Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Conversation / Communication

Some pics from a super fun photograph we put together yesterday, with killer cartoony props fabricated by Shannon Amos of Artist Untied.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Best Unpublished Book # 1

Lots of great photo stuff occurred last month while I was out of town. Legendary photographer Leon Borensztein, whose work I have always followed and drooled over gave a talk on his life and work at California College of Art. Borensztein's project, shown in a promo card below and blogged about HERE and HERE has arguably been the best un-published book project floating in the stratosphere. What does that mean? Oh, I guess it means it is a brilliant project, as yet unpublished except in catalogues, already has legions of admirers, and would make a beautiful and important book.

Bad Day

Lots of bad things have gone down on my photo shoots, no question about that. Getting kicked off one's own ad campaign is never considered good for client/agency/photographer relations...not that such a thing has ever happened to me, thank goodness. But finding The T Is Silent in the back of a squad car for god-knows-what was certainly a first. No one is allowed to discuss the situation that ensued, of course, but drop me your email addy if you'd like the details in the days ahead.

Friday, October 12, 2007


My son pushed his thumb thru an orange peel.
He turned it on its side and it looked like a fish, the skin cracked and it kind of looked happy, and it was the same color as the dragon: orange.

F.A.Q. via email

From : olivier laude
Sent : Friday, October 12, 2007 1:32 AM
To : Timothy Archibald
Subject : Hey sell out

Have you completely sold out you hack?

Olivier Laude
415 425 3898

Thursday, October 11, 2007


After spending last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Richmond, Virginia playing Foosball, drinking Appletinis, and eating at BANK, I thought it was serendipity when BRICK WEEKLY from Richmond called to see if they could use an image of mine on the cover. Nothing like seeing your images on newsprint, scattered on the floor of bars and cafes and being used as place mats for people eating subs and chicken wings. I stoically embrace it.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Arse Elektronika Lecture

Johannes Grenzfurthner in the dungeon at Arse Elektronika

Sunday my kids were super needy. I spent the morning with them at a park and they were so bad, we had to go home early as some form of punishment. Then I'm home with them...and I don't really see what was gained by taking the whole family home rather than being at the park, because now they are behaving just as bad, but at home. Oh well, I tried.

I had to give a talk that evening. I told a friend who teaches a photography class about the talk, and she tells her class to attend the event for extra credit. We never really discuss the nature of the event or where it is being held, just me, giving a talk about photography, thus appropriate for extra class credit. Admittedly, I had been out of town a bunch and hadn't really paid attention to the specifics of the event.

We head to the event and find ourselves on a terrifying street in SF. Crack hungry zombies wander the sidewalks with their pants unzipped. Cops are searching cars, people are sleeping in boxes, excrement on the street. Hmmm...this isn't the address, unfortunately. We need to find "Jessie Lane". Sounds quaint enough. Jessie Lane is an alley off of this block. We wander down, see the numbers "415" and wander in.

We are now in a Gothic dungeon. Oh...I get it...Lord of the Rings was filmed here, right?
Wrong. This space is used for filming sado-masochistic pornographic films. People can be hung from the ceiling, people can be...oh...never mind. Here? This is where the lecture is? The students will be coming here for extra credit??? Oh...I think we've made a terrible mistake.

My friend, the teacher....she doesn't look happy with the situation. We wander into a room that looks like a horse stable. There is a room that looks like a jail cell. I'm sure the students will see the space and run away....be afraid to get out of their car. Oh no, they are at the door now, they are taking notes.
Thank god for tenure. You do have tenure, correct?

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Autumn / October 7th 2007

Also...tonite at 8:00 pm at Arse Elektronika is my lecture How Small Town Inventors Are Changing America , with words and visuals from the book "Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews". Arse Elektronika is a meeting of the minds from around the world, steered by monochrom, funded by Department of Art Funding / City of Vienna, Austria.

WTF???!? I have no answers...just come by and see what it is all about. The array of speakers is staggering. The location is the legendary 415 Jessie Street, SF, CA 94103.

Above, two pictures on the theme of Autumn, found at Rollerdome in Richmond, Virginia the other day.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Hotel Soap Sentiment

Got back from the un-named big project last night and scanned the contents of the bag I kept my toothbrush and stuff in. Below is a shot from the project of me shooting a photographer on the beach as she photographs the Atlantic Ocean.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Required Reading

Still on this mega project with the best crew that I could have ever hoped for. L-R, pictured above: Hastings, Snider, Cohen and Poling. Headed into the last shoot today. Thought I'd recommend some fun stuff for y'all to read:

Magnum legend discusses my wife, kids, and new work HERE.

Manhatten photo editor tells secrets from the other side HERE.

NYC commercial shooter humiliates the industry and its participants HERE.