Archive for October, 2010

October 19th, 7 pm in Austin, in person AND VIA LIVE WEBCAST: “The Lives and Work of Helmut and Alison Gernshiem

NOTE: VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, October 19.  Not to be missed!

“The Lives and Work of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim”

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7 P.M. at the Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin

J. B. Colson, Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Fellow of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and Roy Flukinger, Ransom Center Senior Research Curator, discuss the lives and work of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim on Tuesday, October 19, at 7 p.m.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, on display through January 2, and the release of the book The Gernsheim Collection.

Drawn from the peerless collection of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, the exhibition features masterpieces from photography’s first 150 years, alongside other images that, while lesser known, are integral to the medium’s history. Highlights include the first photograph (on permanent display at the Ransom Center); works by nineteenth-century masters such as Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Henry Peach Robinson; and iconic images by modern photographers such as Man Ray, Robert Capa, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The book includes more than 125 full-page plates from the collection, accompanied by descriptions of each image’s place in the evolution of photography and within the collection. The catalog also traces the Gernsheims’ passion for collecting and their career as pioneering historians of photography, showing how their efforts significantly contributed to the acceptance of photography as a fine art and as a field worthy of intellectual study.

A book signing of The Gernsheim Collection follows.

Please be aware that the Ransom Center’s Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

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October 19 in NYC: Susan Bright with Lyle Rexer on “Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography”

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 7 pm at the School of Visual Arts Auditorium (Photo ID required for entrance):

Please join Dear Dave, for a discussion with Susan Bright and Lyle Rexer on the release of Brights’ latest book, AUTO FOCUS: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography. A champagne reception will follow in the lobby where copies of the new book will be available for purchase and signing by Bright and other artists from the book.

Photographer and SVA faculty member Susan Bright will host a panel discussion featuring artists from her new book Auto Focus: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography (The Monacelli Press, 2010). Featuring the work of 75 contemporary photographers from around the world for whom self-portraiture is a central part of their work, the book explores issues of identity–national, sexual, racial, personal and artistic. Bright previously served as the assistant curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in London and as acting director for the MA in Photography Program (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and is the editor of Art Photography Now (Aperture, 2005). A book signing and reception will follow the discussion.

“Auto Focus,” features the work of 75 contemporary photographers from around the world for whom self-portraiture is a central part of their work. Issues of identity – national, sexual, racial, personal or artistic – are key to all the images featured in this book. “Auto Focus” offers an impressive survey of established and emerging contemporary photographers through the fascinating lens of self-portraiture. It features new work from emerging artists alongside photographs from more established big names, including Elina Brotherus, Nan Goldin, Catherine Opie, Jemima Stehli, Gillian Wearing and Erwin Wurm and includes more than 250 luscious images.

Susan Bright is a curator and writer. She has taught extensively in the UK and convened major international conferences and seminars on many aspects of art and photography. She was formerly Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Curator at the Association of Photographers and Acting Director for the MA Photography (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She is also the author of Art Photography Now, which was published by Thames & Hudson in 2005. She currently lives and works in New York and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

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Lyle Rexer was educated at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and Merton College, Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the recipient of a 2008-9 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation and is the author of several books, including The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009); and How to Look at Outsider Art (2005). Rexer has also published many catalogue essays and contributes articles to a variety of publications, such as The New York Times, Modern Painters, Parkett, Tate, etc. and Aperture . As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including “The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography,” and “Fernando Canovas,” at the Insitiut Valencia d’Art Modern. Rexer teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a columnist for Photograph magazine.

SVA is located at 333 West 23rd Street in NYC; this lecture is presented by SVA’s BFA Photography Department.

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October 19, Boston: Michal Chelbin lectures in conjunction with PRC exhibition “Strangely Familiar”

Michal Chelbin’s exhibition “Strangely Familiar” opened at the PRC early September and continues through October 31st.

She will be give a public lecture on OCTOBER 19th at 7 pm in room #206 of the Photonics Building, 8 Saint Mary’s Street in Boston.

