Julia has spent the last year revisiting negatives and spending month upon month in the darkroom creating beautiful silver prints in preparation for a 40 year retrospective of her work that opens at the Julia Dean Gallery in Los Angeles tomorrow night, December 15th. I am featuring work from her General Stores project today -- she recently rediscovered the negatives and printed the images for the first time for the exhibition. Julia is also offering photographs from the exhibition for sale online at a special anniversary price on her site.
Forty Years Behind the Camera: A RetrospectiveWhen I worked as an apprentice to Berenice Abbott’s in 1978, I was 23 years old. Berenice was 80.
She taught me how to print, among many other photographic skills. She taught me about life in Paris in the 20s, about working with Man Ray, about meeting and photographing people like Eugene Atget, James Joyce, and Jean Cocteau. She even taught me how to do the Charleston.
I remember using an 8x10 camera with 8x10 film and an 8x10 enlarger. The film had to be processed in complete darkness, one sheet at a time, in 8x10 trays that you lined up just right so you knew what to do in the dark.
images from General Stores