Archive for July, 2009

Book Arts/Letterpress classes in August in NYC

I first met the people at Studio-On-The-Square at the Small Press Fair organized by the Center for Independent Publishing (NYC), where I had a chance to see the beautiful work they do with artist’s books at their in-house INTIMA PRESS, and learned that they offer workshops for artists.  Those of you interested in creating small or limited edition books would be wise to learn some of the techniques offered.
From an e-blast this morning, edited to suggest classes I believe my readers would enjoy:

 

 

“We have just added a few new August sessions:   

INTRODUCTION TO LETTERPRESS – Monday, August 10, 6-9:30PM

THE ART OF THE BOOK: UNDERSTANDING & PLANNING YOUR EDITION – Sunday, 10am-4pm, Aug 2

LETTERPRESS INTENSIVE WEEKEND – Sat & Sun 10AM-4PM, August 8 & 9 

New students take 10% off these fabulous Summer classes!

Call or e-mail for more information & visit our website www.StudioOnTheSq.com for additional workshops. 

STUDIO-ON-THE-SQUARE
32 Union Square East, Studio 310, NY, NY 10003
Tel: 917-412-4134
Subway:  4, 5, 6, L, R to 14th St. Union Square
www.StudioOnTheSq.com (workshops for every artistic level)
www.IntimaPress.com (artist’s books, letterpress designs, invitations, binding)”

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Upcoming at MCA Chicago: 7/28 Curator’s tour of “Elements of Photography” and August 25th Artist Talk: Jill Frank

CURATOR’S TOUR, “Elements of Photography” Exhibition

On Tuesday, July 28th at noon, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago:

“MCA Curatorial Assistant Michael Green talks about his process in organizing this collection-based exhibition and helps visitors consider the works on view in relation to contemporary issues in photography.”

About the exhibition, which continues through October 4th:

“Elements of Photography presents photographic and video works from the MCA Collection with a focus on elemental materials of nature: light and water. Also the fundamental elements of traditional photography, the works included in the exhibition foreground the inherent relationship between the photographic process and the natural world.

With these elements, artists like Hiroshi Sugimoto, Luisa Lambri, Walead Beshty, and Adam Ekberg create ephemeral works that explore the foundation of the photographic image: the play of light through half opened shutters; haunting seascapes reduced to a gradation of elemental material; and luminous circles of light formed by the interplay of sunlight and the camera’s lens. Bringing the natural world to near or complete abstraction, these photographs emphasize their own material composition. At the same time, they invite the viewer to reflect on themes inherent to photographic medium, such as the passage of time and the nature of perception.

The exhibition is organized by MCA Curatorial Assistant Michael Green.”

Make a return visit after August 8th to see this exhibition:

JILL FRANK (August 8-30, in the UBS 12 x 12 Exhibition Series)

Frank chronicles incidents and memories that have escaped the camera’s lens. Her recent work makes use of collaboration and collective memory to enact performances based on events from personal narratives as well as historical and literary sources. For many of these works, Frank collaborates with a group of students from the western suburbs of Chicago, who theatrically interpret stories from the Bible or scenes from the lives of saints. According to the artist, these reenactments, which she photographs using a large-format camera, “speak to the failure and success of photographic representation.”

UBS 12 x 12 Artist Talk on TUESDAY, AUGUST 25th, 6:30 p.m.

“Artist Jill Frank discusses her work and ideas during this informal gallery talk. Frank chronicles incidents and memories that have escaped the camera’s lens. Her recent work makes use of collaboration and collective memory to enact performances based on events from personal narratives as well as historical and literary sources. For many of these works, Frank collaborates with a group of students from the western suburbs of Chicago, who theatrically interpret stories from the Bible or scenes from the lives of saints. According to the artist, these reenactments, which she photographs using a large-format camera, “speak to the failure and success of photographic representation.”

MCA Chicago

220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL  60611

312 – 280 – 2660

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July 26th- Critical Mass Deadline Extended

From my earlier post:

This is one of my favorite competitions of the year!   Reviewers have the opportunity to take time with your work, see 10 images and read artists statements on their work.   Many of my favorite bodies of work I have first come to know through this competition.

I encourage all my readers to submit, and to enter 10 images that work well together as a group.  Don’t try to show that you have a broad skills set – rather, show us what you are working on in depth; give us a window on what you are exploring.  Captions are important to me, as is a series or project title.  We spend a lot of time reviewing the submissions, so edit and sequence as if it is an in-person presentation.  Take your writing seriously, too.  Many people will see it and for most it will be a “first impression” of you and your work.

Good luck!  I look forward to seeing your work.


From the website:

“What Is Critical Mass?

The aim of Critical Mass, and all Photolucida programming, is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today.

Critical Mass is a program about exposure and community. The idea is simple- photographers (from anywhere) submit a 10 image portfolio for $75. This work then gets pre-screened by a committee of approximately 20-25 great jurors and from there, 175 top Finalists are determined. These top finalists then pay an additional submission fee and their work goes on to a jury of approximately 200 of the world’s best curators, editors, and professionals who have agreed to view and vote on these finalists. From these votes, two or three photographers receive book awards and once the monographs are published, everyone who enters and reviews will receive copies of the books.

