Archive for February, 2007

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There are many categories to consider but most fine art photographers submit series of images to the UNPUBLISHED category; click here for application information, FAQ’s and more.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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“Can Photographers Be Plagiarists?” Article from Slate Magazine

Slate Magazine has posted an interesting slide show with commentary on the case of the nearly identical photographs of Nanpu Bridge that is worth a read. Don’t miss the other interesting articles in the “Photography: From Daguerreotypes to Digital” section, such as “Exploit and Click: The fuss over the Photographer who makes kids cry” concerning Jill Greenberg‘s recent series of portraits. Other articles focus on Diane Arbus, Thomas Struth, David Levinthal and more. Check this area of often!

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Deadline Extended: The Art of Photography due February 19th

I just received word that the deadline has been extended for submissions to the juried exhibition “The Art of Photography.”

The Juror will be TIM B. WRIDE; click here for submission details.

I spoke with Tim recently at Photo LA and can tell you he is really looking forward to judging this show. Enter and introduce your work to him!

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“Breaking the Myth of Megapixels” Article in NYT 2/8

Those of you pondering whether to transition from film to digital capture will find this article in yesterday’s New York Times of interest:
Breaking the Myth of Megapixels” by David Pogue recounts a personal study comparing prints made by cameras offering ncreasing mexapixel capture. He collaborated with Ellis Vener, a professional photographer and a technical editor at Professional Photographer Magazine to compare 16″ x 24″ prints made using various consumer-level cameras with those captured by the Canon EOS-1DS Mark II.

Pogue concluded the results were the same: “The actual lesson, then, is this: “For the nonprofessional, five or six megapixels is plenty, even if you intend to make poster-size prints. Or, as comment No. 370 put it: “For the average consumer trying to decide between 5 megapixels and 8 megapixels on similar cameras, Mr. Pogue’s test might save them a little bit of money and a lot of hard-drive space.” Check this piece out, and the continuing discussion his blog.

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Aperture Lecture Series Continues: Schedule set for February – May

Aperture continues to bring exceptional dialogue to the NY community. Last night’s presentation “What is Asked of a Picture? Images and Advocacy” was outstanding. Be sure to check the schedule for upcoming months, especially if traveling through NYC. Check the website to confirm location of talks listed are to be held at Aperture in Chelsea; remember to come early and enjoy the exhibitions on view as well as shop for Aperture publications. Our gratitude to Aperture for making this series free and open the public; it was particularly great to see so many students attending last night’s lecture.
Hats off to Aperture for 50+ years of outstanding contributions!

February 13: Surveillance: Context and Content (Panel)
February 20: Visual Culture: In Print/Online (Panel)
February 21: Behind the Faces of Fashion (Panel)
February 27: Alexandra Boulat (Artist Lecture)
March 7: The New Color: The Return of Black and White (“Tip of the Tongue Heated Debate”
March 13: Fine Artist or Commercial Photographer? (Panel
March 20: Bert Teunissen (Artist Lecture and Book Signing
March 27: Marco Breuer (Artist Lecture and Book Signing)
April 11: Feeling Nostalgic (“Tip of the Tongue Heated Debate”)
April 24: Alex Webb (Artist Lecture and Book Signing)
April 26: Gillian Laub (Artist Lecture)
May 1: Survivors (Panel)
May 8: Matthew Montieth (Artist Lecture and Book Signing)
May 9: Gilbert and George “Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context”

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Portfolio Reviews in San Francisco: Deadline Extended to February 19

“OUR WORLD” is a national juried portfolio review event organized by PhotoAlliance and co-sponsored with Orion Magazine and Doubletake Magazine.

Deadline to submit an initial slide/CD portfolio HAS BEEN EXTENDED: work must be received by February 19th, 2007. Then, during the weekend of March 10-11, 2007, 50 selected photographers will each have TEN twenty minute sessions with reviewers over the course of two days, and ample opportunity for further networking. Reviews will be held at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Email to receive a full prospectus.

For those of you in the Western U.S., this is the only review event I am aware of in the near future (PhotoLucida in Portland, Oregon this April has been sold out for months, and won’t occur again until 2009; applications for Review Santa Fe 2007 also are closed.)

As my readers know, I encourage participation in portfolio review events; the opportunity to gain expert advice on your work, your craft and your career is invaluable, as is the dialogue with your peers. It should be your goal to be accepted to and attend juried portfolio review events. If accepted, prepare! And plan on following up with your reviewers. This is your opportunity to BEGIN relationships with industry professionals. The insights you will receive from meeting with 10 professionals at this event will move your work forward, without question.

(Read more about how to make the most of your investment in attending portfolio review events in my book, Chapter One: “Introducing Your Work to Professionals In the Fine Art Market.”)

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“The Architecture of the Book” Symposium March 7-10

The Architecture of the Book: Critical Issues that Inform the Artist’s Book” is an international symposium hosted by Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. The conference will facilitate critical discourse on the artist’s book from interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary perspectives. The symposium keynote speaker is Dr. Johanna Drucker, writer, book artist and Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Accompany events inlude two public workshops on book arts construction and advanced methods, an opening reception for the exhibition “The Architecture Uncanny” (prints, photographs and book works by Marlene MacCallum), an open portfolio evening, studio tours and more. Montreal-based book artist and photographer Ewa Monika Zebrowski informed me of this interesting event; she will be a presenter. Visit her website to view her beautiful books! Her most recent self-published artist book, Poetry in the Landscape: The Robert Frost Trail is available via Photo-eye, an indepentent bookstore that has been a loyal distributor of the self-published, limited edition artist’s book.

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