Image Nation – Exhibition in Paris (2017)

I am absolutely chuffed to have been invited to participate in an exhibition in Paris with some pretty amazing and award-winning photographers.  For those in the area, it takes place at Espace des Arts Sans Frontierès, 44 Rue Bouret, Paris between November 10th-12th, 2017.

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Dolffs Gallery – Berlin, Germany (Limited Edition Prints)

I am happy to announce my new partnership and representation with Dolffs Gallery in Berlin, Germany! It has been an amazing transition with the director and founders. What impressed me the most is their model for curated art with a global presence and an emphasis on eclectic genres that tap into the photographic zeitgeist of our times while paying homage to the art of photography throughout the ages. My limited edition images will be exhibited throughout Europe and printed through a renowned laboratory in Germany where they can be shipped internationally by the gallery.

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New York – Fine Art Photography Workshop (October 21 & 22, 2017)

I will be conducting a fine art photography workshop in New York on October 21 & 22, 2017.  The workshop is limited to 3-4 participants. If interested, please contact (https://silverzenphotography.com/contact) me for more details.  Thank you to those that have already expressed interest!  John

 

 

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TORONTO – Fine Art Long Exposure Photography Workshop (June 9th-11th, 2017)

Join two multiple international award-winning photographers, Marc Koegel and I, for our annual 3 day photographic journey in my home city on June 9th-1th, 2017!  During this worksop, we will focus on in-the-field practice with a focus on architecture and waterscapes and in-class sessions focusing on principles of creating art with your photography.  We hope to see you there! 

For more information and registration, here is the link:   http://www.vancouverphotoworkshops.com/workshops/long-exposure-toronto-2017.php  

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Athens House of Photography – Limited Edition Prints (Washington, D.C.)

I am chuffed to announce that I am now also represented by the Athens House of Photography (AHoP)!  You can purchase limited editions prints of some of my B+W New York photos by contacting them at www.ahop.gr.

“The Athens House of Photography was created in Athens, Greece in 2010.  For five years it operated as a commercial gallery, exhibition space and bookstore, providing Athens with its first commercial venue dedicated exclusively to photography … In the winter of 2015, the AHoP closed its doors in Athens and made a move to Washington, D.C.”

The AHoP provides prints from such classic names as Ansel Adams, Sabastian Salgado, Willy Ronis, Constantine Manos (Magnum Photos), and numerous others.

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Insight, Inspiration & The Ingenuity of Photography

As modern day photographers, we are informed and inspired by so many that have come before us in history.  It is always amazing to me to see how the philosophy of an artist’s experience in the past can shape the zeitgeist of art in the present and bring about a new dawn of artistic experimentation in the future.  For me, an artist’s psychology and the history of  art and photography are forever infused and intimately intertwined with one another.  Although these quotes and books are probably known to most photographers and artists, I thought I would add them to my website to highlight, acknowledge and pay homage to some of the exceptional artists and thinkers that have personally inspired me on my journies in the behaviour sciences and the photographic arts.

QUOTES

“Learn a new language and get a new soul.” – Czech proverb

“It is said that Daguerre has found the means to collect, on a plate prepared by him, the image produced by the camera obscura, in such a way that a portrait, a landscape, or any view, projected upon this plate by the ordinary camera obscura, leaves an imprint in light and shade there, and thus presents the most perfect of all drawings … a preparation put over this image preserves it for an indefinite time … the physical sciences have perhaps never presented a marvel comparable to this one.”  – Journal des Artistes, 1835

“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson (Click here for more quotes)

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”  – Ansel Adams (Click here for more quotes)

“The aesthetic is the sine qua non for art: if a work is not aesthetic, it is not art by definition…We feel through the senses, and everyone knows that the content of art is feeling; it is the creation of an object for sensing that is the artist’s task; and it is the qualities of this object that constitute its felt content.”  Beyond the Aesthetics – Mark Rothko (1946)

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”– Susan Sontag

“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” ― Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

“While we cannot describe its appearance (the equivalent), we can define its function. When a photograph functions as an Equivalent we can say that at that moment, and for that person the photograph acts as a symbol or plays the role of a metaphor for something that is beyond the subject photographed.” – Minor White

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” ― Robert Frank

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” – David Alan Harvey

“This machine can negate ninety-nine percent of what was called and still is called painting. Through it a man who knows how to really photograph is able to channel the impulses of human beings and to register the objective world directly, through the science of optics and the chemistry of silver and platinum, translated into tonalities subtle beyond the reach of any human hand.” “Is Photography A Failure?” Essay – Alfred Steiglitz (1922)

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”  Marc Chagall

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”  Francis Bacon

“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” – Lucian Freud

“The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.” – Banksy

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” – Michelangelo

“Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.” – Steven Pinker

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” – Paul Strand

“Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.” – Chuck Close

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“I realized that I had things in my head not like what I had been taught – not like what I had seen – shapes and ideas so familiar to me that it hadn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to stop painting, to put away everything I had done, and to start to say the things that were my own.”  Georgia O’Keefe

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”–Mohandas K. Gandhi

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” – Charles Mingus

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”–Socrates

“Psychological flexibility is the ability to adapt to a situation with awareness, openness, and focus and to take effective action, guided by your values.”― Russ Harris

