Archive for April, 2008

This Thursday in Houston: AGE MATTERS, A Conversation About Age & New Media

From the e-blast from FOTOFEST:

AGE MATTERS: A Conversation About Age & New Media


Why has it been a neglected area of inquiry in the arts? How does age matter in the production of new media?

This panel will utilize age as a lens for discussing cutting-edge artistic engagements with new media.




Moderated by WENDY WATRISS, Artistic Director and Co-Founder, FotoFest

Thursday, April 24th, 5:30 p.m. at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, HoustonTX 77002 (MAP)

Free and open to the public

Co-Sponsored by DiverseWorks and the Program in Art History, School of Art, University of Houston


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A Few Recent Magazine Articles (and one current show) Of Note

Cover story of current Art On Paper: WHO ARE YOU LOOKING AT? Fifteen Photography Specialists Respond

Cover story of March ARTNews: THE NEW ABSTRACT PHOTO

Cover story, Art section of last Sunday’s New York Times on Robb Kendrick (with Interactive feature too):


Cover story, April Art + Auction: THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

Same issue:  CHAIRPERSON, illustrated by Laurie Lambrecht (from her long-time collaboration with Robert Wilson)

From the April issue of SEED:  DESIGN AND THE ELASTIC MIND

(Exhibition on view until May 12 at MoMA – NOT TO BE MISSED!)

From NYT, by the inventor of The View-master:  THE BODY IN DEPTH

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SAM ABELL to lecture at The Griffin Museum, Saturday April 26th

In conjunction with his upcoming two-day workshop at the Griffin, SAM ABELL will give a public lecture “The Photographic Life” at 7 p.m.  This event is sponsored by Canon.  Griffin Museum members: $5.00, non-members $10.00 and full time students are FREE.  

Sam’s lectures are memorable, as are his workshops – don’t miss this talk, and call to inquire as to space available in the workshop.  From the Griffin website:

“PUBLISHING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK” 2-day workshop with National Geographic photographer, Sam Abell, Leah Bendavid-Val, writer, curator and Director of Photography Publishing at National Geographic Books, and graphic designer/photographer Mim Adkins. The workshop is geared to photographers who have a well-developed body of work, who wish to refine the work and move toward book production. The workshop is limited to 15 people and will take place at Northeastern. Early registration required; call to confirm availability.  Members $200 Nonmembers $250″

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Panel Discussion

Aperture is pleased to announce an enlightening panel discussion dedicated to the first steps and the ins and outs of collecting photography books. The panelists will share thoughts to consider in building a collection and what makes particular books valuable.

The discussion will gather various prominent experts on the subject including the publisher of Aperture’s book program, Lesley Martin, art book dealer Harper Levine of Harper’s Books, and Daile Kaplan, Vice President, Director of Photographs, Swann Galleries Inc.


Tuesday, April 22
6:30 p.m.

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


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NY Photo Festival: 2008 Photo Awards Applications EXTENDED – now accepted until April 21st

from the event competition website:

“Announcing the debut of the New York Photo Awards, the official awards of the New York Photo Festival. Honoring talented photographers from all over the world whose work breaks new grounds visually, intellectually, and aesthetically, the New York Photo Awards is a celebration of outstanding achievements in the world of contemporary photography.

New York Photo Awards –

Evening Ceremony, May 16th, 2008This spring, the inaugural NYPF Awards ceremony will take place during the New York Photo Festival. Sixteen category Winners and 32 Honorable Mentions, selected by the Juries of the NYPA, will have their works projected and be publicly recognized before an audience of peers and industry luminaries.

Most importantly, the New York Photo Awards will grant its participants with massive exposure. All category Winners and Honorable Mentions will be eligible for inclusion in the New York Photo Awards Annual, a beautifully produced series to be published by powerHouse Books.

The New York Photo Awards promises to provide an unprecedented platform of exposure to the top talent in the creative, editorial, fine art, and fashion spheres of influence in the photo capital of the world; make your mark today. Submissions accepted EXTENDED until April 21, 2008.

To read the competition’s FAQ’s click here.


hotography, one of the most important visual media of our lives, has been surprisingly uncelebrated, particularly in the US. New York City, home to the most influential commercial and fine art photography community, has lacked—until now—

a large-scale event dedicated to photography.

The inaugural New York Photo Festival (May 14–May 18, 2008) promises to deliver a dynamic, high-quality event in what is arguably the photographic capital of the world. The festival will celebrate both contemporary photography and the creative, inspirational talents of the people who produce this work.

The New York Photo Festival will be headquartered in DUMBO, an off-the-beaten-track, but easily accessible neighborhood on the Brooklyn waterfront between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges”


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“The Artist Project” Independent Artist Exhibition and Sale during Artropolis, Chicago, April 25-28, 2008

From the website for “The Artist Project:”

April 25-28, 2008
The Artist Project is Artropolis’ key event dedicated to the independent artist. The second annual exhibition and sale will feature original work from a juried selection of 300 established and emerging artists who are currently unaffiliated within the gallery community. It is a rare opportunity to discover and obtain interesting and affordable art directly form a uniquely talented group of artists.

This event is being held at the Merchandise Mart, 8th Floor (downtown Chicago).

For a list of exhibiting artists, click here.

Dates and Hours

Thursday, April 24
Friday, April 25
Saturday, April 26
Sunday, April 27
Monday, April 28
6 p.m.–9 p.m. Preview Opening
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Chicago’s citywide celebration of arts, antiques and culture, Artropolis™ attracts thousands of visitors to savor a rich menu of art and entertainment experiences that are unique to Chicago. For the visitors’ convenience and enjoyment, The Artist Project will run concurrently with Art Chicago, The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, NEXT, and The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art – all within The Merchandise Mart. Educational programs, guided tours, music, theatre and dance performances are planned at a variety of venues throughout the city: from major museums to small galleries, from world-class concert halls to cutting-edge clubs, from lakefront parks to exclusive private parties.”

To subscribe to the email list, click here.

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Inge Morath Prize: Deadline April 30; Women Photographers Under Thirty are Eligible to apply

From the Magnum Photos website:

The Inge Morath Award
Magnum Photos announces the fifth Inge Morath Prize to be awarded to a woman photographer under thirty years of age. The $5000 prize is given to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum for almost fifty years. She died in January, 2002. As Inge devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, this award is given as a tribute by her colleagues.

Form of Submission
Images should be sent as a Powerpoint slide show. No Quicktime presentations, PDF or HTML files will be accepted. A folder with the individual image files should accompany the Powerpoint file.
Image file the specifications are:
– 40-60 images
– file size: 1200 pixels on the longest side @ 150 DPI saved as a Jpeg compression at 8
– images should be numbered in the order that you wish them to be presented, with the number coming first in the file name (to ensure the correct sequence use two digits, example: 01_, 02, 03) and then your last name. F.ex. 01_Smith, 02_Smith, 03_Smith etc. Please do not use any spacing in the name.
Please test the CD before you send it and be sure to label it with your name and contact details. If your portfolio does not meet these requirements, it will not be considered.

Support material:
– Send a project description (optional; maximum one page)
– Curriculum Vitae (required; maximum three pages) including photographer’s name, telephone number, plus shipping and mailing address.
– Please include a copy of your ID which clearly shows your date of birth. Applicants must still be under the age of 30 before April 30th.

Submissions should be sent to:
Inge Morath Award
c/o Magnum Photos
151 West 25th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Deadline: All materials must be post marked no later than April 30, 2008
Award Announcement: July 15, 2008
Return of material is the responsibility of the applicant. Submissions that are not accompanied by SASE will not be returned.

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