Archive for January, 2009

Annenberg Space for Photography to open in Los Angeles this spring

Over the past year I’ve been hearing a lot about the new photography center that is coming to LA, and found this article that will be of interest to all of you, LA-based or not.  The commitment of the Annenberg Foundation to photography is outstanding; the Foundation was instrumental in bringing the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection to LACMA, the largest gift of photographs in the museum’s history (selections from the Vernon Collection on view through February 1, not to be missed).   I met Patricia Lanza, Talent and Content Manager at last spring’s Palm Springs Photo Festival, and with Pat guiding programming with guest curators (Anne Wilkes Tucker is serving as Special Advisor for the inaugural exhibition) it is going to be an exciting new venue for all to enjoy.  I look forward to posting notices of activities at launch and beyond.

Read this article from on the Annenberg Space, as well as the website for the Space, here.

Here too is an earlier related article from as well as one from the LA Times.

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Review of Michael Fried’s new book “Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before” in the Guardian

Laurie Lambrecht sent me this link to a review in the Guardian of modernist Michael Fried’s new title Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before (Yale University Press).

Mark your calendars:  He will be discussing this his newest title at LACMA soon:

Lecture & Book Signing-Michael Fried
Thursday, February 19 | 7:00 pm
Michael Fried, J. R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University, has been writing about the development of modernism for over thirty years. In this lecture he will discuss his long-anticipated book, Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before, published in January by Yale University Press. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Free, no reservations
This program is supported in part by LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Photography Department.

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Review Santa Fe, Project Competition and Singular Image Competition: Deadline JANUARY 23

All my readers know how strongly I feel about the value of attending a portfolio review event.  Review Santa Fe, a tough juried competition, brings together a group of reviewers that typically includes more publishers than any other review events.  Projects get signed.  Gallery and museum relationships are established.  Top photo editors are introduced to photographers and images previously unknown to them.  Participation with work that is ready can make a difference in your path as an artist, from both a creative and a business standpoint.   Twenty images (well edited and sequenced) and a one-page (or less) statement are required for submission.

Odds are that 1 in 6 will be accepted.  If at first you don’t succeed, try again next year.

You can apply for all competitions with one submission in print or digital format = ease in applying.

You can’t miss the deadline however – the website says Deadline for entries: JANUARY 23 (Received)

The guidelines and FAQ’s are extensive – READ EVERYTHING and get it right.

Go to:

So:  Write.  Edit.  Edit some more.

Sequence your images.  Edit.  Sequence.  Edit some more.

Don’t miss the deadline.  I look forward to getting to know you and your work June 4-6th at Review Santa Fe!

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American Photography 25: Deadline Extended to January 30, 2009

The deadline for American Photography 25 is approaching.  The jury for this 25th annual publication is outstanding and reflects the diverse audience that eagerly anticipates this beautifully designed volume of photography (it is designed by a different talent each year).

American Photography is a sister publication of American Illustration (

I find the archive of previous winners in both illustration and photography to be facinating, and encourage you to review it here.

To enter, click here.

And if you haven’t subscribed to AI-AP’s fantastic blog, DART, check it out here; Peggy Roalf’s current post “The DART List: Photography West” is a road map to current exhibitions not to be missed.

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PDN Photo Annual: Deadline extended to January 26

This annual competition offers many categories, and many separate awards including the Nikon Storytellers Award, the Marty Forscher Fellowship for students and young professionals “with a talent for humanist photographers” and the ASMP Arnold Newman Prize for portraiture, among others.  Categories include photobooks, websites and student work in addition to the more traditional market categories.

The winners are featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine as well as in a special gallery on the website for PDN.

The deadline for entry has been extended to January 26 (with a late fee applied).

The complete list of judges has been announced here.

Good luck to all who enter!  I look forward to seeing your work on line and in print.

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PhotoAlliance Presents Andrew Moore, January 23rd in SF

From the PhotoAlliance website:

Friday, January 23, 2009:

ANDREW MOORE, part of the PhotoAlliance Winter 2009 Lecture Series

San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, California (at Jones Street)
7:30 pm

Andrew Moore is best known for his complex and painterly images of Cuba, Russia, and Times Square. He teaches in the Photography M.F.A. program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Chronicle Books published his photographs of Cuba, Inside Havana (2002) and Russia, Beyond Utopia (2005). Moore was one of the founders of the Art of Science project, a university wide competition that celebrates the aesthetics of research and the ways in which science and art inform each other.

His photographs are represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Library of Congress, the Israel Museum, the High Museum, the Eastman House and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Moore has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The New York State Council on the Arts, and several private foundations.

