Archive for January, 2007

MCP’s Juried Exhibition PHOTOCENTRIC 2007: Deadline 1/29

The deadline for the Minnesota Center for Photography’s annual members exhibition “Photocentric” is rapidly approaching; their online submission site is easy to follow. Photographers within a 525-mile radius of MCP are eligible; this is my hometown (Alec Soth‘s, too – we both grew up in Excelsior) and there are many great photographers who qualify.
MCP is also hosting a great exhibition featuring three terrific artists whose work opens on the 27th of this month. It’s titled “ICY: Clear Views 01: Caroline Burghardt, Kelli Connell, and Jean Laughton. There will be a panel with the artists at 5:30 with reception to follow 7-9 p.m. at MCP.
The show will remain on view until 3/25/07.


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SILVER: The Second Annual International Conference and Print Comptition of Black and White Photography will be held March 30 – April 1 at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Entries accepted between February 15 and March 16, 2007; cash prizes for both Student and “Master Printer” competitions. Conference offerings include lectures, panel discussions, one-on-one darkroom demonstrations and portfolio sharing. each evening at the Hilton Pasadena (reduced rates for Silver participants). Speakers include Sally Gall, Keith Carter, John Sexton and Ken Rosenthal among others; I am moderating a panel on getting into galleries with Frish Brandt of Fraenkel Gallery, David Fahey of Fahey/Klein Gallery and Craig Krull of the gallery of his own name. I look forward to seeing you there!

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New! MVS Business Book Pre-Publication Offer ends 1/31

I’m proud to say my new book THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES is completed and ready to ship. For those of you familiar with my previous self-published title, “Marketing Guidebook for Photographers” (updated Quarterly), all the content of a timely nature, i.e. grant deadlines, exhibition opportunities, portfolio review events and the like have moved to posts on this blog under the APPROACHING DEADLINE category.

I have substantially expanded and updated the previous title, providing “A Year of Deadlines” in the new title as a reference for opportunities, discuss creating an exhibition of your work, publishing your work, making the most of your marketing efforts overall, “Estate Planning Considerations for Artists” and much, much more.

I will honor the pre-publication rate of $35.00 +$5.00 S/H (USPS) on orders placed through 1/31/07 ($45.00 retail after that date).

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on PHOTO LA 2007

Deep into the Photo LA gallery expo this weekend, preparing to give lead a Collecting Seminar tomorrow. Noting the emphasis on photography books, limited edition and small press titles are in abundance; collecting books has clearly come into its own. Saw copies of THE AMERICANS by Robert Frank that had price tags ranging from $6500 to $12,500 depending on condition. Take care of your photography books, especially those that are signed! Whether you bring them to the second market or donate your book collection to a library or museum, they should have a long happy life as well cared for objects.

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Photo LA Opens Tonight

Tonight is Opening Night of Photo LA, which continues through Sunday. This is one my favorite industry events of the year, a time to get a solid read on the market for collecting photography. There are a range of seminars offered in addition to spending time on the show floor, including artists lectures, a seminar organized by Center and the daily “Collecting Seminars.” I’m leading one on Sunday morning 1/21 that will have an emphasis on the new collector, and on collecting the work of emerging artists. If you can’t attend, remember that you can buy the show catalogue – a must for your research on which dealer is most likely to respond to your work. Remember too – gallery expos like Photo LA are not places where you would bring your work to try to get a few minutes of one-on-one time with a dealer; they have not invested time and money to scout new talent – they are here to sell photographs. Don’t make a bad first impression. Rather, watch for those targeted galleriest to be serving as a Reviewer at an upcoming Portfolio Review event, or as a judge at an upcoming competition. Try to make at least one gallery expo per year, and know that this is my favorite!

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REMINDER: Seminar/Portfolio Reviews THIS SATURDAY in NYC

There are a limited number of spaces remaining at En Foco‘s offerings this coming Saturday, January 20th.
Successful Strategies for Professional Photographers” in the morning, PORTFOLIO REVIEWS with industry professionals in the afternoon. Take advantage of these opportunities!!! And check out their recently re-designed website.

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Interview with Stephen Perloff of Photo Review/Photo Collector

The Manhattan Arts International website features an in-depth interview with Stephen Perloff, a long-time contributor to our field through his publications The Photo Review, The Photograph Collector and The Photographic Art Market, and the exhibitions he has curated, too numerous to mention! Many photographers have entered the annual competition, and donated their work to the annual Photo Review Auction, but may know little about the force behind these events, so read this interview!

In this interview with Michael Jason, Perloff offers his insights on the market for contemporary photography, the growing presence of digital photography and announces the juror for this year’s annual Photo competition: Toby Jurovics, curator of photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Entries will be accepted May 1-15; details when available will be posted on the Photo Review website as well as on this blog.

To view the 2006 competition winners, including first place winner Heather McClintock, click here.

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