Archive for May, 2010

May 23rd at the National Gallery of Art: Curator Sarah Greenough on Allen Ginsberg

On May 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art will speak on the exhibition “Seeing with the Eyes of Angels: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.”  A book signing of “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg” follows. The exhibition opened yesterday, May 2 and will remain on view through September 6th, 2010.

From the NGA bookstore link:

“This intimate family album is a revealing photographic look at the Beat Generation as chronicled by the movement’s great poet Allen Ginsberg.

Allen Ginsberg began photographing in the late 1940s when he purchased a small, second-hand Kodak camera. For the next fifteen years he took photographs of himself, his friends, and lovers, including the writers and poets Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Gregory Corso as well as Beat personality Neal Cassady. He abandoned photography in 1963 and took it up again in the 1980s, when he was encouraged by photographers Berenice Abbott and Robert Frank to reprint his earlier work and make new portraits; these included more images of longtime friends as well other acquaintances such as painters Larry Rivers and Francesco Clemente and musician Bob Dylan. Ginsberg’s photographs form a compelling portrait of the Beat and counterculture generation from the 1950s to the 1990s. Far more than historical documents, his photographs and the extensive inscriptions he added to them years later preserve what he referred to as “the sacredness of the moment,” the often joyous communion of friends and the poignancy of looking back to intensely felt times.

More than seventy prints are brilliantly reproduced in this book and accompanied by Sarah Greenough’s essay on Ginsberg’s photography in relation to his poetry and other photographers of the time, a chronology of his photographic activity, and selections from interviews with Ginsberg between 1958 and 1996.

Sarah Greenough is senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

144 pages, 5 color, 70 b+w | 9.5 x 11 inches”

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Reminder, May 26th: ASMPNY Free Portfolio Reviews

From the ASMPNY e-blast:

ASMPNY Fine Art Review 2010

“Fine Art Reviews.


See scheduled reviewers and biographies by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 26th
7-9pm, doors open at 6:30pm

22 West 22nd Street, 2nd floor (between 5th Street and 6th Avenue)
New York, 10010, (212) 989-8500 (MAP)


If you are interested in participating in the review and are not a member, you may do so by becoming a member of ASMP.

* At the event, you may be asked to show proof that you are eligible.

Register online:″

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May 20th: Opening of Darcy Padilla’s award winning work, “Julie” at Fifty Crows Gallery in SF

From the Fifty Crows Gallery website:

“May 20th-June 26th, Opening: May 20th, 2010 4:00-7:30pm at the Fifty Crows Gallery in San Francisco.

Julie- For the last 16 years Darcy Padilla has been documenting the life of an AIDS-afflicted woman, Julie Baird. Julie has been on her own since her sexually abusive stepfather threw her through a glass window when she was 14 years old. She ran away from home, lived on the street, used drugs, contracted HIV, and had five children. When I first met Julie in February 1993 in the lobby of a SRO hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, she was 18 years old and had just given birth to her first child, Rachel. Julie and Jack Fyffe, the 19 year-old father were both HIV positive. Rachel, they said, was their main reason for living. Throughout the years, Darcy Padilla has photographed Julie’s complex story of AIDS, abusive relationships, drug use, multiple homes and poverty. A victim of child abuse, Julie often neglected her own children. A high school dropout, she depends on welfare to feed her family. HIV-Positive, she fights to stay off drugs. Julie’s is a story of a survivor. The telling of it enriches the understanding of the poorest and most desperate among us. I am continuing to document Julie’s life and it is my fervent hope that Julie’s story inspires a greater awareness of the plight of people like her.

Darcy Padilla is a San Francisco based photographer who works on assignment for editorial, corporate and advertising clients, as well as personal documentary projects. Since 1990, Padilla has been photographing the poor in the United States and abroad and following the struggle of people who live with the complexities of poverty and AIDS. Padilla’s list of awards includes: The John Simon Gugenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Soros Foundation Open Institute Individual Fellowship and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace Professional Grant. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Miami Herald.”

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May 20th: David Maisel Lecture at The Annenberg Space for Photography in LA

From the Annenberg Space for Photography website:

“David Maisel:
“Black Maps”
Registration for this event will go live Wednesday, May 12, 12pm PT and Thursday, May 13, 9:30am PT.

