Archive for May, 2008

WNYC Today: NY Photo Festival, and Daily “Street Shots” with Bruce Gilden

This morning, I heard Martin Parr’s voice coming out of the radio… the local PBS affiliate WNYC had a piece on the Festival, which I will post on this website here for your listening pleasure when they make it available.

When I went to their website (note the interesting home page graphics, and PLEDGE) I found the “Street Shots” series which today features Magnum photographer BRUCE GILDEN, among others. Watch the video on that link; you are also invited to submit to the series, details there.


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NY Photo Festival Awards: Nominees List

I urge all of you to take a look at work of the finalists for the NYPF Awards. There was fantastic work in the running, and at the event last night this list was cut to a very small group whose works were projected before the names of the winners were announced (5/18: they are now posted at this link).

The overall group of Nominees is worth of looking up the work, international in scope:

Multimedia Photo / Audio
Ed Kashi
Jessica Dimmock
Vincent Baillais

Multimedia Video / Audio
Anthony Fuller
Brenda Ann Kennealy
Christine Gatti
Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Marcus Bleasdale
Michele Borzoni
Patrick Brown

Advertising – Series
Chase Jarvis
Flynn Larsen
John Offenbach
Marilyn Minter
Marlene Marino
Matt Hoyle
Nigel Parry
Raul Krebs
Shi Xiaofan
Simone Lewis

Advertising – Single
Carol Friedman
David Harriman
Dominik Sklarzyk
Jason Bell
Jill Greenberg
Joel Redman
Paul Elledge
Zoren Gold & Minori

Editorial – Series
Alex Tehrani
Balazs Gardi
Benny Snyder
Brent Stirton
Christopher Morris
Danny Wilcox Frazier
Donald Weber
Ed Kashi
Elliott Erwitt
Espen Rasmussen
Jan Banning
Marcin Łobaczewski
Marlene Marino
Michele Borzoni
Moises Saman
Myriam Abdelaziz
Nigel Parry
Paolo Pellegrin
Paula Bronstein
Sally Peterson
Tivadar Domaniczky
Yuri Kozyrev

Editorial – Single
Alana Cundy
Benjamin Rusnak
Benny Snyder
Bob Bovin
Chenoa Maxwell
David Black
Deirdre Brennan
Ed Kashi
Filippo Mutani
Francesco Tonelli
Igor Stevanovic
Larry Louie
Lyle Owerko
Maciej Nabrdalik
Marc Yankus
Marcin Łobaczewski
Sarah Bones
Tanit Sakakini

Personal work/
fine art – Series

Aaron Hobson
Adam Bell
Andres Gonzalez
Anthony Blasko
Bill Armstrong
Borkur Sigthorsson
Christian Patterson
Edgar Martins
Erica Mcdonald
Greg Merhar
Gregg LeFevre
Harold Glit
Kyoko Hamada
Lamia Maria Abillama
Leslie Sokolow
Mark W. Mann
Martine Fougeron
Michael Corridore
Santiago Mostyn
Will Steacy

Personal work/
fine art – Single

Andrea Sohler
Cesar Lechowick
Filippo Mutani
Gabriela Herman
Jessica Todd Harper
Juliana Beasley
Marc Yankus
Matthew Weston
Melanie Einzig
Noah Greenberg
Paulo Roberto
Rob Hann
Shannon Fagan
Sian Kennedy
Sinisa Vlajkovic
Tanit Sakakini
Ugnius Gelguda
Willamain Somma

Photography Book
Amy Stein
Anders Birch
Ashley Gilbertson
Christoph Bangert
Christian Marclay
Danny Wilcox Frazier
Edmund Clark
Jessica Dimmock
Jessica Todd Harper
Jill Greenberg
Jim Reed
Joan Villaplana
Johnny Miller
KayLynn Deveney
Lisa M. Robinson
Martine Fougeron
Matthew Monteith
Michael Cogliantry
Naho Kubota
Paolo Pellegrin
Pierre Crocquet
Romain Blanquart

Student Categories

Student Editorial – Series
Christina Clusiau
Jesse Slotterback
Monique Jaques
Steph Plourde-Simard
Tobias Kruse
Tzu Cheng Liu

Student Editorial – Single
Alexander Gilfillan
Joannie Lafrenière
Kevin Kunishi
Laurent Peter
Markus Linderoth
Paul Patrick Borhaug
Tiana Markova-Gold
Toni Greaves

Personal work/
fine art – Series

Adam Rose
Anna Skladmann
Annie Thornton
Brett Bell
Bruno Quinquet
Christina Clusiau
Christina Tisi-Kramer
Daniel Holfeld
Jason Reblando
Katarina Wos
Kelly Heck
Laura Glabman
Lisa Cook
Rick Odell
Satomi Shirai
Sheila Griffin
Tobias Kruse
Veilhan Clémence
Yanwu YUAN

Personal work/
fine art – Single

Alana Celii
Andy Tew
Becky Holladay
Douglas Emery
Emily Burke
Harlan Erskine
Jasper Sanidad
Jill Cole
John Sloan
Josephine Friedrich
Kelci McIntosh
Lara Wechsler
Lisa Albert
Maki Ueno
Michael Ott
Rhea Karam
Rhian Walters
Ruthie Shapiro
Steve Coleman
Tzvetana Tchakarova

Student Photography Book
Bryan Lear
Collin LaFleche
Emily Burke
Tiana Markova-Gold

Winners were announced last night, and at the ceremony the list posted on the festival website does not yet list those name.

