Archive for July, 2007

Lecture on Magic Lanterns at the Ransom Center, Austin 7/17

“Magic Lanterns: Father of the Motion Picture and Grandfather of Television”

Jack Judson brings alive the world of the magic lantern, a form of animated optical projection used to educate and delight audiences for centuries, in his talk “Magic Lanterns: Father of the Motion Picture and Grandfather of Television” on Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Judson, owner of the Magic Lantern Castle in San Antonio, discusses the history of magic lanterns, which date back to the 1600s, and how they contributed to the development of cinema. He’ll project slides using his own restored magic lantern to illustrate his talk.

Seating is free, but limited.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has evolved into a world-renowned cultural institution. Throughout 2007, the Ransom Center comemorates its 50th Anniversary with programs and exhibitions dedicated to “Celebrating the Imagination.” HRC has published a richly illustrated chronicle of its history. Click here to learn more about this important book, and to purchase it.

To view a timeline of the Ransom Center’s 50-year history, click here.


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Fifty Crows Foundation Reviews Portfolios Quarterly for Exhibition Opportunities; NEXT DEADLINE: August 1

“The FiftyCrows Foundation based in San Francisco reviews portfolios for exhibition opportunities on a quarterly basis (4/1, 8/1, 12/1). To have a portfolio reviewed, photographers should submit a two-paragraph statement about the work in the body of an email, and a link to a website which contains the work of interest. Also include any information regarding the current status of the exhibition- whether the work is printed/framed, what type of prints, whether there are any multimedia (video/audio) components to the exhibition, and whether some type of funding has already been secured for exhibition opportunities. After the quarterly review process, photographers with work of note will be contacted by the staff.”

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FiftyCrows Foundation
49 Geary Street
Suite 225
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel 415-391-6300

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Results: Up & Now: 12th Annual Photographic Competition On View at PCNW

Charlotte Cotton, newly appointed Curator of Photography at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, was the Juror for “Up and Now: 12th Annual photographic Competition” sponsored by the Photography Center Northwest. The exhibition went on view yesterday, and will be up through August 30th. Ms. Cotton will lecture there on August 3rd.

The photographers selected for inclusion are (I’ve added links when available):

Brett Bell, NY
Aly Su Borst, California
Stephen Brookbank, Ontario
Jesse Burke, Rhode Island
Rachael Dunville, New York
Martine Fougeron, New York
Andy Freeberg, California
Cat Gwynn, California
Joseph O. Holmes, New York
William Hundley, Texas
Sung Jin Park, New York
Dave Jordano, Illinois
Dina Kantor, New York
Steffi Klenz, London
Aline Mare, California
Monika Merva, New York
Brad Moore, California
Kate Orne, New York
Charles Peterson, Washington
Beatrix Reinhardt, New York
Joel Sanders, New York
Brea Souders, New York
Rylan Steele, Georgia
Lex Thompson, Minnesota
Daniel Traub, New York

From the website:
“This annual juried exhibition draws entries from across the country and around the world, and remains among the most popular shows in PCNW’s annual schedule. The competition is open to all photographers, all photographic processes, and all themes. The juror is looking for work that represents a larger, cohesive body of work and will be selecting a short series from each photographer chosen. From among those exhibited, our juror will select first, second and third prize winners to receive prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.

Juror Charlotte Cotton is Department Head and Curator of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Previously, she was Head of Cultural Programs at Art + Commerce in New York, Head of Programming at The Photographers’ Gallery in London and a Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1993 to 2004. She has curated many exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography including, Imperfect Beauty: the making of contemporary fashion photographs (2000), Out of Japan (2002), Stepping In and Out: contemporary documentary photography (2003) and Guy Bourdin (2003). Cotton is the author and editor of publications such as Imperfect Beauty (2000), Then Things Went Quiet (2003), Guy Bourdin (2003) and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004), a title in the World of Art series published by Thames & Hudson. Her most recent writing includes essays and interviews with Paul Graham, Rinko Kawauchi, Hannah Starkey, Dav id Hilliard, Inez van Lamsweerde, Desiree Dolron, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.”

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Fotobild’s 6th International Fair for Art Photographers; deadline for applications for “SELLING” is July 22

I received this via email today; event dates are November 8-11 in Berlin:

FOTOBILD is an international event for art photographers providing the chance to promote and support their own work and understand the art market.

FOTOBILD “SELLING” has become the major German fair for producers of photo art. In 2006 more than 14.000 visitors attended the four day event.

International curators, gallery owners, publishers, magazine editors and art buyers from advertising agencies will be invited to meet the exhibitors and review their photographic work

“SELLING” is FOTOBILD’s innovative version of the traditional concept of art fairs:
Present, promote and sell your photographic work directly to the public (select and design your own stand).

Take advantage of this unique opportunity and participate in the portfolio viewings for free

Win a free stand for the best application, selected by the jury

The 25 participants will be selected by an international jury.

For SELLING applications, participation fees and further information please visit our website:


Selected details from the website; visit it to learn costs and complete terms and conditions:

Selling programme is open to:

Professionals or amateur photographers, artists using photography, communities, organizations, galleries, agencies or schools, without any age or nationality preferences.

FOTOBILD is looking for portfolios containing personal, original bodies of work marked by a unity of thought, vision or theme. The number of submitted projects should – depending on the stand size – range from two to four projects.

The JURY for “Selling” will be:

Manuela Alexejew, Collector, Berlin
Joerg Bader, Centre de la Photographie, Genève
Bernd Fechner, Fotobild Berlin
Klaus Gennrich, stilwerk Berlin
Anna Gripp, Photonews Hamburg
Frank Kalero, Ojo de Pez, Madrid
Celina Lunsford, Fotografie Forum International
Rhonda Wilson, Rhubarb-Rhubarb Birmingham
Esther Woerdehoff, Esther Woerdehoff Gallery, Paris.”

