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Thursday, February 4th in Dallas: “North Texas Women in Photography” Panel

This just in from Susan kae Grant: if in the greater Dallas area, don’t miss this panel!  Two of my favorite photographers and friends are among the panel participate, Susan kae and Allison V. Smith.  6-9 pm at The Women’s Museum, 3800 Parry Avenue Dallas .   ALL ARE WELCOME!

Free for ASMP Members, $10 for non-members and $5 for students.  BE THERE!

From the ASMP DALLAS:

North Texas
Women
in
Photography

Thursday, Feb 4th
7:00p – 9:00p
6:00p social
7:00p presentation

The Women’s Museum
3800 Parry Ave
Dallas, TX 75226

Free for members
$10 non-members
$5 students with ID

North Texas Women

in Photography

ASMP Dallas is proud to present four talented and accomplished professional photographers at the event North Texas Women in Photography. Each photographer will show and discuss their work in their distinctive fields. Please join us for an evening of images, info and discussion. The evening will be moderated by Betsy Lewis, Associate Producer of KERA’s Thinkand Anything You Ever Wanted to Know.

Our features speakers are:

Susan kae Grant,
fine art

Susan kae Grant received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1975 she has produced 13 limited edition handmade books. Her most recent book, “Shadowed Memory” was created during a 2005 residency at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester New York. She taught at Wayne State University from 1979-1981 and joined the faculty at Texas Woman’s University in 1981 where she is currently Professor and Head of the Photography area. She is on the staff of the International Center of Photography where she teaches bookmaking workshops. In 2003 and 2005 she was the recipient of the Society for Photographic Education “Freestyle Crystal Apple Award” and “The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award” in 2004 from the Santa Fe Center for Photography.

Grant has conducted bookmaking workshops, lectured on artists’ books and exhibited her work throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, British Columbia, Africa and Japan. Her works are included in numerous public collections including The George Eastman House, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Minneapolis Art Institute, The Tokyo Museum of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Victoria and Albert Museum National Library. She is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas; Verve Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe; Modernbook Gallery in Palo Alto, CA; and Galerie BMG in Woodstock, New York. “Night Journey”, Grant’s most recent body of work, is a multi-dimensional installation and suite of prints exploring the artistic interpretation of dreams, memory and the unconscious through research conducted at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas with John herman, PhD. The “Night Journey” has been exhibited at 13 venues and was included in the “International Biennale of Contemporary Art” in Florence Italy. Grant was the designer for the Southwestern Medical District/Parkland DART Station station that opens in December of 2010.Jean Ann Bybee,
commercial

Photographer Jean Ann Bybee has been creating gorgeous images for more than 25 years. As a Dallas-based commercial photographer, she has shot all over the world–fashion for Neiman Marcus, Mexican wrestlers for Miller Lite, jewelry for the Smithsonian and cheesecakes for Collin Street Bakery–mastering every shot to create a unique image.

As a child, I played with my father’s Polaroid camera that he used for work, but I did not get my first real camera until I was in college. Although I thought of pursuing photography as a career, I was told it’s “a man’s job.” At that time there were very few female photographers in Dallas, Texas.

Bowing to my parent’s wishes for me to be in the medical field, I got as close to photography as I could and ended up taking x-rays.  I went back to college at night to learn commercial photography.  The instructors were prominent commercial photographers in Dallas. All of our classes were at their studios and we got to see them light and shoot. It was amazing. Little by little, I managed to work my way into the business.  I assisted many wonderful male photographers and had to prove every day that I could do what the guys did.  So from the inside out I became a photographer.

Eventually, I received a job offer to be a shooter at a large catalogue photo studio in Dallas. I loved fashion and product and shot for Neiman Marcus and many important clients for 9 years in both Dallas and New York. I have owned my own business for more than fifteen years and shoot fashion, food, people, jewelry and products, but food and jewelry are favorites as my career evolves.

I have a wonderful family I love, my husband Brad, works with me and takes care of managing the computer and the business while I take pictures. Our lovely daughter Audrey lives and works in Washington, DC.

I feel so lucky to have made a very successful career of something I love. I have been able to travel all over the world shooting pictures. I also published my first book FOOD STYLING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS in 2008. What a life!

