Archive for June, 2007

2007 Arles Approaches!

The Rencontres d’Arles opens on July 3 with Festival theme “Surprises For The Senses.” The Rencontres 2007 edition features work from China and India, while continuing to introduce international programmes reflecting contemporary trends in photography.

New Awards line-up:
The Discovery Award goes to a photographer who has recently achieved recognition or who deserves to do so, from a shortlist of 15 artists proposed by a prestigious panel of experts: Bice Curiger, Alain Fleischer, Johan Sjostrom, Thomas Weski and Anne Wilkes Tucker. As for the Book Award, the forms can be downloaded from the website.

In 2007 the Rencontres travel to Asia, while continuing to embrace a diversity of gazes and reflect the most contemporary trends in photography.

Dashanzi Art District
Arles is playing host to Dashanzi, the artists’ quarter of Beijing, and letting festival-goers discover a platform of creative activity and exhibitions that is open to all – an artistic adventure like no other, which explores the urban and social changes China is experiencing in the 21st century.

The India programme offers a complete panorama of contemporary Indian photography, notably featuring a Raghu Rai retrospective and a selection of artists from the new generation. The Alkazi Foundation will unveil its fascinating collection of albums of maharajahs and of painted photos.

The Rencontres also provide the chance to savour the treasures of private collections, with intimate Polaroid shots of the greatest jazz musicians by Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a jazz patron whose archives are being opened up for the first time, and with the tremendous vernacular collection of art director Eric Kessels.

Tributes & institutions
Tribute is paid to the Magnum agency, which celebrates its 60th birthday with a major retrospective of work by its 80 photographers, and to PHotoEspana through the oeuvre of Alberto Garcia-Alix, who captured the movida in pictures. The Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie will show work by its award-winners since 1996. And for the 60th birthday of Camera Press, the London agency looks back on more than 80 years – spanning over half the history of photography – of official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. Among a host of exhibitions is “Madam President”, commissioned from 50 photographers who were asked to imagine how the official portrait of the President of France might look if it were a woman…

Exhibitions, evenings at the Theatre Antique, screenings, lectures, a seminar, training courses abound:

From 3 to 8 July 2007, the opening week of the Rencontres gathers the programme participants in a festive atmosphere for daily events including the exceptional show “Lou Reed’s Berlin”, a stroll through the image-scaped streets of Arles with the “Night of the Year”, portfolio readings, and more.

Introductory and more advanced photography courses will run throughout the summer, and in September the “Back to School in Images” initiative will enable 6,500 pupils and their teachers to visit the festival exhibitions.

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BOOKSMART STUDIO: Artist-In-Residence Program for Photographers Deadline JULY 30

Announcing Booksmart Studio‘s Artist-in-Residence program for photographers.

The Fall 2007 Book Arts Residency is geared towards photographers that are looking to publish a limited edition book of their artwork. The winning photographer will live in Rochester, NY for one full month in the Fall of 2007. The photographer will work on their personal design and layout of their book at Booksmart Studio. The photographer’s book will be printed in our studio utilizing any of our digital printing techniques available.

Upon completion of the residency 75 copies of the photographers book will be published, the photographer will leave with 10 copies. To promote the publishing of the limited edition book Booksmart Studio will donate 15 copies to influential galleries & museums. The remaining 50 books will be sold and 25% of the sale will be paid to the photographer. Finally, once the books have been published, the photographer will be provided an exhibition in our 1,500 square foot gallery along with a book signing.

The photographer will live in downtown Rochester, New York in a single bedroom apartment. A stipend of $500 will be awarded to the winning photographer for gas & food.

• For a complete description of the guidelines and application, click here.

Due: July 30th, 2007

Juror: Therese Mulligan
Therese Mulligan is professor and coordinator of the MFA program at Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as director of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences Gallery. She worked previously for eight years as the Curator of Photography at George Eastman House, and has worked extensively as an author, editor, and speaker in the fields of traditional and contemporary photographic history and aesthetics.

Sponsored by Innova Digital Paper

If you have any questions about the application please e-mail:

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June issue of Digital Journalist: Magnum at 60

The June issue of Digital Journalist is now online at

From the email announcement:

“This year is the 60th anniversary of Magnum, the photo agency once only a dream of its four creators, George Rodger, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and David Seymour. Contributing writer Peter Howe has put together a wonderfully human look at one of the world’s most famous and respected photo agencies. Accompanying his essay, there is a slide show you should not miss of many remarkable Magnum photos.

We also have a profile of Jonas Bendiksen, a young Magnum documentary photographer. Along with recent photos from his book “Satellites,” we are fortunate to have a peek at a major future project of his about urban slums that will become a book and a traveling installation.

Continuing the Magnum theme, we have a delightful conversation between two legends in the world of photojournalism, Elliott Erwitt and Burt Glinn. They recall the early days of the agency and some of their most treasured memories over their many years as photojournalists.

