Archive for February, 2008

Photographer Ed Kashi Lecture/Workshop in San Francisco: February 28, March 1 & 2

Photojournalist and digital storyteller extraordinaire ED KASHI is giving a public lecture in San Francisco on February 28th at 7 p.m. hosted by the Multimedia Special Interest Group of the ASMP’s Northern California chapter, as well as a weekend workshop on March 1/2.

From the ASMP NoCal website:

“Ed Kashi is an award-winning still photographer who has expanded his scope in recent years to include multimedia. In 2006, he won the POYi Best Multimedia Feature Story or Essay award for, “The Sandwich Generation.” He co-created this sensitive and very personal piece with his wife, writer/filmmaker Julie Winokur, and collaborated with MediaStorm on the final production. Sandwich Generation is a great example of seamless integration of stills, video, and audio and Ed will probably have a lot of interesting comments about this project. Ed will also show and discuss some of his other projects and give his thoughts on some of the multimedia opportunities and pitfalls that lie ahead for the still photographer. Ed will also talk about how multimedia influences his planning and vision for new projects. Now living in New Jersey, it’s been some time since Ed has spoken in the Bay Area so we’ll be sure and leave plenty of time for audience questions too. You can see much more of Ed’s work on his website at:

Special Workshop Opportunity: Thanks to a collaboration with fotovision, on March 1-2, fotovision will offer a weekend workshop with Ed titled, “Documentary Photography and Storytelling in the Digital Age.” This workshop offers a great chance and a rare opportunity to learn from Ed Kashi in a relaxed, workshop setting. Space is limited so you’ll want to sign up soon on the fotovision website at And if fotovision is new to you, you’ll want to check out their website closely because they are a Bay Area treasure for documentary photographers.

About Ed:
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects have become the signatures of his award-winning work. Kashi’s complex imagery has been recognized for its compelling rendering of the human condition.

Born in New York City in 1957, Kashi graduated from Syracuse University in 1979 with a degree in photojournalism and has since photographed in over 60 countries. His images have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Time, MediaStorm, Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Geo, Newsweek, MSNBC.COM, and many other domestic and international publications.

Meeting Cost: $7 – ASMP members; $8 – full-time students with ID; $10 – General. (Fees used exclusively to cover MMSIG program costs)

Location: BlueSky Studios, 2325 3rd St., San Francisco CA.”

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Ann Fessler to Lecture at Simmons College in Boston: 7 p.m. on February 28

From the press release: Simmons College presents “The Girls Who Went Away,” a lecture and film screening by noted artist and author Ann Fessler, February 28th at 7 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway, in Boston. A reception will follow.

Fessler will screen her film “Along the Pale Blue River,” followed by a lecture on her work including a discussion of her book, “The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade.” In conjunction with the current gallery exhibit “Lost in Place,” the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College is hosting this special evening with Fessler.

Published by The Penguin Press in 2006, “The Girls Who Went Away” immediately garnered considerable critical praise from publications as diverse as “The Atlantic Monthly,” the “Washington Post,” the “San Francisco Chronicle,” and “People Magazine.” In 2006, the book was a finalist for the Circle Award for Nonfiction by the National Book Critics, and in 2007 it received the Media Award from the American Adoption Congress.

Fessler is the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her credits as an artist include having work in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. She resides in Rhode Island.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Simmons Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as part of the “Careers in the Liberal Arts” series.

Due to construction, parking is limited. For alternative options, visit the Simmons parking website. For more information, contact Marcia Lomedico at 617-521-2268, or visit the Trustman Art Gallery website.”



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Lauren Greenfield to Lecture at UArts in Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m. on February 27

Lauren Greenfield will be speaking in Philadelphia next week as part of the University of the Arts “Paradigm Lecture Series.”

Free and open to the public: UArts’ CBS Auditorium, Terra Building, 8th Floor, 211 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

For more information: UArts Media Arts Department (215) 717-6300

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Humble Arts: Now Accepting Proprosals for its Spring 2008 Grant for Emerging Photographers; Deadline March 3

Humble Arts Foundation is currently accepting proposals for its Spring 2008 Grant for Emerging Photographers

Humble Arts Foundation established the Grant for Emerging Photographers (GEP) in 2007 to support fine art photography projects in the U.S. and abroad.

How the GEP Works:
Given twice annually, the GEP is a $1,000 grant award that recognizes the strongest new proposal in fine art photography as submitted to Humble Arts Foundation.

