Archive for June, 2010

“SNOWBOUND” Lisa M. Robinson’s project now posted on

In the fall of 2009, Wendy Watriss, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of FotoFest commissioned MediaStorm to create a piece on Lisa M. Robinson‘s project SNOWBOUND, adding to our understanding of the project and the artist, and allowing access to the work in all its digital glory.

The piece debuted during the FotoFest Biennial‘s 2010 workshop program, where Brian taught a one-day seminar.  Lisa was present as well, and the question and answer period with the audience was memorable.  It was interesting for both she and Brian to reach into each other’s worlds – she into multimedia storytelling, and Brian into bringing a fine art project to life on the screen, audio and visual combined.   To see the SNOWBOUND project, visit Lisa’s website here. To see the MediaStorm film on the project, visit MediaStorm here. And to view an “Epilogue” interview with Lisa, click here.   Thank you Wendy Watriss and FotoFest, Lisa and the entire creative team at MediaStorm!

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Deadline: June 17th Gift of Gift of’s Call for Entries

From a Gift of Gift of (gogo) e-blast:

“MISSION STATEMENT: Gift of gift of’s mission is to offer young art patrons an egalitarian opportunity to impact large collecting institutions and to aid emerging artists at a critical point in their careers.

ABOUT US: Each year, gift of gift of (gogo) hosts an event that pools together the money of its attendees to purchase works by emerging photographers and then offer them to large collecting institutions as a donation
from “gift of gift of.” This year‟s purchased artworks will be offered to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Event attendees receive a set number of votes with the purchase of event tickets. Attendees then vote on which of
the exhibited artworks they think should become part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston‟s permanent collection. Those artworks with the highest number of votes will be purchased with the pooled funds.
Therefore, the number of artworks purchased varies based on event attendance.

gogo’s events introduce young collectors to young artists;
gogo gives the gift of exposure to emerging artists;
gogo gives the gift of discovering works to young patrons;
gogo gives the gift of new artwork to chosen collecting institutions.

gift of gift of VOTE NIGHT AND PARTY: SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must submit only digital image files of original artwork they have produced. Images representing artwork produced by other artists will not be accepted. The photographs submitted for
consideration must be priced at $250.00 USD or less. Photographs priced higher will not be accepted. Photographs larger than 30 x 40 inches will not be considered.

Works are accepted based on information in your entry form; any deviation from the application in medium, dimensions, or format is not permitted. A maximum of 10 digital image files (jpegs, max 300 ppi resolution, 1600 x 1600 pixels maximum) may be submitted. The maximum size for total entry should not exceed 20MB. Only one work per artist may be selected. Slides and/or prints will not be accepted as submission material.
Number/name each entry to correspond with the submitted entry form. All image titles should be labeled with your last name. (Example: 1_LASTNAME_TITLE_YEAR.jpg, 2_LASTNAME_TITLE_YEAR.jpg, etc.)
Entrants must also submit an artist statement as well as resume/bio in conjunction with the images submitted.

NOTIFICATION OF PARTICIPATION: Artists will be notified via email with a request to participate by June 29, 2010. Gogo retains the right to not accept any selected work that differs from the work submitted.

LIABILITY & AGREEMENT: Gogo cannot be responsible for damage or loss during transit. Gogo retains the right to display and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition/event for publicity and promotional purposes. Exhibiting artists pay for shipping/transportation to gogo. Please do not ship work with packaging „peanuts.‟ Due to gogo’s limited budget it asks that artists consider sending accepted artwork ready to hang. Submitted works will be juried by this year‟s gogo selection committee. Gift of gift of 2010 exhibition will feature no more than 20 artworks. Your entry constitutes understanding and agreement with the conditions outlined in this prospectus.

To get more information or to download the entry form, click here.

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Getting Work from Ad Agencies: Seminar and Portfolio Review in LA this weekend!

