Archive for January, 2008

Lange-Taylor Documentary Prize: Deadline January 28th (Postmark)

From the Center for Documentary Studies:

“The year 2008 marks the eighteenth anniversary of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor documentary prize, a $20,000 award given annually by the Center for Documentary Studies. First announced a year after the Center’s founding at Duke University, the prize was created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. In 1941 Lange and Taylor published An American Exodus, a book that renders human experience eloquently in text and images and remains a seminar work in documentary studies. The Lange-Taylor Prize honors their important collaborative work.

The Lange-Taylor Prize is offered to a writer and a photographer in the early stages of a documentary project. By encouraging such collaborative efforts, the Center for Documentary Studies supports the documentary process in which writers and photographers work together to record the human story.”

To read the submission guidelines, click here.

To view the important work of previous winners, click here.

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SHOTS MAGAZINE: Portraits, Deadline February 1

SHOTS MAGAZINE, now in its 21st year, is calling for images themed “PORTRAITS” for its issue #99, Spring 2008 issue.

The deadline for receipt of images to be considered is February 1, click here for “Submittal Guidelines.”

Good luck!

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NYT Reviews Newest ICP Exhibition “Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art”

NYT Critic Holland Cotter wrote a feature for the Time yesterday on the new International Center or Photography exhibition; click here to read it.

From the ICP website:

“Organized by renowned scholar and ICP Adjunct Curator Okwui Enwezor, Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art will present works by leading contemporary artists who use archival documents to rethink the meaning of identity, history, memory, and loss. Over the past thirty years, successive generations have taken wide-ranging approaches to the photographic and filmic archive. The works presented here take many forms, including physical archives arranged by peculiar cataloguing methods, imagined biographies of fictitious persons, collections of found and anonymous photographs, film versions of photographic albums, and photomontages composed of historical photographs. These images have a wide-ranging subject matter yet are linked by the artists’ shared meditation on photography and film as the quintessential media of the archive.”

Artists featured in this exhibition:

Christian Boltanski, Tacita Dean, Stan Douglas, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jef Geys, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Craigie Horsfield, Lamia Joreige, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Ilán Lieberman, Glenn Ligon, Robert Morris, Walid Raad, Thomas Ruff, Anri Sala, Fazal Sheikh, Lorna Simpson, Eyal Sivan, Vivan Sundaram, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbona, Andy Warhol (note: active artist’s links found here).

The exhibition catalogue is due later this month. This interesting exhibition is on view through May 4th.

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Debate on NYT BITS Blog Discusses Fair Use of Content

Recently on the New York Times’ BITS Blog (Business Innovations Technology Socity) there’s an interesting and informative “BITS Debate: Mixing It Up Over Remixes and Fair Use” by Saul Hansel. Worth a read. Now that Apple has announced that its iTunes will offer rental of commercially released films, the discussions regarding content distribution vial multiple platforms, and what are the rights and fees owed to creators, are ramping up.

It is more important than ever to keep current on industry guidelines on protecting your original content; two of the important photography organizations readers should be aware of are Editorial Photo and it’s COPYRIGHT resource section, and American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP) and it’s Copyright Tutorial

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Susan kae Grant’s “NIGHT JOURNEY” Exhibition at the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography; Artist’s Lecture on 2/19

From the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography website:

Susan kae Grant’s long-term project “NIGHT JOURNEY” is on view at the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography, January 19 – March 16, 2008

Photographic visualizations based on personal dream researches.

52/56 Avenue A at Second Street, Downtown Turners Falls, Massachusetts

About Night Journeys & Susan kae Grant
“Night Journeys” embodies the collaboration of artistic creativity and sleep laboratory methodology in the exploration of REM sleep, memory, and the unconscious. The work is composed of a series of intriguingly haunting large-scale images that recreate the fragmented and multi sensorial experience of dreaming. The inspiration for the project came from the artist’s desire to conduct an inquiry into the subconscious, which led to her experiences sleeping as a subject in a sleep laboratory.

To produce the work, Grant collaborated with John Herman, PhD, at the sleep research laboratory of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. To access unconscious visual memory, Grant used herself as subject and was digitally monitored and awakened from REM sleep and then interrogated by trained technicians. Grant used the tapes of these narrative interviews as inspiration to create the imagery for the series.

The shadow gestures depicted in the images suggest a fragmented narrative as they shift in and out of focus signifying the impermanent quality of the dream-state. To create the gestures and narratives inspired by the dream recordings, Grant photographs shadows of models and props in her studio.

The Night Journeys series examines the perceptual and psychological aspects of the dream-state and provides a pictorial access to the unconscious. It raises universal questions among viewers and re-creates an unexplainable experience all humans share.

Susan kae Grant resides and maintains her studio in Dallas, Texas. She was awarded an MFA in Photography and Book Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has been a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman’s University for many years.

Ms. Grant has also lectured internationally at museums and galleries, as well as teaching at the International Center for Photography, New York. The Society for Photographic Education has twice presented her with awards for teaching excellence, as has The Santa Fe Center for Photography.

Susan has exhibited her photographic work in Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa and Japan, in addition to many venues in the U.S. She was recently honored with a thirty-year retrospective exhibition in Dallas, Texas. Her work may be found in many collections including: J. Paul Getty Museum, New York Public Library, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, George Eastman House and The Victoria and Albert Museum National Library.

Night Journeys will be the Inaugural Exhibition in Hallmark Museum’s new gallery facilities at 52/56 Avenue A at the corner of 2nd Street.”

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Elliott Erwitt Lecture at Center for Creative Photography, January 25th

Center for Creative Photography Artist’s Talk with Elliott Erwitt
Photographer Elliott Erwitt will discuss highlights from his 60-year career in a public lecture at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona (Tucson); the talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25th in the auditorium at the CCP.

Erwitt, a long time member of Magnum Photos, is well known for his black and white candid images of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings. Click here to read a recent article on Erwitt in the Telegraph.

This lecture is co-sponsored by Etherton Gallery, 135 South Sixth Avenue in Tucson, which will open an exhibition of Erwitt’s photographs on Saturday, January 26th, along with the work of Alex Webb and Scott B. Davis.

Center for Creative Photography Lecture information: (520) 621-7968

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Blue Earth Alliance Call For Projects: Deadline January 21

The deadline for Blue Earth Alliance project proposals is rapidly approaching. From the website:

Blue Earth Alliance sponsors photography projects that educate public about threatened cultures, endangered environments and other social concerns. If your project meets this mission, you are invited to apply for sponsorship. We accept submissions trice a year, and the next deadline is January 21st. Review eligibility and application guidelines here.

I encourage all of you to view the outstanding work of current SPONSORED PHOTOGRAPHERS here.

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