Archive for June 27, 2007

REMINDER: Fotofest 2008 “MEETING PLACE” Applications Close July 8

I know many of you are considering applying for the 2008 Fotofest portfolio review event entitled THE MEETING PLACE. Event dates are March 7-20th; I want to encourage you to apply ASAP. While the deadline for applications is several weeks away, should the acceptances be allocated by lottery (if oversubscribed when the applications begin to be processed on July 9th), the waiting list will be constructed by the date your application was received.

Click here to download the registration form for the 2008 Meeting Place.

Fotofest has posted “ADVICE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTENDING THE MEETING PLACE” that I have drafted for all of you considering attending – I want you to make the most of your investment!

In addition to selecting which of the 4- or 6-day review dates you prefer to apply to, remember to take into consideration the educational offerings that will take place during The Meeting Place. I am proud to have been working with Fotofest for many years now to help coordinate these affiliated educational events, for which we have the amazing pool of talented international Reviewers to tap as speakers! These programs are both held at the Doubletree Downtown Houston, where the reviews are happpening; I urge you to plan now to attend and make your hotel reservations at the Doubletree Downtown accordingly!

On MARCH 11th, between portfolio review blocks one and two:

Art Makers and Career Builders
Coordinated by Mary Virginia Swanson and FotoFest
Tuesday March 11, 2008 – Doubletree Hotel, Houston Downtown
This one-day Educational Seminar offers participants the opportunity to learn from artists and key decision-makers about building a career as an artist. Members of the arts industry will benefit by getting an overview of different market areas that can increase the impact of their activities.

The Seminar will feature speakers from diverse areas of the photography field – including Commercial Galleries, Museums and Non-profit Art Spaces, Festivals and Biennials, Corporate Art Collections , Commercial Photo Agencies. Successful photographers will speak about how they have built their own careers.

On MARCH 16th, between portfolio review blocks two and three:

Publishing Photo Books Today – From Traditional Presses to Self-Publishing
Coordinated by Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes, Editor, Photo-Eye Booklist
Sunday March 16, 2008 – Doubletree Hotel, Houston Downtown
This one-day workshop gives participants interested in having a book publication of their photographs an inside look at the publishing world and different options for book publishing. Covering diverse aspects of the book industry, it looks at the processes and costs of getting a book published, through traditional publishers, self-publishing, on-line publishing, and print-on-demand. It also looks at how to market books and includes case studies presented by artists.

Panelist invited will represent different areas of the photo book industry, as well as successful artists presenting recent experiences in publishing.

Admission to the educational events will be open to the public and will have a separate admission fee TBD.

See you in Houston in March 2008!


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Fotovision’s Call for Entries: SUMMER SHOTS 2007; deadline September 14th

From Fotovision in Berkeley:

“Show us your best shot(s). We want to showcase your best photographs of summer 2007. Enter as many images as you like. There are no categories, but you might choose to be inspired by ideas like “the true essence of summer”, or “best travel story”. The themes and creative interpretations are up to you. This is a chance to enter your best photographs of the summer and promote your work around the globe to Fotovision members & subscribers including collectors, photographers, curators and more!

All entries should be captured from June, 2007-September, 2007 and can be color or black and white images. Start shooting now, and show us your summer hot shots!

First, second, third place and honorable mention winners from this contest will be featured on the Fotovision website and receive prizes from the sponsors Livebooks|edu and Think Tank Photo.

The Fotovision online photography contest is open to members and non members of Fotovision. Members enter at a discount. To join Fotovision as a member visit Anyone can join!

The jurors are Ken Light, Erika Gentry and Alison Wright

Alison Wright, a documentary photographer based in San Francisco, has spent a career capturing the universal spirit of humanity through her photographs. Influenced by her years of living among the Buddhist cultures of Asia, her work documents the traditions and changes of endangered cultures and people in remote areas around the world. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic publications, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Natural History, Islands, Outside, Geo, Time, Forbes, Oprah, The New York Times, The San Francisco Examiner Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other periodicals.
Her photography books include “Faces of Hope; Children of a Changing World,” “A Simple Monk, Writings on the Dalai Lama,” and “The Spirit of Tibet; Portrait of a Culture in Exile.”

