Now, let me tell you about the Josephine Sacabo known to those of us photo-people who hang out in New Orleans a lot. She is a warm and gracious hostess. Her studio is a place for art thinking and practice. Her kitchen table is a place for profound and often irreverent conversations. And her generosity toward and support of the arts in New Orleans knows no bounds.
November 12, 6-8 pm
A Gallery For Fine Photography
241 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
A new series of 42 11×14 wet collodion tintypes.
“Thus My Body Builds Around It Room After Room” – Proust
For more information about Juana and the Structures of Reverie
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA 70124
On view January 23 – April 5, 2015
For more information about Salutations
Q: WHAT IN YOUR EYES MAKES A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH? A GREAT WORK OF ART?
A: In my eyes a great work of art has to come from an authentic place in the artist; an intense need to express whatever it is and then the discipline and hard work of giving it its most perfect form.
Read the interview: Rfotofolio, January 15, 2013
“So many of these photographers, including Josephine, originally came from somewhere else. And I think there’s something about New Orleans, as a city of profound mystery, that attracts its own – attracts people that are attuned to the mysteries of the city, that are really the mysteries of the world and the universe … So I think that all of them in a way are doing their version of what it is about this city and this region that inspires them to create.”
For photographer Josephine Sacabo, the visions conjured by her favorite writers inspire photographs that resemble fragments of a fantastical parallel universe. Her new series was inspired by Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, who once asked: “And as for music, after it’s played, where does it go?” Sacabo’s images provide no literal answers but surround us with visionary echoes – like elusive dreams that create their own realities.
Read the article: D. Eric Bookhardt, Gambit Weekly, October 1, 2013
Sacabo’s images are symbolic as well, sometimes playing upon themes of allegory. Her work appeals to sensory experience and emotion over objectivity and intellect, which is why the photogravures in Nocturnes work so well with Wonk’s poems: nothing is literal, obvious, or rational. There is no forced cohesion of the works; they simply resonate with each other …. For Sacabo, such correspondences have always been present.
Read the article: Eugenie Dalland, The Brooklyn Rail, February 2013
Gilded Circles and Sure Trouble: The Art of Josephine Sacabo and Keagan Lejeune
This unique handcrafted set contains ten signed chine- collé photogravures by Josephine Sacabo, a letterpress book with an introduction by John Wood and poetry by Keagan LeJeune inspired by Sacabo’s work and illustrated with ten platinum prints.
Gilded Circles and Sure Trouble: The Art of Josephine Sacabo and Keagan LeJeune is limited to 50 sets with 30 for sale. The photogravures are printed using Sekishu Japanese tissue on 16×20 inch Somerset Velvet paper. The letterpress book measures 10×12 inches and includes ten platinum prints.
For more information or to order a copy: www.21steditions.com
You Are Now: A Presentation by Josephine Sacabo
Friday, December 9, 7-9pm
Williams Research Center
410 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
For the PhotoNOLA 2011 keynote lecture Sacabo will present an overview of her work to date, and will discuss her technical and aesthetic approach to the photographic medium.
Everywhere, everywhere, dream-like black-and-white photographs, many with Spanish titles, stop you in your tracks.
And this is where somebody works?
Read the article: Suzanne Stouse, The Times Picayune, October 29, 2011
In Ms. Schwartz’s meticulous, mischievous pieces … and in Ms. Sacabo’s ghostly, smoky female figures, you can see the collision of magic realism, allegory and surrealism. It’s a territory of fallen angels, omnivorous ancestors and all manner of fantastic creatures.
Read the article: Penelope Green, The New York Times, September 28, 2011
That was when she realized that this beautiful woman was her mother, not as she knew her in recent years, but as she was in Sacabo’s early childhood, a time when dreams, spirits and reality intermingle, and when mothers and daughters share idealized views of each other.
Read the article: D. Eric Bookhardt, Gambit Weekly, April 10, 2006
at A Gallery for Fine Photography, the melancholic mood continues with A Geometry of Echoes, the dark, deeply nostalgic series of pictorialist photos by romantic master Josephine Sacabo.
Read the article: Doug MacCash, The Times Picayune, 2005
“I find my models incredibly beautiful. I try to create photos of them alone with themselves, as if I’m not there, or as if I’m a child looking at something I don’t understand and am not part of.”
Read the article: Katharine Hibbert, The Sunday Times Magazine, August 14, 2005
In Susana, Sacabo had found the catalyst for all her passions to come together: acting, literature, and photography. Susana was also like a magnet, unearthing unresolved issues of Sacabo’s past. Working locations from San Antonio, to the southern tip of Mexico, to her studio, Sacabo inhabited Susana, breathed the fetid air that suffocated her, saw Susana’s strength and struggle come alive in her model.
Read the article: Mary Ann Lynch, Camera Arts, August/September 2003