Archive for April, 2007

Rhubarb Festival Bookings Now OPEN! Event dates July 27-29, Birmingham, UK

Today the Rhubarb-Rhubarb portfolio review bookings officially opened. Click on “01. Rhubarb Festival” to link to the notice “REVIEWER PROFILES – BOOK NOW!”

This is the only such event where you book your own schedule – so HURRY if you are planning to attend! This is one of my favorite reviews of the year, but the most popular Reviewers will fill in just a few days. Get right on this!

The most economical way to travel to Birmingham, England from the USA is on Continental Airlines direct from Newark; know that when traveling into London there are no flight connections to Birmingham and doing such would require your going into London and getting on a train back out to Birmingham.

Good luck securing your desired schedule of Reviewers!

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SPE 2008 National Conference: Presentation Proposal Deadline 6/1

The Society for Photographic Education has announced its 2008 National Conference details:

“AGENTS OF CHANGE: ART AND ADVOCACY” the 45th annual conference will be held March 13-16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.

To view a PDF of the “Call for Proposals” click here.

About the conference:
The work of a photographic artist took center stage during the 108th United States Congress. On the agenda was the fate of drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). According to Secretary Gale Norton ANWR was “a flat white nothingness.” In response, Senator Barbara Boxer denounced drilling and held up a book of photographs by Subhanker Banerjee that showed the refuge brimming with life. Congress voted to save ANWR from drilling for two more years.

Lens-based artists have been catalysts for change with imagery that advocates social and environmental awareness. Artists bear witness, interpret, expose and address problems ranging from the Aids epidemic and stereotypes in race and gender to the plight of refugees in war torn countries. In what ways are artists responding to the local and global challenges that are reshaping politics, cultures, economies and the planet? As educators, artists and scholars, what has been the historical impact of our advocacy? What role will we play in shaping the future?

Denver and the Rocky Mountain West have long been home to diverse and often opposing political, social, economic and environmental interests. With fortunes historically linked to extractive industries like mining, natural gas, and oil, Denver is also a leader in urban planning and energy conservation. The Mile High City has been invigorated by major new projects in the arts. The Denver Art Museum has opened its new Hamilton Building, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art has broken ground for a new 27,000 square foot environmentally-efficient building. Denver is a dynamic and growing modern city that enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and the magnificent Rocky Mountains in the backyard.

Joann Brennan
Conference Chair

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NPR Segment on Fotofest’s “Pictures From Home” Exhibition

NPR has archived a story broadcast on April 5th by reporter Wade Goodwyn on the exhibiton “Guantanamo: Pictures from Home, Questions of Justice. You can hear the piece by clicking here. This exhibition is organized by Fotofest; to learn more about the show, click here.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the following lecture will be given TONIGHT in Houston:

Breakdown in the Gray Room: The Images from Abu Ghraib
by David Levi Strauss

David Levi Strauss is the author of Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography & Politics, with an introduction by John Berger (Aperture, 2003), and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics (Autonomedia, 1999).

The lecture will be hosted by The University of Houston and held at:
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Theater
Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. Parking in lot 16B, across from the Fine Arts Building

Presented in collaboration with Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and
with support from the University of Houston Downtown.

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PDN ON THE ROAD: San Francisco April 28/29

Photo District News, in association with the Santa Fe Workshops, presents a unique, two-day seminar for professional photographers, emerging pros, college photography students and advanced amateurs who want to re-invigorate their passion for photography, grow their businesses and network with other image maker. The “PDN ON THE ROAD” series will visit six cities this year, launching the series in San Francisco later this month.

Guest speakers for the San Francisco event include:

Comrade, Photographer and PDN’s 30 member, 2006
Jerry Courvoisier, Digital Programs Director, Santa Fe Workshops
Jeanine Fijol, Photo Editor – PDN
Michael Kochman, Photo Editor – Entertainment Weekly
Daniel Milnor, Photographer
Jeff Sedlik, Photographer and Licensing Expert
Art Streiber, Photographer
Jose Villa, Photographer
Debra Weiss, Business, Marketing and Creative Consultant

Other cities on the 2007 seminar tour:
New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Fort Lauerdale.

PRICE: $450.00 for the two-day event.

Special Discounts:

Members of the following organizations are eligible for a 30 percent discount bringing the cost for the two-day event to $295: APA, ASMP, ASPP, EP, SAA, Santa Fe Workshops Alumni, WPPI

Members of SPE are eligible for a 40 percent discount bringing the cost for the two-day event to $255.

