BROWSE COMMENTS & REVIEWS

PARIS: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

"The first shot took my breath away. It was picture 0393. I loved the fuzziness of the picture It made feel like I was dreaming. I say this because I have never been to Paris before, or any other place in Europe for that matter, but I always imagined it would look like that. Whenever I picture myself in Europe its always in Black & White, so it seemed appropriate your photos would be taken like that. I also loved the candid pictures of the Parisian people. Especially the kissing couple. I know its a stereotype to imagine the French so passionate but it seemed to me as if you caught them in their element. I would love to have that picture in my bedroom, to remind me to take a few moments out my busy life and share some passion with someone I love. Any who, great collection, and beautiful work. You moved me."

Bryttany Chambers
Houston, Texas


FRANK GEHREY"S PARIS MUSEUM

The opening image (#2) serves notice that, although it serves as a visual record of a notable site, it will also become a photographic composition in its own right: a dynamic series of planes and angles in white and black spaces. I put "white" first to indicate what becomes most distinctive about this show for me. #3 is still a recognizable part of the same building, but now a more abstract composition which has been rotated off the horizontal sight line so that it floats in white space. Subsequent images (#5,14,18) become ambivalent. They still could be single images of the same stucture or more independent figures multiply arranged. Is #14 a sculpture within the museum or composite architectural features of it pleasingly juxtaposed by the photographer? #23 is so clearly composite that the white space around the figure asserts its own geometric dominance. A climactic #40 projects its white space into the foreground, jutting that out so aggressively toward the viewer that it strikes me as the visual equivalent of John Cage's inistence on the silence in so many of his musical compositions. In sight and sound both artists foreground what we have come to assume as background. All in all, the Gehry show exhibits to me a striking and satisfying tension between figural realism and compositional arrangement.

Alan S. Loxterman
University of  Richmond


GENERAL COMMENTS

"B/W is of course my first love and passion. You've got some wonderful images there. I particularly like "The Children of Paris" series. I have marked the site as one of My Favorites so I can return to it regularly."

Lillian Dedomenic
GATEWAY ASSOC. PHOTOGRAPHERS
Pittsburgh, PA


"Hey. This stuff is terrific."

John De Santis
Malibu, CA


"I invited my wife, Carol, to sit with me while we explored your offering. She thoroughly enjoyed the sides of Paris not normally seen. You have a great eye for form and texture."...".In a word, its IMPRESSIVE and STIRRING."

Al Roney
Traverse City, MI


"I  looked at the first show and was blown away."...."Did you do some infrared and high speed BW film for some of your images? They are fantastic"....."You have an amazing body of work!"...."I am your biggest fan."

Gloria Stamper
STAMPER PHOTOGRAPHY
Houston, TX


Ned Bosnick's TEXAS

"Though the photographs were taken in the mid 80's, the prints are timeless. Some look like they could have been taken 100 years ago; others look even futuristic."

Jeff Hanan
MOUNT PLEASANT DAILY TRIBUNE


"In his TEXAS, Bosnick emerges as a lens artist-observer on a level with Ansel Adams, Laura Gilpin, Edward Sherriff Curtis and others whose cameras have attained for them the stature of distinguished historians."

Stan Redding
Houston Chronicle, TEXAS MAGAZINE


"The subtleness of tone in the scenics is in keeping with older photographic techniques employed by late 19th century photographers in France. We see a keen eye for line and composition. Impressive works."

Charles House
Del Rio, TX


"...superb technical craftsmanship... Each picture in the series of work may be compared to isolated frames from a documentary motion picture with each frame making its own statement."..."The everlasting properties of black and white photographs is an important factor for this historical body of work."..."It is not the ordinary that makes the photographs significant, but the emotional impact in which the mundane has been visualized and conceived ...Bosnick's Texas seems to suggest that we take a moment to look at ourselves and become involved and
sensitive to the fulfilling qualities of our own backyard."

O. Rufus Lovett
Head of photography department.
Kilgore College, TX


"He (Bosnick) captures Texas' simplicity, pride, violence, beauty and wisdom akin to that of filmmaker Horton Foote".

Suzanne Huber and Liz Davenport
LONE STAR LUTHERAN


"I know little about photography, but in my estimation you've done an excellent job  of choosing subjects ..." They make me want to visit the sites you've photographed , but I know that in most cases that would be impossible since you've documented what is to a large extent a lost way of life."..."Your photos made me think of other photos of lost ways of life that have made big impressions on me-Clarence John Laughlin's Ghosts Along the Mississippi, EudoraWelty's Photographs, and Walker Evans photos in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men."

