Archive for August, 2010

August 14th: “Gulf” Exhibition Juror’s Gallery Talk in New Orleans

From a New Orleans Photo Alliance website:

“GULF
Exhibition Dates August 14 – September 18, 2010

Twilight by Dede Lusk

GULF
Juried by Clint Willour
August 14 – September 18, 2010
Opening Reception & Juror’s Talk: Saturday August 14, 6-9pm

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to present, “GULF”, a photographic exploration of the Gulf of Mexico. Juried by Clint Willour, this group exhibition touches on many aspects of our relationship with this magnificent body of water and the wetlands that surround it. Though topical, the exhibition is not focused solely on the current oil disaster, but about the complex symbiosis between man and the natural world.

“GULF” examines the many ways that the Gulf of Mexico nurtures and sustains us, how it has provided generations with a livelihood, and how we have manipulated and abused its fragile eco-system. The thirty-one images featured in this national juried exhibition include depictions of the seafood and maritime industries, the plant life and beauty of the environment, the creatures that live in it, and the various ways that humans both enjoy and depend upon it.

Featured artists are: Jane Fulton Alt, Jean Ayo, Nell Campbell, Dennis Couvillion, Scott Dalton, Shawn Escoffery, Emily Folk, Terri Garland, Robin Germany, Maja Georgiou, Alison Gootee, Veni Harlan, Lewis Hodnett, Diane Kreiter, Dede Lusk, Donald Maginnis, Vincent Mariano, Jill Moore, David Rae Morris, Tuyen Nguyen, Leslie Parr, Michelle Parish, Luana K. Perez, Irwin Poché , Samuel Portera, Natasha Sanchez, Mark Sindler, Laurie Thompson, Eugenia Uhl, Michel Varisco and Anne Wallace.

The exhibition will be held at the New Orleans Photo Alliance, 1111 St. Mary St., from August 14, 2010 to September 18, 2010. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, August 14 from 6-9pm.

Clint Willour has been the curator of the Galveston Arts Center for the past twenty years. He serves on boards of the Houston Center for Photography, Photo Forum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, FotoFest ‘s Art Board and chairs the Photography Accessions Sub-committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Mr. Willour will present a juror’s talk during the opening reception.

Ten percent of all print sales from this exhibition will benefit the Gulf Restoration Network, an organization committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region for future generations. See more about their efforts at http://www.healthygulf.org.

About NOPA
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. NOPA was formed by a diverse group of photographers in 2006 to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography, and foster community and opportunities for photographers in the Gulf South. NOPA currently serves more than 350 members from Louisiana and throughout the United States. Since its inception NOPA has sponsored numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, including PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival held each December in New Orleans. In 2009 NOPA instituted the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography, a $5000 annual grant. In 2010 NOPA established the Clarence John Laughlin Award, an annual $5000 prize.

Thumbnail image by Jane Fulton Alt

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Entries due by August 20: Alec Soth to Serve as 5th Guest Curator of Hey Hot Shot! Competition

From the Hey Hot Shot! website:

Alec Soth to Serve as 5th Guest Curator

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce that Alec Soth, renowned photographer and founder of Little Brown Mushroom Books, will be serving as the guest curator for our 5th—and final—month of Hey, Hot Shot! 2010.

Alec Soth has emerged as one of the preeminent photographers of our time, working seamlessly across genres as fine artist, storyteller and documentarian. Soth’s creative projects combine photography, video, sound and writing (and more!) into inspiring stories that emerge from his journeys on the meandering roads of America. In 2008, Soth was named a full-time member of Magnum Photos and this September, the first U.S. survey of Soth’s work, From Here to There, will open at the Walker Art Center, not to be missed if you are anywhere near Minneapolis.

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Two Towels, 2005, from Niagara by Alec Soth

To readers of this blog, he needs no introduction, especially as of late, with all of the interesting projects and upcoming exhibitions keeping his name at the top of our feeds and conversations. But before you race to upload your images, read on for details about the award and more about Alec’s work.

