Archive for May, 2007

MAGNUM FESTIVAL: June 2007, New York City

Magnum Photos is celebrating 60 years as an independent agency and artistic cooperative. Timed to correspond with this seminal anniversary, the Magnum Festival will embrace various aspects of the past 60 years of documentary as well as promote the importance for responsible documentary work in the future. A complete listing of events will be posted on a dedicated website that will be located at:; check back for updates.

I can share the following calendar items with you in the meantime!


1) Walter Reade Theater
Magnum and the Future of Photojournalism
Several active members of the Magnum agency will join Mark Whitaker, former editor of Newsweek, onstage at the Walter Reade for a free panel discussion about the future of photojournalism.
Sunday June 3rd, 2pm
Walter Reade Theater
70 Lincoln Center Plaza

2) New York Public Library
Magnum @ 60
With the advent of the “digital revolution” and “citizen journalism,” more people are taking pictures and telling/sharing stories than ever before. Now, the power of photography has been thrown into a new light and traditional photojournalism must answer new questions. How does this democracy change the role of the journalist? Will traditional photojournalism have a place in the future? Magnum Photos and Live from the NYPL consider the future of Magnum and the face of photography within this rapidly developing landscape.
Saturday June 16th, 7pm
The New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
$15 through

3) Half King
Drinks with Magnum
Join Magnum photographers, family, and friends for spirits and conversation .
Tuesday June 19th, 7–9pm
Half King Bar and Restaurant
505 W 23rd Street

4) Strand Books
Magnum at the Strand
Representing the latest in Magnum’s history of seminal photo books, Elliott Erwitt, Thomas Dworzak, Alex Webb, and others sign copies of their newest releases on the second floor Photography Department of Strand Books. Wine and cheese reception.
Monday June 11th, 7–8:30pm
Strand Books
828 Broadway (at 12th Street)

5) Martine Franck
Martine Franck Book Signing
Martine Franck introduces two new books; Martine Franck (Phaidon 55) and Martine Franck: Photo Poche No. 111 (Actes Sud).
Tuesday June 26th, 6–8pm
Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 E 57th Street / Suite 1406

FILMS and EXHIBITIONS SCHEDULE to follow shortly.


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2007 ICP Infinity Awards Announced

Last night, the International Center for Photography hosted its annual Infinity Awards.

The 2007 Recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement: William Klein
Cornell Capa Award: Milton Rogovin
ICP Trustees Award: Karl Lagerfeld
Young Photographer: Ryan McGinley
Publication: Sommes-Nous? by Tendance Floue
Writing: David Levi Strauss
Art: Tracey Moffatt
Photojournalism: Christopher Morris, My America (Steidl, 2006)
Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography: The GAP

Kim Bourus, Higher Pictures, New York
Reid Callanan, Director, Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Toure Amadou Chab, Director, Galerie Chab, Bamako, Mali
Diego Goldberg, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chris Johns, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic magazine, Washington, D.C.
Judith Keller, Associate Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
Jon Levy, Editor/Ei8th, London, England
Helen Marcus, President, W. Eugene Smith Fund, New York, New York
Stavros Moresopoulos, Hellenic Centre for Photography, Athens, Greece
Chantal Nedjib, Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie, Paris, France
Jed Root, President, Jed Root, Inc., New York, New York
Lars Schwander, Director, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Charles Stainback, William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Bernie Yenelouis, ICP Education Department, New York, NY

François Hébel, Director, Les Rencontres D’Arles, Photographie, Arles, France
Mary Panzer, Independent Scholar and Curator, New York, New York
Charles Desmarais, Deputy Director of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

ICP’s Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1985 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries.

The Cornell Capa, Lifetime Achievement, and Trustees Award recipients are selected by ICP’s Board of Trustees, President’s Council, or staff. Other recipients are chosen by a Selection Committee from the submissions of a rotating International Nominating Committee.
The Infinity Awards ceremony is ICP’s primary fund-raising benefit, and the revenues generated assist the full range of the Center’s programs, including exhibitions, collections, community outreach, and the ICP School.

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First Annual Coalition of Photographic Arts Juried Exhibition: Entries due JUNE 1

The Coalition of Photographic Arts is proud to announce its 1st Annual
Juried Exhibit!

Deadline for Submissions: June 1, 2007

Original photographic (film or digital) works executed 2004 or later by
residents of Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota

About the Juror:
Photographer Brian Ulrich – Brian’s work is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery in NYC, and is one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers for 2007. His work is included in the Permanent Collection of the The Museum of Contemporary Photography, among other institutions. Visit Brian’s website to see his work and read his blog.

