Archive for October, 2008

“Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California” Exhibition opens at the Getty Museum in LA; Rebecca Solnit and Mark Klett Lecture 10/30

Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California
Exhibition dates: October 14, 2008–March 1, 2009
The Getty Center
Carleton Watkins arrived in California in 1850, when the gold rush and the medium of photography were both young. He captured stunning views of the frontier West—the gorges of Yosemite and the crags of the Pacific shore, the hills of San Francisco and the farming fields of Southern California. The exhibition explores how Watkins harnessed the elements of visual form to create iconic and beautiful photographs, and how he engaged in a visual dialogue with other pioneering landscape photographers of the 1800s.

Learn more about this exhibition here.

See all events related to this exhibition here.

Admission to the Getty Center is FREE. For visitor information, see information on planning a visit or call (310) 440-7300. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for performances, lectures, seminars, and courses.


Stillness and Restlessness: Watkins, Muybridge, and Landscape Photography in 19th-Century California

Artist Mark Klett, who has worked extensively re-photographing 19th-century western masters, and writer and Muybridge scholar Rebecca Solnit offer their own dialogue about the complex particulars of making landscape photographs in the 19th-century Far West.

Thursday, October 30, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

(Note: Visit the website to make a reservation for this presentation.)

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Entries due October 25: 8th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibit

About the exhibition: Established in 2001 and organized by the graduate photography students at Texas Woman’s University and the Photographic Artists’ Coalition (a student run photography organization), the annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue for the exhibitions of artistic expression as seen through they eye of the camera. photographers from the United States are invited to submit entries for the exhibition. The exhibition will be on view to the public at the Texas Woman’s University Fine Arts Gallery January 13 – February 6, 2009.

Juror: Katherine Bussard, Assistant Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago; she has curated numerous exhibitions from the permanent collection on portraiture and socially concerned photography. Her recurring series “On the Scene” showcases new talents in the field of contemporary photography.

There is no theme; juror Katherine Bussard is interesting in looking at works in all themes and media. This exhibition is open to anyone creating photographic images. All photographic and related processes are encouraged including digital, non-silver and photographic book arts. Pieces must not exceed 60″ in any dimension.

Entries must be received by OCTOBER 25th, 2008. Judging will be done from digital files sugmitted on CD Rom only. Submissions must be provided in digital folder labeled with artist name and include files saved in the JPEG format at 72 dpi by 800 pixels in the longer dimension.

Files must be named with the artist’s last name, fist name, and anumber of submission according to the entry form (e.g. Grant_JoyceElaine_1.jpg. UNDERSCORE REQUIRED). SASE required for return of CD’s. Each entryform must contain a title, image size, frame size and medium of each work submitted

Artists may submit up to three images for $30.00 (additional images may be entered at $8.00 per image). Images accepted entries may be used for publicity purposes and for presentation of the exhibition on the TWU Website. All fees are non-refundable and will be considered a donation to the Joyce Elaine Grant Endowment. Make checks payable to The Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment.

The exhibition was established by Christine Shank and a small group of graduate students and named in memory of themother of Professor Susan kae Grant. Exhibitions proceeds will help fund the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment which will fund photography scholarships for future graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts, Texas Womens University, Denton, Texas.

All artists whose work(s) are accepted will be notified by November 18, 2008. All accepted work must be ready to hang and delivered to the gallery by December 22, 2008.

QUESTIONS? Morgan Ford, Exhibition Coordinator,

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BOSTON, Monday 20th: “William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005″ Lecture and Exhibition

From the Aperture event website:

William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961–2005
Artist’s Lecture
Monday, October 20, 2008

6:00 p.m.
October 13 – December 6, 2008

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Tower Auditorium
621 Huntington Avenue
(617) 879-7000

Coinciding with the exhibition on view at MassArt, William Christenberry will discuss the spirit of his work and sign copies of his book in the Tower Auditorium. Along with such masters as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, William Christenberry is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of color photography. His photographic exploration of the American South has been ongoing for forty years, drawing inspiration from Walker Evans and paralleling the work of international practitioners like Bernd and Hilla Becher, all the while influencing a generation of emerging photographers. Ranging from his initial Brownie photographs of the early 1960s to his later work with a large-format camera, William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961–2005 and the accompanying book create a survey of this artist’s poetic documentation of southern vernacular architecture, signage, and landscape. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, MassArt is organizing a public reception in the presence of the artist.

