Archive for September, 2007

Ron Haviv: “The Children of Darfur” Exhibition opens in Beacon, NY

Beginning this Saturday, September 8th, Fovea Exhibitions/Beacon Gallery will host an exhibition of photographer Ron Haviv‘s important work “The Children of Darfur.”

From the press release:
War photojournalist Ron Haviv’s images stand as important witness to the suffering of the children caught in the conflict in Darfur.

Saturday, September 8, 4pm-8pm
143 Main Street, Beacon, New York

EXHIBIT DATES: September 8 to October 7
The gallery is open Friday, Saturday & Sundays 11am-6pm

For directions to Beacon, click here.

Ron is a member of Agency VII; their next Seminar is planned for November 3 & 4 at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Ron’s bio from the VII website:

Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced some of the most important images of conflict and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War.

A co-founder of VII, whose work is published by top magazines worldwide, including: Fortune, The NY Times Magazine, Time, Vanity Fair, Paris Match and Stern. He has published two critically acclaimed collections of his photography — Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul – and has contributed his wide-ranging body of work to several other books.

With a special focus on exposing human rights violations, he has covered conflict and humanitarian crises in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans. Most recently, he has documented wars in Darfur and the DR Congo.

His often-searing photographs have earned Haviv some of the highest accolades in photography, including awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Leica Medal of Excellence. He regularly lectures at universities and seminars, and numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including the United Nations, The Louvre and The Council on Foreign Relations.

Haviv has been the central character in three films. National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk explores the hazards inherent in combat photography. The Serbian-made documentary Vivisect explores Serbian reaction to the Blood and Honey exhibit. Eyes of the World, which has featured in film festival worldwide, examines Haviv as a witness to war. In addition, Haviv has spoken about his work on The Charlie Rose Show, NPR, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, MSNBC and The Best Damn Sports Show Ever.

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“Affect/Effect: Adventures in Image, Light and Glass” Artists’ Discussion September 9th

Visual artist Rebecca Cummins has been exploring integrating the medium of glass into her photography, video and installation pieces since relocating from Sydney, Australia to Seattle, Washington. This collaborative exhibition is the culmination of her recent artist residency at Pilchuck Glass School. A panel discussion will be held in conjunction with the exhibition on September 9th. From the press release:

The Museum of Northwest Art presents an Artists’ Discussion by three of the 2006 Pilchuck Glass School Hauberg Fellows, facilitated by Ruth King, Artistic Director, Pilchuck Glass School. Artists Robert Campbell, Rebecca Cummins and Mark Zirpel will share images of their work, followed by a discussion of the group’s collaboration and unique approaches to glass as a medium.

Coming to glass from backgrounds in video, printmaking, photography and sculpture, the artists do not use glass simply to create beautiful objects. They are interested in its optical properties such as how it can distort or invert an image, how it can be combined with other technologies to transform an image, or be used to include the viewer or the surroundings in the image.

The three artists are part of a collaborative group (which also includes artists Brian Bolden, Ben Wright and Jim Butler) that began working together at Pilchuck Glass School in May 2006 as recipients of the annual Pilchuck Glass School Hauberg Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to a group of artists, not necessarily glass artists, who want to work collaboratively, exploring and extending the use of glass in their work.

Affect/Effect: Adventures in Image, Light and Glass, an exhibition of work by all six of the artists, is on display at the Museum of Northwest Art through October 7. The exhibition includes installation, video, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

The Museum of Northwest art, located at 121 South First Street, La Conner WA, is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm. $5/general admission, $4/seniors, $2/students. Admission is always free for MoNA members and for children 12 and under.

Education Programs are supported with funding from Anacortes Arts Festival, Dakota Art Stores, Islands Fund, Klorfine Foundation, PONCHO, Skagit Community Foundation, Target, U.S. Bank, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and many other generous donors.”

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Getty Museum Lecture: “Edward Weston’s Love/Hate Relationship with Los Angeles” September 13

From the Getty Museum’s website:

Los Angeles launched the career of Edward Weston (1886–1958), the subject of the current exhibition Edward Weston: Enduring Vision and a creative visionary who has been described as “the quintessential American artist/photographer of his time” Weston lived in the greater Los Angeles area from 1906 to 1923, establishing his own photographic business, marrying and having four children, and coming to grips with modern art for the first time.

