Archive for March 1, 2008

FILMS BY/ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHERS on the SUNDANCE CHANNEL THIS MONTH

Can’t find the complete link on the Sundance Channel of this series, but thankfully a colleague sent me the list – check out the films to be broadcast in March!

SCHEDULE:

BLACK, WHITE + GRAY: A PORTRAIT OF SAM WAGSTAFF AND ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE

Director – James Crump

During the ’70s and ’80s, two of the most influential figures in American photography were maverick photographer-provocateur Robert Mapplethorpe and his aristocratic patron and lover Sam Wagstaff. Overshadowed by the fame and notoriety of his protégé, Wagstaff receives due recognition in James Crump’s rich documentary as a visionary curator and collector whose aesthetic passions pioneered the acceptance of photography as a serious art form. Contributing reflections on the pair and their era are Patti Smith, Dominick Dunne and John Richardson.
(2007) B&W (76 mins)
FRIDAY MAR 7 8:30PM | SATURDAY MAR 8 1:30AM
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HELMUT NEWTON: MY LIFE

Director – Gero von Boehm

Helmut Newton was one of the most renowned and controversial fashion photographers of the past half-century. His shocking mix of chic decadence with haute couture changed the look of glossy magazines around the world, while earning him accusations of sexism and perversity. Shortly before his death at age 83, Newton collaborated with documentary filmmaker Gero von Boehm on this humorous and revealing biographical profile. In Monte Carlo, Los Angeles and Berlin, Newton talks about his life, influences and unquenchable obsession with photography.
(2002) Color (52 mins)
TUESDAY MAR 4 8PM | WEDNESDAY MAR 5 1:30AM | WEDNESDAY MAR 26 1:30AM
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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: THE IMPASSIONED EYE

Director – Heinz Bütler

Considered by many the greatest photographer of the 20th Century, Henri Cartier-Bresson was also notorious for not wanting to be photographed or interviewed on camera. Shortly before Cartier-Bresson’s death at age 95 in 2004, documentary filmmaker Heinz Bütler interviewed the man who defined “the decisive moment” and recorded reflections and anecdotes from a lifetime shooting images in remote locales around the globe. Supplemented by many of Cartier-Bresson’s iconic images and contributions from Arthur Miller, Isabelle Huppert and others.
(2003) Color (72 mins)
WEDNESDAY MAR 5 7PM | THURSDAY MAR 6 at MIDNIGHT | MONDAY MAR 10 6PM | FRIDAY MAR 28 12:15PM
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MUHAMMAD ALI, THE GREATEST

Director – William Klein

Ten pivotal years in the life of Muhammad Ali — from Cassius Clay’s 1964 debut as a swaggering and savvy media star to Ali’s triumph in 1974′s RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE against George Foreman in Zaire — are mesmerizingly captured in this documentary portrait by William Klein. An influential photographer and filmmaker, Klein had a trained eye for the power of the media image, and recognized Ali’s charisma and social significance early in his career. “Fascinating … riveting … Ali is always compelling, no matter what he’s doing” — The Guardian.
(1974) Color and B&W (111 mins)
WEDNESDAY MAR 5 5AM | MONDAY MAR 10 at NOON | SATURDAY MAR 15 5AM | SATURDAY MAR 22 10AM
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PETER BEARD: SCRAPBOOKS FROM AFRICA & BEYOND

Director – Guillaume Bonn
Director – Jean-Claude Luyat

Renowned for his magnificent images of Africa’s landscape and wildlife, his collage diaries and his commercial fashion shoots, photographer Peter Beard comes into focus in this documentary profile by Guillaume Bonn and Jean-Claude Luyat. Beard’s life and half-century career has been divided between remote African locales and fashionable cosmopolitan circles, where he has counted among his friends Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Francis Bacon and Mick Jagger. A rare and engrossing portrait of one of the world’s last artist-adventurers.
(1998) Color (54 mins)
THURSDAY MAR 6 7PM | FRIDAY MAR 7 at MIDNIGHT | SATURDAY MAR 15 7PM | MONDAY MAR 24 8PM
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SAVING JAZZ