“No artist tolerates reality” – Nietzsche

“I want to put a ding in the universe” – Steve Jobs

“Get out of your mind and into your life.” – Steven Hayes

“I didn’t choose photography. Photography chose me.” – Gerardo Suter

“I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn.” – Picasso

“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” – B.F. Skinner

“Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis

“Photography is not something you retire from.”  ― Annie Leibovitz

 

Links to More Inspirational Quotes:

Petapixel – 50 Quotes on Photography & 70 Inspirational Quotes

Multiple Sources – AZ Quotes

 

BOOKS / ARTICLES / VIDEOS

These photography books were chosen based on my own readings and interests and encompass both reflections on photography and photographic essays.  Here is but a short list for those interested:

Photography: The Definitive Visual History – Tom Ang

The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression – Bruce Barnbaum

On Photography – Susan Sontag

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer – Vivian Maier

“Writings on Art” & “The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art” – Mark Rothko

Magnum Contact Sheets – Edited by Kristen Lubben (Thames & Hudson)

Julius Shulman: Architecture and its Photography – Julius Shulman

Camera Lucida – Roland Barthes

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment –  Published by Steidl

The Photographer’s Eye – John Szarkowski

10 Perceptual Principles of Art (Neuroaesthetics Perspective) -V. S. Ramachandran

What Art Can Tells Us About The Brain – Margaret Livingstone

Inherit The Dust – Nick Brandt

Edward Burtynsky – Essential Elements

Hengki Koentjoro – The Refined Eye

Michael Kenna – Hokkaido

Zebrato – Michael Levin

Ansel Adams – The Print: Book 3 – Ansel Adams

I will keep adding to this list as time permits but in the meantime, please enjoy these sources of inspiration.

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B&W Minimalism Magazine – Issue 01 (Cover, Feature & Interview)

I don’t have much time for interviews these days, but I was quite honoured to be asked to inaugurate the first issue of what will be a popular and inspiring magazine for those who love and practice this genre of photography. The magazine includes photos from my “Prelude to Silence” snowscape series and my “Simplexity” series of architectural portraits. Thank you Milad and Marchevca of B&W Minimalism Magazine and a big congratulations to the featured and published artists who have offered so much to this eye-catching and breathtaking issue! Cheers!

You can view the issue here or you may click on the my image to access the magazine:

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Gotham Is Calling! New York Workshops: October 14th-16th, 2016

out-of-new-york-workshop-oct-15-16-2016-john-kosmopoulosHello Everyone,

I hope you are all doing well!

As some of you expressed some interest in attending the New York conference for October 14th-16th, 2016, I am sending along the link for your review:

I am conducting 4 sessions as described through the above link.  One session is a talk at the conference on the psychology of photography and fine art photography; 2 sessions are in-field explorations of many of the iconic locations in NYC and the last session will bring us to a SOHO, New York Gallery that represents me and will give you a chance to speak with the Director about what they look for in artists they represent!  You also have a chance to win an ND filter from Formatt-Hitech with one of the sessions!

You can sign up and register for more than 1 session of course and you can get a $100 discount with your registration by using the code KOSMOPOULOS100!

Here is the link:  https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1805911

You will also find accomodation ideas on the main website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to follow-up!  I hope to see you there!

John

 

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Greece Year Zero: My Photography In Film

Greece Year Zero” is a cinematic essay of the last 120 years of Greece’s tumultuous and largely untold story by the genius writer and talented director, Dannis Koromilas. I am proud and humbled to be part of his magnum opus and this momentous event as some of my photograpy will be part of the film.  The poster below has one of my photos for promotions and the collage shows scenes from the film with some of my fine art photos and the credits. Limited edition prints will be available through my website for those interested.

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It’s a project years in the making that has been very hard to keep secret given my passion for this story. We have all become like brothers through the process. I have seen the film and I became quite emotional about it. When I think back, what inspires me the most in my photography is cinema.  The film is scheduled for a Fall 2016 release and I can’t wait to attend one of the openings.  I hope all of you have a chance to see it as it provides a different lens on the history of Greece.

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NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – OCTOBER 14th-16th, 2016

Gotham is Calling!  I will be conducting a talk and some workshops in New York City for the “Out of New York” Photography Conference on October 14th-16th, 2016.  This is my invitation to you to join me in exploring and photographing the many iconic places of this great city using various creative techniques to help shape your photographic vision.

Please click here for registration and more information.   If you use Discount Code “KOSMOPOULOS100” upon registration you will save $100!  I hope to see you there!

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This is what workshop participants have said about their experiences:

“I have been on more than 12 photo workshops and yours has been the most organized and the most comprehensive.  I am glad that I have met you.”  Stephen R.

“Thank you so much for the great workshop, it was a real eye-opener of fine art BW photography. I will continue to improve my skills that I learned from this class.”  Janice W.

“I attended John’s workshop… and I was overwhelmed with his willingness to share his knowledge. He encouraged everyone to look at the world from a different perspective and welcomed everybody’s opinion and point of view. He combines the principles of design and aesthetics with a psychological approach to produce exquisite masterpieces of fine art. I learnt so much! Can’t recommend him enough.” ~ Marita D. R.

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