Archive for November, 2007

United States Artists Announces USA Fellows for 2007

from today’s USA Artists e-blast:

“Today, United States Artists announces 50 new USA Fellows. The youngest is 30 and the oldest is 87, and they come from every corner of the country. From a totem pole carver in Alaska who deftly updates ancient traditions to a New York jazz composer stretching the outer limits of musical form, they are 50 of the finest artists working in America today.

Each will receive an unsrestricted $50,000 grant in recognition of his or her creative work. Thanks to the vision of USA’s four founding foundations and generous support from the members of our National Leadership Committee, all 50 fellowships have been fully underwritten and named.”

For the complete list of 2007 Fellows, click here

Artists Uta Barth, Allan Sekula and Zoe Strauss are among the Fellows who work with photography.

USA Artists was launched with seed funding from the Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential and Rasmuson Foundations.

From the September 5, 2006 Ford Foundation’s press release:
“The $20 million in seed funding from the Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential and Rasmuson foundations represents an ambitious private investment in individual artists and the creative vibrancy of America. In addition to offering grants, USA will be an advocate for artists and their contributions to the social and economic health of the nation.

Of equal significance, USA offers a structure for private donors, corporate philanthropies and other donors to come together to form a permanent endowment that will support individual artists in perpetuity. Arts patrons Agnes Gund of New York, Eli Broad and Edythe Broad of Los Angeles, the Todd Simpson Foundation of Nebraska, and Target Stores have already committed to underwriting USA Fellowships for the coming years.”

I encourage all of you to visit this website and learn about their mission and about philanthropy in the arts.

Lastly, a reminder: individuals may not apply for these amazing grants – nominations are solicited – anonymous nominations. If you don’t share your work publically, it is less likely you will be nominated for this and other awards that are gifted by a system of anonymous nominations. Please, get your work out – enter competitions, attend review events locally and nationally, build and maintain a targeted mailing list and inform others about your creative endeavors.


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Attorney Nancy Wolff speaks in Boston on Wednesday, November 14th

The New England chapter of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) is sponsoring a presentation by IP, digital media and copyright lawyer NANCY WOLFF.

Copyright Session and Book Signing with Nancy Wolff
DATE: Wednesday, November 17
Time: 6:30 – 8:30
Location: Pearson Education, 501 Boylston Street.
$5.00 ASPP members
$10.00 Non – Members
$5.00 Students

Wolff is a partner at the entertainment law firm of Cown, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard in New York City. Her recent book The Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook is a remarkable resource devoted to all sorts of legal issues dealing with copyright and trademark law in the imagery profession, as well as laws of privacy and publicity. She is the author of the “Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook” (Allworth Press, 2007), a remarkable resource devoted to all sorts of legal issues dealing with copyright and trademark law in the imagery profession, as well as laws of privacy and publicity. Wolff is a well-known figure in intellectual property, digital media and copyright circles. She is a partner at the entertainment law firm of Cown, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard in New York City.

Wolff has prepared “COPYRIGHT EDUCATION – PowerPoint Presentation” for the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) that I encourage you to download and share (5.9 MB); it is free and can be found on PACA’s website in their “Library” section – click here to learn more.

Wolff was recently named Picture Professional of the Year by ASPP; click here to read the announcement. For more information and to RSVP: RSVP to: Deborah Nicholls at

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Jonathan Torgovnik wins the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize

From the BBC News website:


A portrait of a Rwandan woman who was raped during the 1994 genocide has won the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize.
The subject of the photo, Joseline Ingabire, is shown embracing the child she bore after the attack.

Photographer Jonathan Torgovnik, who was awarded the £12,000 prize money, took the picture after interviewing Ingabire about her experiences.

He said that at fight sight, the photo depicts “how beautiful they are”.


He added: “And then you look at the mother’s eyes. On the surface, this is a portrait of a beautiful mother and her children.

“Her beauty is there, yes, but there is something quiet and terrible behind that.”

Torgovnik photographed 20 women and children in all for a series called Intended Consequences: Mothers of Genocide, Children of Rape.

Ingabire was two months pregnant when the massacre started.

She was repeatedly raped during and after her pregnancy and, after giving birth, became pregnant again as a result of one of the attacks.

About 2,700 photographers from around the world entered a record 6,900 submissions for the prize.

The £3,000 second prize went to Argentine-born Julieta Sans for a portrait of her friend, and third prize went to Cape Town-born Michelle Sank for a portrait of a teenager from a children’s home.

Fourth prize, which was a cheque for £1000, went to David Stewart, who lives in London and was born in Lancaster, for a portrait of his teenage daughter.

The inaugural Godfrey Argent award for photographers aged 25 and under, went to 24-year-old Ivor Prickett from Ireland.

He won the prize for a picture from a series on Serbian families returning to Croatia after being displaced during the Bosnian conflict.

Congratulations to all!

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ASMP Foundation Grant Applications due NOVEMBER 15

From the ASMP Foundation website:

The ASMP Foundation periodically awards grant funding to educational programs that it believes will contribute significantly to the fulfillment of its mission. Given the present level of resources, it is unlikely that the Foundation can offer total funding for any given program; however, it may be able to provide financial support of up to $1500 which, in conjunction with other funding sources, can be instrumental in promoting worthy projects.

