This week in BROOKLYN, NY: The NY Photo Festival, and VII Seminar

Last night was ICP‘s 24th Annual Infinity Awards, a wonderful event and the major fundraiser for ICP each year; visit the link to view the list of this years honorees, among them my mentor from my graduate studies Bill Jay was among those honored for their contributions to our field. Darius Himes, another of Bill’s students was also present to celebrate with him. Read the event entry on the blog PDNPULSE.com

Tonight was the launch of the PDN Annual, another wonderful evening filled with innovative photography, inspiring discussions and great company. Read about it on www.pdnpulse.com

Tomorrow is the launch of the first-ever New York Photo Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from the 14-18th. Have a good look at the event website for maps of the curated exhibition pavilions, lists of event lectures, panels and films.

BOOK SOUP: Thursday night

Book Soup
A Photography Panel Discussion and Book Signing Event

Thursday, May 15, 2008
Panel Discussion: 8–9pm
St Ann’s Warehouse
38 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Book Signing: 9–10pm
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

To kick off the evening programming for the New York Photo Festival, co-founder Daniel Power, CEO of powerHouse Books, will lead a panel discussion with five of powerHouse Books’ most acclaimed authors to discussing the future of photography book publishing. Featured authors joining Power for the 8pm conversation at St. Ann’s Warehouse include:

Harry Benson, author of R.F.K.: A Photographer’s Journal, discussing the future of photography and classic canons.
Leora Kahn, author of the Lucie Award-winning collection Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan and the forthcoming fall 2008 release Child Soldiers, discussing the power of photojournalism to affect sentiment; Joseph Rodriguez, author of East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A., Juvenile, Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico, and the upcoming fall 2008 release Still Here: Stories After Katrina, speaking on the power of documentary photography to change attitudes; Slava Mogutin, author of Lost Boys and NYC Go-Go, revealing how improvised situations can document an imaginary reality; Brian Finke, author of Flight Attendants, discussing how improvised situations can document a reality; Jamel Shabazz, author of Back in the Days, Seconds of My Life, A Time Before Crack, and The Last Sunday in June, speaking on how street photography can document a time and place.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a book signing extravaganza at The powerHouse Arena at 9pm with authors including:

Lili Almog, Roger Ballen, Juliana Beasley, Harry Benson, Kevin Bubriski, Julia Calfee, Vivian Cherry, Livia Corona, Valdir Cruz, Lalla Essaydi, Larry Fink, Brian Finke, Ron Galella, Stephen Gill, Arlene Gottfried, Christopher Griffith, John Gruen, Alice Harris, David Alan Harvey, Henry Horenstein, Ellen Jong, Leora Kahn, Seth Kushner & Anthony LaSala, Christopher LaMarca, WassinkLundgren, Jeff Mermelstein, Slava Mogutin, Rachel Papo, Martin Parr, Nigel Parry, Mark Peterson, Thomas Roma, Steve Schapiro, Joachim Schmid, Jamel Shabazz, The Snorri Bros., Michael Spano, Peter Sutherland, Linda Troeller, Victor Vazquez, Veronique Vial, Nathaniel Welch, and David Yellen.

Thursday night in NYC there are gallery openings all over town, many in Chelsea.

Friday through Sunday, May 16/17/18, the

NYPF AWARDS: The 2008 Nominees for the New York Photo Awards are posted online and will be announced on Friday night, the Awards event will be held on Friday the 16th.

Tickets are still available for all NYPF programming; see the website for details; remember that programming is held from May 14-18.

AGENCY VII SEMINAR:

VII Seminar will be held in Brooklyn as well, not far from the NYPF activities. Daily portfolio reviews, and book signings are offered as well. Not to be missed; as of this morning there were still seats available.

It is a week of learning, to say the least. See you in Brooklyn this week!

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