Exhibition Venue:
Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
911 W. National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 672-2787

Opening Reception:
Gallery Night – July 27th, 4-9 pm at WCPA
Exhibit runs from July 27th – August 31st.

Submission is via images in jpeg format on CD-Rom only.

For complete details download the prospectus here.”

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Santa Fe this Friday, May 18: Review Santa Fe Portfolio Viewing Open to the Public

Portfolio Viewing:

Center, formerly the Santa Fe Center for Photography, is pleased to announce a public photography portfolio viewing on Friday, May 18, 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 16125 Paseo de Peralta.

This free event provides collectors and photography lovers with a unique opportunity to view photographs from nationally-known photographers as well as those who are on the cusp of wider recognition.

Portfolio Viewing is a component of Review Santa Fe, a juried competition in which 100 photographers present their work to nationally prominent photography curators, art directors, publishers, editors and gallery directors. The 100 photographers were juried from a pool of 600 applicants by Steve Fitch, photographer and educator at the College of Santa Fe; Michele Penhall, Curator of Prints and Photographs, UNM Art Museum; and Janet Russek of Scheinbaum & Russek, Santa Fe.

Portfolio Viewing was made possible in part by the ASMP Foundation.

Friday, May 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta (across from SITE Santa Fe)

For additional information call 505.984.8353 or go to

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IPA “LUCIE AWARDS”: Submission Deadline MAY 31

From the International Photography Awards (IPA) website:

“The Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards conducts two competitions each year–one for professional photographers and one for non-professionals. Both are open to photographers anywhere in the world.

The winners of the main categories will compete for IPA’s top award of International Photographer of the Year. Those finalists will be invited to attend the Lucie Awards, presented by Pilsner Urquell (NYC, October 15, 2007) where one will be announced as the grand winner, earning the coveted Lucie and a cash prize of $10,000 provided by AtEdge. In addition, the non-professional category winners will compete for the Discovery of the Year Award, for which one will win the Lucie and $5,000 provided by Pilsner Urquell. 2007 launches the Pilsner Urquell Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year (Special Deadline for Deeper Perspective is June 30, 2007), where both professionals and nonprofessional will compete for that title, win the coveted Lucie and a cash prize ($5,000) sponsored by Pilsner Urquell.

Besides earning the chance to compete for the top two prizes, the category winners will each also receive two tickets to the Lucie Awards, a free copy of the Annual Awards Book and the following titles:

Advertising Photographer of the Year
Architectural Photographer of the Year
Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year (Special Deadline – June 30, 2007)
Editorial Photographer of the Year
Photography Book of the Year (professional category only)
Fine Art Photographer of the Year
Nature Photographer of the Year
People Photographer of the Year
Photographer of the Year in the Special category

Additionally, the 2007 LUCIE AWARDS HONOREES ANNOUNCED: Just received this link to view the list of 2007 Honorees.

Each year, the IPA will invite an established curator to select 40-50 images from both the professional and non-professional pools of first, second, and third place winners to be exhibited at the prestigious Farmani Gallery in Los Angeles. It will then travel to eight other countries, ensuring the greatest exposure for the winning photographs.

In addition, the work of all first, second and third place winners will be published in the high-quality, full-color, hardcover award winning Annual International Photography Awards Book designed by Creative Director, Jeff Griffith.”

To received updates by email, click here.

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PHOTO-EYE BOOKLIST: Summer 2007 Issue Available NOW

The Photo-Eye Booklist SUMMER 2007 issue is available now at many fine retail locations and via the Photo-Eye website. Editor Darius Himes had put together another fine issue for your reading (and learning) pleasure!


About Our Cover (full text)
Parrjective: Istanbul style, as seen through the lens of Martin Parr» by Avis Cardella

Publisher Profile (full text)
One by one, the publishers of the books we love are interviewed.
» a photo-eye questionnaire: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS

Survey of New Books
The quarterly survey of the best new photography books.
» by various contributors

Where We Live
The Getty hosts a show that surveys a basic human need.
» by Jen Bekman

Considerable Sway
Two recent titles add depth to the potent vision of Moholy-Nagy.
» by Richard Woodward

Publishing the Photography Book
The acclaimed column on publishing photography books.
» by Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes

The Old & Rare Survey
A regular column that surveys important books of the past.
» by Eric Miles

Editor’s Choice
In this new column, our editor reviews a singular title of the season.
» by Darius Himes

Contributors to the Summer 2007 issue:

JEN BEKMAN owns a gallery (, writes a blog called Personism ( and runs a quarterly photo competition, Hey, Hot Shot! ( Her latest endeavor is 20×200 (www.20×, a place to buy editioned prints and photos at ridiculously affordable prices.

