Archive for February, 2007

PDN’s “World In Focus” 2007 Winners Announced

Photo District News Magazine announced the winners of the “World In Focus” competition and have posted a gallery of winning entries here. Don’t miss the stunning photographs selected by the distinquished jury. Incredible!

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World Press Photo Competition Winners Announced

The international jury of the 50th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a color image by the US photographer Spencer Platt as Picture of the Year. Congrats to all winners, especially to friends Nina Berman for her work for People (First Place, Portraits) and Michael “Nick” Nichols for his work for National Geographic (First Place, Nature). View a full gallery of winners here and watch for the touring exhibition in be in your area.

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Harper’s Magazine 2/07: “Appropriation and the Art of Context” Article

Don’t miss the February issue of Harper’s Magazine. The article “ON THE RIGHTS MOLOTOV MAN: APPROPRIATION AND THE ART OF CONTEXT” is written by two artists, concerning a well-known image by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and its subseqent appropriation by painter Joy Garnett. In the closing paragraph, Susan states: “I never did sue Joy in the end, nor did I collect any licensing fees. But I still feel strongly, as I watch Pablo Arauz’s context being stripped away – as I watch him being converted into the emblem of an abstract riot – that it would be a betrayal of him if I did not at least protest the diminishment of his act of defiance.” Don’t miss this important, personal account challenging content, context and ultimately copyright of original works.

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Communication Arts 48th Annual Photo Competition: Deadline March 13

For those of you interested in testing the waters and placing your work in front of graphic designers and art directors, I encourage you to consider applying to the Communication Arts Magazine’s annual Photography Competition: “The best of photography used for advertising, design, editorial, cinematography and an y other area of the communication arts.”

There are many categories to consider but most fine art photographers submit series of images to the UNPUBLISHED category; click here for application information, FAQ’s and more.

The judges for this competition (“a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers”) are traditionally not announced before the issue featuring the winners is published (each August). The competition is tough but know that the issue is retained by those in the industry as an important reference throughout the year. Good luck!

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Reminder: Today is last day to pre-register for SPE NATIONAL CONFERENCE in Miami

Today is the postmark deadline (register by fax deadline) for the early registration rate for attending the 44th Annual National Conference of the Society for Photographic Education, being held March 15-18 in Miami, Florida at the Radisson Downtown Miami. I encourage all of you traveling to the conference to stay right at the event hotel as informal print sharing and discussions continue beyond the formal presentations.
The schedule offers a diverse range of speakers, workshops and portfolio reviews, as well as a trade show. The conference begins with workshops on Thursday afternoon, closes with portfolio sharing on Sunday morning. After the conclusion of the conference, I will be leading a seminar on marketing your photographs at the hotel from 1:00 – 5:00; space is limited.

This conference is one of the highlights of the year for me, planning my calendar around it. I look forward to seeing you in Miami!

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“POSITION: Taking Sides in Conflict Photography Today” ICP Sponsored Lecture 2/23

ICP is sponsoring a very interesting panel in NYC on the evening of February 23rd, to be held 7-9 p.m. at The New School’s Swayduck Auditorium, 65 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street (ground floor). Description: “What is the perception of viewers seeing only one side of a conflict covered by a specific photographer? Does being local actually help or hinder you? What are the ethics, pitfalls, an boundaries of choosing one side to photograph? Does ethnicity factor into access? This evening dialogue will examine the difficulty of interpreting both sides of an emotional story through viewing the work of photojournalist who live and work in conflict areas such as Palestine and Israel.” Moderated by Alison Morley, photo editor and Chair, Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, ICP. Panelists include Alexandra Boulat/VII, Michael Robinson Chavez/Washington Post; Issa Freis/Filmmaker & CBS Cameraman; Heidi Levine/Sipa Press; Shaul Schwartz/Getty Images and more. Fee is $5.00; register on line or by phone (212) 857-0001.

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SILVER Competition opens THIS WEEK: Entries Due between February 15 – March 16

The Second Annual International Conference and Print Comptition of Black and White Photography, SILVER, will open the submission period the Print Competition this week. Beginning Thursday, February 15th entries will be accepted until March 16. To download an application to the Competition, click here; categories are STUDENT and MASTER PRINTER, with cash and product prizes, and workshops at the Santa Fe Workshops.
. Winners will be announced at the Silver Conference.

The CONFERENCE will be held at Art Center in Pasadena California from March 30-April 1; the schedule is now posted. Conference fees offer a price break to students. Host hotel is the Pasadena Hilton, where we’ll all go each evening for print sharing. I’ll be speaking and moderating a panel on the black and white photograph in today’s gallery environment. Other good friends who will be speaking about their work: Keith Carter, Sally Gall, Ken Rosenthal, John Sexton and more!

This conference is going to be inspirational, educational and will offer a wealth of memorable with peers and professional. Please join us!

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