Archive for July, 2009


Recently I transcribed Bill Jay’s acceptance speech from the 2008 ICP Infinity Awards to add to my May 13th post noting his sad passing.  In addition, I added information sent to me by readers of the blog, and added Gerry Badger’s obituary of Bill’s life on the BJP website  to my original post.   I encourage those interested to review the post for updates.

You can link to this updated post from  by clicking here

Bill, we miss you!

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July 20: Submission deadline, LACDA International Juried Competition

from the e-blast:


Rita Gonzalez
Curator of Contemporary Art, L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA

Rex Bruce
Director, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

Deadline for entries: July 20, 2009

“Enter our juried competition for digital art, digital photography, video and new media. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to their creation are acceptable. We accept digital art stills of any kind, digital photogaphy, short experimental time-based video, video loops, 3D and all other digital video animations, mobile media and interactive new media or internet art ( works of any kind.

The competition is international, and open to all geographic locations.

Video, interactive and new media are accepted by DVD/CD. Internet art ( entries are viewed at their original URL. Still image entries are acceped by jpeg upload. Still image winners are printed by the gallery for exhibition to eliminate the need for shipping, especially for international artists.

The selected winners will be exhibited as the central focus of the “DigitalArt.LA” expo in a large group exhibit at the LACDA gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists. The expo runs August 14-16 (concurrent with and promoted by the Downtown Art Walk and the Downtown Film Festival). The winners exhibit will remain in the gallery August 14-September 6.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to exhibit alongside top institutions and have your work viewed by a LACMA curator!

All entries are given special consideration for exhibiting at LACDA and outside exhibitions where we are featured. Artists participating in our competitions form the pool of artists from which we select the vast majority of those featured at LACDA and are often considered by our associated network of galleries and curators. Proceeds from the competition support these gallery programs and the DigitalArt.LA expo. Juror Rex Bruce has curated and participated in over 75 exhibits since the founding of LACDA in 2004 and is internationally recognized as a leader and expert in the field.”

L.A. Center For Digital Art
107 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

For more information click here.


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July 17 in Santa Fe: Gallery walk, “Through The Lens: Creating Santa Fe” exhibition with co-Curator Krista Elrick

Friday, July 17 , 6 pm at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe:

Photographers and Their Places

Krista Elrick, fine-art photographer, educator, and co-curator of Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe will do a Gallery Walk Through of Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe.

The exhibition continues through October 25th; visit the exhibition website to view the images included in the exhibition, as  video interviews with co-curators Krista Elrick and MaryAnne Redding, as well as many of the participating artists.  

A beautiful exhibition catalog has been produced to accompany the show, which includes images made in the region from 1880 to the present.   From the exhibition website:

“UNESCO designated Santa Fe, New Mexico, the first “Creative City” in the United States in 2005. Since the arrival of the railroad in 1880, Santa Fe has actively promoted its image as a leading arts destination. Much has been written about the contributions painters and crafts people have made to attracting diverse peoples to the region, lured by images depicted in paintings, woodcuts, and engravings and by indigenous textiles, ceramics, basketry, and jewelry. Until now, however, little Catalog Coverhas been written about the contributions photography has made to the creation of Santa Fe in both its public and private personas.

From the 1880s to the present, photography has been used effectively both to document and to promote Santa Fe. Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe tells the visual history of place and of the medium that contributed so much to its public invention. The selected images, representing more than one hundred noted photographers, illuminate the multiple meanings of place given to this evolving landscape and its various inhabitants.

Included are early practitioners Jesse Nusbaum, Ben Wittick, and Thomas J. Curran, Christian G. Kaadt, Parkhurst and Curtis; and such artists of renown as Lewis Baltz, Paul Caponigro, Lee Friedlander, Adams,Weston, and Strand. Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe provides contextual perspective on how photography has been used over the years to record and promote Santa Fe’s image but also is a history of photography from its earliest days of documentation to the fine-art status it gained in its own right among the arts of the Southwest. The book, in addition, is a visual record of transformation in Santa Fe over the last 130 years that reveals existential experiences resulting from shifting boundaries, differing patterns of cultural behavior, and changing perspectives of natural, man-made, and symbolic environments. While some of the photographs, panoramas, or aerial shots, for example, provide a broad perspective on these transformations, Through the Lensalso contains photographs that reveal a more personal side of the city’s social history and the overlays of Native American, Hispano, and Anglo cultures interacting locally.

[about the editors]

Mary Anne Redding, a curator, archivist, and arts administrator, is the Curator of Photography at the Palace of the Governors/ New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. Redding has duel Master’s Degrees in Arts Administration and Information and Library Science as well as advanced studies in photography and art history.

