Archive for August, 2007

Open call to Digital Artists for works about Environmental Stewardship for 2008 Bejing Olympics and beyond – “Future Earth: Our Home In Peril?”

From the Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. website:

Call for Entries: The Common Ground Collection of Gifted Digital Artists 2008
THEME: “Future Earth: Our Home In Peril?”

Artists from around the world are invited to use the digital art medium to speak to the common issues we all face on this planet, regardless of where we reside or what language we speak or what tribe or nation we identify with. We cannot escape our interconnectedness with regard to the health of planet Earth and its ecosystems. For this collection of digital art, we are looking for compelling imagery that creatively communicates this cross cultural imperative to treat our home – Earth – as the sanctuary that it is for all of us.
Please submit your complete entry by September 30, 2007. October 31, 2007 is the selection notification to artists.
There are NO fees for submissions.

Eligibility and Media
Submission is open to all creative artists whose works can be defined as digital in nature.
We invite artists to submit up to 3 finished digital art images.

Common Ground is using a fairly narrow definition for “Digital Art” relative to this inaugural Common Ground Collection. We do recognize – and encourage – the broader acceptance of digital art expression that may take many forms. But for the purposes of this exercise in cross cultural reflection on Environmental issues, we are focusing in on the PROCESS of digital art:
Art that was created using digital technology in the process of its creation. In other words, a computer program was used to generate the works, or to manipulate and modify the imagery.

For the purposes of consideration in the Common Ground Collection, straight photography, video imagery, even music (all of which may be construed, rightly so in the broader definition, as digital art) will NOT be eligible for submission.
Completed art for submission may indeed contain digital photo images, but all submissions will be judged for the artist’s use of computer programs for enhancement and creativity.

Jury Process
A panel of distinguished practicing artists, curators and arts administrators will determine the standards and select the finalists for the awards. All decisions are final. The jury will be looking for the development of original ideas in the work submitted – imagination, competence, and the skillful use of art and technology tools. Work that suggests visual plagiarism, i.e. a direct copy of another artist’s work, will not be accepted.

Click HERE for Submission Guidelines.

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Digital ’07: PATTERN-FINDING; ASCI Exhibition Deadline AUGUST 20, 2007

Art & Science Collaborations, Inc’s 9th international, digital print Open Competition Exhibition will take place October 6, 2007 – January 27, 2008 at the New York Hall of Science.

This year’s theme will explore how the images of science research, mathematical data-sets, sound frequencies, and nature itself are being translated via the computer [& software] into 2-dimensional art of exquisite pattern. Over 100,000 museum visitors will see this exhibition.

CO-JURORS: JD Talasek, Director of Exhibitions & Cultural Programs at The National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC; and ASCI founder/director, Cynthia Pannucci will co-curate this year’s exhibition.

From the website:
Historically, pattern has been reinterpreted by artists from the earliest of times. From the incised pictograms on the walls of Egyptian tombs, the stunning cut-outs of Matisse, America’s pieced and patchwork quilts, to the everyday pattern of light and shadow that captivates many contemporary photographers — pattern has captured the artist’s vision.

For Digital ’07, we are specifically looking at how structure and pattern in the universe, whether visible or invisible to the naked eye, have become the muse for many contemporary digital artists. We seek to explore how today’s scientific fields of systems science, chaos and string theory, fractals, nanoscience, genetics, molecular science, the wavelets or frequency of sound, or a myriad of other mathematical data-sets have influenced today’s artists, scientists, and technologists in creating 2-dimensional art of exquisite pattern.

And let’s not forget the oldest source of pattern, nature itself! As Galileo is quoted to have said: “Nature’s great book is written in mathematical symbols.” Nature is, of course, an infinite resource for the lover of pattern.”

Deadline: August 20, 2007

Don’t forget to visit the ASCI website often to learn of other competitions, conferences and exhibitions in the art/sci community. This month’s featured member is CAMILLE SEAMAN, whose project ‘The Last Iceberg’ won the hardbound book prize from the 2006 Critical Mass competition. Congratulations, Camille!

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Article on Susan Meiselas in NYT

There is a great profile of Magnum photographer SUSAN MEISELAS in – click here for the link. It notes her exhibitions currently on view in Arles, and at the Cohen Amador Gallery in Manhattan through September 8th.

Susan has always shown nothing but the greatest respect for her subjects. I hope all my readers know of her work, including the book, exhibition and website for her aka Kurdistan project.

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Interesting article on Conservation of Digital Art in today’s

Today’s edition of has an extensive piece on the issues relating to conservation and preservation of digital and media-based art intitled “Conserving Pixels, Bits, and Bytes” at this link. Author Jaquelyn Lewis looks back at important exhibitions that showcased contemporary pieces and notes the institutions that made early commitments to aquiring work, such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. I hope you will read this interesting piece.

