Archive for July, 2008

Minnesota Center for Photography: RIP

Yesterday an email originating from my hometown was making its way around the internet entitled “Thank You So Much, From MCP” with the sad news that the Minnesota Center for Photography (formerly pARTS) was closing its doors and ceasing operation TODAY. It read as follows:

“Dear Friends,

It is with regret that we must inform you that Minnesota Center for Photography is discontinuing business operations at the close of business on July 31st. Over the past six months we have unsuccessfully attempted to adjust our budget and, with your help, raise additional funds to pay down debt and fund continuing operations.

The Board made this decision with reluctance and after attempting whatever we could do to permit the survival of MCP.

On behalf of the many stakeholders in Minnesota Center For Photography, we thank you for your continuing interest and support of MCP’s mission over the years.

Very truly yours,

Chuck Koosmann, Co-Chair
Mark L. Wilson, Co-Chair”

The closing of MCP is a great loss for the photography community in the Midwest. MCP was founded as pARTS Photographic Arts 18 years ago, if memory serves me it was formed in the spirit of ‘Film In The Cities,’ an organization in which Jim Dozier, Cheryl Younger and others played a vital role. pARTS was headed by Vance Gellert with many great staffers over the years, and grew steadily, creating a great sense of community with in the twin cities and beyond, with exhibitions at its venues in the Lake/Lyndale area of Minneapolis, as well as in the context of public art projects, serving local and international artists well. Under a recently re-branded name, MCP moved to the hip Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood four years ago; staffers Colleen Mullins and George Slade both making the transition to the NE location. In recent years, the return of photographer Tom Arndt to the area saw him launching and heading the “Camera Workers” monthly salon at MCP. Vance Gellert is actively pursing his vision as a photographer in Minneapolis, Colleen Mullins moved on bring her energy to the position of Academic Director for the photography program at Art Institutes International Minnesota, and George Slade to purse curatorial and writing projects. Jes Schrom and Kaia Hemming were terrific help to me in hosting my lectures and workshops in recent years at MCP, and along with the other past/present staffers at MCP I wish them well in their next endeavors. I know we will continue to hear from all of them as they continue to make an impact in our field.

The last time I was at MCP was this past September to attend the public memorial for Carroll T. Hartwell, long-time curator of photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. George, Tom and I were among those who spoke about Ted’s impact on our community that night. MCP was a hub for education, and one of the reasons it was chosen as the site for Ted’s memorial. I hope that photographers will have again have gathering point in my hometown in the not too distant future.

Today I traveled east, heading to be both a student (“Copyright and Legal Issues for Media Artists” with Nancy Wolff) and teacher of my marketing class at the Maine Media Workshops. Before posting tonight, I looked at today’s New York Times and this news item in the “National Briefing” section caught my eye, in light of MCP’s closure:

“Wisconsin: Museum with Focus on Blacks’ Struggles Is Closing

Financial problems are causing America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, a museum started by a lynching survivor, to close its doors on Friday after 20 years. But the museum’s board chairman, Reggie Jackson, said he was certain that reconfiguring the board, a new fund-raising effort and increasing awareness would allow the museum to open again. “We have every intention of reopening the museum once we get a plan in place,” Mr. Jackson said. The lagging economy, building debt, a revolving door of executive directors over the past eight years and the death of its founder have all contributed to the museum’s state, said Bethany Criss, the museum’s interim executive director. One of the first of its kind in the country, the museum explores the struggles of blacks in America. It was founded in 1988 by James Cameron, above, who, in 1930, survived a lynch mob in Marion, Ind. He died in 2006 at 92.”

I hope this museum and other important arts institutions and organizations can reach economic stability and grow to become essential components of their cultural communities. Join and support your local arts organizations!

Comments (1)

This Saturday Evening in Portland, Oregon: Photolucida’s “Portfolio Walk”

I’m off to Portland today to serve as a Portfolio Reviewer at Photolucida’s NW Summer Portfolio Reviews, being hosted by Blue Sky Gallery.

One of the best components of this event is the “Portfolio Walk” during which the participating photographers have the opportunity to share their work with their peers, will the full roster of Reviewers, and the public. The eighty photographers who will be present include Photolucida’s 2008 Oregon Award Winners: Grand Prize WInners M. Bruce Hall, Alexis Pike and Sika Stanton and Portfolio Walk Finalists Blake Andrews, David Paul Bayles, Angela Cash, Bob Gervais, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Jim Lommasson, TJ Norris and Ann Ploeger.

From the e-card announcement:


Photolucida is pleased to present a Portfolio Walk featuring the work of more than 80 national and local emerging photographers. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

SATURDAY, July 26, 6-9 p.m.