We are pleased to continue to give scholarships to pre-selected photographers by geographical region. In 2007, we gave scholarships to Polish photographers, in 2008 it was Mexico. This year, the lucky country is Italy.

What to expect?

As an entrant to Critical Mass, you shouldn’t necessarily expect feedback from the jurors unless they want to contact you about doing something with your work. Reviewers are given the opportunity and encouraged to provide written feedback, but we can’t guarantee anything other than:

  • Everyone who enters will receive copies of each of the Book Award Winners.
  • Everyone who enters will receive a CD containing all of the submitted work.
  • Everyone who enters will have their work seen, and voted on, by the Pre-Screening committee.
  • Those who continue on in the top 175 Finalists will have their work seen, and voted on, by over 200 jurors.
  • Those who make the Top 50 will be given the opportunity to have their work in a Critical Mass Top 50 show at PCNW, curated by Andy Adams, editor/publisher of Flak Photo.

For details click here.

For the Photolucida blog with a list of reviewers click here.”


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“Making Books, 21st-Century Style: An Interview with Rick Smolan” on AIGA.org

This dialogue between designer/critic/author Steven Heller and photographer/publisher Rick Smolan was printed on the AIGA website 7/21/09:

Making Books, 21st-Century Style: An Interview with Rick Smolan

They discuss the recent publication that Rick and his wife and collaborator Jennifer Erwitt created:  The Obama Time Capsule, “a customizable documentary book that enables the user to be part of history.”  Heller continues:  “The implications for this project are profound.  Will it transform book publishing?  or is it simlyone in a series of digital novelties?  A veteran publisher and packager, Smolan talks about the impeturs for doing this book and the future as he sees it.”

The project is a collaboration with HP (utilizing HP Indigo digital presses) and is available exclusively at Amazon, with customization/fulfillment by RPI in Seattle.

The publication’s website’s opening ‘how to’ video is fantasic – a must see!

Amazing.  There was an interesting piece on PBS’ Newshour last week worth seeing/reading the transcript:  “Publishing Industry Confronts Changing Reader Habits.”

This dialogue to be continued…

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July 26- INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRIES FOTOWEEK DC

Early Deadline July 26- INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRIES FOTOWEEK DC

From the website:

This year we’ve expanded from a regional competition to an INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRIES of remarkable imagery. FOTOWEEK DC is now accepting single images, series projects, social documentary and multimedia work.

  • Open to all photographers around the world
  • $21,500 in cash prizes including $5,000 for “Spirit of Washington”
  • 12 entry categories including Social Documentary & New Media
  • Distinguished Panel of Judges
  • Awards Ceremony at National Geographic Society Nov 5, 2009
  • Winning photos exhibited at FotoWeek DC Festival Nov 7-14, 2009
  • FotoWeek DC limited edition book published in 2010 with winning photos
  • Enter by July 26 for 20% discount

Extended Deadline September 13th

For a list of categories click here.

For a list of judges clikc here.

For rules click here.

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July 20- Jeff Rosenheim:” Robert Frank’s The Americans” in Rockport, ME

Jeff Rosenheim: Robert Frank’s The Americans

Monday 20 July at 8 pm in the Theater at Union Hall, 2 Central Street, Rockport, Maine

For the third consecutive year, Jeff Rosenheim, Curator of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, returns to Union Hall for one of his captivating lectures. This year’s special lecture will be on Robert Frank’s groundbreaking book, The Americans, the subject of a blockbuster New York show celebrating its 50th anniversary.

* Event starts: 07/20/2009 8:00:00 PM

Seating is limited

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En Foco’s New Works Photography Awards Fellowship: Postmark July 31

From the web page for the competition:

New Works Photography Awards Fellowship

En Foco’s New Works Photography Awards Fellowship is an annual program selecting three or more U.S. based photographers of Latino, African, Asian, Native American or Pacific Islander heritage, through a national call for entries.

NEW WORKS #13 DEADLINE: July 31, 2009

JUROR: Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator, Museum of Fine Arts / Houston

DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES & ENTRY FORM HERE

New Works helps artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area.

Submissions can be in any photo-based style or genre (documentary, autobiographical, landscape, abstract, digital, pinhole, alternative processes, etc).

New Works fellows usually receive:

a $1,000 honorarium;
professional tripods from Bogen;
camera bags from Lowepro;
a feature article in Nueva Luz;
an exhibition in New York;
a photographers page on enfoco.org;
a one-year En Foco membership

Read about prior New Works exhibitions:

New Works #12 (2008-2009)

New Works #11 (2007-2008)

New Works #10 (2006-2007)

New Works #9 (2005-2006)

New Works #8 (2004-2005)

New Works #7 (2003-2004)

New Works #6 (2002-2003)

To learn more, click here.

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