Art Shay Retrospective at drkrm gallery in China Town

drkrm was founded by John Matkowsky who has a twenty-five year reputation as a fine art black and white printer in Los Angeles. The drkrm gallery specializes in documentary and photo-journalistic work, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes and the display and survey of popular cultural images both current or historic.

For the past 6 years drkrm has presented a superb and continuous array of exceptional exhibits, specializing in more under-the-radar, counterculture presentations. drkrm.

I caught up with John to talk to him about the galleries new exhibit and new location in China Town.

1) Tell us about drkrm’s new Art Shay Retrospective and why this is an important exhibit for the gallery.

Art Shay is 90. His photography career spans nearly seven decades. He has published over 30,000 photographs in his life, which include the likes of kings, queens, presidents, athletes and celebrities as well as the common man. He became a full-time photojournalist in the early fifties shooting regularly for Time, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times Magazine, among others. Many of his images are in the National Portrait Gallery. What makes this exhibition important for drkrm is that this is the first time any of these images will be exhibited in Los Angeles, marking Art Shay’s West Coast debut.

2) Explain drkrm’s mission statement and your background in photography.

What started out as a fine art black & white photography lab has evolved into a exhibition space dedicated to the display and survey of popular cultural images (current or historic), fine art photography, documentary and photo journalism, and cutting edge and alternative photographic processes. I feel I specialize in under-the-radar, counterculture presentations. My 25-year background as a Master Printer started with mentor Tom Consilvio, who taught me the finesse of the fine artistic print. Through the years I have worked on the images of Gary Winogrand, William Claxton, Phil Stern and many other renowned artists such as Horace Bristol, Jo Ann Callis, Catherine Opie, Edward S. Curtis and, most recently, Ansel Adams. drkrm’s black & white lab is still dedicated to the highest quality of hand processing and fine printing, specializing in traditional, silver-gelatin printing and film processing nearly lost in today’s digital age.

3) drkrm has moved premises a few times in recent years; has each move been for political, artistic or financial reasons or all three?

We are starting out in our third space in eight years. Each past location has had advantages and disadvantages: artistic, financial and political. Our new location on Chung King Road in LA’s historic Chinatown puts us in the middle of a thriving art scene and combines the best of all the other locations under one roof. We are surrounded by major, important galleries such as theCharlie James Gallery, Matt Gleason’s Coagula Curatorial, and Jancar Gallery. In addition, the space we are now occupying was once China Arts Objects Gallery, the first gallery in Chinatown.

4) How do you like your new location in China Town?

We are new here and everyone is friendly and supportive. I think we will be here for awhile.

5) drkrm is one of the very few west coast photography galleries which showcases black and white, as well as underground and alternative lifestyles work, which I feel puts it up there with galleries in New York, London, Paris, Berlin and Prague, etc. Money and audience obviously an issue and LA is certainly more preoccupied with Hollywood show business but is that the only reason why there are so few art and photojournalism photography galleries in Los Angeles?

Traditionally, you can’t make money showing photojournalistic work. Many people don’t want the aggressive, raw, b&w in your face realism that some of the pictures express. However, I do have a number of collectors who do, so we manage to make sales. I think this type of gallery and work would do much better in Europe or even in New York. At least critically. Trying to balance commerce with art is always tough. But I show what I think needs/warrants/begs to be shown. Because that’s what drkrm is all about. Also, because a lot of the work I like is from the 1970’s and 80’s and tends to be shot on TRI-X.

6) I see that drkrm is receiving more international press in the last year, why do you think this is?

drkrm has been exhibiting some pretty fantastic stuff. People are taking notice, especially in Europe.

7) What do you look for in a photographers’ work to exhibit at drkrm?

The most important thing in an artist’s work is how it affects me. Does it make me feel… something. Basically I show what I like. However, in the back of my mind I think, can I sell this? Again, art is subjective and I suppose I have some lofty idea that I know what great art is, but, somehow, it has to feel important to me. I have curated pictures of transvestite whores on the night-time streets of Mexico City to the surprisingly nostalgic street photography of Ansel Adams.

8) How has drkrm evolved in the last few years and what new things can we expect at the new location in 2013?

For the last 8 years, drkrm has stayed true to its program, curating photo-journalistic exhibitions. We are now offering workshops in Historic photographic processes such as Wet plate Collodion,cyanotypes and Platinum as well as photography and lighting workshops featuring some major artists in photography today. We are trying to keep the dream of film alive.

9) Which photographers and galleries inspire you?

I am inspired by the work of Diane Arbus, Joel Peter Witkin, Larry Clark and Ralph Eugene Meatyard.

Peter Fetterman and David Fahey are two gallerists I greatly respect and admire.

10) Until very recently there seemed to be an annual news report proclaiming the death of photography. Recent digital has really changed things around and photography is as big now as it has ever been and the divide between professional and amateur is very blurred. Is it increasingly difficult to exhibit work produced from a pre-digital age and to convey the difficulties of that process to a contemporary crowd?

