Archive for November, 2008

Book Signing Event: Photo-Eye, Radius and Twin Palms at The Marion Center, November 15, 1-3

The beautifully produced books of Santa Fe-based publishers Twin Palms and Radius are among the photography books offered at an afternoon signing event this weekend co-sponsored by Photo-Eye Books and The Marion Center for Photographic Arts. Billed as “A Massive Sale of Photography Books Published In New Mexico” on the Photo-Eye Newsletter:

“Signed books by the following photographers will be available through photo-eye after Saturday’s signing:

Gay Block
KayLynn Deveney
Debbie Fleming Caffery Collection l’oiseau rare, The Shadows, Hurricane Images
Greg MacGregor
Norman Mauskopf
Jonathan Hollingsworth
Joan Myers: Wondrous Cold, Pie Town Woman, Salt Dreams
Janet Russek: Beaumont’s Kitchen Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth
David Scheinbaum: Beaumont’s Kitchen, Stone, Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth
Don Usner

among others.”

1:00 – 3:00 Saturday, November 15th

The Marion Center for Photographic Arts at College of Santa Fe

1600 St. Michael’s Drive in Santa Fe.

(505) 473-6502

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November 15 Deadline: Bridge Art Fair in Miami during December Art Events

I don’t know this membership organization, but what interests me here on behalf of artists is a competition judged by curators other than those exclusively involved with photography, so I feel some of you may wish to look into this opportunity (as always, read all terms for submission/acceptance):


Artwork now being accepted online for a juried competition to have work of three winners represented at the Bridge Art Fair Miami, which coincides with Art Basel Miami Beach, December 4-7, 2008. Artists must
be a member of myartspace. Membership to is free.
Registration for the competition is discounted to $25 until October 15, 2008, and then rises to the normal price, $50. Last date for
registration and submission is November 15, 2008. Prestigious jury panel will select 50 finalists and 3 winners.

Jury consists of:
Elisbeth Sussman, Senior Curator, The Whitney Museum; Janet Bishop, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); JoAnne Northrup, Senior Curator, San Jose Museum of Art; Michael Workman, Founder, Bridge Art Fair.

Winners will be announced on November 25th. Winners art will be represented at the
Bridge Art Fair Miami Beach between December 4th and 7th.

For more details see this link.

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FOTOWEEK DC SOON! Portfolio Reviews November 15; application deadline extended to NOVEMBER 11

Click HERE to learn more about the PORTFOLIO REVIEWS offered at this event, and note new deadline to apply: NOVEMBER 11.

From the event website:

“The week of November 15-22, 2008 will mark the launch of FotoWeek DC, the first annual gathering of a diverse and wide-ranging photography community in the nation’s capital, including photographers, museums, universities and all those involved in the profession across the metro D.C. area, including Virginia and Maryland. Unique among American cities, Washington, D.C. is a nexus of artistic, business, political and public sector energy, in which photography plays an integral role. FotoWeek DC seeks to bring together all photographers and imaging professionals from every discipline to join with the public in celebration of the medium.”

Plan now to attend as many of the FotoweekDC events as possible!

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SPE Western Regional Conference, San Francisco, November 13-16: Alec Soth Keynote Speaker

Fotovision has reminded me that ALEC SOTH will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming SPE Western Regional Conference; registration is affordable in comparison to many conference/portfolio reviews, and non-members are welcome! From their e-blast:

Description: “The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) West Regional conference will be in San Francisco during Nov 13-16, 2008.

The conference, which brings together photography educators, professionals and students from California, Nevada and Hawaii is hosted by the Academy of Art. This years SPE West Regional Conference is co-chaired by Fotovision board member Erika Gentry and Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin of Los Angeles.

This years theme is Inspiration: action, influence, ideas and the keynote speaker is Alec Soth, Magnum Photos. This conference is a phenomenal opportunity to meet and learn from fellow photographers, educators and enthusiasts and we encourage you all to attend.