Alison’s photos have been exhibited world-wide, including the Smithsonian Institution, The American Museum of Natural History, The Avery Fisher Hall and Telluride Film Festival.In 2002 Alison was awarded the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for her Outside magazine story recounting her astonishing survival and recuperation after a devastating bus accident in Laos.

Alison is the recipient of the 1993 Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography for her photographs of child labor in Asia. She is a three time Bill Muster portfolio award winner and has received top awards for her writing and photography through the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association.

Alison received her Undergraduate Degree in Photojournalism from Syracuse University in New York and Masters Degree in Visual Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, California.

Alison also writes a travelogue for the Discovery Channel which regularly features pictures and stories from her travels; click here to view The Discovery Chanel Website Photo Journeys.

Ken Light is a social documentary photographer whose work has appeared in books, magazines and exhibitions. His most recent book Coal Hollow (University of California Press) was published in 2005.

His last photo book, Texas Death Row (1997) is a look at life inside the death house as the condemned wait to be executed in Americas largest and most active Death Row. This work was published in Newsweek Magazine (6 pgs), Paris Match (France — 8 pgs), Tempo (Germany — 6 pgs), London Telegraph, Nieuwe Revu (Amsterdam — 6 pgs) and in Japan, Korea, Holland, Denmark, Mexico, Spain, Italy as well as on Newsweek Online, and Online.

He is also the author of Delta Time published in 1995 by the Smithsonian Institution Press. This book looks at rural Black poverty, cotton and the southern landscape. Delta Time has 104 photographs and an essay by legendary civil rights organizer Bob Moses. This work has been published in VSD in Paris, Granta, the London Independent, Spanish Elle with Walker Evans and in the Academy Award nominated documentary film Freedom on My Mind.

His other books are To The Promised Land (Aperture 1988), With These Hands (Pilgrim Press 1986), and In the Fields (Harvest Press 1982), which examine the lives of farm workers and their journey from Mexico illegally to the United States.

A text, Witness In Our Time: The Lives of Social Documentary Photographers was published by the Smithsonian Institution Press in October 2000. It is in its third printing and has been adapted by numerous University and College documentary programs as well as being translated and published in Turkey.

He has exhibited internationally in over 175 one-person and group shows, including one person shows at the International Center for Photography, S.E. Museum of Photography and Smith College. His work is part of numerous collections including the San Francisco MOMA, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the International Center of Photography and the American Museum of Art at the Smithsonian. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Photographers Fellowships, the Dorothea Lange Fellowship and a fellowship from the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation as well as a grant from the Soros Open Society Institute. Mr. Light’s numerous other awards include the Media Alliance Meritorious Achievement award in photography, the Thomas More Storke International Journalism Award and Judges Special Recognition (Cannon Photo Essayist) in the 1991 University of Missouri/NPPA Pictures of the Year competition.

He is an adjunct Professor and curator of the Center for Photography at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California Berkeley, and has taught workshops at the ICP in New York City, The Missouri Photo Workshop and in the School for Photographic Studies in Prague and Baltimore. He is a founder of the International Fund for Documentary Photography which awarded grants to photographers worldwide, as well as founder of Fotovision. His freelance work has been represented by J.B. Pictures, SABA Press Photos in New York. and Contact Press Images in New York.

Erika Gentry owns and operates Time Flies Productions, an intimate, hands-on digital imaging, photography and print studio serving clients throughout the Bay Area. An early advocate of the creative digital domain, she has been teaching and presenting Photoshop, photography and multimedia at the institutional, organizational and individual levels nationwide since 1996.