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Atlanta Celebrates Photography 10: Deadlines Ahead for the 10/08 Events

From the e-blast:


ACP will begin accepting listings for the ACP 10 Festival Guide on Monday, May 19th at noon, EST. There’ll be an online sign-up, just like last year, and you’ll be able to safely pay with a credit card, via Google Checkout.

Likewise, on Monday, May 26th, at noon, EST, we’ll be opening-up registration for the ACP 10 Portfolio Review. The Portfolio Review will be Saturday, October 11th, and we’re in the process of finalizing our distinguished group of reviewers.

The Portfolio Review will be juried this year, so if you’re getting ready to register, be sure to have 3-5 jpgs ready (and a brief artist’s statement).

We look forward to working with you to ensure ACP 10 is our best festival ever. For year-round updates about the Atlanta photography community, be sure to see ACP Now!.”

This is a terrific event and I hope you will participate!


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ART-A-WHIRL in Minneapolis This Weekend, May 16-18

From the website for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMMA)

“Art-A-Whirl is an open-studio and gallery tour of Northeast Minneapolis. It is an enticing event that calls and welcomes local and regional visitor who want to see the art being produced in NE. NEMAA is the bridge between the local and regional world and NEMAA artists.”

More than 500 artists are participating, including many photographers.

A great event in my hometown!

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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

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

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.


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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Chuck Close: Talk and Book Signing, Tacoma Washington on May 11

“From the Aperture website:

A Couple of Ways of Doing Something
Photographs by Chuck Close
Poems by Bob Holman

Talk and Book Signing

Sunday, May 11, 2008
2:00 p.m.

Tacoma Pantages Theater
901 Broadway, #700
Tacoma, Washington
(253) 591-5890

Coinciding with the exhibition on view at the Tacoma Art Museum, Chuck Close will discuss the work from A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, featuring daguerreotype portraits of many artist-friends who have been the subjects of Chuck Close’s paintings over the years, including Cindy Sherman, Philip Glass, and Andre Serrano. Lyrical praise poems by New York School poet Bob Holman accompany each photograph. For the exhibit, which is accompanied by the Aperture book of the same title, Close uses each daguerreotype as a base from which to create other works, including tapestries and photogravures.”

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Sheila Pree Bright’s YOUNG AMERICANS On View at the High Museum, Atlanta

Young Americans: Photographs by Sheila Pree Bright
May 3 – August 10, 2008

The High Museum, Atlanta
Lower Level, Wieland Pavilion

Young Americans is a portraiture project exploring the attitudes and opinions of young Americans (18–25 years old) toward their nation and their identity as Americans. Individual relationships to the nation as a whole are of increasing relevance as political engagement comes to the foreground in the 2008 election year. The themes explored in Young Americans also echo those of  the Civil Rights Era, as examined  in  Road to Freedom: 1956–1968 and After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy, on view simultaneously beginning June 7.

Exhibition Details

Young Americans consists of 28 large-format chromogenic prints, several accompanied by statements from the subjects revealing their opinions and attitudes about American culture and society. Sheila Pree Bright began working on the series in the fall of 2006, and her swift development of the project led to her selection as the inaugural recipient of an artist-in-residency at the Amistad Center for Art and Culture. Her subjects are photographed with the American flag in poses reflecting elements of their identities and feelings about their country. Pree Bright collaborates with her subjects by inviting them to choose their own clothing, poses, and interactions with the flag. She has said of the work, “Young people born between 1982 and 2000 constitute the largest generation since the baby boomers, but they are often portrayed negatively in our society. I wanted to give them a platform to speak for themselves—to show and describe how they feel about this country. I also wanted to include young people from diverse backgrounds and socio-economic groups.”

Sheila Pree Bright

A 2002 National Graduate Seminar Fellow at the Photography Institute at Columbia University, N.Y., Pree Bright earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Georgia State University in 2003. Her photographs are included in public and private collections across the United States. In 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Santa Fe Prize. Presented annually by the Santa Fe Center for Photography, this prize recognizes young artists working in photography who show special promise. Currently a studio artist at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, she was awarded the En Foco New Works Photography Award (1999) and the National Bronica Award (2001). Pree Bright’s work prior to Young Americans highlights issues related to ethnic identity and gender and includes the series Suburbia, which focuses on home environments of African Americans residing in the suburbs.

Exhibition Organization and Support

The production costs for the Young Americans project and exhibition have been generously underwritten by the AETNA Foundation. The exhibition is organized by Julian Cox, Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art, in partnership with the Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. The exhibition will travel to The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, an affiliate institution housed within the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn, this fall and will travel to additional venues to be announced.

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