My colleague Debra Weiss has coordinated a fantastic series of events in LA geared towards those who are serious about securing creative commissions from advertising agencies.

From the flier:

“Many changes have taken place in the ad industry with many more to come.  Slashed budgets, more competition, fewer jobs.  And now video!  What’s a photographer to do?

“Join Debra Weiss and guests for an information packed evening with two Art Buyers, a Creative Director and an Agent and hear directly from the sources o what is needed to make it as an advertising photographer.  Gain insight into what it takes to get their attention, how they choose the photographers they work with and how to build lasting beneficial relationships.  You’ll hear their honest and frank perspectives on how you can succeed n this rapidly shifting and increasingly impersonal business.  A broad range of topics will be discussed that will help you gain confidence in navigating your way through the challenges ahead.  This seminar is a must for photographers looking to increase their chance of getting work from ad agencies.”

Moderated by Debra Weiss, held this Thursday evening, 7-10 p.m. at High Profile Productions, 5884 Smiley Drive, Culver City, CA  90232.

To secure your spot:

$75.00; trade association members $55 at the door

STUDENTS with current I.D.:  $25.00




Saturday, June 12th at TBWA/Chiat Day, 5252 Grosvenor Boulevard, Los Angeles CA  90066

“One on One Portfolio Reviews opens the door to a select group of creative directors, art directors and art producers who  work on a broad range of accounts.  Designed specifically for advertising photographers and those who seek work in that market, ONE ON ONE offers a unique opportunity to meet and receive feedback from the leading industry decision makers.  There will be  morning and afternoon sessions. Sign up for five 20 minute ONE ON ONE portfolio reviews each session.  With access becoming more and more difficult, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!”

REVIEWS:  $250 for morning or afternoon session, $450 for both.
For more information:
Sponsored by Workbook

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Greenpeace/ILCP Photographer Daniel Beltra’s posts from the Gulf Oil Spill

The Guardian has created a second slideshow of images of the Deepwater Horizon disaster by award-winning conservation photographer Daniel Beltra who is covering the issue for Greenpeace.  You can link to them from Beltra’s blog or click on the links below:

You can learn more about Beltra’s Amazon: Forest At Risk project on the Blue Earth Alliance current projects roster, and watch the recent video of HRH The Prince of Wales announcing Beltra as the winner of his Rainforest Project Awareness Campaign at the Sony World Photography Awards.

Beltra will be among the photographers sharing their work at the “Review Santa Fe 100 Portfolio Viewing” this coming Friday night at the Hilton in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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June 12: Project 5 Special Reception and Fundraiser JD Gallery Venice

From a P5 mailer:

“Special Reception and Fundraiser for Project 5!

When: Saturday, June 12th, 2010 7-10p.m.

Where: The Julia Dean Gallery at 801 Ocean Front Walk, Venice CA 90291

Project 5 spans five years, over which five photography auctions will be held to fund five socially concerned pohtographic projects, each documented by a team of talented photojournalists.

The first (silent) auction was held at the Stephen Cohen Gallery on Feb. 20, 2010. On the walls hung 108 photographs reflecting 108 talented photographers. It was a wonderful night and we raised enough money to conclude the child labor project (the first of five in Project 5).  At the end of the night, there were 36 outstanding photographs remaining. These 36 prints will be hanging at our special reception. ALL FRAMED PRINTS WILL BE $300 OR LESS! (You can take your print home that night.) Our goal is to raise money toward year 2 of Project 5. For more information:

-June 12th is also World Day Agaist Child Labor. Ending child labor is the topic of P5’s first documentary project.

- There will be an additional reception and exhibit opening in our second gallery, featuring work by participants on the Buenos Aires/Uruguay travel workshop.”

