Now and then we get a convergence, coordinated or not, of events in an artistic medium that creates a de facto festival of such. Films and film festivals overlap in the fall. In the summer, outdoor music explodes. This week it’s photography’s turn. Below is a roundup of notable photo shows and events that zoom in on the best of the medium, right here right now.
From Monterey Pop to Deja Vu & Beyond • Exposed
The Monterey Pop 50th anniversary concert is receding as a musical memory, but if you want more of the 1960s music revolution, it lives on in the vintage silver gelatin photographic prints of Carmel Valley resident Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal. He’s photographed the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Joni Mitchell, the Mamas and the Papas, Steppenwolf. Step into the time machine. Exposed is one of nine galleries of the summer PhotoWalk Carmel, along with Photography West, Gallery Sur and Oficino Uno. Pick up maps at participating locations. 5-8pm Fri June 30 artist reception; 5-7pm Sat, July 1 photo walk; San Carlos and Seventh, Carmel, 238-0127.
Orlandia • Center for Photographic Art
PhotoWalk Carmel happens all over the village by the sea, including here. But CPA keeps it going for another hour with a reception devoted to the “surreal and witty” photographs of Ted Orland, a one-time assistant to Ansel Adams who’s built a reputation as a photography master, local teacher and mentor. Orland already spoke earlier this month, but maybe he’ll be in the house for this reception that mixes wine, art and a raffle for prizes (if you visit four or more of the PhotoWalk galleries). 5-7pm photo walk, 7-8pm CPA reception, Sat, July 1; Sunset Center, San Carlos and Ninth, Carmel, 625-5181.
Big Sur Revealed • Henry Miller Library
The library folks moved their operations and events to Carmel’s The Barnyard shopping mall, and now they’re helping Douglas Steakley launch his new book Big Sur Revealed. He will show his photos through the library’s high-end projector and talk about them (6pm), submit to a Q&A, then sign his book. It’s his fifth such book. How does he keep the landscape subject fresh? It does the job for him, he says: “The light, waves, tides and vegetation are always changing and these changes result in very different ways of seeing the same scene.” 5pm Sat, July 1; 3728 The Barnyard, Carmel, 667-2574.
Dreams • Carmel Visual Arts
If you’re already at The Barnyard for Douglas Steakley’s thing (see above), stay a while longer for this FotoSaga workshop exhibit. Carol Henry founded the workshop to bring women from Palo Alto to Santa Barbara to convene in Carmel around fine art photography, culminating in public exhibitions of their work. The fifth installment focuses on dreams, which Henry describes as “visions without looking” and “traveling without moving.” How to illustrate that was the challenge; this show, by nine women, is the result. 6-8pm Sat, July 1; Space F22, 3694 The Barnyard, Carmel, 250-5732.
Free Independence Day Concert • Golden State Theatre
This is not your typical patriotic fanfare concert. Part of the program is the Monterey County Pops! orchestra playing the music of hit video games including Halo and Civilization IV, and the Palenke Arts Youth Chorus is covering the Sia and Kendrick Lamar collabo “The Greatest.” (See music story, p. 35.) What’s this got to do with photography? The orchestra will also play Robert Nelson’s 15-minute, four-movement East of Eden, based on John Steinbeck’s novel, with narration of book passages accompanied by projections of 60 photographs submitted by amateurs, pros and youngsters. There you go. 7pm Tue, July 4; 417 Alvarado St., Monterey, montereycountypops.org.
Spirits of India • Mundos Cafe
Mary Aiu of Carmel photographs horses around the world as the basis for photomontages. Oliver Klink of Los Gatos uses physics to capture light, our ecosystems and the modern world. Chester Ng of Monterey focuses on dance, motion, abstract and cultural themes. The three of them convened on a tour of India and brought back something of the spirit and history of the place by photographing elephants and Marwari horses. This is that show, in a venue that was formerly an art gallery and is still conducive to art. 4-5pm Thu, July 6, artists reception; 170 Webster St., Monterey, 920-1400.