In his latest entry on Outpost curator Ron Brownson says: “I was wondering do many people know the difference between sheet fed gravure printing and platinum printing nowadays?” It's an unusual opening gambit for a gallery blog post, but not an unexpected one for followers of his writing.
Outpost began as a blog for the personal thoughts, opinions and activities of the Auckland Art Gallery staff, but Brownson is using it to publish a lot of writing on photography. Outpost also allows him to present images and writing to a readership while the Auckland Art Gallery's main building is closed for renovations.
It's a smart move. Brownson is developing an online research and publishing project with the potential to inform and enrich the exhibition programme of the Auckland Art Gallery when it re-opens in 2011. In the meantime, Outpost is well worth a visit if you are interested in the history of photography, viewed through a curatorial lens and packaged for a blog.
Image: Auckland Art Gallery renovations, 2010