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9 Days in NYC: Photography and Photobook Events, October 18-26

(NOTE TO READERS: I’ve been adding more events to this post as I learn of them, so be sure to review again. MVS)

The period of time between October 18th and the 26th in New York City is going to be very exciting, with exhibitions, awards events, the NY Art Book Fair, the Contemporary Artist Book Conference and the venerable PHOTOPLUS EXPO among others. Here is a list of events; try to take in as many as you can. I know I will!

Saturday, October 18th, 5-10 at Splashlight Soho:

5-6:30 p.m. HERMAN LEONARD, the 2008 Lucie Award Honoree for Achievement in Portraiture. Presentation and Q&A with this legendary photographer.

7-10 p.m. BEST OF SHOW: the IPA Awards – Open to the public (Free)
Curated by William Hunt of Hasted Hunt Gallery

BOTH EVENTS at Splashlight Studios, Soho
ONE HUDSON SQUARE (75 Varick Street, Third Floor) New York, NY 10013
T. 212 268 7247

Complete list of winners can be found here.

Sunday, October 29th, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Artist Talk and Book Signing, also at Splashlight’s SoHo Studio, also part of the Lucie Awards:

From the Aperture e-blast: “On Sunday, October 19, Aperture Foundation will conduct book signings with Hank Willis Thomas and Sara Terry following their artist discussion sponsored by EN FOCO‘s Nueva Luz magazine, also taking place at Splashlight. Hank will sign his just release first monograph, Pitch Blackness, which deals with black on black violence in America and the commodification of the African American male in advertising. Sara Terry will sign her recently published book-a-zine, War Is Only Half The Story: The Aftermath Project, featuring the work of the winners of the Aftermath Project’s first annual grant competition, which was founded by Terry, open to working photographers worldwide who cover the aftermath of conflict (2009 application deadline November 3).

Limited seats, RSVP to”

Monday, October 20, 2008: Brown Bag Lunch series at MoMA
12:30 p.m.

At the Center and at the Edge: The Contemporary Artist’s Book

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

From the MoMA Website:

“Join us for lectures on modern and contemporary art. You may bring your own lunch.

The artist’s book has long served as a form that merges, seamlessly or not so seamlessly, elements of image, text, and design. There has been a veritable explosion of artists’ books in the last fifteen years, perhaps as a reaction to the oft-repeated claim that the book is a doomed form in the digital age. This lecture offers a survey of recent artists’ books, including work by Richard Minsky (U.S.), Mindy Belloff (U.S.), Ron King (U.K.) and Ken Campbell (U.K.), and investigates the multiple possibilities (and personalities) of a surprisingly vital mode of expression.

Lecturer Richard Turnbull (Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is Chair of the Department of Art History at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and is a longtime lecturer at both The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tickets ($5; members, students, seniors, and staff of other museums $3) can be purchased online, or at the Museum at the lobby information desk, at the Film desk, or in the Cullman Building lobby.”

(see also THURSDAY October 23rd, below)

Monday night 20th, 6 p.m.: Lucie Awards event at Lincoln Center; some tickets remain.

Tuesday night, 21st 6:30 p.m. Erwin Olaf at Aperture Gallery (Artists Talk and book signing)

547 W. 27th Street, 4th Floor NYC (212) 505-5555

“Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf is a key European figure in both fashion and find art photography. Olaf will discuss his new Aperture monograph, Erwin Olaf, which brings together for the first time three of the artist’s series: Rain, Hope and Grief. Theis luxuriously produced volume features a DVD of his short films.”

Wednesday night 22nd, 6:30: The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Awards Announcement of the 2008 Recepients and the Howard Chapnick Grant

Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues

FREE and open to the public; refreshments will be served following the program.

Doors open 6 p.m., seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday night 22nd 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: “Meet Up” for Blurb‘s “Photography Book Now” at the New Museum (afternoon publishing seminar filled; evening “Meet Up” still has tickets – reserve on line; free)

Thursday 24 – November 22: Diana Walker “Political Party” at Howard Greenberg Gallery; reception for the artist on Thursday, October 23rd, 6-8 p.m. HGG, 41 East 57th Street #1406, NYC (212) 334 0010.

