Archive for September, 2007

Upcoming Print Auctions to Benefit Not-For-Profit Organizations

‘Tis the beginning of the season of giving back to the many not-for-profit photography organizations that help so many artists advance their careers. I know many of you have donated original works, and many more will support the efforts of these dedicated organizations by bidding in person, on the phone or on-line. Giving back, and living with great photographs, will be such a pleasure.

Mark these events on your fall calendar (check with each to learn of preview opportunities):

TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Friday, September 21st, 6-8:30 p.m. (live auction at 7:30 p.m.)
Held at the Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th Street, Austin, Texas.
Click HERE to view the auction catalogue in PDF format.

ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY: Friday, September 28th, 6:30 – 10 p.m.
Held at the King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta Street NW in the Westside/PhotoDistrict
Click HERE to download the auction catalogue in PDF format; you can download Absentee Bid Forms and “Conditions of Sale” documents here.

PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER NORTHWEST: 2007 PhotoVision Award Dinner and Auction Honoring Keith Carter. Saturday, September 29th, 7 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling 206.720.7222 ext. 10
Held at PCNW, 900 Twelfth Avenue (Valet Parking Available). Visit the online auction catalogue here; visit the website for more information.

CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK: Saturday, October 6th at 7 p.m.
Held at the Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock, New York.
Click HERE to view the catalogue; it is also available in print format. Absentee/Pre-Auction/Proxy Bids are accepted on-line.

EN FOCO/Nueva Luz: Extended Print Preview Exhibition opens October 29th; live auction November 7th.
Held at the HP Gallery at Calumet Photo in New York City. Click here for details; on-line catalogue coming soon.

As always, be sure to read all the details relating to bidding to ensure your securing desired works!

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REVIEW LA – Registration FULL; call to be added to the waiting list.

As with all portfolio review events that handle registration on a first-come, first-served basis, Review LA, the newest event on the calendar, has filled to capacity in two short days.

This is clearly an indication of how effective these events are for participating photographers.

Requests to be put on the wait list must be made via calling Center at: 505/984-8353.

I look forward to meeting many of you there, and at Photo LA (held concurrent with Review LA).

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New York Fall Exhibition Preview from

Today’s ARTINFO email included this interesting preview of exhibitions on view in NYC this fall.

ARTINFO Newsletter comes to you from Art and Auction Magazine.

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Ralph Gibson: Closing Reception and Artists Talk at Center for Creative Photography, September 28th

“Ralph Gibson and Lustrum Press, 1970 —1985″

Closing reception for this exhibition and artist talk by Ralph Gibson on Friday, September 28 (exhibition continues through September 30th).
Reception at 5 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Center for Creative Photography on the University of Arizona Campus. Call (520) 621-7968 for directions and parking instructions.

From the Center’s website:
“About the Exhibition

The exhibition “Ralph Gibson and Lustrum Press, 1970 — 1985″ will be shown at the Center for Creative Photography from June through September, 2007. Ralph Gibson (b. 1939) is one of the pioneering figures in modern photography. Influenced as a young man by Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank, both of whom he assisted in the 1960s, Gibson’s personal aesthetic—high contrast, graphic impact, mysterious atmosphere—developed through his encounters with European film, literature, and music. The Lustrum Press, which he founded in New York in 1970, quickly made an impact with its beautiful and often provocative publications. Gibson’s own work appears in the influential trilogy The Somnambulist (1970), Deja-vu (1973), and Days at Sea (1974). Lustrum also published monographs dedicated to the photographs of then-unknown artists Larry Clark (Tulsa, 1971), Danny Seymour (A Loud Song, 1972), Mary Ellen Mark (Passport, 1974), and others. Gibson was most involved with Lustrum Press in the 1970s, and the publications of those years capture a turning point in photographic history, when the medium acquired unprecedented prominence in museums, the market, and popular culture.

The Center for Creative Photography holds Ralph Gibson’s archive, which includes documentation relating to Lustrum Press and to Gibson’s illustrious career. Gibson’s own work will be at the core of the present exhibition, supplemented with prints by other artists from Lustrum Press publications and with ephemera related to the books’ production. Gibson’s roles as artist and publisher sometimes overlapped in interesting ways: for example, the experience of seeing The Somnambulist printed on an offset press inspired him to overexpose and overdevelop his film so that he could achieve in the darkroom the same rich blacks produced by heavily inked lithographic plates.

Based in New York but working internationally, Gibson has always been much better known in Europe than in America, perhaps owing to the Surrealist overtones in his imagery. He has produced significant bodies of work relating to his experiences in France, Brazil, and other countries; and retrospective exhibitions have been held in Paris, Cologne, Geneva, Milan, and elsewhere. In 1986 the French government awarded Gibson the title Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. With the exhibition Ralph Gibson and Lustrum Press, 1970 — 1985, the Center for Creative Photography hopes to achieve two main objectives: to introduce Gibson’s work to new generations of students, and to educate the public about the history and importance of independent publishing in the field of fine-art photography.