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Results: Photography Now ’07 On View at CPW

The Image selections by Alison D. Nordstrom, curator of photographs at George Eastman House for the exhibition “Photography Now” are on view at the Center for Photography at Woodstock through August 19th.

From the website:

Photography Now ’07 presents the works of nine widely disparate photographers that, when assembled in one room, makes an emotionally cohesive whole. Almost never do we look at photographs one at a time. In jurying an exhibition, rather than judging a competition, the principal concern must be to create an interesting, harmonious selection that becomes “one thing”. It goes without saying that the work must be good. By that I mean original, well crafted, and intelligent. Anything else would be jarring, distracting, boring or an insult to the viewer. However being good is not enough when what is being chosen is an exhibition rather than say, the Champion Pig at the County Fair.”

The website features a selection of the work of the nine selected photographers, as well as artists statements/bios; I’ve added their websites below if available.

They are:
Gideon Barnett
Chicago, Illinois

Paul Giguere
Arlington, Massachusetts

Chad Hunt
New York, New York

Allison Hunter
Houston, Texas

Andrew Liccardo
DeKalb, Illinois

Tamara Lischka
Portland, Oregon

Forest McMullin
Rochester, New York

Franc Palaia
Poughkeepsie, New York


Kristopher Stallworth
Bakersfield, California.

Congratulations to all!

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Magnum Photos announces new Nominees and 2007 Inge Morath Award Winner.

Magnum Photos has announced the names of this year’s Nominees, selected at the 60th Annual Gemeral Meeting of the agency, held in New York City June 21-24.

They are:
Allesandra Sanguinetti (Argentina)
Jacob Aue Sobol (Denmark)
Mikhael Subotzky (South Africa).

In addition the winner of the 2007 Inge Morath Award was announced. This year’s winner is: Olivia Arthur (London, UK), in support of her project “The Middle Distance,” documenting the lives of women alongthe border between Asia an Europe. Information and images on Click here to view a project description and view a slide show featured on the Inge Morath Foundation website. Runners up : Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan) and Newsha Tavakolian (Iran).

The Inge Morath Award honors the memory of Inge Morathand is organized in cooperation with Magnum Photos. A prize of $5,000 is awarded annually to a female documentary photographer or photojournalist under the age of 30, selected by Magnum members at the Magnum annual meeting.

To see a list of previous Inge Morath Award winners, click here.

To read the complete press release concerning these announcements from Magnum, click here.

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Agency VII: Call for Portfolios for Membership, deadline September 30

The following has been posted on Agency VII‘s website:

VII is welcoming applications for membership during its forthcoming semi-annual meeting in California in November 2007.

Anyone may apply for membership, but membership will be offered to a small number of motivated photographers who we believe will enhance and strengthen the body of work that we currently produce; to photographers whom we believe we can work with in the management of VII; and to photographers whom we believe have high standards of integrity.

As VII is solely owned by its members, it comes with shareholder responsibility. New members will spend at least one year with VII before full membership is offered. All members will be obliged to purchase shares, attend shareholders meetings and contribute dynamically and responsibly to the business of the agency.

Candidates are considered by the existing members only during the VII annual (or semi-annual) meetings and should submit work on DVD or CD in Jpeg Format compressed at level 8 and at a size no greater than 100 dpi x 16 x 12 inches. No more than 40 images should be submitted and each image should have caption and contextual information embedded in it. Each photographer should submit a brief biography, and tell us what their future intentions are professionally and what motivates them to want to join VII. The submissions should be delivered to one of our bureaus in either New York, or Paris by September 30th, and clearly marked “SUBMISSION FOR VII MEMBERSHIP”

For more information, please visit our website at

The current roster of members includes:
Alexandra Boulat
Lauren Greenfield
Ron Haviv
Gary Knight
Antonin Kratochvil
Joachim Ladefoged
Christopher Morris
James Nachtwey
Eugene Richards
John Stanmeyer.

From the website:


VII derives its name from the number of founding photo-journalists who, in September 2001, formed this collectively owned agency. Designed from the outset to be an efficient, technologically enabled distribution hub for some of the world’s finest photojournalism, VII has been responsible for creating and relaying to the world many of the images that define the turbulent opening years of the 21st century.

Alexandra Boulat, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey and John Stanmeyer were joined in 2002 by Lauren Greenfield and in 2004 by Joachim Ladefoged. Eugene Richards joined in April 2006. Together they document conflict – environmental, social and political, both violent and non-violent – to produce an unflinching record of the injustices created and experienced by people caught up in the events they describe.

On September 9th 2001, VII announced its formation. On the following night, covering for the missed return flight of a colleague, James Nachtwey arrived at his Manhattan apartment close to the World Trade Center. The next morning, he photographed some of the most haunting pictures of the collapse of the towers, at the same time eloquently conveying the destruction of a way of life.

While the stark realities of the battlefield loom large, VII turns its gaze with equal intensity to more subtle forms of conflict and documenting the changes and development of society and culture worldwide. The work of Lauren Greenfield, particularly in her social documentary of youth culture and gender identity, adds a further perspective and depth to the work of the agency

But this is not merely artfully captured, neutral observation; nor is it the doctrinaire elaboration of a political or social position. Each photographer is inspired by an array of often very different motivations, and it is from this breadth of reference that the agency draws its originality and strength. What unites VII’s work is a sense that, in the act of communication at the very least, all is not lost; the seeds of hope and resolution inform even the darkest records of inhumanity; reparation is always possible; despair is never absolute.”

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