She has been an independent project director and digital consultant for corporate clients such as Apple, Kodak, Business 2.0 Magazine and industry-celebrated photography books: John Sperling’s politically divisive The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro (2004) and most recently renowned documentary photographer Colin Finlay’s Testify (2006).

Gentry completed her master of fine arts degree in The School of Imaging Arts and Sciences at New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology. Her personal photographic projects explore issues of identity as expressed through the use of technology. By collaborating with members of the community, she creates installation portraiture in an interpretive and docunarrative format using stills, video and sound. She exhibits her art work nationally.

First Prize
Livebooks Edu Deluxe website ( Photographs will be featured in the online winner’s gallery at
with a link to your personal website.

Second Prize Think Tank Pro Modulus Set & Rebecca Noriss Webb’s signed book “The Glass Between Us” . Photographs will be featured in the online winner’s gallery at with a link to your personal website.

Third Prize
Think Tank Pro Modulus Set. Photographs will be featured in the online winner’s gallery at with a link to your personal website.

Honorable Mentions
Photographs will be featured in the online winner’s gallery at

Basic digital editing is permitted. This is defined as overall adjustments to help refine your captured image. Basic editing allows you to correct basic exposure, contrast, color, etc. No spot editing or selective tools are allowed, with the sole exception of cloning out sensor dust or hot pixels.

Winners and disqualifications are determined by majority vote of the Fotovision Board of Directors and Guest Juror, Alison Wright, Documentary Photographer and Author.
DEADLINES: Closing deadline is September 14, 2007, midnight.

ENTRY FEES: Members $20.00 each for 1-3 images. Members will recieve a discount code via email.
Non members $30.00 each for 1-3 images. Join as a member first to receive a contest entry discount code.
You may enter as many times as you desire.


* Have made the image(s) between 6/1/2007-9/13/2007.
* Create your entry from a single capture (no layered collage).
* Comply with the Entry Requirements.
* Follow Image Submission Guidelines


* Submit as many entries as you like, 3 images per entry fee.
* Use any feature of your camera while photographing your entry, with the exception of combining multiple captures in-camera.
* Correct contrast and color, crop, rotate and resize your entry.
* Use RAW conversion software as long as the changes are made globally to a single file on one layer and do not create new features or effects in the process.


* Spot-edit your entry, except to remove sensor dust or hot pixels.
* Use ANY editing tool to create new image area, objects or features (such as lens flare or motion) that didn’t already exist in your original capture.
* Add graphics, clip art, computer-rendered images or parts of other photographs to your entry or its border during editing.
* Add text to your entry or its border during editing. This includes copyright statements.

* Distort or stretch your image in any way.

Copyright and ownership of photograph(s) remains with the photographer at all times. All entrants agree to grant The Fotovision Online Photography Contest and its owner Fotovision ( permission to use submitted work in any of our electronic media, printed materials, or advertising. The use is granted for promotional purposes only, without further permission or remuneration. All published images will be credited with photographer’s name. Entrants also agree to allow their images to be reproduced in newspapers and magazines (printed and electronic) solely for the purpose of promoting the work, photographer, and contest.



* FILE NAME: lastname_firstname.jpg
* FORMAT: JPEG (.jpg) file at high or maximum quality.
* SIZE: 1024 pixels longest side (no larger), 300k max each.
* RESOLUTION: 72ppi (72 pixels per inch)
* NO embedded watermarks or borders. (this includes copyright)
* Captured between 6/2007-9/2007
* Email a maximum of three images at a time to: (images may be zipped or stuffed or sent individually)
* Await confirmation of entry receipt.

Enter as many times as you like.
Cost: $30.00

If you have any questions, you should contact

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UK’s National Portrait Gallery Competition due July 27

The National Portait Gallery‘s prestigious international photographic portrait competition celebrates and promotes the very best in contempory portrait photography through a competition that is open to all. It has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images submitted by a range of photographers, from professionals to gifted amateurs and photography students.