Marianne Fulton has three Dispatches this month. Rafael Ben-Ari explores a groundbreaking medical procedure; Philip Poupin reports on the new challenge of the Afghanistan war, and Danfung Dennis writes of the so-called American surge into the “self-sustaining” conflict in Iraq.

In “What’s It All About?” E-Bits editor Beverly Spicer takes us on a video tour to a struggle for survival on the African savannah, then a fusion of 500 years of portraits of women in art, and finally, to what could only be called a pipe dream.

In a section we now call New Media, Terry Heaton dives in with another of his provocative columns about TV News in a Post Modern World. And Ron Steinman, as usual, in a column he calls, “Do Not Connect Me, Please,” has a slightly different take about what he sees in the world of new media.

Our regulars, Chuck Westfall with Tech Tips, Mark Loundy with Common Cents, Bill Pierce with Nuts and Bolts and Jim Colburn, are at their usual posts with thoughtful and diverse columns.

From “the best VJ lighting kit” to custom-made XLR cables and a nifty wireless receiver solution, PF Bentley offers helpful tips and resources for videographers in this month’s Compression Session column.

There is a pointed slice of life by Jim Gabour in his continuing exploration of New Orleans after Katrina. In “Gandhi and Cocktails,” Jim writes that thanks to some odd friends, hope – even hope from an outrageous source – springs eternal.

Marianne Fulton reviews “Testify,” Colin Finley’s new biography about his life and work as a documentary photographer.

Assignment Sheet brings you another in the “From the Pages of Damon Runyon” collection, which are reminiscences of some of the strange and wonderful characters who were part of retired Newsday staff photographer Dick Kraus’ long career. In “Gentleman Jim” he talks about the colorful Irishman who was a staff shooter from the old school.

We hope you enjoy this issue.”

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AAF CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR in NYC this weekend: June 14-17

This year’s AAF Contemporary Art Fair is this coming weekend in NYC. It will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (where Photo NY had been held in the past).

From the website:
“AAF is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 – $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 60 galleries with approximately a quarter of the exhibitors from Europe, Canada and South America.”

Additional programs (check the website for updates):

All lectures will take place on the lower level of the Altman Building and are free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 16 @ 2pm
First Steps: Beginning and Developing Your Collection
Moderated by Lisa Hunter, Author of The Intrepid Art Collector: The Beginner’s Guide to Finding, Buying, and Appreciating Art on a Budget

Sunday, June 17 @ 2pm
The Paper Chase: Collecting, Owning and Preserving Works on Paper
Moderated by Judith Solodkin, Founder of Solo Impression Inc.

The weekend lecture series is held in conjunction with The School of Visual Arts.

Art fairs are a great way to survey which galleries are representing what type of work; remember however that this is NOT the place to bring your work! Rather – do your homework at their fairs, and perhaps you will come away with a short list of galleries that you will add to your mailing list, watch for the directors to server as Jurors, or Reviewers at portfolio review events. The worst “first impression” you can make is to try to show a dealer your work, when they have invested (heavily) in being present at a fair to SELL work that they have committed to representing. Pay attention to those galleries who are now representing photographers as there may be new opportunities for you with these venues.

Among the many galleries participating are three of my favorites: Dolby Chadwick (SF), Foley Gallery (NYC) and The Print Center (Philadelphia).

You can join the mailing list for this annual event here.

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First “Aperture Prize” International Photography Competition Deadline 7/13

Aperture announced a new international competition to replace Aperture Foundation’s biannual portfolio review. The Aperture Prize competition will take place each summer, and will be judged by Aperture’s top editorial and curatorial staff.

The purpose of the Aperture Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and, specifically, artists whom we feel we can help by bringing them to a wide audience. It is also a way for Aperture to discover work that we might not otherwise see by artists whose progress we would like to follow.

First prize is $2,500. The first-prize winner and three runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s Web site (for approximately one year) and in a special publication printed to Aperture’s high standards and packaged with an issue of Aperture magazine, which reaches subscribers and newsstands worldwide. (Our intention is to publish the 2007 prize publication along with the summer 2008 issue of Aperture.) The winners also will be announced in Aperture’s e-newsletter.

To participate, entrants must be Aperture magazine subscribers (a discounted rate is available) and pay a $25 entry fee.

The deadline for submissions to the first international Aperture Prize competition is Friday, July 13, at midnight CST. Entries can be submitted online, starting Tuesday, May 1, at

For specifics on how to enter, see the Guidelines and FAQs pages. Good luck!

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NYT 6/10: “Photo Exhibitions Grab the Spotlight”

In the New York Times Travel Section tomorrow:
Photo Exhibitions Grab the Spotlight” by David G. Allan.
This is a great roster of photography shows and festivals happening internationally over the summer and fall. Don’t miss it!

