Archive for April, 2007

Summary: Juried Show Deadlines Ahead This Month

As there are several important deadlines looming, a reminder:

due MAY 3 (extended!): The Center for Fine Art Photography’s “Black and White: A Taste of the Past, Reflections of the Present.” Juror: Alice Miller, Editorial Director, Studio Photography. Submission ONLINE or via CD-ROM.

About Alice Miller: click here to view an article about Studio Photography Magazine.

due MAY 4
: The Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Photography Now 2007; juror Alison Nordstorm, Curator of Photography at the George Eastman House. Submission by CD-ROM or slides only.

About Alison Nordstrom:
Alison Nordström is Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, the oldest and largest museum of photography in the United States. She was the Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida from 1991 to 2002 where she curated over 100 exhibitions of photography including the popular biennial series Fresh Work, as well as major surveys of landscape, portraiture, travel photographs, and journalism. At George Eastman House, she has initiated the contemporary biennial Vital Signs, and has curated Paris: Photographs by Eugene Atget and Christopher Rauschenberg, Why Look at Animals?, and Found: Photographs by Gerald Slota. She writes and lectures extensively on contemporary photography. Nordström holds a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.

due MAY 11: Newspace 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition Competition; juror Darius Himes. Submission by CD-ROM only.

About Darius Himes:
Darius Himes is editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photobooks. He is a lecturer and writer, having written for Blind Spot, BOMB, and American Photo. Himes is also an Adjunct Professor of Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe. He earned his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University, Tempe, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe campus, and actively pursues his own image-making.

due MAY 15: Photo Review’s 2007 International Photography Competition. Juror: Toby Jurovics. Submission by prints or CD-ROM.

About Toby Jurovics: click here to view a pdf file of the press release announcing Jurovic’s appointment as Curator of Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

due MAY 25th: Photography Center Northwest’s 12th Annual Photographic Competitions Exhibition “Up and Now.” Juror: Charlotte Cotton. Submission is by CD-ROM only. Note: the juror has declared that she is looking for work that represents a larger, cohesive body of work and will be selecting a short series from each photographer chosen.

About Charlotte Cotton:
Charlotte Cotton is Head of Cultural Programmes at Art + Commerce in New York . Previously, she was Head of Programming at The Photographers’ Gallery in London and a Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1993 to 2004. She has curated many exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography including, ‘Imperfect Beauty: the making of contemporary fashion photographs’ (2000), ‘Out of Japan’ (2002), ‘Stepping In and Out: contemporary documentary photography’ (2003) and ‘Guy Bourdin’ (2003). Charlotte is the author and editor of publications such as ‘Imperfect Beauty’ (2000), ‘Then Things Went Quiet’ (2003), ‘Guy Bourdin’ (2003) and ‘The Photograph as Contemporary Art’ (2004), a title in the World of Art series published by Thames & Hudson. Cotton’s most recent writing includes essays and interviews with Paul Graham, Rinko Kawauchi, Hannah Starkey, David Hilliard, Inez van Lamsweerde, Desiree Dolron, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

Be sure to read the submission guidelines carefully and submit only file and print sizes as requested. The experience gained my editing your work and sending it off for consideration by these esteemed jurors is invaluable. Plan your calendars accordingly and GOOD LUCK!

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Paolo Pellegrin Lecture/Opening in NYC on Tuesday May 1 at Half King

Michelle Jackson/Snap Indigo, curator of the gallery at the Half King, announces the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Paolo Pellegrin entitled “War In Lebanon” to be held at the Half King, 505 W. 23rd Street in NYC. The exhibition will be on view May 1 – June 17; the lecture will be held at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday May 1.

Pellegrin’s artist statement on this work:

“Having covered the Middle East for a number of years, I headed to Lebanon immediately after hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah broke out there in July 2006. Initially, most people thought the conflict would only last a few days; instead, the war went on for over a month and led to the deaths of over 1500 Lebanese, 150 Israelis, and the destruction of much of Lebanon’s infrastructure. While constantly criss-crossing the tiny country, I spent the greatest amount of time in the besieged south Lebanon city of Tyre – the ground-zero of the war – working on a report for the New York Times Magazine with writer Scott Anderson. It was important to me to get as close to the action as possible in hopes of conveying to the outside world the human consequences of this “improbable war.”

