Archive for October, 2007

Student Scholarships Offered to attend 2008 NANPA Conference

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is again providing an opportunity for up to ten college students to attend NANPA’s Fourteenth Annual Nature Photography Summit in Destin, FL from February 26-March 2, 2008.

Students qualify for scholarships via an application process which includes a portfolio submission. Applicants must be full-time students at a two or four year college, university or trade school and be at least 18 years of age by December 31, 2007.

A major in art or photography is not required, but, since students are applying to attend a nature photography summit, it is helpful if they demonstrate their interest and skill in nature photography.

The deadline for applications is November 12, 2007.

At the Destin, Florida, Summit, students will be treated to a pre-summit photo field trip, daily sessions with professionals, portfolio reviews, time with keynote speakers and the opportunity to interact with mentors throughout the conference. The scholarship students will also be given the opportunity to explore and apply for a variety of photography internships.

NANPA is an international nature photography organization whose mission is to provide education, foster professional and ethical conduct, gather and disseminate information, and to develop standards for all persons interested in the field of nature photography.

NANPA also promotes nature photography as an art form and a medium of communication for the sciences, nature appreciation and environmental protection.

For more information on the College Summit Scholarship Program, go to and select “scholarships” from the index.

Students interested in receiving a $1000 grant to a two or four year photography program may go to and select the “Janie Moore Greene Scholarship” for details.

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PhotoNOLA: A Month of Photography; Registration OPENS for Portfolio Reviews

From the press release:

“The New Orleans Photo Alliance, in conjunction with museums, galleries and photographers citywide, presents the Second Annual PhotoNOLA: A Month of Photography in New Orleans. Throughout the month of December there will be exhibitions, gallery talks, portfolio reviews, a street fair, lectures, panel discussions and workshops, all celebrating the art of photography.

“The creative community of New Orleans continues to send its beacon of light to the world. The New Orleans Photo Alliance is a remarkable group of photographers pushing forward and outward with the Second Annual PhotoNOLA – a great month of quality fine art photography events in New Orleans” said Joshua Mann Pailet, owner of A Gallery for Fine Photography and New Orleans Photo Alliance Board Member. “The diverse palette of events is worthy of a visit and partaking in this rich cultural city in December 2007.”

Ø The festivities kick off on Friday, November 30th with a Gala & Print Auction at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Annex, featuring work by Maggie Taylor, Chris Jordan, Dave Anderson, Hiroshi Watanabe, Keith Carter and others.

Ø Event highlights include Portfolio Reviews on Dec 1st & 2nd, with a national cast of gallerists, curators and editors from throughout the U.S. serving as reviewers, including Clint Willour, Director and Curator of the Galveston Arts Center in Texas; Nadja Masri, NY Bureau Chief of GEO Magazine; and Rick Hock, Director of Exhibitions at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

Click here to learn more about the Portfolio Reviews; and click here to register. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is OPEN!

Ø Workshops and public slide presentations by artists Chris Jordan and Keith Carter are scheduled for the first and second weekends, respectively.

Ø Coordinated gallery openings on Saturday, Dec 1st and Dec 8th will showcase some great contemporary photography, including work by Debbie Fleming Caffery, Robert Polidori, Josephine Sacabo and Louviere+Vanessa.

Ø Another much anticipated event is PhotoNOMA on Wednesday December 5th, where 100 photographers will display their portfolios for a community walk through at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Ø On Thursday, Dec 6th Joshua Mann Pailet will give a free public lecture, The Art of Business – Collectors, Collectibles, Cache and Clichés at the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Ø Saturday, Dec 8th brings the PhotoNOLA French Quarter Day, with a series of events to include a book publishing panel discussion hosted by the Louisiana State Museum including Sandra Russell Clark, David Rae Morris, Richard Sexton and others; a presentation on the work and life of Clarence John Laughlin at the Historic New Orleans Collection; and a book signing and reception at A Gallery for Fine Photography.

