Archive for February, 2010

February 12-14 in Los Angeles: 43rd Annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair

In conducting research towards the forthcoming title “Publish Your Photography Book” which I am writing with my colleague and co-author Darius Himes (Princeton Architectural Press, anticipated fall 2010), I came across this upcoming book fair at the Hyatt Regency in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

From the ILAB website:

Collectible Treasures from the World’s Rare Booksellers

43rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 12-14, 2010

Book lovers, collectors and scholars will have the opportunity to see and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, fine graphics, prints, maps and more at the 43rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel from Friday, February 12, through Sunday February 14, 2010. Additionally, the public will get a distinctly literary perspective on the journey a story makes from the book to the big screen by visiting this year’s special exhibit, From Author to Oscar.

Sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the Los Angeles Book Fair is recognized as one of the world’s premier antiquarian book exhibitions and sales. Exhibits from over 200 pre-eminent members of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America will feature books from five centuries of printing, as well as rare manuscripts that predate Gutenberg.

Books will cover every imaginable area of interest – from the history of travel and exploration, early science and medicine, technology, law and commerce to literature and the arts. Whether you are seeking a first edition of a favorite modern author or historic objects such as original maps from the age of discovery or a 17th century copy of Shakespeare, you’ll find it at the Book Fair where items range in price from a few dollars to more than six figures.

From Author to Oscar, will celebrate literary works that were turned into Best Picture winning films at the Oscars with a display of beautiful and rare copies of the original books along with related movie scripts, posters and other collectibles. More than 65 per cent of all Best Picture-winning films are based on books, short stories or plays ranging from Hamlet to Slumdog Millionaire and from Gone with the Wind to The Godfather.

From the official Press Release, read more details …

Exhibitors’ List …

Events at the Fair:

From Author to Oscar

The theme for this year’s design concept and Special Exhibits, entitled From Author to Oscar, is all about great books turned into great movies. Fifty out of the 78 Best-Picture Winning films are based on books, rare copies of all these will be showcased at the Book Fair, along with ephemera such as original movie posters.

Southern California Book Arts

Bookbinders, calligraphers, printers, and conservators will be demonstrating their arts.

A Talk on the Value of Bookseller’s Catalogues

Presented by Michael Suarez and the Bibliographical Society, Saturday, February 13th, 2010 1.00 p.m.

From Author to Oscar

A Panel Discussion about the role of great books in Oscar winning movies, presented by Rare Book Experts Kevin Johnson and Jim Pepper, along with LA Times Film Critic, Kenneth Turan. Saturday, February 13th, 2010 3.00 p.m.

Rare Books 101

Speed course on the essentials you need to know to start collecting, presented by Katy Carter, Brad Johnson and Carol Sandberg. Sunday, February 14th, 2010 12.00 p.m.

- What makes a book rare?
- The different areas of collecting.
- Internet as a research tool for shopping: Ebay versus ABE.
- How to care for your books.

Discovery Day

The Discovery Day offers an opportunity to receive free appraisals on up to three books. Sunday, February 14th, 2010 1.30 – 3.00 pm
43rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, February 12-14, 2010

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California

February 12th – 4 pm to 9 pm
February 13th – 11 am to 7 pm
February 14th – 11 am to 5 pm

All about the California Antiquarian Book Fair on www.labookfair.com

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February 12th: Laura McPhee and Mark McKnight lecture at San Francisco Art Institute

From the PhotoAlliance website:

Laura McPhee and Mark McKnight will both present lectures on their work, sponsored by PhotoAlliance.

About Laura McPhee:
Laura McPhee is professor of photography in the Media and Performing Arts department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has a BA from Princeton University with her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

About Mark McKnight:
Mark McKnight was born in 1984 and received his BFA in 2007 from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a recent recipient of both a Lois Roth Endowment and Fulbright scholarship to Finland. Mark currently resides and works in Los Angeles, California.

