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PHOTOBOOKS! Best Books of 2008 on

Photo-Eye has posted their annual “Best Of” compilation as determined by noted individuals in our field. Check it out here. And clear space on your shelves… I’m flying home from PhotoLA today with many new volumes to add to my library, mostly books on history or books on books… things at Marcus Schaden’s booth like Ken Sches’ A New History of Photography: The World Outside and the Pictures In Our Heads, and the reprints of historic volumes like those published by Errata Editions “Books on Books #1-4″ (such a pleasure to meet Marcus, Ken and Jeffrey Ladd) an obsession of mine to be sure. David Maisel’s Library of Dust (what a pleasure to hear David talking about bringing the body of work to the publication in his conversation with Charlotte Cotton at PhotoLA). I captured many conversations about books with artists Arthur Tress, Arthur Ollman, Maya Ishiwata from Nazraeli Press and more with my trusty Flip Video… The Photobook is alive and well…and in my suitcase this morning…

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ICP: “Curious Memories” Exhibit Opening January 15th, 6 pm; Panel at ICP on January 16, 7 pm: “The Present and Future of Photography”

Curious Memories
January 16–April 5, 2009
School at ICP, 1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street

Join us as we acknowledge and celebrate an exhibition organized by the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, of Arles France.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 pm.

Laetitia Donval | Celsor Herrera Nuñez | Carole Liogier | Olivier Metzger | David Mozziconacci | Aurore Valade

Panel Discussion
In Dialogue: The Present and Future of Photography
January 16 | Friday | 7:00 pm

Moderator: Robert Blake, Chair Emeritus, ICP GS Program
Panelists: Arnaud Claass, Pradeep Dalal, Susan Jahoda, and Patrick Talbot

This evening symposium brings together educators, curators, and artists to share their observations of current and future horizons of photographic practices and education.

Education Gallery hours are Monday–Sunday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm. For more information, please call 212.857.0001 or visit

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Blue Earth Alliance Lecture Series at the Henry Art Gallery: Camille Seaman, January 10

From Blue Earth Alliance:

“Join us for educational lectures presented by Blue Earth at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA. Explore the power of documentary photography and its ability to raise awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments, and social concerns.”

Camille Seaman – January 10, 2009

In her photographs, Camille Seaman captures the essence of awe and beauty of indigenous cultures and environments. She works in a documentary/fine art tradition and since 2003 has concentrated on the fragile environment of the Polar Regions. Her current project concerns the beauty of natural environments in Siberia.

Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele – March 14, 2009

Photojournalist Benj Drummond and writer/producer Sara Joy Steele have been working collaboratively for several years. Their recent project Facing Climate Change, explores this global crisis from many angles. From semi-nomadic reindeer herders in Norway to wildland firefighters of the American West, they document the lives of people around the world as they confront and adapt to the complex issues surrounding global warming.

Tim Matsui – May 9, 2009

Freelance photographer Tim Matsui focuses his work on alternative energy, the environment, human trafficking and sexual trauma. He is the Creative Director and co-founder of the FEAR Project, which was founded to reduce the prevalence of sexual violence and its affects in communities through the use of personal narrative and multimedia. He will share his experience working internationally to end human trafficking and sexual trauma.

All lectures will be held Saturdays, 2 p.m.
Henry Art Gallery, Auditorium
15th Ave NE & 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98195

FREE to Henry Art Gallery and Blue Earth Members
$5 Students w/ ID or $10 General Admission. Tickets will be available at the door.

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This Sunday, January 4th at the Getty Museum in LA: Demonstration of Historic Processes

A great way to learn! From the Getty Museum website:

Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Wet-Plate Collodion Negatives and Albumen Prints
Sundays through January 4, 2009
1 pm – 3 pm
Museum Studios, Getty Center

Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make wet-plate collodion negatives and albumen prints using authentic mammoth plate cameras, lenses, and procedures from the 19th century. Complements the exhibition Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California.

Note: if you are planning at trip to LA for Review LA and/or Photo LA, be sure to include a visit to this exhibition in your plans! The Getty is open late – until 9 pm – on Saturdays (closed Mondays).

