Archive for September, 2007

Brooklyn Book Festival this SUNDAY, September 16

I’ve just received an email announcing this event – which I have neve attended to be fair – but I can tell you attending the larger Book Expo America was an education not to be missed. If you are in the area, take this in:

from the Brooklyn Book Festival website:


The second annual Brooklyn Book Festival on September 16, 2007 is a book lover’s dream come true! The festival presents exciting and innovative fiction and non-fiction programs with author discussions and readings—come early to get a seat! Nearly 100 booksellers and thousands of books will fill beautiful Borough Hall Plaza and Columbus Park. You can hear a poetry slam, participate in a define-a-thon, and have your favorite book signed by the author. Children can hear their best-loved books read at the Target Children’s Pavilion; teenagers will find sports, fantasy, graphic novels and more at the Independence Community Foundation Youth Pavilion. The Brooklyn Book Festival is a best seller! See you there!
—Marty Markowitz


By car from Manhattan: Coming over the Brooklyn Bridge, stay straight on Adams Street. Turn right on Joralemon Street.

By car from New Jersey and Staten Island: Verrazano Bridge to 278West. Take Exit 27/Atlantic Avenue and turn onto Atlantic Avenue. Turn left on Boerum Place. Turn left on Joralemon Street. Public Transportation: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall; R to Court Street; A, C, F to Jay Street/Borough Hall

For the latest information about subway service visit

Where to Stay and Eat:
For information about restaurants and accommodations in Brooklyn go to the borough’s official tourism website


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Examining Our World in 3-D: The Art and Science of Stereoscopic Imaging

Examining Our World in 3-D: The Art and Science of Stereoscopic Imaging

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Held at the Science, Industry & Business Library (SIBL) of the New York Public Libraries
188 Madison at 34th Street, NYC
Admission Free (but seating is limited!)
(212) 592-7000

From the website:
“Get ready to put on your 3-D glasses* as stereoscopic artist and imaging expert Gerry Marks takes us on a visual tour of science and nature from the dawn of photography to the latest digital technology. Pictures found in this library’s collection inspired his career in 3-D and here we’ll see his digital restoration of those remarkable astronomical images. In other stereo ‘treasures’, fossils, embryos, computer imagery, and a half-century of NASA exploration come alive in depth.

Gerald Marks has worked for more than 30 years in New ! York as an independent artist and teacher with a variety of 3D media, and for clients as diverse as MIT, the New York Subway and the Rolling Stones.

*glasses supplied, please return after talk!

Seating for this talk is limited and will be available on a first come first seated basis.”

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DARIUS HIMES to speak at Center for Creative Photography, Tucson on Tuesday, September 18th

The Obvious History: Photography and Books

A Lecture by Darius Himes at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18th.

This program is offered in conjunction with the current exhibition: Ralph Gibson and Lustrum Press 1970-1985
on view through September 30th.

Darius Himes, editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photobooks will discuss the intimate marriage of photography and the book. The past ten years have witnessed the birth of a new area of academic discipline: the history of the photography book. In a presentation that examines the history of the medium, Himes will emphasize publishing activities since 1970. Himes is also a lecturer and writer having written for Blind Spot, BOMB, and American Photo. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe. He earned his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University, Tempe, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe campus, and actively pursues his own photographic image-making.

Call the Center at (520) 621-7968 for parking details and other information.

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Andreas Gursky: In Memory of Bernd Becher

Laurie Lambrecht sent me this link today
to a wonderful tribute in The Art Newspaper from Andreas Gursky to his mentor Bernd Becher who recently passed away.

It reminds me of how important our time with mentors is. Next week I will travel to Minneapolis to be present at the memorial honoring Carroll T. “Ted” Hartwell, long-time curator of photography at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and in early October to NYC for the memorial honoring John Szarkowski, long-time curator at MoMA. Do not understimate the value of our wise elders, and treasure the time you have with them.

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9/11: We mark another anniversary today.

Today marks the passing of another year since the tragedies of 9/11. When I think of the emotions and horrors of that day, I see it through the eyes of James Nachtway, who was part of the one-day young Agency VII and working for TIME that day, and I also so the many images shot by Magnum Photos members, and the work of other friends that day.

This morning I assumed I’d see features on the home pages of VII, and of TIME marking this anniversary – but no. (There is a great piece on the home page of under TIMES TOPICS that features many of the images we now know so well.) I searched the web and found SHATTERED, the amazing essay that James did for Time that day. Don’t miss seeing that, and re-reading the wonderful interview that Peter Howe did with James Nachtwey on his work that important day on Digital Journalist.