February 12, 2010, 7:30 pm. at the Santa Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut Street at Jones

$10.00 general admission, students with ID pay only $5.00

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February 11th in Tucson: “Working The Line” David Taylor Artist Talk and Exhibition Reception at University of Arizona

From the University of Arizona School of Art website:

David Taylor:  WORKING THE LINE

Artist Talk and Reception: February 11, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Exhibition is currently on view through February 26, 2010 at the Joseph Gross Gallery on the U of A Campus


“Through David Taylorʼs lens, the boundary between the US and Mexico straddles a heroic, romantic, and heavily politicized desert. In Working the Line, Taylorʼs uninflected photographs allow us to glimpse into a world of restricted access, where the border becomes a complex segregate emotionally, physically, and nationally. His work documents patrol agents surveying and tracking temporary inhabitants in a terrain freckled with landmarks that allude to the iconographic notions of the West. These images reveal the idealized splendor of the west while simultaneously exposing the reality of this highly contested space. We are left to question our awareness of liberty, humanity, marginal space, and abandonment.

David Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at New Mexico State University, where he teaches photography. His works have been shown in exhibitions at 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM; El Paso Museum of Art; SF Camerawork, San Francisco; Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO; and Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University, Tempe.

Taylorʼs documentation of the U.S./Mexico border has been supported by a 2008 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

The Joseph Gross and Lionel Rombach Galleries are located on the University of Arizona campus between the Museum of Art and the Center for Creative Photography. Parking is available on 2nd Street, east of Park Avenue or in the parking garage north of Speedway on Park Avenue.”

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Reminder: Today is the deadline to apply for PhotoEspana Madrid

The PhotoEspana website is Spanish-language; you can click ENGLISH on the top right if preferred.

Festival PhotoEspana, runs from June 9 – July 25, 2010 in Madrid.

The portfolio review component of Festival PhotoEspana is called “Descubrimientos PHE” and has been held annually since 1998.  The dates for 2010 Reviews are June 10 – 12.  “Descubrimientos offers photographers the opportunity to show their work in individual sessions to eight curators and editors specialized in the field.

A jury will select seventy photographers to participate in the portfolio review, who will also present their work in a collective exhibition at the Complejo El Águila and will opt for the Descubrimientos PHE Award, which consists in an individual exhibition in PHotoEspaña 2011.

Some of the reviewers in 2010 are: Olivia Gideon Thomson Director, WE FOLK, London; Alessandra Mauro Editorial director, Contrasto, Milan; Yossi Milo Director, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; James Reid Photography Editor, Wallpaper, London; Sandra Philips Senior Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.”
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS TODAY!

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Getty Center Events: February 10, 3pm: Lecture on Frederick H. Evans, and February 18th, 7 pm: Panel Discussion with Opie, Liao and Sing


Curator Spotlight:

The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans: Pictorial Treatment in the Realm of the Inanimate


Wednesday February 10, 2010
3 pm


Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

Anne Lyden, associate curator of Photographs at the Getty Museum, discusses Evans’s photographs of medieval cathedrals and their significance in the Pictorialist movements in Britain and the United States.

Complements the exhibition A Record of Emotion: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans

Lecture is free, but Reservations are required; you can link to register from this link.

Also currently on view at the Getty Center:

IN FOCUS:  THE WORKER (through March 21st, 2010)

and

URBAN PANORAMAS: OPIE, LIAO, KIM (through June 6, 2010)

Click on the above link to find Catherine Opie, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao and Soo Kim discuss their work.

Curator Virginia Heckert will moderate a panel discussion with the artists on February 18th at 7 p.m. in the Getty Center Auditorium.

As with the lecture on Frederick Evans, the panel discussion is free but reservations are required.


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Houston, FREE: Tax Advice for artists in Houston, offered February 9th and March 6th

Artists in the Houston area, check this out!   Free seminars on advice for your individual state/federal taxes given on February 9th and again on March 6th.   Be sure to register in advance.

From the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts website (TALA):

Individual Income Tax Seminar for Artists

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February 6 at MoMA, NYC: Art Book Swap!