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Susan Meiselas exhibition at ICP: Not to be missed, ends January 4th

The exhibition SUSAN MEISELAS: IN HISTORY continues at ICP through January 4th, 2009; if you have not seen it, I strongly encourage you to do so.

There is a section of the installation that I will not soon forget, in which her recently-reprinted publication Nicaragua has been installed page by page, with those images that were bought by collectors as fine prints presented in matted and framed, the images licensed featured in that context about the line of book pages, and below that line, the out-takes of images we have come to know well, providing an interesting window on how she worked on that project and how the images took on a life of their own in multiple markets. Then, on the fourth and final wall in that room, one image and all of its many and diverse reproductions are gathered together: “Molotov Man” has been wide written about (see “On the rights of Molotov Man: Appropriation and the art of the context” authored by Meiselas and painter Joy Garnet (Harpers Magazine, February 2007)

Susan Meiselas was a guest on the Leonard Lopate show 10/20, click from that page to hear the WNYC radio interview, and see a slide show.

The exhibition is organized by Kristen Lubben, Associate Curator at ICP, and is accompanied by a catalogue including essays by Lucy Lippard, David Levi-Strauss, Elizabeth Edwards, and others.

On the exhibition website page you can read an excerpt from an interview Meiselas conducted with exhibition curator Kirsten Lubben titled “Returning to Kurdistan.” You can hear Susan speaking to guests about her work at the opening of the exhibition on at link from this bottom of this page.

Again, not to be missed.

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Festival de l’image Environnemental 2009: Deadline January 15

I came across this competition during recent research which those of you producing work on the environment may be interested in:

Festival de l’Image Environemental 2009

Deadline: January 15th

On the website you can view multimedia reports on the 2008 event in Paris and Arles, France.

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New Orleans Photo Alliance: Call for entries “DESIRE” Exhibition Deadline January 5, 2009

From New Orleans Photo Alliance:


“It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied and most men live only for the gratification of it.”

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is seeking work that explores the nature of DESIRE to be exhibited during February and March, 2009 at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery.  For more information, click here.

Desire is an eager wish to possess or enjoy. Its objects range from the pious to the sensuous to the mundane. Desire is, by its nature, unsustainable. Desire is fleeting, but images last forever. This exhibit encourages photographers to interpret, question or celebrate the myriad aspects of desire. The juror will be Mayumi Lake. Ms. Lake’s artwork deals with the interaction between the real and imaginary.

Deadline for submissions: Midnight, Monday, January 5, 2009
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, January 12, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 5, 2009, 6-9 pm
Exhibition: Saturday, February 5 – Saturday, March 21
Photographers are encouraged to enter up to 5 images.

Eligibility: Open to photographers of all levels using any
photographic process. All art submitted must be original
work created by the applicant.

Non-Refundable Entry Fee payable online via Pay Pal
Members: $25
Non-members: $35
Membership + Submission: $45 ($15 savings)

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary St.
NOLA 70130
Gallery Hours: Fri 3-6, Sat 11-4”

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Magenta Foundation’s FLASH FORWARD 2009: Due December 31

Magenta Publishing for the Arts is an outstanding arts organization based in Canada with a number of programs that involve artists internationally.   Flash Forward is in its 5th year, with a deadline approaching:

From the Magenta

This is an open call to all photographers, 34 years of age and under, in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States to enter our emerging photographers competition Flash Forward.

Our goal with the Flash Forward program is to increase the visibility of young artists.

Year 5 brings: a larger celebration, bigger prizes, added exhibitions, and further attention.

All requirements and details on how to submit are on our website:

To view the publication resulting form the 2008 competition, click here (launched October 2008)

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New Orleans! Events continue this week: PhotoNOMA, future of photojournalism panel and more

I’ve just returned from PhotoNOLA, the portfolio review event organized by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), an organization started by the photography community in the post-Katrina days that has grown in a short time to become a wonderful and vital source of energy and dialogue. The folks from NOPA had worked out every detail, and a great time was had by all. The New Orleans Museum of Art and A Gallery For Fine Photography both hosted evemts, as well as many participating exhibition spaces too numerous to list. To add to the excitement, the featured artwork and installations that are a part of Prospect 1 are on view all over New Orleans through January 18th. I saw great work, and met great people, and look forward to next year’s reviews. That said – the events continue!