David MaiselFor more than twenty years, David Maisel has been making aerial photographs of sites of environmental impact. This extended series, called Black Maps, shows the undoing of the natural world by wide-scaled human intervention in the landscape. His images of zones where the natural order has been eradicated are both spectacular and horrifying. Although Maisel’s photographs evidence the devastation of these locations, they also transcribe interior, psychic landscapes—for, as otherworldly and surreal as these images appear, they depict shattered realities of our own making. The forms of environmental disquiet and degradation function on a metaphorical level, and the aerial perspective enables one to experience the landscape like a vast map of its undoing. Black Maps has unfolded in chapters, focusing on such subjects as strip-mines, clear-cuts, leaching fields, tailings ponds, and firestorms. The Lake Project (2001-2003) is comprised of images made in the vicinity of Owens Lake in California, which was drained and depleted to bring water to the desert city of Los Angeles, and which became an enormous environmental disaster in this process. Terminal Mirage (2003-2005) uses aerial images made at the site of the Great Salt Lake as a means to explore both abstraction and, as the curator Anne Tucker has written about this series, “the disturbingly engaging duality between beauty and repulsion.”

David Maisel was born in New York City in 1961. He received his BA from Princeton University and his MFA from California College of the Arts, in addition to study at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He was a 2007 Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, and a 2008 Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Maisel is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and others. His monograph The Lake Project (Nazraeli Press, 2004), was selected as one of the Top 25 Photography Books of 2004 by the critic Vince Aletti. His second monograph, Oblivion (Nazraeli Press, 2006), depicts tonally-reversed black and white aerial views of Los Angeles.”

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Deadline June 1st: Magenta Foundation’s Call for a Canadian Emerging Curator

From the Magenta Foundation e-blast:

Magenta Foundation
Call for a Canadian Emerging Curator

For its inaugural presentation, and in the spirit of championing emerging talent, the Flash Forward Festival is proud to announce this call for proposals from emerging Canadian curators to program the Outdoor Canadian Exhibition component of the festival. The chosen candidate will be awarded the privilege of mounting a group show featuring the work of emerging Canadian photographers. Full entry details are listed below.


The purpose of this call for submissions is to invite exhibition proposals from emerging curators who regard their professional practice as a creative, social, and critical undertaking as demonstrated by their philosophical approach to their discipline. Using the broad range of artistic expression presented by Flash Forward participants, this competition will provide a platform for an ambitious young curator to truly make his or her mark among international peers.


For the purposes of this application, the criteria that The Magenta Foundation will use to define a candidate as an emerging curator is as follows:
Potential candidates must be under the age of 35 and have been curating projects for no longer than five (5) years.
In that time, potential candidates must have curated at least two (2) exhibitions at public/regional or university galleries (should the candidate wish, this may include any programming commissioned as a requirement of their graduate or undergraduate studies).

For all eligible candidates please visit

The submission deadline is 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2010.


October 6-10, 201
The Flash Forward Festival is an international five-day bi-annual event launching in Toronto’s Liberty Village in October 2010. The Flash Forward Festival is an extension of The Magenta Foundation’s successful annual emerging photographers competition, Flash Forward. The competition, established as a platform to promote emerging artists from Canada, the US, and the UK, has positioned itself as the critically important vanguard for introducing international emerging talent to a global audience.

The Flash Forward competition receives highly favourable international coverage and is widely considered to be one of the most important emerging art incubators in the world.

The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Artist Program once again does what its name implies: it freezes a brief moment in time, preserving it for closer inspection and demonstrating the promise of what is to come in the international photography communit
y. (Boston Globe 2008)

Flash Forward’s mission is to showcase the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that renowned jurors have identified as having great potential. The bi-annual festival will provide an in-depth experience for emerging photographers through educational and networking opportunities including events with collectors/arts enthusiasts and industry professionals (academics, gallerists, media/art directors and photo editors). The festival will include five curated exhibitions (representing the three host countries plus one guest country invited to showcase their best emerging photographers), as well as workshops, a lecture series, nightly events, an art fair and a closing party all taking place within Toronto’s Liberty Village, the host neighbourhood of the Flash Forward Festival.”