Deadline: 11:59 pm, Monday, March 3, 2008

Applicants will be notified via e-mail starting the first week of April as to the status of their proposal.

Applicant Eligibility
Applications will be accepted from photographers who are at least 18 years old and do not have gallery representation.

Project Eligibility
We will fund projects that are new or ongoing.

Applicants should submit no more than one (1) proposal requesting support for one (1) project.

Review Process
Humble Arts Foundation’s senior curatorial staff will review projects for visual strength and clarity of proposal.

Submission Guidelines
You may submit up to five images. Each image must be:

Jpeg format, 72dpi, 550 pixels wide only

In addition, rename each photo with your first and last name (ex. john_doe1.jpg, john_doe2.jpg, etc). We will not consider applications with .zips files or links to your work/website.

Application Process
Your application is complete after you have completed the online application and submitted up to five images. We will not consider incomplete applications.

For questions, please send an e-mail to: or visit

amani olu
founder / director

humble arts foundation, inc.
po box 1157
old chelsea station
new york, new york 10113

p: (646) 330 1039

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New Jersey Photo Conference: Education, Portfolio Reviews and More: April 4-6, Summit, New Jersey

I just learned of an upcoming event that should be of interest to readers:

New Jersey Photography Conference: April 4-6 at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit.

See the website for list of speakers, workshop instructors, and more details; list of portfolio reviewers and procedures to be announced.

“REGISTRATION Begins February 20″

Click this link to sign up for e-information.

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Tuesday night at Aperture: Dawood Bey in conversation with Carrie Mae Weems

Dawoud Bey in discussion with Carrie Mae Weems

From the Aperture website:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
6:30 p.m.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Dawoud Bey’s teenage subjects defy stereotypes of American youths during this complicated age. For Class Pictures, an Aperture exhibition and book, Bey photographed young people from all parts of the economic, racial, and ethnic spectrum in both public and private high schools across the United States. Artists Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems will discuss Dawoud’s most recent project, Class Pictures, in honor of the exhibition on display now at the Aperture Gallery.

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Panel Discussion: “From News To Art” This Saturday in Beacon, New York

from the press release:


Saturday, February 16 at 4pm
Fovea Exhibitions, 143 Main Street, Beacon
Open to the public, free admission

“Join Robert Stevens, faculty at the School of Visual Arts and former Time Magazine photo editor, as he moderates a discussion about the journey of a photograph from news to art.

Guests include: Danielle Jackson, Magnum Photos, magazine editors and curators.
This panel discussion is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Double Blind: Lebanon Conflict 2006″ Photographs by PAOLO PELLEGRIN

EXHIBITON SHOWING THROUGH MARCH 2, 2008 at Forea Exhibitions, Beacon, New York

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Jen Bekman to Lecture at Minnesota Center for Photography on February 18

NYC-based galleriest JEN BEKMAN will be speaking next Monday at the Minnesota Center for Photography.

Monday, February 18th, 7 p.m. (free) at MCP; call (612) 824-5500 for more information.

From the MCP website:

“Jen Bekman, owner of the Jen Bekman Gallery (New York), founder of quarterly photo competition Hey Hot Shot! and the online art-lovers dream 20×200 will be speaking at the center. Description coming soon!

Jen Bekman is a gallery owner, a writer, and a native New Yorker. When prevailed upon to describe herself and detail her accomplishments, she refers to herself in the third person so as not to seem like a swell-headed bragger.

Her eponymous gallery in NYC is on the Eastern edge of Spring St, where it meets the Bowery. Jen publishes Personism, a blog about photography, design, current events and issues, along with maintaining blogs for the gallery itself: Jen Bekman news and the gallery’s quarterly photo competition, Hey, Hot Shot!. Established in 2005, Hey, Hot Shot! debuts ten new talented photographers to the public four times a year with dedicated shows at Jen Bekman Gallery. Her most recent venture is 20×200, a site that offers limited edition art prints at ridiculously affordable prices.

Propelled by a mix of curiosity, naiveté and hubris, Jen has explored numerous careers and interests. Born and raised in New York City where she attended Stuyvesant High School and later Hunter College, she’s been a switchboard operator, a jewelry designer, and dabbled in jazz publishing and producing. Her interest in writing, design, and media led her to a career directing community and editorial efforts for groundbreaking internet companies such as New York Online, Electric Minds, and Netscape. She went on to oversee Interactive Programming efforts at Disney/GO Networks. In 2000, she moved back to NYC and continued her internet career as the Chief Creative Officer at an AOL-funded streaming video company and then later at Meetup, where she was the VP of User Development.

