Elio Erwitt

ERE1989029W00002-05Born in Paris of Russian parents, Elio Romano Erwitt spent much of his childhood in Italy. His father Boris Erwitt was an architect by training and his mother Evgenia, the daughter of a well-established Moscovian family, occasionally took up painting and drawing. At age 11, due to the growing anti-Semitism in Europe the family immigrated to the United States in 1939 on the last peacetime voyage of the Ile de France.

Elliott Erwitt studied photography at Los Angeles City College (1942-1944) and shortly thereafter began to support himself shooting weddings and babies, in addition to other odd jobs at the local soda fountain and bakery. Later on he was able to attend the New School for Social Research (1948-1950) studying film. After serving as a photographic assistant in the United States Army Signal Corps in Germany and in France, Erwitt returned to New York.

1950 was a fortuitous year for Erwitt in that he met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker, and ended up working for Standard Oil Company under the former head of the fabled Farm Security Administration. In 1956 Edward Steichen curated several of his pieces into the renowned “Family of Man” exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

From 1950 to 1952, Erwitt was a freelance photographer for Collier’s, Look, Life and Holiday. By 1953 he was an associate member at Magnum and became a full member in 19ERE1950101W00001-2554. Over the years Erwitt has shot journalistic essays throughout the world and taken up numerous commercial assignments for Air France, KLM, and Chase Manhattan Bank, among others.

Erwitt’s initial claim to fame stemmed from his image of the “kitchen debate”—Nikita Khruschev and Richard Nixon arguing in front of a Westinghouse refrigerator at the American exhibition in Moscow in 1959. His most requested image, however, according to Magnum, is from the Civil Rights era in the United States. The image is of two water fountains: the first and obviously newer of the two is labeled WHITE, the second fountain is an older mechanism and designated for COLORED. A black gentleman hovers over the latter but looks over to the fancy fixture next to his. This haunting document is, like Robert Frank’s work, a pointed commentary of civil unjust.

Since the 1970s, he has turned much of his energy toward movies. His feature films, television commercials and documentaries include “Beauty Knows No Pain” (1971), “Red, White and Bluegrass” (1973) and the prize-winning “Glassmakers of Herat, Afghanistan” (1977).

Elliott Erwitt’s images are much adored for their levity, juxtaposition of characters—especially man & animal—and anecdotal moments. Mr. Erwitt’s work continues to be exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and has more than a dozen published monographs to his name.

Cornell Capa

Cornell Capa was born Cornell Friedmann in 1918 into a Jewish family from Budapest. As a teenager, he had aspirations to become a doctor, for the sole purpose of helping people, but eventually decided that he could reach more people and have greater influence through photography.

At the age of 18 he moved to Paris where his brother Andre Friedmann (Robert Capa) was working as a photo-journalist. He worked as his brother’s printer for a year before moving on to New York in 1937 to join the new Pix photo agency. By l938 he was supporting himself by working in the Life magazine darkroom, until his first photo-story on the New York Worlds Fair was published in Picture Post. After service in the US Air Force, Capa became a Life staff photographer in 1946. He continued to work for Life until his brother’s tragic death in 1954, when he joined Magnum. In 1956, after David “Chim” Seymour’s death in Suez, Capa took over as the president of Magnum—a post he held until 1960.

As a photographer, Capa has been particularly sensitive and keen when covering topics of social significance or politics. When he was working for Life he made the first of many trips to Latin America where he chronicled the decimation of indigenous cultures. Through the 1970s he traveled back to the area on several occasions to continue the tales of snuffed cultures. His efforts were rewarded in three books, among them the subsequently famous 1964 Farewell to Eden, a study of the Amahuaca Indians of the Amazon.

Capa was involved in a broad range of social issues, such as old age in America and studied his own Jewish heritage through classic reportage, including a story on the Six-Day War. His 1957 book Retarded Children Can Be Helped was the product of his pioneering study of mentally retarded children, a project he started in 1954. He also covered the electoral campaigns of John and Robert Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson and Nelson Rockefeller. In the early 1970s, Capa coined the phrase “Concerned Photographer” to define ‘a photographer who is passionately dedicated to doing work that will contribute to the understanding or the well-being of humanity’.

In 1974 Cornell Capa founded the International Center of Photography. Devoted to the practitioners and principles that define ‘Concerned Photography’, the ICP is a fountain dedicated to the history of photojournalism, current makers and future producers through its archives, galleries, library and school. The ICP pays homage to Cornell Capa’s brother Robert Capa, and colleagues David “Chim” Seymour and Werner Bischof by constantly bringing humanitarian documentary work to the public realm. Since its opening on Fifth Avenue in New York, the Center has had over 450 exhibitions, exhibiting more than 2,500 photographers. Capa is now the Founding Director Emeritus of the institution.

