Archive for January, 2008

Photographer Judy Linn Lectures at SVA, February 5th

Sponsored by the Camera Club of New York, photographer Judy Linn will speak on Tuesday, February 5th, 7 p.m. at the School of Visual Arts Auditorium, 209 East 23rd Street between 2nd/3rd Avenues.

From the CCNY website:

“In a quest to be ‘extremely obvious’ photographer Judy Linn gathers images from her world hoping to create two-dimensional arrangements of shapes on paper that are as lively and interesting as the three-dimensional world trapped inside. Described as ‘modest, quirky, and offhandedly shrewd’ Linn’s pictures ask us to take a good, hard look at the increasingly visual world around us.

Of her photography Linn writes, ‘I want a photograph that makes me aware of what is physically in front of me, a photograph that gives me the pleasure of getting lost. It is like asking yourself a joke: not really knowing what the answer is, giving up, and then seeing the punch line and really laughing.’

Judy Linn has been working as a photographer for over 30 years. She is perhaps best known for pictures made of her friends and colleagues Patti Smith (above) and Robert Mapplethorpe, among others. Her photos have been included in group and solo shows throughout the world including exhibitions at PS1, White Columns, and at the 1995 Whitney Biennial. Linn is represented by Feature Inc. who held a critically acclaimed exhibition of her work in 2007. A graduate of Pratt Institute, she has taught at SVA, NYU,-Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and is currently on the faculty of the Vassar College, Department of Art.

The Camera Club of New York is a not-for-profit arts orgnaization with a commitment to the field of photography since 1884. In addition to classes, 24-hour acess to black & white color darkrooms, and a shooting studio, the Camera Club of New York is a sharing community of passionate, aspiring, professional, and seasoned photographers. Join us! For more information, call 212-260-9927 or visit cameraclubofnewyork.org

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Tod Papageorge Talk and Book Signing at Aperture on February 5th

From the Aperture Website:

On February 5th at 6:30 p.m., Tod Papageorge will discuss the coolly observational yet intensely engaging work featured in his new Aperture monograph American Sports, 1970 or How We Spent The War in Vietnam. These remarkable images, taken over the course of a watershed year for popular opinion against the war, draw a subtle but sharp parallel between the war in Vietnam and the American attitude toward spectator sports during a time of conflict.

Book Synopsis
Coolly observational yet intensely engaging, American Sports, 1970 draws a subtle but sharp parallel between the war in Vietnam and the American attitude toward spectator sports during a time of conflict.

In 1970, a watershed year for popular opinion against the war, Tod Papageorge was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation grant. His ostensible subject—sports and its role in American life—quickly became charged with the political, racial, and sexual conflicts ignited by the war. Picture after picture is electric with disquiet: military men in uniform parading on the field or relaxing in the stands; cheerleaders rehearsing under the eyes of police; a couple sprawled and embracing in the debris of the Indianapolis 500; and hundreds of fans, drawn in unsettling group portraits, at various stadiums and in the stands of many classic American sporting events.

Tuesday, February 5th at the Aperture Gallery

547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York City

(212) 505-5555

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“The Capa Cache” Article on Previously Unseen Robert Capa Negatives in Today’s NY Time

Randy Kennedy’s cover story for the Art section in today’s New York Times reveals that a group of negatives shot by Gerda Taro and Robert Capa have recently been found: “Thousands of negatives of photographs taken by Robert Capa during the Spanish Civil War, long thought to be lost forever, have resurfaced.”

Click this link to read the story, this link to see an interactive feature “Images of History, Recovered” which allows you to zoom in on one of the boxes that housed the negatives, and this last link to view a slide show and commentary on this interesting discovery.