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Reminder Deadline May 17th: Photographer’s Forum Magazine Photo Contest

From the Photographers Forum website:

“The 30th Annual Spring Contest is open to all amateur photographers, both student and non-student, in the United States, Canada and worldwide. There is no age limit. (If you make your living as a professional photographer, you may not enter.) Winning photographs will be published in the November 2010 issue of Photographer’s Forum Magazine. All contest finalists will be published in the hardcover book Best of Photography 2010. Everyone who enters will receive 2 free issues of photographers forum magazine. There are amazing awards, for 1st place there is a $2,000 cash award from Photographer’s Forum plus a Sigma 24-70 lens, Second Place gets $1,000 and a Sigma 12-24 lens, Third Place gets $500, and there are five 4th place prizes of $100 that will be given. 100 Honorable Mentions will belisted in the November 2010 issue of Photographer’s Forum and will receive a certificate of outstanding merit.

May 17, 2010
Final entry fee is $4.95 per photo entered”

To view the previous winners of this contest, click here.

To view submission details, click here.

To register to enter this contest, click here.

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May 15th: Adriana Groisman gives an artist talk at the Pregones Theater in NY

Presented by Enfoco’s touring gallery program, on Saturday May 15th, Adriana Groisman will give an artist talk at 1 pm at the Pregones Theater in NY. She will talk about the project she has been working on for 15 years, taking photographs of Argentinian tango dancers titled Tango Never Before Midnight.

The artist talk is in conjunction with her current exhibition at the Pregones Theater, including 12 of her images from the Tango Never Before Midnight series. This exhibition runs from May 1-June 21st.

From the Enfoco website:

“Tango, Never Before Midnight, is a work which records the world of the milongas –traditional Argentinean tango balls– and their patrons, the milongueros. Each night at the milonga is a dramatic cycle in itself, an erotically charged arena where issues of power and gender are played out. Fleeting relationships, alliances, rivalries, jealousies and games of seduction occur, leading to the encounters on the dance floor. These negotiations are carried out through furtive glances and minute gestures, parts of a ritual that can go completely unnoticed by outsiders.

Milongueros tend to speak very little; even if they have been dancing with each other for years they never ask each other’s last names, addresses or professions. This is one of the unspoken rules of the “real” milongueros. Another implicit rule is that the invitation to dance is never verbal. Rather, this is done through a complex series of interlocking gazes and body attitudes.

At the milonga, a great social equalizer, class, age and physical appearance recede. The dancing is what counts, the body connection, the feeling for the music.”

This exhibition of En Foco’s 2009-2010 Touring Gallery program is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Canson Infinity, Senator José M. Serrano/Legislative Initiative Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts, Archival Methods, Loupe Digital Studio, members and friends.

To view an interview on NBC featuring Adriana Groisman and The Executive Director of Enfoco Miriam Romez speaking about the exhibition and the artist talk, click here.

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May 15th: Panel Discussion for Wynn Bullock: A Visionary Photographer Revisited at CPA

From the Center for Photographic Art website:

“Wynn Bullock: Color Light Abstractions
National Premiere of the Traveling Exhibit

May 15 through June 26, 2010
Opening Reception: May 15, 2010 4-6 pm

Wynn Bullock
Color Light Abstraction 1071, 1960
©1960/2010 Bullock Family Photography LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Panel Discussion: Wynn Bullock: A Visionary Photographer Revisited
Saturday, May 15, 2-4 pm, Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center

Moderated by Curator Michael Spencer with A. D. Coleman, Photographic Historian, New York; Richard Gadd, Executive Director of The Weston Gallery, Carmel; Chris Johnson, Professor of Photography, California College of the Arts; Dr. Britt Salvesen, Head of Photography at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Dr. Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Mid-twentieth century master photographer, Wynn Bullock, is best known for his evocative black and white images. Early in the 1960’s, Bullock began creating color photographs of light. Hampered by the limitations of color printing at that time, he was unable to make stable, exhibit-quality prints of these abstract images before his death. This is the first solo exhibit of the high-quality archival prints that have been produced from Bullock’s original slides, using the superior color reproduction processes available today.

A new 96-page monograph is being released to accompany the exhibition containing full page color reproductions of the exhibit prints. Edited by Bullock’s daughter Barbara Bullock-Wilson, designed by Bert Ihlenfeld, and printed by Dual Graphics, it is the first major publication devoted to Bullock’s abstract color imagery. Barbara Bullock-Wilson will be available to inscribe the catalogue for collectors at the opening reception.”

