“We forget that photographs are objects as well, and that the way you make something, the materials and the techniques, often have an influence on its meaning.”
Sheila Bergman is the Executive Director of UCR ARTS. Bergman oversees the California Museum of Photography and Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts. We talked about her vision for the museum and the desire to engage with the photography community at home and worldwide.
“What do we want our legacy to be? And what impact do we want to have?
Darius Himes is the International Head of Christie’s. We talk about the inner workings of the auction world, the emotional dynamics of auction bidding, and some of the treasures that he’s had the privilege to work with.
Himes is responsible for setting and implementing a global strategy for the department and managing the international team. He is based in New York, and brings with him a rich knowledge of the history of the medium, with a keen interest in the contemporary market. Most recently Himes was director of Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Prior to that, he was a co-founder of Radius Books, a non-profit publisher of books on art and photography, and a founding editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photography books. A widely respected lecturer and writer on photography and photobooks, his most recent title, Publish Your Photography Book, was co-authored and published in 2011. He received his Masters of Arts from St. John's College and his Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in Photography from Arizona State University. Himes also lived in Haifa, Israel, where he oversaw and worked with a permanent collection of over 50,000 photographic objects drawn primarily from the Near and Middle East and dating as early as the 1870s.
We spoke on August 16 at Christie's Beverly Hills.