Then I went to Magnum’s website – no feature today, either, So take the time to go to and do a search: “September 11” and 1000 images are keyworded this way, images that you will remember immediately as part of the important and brave coverage of that terrible day. There is a great compilation of the work they did: New York September 11. I especially enjoy reading the recollections of the photographers within this publication.

Photographer Joel Meyerowitz spent the most amount of time on the NYC site, with the tremendous body of work compiled in an publication called “AFTERMATH, The World Trade Center Archive.”

Last but certainly not least – the amazing and important work that a small but mighty group of people created called HERE IS NEW YORK. They brought the work of photographers – professional and amateur alike – to the world via the landmark exhibitions and 8 lb. book of the same name. The project was a fundraiser as well – allowing photographers to give back to those who lost family and loved ones in the tragedy.

I know there are hundreds – thousands, really – of couragous photographers working that day, many of whom continuing, six years later, to tell the story of the impact of this attack on Americans six years ago. I thank you all for your important work.

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September 2007 issue of Digital Journalist ON LINE NOW: Issue marks 10th year of continuous monthly e-publication!

From an email just in from Dirck Halsted, Founder, and Ron Steinman, Executive Editor:

The September 2007 issue of The Digital Journalist is now online at

The month began early for us with the start of our new segment called “Breaking News” in which we successfully revealed that many photos claimed by recently deceased photographer Joe O’Donnell were not his to claim. We plan to use this segment whenever we believe we have something special to pass on to our readers that they may not read about anywhere else. So, as the saying goes, stay tuned for future revelations.

For our main feature, former National Geographic photographer Steve Raymer, in his “Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora” cover story, gives a look in words and pictures of some of the more than 25 million Indians who have left the sub-continent in search of a better life. There is also an accompanying essay by Nayan Chanda that further puts Raymer’s photos into context.

Our second feature could not be timelier. With the 6th anniversary of 9/11 looming, Allan Tannenbaum, in his “The Hidden Victims of 9/11” feature, also in words and moving photos, documents the sick and dying first responders and others who worked for days and weeks on the destroyed site where the Twin Towers once stood. Tannenbaum writes, “A health crisis of epic proportions is emerging, caused by the attack itself and the government response to the attacks.”

E-Bits Editor Beverly Spicer comments on the current state of photographic workshops and conferences, and thinks the evolution of photojournalism from still to video journalism is a process nearly complete. She presents the latest news from photo conferences and will keep us informed via her blog on the Visa Pour l’Image international photojournalism festival this month in Perpignan, France.

In Dispatches, Marianne Fulton presents three dispatches: Dai Kurokawa reporting on the Thailand-Burma border. [“We have chosen to stay with Kurokawa’s use of ‘Burma,’ though most media refer to the country by the military government’s choice of ‘Myanmar.’ People in the adjacent countries do not use the imposed name—it is a political choice. And, as I understand it, the U.S. government does not recognize the name or government.”] Michael A. Shapiro visited Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, staying with a remarkable family who helps many children while dealing with the alcoholism of a son. In Afghanistan, David Bathgate observes heroin addiction and sees firsthand one of the country’s very few treatment centers.

Leica has in the marketplace its first digital SLR model, the M8. We are fortunate to have two reviews of this much-anticipated camera. One is by our own Roger Richards and the other review is by photographer Bruno Stevens, who took the camera with him on a six-week assignment in Iran. Rogers’ and Stevens’ opinions, reached independently, are that the camera, despite a few weaknesses, is wonderful.

In our “Photojournalism” section, Mark Loundy in Common Cents offers sound advice to community-based photographers; Bill Pierce in Nuts and Bolts discusses his abiding love and search for the best camera bag he can find; PF Bentley discusses compression, what he has learned, its value and benefits. And, as always, Chuck Westfall’s Tech Tips offers helpful and insightful answers to our readers’ questions.

In their Ethics column this month, “No Good Reason to Duck and Cover,” Mark Doremus and Karen Slattery discuss transparency and accountability as two very important tenets of journalism.

Peter Howe has a personal column about politics, America, 9/11, and as tough as things appear, he has hope for the future.

In our “New Media” section, Terry Heaton has another provocative essay about TV in the postmodern world, while Ron Steinman writes about the simplicity of political campaigns in the past and, because of the Internet, their complexity today.

In two lifestyle essays, Jim Gabour’s Letter From New Orleans takes us back to a time before Katrina when he worked on a commercial in his home city. In “Reel Love,” we hear from Francene Cucinello, a new contributor, about her fascination, weakness and attraction to photojournalists. Told with a smile on her face, it is a good laugh, nonetheless.