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May 13-16: The 3. International Photobook Festival documenta-Halle Kassel, Germany

From the 3. International Photobook Festival website:

“From 13 to 16 May 2010, the 3. International Photobook Festival Kassel is once again addressing the recent development of the fascinating medium photobook. Just like in previous years, internationally renowned practitioners have been invited to present their work with photobooks and to engage in conversation with the festival participants.

Lectures by Paul Graham, Rob Hornstra, Rinko Kawauchi, Sybren Kuiper, Joachim Schmid, Lieko Shiga, Alec Soth and Niels Stomps. Special lectures by Ferdinand Brueggemann »Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers«, Dr. Bettina Lockemann »European photographers’ view of Japan«, Mikhail Karasik »Stalinist Photographic Books« and Hans-Michael Koetzle »Paris in Photobooks«.

Dummy Prize

One of the highlights of the festival will surely be the first Photobook Dummy Prize. Just like last year, we are asking photographers to submit their so far unpublished photobooks. The 50 best books will be exhibited during the festival. From these 50 titles, a jury, made up of lecturers and experts from the festival, will choose the winners of the Photobook Dummy Prize. The 1st Prize will include complete production and worldwide distribution of the book to the major photo-world addresses as well as a presentation in EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY. Entries close on 12 April 2010.


Exhibitions by Rinko Kawauchi and Lieko Shiga, two outstanding representatives of contemporary Japanese photography. Rinko Kawauchi is showing 10 large format works from her book Utatane. Lieko Shiga is showing, for the first time in Europe, all 56 images from her series »Canary«; her book of the same name won the important Japanese »Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award«. Both books will be presented alongside the exhibition. In a special exhibition the Kominek Gallery is showing works from Greg Girard.


As part of the successfully established portfolio and photobook reviews, we will once again foster fruitful conversations between photographers and accomplished appraisers (important publishers, gallery directors, curators). The reviewers will spend 20 min each with you, your questions and your images. A booking now includes 3 review dates. This time, the three best works will be selected by our experts. It is your chance to win one of the precious prizes on offer.


Workshops with well known specialists and publishers as well as technical presentations and short lectures will show you the best options to produce your photobook. But even collectors of photobooks and people who would like to start collecting will receive important insider tips. Also planned are workshops about printing, colour-management, design, printing paper selection and more.

To view the program for each day of this festival, click here.

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Deadline May 18th: Center for Fine Art Photography Strange Beauty Call for Entries in Fort Collins

From the Center for Fine Art Photography website:


Strange Beauty

It is through the ordinary that we are able to recognize the extraordinary or strange. Break down the conventions of beauty and look beyond the traditional to the unusual. Strange Beauty is found in the unfamiliar, evoking wonder and awe. Beauty is found in the unexpected.

Untitled © Marc Ullom


Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching

Co-owners of Klompching Gallery. They are passionate about bringing to the public’s attention the work of exciting new talent, as well as under appreciated photographs by established artists. Klompching Gallery is described as “dynamic” and “one of the galleries to watch in NYC.” Its exhibitions have been reviewed in publications such as The New Yorker, Hotshoe, New York Magazine, ArtReview, New York Times, The British Journal of Photography, The Architect’s Newspaper and Modern Painters.


With selection for this exhibition, featured artist’s work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography.

liveBooks Website Award: Valued at $399 each, two artists will receive a one year subscription for a website from

Juror’s Selection Award: $300 and a Blurb book award from

Director’s Selection Award: $200 and a Blurb book award from

Honorable Mention Award: $100

All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions.

Exhibit Prints: All accepted images submitted for exhibition must be printed and framed or mounted professionally. The Center recognizes that some work is non traditional and incorporates the framing as an integral part of the presentation. To encourage participation by photographers from around the world, the Center offers optional economical printing and framing services. Additional details will be provided upon request.


Entries due: May 18, 2010

Notice of acceptance: May 28, 2010

Exhibition dates: July 30 – August 21, 2010

Public / Artists’ Reception: August 6, 2010


Members: $20 for the first three images.

Non-Members: $35 for the first three 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.”

Untitled © Marc Ullom


Entries due: May 18, 2010

Notice of acceptance: May 28, 2010

Exhibition dates: July 30 – August 21, 2010

Public / Artists’ Reception: August 6, 2010


Members: $20 for the first three images.

Non-Members: $35 for the first three 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.

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