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JUNE 8: Gerry Badger and John Gossage in Conversation at Aperture, NYC


Gerry Badger and John Gossage in Conversation

Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 pm

On Occasion of the Publication of 
The Pleasures of Good Photographs
by Gerry Badger

The Pleasures of Good Photographs (Aperture, June 2010) is an intellectual and aesthetic excursion led by Gerry Badger, one of photography’s eminent critics and popular writers. On the occasion of its publication, Aperture is pleased to present a conversation between Badger and his contemporary—celebrated author and photographer John Gossage. Drawing from the nearly three decades of writing and thinking about photography presented in Badger’s new volume of essays, Badger and Gossage will offer insight into their favorite images, artists, and themes.

The Pleasures of Good Photographs showcases primarily new essays, with a few classics thrown in for good measure, making it an important addition to the canon of photographic writing. A book signing will follow the conversation.

Gerry Badger, a photography critic for nearly thirty years, is himself a photographer, as well as an architect and curator. He has written for dozens of periodicals and his previous books include The Photobook: A History, Volumes I and II, coauthored with Martin Parr, and The Genius of Photography: How Photography Has Changed Our Lives, a companion volume to the esteemed BBC television series. Badger lives in London.

John Gossag
e is well known for his artist’s books and photographic publications, and has produced seventeen books and boxes on specific bodies of work. He is the author of The Pond, to be reissued by Aperture in September 2010. In the 1960s, Gossage studied briefly with Lisette Model and Alexey Brodovitch. Since then, his work has been exhibited worldwide. His photographs are held in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gossage lives in Washington D.C.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
6:30 pm

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

Subway: C, E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue or 1 to 28th Street and 7th Avenue


Media contact: Andrea Smith, Aperture Foundation,; (212) 946-7111

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June 5th in New Orleans: “Louisiana Road Trip” exhibition opens

“LOUISIANA ROAD TRIP”  A group exhibition opens at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery

Exhibition Juried by NICK SPITZER, producer and host of the radio program AMERICAN ROUTES

Opening Reception:  Saturday, June 5th, 6-9 pm

Exhibition dates:  June 5 – July 18

111 St.Mary Street, New Orleans, Louisiana  70130

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June 4th in Chicago: Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani CHROMOTHERAPY exhibition opens

The exhibition of works by Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani from his body of work entitled “CHROMOTHERAPY” opens this Friday evening at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago.  The reception will be held from 5-8 pm and is open to the public.

This exhibition will continue through August 20th.

To read about his upcoming exhibition at the UNM Art Museum (September 10 – December 19, 2010) click here.

From the museum’s website:

“The University of New Mexico Art Museum is honored to present the retrospective Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008. This project is the first comprehensive analysis of the many and varied projects of New Mexico-based photographer Patrick Nagatani who has worked as a photographer and artist since the 1970s. It will include examples from his Nagatani/Tracey Polaroid Collaborations, the Japanese American Concentration Camp portfolio, Nuclear Enchantment, Novellas, Nagatani/Ryoichi Excavations, Chromatherapy series; and, the large-scale masking tape works, Tape-estries. This exhibition is the first to bring together these tour-de-force and seminal projects thus providing a unique opportunity to see the range of Nagatani’s directorial approach and the breadth of his contributions to color photography.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 260 page full-color publication, edited by curator Michele M. Penhall with essays by leading authorities in the field.”  (UNMN Press, anticipated June 2010)

To read about earlier works, click here (Center for Creative Photography) and here (Museum of Contemporary Photography).

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Deadline June 12th: Photo Center NW Competition and Exhibition

From the Photo Center NW website:



Present Tense: 15th Annual Photographic Competition Exhibition

The Photo Center is pleased to announce our 15th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition, Present Tense and our esteemed juror, Denise Wolff, of Aperture. Selected entries will be exhibited in Seattle, WA at the Photo Center during the months of August and September 2010. The exhibition title, Present Tense, refers to state of the medium today. In recent times, we have heard intense debate about the direction of photography: questions about the future of the medium, fears surrounding the decrease in magazine production and funding for content, the threat of potential extinction of the physical book, cynical commentaries that originality is a thing of the past…now is the time for photographers to take stock of their work and their vision, to take risks, rather than play it safe. We are calling out to you to inspire the medium! Show us your perspective and vision of these changing times. Ms. Wolff will select projects in an effort to curate an exhibition that makes a statement about contemporary photography. We invite you to be a part of this statement. The theme is open. The juror is looking for work that represents a larger, cohesive body of work and will be selecting a series from each photographer chosen. All photo processes welcome. Artists will be responsible for shipping their framed work.

