We’ve cobbled together a fine ass show for you! We’ll be talking to Rick Barbosa (IG: @m0untainm0ney), wildland firefighter and photographer. We’ll also connect a few of our past stories while telling you about Frances Benjamin Johnston’s Hampton Album of black and Native American students in the early 1900s. And then there’s Alfred Stiegletz, real life bastard who did some pretty important stuff. And we’ve got the answering machine, a zine review and… well. Let’s see what else we’ve got.
For nearly 20 years, from 2000 to 2018, Rick Barbosa photographed fellow firefighters and wildfires in the American West, all while working the line. We’ve both been talking to him for years now and are excited to share this conversation with you today.
Here are some of his photos:
Frances Benjamin Johnston’s Hampton Album
Frances Benjamin Johnston has been on our radar for awhile now, and when friend of the show, Jaya Bhatt, sent Eric a 1966 edition of her Hampton Album, it sent us on a sleuthy photographic caper with twists and turns and taught us once more that sexual and racial politics in America are incredibly nuanced and complex.
Frances Benjamin Johnston spent a month and a half at Hampton Institute during December and January of 1899 and 1900. She was accompanied by her mother, who worked as her assistant. Across the six weeks, she exposed 150 8×10 plates and made at least three prints of each, and a set of duplicate negatives.
Here are some of the photos we mention during the episode:
The Hampton Album also played with the idea of modernization, and included several “before and after” pages:
The Hampton Album was partially released by MoMA in 1966, and then finally fully released in 2019.
Alfred Fucking Stiegletz
We’ve mentioned Alfred Stieglitz a couple times during the Iomogen Cunningham features, and we’ll be mentioning him again later in the episode.
We don’t have a huge desire to do a deep dive on the cantankerous fellow, but he probably deserves a bit of a backstory.
We reviewed Cautious Emergence by Michael Winston Dales (IG @mdales)
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