Archive for February, 2010

February 18th at the Getty Center in LA: panel discussion with “URBAN PANORAMA” photographers Opie, Liao, Kim

From the Getty Center website:


Virginia Heckert, associate curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, talks with photographers whose works are on view in the exhibition:  Catherine Opie, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao and Soo Kim

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

This panel discussion is free, but advance reservations are required (see website for details).

This event is held in conjunction with the recently opened exhibition of the same name, which will remain on view through June 6, 2010.

Three contemporary photographers apply a panoramic approach to explore a specific city. Each series reveals how multiple sensory experiences such as time and space can be collapsed into carefully composed images that interpret the essential character of an urban environment.

Hear the photographers discuss their work in the audio slideshows below.

Catherine OpieJeff Chien-Hsing LiaoSoo Kim

Also on view through June 6th:

A Record Of Emotion: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans

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March 16th, one month from today, Houston: “BEYOND PRINT: Creative Communication in the Digital Age”

I am proud to once again contribute new programming to the Workshops during the 2010 FotoFest Biennial:

BEYOND PRINT: Creative Communication in the Digital Age

March 16th, 8:30 – 5 pm at the Doubletree Downtown Houston (host hotel for FotoFest’s “The Meeting Place” portfolio review event).

From the FotoFest webpage for this event:

“Online experts, gallery directors, museum curators, publishers and artists share their insights on the most effective ways to use today’s online tools to introduce your work to targeted audiences and to engage in meaningful community dialogue. In this one-day seminar, participants will learn how to evaluate, choose and use online tools for achieving these goals.

In this one-day seminar, participants will learn how to evaluate, choose and use the online tools that are the most effective for achieving each or all of these goals. Marketing consultant and author Mary Virginia Swanson with artist Katrina d ‘Autremont have created this NEW seminar for FotoFest to provide participants with an overview of online marketing and presentation options available today. They will discuss how to effectively integrate print and online promotional efforts. 

David Bram ( shows how the online magazine is being used as a forum for community dialogue and education.

Susan Carr (ASMP Education Director) and Richard Kelly, (ASMP President) present their acclaimed Protecting Copyright in the Digital Environment.

A panel of gallery, publishing, museum and magazine professionals will discuss their creative practice today as it incorporates new communication and presentation platforms. Mary Virginia Swanson will lead a Q and A discussion with participants and presenters on the changes in the communication industry as well as a look at what experts think the future is likely to bring to the media world. Panelists include:

Darren Ching, Co-Founder-Director
KLOMPCHING Gallery, Brooklyn, NY;
Darius Himes, Editor and Founding Partner
Radius Books, Santa Fe, NM;
Nadja Masri, Independent Photo Editor and former New York Bureau Chief, GEO Magazine, New York, NY.
Aaron Schuman, Guest Curator for FotoFest 2010,
Photographer, Writer, Founder 
SeeSaw Magazine
, London U.K.;
Katharine Ware, Curator of Photography
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM.

Fee: $75 ; Fee for Meeting Place Patrticipants and Students: $50

Co-sponsored by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and FotoFest

Click here to register for this event.”

JOIN THE DISCUSSION on the “Beyond Print” Facebook Fan Page and share your thoughts/experiences with modern media as a marketing tool.

I hope you will also be able to attend the second of two FotoFest Workshops:

MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING”  Presented by Brian Storm/MediaStorm

Sunday, March 22nd (same time/location as the Beyond Print workshop).
As of this writing, space is available in both workshops, but advance registration is advised.

See you in Houston!

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This week at CCP, Tucson: 2/17 Lecture by Arnold Crane, 2/19 opening events, “New Topographics” Exhibition and panel discussion

This week there are two evening events at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson that are free and open to the public:

2/17, 5:30 pm: a lecture by photographer/collector Arnold Crane on Wednesday, February 15th, and

2/19, 5:00 pm: the Opening Reception events for the exhibition “New Topographics” on Friday, February 19th.  Scroll down to read details on both:

from the press release:

“Visiting Artist’s Lecture: Arnold Crane: On the Other Side of the Camera

Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 p.m., Center for Creative Photography Auditorium, Free and open to all
For several decades renowned American artist Arnold Crane has been acquainted with and documented the lives of many of the world’s finest photographers, including Man Ray, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Paul Strand, Edward Steichen, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Frank, Bernice Abbott, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Lee Friedlander, and Garry Winogrand. Highlighting the giants in our field who have made enormous aesthetic contributions to the medium, Crane will present a series of portraits, candid images, and anecdotes to enlighten us about their work and their lives. Crane has had numerous one-person exhibitions at museums and galleries in both the United States and Europe. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Biblioteque Nationale, Paris.”

From the press release:

New Topographics Revisits Seminal 1975 Photography Exhibition

Tucson, AZ – January 26, 2010 – A reprising of the pivotal New Topographics exhibition will be on view at the Center for Creative Photography February 19 to May 16, 2010.
Opening Reception and Artists’ Talk
Friday, February 19
Reception at 5 p.m., discussion at 6 p.m.

