Author Archives: Jim Banks

Exhibits at Scott Nichols Gallery – 2016

A little over a year ago, I was very fortunate to begin a working relationship with Scott Nichols. Scott and his gallery in San Francisco are well known for their expertise in classic West Coast photography. I think my appreciation of that work, and the fact that I continue to work in a similar vein, [...]

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Black + White Magazine (UK) – American Connection

    I’m very honored to have been profiled in Susan Burnstine’s column, American Connection, in the April 2016 issue of Black + White Photography Magazine (UK).  Black + White Photography is a high-quality international magazine published in the UK, focused, as it name implies, exclusively on black and white photography. It is available in the United States [...]

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Scott Nichols Gallery

I’m honored (and extremely happy) to announce that I am now represented by the Scott Nichols Gallery. Located in San Francisco’s art gallery hub at 49 Geary Street near Union Square, the Scott Nichols Gallery is one of the best fine art photography galleries anywhere. Scott Nichols is considered an expert on Group f/64 and [...]

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Center for Photographic Art Members’ 2015 Juried Exhibition

I’m happy to announce that one of my images, Oceano #27, has been selected for the Center for Photogaphic Art Members’ 2015 Juried Exhibition.  The juror was Richard Gadd, Director of the Weston Gallery in Carmel.       The exhibition opens July 25, 2015 and runs through September 19, 2015.  The Center for Photographic Art is located [...]

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Still Seeing Straight

I recently read Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography by Mary Street Alinder. It’s an excellent book, detailing the development, personalities, and some of the lesser-known aspects of the well-known photography “movement” known as Group f.64. More a loose association of like-minded friends than [...]

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Center for Photographic Art 2015 Juried Exhibition

I’m happy to announce that one of my images, Oceano #11, has been selected for the Center for Photographic Art’s 2015 Juried Exhibition.  For the first time in the history of this annual juried show, submissions were judged on the basis of portfolios that were to “exemplify sustained intent through a series of eight images.”  [...]

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BLACK AND WHITE at PhotoPlace

I’m happy to announce that one of my images, Oceano #13, has been selected for the juried BLACK AND WHITE exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.  Selections were made by Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.     The exhibition opens March 28, 2014 and runs [...]

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INFOCUS at the Phoenix Art Museum

I’m happy to announce that one of my prints (Oceano #6, above) is included in PhotoBid 2013, an exhibition and silent auction at the Phoenix Art Museum. PhotoBid 2013 is organized by INFOCUS, the museum’s photography support organization, and curated by Rebecca Senf, the Norton Family Curator of Photography at the Center for Creative Photography [...]

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Using Photoshop with Restraint

“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” That’s an old saying, but it’s extremely relevant to manipulating digital images with Photoshop in today’s “digital darkrooms”. Photoshop has become such a powerful and complex program that I doubt that anyone truly knows all its tricks. I would estimate, on the high end, that I might [...]

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Hasselblad “V” System – End of an Era

Last month, Hasselblad announced that it was ceasing production of its 503CW camera, the last in its historic line of “V” System cameras.  This camera was the latest, and final, iteration of Hasselblad’s storied line of medium-format film cameras. For many years, Hasselblad was considered the pinnacle of medium format cameras – those that used [...]

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