Thursday 23th through Saturday 25th - PDN‘s PHOTOPLUS at the Javits Center, the expansive trade show and educational event with lectures, panel discussions and seminars on photography.
I am moderating a panel on THURS from 1-3 p.m.:

First Impression: Selling Yourself in 20 Minutes (panelists from gallery/ad agency/magazine/book jacket markets), and I am giving a lecture on FRIDAY 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.:
“Presenting Your Work to the Fine Art Community” (this lecture is updated frequently)

There are MANY excellent educational programs, including the NGS’ All Roads winners as the Saturday keynote, trade show floor on Saturday at 11:30.

Thursday the 23rd at 12:30 p.m., as a part of this conference, another Brown Bag Lunch series at MoMA:


At the Center and At The Edge: The Contemporary Artist’s Book

(see Monday, 20th above for event details)

Thursday 23rd through Sunday 26th: Contemporary Artists Book Conference

From the event website:


In collaboration with Printed Matter‘s NY Art Book Fair, the Art Libraries Society of New York (ARLIS/NY) announces a conference on contemporary artists’ books.

The program will include speakers, panels, artists’ presentations, institutional tours, and receptions. The conference focuses on recent developments in artists’ books, a period of increasing diversity in the field. The conference will present a rare opportunity to explore the contemporary scene, promising a thought-provoking opportunity for discourse among scholars, collectors, artists, and librarians.

Conference venues include the New York Public Library, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, and the NY Art Book Fair at Phillips de Pury.

To view event schedule and descriptions, click here


AA Bronson, Printed Matter, Inc.
May Castleberry, Museum of Modern Art
Deirdre Donohue, International Center for Photography
Milan Hughston, Museum of Modern Art
Deirdre Lawrence, Brooklyn Museum
James Mitchell, Metropolitan Museum of Art
David Senior, Museum of Modern Art
Jennifer Tobias, Museum of Modern Art
Tony White, Indiana University”

Friday 24th -Sunday 26th in Chelsea: Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair

Printed Matter’s annual fair of contemporary art books, art catalogs, artists’ books, art periodicals, and ‘zines offered for sale by over 120 international publishers, booksellers, and antiquarian dealers. Admission to the fair is FREE.

Phillips de Pury & Company
450 West 15th Street at 10th Avenue, 3rd floor, NYC (map)

Friday/Saturday, October 24 & 25, 2008, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, October 26, 2008, 11am – 5pm”

and last but certainly not least, two events on Friday night:

Friday evening, October 24th: The exhibition BOOK DUMMIES will open at the ICP Education Gallery. 6-8 pm at 1114 Avenue of the Americas.

“Photographer Victor Sira has curated an exhibition that looks at seven photographers’ approaches to book-making and at the importance of the book form to our photographic practice. The exhibition reveals the process of experimentation involved in book crafting, the importance of sequencing and editing, and contrasting approaches to narrative.” (from Stephanie Cardon)
Morten Andersen | Stephanie Cardon | Yuichi Hibi | Leigh Ledare | Esther Levine | Pax Paloscia | Victor Sira
Book Dummies will be on view in the Education Gallery October 25–December 27, Monday–Sunday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm.
Friday October 24th, 6-8 p.m. :HOMELAND by NINA BERMAN: Exhibition and book launch at
Jen Bekman Gallery, 6 Spring Street near Bowery. Exhibition remains on view through November 15th.
Nina’s statement on this body of work:

“These images are from a series I have been working on since 9-11 called Homeland. The images address issues of militarism, security and identity in contemporary America.

I embarked on the series to make sense of my own confusion over the words patriotism and security.

Why did I wake up some mornings feelings anxious, wondering whether or not to take the subway?

Was I being manipulated? Was my fear a genuine concern? Is my country my protector or my deceiver?

I set out to discover and in my explorations I saw Air force bombers entertaining sunbathers on summer weekends; high schools taken over by the Department of Defense as a solution offered communities desperate for school funding; frequent simulation drills costing millions of dollars and involving thousands of participants where various war scenarios are imagined; recruitment scenarios where young children are transformed into smiling would-be killers.

Some of these events have the look and feel of state sponsored performance art, where realism is replaced by theater giving participants a powerful sense of identity and value through a militarized experience. It is this identity, and the ambiguity between real and made up, so emblematic of post 9-11 political discourse, that interests me most.