About the Photographer:

About Paolo Pellegrin:
Since taking up photography in the early 1990s, Paolo Pellegrin has become widely recognized as one of the world preeminent photojournalists. Over the span of his career, he has won 8 World Press Photo awards, the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and the Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Feature Photography, among many other prizes. This past month, he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his coverage of the 2006 war in Lebanon – which is also the subject of this exhibit. Pellegrin is a member of Magnum Photos.


2007 World Press Photo 1st Prize General News.
2006 World Press Photo 1st Prize Portraits.
2006 World Press Photo 3rd Prize Arts and Entertainment.
2005 World Press Photo 2nd Prize General News.
2004 Olivier Rebbot Award; Overseas Press Club, USA.
2003 Pesaresi Prize.
2002 Hansel-Meith Preis.
2002 World Press Photo 1st Prize General New Stories.
2002 Honorable Mention, Leica Oscar Barnack Award.
2001 EuroFuji Award/Italy.
2001 Leica Medal of Excellence.
2000 World Press Photo 1st Prize People in the News.
1999 World Press Photo 3rd Prize Portraits.
1999-2006 Several citations at the Picture of the Year International Award, USA.
1997 Grand Prize Gijon International Photofestival.
1996 Kodak Young Photographer Award – Visa d’Or, Perpignan, France.
1996 EuroFuji Award/Italy
1995 World Press Photo 1st Prize daily Life.


2006 W.E. Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
2000 Hasselblad Foundation Grant for Photography


2002 Kosovo 1999-2000: The Flight of Reason. Trolley, UK
2001 L’au delà est là. Le Point du Jour, France
1998 Cambogia. Federico Motta Editore, Italy
1997 Bambini. Sinnos, Italy

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Reminder: Photo Review entries due between May 1-15

The submission period for entries for 2007 Photo Review Competition opens May 1, with a deadline for all applications to be received by mail no later than May 15.

From the Photo Review Website:
“This year’s Photo Review International Photography Competition will be juried by Toby Jurovics, Curator of Photography, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.

The Photo Review’s is “a competition with a difference” that enables thousands of people across the country to see the accepted work in our 2007 competition issue. Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Awards include a Microtek ScanMaker i800 scanner with ColoRescue™ system for automatic one-touch photo restoration and 8″x12″ transparency adapter, a $350 gift certificate from Calumet, DC Pro Studio digital camera RAW conversion software from LaserSoft Imaging ($399 value), a Lensbaby 3G Lens and Wide Angle / Telephoto kit ($359 value), two $100 gift certificates from Sprint Systems, and $250 in cash prizes.

Because their work was seen in The Photo Review, past winners have been given one-person exhibitions, have had their work reproduced in other leading photography magazines, and have sold their work to collectors throughout the country.

An entry fee of $30 for up to three prints or slides, and $5 each for up to two additional prints or slides, entitles all entrants to a copy of the catalogue. In addition, all entrants may subscribe to The Photo Review for $34, a 20% discount.”

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Aperture Replaces Portfolio Review with annual “APERTURE PRIZE”

Announced today:

“Aperture Foundation is excited to announce the first Aperture Prize, an international photography competition. The Aperture Prize is replacing the former biannual portfolio review.

Please note that due to the high volume of requests, it is not possible for Aperture’s editors to review unsolicited material outside of the Aperture Prize competition. Thank you for your understanding.”

The deadline for submissions is 7/13; more details on this blog as the date approaches on the calendar.

To read the FAQ’s, click here.

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Extraordinary Photography Collections On View in NYC This Week

I came to New York this week specifically to see the masterworks in the private collection of Margaret W. Weston which are being offered for sale at Sotheby’s on Wednesday and Thursday. If you are in the NYC area I urge you to visit the public exhibition of prints being offered for sale. The beauty of many of the items on view took my breath away! The catalogue has a wonderful essay by noted collector Leonard Vernon memorializing the professional and personal relationship he and his late wife Marjorie had with Maggi as the consumate guide to help shape their own growing collection. You can read the essay by clicking here.

The Sotheby’s website features a wonderful video of Denise B. Bethel, Director of Sotheby’s Photographs Department speaking about the collection. Her catalogue Introduction is viewable here.

I hope that all photographers will read and appreciate the care with which the catalogue entries were researched and presented, underscoring the need for precise records of the making, exhibiting, publication and sale of their works.