Thursday, December 11th, 6-9 p.m.:

New Orleans Museum of Art (City Park)
Admission is $5 / free for NOMA members

The New Orleans Photo Alliance, in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art, is thrilled to present PhotoNOMA, a photographers’ portfolio night at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Thursday, December 11th will mark the return of this popular annual event, formerly known as Underexposed. PhotoNOMA will feature 100 photographers displaying their work for a community walk through. The event will run from 6-9pm, and is open to the public. Entrance is free for NOMA members and $5 for non-members. The New Orleans Museum of Art is located at One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park.

“We are thrilled that the New Orleans Museum of Art is supporting contemporary photography by sponsoring this amazing event,” said Maja Georgiou, event organizer. “PhotoNOMA was very well attended last year, and we expect it to be one of the most popular events in this years PhotoNOLA lineup. We hope photography enthusiasts and the public at large come out to see the wide range of work that will be on display, and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with the artists.” Photographers from throughout the region will be participating, from the beginning to the well established, including Tim Best, Wallace Merritt and Leslie Parr.

Friday, December 12th, 7 p.m.:

Jamel Shabazz lecture, McKenna Museum Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet Street in New Orleans, (504) 586-7432

Saturday, December 13th, 11 – 4 p.m.:

New Orleans Photo Alliance Street Fair
1100 Block of St. Mary Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to announce the second annual New Orleans Photo Alliance Street Fair. 30 artists, including Andy Levin, George Long and Christopher Porche West, will be selling photographs, books, cards and more. Live musical entertainment throughout the day will feature Nattie, Patrice Fischer and ARPA, 30×90, Matt Holt and Paula and the Pontiacs. The Street Fair will take place on Saturday, December 13, from 11 am – 4pm in the 1100 Block of St. Mary Street (between Magazine Street and Sophie Wright Place).

“Come have fun, enjoy awesome music and amazing photography, get in some holiday shopping and support your local artists all in one stop,” said “funtrepreneur” and event organizer, Pat Jolly. “We’ll have a wide range of photographers exhibiting everything from limited edition silver prints, hand tinted images, cyanotypes, VanDyke Brown prints and giclees on canvas, along with books, greeting cards and even magnets.”

Musical Line-up
11:00 Matt Holt
11:30 Nattie at the DMV
12:15 Patrice Fischer and ARPA
1:30 Paula and The Pontiacs
2:45 30×90

Exibiting Artists: Renee Allie, Mike Brouphy, Emily Claassen, Kimberly Deterline, Maja Georgiou, Dreama Goldsmith, Grant Ingram, Eric Julien, Eleanor Kerr, Andy Levin, George Long, Clare Loughran, Marianne Marcell, Michelle O’Reagan, Eli Pritykin, Michelle Pujols, Michael Remy, Natalie Root, Natasha Sanchez, Patricia Sills, Amanda Thomas, Laurie Thompson, Annie Walker, Christopher Porche West, Zander White, Faithe Wood, Alan Zakem.

Thanks to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Sweet Home New Orleans for their generous support of the musical component of this event.

Saturday, December 13th, 12 Noon – 4 p.m.:

Book signing with artists Maggie Taylor and Keith Carter at:

A Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 568-1313

Opening December 5th, reception on Saturday, December 13th, 5-8 p.m.:

Pictures of the Year International is privileged to bring its 50-Print Traveling Exhibition, “Visions of Excellence,” to New Orleans for PhotoNOLA, a month long celebration of photography.

Visions of Excellence,” a collection of 50 extraordinary images from photojournalists around the world, opens December 5 at the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal Gallery at the Cabildo, Jackson Square. The exhibit is a focal point of PhotoNOLA, a citywide celebration of photography presented each December by the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance.

