Archive for May, 2009

May 13-17: Aperture Programming at the New York Photo Festival

I’m packing for New York, with NYPH on one end of my trip, Book Expo America on the other.

This weekend, head to DUMBO.  From the Aperture blog:

The second annual New York Photo Festival taking place in Dumbo, Brooklyn, Wednesday, May 13, through Sunday, May 17.

This year, the four main exhibition pavilions are curated by William A. Ewing, director of Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Chris Boot, head of the London-based publisher Chris Boot, Ltd.; Jody Quon, photography director at New York magazine; and Jon Levy, director of the London-based publisher Foto8.

Visit Aperture’s booth in the powerHouse arena to see our latest books and limited-edition photographs. On Thursday evening, May 14, a special book signing and party will take place at the powerHouse arena, starting at 9:00 p.m., with many Aperture artists present to sign their books, including Catherine Chalmers, Michal Chelbin, Doug DuBois, Philip Gefter, Jacqueline Hassink, Charles Lindsay, Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz, Richard Renaldi, Lyle Rexer, Robin Schwartz, Jonathan Torgovnik and more.

For the second year, each day the festival will feature Aperture Presents, a series of panel discussions at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Aperture Presents
Events include:

Artist-Publisher: Mass Produced for Mass Dissemination Thursday, May 14, 5–6 pm

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography: Moderated by Lyle Rexer
Friday, May 15, 5–6 pm

Cuddle (with Bill Hunt)
Saturday, May 16, 5–6 pm

Photography After Frank, A Conversation Between Philip Gefter and Andy Grundberg
Sunday, May 17, 5–6 pm
FREE with Festival Admission

New York Photo Festival
St. Ann’s Warehouse
38 Water Street
Brooklyn, New York
(718) 254-8779

Party and Book Signing at powerHouse arena with Aperture artists:
Thursday, May 14, 9:00 pm

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 –Sunday, May 17, 2009

The New York Photo Festival Headquarters
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, New York
(347) 853-7447

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May 12th: Deadline for exhibition at C4FAP: “Documentary” theme, Juror Ed Kashi

Upcoming juried competition at Center for Fine Art Photography


Juror: Ed Kashi

Deadline: May 12th

Theme: Documentary photography has the power to tell stories untold, create social change, awaken emotions, and show the intimate and unseen.  This exhibition will feature the artistic viewpoint of the documentary photographer.

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to photographers world wide, both amateur and professional.  The Center for Fine Art Photography invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome.

Juror: Ed Kashi
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. His images have appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, Time, MediaStorm, GEO, Newsweek, and many other domestic and international publications.

For details click here.

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MAY 15: Deadline to apply to MediaStorm’s NYC tuition-free Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop in NYC

From the MediaStorm Blog:

“Given the tough economic climate and the critical need for multimedia training, MediaStorm will be holding a one-time, tuition-free Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop, in Brooklyn, NY from June 20-26, 2009.

The MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Workshops are designed for multimedia storytellers who want to get to the next level. It is not an introductory course. Students are responsible for their own travel, room and board. Reporters are expected to have a high level of competency with still photography, and be familiar with audio and video techniques. Editors are expected to be comfortable in Final Cut Pro.

We only have spots for 8 participants as Multimedia Reporters, Editors or Observers so we are expecting a competitive process. Applications are due no later than Friday, May 15, 2009. Participants will be selected based on the content of their applications. (click here for application form)

For more information, and to see work produced in previous workshops, see the Workshop site. If you have any questions, please email us at”


Additional learning opportunity:

Brian Storm will teaching a one-day Multimedia Storytelling workshop at Look3 on June 10. Click here to learn more.

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May 11th, 6 pm: David Maisel speaks in Santa Fe; day of portfolio reviews, too

From the SFAI‘s recent e-blast:SFAI Presents:

Photographer and Activist
David Maisel

Monday 5/11


Tipton Hall
$5 general/$2.5 students, seniors, SFAI members

Personal Portfolio Reviews
Tuesday 5/12
10am – 4pm

“We are honored to have photographer David Maisel speak as part of the Santa Fe Art Institute’s 2009 visiting artist and lecture season Memory: Shadow & Light – Art as individual/collective memory. Maisel will speak about his recent body of work re-photographing x-rays of art objects – a beautiful tribute to the idea of art as memory and also the memory of art.

For more than twenty years, photographer David Maisel has chronicled the tensions between nature and culture in his large-scaled photographs of environmentally impacted landscapes. In the multi-chaptered series Black Maps, Maisel’s aerial images become sublime meditations on what the curator Anne Tucker has termed “the engaging duality between beauty and repulsion.” In Maisel‘s recent project, Library of Dust, he continues to investigate a zone bordered by aesthetics and ethics. The series depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patients from a state-run psychiatric hospital, whose bodies have been unclaimed by their families. Maisel has recently been an Artist in Residence at both the Getty Research Institute and at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

For more information, please contact us at 505 424-5050.”

Note: David’s visit to SFAI is part of this series:

From 2/1/09 through 12/31/09 we will be exploring:

Memory: Shadow & Light –
Art as individual/ collective memory

Without memory we have no past and therefore no way of contextualizing the present or the future — our memories inform all aspects of life and without it, the world makes no sense. Our perception of the past, conversely, is always influenced by the present, which means that memory is fluid and changeable. Because memory is not just an individual, private experience but is also part of the collective domain, cultural memory has become a topic in every part of study and practice. Some artists see cultural memory as becoming more democratic, due to the rise of new media. Others see cultural memory as remaining concentrated in the hands of corporations and states.