Fotovision’s Executive Director Melanie Light and Program Director Adrianne Koteen will be offering a presentation Documentary in Action: Photos that Change the World on Saturday November 15th from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Fotovision will also have a booth at the conference and we’d love it if you’d all stop by to visit!
We are having a SPECIAL RAFFLE: Become a Fotovison member at SPE and you’ll be entered into our raffle for several fantastic photo books, including a signed copy of Sahel by Sebastião Salgado.

Other conference events not to be missed:

**Great portfolio reviews FREE to attendees!

For more information, a full list of speakers and events, and to register please visit:”;

Location: The Academy of Art San Francisco, Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street, San Francisco, CA.
Cost: Variable”

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LIVE WEBCAST FROM APERTURE, NYC: Conversation with Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas, November 11

from the Aperture eblast:

“Join us November 11 for an intimate conversation between mother and son about their work, influences, and collaborations. Hank Willis Thomas is one of today’s most compelling emerging artists. His first monograph, Pitch Blackness (Aperture, 2008), raises complex questions about identity, race, violence, and commodification in contemporary life. Deborah Willis is a photographer, educator, author, and curator. She is currently chair and professor of photography and imaging at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.”

I encourage you to attend in person, if possible:

Aperture Gallery, 547 W. 27th Street, 4th Floor (between 10th and 11th Avenues), NYC

If you can’t attend in person, don’t miss the live webcast!!

The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. EST on November 11th; click here to watch this event at that time.

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Mary Ellen Mark lectures at Free Library of Philadelphia, November 10th

Lecture by Mary Ellen Mark: “Seen Behind the Scenes” at the Central Library branch, Philadelphia

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark is renowned for her humanist portraits of people and cultures. Presented in books and exhibitions, or appearing in publications like the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, her work often addresses complex social issues. Since the 1960s she has also worked on more than 100 film sets as a special stills photographer. Given unrestricted access to sets and actors, Mark has made thousands of images of life behind-the-scenes of productions including Fellini’s Satyricon, Apocalypse Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Tootsie. Seen Behind the Scene collects the best of her rare photographs of some of the most famous figures in film history.

$14 General Admission, $7 Students

Date: Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 7:30 p.m.

Location: Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street (215-686-5322)

NOTE: Upcoming speaker at this same venue: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: Annie Leibovitz At Work,

on December 4th

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Blue Earth Launches Lecture Series: Daniel Beltra, November 8, 2 p.m. at the Henry Art Gallery

Blue Earth Alliance will present the first lecture in a series on documentary photography that focuses on global environments, social, and cultural issues. One of our own project photographers Daniel Beltrá will initiate the series at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle on Saturday, November 8th at 2 p.m.

Beltrá will present his stunning, award-winning photographs of the threatened Amazon rainforest. His breathtaking images witness both the worst drought in living memory and the burning of thousands of acres of untouched rainforest.

Daniel Beltrá is the recipient of awards from the World Press Photo, China International Press, Pictures of the Year and the National Press Photographers Association. He was also recently admitted to the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.

Tickets available at the door. Free to Blue Earth and Henry members; $10 non-members; $5 for students with ID.

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“Keeping Time: Cycle and Duration in Contemporary Photography” Exhibition opening at PRC in Boston this Friday, November 7

KEEPING TIME is the title for an exhibition opening November 7th at the PRC in Boston; reception is this evening November 6th from 5:30 – 7:30. The exhibition will be on view through January 25th, 2009.

From the website:

Artists include Stuart Allen (TX), Erika Blumenfeld (TX), Rebecca Cummins (WA), Sharon Harper (MA), Chris McCaw (CA), Matthew Pillsbury (NY), Byron Wolfe (CA).

EXHIBITION ESSAY by Leslie K. Brown:

From the December / January / February 2008 – 2009
PRC newsletter, in the loupe
By Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

“This group exhibition brings together photographers who deal with concepts of time, duration, and cycles—human, celestial, and photographic—in their work. From the “music of the spheres” to “seasonal affective disorder,” there is no doubt that humans are affected by time and the natural rhythms of the sun, moon, tides, and seasons. Since its very beginnings, photography has been lauded as nature capturing itself and as a method with which to stop, preserve, and contemplate time.

