My experience with publications stretches back to 1969 when, at age 16 in Kingston-upon-Thames, England, I began a five-year apprenticeship training to be a letterpress compositor. Little did I know, but the forces of film, lithography, and a union-busting tycoon named Rupert Murdoch would conspire to make my job all but obsolete by the time I graduated in 1974.
As I outlined in the "Managerial" narrative, I began to establish myself as a photography curator and gallery director around 1983, in San Francisco. I soon found myself relying on my layout skills when I curated my first serious show Primitive Images: an exhibition of pinhole and plastic camerawork. For that project I wrote and produced a cut-and-paste offset catalog that was itself very primitive but nevertheless was very well received by the exhibiting artists.
During my six-year tenure at San Francisco Camerawork (1988-1994) I was initially Associate Editor for the Camerawork Quarterly (later Journal), then Editor. Two doubled as exhibition catalogs for shows I curated. Those were Disputed Identities and Murder as Phenomena.
My essay for the Murder As Phenomena catalog was re-edited for inclusion in "Critical Condition: women on the edge of violence" edited by Amy Scholder for City Lights Books. The murder project also led to Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata. I was contributing editor for the book (Pomegranate Books, 1995, two editions) and consultant for the exhibition, which opened in three major locations simultaneously (Friends of Photography, ICP midtown, and in Nagasaki). For Nagasaki Journey, I sequenced both the book and exhibition, and worked closely with the designers and project managers. The project also introduced me to digital and on-line technology.
Following the Nagasaki project I was invited by the San Francisco host venue, Friends of Photography, to be production editor for Points of Entry, a three–volume project involving Friends of Photography, San Francisco; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. From 1995-2005, I directed the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. While I had less involvement with printing and photography during that time I did write for a number of small catalogs such as Film Show, and wrote occasionally for publications like B&W magazine and Photo Metro, for which I was guest editor of one issue.
In 2005, after 25 years in San Francisco, I enrolled in an MBA program at the University of Denver. After graduating in 2007 I joined the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery on campus as in-house editor. My first project was On the Road in the Soviet Empire: Semyon Fridlyand Photographs, a 50-year retrospective of the eponymous Jewish Soviet photographer who had somehow survived Stalin’s purges.
During my tenure at the Myhren I oversaw all publicity materials and edited many exhibition catalogs. Among those were Transforming Traditions: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection and Paul Soldner Ceramics (both 2009). In March 2011, I edited and wrote for the exhibition catalog of Warhol in Colorado, a landmark show at the Myhren Gallery. I curated the project with Gallery Director Dan Jacobs, wrote a biographical essay about Warhol's adventures in Colorado, and solicited essaysfor the catalog by Christof Heinrich and Darrin Alfred, both of the Denver Art Museum. The catalog was superbly designed by Mary Junda, who also designed "Transforming Traditions" and many other DU catalogs.
Soon after, I left the Myhren Gallery to return full-time to photography. As director of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center I was responsible for writing and overseeing the design of every piece of literature and publicity that was distributed, including press releases, announcement cards, online presence, and small publications such as Role Play and annual Members Show catalogs. During that time I also wrote occasional essays for local Denver shows such as Mark Sink Photographs 1975-2010 (Byers-Evans House Gallery, 2010), Photo Book Works (Abdecarian Gallery, 2013), and it's all here in black and white (figuratively speaking), for the tbellgallery (2015).
Through my company, Durrington Edits, I am consulting with several photographers in the Denver region. Several long range projects are on the front burner, including a history of photography in Colorado, and an update to the Nagasaki project. Several of my personal photo books made online can be viewed on the My Photography page.
Selected Publications (editor)
· All exhibition catalogs and outreach materials for Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 2009-15. (Print and online)
· Warhol in Colorado, 2011. Exhibition catalog, Contributing editor, Co-curator. Pub: University of Denver. Essays by Darrin Alfred, Christoph Heinrich, Dan Jacobs, Rupert Jenkins
· Transforming Traditions: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection, 2009. Exhibition catalog, Editor. Pub: University of Denver
· On the Road in the Soviet Union: Semyon Fridlyand Photographs, 2008. Exhibition catalog, Editor. Pub: University of Denver. Essays by David Schneer, Dan Jacobs
· Film Show, 2002. Exhibition catalog, Contributing editor, Co-curator with Stephanie Snyder. Pub: Reed College, Portland, OR. Essays by Stephanie Snyder and Rupert Jenkins
· Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata, 1995. Editor, Researcher. Pub: Pomegranate Artbooks (two editions, bilingual Japanese/English). Essays by Robert Jay Lifton, Akira Mizuta Lippit, Masafumi Suzuki
· Points of Entry, 1995. Production Editor of three–volume project. Pub: Friends of Photography, San Francisco; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. Essays by Andre Codrescu, Vicky Goldberg, Andy Grundberg, Arthur Ollman, Terrence Pitts, Rebecca Solnit, Ronald Takaki
· Camerawork Quarterly/Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, 1989-1995. Pub: San Francisco Camerawork
· East of Eden, Murder as Phenomena, Fall 1992. Exhibition catalog/Camerawork Journal. . Pub: San Francisco Camerawork
· Disputed Identities US/UK, Fall 1990. Exhibition catalog/Camerawork Journal. . Pub: San Francisco Camerawork
· Primitive Images: an exhibition of plastic and pinhole camerawork, 1983. Exhibition catalog. Editor, Writer, Layout artist, Curator. Self published for Eye Gallery, San Francisco.
Selected Publications (writer)
· All exhibition catalogs and outreach materials for Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 2009-15. (Print and online). Introductions, short essays
· Photo Book Works, 2013. Abdecarian Gallery, Denver. Introduction/juror essay
· Warhol in Colorado, 2011. Exhibition catalog. Pub: University of Denver. Title essay
· I Remember You, 2010 (self published illustrated memoir)
· Photo Metro, Issue 134, 1995-1996. Introduction
· Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata, 1995. Pub: Pomegranate Artbooks. Introduction, Biography, Timeline
· Contact Magazine, Fall 1995. Article: “Nagasaki Journey”
· Black & White Magazine, 1999. Vol 1:2. Cover interview with Ruth Bernhard
· Critical Condition: Women on the edge of violence, 1993. Contributor. Pub: City Lights Books, San Francisco. Editor: Amy Scholder.) Essay: “On Curating Feminism, Activism, and Art.”
· East of Eden, Murder as Phenomena, 1992. Exhibition catalog/Camerawork Journal. Pub: San Francisco Camerawork. Introduction. Also Editor, Curator
· Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Winter 1994. Interview with Carrie Mae Weems.
Miscellaneous essays, reviews (writer)
· Looking in, out, and back in Arvada photo show, February 2017. Review. onegoodeyeonline.com
· it's all there in Black and White, 2015. tbell gallery, Denver. Introduction/juror essay
· Mark Sink Photographs 1975-2010: Encounters with the Past, 2010. Byers-Evans House Gallery. Introduction
· denverarts.org, 2011-12. Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists, and other reviews
· See: A Journal of Visual Culture, 1995. Issue 1:4. Book review: “Strangers in Strange Lands”
· Black & White Magazine, 1998-1999. Vols 1:1, 2, 4, 5. Exhibition reviews