Archive for December, 2007

HIROSHI WATANABE to Lecture in Portland Oregon, January 5

In conjunction with his exhibition “Ideology in Paradise” opening January 4th at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Hiroshi Watanabe will be giving a public lecture on Saturday, January 5th at 1:00 p.m. For details call (503) 963-1935.

The exhibition will remain on view through February 3rd.

To view the complete series, click here to go view the work on Watanabe’s website.

Watanabe was the winner of the 2006 Critical Mass Book Award; the resulting title “FINDINGS” has just been released, click here for purchase information on the trade or limited edition publications.

For further information,

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Year’s Best Movies: WSJ List Includes Documentary on Edward Burtynsky

In today’s Wall Street Journal, critic Joe Morgenstern discusses his picks for the “Best of 2007: For This Year’s Movies, Small Was Beautiful.”  His short list includes “MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES,” a documentary by filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal. Morgenstern states: “Including a documentary that almost no one has seen may seem like an affectation, but my hope is to get you to see “Manufactured Landscapes,” not to impress you with the fashionable obscurity of my tastes. Discovering Jennifer Baichwal’s film at the New Zealand Film Festival earlier this year – it also played briefly in this country – was a perception-changing experience. Inspired by the work of the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, “Manufactured Landscapes” starts with an eight-minute tracking shot down one aisle of a Chinese factory the size of a small town. Then it follows Mr. Burtynsky on a tour of industrial Asia in order to show – without polemics – the scale of man’s activities, and the impact they’re having on our planet. I thought I had some sense of that impact until I saw this astonishing doc.”

This award-winning film is available on DVD; click here for information.

And don’t miss the NYT’s special series on China’s industrial revolution “Choking On Growth” – the facts, and the images, like Burtynsky’s, are staggering.

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An Interview with BILL JAY by Darius Himes

Today’s PDN On Line edition features an interview with photographer, writer, publisher and author BILL JAY conducted by Darius Himes. The discussion surrounds Jay’s recent publication BILL JAY’S ALBUM, Volume 1 (Nazraeli, 2007), the first of two books showcasing Jay’s photographic portraits of photographers, a practice and passion he has maintained for many years. Like Himes, I too had the great priviledge of studying with Bill Jay at Arizona State University (as did John Boland of the Andrew Smith Gallery, Lisa Sette of the gallery of her own name, Chris Pichler, founder of Nazraeli Press, and the list goes on and on). Bill made this history of culture, the sciences and more come alive to us and I encourage you to read “ENDNOTES” his regular contributions to Lenswork, his previous titles and all that you can get your hands on authored by Bill. Those of you in the San Diego area have the pleasure of the occasional gallery talk at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) near his home just north of there. Don’t miss the chance to read – and if possible, hear – Bill’s commentary on photography. You will be pleased you did.

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Planning ahead: January 18, 2008 Deadlines from CENTER

From a press notice from CENTER, detailing the numerous competitions for photographers that all carry the same deadline:

“C A L L F O R E N T R I E S Deadline: January 18, 2008

REVIEW SANTA FE is a two-day portfolio review event for photographers who have created a significant project or series and are seeking wider recognition. Up to 100 photographers are selected to participate in two days of reviews with esteemed curators, editors, art directors, publishers, gallery and agency reps, and alternative market professionals. Event Dates: June 5-7, 2008


PROJECT COMPETITION honors committed photographers working on long-term documentary projects and fine art series.
Charlotte Cotton, Curator of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Chris Pichler, Publisher, Nazraeli Press
Susan Scandrett, Creative Director, Mother Jones Magazine
$5,000 cash award, $1,000 tuition voucher at the Santa Fe Workshops, full scholarship to Review Santa Fe 2008, year-long Photographer’s Showcase at, and more.

PC –

recognizes outstanding individual photographs in color and black & white.
Black & White – Anthony LaSala, Senior Editor, Photo District News (PDN)
Color – Jen Bekman, Director, Jen Bekman Gallery
$1,000 tuition voucher to the Santa Fe Workshops, $1,000 gift certificate from Singer Editions, $500 gift certificate from Calumet Photographic, Stylus printer from Epson, $300 gift certificate from Light Impressions, and more.

SI –

Center is very pleased to announce that digital submissions may now be uploaded through our website! We hope this makes it much easier for you to submit to the Project Competition, Singular Image awards and Review Santa Fe and saves you time. Prints submitted through the mail are also gladly accepted.

For apply or for additional information go to: or call: 505.984.8353. “

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Aperture Announces 2007 Portfolio Prize Winner: JESSAMYN LOVELL

From the Aperture website:

“2007 Aperture Portfolio Prize Winner Announced
More than eight hundred artists from across the United States and around the world submitted their work to the first Aperture Portfolio Prize competition. Out of this vast array, the judges awarded the top prize to San Francisco-area photographer Jessamyn Lovell for her project Catastrophe, Crisis, and Other Family Traditions. In addition, four runners-up were selected: Brooklyn-based Ian Baguskas, Cynthia Greig of Detroit, New York-based Israeli artist Shai Kremer, and Tomoyuki Sakaguchi of Tokyo. Aperture is pleased to showcase each artist’s portfolio here (below):

Aperture Portfolio Prize Winner: Jessamyn Lovell

Runner-up: ian Baguskas

Runner-up: Cynthia Greig

Runner-up: Shai Kremer

Runner-up: Tomoyuki Sakaguchi

Click here for information on the 2008 Portfolio Prize
2007 Portfolio Prize Winner:

Jessamyn Lovell—
Catastrophe, Crisis, and Other
Family Traditions

Editorial Statement
Catastrophe, Crisis, and Other Family Traditions is an ongoing project that photographer Jessamyn Lovell has been working on for the past ten years. Lovell describes the work as a “journal that includes the stories and the erratic, transformative struggles my family has dealt with . . . a personal documentation of an American family struggling with class, religion, and disability.”