In 2003, Jen struck out in an entirely new direction and opened her gallery. Her internet experience, integral to her PR and marketing strategy, and her fresh perspective on the art world helped the gallery quickly establish itself as an exciting, unique space with a critically acclaimed program, focusing on emerging artists and innovative group shows.

Jen and her gallery have been featured in various magazines and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, New York, The New York Post (on Page Six no less!), The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Sun, The Boston Phoenix, Metro NY, Ready Made, Dwell, The Village Voice and W; multiple online publications including Daily Candy, Manhattan Users’ Guide, Apartment Therapy, Curbed, Gawker, and Gothamist and in art-related publications including Art in America, ARTFORUM, Artnet, From the Floor, Photo District News, and Photograph.

In January of 2007, American Photo named Jen Bekman an Innovator of the Year. Jen frequently makes public appearances, participating in panels and portfolio reviews and leading seminars. She has spoken at the AIGA annual conference and participated in portfolio reviews at Review Santa Fe, Parsons, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and PhotoExpo. She recently juried the 30th Anniversary Member’s Exhibition for the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University and has participated in the Mentors Program at the School of Visual Arts (New York)for several years.

In her copious free time, Jen does some rabble-rousing and freelance writing. She is a vociferous proponent of gender diversity on speaker rosters at conferences and maintains the List of Women Speakers For Your Conference to help conference planners achieve that goal. She has also published articles and interviews in GOOD Magazine and photo-eye Booklist. “

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“Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes” Exhibition Opens This Friday at the Walker Art Center

From the Walker Art Center website:

“Because suburbia occupies a dominant presence in so many lives—a place of not only residence but also of work, commerce, worship, education, and leisure—it has become a focal point for competing interests and viewpoints. The suburbs have always been a fertile space for imagining both the best and the worst of modern social life. On the one hand, the suburbs are portrayed as a middle-class domestic utopia and on the other as a dystopic world of homogeneity and conformity. Both of these stereotypes belie a more realistic understanding of contemporary suburbia and its dynamic transformations, and how these representations and realities shape our society, influence our culture, and impact our lives.

The intention of Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes is to demonstrate how the American suburb has played a catalytic role in the creation of new art. Challenging preconceived ideas and expectations about suburbia (either pro or con), the exhibition hopes to impart a better understanding of how those ideas were formed and how they are challenged by contemporary realities. The exhibition features artwork by Gregory Crewdson, Dan Graham, Catherine Opie, and Edward Ruscha and Brian Ulrich, among others, and architectural projects by firms such as Fashion.Architecture.Taste, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, MVRDV, and Estudio Teddy Cruz.

Worlds Away will be accompanied by a 320-page, fully illustrated catalogue featuring essays and interviews which provide a revisionist and even contrarian take on the conventional wisdom surrounding American suburban life.

Curator: Andrew Blauvelt, Design Director and Curator, with Tracy Myers, Curator, Heinz Architectural Center

Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in association with the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. “

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Thomas Kellner Speaks at the Boston Athenaeum, February 14

German photographer Thomas Kellner has recently completed a commission for the Boston Athenaeum. The works, entitled “ALL SHOOK UP” are on view through April 19th. Click here for maps/directions; call for more information call (617) 227-0270.

From the Athenaeum website:

“In his Anthaeum series, Kellner’s analytical eye plays with the symmetry, the decorative patterns of ironwork and mouldings, the rhythmic alternations of white pilasters and color-filled alcoves that characterize the grand two-story rooms. The result is joyful, festive, animated, but solid. As our director Richard Wendorf writes in his introductory essay for the exhibition catalog, Kellner’s images celebrate the Athenaeum’s interior space by ‘visually lending it a kinetic energy that metaphorically invokes the intellectual and cultural vitality of the institution.”

“Kellner’s vibrant images are composed of contact sheets and the process of their assembly is painstaking. The artist sketches his subject, then makes a grid and determines the size of the final image – how many frames he will shoot across and how many up. When the shooting begins, Kellner works from right to left, from bottom to top, ‘literally building up the scene’ as Richard Wendorf says, and methodically ticking off each shot in his notebook documenting the position of the camera. Most of the Athenaeum interiors were composed on a grid eighteen frames across and twenty frames up, for a total of 360 intensly observed shots per image.”

A fully-illustrated catalog of the exhibition, with an introductory essay by Richard Wendorf, is available for purchase at the Boston Athnaeum for $20.00.

NOTE: Read the comment below from the commissioning institution for more information.

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