From the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS):

Art Book Swap New York

Saturday, February 6th, 2010  from 12 Noon – 5 pm; free and open to the public.  Location: The Museum of Modern Art Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54h Street, NYC

“Bring your art books and swap one-for-one with hundreds of donated art books.

Organized by Regency Arts Press LTD and New Art Deallers Alliance (NADA) in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art Library.

After the event, any unsold books will be donated to the prison readers encouragement program for placement in prison libraries in the NYC region.

For information on attending ART BOOK SWAP, book eligibility guidelines, and how to donate books, visit www.regencyartspress.org or www.newartdealers.org“.

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This Saturday, February 6: Closing Reception for “My Ranching Life” Exhibition by Jean Laughton

Photographer Jean Laughton’s journey from NYC to ranching in South Dakota is amazing!  Check out this exhibition, her website, the link to the magazine story on her, and if in the area, go to the closing reception!

Event: Closing Party for My Ranching Life exhibition, Photographs by Jean Laughton
Start Time: Saturday, February 6 at 1:00pm
End Time: Saturday, February 6 at 3:00pm
Where: Dahl Fine Arts Center – 713 7th Street Rapid City, South Dakota

From the Dahl Fine Arts Center Website:

“With My Ranching Life, photographer Jean Laughton brings panoramic images that capture both the expansive beauty of the northern prairie and the uniquely gritty, romantic lifestyle of the ranchers who live there. In her compositions, a realistic balance of work, land and livestock celebrate and explore how lifestyle is entwined with place.

Photographed from horseback, the black and white images also play with our idea of past and present in the contemporary documentation of an occupation that has remained virtually unchanged for one hundred years.

Jean Laughton’s photographs are testament to this artist’s singular drive and vision. Her unique approach to in this work is the result of an unusual, some might say courageous, decision to uproot herself from a life in New York City and re-locate to the badlands to work as a hand on a cattle ranch.

The depth of the artist’s involvement with both the occupation and the image is often evidenced by the inclusion of the ears of her horse or the shadow of herself and her camera.

Anyone that has ever admired the rugged life of a cowboy, found beauty in the sweeping prairies or noticed the simplistic elegance of black and white photography will enjoy this exhibit of large format photographic prints. Her visual images record what text cannot and though the people and times may change, her photographs will endure.”

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PDN Annual Extended Deadline February 17

From the PDN email notification:

“Due to overwhelming demand, we are extending the Photo Annual until 2.17.10 with no further late fee. This will be your FINAL chance to participate in the 2010 Annual. All support issues will be addressed within this time, we will not close the contest until all contestants are finalized. If you have any new work to enter this is your chance!”

To get contest entry details or to enter, click here.

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Seattle, Friday February 5th: Opening & lectures for BLUE EARTH: ART AS ACTIVISM

This Friday night is the opening of an exhibition at Photographic Center Northwest of work by three photographers whose projects have been endorsed as Blue Earth Alliance Projects.  From the PCNW website:

Blue Earth: Art as Activism

January 22 – February 28, 2010

Featuring:  Heather McClintock, Daniel Beltra and Rozarii Lynch,

Artists’ Reception & Lectures: Friday, Feb. 5th, 6-9 PM
Tickets: $6 regular, $4 PCNW members

This exhibition featuring three artists sponsored by the Blue Earth is focused on raising awareness of endangered cultures, threatened environments and social concerns. Daniel Beltra photographs the threats to the Amazon rainforest and inspires an appreciation of the plants, animals and people that depend on it. Heather McClintock’s project: The Innocent: Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda is a collaboration of trust and discovery, from the vantage point of the children living in the war-torn region. Rozarii Lynch focuses on Life in Peril: Tanzanian Albino People. Lynch documents the atrocities currently being committed against albino people in Tanzania, and the social, health and economic issues they face.