The main characters include her mother, Kathy Lovell, who suffers from diabetes, a debilitating spinal injury and resulting paralysis; her adopted brother Ariel (A.J.) who suffered severe burns in an accident when he was nine years old; and her two sisters, Alison and Klare. Lovell also turns the camera on herself—witness as well as participant in the story. Her view of her family is unsparing, yet empathetic, a powerful dichotomy that drives the work. This is a recurring conflict in the series, and exemplified in the series’ introductory photograph. In this image, Lovell’s wheelchair-bound mother, shotgun in hand, challenges the viewer—and perhaps Lovell herself—to come any closer, a dual portrayal of strength and vulnerability.

The series’ action is proscribed to the environs of the family farm, replete with goats, ducks, dogs, and cats sharing the fate of the family, and the events that mark time are injections of insulin, preparations of meals and barbeques, shopping trips to Wal-Mart. As told by the young photographer, her family’s story is an ongoing battle for survival, but also a battle to remain connected, caring, and yet not totally consumed by the travails of daily life in the Lovell family. That struggle is palpable, in both the images and the diaries, in which Lovell recalls that “she is part of this family no matter how hard I study or what kind of photographs I take, or what kind of apartment I go home to. I am still somehow chained . . . it feels like I have never left.”

The larger series from which the gallery presented here is drawn combines diaries, diagrams of the family homes, and a multi-faceted portrait of the family, their environment, and the difficulties they have faced together. She occasionally collages her images, which are created using a variety of formats, from a fairly formal use of 35 mm and medium formats to the rough and ready feel of Polaroids and a Holga camera. Her multi-textured, personal approach offers an open-ended read of the work as well as of the subjects and their stories, evoking Jim Goldberg and Richard Billingham in both tone and texture. The story remains uniquely Lovell’s however and the work she has created as a means to grapple with it and to convey it to the outside world is rich, complex, and deeply effecting. —LAM

Artist’s Bio
Jessamyn Lovell graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in photographic illustration in 1999. She received her MFA in photography from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 2001. In 2003, she was an artist-in-residence at Light Work in Syracuse, New York. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, such as the CaDre Grant, San Francisco, and the American Society of Media Photographers Award, Rochester, New York. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including a solo exhibition at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California, and group shows at Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco; LoBot Gallery, Oakland, California; and Robert B. Menschel Photo Gallery, Syracuse, New York. She currently lives in Oakland and teaches full-time at Diablo Valley College. More of her work can be viewed at

2007 Runner-up Editorial Statements:

Ian Baguskas- SANSARAM



The following Aperture staff took part in judging the 2007 competition:

Lesley A. Martin, Publisher, Books
Diana Edkins, Director of Exhibitions & Limited-Edition Photographs
Michael Famighetti, Editor, Books, & Managing Editor, Aperture magazine
Susan Ciccotti, Managing Editor, Books
Joanna Lehan, Associate Editor
Yass Etemadi, Editorial Assistant
Sebastian Mejia, Work Scholar
Kate Phillips, Work Scholar
Christina Wiles, Work Scholar
Carmen Winant, Work Scholar”

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Communication Arts Magazine’s INTERACTIVE DESIGN ANNUAL

I encourage you to check out the winners of last year’s Communication Art Magazine Interactive Design Annual, which includes particularly interesting projects under INFO DESIGN and SELF PROMO.

Under INFO you’ll find the wonderful multimedia piece created to accompany Mark Klett’s AFTER THE RUINS exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and under SELF PROMO you find the great website for LAUREN GREENFIELD(.com) which includes educational components as well as a FORUM for those interested in discussing topics relating to eating disorders, which was the subject of THIN, Greenfield’s first documentary for HBO.

Check out all of these award winning designs for inspiration towards communicating with your own audience.

And, if you are a creator of interactive design, the deadline for entering your work in the Interactive Design Annual 14 is JANUARY 11, 2008.

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FLASH FORWARD: An Opportunity for Emerging Photographers under the age of 34 based in Canada, US and UK

The Magenta Foundation has announced guidelines for year four of FLASH FORWARD, its Emerging Photographers exhange. Applications are accepted now; the deadline for on-line submissions is December 31, 2007. Click here for submission guidelines.

From the website:
“The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce year four of its Emerging Photographers exchange. With every year our artists exchange program grows and gets stronger.

This is an open call for submissions.
All photographers in Canada, the US and the UK under the age of 34 can submit.
Bright Spark Award winner will receive $5000.
Winners of this competition will be published in a high quality art book, with an exhibition in Toronto in October 2008. Other galleries nationwide Canada and US to be announced.
There is a small administration fee (see below for the fees for each country). Payments may be made via Pay Pal on our web site.

JURORS for 2008:

Dean Baldwin – Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation
Sara Knelman – Art Gallery of Hamilton

Darren Ching from Photo District News in New York
Debra Klomp Ching – Klompching Gallery New York

Simon Bainbridge from the British Journal of Photography in London
Paul Herrmann – Redeye-the Photography Network
Paul Wombell – Hereford Photo Festival”

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