Archive for February, 2008

“Artists Lament Polaroid’s Latest Development” on NRP Tonight

I encourage of all of you listen to the piece on NPR’s All Things Considered that aired this afternoon about how artists are responding to the news from Polaroid that they are ceasing production of their film products. You can link to the five minute segment here but don’t miss the web page on the story, either. On the homepage for NPR you can also click to view/listen to a short slide show of Polaroid images reported, photographed and produced by NPR’s Heidi Glenn. Click here to hear an earlier NPR piece (2/16/08), this time by Scott Simon on Morning Edition Saturday: “Polaroid Stops Producing Film.”

The Polaroid Corporation has been a strong supporter of artists, their vision and their craft, very nearly since its beginnings.

If you haven’t been to the Polaroid website, you must – there is a historical piece called “Art and Technology” here, telling the history of this unique invention which went to market in 1948. I have quoted a short section here: “For some people, Polaroid photography means snapshot photography — capturing special moments during a family celebration or creating a record for a more utilitarian purpose. But for many renowned and emerging photographers, Polaroid photography is much more. It is the artistic medium of choice for artists, educators and commercial photographers who rely on Polaroid films in an abundance of creative and innovative ways. The works displayed here mark only a few important advances made in Polaroid photographic science and symbolize five decades of artistic inventiveness.

Additionally, there are many on-line exhibitions of work by artists for whom Polaroid cameras and film have been at the center of their creative toolbox, such as Anna Tomczak, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Vaughn Sills and Ellen Carey, among many others.

I have to say when I think of Polaroid I immediately think of their Artist Support Program headed by Barbara Hitchcock which has been a model for supporting the making of images while building a corporate collection. Cultural Affairs Director and Curator, Polaroid Collection, Barbara was honored with the Beacon Award at the first annual Focus Awards (2006) at the Griffin Museum. From the “Artist Support” section on the Polaroid Collection area of the website: The Artist Support Program is designed for the mutual benefit of all parties: artists receive support and exposure, the viewing public gains access to a richly creative body of work, and the Corporation gains feedback, publicity, and sales for its products. Photographers are given small film and equipment grants and asked to provide Polaroid with one image per grant for the Collection. Exhibitions are created periodically from the Collection and toured throughout the international museum circuit, publicity is generated, portfolios are printed in the media, and books are published. Since 1973, more than 40 exhibitions have been exhibited, including, Aigner’s Paris, From My Window (André Kertész),Lucas Samaras: Polaroid Photographs, 1969-1983, and Legacy of Light. In addition to generating positive publicity for the corporation, exhibitions like these illustrate the quality and creative potential of Polaroid films to a wide audience.

Ansel Adams was a great friend of Edwin Land, the company’s founder, and worked closely with Dr. Land over his lifetime; Hitchcock, along with Linda Benedict-Jones, Director of the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburg organized an exhibition celebrating their facinating collaborations. From the Polaroid website:

In 1948, Adams became a consultant to Edwin H. Land, inventor of the Polaroid instant photography system, for whom he rigorously tested new films and products. Throughout the ensuing 35 years, Adams took hundreds of instant photographs and wrote thousands of letters and memoranda to report his findings and recommendations to Polaroid. The photographs that are presented in this exhibition, many of which have never before been shown, are culled from this extensive body of work housed at the Polaroid Collections and Archives in Massachusetts.

This Ansel Adams exhibition features more than 80 prints, including vintage enlargements of Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941 and Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1960, as well as murals. Also featured are the pristine, one-of-a-kind, Polaroid black-and-white prints, rare color photographs and an example of Adams’ commercial work.

Barbara Hitchcock organized many more exhibitions, and contributed to many publication on the art and science of Polaroid. Among her most recent books is The Polaroid Book published in 2005 by Taschen which featured a unique cover design – that similar to the Polaroid Film packaging.