Director – Leslie Woodhead

Since the 1940s, photographer Herman Leonard has created the definitive visual history of jazz, with classic images of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and hundreds of other music icons. However, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Leonard’s studio, darkroom and part of his photographic archive were badly damaged by eight feet of water. This documentary by Leslie Woodhead follows the 82-year-old photographer on his painful return home and his efforts to rebuild his life’s work. With Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett and others.
(2006) Color (58 mins)
TUESDAY MAR 4 7PM | WEDNESDAY MAR 5 12:15AM | MONDAY MAR 17 1PM | WEDNESDAY MAR 26 10AM
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STARS BY HELMUT NEWTON

Director – Julian Benedikt

As renowned for his striking portraits as for his shocking and iconoclastic fashion photography, the late Helmut Newton created a gallery of iconic images that pictorially defined the best-known supermodels, Hollywood stars and artists of the last three decades. Filmmaker Julian Benedikt explores this aspect of Newton’s career as many noted celebrities who sat before Newton’s lens — including Claudia Schiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Jodie Foster, Robert Evans, Billy Wilder, Marianne Faithful and David Lynch — reflect on Newton’s work and his legacy.
(2000) Color (58 mins)
THURSDAY MAR 6 8PM | FRIDAY MAR 7 1AM | TUESDAY MAR 25 1AM
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TIERNEY GEARON: THE MOTHER PROJECT

Director – Jack Youngelson
Director – Peter Sutherland

Documentary filmmakers Jack Youngelson and Peter Sutherland present a sympathetic profile of Tierney Gearon, an American model-turned-photographer whose surreal, vividly colored snapshots of family life became the center of a scandal when they were exhibited in London in 2001. Delving into the personal dynamics that partly inspired Gearon’s compelling images, Youngelson and Sutherland follow the photographer at work as she interacts with her children and her manic-depressive, schizophrenic mother, who figure prominently in her work.
(2006) Color (70 mins)
MONDAY MAR 3 8PM | TUESDAY MAR 4 1AM | TUESDAY MAR 18 2:45AM
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TINA BARNEY: SOCIAL STUDIES

Director – Jaci Judelson

Born into an exclusive world of wealth and privilege, photographer Tina Barney has made a career capturing America’s gentrified East Coast upper classes in revealing large-scale color portraits. Sometimes called the “Diane Arbus of the rich,” Barney herself is profiled in this documentary portrait by filmmaker Jaci Judelson. Cameras follow Barney while engaged in a new project: a series of images capturing the lives of Europe’s aristocrats, at home in their lavish city apartments, partying and at their country estates.
(2005) Color (56 mins)
MONDAY MAR 3 7PM | TUESDAY MAR 4 at MIDNIGHT | SATURDAY MAR 8 11AM | SUNDAY MAR 9 3AM | FRIDAY MAR 14 7PM
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TINA IN MEXICO

Director – Brenda Longfellow

Pioneering photographer, silent-film star, model, muse to artists and writers, revolutionary — the tempestuous life of Tina Modotti (1896 – 1942) could easily be confused with a novelist’s creation. Documentary filmmaker Brenda Longfellow tells the story of Tina’s time in Mexico, where she was Edward Weston’s assistant and lover, modeled for Diego Rivera, became passionately involved in leftist causes and created some of the most beautiful and iconic photographs of the 20th century. “Graceful and elegiac” — Toronto Globe and Mail.
(2003) B&W (77 mins)
FRIDAY MAR 7 7PM | SATURDAY MAR 8 at MIDNIGHT | MONDAY MAR 17 1:30AM
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WILLIAM EGGLESTON IN THE REAL WORLD

Director – Michael Almereyda

During the past three decades, William Eggleston has emerged as one of America’s most influential photographers. Critically celebrated for his color images of seemingly banal subjects, and hailed by some as the heir to Walker Evans’s artistic muse, the laconic and reclusive Memphis native receives a surprisingly intimate examination from filmmaker Michael Almereyda (NADJA and 2000’s HAMELT starring Ethan Hawke.) Almereyda presents a rare cinematic encounter, in which one artist salutes another. “Subtle, elegant” – Village Voice.
(2005) Color (84 mins)
WEDNESDAY MAR 5 8:15PM | THURSDAY MAR 6 1:15AM
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Leica European Publishers Award for Photography: Deadline March 21

From the link on Dewi Lewis Publishing’s website:

The Leica European Publishers Award for Photography is a major initiative to encourage the publication of contemporary photography.

