FYI. New Meeting Location
The Ongoing Moment is now hosted at
Praxis Photo Arts Center
2637 27th ave s.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
free secure off-street parking
Third Wednesday of the month from 6:30-9:00pm
hosted by Mpls-based photographers Richard Ott and Walter Horishnyk
FaceBook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theongoingmoment
All are welcome
Meetings are free, donations are welcome that goes toward special guest speakers,
snacks and beverages.
Sign up in advance to exhibit your images for a short discussion with the hosts and group attendees
by emailing: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ongoing Moment is a monthly meeting for photographers who wish to increase their understanding and improve their practice of the medium. The title refers to the idea that “we share experiences that are formally similar”; a flag bearer for instance. As photographers we may render that in many ways, yet we refer to our prior emotions and our experiences of seeing previous flag bearer photographs, when making our new images.
We explore past Master photographers and Contemporary photographers, looking at their images and artistic process to help us go forward on our own photographic journey.
“For the World to See”
The Life of Margaret Bourke-White
Hardcover – May 16, 1983
At every meeting we have a book lottery, attendees have a chance to receive our monthly book choice.
Bourke-White, a well-known photographer in the 1930-40s, made a name for herself in a man’s world. She started out in advertising photography, which included trips to the Soviet Union to document that country’s industrialization-modernization efforts. Later she expanded her work to include magazine photography (Fortune Magazine and she was “one of the first four Life magazine staff photographers”). She photographed Dust Bowl impacts, pre-WWII Germany, and various WWII hot spots. The book includes a powerful picture of the citizens of Weimar who were brought to that place to view the piles of bodies at Buchenwald.
Bourke-White wrote several books and was apparently the last photojournalist to interview Gandhi before his assassination. Bourke-White asked Gandhi how he would have used non-violence to deal with the atomic bomb. He said it would have been through “prayerful action,” by which he meant that prayers would have been sent up to and felt by the pilot so that “his eyes would be open.” Bourke-White asked Tibbetts, the pilot of the Enola Gay who she knew if he had felt anything about “the people down there.” He responded by saying that “They’re so poor and miserable it probably helps them as they’d only die anyway.”
Regarding U.S. negro officers in WWII, a white ordinance officer who had earlier said to Bourke-White that he would lie awake at night thinking about the starving kids he saw in the battle zones, told her that “It makes my blood boil to see a nigger with bars on his shoulder.”
The book includes many of her photographs which are crisp and strong. She documented with an eye.
Steve Ozone is a photographer and filmmaker with a studio practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Ball State University in Indiana, with a B.A. in Photojournalism. A former commercial photographer, he exhibits both locally and nationally. His work addresses issues of immigration, food, and culture. Along with partner Bill Kubota, he is co-producer and co-director of the documentary film The Registry, about Japanese American men recruited by the U.S. Army from internment camps to be interrogators and interpreters in the Pacific. The Registry is available for download or rental on Amazon Prime. His latest photographs can be seen on the outside of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Silver Ramp featuring immigrants of Minnesota from Kenya, Syria, Mexico, Japan, Poland, and Croatia.
Artist Statement: As a young man, my father was imprisoned with his family along with 110,000 others during World War II, based solely on the fact that they were of Japanese descent. When my Japanese father married my Chinese mother in 1951, my mother’s family refused to attend the wedding, so recent were the wounds of Japanese occupation of China in World War II.
Nonetheless, through my parent’s partnership I was born into a life of relative privilege. Growing up in white suburbia I had all the advantages and opportunities my Caucasian neighbors enjoyed, such as the American Dream of a secure home, the expectation of going to college and obtaining a good job. Yet, my Asian-ness set me apart, a characteristic that continues to define me as different.
Although I didn’t know it at the time, my upbringing shaped my worldview through that lens of white suburbia. As I look back through these portraits I’ve made over the years, I believe I was searching for something through my photography…I was searching for my identity. What was I? Asian on the outside and white American on the inside. With this inner conflict, I attempted to put my heritage aside, both in my work and life. After all these years I’ve come to embrace my ancestry, which has led me to be curious about the stories others have in their pursuit of the American Dream, and has greatly expanded my work.
– Steve Ozone – Artist Statement
Steve just got back from Washington DC. He will share with us his adventures and insights about our Nation’s Capital.
During this meeting we will honor Jeff Harrington A great friend and photographer
Owner and director of Mpls Photo Center
Rest in Peace Cowboy
Jeffrey M. Harrington
8/27/59 to 1/13/24