AVIS CARDELLA is a freelance writer specializing in the areas of photography, art and pop culture. Her work has appeared in various publications, including American Photo, ArtReview, Picture, Surface and British Vogue. A born and bred New Yorker, she currently resides in Paris, France.

DEBRA KLOMP CHING gained her M.A. in critical history and theory of photography from the University of Derby (UK) in 1998. The former director of Pavilion (UK), she now resides in New York, where she is an independent curator, writer and photographer.

ZANE FISCHER is an arts-and-culture-preoccupied writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He writes a
regular column for the alternative weekly The Santa Fe Reporter (

MARY GOODWIN is an M.F.A. candidate in photography at the University of New Mexico. She was a guest student at the Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany, in the Summer 2006 semester.

PHIL HARRIS is a photographer, teacher and writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. In 2000, he published a twenty-year photographic retrospective book, Fact Fiction Fabrication.

LARISSA LECLAIR is a photographer, writer and traveler. Her work focuses on visual history and culture, and international photography. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

THERESA MAY is assistant director and editor-in-chief at the University of Texas Press. She oversees an annual list of some hundred book projects from acquisition through publication. May has a B.A. in the history of art and architecture from Texas Tech University and has done post-baccalaureate work at the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin in English, art history, anthropology and applied piano. She has been with UT Press for nearly thirty years.

ERIC MILES, an art historian, is photo-eye’s rare-book specialist. He writes a regular column on rare and collectible photobooks for photo-eye Booklist. He relocated from New York City to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2003.

MARY ANNE REDDING is an independent curator and writer who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Previous professional experience includes authoring essays for numerous exhibition catalogues and stints at New Mexico State University, the Light Factory, the Center for Creative Photography, the photography department of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University.

AARON ROTHMAN is an artist living in Phoenix, Arizona. His most recent exhibition was at Gitterman Gallery in New York. View his work at

JIM STONE is an associate professor of photography at the University of New Mexico. His photographs have been exhibited and published internationally and he is the author or co-author of seven books. He has set foot in North Korea.

MARY VIRGINIA SWANSON is an author, educator and consultant committed to helping photographers advance their careers. She lives and works in Tucson and New York City. Visit her at

JONANNA WIDNER is the music editor for The Dallas Observer. She received the first place award in the 2006 Alternative Newsweekly Awards for Best Music Criticism (circulation under 50,000) while she was the assistant editor/music columnist for The Santa Fe Reporter.

RICHARD B. WOODWARD is an arts critic in New York who contributes regularly to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His most recent essay on photography appears in South Central, a monograph by Mark Steinmetz (Nazraeli Press).

If you are serious about having a book of your work published, this is THE magazine for you to be reading now!

To order this issue, click here

Support this important publication by SUBSCRIBING!!

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA: “All Cultures Are Welcome”

I’ve just spent 4 days in Atlanta. As I was driving to the airport yesterday to head home to Tucson, I passed a small business with a sign in the window declaring “ALL CULTURES ARE WELCOME.” I found it interesting – not all “people” or “individuals” are welcome, but all CULTURES are welcome. This sums up the mindset of life in Atlanta – it’s CULTURE that we are a part of, that makes up our community. Atlanta is a patchwork quilt of cultures, all interwoven to make up a most interesting and supportive home for the visual and performing arts.

My journey into the arts in Atlanta this week included visits to the SCAD Atlanta campus, the High Museum and the amazing Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund which is building a foundation for arts organization survival that is a role model in public/private partnerships and support of the arts. I also gained awareness on Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and ART PAPERS, both of which I”ll also share with you here.

I was honored to be invited to participate at the annual Advisory Board meeting of Savannah College of the Art’s School of Communication Arts, gathering for the first time at the new Atlanta Campus of Savannah College of Art and Design, just up Peachtree from the Woodruff Art Center and the High Museum. Steve Bliss is the Dean of this School within SCAD and Photography Department Chair Tom Fischer, along with ACA faculty member Elizabeth Turk are building a strong presence for photography in Atlanta. It is an exciting time for SCAD and especially SCAD Atlanta.

