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Register on September 8th (only!) for the new LOTTERY to attend Photolucida 2011

Photolucida is a four-day portfolio review within a larger Festival event held every other April in Portland, Oregon:  great town, great event, great sense of community, a greatly anticipated gathering.  The registration for Photolucida 2009  portfolio review filled in a matter of hours… this year, the folks at Photolucida have changed the event registration system to a lottery, from which 155 spaces will be assigned and a waiting list determined.  Be sure to review all the details on the website.  I look forward to seeing you there!

From the event website:

This year Photolucida will be using a lottery system to determine attendance. How does this work?

  1. Register any time during the 24 hour period beginning September 8 at 9am.
  2. Photolucida will run all names through a lottery system, and 155 spots will be assigned.
  3. On September 14, Photolucida will notify you via e-mail if your name is chosen and send a link to the payment page. You will have 3 days to make the payment.
  4. All people not initially chosen will be placed on the wait list in the order that they registered!

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September/October issue of Orion Magazine: OUTSTANDING!

The latest issue of Orion Magazine arrived today, and once again, the photography featured is outstanding, including a cover image by Simon Norfolk and portfolios of images by David Taylor, Jon Lowenstein, Amanda Keller Koyna, Benjamin Drummond and Trish Carney.

Pick up this issue – or better yet subscribe and support the important mission of this advertising-free magazine.  Kudos to Jason Houston, photo editor extraordinaire!

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Reminder: Postmark deadline September 8th for the Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

All submissions for the Honickman First Book Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies must be postmarked no later than September 8th; juror is William Eggleston.

For more information on this important publication competition, click here.

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August 27th: THE POND, an exhibition by John Gossage opens soon in Washington DC

From the Smithsonian American Art Museum website:

John Gossage: The Pond

2nd floor South, American Art Museum
August 27, 2010 – January 17, 2011

Image for John Gossage: The Pond

© John R. Gossage, Untitled, from the series The Pond, 1985, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of anonymous donors

“The installation of John Gossage: The Pond celebrates the recent gift to the museum of this remarkable photographic series and the re-issue of one of the most influential photography books of the past three decades. John Gossage (b. 1946) photographed a small, unnamed pond between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, between 1981 and 1985. The title was intended to recall Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, but Gossage advocated a more all-embracing view of the landscape, exploring the less idealized spaces that border America’s cities and suburbs. Although many of the images in The Pond appear unruly or uncared for, Gossage found moments of grace and elegance in even the most mundane of places.

The complete portfolio of The Pond was acquired by the museum in 2007. This exhibition marks the first time the complete series of fifty-three gelatin silver prints has been on public display. Gossage lives and works in Washington, D.C. Toby Jurovics, curator of photography, is the curator of the installation.

The Pond, originally published in 1985, is being reissued by Aperture (September 2010). The new edition, co-published by the museum, includes an essay by photo historian Gerry Badger and an introduction by Toby Jurovics. It will be available in the museum’s store ($65 hardcover).

The Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund provided support for the exhibition.”

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August 26 – November 13: “Border 2010: Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena and David Rochkind” at UT El Paso

From the University of Texas at El Paso Website:


Detail of: David Rochkind, Night Patrol #1. Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, 2009.
16″ X 24″ Archival pigment print. Printed by Carbon 4.

Border 2010:  Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena and David Rochkind is comprised of select images from Alejandro Cartagena’s series People of Suburbia and from David Rochkind’s Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit. All twenty photographs were created within the past few years and depict the people and places of Mexico, with a particular focus on its northern border. Cartagena reveals mundane aspects of everyday life in a suburbia that is strangely still and empty; Rochkind captures the anxiety and evolving changes wrought by drug trafficking and its policing.These worlds exist in tandem in northern Mexico today.

Alejandro Cartagena (b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; resides Monterrey, MX) was one of 30 photographers to earn an emerging photographers award from Photo District News in 2010. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR in 2010 and will earn a Master of Visual Arts from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in 2011.

David Rochkind (b. 1980, Detroit, Michigan; resides Mexico City, MX) earned a B.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Time and Newsweek. He has received awards and recognition from a variety of organizations, including Photo District News, Magenta Publishing for the Arts and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


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“The Road to Freedom” and “After 1968″ exhibitions at the Bronx Museum closing dates rapidly approaching

The closing date of these two exhibitions on view at the Bronx Museum is rapidly drawing near:

THE ROAD TO FREEDOM and AFTER 1968

Both are impressive as is the Bronx Museum. Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.  Not to be missed!

About THE ROAD TO FREEDOM, from the museum’s website:

“During the span of twelve years, a series of events, later hailed as the Civil Rights Movement, would forever change the social and political course of America. The Bronx Museum of the Arts presents Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968, an exhibitions that chronicling these pivotal moments in the nation’s history. Featuring 150 vintage photographs, Road to Freedom is the most comprehensive collection of photographic prints and related artifacts ever devoted to the subject and was organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.”

About the companion exhibitions AFTER 1968:

“As a complement to Road to Freedom, The Bronx Museum will also present AFTER 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy. This smaller exhibition includes works from seven African-American, emerging artists and collectives—all born on or after 1968—who have created new work examining the heritage of the Civil Rights Movement and its affect on the lives of this new generation. Using the movement as inspiration, context or critique, these artists address their own personal understanding of race, identity, American violence, and political activism providing new perspectives on and discourse about this critical time in the history of the United States.”

AND also on view, be sure to see “YANKEE STADIUMS” photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, on view through December 31st.
“Specially commissioned by the Bronx Museum to commemorate the centennial of the Grand Concourse, Liao’s iconic image of the two Yankee Stadiums captures a unique moment of transition in the South Bronx and hints to the great push for renewal in the borough.”

Public transportation makes visiting the Bronx Museum SIMPLE.  Click here for more information.

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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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