Join Bill Jenkins, the curator of the original 1975 presentation of New Topographics and exhibiting artist Frank Gohlke as they discuss the origins and impact of that seminal project. Moderated by Britt Salvesen, Department Head and Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography, and the Department Head and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Co-organized by former CCP Director, Dr. Britt Salvesen, and the curator of photographs at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Dr. Alison Nordström, this exhibition will include a selection of more than 100 works from the original show, as well as some 30 prints and books by other relevant artists to better understand the historical significance of these photographs and the continued relevance of this work in today’s culture.

Originally held at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, in January 1975, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape was one of those rare exhibitions that effect a permanent change in the development of an art form. The show brought together ten contemporary photographers who collectively defined the emergence of a new approach to landscape: Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore and Henry Wessel, Jr. These artists engaged with their medium and its history in different ways, while simultaneously dealing with issues such as environmentalism, capitalism, and national identity. Signaling the emergence of a new approach to landscape, the show effectively gave a name to a movement or style.
While references to New Topographics—the exhibition and the style—abound in photographic practices, exhibitions, and histories, the show’s initial reception and subsequent effects have yet to be carefully analyzed. The influence of New Topographics can be best understood by looking again at the original pictures and the circumstances in which the 10 artists were brought together.

At the core of this re-examination will be the works from the 1975 show, curated by William Jenkins in collaboration with the artists. “By revisiting the photographs, we can assess their cumulative effect and consider their impact as objects,” says Salvesen. “This reprise also provides a unique opportunity to assess the original exhibition’s aims, consider its influence on young photographers today, and examine the international implications of an American impulse in photography.
New Topographics will be of special interest to regional visitors: images of the Southwest—including some pictures of Tucson—are represented by many of the participating artists, including Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, John Schott, and Henry Wessel, Jr. Gohlke also teaches in the University of Arizona’s photography department. Additionally, CCP’s presentation of New Topographics includes selections from the Center’s archives representing relevant artists, including recently acquired works by Deal, to provide additional historical and contemporary context.
Already exhibited at George Eastman House and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New Topographics will continue to travel to several national and international exhibition spaces including: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (July 17 – October 3, 2010); Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria (November 10, 2010 – January 9 2011); Die Photographische Sammlung Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany (January 20 – March 28, 2011); the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (June 25 – September 11, 2011); and Museum of Fine Arts, Bilbao, Spain (October 17, 2011 – January 8, 2012).
The new presentation and international tour of New Topographics is made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. An accompanying catalogue published by Steidl, George Eastman House, and CCP offers a broad-based view of the photography world in the mid-1970s. It includes a primary essay by Salvesen tracing the prevailing cultural and aesthetic ideas that gave rise to the exhibition, as well as the interconnections between the participants. Also featured is an essay by Nordström outlining the significance of New Topographics in Eastman House’s history and influence on photographic history to date.

About the Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography, part of the University of Arizona Libraries, holds more archives and individual works by 20th-century North American photographers than any other museum in the world. The archives of over 60 major American photographers—including Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, W. Eugene Smith, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand—form the core of a collection numbering over 80,000 works. The Center for Creative Photography has an integrated program of preservation, access, and education that celebrates the history of photography and its contemporary practice.

March 23rd at 5:30 in the CCP Auditorium, in conjuction with the opening of the exhibition:

Selected Readings:  FRANK GOHLKE

This event celebrates exhibiting artist Frank Gohlke’s continued exploration of the landscape and the publication of his new book, Thoughts on Landscape: Collected Writings and Interviews (Tucson: Hol Art Books, 2009). Gohlke, Laureate Professor of Photography at the University of Arizona, will sign books following his reading.


Distributed Art Publishers (d.a.p.) as created a special page on its website for books related to this important exhibition and offers this introduction:

“The New Topographics: A Bookshelf”

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February 18th in Houston: Panel Discussion on Collecting Photographs at HCP, 6:30 pm

In conjunction with their upcoming Print Auction, Houston Center for Photography will host a panel discussion on collecting photographs that is free and open to the public.

From the HCP website:

Panel Discussion on Collecting Photography
Thursday, February 18, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Free and Open to the Public

Catherine Couturier, Owner John Cleary Gallery
W. Burt Nelson, Collector
Gemma De Santos, Owner, De Santos Gallery
Dr. Morris Weiner, Collector
Del Zogg, Manager of the Works on Paper Study Center, MFAH

Preview the February 25th HCP Print Auction Exhibition here.

“Each year, HCP holds an annual print auction where artists, galleries, and collectors from all over the world contribute high caliber photographic art that is auctioned to benefit HCP´s operating fund. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to support HCP exhibitions, educational initiatives, outreach programs, and the award winning publication spot magazine.”

2010 Print Auction Exhibition at HCP
January 22 – February 23, 2010

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February 18th at the CCP: Bruce Yonemoto Lecture, 5:30 pm

Bruce Yonemoto will lecture at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson on February 18th (5:30 pm).

