Archive for September, 2007

This week in San Francisco

Several happenings of note this week in San Francisco arrived via email this morning, one from SF Camerawork, the other from PhotoAlliance:

ARTIST TALK at SF Camerawork: MICHELLE BATES, September 27th, 6 p.m.

Artist and author Michelle Bates discusses her work with the Holga camera at SF Camerawork, 657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor .

Author of Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity Michelle Bates will discuss the history of the genre, technical tips, and general thoughts on using toys to get into the joy of photography.

$5 Public, $2 Students/Seniors,
Free for Camerawork Members; call 415-512-2020 for more information.


Digital (Self) Publishing: a one day seminar
Saturday, September 29, 2007 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 plm.
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall and Café
800 Chestnut Street, SF

Sponsored by PhotoAlliance

An Informational Seminar on Self-Publishing Digital Books

One of the newest ways available to show work, build clientele or pass along ideas is also one of the oldest- get it in print! With the appearance of inexpensive digital printing, coupled with on-line distribution, sharing is now cheaper, easier and of much higher quality. The promised threshold of ease and excellence has been achieved. It is now time for all of us to begin printing digital books, or at least understand what the buzz is about before making the plunge.

This one-day (9am-5pm) seminar brings together artists, publishers, editors, bookstore owners, artistic directors and others- to provide a comprehensive and rich overview of how to get your photographs self-published digitally.

Illustrated slide presentations, discussions and an extended hands on ‘show and tell’ of printed works will give you the opportunity to learn from those that are already producing books in digital form.

Meant for all levels of experience and all types of photography.

Seminar Contributors:
Jun Ishimuro, Owner, Foto-Grafix Books
Andrew Mcclintock, RAH Publications
Derek Powazek, Social Media Consultant
Alan Rapp, Senior Editor | Art & Design, Chronicle Books
Laura Sackett , Artist
Paul Schiek, Artist & Publisher: These Birds Walk
Thom Sempere, Executive Director, PhotoAlliance
Sangyon Joo, Artist
Sarah Wert, Photography Market Manager, Blurb.Com
Ben Zlotkin, Owner, Edition One Studios
Steve Woodall, Artistic Director, San Francisco Center for the Book

TO REGISTER, visit the website.
Questions? call 415.425.5608
full schedule email:


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From the PhotoLucida website:

“Critical Mass is an annual juried competition sponsored by Photolucida. It is a valuable addition to Photolucida’s popular in-person Portfolio Reviews, and offers an online submission and selection process. Critical Mass participants receive tremendous artistic exposure at a fraction of the cost of in-person reviews. 2007 is the fourth year of Critical Mass.

The aim of Critical Mass and all Photolucida programming is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today.

As an entrant to Critical Mass, you should not expect feedback from the jurors unless they want to contact you about doing something with your work. Critical Mass is more about exposure than feedback.

Photolucida will publish monographs for 2 or more artists selected from the top-scoring finalists. All book awards are reserved for artists without a previously published monograph. Photographers with self-published books are still eligible for the book awards. If you already have a monograph, you still have 200 great reasons to participate in Critical Mass!

Critical Mass Book Award Winners 2006 – Camille Seaman, Donald Weber, Amy Stein
Critical Mass Book Award Winners 2005 – Hiroshi Wantanabe, Louie Palu, Julie Blackmon, Sage Sohier

Everyone who enters Critical Mass will receive the 2007 winners’ books! In addition, you will receive a CD-ROM with the work of all Critical Mass 2007 entrants’ work on it.

Critical Mass has a two-part submission process. First you pay a $50 registration fee to upload your images and text. We will then format your work and distribute the pages to the pre-screeners for scoring.

