Archive for June, 2007

UK’s National Portrait Gallery Competition due July 27

The National Portait Gallery‘s prestigious international photographic portrait competition celebrates and promotes the very best in contempory portrait photography through a competition that is open to all. It has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images submitted by a range of photographers, from professionals to gifted amateurs and photography students.

Call For Entries

Photographers are invited to enter the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize 2007.

Click here to review RULES FOR ENTRY.

Register online between 1 May and 20 July 2007: you will receive an email confirming your registration number.

Photographs must be delivered to London College of Communication (address below) either in person or by post/courier between 23 and 27 July 2007. Online registration will ensure a quicker, more efficient, check-in when delivering photographs.

NOTE: All entries from outside the United Kingdom will only be accepted if registration fees are paid by credit card.

For further information contact:
Photographic Portrait Prize 2007
Exhibitions Department
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
0870 112 6772
photoprize@npg.org.uk
www.npg.org.uk/photoprize

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Photo Arts Santa Fe July 13 – 22 and ART Santa Fe 2007: July 12-15

Two important events will overlap in Santa Fe next month:

PhotoArts Santa Fe will be held July 13-22. To view a list of related events, download the PDF here.

NOTE: Saturday, July 14 will be a day of special events in Albuquerque, and studio tours in the Santa Fe area will be held on Sunday, July 15th. If you are flying in/out for a workshop at the Santa Fe Workshops, take advantage of these special events!

The “MARKETPLACE” will occur in Santa Fe on the weekend of July 21/22/23.

Photo Arts Santa Fe will be held concurrent with:

Art Santa Fe, an international contemporary art fair being held July 12-15th at El Museum Cultural de Santa Fe.

From the website:
“The international art fair circuit is the most glamorous part of the art world today – the place where collectors and purveyors of fine contemporary art come from around the world to meet and do business. A rising star in this constellation of sophisticated events is ART Santa Fe, a biennial art fair that will be presented July 12-15 at Santa Fe’s El Museo de Cultural. ART Santa Fe is known as a “boutique” fair. Big enough to be interesting, small enough to be intimate and digestible, the fair offers visitors a highly selective overview of the contemporary art market. Visitors to ART Santa Fe have found it to be a gem among art fairs. The 2007 lineup of exhibitors will include galleries from Asia, a strong contingent of Europeans, an exciting array of work by Latin American artists, and outstanding galleries from the United States. Exhibiting galleries range from edgy to established. Cutting edge media groups return with a fresh matrix of interactive installations.

The glittering set of special events surrounding ART Santa Fe 2007 includes the fair’s Vernissage, an opening gala. Museum groups from all over the country attend the fair, enjoying tours of private collections and artist studios as well as the fair’s exhibitions and special events. The city’s own museums, such as SITE Santa Fe, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, feature exhibitions; other arts organizations such as the renowned Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Santa Fe Art Institute, also offer programming on this, arguably the most important weekend in the city’s high cultural and social season.

ART Santa Fe has attracted wide attention in the press, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, the major art trade magazines (The Art Newspaper, ARTnews, Art & Auction, and Art & Antiques, among others) and virtual blanket coverage in statewide press. Word of the fair’s success has spread by the international art community grapevine.

ART Santa Fe’s focus is on presenting a carefully selected collection of contemporary and modern art, from contemporary masters to the cutting edge, for an audience of art professionals, collectors, museum groups and the general public. Visitors to the fair have praised the quality and wide reach of the offerings, presented in an accessible format that allows an intimate, unhurried viewing experience.
For information contact the fair office at 505.988.8883.”

Click here to see a list of confirmed exhibitors as of this writing.

If you are in the area, this will be a great opportunity to see great work!

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“Photographing Conflict” Radio Interview with Magnum Photos/Director

Last week was an amazing week in NYC with many Magnum 60th Anniversary events, old home week for past and present photographers and staffers. It was a total delight to reconnect with friends and colleagues. Martin Parr had a camera in his hand all of Thursday evening, from party to party – there’s a short slide show of his shots on the Magnum website.

One bit of the festival can be shared with all of you via a radio interview Leonard Lopate of WNYC conducted with Magnum photographers Alec Soth and Jonas Bendikson and Mark Lubell, director of Magnum’s NYC office. Click here to listen to the interview.

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Two Recent Interviews with MVS Now Available – Online and on CD-ROM

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being interviewed for two different publications.

