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On Oitzarisme

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

We are pleased to have Pause, to Begin currently featured on Oitzarisme.  Many thanks to Constantin Nimigean for recognizing Pause, to Begin and our wonderful photographers.

PDN 30

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

We are excited that three of the photographers in Pause, to Begin have been chosen for PDN’s annual 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.

Congratulations to Thomas Prior, Alejandro Cartagena, and Matt Eich.

PTB Book Review by George Slade

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

We are very pleased to have George Slade write a wonderful review about the recently released Pause, to Begin Book. George write an insight blog called re: photographica where he shares interactions with and interpretations of contemporary photography

You can purchase the book through our publisher, Booksmart Studio. As always, learn more about the book and Pause, to Begin in general on our main website.

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“We search endlessly to find what it is that we are looking for. We must realize and accept that this process cannot be forced and instead allow it to happen naturally. Without this patience, what is being sought will not truly be found.”
–Co-curator David Wright

Pause, to Begin

Like meditation, or the most minimalist choreography, the title of this ambitious project suffuses the entire effort with an atmosphere of stillness. The oxymoronic, Zen notion that motion and progress are arrived at by waiting applies here. Take a breath before diving in; slow down to speed up. I can only endorse such an attitude toward contemporary photography. With all the expediting tools at our disposal, what we end up with too often is disposable photography, images that can scarcely be seen before they disintegrate, before their lack of substance renders them transparent.

Carrying out the Pause, to Begin project, by driving thousands of miles to spend time with and interview fifteen artists was an anachronistic, highly inefficient pursuit. I mean, it could have all been wrapped up with on-line portfolios and email dialogues. But in an age of instantaneity, taking time like this was the only way to accomplish results that merit stillness on the part of viewers. I recall notes in the blogosphere from participating photographers and the project curators (such a contentious term these days, but David Wright and Ethan Jones have earned the title) while the far-flung studio visits were happening; I remember thinking this was a quixotic pursuit, that such an exorbitant commitment of time and energy would generate a grand launch vehicle, a book and exhibition and multimedia web site with enormous apparatus and super visibility.

This book, the first analog product, in contrast, is a whisper. Whispers, of course, draw an audience closer, are an invitation to approach and gain intimacy. A modest volume, jacket-less, with no bells or whistles, no fancy foldouts or hidden sleeves or GPS locators embedded in the spine. Maybe an economic decision, or maybe an attempt to force attention where it’s due—on the images, and on the efforts to frame them as the inevitable byproducts of creative lives, less ends in themselves than evidence of imagination and engagement with life at hand. In this collection, grand scenes and deep spaces are outnumbered by more intimate views. Mostly the spaces are comprehensible, human-scaled and humanistically rendered, reflecting the visions of the makers.

It’s difficult to say much about the individual photographers in the project on the basis of the book alone. But in pausing to consider the half-dozen pictures by each one, a reader assimilates some of the intentions of the curators. There are photographers here who have achieved some notice, and others whose images connect across portfolios, revealing that the curators, and juror Cig Harvey, may have selected photographers whose styles are distinctive yet somehow interwoven. Ethan Jones writes that despite the presence of so many contemporary photographers, and so much image-making, the medium is not “pushing forward” any quicker or more effectively than in the past. Pause’s mission is to double back on the relentless mania for “the new” to ascertain what is truly unprecedented in contemporary photography.

What links the fifteen portfolios, which “celebrate the photographic intuition and intelligence inherent to each” of the participants, is the cautious, modest proposition that Pause is a viable cross-section of creative photography. What is surprising about the selection is that it all seems so familiar yet uncannily separate. Jones, again, is aptly equivocal; photography, he says, “may not be headed towards what are clearly better grounds, rather it is moving in a direction that coincides with the times.” The clearest thing we can take from this project is (pace Ram Dass) that we are all here, in the image world, now, and that contemplation suffices. The photographs do no more or less than what they ask of readers, which is to pay attention and resist closing the circle with pointed narratives or definitive statements.

—George Slade

The Independent Photo Book

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

We are very pleased to have the Pause, to Begin Catalogue listed on The Independent Photo Book Blog created by Joerg Colberg and Hester Keijser. We think it is an excellent resource for anyone interested in fine art photo books.

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Purchase the book through our publisher, Booksmart Studio.

Catalogue Edition Books Now On Sale

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
We are thrilled to announce that the Pause, to Begin Catalogue Edition Books are now on sale through our publisher Booksmart Studio.  The beautiful hardbound catalogue (color, 108 pages) accompanies the Pause, to Begin exhibition held at Booksmart Studio from January 2–30, 2009, and is limited to 500 copies. The remarkable catalogue showcases the work of the 15 selected photographers, as well as statements on photography and the creation of Pause, to Begin by founders Ethan Jones and David Wright; advisors John Paul Caponigro and Joyce Tenneson; juror Cig Harvey; and editorial director Susan Morelock.  Purchase the book here.
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Pause, to Begin is also proud to announce an updated version of our website.  Within the website is a new section titled Media Partner, where you can learn about our relationship with Flak Photo.  We have been pleased to be able to work with Andy Adams and Flak Photo since October 2008 when Flak Photo featured each Pause, to Begin photographer over a three week period.
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Catalogue Edition Books in Progress!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Ethan and I have been hard at work in Rochester, New York with Tom at New Ridge Bindery (585-271-6990) and Eric at Booksmart Studio.

Ethan cut bookboard and cover sheets for over 150 books, added glue to both pieces, and then I brought all the pieces together to make the physical cover. I returned to New Ridge Bindery again yesterday to begin and finish the stamping of the 150 books.  Ethan and I are thrilled at how-well the books are coming together and will ultimately be.  Thank you, Tom, for inviting us into your shop to work on the books. I highly recommend Tom for making portfolios, bookbinding, and book restoration work.  He’s simply the best and his level of craft is phenomenal.

We begin pre-sale soon! Stay tuned.

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Johnstone in the Catalogue Edition Book

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Here is a spread of Shannon Johnstone’s photographs in the upcoming Pause, to Begin Catalogue Edition Book.

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More information coming soon…

More on the Catalogue Edition Book

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The soon-to-be-released book will begin with two red spreads (below) spelling out “pause | to begin” A nice feature implemented by our designer Josh Gomby.

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Also, here is a spread of Sonja Thomsen’s photographs. This spread mimics her installation arrangements, as seen at the Pause, to Begin Exhibition at Booksmart Studio.

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The book will be available for sale through www.pausetobegin.com and www.booksmartstudio.com.

Cartagena Book Spread

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Here is a look at a spread of Alejandro Cartagena’s photographs in the upcoming Pause, to Begin Catalogue Edition Book.

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The books will be available for purchase through pausetobegin.com and booksmartstudio.com.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Upcoming Catalogue Edition Book

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Another spread from the soon-to-be-released book. This time of Thomas Prior’s photographs.

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The books will be for sale through both pausetobegin.com and booksmartstudio.com