Archive for August, 2009

August 18th: Keith Taylor to speak at Mpls Photo Center

Keith Taylor will present his work on Tuesday, August 18th in the Tuesday Artist’s Talk Series at Mpls Photo Center, from 7 – 10 p.m.  Keith is known for his beautiful platinum prints, and will be exhibiting a selection of his work printed in a number of different alternative processes.  Come and her from the master who prints for such artists as Beth Dow, Eve Arnold, Cy DeCosse, Alex Soth, Mario Testino and more.

From the e-release:

“Taylor is known for dusky, richly detailed images more reminiscent of etchings that conventional photographs.  They are made with a laborious 19-century printing process involving platinum and palladium instead of the more common silver salts used in most 20th – century photographs.  Recently he invented a technique that includes a computer to enlarge his negatives, but he still mixes his own light-sensitive solutions of platinum and palladium and brushes them onto the watercolor type paper on which the photos are printed.”

A selection of fifteen of Taylor’s prints are currently on view in the Center’s Third Floor Gallery.

Free to members, $5 to non-members (can be applied to membership).


Click here to download the PDF.

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Tickets on sale now for Paul Graham lecture October 1st at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Photographer Paul Graham (British, born 1956) will be lecturing in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

From the MIA events webpage:  

“This is the first lecture of a new photography initiative New Pictures Program.  This lecture is also the first Arnold Newman  Lecture for Photography.  Newman (1918-2006) is acknowledged as one of the great masters of the 20th and 21th century and his work has has changed portraiture.  Paul Graham is an artist photographer whose work operates in the territory traditionally reserved for documentary photography but uses and abuses the classic genres of photography to map a cultural and social topography.

The tickets are available for purchase now for only $5 (members free).

See this early post on Paul’s work here.

From the MIA event webpage:

Arnold Newman Lecture on Photography

Thursday, October 1, 2009
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The new annual Arnold Newman lecture series on photography features leading contemporary photographers discussing issues in the medium today. The series debut is by Paul Graham, one of the first photographers of his generation to bring together the rich historical tradition of social documentary photography with contemporary approaches to color and experimental image-making. His photographs explore the stuff of life and history, taking on subjects such as the Northern Ireland conflict, postwar Japanese culture, and class inequities in Western Europe and the United States.

Graham has produced 12 publications, including two major survey monographs. He received the 2009 Borse Photography Prize for a shimmer of possibility, which captures the struggles and poetry of daily life in America. Photographs from the book were featured in a solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art.

Admission: $5; free for MIA members. To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online ».

For more details click here.

About Arnold Newman:

“The Arnold Newman Archive is dedicated to the legacy and work of famed photographer Arnold Newman.  A join effort between the Newman Family, Commerce Graphics and Howard Greenberg Gallery, the archive will work to preserve and share Arnold Newman’s vast body of work and achievements.”

In September 2006, The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin announced the acquisition of Arnold Newman’s archive.  To read the press release, click here

in 2007, ASMP presented the first annual Arnold Newman Prize to Chris Buck.   This annual Prize  “recognizes the work of a contemporary environmental portrait photographer whose imagery is grounded in the traditions and values that Newman pioneered.”  Jonathan Torgovnik received the Prize in 2008, and this year’s winner is Jeff Reidel.  This prize is selected from among the top scoring portrait submissions in PDN’s Photography Annual Competition.  

About the Department of Photographs at MIA:

Begun in 1973, the MIA’s collection of photographs spans the history of the medium as fine art, from the 1860s to the present. Representing more than 800 photographers and 8,500 works of art, the collection consists primarily of 20th-century American work, but increasing emphasis on photographs from all countries is providing new scope and dimension.

The Department of Photographs has developed and continues to thrive because of the active and generous support of loyal donors. The earliest acquisitions were funded by Kate Butler and Hall James Peterson. Their initiative inspired others, including Harry Drake, Martin Weinstein, and Fred and Ellen Wells. More recently, the creation of the Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison Fund, along with the establishment of the Harrison Photography Galleries, has given the department enormous momentum. These superb new galleries are devoted to the presentation of our permanent collection.

Over the years, the Department of Photographs has been committed to using the collection for educational purposes, and the MIA now serves as a major resource for the five-state area. Numerous exhibitions drawn from the collection have traveled to other institutions, and high school and college students frequently visit our galleries and print study area.”