Cornell Capa’s numerous awards include the Honor Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers (1975), Leica Medal of Excellence (1986), Peace and Culture Award, Sokka Gakkai International, Japan (1990), the Order of the Arts and Letters, France (1991), The Distinguished Career in Photography Award from the Friends of Photography (1995), a Honorary Membership from the ASMP (1995) and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Photography from the Aperture Foundation (1999).

Loren Nelson June 5 – July 12, 2003

The S K Josefsberg Studio is pleased to present the work of Portland photographer Loren Nelson, on view at the gallery June 5 – July 12, 2003.


This current exhibition of Loren Nelson’s work is of his ongoing series of Visqueen wrapped buildings and constructions—a kind of hommage à Christo. All of the swathed structures featured are time-restricted novelties of the Portland Metropolitan area. Whether the construction is newly erected or remodeled by fate of historical restoration, these hearty monuments take on a feminine grace when draped during vulnerable periods of fabrication or repair. Nelson’s fascination and documentation of these brief episodes during assemblage evoke a sense of tragedy—these edifices are cloaked because of their vulnerability to the elements. There is a palpable moodiness in these images of monolithic forms—the billowy nature of the plastic that sheathes the inert buildings leads us to think of the delicacy of their embryonic stages prior to completion. This series is a commentary on transition.

Nelson, who has lived in Portland for 35 years, has been a free-lance photographer for more than two decades. Drawn to photography in early adulthood by the work of Minor White and Wynn Bullock, Nelson is a self-taught craftsman. Known in regional artistic circles more so for his photographs of the Oregon Coast—particularly the Arch Cape area—the plastic-wrapped building series stems from his commercial work for local architects.

Loren Nelson’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum; IBM Corporation; Intel Corporation; E.R. Jackman Foundation for Oregon State University; and the Beaverton Arts Commission, among others. His work continues to be exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Child Safety Online Precautions

parentalcontrolOne need not be a control freak to feel an urgent need for a window into his or her child’s online computer use. All that is needed is one encounter with a news story or even a rumor of a successful online predator and most parents are running to find some kind of parental control software. There are a wealth of options out there.
One of the top priorities is user friendliness. Not all parents are computer geeks  and the issue is much too important to settle for fewer options to protect ones child just because the software is not explained in simple language. The software needs to be easy to install and maintain. Ensure that the software is compatible with the computers owned. If there are security issues that must be changed on your computer be sure that there is ample and usable support from the manufacturer of the software.
A filter on the sites your child may access is common, but parents need to understand that a savvy tween or teen may be able to bypass one that is not cloaked. Look for the filtering that meets individual requirements such as: gaming content, social media, offensive or sensitive word filtering, instant messaging, emails, and specific sites. All can be blocked and controlled by the parent/administrator, sometimes even remotely.
Most provide a timer which can limit the time your child has access to the net by disabling  one or more computers after a set time. Scheduling should be easy and seamless.
Some even provide a way to record interactions your child has online. Some software can only be monitored on the computer that the child uses and therefore the information is not available until the parent can access that computer. Make this a priority if this is something you need before you can get hands on that computer. Complete remote access is more expensive than hands on varieties.
The provision of an instant email to the parent when a child tries to access a blocked site can allow the parent to intervene personally. Just assure your child that it is “love” that prompts the intervention if you chose to come out of stealth mode.
Multiple devices can be supported from the same interface. Be certain that the application you need for a specific phone or online device is available.
Get your drones in order, parents and knock those abusers out of your piece of sky.

Document Management Software For Photography

Gone are the days when offices had to file thousands and thousands of paper based documents inside voluminous file cabinets that consume lots of space inside premises. Today enterprises are utilizing document management software applications, which are basically applications that are designed to enable sharing, storing, and editing of documents digitally. Today, organizations are utilizing document management systems in order to boost business productivity while reducing their operational cost.

doc man softwareThere are various reasons as to why companies utilize document management systems, and these include;

Enhanced document security
Document management applications come with sound security features. One key security feature is encryption that prevents documents from being stolen or accessed by unauthorized individuals. An encryption technique forms a very strong barrier around the data which requires specific credentials in order to decipher information into readable format. Without these credential it is impossible to retrieve the information stored.

Disaster recovery
Any information that is managed using document management software’s can be recovered in case of disasters such as fire, earthquake, flooding, deleting, or accidental flooding. There are several cloud based document management solutions that store information inside remote repositories that can be accessed virtually from any device provided that there is a client computer connected to the internet.

Retrieval and backup
Retrieving document courtesy of document management solutions is very easy because you do not have to physically peruse through voluminous files and folders. In addition, making several copies of the same file is very easy and cost effective. For instance, let’s say you want to copy 100 terabyte of information, with paper based techniques, photocopying such documents is very expensive and might consume approximately one year to complete, but with digital techniques the same information will take about one hour because you only need to digitally transfer files or clone the hard drive storage system.