Shane Lavalette’s publication, Lay Flat, has just announced its much anticipated second title Meta. I was fortunate to get my hands on the first and strongly recommend all to purchase this current publication before it sells out. Pre-Order is now available. From Lay Flat’s website:

Lay Flat 02: Meta
102 pages, perfect bound
7.75 x 10 in. / 19.7 x 25.4 cm.
ISSN 1948-2876
ISBN 978-0-9842973-1-3
Edition of 2,000
$30 + S&H

Edited by Shane Lavalette and Guest Editor Michael Bühler-Rose

Lay Flat 02: Meta brings together the works of contemporary photographers whose images are conceptually engaged with the history, process and conventions of the medium itself. Photographs by Claudia Angelmaier, Semâ Bekirovic, Charles Benton, Walead Beshty, Lucas Blalock, Talia Chetrit, Anne Collier, Natalie Czech, Jessica Eaton, Roe Ethridge, Stephen Gill, Daniel Gordon, David Haxton, Matt Keegan, Elad Lassry, Katja Mater, Laurel Nakadate, Lisa Oppenheim, Torbjørn Rødland, Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Joachim Schmid, Penelope Umbrico, Useful Photography, Charlie White, Ann Woo and Mark Wyse are accompanied by the textual contributions of Adam Bell (Co-editor, The Education of a Photographer), Lesley A. Martin (Publisher/Editor, Aperture Foundation), Alex Klein (Editor, Words Without Pictures), artists Noel Rodo-Vankeulen and Arthur Ou, as well as an interview with James Welling by Lyle Rexer (Author, The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography).



Last weekend I had the chance to attend a horror convention in Lexington, Kentucky with my pal and noted horror photographer Joshua Hoffine. I have to admit that I’m not a huge horror film fan (love Shaun of the Dead), but I can now safely say that I am a huge horror convention fan! Josh set up a booth with images from his series ‘ After Dark My Sweet’. This was his first convention and he was an absolute hit. Victor Miller, writer of Friday the 13th, was our first and most enthusiastic customer. Fortunately, I had the chance to slip away and shoot a few portraits of the convention patrons. I hope to travel with Josh to the next convention, and if I do you can bet that I will have my camera in hand! Read more about our trip on Josh’s blog.


I was lucky enough to view Richard Misrach’s exhibition On the Beach at Pace Wildenstein in 2004. It was a powerful show with gigantic prints. As many know, Misrach has published a gigantic book of the same work. I have yet to add this book to my collection but I do have space. Now that I am back in Missouri I have plenty of space! If anyone is interested in listening to Richard Misrach talk about On the Beach and previous work click here.

Humble Arts Foundation and Mark Batty Publisher announce “A Field Guide to the North American Family: The Exhibition.” Keeping with the collaborative, multi-media nature of the book, Mark Batty Publisher is proud to partner with Humble Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit that seeks to advance the careers of emerging fine art photographers by providing grants and exhibition opportunities.
Together, with the help of all the participating photographers, the Field Guide Exhibition showcases some of the freshest and most focused photographers working today, including Amy Elkins, Jonathan Gitelson, Jason Lazarus, Matt Nighswander, Tema Stauffer, Alana Celii, Alexis Pike, Ben Huff, Brandon Sorg, Brian Sorg, Catherine Gass, Chris Eichler, Christopher Salyers, Christy Karpinski, Colleen Plumb, Consider Vosu, Elizabeth Fleming, Grant Willing, Hans Gindlesberger, Jason Curtis, Jason Falchook, Jennifer Greenburg, Jessica Bruah, JJ Sulin, John Putnam, Kara Canal, Kevin Sisemore, Liz Kuball, Matthew Schenning, Maury Gortemiller, Michael Kwiecinski, Nicholas Meyer, Rebecca Blume Rothman, Sandy Carson, Shane Lavalette, Shawn Records, Stacy Arezou Mehrfar and Timothy Briner.

On view: December 6, 2007 – January 2, 2008
Gallery Bar
120 Orchard Street
New York, New York

Gallery hours:
Monday – Friday, 1 – 6 pm