Archive for November, 2009

Critical Mass TOP FIFTY and BOOK FINALISTS Announced

Congratulations to the Top Fifty Finalists of  Photolucida Critical Mass Competition 2009!!

Book Award Finalists

Jody Ake

Carl Bower

Alejandro Cartagena

Toni Greaves

Birthe Piontek

Christopher Sims

Top 50

Jenn Ackerman
Jody Ake
Leslie Alsheimer
Jane Fulton Alt
Carl Bower
Andrea Camuto
Manuel Capurso
Alejandro Cartagena
Pelle Cass
Edmund Clark
Victor Cobo
Caleb Cole
Scott Dalton
Dorothee Deiss
Mitch Dobrowner
Jade Doskow
Ed Freeman
Lucia Ganieva
Judy Gelles
N W Gibbons
Toni Greaves
Alexander Gronsky
Jessica Todd Harper
Jessica Ingram
Samar Jodha
Mary Shannon Johnstone
Jimmy Lam
Laurie Lambrecht
David Leventi
Larry Louie
Benjamin Lowy
Simone Lueck
David Maisel
Sarah Malakoff
Rania Matar
Tim Matsui
Mark Menjivar
Brad Moore
Kate Orne
Ara Oshagan
Rachel Papo
Bradley Peters
Alexis Pike
Birthe Piontek
Ellen Rennard
Betsy Schneider
Peter Sibbald
Christopher Sims
David Taylor
Phillip Toledano
Will Steacy
Serkan Taycan

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November 10th- Michael Wolf: Artist’s Talk

Photographer Michael Wolf will be doing an Artist’s Talk and Book Signing  on Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 pm at the Aperture Foundation

Exhibitions on view:
November 7, 2009—January 21, 2010

From the gallery website:

Michael Wolf: The Transparent City
Chicago, like many of the world’s great urban centers, has recently undergone a surge in new construction, grafting a new layer of architectural experimentation onto those of past eras. Bringing his unique perspective on changing urban environments to a city renowned for its architecture, Michael Wolf chose to photograph Chicago’s central downtown area, focusing specifically on issues of voyeurism and the contemporary urban landscape in flux. His first body of work to address an American city, Michael Wolf: The Transparent City opened at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), in November 2008. The show at Aperture marks the second U.S. venue for the exhibition. The work, which is accompanied by a book of the same title copublished by Aperture and MoCP last fall, was created as part of the Chicago-based U.S. Equities Realty Artist-in-Residence Program, in collaboration with MoCP.

Whereas Wolf’s prior series concentrated on the “architecture of density,” this most recent work invites the viewer to examine the transparency and fluidity of the new American cityscape. Juxtaposing humanizing details within the surrounding geometry of the urban landscape, fragments of everyday life—digitally distorted and hyper-enlarged—are snatched surreptitiously via telephoto lenses. Think Edward Hopper meets Blade Runner. In Michael Wolf: The Transparent City, Wolf’s work resonates with all the formalism of the constructed, architectural work for which he is known, and emphasizes his ongoing engagement with the idea of how modern life unfolds within the framework of the ever-growing contemporary city.

Michael Wolf (born in Munich, 1954) grew up in the United States. Wolf attended UC Berkeley, and later studied with Otto Steinert at the University of Essen in Germany. Two previous books—Sitting in China (2002) and Hong Kong: front door/back door (2005)—feature his much-acclaimed photographs of China. Wolf lives and works in Hong Kong and Paris.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
between 10th & 11th Avenues
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

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Lectures during FotoWeek D.C.

FotoWeek DC starts this Saturday November 7th, there are so many exciting events surrounding this event

FotoWeek D.C. has a variety of exciting lectures associated with the event:

November 7th 2:00-5:00 pm  Fotoweek Lecture Series at the Katzen Center featuring Liza Faktor, Lincoln Schatz, and Tim Hetherington

November 12th 12:30-2:00pm  Getty Images Grant Awards Multimedia Presentation

November 14th 10:00-2:00pm Lecture featuring Julieanne Kost, Digital Imaging Evangelist from Adobe Systems

November 14th 2:00-5:00pm Fotoweek Lecture Series at the Corcoran featuring Ernesto Bazan, Lori Grinker, Chris Hondros, and Matthew Niederhauser

Throughout the weekend there will also be Photographer Presentations at the TechPavilion- schedule to be announced.

For a list of all the lectures and their locations click here.

Also, there are many  lectures in conjunction, including my lecture at Photoworks in Glen Echo, MD. Others include Lectures by, Deborah Willis, Dan Burkholder, Donna DeCesare, Camilo José Vergara, Sam Abell, Edward Burtynsky, and Stephen Wilkes among many other wonderful presenters.

That list can be found here.

For a list of Exhibitions click here.

To view a YouTube video about last years events, click here.

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November 9- Deadline for submission to Press Street in New Orleans

Submission Deadline: November 9

Press Street How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide From a Work in Progress

From the announcement:
New Orleans-based literary & visual arts non-profit seeks photographs for a book project, spotlighting the resilience & creativity of the citizens of NOLA. Images should portray the ground-up level of the recovery.

Email entries as jpeg attachments (min. 300 dpi) to

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November 12th- Darius Himes Lecture and Christopher Colville Opening in D.C.

Publisher Darius Himes of Radius Books will be giving a lecture “Who Cares About Books?” on November 12, 2009 at 5pm in Washington D.C.