Full-time students are eligible for a 55 percent discount bringing the cost for the two-day event to $195.

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“Photography Now 2007″ CPW Juried Exhibition Deadline May 4

Complete guidelines are reproduced here:

“It’s the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s annual Photography Now call for entries where winners will be exhibited in CPW’s gallery from June 9 – August 18, 2007. This year CPW has invited renowned curator, Alison D. Nordström of the George Eastman House to select the most exciting new photography from the national and international field!

Alison Nordström is Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, the oldest and largest museum of photography in the United States. She was the Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida from 1991 to 2002 where she curated over 100 exhibitions of photography including the popular biennial series Fresh Work, as well as major surveys of landscape, portraiture, travel photographs, and journalism. At George Eastman House, she has initiated the contemporary biennial Vital Signs, and has curated Paris: Photographs by Eugene Atget and Christopher Rauschenberg, Why Look at Animals?, and Found: Photographs by Gerald Slota. She writes and lectures extensively on contemporary photography. Nordström holds a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.

From traditional to digital, all photographic techniques and images are welcome. Straight photography, fine art, narrative, documentary, landscape, social issues, still life, mixed media incorporating photography, photographic installations, and digital images & collages – all will be considered! CPW staff and ADV/Board members are not eligible to apply.

Accepted work will be exhibited in CPW’s gallery form June 9 – August 18, 2007. All who enter will receive a one year membership with CPW, including a subscription to CPW’s PQ. Purchase Prize – one artist will be chosen to be featured on the front cover.

If your work is selected we will contact you within one week from the submission due date with instructions on how, when, and what to send for publication. Work that was not selected for publication will be returned in June, as long as it is accompanied by a clearly labeled self addressed, stamped, return envelope.

Jurying will be conducted via projection of slides and CD-ROMs. No application form is required. Guidelines for submissions must be followed as outlined:

CD-ROM ENTRIES – If sending a CD-ROM, title each file with your “last name_ image title.” We accept JPEG files at 300 DPI, no larger than 5×7”. Include a separate printed image script with your name, image title, date, media, and original print size for each image submitted.

SLIDE ENTRIES – Please send slides of your images in a clear slide page (8×11”) with each slide labeled with your name, phone #, image title, date, original size, & medium and an accompanying slide script. All slides should be marked in the lower left-hand corner with a red dot.

No submissions will be accepted via email. Artist statements and resumes are encouraged, but not required. You must include a full size 8×11” self-addressed, stamped envelope for return.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not responsible for unlabeled slides, CD’s, or materials sent without return postage. In cases in which you are submitting a CD and do not want it returned, please be sure to provide your email address so we may notify you of the results. If a return envelope is not provided your materials will be discarded, but a letter of notice regarding acceptance status will be sent. Every precaution is taken to assure the return of your materials, but CPW is not responsible for loss or damage of any entry materials.

6 images: $45 ($30 student/senior discount in this category only); 10 images: $60; 20 images: $100. Canada & Mexico must add $15 to any of the above categories. International applicants please add $20. Make checks payable to CPW / AMEX, MC, & Visa accepted. As a way to thank you for entering and keep in touch, you will receive a one year CPW membership when you enter.


entries must arrive at CPW by Friday May 4, 2007

Please deliver entries to:
attn: Photography Now 2007 / Exhibition
Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498

T 845-679- 9957 or”

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3rd Annual National Juried Exhibition at Newspace DEADLINE 5/11

The deadline to submit entries to Newspace for consideration by Juror DARIUS HIMES is rapidly approaching. I encourage you to enter and introduce your work to him.


“Newspace Center for Photography invites you to participate in our 3rd Annual National Juried Exhibition Competition. Selected photographers will exhibit at the Center from July 6th through 29th, 2007. First, second, and third prize winners will be awarded $250, $150 & $100, a 3 person show in 2008 and selected items from our sponsors.

The competition is open to all photographic processes and themes but should have been created in the last 2 years. International entries are accepted.

The entry fee is $25 for 5 images. You may enter as many times as you would like but you must include a separate entry form and entry fee for each set of 5 images submitted via CD-Rom only. Entry fees are non-refundable. All entries must be received by Friday, May 11th, 2007. Materials will not be returned.

Those accepted into the show will be notified by early June.”


