FYI: The Friends of Photography closes for good

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by merg_ross, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. The Friends of Photography at the Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco announced on Monday that they will be closing all operations this month due to enormous debt.

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    Merg Ross
     
  2. sorry to hear it. i will forever be in their debt for
    publishing "photographs of oregon and the columbia river" by carleton
    watkins -one of the finest little books in my collection.
     
  3. Thanks, Merg. Sad note. It seems nothing lasts for long in the
    photography world. I suppose there just aren't enough people who care
    about photography. Think of all the great publications and companies
    dedicated to photography that are no longer in business. Maybe there
    just aren't enough of us.

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    Regards,
     
  4. This is a sad day. They did a lot for photography & photographers,
    championing the image and those who produced the images.
    Now we better get busy supporting the quality publications, galleries
    & educational institutions that we still have before more close their
    doors.
     
  5. Doug-
    Thanks for the thoughtful sentiments. Their demise is particularly
    poignant to me as my Dad (Donald) was an original trustee in the late
    60's and responsible for acquiring the Renger-Patzsch collection for
    the Friends in 1971. That was while they were in Carmel, in a small
    galery, and if the original concept had prevailed they might still be
    in business with a small gallery and occasional publications..
    Perhaps not. But the founders, Ansel, Brett, Rosario, Beaumont, Nancy
    and others are gone and wih them died the initial concept and
    direction.

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    You are probably correct in that there are not enough people who care
    about photography. But my experience has been that those who do care
    do so with a real passion and that makes up for the lack in numbers.

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    Regards,

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    Merg
     
  6. I recall becoming a member 15 years ago, and I still have some of the
    fine books they sent me. But I have to say the dues structure was
    such that all I could ever afford was a basic membership. It struck
    me that the Friends must necessarily cater to the well-to-do--who
    else could afford it? I get the impression from Merg's comments that
    perhaps the organization attempted to grow beyond its means. It is
    sad, because their publications were first-rate. I wonder if the
    collections owned by the Friends will be given to a museum?
     
  7. When visiting San Francisco I always tried to peruse their gallery
    (when I could find it open). Usually bought a book or two to give
    them a little support, and always wondered how they could stay open,
    with the amateurish way they seemed to operate. Sorry to see it go,
    but not surprised.
     
  8. Merg--On the 15th of this month I posted a message re: Friends of
    Photography on this forum asking for the organization's email address.

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    Not their web site, but email address. Would you have that info?

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    The FOA is presently having an exhibit on "Modern Japan, 1915-1940". I
    am trying to contact the Japanese Photo Historian associated with the
    show, Mr. Norihiko Klochko
     
  9. Merg--On the 15th of this month I posted a message re: Friends of
    Photography on this forum asking for the organization's email address.

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    Not their web site, but email address. Would you have that info?

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    The FOA is presently having an exhibit on "Modern Japan, 1915-1940". I
    am trying to contact the Japanese Photo Historian associated with the
    show, Mr. Norihiko Klochko--Respectfully, Raymond A. Bleesz
     
  10. While I hate to see this happen, if my experience with them was the
    norm then I'm not suprised. Their membership fees were not affordable
    to anyone on a tight budget. I tried a few times to volunteer and no
    one even bothered calling me back and the ambience was just a little
    to "its our little club here and you are who ?" for my taste. Still
    its sad...
     
  11. Ed-
    In their press release they state that the 140 Ansel Adams
    photographs are in the process of being sold with the objective that
    they remain available for public display. Also, they are having a
    collector print sale for the general public on 10/26 and 10/27
    at "significant savings".Example, formerly $2,500 now $1,625. The
    range is from $240 to $3,000. Represented are many familiar names
    including Adams, Baer, Bernhard, Citret, Klett, Mark, Meyerowitz,
    Morris, Stackpole etc. If interested call Jodie Klein, Friends
    Development Office, (415) 495-7000 ext. 303.

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    Regards,

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    Merg
     

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