At a time when collecting fine art photography is gaining the attention of investors in the art market and beyond (see this recent article in Fortune Magazine), it is interesting to reflect on a fact Denise shares in her video interview: There is an early Edward Weston offered for sale that Maggi purchased at Sotheby’s in 1979 for $2,500 in; the estimate range for its sale this week for sale is between $750,00 – $1,000,000.

If you register on the Sotheby’s site you can access the full catalogue on line, see the pricing estimates and auction results following the sale.

There are several more amazing photography auctions this week at Christie’s and at Philips de Pury Company in Chelsea. There are several photography auctions Tuesday and Wednesday; in Tuesday night’s “27 Extraordinaty Photographys” you will note that a early print (made in 1960) of the the image “US 90, en route to Del Rio, Texas” (negative made in 1956) featured in The Americans is offered with an estimate of $300,000 – $400,000. I have not seen it but those who have say it is stunningly beautiful. You can view the prints offered for sale, and their estimates, on both these sites without registering.

It is my hope that the incredible objects offered at auction this week will be acquired by museums, corporations or individuals who will allow them to tour when appropriate, so that we can marvel at their beauty again. My fear, however is that museums can no longer afford the masterworks and that we may not see some of this images again during our lifetime. Be sure to view these sales on line, if not in person.

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Earth Day 2007 – Resources of note

Today is Earth Day and I want to share some important resources on environmental art/art about the environment, and for you to learn what you and your community can do to become more proactive in this area: (don’t miss the HISTORY of Earth Day section) – read about the “Stop Global Warming College Tour” with Laurie David and Sheryl Crow here.

A short selection of artists of note speaking to these issues:

David Buckland

Stephen Harrison

Sant Khalsa

Martin Stupich

Get outside today and appreciate where we live!

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STORYTELLING: Segment on PBS’ Newshour 4/18/07

Last night there was a compelling segment on PBS’ The Newshour With Jim Lehrer yesterday, titled “Technology Helped Virginia Tech Students Connect After Tragedy,” on the subject of media coverage of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. Jeffrey Brown noted the impact of content available on sites such as YouTube and MySpace as well as subject-specific websites in not just reporting but in memorializing friends and family via these globally accessible venues.

Included in the discussion were Jamal Albarghoutie, Virginia Tech student and iReport videographer, Martin Clancy of ABC News Digital, and Andrew Nachison, Co-Founder, iFOCOS, all of whom made valuable observations to this important discussion. Brown closed the piece by stating “The only thing not in question is that, as the tragedy at Virginia Tech shows, new forms of storytelling are developing before our eyes.”

I urge to you see this piece – in print, stream the audio or click here and then click on “Streaming Video.”

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Art on Paper Magazine: Gems of March/April Issue

The current issue of Art on Paper Magazine is not to be missed. Cover title: “Everybody’s Autobiography” with a related story called “I’ll Be Your Mirror: some thoughts on photography and the narcissistic impulse” by Lyle Rexer.
Another great piece by Jean Dykstra: “Awake to the World: Rinko Kawauchi’s intimate photobooks engage with the fleeting and the overlooked.”

Other articles not featured on the website: “Charles Griffin: Master printer for a who’s who of photographers” by Stephen Robert Frankel, and “Suspended Animation: Leafing through William Kentridge’s latest artist’s book” by Catherine Bindman.
Table of contents can be found here.
Pick it up soon, and subscribe!

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Canon Female Photojournalist Award Submission Deadline May 31

The French Association of Women Photojournalists (AJF) and Canon Communication et Image France announce the seventh Canon Female Photojournalism Award granted by AJF. This competition is open to women photojournalists of any age and nationality, and the award of 8000 Euros is presented every year at Visa pour L’Image Festival in Perpignan (France).

Deadline for submissions is May 31.

Rules and application materials can be downloaded at the Award’s website.

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Deadline May 15: “A Shoot To Remember” for ASMP Bulletin

The ASMP Bulletin is looking for entries from its members for the 2007 Best of ASMP issue. Any memorable project completed within the past year — from client assignments to personal work — is eligible for consideration.

In preparing your submission, please follow these guidelines:

Write a brief (250 words or less) description of the project. Be sure to say what made it memorable for you.

Prepare one low-res JPEG (500KB or less). Make sure to insert your name and caption info into the IPTC settings. (In Photoshop, use the File Info fields, and do not use the “Save For Web” output command.)

Email both items to before May 15, 2007.

Please note that, due to the volume of submissions expected, only the finalists will be contacted during the month of June for more details about their projects. Finalists are chosen by the Bulletin’s editors.

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