Heather McClintock

The Innocent: Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda

The Innocent is a collaboration of trust and discovery, from the vantage point of the children living in the war-torn region of northern Uganda. Despite living amidst conflict, these children are resilient enough to show the courage, strength of will, and hope that exists within the human spirit. For more than twenty-two years, the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been engaged in an armed rebellion against the government’s military, the Ugandan Peoples Defense Force (UPDF). The Acholi tribe has been caught in the middle of this complex and barbaric civil war, in which countless numbers have been brutalized and abducted minors comprised almost 90% of the rebel soldiers. It is estimated that as many as 66,000 children have been abducted by the LRA, wrenched from their families and forced to become soldiers and sex slaves. The Acholi are a proud and gracious people who want nothing more than to be educated, sleep safely in their own homes, have food to eat and clothing on their backs, to live in peace; no different than you and I.

Raised on a dairy farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Heather McClintock received her B.A. in photography from New England College in N.H. and England, and then relocated to New York City to pursue her personal journey through prestigious commercial studios. Her Uganda work has garnered several awards and recognition, including most recently being selected for the prestigious Eddie Adam’s Barnstorm Workshop, awarded an artist’s sponsorship by Blue Earth Alliance and receiving the 2006 Center for Photographic Art Artist Project Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and several private collections. www.heathermcclintock.com

Daniel Beltra
Amazon: Forest at Risk

The ancient rainforest of the vast Amazon basin represents over half the world’s remaining tropical forests. This verdant wilderness is one of our richest ecosystems, harboring the greatest biodiversity on the planet. And, this forest is vital to the world’s atmospheric health as almost 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come directly from tropical forest clearance. Burning down the Amazon contributes significantly to global warming. Since 2001 Daniel has photographed the changing forest, witnessing both the worst drought in living memory and one of the river’s most extensive floods. He has documented the burning of thousands of acres of untouched rainforest. By continuing to document the threats to the forest’s wildlife and local inhabitants he presents a powerful argument for their protection.

Spanish born Daniel Beltrá is a world-renowned photographer living in Seattle, WA. His work has appeared in the most prominent international publications. Daniel brings the sensibility and craft of a news photographer to the fields of nature and the environment, making images, which inspire greater respect and conservation of our planet. Shown in large format these images have the beauty and composition of fine art while telling a vital story. In 2006 and 2007 Daniel was awarded at the World Press Photo and the China International Press Photo Contest, for his work on the Amazon drought. In 2008 he received the Global Vision Award from the Pictures of the Year International Competition. Daniel is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. On April 16, 2009 Daniel Beltrá won the Prince’s Rainforests Project Award. This Project, founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, recognizes the global role played by rainforests in climate change and aims to achieve consensus about how the rate of deforestation might be slowed and stopped.www.danielbeltra.com

Rozarii Lynch
Life in Peril: Tanzanian Albino People

Despite being a significant portion of the population, albino people in Tanzania are under- represented and largely misunderstood. Under the searing sun they suffer greatly – physically and socially. They face significant health problems such as poor vision and a high incidence of skin cancer. They also endure widespread discrimination, a lack of education, and limited financial and health resources. Compounding this misfortune, albino people in Tanzania are now commonly hunted, mutilated and murdered. Their body parts, believed by some people to have magical powers, are sold to witchdoctors who make “get rich quick” potions which are traded to those seeking fortune. By documenting the atrocities currently being committed against albino people in Tanzania, and, the social, health and economic issues they face in general, this project aims to raise international awareness and effect positive change for their situation.

Rozarii is a Seattle based freelance photographer. Born in Ireland, Rozarii’s passion for travel and world culture has taken her around the globe. Since graduating from Seattle Art Institute in 2002 Rozarii’s photography has been widely published. In 2006 Rozarii founded a photography forum called Decent Exposure with the aim of enabling aspiring photographers to develop their art. Rozarii’s travel photographs have been exhibited at Benaroya and McCaw Hall, and, at her studio in Seattle where she participated regularly in the city’s monthly Art Walk. www.rozariiphotography.com

To learn more about the great work Blue Earth does on behalf of photographers, visit their website.

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