Cheryl Diaz Meyer, photojournalism

Pulitzer-Prize winner Cheryl Diaz Meyer is a freelance photographer based in Dallas, Texas. The “eloquent photographs depicting both the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq‚” garnered her and her colleague, David Leeson, the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography during their tenure as senior staff photographers for The Dallas Morning News. Her work in Iraq was also awarded the Visa D’Or Daily Press Award 2003 at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France.

Diaz Meyer covered the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as an embedded journalist attached to the Second Tank Battalion of the First Marine Division. After the fall of Baghdad, she continued to cover the aftermath of the violence as a unilateral journalist. She has returned to Iraq numerous times since then to cover such stories as the capture of Saddam Hussein and the infamous “spider hole,” the Al Mehdi death squads, the Iranian infiltration into Basra, the economic boom of Iraqi Kurdistan and the region’s tormented women who set themselves on fire in an ancient practice of self sacrifice, called self immolation.

Shortly after 9/11, Diaz Meyer traveled to Afghanistan to photograph the war on terrorism and its effect on the Afghan people trying to free themselves from the oppressive Taliban regime. Her work on the subject was honored with the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club.

She has traveled to the Philippines and Indonesia to photograph violent Muslim and Christian extremism, and to Guatemala to document a country healing from 36 years of civil strife. She has also photographed stories in China, Kuwait, Bahrain, the Czech Republic, the Philippines, Mexico, Slovakia and Russia, among others.

Diaz Meyer’s photographs have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian (London), The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazines. Her work is also featured in several books: on the cover of The Long Road Home by Martha Raddatz, in Desert Diaries by Corbis, The War in Iraq by Life, A Table in the Presence by Lt. Carey Cash and Reporting from the Front by Judith Sylvester. The History Channel, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News and CSPAN have featured her work and interviews. She has written articles for The Dallas Morning News, Harvard University’s Nieman Reports, as well as Digital Journalism: Emerging Media and the Changing Horizons of Journalism.

Diaz Meyer was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated with her family to Minnesota in 1981. She attended the University of Minnesota in Duluth where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in German in 1990. She then attended Western Kentucky University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism in 1994. She worked as a photography intern at several newspapers including The Washington Post.

Diaz Meyer began her career as a staff photographer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1994. Having grown up in a variety of countries during her youth, Diaz Meyer is conversant in German, French, Spanish, Tagalog and Bikol (Filipino languages).
Allison V. Smith, editorial

Dallas native Allison V. Smith took her first snapshot when she was 8 years old, and she’s been taking pictures ever since. After earning a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University, she worked as a staff photographer for newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, and Santa Fe New Mexican. In 2003 she made the decision to become a freelance photographer, yet her photojournalism continues to make itself evident in her portraits, magazine work, and fine art work. Smith’s portraits have appeared in a number of publications, including Texas Monthly, The New York Times, Dwell and the Oxford American, and her Marfa, Texas series has been exhibited in galleries in Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, and Los Angeles. Smith’s work is in the permanent collection at the Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Art in Houston. She is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

Betsy Lewis, moderator

Betsy Lewis is the Associate Producer of KERA’s Think and Anything You Ever Wanted to Know. Having worked a wide array of arts-related jobs in the Dallas area, she can plan parties, count money, program arty events, haul large pieces of furniture through dark buildings without hurting herself, and trick inner-city high school students into analyzing Warhol’s Big Campbell’s Soup Can and calling it fun. Betsy studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City and playwriting with Edward Albee at the University of Houston, and performed in “Here Come the Muppets” at the Disney-MGM Studios as Janice, lead guitarist for the Electric Mayhem. She has worked for the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Contemporary, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and several local film and television productions. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts & Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas.

North Texas
Women
in
Photography

Thursday, Feb 4th
7:00p – 9:00p
6:00p social
7:00p presentation

The Women’s Museum
3800 Parry Ave
Dallas, TX 75226
www.thewomensmuseum.org

All are welcome
Free for members
$10 non-members
$5 students with ID

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Deadline is January 31st for CDS’ Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize

From The Center for Documentary Studies website:

“The year 2010 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor documentary prize, a $20,000 award given annually by the Center for Documentary Studies. The prize was created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor.”

