Archive for November, 2007

PDN ON THE ROAD: NEW YORK is Next! Event Dates: December 3 & 4

Next Monday and Tuesday, December 3rd and 4th we will be bringing “PDN ON THE ROAD” to New York City.

Visit the website for the event to learn more about my fellow presenters:

Kwaku Alston

Michael Britt

Patrick Donehue

Jeanine Fijol

Stephen Johnson

Aaron Schinkler

Brian Storm


Debra Weiss

and read the testimonials of those who have attended the event in Atlanta, Chicago or Dallas. This is the second to the last stop on the Fall tour, winding up the fall in Los Angeles on December 10th and 11th. I hope to see many of you at these informative and inspiring events!


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Artist Paul Shambroom to Speak at MoCA Chicago on Thursday, November 29th

Paul Shambroom will lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago this Thursday evening in the Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 S. Michigan Avenue (1st Floor) at 6:30 p.m.

Shambroom’s lecture is part of the Columbia College Photography Department’s “Lectures in Photography” series.

Paul’s body of work MEETINGS was published by Chris Boot Publishing in 2004.

“PICTURING POWER” is his forthcoming mid-career retrospective exhibition and publication, set to open February 2008 at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.

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Susan Ehrens on “Women Photographers and the Stieglitz Circle” November 29th in Santa Fe

The Modernist Spirit: Women Photographers and the Stieglitz Circle

Guest Lecturer Susan Ehrens is a respected authority on modernist photography and woment photographers of the West, having published numerous articles, curated photography exhibitions, and authored A Poetic Vision: the Photographs of Anne Brigman.

Ms. Ehrens will discuss the work of photographer Anne Brigman and her contemporaries, as well as her relationship to Alfred Stieglitz.This lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle” on view at the Geogia O’Keeffe Museum through January 13, 2008.

Held at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Avenue. Reservations stuggested: (505)946-1039; $5.00 for non-members.

Co-Sponsored by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Aperture West.

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Richard Misrach Talk and Book Signing at The Strand, NYC on Wednesday, November 28th and Additional Book Signing Thursday November 29th at Pace/MacGill Gallery, NYC

From the Aperture website:”Richard Misrach: On the Beach”

Talk and Book Signing Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:00 p.m. Free Admission

The Strand 828 Broadway New York, New York (212) 473-1452

Additional book signing:Thursday, November 29th, 7:00 p.m.

Pace/MacGill Gallery 32 East 57th Street, 9th Floor, NY NY (212) 759-7999

One of today’s most prolific contemporary masters, Richard Misrach is internationally renowned for his carefully considered, beautifully rendered epic works. In Richard Misrach: On the Beach, a lavishly produced, oversized monograph that features the long-awaited publication of this spectacular series, Misrach hones in on our delicate relationship to the sea. This is the largest book ever published by Aperture and also the first major publication of new work by Misrach in many years. The artist will share a slideshow presentation of his work and sign copies of his book.

Book Synopsis: Richard Misrach, one of today’s most prolific contemporary masters, is internationally renowned for his carefully considered, beautifully rendered epic works. In On the Beach, a lavishly produced, oversized monograph that features the long-awaited publication of this spectacular series, Misrach hones in on our delicate relationship to the sea.Light, color, and form are crucial components in Misrach’s explorations of difficult subjects. In this body of work he uses a gorgeous, slowly shifting color palette gleaned from changes in depth and tide; abstract patterns of waves and rippling water, and beaches both empty and cluttered. Throughout the series, Misrach carefully balances the minutiae of human gesture against the massive scale of the sea. In some images, a lone figure floats in a liquid field of brilliant turquoise—or in others, lies beached and partially buried.The details in the images are frequently ambiguous—are the figures relaxed or drained of life? Cavorting in the surf or panicking in the riptide? The balance is a fragile one between control and surrender to the elements. As Misrach says, the work is “suffused with a sense of the sublime, but it also begins to expose our vulnerability and fragility as human beings.”

Exhibition Schedule:

Art Institute of Chicago September 15 – November 25, 2007

Contemporary Museum, Honolulu December 14, 2007 – March 2, 2008

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. May 25 – September 1, 2008

Henry Art Gallery, Seattle November 8, 2008 – February 8, 2009

High Museum of Art, Atlanta May 23 – August 16, 2009

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Magnum Celebrates 60 Years Book Launch and Celebration This Tuesday 11/27

From the APERTURE website

New York, New York

Magnum Celebrates 60 YearsBook Launch and Celebration

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 6:30 p.m.

Aperture Gallery 547 West 27th Street, 4th floor New York, New York  (212) 505-5555 

Free Admission

Aperture is pleased to host the launch party for Magnum Magnum, a Thames & Hudson publication celebrating sixty years of the vision, imagination and brilliance of Magnum photographers. Each photographer is represented by six of their works as chosen by, and including a critical text by, another Magnum member. Many Magnum artists will be in attendance. 