Krista Elrick (M.F.A. Photography, 1990; B.A. Cultural Anthropology, 1980) is a photographer whose work is exhibited nationally and has been included in such publications as Never Say Goodbye: The Albuquerque Rephotographic Survey Project. A Santa Fe resident, she regularly lectures on the photographic history of the West.”

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July 16: Lecture in Scottsdale on Callahan, Siskind & Sommer

From the SMOCA e-release: 


Free lecture on the photography of Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind & Frederick Sommer

by SMoCA’s co-curator Claire C. Carter:



Stage 2 Theater (adjacent to SMoCA)

Inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts building

7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251



Thursday, July 16

6:30 p.m.

FREE LECTURE AT SMoCA: “Lineage: tracing generations of American photography”


*This  presentation is part of SMoCA’s Free Thursday Evening Summer Events* 

(Scottsdale, AZ) Claire C. Carter, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s co-curator of the current exhibition At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer, will provide scholarly context for the three featured photographers in a free lecture in Stage 2 Theater on Thursday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m.


Carter will examine the aesthetic interrelationship of these three mid-century photographers who helped define the course of American photography and the impact that they have had on contemporary artists. She will explore how the self-taught photographers, often referred to as the ‘holy trinity of American photography’ helped shape a national community of peers and the evolution of photography as an art form, creating the bridge between straight photography and the hybrid approaches to the medium seen presently. “Almost every photographer working today was either taught by one of them [Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind or Frederick Sommer] or by one of their students,” stated Claire Carter.”

This exhibition is on view through August 9th – not to be missed!

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July 13- Reminder FOTOFEST 2010 Meeting Place Registration

From the announcement:

This Weekend is Your LAST CHANCE to Register Before the Meeting Place Lottery

Meeting Place Registration forms must be received by Monday, July 13, 2009.

Click Here for Registration Form

Registration forms must be completed and sent to FotoFest by regular mail or fax. NO phone, e-mail, or walk-in registrations are accepted. July 13 is not a postmark deadline – forms must be received by that date.

On the morning of Tuesday, July 14, 2009, FotoFest conducts a lottery for Meeting Place Registrations. All registration received before the lottery have an equal chance for acceptance.

Registrations that are not chosen in the lottery will be added to the waiting list in the order in which they are received. Meeting Place registrations received after July 13, 2009 are still eligible and are placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are received.

Registration for the 2010 Meeting Place is nearly at capacity. Register now to ensure your entry in the lottery.

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July 15th-Call for Entries Surface Magazine Fashion Photography Contest

From the announcement:

Surface magazine’s 2009 Avant Guardian Photography Project call for entries.

Now in its 12th year, the Avant Guardian offers an amazing opportunity for emerging fashion photographers to produce a fashion editorial for the pages of Surface magazine and have their photos displayed in a traveling exhibit.

We will be accepting submissions for the 2009 Avant Guardian project from June 15-July 15th. All entries must be submitted online at the website below:

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July 14: Deadline for the 2009 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography

The Center for Fine Art Photography 2009 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography

From the competition webpage:

All subjects are eligible.

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: ANDY ADAMS, Editor/Publisher, FLAK PHOTO

“Andy Adams is the editor/publisher of Flak Photo (, a contemporary photography website that celebrates the art of publishing photography online. Flak Photo provides unique opportunities for artists and photography organizations to share their work with a burgeoning online photographic community and highlights new series work, book projects and gallery exhibitions from established and emerging photographers. Recent features include 3030 Press’ New Photography in China, Humble Arts Foundation’s 31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography, Hamburger Eyes Photo Magazine’s Inside Burgerworld, the Photographic Resource Center’s EXPOSURE: The Annual PRC Juried Exhibition, Big City Press’ Hijacked, Volume One: Australia & America, and David Wright + Ethan Jones’ Pause to Begin.

Important Dates:

  • Entries due: July 14, 2009
  • Notice of acceptance:  July 24
  • Exhibition dates: October 2 – October 31
  • Reception: October 2

Entry Fee:

  • The entry fee for non-members is $35 USD for the first three images.
  • The entry fee for members of The Center for Fine Art Photography is $20.00 USD for 3 images.
  • Additional images may be submitted for $10 each.
    There is no limit to the number of images that may be submitted.

Applicants signing up for membership at the time they submit their work for
jurying may become a member and meet the entry fee for a total of $77.00 USD.

Exhibition and Awards:
With selection for this exhibition, artists and their work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and others who appreciate the fine art of photography.

