Archive for December 9, 2006


Many photographers comment that if their work didn’t get accepted to an annual competitions, they won’t apply again… or if they didn’t get into Review Santa Fe last year, they won’t try again. Two points on this: first, judging panels are rarely if ever repeated – rather, there is a new roster of industry professionals each competition, grant, exhibition competition. DO try again. Fresh eyes (and more mature work on your part) may make the difference between acceptance or rejection. And, secondly: many of the most important grants given to artists are judged by an ANONYMOUS slate of NOMINATORS (No Strings Foundation, United States Artists among others). How is your work to be nominated if you don’t get it out there? Submitting to juried competitions is an excellent way to begin the dialogue about you and your work. Photographer Alec Soth was the first recipient of the Santa Fe Prize, an annonymous nominations procedure brought his work to the eyes of the final Judge; winning this grant proved pivotal in morning his career forward in many ways, not the least of which was attendance at Review Santa Fe where he met Nathan Benn who suggested he apply to Magnum Photos… and as they say the rest is history.

We can’t talk about your work if we don’t see it.

Please carefully consider which juried events are worth your investment of time and money, edit and sequence your entries carefully, and write well about your work.

I believe I speak for my professional colleagues when I say “we look forward to seeing your work!”


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DEADLINE 12/15: Project Competition, REVIEW SANTA FE and The Singular Image

Important deadline approaching: The Santa Fe Center for Photography’s 12/15/06 deadline is for three (3) significant competitions. Each submission can be viewed by judging teams for all three competitions, for ease in submission. Artists may submit more than one body of work for consideration, but my should be SEPARATE SUBMISSIONS. View the submissions guidelines and the FAQ’s to aid in your submission procedure. THE FOLLOWING COMPETITION SUBMISSIONS ARE ALL DUE 12/15/06:

1) PROJECT COMPETITION is judged on a complete body of work (20 images) and artist statement. Judges this year: Charles Guice of the Charles Guice Gallery, Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at the New York Times Magazine and Debra Klochko, Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego. Previous winners: Julie Blackmon, Dave Anderson, and Maggie Taylor. FAQ’s

2) REVIEW SANTA FE is the only JURIED Portfolio Review event in the country. Artists are encouraged to submit mature bodies of work, and an artist statement for consideration of acceptance; event is held mid-May in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Again, you may submit more than one body of work, buy submit as separate applications; a team of three industry professionals will review the applications to determine which may attend and have the opportunity to meet individually with curators, gallerists, photo editors, art directors, publishers and more who can make a difference in your career. Review Santa Fe should be a goal for you to attend one day, without question. Participation will move your career forward. FAQ’s

3) SINGULAR IMAGE – you may also submit a selection of random images (not a full body of work) for consideration of judges Brooks Jensen, Editor of Lenswork Magazine (for B/W), and Miriam Leuchter, Managing Editor, Popular Photography and Imaging Magazine (for Color). FAQ’s

The process of submitting to these important competitions will challenge you to take a hard look at your work, and to write an clear statement about your bodies(s) of work. Be mindful of your sequencing, too. You will see your work projects more clearly once you embark on this journey. Give it your best effort. The judges will take their roles responsibly; your work will be seen and your words will be read.

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PODCAST: Roy Flukinger and Dan Burkholder

the TCC Photo Gallery has posted a podcast conversation between curator/author Roy Flukinger and photographer/author Dan Burkholder, both wise and delightfully humorous. Produced for the opening of Dan’s exhibition “Shadows and Loss” at the TCC, this is the fourth in the gallery’s growing series of podcasts available free to the public. The full roster of topics discussed and artists interviewed to date (including Sonia Katchian) is at this link.

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