I came to this series after having spent the last few years photographing very graphic examples of the human cost of war. Many of the subjects I photographed said they grew up thinking war would be “fun.” Many watched the first Gulf War on TV and thought it was “awesome.” Several said that becoming a soldier meant they would finally do something good in life.

Rather than continuing to show evidence of war, it seems appropriate for me to show the fantasies of war, the selling of war, the institutions of war, the culture of war and with it the militarization of American life.”

I’m heading east in the morning, see you at these exciting events!

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I took a workshop this past August with Nancy Wolff at Maine Media Workshop; she imparts current information clearly and this panel discussion is a must!

From the Aperture e-blast and website:


Panel Discussion

Learn what every photographer working today needs to know about essential issues of photography and copyright in a digital age. Panelists include Nancy E. Wolff, Lawyer and Partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, who specializes in intellectual property and digital media law; Eileen Flanagan, Licensing Director of Magnum Photos and former National President of the American Society of Picture Professionals, with a long history of experience in the photo licensing business including Corbis, Getty Images, and the Chicago Historical Society; as well as photographer-turned-industry-advocate Lou Lesko. Moderated by Michelle Bogre, Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design.

This event is part of the series Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and Parsons The New School for Design.

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.


The New School
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York, New York
(212) 229-5353

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“Conversations on Contemporary Art” Lecture Series at MoMA This Fall

There is a terrific lecture series at MoMA this fall, moderated by Glenn D. Lowry, Director of the museum.

This week’s offering:


Thursday, October 16, 6:30 p.m. in Theater 1 at MoMA in New York City

Details at MoMA’s website

Buy tickets ahead or get there early is my best advicel

To view the complete calendar of offerings, click here.

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RayKo Photo Center’s artist in residence deadline October 15

October 15 is the deadline to apply for the Rayko Photo Center’s Artists in Residence program in the San Francisco Bay areal. Details here on the event websites.


The Artist-in-Residence program
Our Residence Program was developed to continue our support and education of photographers working and living in the Bay Area. Through the program, photographers will receive a $1250 credit and one free class, or $1500 credit and no class, to use however they choose at RayKo’s professional photographic center. The program will begin at the start of each workshop semester, so every opportunity is utilized to learn through the classes & workshops, and be mentored by artists.

The timeframe for the development of artwork, printing, and mentoring process is three months. Artists will gain hands on experience in the entire process of creating work, from conceptualizing, printing, framing, and hanging. Work produced in the program, will culminate in a show in our side gallery. Up to three final prints of the gallery’s choice will be donated to RayKo’s print collection.

Artists will check in with the Gallery Director for review and feedback sessions. Staff mentoring is also available to assist in the artistic development of residents. Artists and mentors will be matched on a case-by-case basis based on availability of mentors, and focus of the artists work.

Who is eligible
Bay area based artists working in the medium of photography, traditional, digital, or both. Individuals and groups are welcome to apply, however credit limits are as stated above, regardless of individual or group use. The following counties are considered to be in the Bay Area, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Submission deadlines | Notice of acceptance | Start dates
Ongoing submissions are accepted, and there will be three residents per year.

October 15 – submission deadline | November 7 – Notification | Jan 2 – start date

January 3 – submission deadline | February 1 – Notification | April 1 – start date

How to Apply
A comprehensive description of the project including an estimated timeframe of completion, classes & workshops of interest, goal of final works that will be produced, and a budget breakdown of how the credit will be used at RayKo must be included. Biographies, CVs, and resumes must be submitted for each artist, for individual or group applications. If the project has not already begin, please submit sample pieces, even if they are on a small scale, as part of your Image Submissions. Please refer to the Quick Checklist for Artist-in-Residence program for page limitations and criteria for image submissions.

Artists will be notified 2-months prior to the beginning of the program, and will have access to the facility during our regular open hours.

