Archive for December, 2006

EN FOCO LAUNCHES ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS and PORTFOLIO REVIEWS in NYC

En Foco is launching a Workshop Series dedicated to empowering emerging photographers. Partial funding comes from the recent award of a two-year Warhol Foundation grant to support Visual Arts Programs and Services to Artists. Congratulations, En Foco!

Registration opened December 31 for JANUARY 20 initial program offering for January:
a morning workshop, “Successful Strategies for Professional Photographers” and an afternoon of PORTFOLIO REVIEWS. Registration is limited.

From the organization’s website: “En Foco is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American and Pacific Island Heritage.” Offices are in the Bronx, with exhibitions and other programs throughout the 5 boroughs of the NYC area. En Foco publishes NUEVA LUZ, a great magazine featuring portfolios by photographers of color as a benefit for members. Check out their submissions procedures here.

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Houston Center for Photography 2007 Deadlines: January 22 and February 16, 2007

HCP has posted upcoming deadlines for opportunities for members of the Houston Center for Photography as of dates of submissions, as follows:

2007 HCP Photography Fellowships (2), deadline JANUARY 22, 2007; both winners will be given exhibitions at HCP. Juror will be Lynn McLanahan Herbert, Adjunct Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

25th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, deadline FEBRUARY 16, 2007. Juror will be Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

In addition to becoming eligible for these opportunities, members of HCP receive its publication SPOT.

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SHOTS Magazine: Submissions for BOOKS/WORDS due FEBRUARY 2

Shots Magazine has posted a call for submissions for issue #95 (Spring Issue 2007); the theme is “BOOKS/WORDS.” Artists can send small prints or digital files conr consideration; all submissions must be received by February 2, 2007. For complete prospectus, click here.

From the website: “As with any issue, themes are open to your interpretation. Essentially, any photograph that incldes one or more books and/or has one or more words in it, or otherwise combines words with photography (words written on the photograph, etc.) will be eligible for consideration).

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THE VALUE OF ORIGINAL CONTENT

Wednesday (12/27/06), Charlie Rose interviewed Craig Barnett, the Chairman of Intel for the hour. When discussing past and the future of the digital revolution. Barnett said there are four areas key to bridging the digital divide: Access to the technology (price point), connectivity, CONTENT, and basic education which he sees as essential to drive technology to all people. What excites me here: that content is #3 on the list. “Local, educational content that is germane to the community it is serving” is how Barnett described content in this context. I am reminded of the arrival of cable television when young filmmakers had a chance have their work seen, first and foremost, and to a much greater number of people at that. Imagemakers and storytellers are in a similar place today, with the potential to reach new audiences, and have their work valued.

This week I have been working on the update for my book, and when adding a new chapter addressing multimedia I draw attention to the important work of Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur. Their work on “Aging In America” spanned an eight-year period during which the final format for projects evolved from the book/exhibition to the film plus feature story on Salon.com and a series on MSNBC.COM that has been seen by over a million people. Brian Storm, the founder and President of MediaStorm features two other Kashi/Winokur projects: “Friends for Life” and their most recent project “The Sandwich Generation” among many other important multimedia presentations on MediaStorm, some that are stills with an audio voice-over discussion with the photographer, others merging stills, motion and audio. MediaStorm provides storytellers a portal to showcase their work and sell prints, books, DVD’s of films, and link to license the images, offering artists the broadest possible potential for revenue with which to continue their work. Multimedia=Audience. Broaden your vision, broaden your toolkit and you will broaden your audience.

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At year’s end: The Art Market 2006

Recent articles by the NYT art critics with their year-end summaries:

Michael Kimmelman’s “Restless Museums, Repatriated Art, Record Sales”
and
Roberta Smith’s “The Met Got Up-to-Date, Graffiti Said Goodbye” which has an Interactive Feature entitled “The Year in Arts.” Ms. Smith contributes an audio component, illustrating the points she makes in her article.

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New Title: “EDUCATION OF A PHOTOGRAPHER”

Photographer and author Charles H. Traub along with Stephen Heller and Adam Bell gathered together an incredible collection of writings to encourage and inspire all of us who make pictures. Co-published by School of the Visual Arts and Allworth Press, THE EDUCATION OF A PHOTOGRAPHER includes selections from early twentieth-century masters to pieces many of us authored specifically for inclusing in this anthology. Photographers, photo editors, designers, gallerists, artist’s representatives, creative consultants, curators and auction house specialists are among the contributors to this 256-page softbound book.

Something in this collection will speak to the creativity in you, no matter how long ago you were “officially” a student. Never stop learning!