Click here to read an earlier post on this blog on the 2007 passing of Carroll T. “Ted” Hartwell, long-time curator of photography at MIA.

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Curatorial Transitions at LACMA and CCP

Earlier this summer we learned that Charlotte Cotton had accepted an exciting position in her native England, overseeing the National Media Museum’s planned expansion in London.  

Click here to read the LA Times blog (July 16) on Charlotte’s return to England.

Today the LA Times featured an article announcing that Britt Salvesen, Director and Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson will assume a newly-created position overseeing two LACMA departments: photography and prints.  

Click here to read the article on Britt’s appointment at LACMA.

Congratulations to both!


Interestingly, their vision overlaps in the forthcoming LACMA presentation of “New Topographics” exhibition (October 25, 2009 – January 10, 2010); the exhibition was organized by the CCP and the George Eastman House, opening at GEH (on view through September 27th).  For the LACMA showing, the exhibition website tell us “This version of New Topographics will also include some thirty prints and books by other relevant artists—clearly distinguished by physical presentation from the primary works—to provide additional historical and contemporary context. Relevant artists include key figures such as Timothy O’Sullivan, Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Robert Smithson, and Dan Graham. Curator at LACMA: Charlotte Cotton, Photography.”   The exhibition will be on view at the CCP in Tucson beginning February 19th – May 16th.  

From LACMA’s website:

The 1975 exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape brought together nine photographers—Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel, Jr.—at the International Museum of Photography. Signaling the emergence of a new approach to landscape, the show effectively gave a name to a movement or style. New Topographicshas since come to be understood as marking a paradigm shift with the artists thoughtfully engaged with their medium and its history in different ways. 

To learn more on The New Topographics exhibition:

D.A.P. has a page on its website called “The New Topographics: A Bookshelf” at

NPR posted “New Topographics (Redux)” on The Picture Show area of its website:

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August 1: Dennis Stock Lecture at CPW, Woodstock NY

Dennis Stock Lecture at the Center for Photography at Woodstock:

Saturday August 15 8pm

Exhibition of Dennis Stock’s work on view through September 25th:  “WOODSTOCK GENERATION”

From the website:

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to announce its upcoming fall solo exhibition by longtime Magnum photographer, Dennis Stock. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, the exhibition Woodstock Generation explores the alternative communities and culture of the hippie movement, which culminated in three historic days in August 1969.”

On view from August 8 – October 25, the exhibition Woodstock Generation chronicles a chapter in American history: a time when the quest for new social systems drove young hippies into the most remote regions of the United States, forging a new way of life in the form of communes. Faced with the alienation they felt within a changing American culture and the conventions of their former generation, and filled with a utopian ideal and an anarchistic temperament, these young rebels created intentional communities on the fringes of society.

To learn more about Dennis Stock, please visit



Saturday, August 22, 8 pm:  DOUG MENUEZ

Saturday, August 29, 8 pm:  ALEX WEBB & REBECCA NORRIS WEBB


To learn more about upcoming lectures at CPW, click here.

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September 6th: “Project 5″ Portfolio Review in NYC

From the e-announcement:

Guidelines for applying to Project 5’s Portfolio Review

Date of Review: Sunday, September 20th

“Project 5 is proud to announce our first group Portfolio Review in New York City. Project 5 is a unique collaboration between Amador Gallery, ClampArt, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Foley Gallery and Sasha Wolf Gallery that has grown out of years of friendship and shared ambitions in the photography market.

Project 5 hopes to foster a supportive environment for artists to receive constructive criticism and build an ongoing dialogue about their work with art world professionals.

After the formal reviews conclude we will have a short one hour meet and greet so that all the artists and reviewers will have an opportunity to meet each other and share contacts, ideas, etc.

To apply for Project 5’s Portfolio Review please send:

-A written description of your work

- A biography that outlines your education and professional experience.

- A link to your website, if you have one.

- 10 jpegs sent either in a zip file or attached to an email (or series of emails). The jpgs should be 100 dpi and 6 inches at the largest dimension.

Project 5’s Portfolio Review will consist of three 20-minute reviews with three of Project 5’s gallerists. Great consideration will be given to the matching of gallery owners and artists based on the strengths and experience of each.

Deadline for receipt of materials for this review will be September 6th and the artists will be notified of acceptance by September 9th. A $250 check made out to Project 5 will be due by September 12th.

Please direct any questions to or to any of the galleries involved.”