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Women in Photojournalism Conference (Austin, TX mid-August) and Competition (Deadline July 1)

Expanding our Vision” is the theme for this year’s Women in Photojournalism conference to be held in Austin, Texas from August 17-19. Women in Photojournalism is part of the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA); their conferences are among the most interesting I’ve ever attended. I urge you to look into attending.

The conference will feature speakers from the print and television community, as well as workshops in both those areas.
Scholarships are available as well.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: “Expanding Your Vision” Photography Conference.
There are no categories, only your interpretation of the theme. Your photographs can represent your definition of the theme through people, place, action, or event milestone. Each photograph is a single entry; submissions must be by women photographers. Entries are uploaded on the conference website, with winning entries shipped in print format for display at the conference, and in a web gallery on the organization’s website (where you can view the past two year’s winning entries). See the website for details!

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MVS Marketing Workshops, Summer 2007: few spaces remain!

I’m off this weekend to teach my annual one-week marketing workshop at the Santa Fe Workshops (my class is sold out). I’ll be teaching alongside some great friends including Karen Kuehn, Chris Rainier and Alan M. Thornton, among others! A great place to study and emmerse yourself in photography.

There are a few remaining spaces in the two shorter workshops I’m teaching this summer, in the NE and the NW:

August 1-4 at the Maine Photo Workshops; click here for information. I’ll be giving a public lecture at The Workshops on the evening of Thursday, August 2nd.

NOTE: After this course ends on the 4th, the Agency VII seminar “Conflict Photography” starts – one day, free, but space is limited; information here.


August 18-19 at the Photography Center Northwest; click here for information. Note: workshop students are required to attend my public lecture on Friday evening, August 17th.

I hope I will meet many of you this summer!

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W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund: Grant Deadline July 15th

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s compassionate dedication exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. For 2007, the grant will be $30,000, with an additional $5,000 in fellowship money to be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The grant program is independently administered by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund.

Applications can be downloaded here (PDF file, 56K) or may be obtained by writing to the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, c/o the International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, U.S.A. In addition to a résumé of educational and professional qualifications, applicants are asked to provide evidence of photographic ability in the form of photographic workprints (8″x10″ prints preferred, and no more than 40), and/or photocopies, duplicate transparencies, contact sheets and clippings of published stories. There are no entry fees. Preliminary material will be returned only when accompanied by appropriate packaging and sufficient U.S. postage or its equivalent in U.S. dollars. Prepaid return by courier is also acceptable. The Fund is not responsible for loss or damage.

Deadline for receipt of applications is July 15, 2007.

Applications must include a written proposal, which should be cogent, concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable and humanistically driven. A three person jury is appointed each year by the Fund’s Executive Committee. The jury meets twice. Initially after reviewing all applications and proposals, the jury selects the finalists, each of whom is asked to submit a comprehensive photographic portfolio and write a more detailed and focused proposal in addition to answering specific questions about his or her project. (Finalists’ submissions will be returned following judging). At the second meeting, the jury reviews all new material and selects the grant recipient from among the finalists. The grant is announced at ceremonies usually held in October at the International Center of Photography in New York. The recipient must warrant that the project in progress is ongoing, and agree to provide the Fund with a set of photographs when the project is completed. The photographs will be housed as part of the permanent W. Eugene Smith Legacy collection at the IC

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Texas Photographic Society’s TPS 16: Annual Competition Submissions Due July 5th

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit slides of their color and black and white works to the Texas Photographic Society (TPS) by July 5, for TPS 16: The National Competition. The exhibition will open at St. Edward’s University Art Gallery and be exhibited at galleries in Odessa, TX; Houston (as part of FotoFest International); New York City and San Francisco. An artist’s reception will be held September 22 in Austin.

JUROR for TPS 16: The National Competition will be juried by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Director of Aperture West. Marsh holds a B.A. from Bard College and an M.S. in publishing from Pace University. She has worked with the Aperture Foundation since 1996, and presently serves as associate publisher for Aperture magazine and as the director of Aperture West, a regional outreach program. In this capacity she has worked with the Aperture staff and board of trustees as well as institutions throughout the west to develop educational programming, collaborative initiatives, expand awareness of Aperture and support individuals and institutions promoting photography. An educator and advocate for photography and design, Dunn lectures nationally on photography and on art book design. She is an award-winning book designer and works with museums and non-profit institutions nationally. She serves on the advisory board to the Masters in Publishing program at Pace University in NYC, and on the Board of Governors for Bard College.

Marsh will award $2,750 in Cash prizes: First Place $1,000, Second Place $650, Third Place $350, and at her discretion, up to 5 Honorable Mention awards at $150 each.

A color catalogue of the exhibition will be printed and sent to all entrants, collectors, museum curators and photography magazines, with exhibitors receiving 3 copies. The exhibit will tour for one year.

For complete information, click here.

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