The ASMP Foundation Grants Committee evaluates grant applications twice yearly. Deadlines for application are November 15 and May 15. Applicants will be notified within 60 days if their application has been accepted or rejected. All grant decisions are made on a nondiscriminatory basis.”

The Application Process

Please carefully re-read the mission of the ASMP Foundation. If you wish to apply for support for your program, please submit with a cover letter (either as six printed copies or preferably as a PDF via email), the following documents and information:

A completed application form available from the offices of the ASMP Foundation or downloadable at

A concise (250 words or less) statement of purpose describing the strategic plan of your program and why you believe it will help fulfill the mission of the ASMP Foundation. Think about how your program might fill a gap in the educational and professional development needs of photographers.

A detailed description of the content of the program. How are you going to fulfill the needs you described? Please include your curriculum plan and event agenda if appropriate.

A budget. How much money do you need in total and specifically from the ASMP Foundation? How do you intend to spend the grant you are seeking?

A description of the experience and background for the organizers of this program.

As you go through the process of planning your program, think about your range of options. Consider other sources of funding which might compliment the request you are making of the ASMP Foundation.

Upon Receiving a Grant
Should the ASMP Foundation agree to provide support:

You must include in all your promotional materials a credit reading “with generous support from the ASMP Foundation” or “supported by a grant from the ASMP Foundation.” This may, of course be in addition to other credits required by other funding organizations.
The Foundation requires that you provide artifacts of your educational program. These can include, but are not limited to, copies of mailers and posters promoting the event, a few good quality still photos of actual event activities (digital images saved as TIFFs or high quality jpegs preferred), with signed releases for all identifiable subjects, along with copies of curricula and samples of all handouts and other teaching materials distributed to the students. By providing these materials, you will be helping the ASMP Foundation enhance fund-raising so it can continue to support programs in the future.

The Foundation will provide you with a questionnaire that must be completed and returned after the program or workshop. This data will help the ASMP Foundation better serve the educational needs of other programs and the photographers they serve.

Good luck and thank you for your interest in the ASMP Foundation. The Committee looks forward to receiving your application and sincerely hopes that we are able to help.

Address all correspondence to:
Eugene Mopsik
The ASMP Foundation
150 North Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1912

For guidelines, click here.

For PDF format interactive application, click here.

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FotoFest International Discoveries: John Chervinsky Lecture in Houston, Thursday, November 15

From the FotoFest website:

“International Discoveries – John Chervinsky Lecture
Thursday, November 15, 2007

FotoFest and Visual Studies at the University of Houston present a free, public lecture with John Chervinsky, a featured artist from FotoFest’s current exhibition International Discoveries, next Thursday, November 15 on the campus of the University of Houston.

Photographer John Chervinsky’s background in physics, chemistry, and materials science is evident in his ongoing series of conceptual still-lifes. He explores issues of perspective and photography, incorporating motifs, symbols and formulae commonly used in his scientific profession. The body of work explores the conflict between rational or scientific explanations of existence and man’s apparent need to explain the world around him.

An engineer by trade, John Chervinsky has spent the past 18 years running a particle accelerator in one of Harvard Universities Applied Physics laboratories. He is involved with experimental research in physics, chemistry and materials science but his work also touches upon a diverse array of specialties, such as biology, archaeology, and fine art conservation and analysis. He has exhibited throughout the United States and has work in numerous public and private collections.

The lecture is presented in conjunction with FotoFest’s current exhibition, International Discoveries, featuring nine artists seen by FotoFest at events around the world. The exhibition runs Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, noon – 5pm, through December 8. For more information contact FotoFest at 713/223-5522.

John Chervinsky
An Experiment in Perspective
Thursday, November 15, 2007, 7pm
on the campus of the University of Houston
232 Hoffman Hall (PGH) click here for map
Light Refreshments at 6.30pm

sponsored by
Visual Studies at the University of Houston
UH Department of Physics
and Texas Learning & Computation Center

For location information chick here
or for parking information click here
(unrestricted after 6pm)

NOTE: John Chervinsky’s exhibition at Peer Gallery in New York City continues through December 1st.

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Photographer Fred McDarrah, 1926-2007

Photographer Fred McDarrah died this week, often refered to as the father of the Village Voice. This morning, Scott Simon, the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, interviewed photographer Marc Asnin about his legacy, of which he spoke to the decades of photographers he inspired, mentored and taught how went on to try to make the world a better place.

Listen to the interview here.

Read Fred’s obituary in the NY Times here.
Read Fred’s obituary in the Los Angeles Times here.

Village Voice co-founder Norman Mailer died this morning; news reports just coming in. End of an era on two fronts.

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Dallas Soon: PDN On The Road This Monday/Tuesday!

I’ve had a very interesting but short trip to NYC, attending the launch of American Photography 23 (you can still view the 300+ images from last year’s AP22 by clicking here) and will catch exhibitions by friends Beth Dow (at jen bekman) and John Chervinsky and Alison Carey (at Peer) before I head out early tomorrow for our next stop on the PDN On The Road tour:

DALLAS. Photojournalist Ed Kashi will be joining us for the Multimedia segment, and Vincent Dixon will be our featured commercial photographer. If you haven’t heard yet about how much there is to learn at these seminars, you can read what participants have shared here. I hope to see many of you there!

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