MASTERING DIGITAL BLACK AND WHITE – in print, and audio interview on line:
First, Amadou Diallo, author of the recently published title MASTERING DIGITAL BLACK AND WHITE (2007, Thomson Publishing) interviewed me for Chapter 9, “Creating The Portfolio.”

A full length audio recording of our telephone interview is available for downloading at this link.

There is a terrific website for the book, with a roster of downloadable interviews with other contributors to the book, including Henry Wilhelm, Jean Miele, Chester Higgins and Jon Cone among others.
Check out the reader forums here.

Click Lenswork‘s recent issue #70, the Extended (CD-Rom) version includes an interview that Brooks Jensen conducted with me when we were both attending Photolucida in Portland, Oregon. I am in great company in issue #70, to say the least! Visit the website’s shop to subscribe, and click Leave a Comment

Covering Photography: Web-based Archive not to be missed!

One of my favorite sites is “COVERING PHOTOGRAPHY” which studies the use of great photographs as book jacket illustrations.

“Covering Photography is a web-based archive and resource for the study of the relationship between the history of photography and book cover design. The images / book covers contained in our database may be accessed via a number of categories including by Photographer, Author, Publisher, Publication Date and Designer.”

One can search via photographer, author, publisher, publication date and designer. For those of you wishing to place your images as fiction illustration, the roster of designers features a sample of their work featuring photography – essentially, a window on their portfolios. And don’t miss looking at the work by publisher – standouts continue to be the designers at Knopf and Vintage (a personal favorite is the design work being done for Vintage Crime). This site is a fantastic tool for targeting your marketing efforts, and adding to your awareness of the history of photography and graphic design.

Today’s email noted Aaron Siskind‘s “Cover of the Month 6.”

Baden writes:
“Title: The Next Room of the Dream

Photographer: Aaron Siskind
Author: Howard Nemerov
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1962
Designer: Not listed

Image Title: Chicago Facade no. 6, 1960
Photo Genre: Architecture
Book Genre: Poetry

Notes:
Writing this entry, I’m reminded of the principle of Six Degrees of Separation; in this version, the photographer Aaron Siskind’s connection to writers is traced in turn to other photographers, and on, and on, until I’ve practically forgotten what I started to write about. No matter.

Siskind, a short man with a tall personality, was well-connected in the cultural circles of his time, both within and outside the photographic world. In addition to close friendships with painters and sculptors (Franz Kline in particular), Siskind, formerly an English teacher and originally a poet, knew a number of mid-20th century literati; his photographs appear on the covers of some of their books.

Perhaps due to its abstract quality, Siskind’s imagery from the mid 1940s and later seems particularly suited to poetry. Simultaneously concrete and non-representational, self-contained and open-ended, the work itself shares an emotional and existential kinship with a great deal of modern poetry.

The scrawled quality of the cover text for poet Howard Nemerov’s book, The Next Room of the Dream, provides a fitting counterpoint to the haunting and dissipated elegance of Siskind’s Chicago facade, as well as an extension of the graffito on the left-hand column. One might imagine equally compelling photographs for this cover by the likes of Ralph Eugene Meatyard or Clarence John Laughlin (Note: Meatyard’s poet friend and sometime collaborator, Jonathan Williams, used Siskind’s photograph ‘Feet #102′ for the cover of his collection of essays, ‘The Magpie’s Bagpipe’).

Nemerov had published four books of poetry, three novels and a collection of short stories by the time The Next Room of the Dream went to press. His younger sister, Diane, learned photography from her husband, Allan Arbus, and eventually achieved, albiet tragically, the status of a legend (Allan Arbus later became an actor, playng the role of the psychologist on the television comedy M*A*S*H). The publication date for Nemerov’s book, 1962, is also considered to be the pivotal year in which Diane Arbus switched from 35mm to the 6cm Rolliflex, establishing what was to become her signature visual style.

At least two books by Isabella Gardner (That Was Then and The Looking Glass) also have Siskind covers. Gardner, a poet, sometime actress and great niece of Isabella Stewart Gardner, married portrait and dance photographer Maurice Seymour. Their son, Danny, became a photographer and filmmaker, producing a single book of word and image before his untimely death in 1973. Danny Seymour’s soulful photographic autobiography, A Loud Song, along with Larry Clark’s Tulsa, were the first two books published by Ralph Gibson’s seminal Lustrum Press (they were on press at the same time, funded by Danny). Seymour went on to become Robert Frank‘s soundman, and eventually a heroin addict, in Frank’s notorious documentary on the Rolling Stones, Cocksucker Blues.