The pre-screening committee is comprised of the following people:

The Photolucida Board
Sean Corcoran, Curator of Photographs, Museum of the City of New York
Larry Davis, Founder/Director, Soho Photo
Roy Flukinger, Research Curator of Photography, Harry Ransom Center
Nelson Hancock, Founder/Director, Nelson Hancock Gallery
Chris Jones, Publisher, Cindercone Press
Horace Long, Exhibition Committee, Blue Sky Gallery
William Messer, Independent Curator
Claire Annette Mussard, Consultant
Brady Nichols, Independent Curator
Paul Pauletti, Director, Paul Pauletti Gallery
Rick Perez, Assistant Director, Stephen Cohen Gallery
P. Elaine Sharpe – Independent Curator
Tina Schelhorn, Director, Galerie Lichtblick
George Slade, Artistic Director, Minnesota Center for Photography
Martha Takayama – Tepper Takayama Fine Arts
Paula Tognarelli – Griffin Museum for Photography

If you are one of the top 150 photographers chosen by the pre-screeners, then you will pay an additional $250 fee and your work will be sent out to the full panel of 200 reviewers.

Like last year, this is a truly international group of jurors representing a wide variety of photographic interests. The list of jurors is now available – we have made a great effort to represent the range of professional affiliation (gallery owners, curators, publishers, editors, etc.) and expressed artistic preferences (documentary, conceptual, social landscape, portraiture, etc.). Jurors will be sent a CD-ROM of the photographers’ work, as well as a hard-copy thumbnail image index of all the artists with contact information. This serves as a good reference tool for a multitude of purposes. Critical Mass jurors are not allowed to submit their own work to Critical Mass.


Initial registration: $50
(If you are selected as one of the top 150 photographers):
200 reviewers: $250 more.”

As a Reviewer, I can tell you that I enjoy getting to know new work, or revisiting work I may have seen before, via this competition. I often refer to the materials we are provided and share them with others in the industry who are seeking new work by established or emerging artists. And how great to have the prizes be in the form of publication!

Visit the website to register online, read Critical Mass Success Stories and see the work of previous winners.

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From the CPOY website:

“62nd CPOY Calls for Your Entries

It’s time! Time to take a hard look at all the good work you have done over the past year and pick out the best for entry in the annual College Photographer of the Year competition. Entry is free again this year courtesy of Nikon Inc. Entry deadline is midnight, Friday, Oct. 5, 2007.

CPOY’s mission has always been to set standards for student photojournalists and to provide recognition for outstanding vision, good reporting and excellent storytelling. That mission remains as important for today’s emerging photojournalists as it was when Cliff Edom founded the competition and held the first judging in 1945.

Please pay careful attention to all the entry information, as there are changes this year. Multimedia categories have been redefined and expanded, so be sure to use the new guidelines for entering them.

We hope you enjoy our newly re-designed and more user friendly website.

Look forward to podcasts of the judging sessions starting on Nov.4th.

Rita Reed
Director, CPOY”

Judging will be held at the University of Missouri-Columbia from November 4th through 9th. Category judging schedule will be posted once the entries have been processed. We welcome visitors to sit in on the judging process.

For information on entering this contest, click here.

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Upcoming Print Auctions to Benefit Not-For-Profit Organizations

‘Tis the beginning of the season of giving back to the many not-for-profit photography organizations that help so many artists advance their careers. I know many of you have donated original works, and many more will support the efforts of these dedicated organizations by bidding in person, on the phone or on-line. Giving back, and living with great photographs, will be such a pleasure.

Mark these events on your fall calendar (check with each to learn of preview opportunities):

TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Friday, September 21st, 6-8:30 p.m. (live auction at 7:30 p.m.)
Held at the Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th Street, Austin, Texas.
Click HERE to view the auction catalogue in PDF format.

ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY: Friday, September 28th, 6:30 – 10 p.m.
Held at the King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta Street NW in the Westside/PhotoDistrict
Click HERE to download the auction catalogue in PDF format; you can download Absentee Bid Forms and “Conditions of Sale” documents here.

PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER NORTHWEST: 2007 PhotoVision Award Dinner and Auction Honoring Keith Carter. Saturday, September 29th, 7 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling 206.720.7222 ext. 10
Held at PCNW, 900 Twelfth Avenue (Valet Parking Available). Visit the online auction catalogue here; visit the website for more information.

CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK: Saturday, October 6th at 7 p.m.
Held at the Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock, New York.
Click HERE to view the catalogue; it is also available in print format. Absentee/Pre-Auction/Proxy Bids are accepted on-line.