Alec will be reviewing all work submitted between July 30th and August 20th (two days before the end of the overall competition entry period on August 22nd). The entrant of his choice will be featured on our blog and newsletter, and receive what he has dubbed the “Little Brown Mushroom Love Pack” which includes:

- An autographed edition of Bedknobs & Broomsticks by Trent Parke (from the SOLD OUT edition of 1,000)
Lost Boy Mountain by Lester B. Morrison (edition of 1,000)
The Last Days of W by Alec Soth (from the SOLD OUT edition of 10,000)
– and a screen-printed LBM t-shirt

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The Little Brown Mushroom Love-Pack

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Congratulations to the Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Winners

From Daylight Magazine’s website:
Daylight / CDS Photo Awards Overview

Project Prize

Work-In-Process Prize

Prizewinners
space
Jurors

Guidelines

Daylight / CDS Photo Awards Overview

In recognition of mutual interests in documentary and fine art photography, Daylight Magazine and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University have started an international competition, the Daylight/CDS Photo Awards, to honor and promote talented and committed photographers, both emerging and established.

Two awards, a Project Prize and a Work-in-Process Prize.

GUEST JURORS > Vince Aletti, writer/critic; Darius Himes, editor/curator; Julie Saul, gallery owner/director; Alec Soth, photographer; Hank Willis Thomas, photographer; Jamie Wellford, international photo editor, Newsweek

> with Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff, editors, Daylight Magazine, and Alexa Dilworth, publishing director, and Courtney Reid-Eaton, exhibitions director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

PROJECT PRIZE

First Prize Winner

Nandita Raman
ramannandita.blogspot.com

Juror Picks

Rachel Barrett (Hank Willis Thomas)
rachelbarrett.net

Priya Kambli (Vince Aletti)
priyakambli.com

Jan Lieske (Jamie Wellford)
janlieske.com

Nandita Raman (Julie Saul)
ramannandita.blogspot.com

Daniel Stier (Darius Himes and Alec Soth)
danielstier.com

Honorable Mentions

Susan Bank
susansbank.com

Matt Eich
matteichphoto.com

Jason Florio
floriophoto.com

Eamon Mac Mahon
eamonmacmahon.com

Michael Marten
michaelmarten.com

Pierpaolo Mittica
pierpaolomittica.com

Geir Moseid
geirmoseid.com

Louie Palu
louiepalu.com

Melissa Ann Pinney
melissaannpinney.com

Martin Roemers
martinroemers.com

WORK-IN-PROCESS PRIZE

First Prize Winner

Elizabeth Moreno
emorenophoto.com

Juror Picks

Erica Allen (Hank Willis Thomas)
ericaallenphotography.com

Paula McCartney (Darius Himes)
paulamccartney.com

Elizabeth Moreno (Vince Aletti)
emorenophoto.com

Martin Roemers (Jamie Wellford)
martinroemers.com

Monika Sziladi (Julie Saul and Alec Soth)
msziladi.com

Honorable Mentions

Jessica Auer
jessicaauer.com

J Carrier
j-carrier.com

Dianne Davis
diannedavis.ca/

Eyal Dinar
eyaldinar.com

Lorena Endara
lorenaendara.com

Bepi Ghiotti
bepighiotti.com

Maria Gonzalez
marivigonzalezphotography.com

Holly Lynton
hollylynton.com

Sarah Sudhoff
sarahsudhoff.com

Stratis Vogiatzis
stratisvogiatzis.com

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Congratulations to the 2010 Lange-Taylor Prize: 20th Anniversary Winners

From a Duke University e-blast:
“LANGE-TAYLOR PRIZE: 20th ANNIVERSARY WINNERS
Tiana Markova-Gold and Sarah Dohrmann
Honorable Mention: Kitra Cahana and Chris Urquhart
http://cds.aas.duke.edu/press/2010langetaylor.html
http://cds.aas.duke.edu/press/2010langetaylordownload/index.html
The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the twentieth Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize to photographer Tiana Markova-Gold and writer Sarah Dohrmann, both Americans. The $20,000 award is given to encourage collaboration in documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed American photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. Lange and Taylor worked together for many years, most notably on fieldwork that resulted in American Exodus (1941), a seminal work in documentary studies.
Tiana Markova-Gold and Sarah Dohrmann’s project, “If You Smoke Cigarettes in Public, You Are a Prostitute: Women and Prostitution in Morocco,” is an investigation of female prostitution in Morocco and the experiences of two American non-Muslim women documenting women’s lives in a country where pre-marital virginity is considered sacred. With their project, they “seek to dismantle Americans’ preconceived notions of the prostitute as sexual deviant and the hijabed woman as “exotic” and examine the negotiation of relationships “between the prostitute and the society she lives in, between the artist and the subject, between non-Muslim and Muslim women, between women.”
For more information, click the links above.

