Photos past and present

straussstudioMy story about photographer and inventor of the Under I-95 show Zoe Strauss is in today’s Weekly.

Libby told you about last year’s Under I-95 show in this post. The plein air exhibit and sale, which happens May 1 each year, is part of Strauss’s ten-year Philadelphia Public Art Project in which the artist is photographing ordinary and extraordinary citizens and locales in Philadelphia, Las Vegas and New Jersey.

The irrepressible Ms. Strauss (pictured above in a shot Libby took last year) looks somber in her photo accompanying my PW article (must be post traumatic stress, post-arrest). She is a delight to talk with and I’ll post more of our interview here when I get a little time. (image left is Strauss’s “Sheila and William”)

History time

And in the editors’ choice section of the paper is my preview for a historical photography show I’ll be running to see soon because it looks so great, “Antoin Sevruguin and the Persian Image” at the Penn Museum. The show’s a traveling Smithsonian Institution affair (the SI houses the biggest collection of glass negatives and extant prints by the Iranian artist (1830s-1933)). Check the SI website for more amazing images. (image is Sevruguin’s picture of a dervish, a Muslim ascetic. )