Contest Specifics:

-Individual submissions will not be considered, must be a collaborative work by a writer and a photographer doing a documentary project.

-Submissions on any subject are welcome.

-Prizes include: a feature in Document, a biannual periodical published by the Center for Documentary Studies, a virtual gallery on the CDS website and $20,000 to be spent in the following year to fund collaborative work by a writer and a photographer.

-Deadline is January 31, 2010, winners will be notified mid-summer 2010.

-Application Fee of $40, to get application information or download the application click here.

Congratulations to the 2009 prize winners, Teru Kuwayama and Christian Parenti! Check out their project, “Unnatural Borders, Open Wounds : The Human Landscape of Pakistan”

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Deadline Jan. 25th Photo District News (PDN) Annual Call for Entries

Enter the PDN Annual Call for Entries for the chance to win the ASMP Arnold Newman Prize including $15,000 and a solo exhibit at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. Also, The Marty Forscher Fellowship will award two grants, photographers are eligible by entering humanistic documentary images to the PDN Photo Annual. The Fellowship is sponsored by Parsons School for Design and Photo District News. All of the winners will be featured in the May 2010 issue of PDN and on the PDN website.

To view the work of current participants, click here.

To view a list of Judges for this contest, click here.

To enter the contest now, click here.

Work can be submitted in any of the following categories:

Advertising
Magazine/Editorial
Photo Books
Photojournalism/Sports/Documentary
Corporate Design/Photo Products
Personal
Stock Photography
Web Sites
Student Work

Entry Fees:

SINGLE ENTRY: $55
CAMPAIGN/SERIES: $65
STUDENT: $35 (single or series)

Deadline January 25th, 2010.

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Reminder: CENTER Awards and Review Santa Fe submission deadline in one week: January 27

CENTER has one deadline annually for its photo competitions as well as Review Santa Fe, and it is rapidly approaching.

Click on each competition below to learn more, and to see the work of previous participants/winners.

From the CENTER website:

REVIEW SANTA FE
Juried. Event dates: June 3-6, 2010
20 images, artist’s statement résumé.
Deadline for entries: January 27, 2010

PROJECT COMPETITION
Awards a fine-art or documentary body of work.
20 images, artist’s statement résumé.
$5,000 award, exhibition, and more prizes.
Deadline: January 27, 2010

PROJECT LAUNCH
Awards a body of work-in-progress.
10 images, artist’s statement résumé.
$3,000 award, exhibition, and more
Deadline: January 27, 2010

CENTER’S CHOICE AWARDS
Single image awards in three categories.
1-4 images (no statement).
Exhibition, printing services, and more 
Deadline: January 27, 2010


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Katrina M. d’Autremont to speak at Silver Eye Exhibition Opening this Saturday, Silver Eye in Pittsburgh

Silver Eye 2009 Fellowship Award winner Katrina M. d’Autremont will be speaking at the open of her exhibition this Saturday in Pittsburgh.  From the Siilver Eye website:

2009 Fellowship Award Exhibition

Si Dios Quiere (If God Wants)

Photographs by Katrina M. d’Autremont
January 12 – March 20, 2010

Opening Reception:

Saturday, January 16, 2010 7 – 9 p.m.

Artist’s remarks at 7:30 p.m., Members free;

Non-members $6

Katrina M. d’Autremont’s relationship to her South American family and the search to find her place amidst different cultures and generations is the subject of the 26 color prints in the seriesSi Dios Quiere (If God Wants). In his juror’s statement, Andy Adams has written this about d’Autremont’s compelling work:

“The photographs in Katrina M. d’Autremont’s Si Dios Quiere present scenarios that explore issues of intimacy within her mother’s family in Argentina. Like a shoebox of snapshot memories, her pictures depict the private rituals that comprise a family’s life: cleaning the kitchen, watching television, gathering for a family feast. Interior domestic spaces dominate and each of her family members is underscored by the place that binds them together. The house where she was raised plays a significant role and in many cases the environment is a lead character, revealing how place (and our memory of it) influences and forms us. Her home is comprised of the kinds of objects that trigger memories from each of our pasts — the blue living room carpet, that familiar tablecloth, a piano — each part of an experience shared with the members of our tribe.”