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Winners of the PIEA Student-Teacher Photo Competition to be exhibited at PMA Las Vegas

The Photo Imaging Educators Association (PIEA), a section of the Photo Marketing Association International (PMAI) has posted the winning images from their 2008 annual competition; click here to view the winning images. The 2008 Exhibition will be on view at the annual PMAI show in Las Vegas this coming week. Judges for this year’s competition included Barbara Bridgers-Johnson, General Manager for Imaging and Photograph at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Roy Flukinger, Research Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin and Rich Clarkson, past-president of the National Press Photographer’s Association and a Trustee of the W. Eugene Smith Foundation among other professional activities.

This year’s juried exhibition boasts 81 sponsors, $159,733 in prize money and exceptional winning works.

Click here to view the itinerary for the 2007 Exhibition’s tour and consider bringing the 2008 exhibition to your school!

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Library of Congress Uploads Two Archives to Flickr

I’m preparing for my upcoming presentation (‘Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow) to the Photo Imaging Educators Association (PIEA) at the massive Photo Marketing Association International (PMAI) trade show in Las Vegas. When opening the home page for PMAI this morning, I found this interesting news brief:

The Library of Congress posts two photo archives on Flickr
“The Library of Congress uploaded a couple photo archives to Flickr, a popular Internet photo sharing website. The photo archive includes thousands of historical photographs. Many are already on the library’s own website, but it hopes the public will help them tag, or label, the photos on Flickr for easier accessibility.
Flickr discussed the new partnership with the Library of Congress, called The Commons pilot project, in its blog. The Library of Congress has an huge photo catalog, containing more than 1 million photos, and has chosen about 1,500 photos each from two of its more popular collections to show on Flickr.
Members of Flickr or non-members, too, can view the 1930-40s in Color photo collection or the News in the 1910s photo collection. Only Flickr members can help tag the photos or make comments on the photos.
“There are two main aims to The Commons project, starting with the pilot: firstly, to increase exposure to the amazing content currently held in the public collections of civic institutions around the world, and secondly, to facilitate the collection of general knowledge about these collections, with the hope that this information can feed back into the catalogues, making them richer and easier to search,” said the Flickr blog posting “Many hands make the work light.
The Library of Congress team has also blogged about the project and NPR interviewed the Library of Congress on Monday (January 21st, 2008) during its “Morning Edition” show, available online.”

Intro: The Library of Congress is uploading a photo archive to Flickr, a popular Internet photo-sharing Web site. The photo archive includes thousands of historical photographs. Many are already on the library’s own Web site, but it hopes the public will help them label the photos on Flickr for easier accessibility.”

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NY REGIONAL PORTFOLIO REVIEWS at CPW February 9th (Rescheduled)

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is offering portfolio reviews for this group of eligible photographers; from their event listing on their website:

This event is open to anyone working within the photographic arts including film, digital, video, and photo-based installation and sculpture who reside full-time in one of the following New York State counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, and Washington. (Proof of residency is required.)

The deadline for registration is FEBRUARY 1.

See the website for complete details.


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BRAINWAVE: “Entertainment, Education and Enlightenment from January to June”

Today’s email brought SVA.edu‘s “Visual Arts Brief” noting upcoming lectures at the school (subscribe here), indicating the first of the spring’s ART IN THE FIRST PERSON event as follows:

“For the spring 2008 semester, SVA is presenting its second Art in the First Person (AFP) lecture series. AFP kicks off on Tuesday, January 29, with a talk by Susana Martinez-Conde, a research scientist at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, who studies optical illusions; the lecture begins at 6:30pm at 133/141 West 21st Street, room 101C. (This event, along with other select AFP lectures, is co-sponsored by the Brainwave festival.)”

I followed the Brainwave link to find this interesting series of events:

BRAINWAVE asks how art, music, and meditation affect the brain and offers countless answers in more than a hundred public events, ranging from an exhibition of contemporary art and a cinema series to cutting-edge concerts, performances, talks, and panels.

This “only in New York” cultural festival is organized by six New York institutions: Rubin Museum of Art, Exit Art, Science & the Arts at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, The Philoctetes Center at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and the School of Visual Arts, in association with the Public Programs/American Museum of Natural History.”

Check this out! An interesting blend of art and science.

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