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Deadline July 30: Images of the Year Slide Slam at Milwaukee Art Museum Photography Council

An invitation to participate in the Images of the Year Slide Slam to be projected at the 1st Annual Photography Council Benefit, EXPOSURE on August 4, 6-10 pm, at 234 W. Florida Street Milwaukee, WI  53204.
1.  Send the most important photograph you have made in the last year.
2.  Send the most important photograph of the year made by someone else.  (Is it an image you have recently collected? is it from the press? Is it an image you have known for years or a new photograph that moved you?)
Please submit only two jpegs at 72 dpi and 1000px on the longest side.
Please name the files:
Please email your submission to: by 11:59pm JULY 30, 2010
Visit Milwaukee Art Museum Photography Council on Facebook for more details.

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Deadline August 31st: Photo Coleslaw Infinite Summer Invitational

This on-line discussion has no submission fee and is judged by photographers, for photographers:

From the Photo Coleslaw blog:

“Who doesn’t love summer?

Somewhere within the long, hot days and the dripping popsicles lays a sense of unencumbered freedom. A justification to go barefoot and to lay on your back…. In conjunction with this carefree mood, Photo Coleslaw is presenting it’s First Photo Invitational.  During the month of August Photographer, Jennifer Spelman is inviting you to submit 3 photos that key in on the feeling of summer.  Jennifer Spelman is looking for photos that go beyond the cliches and really examine what summer is.  Dig deep, take the theme and make it personal.

Three panelists will discuss why they each chose a photo.  Jennifer Spelman will chime in as well.  A discussion on why these photo rose to the top will ensue.  In reward of the efforts of the three chosen photographers,  Spelman will send them each a matted 8 x 10 print of their choosing from her website.

So you have the entire month of August to shoot.  Put down your slurpee and pick up your camera.  Spelman would love to see what you create.  Send all submissions to  Title the subject line in the email:  Infinite Summer Submission and include up to three jpgs (72 dpi).  All submissions are due by midnight on August 31, 2010.  All submissions must be sent with the inherent permission that they may be posted (and will be credited) on  All decisions by the panelists are final.

The three panelists you need to impress were all chosen for the various perspectives they will bring to their decisions:

DAN MILNOR – Photographer Daniel Milnor splits his time between the smog-choked chaos of Southern California and the spiritual landscape of New Mexico. He is happiest with his notebook, Leica and trusty leather boots, sizing up whatever situation is happening in front of him.  Milnor is former newspaper, magazine and commercial photographer who now tries to work solely on his own projects, projects that allow him to work in the fashion he feels most likely to produce images that go beyond the temporary.  He has taught at several prestigious learning centers such as Art Center College of Design, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and The Julia Dean Workshops but feels his  most important educational opportunity comes when he is able to spend time with his young nephews, teaching them a range of things that have all, at one time or another, gotten them in trouble at school.  His judging experience is diverse, covering such things as his wife’s cooking, his fathers fashion disasters and all the random people he sees in airports around world, whom he never gives the benefit of the doubt.  But most importantly, Milnor is the author of the blog Smogranch, which allows him to speak his mind, post his mother’s poetry and bring together like-minded people around the globe.

JENNIFER DAVIDSON – As a marine biologist-turned-photographer from a ranching family in rural west Texas, Jennifer’s views of photography are as varied as her personal history.  Much of her time these days is spent on the road teaching photography workshops for Santa Fe Photo Workshops, National Geographic Expeditions and Linblad Expeditions.  She has critiqued over 10,000 photos in her time as an instructor.  When not photographing or encouraging others in their visual journey, Davidson spends her time hiking in the mountains, on the yoga mat or in the kitchen concocting new and unique ice cream flavors to feed her summer addiction.

VICKY  SPELMAN – LANG – Yep, Spelman’s mama.  Her mom has recently retired from almost 20 years in law enforcement.  She also makes a mean lemon-meringue pie.  She’s tough to impress and has a good handle on what summer means. When not helping her son or daughter out in their endeavors, Spelman-Lang is most often found with an imposing pickax in hand, waging war on weeds silly enough to attempt residency  within her pristine yard.”

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Friday, July 9th: HCP 28th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition opening events

Next weekend marks the opening of the Houston Center for Photography Membership exhibition, juried by Hannah Frieser, Director, Light Work (Syracuse, New York)

FRIDAY, July 9th:  Juror’s Remarks, 5:30, Opening Reception, 6-8 p.m

You can view the works accepted for this year’s exhibition here.

Juror Hannah Frieser states, “Houston Center of Photography is fortunate to have an abundance of excellent photographers among its members, who are currently making their mark on the medium and who understand what it means to shape an image. Therefore a group exhibition of their work sparkles with talent from Texas and beyond. The styles and formats run the full gamut, but the quality of the work never waivers.”