This exhibition is made possible by Silver Eye Center for Photography members and by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Fine Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and Anonymous.

Click here for the press release

Honorable Mention Photographers:

Sarah Balch (Cleveland, OH), Images Artist Statement
Maureen Drennan (Brooklyn, NY), ImagesArtist Statement
Shane Lavalette (Somerville, MA), ImagesArtist Statement
Bradley Peters (Lincoln, NE), Images Artist Statement
Janet Pritchard (Mansfield Center, CT), ImagesArtist Statement
Jason Reblando (Chicago, IL), ImagesArtist Statement
Daniel Traub (Philadelphia, PA, ImagesArtist Statement
James Tribble & Tracy Mancenido (Staten Island, NY), ImagesArtist Statement
Shen Wei (New York, NY), ImagesArtist Statement
Susan Worsham (Richmond, VA), Images Artist Statement

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Reminder: Deadline for “New Documentarian” Award THIS MONDAY

I’m starting my workshop for Julia Dean Photo Workshops in an hour, and was just reminded that this Monday, January 11th is the deadline for receipt of entries for The New Documentarian Award for a Long Term Project.”

I wrote a more extensive post earlier about the value of preparing your work for this, and other grants -  read, edit and apply!

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Deadline January 8th: PhotoSpiva’s 34th Annual National Photographic Exhibition

PhotoSpiva, the Spiva Center for the Arts‘ 34th Annual National Photographic Exhibition is accepting entries through January 8th.

This year’s Juror:  DEBORAH KLOCHKO, Director, Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)

All submissions are submitted digitally; accepted entries must ship their images ready for exhibition in standard frames (see FAQ’s).   Each photographer submitting work must also submit an artist’s statement of no more than 200 words.  You will grow from this challenge…  no matter how hard this sounds, you will be glad your completed your statement, and my guess is that you will know your work, and yourself, better!

From the website:

ABOUT PHOTOSPIVA:

“PhotoSpiva is a national competition hosted annually by Spiva Center for the Arts. Founded in 1977, PhotoSpiva has become the longest-running photographic competition of its kind in the U.S. As stated by the founders, the objective of PhotoSpiva is to “present an exhibition of excellence in photography, celebrating the scope and vigorous activity of today’s contemporary photographers.”

Co-Founder Jim Mueller stated, “We have intentionally avoided any categorization of either photographers or their work in setting forth the criteria for this competitive.” PhotoSpiva welcomes any photographic process as long as it is original artwork and has not been previously exhibited at Spiva Center for the Arts. This philosophy has created an unbiased forum for exhibiting and educating photographers. The PhotoSpiva prospectus, promotional materials and exhibition brochures are distributed to professional photographers, emerging artists, educators, students, and amateur photography enthusiasts throughout the United States.”

ABOUT SPIVA CENTER for the ARTS:

“Spiva is an independent community art center that traces its roots to a group of artists who formed the Ozark Artists Guild in 1948. Businessman George A. Spiva, who believed opportunities in the arts should be available to all, helped the Guild procure its first home.

Spiva serves a large geographic area that stretches from southwest Missouri into southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. Its mission is to promote the arts, to nurture creative expression, and to stimulate and educate diverse audiences within the four-state region.”

I am proud to have judged this competition in 1985.  To view previous the images selected for inclusion in previous PhotoSpiva exhibitions, click here.

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MVS Workshop in Los Angeles SOON: January 8 – 10 at Julia Dean Photo Workshops

As of this writing there are a few spaces left in my upcoming workshop “Presenting Your Work to the Fine Art Community” for Julia Dean Photo Workshops.  We will begin on Friday night, January 8 and conclude by 6 pm on Sunday, January 10th.