Finally, Covering Photography notes another cover, published one year after Nemerov’s book, and by the same publisher. Elder Olsen’s Collected Poems (University of Chicago Press, 1963), features a photo from Joseph D. Jachna’s “Water” series. Jachna, along with Ken Josephson, Ray K. Metzker and others, constituted the first generation of students under Siskind and Harry Callahan at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Of that group, Jachna is generally thought to be the photographer whose work is closest to Siskind’s in spirit.”

Read founder Karl Baden‘s statement of intent here.
Bravo Mr. Baden for all your efforts!

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New Works Photography Awards Submission Deadline EXTENDED: July 16

New Works #11, En Foco’s Photography Awards, is an annual program open to American photographers of African, Asian, Latino/a, Native American and Pacific Islander heritage. The goal is to create or complete an in-depth photographic series which explores themes emanating from personal experiences. Three photographers will be selected from a national call for entries to receive an honorarium of $600, photographic supplies (varies according to funding year), technical assistance, a feature article in Nueva Luz, photographer’s page on enfoco.org, and a culminating group exhibition in the New York area. No fee.”

Juror: Melissa Harris, Editor of Aperture magazine.


Guidelines and application available at www.enfoco.org or download here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY July 16, 2007.

En Foco is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to cultural diversity in photography. Mission statement:
En Foco is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander heritage. Founded in 1974, it achieves its mission by introducing artists to local communities and a national audience, creating a cultural synergy with the general public, curators and arts professionals.

En Foco, Inc.
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
718.584.7718
info@enfoco.org

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International Student Photography Exhibition: Results On Line

The Center for Fine Art Photography sponsored its first International Photography Exhibition earlier this year, and the winning submissions are now posted.

Take a look at this link and join me in applauding the great work being done by these talented students. Juror: Hannah Frieser, Director of Lightwork in Syracuse, New York.

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Peter MacGill to Jury SPECTRA: National Photography Triennial

Thanks to Craig Barber, I’ve just learned of this exhibition opportunitity that Peter MacGill of the Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York City is judging: Spectra, sponsored by Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. To view more about the event, click here. This is a great way to introduce your work to Peter!

Cycle: Triennial Exhibition
Start Date: 10/14/2007
End Date: 11/17/2007
Juror: Peter MacGill, President, Pace/MacGill Gallery
Media: Photography
Entry Deadline: July 13, 2007
Restrictions: Any photographer in the US
Entry Fee: $25 for the 1st (up to) 3 images; $15 each additional. (Students with valid ID $15 for 1st (up to) 3 images)
Awards: $2500 1st Prize and several others

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Maggie Taylor and Jean-Francois Rauzier featured in June issue of Adobe Magazine

Photographers Maggie Taylor and Jean-Francois Rauzier are featured in an article entitled “Reverie & Technology: The Fine Art of Digital Imaging” by Kimberly Grob.

To download this free issue (12 MB), and to subscribe, click here.

“Adobe has reinvented Proxy magazine to create the all-new Adobe Magazine for Creative Professionals. Subscribe to this free, online quarterly, and discover fresh insight and tutorials from the wide world of visual communications. You’ll see work that’s breaking new ground, get an insider’s perspective on how it was created, and find new ideas and tools to enhance your own projects.”

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This Week in NYC: Magnum Festival continues, Taryn Simon lecture at the Whitney, and Opening at JEN BEKMAN GALLERY

The Magnum Festival continues! Check the festival website for roster of events/exhibitions honoring the 60th anniversary of the founding of Magnum Photos.

At the Whitney Museum on Friday at 7 p.m.: “Curator’s Close-Up: On Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar

Senior curatorial assistant Tina Kukielski is joined by Taryn Simon for an insider’s look at Simon’s process and photos. Exposing scenes that are under the radar or behind closed doors, Simon combines text and image to render transparent that which is often opaque.

This presentation is free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6 to 9pm. Please register by visiting http://www.whitney.org. Inquiries: Email public_programs@whitney.org or call (212) 570-7715.

LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST!

Friday June 22nd, 6-8 p.m.: the opening reception for the exhibition THE NEW AMERICAN PORTRAIT at Jen Bekman Gallery, 6 Spring Street (between Elizabeth and Bowery). Participating artists include Christine Collins, Jen Davis, Ben Donaldson, Amy Elkins, Peter Haakon-Thompson, Todd Hido, Alec Soth, Brian Ulrich and Shen Wei. Read the press release for this show by clicking here.

This outstanding group show will continue through August 3rd.

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