Ø For holiday fun, the Alliance will host its first Photo Alliance Street Fair on Saturday, Dec 15th in the 1100 block of St. Mary Street. Additional gallery talks, panel discussions and workshops will be offered throughout the month for those interested in learning more about the photographic arts.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is an artist-run nonprofit, which formed after Hurricane Katrina to showcase and celebrate photographic arts. This December, the Alliance is proud to present its first solo show, “Soldier Portraits,” by Savannah artist Ellen Susan, who uses the archaic wet plate collodion process to create haunting photographs of Iraq War soldiers. The exhibition will open on Saturday, Dec1 at the Alliance’s new 1111 St. Mary Street gallery and run through Jan 22. Ellen Susan will present a gallery talk about her work on Sunday, Dec 2 at 6pm.

For additional information on PhotoNola or The New Orleans Photo Alliance visit or For questions, complete exhibitions & calendar listings or image requests please contact”

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Boston: Lauren Shaw at Emerson, Opening Reception This Thursday, October 18 6-8 p.m.

Photographer Lauren Shaw began a 10-year oddessy intended to be an exhibition and a companion publication. During that span of time, however, the tools to capture audio and video become more accessible, both in portability, and affordability. She returned to the subjects in her project and produced and accompanying video that travels with the print exhibition and independently to film festivals. She, along with others such as Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur, were early to adding a multimedia component to their work, honoring their subjects by bringing their voices to a much larger audience.

Emerson College will be presenting both the exhibition and the film “Maine Women Living on the Land” through November 14th. Lauren Shaw will be present at the reception this Thursday at te Huret & Spector Gallery, 10 Boylston Place, 6th Floor.

From the Press Release:
“The women of Maine – including a blueberry farmer, a business owner, a herbalist, and a State Representative – are captured in a new exhibition at Emerson College’s Huret and Spector Gallery. Maine Women: Living on the Land is acclaimed photographer Lauren Shaw’s documentary photography series.

Maine Women: Living on the Land features ten Maine women that have lived most of their lives on the land either by producing goods or building a community. “The show not only celebrates the tenacity and integrity of these ten women, but also those individuals that have lived their life in a similar fashion,” declares Lauren Shaw. Her black and white photographic installation also includes a video documentary as well as a series of triptychs that marry photographs with topographical maps of the area.

New England photographer Lauren Shaw has been spending the past twenty-six years in Maine as a part time resident. The exhibition began to take shape in 1996 when Shaw decided to start documenting women in Maine in attempt to understand the community.

Shaw’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and included in nationally known photography collections such as the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Getty Museum. She is currently an associate professor and the head of the photography program in the Department of Visual And Media Arts, where she has taught since 1972.”

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“Seeing and Being Seen” Panel Discussion in NYC this Wednesday 10/17 at 7 p.m.

from the Aperture Events website:

Seeing and Being Seen
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
7:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Held at The New School, Tischman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street (just east of 6th Avenue) 212 229-5353

“This panel highlights artists who collaborate with teens to explore adolescent identity, how young photographers approach their own representation, and the ways in which these dovetail and differ. Panelists include Dawoud Bey, who will reference work from his recent book Class Pictures (Aperture, October 2007), photographer Wendy Ewald, who develops work from images young people make of themselves, and teens involved in the Expanding the Walls program at the Studio Museum in Harlem, who will provide insight into the use of photography to address their own identity, culture, and environment. The panel will be moderated by Phyllis Thompson, a former editor at Aperture Foundation and a scholar specializing in representations of the family and intimacy who now teaches at Harvard. Other artists will join in the discussion.”

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Editorial Photo (“EP”) Free Business Seminar at SVA in NYC: Wednesday October 17th, 12-3 p.m.

A great two-part seminar will be offered in NYC next Wednesday for those of you nearby or heading east for PhotoPlus Expo, as I am!

From the EP website:
Date: Wednesday, October 17th
Time: 12pm-2:50pm
Location: School of Visual Arts – Room 101C
Address: 132 West 21st Street (between 6th & 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
Price: Free (yea, we knew you’d like that one…)
Sponsored by Editorial Photographers