In the September issue of Assignment Sheet, CNBC videographer Mark Neuling talks about a typical day in the business – or at least as much as there is a typical day where journalism is concerned. But, for newsbies and just plain folk who wonder about the process of getting pictures and sound on the air, reading Mark’s “A Few Days in the Life” will explain it all.

Also in Assignment Sheet, retired Newsday staff photographer Dick Kraus continues his thread on “Life Before Digital (Continued) (Once Again)” with a discourse on how communication between photographer and Photo Desk has gone from two tin cans and a string to cell phones.

There is now a new way you can help support The Digital Journalist and The Digital Filmmaker. As of this issue, we are partnering with B&H, probably the world’s biggest camera store. They ship around the world. We have designated them as the exclusive Platypus resource store. You can get anything you need for video, lighting, computers, digital and more. We are linking all our current Camera Corner reviews to B&H. We get a small commission on these sales if you come in through The Digital Journalist. So please buy through us so that we can continue to bring you these resources.

We hope you enjoy this issue that we believe has something for everyone.

Ron Steinman
Executive Editor”

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Susan kae Grant: 30 Year Retrospective at the MAC, Dallas 9/15-10/12, 2007

The Mckinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas is hosting a major survey exhibition of Susan kae Grant’s work as a visual artist, celebrating her accomplishments in print, installation and book arts. The opening reception is Saturday, September 15th beginning at 5:30 p.m.

From the MAC’s website:
“The shadowed and Romantic iris prints of Susan kae Grant conjure childhood imaginings, fairy tales and nightmares alike. Building on her Night Journey Series, in which she employed scientific methods to research and recreate her own dreams. Unconscious Memory is an attempt to make conscious lost or forgotten fragments of experience and emotion. Using mythic characters and incongruous objects Grant’s newest works delve into the fantastic and seduce the viewer with unmoored phantom-like tableaux. Grant is a Professor and head of the photography & bookmaking program at Texas Woman’s University and teaches workshops annually at the International Center for Photography in New York City. She was the recipient of the “Crystal Apple Teaching Award” from the Society of Photographic Education in 2003 & 2005 and “The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award” from the Santa Fe Center for Photography. In 2005 Grant was selected as the commissioned artist for the design of the Southwestern Medical / Parkland Metro Station for DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit). Susan Grant lives and works in Dallas, Texas.

From the Modernbook Gallery website:
“In much of Susan kae Grant’s photographic work from the early 80’s to present, she has acted much like a film director in staging and controlling all aspects of her photographic images. The work tends to be autobiographical and concerns relationships, dreams and gender issues. The narratives in her series “Autobiographic Dramas” are constructed from synthesized journal writings, literature and film and are often quite theatrical. They are ambiguous enough to invite interpretation and participation. The Night Journey Series is a body of work based on the artist’s inquiry into the unconscious, which led her to work with sleep scientist, Dr. John Herman, at the sleep research laboratory of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. To access unconscious visual memory, Grant used herself as subject and was digitally monitored and awakened from REM sleep and then interrogated by trained technicians. Grant used the tapes of these narrative interviews as inspiration to create the imagery for the series. The photographs are made of shadows from sets created in the studio. The series was first produced on sheer chiffon fabric, hung from the ceiling throughout an exhibition space, allowing the viewer to drift through the panels as if in a dream. The second series took the form of black and white iris prints.

Another equally compelling part of Susan kae Grant’s art making are her book arts. She has published 13 handmade, small limited edition books that incorporate letterpress and digital technologies on handmade papers, with photographic imagery and text. The books, still concerned with issues related to her photography, detour into the use of exotic materials that are provocative and symbolic, giving a tactile significance to the work. Some of the books appear playful, but like Vestiges and Radioactive Substances, most tend to raise questions about identity, history and morality. Grant usually spends 1- 2 years researching each topic, designing the books, then constructing the edition. She uses the book arts medium as a way to physically engage the viewer and communicate ideas by balancing form with content while eliciting an emotional response to the work.

Grant is a Professor and head of the photography & bookmaking program at Texas Woman’s University and teaches workshops annually at the International Center for Photography in New York City. She was the recipient of the “Crystal Apple Teaching Award” from the Society of Photographic Education in 2003 & 2005 and “The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award” from the Santa Fe Center for Photography. Grant’s photography is in permanent collections of various national museums including the George Eastman House; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Susan kae Grant received a B.S. in 1976 and a MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”

Grant is also represented by the Conduit Gallery in Dallas.

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