We keep getting asked: What are you actually going to be doing in Rochester? The short answer: Making pictures. Looking at pictures. Showing pictures.
The longer answer: Ten of us (Bruce Gilden, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alec Soth, Larry Towell, Alex Webb, and Donovan Wylie) will be in Rochester, New York, from April 14-29, 2012, taking pictures. Chien-Chi Chang is coming too, with his video cameras. We’re actually living together in a beautiful old house, which we may come to regret. We’ll see.
We’re very lucky to have great partners in Rochester, including Visual Studies Workshop, George Eastman House, and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
VSW, www.vsw.org, will be the production center for the project, and kind of an open studio throughout its run. On Wednesday, April 18, at 8 pm, all ten of us will be doing a public presentation at RIT, cias.rit.edu, in Webb Auditorium. (Alessandra Sanguinetti will be giving another lecture at RIT on Monday, April 23, at 8 pm, and Alex and Rebecca Webb will be giving one on April 26 at 8 pm.) On the afternoon of Saturday, April 28, we’ll be at George Eastman House, www.eastmanhouse.org, for a panel and book signing. We’ll post more information about each of these events individually as they get closer.
There will also be a number of informal interactions, installations and “shows”. For instance, we’ll be doing something at the public market, http://www.cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket/, on Saturday, April 21. We’ll announce details through social media, so it’s a good idea to follow @magnumpostcards and our Facebook page if you’re interested.
Community interaction is an important part of all Postcards projects. There will be a collection point at VSW for anyone who wants to bring down pictures of Rochester. You can also post your pictures of Rochester to our Flickr group - http://www.flickr.com/groups/postcardsfromamerica/ - and tag them “Rochester”. We love to hear your tips and stories, too.
For those of you who don’t live in Rochester, we hope you’ll come visit during the project. It’s a fascinating place, and, if you’re over 18 and care about photography, probably a pretty important one in your life, whether you’ve thought about it that way or not.
See you soon.