Julie J. Thomson, "Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College"
The Regulator welcomes Julie J. Thomson, editor of Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College, a photography book about Black Mountain College in Black Mountain, NC. This event will be taking place during The Click! Photography Festival happening in Durham. This author event is free and open to the public.
During its relatively brief existence (1933–1957), Black Mountain College was an experimental liberal arts college that placed the arts at the center of its curriculum with faculty from the American avant-garde such as Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Olson, and Robert Creeley. While Black Mountain College is best known for its contributions to the visual arts, literature, music, and dance, Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College shows how photography was also an important part of the curriculum. Josef Albers and Hazel Larsen Archer played important roles in this, including inviting many notable photographers to teach during the college's summer sessions.
Published by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and distributed by Duke University Press. For more information: http://aperture.org/blog/black-mountain-college-means-seeing/
Julie J. Thomson is an independent scholar and curator who lives in Durham, North Carolina. She has been researching and writing about photographers at Black Mountain College since 2015 and the artist Ray Johnson since 2006. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Black Mountain College Studies and Raw Vision, among other publications.
Michael Beggs spent four years studying Josef Albers's photographs and photographic practice while employed at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.