Art Institute of Portland, NW Davis & 11th, 2nd floor


The 2009 Photolucida Portfolio Reviews will be held April 23-26, 2009; the fee will be $725 for 4 days of reviews. REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN AUGUST and will no doubt fill to capacity quickly. Be sure that you are on the mailing list to receive notification of the exact date to sign up. Click on this link, and at the bottom left corner of the page you’ll find the space to add your name to the mailing list.

Photolucida is the organization that brings us the competition CRITICAL MASS, the winners of which receive publications of their work. Check out the work of the top fifty photographers, and the award winners, here.

Leave a Comment

Fall Marketing Workshop with Mary Virginia Swanson: November 6-9, Tucson, Arizona

I am pleased to announce my upcoming Fall Marketing Workshop in Tucson, Arizona with special guest presenters LISA M. ROBINSON and KEN ROSENTHAL. Registration opens today.

Who should attend? This workshop is an ideal overview for photographers wishing to promote their work to the fine art market with a goal of print sales and publication. If you haven’t yet completed a body of work, gaining insights on the industry at this stage is encouraged.

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the fine art photography market and how one can effectively target galleries, collections and publishers most likely to respond to their work. An understanding of presenting work to industry professionals via competitions and portfolio review events, as well as the value of attending Gallery Expos will be discussed. Examples of successful promotional tools with be shared. I will bring to the workshop an extensive library of reference materials and examples of successful self-promotion examples to share with participants. The final session on Sunday morning will be on publishing your work, and will held at my home utilizing my personal library for discussion and demonstration.

Friday afternoon we have scheduled a special “Print Viewing” of masterworks from the Archives, as well as discussion with Denise Gose, Rights and Reproductions Manager at the Center for Creative Photography on the University of Arizona campus.

Saturday afternoon special guests Lisa M. Robinson and Ken Rosenthal will be presenting on their individual careers as artists, followed by a visit to Etherton Gallery (on view will be The Figure Illuminated, photographs by Flor Garduño, Alvin Booth and Ralph Gibson).

The workshop begins Thursday, November 6th at 6 p.m. and concludes at noon on Sunday, November 9th.


Please visit this link to the Fall Marketing Workshop page on my website for complete course details including optional consultation sessions with myself, and an optional studio tour Lisa & Ken following the close of the workshop. Special discounted rates at nearby hotels within walking distance have been arranged for participants; come to beautiful Southern Arizona this fall – an informative and inspiring time will be had by all!

Leave a Comment

Haggerty Museum of Art Hosting Stephen Shore Exhibition July 24 – September 28

The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is hosting an exhibition organized by Aperture entitled “Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore 1969-1979

I encourage you to visit this link for the exhibition and know that this is a model of what efforts can be made to draw the public to an exhibition and engage in a spirited dialogue.

During the time the Haggery will have this touring exhibition, it will offer a wonderful range of public programs involving the Marquette community, the creative community and beyond:

“Programs in conjunction with Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969-1979

Thursday, August 7, 2008
Lunchtime Learning – A series of gallery talks in conjunction with the Stephen Shore exhibition
Dan Johnson, Chief Photographer, Marquette University
How To Make Pictures, Not Take Them
Noon-1 p.m.

Thursday, August 14, 2008
Lunchtime Learning
James Brozek, Photographer, School of Dentistry, Marquette University
Photography and the Work Environment
Noon-1 p.m.

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wally Mason, Director of the Haggerty Museum of Art
Gallery talk/walk-through of Biographical Landscape
Noon-1 p.m.

Panel Discussion The Emergence of the Color Photograph
Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Moderator-Wally Mason, Director of the Haggerty Museum of Art
Lisa Hosteler, Associate Curator of Photographs-Milwaukee Art Museum
Brian Ulrich, Photographer
Kate Bussard, Curator of Photographs-Art Institute of Chicago
Tom Bamberger, Photographer

Stephen Shore Lecture
Thursday, July 24, 2008 6:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

All programs take place at the Haggerty Museum of Art, 530 N. 13th St.
For information, call 414-288-5915 or e-mail”

To learn more about the accompanying Aperture publication, click here.

Leave a Comment

Center for Fine Art Photography: Deadline July 25 for “Online and Print Portfolio Show”

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado is celebrating its fifth anniversary. With a new facility, and a growing roster of events and educational offerings, I’m sure the next five years will bring more opportunities for photographers to connect, in person and on line.

I want to draw to your attention an upcoming deadline for a competition to by judged by my colleague DARIUS HIMES:

“Fifteen photographers will be chosen to display their twelve-image portfolio in The Center for Fine Art Photography’s special Online and Print Portfolio Show and be included the Center’s new book publication Artists ShowCase, volume 1, issue 1.

The show will also be featured on the Center’s web site at from September 1 – September 30, 2008 and will remain online for the next two years.