Yes, it is difficult. Though occasional aficionados of the process still seek out the old, classic ways of film, unfortunately, almost everyone now thinks what is on the wall is digital. They are not used to seeing silver gelatin prints, which have a have a well known and regarded archival history. In my experience, if a collector has a choice between a digital print or a Silver print of the same image, they usually opt for the Silver print. Even some museums are showing digital prints of classic photography as opposed to vintage prints. I recently saw some photographic images from Thomas Eakins at a local museum that were digital copies.

11) Let’s bring it back round to your new exhibit on March 2nd and Art Shay. Which image in this retrospective really speaks volumes, not only of Shay’s work but photography and the exhibit at drkrm?

There are far too many images in the Art Shay Retrospective to have one shot speak the loudest, but one of my favorites is this somewhat famous shot from the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago where police violently confronted demonstrators. It is of the marque of the Hilton Hotel that proclaims “Welcome Democrats.” Arrayed under the sign is a sidewalk corps of a dozen bayonet-lofting Guardsmen. Powerful stuff.

Art Shay has seen it all.

Interview by Ginger Liu

Art Shay – a retrospective runs from March 2 – April 6.

The opening reception is on March 2, 7-10pm.

drkrm

933 Chunk King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.928.0973
info@drkrm.com
http://www.drkrm.com

Ginger Liu Photography Exhibited – Perfect Exposure Gallery – Burlesque! – The Monday Night Tease Retrospective – Los Angeles 1/10/12

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Burlesque!
The Monday Night Tease Retrospective

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Burlesque! — The Monday Night Tease Retrospective celebrates nine years of live performances at LA’s longest weekly running burlesque show. Since 2004, Monday Night Tease has been a staple in the variety arts world. Described as the heartbeat of the Los Angeles burlesque scene, it is a home to local performers as well as a destination for out of town artists. Producer Lili VonSchtupp prides herself with launching new talent as well as nurturing established performers to take risks and further their art form. Several burlesque shows have come and gone, but every Monday the backstage area of The Three Clubs in Hollywood pulses with the beat of makeup, glitter, shimmy belts, and pasties. The energy presented weekly at Monday Night Tease is unmatched and we are proud to share it with you through a collection of images captured by some of LA’s premier event photographers.

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Featuring work by Andrija Bloom, Azul DelGrasso, Brian C. Janes, Chris Beyond, Dan Hendricks, Ginger Liu, Jason Kamimura, Laura Creecy, PhotoJenInc, Samuel Hernandez, and Tom Yi.

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ABOUT THE GALLERY
The Perfect Exposure Gallery is the recognized venue in Southern California to display the work of award winning and accomplished photojournalists as well as works of photographers that regard artistry and craftsmanship as a standard of excellence. Established in 1998 as a much needed venue for LA photojournalists and photographers, the gallery continues to create unique exhibits through contact with various media organizations including The Associated Press, Magnum Photo Agency, The Los Angeles Times, Getty Images, and Agence France-Presse.
The mission of the Perfect Exposure Gallery is to present exhibits free of charge to the general public with the goal to exemplify the rich variety and impact of photography, freedom of expression, the aesthetic, the contemptible, and the sublime. In addition, the gallery works with a distinguished group of acclaimed photojournalists to produce ongoing seminars and workshops for both adults and youths.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10th 2013, 6-9 pm
Exhibit Dates: January 11th – February 16th, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-4pm
Media Contact: Christina Covarrubias T 213.381.1137 · Christina@theperfectexposuregallery.com
Links: http://www.ThePerfectExposureGallery.com, http://www.MondayNightTease.com
Social Media: facebook.com/ThePerfectExposureGallery, @TPEGalleryLA, @MNTease
The Perfect Exposure Gallery
3519 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, California 90020
http://www.TheperfectExposureGallery.com
contact@theperfectexposuregallery.com
T 213.381.1137
T 213.381.1138

Ginger Liu Photography

Content tips for filmmakers using SEO, Keywords and Google

 

 

 

SEO, Keywords and Google:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a technique used to improve the visibility of a website or web page. The best visibility is first page ranking on search engines such as Google. When users type in Keywords in to Google’s search box, out of the hundreds of thousands, even millions of links on the web, your site should come up first if the proper SEO has been put into place. SEO is not instant but sees results over time.

For instant, if I wanted to know about 2011 film festivals in Los Angeles I would enter the following in Google’s Search box:

film festival, los angeles 2011

What Google comes up with is hundreds of URLs for 2011 film festivals in Los Angeles. Those with the biggest online presence are at the top. How do they get there?

Techniques:

  • Use Keywords always and often on social networks, blogs, press releases and on the website. These include the name of your brand or event and what’s on offer. For example, Los Angeles Film Festival 2011is pretty self explanitory but used often in content gets it picked up in search engines. Define SEO even more and savvy social media experts can get your brand or event to top Google listings with just the keywords, Film Festival. But SEO takes time; it takes months so you need to be patient with your SEO guy.

Tips for online content SEO:

  • Encourage links to your content from Influencers, i.e. sponsors, bloggers.
  • Post often to blogs and social networks. Search engines like fresh content.
  • Social Bookmarking – post all URLs (links) to sites such as Digg and Stumblupon where users can view your links.