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“Photography in Context” Short Course in Connoisseurship at Christies NYC: 9/20-10/11

PHOTOGRAPHY IN CONTEXT: A Christie’s Educational Short Course
Dates: 20 September – 11 October 2007
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $450

From the website:
Christie’s Education and Christie’s Photographs Department are pleased to announce a fall course dedicated to photography. “Photography in Context” will combine a scholarly approach with first-hand contact with objects to strengthen connoisseurship skills.

The course will be offered on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., beginning September 20 through October 11. Classes will take place at Christie’s Education, 11 West 42nd Street. There will be a sale walkthrough with a Christie’s specialist on Sunday, October 14 at 12:00 pm.

The lectures will be given by top scholars in the academic, museum and auction fields. Each session will address another facet of photography, including cultural history, technical processes, conservation and the market. Whether you are just entering the field, or want a comprehensive review, the course will offer something for everyone.

Meredith Van Dyke
Tel: +1 212 355 1501

Download course registration form (PDF) >

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C4FAP’s CameraArts ShowCase Edition: Deadline September 4th

The Center for Fine Art Photography has posted guidelines for the CameraArts ShowCase Edition.

From the website:
The Center for Fine Art Photography and CameraArts Magazine are partnering to bring photographers a unique opportunity to promote their work and talent. Those working in all styles and schools of thought are invited to submit their work for consideration in this cooperative call for entry. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal, emotional, or political statements are welcome.

Theme: Open…..All subjects eligible.

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all professional and amateur, domestic and international photographers working with digital or traditional photography or combinations of both.

Jurors: Tim Anderson, Publisher/Managing Editor, CameraArts Magazine and Larry Padgett, Executive Director, The Center for Fine Art Photography.

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Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal begins September 6

From the event website:

“This year le Mois de la Photo à Montréal celebrates its 10th presentation around the theme Replaying Narrative, developed by Guest Curator Marie Fraser. The city will be illuminated by a constellation of more than 30 solo exhibitions of works by artists from Quebec, Canada and from abroad will be presented in different sites throughout Montreal. A special series of exhibitions and interventions will take place in public spaces and former industrial buildings of the Saint-Henri district. All exhibitions and activities are free of charge. The official program will be distributed just prior to the opening of the event, and will be available for download.

A Brief History of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography, VOX, centre de diffusion de la photographie, organized in 1989 the first presentation of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, which included more than 60 exhibitions as well as a large number of related activities. This original event was a catalyst, creating a gathering place, unprecedented in the Montreal and Canadian artistic community, and served as an inspiration for transforming Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal into a biennale – one that, under the auspices of VOX produced seven events between 1989 and 2001. In September 2002, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal became an autonomous not-for-profit corporation (charitable status was obtained in 2006). The change in administration was accompanied by a shift in the artistic direction: for each presentation of the event, the appointment of a new Guest Curator with a new theme lends to each biennale a singular artistic and theoretical orientation. This artistic formula was proven successful with the 2003 and 2005 events.


Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finland)
Gustavo Artigas (Mexico)
Éric Baudelaire (France)
Rebecca Belmore (Canada)
Candice Breitz (Germany/South Africa)
David Claerbout (Belgium)
Stan Douglas (Canada)
Patrice Duhamel (Canada)
Adad Hannah (Canada)
Bettina Hoffmann (Canada/Germany)
Mike Hoolboom (Canada)
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler (USA)
Douglas Gordon (UK)
Jesper Just (Denmark)
Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry (Sweden/UK)
Thomas Kneubühler (Canada/Switzerland)
Emmanuelle Léonard (Canada)
Christelle Lheureux (France)
Norton Maza (Chile)
Valérie Mréjen (France)
Saskia Olde Wolbers (UK/The Netherlands)
Josée Pedneault (Canada)
Paulette Phillips (Canada)
Marisa Portolese (Canada)
Kelly Richardson (Canada/UK)
Elina Saloranta (Finland)
Carlos & Jason Sanchez (Canada)
Zineb Sedira (France/UK)
Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt (Denmark)
Eve Sussman & The Rufus Corporation (USA)
Ron Terada (Canada)
Althea Thauberger (Canada/Germany)
Salla Tykkä (Finland)
Eve K. Tremblay (Canada/Germany)
Chih-Chien Wang (Canada/Taiwan)
Myriam Yates (Canada)
Shao Yinong & Muchen (China)

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal looks forward to celebrating its 10th anniversary presentation with all of its partners and the general public.”

