Archive for June 7, 2007

MVS Marketing Workshops, Summer 2007: few spaces remain!

I’m off this weekend to teach my annual one-week marketing workshop at the Santa Fe Workshops (my class is sold out). I’ll be teaching alongside some great friends including Karen Kuehn, Chris Rainier and Alan M. Thornton, among others! A great place to study and emmerse yourself in photography.

There are a few remaining spaces in the two shorter workshops I’m teaching this summer, in the NE and the NW:

August 1-4 at the Maine Photo Workshops; click here for information. I’ll be giving a public lecture at The Workshops on the evening of Thursday, August 2nd.

NOTE: After this course ends on the 4th, the Agency VII seminar “Conflict Photography” starts – one day, free, but space is limited; information here.


August 18-19 at the Photography Center Northwest; click here for information. Note: workshop students are required to attend my public lecture on Friday evening, August 17th.

I hope I will meet many of you this summer!


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W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund: Grant Deadline July 15th

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s compassionate dedication exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. For 2007, the grant will be $30,000, with an additional $5,000 in fellowship money to be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The grant program is independently administered by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund.

Applications can be downloaded here (PDF file, 56K) or may be obtained by writing to the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, c/o the International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, U.S.A. In addition to a résumé of educational and professional qualifications, applicants are asked to provide evidence of photographic ability in the form of photographic workprints (8″x10″ prints preferred, and no more than 40), and/or photocopies, duplicate transparencies, contact sheets and clippings of published stories. There are no entry fees. Preliminary material will be returned only when accompanied by appropriate packaging and sufficient U.S. postage or its equivalent in U.S. dollars. Prepaid return by courier is also acceptable. The Fund is not responsible for loss or damage.

Deadline for receipt of applications is July 15, 2007.

Applications must include a written proposal, which should be cogent, concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable and humanistically driven. A three person jury is appointed each year by the Fund’s Executive Committee. The jury meets twice. Initially after reviewing all applications and proposals, the jury selects the finalists, each of whom is asked to submit a comprehensive photographic portfolio and write a more detailed and focused proposal in addition to answering specific questions about his or her project. (Finalists’ submissions will be returned following judging). At the second meeting, the jury reviews all new material and selects the grant recipient from among the finalists. The grant is announced at ceremonies usually held in October at the International Center of Photography in New York. The recipient must warrant that the project in progress is ongoing, and agree to provide the Fund with a set of photographs when the project is completed. The photographs will be housed as part of the permanent W. Eugene Smith Legacy collection at the IC

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Texas Photographic Society’s TPS 16: Annual Competition Submissions Due July 5th

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit slides of their color and black and white works to the Texas Photographic Society (TPS) by July 5, for TPS 16: The National Competition. The exhibition will open at St. Edward’s University Art Gallery and be exhibited at galleries in Odessa, TX; Houston (as part of FotoFest International); New York City and San Francisco. An artist’s reception will be held September 22 in Austin.

JUROR for TPS 16: The National Competition will be juried by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Director of Aperture West. Marsh holds a B.A. from Bard College and an M.S. in publishing from Pace University. She has worked with the Aperture Foundation since 1996, and presently serves as associate publisher for Aperture magazine and as the director of Aperture West, a regional outreach program. In this capacity she has worked with the Aperture staff and board of trustees as well as institutions throughout the west to develop educational programming, collaborative initiatives, expand awareness of Aperture and support individuals and institutions promoting photography. An educator and advocate for photography and design, Dunn lectures nationally on photography and on art book design. She is an award-winning book designer and works with museums and non-profit institutions nationally. She serves on the advisory board to the Masters in Publishing program at Pace University in NYC, and on the Board of Governors for Bard College.

Marsh will award $2,750 in Cash prizes: First Place $1,000, Second Place $650, Third Place $350, and at her discretion, up to 5 Honorable Mention awards at $150 each.

A color catalogue of the exhibition will be printed and sent to all entrants, collectors, museum curators and photography magazines, with exhibitors receiving 3 copies. The exhibit will tour for one year.

For complete information, click here.

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Reminder: OPEN SOCIETY Documentary Photography Distribution Grant Due JULY 6

Traditional media offer limited opportunities for presenting documentary photographs in a way that fosters social change. The Open Society Institute’s Documentary Photography Project supports photographers, working in collaboration with a partner organization, to present their work to specific audiences to stimulate positive social change.

