessarily do much either to change my love for Yalies or my lack of interest in instagram. There are some nice pictures in the show, like Curran Hatleburg’s off handed (and all-the-more-believable for it) shot of a young woman floating face down in a leaf-lined pool or Lois Conner’s selfies through foliage, which I assume are a playful nod to Friedlander.”)

    (via Searching for the Light: Yale Photo Instagram @ Sushi Bar Gallery)

  14. What I Am Up To (Reviewing Henry G. Sanchez @ Momenta on Searching for the Light, “Can’t say I really spend much time at Momenta Art. I often look in and am a little unmotivated to read the large amount of text that seems to go with every show. Well, I had some time to kill before meeting up with friends and found myself quite engaged with Henry G. Sanchez’s The English Kills Project. It is art, that is, kind of art, but really more of a creative city planning proposal or at least the parts that I enjoyed. For instance, I learned from the show that contamination from sewage “outflows” is the main source of pollution of Newtown Creek, a superfund site that runs a couple blocks from my apartment. The pollution could be greatly helped by filtering the runoff through rows of floating tires filled with marsh grass. Who knew?”)

    (via Searching for the Light: Henry G. Sanchez, The English Kills Project @ Momenta Art)

  15. What I Am Up To (Reviewing Sam Moyer @ Rachel Uffner Gallery on Searching For The Light “What did Jerry Saltz call it in New York Magazine? “Zombie Abstraction” or that the art world has been flooded with a glut of safe, drab, abstract paintings because they are salable and reflect the taste of an older generation teaching in MFA programs? I am pretty sure a Sam Moyer piece from this show was an illustration for the Saltz’s piece.”)

    (via Searching for the Light: Sam Moyer, More Weight @ Rachel Uffner Gallery)