Following the lecture will be the opening reception of Christopher Colville’s solo show November 12, 2009, 6-9pm (in conjunction with FotoWeek DC) which as been curated by  Larissa Leclair
November 4 – December 11, 2009

Location: 1215 Blagdens Alley NW, Washington DC, 20001

Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 10-2pm, and by appointment.
From the announcement about the show:
In his first solo show in Washington, D.C., Christopher Colville, an Arizona-based photographer explores the themes of time as manifested in death and memory in a selection of work curated by Larissa Leclair from his series Emanations, the Sonoran Project, and Iceland Trilogy. Colville embraces traditional and experimental processes, such as photograms, ambrotypes, and decay-generated images in his contemporary photographic work.

Christopher Colville is a photographer and teacher at Arizona State University. He has been awarded a 2008 Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and a 2008 Public Art Commission from the Phoenix Commission on the Arts. Colville was also awarded the Van Daren Coke/Beaumont Newhall Fellowship in 2003. He holds an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico and a BFA in Anthropology and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

For more information, please contact Larissa Leclair:

About the Lecture From the announcement:

Interest in photography books has never been greater, with artists, photographers and curators seeing the book as the central form of expression for their work. Publisher and critic Darius Himes talks about the landscape of photobook publishing as it stands today, highlighting some of the most interesting small publishers and discussing the ramifications of print-on-demand technology.

For more details click here.

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Tonight November 5th- Alec Soth at the Williams College Museum of Art

Photographer Alec Soth will be speaking tonight at the Williams College Museum of Art – He will be giving the talk Inventing Niagra

Inventing Niagara
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm

From the announcement:

A conversation with photographer Alec Soth, whose work is currently on view, and writer Ginger Strand, author of Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies.
This event has been sponsored in part by the Williams College Lecture Committee and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Dog Days Bogotá by Alec Soth will also be on view at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts September 9 through November 28, 2009.

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November 5th Opening and November 7th Artist Talk for Fotofest International Discoveries II Exhibition

Thursday, November 5 Nine artists from China, Mexico, Japan, Canada, England and France artists are being featured by FotoFest as outstanding ‘discoveries’ in the world of contemporary photography.

Alejandro Cartagena, Christine Laptuta, Rizwan Mirza, Takeshi Shikama, Kurt Tong and MiMi Youn are traveling to Houston to attend the opening reception, Thursday, November 5th, 6-9pm.

On Saturday, November 7 at 2pm, they will give free Artist Talks at FotoFest

From the announcement:

“The mixture of globalism, hybridism and cultural grounding is reflected in the selection of artists in this exhibition,” says FotoFest Chairman and Co-founder Fred Baldwin. “The emergence, growth and interconnection of non-profit photography festivals and commercial trade fairs across the world have made it possible for artists to move around and curators to find new work all over the world.”

International Discoveries II reflects a simultaneous turning to the past and the future, which characterizes so much of contemporary photo-based art. The prints in the exhibit display the delicate formalism of 19th century palladium and platinum printing, the intimacy of the mid-20th century Polaroid process, and 21st century large-format inkjet technology,” says FotoFest Senior Curator Wendy Watriss.

FotoFest 1113 Vine Street, Suite 101, Houston, Texas USA | 713.223.5522 |

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December 5th- Deadline for the Camera Club of New York 2010 Darkroom Residency

December 5th, 2009- Deadline for the Camera Club of New York 2010 Darkroom Residency

From the announcement:

CCNY invites emerging photographers who are not enrolled in college or graduate photo programs to apply for a three-month darkroom residency at its facility at 336 West 37th Street, New York City.

A jury will select four residents for the 2010 year. Residents will receive cash stipends and will have access to CCNY’s darkrooms (both color and B&W) and shooting studio, with up to three printing/shooting sessions per week during a three-month term. (Please note that living accommodations not provided.)

Please mail a CD with 10 images (jpg files only, at 72dpi, approx. 1024 x 768 pixels, no more than 1 MB total each image) with CV and separate image description list (provide: title, date, medium, dimension for each image) and any other support materials to: Camera Club of New York (CCNY), 336 West 37th St, Suite 206, New York, NY 10018-4212. Postmark deadline is December 5, 2009. Please be sure to name and label your CD and include SASE for return of materials.

Decisions will be announced by December 20, 2009. The first residency begins Jan 4, 2010.

This program is supported by the New York State Council for the Arts. For questions, email CCNY at

For more details click here.

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November 7th- Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele Lecture

Photojournalism team, Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele will be presenting a lecture on November 7th at 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Mumm Napa Photographers Gallery

This the first of a lecture series that the Ansel Adams Gallery and Blue Earth Alliance are hosting along with an  exhibit  titled “Changing Earth: Photographer’s Call to Action” at Mumm Napa Fine Art Photography Gallery which will run through March 13, 2010.

From the website:  Benjamin and Sara’s presentation illustrates global change through local people by interweaving multimedia, stills and stories from the American West and three Nordic communities. They will also share their newest work about some unlikely citizens that are addressing solutions to climate change.

For more details click here.
The Mumm Napa Fine Art Photography Gallery is located at 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA 94558, and is open from 10:ooam to 5:00pm daily.

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November 12- Photographer Saul Robbins speaks at B&H

Photographer Saul Robbins will be speaking about his work at B&H Photo on the afternoon of Thursday November 12, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
He will also be presenting  “The Art and Practice of Self-promotion in Today’s Challenging Fine Art Market.”
The event is free and open to the public and registration is requested via their website.

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