From the catalogue:  In this workshop, Mary Virginia Swanson provides insights into the most effective avenues for photographers to introduce their work to gallery and museum professionals. She discusses the value of entering national and international juried exhibitions and participating in portfolio review events. Important art fairs are discussed from the perspective of helping artists assess prices and edition sizes, and research the marketplace towards potential venues for their work. Effective self-promotion materials are shared with participants, as are the professional practices necessary to successfully present their work. She will discuss ‘talking points’ when given the opportunity to sign with a gallery for representation. In addition to the collecting market, Swanson will discuss the issues relating to granting the rights to reproduce (license) images and related negotiations. Participants are invited to bring several samples of their work to share with the class (not required).  Swanson’s book, The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices will be provided to all participants as the course workbook.

The workshop will be held at JDPW’s facilities on Ocean Front Walk in Venice, California.

If you are going to LA for either Review LA or Photo LA (both of which begin on January 14th), consider coming early and joining us at JDPW for my workshop!

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Deadline January 11th: The New Documentarian Award for a Long Term Project

The deadline is rapidly approaching for “The New Documentarian Award for a Long Term Project” established and sponsored by the Julia Dean Photo Workshops.   Entries must arrive at JDPW by 5 pm on Monday, January 11th.  Cash award to the first-place winner is $1000.00.

Click here for complete application instructions.

Click here to see the work of the 2008 finalists and winner Matt Eich, click here to see the work of the 2006 finalists and winner Keri Collins

I encourage those of you that are working on personal documentary project to apply.  The guidelines state that in addition to 15-25 images and an “inventory page” with complete caption information, each applicant must submit a “Statement of Purpose that includes a description of your project, your reasons for doing this project, what you hope to accomplish with this project, and the progress of the project.”

Completing the written component of this Award will be a challenge but one that I urge readers to tackle.  This, along with the challenge of editing your project images to a group no larger than 25, will provide you with the materials so often needed for grant applications, and make it easier for you to enter other competitions.   As my friend Susan kae Grant tells her students “If you don’t apply, you will have a 100% chance that your work won’t be selected.”  Start your edit!

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The JAZZ LOFT PROJECT: A multimedia must!

This morning on NPR’s Weekend Edition featured its last installment of the JAZZ LOFT PROJECT, a story of the early 1960′s as captured on audio recordings captured by photographer W. Eugene Smith in his NYC loft at 821 6th Avenue, which was a gathering place for jazz musicians, often jamming late into the night.   In today’s segment, the sounds from Smith’s radio in the background told of life in America in the 1963, which along with Smith’s life, was falling apart.  The Jazz Loft Project tells us of the life of a photographer, the movement of modern jazz, and of our country in a time of great turmoil.

From the Jazz Loft Project website:

“ABOUT THE JAZZ LOFT PROJECT:

In January 1955 W. Eugene Smith, a celebrated photographer at Life magazine whose quarrels with his editors were legendary, quit his longtime well-paying job at the magazine. He was thirty-six. He was ambitious, quixotic, in search of greater freedom and artistic license. He turned his attention to a freelance assignment in Pittsburgh, a three-week job that turned into a four-year obsession and in the end, remained unfinished. In a letter to Ansel Adams, Smith described it as a “debacle” and an “embarrassment.”

In 1957, Smith moved out of the home he shared with his wife and four children in Croton-on-Hudson, New York and moved into a dilapidated, five-story loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue in New York City’s wholesale flower district. 821 Sixth Avenue (between Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth streets) was a late-night haunt of musicians, including some of the biggest names in jazz—Charles Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk among them—and countless fascinating, underground characters. As his ambitions broke down for the epic Pittsburgh project, Smith found solace in the chaotic, somnambulistic world of the loft and its artists. He turned his documentary impulses away from Pittsburgh and toward his offbeat new surroundings.

From 1957 to 1965, Smith exposed 1,447 rolls of film at the loft, making roughly 40,000 pictures, the largest body of work in his career.  He photographed the nocturnal jazz scene as well as life on the streets of the flower district, as seen from his fourth-floor window. He wired the building like a surreptitious recording studio and made 1,740 reels (4,000 hours) of stereo and mono audiotapes, capturing more than 300 musicians, among them Roy Haynes, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Roland Kirk, Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, and Paul Bley. He also recorded legends such as pianists Eddie Costa, and Sonny Clark, drummers Ronnie Free and Edgar Bateman, saxophonist Lin Halliday, bassist Henry Grimes, and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Listengart.