This year´s participating artists are:

Matt Adams (Houston, TX)
David Banks (Atlanta, GA)
Cynthia Batmanis (Houston, TX)
Andrew Bedo (Rosenberg, TX)
Marti Belcher (Vienna, VA)
Tatyana Bessmertnaya (Plano, TX)
Magda Biernat (New York, NY)
Meg Birnbaum (Somerville, MA)
Colin Blakely (Ann Arbor, MI)
Al Braden (Austin, TX)
Kendrick Brinson (Atlanta, GA)
Allen Bryan (Saugerties, NY)
Laura Burlton (Houston, TX)
Kurt Cobbley (Kingwood, TX)
Beau Comeaux (Albany, NY)
Willson Cummer (Fayetteville, NY)
Irina Dakhnovskaia-Lawton (Plantation, FL)
Desiree Edkins (Scottsdale, AZ)
Matt Eich (Norfolk, VA)
Nicholas Fedak II (Burbank, CA)
Richard Gilles (Folsom, CA)
Paul Greenberg (Dallas, TX)
Roberto Guzman (Houston, TX)
Frank Hamrick (Ruston, LA)
Danielle Head (Bloomington, IN)*
Joseph Holmes (Brooklyn, NY)*
Debora Hunter (Dallas, TX)
Loli Kantor (Fort Worth, TX)
Brian Kaplan (Brookline, MA)
Charles Mintz (Cleveland, OH)
Stan Raucher (Seattle, WA)
Bryan Schutmaat (Houston, TX)*
Margaret Stratton (Iowa City, IA)
Ian van Coller (Bozeman, MT)
Dennis Yermoshin (Houston, TX)
Carlo Zinzi (Dallas, TX)

Hannah Frieser is the director of Light Work, a non-profit organization in Syracuse, NY, that has supported artists working in photography and related media for over thirty-five years. Light Work’s programs include exhibitions, residencies, publications and a public-access work space. Frieser has curated exhibitions on emerging and under-represented photographers such as Pipo Nguyen-duy, Kanako Sasaki, Suzanne Opton, Ben Gest, Beatrix Reinhardt, Barry Anderson and Rachel Herman. Her essays have been printed in photography publications and exhibition catalogues such as Contact Sheet and Nueva Luz. She has reviewed portfolios for Photo Lucida, FotoFest, the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), En Foco, Rhubarb Rhubarb, and more and has served on review panels for the New York State Council on the Arts, on the board of directors for SPE, and juried competitions such as the Photographer’s Fellowship for the Center for Photography at Woodstock. In March 2010, she co-chaired an SPE national conference with Miriam Romais from En Foco. The conference “Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts” took place in Philadelphia.

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Deadline July 14th: “Aperture Portfolio Prize”

From the Aperture Foundation webpage dedicated to this Prize:

“Welcome to the Aperture Portfolio Prize, an international photography competition!

The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and specific artists whom we can help by bringing them to a wider audience. In choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, we are looking for work that is fresh and that hasn’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

First prize is $5,000. The first-prize winner and runners-up are featured in Aperture’s website for approximately one year. Winners are also announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches thousands of subscribers in the photography community.

The entry period for the 2010 Aperture Portfolio Prize begins Friday, May 14, 2010, and the deadline is Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at 12:00 noon EST.

All entrants will be contacted with final results by November 1, 2010. For more information, see the Guidelines and FAQs pages.

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Deadline July 1st: 2010 ArtBridge Exhibition Call for Entries for NY photographers

From the New York Foundations for the Arts website:

“2010 ArtBridge Exhibition Call for Entries
(New York NY)

OPEN TO: All New York City-based emerging artists without exclusive gallery representation.

Beginning June 1st at 12:01am, ArtBridge, a non-profit arts organization that transforms overhead construction scaffolding (sidewalk bridges) into temporary exhibition space for the work of emerging artists, will open its month-long call for entries for its 2010-2011 Exhibition Year. ArtBridge intends to curate up to eight (8) exhibitions this year for which no more than 25 artists per installation will be chosen.

After a successful 480-foot inaugural installation on West Chelsea’s historic London Terrace Gardens, ArtBridge intends to bring its first-of-its kind projects to communities throughout the five boroughs, beautifying neighborhoods while giving emerging artists unprecedented exposure: all chosen work will be enlarged to billboard size, printed on eco-friendly, fade resistant material, and hung prominently outdoors from three months to one year.

Please visit for more about the organization, to download the Submission Guidelines and upload entries directly through the website. Each applicant may submit up to three pieces for consideration and will be required to pay an entry fee of $25 for one submission, $40 for two, and $55 for three entries. If accepted there will be a participation fee of $195 (from which already-paid entry fees will be deducted).

Entries will be accepted until July 1st at 11:59PM

We look forward to seeing your innovative work and to the prospect of welcoming you to the ever-growing community of ArtBridge artists.”

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“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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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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June 4th in Santa Fe: The Review Santa Fe 100 share work with the public

This Friday, the 100 photographers accepted into this year’s Review Santa Fe will share their work with the public from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Hilton in downtown Santa Fe.  From the CENTER website:

Portfolio Viewing


When: Friday, June 4, 5:30-8:00pm
Where:  Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, 100 Sandoval St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501; Phone: 1-505-988-2811

Free and open to the public.
“Collectors and lovers of photography will appreciate this extraordinary opportunity to view the compelling projects of 100 nationally recognized photographers, including many on the cusp of wider acclaim.

Please join us on this one special evening to view a broad range of contemporary photography, encompassing social, environmental and political issues, plus exceptional fine-art projects.

The public will have the opportunity to peruse the bodies of work and speak with the artists. If you love contemporary photography, you won’t want to miss this lively event.”

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