In creating their work, each artist in Keeping Time uses a different idea or aesthetic means to capture time and bookend or collect their exposures. For example, several in the show create rules or use outside activities to dictate when the shutter is open and closed. Others follow important celestial markers, like equinoxes, or human markers, like birthdays or conversations. Concomitant with this, a number of the artists incorporate, and often welcome, elements of chance within their work.

Usually used to record a single moment, photography can cumulatively record time and light in a way that no other medium (or even our eyes) can. Recalling earlier motion and time studies of Eadweard Muybridge and Étienne-Jules Marey, some photographers in Keeping Time alter their cameras or construct new forms of light recording devices. These artists cut to the core of the medium itself and duly consider the interesting possibilities of light as subject as well as the materiality of the medium.

Time itself is both an experience and a construct. Our understanding and conception of it has changed over time and place. “Standard time” came into being as a result of the railroads needing to coordinate schedules; “daylight savings time” is itself a convention, adopted to take advantage of daylight in the summer months. Today, new developments in physics and astronomy challenge and extend our traditional conceptions of light, space, and time. This work also brings to mind philosophical and mathematical concepts of duration and time—from the theories of Henri Bergson to Albert Einstein.

As time seems to pass by faster and faster everyday, these artists grant us a chance to look to the sky and slow down. It is not a far jump, then, for us to contemplate the natural cycle of life and death, not only for astronomical bodies, but for our own bodies as well. Simply put, Keeping Time aims to unite various projects that attempt to make sense of and keep time.”

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JO WHALEY Lecture and Book Signing at College of Santa Fe, November 6, 6 pm

Artist JO WHALEY will be speaking at Tipton Hall, Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe on November 6th at 6 p.m.

This lecture is held in conjunction with an exhibition at Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe which opens on November 7th.

Chronicle Books has recently published a beautiful volume of this work, The Theater of Insects; a book signing will follow the lecture, and she will be signing books at the exhibition opening as well.

Her exhibition The Theater of Insects continues at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC through December 10th.

From the Academies’ website:

“Beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, and other insects take the stage in Jo Whaley’s images. She arranges and photographs these entomological specimens in environments constructed in her studio, drawing inspiration from the cabinets of curiosity and natural history dioramas of an earlier era of scientific inquiry. Whaley uses color, texture, composition, and lighting to highlight the awe-inspiring and jewel-like qualities of the insects. Juxtaposing the specimens against found objects and manufactured materials such as paper, glass, paint, and metal, Whaley encourages viewers to think about the coexistence of natural and artificial environments in the modern world.

Jo Whaley’s background in theatrical design informs her artwork. In the 1980s, she was a scene painter for the San Francisco Opera and Ballet and was the head painter at the Zellerbach Playhouse at the University of California, Berkeley. She has received advanced degrees in art and photography and her work is in many major collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her book, The Theater of Insects, is being published by Chronicle Books in the Fall of 2008.”

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“Today’s Front Pages” display at The Newseum in DC – not to be missed!

One of my favorite offerings at The Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC) is a program branded as “Today’s Front Pages.” When visiting the museum, this display runs along the entire length of the museum’s exterior, an amazing site offering visitors a window on the world today. The display continues inside.

Today, on this historic day in American history, is a great time to check out the online component of “Today’s Front Pages” and learn about the world response to our historic presidential election through today’s actual front pages of 595 newspapers from 61 counties. From small-town America to capital cities of the world, from the Rocky Mountain News to the Chicago Sun Times, from Diario do Comercio (Brazil) to Publico (Spain), from Sabah (Turkey) to mX (Australia), Don’t miss seeing “Today’s Front Pages” TODAY!

If I were in Washington, DC today, seeing this amazing display at this extraordinary museum would be on my agenda. Don’t miss a trip to The Newseum.

NOTE:  To view 730 Front Pages from 66 countries on 11/4/08, this is the archived link

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