Archive for April 18, 2007

SPE 2008 National Conference: Presentation Proposal Deadline 6/1

The Society for Photographic Education has announced its 2008 National Conference details:

“AGENTS OF CHANGE: ART AND ADVOCACY” the 45th annual conference will be held March 13-16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.

To view a PDF of the “Call for Proposals” click here.

About the conference:
The work of a photographic artist took center stage during the 108th United States Congress. On the agenda was the fate of drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). According to Secretary Gale Norton ANWR was “a flat white nothingness.” In response, Senator Barbara Boxer denounced drilling and held up a book of photographs by Subhanker Banerjee that showed the refuge brimming with life. Congress voted to save ANWR from drilling for two more years.

Lens-based artists have been catalysts for change with imagery that advocates social and environmental awareness. Artists bear witness, interpret, expose and address problems ranging from the Aids epidemic and stereotypes in race and gender to the plight of refugees in war torn countries. In what ways are artists responding to the local and global challenges that are reshaping politics, cultures, economies and the planet? As educators, artists and scholars, what has been the historical impact of our advocacy? What role will we play in shaping the future?

Denver and the Rocky Mountain West have long been home to diverse and often opposing political, social, economic and environmental interests. With fortunes historically linked to extractive industries like mining, natural gas, and oil, Denver is also a leader in urban planning and energy conservation. The Mile High City has been invigorated by major new projects in the arts. The Denver Art Museum has opened its new Hamilton Building, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art has broken ground for a new 27,000 square foot environmentally-efficient building. Denver is a dynamic and growing modern city that enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and the magnificent Rocky Mountains in the backyard.

Joann Brennan
Conference Chair


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NPR Segment on Fotofest’s “Pictures From Home” Exhibition

NPR has archived a story broadcast on April 5th by reporter Wade Goodwyn on the exhibiton “Guantanamo: Pictures from Home, Questions of Justice. You can hear the piece by clicking here. This exhibition is organized by Fotofest; to learn more about the show, click here.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the following lecture will be given TONIGHT in Houston:

Breakdown in the Gray Room: The Images from Abu Ghraib
by David Levi Strauss

David Levi Strauss is the author of Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography & Politics, with an introduction by John Berger (Aperture, 2003), and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics (Autonomedia, 1999).

The lecture will be hosted by The University of Houston and held at:
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Theater
Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. Parking in lot 16B, across from the Fine Arts Building

Presented in collaboration with Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and
with support from the University of Houston Downtown.

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PDN ON THE ROAD: San Francisco April 28/29

Photo District News, in association with the Santa Fe Workshops, presents a unique, two-day seminar for professional photographers, emerging pros, college photography students and advanced amateurs who want to re-invigorate their passion for photography, grow their businesses and network with other image maker. The “PDN ON THE ROAD” series will visit six cities this year, launching the series in San Francisco later this month.

Guest speakers for the San Francisco event include:

Comrade, Photographer and PDN’s 30 member, 2006
Jerry Courvoisier, Digital Programs Director, Santa Fe Workshops
Jeanine Fijol, Photo Editor – PDN
Michael Kochman, Photo Editor – Entertainment Weekly
Daniel Milnor, Photographer
Jeff Sedlik, Photographer and Licensing Expert
Art Streiber, Photographer
Jose Villa, Photographer
Debra Weiss, Business, Marketing and Creative Consultant

Other cities on the 2007 seminar tour:
New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Fort Lauerdale.

PRICE: $450.00 for the two-day event.

Special Discounts:

Members of the following organizations are eligible for a 30 percent discount bringing the cost for the two-day event to $295: APA, ASMP, ASPP, EP, SAA, Santa Fe Workshops Alumni, WPPI

Members of SPE are eligible for a 40 percent discount bringing the cost for the two-day event to $255.

Full-time students are eligible for a 55 percent discount bringing the cost for the two-day event to $195.

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“Photography Now 2007” CPW Juried Exhibition Deadline May 4

Complete guidelines are reproduced here:

“It’s the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s annual Photography Now call for entries where winners will be exhibited in CPW’s gallery from June 9 – August 18, 2007. This year CPW has invited renowned curator, Alison D. Nordström of the George Eastman House to select the most exciting new photography from the national and international field!

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.

From traditional to digital, all photographic techniques and images are welcome. Straight photography, fine art, narrative, documentary, landscape, social issues, still life, mixed media incorporating photography, photographic installations, and digital images & collages – all will be considered! CPW staff and ADV/Board members are not eligible to apply.

Accepted work will be exhibited in CPW’s gallery form June 9 – August 18, 2007. All who enter will receive a one year membership with CPW, including a subscription to CPW’s PQ. Purchase Prize – one artist will be chosen to be featured on the front cover.

If your work is selected we will contact you within one week from the submission due date with instructions on how, when, and what to send for publication. Work that was not selected for publication will be returned in June, as long as it is accompanied by a clearly labeled self addressed, stamped, return envelope.

Jurying will be conducted via projection of slides and CD-ROMs. No application form is required. Guidelines for submissions must be followed as outlined:

CD-ROM ENTRIES – If sending a CD-ROM, title each file with your “last name_ image title.” We accept JPEG files at 300 DPI, no larger than 5×7”. Include a separate printed image script with your name, image title, date, media, and original print size for each image submitted.

SLIDE ENTRIES – Please send slides of your images in a clear slide page (8×11”) with each slide labeled with your name, phone #, image title, date, original size, & medium and an accompanying slide script. All slides should be marked in the lower left-hand corner with a red dot.

No submissions will be accepted via email. Artist statements and resumes are encouraged, but not required. You must include a full size 8×11” self-addressed, stamped envelope for return.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not responsible for unlabeled slides, CD’s, or materials sent without return postage. In cases in which you are submitting a CD and do not want it returned, please be sure to provide your email address so we may notify you of the results. If a return envelope is not provided your materials will be discarded, but a letter of notice regarding acceptance status will be sent. Every precaution is taken to assure the return of your materials, but CPW is not responsible for loss or damage of any entry materials.

6 images: $45 ($30 student/senior discount in this category only); 10 images: $60; 20 images: $100. Canada & Mexico must add $15 to any of the above categories. International applicants please add $20. Make checks payable to CPW / AMEX, MC, & Visa accepted. As a way to thank you for entering and keep in touch, you will receive a one year CPW membership when you enter.


entries must arrive at CPW by Friday May 4, 2007

Please deliver entries to:
attn: Photography Now 2007 / Exhibition
Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498

T 845-679- 9957 or”

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