All photographers must have another entity (such as a nonprofit or community-based organization) that agrees to collaborate with the photographer to present the work in innovative ways and to reach out to specific communities to advocate for social change. The partner must engage with the photographer to accomplish these goals—and not just fund or publish the project.

Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 will be awarded. Read the guidelines here; applications must be received by July 6th, 5 p.m. EST.

Proposals must present strong images that are contextualized, when necessary, with words, sound, or other media.
Proposals must address a current social justice issue. Preference will be given to work that coincides with the issues and geographical areas that concern OSI.
Proposals must use creative and appropriate strategies to present the work to the public.
Proposals must engage a specific audience or community.
Applicants must partner with an organization that will provide programmatic and financial support.

The following projects are not eligible for funding:

Projects that involve the making of new photographs;
Projects whose only goal is to raise awareness in a general way;
Books absent an advocacy use for the publication;
Gallery exhibitions that serve only the interests of the photographer or the gallery;
Documentary film.
OSI cannot support lobbying activities. Projects that include lobbying activities will not be funded. OSI does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

Application, Review, and Selection Process:
To apply, log in to the OSI Online Application System at and submit completed application by Friday, July 6, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please note: Applicants must register as an individual in OAS to access the application for the Documentary Photography Project.

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“MOVING WALLS” Annual Documentary Photography Exhibition: Deadline July 6

“Moving Walls is an annual documentary photography exhibition produced by the Open Society Institute, a private operating and grantmaking foundation that works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. The exhibition series is an artistic interpretation of the obstacles—such as political oppression, economic instability, and racism—that society often erects and the struggles to tear those barriers down.

Since its inception in 1998, Moving Walls has featured more than seventy photographers whose work address a variety of social justice and human rights issues that coincide with OSI’s mission.

The Open Society Institute encourages photographers to submit documentary work of national or international subjects that coincide with the issues and geographical areas that are principally of concern to OSI. OSI does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation.”

For submission information, click here to find a PDF document with complete details.

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En Foco’s New Works Photography Awards: Deadline JULY 2nd

New Works Photography Awards

En Foco’s New Works Photography Awards is an annual program selecting three to seven U.S. based photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander heritage through a national call for entries.

It acts as a creative incubator, enabling artists to create or complete an in-depth, photographic series exploring themes emanating from their personal experiences, and providing the infrastructure for a professional exhibition in the New York area.

A photographic artist’s work can be in any photo-based style or genre (documentary, autobiographical, landscape, abstract, digital, pinhole, alternative processes, etc).

Artists receive an honorarium, photo-related supplies from Bogen and Lowepro; a feature article in Nueva Luz, and a photographers page on

• NEXT DEADLINE: July 2, 2007

Download 2007-08 Guidelines and Entry Form HERE.

Additionally, En Foco accepts submissions on an ongoing basis for the Nueva Luz photographic journal. Details are online here.

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Deadline for Artists in the Marketplace Program (AIM) at Bronx Museum: June 30th

The Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program marks the Museum’s ongoing commitment to support artists by providing training, encouragement, and a venue for exhibition. A cornerstone program, AIM was established to realize the Museum’s goal of providing professional opportunities to emerging artists in the metropolitan area. The program is annually enhanced by a broad cross-section of participating artists. It is also enriched by guest speakers: artists, accountants, collectors, critics, curators, dealers, and lawyers who provide information, instruction, and professional guidance by addressing practical areas of concern to artists, such as curatorial practice, copyright law, exhibition and public art opportunities, gallery representation, grants writing, income taxes, and marketing.

This free seminar program is offered in the fall and the spring, and meets for 12 weeks on Tuesday evenings, 6 – 8 p.m. Enrollment is limited to 18 artists per semester. The program culminates with an annual group exhibition and accompanying catalogue.

Please note that there will be only one application deadline for the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2007.

The Artists in the Marketplace program is open to emerging visual artists from the New York metropolitan area. Current students, and artists who have representation at a gallery are not eligible to apply.

To download the application form in PDF format, click here.

This year’s AIM Exhibition remains on view at the Bronx Museum through August 19th.

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