Archive for January, 2007

Interview with Stephen Perloff of Photo Review/Photo Collector

The Manhattan Arts International website features an in-depth interview with Stephen Perloff, a long-time contributor to our field through his publications The Photo Review, The Photograph Collector and The Photographic Art Market, and the exhibitions he has curated, too numerous to mention! Many photographers have entered the annual competition, and donated their work to the annual Photo Review Auction, but may know little about the force behind these events, so read this interview!

In this interview with Michael Jason, Perloff offers his insights on the market for contemporary photography, the growing presence of digital photography and announces the juror for this year’s annual Photo competition: Toby Jurovics, curator of photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Entries will be accepted May 1-15; details when available will be posted on the Photo Review website as well as on this blog.

To view the 2006 competition winners, including first place winner Heather McClintock, click here.

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Orion Magazine features David Maisel’s “Oblivion” Project as Print/Web Feature

The January/February print edition of Orion Magazine offers an article by James Howard Kunstler entitled “Making Other Arrangements: A Wake Up Call to Citizenry in the Shadow of Oil Scarcity” which features photographs by San Francisco-based photographer David Maisel from his OBLIVION project.

Click on Orion Magazine’s website to view an expanded portfolio from this project OBLIVION, recently published by Nazraeli Press. A selection of these photographs were recently on view at the Von Lintel Gallery in NYC.

I look forward to each issue of Orion, particularly to see the great photography featured. Subscribe to ensure seeing every issue. You can sign up to receive e-updates on new web features, too.

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Photowork ’07 entries due February 9

The Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY has a call for submissions to Photowork ’07. The competition will be judged by Asher E. Miller, Department of 19th Centure, Modern and Contemporary Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Eligible works include “photography and photography mixed media.” Exhibition dates are March 17 – April 21, 2007.

Note: word of this opportunity was sent to me by photographer Craig J. Barber; check out his thorought website for his recent Umbrage publication Ghosts In The Landscape. The accompanying exhibition is being traveled by the George Eastman House, details here.

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Latest Issue of Art on Paper Magazine

The current issue of Art on Paper Magazine is excellent. Cover story: “Activist Art Now?” as well as other great articles. This issue’s “FOCUS ON” offers a review by Jean Dykstra of Thomas Allen’s “Pop Up Fiction” photographs which are currently on view at Foley Gallery, a feature on how mainstream magazines are portraying undocumented labor in the United States, and the heartfelt “Remembering Marcia Tucker” by Dan Cameron. Don’t miss this current issue.

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Reminder: Register for CENTER Seminar at Photo LA TODAY

A reminder that the price for early registration to attend the January 20th seminar “Center Thyself: Bringing You and Your Work in Touch with the Fine Art Community” is $85 today; rate increases to $115 tomorrow. Fee for full time students remains at $45. The event is sponsored by Center (formerly known as the Santa Fe Center for Photography) in conjunction with Photo LA. To register, call (505) 984-8353 or visit the Center website and click on the ACTEVA link to pay on line.

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PhotoAlliance launches “Our World” Juried Portfolio Review in SF 3/06

PhotoAlliance has announced a “Our World,” a juried portfolio review event to be held March 10 & 11 at the San Francisco Art Institute. 50 photographers will be accepted for participation. Entries must be postparked by FEBRUARY 2, with acceptance notifications sent 2/10. This event is co-sponsored by the Orion Magazine and DoubleTake Magazine; participant prizes will include the Photo Alliance Emerging Photography Award and the “Our World” Publication Award. Roster of Reviewers has not yet been posted. For full prospectus and more information email Sign up for advance news of this and other events from this San Francisco-based organization, now entering its fifth year.

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The Art of Photography Juried Exhibition deadline 2/11/07

The Art Of Photography Show 2007 is an international exhibition of photographic art to be juried by TIM B. WRIDE, founding Executive Director of the No Strings Foundation and recent Curator of Photography at the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Entries must be submitted as digital files in the JPEG format.Winning entries will be on view at the Lyceum Theater Gallery in San Diego; a catalogue with be produced and sales encouraged.

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Hey, Hot Shot! Winter 2007 Submissions Deadline 2/6/07

The Jen Bekman Gallery has opened the Winter 2007 Edition submissions for Hey Hot Shot! considered “the best thing going for emerging photographers.” Jen Bekman, recently named one of American Photo’s 2006 Innovators, has a great eye for emerging talent, and entering her competition is a great way to introduce your work to Jen and her Panelists for this competition. The Winter 2007 edition of Hey, Hot Shot! Winner’s Showcase will open at her NYC gallery on March 7th. Enter! and join the gallery’s mailing list.

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Self Publishing Advice

More and more photographers are electing to self publish their book, both for control and cost reasons.
Two good resources that have just been shared with me concerning design and production:

FOREWARD: A BOOK DESIGN BLOG has a searchable database going back to March 2003.

SELF PUBLISHING BLOG speaks more broadly to all writers, but understand that much of the production and all of the marketing/promotion will be relevant for those publishing visual books. Business is business and you don’t want a garage full of books not finding an audience.

I hope all of those considering publishing a book of their photographers, whether commercially, via self publishing or producing a limited edition fine art book are following the “Publishing The Photographic Book” column that Darius Himes, Editor of the quarterly publication and I co-author in the Photo-Eye Booklist. Earlier installments explained the details, and vocabulary of publishing. As we continue through the process of publishing, we touched on publicity and offered the following on-line resources regarding promotion:

Rocks-DeHart Public Relations is an excellent with a great deal of information. You can read articles on “What A Book Publicity Firm Does,” “Guidelines for Engaging A Publicist,” “Mistakes Not to Make,” and a thorough glossary of terms used within the industry.

Dog Ear Publishing is another great resource, with a section of Resources for Self-Publishing Authors, as well as notes about things like bar codes, copyrights.

C S Lewis Publicity: Here you can view some actual press kits in PDF format. They have great suggestions for elements that must be contained with the press kit.

Bookmarket offers a list of the TOP 101 of everything to do with books.

Author House offers information on professional author agents. Also view this link for “Creating a Successful Marketing and Promotional Plan.” This pdf, which you must purchase ($3.95), is a brilliant resource for those looking to self-publish and promote their work.

Book Press Releases: “Where Books Are Announced”

SUBSCRIBE to the Photo-eye Booklist so you won’t miss another installment! It can also be purchased at Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores.

More on limited edition artists books in an upcoming post, and more on publishing your work in my new book “The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices” which is about to go to press. Discounted pre-orders are being taken now.

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Prix de la Photographie, Paris extends deadline to January 31st

The “Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) is an international competition; winners are given a gallery show in Paris and publication in the PX3 Annual Book. Professionals, non-professionals and students compete for “Best New Talent Award.” There is a helpful FAQ section on the website. The application deadline has been extended to January 31st; the entry form is available in five languages on the website (click here for the english version).

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