John Reuter is also to be celebrated within Polaroid’s collaboration with artists, beginning his career with Polaroid in 1978 as a research photographer and later became the director of the 20″x24″ studio in NYC where he aided countless photographers achieve their creative goals with the tools he knew so well. In 1997, the Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Silver Eye hosted an exhibition of 20×24 Polaroid images from Reuter’s personal collection: “John Reuter, Collaborations and Investigations” – click here to read the text that John wrote that was displayed during the exhibition; it provides great insight into the explorations by artists participating in Polaroid’s Artist Support Program such as Rosamund Purcell and Olivia Parker. John has created an extraordinary body of work himself, utilizing Polaroid materials in tandem with expert craft and contemporary technology to bring his images to life. You can see his on his website.

Here is a press release dated October 25, 2006 announcing the donation of the Polaroid Corporate Archives (1.5 million items) to the Harvard Business School Library which I found on the website

It is my strong hope that other corporations in our industry will follow Polaroid’s lead and celebrate the imagery that is in part the result of artists buying their products through grants of materials and acquisition of their completed works.

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Jen Bekman Proflied in Today’s NYT Home Section

Pick up today’ New York Times, or read “Ease the Pain of Collecting” on line at this link – and learn about rising star Jen Bekman and her transition from the ups/downs of the dot com industries to launching Jen Bekman Gallery, Hey,Hot Shot!, 20×200 and more.

Jen was quoted recently in Business Week in an article about how artists and craftspeople can get started selling/presenting their work. There are quotes in two different places. The main article is here, and they featured an accompanying slide show.

I hope many of you will have a chance to show her your work at Fotofest (she’s reviewing in session 3); I know I’m looking forward to seeing her there, too!

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March: PWP Participates in Celebrating Women’s History Month in NYC

From the Professional Women Photographers website:

This March, PWP joins with three women’s groups, A.I.R. (Artists in Residence), the National Women’s History Project and artW of artDC to promote and advocate Women in the Arts through a variety of events.


This is the first time that Women and the Arts is the focal point for Women’s History Month and the first time that PWP will participate.



The events are a part of a month of activities (see calendar for dates and specifics).  


There are too many to list here, so please do visit the calendar!  


Among the highlights:


March 5: Young Collectors Night


March 8: “A Foot In The Door: Tips For Submitting Your Work”  A workshop presented in conjunction with En Foco 



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Nueva Luz Artists Myra Greene and Sama Alshaibi in NYC Soon

From the En Foco website:
“En Foco’s Touring Gallery Presents Myra Greene and Sama Alshaibi

Join us for two fabulous opportunities to meet Nueva Luz artists


Both artists have been published by En Foco, in Nueva Luz photographic journal.

Palestinian Iraqi photographer Sama Alshaibi uses her body as a symbol to understand the impact of war and exile, and the implications for her child and future generations.

African American artist Myra Greene poses the question, “what do people see when they look at me. Am I nothing but black?” Using a photographic process popular during the times of slavery, she creates close-ups of her features to explore perceptions.


Saturday, March 1:

Artist Talk and Nueva Luz (vol 12#3) Launch at PEER Gallery 526 W. 26th Street, #209 in Chelsea (5:30-7:00pm)


Monday, March 3:

Meet the Artists Reception at Umbrella Arts Gallery + Projects, 317 East 9th Street, New York (6–8pm)


Exhibition on view from March 1 – April 5, 2008

at Umbrella Arts + Projects

317 East 9th Street, New York, NY





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Deadline for “THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY” Competition Extended to March 3rd

Today I received an email from the folks at The Art of Photography to say they have extended the deadline to MARCH 3rd.

Visit the website for complete details:

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REMINDER about Educational Seminars in Houston: March 11 & March 16 Events for Artists & Arts Professionals

We are just a few short weeks away from two educational programs that are occuring in Houston in conjunction with the Fotofest ’08 events. REGISTRATION AT THESE ONE-DAY SEMINARS IS OPEN TO ALL (for photographers participating in “The Meeting Place” these are both must -attend events!).