Open to photographers world-wide, the competition is a unique collaboration between seven European Publishers – Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Edition Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editores (Spain), Mets & Schilt (The Netherlands) and Peliti Associati (Italy).

The competition requires the submission of a substantial, completed and unpublished photographic book project. The winning project is then published in book form simultaneously by each of the publishers in their own country resulting in perhaps the most extensive cultural collaboration currently existing in Europe.”

I encourage you to look at the work of previous winners on the site, which includes the first books by such artists as Bruce Gilden and Simon Norfolk, among many others.

Read the guidelines thoroughly, and if your body of work is ready for publication, apply by March 21st. You can download the application form from Dewi’s site.

NOTE: Publisher Dewi Lewis will be participating on a panel coordinated by Darius Himes on March 16 in Houston, as part of the FotoFest programming. For more information and to register for this one-day seminar on publishing photobooks today, click here.

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Sam Abell Lectures at College of DuPage, Illinois on March 6th at 7 p.m.

Photographer SAM ABELL will be speaking at the College of DuPage; this event is open to the public. If you have not had the chance to hear Sam speak, don’t miss this opportunity!

From the COD event website:

“Sam Abell’s thirty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography. He has pursued his goals primarily through his lengthy, in-depth coverages for National Geographic magazine and its Book Division. At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher, and author.

He has applied himself, particularly, to the photography of cultural landscape: He explores ways in which places can be purely recorded, with images simultaneously shaped by the photographer’s imagination.

In addition, he has maintained a personal black-and-white photographic diary that documents the life behind the artistic process. In 1990 Mr. Abell’s work was the subject of a one-man exhibition at the International Center of Photography, New York City. A companion book, Stay This Moment, was published at that time.

In addition to his photography Mr. Abell is a member of the board of directors of the Santa Fe Center For Photography, the George Eastman House, and the University of Virginia Art Museum. In 2002 he collaborated with Leah Bendavid-Val on a retrospective of his life and work titled Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, published by Rizzoli (read article in Digital Journalist here). He is also the author of the book Seeing Gardens, published by Random House in 2001.”

FOR DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS, visit the website for the event.

This event is hosted by the College of DuPage Photography program and presented by Canon’s Explorers of Light.

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MARCH: MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY in DENVER

Today begins the “Month of Photography” in Denver.

Click here to get an overview of the event, and here to view a complete listings and detailed event information.

What a wonderful event! And those of you attending the upcoming National SPE Conference, make time to take in all that is happening!

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Aaron Siskind Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

The Aaron Siskind Foundation has announced the winners of the 2007 Individual Photographer’s Fellowships. From the website:

Recipients:
Hannah Smith Allen, Brooklyn, NY
Victor Cobo, San Rafael, CA
Jon Edwards, South Freeport, ME
Jason Horowitz, Arlington, VA
Sally Grizzell Larson, Collegeville, PA
Penelope Umbrico, Brooklyn, NY

Congratulations to all!

Judges:
David Levi Strauss Chair, MFA Art Criticism & Writing, School of Visual Arts
Katherine Ware, Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Randy West, Director of Operations, MFA Photography, Video & Related Media, School of Visual Arts

NOTE: Jon Edward‘s words and photographs are featured in the January/February 2008 issue of Orion Magazine, and an expanded portfolio of “Weeder” is featured on Orion’s website. This is a professional relationship that began when Edwards attended the 2007 OUR WORLD juried portfolio review event sponsored by PhotoAlliance. Another great example of the value of investing in attending and following up with those you meet at portfolio review events!

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