This lecture is part of the University of Arizona School of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Series “Transculturations: Cultural Hybridity in American Art”

From the series website:

Bruce Yonemoto is a Japanese-American multimedia artist. His photographs, installations, sculptures, and films appropriate familiar narrative forms and then circumvent convention through direct, over-eager adoption of heavily clichéd dialogue, music, gestures, and scenes that click in the viewer’s memory without being identifiable. Working in collaboration with his brother, Norman Yonemoto, since 1975, Bruce Yonemoto has set out to divulge a body of work at the crossroads of television, art, commerce, and the museum/gallery world. As a complement to his body of work, Yonemoto explores intersections of traditional Japanese and contemporary American cultures. His work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Maya Deren Award for Experimental Film and Video, and a mid-career survey show at the Japanese American National Museum.

This digital photograph from the North South- East West series, 2007, centers on Walter Benjamin’s ideas raised about portrait photography and the vestige of the aura. Yonemoto researched the historical record and discovered that there were, indeed, soldiers of Asian descent in both the armies of the North and South. He realized that once again people of various racial backgrounds had been systematically excluded from the national record, even by recent revisionist histories. The costumes worn are rented from the oldest Hollywood collection house, Western Costume. Western Costume’s collection dates back to 1912 (the beginning of cinematic history) and includes Civil War uniforms used in D.W. Griffith’s infamous film, Birth of A Nation.”

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February 14: Discussion in Boston on importance of theory in the art making practice

El’s Salon at Mobius

February 14, 3-6 pm, 725 Harrison Avenue, Suite one, Boston MA  02118

From the website:”EL’s Salon Importance of theory in the art making practice

“EL’s Salon” is a formal-informal discussion that encourages artists to explore the theoretical and philosophical aspects of the art making process.  Each discussion will be loosely based on a concept, and all who attend are welcome to engage (or just listen) by contributing openly in this laboratory of intellectual exercise.  Artists, philosophers, art appreciators, students, professors, and even philistines are welcome to attend.”

Tea and light refreshments will be served.
February’s Topic: Importance of theory in the art making practice

Feb 14 2010

3pm to 6pm

@ Mobius
725 Harrison Avenue, Suite One
Boston MA 02118

Artists   El Putnam

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February 18th, 7 pm at the Getty Center: Panel Discussion with Opie, Liao and Kim

In conjunction with the exhibition URBAN PANORAMAS: Opie, Liao, Kim:


“Virginia Heckert, associate curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, talks with photographers Catherine Opie, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao and Soo Kim, whose works are on view in the exhibition.”

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

The panel discussion is free but advance registration is required.


“Three contemporary photographers apply a panoramic approach to explore a specific city. Each series reveals how multiple sensory experiences such as time and space can be collapsed into carefully composed images that interpret the essential character of an urban environment.”

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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to 2/19: “Our World” Portfolio Reviews, San Francisco in March

I just received word that the deadline to submit your work for acceptance in the OUR WORLD Portfolio Review has been extended to February 19 (delivery date).  This national juried portfolio review is limited to 50 participating photographers.  Our World is co-sponsored PhotoAlliance and Orion Magazine, and held at the San Francisco Art Institute from March 14-16, 2010.


From the PDF which was attached to the email announcement:

“The Our World Portfolio submission deadline has been extended.

NEW FINAL submission due date is 5pm Friday February 19th.

PhotoAlliance must have in their possession the submission by that time.

Please do send us an email letting us know you are applying however, so we can anticipate receiving your application.

Our Mailing address:

PhotoAlliance PO Box 29010 San Francisco, California 94129

If you are using Federal Express or UPS and need a STREET ADDRESS use this:

PhotoAlliance 616 Key Boulevard Richmond, California 94805 415-425-5608

We want you to participate, so a few thoughts…

We do realize that these are challenging times financially, and are committed to help as best we can. Through some generous donors, there are a limited number of need-based scholarships that we can offer to the review. Please inquire. In addition, PhotoAlliance is quite willing to work with you individually to manage tuition payments divided over time into smaller, more manageable increments, so give us a call at 415.425.5608.”

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“Photomicrographs” of SNOWFLAKES by Wilson ‘Snowflake’ Bentley

As a mighty blizzard grips the east coast, blanketing the area with more snow:

Check out the wonderful short (3:23) audio/slide show narrated by Chicago galleriest Carl Hammer on the work of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley (1866-1931), a scientist who attached a microscope to his view camera to take ‘photomicrographs’ of snowflakes.  It was first shown on The Newshour’s ARTBEAT segment on February 4th.


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Deadline February 16: “RED” Competition at Center for Fine Art Photography, judged by Amber Terranova

One of my favorite photo editors, AMBER TERRANOVA from PDN, will serve as the Judge on the upcoming competition”RED” at the Center for Fine Art Photography.

From the website:

Theme: The color Red is a psychologically powerful color that resonates with more cultures than other colors. But Red is not just a color. Red is symbolic, culturally, emotionally, politically, financially, and physically. Red is danger, fire, sex, love, speed, heat, anger, passion, arrogance, blood, revolution, war, wealth, purity, mourning, strength and so much more. The Center is looking for images that not only describe how Red looks, but describe what Red mean, how it feels, and who it describes.”

Deadline is February 16th; submissions are made online.  For complete details, click here.

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