From the Photographic Resource Center’s e-blast:

Michal Chelbin: Strangely Familiar
September 7 – October 31, 2010

Artist Lecture: Tuesday, October 19, 7pm
Photonics Building Room #206, 8 Saint Marys Street

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Michal Chelbin, Jenya in My Hotel Room, Ukraine, 2005 color coupler print

“Because I shoot portraits I can say that people are my first inspiration. They are intriguing, mysterious, and unsolved.”
—Michal Chelbin (from 9/4/2008 interview on Nymphoto)

“Michal Chelbin (born 1974, Haifa, Israel) started making pictures when she was 15, and honed her skills as a photographer during her compulsory service in the Israeli military. Following four years of study in Haifa, Chelbin began pursuing personal photographic projects and traveled in Russia, Ukraine, England, and Israel making the portraits that appear in Strangely Familiar (also the title of her 2008 Aperture monograph; The Black Eye, her new book, is forthcoming from Twin Palms). The body of work on display at the PRC this fall demonstrates Chelbin’s search for those displaying a “legendary” quality, which she describes as “a mix between odd and ordinary.”

Her photographs depict mostly young people who carry their livelihoods with them, often in the very form or function of their bodies. Her subjects are members of itinerant companies— dancers, acrobats, and carnival attractions—and athletes. Chelbin’s work, typically made of individuals in off-stage repose, reflects both the intensity of their pursuits and the fatigue engendered by being constantly on the road and almost always on display. Her photographs are staged, in the sense of being made by arrangement between artists and subject, but not manipulated or otherwise altered post-exposure.

Exhibition organized in collaboration with Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York City.”


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SPE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS and other awards: Submission Deadline November 1st

PLAN AHEAD to not miss this deadline!

I have long been an active part of the Society for Photographic Education community, beginning my participation as a volunteer when an Undergraduate at ASU, where I met many of my best friends in our field.  Today, one of those colleagues I met as a volunteer at an SPE in the late 70’s, Susan kae Grant and I offer a closed-door Student Seminar moderated by Dennis Keeley which is held just prior to the launch of each National Conference, for all recipients of awards and all students working as volunteers.  Join us!  Apply for these grants, or Volunteer.  See you at the Student Seminar in Atlanta mid-March!

SPE National Student Scholarship Opportunities

Society for Photographic Education   /   Deadline: 11/01/10

Download in PDF Format

SPE student members can apply for scholarships to offset the cost of attending the 2011 national conference. A 2011 national conference fee waiver and a one-year membership to SPE are provided by SPE in addition to the cash awards. Please download pdf for full instructions on how to submit.

Fees

10.00

Eligibility

Applicants must be current full-time students enrolled at a post-secondary institution as an undergraduate or graduate student majoring/concentrating in photography not graduating before the end of the academic year 2010-2011.

Applicants must be student members of SPE or become members before submitting their scholarship application.

Applicants are not eligible to receive the same award for two consecutive years, and cannot receive two awards in one year.

Applicants submitting to more than one award must submit different bodies of work.

Requirements

A cohesive body of work with no more than FIVE images. Images around 1280 x 1280 px @ 72 ppi are ideal for good image quality and fast upload

A succinct artist statement of 200 words or less that informs the work

A statement addressing how your attendance at the conference will benefit you, as well as an overview of prior involvement with SPE or other arts organizations

A description of the conceptual basis of your work and its technical qualities, including a description of processes used

A brief resume, including name, address, phone number, email address and current institutional affiliation, and educational and professional experience

Contact information for a current photography professor (include name, title, email, and phone number)

Awards

Ten SPE Awards are offered and feature a $500 travel stipend to attend the national conference.

The SPE Award for Innovations in Imaging in Honor of Jeannie Pearce is open to all eligible students working primarily with digital technology and is designated for work only possible because of emerging digital technologies-no alternative processes or gelatin silver prints. A project description describing how the work is possible as a result of emerging digital technologies is required as part of the submission process. Jurors will seek to award work that demonstrates the most innovative, freshest and unique uses of digital technologies.

The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White Photography is generously sponsored by Freestyle Photographic Supplies. Freestyle’s goal in offering this award is to provide greater support for students working in traditional black and white silver imaging and alternative processes. One student will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize. The sponsoring faculty member will be presented with an engraved crystal apple, a 2011 national conference fee waiver, and a one-year membership to SPE. Please note: sponsoring faculty must teach at the institution where the student is currently enrolled. All light-sensitive processes, including alternative processes (Van Dyke brown, platinum, albumen, gum bichromate, cyanotype, kallitype, salt, liquid emulsion, lith printing, hand coloring, bromoil, modern day tintype, etc.) are eligible for this award as long as the end product is a gelatin silver or handmade alternative process print. No digital prints accepted.