Following the presentation, PhotoAlliance founder LINDA CONNOR will sign copies of her newest book ODYSSEY (Also published by Chronicle Books) to benefit PhotoAlliance.  Her exhibition of the same title is on view at the Phoenix Art Museum until March 8th; click on the link to  download the brochure from PAM.

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PHOTOBOOKS! Best Books of 2008 on

Photo-Eye has posted their annual “Best Of” compilation as determined by noted individuals in our field. Check it out here. And clear space on your shelves… I’m flying home from PhotoLA today with many new volumes to add to my library, mostly books on history or books on books… things at Marcus Schaden’s booth like Ken Sches’ A New History of Photography: The World Outside and the Pictures In Our Heads, and the reprints of historic volumes like those published by Errata Editions “Books on Books #1-4″ (such a pleasure to meet Marcus, Ken and Jeffrey Ladd) an obsession of mine to be sure. David Maisel’s Library of Dust (what a pleasure to hear David talking about bringing the body of work to the publication in his conversation with Charlotte Cotton at PhotoLA). I captured many conversations about books with artists Arthur Tress, Arthur Ollman, Maya Ishiwata from Nazraeli Press and more with my trusty Flip Video… The Photobook is alive and well…and in my suitcase this morning…

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ICP: “Curious Memories” Exhibit Opening January 15th, 6 pm; Panel at ICP on January 16, 7 pm: “The Present and Future of Photography”

Curious Memories
January 16–April 5, 2009
School at ICP, 1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street

Join us as we acknowledge and celebrate an exhibition organized by the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, of Arles France.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 pm.

Laetitia Donval | Celsor Herrera Nuñez | Carole Liogier | Olivier Metzger | David Mozziconacci | Aurore Valade

Panel Discussion
In Dialogue: The Present and Future of Photography
January 16 | Friday | 7:00 pm

Moderator: Robert Blake, Chair Emeritus, ICP GS Program
Panelists: Arnaud Claass, Pradeep Dalal, Susan Jahoda, and Patrick Talbot

This evening symposium brings together educators, curators, and artists to share their observations of current and future horizons of photographic practices and education.

Education Gallery hours are Monday–Sunday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm. For more information, please call 212.857.0001 or visit

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EXTENDED TO JANUARY 25th!! Photo Espana 2009 juried portfolio review


Perhaps one of the most intriguing rosters of reviewers so far this year are those participating in the review component of PHOTOESPANA, which runs from June 3 – July 26, with the reviews “DESCUBRIMIENTOS PHE MADRID” being held JUNE 11-13. Acceptance is juried and 70 photographers will be accepted, with notice of inclusion give February 4th. Work by all accepted photographers will be exhibited at PhotoEspana as well as on the event website. Reviewers include Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at the NY Times Magazine, Susan Kismaric, Curator at MoMA and Rod Slemmons, Director of MoCP at Columbia College, among other industry professionals from Europe. I encourage all of you to submit and use your frequent flier miles for this interesting event!

The event website is confusing but follow though ENGLISH to THE FESTIVAL and you will find application forms (I can’t show links here as the URL line does not change). I hear the on-line submissions process is challenging…

Good luck to all who apply! And remember the deadline for Review Santa Fe is SOON: 1/

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Blue Earth Alliance Lecture Series at the Henry Art Gallery: Camille Seaman, January 10

From Blue Earth Alliance:

“Join us for educational lectures presented by Blue Earth at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA. Explore the power of documentary photography and its ability to raise awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments, and social concerns.”

Camille Seaman – January 10, 2009

In her photographs, Camille Seaman captures the essence of awe and beauty of indigenous cultures and environments. She works in a documentary/fine art tradition and since 2003 has concentrated on the fragile environment of the Polar Regions. Her current project concerns the beauty of natural environments in Siberia.

Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele – March 14, 2009

Photojournalist Benj Drummond and writer/producer Sara Joy Steele have been working collaboratively for several years. Their recent project Facing Climate Change, explores this global crisis from many angles. From semi-nomadic reindeer herders in Norway to wildland firefighters of the American West, they document the lives of people around the world as they confront and adapt to the complex issues surrounding global warming.

Tim Matsui – May 9, 2009

Freelance photographer Tim Matsui focuses his work on alternative energy, the environment, human trafficking and sexual trauma. He is the Creative Director and co-founder of the FEAR Project, which was founded to reduce the prevalence of sexual violence and its affects in communities through the use of personal narrative and multimedia. He will share his experience working internationally to end human trafficking and sexual trauma.

All lectures will be held Saturdays, 2 p.m.
Henry Art Gallery, Auditorium
15th Ave NE & 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98195

FREE to Henry Art Gallery and Blue Earth Members
$5 Students w/ ID or $10 General Admission. Tickets will be available at the door.

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