Archive for February, 2007

February issue of Digital Journalist spotlights Contact Press Images at 30

The February issue of The Digital Journalist, the monthly online magazine for visual journalism, is now online at

As Dirck Halsted, Editor and Publisher tells us in his monthly email to announce the launch to each issue, Robert Pledge launched his agency Contact Press Images 30 years ago and has become one of the premiere agencies documenting social change and unrest. DJ’s Marianne Fulton puts Contact’s achievements into context, and this issue presents a gallery of many of the incredible images made by Contact photographers. A second feature showcases what some young Contact photographers are doing to carry on the agency’s traditions, but cast in a mondernistic light. Robert Pledge introduces the work of Kristen Ashburn and Stephen Dupont, who are going bact to a traditional style of portraiture, using medium-format cameras, to give us a fresh look at global conflict. And don’t miss the many terrific regular features available in each issue. Join the mailing list to be advised when each month’s issue is posted.

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Reminder: Hey, Hot Shot! Winter 2007 Edition DEADLINE 2/12 @ 2 p.m.

jen bekman is now accepting entries for the Winter Edition of Hey, Hot Shot!, the well-known and highly regarded quarterly photo competition. The entry deadline is Monday, February 12, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
Hey, Hot Shot! debuts ten new talented photographers to the public four times a year at jen bekman gallery. Each year they publish the Hey, Hot Shot! Yearbook, a compendium of work from all 40 winning photographers. The annual Hey, Hot Shot! ne plus ultra exhibition features four photographers selected from the previoius year’s finalists. They are presented by jen bekman in the year to come and are considered a solo exhibition with the gallery.

You can enter online at Check out the fall 2006 winners here.

The Winter 2007 Hey, Hot Shot! Panel includes, in addition to Ms. Bekman:
Joerg Colberg, founder and editor of the contemporary photography blog Conscientious
Stephen Frailey, Photography Department Chair (UG), School of Visual Arts, NYC
Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO of Blurb, Inc.
Amit Gupta, founder of Photojojo
Jenni Holder, former director of Edwynn Houk Gallery
Lesley Martin, Executive Editor of Aperture Books.

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Noorderlicht Photofestival 2007 “Act of Faith” Submission Deadline 3/1/07

ACT OF FAITH” is the working title for the theme of the 2007 Noorderlicht Photofestival in the Netherlands. The event will occur in many locations from September 16 – October 28, 2007; image submissions for “Act of Faith, an international group exhibition (w/catalogue) are due March 1.

About the exhibition theme, from the website:
“In one guise or another, religion currently pervades discussion. In a fire fanned by fear of Islam, resorting to religion has become acceptable in the West, too. Faith is back with a vengeance – as a source of certainty and stability, a safe haven, a refuge with its own norms and values, closely connected with the idea of a closed society that is based on tradition and brotherhood. But what happens when this faith comes in contact with the surrounding world, an open society that is continually changing, based as it is on dialogue among various opinions? Untimately the separation of church and state is one of the basic principles of Western society, and a globalized world, with it free exchange of goods and ideas, is a source of heresy.

God and Allah, the vatican and Washington, holy scripture and the law books, global and local, love and resentment: The Norrderlicht Photofestival 2007 investigates what happens when faith meets the world around it, where the collisions of different value systems lead to friction.”

Enter! And subscribe to the Noorderlicht newsletter.

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The December/January issue of SEED MAGAZINE is still on the stands and is a focus on “the Year In Science 2006. This issue features, for the second consecutive year, “The Year In Ideas.” Seed “asked artists and scientists to illustrate five of the most revelatory experiments, findings, discoveries, and proofs of the year. Welcome to the new scientific renaissance.”

There’s an interesting post on the website section “Environment and Ecology” called ARTSPEAK by Natalie Jeremijenko: “The arts community is responding to climate change, and changing the conversation in the process.” She refers to significant art exhibitions such as Ecotopia that featured imagery by artists addressing issues of the environment.

Seed is one of my favorite magazines – for content, graphic design and use of photography. The title reads SEED with the subtitle “Science is Culture.” Each issue features a portfolio of science-related images featured as double-spreads, full-bleed throughout the issue, then showcased at the end of the issue in a special segment on the artist featured. Outstanding!

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Abelardo Morell portfolio and interview on Lens Culture (.com)

Regular readers will remember my earlier post about Abelardo Morell‘s images being featured in the February issue of Dwell Magazine (“Outside In”). I just learned of another portfolio (including new color work), and a 9-minute interviews with him by photographer Jim Casper on Lensculture, “an international conline magazine celebrating contemporary photography, art, media, and world cultures.” Its archives are rich with interviews with photographers, be sure to check it out.

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