  • Juror’s Selection award: $300
  • Director’s Selection award: $200
  • Gallery Visitor’s Choice Award: $100
  • Two Artists’ ShowCase Online subscriptions for one year:  (preview at
  • All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery

For the application form or to submit online click here.

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July 9-17: Lectures/book signings with MAGNUM PHOTOS exibition participating artists Constantine Manos, Susan Meiselas, and Paul Fusco at the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe

Verve Gallery Santa Fe, NM

Exhibition June 25, 2009 – August 22, 2009

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Bruce Davidson, Thomas Dworzak, Elliott Erwitt, Paul Fusco, Constantine Manos, Susan Meiselas, Steve McCurry, Eli Reed, Alex Webb

Reception: July 10, 2009 5-7pm

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Verve Gallery, 219 East Marcy St., Santa Fe


Friday, July 10, 2009, 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Verve Gallery, 219 East Marcy St., Santa Fe


Saturday, July 11, 2009, 2:00-4:00pm
Location: New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe
Co-sponsors: VERVE Gallery, Photo Archives/Palace of the Governor’s and Photo Eye Books

Friday, July 17, 2009, 2:00-4:00pm
Location: New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe
Co-sponsors: VERVE Gallery, Photo Archives/Palace of the Governor’s and Photo Eye Books

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July 13th- Extended Deadline for Atlanta Celebrates Photography Reviews

ACP 11 Portfolio Review – Deadline Extended
From the announcement:
A quick reminder that we’ve extended the deadline for the ACP 11 Portfolio Review to Monday, July 13th! Plus, we’ve nearly finalized our list of reviewers (w/ 2 more reviewers to be named). The ACP 11 Portfolio Review will be on Saturday, October 10th. The ACP Portfolio Review brings together curators, gallerists, editors, photographers and artists for a full day of extremely productive engagement and networking.When the review sessions are over, photographers are invited to show (and possibly sell) their work to the public in the ACP Portfolio Walk, a reception attended by gallery owners, independent curators, collectors and fellow photographers.Registrations for the Portfolio Review are juried, and attendees will need to submit 3-5 jpgs with a brief artist’s statement for consideration. Registration will remain open until 11:59PM EST on July 13th, and successful registrants will be notified by July 17th. Once accepted, the registration fee is $250.

As of July 7th, here are our confirmed reviewers:

Andy Adams – Writer and Editor of Flak Photo
Julian Cox – Head Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Ellen Fleurov – Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh
Sylvie Fortin – Editor, Art Papers Magazine, Atlanta
Hanna Frieser – Director, Light Work, Syracuse, NY
Stuart Horodner – Curator, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta
Jason Houston – Photo Editor, Orion Magazine
Lisa Kurzner – Independent Curator, Cleveland
Andrea Meislin – Owner, Andrea Meislin Gallery, NYC, NY
Michele Mosko – Owner, Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver
Charlie Stainback – Curator, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
Susan Todd-Raque – Independent Curator, Educator and Dealer, Atlanta
Anna Walker-Skillman – Owner, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta
Sasha Wolf – Owner, Sasha Wolf Gallery, NY, NY

We will be accepting 52 artists for the Portfolio Review, and each artist will receive four 20 minute, face to face reviews. Review participants may select their choice of reviewers, and ACP will make every effort to meet requests through a computerized matching system.
Register for the ACP 11 Portfolio Review today!

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July 9th: “What Matters: Documentary Photography and Social Change” at Stanford University

From an e-blast just in from Andy Patrick, Founder, FiftyCrows and CEO of liveBooks:


Documentary Photography and Social Change

Thursday, July 9, 2009
7:30 – 9:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium in the Nathan Cummings Art Building, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Free and Open to All

Photo essays have proven their ability to not only document but actually change the course of human events. If that is the case, shouldn’t we be searching for the essential photo-essays of our time, the pictures that will spark public discourse and instigate the type of real-world reforms that engaged citizens in the past? What Matters, a new book edited by David Elliot Cohen, attempts to answer this question with eighteen important photo-essays by this generation’s preeminent photojournalists. These essays poignantly address the big issues of our time: climate change, oil addiction, the inequitable distribution of global wealth and other current problems. The book ends with “What You Can Do,” an appendix that offers hundreds of ways to be part of the solution to the compelling challenges we now face.

David Elliot Cohen, Author and Editor

Michael Watts, Chancellor’s Professor of Geography and Development Studies
and Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Ed Kashi, Photographer

Click here for more information

Visit the What Matters Website

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