Barry Norris interviewed by Alex Harris, 2015
- Barry Norris interviewed by Alex Harris, 2015
- Harris, Alex
- Norris, Barry
Oral history recording Alex Harris in conversation with Barry Norris, Gertrude Blom's printer, November 18, 2015. Norris and Harris discuss creating the book, Gertrude Blom: Bearing Witness, Blom's temperament and approach to photography, and Norris's thoughts on digital scanning.
0:00 - Background of book, Gertrude Blom: Bearing Witness.
5:22 - How Barry Norris and Joan Norris became associated with Blom and Na Bolom.
7:00 - Interest in photography and printmaking, early experiences in the profession.
7:40 - Alex Harris's and Margaret Sartor's trips to Na Bolom, for selecting works for book and exhibit at ICP.
8:11 - Blom's photographic equipment.
9:18 - Blom's knowledge of photographic technique, and her methodology.
11:24 - Norris's printmaking technique and approach with Blom's photographs.
15:31 - The "artifice" of representing Blom's work in the book, through the collaboration.
18:48 - Blom's life and personality, her place in the Norris's lives.
22:11 - Blom's personality and ambitions, how she affected Norris's and Harris's lives.
24:25 - Realization by Norris that much of his work has been about bringing Blom's work to the public.
25:48 - Making prints for book, their tonality, the paper and chemistry behind them.
27:44 - Discussion of digital scanning of negatives; Ansel Adams's zone system as it applies to digital scanning; importance of intuition and aesthetic regardless of technology.
39:36 - How Blom's photography changed over the years, how she evolved, her self-perception as a photographer.
43:42 - Discussion of Blom as an impassioned fighter, what she thought of as failures and successes.
- Blom, Gertrude Duby
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- Gertrude Duby Blom exhibit photographs
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- Gertrude Duby Blom exhibit photographs and project records
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