Considerations

The SPE scholarship competition open September 1 through November 1, 2010. Download the pdf above for full instructions on how to submit your portfolio online.

Contact Information

2530 Superior Ave #403
Cleveland, OH 44114

W: http://spenational.slideroom.com
E: membership@spenational.org

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Winners announced: Lens Culture International Exposure Awards

The winners have been announced!  I was pleased to have been a part of the jury team for this competition, reviewing all the work submitted.  Along with my fellow judges, results were compiled by Jim Casper at Lens Culture and the winners are as follows.  From the Lens Culture website:

“We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2010 Lens Culture International Exposure Awards. For the judges, the process of looking critically at almost 6,500 photographs submitted by photographers from 47 countries was at once daunting and exhilarating.

The range of work is remarkable. It varies richly in subject matter, genre, and styles of technological and artistic approaches. Perhaps what was most pleasantly surprising about reviewing all of these photographs, for me, was the chance to discover so many multifaceted and unusual ways that people are using photography to tell an important story, or to explore an emotion, take a wild flight of imagination, dig a bit deeper into a psychological puzzle, capture a moment or an age or a culture, or to play with an idea.

All of the jurors were eager to see what “bubbled to the top” through the democratic judging process. Indeed, it is an eclectic mix, and a pleasure to discover the kinds of things that captivated each of us. We hope you will enjoy the winning portfolios and single photographs as they are revealed over the next weeks here in Lens Culture. Starting in early 2011, these award-winning works will comprise group exhibitions at galleries in Paris, San Francisco and New York.

The top award winners for 2010 are:

Portfolio Category

Grand Prize: Jessica Hines:  My Brother’s War
2nd Prize: Carolle Benitah: Photo Souveniers
3rd Prize: Louisa Marie Summer: Jennifer

Single Image Category

Grand Prize: Martine Fougeron
2nd Prize: Albertina d’Urso
3rd Prize: Anne Berry

Honorable Mention Awards (in alphabetical order):

Susan Bank
David Carol
Ellie Davies
Frank Day
Bruno De Cock
Margaret de Lange
Dan Dubowitz
Joachim Froese
Julia Fullerton-Batten
Kevin Greenblat
Daisuke Ito
Mary Shannon Johnstone
David Lazar
Sebastian Liste
Adam Magyar
Rania Matar
Justin Maxon
Bill McCullough
Marcia Michael
Julian Rder
David Rochkind
Evzen Sobek
Miki Soejima
Ian Teh
Jan von Holleben

Congratulations to all of these winners, and our sincere gratitude to everyone who shared their work with us in this year’s competition.

Be sure to check back here to view work from each of these winners over the coming weeks.”

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October 15th, 7:30 p.m. in SF: Frank Gohlke lectures at the San Francisco Art Institute, hosted by PhotoAlliance

FRANK GOHLKE Lecture

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street)
7:30 pm

Frank Gohlke is a leading figure in American landscape photography. He has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Known for his large format landscape photographs, Gohlke’s work has been shown at museums all over the world and included in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Australian National Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada.

Frank’s most recent book is titled “Thoughts on Landscape: Collected Writings and Interviews” published by Hol Art Books in Tucson, Arizona; it is available in print (paperback) and epub/mobi/pdf downloadable formats.

This event is sponsored by PhotoAlliance

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November 7th Fotoweek DC Portfolio Reviews: Registration open!

Within the FOTOWEEK DC FESTIVAL there is a one-day portfolio review event that has a fine roster of Reviewers, offers a discounted rate for students, and will work closely with you to confirm to top picks within days of registering.  If interested, don’t hesitate as this will sell out!

Come early/stay late as the programing this year is super – many exhibitions, lectures, a one-day workshop with Brian Storm of Media Storm, displays of contemporary photobooks by publisher, as well as the amazing Indie Photobook Library, and more.  My co-author Darius Himes and I are proud to be a part of the programming, speaking at the Corcoran on the day after the reviews, Monday, November 8th at noon at the Corcoran: “To Be Published or Self-Publish?”

To start the portfolio review registration process, click here.

See you there!

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