EN FOCO/Nueva Luz: Extended Print Preview Exhibition opens October 29th; live auction November 7th.
Held at the HP Gallery at Calumet Photo in New York City. Click here for details; on-line catalogue coming soon.

As always, be sure to read all the details relating to bidding to ensure your securing desired works!

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REVIEW LA – Registration FULL; call to be added to the waiting list.

As with all portfolio review events that handle registration on a first-come, first-served basis, Review LA, the newest event on the calendar, has filled to capacity in two short days.

This is clearly an indication of how effective these events are for participating photographers.

Requests to be put on the wait list must be made via calling Center at: 505/984-8353.

I look forward to meeting many of you there, and at Photo LA (held concurrent with Review LA).

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New York Fall Exhibition Preview from

Today’s ARTINFO email included this interesting preview of exhibitions on view in NYC this fall.

ARTINFO Newsletter comes to you from Art and Auction Magazine.

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Ralph Gibson: Closing Reception and Artists Talk at Center for Creative Photography, September 28th

“Ralph Gibson and Lustrum Press, 1970 —1985”

Closing reception for this exhibition and artist talk by Ralph Gibson on Friday, September 28 (exhibition continues through September 30th).
Reception at 5 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Center for Creative Photography on the University of Arizona Campus. Call (520) 621-7968 for directions and parking instructions.

From the Center’s website:
“About the Exhibition

The exhibition “Ralph Gibson and Lustrum Press, 1970 — 1985” will be shown at the Center for Creative Photography from June through September, 2007. Ralph Gibson (b. 1939) is one of the pioneering figures in modern photography. Influenced as a young man by Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank, both of whom he assisted in the 1960s, Gibson’s personal aesthetic—high contrast, graphic impact, mysterious atmosphere—developed through his encounters with European film, literature, and music. The Lustrum Press, which he founded in New York in 1970, quickly made an impact with its beautiful and often provocative publications. Gibson’s own work appears in the influential trilogy The Somnambulist (1970), Deja-vu (1973), and Days at Sea (1974). Lustrum also published monographs dedicated to the photographs of then-unknown artists Larry Clark (Tulsa, 1971), Danny Seymour (A Loud Song, 1972), Mary Ellen Mark (Passport, 1974), and others. Gibson was most involved with Lustrum Press in the 1970s, and the publications of those years capture a turning point in photographic history, when the medium acquired unprecedented prominence in museums, the market, and popular culture.

The Center for Creative Photography holds Ralph Gibson’s archive, which includes documentation relating to Lustrum Press and to Gibson’s illustrious career. Gibson’s own work will be at the core of the present exhibition, supplemented with prints by other artists from Lustrum Press publications and with ephemera related to the books’ production. Gibson’s roles as artist and publisher sometimes overlapped in interesting ways: for example, the experience of seeing The Somnambulist printed on an offset press inspired him to overexpose and overdevelop his film so that he could achieve in the darkroom the same rich blacks produced by heavily inked lithographic plates.

Based in New York but working internationally, Gibson has always been much better known in Europe than in America, perhaps owing to the Surrealist overtones in his imagery. He has produced significant bodies of work relating to his experiences in France, Brazil, and other countries; and retrospective exhibitions have been held in Paris, Cologne, Geneva, Milan, and elsewhere. In 1986 the French government awarded Gibson the title Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. With the exhibition Ralph Gibson and Lustrum Press, 1970 — 1985, the Center for Creative Photography hopes to achieve two main objectives: to introduce Gibson’s work to new generations of students, and to educate the public about the history and importance of independent publishing in the field of fine-art photography.

About the Ralph Gibson Archive

The Center for Creative Photography’s Ralph Gibson Archive includes many hundreds of vintage and recent fine prints, as well as archival materials from 1959 to the present such as photographic materials, correspondence, biographical data, clippings, interviews, exhibition files, documentation related to published and unpublished books, and audio and video tapes. The Center presented Gibson’s early work in 1978 in an exhibition and in 1987 in issue number 24 of The Archive, its scholarly journal. Members of the public can make an appointment to study the archive in the Research Center by calling 520-621-6273.”

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