Call For Entries

Photographers are invited to enter the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize 2007.

Click here to review RULES FOR ENTRY.

Register online between 1 May and 20 July 2007: you will receive an email confirming your registration number.

Photographs must be delivered to London College of Communication (address below) either in person or by post/courier between 23 and 27 July 2007. Online registration will ensure a quicker, more efficient, check-in when delivering photographs.

NOTE: All entries from outside the United Kingdom will only be accepted if registration fees are paid by credit card.

For further information contact:
Photographic Portrait Prize 2007
Exhibitions Department
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
0870 112 6772

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Photo Arts Santa Fe July 13 – 22 and ART Santa Fe 2007: July 12-15

Two important events will overlap in Santa Fe next month:

PhotoArts Santa Fe will be held July 13-22. To view a list of related events, download the PDF here.

NOTE: Saturday, July 14 will be a day of special events in Albuquerque, and studio tours in the Santa Fe area will be held on Sunday, July 15th. If you are flying in/out for a workshop at the Santa Fe Workshops, take advantage of these special events!

The “MARKETPLACE” will occur in Santa Fe on the weekend of July 21/22/23.

Photo Arts Santa Fe will be held concurrent with:

Art Santa Fe, an international contemporary art fair being held July 12-15th at El Museum Cultural de Santa Fe.

From the website:
“The international art fair circuit is the most glamorous part of the art world today – the place where collectors and purveyors of fine contemporary art come from around the world to meet and do business. A rising star in this constellation of sophisticated events is ART Santa Fe, a biennial art fair that will be presented July 12-15 at Santa Fe’s El Museo de Cultural. ART Santa Fe is known as a “boutique” fair. Big enough to be interesting, small enough to be intimate and digestible, the fair offers visitors a highly selective overview of the contemporary art market. Visitors to ART Santa Fe have found it to be a gem among art fairs. The 2007 lineup of exhibitors will include galleries from Asia, a strong contingent of Europeans, an exciting array of work by Latin American artists, and outstanding galleries from the United States. Exhibiting galleries range from edgy to established. Cutting edge media groups return with a fresh matrix of interactive installations.

The glittering set of special events surrounding ART Santa Fe 2007 includes the fair’s Vernissage, an opening gala. Museum groups from all over the country attend the fair, enjoying tours of private collections and artist studios as well as the fair’s exhibitions and special events. The city’s own museums, such as SITE Santa Fe, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, feature exhibitions; other arts organizations such as the renowned Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Santa Fe Art Institute, also offer programming on this, arguably the most important weekend in the city’s high cultural and social season.

ART Santa Fe has attracted wide attention in the press, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, the major art trade magazines (The Art Newspaper, ARTnews, Art & Auction, and Art & Antiques, among others) and virtual blanket coverage in statewide press. Word of the fair’s success has spread by the international art community grapevine.

ART Santa Fe’s focus is on presenting a carefully selected collection of contemporary and modern art, from contemporary masters to the cutting edge, for an audience of art professionals, collectors, museum groups and the general public. Visitors to the fair have praised the quality and wide reach of the offerings, presented in an accessible format that allows an intimate, unhurried viewing experience.
For information contact the fair office at 505.988.8883.”

Click here to see a list of confirmed exhibitors as of this writing.

If you are in the area, this will be a great opportunity to see great work!

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“Photographing Conflict” Radio Interview with Magnum Photos/Director

Last week was an amazing week in NYC with many Magnum 60th Anniversary events, old home week for past and present photographers and staffers. It was a total delight to reconnect with friends and colleagues. Martin Parr had a camera in his hand all of Thursday evening, from party to party – there’s a short slide show of his shots on the Magnum website.

One bit of the festival can be shared with all of you via a radio interview Leonard Lopate of WNYC conducted with Magnum photographers Alec Soth and Jonas Bendikson and Mark Lubell, director of Magnum’s NYC office. Click here to listen to the interview.

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