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Gillian Laub lecture at New York Public Library November 26th

Aperture and the New York Public Library are bringing Gillian Laub to the NYPL’s lecture series .From the press release:”This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Arab/Israeli Six-Day War. Gillian Laub has worked in Israel and Palestine over the past five years, producing the powerful, often poignant portraits of Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, displaced Lebanese families, and Palestinians featured in her book, Testimony (Aperture, June 2007). Each of her subjects is personally affected by the geopolitical context in which they live, and their testimonies, which accompany each portrait, are full of resilience, pride, defiance, vulnerability, and—most astonishing of all—optimism.Laub will discuss this work and be available to sign copies of her book, TESTIMONY (Aperture, 2007).WHEN AND WHERE:Monday, November 266:30 p.m.New York Public LibraryMid-Manhattan Library455 Fifth AvenueNew York, New York(212) 340-0849FREE and open to the public.Gillian Laub’s portraits have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and the New Yorker. Laub’s work was included in the exhibition Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art at the Jewish Museum, New York, last summer. She is represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York.”

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Photojournalist/Filmmaker Brenda Ann Kenneally launches “THE RAW FILE” Story Blog

From Brenda Ann via email today:
The Raw File ( is a digital theater inspired by the need for a space to host the serial web publication “BACK ON THE BLOCK”.

The Raw File exists to provide an arena for stories not seen incommercially sponsored media. The Raw File is the language of the heart and the sounds of the streets – the quiet of the fields or the rumbling of trains overhead – the flickering pink lights on a synthetic white tree– the echo of footsteps over an empty factory floor. It is Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg meet Biggie Smalls and Remmy Ma. The Raw File is a place where the intimate testimony of a baby’s first snapshot and a lover’s last breath, bear witness to the political and spiritual condition of our time.

The Raw File will set the tone for submissions from independent storytellers and citizen documentarians with the publication of TATA’s ANGEL, the first in the series BACK ON THE BLOCK, produced by Raw File.

BACK ON THE BLOCK continues to tell the stories of the families in Brenda Ann Kenneally’s book MONEY, POWER, RESPECT: Pictures of My Neighborhood (published by Channel Photographics 2005).

Kenneally contacted independent producer Laura Lo Forti when she realized that the obligation to subjects of long term documentary projects needs to be ongoing. Both women had been employing digital media as a means of storytelling and they agreed that often the finite nature of print journalism serves only as the introduction to a larger story. Though the material for Kenneally’s book had been at the designer for months, she continued to document major events in the lives of her neighbors, more often as family member than a journalist. When it became clear that the publication of a book merely provided the context to understand the events of the years to come, Kenneally Lo Forti created

Using The Creative Commons License and a viral distribution strategy the raw file aims to set the content free so that through discussion the social and emotional intelligence of users across disciplines may be elevated.

Please subscribe to The Raw File newsletter from our homepage to be notified of the latest installments.

Brenda Ann Kenneally and Laura Lo Forti”

ABOUT The Raw File, From the website

The Raw File was created to produce and distribute socially reflective media that will provoke discussion. It is our hope that these conversations will intersect the lines of race and class, private and professional.

Our content is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License so that anyone may download, copy, exhibit, and distribute it for non-profit, educational purposes. We simply ask you to attribute this work to

The Raw File has no agenda other than to provide a neutral and approachable environment for the documentation and dissemination of information by and about individuals and their communities, an outlet for stories that would otherwise go unheard into history.

The Raw File is self-funded and in the process of being registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit .

The Raw File…

Founded by Brenda Ann Kenneally”

Brenda Ann has since told me “we will be accepting submissions after feburary” and additionally that “we will be working with some social organizations to help produce multi media pieces from some of the folks they work with either in criminal justice of women’s rights.”

Brenda Ann is to be applauded for her efforts in getting the work of others out, promoting dialogue, and contributing to building the market for multimedia. If you are not familiar with her own work, I encourage you to visit her website, and to view one of my favorite pieces from the NYT Multimedia site, “CHILDREN OF THE STORM,” which first appeared as an entire issue of the NYT Magazine on the first anniversary of hurricane Katrina. She has continued to tell the story in multimedia format, “Finding The Way Home: Two Years After Katrina” which is featured on

As always, I encourage all of you to share your work, give voice to your subjects and all effect change, and appreciate the efforts of those who provide platforms for dialogue.

And, I suggest all artists register their images with the copyright office before posting or reproducing ANYWHERE. This is to protect you should your copyright be violated beyond any permissions you granted, or in the unfortunate instince that they were reproduced in any format without prior permissions (and appropriate licensing fees paid).

Visit these industry organization sites for information and registration forms: (information and forms) (copyright application tutorial) (copyright education PowerPoint for free downloading)

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