Quick checklist for program application
• Description & budget of project | 1-page limit
• Bio of artist(s) or group | 2-page limit
• CV of artist(s) or group | 2-page limit
• Resume of artist(s) or group | 2-page limit
• Group Entries: contact information of Lead Artist
• Submit printed copies of the materials above, with Artist name on each page
• $20 submission & administration fee | Payable to: RayKo Photo Center
• SASE for return of materials, if proper postage, packaging materials, or return information are not included, they will not be returned.
• No email submissions
• Submissions that do not meet the above requirements will not be reviewed

Portfolio or Image submissions (8 image minimum & 20 image maximum)
• Slides: sleeved, up to 20
• Jpegs: On CD or DVD | no larger than 5×7” at 72dpi | up to 20 images | image title: “rayko_residency_Last name_firstname_image#”
• Prints: up to 8×10” size | up to 20 individual prints
• Include annotated list of: Image title, size of original piece, year of completion, and medium
• While we will do our best to return materials submitted, we cannot be held responsible for damaged or lost works. To ensure safe material return enclose proper return materials, and arrange for delivery signature to and from our center. Materials shipped without return postage or return addresses will not be kept longer than 30-days.

Submission Address
RayKo Photo Center c/o Artist-in-Residence Program
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

We will accept walk-in drop offs, but will not have the opportunity to review work at the time or meet with artists who are dropping off work. Please no phone calls.

residence (at) raykophoto (dot) com

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FAZAL SHEIKH Workshop/lecture at Santa Fe Art Institute Monday October 13 /14

Although I’ve never met Fazal Sheikh, I have long admired his work. Those of you who have studied with me know how I admire the simple and clear manner in which he has stated his intentions and passions on the home page of his website. If in the area, don’t miss this lecture and workshop.

Fazal Sheikh
10/13 Lecture, 6pm Tipton Hall, College of Santa Fe

From the site:

10/13, 6pm Tipton Hall
$5 general public, $2.50 students/seniors/SFAI members

10/13-14, Fazal Sheikh Individual & Group Workshop Session, SFAI. Call for specific scheduling and pricing info

“It is one thing to photograph a group of people, it is another to try to understand them,” writes artist and activist Fazal Sheikh. Sheikh uses his simple black and white photographic style to explore social injustice in third world countries. He photographs refugees and torn communities in Pakistan, East India and Africa, among others.To travel, and to observe carefully and with sympathy the people whose lands he visits has been Fazal Sheikh’s practice from the beginning. Most often his work has been with displaced people driven out of their homelands by civil wars, drought and famine, struggling to survive for years in refugee camps where the traditional balance of their lives has been entirely destroyed. Sheikh’s award-winning images are beautiful and haunting, and do not simply provoke, but demand that the viewer contemplate the humanity of his subjects.

Exhibition currently on view at SFAI:

Outsider: Tourism, Migration and Exile

10/4 – 31, 9am – 5pm M-F, SFAI

“An exhibition of work from many of the artists invited to the SFAI this year for lectures and workshops. They include Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Alfredo Jaar, Fazal Sheikh, Armando Espinosa and Craig Johnson, Chrissie Orr, and Guy Tillim. Additionally, we will show work created in some of our many outstanding youth education programs.” CLOSING PARTY 10/31, 8-10 p.m.

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Richard Misrach lecture at the Henry Art Gallery, October 10

Richard Misrach will be speaking at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle on the evening of October 10th, to coincide with the opening of his exhibition ON THE BEACH.

FRIDAY, October 10th, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Kane Hall, Roethke Auditorium, Henry Art Gallery

This lecture is co-presented with Aperture West and Photographic Center Northwest.

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OCTOBER: Arts Funding Month at branch offices of The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is an organization that exists so that you can connect with funding sources for your projects or for you continuing education. Established in 1956, today there are physical Foundation Center offices in five cities, and “Cooperating Collections” in every state in the US. Their website has an extensive “GETTING STARTED” learning section when entering the world of grantseeking for the first time. And, they also offer different tiers of subscriptions to their massive database of funders that you can utilize to do effective project research at home.

October is ARTS FUNDING MONTH at all the Foundation Center offices; be sure to check out the free classes such as Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts as well as classes to learn to maximize their on-line research tools.

From their website:



New York

79 Fifth Avenue/16th Street
New York, NY 10003-3076
Tel: 212-620-4230

Field Offices:


50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30303-2914


1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1600
Cleveland, OH 44115-2001

San Francisco

312 Sutter Street, Suite 606
San Francisco, CA 94108-4314

Washington, DC

1627 K Street, NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20006-1708

Cooperating Collections

Cooperating Collections are free funding information centers in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers.
View a list of locations across the U.S. and in Mexico.

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