Archive for January, 2007


Aperture has organized an outstanding series of panel discussions in New York City during the month of February:

What is Asked of a Picture? Images and Advocacy WED 2/7

Surveillance: Context and Content TUES 2/13

Visual Culture: In Print/Online TUES 2/20

Behind the Faces of Fashion WED 2/21

And, February wraps up with a lecture by VII Photographer ALEXANDRA BOULAT on Tuesday the 27th.

Be sure to check the website for panel moderators and presenters, updates, location info and more.

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A friend recently shared this great website with me: It is a compendium of arts and culture-related information; you can sign up for daily or weekly updates. The lead story today, for example, is from the NY Times 1/25/07: “NY to ‘Depoliticize’ Arts Funding“; there is a daily video feature, listings for interesting conferences, notice of a new MFA program offering in Public Art from USC, and more. This site gathers together a wealth of valuable information, doing the research for us. Check it out!

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TransCultural Exchange 2007 Conference: International Opportunities for Artists

I’m in Boston this week, and many are talking about a conference coming up late April but advance registration is due February 1. TransCultural Exchange’s 2007 Conference theme is “International Opportunities for Artists.” Learn how to break into the international art world. Join leading figures from around the world to hear about long- and short-term international residency opportunities for artists (working in every medium) as well as biennales and other global exhibition possibilities.

Conference panel venues include Northeastern University, Massachussetts College of Art and MIT.

I’ve never attended this event but the program sounds incredible: “Come meet, network with and have your work seen by the conference’s distinguished curators, critics and panelists. This is an excellent resource for professional development. Advance conference registration, which includes admission to all the panels, networking events and a private one-on-one consultation with one of the conference’s international guests, curators or critics is $150. All advance registrations must be received by February 1, 2007.”

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Griffin Museum 13th Annual Juried Show Opens Submission Period 2/1/07

The Griffin Museum (Boston area) is soon to open its submission period for the 13th Annual Juried Show. Brian Clamp, director of Clampart Gallery in NYC will be the Juror. Exhibition dates are August 23 – October 28th, 2007. I’m pleased to see that one can submit prints (I’m not a fan of jurying exhibitions from disc; assessing craft is a crucial component to me). Click here for submission guidelines; closing date for receipt of applications is March 18. Brian Clamp’s gallery in Chelsea shows terrific work (most recently ROUGH BEAUTY by Dave Anderson), and he has a strong presence at the gallery expos (was just at Photo LA). Entering this show affords a great way to introduce your work to Brian Clamp, and support the activities at the Griffin Museum.

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MCP’s Juried Exhibition PHOTOCENTRIC 2007: Deadline 1/29

The deadline for the Minnesota Center for Photography’s annual members exhibition “Photocentric” is rapidly approaching; their online submission site is easy to follow. Photographers within a 525-mile radius of MCP are eligible; this is my hometown (Alec Soth‘s, too – we both grew up in Excelsior) and there are many great photographers who qualify.
MCP is also hosting a great exhibition featuring three terrific artists whose work opens on the 27th of this month. It’s titled “ICY: Clear Views 01: Caroline Burghardt, Kelli Connell, and Jean Laughton. There will be a panel with the artists at 5:30 with reception to follow 7-9 p.m. at MCP.
The show will remain on view until 3/25/07.

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SILVER: The Second Annual International Conference and Print Comptition of Black and White Photography will be held March 30 – April 1 at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Entries accepted between February 15 and March 16, 2007; cash prizes for both Student and “Master Printer” competitions. Conference offerings include lectures, panel discussions, one-on-one darkroom demonstrations and portfolio sharing. each evening at the Hilton Pasadena (reduced rates for Silver participants). Speakers include Sally Gall, Keith Carter, John Sexton and Ken Rosenthal among others; I am moderating a panel on getting into galleries with Frish Brandt of Fraenkel Gallery, David Fahey of Fahey/Klein Gallery and Craig Krull of the gallery of his own name. I look forward to seeing you there!

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New! MVS Business Book Pre-Publication Offer ends 1/31

I’m proud to say my new book THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES is completed and ready to ship. For those of you familiar with my previous self-published title, “Marketing Guidebook for Photographers” (updated Quarterly), all the content of a timely nature, i.e. grant deadlines, exhibition opportunities, portfolio review events and the like have moved to posts on this blog under the APPROACHING DEADLINE category.

I have substantially expanded and updated the previous title, providing “A Year of Deadlines” in the new title as a reference for opportunities, discuss creating an exhibition of your work, publishing your work, making the most of your marketing efforts overall, “Estate Planning Considerations for Artists” and much, much more.

I will honor the pre-publication rate of $35.00 +$5.00 S/H (USPS) on orders placed through 1/31/07 ($45.00 retail after that date).

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on PHOTO LA 2007

Deep into the Photo LA gallery expo this weekend, preparing to give lead a Collecting Seminar tomorrow. Noting the emphasis on photography books, limited edition and small press titles are in abundance; collecting books has clearly come into its own. Saw copies of THE AMERICANS by Robert Frank that had price tags ranging from $6500 to $12,500 depending on condition. Take care of your photography books, especially those that are signed! Whether you bring them to the second market or donate your book collection to a library or museum, they should have a long happy life as well cared for objects.

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Photo LA Opens Tonight

Tonight is Opening Night of Photo LA, which continues through Sunday. This is one my favorite industry events of the year, a time to get a solid read on the market for collecting photography. There are a range of seminars offered in addition to spending time on the show floor, including artists lectures, a seminar organized by Center and the daily “Collecting Seminars.” I’m leading one on Sunday morning 1/21 that will have an emphasis on the new collector, and on collecting the work of emerging artists. If you can’t attend, remember that you can buy the show catalogue – a must for your research on which dealer is most likely to respond to your work. Remember too – gallery expos like Photo LA are not places where you would bring your work to try to get a few minutes of one-on-one time with a dealer; they have not invested time and money to scout new talent – they are here to sell photographs. Don’t make a bad first impression. Rather, watch for those targeted galleriest to be serving as a Reviewer at an upcoming Portfolio Review event, or as a judge at an upcoming competition. Try to make at least one gallery expo per year, and know that this is my favorite!

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REMINDER: Seminar/Portfolio Reviews THIS SATURDAY in NYC

There are a limited number of spaces remaining at En Foco‘s offerings this coming Saturday, January 20th.
Successful Strategies for Professional Photographers” in the morning, PORTFOLIO REVIEWS with industry professionals in the afternoon. Take advantage of these opportunities!!! And check out their recently re-designed website.

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