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1 February 2015

In the old days of printed photography magazines, we would be putting our feet up with the February issue of the rag at the Post Office full of January stories. But these days, we're sitting in the old office chair (don't ask how old), compiling the Archive of January stories for Volume 4 Number 1 of Photo Corners.

We published 60 stories in January, including 14 Features, 22 commented news items, 21 Editor's Notes (including 84 items of interest in our Around the Horn articles), two reviews and one Site Note.

OUR MOST POPULAR STORY was the matinee on Canadian legend Ted Grant, followed closely by the matinee on Robert Christensen of New Mexico. Our matinees on Kathy Ryan of the N.Y. Times Magazine and Duane Michals were only a few clicks behind the leaders.

That suggests to us the series is appreciated. You can (as we have) get quite an education (and no little inspiration) keeping up with our Matinee series. And half the hits are on the day we post the matinee, suggesting you're making time for it.

We never really know what we'll present for a matinee. We review quite a few clips each week and try to keep some order to what we present. If you need to know about this before seeing that, we give you this first. You can build on your understanding that way.

It's fun for us and we're glad to see you're enjoying it too.

In our experience it is remarkably difficult to find resources online for some seminal women photographers.

Our 2015 story was in the top three followed by our Tiburon and Carmel slide show. We're glad to see the Friday slide shows rank so highly. Whatever the photography lacks, it's always a nice excursion, especially if you can't get out of the house or visit the city.

READERSHIP saw big increases in hits, pages and bytes transferred with the same number of unique sites. That suggests to us that our readers are enjoying the site more often. Good news.

We've experienced a steady increase in readership since we blocked the badly behaved bots in September. In fact, except for bytes downloaded, we're at the same levels as when the bots were consuming everything daily.

We tend, in general, to prefer real readers.

IT WAS JUST a news item but when the Janet Delaney exhibit opened at the de Young museum, we did drop in for the panel discussion. It was the highlight of the month for us, actually.

Not only is Delaney an articulate spokesperson for both her own art and photography in general but the two curators with her were thoughtful as well. The de Young's Julian Cox and SFMOMA's Erin O'Toole both organized the exhibit, O'Toole spending five years on it with Delaney.

And the subject is dear to our heart, after all. South of Market, where we labored for many years in total obscurity <g>.

Near the end of the discussion, a question from the back resonated with us. A young man who had been studying the history of photography admitted he had never heard of her -- nor of many women photographers.

Cox confirmed the problem and said he, for one, was trying to improve on that by presenting at the de Young (which has about one fifth the collection of photographs that SFMOMA has) work by previously unknown artists.

In our experience it is remarkably difficult to find resources online for some seminal women photographers. We have looked long and hard for a nice presentation on Julia Margaret Cameron and Imogene Cunningham, for example. We almost feel like apologizing for not having presented something on either of them yet.

So we know first had what the young man meant and felt Cox's urgency to address the issue.

But Delaney got the last word. She made a prediction that the young man asking the question would be the art historian who told the story of women in photography.


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