DENISE WOLFF is a photo book editor, known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. Prior to joining Aperture last year, she worked at Phaidon Press. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books with some of the world’s top photographers, including Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, Eugene Richards, and Stephen Shore to name a few. See to learn more about Aperture books & programs.

AWARDS: First, second, and third prize winners will take home $1000, $500, and $250 respectively as well as a $75 Blurb Inc. Scrip Certificate for each winner. PCNW gratefully acknowledges Blurb Inc., Glazer’s Camera & Panda Lab for their award sponsorships.

ENTRY FEE: There is a flat entry fee of $75 for a series of 10-12 jpgs. You must submit a minimum of 10 images to be reviewed from a cohesive body of work. The juror will select a series from each photographer chosen. Payment must be in U.S. Dollars. Entry fees are non-refundable. This juried show is our gallery program’s annual fundraiser and the entry fees help to support our gallery program offerings throughout the year.”

For more information, click here.

To enter the contest, click here.

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Extended Deadline June 7th: Art of Photography Show

From the Art of Photography Show website:


Deadline June 7, 2010

An international exhibition of photographic art
at the elegant Lyceum Theatre Gallery in
San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter

Exhibition: August 28 – November 7, 2010

–>Judge: Natasha Egan
Associate Director and Curator at the Museum of
Contemporary Photography in Chicago

Producer: Steven Churchill

–> Click here to read testimonials about our shows!

Proceeds from art sales donated to AjA Project Click here to check out the details.
The Art of Photography Show 2010 is a world-class international exhibition of photographic art occurring August 28 through November 7, 2010 at the elegant two-level Lyceum Theatre Gallery, a perfect venue for exhibiting a large showcase of awesome photographic art. One of the distinguishing characteristics of this competition and exhibition is that our judge is always a highly acclaimed museum curator.

$10,000 in Awards
$2,000  1st Place Award
$1,600  2nd Place Award
$1,200  3rd Place Award
$   800  4th Place Award
$   400  (11) HM Awards

  • Substantial Tangible Benefits
  • Intensive marketing and sales plans are underway, resulting in 30,000+ people viewing the Show
  • Broad publicity strategy will bring considerable media attention to the art and the artists
  • The opening reception will be a world class event, with many buyers/collectors in attendance
  • An elegant Show Catalog will be printed, which will be a great marketing tool for the artists
  • Being selected by Natasha Egan is an extremely significant accomplishment, very valuable for one’s bio
  • PLUS: liveBooks is providing grants for three custom designed websites, valued at $1,700 each.

    This is the sixth year of this major photographic exhibition. Our mission for this annual project is to create an ideal forum for photographers to exhibit and sell their work, reaching our very large community of art collectors, affluent individuals, corporate heads, civic leaders and very influential people who make up the Art of Photography Show audience. We will be pursuing a vigorous marketing and publicity campaign, to bring maximum media attention to the artists who are juried into the exhibition. Our great love of this art form (and being photographic artists ourselves) prompts us to ‘pull out all of the stops’ in order to showcase a truly excellent presentation of photographic art, to elevate and promote this art form, and to provide substantial benefits to the exhibiting artists.

    Click here to view the images from the Art of Photography Show 2009.

    Click here to view the images from the Art of Photography Show 2008.

    Click here to view photos taken at the 2008 Opening Reception Gala!

    Click here to register for the competition.

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