Archive for December, 2006

New books on digital/photography

Everyone wants a digital camera for Christmas. Learning to use it – mastering the technical to your creative advantage – is another thing completely. Two of my favorite new books bring more to their respective “table of contents” than simply the mastering the techniques, adding personal reflections on photography’s past, present and future to their teachings. AND, their incredible artwork. Both individuals are presenters at all major industry events, both are widely-respected as great teachers, and authors.

So, ladies first:

WINDOW SEAT: The Art of Digital Photography & Creative Thinking by JULIEANNE KOST

Don’t miss these inspiring and resourceful recent publications.

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HP BLOG links to MVS Lecture Handout

In Monday’s HP‘s Professional Photography Blog, Eileen Fritsch wrote an article called “Breaking into the Art Market.” Within this piece, she offers good advice and resources. Don’t miss this blog, which is referred to as a “loosely guided idea-exchange that can help you make sense of emerging trends in photo-imaging and maximize your success as a photography professional.” Click here to see a full list of HP blogs.

Within Monday’s marketing piece, Eileen also recapped my talk at PhotoPlus Expo 2006, and has a link to my handouts from my lecture, “PRESENTING YOUR WORK TO THE FINE ART COMMUNITY.”

Mark October 18-20, 2007 on your calendar to attend next year’s PhotoPlus Expo, sponsored by Photo District News Magazine.

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Your Business/Your Business Plan

To be successful in business – any business – you must think like an entrepreneur. I encourage artists to a recent Business Week Magazine’s BUSINESSWEEKONLINE SMALL BIZ posting called “Harnessing the Power of Marketing.” The intro: “No matter what industry your business is in, it’s crucial to define your market, figure out how to reach it, and stay on top of changes.” I stress many of these issues in my MARKETING GUIDEBOOK FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS but remember, business is business. The business of art is as important as the making of art. Think of the artists you most admire and respect, and consider how you learned of their work, where you viewed their work in person, where you perhaps read critical reviews, monographs and the like… whether they are marketing their own work or the have marketing partners, they are building successful careers.

More on the business of art to come on this blog, and in the updated 2007 edition of my book.

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On Contemporary Photography: Interview on

One of my favorite magazines on the art market is Art & Auction, which is part of the LTB group of publications that offers “The ARTINFO Weekly Newsletter.” This week’s edition features an interview with British historian and art critic T. J. Demos on contemporary photography. Demos recently edited the compilation “Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (published by Phaidon), which features the work of 121 artists from 41 countries. Read this interview, see the book, and subscribe to this newsletter to gain a broader perspective on the global art market.

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DWELL MAGAZINE: Portfolio of Abelardo Morell’s Images

I’m a long-time fan of DWELL Magazine, and as a subscriber just received the February 2007 issue (“The Craft of Design”) which features a portfolio of images by Abelardo Morell which is entitled “OUTSIDE IN” (starts on page 143). It is great work, and I am pleased to see Dwell publishing photographic portfolios dealing with issues of space, architecture and how we live/work. Don’t miss it!

(NOTE: As of this posting, Dwell’s website still has Dec/Jan as its “current issue” so check back, or check the February issue on the stands.)

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NY Times Director of Photography Michelle McNally will Chair the international Jury for the 2007 World Press Photo Contest. Deadline for entries is January 11. World Press celebrated 50 years of supporting photographers in 2005; view this gallery for an overview of 50 years of winners, and this gallery for the 2006 winners.

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In an earlier post I reminded artists that many important grants are awarded through an anonymous nominations procedure, noting that if we don’t know about your work we can’t nominate you. I want to add this thought: when considering entering competitions, which takes time, and money – I urge you to ask yourself if the JURORS are individuals that can move your career forward. Do your homework – not just on the competion sponsors but perhaps more importantly on those individuals who will spend time looking carefully at your submission. Observe their professional affiliations (i.e. the magazines they edit, the gallery they direct, the collection they may serve as curator for, and so forth). Based on what you learn, if you feel they would respond positively to your work, DO invest in putting your work in front of them – and doing this via juried competitions can begin a professional relationship.

Additionally, if the competition you are considering entering will circulate the work more broadly than a gallery or museum presentation, i.e. through an on-line presentation of winners, and/or a publication featuring the winning entries, all the better.

Lastly, consider the COST to enter. My feeling is that fees charged by organizing venues are used to quite literally produce the competition – from flying in/feeding/housing distinquished jurors, renting judging space/tables/light/LCD projectors and other equipment, securing PR for the show and producing a catalogue on-line, on CD-Rom or in print. Personally I am happier when there is a flat fee and one set number of images that may be presented per submitting artist, rather than being able to pay more and gain more “exposure” in front of the juror(s). If you have questions about how any aspect of juried competitions are to be judged (i.e. will images be projected, or not), and how the winners will be promoted, do not hesitate to call and inquire. The more questions you ask, the better the chances are that next year’s application information will be more clearly spelled out.

I hope this perspective helps you sort through the maze of competitions to enter; know that on this blog I will suggest those I feel of great value to you and your career.

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DEADLINE: “FLASH FORWARD” Competition – December 31

The Magenta Foundation has announced “FLASH FORWARD,” Year Three of its Emerging Photographers Exchange. This competition is open to photographers in Canada, US and UK whom are 34 years of age or younger. The selected photographers will have their work published in a hardcover book and will have an exhibition in Toronto in October, 2007. Addtional prizes TBA.

This year’s judges:
Daniel Faria from the Monte Clark Gallery in Toronto
Darren Ching from Photo District News in NY
Simon Bainbridge from British Journal of Photography in London
Rebecca McClelland from The Sunday Times in London

DEADLINE December 31; guidelines are posted on their website. To view FLASH FORWARD 2006 winning entries, go to this link.

Magenta has also published CARTE BLANCH, a showcase of Canadian Photographers, a valuable contribution to broadening awareness of talent in Canada. This book is available from their website.

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ASMP Call for Member Non-Profit Experiences, for Winter Bulliten

ASMP has seeking information from members for an article to appear in the Winter 2007 issue of the ASMP Bulliten about working successfully with non-profit organizations to illustrate the following themes:
- How to seek out and pitch non-profit work
- Creative strategies to ensure you get what you need
- Stories from the field about shooting or producting work
- After-effects of this work on creative vision and subsequent career
Please email relevant information to share on this them to Bulletin Senior Editor Jill Waterman ( with any weblinks by December 20. Thanks for helping others learn about this market sector.

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DEADLINES: Center for Fine Art Photography 12/28 and 1/16/07

The Center for Fine Art Photography continues its outstanding series of competitions for photographers with two “Calls for Entry” approaching. Founder and Executive Director Larry Padgett and his colleagues have an entrepreneurial spirit when it comes to bringing winning entries to a broad audience, such as bundling a print catalogue of winning entries from their 2006 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography in the November/December 2006 issue of Camera Arts Magazine, and the upcoming deadline for an exhibition to be mounted as part of the public art program at the Denver International Airport. As a frequent flier, I seek out art in airports and can’t encourage you more strongly to appreciate the numbers of people that will see your work in such venues.

Go to the website to learn more about these upcoming deadlines:

DIA Invitational – Deadline December 28, 2006

The Art of Digital Imagery – Deadline January 16, 2007

Good Luck to all!

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