John Beard
Houston, TX


"Like a Norman Rockwell painting. Bosnick's work reaches into the depth of one's soul."

Patti Perry
PITTSBURG STAR


"I like the surreal aspect of many of the works."

Ann Shea-Smith
Boerne, TX


"I liked this show very much. It captured the feeling of small Texas towns...."

Terry Kilpatrick-Weaver
Monahans, TX


"You bring out the true aura and impression of many towns...The big town photos-Houston, San Antonio, Dallas-are incredible! The Houston picture is a definite masterpiece! "

Nanda A. Singh
Texas Lutheran College


" The overall effectiveness of the show is wonderful-The mood, the sensitivity, the character of the people, the visual design elements; Everything makes this a WORK OF ART. QUITE A TALENT! "

Elayne Karickoff
Director
Ellen Noel Art Museum


"...the images create a long lasting impression for the viewer. They are pure, untamed and original..."

Jeff Hanan
MOUNT PLEASANT DAILY TRIBUNE


"...an enlightening view of Americana."

Carolyn Perkins
Asst Dean of Students
Texas Lutheran College


"Looking at them it's...it's like being in the twilight zone. It's more real than real life."

Lois Bayles
Mt. Pleasant, TX


"Each one of these artistic works has the ability to stand alone on its own merit, yet fits together with the others in a breathtaking collection of life across Texas."

Nan Redding
Lampasas, TX


"...they catch the passing of time, the combination of the Old West and the20thcentury. The portfolio blends history and humor, both so alive in Texas"

Judi Cooper
DEL RIO NEWS HERALD


" Mr. Bosnick's portrayal of the flavor and picturesque beauty of Texas, as if seen in a timeless setting, preserves by selective imagery, the heart of a vanishing rurality."

M. R. Rutledge
Lampasas, TX


"You have captured moments! The one criterion for a good photograph is to be unforgettable-and you have succeeded!"

Glenda Knutson
Marshall, TX


" It is a magnificent work of art."

Ava M. Mullis
Paris, TX


"Beautiful compositions-love the abstract qualities of many."

Ginny Boland
Del Rio, TX


"Great stuff--very creative and moving."

Peggy Murphy
Lampasas, TX


"If one picture is worth a thousand words, Houston photographer Ned Bosnick's display in the community center should be worth at least a year of good conversation."

MONAHAN NEWS


"The show as a whole has an emotional impact that goes beyond any individual photograph."     
Greg Beil
Marshall, TX


"...I felt as though I knew each of his subjects and had stood at each location with him. The photography is so captivatingly dynamic that it makes you feel a sense of 'OLD HOME" comfort."

Richard Higgins
Viewfinder, Professional Photographers Guild of Houston


"Magnificent photographs.  The simplicity of the photographs does not overwhelm you until the second viewing.  Ansel Adams would be proud."

Gwendolyn L. Huntington
Marshall, TX


"Ned Bosnick discovers the grandeur of the land and people... photographs are a fascinating collection of the little-known people who inhabit rural Texas: old time cowboys...old men shooting the breeze in front of feed stores and gas stations...an Amish family traveling by horse and buggy...."

Elizabeth Bennett
HOUSTON POST
Houston, TX


"He's a great photographer."

Marty Moffatt
Longview, TX


"Thanks Ned for the Texas tour."... Print 0085  "Light painting, images within images. Winner of the Monet award."

Print 0090 "If light is a communication, this image is priceless."

Ray Marquard
Houston, Texas


FRIENDS FOR LIFE

"A keen eye detecting the subtleties of youth relationships. I'm sure we have all been one of those characters in our life, one time or another. Perhaps, still!!! I liked it."

Al Roney
Traverse City, Michigan


LIFE ALONG THE SEINE

"A cornucopia of children character studies sprinkled with waterfowl and pedestrians. Not a Bosnick presentation without the inevitable point and counter-point of architectural lines. Can't understand why slide number 0713 (spiral stairway) was presented in an upside-down view. Is Mr. Bosnick testing us to see if we are paying attention?"

Al Roney
Traverse City, Michigan


METRO MADNESS

"The, now familiar, dramatic composition of texture, light and form of Ned Bosnick serves as the backdrop of very intriguing character studies. His chosen musical accompaniment serves as a connecting thread throughout the excursion of the French subway system. "

Al Roney
Traverse City, Michigan


MOSTLY NEW MEXICO

"Simply fantastic. I enjoy the simplicity."