The Center is pleased to provide artists with an economical means of having their work reviewed by an international juror and exhibited with no printing, framing or shipping costs involved.

Theme: Open – There is no theme for this exhibition. The images will be evaluated as a cohesive body of work, rather than individual images.

Juror: Darius Himes
Darius Himes was the founding editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photography books, from 2002-2007. He is a founding member of Radius Books, a Santa Fe- based company created in 2007 that publishes books on the visual arts, where he works as an editor. He is also a lecturer, consultant, educator and writer, having contributed to Blind Spot, Bookforum, BOMB, PDN, and American Photo. Himes is an occasional adjunct professor of photographic arts at the College of Santa Fe. He earned his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University, Tempe, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe campus, and actively pursues his own photographic image-making.

The Center for Fine Art Photography invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in this exhibition. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal, emotional or political statements are welcome. The exhibition is open world wide to all professional and amateur photographers working with digital or traditional photography or combinations of both.

See ‘Calls for Entry‘ on the Center’s website for more opportunities.”

Leave a Comment

MVS to Lecture in Tucson, July 17: Connecting With Your Audience On Line

Any of you going to be in the vicinity of Tucson this coming week? Besides taking in the Sonoran desert in all it’s summer monsoon glory, why not join a gathering of photographers!

I’ve created a new lecture on marketing which I will be presenting this THURSDAY, July 17:

Effective E-Marketing: Connecting With Your Audience On Line

Sponsored by ASMP Tucson


About this presentation:

“To be successful in today’s diverse marketplace, photographers must have a strong presence on line, via websites, e-newsletters and more. Ensuring that your e-marketing materials are connecting with your targeted audience via the on-line environment requires re-thinking with whom, and how you wish to maintain a dialogue. In this presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson will share her opinions on successful strategies for your digital marketing efforts.”

Time: Social 5:15, Presentation begins at 6 p.m.

Steven Meckler Studio, 121 South Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson
Studio phone: (520) 792-2467


For Students: $5.00
For ASMP Members: $10.00
All others: $15.00

All proceeds from this event will go towards the guest lecture series of ASMP Tucson, bringing educational events to our photography community.

To reserve a space at this presentation:

email Chapter President Amy Blackburn:

or call to reserve:
(520) 991-5736

I look forward to seeing you there!

Leave a Comment

New Orleans! Reading, and Portfolio Reviews

News this week from, and about, NEW ORLEANS

Jennifer Shaw from New Orleans Photo Alliance to say registration for PhotoNola 3 will open to all on August 15th, and that the reviewer invitations are complete and posted on the PhotoNola event blog. I can’t wait to be back in New Orleans, and applaud NOPA for bringing such a diverse group of reviewers together for this weekend-long portfolio review event. Portfolio Reviews will take place Dec 6 & 7 at the International House Hotel. Registration will open on August 15, and be filled on a first come first served basis. Check the PhotoNOLA website in the next few weeks for more information. Bring yourselves and your work to PhotoNola!

David Bram,, Albuquerque, NM
Alejandro Castellanos, Director, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico
Jörg Colberg, Conscientious, Northampton, MA
Rose Courville, Curator, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA
Crista Dix, Owner/Director, Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA
Roy Flukinger, Curator, Harry Ransom Research Center, Austin, TX
Pascale Giffard, Exhibitions Manager, Les Recontres d’Arles, France
Reuel Golden, Executive Editor, Photo District News (PDN), NY
MaryAnne Golon, TIME, New York, NY
David Houston, Curator, Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Russell Joslin, SHOTS Magazine, Minneapolis, MN
Stella Kramer, Photography Consultant, New York, NY
Melanie McWhorter, photo-eye, Santa Fe, NM
Charles Megnin, Owner, The Darkroom, New Orleans, LA
Ann Pallesen, Photographic Center NorthWest, Seattle, WA
Doug Parker, Times Picayune , New Orleans, LA
Kira Pollack, New York Times Magazine, New York, NY
George Slade, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN
Susan Spiritus, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
Mary Virginia Swanson, Marketing Consultant, Tucson, AZ/NYC
Hannah Watson, Trolley Books, London
Clint Willour, Executive Director & Curator, Galveston Arts Center, TX
Jack Woody, Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, NM
Del Zogg, Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonHouston, TX
And today Aric Meyer wrote to tell me “My paper, “Aesthetics of Catastrophe,” in which discuss the aesthetic dimensions of visually depicting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and some of their political implications, is in the current issue of Public Culture (Duke University.)” Click on the above link to read an excerpt. Regaring his photographs of New Orleans, Meyer shares that ” My objective was (and continues to be) not only to present the images of the storm’s aftermath, but to critique our reception and expectations of them as well.”

Leave a Comment

Older Posts »