Archive for May 1, 2007

CONTACT, Toronto Photography Festival begins! May 1-31

The numerous ways images are now constructed have irrevocably transformed photography’s relationship to reality. CONTACT 2007 explores the fusion of practices that has transformed the nature of photography into a new hybrid genre. Events include exhibitions,portfolio reviews, films on photography and more.

The focal point of CONTACT 2007 is The Constructed Image: Photographic Culture, an exhibition produced in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art that showcases 10 artists from nine countries. The exhibition demonstrates how the constructed image has irrevocably transformed photography’s relationship to reality. Curated by David Liss & Bonnie Rubenstein.

Whether photographs are composites of multiple scenes or of various disciplines, materials and influences, hybridity is now a fundamental feature of the medium. Images are digitally altered, theatrically arranged, artificially staged and fabricated. Fashion, advertising and marketing strategies, many of which, ironically, were originally influenced by photography, are now frequently reinterpreted by photo-based artists as a means of expression. This directorial nature of working has moved photography away from the objective documentation of the world, and aligned it more closely with the freedom and infinite possibilities that theatre, film, painting and sculpture have always provided. Constructed modes of working are essential for these artists as they articulate concerns relating to contemporary global experiences.

Thomas Demand (German, lives in Berlin)
Dionisio González (Spanish, lives in Seville)
Ilkka Halso (Finnish, lives in Helsinki)
Simen Johan (Norwegian, lives in New York City)
Kim Joon (Korean, lives in Seoul)
Scott McFarland (Canadian, lives in Vancouver)
Miao Xiaochun (Chinese, lives in Beijing)
Erwin Olaf (Dutch, lives in Amsterdam)
Karen Ostrom (Canadian, lives in New York)
Sam Taylor-Wood (British, lives in London)

To read the “Photographic Culture” exhibition essay, click here (PDF 1.4MB)
For details on this exhibition at MOCCA Click Here

Further extending our theme into the city’s fabric, six public installations of photography by Canadian and international artists reconstruct city spaces, transit sites and subway platforms as venues for contemplation – see Public Installations – and our 35 Feature Exhibitions demonstrate the multiple dramatic effects to which photographs are constructed.

HP’s sponsorship of the event gives the CONTACT audience an opportunity to meet leaders in the photographic field in the lecture series as they explain their work from technical and creative points of view. This year’s speakers include Henry Wilhelm, Founder and President of Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. as well as Magnum Photographers: Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas and Eli Reed.

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Bruce Davidson Lectures in LA/SF and Seattle This Week: Aperture West Collaboration Series

Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson will be lecturing in California and Seattle as part of the Aperture West Collaborations, a series generously supported by Freestyle Photographic.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 03, 2007 7:00 p.m.
Hammer Museum at UCLA
Gallery Six
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
(310) 443-7000

Friday, May 4, 2007 7:30 pm
PhotoAlliance at the San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
Los Angeles, California
(415) 781-8111

Sunday, May 6, 2007 5:00 pm
Henry Art Gallery
41st Street and University Ave.
Seattle, Washington
(206) 616-8626

Bruce Davidson has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1958, and was the recipient of both the first grant in photography from the NEA and a Guggenheim Fellowship, the latter of which supported his documentation of the civil rights movement. His photographs of the era will be featured in the exhibition, Time of Change, at Aperture Gallery in New York City later in May. His Aperture books include Subway (1986), Central Park (1995), and Portraits (1999). His lectures are generously supported by Canon’s “Explorers of Light” program.

Aperture West was officially launched in 2002 to reactivate Aperture’s relationship with the photography community west of the Mississippi, especially in California, where 40% of Aperture subscribers reside. Though now well-entrenched in New York, Aperture was started in San Francisco through the efforts of Minor White, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, Dody Weston Thompson, Ernest Louie, Melton Ferris, and Beaumont and Nancy Newhall. To acknowledge the distinctive work that is being created in the western states, Aperture has initiated placement of traveling exhibitions, educational programming including the Aperture West Collaborative series, and a one-on-one portfolio review program to make Aperture an active presence in the photography communities in California, Washington, Alaska, New Mexico, Texas, and beyond.”

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Winners of Px3 2007 Photo Competition Announced

Follow this link to view the award winners in the PROFESSIONAL category.

Follow this link to view the award winners in the NON-PROFESSIONAL category.

The 1st and 2nd Place Major Category Winners are listed above the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Subcategory Winners.

1st and 2nd Place Major Category Winners are exhibited at the Galerie 13Sévigné in Paris on June 29th for two weeks. 1st and 2nd place Subcategory Winners are published in the Px3 Annual Book. 3rd Place Subcategory Winners receive a certificate, personalized press release, and a Px3 winner’s logo (as do the 1st and 2nd Place Winners).

THE 2006-2007 PX3 JURY:

Jérôme Ormieres – Art Director | BDDP & Fils | Paris
Simon James – Publishing Director | EC1 Publishing Ltd (London based Photographic Publishers) | London
Carol Johnson – Curator of Photography Library of Congress | D.C.
Gilles Raynaldy – Director | Purpose | Paris
Kenan Aktulun – VP/Creative Director | Digitas | New York
Naomi Cass – Director | Centre for Contemporary Photography | Australia
Steve Fine – Director of Photography | Sports Illustrated | New York
Chiara Mariani – Photo Editor | Corriere della Sera | Italy
Arnaud Adida – Director | Acte 2 Gallery, Acte 2 Agency | Paris
Susan A. Zadeh – Artistic Director | Eyemazing International Contemporary Photography magazine
Jeannette Mariani – Art Director | 13 Sévigné Gallery | Paris
Bernard Utudjian – Director | Galerie Polaris | Paris
Tom Meerman – President | GKF/Dutch Photographer’s Association
Adrian Leeds – Director | Adrian Leeds Group | Paris
Scott Mc Kiernan – Director, ZUMA Press, Inc. | Publisher, DOUBLEtruck Magazine
Agnès Voltz – Director | Chambre avec Vues | Paris
Alice Gabriner – World Picture Editor | Time Magazine

Congratulations to all who placed in this competition!

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