family photographed

Sketch of Autumn © Yoichi Nagata

Aline Smithson has posted a terrific exhibition of photographs on the theme of Family on her Lenscratch blog, the first of a new series of democratic online group shows. It's lovely set of pictures, and this one, by Japanese photographer Yoichi Nagata, stopped me in my tracks. See the exhibition here.


remember the

a very shiny fire hydrant in front of The Alamo © kjm

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting my Camp Home work at the American Studies Association annual conference in San Antonio. It was the first time I'd talked about the project in an academic setting, and it was really a great experience for me - both in thinking more about the project in preparation, and in the discussions and possibilities that resulted. Art historian Kate Palmer Albers invited me to be part of a panel addressing the Japanese internment and photography after learning about my work as a reviewer for Critical Mass. On the panel, she discussed the work of Andrew Freeman, who's photographed buildings near the former Manzanar internment camp site. Also on the panel were Elena Tajima Creef, author of Imaging Japanese America, and Dalia Habib Linssen, who spoke about the work of Life Magazine photographers Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel.

While in San Antonio, I had great fun hanging out with photographer Mark Menjivar, who in turn introduced me to some great area photographers and artists, including photographers Jason Reed, Elizabeth Chiles, Sarah Sudhoff and her husband, Gary Schott and Dawn Roe, who was visiting from Florida, also for the ASA conference. A friendly, fun and talented bunch.

My hotel was right across the street from The Alamo, but I never got there.


baby, it (was) cold outside

negative seven degrees © kjm

The third annual Fraction Magazine Holiday Print Sale is now live, and I've contributed this photograph from my series Within Reach. The picture is of my front window, as seen from my desk on a frigid morning last winter. For the sake of my heating bill (and all that is right in the world), I hope the same scene won't reveal itself again this year.

Don't miss seeing what's available on the Fraction site - some really lovely images by a terrific set of photographers.

Title: negative seven degrees
Date: 2009
Size: 8x10"
Media: Digital c-print on Fuji Crystal Archive matte paper
Edition size: 10
Price: $50
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3rd chance

Highway 61 Location, #1 © kjm

This one nearly got away. I've been past this closed Hardee's twice before, on an annual canoe trip in far Northern Minnesota. I intentionally leave my camera at home on this trip, making it a true vacation (students, shut your ears), with the exception of my phone. But I forget each year that this amazing restaurant exists. Luckily, my friend Steve was along on the trip, and he had his gear. Whew.


within reach: little hand

the big clock, down for dusting © kjm

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]


within reach: jammy

old wine in a jam jar glass © kjm

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]


voices of afghanistan

© Stephen Crowley

The latest issue of Visura Magazine has a wonderful series of portraits by New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley. His story and photographs are compelling on several levels: How journalists find themselves in specific places during specific times in history; the science of photography, which many of us have long forgotten; and fleeting but meaningful connections we make with our subjects. See Stephen's words and pictures here. (Be sure to hold your cursor over the captions for the expanded text)