I am proud to be presenting with such extraordinary colleagues on both of these two seminars:

March 11: Career Builders and Art Makers (coordinated with Wendy Watriss from FotoFest)


Brian Paul Clamp, Director, ClampArt Gallery, New York City
Darius Himes, Editor/Publisher, Radius Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
Julie Kinzelman, Corporate Art Consultant, Kinzelman Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Mary Virginia Swanson, Marketing Consultant, Tucson and New York City
Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography, Philadelphia Museum of Arts
Wendy Watriss, Co-founder, Curator and Artistic Director, FotoFest, Houston, Texas
Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Center for the Arts
Manfred Zollner, Photo Editor, FOTOMagazin, Hamburg, Germany

March 16: Publishing Photo Books Today (coordinated with Darius Himes).

Speakers include:

Alexa Becker, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany
Joan Brookbank, Merrell Publishers, New York City
Dave Hamrick, University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas
Darius Himes, Editor/Publisher, Radius Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dewi Lewis, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, U.K.
Sean Perry, Artist (Transitory)
Lisa M. Robinson, Artist (Snowbound)
Mary Virginia Swanson, Marketing Consultant, Tucson, Arizona & New York City
Denise Wolff, Phaidon Publishing, London, U.K.

Click here to view my listing on the UPCOMING EVENTS section of my website (scroll to March events).

Click here to view my earlier posting on these events on this blog.

Click here to register on the Fotofest website.

I have been conducting research and creating new lectures for my presentations, coaching my speakers on what artists need to know now, and can assure you that attending these sessions will help prioritize your efforts (and investment) towards moving your career to the next level.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Houston!

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The Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints and New Editions: March 1 & 2

This aims to be an outstanding fair, with tremendous educational opportunities for all:

From the Baltimore Museum of Art’s event website:

“Peruse an international array of works from 12 major contemporary art dealers, galleries, and presses for this two-day, not-to-miss biennial event. Discover established and emerging artists including—for the first time—a group of talented students from the Maryland Institute College of Art offering contemporary works on paper.

The fair offers new and established collectors the opportunity to peruse prints in an intimate setting, talk personally with dealers, and learn more about contemporary artists and print-making techniques. Visitors will find limited-edition portfolios and single-image prints from such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Robert Motherwell, Dieter Roth, and Richard Serra, among others.

The Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints & New Editions is presented by the Print, Drawing & Photograph Society. Proceeds from the Print Fair are used to acquire contemporary works on paper for the BMA’s collection.

Center Street Studio, Milton, MA
Dolphin Press & Print, Baltimore, MD
Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York, NY
Goya Contemporary & Goya-Girl Press, Baltimore, MD
Harlan & Weaver, Inc., New York, NY
Jungle Press Editions, Brooklyn, NY
Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD
Solo Impression, New York, NY
Charles M. Young Fine Prints & Drawings LLC, Portland, CT”


Artist Lecture: Chris Burden
Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m.

$10 Adults
$8 BMA Members
Free with Weekend Pass to the Print Fair
Free, Students with I.D.

Purchase Member Tickets
Purchase non-Member Tickets

Internationally acclaimed artist, unconventional thinker, and dynamic speaker Chris Burden kicks off the Print Fair with a special lecture. A dessert reception will follow.
For more information, call 443-573-1789.

Presented by the Print, Drawing & Photograph Society and the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Guided tours of the Fair will be offered to all attendees on Saturday, March 1 at noon and at 3:00 p.m.

The Next Generation of Prints
Saturday, March 1, 1:30 p.m.
Free with admission to the Print Fair

Join Baltimore artists Ryan Ives and Val Lucas as they discuss their interest in printmaking, their applications of new media, and their thoughts on the future of printmaking.

Co-organized by The Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Artist & Editions Award
Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m.
Free with admission to the Print Fair

Don’t miss the announcement of this year’s winner! The Artist & Editions Award is granted to an artist or artist/press team that has produced remarkable work in the field of printmaking, be it through conception or technique.

Family Art Workshop: Make an Impression
Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m.

Families are invited to explore the Museum’s collection of prints, then head to the studio to create their own impressions!


The Print, Drawing & Photograph Society (PDPS) fosters interest in the appreciation, collecting, and study of graphic arts and photography, both historic and contemporary. It sponsors the biennial Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints & New Editions (March 1 and 2, 2008), and each year presents a Members-only winter seminar series taught by BMA curators.

Annual dues: $50 single; $75 dual; $100 supporting; $150 patron
Contact: 443-573-1789″

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