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“Cartography and the Cultural Terrain III” Exhibit at Downtown Phoenix ‘s Burton Barr Library

[Source: Phoenix Public Library]

Phoenix Public Library Exhibits “Cartography and the Cultural Terrain III” by Deborah Springstead Ford

"OM" Silver gelatin print, 12" x 12" © 2008/9 Deborah Springstead Ford

Burton Barr Central Library will host an exhibit by Deborah Springstead Ford, titled “Cartography and the Cultural Terrain III,” Jan. 12 – March 20 at the library’s @Central Gallery, 1221 N. Central Ave.

In this body of work, Ford combines photographic images of landscapes and geological forms with historic maps and text to explore the ideas surrounding westward expansion, colonialism and the search for natural resources.

Ford uses photography to engage viewers with issues of the environment and our relationship to it.  Her images are often altered in the camera or in the darkroom, using various photographic techniques, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces.

"Shoshone" Silver gelatin print, 12" x 12" © 2009 Deborah Springstead Ford


Phoenix Public Library is a system of 15 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library.  For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit  Follow them on Twitter at


Burton Barr Library Issues Call For Artists For 2011

[Source: City of Phoenix Public Information Office]

Photo credit: all in green on Flickr

Burton Barr Central Library is seeking submissions from artists for exhibition in 2011 in its @Central Gallery, located on the first floor at 1221 N. Central Ave.  Proposals will be accepted from artists residing in Arizona, 18 years or older, and not currently represented by a gallery.

Artists may submit up to 10 images on CD following the prospectus instructions.  Works previously exhibited in @Central Gallery and artists who have had a solo exhibition at the library in the past two years are not eligible for consideration.

The submission fee is $15.  Submissions must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

For a prospectus and submission form, visit or send an e-mail to

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New gallery opens on downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row

[Source: Lilia Menconi, Phoenix New Times] — Wayne Rainey is at it again.  The owner of Holgas and MonOrchid can easily be credited as a major mover in the downtown arts scene.  And he’s debuting his latest art space, Bokeh Gallery, in the MonOrchid building.

Rainey, who has worked as a commercial and fine art photographer for over 20 years, has noticed a gap in downtown Phoenix: a lack of photography-only galleries.  “It’s the kind of thing I’ve been hungry for,” Rainey says.  So, with the help of fellow photographer (and studio space tenant at MonOrchid), Jacques Barbey, Bokeh Gallery will dedicate all its shows to fine photography.

Rainey says they’ll bring in world class photographers and, so far, he’s been surprised by the enthusiastic responses he has received from contacts in the industry.   [Note: To read the full article, visit New gallery opens on downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row.]

Phoenix at night… from outer space

phoenix_1456279i[Source: London Telegraph] — Metro Phoenix at night from space: photographed by NASA astronauts on the International Space Station.

A city’s pulse

Videographer Shanley Burk’s first experiment with the 5D Mark II’s video capabilities.  Filming was done in Tempe, Arizona and featured scenes from downtown Tempe and some of the Phoenix skyline and Sky Harbor Airport.

A downtown Phoenix photo quilt


[Source: The Daily Render] — Nikolas Schiller is a 28-year-old cartographer, consultant, digital artist, researcher, photographer, civil rights activist, and blogger living in Washington, D.C.  Nikolas created this derivative map of downtown Phoenix.  He liked the way the rooftop of the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. District Court creates a nice design around the center.  To view additional map quilts of Phoenix, click here.

Hey family and friends, meet Phoenix!

YouTube videographer, TheUniversalfan, just wanted to show the beauty of Phoenix to his family, friends, and, yes, the rest of the world.  “Meet Phoenix!”

Phoenix Daily Photo: Downtown Phoenix

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Downtown Phoenix looking northeast (Photo source: Blogger Sharon)

Sharing pictures via the Internet is easy, and it’s interesting to see where photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional, focus their lenses. Blogger Sharon snaps photos all around metro Phoenix.  On July 10, she took this shot from an interesting angle in downtown Phoenix.  Her commentary is below:

Here is a view of downtown Phoenix that I snapped from one of the county high-rise building.  The building to the left, with the crown on top is the City Hall building that I featured here.  The older, low building to the right of the photo is the building that houses the Maricopa County Court House and the old city hall. You can also see a number of business high-rise buildings in the mix.  The building under construction to the very far right is part of the [CityScape project] that combines, office space, living space, and retail space in one development.  It is one major development project that continues to progress even in these tight financial times.

Downtown Phoenix sunset

Last month videographer Efrain Robles shot this time lapse video of downtown Phoenix as the sun sets and the traffic is heavy.

Local photographer finally tours downtown Phoenix historic landmark


Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ (Brenda Eden)

[Source: Brenda Eden] — “I’ve always wanted to take a tour of the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix and recently I finally did… The day I went for the tour, they were having a huge open house tour.  There were tour guides all over the place telling about the history of the theatre, but you could come and go and explore the whole place on your own, you didn’t have to stay with the group.

It’s so pretty on the inside. Honestly, it made me feel like I was stepping into some magnificent Disneyland ride!  It first opened in 1929 before the Great Depression. It was one of the few places that had air conditioning in the Phoenix area, so you can imagine it was pretty exciting to go there in the summer!” [Note: View more of Brenda’s photos and commentary at Local photographer finally tours downtown Phoenix historic landmark]