Photography Appreciation Series

Joyce Is Not Here Artists Bar and Cafe is pleased to announce a new series of talks on Tuesday nights hosted by Evangelo Costadimas. Eight High Res Evenings is a series of lectures and videos followed by stimulating group discussions with the aim of providing a better understanding to photography as a medium as well as photography’s place in the visual art domain. All of this in a casual and relaxed atmosphere made possible by this cozy bar and coffee house.

Each of the eight evenings will focus on a specific topic, an important photographer’s work or a genre of photography from an art historical perspective. The aim is to provide the participants a basic understanding of the art and expression of photography, and gain a better insight into what are the elements that make for a good photograph. Those who are also active photographers will find these sessions helpful in understanding their own practice and how to develop further as photography practitioners and in particular, benefit from the ensuing discussions after each lecture and video presentations.

The series will kick off on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 at 9:00pm. Further announcements will be made periodically with more detailed schedule.

Selected topics and photographers include:

- Alfred Stieglitz Edward Steichen and the Pictorialists, Eugene Smith, James Nachtwey, Annie Leibowitz, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Nobuyoshi Araki, Nan Goldin, Sophie Calle, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sarah Moon and others...

Evangelo Costadimas is a practicing artist/photographer based in Hong Kong. He has held six solo exhibitions and participated in more than twenty group shows including City Flaneur: Social Documentary Photography, currently showing at the Heritage Museum.
E.C. as he is known, is also an independent art curator. He holds A Master of Fine Art degree in Photography from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has is also a graduate of the Hong Kong Art School Art Curatorship Professional Certification programme as well as the Para/Site Art Space Curatorial Training Programme. Evangelo was the assistant curator for Hong Kong’s participation in the 52nd Venice Biennale and has curated numerous exhibitions independently as well as resident curator for Osage Gallery from 2008 - 2009.

Joyce Is Not Here Artists Bar and Cafe has recently celebrated its fifth anniversary since it opened on Peel Street. With its cozy decor, the blue lit cafe is a haven for SoHo residents who wish to chill-out in a friendly place whenever they wish to avoid the noisier bars in the area. The owner, Joyce Baker, is a gracious and consummate hostess and is there on most nights enjoying company and entertaining the guests. She has organized a number of regular activities for each night of the week. Tuesday nights are reserved for Photography and Design, Wednesdays are Poetry Nights whereas Thursday’s open mic jam sessions provide an outlet for amateur musicians to play for a captive audience. On Friday and Saturdays local and foreign musicians entertain in a wide range of musical styles from classical to folk and jazz, while Sunday nights are art movie nights.