About the Ralph Gibson Archive

The Center for Creative Photography’s Ralph Gibson Archive includes many hundreds of vintage and recent fine prints, as well as archival materials from 1959 to the present such as photographic materials, correspondence, biographical data, clippings, interviews, exhibition files, documentation related to published and unpublished books, and audio and video tapes. The Center presented Gibson’s early work in 1978 in an exhibition and in 1987 in issue number 24 of The Archive, its scholarly journal. Members of the public can make an appointment to study the archive in the Research Center by calling 520-621-6273.”

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Gerhard Steidl: The Making of Robert Frank’s STORYLINES

I was on the Steidl website today ( signing up for their Book Club and once completed found this link to a slide show narrated by publisher Gerhard Steidl on the experience of making the book Storylines with Robert Frank, which accompanied an exhibition of the same name held at the Tate Modern. It’s an interesting glimpse into the photobook making process at Steidl, with none other than Robert Frank.

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Atlanta Celebrates Photography: Lecture by Julian Cox This Wednesday September 19th

Julian Cox, Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will present a lecture entitled “WHAT TO LOOK FOR: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ART OF COLLECTING” this coming Wednesday, September 19th.

The lecture will be held at Davis Waldron Fine Art, 425 Peachtree Hills Road, Suite 32A in Buckhead. in Buckhead. Reception starts at 5:30, and the lecture will begin promptly at 6:30. Please RSVP to (678) 539-6116.

This event is held in conjunction with ACP 9. To download their ACP Festival Guide to upcoming events, click here.

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REVIEW LA – Registration to open tomorrow, September 18th

I have just learned that Center (formerly the Santa Fe Center for Photography) will open registration for its first-ever Review Los Angeles portfolio reviews TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18th; I do not know the time so I would plan on calling them early (MST) as reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis only. Payment plans will be available and reservations will be taken over the phone ONLY.

Review LA will be timed to coincide with Photo LA (, January 11-13th) in Santa Monica, California. Portfolio review sessions held Thursday January 10th and (morning and afternoon) and Friday January 11th (morning only).

I encourage all of you to consider the economy of being able to attend a portfolio review event AND a gallery expo on the same flight/hotel expense.

From Laura Wzorek at CENTER:

“Three Reviews are $265 for members and $285 for non-members
Six Reviews are $465/$485
Nine Reviews $595/615

People may sign up as members over the phone at the same time as registration and receive the discount.

Participants will have a chance to put their reviewer preferences into the computerized lottery system as the event approaches. Schedules will be emailed prior to the event.”

Visit Center’s website for more details, but be ready to place that call and reserve your spot at Review LA!

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Ansel Adams show at the Corcoran in DC: article by Blake Gopnik, lecture by Ric Burns

The Ansel Adams exhibition drawn from the Lane Collection that debuted at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has now traveled to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. continuing through January 27th. In yesterday’s Washington Post, Blake Gopnik wrote this interesting article on Adams: “The Viewfinder: For Ansel Adams, Nature and Technology Met at the Horizon.”

LECTURE: “Ric Burns on Ansel Adams” Thursday, September 20th, 7 p.m.
From the Corcoran website:
“Ric Burns is among the most engaging speakers I have ever heard. He not only charms an audience with entertainment but enlightens. He can translate the most complex subjects and personalities into vivid narrative. —George Polk Awards for Journalism

One of the most creative and influential documentary filmmakers working today, and 2006 Peabody Award winner, Ric Burns is a profoundly powerful storyteller. His thought-provoking and deeply poetic films have generated a devoted following over the last two decades. In honor of the exhibition Ansel Adams, Mr. Burns comes to the Corcoran to screen his Emmy-Award winning film on the artist, Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film, and discusses the impact of this important photographer.”

A note for those of you in the D.C. area – the exhibition “ANNIE LIEBOWITZ: A Photographer’s Life” will also be on view at the Corcoran from October 13 – January 13th, 2008 – tickets are on sale now.

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Book Arts! The NY ART BOOK FAIR: September 28/29/30 in Chelsea

As my readers know, I am very interested in the “artist’s book” – the small, generally hand-crafted self-produced object produced in small, limited editions that many artists choose to be their final object format, rather than the more traditional 2-dimensional flat artwork created for the wall. The collecting base for artists books is growing rapidly, hence the very existence of art book fairs, workshops and symposia on this artmaking and collecting area. Last month, 15 artists were able to attended a weekend workshop with Chris Pichler of Nazraeli Press and master printer Dave Gardner at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California; I hope they will offer this course next summer, too. Artist Susan kae Grant, who attended this course, has been teaching artists book classes for years (twice yearly at ICP) and there are many great organizations that teach book artist outside NYC such as the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Los Angeles Book Arts Center, the Seattle Center for Book Arts, the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, San Francisco Bay Area Book Arts, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Springs, Maryland and the Idaho Center for the Book are among the growing number of book arts organizations that I hope you will support.

I was able to talk with artist Raymond Meeks when in Montana last week; many of you will know his work created in support of the Native American College Fund and created in portfolio format entitled “Return of an Echo – Portfolio One” and “Return of an Echo – Portfolio Two” (2001) as well his book “Sound of Summer Running” that was published by Nazraeli in 2004 (now out of print). Currently, Raymond is making beautiful unique artist books that are a joy to behold; be sure to see them on his website and hopefully in person one day. On his website you can also read a transcript of an interview with Darius Himes published in the Photo-Eye Book List: “The Creativity of Limitations.” The experience for the viewer of these objects is personal and thoroughly engaging.

