Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Holds Public Panel Presentation on Photography – Sept. 3, 2011

Robert Frank teaching © Peter Schlessinger

Forty years ago an independent photographic project and study center called Apeiron Workshops opened in rural New York two hours north of Manhattan. Over the course of the next decade, students enrolled there to study with a veritable who’s who of mid-20th century creative photography,* and participated in the center’s programs, including publishing, documentary, teaching and exhibitions projects. This Labor Day weekend, as part of an Apeiron reunion being held in Montreat, NC, a public panel discussion entitled, Photography Then and Now, on the arc of creative photography across the four decades since Apeiron opened will be held in downtown Asheville at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, at 56 Broadway, on Sept. 3, 2011, beginning at 8pm. Admission will be $5 and seating is limited. Call Benjamin Porter at 828/281-1825 or e-mail to (

Panel members will include:

A.D. Coleman, photography critic, historian, curator, poet, teacher, lecturer, editor, and publisher. Recipient of numerous international awards for his writings on photography, nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poetry, Alan Coleman has established a substantial presence on the World Wide Web since his home page made its debut in the spring of 1995. His current projects include Photocritic International, The Photography Criticism CyberArchive, and the electronic magazine The Nearby Café, all of which can be accessed via ( Alan was a frequent guest critic at Apeiron during his tenure as The New York Times’ first photography critic.

Elaine Mayes, prolific Guggenheim-winning photographer and filmmaker, and the first woman to teach both photography and film in an academic curriculum at the college level. Elaine’s teaching posts have included Hampshire College (a founding member of the department), Pratt Institute, Bard College and New York University, from which she retired as Chair of the Photography department at the Tisch School of the Arts in 2000. Elaine was a frequent winter guest artist and summer workshop leader at Apeiron, her work was included in The First Apeiron Portfolio, and she was one of the 12 imagemakers who did commissioned work for Apeiron’s NEA-funded photographic survey, The Long Island Project.

John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. As a curator at the museum (where he has worked since 1992) he has assembled exhibitions on the works of Frank Gohlke, Elliot Porter, Richard Avedon, and Robert Adams, among others.  In addition he has done extensive research and writing about Paul Strand, reflecting the fact that earlier in his career he was Director of the Paul Strand Archive for the Aperture Foundation. Before that, he was an Apeiron staff member and manager of Apeiron’s Photographic Archives and Traveling Exhibitions Program. His Ph.D. Dissertation was “Art for Society’s Sake: Paul Strand’s Photographic Visions”.

*Bernice Abbott, Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Bruce Davidson, Paul Caponigro, Linda Connor, Judy Dater, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Gibson, Emmett Gowin, Robert Heineken, William Klein, Danny Lyon, Elaine Mayes, Duane Michals, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, Jerry Uelsmann, Minor White and Gary Winogrand, plus Magnum photographers Charles Harbutt, Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, Gilles Peress, and Burk Uzzle… among others.

For more information contact Benjamin Porter at 828/281-1825 or e-mail to (


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