Sheila Newbery Photography

February 13, 2020 We've just gotten our copies of Los Caprichos and they are beautifully printed. Nola Burger and I considered our paper choice carefully --- we went with an unvarnished cream-colored stock made by Mohawk. It has a bit of tooth. Other details I loved: a heavy paper cover with a European fold and a recessed book block, meaning that the edges of the folded cover protrude just a little beyond the edge of the pages. The book can now be ordered through Small Press Distribution here in Berkeley.

January 10, 2018 I've just completed a project that I started over the holidays to show how the Caprichos are made ---and what, in fact, a capricho is. You can also read a short project statement here.

August 3, 2017 A selection of Caprichos will be on view at Oakland's Uptown Body & Fender (401 26th Street) on August 12, 3--5pm during a joint event with poet Dawn McGuire, who will be reading from her latest collection American Dream with Exit Wound. For more information and location, click here.

June 8, 2017 The Caprichos project will have a permanent home at Yale University's Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection. I'll have a complete set ready --- in fact, the first complete set to be printed --- in late 2017. The set comprises 80 palladium prints, with captions, and is inspired by Goya's 1799 album Los Caprichos. A brief description of the project can be found on this page.

March 2, 2016 If all goes well, I expect to present the Caprichos in a formal book proposal this July. I'm very grateful for all those who've shown interest in and support for the project---especially those who have exhibited prints from the series.

December 5, 2014 Three prints from the series Los Caprichos: after Goya will be part of a group show, "Con(Text)", juried by Tim Clark, editor of 1000 Words Photography (UK); "Con(text)" opening January 1, 2014 at the Darkroom Gallery (Essex Jct., Vermont).

August 6, 2014 There's been a lot going on behind the scenes recently: the Caprichos are gradually being reformatted and I'm relettering the captions. This is a lengthy process, and progress sometimes seems slow. The changes: image sizes are slightly larger and the lettering (done on parchment before being transferred to the negatives) is...improving. I've gone through a wide variety of different nib/pen combinations, and finally seem to have found one that works for my hand. You can see some of the results here.

January 17, 2014 , the print I showed at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (see below) was selected for an honorable mention by juror Eric Paddock. I took the train out to Denver to attend the opening---and am glad I went. Prizes are judged in front of the prints (unlike the jurying for most shows, which is done by jpegs), so, as a printer, I valued this one especially. While there, I saw the Chuck Forsman show currently on view at the Denver Art Museum (curated by Eric Paddock), and later met Forsman himself at the CPAC opening. I came home with a copy of his "Walking Magpie"---a beautiful, understated photo book, by turns whimsical and melancholy, in which a dog and his man walk the daily walk.

November 30, 2013 One of my platinum-palladium prints from the Ohio Woods series (Squirrel's Nest) will be on display in Denver in January 2014 as part of a group show "One by One" organized by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and juried by Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography at the Denver Art Museum. Click here for more information about the show and about CPAC.

November 6, 2013 The platinum-palladium prints comprising Ohio Woods are now installed at the Arterra Gallery, and I'm looking forward to the opening reception tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 7, 6--8pm. These prints are from slow-shutter exposures; to read more about how they were made, click here. For a google map of the gallery's location, click here. If you're in San Francisco, please stop by and say hello!

September 12, 2013 I'm pleased to be showing Ohio Woods & Selected Works at the Arterra Gallery, 300 Berry Street, San Francisco, November 4--Dec. 6, 2013. If you're in the area, please come join me at the reception on Nov. 7, 6--8pm. Download a press release here.

March 17, 2013 I'll be taking a set of Caprichos to Radius Books' photobook weekend with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on 3/22. I attended a year and a half ago, when the project was in its first stages. A lot has happened since then---most recently, the inclusion of one of the Caprichos, Asusta a las niƱeras, in the 12th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition (see below).

December 18, 2012 Juror Sarah Kennel (Associate Curator, Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) has selected a print from my Caprichos series for inclusion in the 12th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition. The exhibition helps raise scholarship funds for students in the visual arts, and will be on view February 21--March 20, 2013, at the East/West Art Galleries,Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX.

August 2, 2012 Connie Imboden selected one of my palladium prints ("Ascent, no. 1" from Diverse Divers), for the online annex of the Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery's Water exhibit. You can see the entire gallery of images here.

April 4, 2012 From the Golden Gate Bridge to Oakland: Two of my platinum-palladium landscape prints of the Oakland estuary, "Arrival" and "Port of Oakland", have been juried into this show sponsored by the Oakland Museum in honor of the 75th opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. The exhibition will run from May 25--September 7, 2012 at the Oakland Int'l Airport.

March 15, 2012 Platinum-palladium printing is in full swing now in my studio and the *Caprichos* project especially is growing. I hope to be able to share more updates on the project soon. I'll be taking a portfolio of them to the March SPE conference in San Francisco to show informally to friends and acquaintances.

January 3, 2012 Two integrated UV light sources are now installed at my studio; these will enable me to continue printing the Caprichos project under my own roof. I'm posting images on the website as they get printed. Prints are contacts on 11x14" Bergger Cot 320 (image size 4x5").

November 25, 2011 This past October I started printing the Caprichos in platinum-palladium on Bergger (Cot 320). Images from the project can be seen from time to time on I/Eye. (Ex: Click here and here.)

October 20, 2011 In September I attended the Book Weekend organized by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb and hosted by Radius Books in Santa Fe. This was an opportunity to work intensively on Los Caprichos (inspired by Goya's series of aquatints of the same name) and to think about creative design possibilities. I wrote about the weekend on I/Eye (here's the link).

August 9, 2011 A print from my Ordinary Dancers series has been juried into the 25th annual Emeryville Art Exhibition (October 1 -- 23, 2011). Jurors were independent curator Kathleen Hanna; Lonnie Lee (Vessel Gallery, Oakland, CA); and Paul Tomidy. There'll be an opening reception on September 30, from 6--9 pm.

June 22, 2011 I'll be in Santa Fe in September to attend an intensive book-making workshop organized by Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb together with Radius Books. I'll use the time there to focus on a new project I've been working on: Los Caprichos (after Goya).

May 26, 2011 Just came back from the reception for the 2011 Berkeley Civic Arts Exhibition, now hanging at the Civic Center downtown (2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley). Opening remarks were given by Mayor Tom Bates; later, simultaneous tours were led by curators Suzanne Tan (Berkeley Art Center) and Archana Horsting (Kala Art Institute). The event was well attended; it was particularly interesting to hear other artists talk about their media and methods. The juried show included a range of works---from the traditional pictorial arts to sculpture, collage and even weaving. I have three photographs hanging in the show: one is on the 2nd floor---the other two are on the 5th, near the Mayor's office (and one needs an escort to access the galleries on that floor).

Mar. 14, 2011 Am well into a new body of work: Los Caprichos. I'll be posting more information about this project on the site soon.

Jan. 1, 2011: One of my recent portraits, R, arms crossed (2010) was included in Aline Smithson's Your Favorite Images of 2010 on Lenscratch.

Dec. 1, 2010: Part of the City of Berkeley's juried 2010-2011 Civic Arts Exhibition, three of my landscapes were selected for display in the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center in downtown Berkeley. (All works on view are located in publicly accessible areas.)

Be sure to come visit I/Eye: On Photography where I post works in progress and notes on other photographic interests. Suggested starting points: Walks through Suginami; Gayford and Dawson on Freud; or The Passion of Joan of Arc .