Printed Matter, one of the organizers of the NY Art Book Fair has long been the center of this contemporary book making/book collecting movement; their store and library are not to be missed (more about them at the bottom of this posting). Additionally, Center for Book Arts in NYC will be hosting an exhibition set to open in tandem with the NY Art Book Fair: “Production not Reproduction: The Influence of Off-set Printing on Artist’s Books” opening September 28th – December 8th at their facility located at 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10001 (212) 481-0295.


There are two great artists books/small press book fairs in NYC this fall, the first happening at the end of this month: The NY Art Book Fair, and the second being the 20th Annual Independent and Small Press Book Fair which will beheld December 1 & 2 in mid-town Manhattan. I’ll write more about that fair as it approaches.

From the NY Art Book Fair website:
“The annual fair of contemporary art books, art catalogues, artists’ books, art periodicals, and ‘zines offered for sale by over 120 international publishers, booksellers, and antiquarian dealers. Admission to the fair is FREE.

548 West 22nd Street (10th & 11th Aves), NYC (map)

Friday/Saturday, September 28/29, 2007, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, September 30, 2007, 11am – 5pm

Thursday, September 27, 2007, benefiting Printed Matter, Inc.
6 – 7 pm, early admission to preview
7 – 9 pm, general admission to preview

· Price on Request (early admission to preview plus
Ed Ruscha edition & David Shrigley ticket edition)
· $150 (general admission to preview plus
Josephine Meckseper edition & David Shrigley ticket edition)
· $20 (general admission plus David Shrigley ticket edition)
To purchase Benefit tickets:
Tel 212.925.0325 Fax 212.925.0464 or

Philip Aarons, AA Bronson, Skuta Helgason, Carolina Nitsch, Richard Prince, Dieter von Graffenreid, John Waters, Matthew Zucker.”

NOTE: I did not see mention of a catalogue of vendors and exhibitions on the event website, so inquire if interested.


“Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. Founded as a for-profit alternative arts space in 1976 by artists and artworkers, Printed Matter reincorporated in 1978 to become the independent non-profit organization that it is today. Originally situated in Tribeca, Printed Matter moved to SoHo in 1989 where for twelve years the book displays and artists’ projects in the large storefront windows contributed to the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the neighborhood. In 2001 Printed Matter relocated to Chelsea, where it continued to foreground the book as an alternative venue – or artistic medium – for artists’ projects and ideas. Finally, in December of 2005 Printed Matter moved into a new storefront in Chelsea with big windows and greatly increased display and exhibition space. Recognized for years as an essential voice in the increasingly diversified art world conversations and debates, Printed Matter is dedicated to the examination and interrogation of the changing role of artists’ publications in the landscape of contemporary art.

Printed Matter’s mission is to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ publications, which we define as books or other editioned publications conceived by artists as art works, or, more succinctly, as “artwork for the page.” Printed Matter specializes in publications produced in large, inexpensive editions and therefore does not deal in “book arts” or “book objects” which are often produced in smaller, more expensive editions due to the craft and labor involved in their fabrication.

To promote public awareness of and access to artists’ books, Printed Matter maintains a public reading room where over 15,000 titles by 5,000 international artists are available for viewing and purchase. In addition to being a wholesale and retail distribution hub for artists’ books, Printed Matter offers a free consulting service to libraries, art institutions, and art professionals involved with artists’ books throughout the world. Printed Matter presents a range of educational programs for the public from talks to student groups by staff members to in-store lectures and readings by artists, critics, and curators. These educational initiatives are complemented by our internationally recognized exhibitions program and by a new publishing program for emerging artists.”

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STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY: A Panel Discussion at SVA in NYC, Saturday afternoon 9/29

Stock Photography: A Panel Discussion

The BFA Photography Department and the Continuing Education Division of the School of Visual Arts invite you to the upcoming panel discussion on the topic of stock photography.

Amy Steigbigel, Director of Photography, Stills Creative Imagery Division at Getty Images will moderate the event, which includes prominent members of the stock community representing a variety of agencies:

Meredith Kamuda, Senior News Editor, Corbis
Jasmine De Foore, Photographer’s Representative, Redux Pictures
Stephanie Levine, Key Account Sales Manager, Digital Railroad
Elodie Mailliet, Director of Photography, Getty
Lynn Eskenazi, Collection Director, Jupiterimages

The aim of the discussion is to iterate both the fundamentals behind royalty-free, rights-managed, third party sales and other arcane stock matters. In addition, emphasis will be placed on conveying crucial information for photographers seeking to become more involved in the landscape of stock photography.

Saturday, September 29
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Held at the School of Visual Arts
209 East 23rd Street
Amphitheater (room 311)
New York, NY

The event is free to all SVA students and alumni who present a current ID and/or alumni card.

All others will be required to pay a $15 entrance fee at the door.

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