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Take the simplest photo tools, passion and talented collaborators and bring a visual idea to an epic fever pitch with amazing results.
Take the simplest photo tools, passion and talented collaborators and bring a visual idea to an epic fever pitch with amazing results.
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Big Shoot/ New York City Debut/ More!

09 02 11

To my fantastic backers:

It’s been a while since the last project update, but things have been far from static. A date for late September/early October will soon be solidified for a multi-figure shoot at The Rotunda, a cavernous church on the UPenn campus now used as a performance space. I’ll be working with members of EgoPo, a cutting edge theatre company that is based in Philadelphia. For their 2011 season, they will be doing a trilogy of Jewish-themed plays and I had the pleasure of shooting their publicity photos, which you might have seen in their recent brochure.

Two pinhole pieces: “Hide and Seek” and “Reverie” are going into a show centering on spirit photography at The Merchant’s House Museum on East Fourth Street, in Manhattan. Other photographers in the show include Hal Hirshorn, John Dugdale and Sally Mann. More info:

I continue to experiment with DIY photographic methodology to see where it leads. In late August, my investigations took me to Governors Island in NYC, where, in partnership with, I did a massive shoot at the Jazz Age Lawn Party using a camera of highly unusual, custom construction. Working from my own design, along with figure sculptor Chris Smith , we fabricated a very heavy, but quite nimble camera, nicknamed “Crusher,” that combines an analog front end (circa 1957 press camera) with digital capture. In-edits from the shoot are on the Tsirkus Fotografika page on Facebook:!/pages/Tsirkus-Fotografika/102587023588

At the same time, I’ve been keeping nose close to the grindstone working on a black and white portfolio of photos of Philadelphia, often shooting after work and walking miles into the early evening landscape, practically falling flat into bed, and then arising near dawn to print. The results of this concentrated work are proving very exciting! My surmise is this will be a book that I may do as a Kickstarter project early next year. It’s still in its early form, and I’ve put a number of the rough-cuts on my personal Facebook page:!/tsirkus The same dream-like light that emerged in the pinhole pieces is now making its way into the gritty streets of Philadelphia!

There is more as well, including public sculpture and more travel possibly afoot for Tsirkus Fotografika. More as that develops.




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    1. RA Friedman Creator on

      Thanks! Good words of advice! Best to you, sir!

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