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Deadline September 15th: NOPA’s Clarence John Laughlin Award

From the New Orleans Photo Alliance website:

“The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s Grants

The Clarence John Laughlin Award

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

Juror

John Wood, Editor, 21st Editions

Eligibility

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply.

Deadline

All required materials must be received by the New Orleans Photo Alliance between July 15, 2010 and September 15, 2010.

Application Fee

Application fee is $25.
Application fee + NOPA membership: $60.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted online only through the New Orleans Photo Alliance website.

Eligible Work

The New Orleans Photo Alliance invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to apply. Still images made from all photographic processes, both traditional and digital will be considered. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal and emotional statements are all welcome. Still photography or photographic techniques should be integral to the works submitted.

Work Samples

Applicants must submit a portfolio of 10-20 image files representing a cohesive body of work. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to build a strong series of images. If your work is best communicated visually by showing its physical nature, you may use one or more of the required images for installation or detail views.

Written Statements

Applicants must submit a written statement explaining their images, process and intent. The purpose of the statement is to give the juror a better understanding of your work while they are viewing it. Your statement should be clear, concise and relate to the work samples you submit. Applicants will also be required to submit a bio or resume and a brief “description of work” summary.

Judging Criteria

The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and written statement.

Selection and Notification

If more than 100 applications are submitted, a committee of independent curators and photographers will prescreen all submissions and select 100 portfolios to present to the juror. The juror will select a single winner. At the juror’s discretion a select number of finalists may be asked to submit a print portfolio for the final decision.  Finalists will be notified by October 1 and required to mail portfolios at their own expense by October 10.

The winner will be announced on November 1, 2010.  The recipient’s portfolio will be featured on the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s website for one year.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance will present the prize to the recipient during the Fifth Annual PhotoNOLA, held in December of 2010 in New Orleans, LA.  If the winner is unable to accept the prize in person, other arrangements will be made.

About the Juror

John Wood is an award-winning poet, critic, and photographic historian.  The Southern Review called him “the most lucid and engaging of the post-modern Southern poets.” His most recent work, Endurance and Suffering, a book of poems based on 19th Century photographs by O. G. Mason won the 2009 Gold German Photobook Prize.  Wood co-curated the landmark 1995 Smithsonian Institution Museum of American Art exhibition Secrets of the Dark Chamber, and the book based on the exhibition was a New York Times Book Review Best Books of 1995.  He has written books on the daguerreotype, the autochrome, Romanticism and photography, and other subjects.  His books have been named to the “Outstanding Academic Books of the Year” by the American Library Association, Wall Street Journal‘s Year’s Best Books, and the American Photographic Historical Society’s Outstanding Book of the Year.  His translation of poems from Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal with a critical introduction and photographs by Eikoh Hosoe received the 2007 Independent Book Publishers Bronze Medal, and Sally Mann, a selection of Mann’s photographs and poems, which he edited, won a 2005 Lucie Award.  He has published and edited over thirty books and written the introductions to more than twenty others on photographers as diverse as Josephine Sacabo, Jamie Baldridge, John Metoyer, Joel-Peter Witkin, Jan Saudek, Arthur Tress, Luis Gonzáles Palma, Flor Garduño, Michael Kenna, Wouter Deruytter, Connie Imboden, John Dugdale, Robert ParkeHarrison, Jayne Hinds Bidaut, David Halliday and Greg Gorman.  He has also written the texts for more than ten catalogues of art and photographic exhibitions in the United States, Italy, Germany, Greece, Japan, and Mexico. He is the Editor of 21st Editions, holds a Ph.D. in English literature, held Professorships for thirty years in both English Literature and Photographic History and served as Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at McNeese State University.  He now lives in Vermont and is at work on a retrospective book on the work of Masao Yamamoto.”

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