Archive for February, 2007

“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 Slate.com 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 photo@photoalliance.org 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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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 http://digitaljournalist.org.

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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