Getting the Job: Marketing and Self-Promotion

Speaker: Pat Harbron
Patrick Harbron started his career music photographing the major stars of rock and roll for album covers, concert tours, books and magazines. Patrick’s work grew beyond music to become a unique kind of portraiture. His work now appears in magazines, advertising,film, annual reports and books. His clients include Rolling Stone, Time, Forbes, People, Business Week, New York, Discover, Money, Boston and many others. His imaginative style of photography is well suited to advertising and design for whom he has created ads for Apple Computer, Home Box Office, IBM, American Express, GTE, AT&T, Showtime, ABC, FX Network, NBC and Disney Films.
Patrick has produced three books of photography published by The Bantam Dell Publishing. Recognition for his work includes numerous awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, Society of Publication Design, How Design, The Art Director’s Club of Canada, PX3, The Lucie Awards and Print. His work has been exhibited in group collections and three solo shows, most recently, ‘Desert Sea Shores – Views Of The Salton Sea’.
Patrick is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography in New York City and he lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. His work can be seen at

To be followed by:
The Art and Commerce of Editorial Photography

Speaker: Brian Smith
Despite rumors to the contrary, the death of magazine photography has been greatly exaggerated. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith, President of Editorial Photographers, will discuss how to maximize the creative and commercial rewards while avoiding bad contracts, stagnant rates and rights-gobbling appetites of multinational media corporations. He remains a firm believer that editorial photography can remain financially viable provided photographers retain unencumbered re-licensing and reprint rights to their photos, Smith will reveal what it takes to make a living in editorial and what it takes to get and keep the attention of photo editors and art directors at top magazines and how production value can make your work stand out, citing examples of production involved in big and small, medium and large editorial shoots.
He will discuss the need to charge properly for the time and expense of digital capture and processing and why photographers and agencies may be to blame for unreasonably low caps that some magazines that some magazines have placed on digital fees. Photographers, when united, have been able to affect positive change to the industry for fair contracts paying higher fees and space usage and how photographers unwilling to turn down bad deals can send it all tumbling down.
Smith’s first magazine photograph appeared in Life Magazine when he was a 20 year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later he won the Pulitzer for photographs of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Based in Miami Beach, his work has won awards in World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year and Communication Arts Competitions and appears regularly in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Time, Forbes, Business Week and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His corporate clients include the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, Kraft, Nabisco, TNT and NBC. His work can be seen at:

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Upcoming Events: Rania Matar speaks 10/14 at the Griffin Museum

This Sunday, October 14th, photographer Rania Matar will be speaking at the Griffin Museum in Winchester (near Boston).

From the Griffin e-newsletter:

“Sunday, October 14, 3:00 PM Senior Sunday with photographer Rania Matar
Rania Matar has traveled widely in the Middle East, photographing street scenes in Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. Her work focuses mainly on women and children and her recent projects – which examine the Palestinian refugee camps, the veil and its meanings, and the aftermath of war – give a voice to people who have been forgotten or misunderstood.

Admission is FREE. The event is for seniors and their friends. Any area senior needing a ride to the event can call the museum at (781) 729-1158.”

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JoAnn Verberg Lecture at MoMA: Monday, October 22nd

Artist JoAnn Verberg will be speaking at MoMA on 10/22 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with her exhibition “Present Tense” which remains on view through November 5th, 2007.

From MoMA’s website:

“Present Tense: A Lecture by JoAnn Verburg
The Celeste Bartos Theater, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

JoAnn Verburg speaks about her photographs, which include composed and “found” still lifes, portraits, and landscapes. Afterwards, Susan Kismaric, Curator, Department of Photography, and organizer of the exhibition, moderates a discussion.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg

Tickets ($10; members $8; students, seniors, and staff of other museums $5) can be purchased at the lobby information desk, the Film desk, or online via Ticketweb.

This exhibition of approximately sixty photographs will survey the twenty-five-year career of American photographer JoAnn Verburg (b. 1950), who often works in simultaneous series of different subjects–composed and “found” still lifes, portraits, and landscapes. Verburg slowly explores these subjects’ pictorial possibilities. Her methodical process includes the use of diptychs and triptychs that demonstrate how the content of a picture can be enriched by using more than one photograph at a time, while maintaining coherence through the close formal and referential relationship of individual exposures. Verburg’s use of a 5 x 7-inch-format camera and a radiant color palette make her photographs pleasurable balancing acts that describe the sensuality and physicality of her subjects, and capture those spaces and moments suspended in the reverie that precedes action.
The exhibition is organized by Susan Kismaric, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, and is accompanied by a catalogue. The exhibition is supported in part by Monini Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Special thanks to Pictura Graphics.”

Visit this link on to read an interview with Ms. Kismaric on the work of Ms. Verberg.