In 1923 Weston left for Mexico; after returning to California he eventually settled in Carmel, the bucolic seaside town that was the polar opposite of the messy, tumultuous City of Angels. And it is with Carmel, not Los Angeles, that Weston remains firmly associated. Weston assisted in this rewriting of history by destroying many photographs and papers from his years here.

What prompted Weston to erase Los Angeles from his past? Did the city have any influence on his work, or was his time here merely a prelude to the monumental artistic achievements that came later? Learn the answers to these questions from historian of photography Beth Gates Warren, who has spent the last decade piecing together the lost history of Edward Weston in L.A.

About Beth Gates Warren:
Beth Gates Warren is a historian of photography and a leading expert in the field of collecting photographs. An art consultant and the former director of the photographs department at Sotheby’s, Inc., Warren has lectured and taught at such institutions as The New School, the International Center of Photography, New York University, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Phillips Museum of Art. She is the author of Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration, which examines the personal and professional relationship between these two important American photographers.

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300

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“True to Life: Color Photography 1860-1960″ at Michael Dawson Gallery, LA 9/7-10/27

This is an exhibition I wish I could see! From the press release:

Michael Dawson Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition exploring the development of color photography between 1860 and 1960. Featured in the exhibition are photographs by Giorgio Sommer, William Henry Jackson, Karl Struss, James Doolittle, Eliot Porter, Harry Callahan, William Mortensen, and Harold Edgerton among others. From hand-colored daguerreotypes to dye transfer prints, this exhibition focuses on photographic images that attempted to bring the viewer into a seamless relationship with the scene depicted through the integration of various color processes. Beginning in the nineteenth century, the impetus to add color to the photographic image was fueled by the desire to increase the sale of commercial portraiture as well as landscape views sold to tourists making the “Grand Tour” of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In the early twentieth century the development of the Autochrome process led to the acceptance of color photography among amateur and artist/photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Karl Struss.

By the 1930s the conflicting demands of art and commerce were particularly evident in the realm of color photography. The cost and difficulty of producing durable and long lasting color photographs such as the three color carbro print lead to the primary use of color photography in the fields of advertising and journalism. Despite the difficulties, the pioneers of color photography fostered a unique aesthetic vision based on the demands of commercial portraiture, tourism, advertising, and journalism. The technical, commercial, and artistic developments in the field of color photography between 1860 and 1960 paved the way for the wide spread acceptance of color photography in the 1970s as a valid medium for fine art photography and contemporary art.”

True to Life: Color Photography, 1860 to 1960
September 7th through October 27th, 2007

Opening reception: Friday, September 7th, 7pm to 9pm

Michael Dawson Gallery
535 North Larchmont Boulevard (Limited free parking in our lot), Los Angeles, California 90004
(323) 469-2186, FAX (323) 469-9553

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Fotoseptiembre USA: SAFOTO September 1-30 in San Antonio, Texas

The month of September finds many things happening in San Antonio, Texas, under many umbrellas:

Fall Art Festivals
incorporates photography and film festivals, book arts, music events and more. Click here for the Cultural Calendar, here for Festivals.


“SEPTEMBER 1 – 30, 2007

This annual international photography festival is a unique, eclectic, month-long celebration of the photographic arts.

Dozens of exhibits showing traditional photographs, digital images, photography based works, photographic installations, funky camera, and alternative processes, are presented in galleries, museums, art centers and other exhibition spaces in San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country, and in the festival’s web galleries.

All exhibits are free and open to the public.
For more information please visit our web site:

Click here to download a PDF of the 2007 San Antonio event program.
Click here to download a PDF of the 2007 Mexico event program.

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APA National Photo Competition 2007: “Silver to Pixels” Deadline 9/17/07

From the Advertising Photographers of America website (

“The APA @ 25 National Photo Competition, Silver to Pixels, provides a great opportunity to showcase the work of talented photographers from across the country. It is a celebration of photography and recognition of the extraordinary transitions in image making processes over the course of APA’s 25 years. The competition goals are to encourage and recognize outstanding work that reflects personal vision as well as technical excellence; to increase market opportunities through vigorous post-competition promotion, and to educate and inspire. In keeping with the APA brand, photographers are encouraged to submit work that reflects forethought and planning, is message driven, (away from generic stock-type images) and without a doubt exemplifies technical excellence.”

For complete information and entry forms, click here.

When on the APA National website, be sure to check out the RESOURCES section; I encourage all of you to read the paper “Licensing and the Value of Copyright” by Jeff Sedlik. Not to be missed.

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