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MoMA Presents Reinstallation of Photography Galleries with a Focus on Multiple Images

from the Press Office, MoMA:


The Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, third floor
The Museum of Modern Art
August 8, 2007–March 3, 2008

NEW YORK, August 8, 2007— The Museum of Modern Art presents a new installation of photography from the Museum’s collection that brings together groupings of closely related pictures. Since the medium’s inception, photographers have explored its ease in producing multiple images to create sequences, consider various aspects of a single object, and accumulate pictures that together define a larger subject. The installation includes groups of photographs by Eadweard J. Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, August Sander, Harry Callahan, Diane Arbus, Thomas Struth, and Roni Horn, among others.

The Edward Steichen Photography Galleries are devoted to a rotating selection of outstanding photographs from the Museum’s collection. Each new display is organized differently, but all aim to suggest the vitality and richness of photography’s creative traditions.

Organized by Eva Respini, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.
This installation is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


A reminder not to miss three great photography shows also on view at MoMA now:

Barry Frydlender: Place and Time (through September 3rd; note related lectures August 9th and 15th on this link)

Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-1932, Photographs by Richard Pare (through October 29)

Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verberg (through November 5th; note related lectures September 24th & 27th, and October 22nd on this link)

About the MoMA photography collection, from the website:
“The Museum began to collect photographs in 1930 and established the department in 1940; its holdings of more than 25,000 works dating from approximately 1840 to the present constitute one of the most important collections of photography in the world. As diverse as photography itself, the collection includes work not only by artists, but also by journalists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and amateurs.”

To view prior exhibitions at MoMA, visit this “Collections” link on the museum’s website, as well as this link to view Recent Acquisitions in the photography department.

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MVS to lecture in Seattle on August 17

I’ll be giving a lecture on the eve of my workshop at Photography Center Northwest (PCNW) on Friday, August 17th.

Information from the PCNW website:

“Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs”
Friday, August 17, 6:00 pm

Wyckoff Auditorium, Bannan Engineering Bldg, East Entrance, Seattle University

“No one knows more about the photography marketplace than acclaimed expert Mary Virginia Swanson. A frequent juror for leading national and international photography competitions and portfolio reviews, Mary Virginia Swanson shares her experience about important first steps in marketing your work.”

Tickets: $8 General, $5 PCNW members and students
Purchase lecture tickets at PCNW, by calling (206) 720-7222 ext. 10.

I’ll have copies of my book available at the lecture.

I’m teaching in Maine at the moment and understand my PCNW workshop that weekend is nearly full; to learn if there are spaces available, contact PCNW.

About the forthcoming PCNW workshop:

Sat & Sun 10:00 am- 5:00 pm Aug 18 & 19 $450 Mary Virginia Swanson

Acclaimed expert Mary Virginia Swanson will provide insights into the most effective avenues for introducing your work to the gallery and museum professionals. She will discuss the value of the national and international juried exhibitions, as well as portfolio review events such as FotoFest, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe and European festivals as realistic avenues to industry professionals. Important gallery trade shows such as AIPAD’s The Photo Show and Photo LA/NY/SF will be discussed from the perspective of helping artists to determine which dealers will be most appropriate for their work. Effective self-promotion materials will be shared with participants, as well as visuals providing insights into portfolio review events towards making the most of your participation. Professional practices necessary to successfully present your work will be discussed, as well as “talking points” when given the opportunity to sign with a gallery for representation. Lastly, workshop participants will gain insights into copyright and assessing the value of your work when granting permissions to reproduce the work in a commercial environment.

Tuition also covers entry to Mary Virginia Swanson’s lecture, “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” on Friday August 17, 6:00 pm, and a copy of her book on the subject.”

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PDN ON THE ROAD Fall Schedule Announced: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, NYC and LA

From the website:

PDN and Santa Fe Workshops are pleased to present the NEW PDN On the Road seminar series for professional photographers. Making money and saving time are critical. Find solutions and alternatives for this changing and intensely competitive market. PDN On The Road will provide essential insights into the business of photography, such as:

· The most effective marketing techniques
· Business growth opportunities
· Building portfolios and contacts
· Streamlining your workflow
· Getting the attention of photo buyers and photo creatives
· Multimedia marketing – tools for reaching a broader audience
· Networking and portfolio sharing reception with key industry professionals
· And much more……

The seminar will also include valuable hand-outs, lunch and a networking/portfolio sharing reception with art buyers, photo editors, art directors and photography reps. Program is now posted on the website.

Faculty includes: Michael Britt, Patrick Donehue, Janine Fijol, Stephen Johnson, Ed Kashi, Aaron Schindler, Brian Storm, Mary Virginia Swanson and Debra Weiss.

Cities & Dates
– Atlanta—October 1-2
– Chicago—October 29–30
– Dallas—November 12–13
– New York —December 3–4
– Los Angeles —December 10–11


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