Fran Forman: The Rest Between Two Notes (with Katrin Eismann)

Thursday March 12: 7:30PM 8:30PM


Buy a copy of The Rest Between Two Notes: Selected Works or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. 

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

By integrating contemporary photography with historical periods and settings around the world, Fran Forman creates a world of illusion. Upon closer inspection, elements of her work that appear ordinary suggest an underlying tension and an aura of mystery. A collection of more than 100 of Forman’s photo-paintings, The Rest Between Two Notes: Selected Works explores life’s liminal and in-between moments—coming and leaving; innocence and confidence; shadow and light; night and day; absence and connection; loss and longing; not quite the past and not yet the future. Portals, both real and metaphorical, frequent her layered, complex, and often dark, dreamlike images.

Forman, a photographic and mixed-media artist of international renown, is recognized for her strong, harmonious compositions and her explosive use of color, light, and shadow. Expressed in the diffused colors of twilight and chiaroscuro, her images blur the boundaries between photography, late Renaissance painting, and film noir. In the same way a cinematographer writes a narrative with movement and sound, Forman tells her story with still images, giving them power through their position and relationships to one another. These relationships speak loudly in her work, eliciting in the viewer emotions of desire, vulnerability, and a desperate longing for connection.

Join us on the 2nd floor to hear Fran Forman discuss her new book.

In an effort to limit person-to-person contact and ensure the health of attendees, events for the foreseeable future will not feature a public signing. Attendees will receive pre-signed copies of The Rest Between Two Notes.

Fran Forman studied art and sociology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University and then received an MSW, working for several years with heroin addicts. She earned an MFA from Boston University in graphic design, but spent most of her grad school years experimenting in the darkroom. Her book, Escape Artist: The Art of Fran Forman, was published by Schiffer Books in 2014 and has won several prizes including a Best Photo-Book by Elizabeth Avedon. Her new book, The Rest Between Two Notes: Selected Work by Fran Forman, published by Unicorn and the recipient of several awards already. Fran is an Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and teaches workshops nationally and abroad. She is also a recipient of grants from the Sassower, Tyre, Tavris, and Puffin Foundations. She has been a Resident Artist at Holsnoy Kloster, Norway, The Studios of Key West, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Julia Dean ( is a photographer, educator, writer, and executive director/founder of the Los Angeles Center of Photography. She began her career as an apprentice to pioneering photographer Berenice Abbott. Later, Julia was a photo editor for the Associated Press in New York. She has traveled to more than 45 countries while freelancing for numerous relief groups and magazines. Her extensive teaching experience includes 38 years at various colleges, universities and educational institutions including the University of Nebraska, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Santa Monica College, the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Photographic Workshops, Oxford University and the Los Angeles Center of Photography.

For the past 20 years, Julia has concentrated on street photography around the world. For the past 10 years, street shooting in downtown Los Angeles has been her primary focus. In 2015, her work was selected for a book published by Acuity Press and PDN magazine featuring 20 street shooters around the world. Julia and her work was also featured in Digital Photo Pro and Black & White Magazine UK in 2017. Two additional articles were published in 2019 about Julia and her work in Street Photography Magazine.

Julia received a Bachelor of Science degree in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska, and is the author/photographer of the award-winning children’s book, A Year on Monhegan Island.