 

Ginger Liu is the Founder (2008) of Ginger Media & Entertainment: Digital Media Marketing & Strategy/PR, Content Producer & Founder of GLIU Photography: Fine Art. Documentary.

Social Media Marketing/PR Content & Design Consultant to clients across the globe.

Film Publicist – IMDB

Entertainment journalist and travel author.

Ginger Liu is a Film Reporter for the Examiner and was a Film Reviewer for IndieWire’s The Playlist and Film & TV Columnist and Reviewer for Regent Media’s Gay Wired.

Social Media Strategy: Bookmarking By Ginger Liu

Social Media Strategy – Bookmarking:

Sometimes called Social Bookmarking, this is a method for users to store, organize, manage and search Bookmarked URLs. Bookmarking sites are usually public and links you’ve posted with metadata to include keywords for ease of searches, have the potential to be clicked through and/or read by hundreds or thousands of users. Bookmarking sites contain either a broad subject matter or a specific subject that has a loyal following. Broad subject sites tend to follow the subject structure of an online magazine, e.g. Entertainment, Art, Politics or Lifestyle. Specific sites are by subject, i.e. Technical, and are subdivided into smaller subjects within the Technical framework.

Mashable lists over 50 bookmarking sites but I’ve listed some of the most popular:

Digg

Stumblupon

Reddit

Delicious

Tweetmeme

Mixx

Fark

Slashdot

Friendfeed

Newsvine

Etc…

Sign up with as many Bookmarking sites as you can, find friends and followers and start bookmarking.

Ginger Liu is the Managing Director of Ginger Media & Entertainment: Digital Media & Strategy/PR & Founder of GLIU Photography: Fine Art. Documentary.

She is a Social Media Marketing/PR Consultant to clients across the globe.

Ginger Liu is a Film Reporter for the Examiner and was a Film Reviewer for IndieWire’s The Playlist and Film & TV Columnist and Reviewer for Regent Media’s Gay Wired.

Ginger Media & Entertainment’s 2010 Success in Marketing Film Online through Social Media

 

Hollywood based Ginger Media & Entertainment is a successful social media marketing and online PR boutique company for independent film, DVD and art, boasting clients in Hollywood, NYC, London, Australia and Canada.


GM&E head, Ginger Liu, is a social media guru who has been at the forefront of the social media revolution. In late 2009 she was interviewed on national syndicated radio about her role in marketing independent films online. With one of the largest networks in the business, Ginger Liu lives and breaths the film industry in Hollywood and networks on a daily basis. As an entertainment journalist, she reports on movie box office, film festivals and screenings, including the Academy Awards. She has worked as an associate producer at a Hollywood production company, as a stills and event photographer, unit publicist and script reader. 

Ginger Liu consults on a regular basis to clients in the USA and UK. GM&E sets up social networks, posts 7 days a week, bookmarks and uses SEO and comments on forums and blogs to promote clients. The boutique specializes in independent film and budgets and uses organic one-on-one marketing through Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin with positive results combined with email marketing, press releases, content editing, pitching to multi-media press and the film community world wide. GM&E promotes clients 7 days a week and through it’s organic marketing successes has gained repeated and ongoing business.

An example of client results:

Women in Film International Shorts Program – marketing success.
The Evolution of Andrew Andrews – repeated business – full house for festival screening and  festival award.
Prince of Swine – SOLD OUT screenings on 4 out of 7 Los Angeles screenings.
Infection: The Invasion Begins – DVD SOLD OUT first week on Amazon.
9909 movie: Won two festival awards in NYC and reviewed in Variety.
Angie Stone – Grammy nominated singer – successfully promoted world tour through social networks.
SEO and bookmarking and network success proven by Google searches. Search for the above clients and Ginger Liu.

Ginger Media & Entertainment also promotes Atlanta fashion sensation, PZI Jeans, in the USA and UK through social media – 7 days a week.

Ginger Media & Entertainment was also the social media marketing director and consultant for LPA movingPictures and London Photographic Association – setting up of networks, attracting more than 1600 Twitter fans in half of 2010 and more than 1000 Facebook business fans, promoting and networking to filmmakers and photographers in London.

Ginger Liu is currently in London consulting filmmakers and promoting artists for photo documentary project on London’s East End cinema and filmmakers. The start of 2011 sees Ginger Media & Entertainment promoting a Spanish, French and Italian independent film production from February, a Hollywood independent production eco-sci-fi feature, and Ginger Liu will be covering the Academy Awards in February.

Ginger Liu has a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Media Practice (film, photography, media) from the prestigious University of Westminster in London.

For client and press list

Facebook – 5000 fans

Twitter – 1500 fans

Linkedin – 1200 fans

Ginger Media & Entertainment

Ginger Liu Photography


Fever Blister Hollywood Burlesque by Ginger Liu

Fever Blister – Burlesque Performer

Ginger Liu studio, Hollywood, 2010

Ginger Liu  Photography