“This is a rare opportunity for the community to experience the best of photojournalism in the best possible way, through a collection of large, masterfully printed images displayed in one of New Orleans’ most historic settings,” said Mark Sindler, President of the New Orleans Photo Alliance.

“Visions of Excellence” presents an extreme wide-angle view of the world, with photos selected from 44,000 submissions to the 65th-annual Pictures of the Year International competition. New Orleans is represented by Times-Picayune photographer Ted Jackson’s iconic image of a Hurricane Katrina survivor draped in an American flag.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance and the Louisiana State Museum will host a reception at the Cabildo on Saturday, December 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, December 14, 1:30 – 4:00

Dr. Tony Lewis, Louisiana State Museum’s Curator of Visual Arts, will present an illustrated talk entitled “From Szathmari to Magnum: The Origins of Photojournalism” (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.).

Following Dr. Lewis’ talk, Dr. Leslie Parr, Associate Professor at Loyola University’s School of Mass Communication, will lead a panel entitled “Promise and Peril: The Changing Face of Photojournalism.” Panelists include Doug Parker, Times-Picayune photo editor; Ted Jackson; Rick Shaw, Director, Pictures of the Year International; and freelance photographer Lori Waselchuk.

To view upcoming events, click here.

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SPE Northeast Regional Conference at FIT, December 13th


From Allison Wernmager: complete conference agenda and roster of portfolio reviewers!

A great event coming to NYC next weekend, DECEMBER 13th:

“The Northeast Conference: State of the Art is rapidly approaching. Early
Registrations must be postmarked by December 7th. Please find below the
conference schedule and list of portfolio reviewers. For registration and
other conference info Please see”

Hosted by FIT in New York City
December 13, 2008

Conference Chair Allison Wermager, Co-Chairs: Brad Paris and Jessica Wynne

For more information contact
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8:30 Registration Begins

9:30 Image Maker Presentation – William Lamson

10:00 – 12:00 Portfolio Reviews

10:30 Panel Discussion – Photo Bloggers: Amy Stein, Laurel Ptak, Cara

12:30 Members Meeting

1:00 – 3:00 Portfolio Reviews

1:30 Panel Discussion – State of Photographic Education
Ann Chwatsky, Moderator, NYU Steinhardt Studio Art Dept.
Susan Johada, Professor of Art, U of Massachusetts
Susanne Nicholas, Associate Director of Education, International Center of
Photography, NYC
Nancy Goldring, Professor, Montclair State College, New Jersey
Peter Clough, Graduate MFA Student, NYU Studio Art Dept.

3:00 Image Maker Presentation- Sasha Bezzubov

4:30 Image Maker Presentation – Craig Kalpakjain

7:00 Key Note Speaker Zoe Strauss

Portfolio Reviewers

Chris Ehrmann
Deputy Photo Editor at Blender Magazine

Michael Mazzeo
Photographer, educator, and founder of The Michael Mazzeo Gallery.

Carrie Levy
Carrie Levy is a photographer and teacher based in New York City.

Tim Soter

Allyson Torrisi
Photo Editor

Priska Juschka
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art in Chelsea

Susanne Miklas
Deputy Director of Photography Newsweek

Prim Chuensumran
Art Director

Wendy Olsoff
Owner P.P.O.W. Gallery

Jill Waterman
A photographer and writer based in New York City, Jill Waterman is the
editor of PDNedu, the ASMP Bulletin, as well as a contributing editor for
many other projects with PDN Custom Media & Events.

Devon Dikeou
artist, editor/publisher of ZING Magazine and collector.

Chad Griffith
NYC based portrait photographer.

Yelena Yemchuk

Mei Tao

Rudy Archuleta
Photographer <;

Darrick Harris
Photo Editor, Cookie Magazine

Peter Hay Halpert
Peter Hay Halpert is an art dealer, with exhibition spaces in New York and

Laurel Ptak
Independent curator, educator and photographer

Alana Celii and Grant Willing
Independent Curators

Amy Stein

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