Also dropping in on the nighttime scene were the likes of Doris Duke, Norman Mailer, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Salvador Dalí, as well as pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts, thieves, photography students, local cops, building inspectors, marijuana dealers, and others.

The Jazz Loft Project, organized by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in cooperation with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona and the W. Eugene Smith estate, is devoted to preserving and cataloging Smith’s tapes, researching the photographs, and obtaining oral history interviews with all surviving loft participants. The transferred recordings reveal high sound quality and extraordinary musical and cultural content, offering unusual documentation of an after-hours New York jazz scene.”

Read about the book component to the project here.

WYNC’s  Jazz Loft Project Radio Series was presented in 10 episodes.

“Sara Fishko and WNYC, in collaboration with partners at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, have build a radio series from the tapes of loft life discounted in W. Eugene Smith’s vast archive.”  Hosted by Sara Fiscko, Produced by WNYC. Read Fisko’s introduction to the Jazz Loft Project Radio Series and read complete credits here, and a listing of content featured in each segment here.

From the credits, expanded credits to Smith’s Estate, and the Center for Creative Photography, which together enabled this project to commence: “Smith’s photographs and tapes from the loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue, New York City, 1957–1965, represented in the Jazz Loft Project, were generously made available by the CCP and the Smith Estate. The CCP collects, preserves, interprets, and makes available materials that are essential to understanding photography and its history. Through its archives, collections, education programs, exhibitions, and publications, the CCP promotes research into and appreciation of the photographic medium. The archives of significant American photographers—including Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, W. Eugene Smith, Edward Weston, Garry Winogrand, and Louise Dahl-Wolfe—form the core of the collection. The CCP has an integrated program of preservation, access, and education that celebrates the history of photography and its contemporary practice. The CCP was established in 1975 by photographer Ansel Adams and University of Arizona president John P. Schaefer. It is a special collection within the University of Arizona Libraries.”

Click here to view WEB EXTRAS which include a slide show of 25 of Smith’s photographs with ambient sound recordings made in the loft.


WNYC’a Leonard Lopate  Show Interview with Sam Stephenson (December 8, 2009):

“W. Eugene Smith’s Jazz Loft Project has been legendary in the worlds of art, photography, and music for more than 40 years. Sam Stephenson, writer and instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, tells about his seven-year project to catalog, archive, select, and edit Smith’s jazz loft photographs and tapes for his book, The Jazz Loft Project. It includes photographs of some of the biggest names in jazz—Charles Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk among them—and countless underground characters who hung out at 821 Sixth Avenue late at night, as well as street scenes that Smith took from his fourth-floor window. “

Sam Stephenson has spent many years studying the work of Smith.  Learn more about Stephenson from this link on the CDC website:

“Stephenson became interested in Pittsburgh’s history and character during a visit to the city to meet the family of his fiancée seven years ago and began researching the life and work of Smith. Since then, he has edited two books on the photographer: Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh Project, published by the Center for Documentary Studies in association with W.W. Norton and Co., and W. Eugene Smith,published by Phaidon Press in its Photography 55 series. Stephenson also wrote the script for the documentary film Brilliant Fever: W. Eugene Smith and Pittsburgh, which will screen at CDS on Thursday, January 23, at 7 p.m. The National Endowment for the Humanities recognized Stephenson’s work and awarded him a fellowship to continue his research on Smith; currently, Stephenson is directing a documentary and oral history project about the New York loft where Smith lived and worked and where jazz greats, such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and Charles Mingus, frequently held all-night jam sessions.”

Stephenson’s curatorial work continues: this exhibition is coming to the New York this spring:

“The Underground Story of Photographer W. Eugene Smith and the Jazz Loft is Told in a New Multimedia Exhibition at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  Photographs and audio feature the anonymous and celebrated, including; Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Salvador Dali, and Norman Mailer. The Jazz Loft Project on view from February 17, 2010 to May 22, 2010 in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery.”

I’ll post more about this exhibition as it approaches.

Lastly, click here to read a review of the Jazz Loft Project published on November 27th, 2009 on the CONSCIENTIOUS weblog authored by Joerg Colberg

…and more press links are archived here.

SO much to learn from this fantastic project!

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