Jacob Berry
Clear Lake City, TX


ORIT IN PARIS

"Entertaining vignette of an alluring Parisian woman's adventures in Paris.          Great musical sound track. One almost forgets that all of these shots are individually shot by a photographer as you're drawn into the story. Well done."

Al Roney
Traverse City, Michigan


PARIS: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

"I loved it! You took me there, so much feeling in these photographs, they are truly wonderful."

Daneen Kinsey
Laughlintown, PA


"The confluence of harmonic and opposing architectural lines seduce the viewer into exploring beyond that which is displayed. The implied drama of many of the human studies further entices one to presume this captured instance. My imagined stories of several of these studies took a humorous vein. I felt the older woman in one of those frames was scolding her ageing husband that he was too old and foolish in contemplating leaping over that fence."...."The self portrait of the photographer at work would suggest that this short body of work required dedication to his art and extreme patience. I expect the other gallery offerings will only reinforce my impression that Mr. Bosnick will take me to other romantic settings with his unique view."

Al Roney
Traverse City, Michigan


RAY CHARLES IN CONCERT

"I often wondered what it was like for Ray, feeling the passion of his music and not seeing the reactions of others. You knew there was joy in his heart, you could see the joy on his face but what did it feel like? Sort of an abstract question I know, yet when I see this amazing show I believe I feel some of what must have been in his heart because the images are transforming
.........they take you inside the frames, the depth is immeasurable and the joy,  the sheer joy of his being captured in every image. I think I know what he felt like...."

Johanna Bruner
Los Angeles, CA


SNAPSHOTS OF MY WIFE

"This is more than a collection of  'snap-shots' of a photographer's wife. It is a compilation of the many facets of a woman who has completely captivated this artist. It is my sincerest wish that this proclamation of his love and appreciation of this woman is still burning fiercely and she returns the passion in kind."

Al Roney
Traverse City, MI


SNAPSHOTS OF MY WIFE

"They were awesome photos....Janice looks phenomenal. She's so photogenic."

Marla Baskovich
Largo, FL


SUNDAY IN A PARIS PARK

"Superb balance of light, shadow, texture and form. Personal observations:

Many age stratas utilize their Parisian parks. In my experiences, not so many older patrons visit our local parks. Of course, video games were not that prevalent in 1991 so it would be interesting to see who is visiting those Parisian parks nowadays. Also, the quasi-montage offerings and wide-scaped shots appear too small to render any meaningful detail."

Al Roney
Traverse City, MI


SUNDAY IN A PARIS PARK

"Photo show captures the heart of a Paris neighborhood."

Aaron Howard
JEWISH HERALD VOICE
Houston, TX


SUNDAY IN A PARIS PARK

"Serenity is the feeling that comes to me when I look at "Sunday in a Paris Park." I love that the images portrayed the park as embracing friends, families, animals and lovers. I wish I could have been a subject  on that Sunday!"

Gloria Stamper
Stamper Photography
Houston, TX


TEXAS SAND

"Texas Sand is hard to categorize. It is an exhibition of still black and white photographs of the Texas desert-it's also a moving film, a narrative of the desert. His invented art form is part gallery, part cinema, part theatre and part imagination."

Ellen Rosenbush Methner
Jewish Herald Voice
(After she saw the original production in 1990)


TEXAS SAND     

"Staged simultaneously with, but independent from the 1990 Houston Fotofest, Ned Bosnick's Texas Sand exhibition created a somewhat anomalous and very provocative occasion to view photography in a theatrical setting that invited comparisons to film and to filmic narrative .Although photography and film have had a long and entangled history since the beginnings of the kineto-phonograph and the motion picture in the 1890's  (Lumiere ) or, earlier still,the cinematographic studies of the human body-in-motion Muybridge's  sequential photographs, Bosnick's exhibition claims the status of "the world's first photo-film."  Despite this claim, and Bosnick's mundane comments on the distinction he wants to explore between film ( "the director presents a rapid series of individual still photographs to a seated audience ") and his own work ("Texas Sand presents a series of still photographs to a  moving audience"), the exhibition remains a traditional show that could be viewed like any  other show that is hung on walls.
The challenge lies in the mode of display which effectively directs our viewing through its theatrical design (lighting) and the musical score that enframes and constructs a narrative experience of the images over time.     