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Alexandra Boulet, VII Photojournalist 1962-2007

Today I received the sad news that Alexandra Boulet had died. She suffered a brain aneurysm in June and fell into a coma, from which she never emerged. She was an amazing photographer, working to bring the stories of the underserved to light. At the most recent VII seminar in Pasadena, it was such an amazing experience listening to Alexandra speak about the experience of traveling for two months under the the veil of a burka among the women of Afghanistan as they were preparing to vote for the first time. You can see this work under the “Features” section of the VII site; it is part of a series she was working on called “Women of the Axis.” She told us she had put the burka on at the airport, and taken it off two months later, and how she came to understood their comfort some of the women felt with choosing to continue to wear it; she told us how felt ‘exposed’ when removing it to return to the western world. The work she did on that project was amazing; no one could have lived among the women and captured their spirit as Alex did.

Check out this link to her National Geographic image/audio piece “Diary of a War” that she shot from January to May 2003. Another amazing piece: click here to view a Time magazine multimedia piece on “Capturing Gaza’s Hell.”
Add to these links the recent VII seminar in London within which Alexandra is reported to have share this: “Alexandra Boulet revealed that her father, himself a photographer, had spent 10 years trying to dissuade her from taking up the profession. He had called it “a rotten piece of wood”. That was twenty years ago, and she has since gone on to cover the wars in Yugoslavia and Iraq, the fall of the Taliban and the condition of women in the Islamic world − winning numerous awards in the process.”

I encourage you to visit the VII site and see the warm tribute her colleagues have posted, as well as read the NYT obituary, from with you will learn that her parents gave her the gift of photography which she in turn gave to all of us.

Her work will live on but oh how we will miss her.

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Fall is the time the Society for Photographic Education holds its Regional Conferences. Check out these events – come and be inspired by the work of your peers! Most have portfolio sharing if not portfolio reviews as well. I love these conferences – generally about 100-200 people, great networking scale. And the list of speakers below is impressive.

I am participating in my region’s conference (joint effort this year with the Southwest and the Western Regionals combining forces in Tucson) and urge you to do the same. I can’t wait to hear my colleagues present, and see their latest work. Try to attend your Regional!

For complete details, visit the national office website and click on REGIONS. There is a map showing you which states are assigned to which SPE Region.

In order of upcoming events:

October 11-14
Theme: A Place Called Home
Hosted by Savannah College of Art and Design
Speakers include Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Zig Jackson and Sam Wang

October 18-20
Hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington (Dallas area).
Theme: none stated on website.

November 2 & 3, hosted by the Center for Photography at Woodstock
Theme: HOMELAND: Borders and Boundaries
Speakers include David Levi Strauss, Wendy Ewald and Trevor Paglen

November 8-11
Hosted by the University of Michigan (Flint)
Theme: A River Runs Through Us: Engaged Documentary Practice
Speakers include Rebecca Solnit, Edward Burtynsky and John Ganis

November 15-19
Hosted by the University of Arizona (Tucson)
Speakers include Keith Carter, Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe

Note: the SPE National Conference is being held in Denver, Colorado on March 13-16, 2008.
“AGENTS OF CHANGE: ART AND ADVOCACY” is the theme. Watch the website for details.

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Arts Funding Month at the Foundation Center Offices: New York, Washington DC, Cleveland, Atlanta, San Francisco and

From the Arts Watch e-newsletter from the Foundation Center:

To coincide with National Arts and Humanities Month 2007, the Foundation Center is focusing on arts funding throughout October at its library/learning centers in New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, and San Francisco. This symbol on each library’s calendar signifies a program dedicated to arts funding. Among the noteworthy events planned are a panel on attracting celebrities to your cause in New York, an arts resource fair in Atlanta, a series of “Coffee and Conversations” with grantmakers in Cleveland, and a “Reality Grantmaking” program in San Francisco. In addition, Philanthropy News Digest will publish special arts-related features, including an interview with Ruby Lerner, the president of Creative Capital. So check PND and the calendar for the library nearest you for offerings throughout October.”

Visit the home page of the Foundation Center, click on Locations to find details of educational events in each of these cities during October and beyond.

If you are not based in one of these cities, scroll down and click on COOPERATING COLLECTIONS to find an affiliate organization in your home state. The resources are invaluable.

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