Darius Himes is editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photobooks. He is a lecturer and writer, having written for Blind Spot, BOMB, and American Photo. Himes is also an Adjunct Professor of Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe and frequently lectures on the contemporary photographic book. He earned his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University, Tempe, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe campus, and actively pursues his own image-making. His website URL is:

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Inge Morath Award for Young Women Photojournalists: Deadline MAY 15

Magnum Photos has announced the guidelines and deadline details for the 5th Annual Inge Morath Prize:

Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award

“Magnum Photos announces the fifth Inge Morath Prize to be awarded to a woman photographer under thirty years of age. The $5000 prize is given to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project.

Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum for almost fifty years. She died in January, 2002. As Inge devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, this award is given as a tribute by her colleagues.

Form of Submission

Images should be sent as a Powerpoint slide show. No Quicktime presentations, PDF or HTML files will be accepted. A folder with the individual image files should accompany the Powerpoint file.

Image file the specifications are:

- 40-60 images
– file size: 1200 pixels on the longest side @ 150 DPI saved as a Jpeg compression at 8
– images should be numbered in the order that you wish them to be presented, with the number coming first in the file name (to ensure the correct sequence use two digits, example: 01_, 02, 03) and then your last name. F.ex. 01_Smith, 02_Smith, 03_Smith etc. Please do not use any spacing in the name.

Please test the CD before you send it and be sure to label it with your name and contact details. If your portfolio does not meet these requirements, it will not be considered.

Support material:

- Send a project description (optional; maximum one page)
– Curriculum Vitae (required; maximum three pages) including photographer’s name, telephone number, plus shipping and mailing address.

Submissions should be sent to:

Inge Morath Award
c/o Magnum Photos
151 West 25th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Deadline: May 15, 2007
Award Announcement: July 15, 2007

Return of material is the responsibility of the applicant. Submissions that are not accompanied by SASE will not be returned.”

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Happy Birthday MAGNUM PHOTOS! 60 Years Young Today

On this day in 1947, Magnum Photos was founded. There is a wonderful slide show on the agency’s website highlighting 100 of the iconic images made by the Magnum members over these 60 years.

The Magnum Festival, celebrating 60 years as an independent agency and artistic cooperative, will take place during the month of June in New York City. “The Festival will embrace the various aspects of the past 60 years of documentary as well as promote the importance for responsible documentary work in the future.” Through a series of city-wide events, the Magnum Festival will highlight photography, film and journalism. A website detailing events will be launched soon; I’ll post its URL as soon as it becomes available.

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Re: Community, and Communication

On the eve of both AIPAD in NYC, and PhotoLucida in Portland, Oregon (where I am this week), I am reminded once again of the value of our creative community. At a time when our materials, our marketing and distribution channels and indeed our entire industry is undergoing dramatic change, the one thing we can count on is our community. Being in the company of sage artists and those who are just coming into their own, seeing accomplished works and those in progress – this is what is all about. I am priviledged to be a part of this community, among colleagues whom I respect and continue to learn from. This is what inspires me to share all that I can with those wishing to bring their work to the broadest possible audience. I too am reminded that I am rich with friends, immeasurably so; a gift not to be taken for granted.

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Open Society Institute’s Documentary Photography Project Grant: 2006 Winners, and 2007 Guidelines on website NOW

“Traditional media offer limited opportunities for presenting documentary photographs in a way that fosters social change. The Open Society Institute’s Documentary Photography Project supports photographers, working in collaboration with a partner organization, to present their work to specific audiences to stimulate positive social change.

All photographers must have another entity (such as a nonprofit or community-based organization) that agrees to collaborate with the photographer to present the work in innovative ways and to reach out to specific communities to advocate for social change. The partner must engage with the photographer to accomplish these goals—and not just fund or publish the project.

Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 will be awarded.” Deadline for application is July 6th.

When on the SOROS site, don’t miss these other two important postings: the audio file from the March 7th panel “Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq” is posted here.
“At a time when the daily realities of war are obscured, Purple Hearts—a series of portraits and interviews with American soldiers wounded in Iraq—provides an understanding of the human cost of war through the experience of wounded veterans. The work reminds communities of the physical and psychological problems endured by returning veterans, and provides young people considering military service a sober understanding of the realities of war.”

Writer Julie Winokur moderated a discussion with:

Nina Berman, photographer and author of Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq
Tod Ensign, attorney and director of Citizen Soldier

Amy Yenkin, director of the OSI Documentary Photography Project, introduced the event.

Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq is part of the ongoing Photography as Advocacy forum series, which explores how photography can be used to shape public policy and perception and to effect social change.

AND: The OSI Documentary Photography Project Distribution Grant Award Winners Announced 3/15/07; be sure to check out the outstanding projects that will receive funding this year. A full list is of winners of OSI’s Project Distribution Grant is here.

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