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As this is a new event, here a few extra questions we asked the organizers:
We are wondering how the schedule will be set up? Will the event be held at one place, or will the photographer be going between the various galleries to meet each gallerist? Will there be any other events around the same time, other than the meet and greet to build the community aspect between the photographers?

We will schedule the reviews as to benefit the artists the very best we can. We will be sensitive to their time investment so hopefully no one will be left waiting very long. We will match up the reviewee and the reviewer to best benefit both as to style, genre etc. There will be a short meet and greet at the end of the day so that everyone will get to meet even if they weren’t matched up for a formal review. The event will be held at one gallery although we have not decided on the location yet.

How many people are being accepted, and who is jurying the acceptance is it the gallerists themselves (ie is there a chance for the photographers to get their work seen regardless if they are accepted)?When you submit The five people involved in Project 5 will see all the work submitted and we will be vetting the participants ourselves.

It seems like a great opportunity to have your work seen by these 5 gallerists, but what happens if you get a review with someone that you have met at another review event? If there is a situation where the artist has already met the reviewer we will certainly accommodate another schedule.

There will also be an Artists Salon planned for September 26th at Daniel Cooney Fine Art with Timothy Briner, Yola Manakhov, Jessica Dimmock and Cara Phillips speaking on their work and we are hoping to organize a series of panel discussions soon. More details to follow…

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August 14th in Santa Fe: Lecture by David Taylor in conjunction with “Through The Lens” Exhibition

From the e-press release:

David Taylor, whose photographic work along the U.S./Mexico border is supported by a 2008 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, will deliver the next Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe lecture at 6pm on Friday, Aug. 14, in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Ave.


The event is free and open to the public.


Taylor’s lecture, “Western Exposure: Photographs and the Frontier,” will explore his work along the border in conjunction with the Through the Lensexhibit, which charts the development of the City Different through the eyes of many photographers over the decades.


Taylor is an Associate Professor at New Mexico State University, where he teaches photography. His photographs, installations and artist’s books have been exhibited nationally. Taylor’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Washington State Arts Commission, the El Paso Museum of Art and Fidelity Investments. For more on Taylor and his work, go to


Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe, on view at the Palace of the Governors through Oct. 25, was curated by photographer and educator Krista Elrick and Palace of the Governors Curator of Photography Mary Anne Redding. The exhibition, lecture series, and publication of the book, Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe, are sponsored by the Scanlan Family Foundation, Verve Gallery of Photography, New Mexico Council on Photography, New Mexico Humanities Council, Visual Arts Gallery at the Santa Fe Community College, Photography Department/Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe, Scheinbaum & Russek LTD., Santa Fe 400th Anniversary Partnership, Santa Fe Art Foundation, Andrew Smith Gallery, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Palace Guard, Phyllis and Edward Gladden Endowment Fund, and the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico.


For information on the exhibition, contact Mary Anne Redding at (505) 476-5026.

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Tomorrow Aug. 7-Photographer Laura Gilpin “Through the Lens” Lecture Series

Through the Lens”Lecture Series highlights Photographer Laura Gilpin
this Friday August 7th- 6pm in Santa Fe, NM
From the announcement:
The intrepid life and photography of Laura Gilpin come to life at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, as writer and actor Deborah Blanche adds her performance to the Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe lecture series.
The event is at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Ave., and is free.
Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe, on view at the Palace of the Governors through Oct. 25, charts the development of the City Different through the work of many photographers over the decades. The project, curated by photographer and educator Krista Elrick and Palace of the Governors Curator of Photography Mary Anne Redding, showcases outstanding photographs that reveal the aesthetic excellence of the artists working in Santa Fe since the 1850s.
For details click here.

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MVS to speak in Maine, Thursday August 6, 8 p.m.

I will be speaking this Thursday within the weekly faculty presentations at the Maine Media Workshops, a lecture series that is open to the community and free to all.  I hope to see many of you there! 

Thursday, August 6th, 8 p.m.

Location: Union Hall, on the main street of Rockport, overlooking the beautiful Rockport Harbor, a stone’s throw from Timothy Whelan’s fantastic bookstore.

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Tonight- Beth Dow at the MPLS Photo Center

Tuesday, Aug. 4th 7-10pm

Photographer Beth Dow will be speaking about her images of Illuminate Gardens and the Cultivated Natural world at the Minneapolis Photo Center

Address: Northwind Lofts, 2400, N. Second Street, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Free for members

$5 non-members

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