The play of enframing, via light focus, picture-framing and collaging devices, and musical texture and rhythm, generates the truly inspiring quality of the work: the viewing of Texas Sand turns into an imaginary journey, a complex symphonic experience of a time-landscape that is both abstract and full of figurative and realist connotations. The illusion of having watched a film is entirely created by the interplay of light and sound; since all the images are similar (taken in a desert in West Texas), the cumulative process of viewing them in sequence becomes a particular kind of film production. Although the structure and dramaturgy of this production are inscribed, the identifications of meanings remains subjective and ultimately, depends on how the sand shapes, as narrative images, are read by a female/male viewer.

.....My journey is inconclusive. Since Bosnick's desert shapes are not silent and yet remain undefined by English's fluid, poetic music, I experience a constant desire for interpretation, for control over the erotic and spiritual image associations produced by the unconscious. At the same time, I am growing aware of the "movement" of the exhibition; my relationship to Texas Sand is wholly imaginary, and the sand dunes are as indifferent to my fantasies as the white sheet of paper at the end which mocks the transcendental or material values, the hidden plot of this film narrative, that one would want to write into these deserted images which reflect nothing except, perhaps, the unfulfillable nature of human desire itself."

Johannes Birringer, SPOT MAGAZINE, Houston Center for Photography
(After seeing the original production in 1990)


TEXAS TOWNS 2

"Texas Towns 2 gives me the feeling of being on a road trip across Texas with the photographer. I can't wait to se what is around the next curve! The people we meet are forever memorialized in our minds. Each experience and the resulting photograph are just a slice of life that day, but they invite  us to imagine what these people's lives are another day. Through the trip/show I have seen the personality of the photographer emerge as a sensitive, caring inquisitive person able to capture these romantic images for all time. The images grab me and pull me in;I want to know more! Technically, they work because of always having a center of interest and an ethereal quality to them. It was a fun show! I loved it!"

Gloria Stamper
Stamper Photography
Houston, TX


THE BALLAD OF CERRILLOS

"The mood is typical of Bosnick's art: quiet, reverent and mysterious."

Bill Taylor
THE  TEXAN


THE TRICYCLE

"Heart touching vignette. The little guy probably grew to be a taxi driver."

Al Roney
Traverse City, Michigan


TOUR DE PARIS

"A different Paris that I missed."
Jim Mauro


PARIS LOVERS: THE NEXT GENERATION

"Love begins early."

Jim Mauro
Turner, Oregon


YUGOSLAVIA-1982 & 88

"Sheer  Brilliance!"

Missy Galagaza
Cypress, TX.


"A beautiful glimpse of a country unknown to many. I could understand the realities faced by the folks. I could feel their pride and determination. Their smiles sent their message."

Jim Mauro
Turner, OR


"Awesome! The music, the scenery just made me want to be there...."

Marla
Largo, FL


I got into the dramatic contrast of the hardships of the subjects especially for  the  times  exposed: 1980's! This could have been a narrative of Yugoslavia circa 1880!! (with the exception of the few shots showing relatively modern mechanized travel).  The ever present stack of firewood at every front door, shoes left outside along with a wash basin to clean their work worn hands. The ever present compositions of lines and form were there detailing the lack of energy  and resources expended to maintain homes and utility buildings. Survival, in its simplest form, yet sublimely contrasted by the ambivalent expression of the subjects. This presentation expresses a deeply personal view of the stalwart people and country of Yugoslavia."

Al Roney
Traverse City, MI


"Ned Bosnick's Yugoslavia" is just that, an intimate artistic view of the Yugoslavia Ned Bosnick visited. ..the villages of his parents, the everyday people, the land in which they have lived for centuries, the fields they till, and the animals and tools that make up their world.

To appreciate this show, you must slow down to the pace of the peasant farmers of Europe. Each photo reveals yet another everyday scene which makes up their lives...scenes captured vividly and intensely. For anyone descended from such farmers, the show is an emotional portrait. From the stunning shots of mountains, hill and fertile valley; the chickens, cats and birds; the people on the paved road walking to market; the old woman who waits in the medical clinic hands wrung in suspense; and the slivovica makers to the richly decorated interior shot of the church, this is a side of Yugoslavia rarely seen by the casual tourist. It is the view seen through the eyes of one who loves his people. Bosnick has carefully chosen themes which are perhaps mundane and ordinary to the Yugoslav, but just the perfect detail for a modern American looking for what makes his Yugoslav roots so special, so dear.

Walking through the show, any American Yugoslav can fill in the details of their own families' lives...the names, the incidents, the name of the village. It is both universal and particular...a rewarding experience that touches our very hearts.

Mary Niklanovich Hart
SERB WORLD USA
Tucson

*Reviewed in 1986 at the Arizona State Historical Society Museum in Tucson.

 

 
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