Archive for May 10, 2007

Gallery of PDN 2007 Photography Annual Winners Online NOW

“As PDN‘s Photo Annual marks another year of extraordinary photography, we honor the contest winners who grace the following pages. From Lauren Greenfield‘s heart-wrenching multimedia project, “Thin,” to Gary Schneider‘s hauntlingly beautiful photo story about obesity, this year’s contest was a study in extremes. Whether it be apoignant social statement, such as Jan Grarup‘s Newsweek documentation of the devastation in Darfur, or a perfetly nutty ad campaign like Lyndon Wade‘s for Nestlé Crunch, each image has its own identity, worthy of recognition.”

Click HERE to view the Winner’s Gallery.

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David Pogue/NY Times “Circuits” on Web 2.0

David Pogue is a New York Times technology columnist whose articles are of interest to me.

In this week’s “Pogue’s Posts: The Latest in Technology from David Pogue” is an interesting piece that I encourage you to read entitled “Asking The Crowd To Spread The News.” I love the last line: “Get started, entrepreneurs. You’re living in an exciting time.”

Give it a read!

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Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing 2006: Gallery now on online at Photo-eye

Report by Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss from FotoFest:

“A new Internet gallery, designed and hosted by, is the worldwide extension of the Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing 2006 and a new partnership between Chinese and U.S. photography organizations, supported by China Hewlett Packard.

The 34 photographers shown in this gallery have been selected by the international reviewers at MPFB as being some of the most interesting artist/photographers they encountered in Beijing. Names and affiliations of the reviewers are available on the new gallery.

The Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing 2006 grew out of the trip we made in November 2005 to the LianZhou PhotoFestival in south China and the subsequent trip to FOTOFEST 2006 by ten Chinese curators, photographers, journalists, and businessmen. Two of them, GAO Lei and Jimmy Chu, proposed that FotoFest collaborate in creating a Meeting Place portfolio review in Beijing. We agreed and set the conditions under which the collaboration could function. Three months later, China Hewlett Packard had raised $133,000 and made the event move forward.

Following a national press conference they held in Beijing during July 2006 in the building of China Hewlett Packard, FotoFest organized and invited important national/international curators to be portfolio reviewers. Most people accepted, and the list of 30 reviewers was very impressive – leading museums, artist spaces, festivals, commercial galleries, photo agencies in Europe, North America and Australia. Five Chinese curators were invited to review. [The list of reviewers is included at the end of the narrative report.]

Based on FotoFest’s registration templates, the Chinese organizers created a new website and web-based registration process. They advertised throughout China. Over 1,000 Chinese photographers applied for the advertised 260 spaces for the four-day period. The website had four million visitor hits between August-October 2006. The portfolio reviews were free. China Hewlett Packard was the principal sponsor and main organizer of MPFB2006. Special support for FotoFest’s work came from Mary Lawrence Porter. In China, additional support came from Q Image, Beijing and China Photography Magazine.

The MEETING PLACE FOTOFEST BEIJING 2006 (MPFB2006) was full. The 278 photographic artists, documentary photographers and photojournalists came from almost every province in China, including the largest cities and many rural areas. Every reviewer had a translator for the four-day period. Leading up to the event, one of the Chinese organizers, GAO Lei, Beijing photographer and founder of Q-Imaging, gave photographers free workshops in how to organize portfolios and create CDs for the reviewers. With help of printing from China Hewlett-Packard, Q-image Lab and GAO Lei, a master printer, 25 percent of the registrant photographers received free printing for the portfolios they presented.

The organization of the event was flawless. China Hewlett-Packard, worked with GAO Lei and the co-organizer Jimmy Chu, from Hong Kong, who did all the logistics – hotel, meals, review scheduling, travel reimbursements, transportation in Beijing, tour of Beijing (Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City), opening and closing ceremonies, press conference, publicity, special ceremonies, etc.

For most reviewers, MPFB2006 was their first trip to China. Almost all reviewers have said they plan to work with one or more Chinese photographers as a result of this event – exhibitions, gallery representations, published portfolios. Some plan to purchase works.”

View the gallery and work at

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PhotoSpiva 2007 Winners Announced; Exhibition on view through June 22

Spiva Center for the Arts has posted the work of the photographers selected by juror John Paul Caponigro as “Award Winners.” Click here to view the winning works. You can read Caponigro’s statement here. The exhibition remains on view through June 22nd at the Center in Joplin, Missouri.

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Guggenheim Fellowship Awards Announced for 2007

I have yet to provide my readers with a link to the press release announcing the 2007 Fellowship winners. 189 individuals were selected from nearly 2,800 applicants for awards totalling $7,600,00. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and are approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, which includes six members who are themselves past Fellows of the Foundation – Joel Conarroe, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard A. Rifkind, Charles Ryskamp, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Edward Hirsch.

“Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. The diversity of the 2007 Fellows is worth noting. They range from the 30-year-old fiction writer Daniel Alarcón of Oakland, California, and the 29-year-old video and sound artist Kalup Linzy of Brooklyn, New York, to the 75-year-old medieval and Renaissance historian, Meredith Parsons Lillich, of Syracuse, New York. The 189 new Fellows range not only in age but also in their interests, as the following samples show: Jane Ira Bloom’s musical composition based on Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams; Warwick Anderson’s research on the science of race mixing in the twentieth century; Rennan Barkana’s study of gas and stars in the early universe; Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi’s literary research on Jerusalem and the poetics of return; Timothy Beach’s scholarly work related to the environmental history of the Maya lowlands; William Ferris’ historical research regarding the Mississippi blues; and Dina Rizk Khoury’s study of war and remembrance in Iraq.”

Many in the visual arts were recognized, including photographers Michael Light, Richard Ross, Alex Webb, Donald Weber and Jeff Whetstone.

A full list of the new Fellows can be found here.

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Photographer Reflects on Jazz Giants, Storm Losses: Herman Leonard, 84, Profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

From the NPR website:

Photographer Herman Leonard, 84, captured jazz giants like Billie Holiday and Miles Davis on film as they worked in smoky, cramped, late-night clubs. But he almost lost his amazing collection to Hurricane Katrina.

As the storm bore down on New Orleans, Leonard rushed most of his negatives to a vault at a museum near his home. However, thousands of his prints were lost to the flood waters.

Some of the photos that were salvaged went on display last month at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. And Leonard’s latest book, Jazz, Giants and Journeys, includes a full collection of photos that span his long career.

Leonard tells Michele Norris he’s grateful for what he was able to salvage from the storm, but much like favorite recipes, photographic prints never turn out the same way twice. He hasn’t moved back to his home city of New Orleans, and says he’ll live there again only if the city can regain some semblance of what it once was.

During his career, Leonard took hundreds of pictures of Davis, who he has described as his favorite artist to photograph. He also captured Holiday in her kitchen and in a killer pair of shoes. Leonard said the small chains attached to the shoes caught his attention.

“I thought to myself, this sort of epitomizes her life. She was in chains most of the time. She never really had any full control of her own life,” he says. “I like to photograph images — particularly of well-known people — where you don’t see their face, but the image does express part of their personality.” This interview aired 5/7/07; click here to view the page and launch the “LISTEN” button to hear it.

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