Thursday, Steve and I attended the 2007 Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund Luncheon, a sold-out gathering of over 700 arts leaders, elected officials and corporate sponsors which celebrates the impact of arts organizations on the Atlanta Community. This year, with the theme “What A Difference” 15 years of the Fund and its contributions to life in Atlanta was celebrated by over 30 organizations that have grown through the support of its unique mission: stability. From their website’s Grants Overview: “Each year the Arts Fund provides selected small and mid-sized arts organizations with grants to support staff positions, marketing or strategic plan development, debt reduction, capital reserves and other less glamorous “behind-the-scenes” initiatives that are vital to stability. In all, Atlanta’s small and mid-sized, non-profit arts organizations (with annual operating budgets less than $1.5 million) use Arts Fund grants to develop sustainable organizational capacity so they can further their creative endeavors.” And: “The Arts Fund is a key resource in Atlanta devoted to helping nonprofit arts organizations adapt to a changing environment, while managing growth and maintaining professionalism. It’s like venture capital for the arts. While the Arts Fund does not fund artistic programming, the goal is to strengthen organizations and allow them to do what they do best – provide innovative and exciting creative work that contributes to the quality of life in the metropolitan Atlanta community.” In other words, rather than funding programming, the Fund helps to fund staff positions, strategic planning, board development and other elements crucial to an organization’s growth. One of the most impressive things at the luncheon was that when grants were announced, each organization’s staff AND board chairs were recognized, underscoring the importance of an active board to the long-term stability of every non-profit entity. Lisa Cremin, the dynamic Director of the Fund, serves the broader arts community as a member of the board of Directors of Grantmakers In The Arts. From GIA’s website: “Grantmakers in the Arts is a membership organization whose trade is discourse on ideas about arts philanthropy within a diverse community of grantmakers.” I encourage all of you to get to know and support both of these important arts organizations.

Another leader in the arts in Atlanta that I had the pleasure of spending time with last week is Anne Dennington, director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. “Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) hosts an annual, citywide festival each October. Now in its ninth year, the “ACP 9 Festival” programming includes photography exhibitions in diverse venues, lectures by both internationally acclaimed and local artists, a portfolio review and walk, a pushpin show open to all Atlantans, a film series, and a public art program.” While the Festival is still ACP’s main programming, the organization offers additional programs throughout the year including lectures, workshop, films and public art programs as well as partnering with other arts organizations under the banner “ACP COLLABORATES.” From the website: “ACP Programs are designed to nurture and support photographers, educate and engage collectors, promote diverse photography venues, and enrich the City of Atlanta’s cultural scene. Most of these offerings are free and open to the public. ACP strives to offer programming for people of all ages and with all levels of knowledge about photography.” Anne is an important leader in the arts in Atlanta, and in the field of photography overall; under her leadership ACP is evolving to serve artists and their careers in important ways. October 6th is the date for the 2007 Portfolio Reviews and Walk; registration will open on June 1 and be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the website for details so you don’t miss this great opportunity. Join their e-list here.

Yesterday, myself, Steve Bliss and SCAD faculty colleague Rebecca Nolan visited the High Museum of Art to see the new Renzo Piano addition to the original museum building designed by Richard Meier, and was very happy to see the wonderful spaces for viewing contemporary art in particular. It is stunning and not to be missed! The exhibition “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005” is on view through September 9th. In conjunction with the exhibition, The High will host several programs. First, a lecture by Sylvia Wolf, Adjunct Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, during which she will examine the work of celebrated photographers Annie Leibovitz and Robert Mapplethorpe – from iconic portraits of artists and celebrities to never before seen or published works. This event will be held on May 17th at 7 p.m. in the Hill Auditorium at The High.

Addtionally, on May 24th at 6:30 p.m., Julian Cox, the High’s Curator of Photography, will lead a guided tour through “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005.” Both of these interesting events are free with museum admission and for museum members.

Last but not least, I was reminded that an international voice begins in Atlanta: ART PAPERS Magazine. I have been a reader for many years, but had forgotten that the magazine is based in Atlanta; it is currently celebrating thirty years in publication. It’s regular section “FUTURE ANTERIOR: AN INDEX TO CONTEMPORARY ART’S IMMINENT HISTORY” features reviews of international exhibitions; every artist will want to make sure the editors at ART PAPER are aware of your exhibition(s) in hopes of being reviewed for this important part of the magazine. Be sure to read this issue’s cover story, available as a Feature Article on the website:

PETER FRIEDL in conversation with Gean Moreno

From the website: “ART PAPERS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the examination, development, and definition of art and culture in the world today. Its mission is to provide an independent and accessible forum for the exchange of perspectives on the role of contemporary art as a socially relevant and engaged discourse. This mission is implemented through the publication of ART PAPERS Magazine and the presentation of public programs.” Staff members Editor-in-Chief Sylvie Fortin and Senior Editor Jerry Cullum contribute to the arts far beyond Atlanta.
You can sign up for their e-newsletter here. And, more importantly, subscribe here.

You can experience the rich culture of Atlanta wherever you live, but don’t miss the opportunity to go and see it for yourself!

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