Visiting Lecturers and Workshop Leaders are:

James Drake, artist; Susan York, sculptor; Tom Joyce, sculptor; Susan Meiselas, photographer; Blake Gopnik, art critic; Kerry James Marshall, painter; Laurie Anderson, musician/performance artist; Godfrey Reggio, filmmaker; Rackstraw Downes, painter; Gay Block, photographer; Estevan Rael-Galvez, historian; David Maisel, photographer.

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May 9th, 2 pm: Blue Earth Alliance Lecture Series with Tim Matsui at the Henry Art Gallery

As part of Blue Earth Alliance‘s Lecture Series Tim Matsui will be presenting “A Chapter of Human Trafficking: Cambodia,” in Seattle, WA at the Henry Art Gallery on Saturday, May 9th at 2 p.m.

This is the fourth lecture in their lecture series on documentary photography that focuses on global environments, social, and cultural issues.

From the website:

Tim will speak about his ongoing work documenting the complexities of human trafficking and exploitation, highlighting his time in Southeast Asia. With an eye toward regional policy, Tim will provide glimpses into reality of human trafficking and methods employed to counter exploitation. For more information, visit the blog.

When: Saturday, May 9th 2pm

Where: 15th Ave NE & 41st St
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-2280

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Magenta Foundation announces “FLASH FORWARD Emerging Photographers 2009″ winners

From the website:

“The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce year five of its Emerging Photographers exchange. With every year our artists exchange program grows and gets stronger. Flash Forward showcases the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that jurors have identified as having great potential.

Magenta would like to thank all the artists who submitted their work to this project. The final list of winners has been posted below, and the initial exhibition and book launch will be held at Lennox Contemporary in Toronto, in October 2009. Other exhibitions will be announced later.”

The “BRIGHT SPARK” award goes to MATT EICH (USA)

To view the complete list of winners, open this link (and scroll through the locations: Canada, UK then USA).

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May 15th Deadline: PHoto Espana OjodePez Documentary Photography Award

The Photo Espana OjodePez Documentary Photography Award

Deadline: May 15th

From the website:

For the second year running the magazine OjodePez and PHotoEspaña are joining forces to offer a prize that will be sought after by all documentary photographers. The magazine wants to reach out further in its support for the best documentary photography and to that end it is allying itself with one of the biggest events in international photography.
The PHE OjodePez Award is open to photographers from all over the world who put together a work of documentary photography in which they highlight human values, such as solidarity, ethics, effort or justice.
Participants must present 20 images. A prestigious international jury will select the best work, which will receive a prize of 6,000 euros. It will also be exhibited and published in the special edition that OjodePez dedicates to the prize every autumn.

The jury will also select a group of runners-up – up to a maximum of nine – who will likewise see their work published in the special edition of the magazine.

For the Rules click here.

To Register click here.

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May 15th: Deadline for W. Eugene Smith Grant and Howard Chapnick Grant

W. Eugene Grant in Humanistic Photography

Deadline May 15th

From the website:

“The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

W. Eugene Smith learned the hard way that photography could be too easy, a matter of making expert images of interesting subjects. He set himself to learn the truth – about himself as well as his subjects. In the process, he produced a series of photographic essays, for LIFE and other publications, whose passionate involvement set a standard for what photography can be. Gene Smith was a loner, a driving and driven man, who bucked the system of which he was a part. Some say he sacrificed his career, and himself, on an altar of self-destructive idealism. When he died at the age of 59 in 1978, he had $18 in the bank. But his name had become synonymous with integrity. His work was his memorial.

Why, then, a memorial fund in his name? Those who knew Smith knew also that he needed friends at critical times. Many photographers today are working against the fashions and economics of modern publishing. The Fund was established in 1979 to seek out and encourage these independent voices. In the first twenty nine years of competition, from many thousands of proposals, the Fund selected 298 finalists who were seeking help in finishing major projects. Each was worthy of a grant.

In one way or another, a finalist must approach Gene Smith’s own high standards. “I am a compassionate cynic,” he wrote, “yet I believe I am one of the most affirmative photographers around. I have tried to let the truth be my prejudice. It has taken much sweat. It has been worth it.”

Applications consist of both written and visual components.  For complete application details click here.

To learn more about the fund click here.

In addition to the Smith award, photographer may apply for the Howard Chapnick Grant:

In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced a new award, the Howard Chapnick Grant, to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing research, education and management. The Grant was established to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick, and acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography.

The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Fund’s Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant ($5000) is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.

Recipients of the Howard Chapnick Grant will be selected by the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography.”

Click here to download an application for the Chapnick Grant.


Past Recipients

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Where did Conscientious go?

If anyone (like me) was wondering why every time they went to their Conscientious bookmark all they got was “The requested URL /weblog/ was not found on this server.”

here is the answer:

The host company of the popular photography blog Conscientious ( has had some techinical problems, and photographer Joerg Colberg who maintains the blog has not been able to get the it restored. So in the mean time, while the company is trying to figure out the technical issues he will be posting at:

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May 11th- Deadline for Eddie Adams Workshop

Deadline May 11th

From the website:

The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios.

To apply click here.

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