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New York Times “2006: YEAR IN PICTURES”

On the home page of today’s home page of the New York Times website you will find a link to the MULTIMEDIA area and the Interactive Feature “THE YEAR IN PICTURES.”

Michele McNally, Assistant Managing Editor for Photography at The New York Times, provides a voice-over introduction to this riviting multi-media show, speaking to the parameters of deciding which iconic, memorable images make the cut for this this year-end summary.

She shared that the editors tend to look for images that meet these criteria:

First: images that first and formost are historical because it is the YEAR IN PICTURES at NYT.
Second: an image needs to be sociological – define what people do, what people do to each other.
Third: an image needs to be psychological – needs to have some sort of emotional impact, “make me feel something.”
Lastly – the image needs to be aesthetic; and the aestethetics need to reinforce all of the above.

Take a look at the amazing work done by these photographers, and photo editors.

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CPW’s “Photography Now” DEADLINE 1/19/07

The deadline for entering the annual PHOTOGRAPHY NOW exhibition sponsored by the CENTER for PHOTOGRAPHY at WOODSTOCK is approaching. Juror for this year is JULIAN COX, Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. Winners will be published in CPW’s quarterly magazine PHOTOGRAPH. Be sure to read submission details carefully. Good luck!

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PHOTO LA Approaches! January 18-21, 2007

PHOTO LA is less than a month away, admittedly my favorite of all the photography gallery expos. If you feel that your work is ready to take to market, there is no better way to gain awareness on the marketplace than to attend Photo LA. This annual fair held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium affords you the opportunity to learn which artists are represented in many of the best photography galleries (as well as view recent titles by the most important publishers of photography titles) (click here to view Exhibitors), what their pricing structure is, how their work is presented, and how their dealers speak about the work. It is a terrific window on the market TODAY. This is NOT, however, a chance for you to show your work to the dealers (the worst “first impression” you can make!). These dealers have not invested mightily in participating at Photo LA with a goal of “scouting” for new talent. To the contrary, Photo LA allows you the chance to narrow your sights to the list of those galleries and publishers most likely to respond to your work. I find it incredibly insightful to look and LISTEN to the dialogue between dealers and prospective buyers. Being present is an investment in building your career by compiling a short list of dealers that you wish to add to your mailing list, hear them lecture about photography, enter competitions that they are jurying, and invest in portfolio review events where they will be participating.

Beyond walking for floors and being inpired by great photography and great books, don’t miss the programming offered at the fair, from the morning collecting seminars (which allow access to the show floor before the public is allowed to enter), the lectures by artists on Friday and Saturday (among them Mona Kuhn, Alec Soth and Todd Hido). Additionally, the annual seminar offered by Center (formerly known as the Santa Fe Center for Photography) is titled “Center Thyself,” on building strong professional relationships in our industry. Speakers include Tim Wride of the No Strings Foundation, Michael Dawson, Director, Michael Dawson Gallery and Mark Pinsukanjana, Publisher, MB Editions/Modernbook Gallery.

Photo LA is also one of the most affordable of the art fairs, as airfares to LAX are always competitive (with JetBlue and Southwest flying servicing LAX), the airport is a short shuttle bus ride to Santa Monica, and there is a wide range of motel/hotel options within walking distance of the Civic Auditorim and the Doubletree Suites across the street (where the lectures by artists and CENTER’s seminar are held) as well as the beach – all on foot, easily. You can’t attend a more interesting expo with such travel/hotel ease!

NOTE: Student rate is $45. For others, the price for this seminar goes up from $85.00 to $115.00 on JANUARY 4 – register soon!

I’m leading one of the morning collecting seminars (Sunday, January 21) so perhaps I’ll see you there!

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PhotoEspana’s Portfolio Review Deadline Approaching (1/15-2/1/07

If you think your work would find an appreciative audience in Europe, this Portfolio Review event would be one I would strongly encourage you to consider applying to.

PhotoEspana 2007 will occur May 30 – July 22, 2007, in Madrid, Spain. During the event, in addition to excellent exhibition offerings there is a noted portfolio review event entitled “DESCUBRIMIENTOS PHE07″ held June 1-3. Participation is limited to 60 photographers total, selected by jury. Guidelines must be strictly adhered do. The stellar list of Reviewers will select a winning portfolio from those presented, which will be awarded an exhibition at the 2008 event. Application form is online now.

Whether accepted to the Reviews or not, it would be great to see the exhibiton offerings! Check out the 2006 event by clicking here.

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