Archive for September, 2008

JOHN GANIS to lecture at the CCP, Tucson on October 3rd

John Ganis is the 2008 Harold H. Jones Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient.

From the press release:

“For over two decades, John Ganis has photographed the Environmental impact of overdevelopment and resource exploitation, creating a body of work that was published in 2003 as a monograph titled Consuming the American Landscape. Using straight color photographs in a way that is descriptive yet somewhat poetic, Ganis provokes a process of inquiry and concern in the viewer. His photographs are characterized by a very visceral response to the earth itself, whether it is the red soil of the south laid bare by development, the cross sections of stripmined rock strata, or the disturbingly artificial color of golf course greens. The oddly beautiful nature of the images encourages the viewer to respond with empathy to the photographs. In his talk, Ganis will trace the development of this series in which images of the Southwest figure prominently from his early years and time as a graduate student at the University of Arizona to the present.”

This lecture is free and open to the public

2008 marks the third year of the Harold H. Jones Distinguished Alumni Award, created to honor Jones, the founding director of LIGHT Gallery in NYC, the founding director of the Center for Creative Photography who later launched the MFA photo program at the University of Arizona as its founding professor; Jones continues to be an important mentor to many. The Distinquish Alumni Award/Lecture Series “honors a photo alumnus who has made a significant contribution to the field of photography.” Previous recipients include galleriest Peter MacGill of Pace/MacGill Gallery (2006) and artist/author Ann Fessler (2007).

Ganis will lecture on his long-term project CONSUMING THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE at the Center for CreativePhotography Auditorium. There will be a book signing with Ganis at 5 p.m. with his lecture to follow at 6 p.m.

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Dave Anderson Lecture: “Rough Beauty” at MoCP on October 2, 6 p.m.

Dave Anderson will lecture at MoCP in Chicago in conjuction with the exhibition:

ON THE ROAD: Dave Anderson Rough Beauty and Dorothea Lange Farm Security Administration

From the event website:

“This exhibition is part of a year-long Columbia College-wide celebration of Beat culture and the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s novel, On the Road. The centerpiece of this larger project is the display of the original manuscript of On the Road, a 120-foot scroll that Kerouac continuously fed through his typewriter, on view at the College’s Book and Paper Center, 1104 S. Wabash, from October 3 through November 30, 2008. Check the Columbia College Chicago website for program details

We have chosen to focus on the philosophical and personal results of travel: learning the difference between the real edges and the ideal, mostly fictional, center of America; discovering the possibility of reinventing the self in transit to and from anywhere; and learning how big this country really is in physical expanse and how very small it can be in individual cultural awareness. These are the central themes of Kerouac’s novel.

A model for and subtext of Kerouac’s travels in 1947 was the mass exodus of people from impoverished rural areas of the east and Midwest during the Great Depression just ten years before. The U. S. Government commissioned a group of photographers, under the Farm Security Administration, to document this stream of people moving west and their lives on both ends of the road. The museum recently acquired a large collection of this work. U.S. 66, which starts just blocks from the museum and ends in Los Angeles, was one of the main routes for this migration. What the economic refugees discovered, and what Jack Kerouac, the privileged Columbia University student learned was that that anybody who is bored or broke or dissatisfied with the culture they find themselves in, i.e. “Beat”, can walk out to the nearest highway and stick their thumb out.

Part of this exhibition Dorothea Lange’s Depression work in detail, including the little known series of experiments leading up to her iconic image of the “Migrant Mother.”

Arguably the star of the Farm Security Administration was Dorothea Lange. Thanks to major gifts from her family, the museum has a wide spectrum of her work both during and after the Depression. Part of this exhibition celebrates those gifts and explores her Depression work in detail, including the little known series of experiments leading up to her iconic image of The Migrant Mother, who became the poster child for The New Deal.

Between 2003 and 2006 David Anderson made over fifty trips to Vidor, Texas, and photographed the town and its residents. This resulted in the book Rough Beauty. Vidor is a small community struggling with issues of extreme poverty and isolation in southeastern Texas. The town is reminiscent of an America unknown to them that unfolded in front of Kerouac, Neil Cassidy, Allan Ginsberg, William Borroughs and the rest of the people in On the Road as they drove and hitch hiked back and forth across it.”

— Rod Slemmons

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Upcoming Lecture on Historic Processes in Contemporary Photography at CCP in Tucson: Frances Scully Osterman on October 1


Center for Creative Photography Lecture: Wednesday, October 1, 5:30 p.m.

Serendipity and Exquisite Manipulation

Frances Scully Osterman will present a lecture at the Center about historic photographic processes and how she and other contemporary artists use process artifacts as tools for expression in their work.
Frances Scully Osterman is one of the leading artists working in wet-plate collodion, salted paper and albumen printing today. She resides in Rochester, NY and is a guest scholar at the George Eastman House.

This program is being held in collaboration with an exhibition of Osterman’s work at the Tilt Gallery in Phoenix.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW at the CCP, through November 2nd:

Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke

Frank Gohlke (b. 1942) is one of America’s leading landscape photographers. For more than thirty years, he has taken photographs that depict how Americans build their lives within a natural world that rarely matches the pastoral ideal. Whether photographing vast spaces of the Midwest punctuated by grain elevators, the close confines of the Sudbury River in Massachusetts, or the aftermath of the 1980 volcanic eruption of Washington State’s Mount St. Helens, Gohlke draws attention to the boundaries between humanity and nature.

Additional exhibition-related programs:
Gallery Walk led by Frank Gohlke: Thursday, October 16, 5:30 p.m.
Artist’s Reception and Discussion: (new date) Friday, October 24, reception at 5 p.m., discussion at 6 p.m
Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke is organized by the Amon Carter Museum and is
made possible in part by generous support from the Perkins-Prothro Foundation, Exelon Power, and the Vin
and Caren Prothro Foundation.

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REGIONAL CONFERENCES of SPE: from late September into November!

As of this writing, the following regions of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) have planned 2008 Regional Conferences for the fall; all are open to non-members and offer an engaging dialogue about the medium and the industry (I wish I could be in the audience at ALL!), as well as time to share your work with your peers. Some offer scholarship assistance and exhibition opportunities as well. Non-members are encouraged to attend. The SPE National website has a map indicating what states are designated within each region but of course you are welcome to attend any and all of these conferences. Scroll down to find a conference near you, and if details are not posted here, check the region’s website.

I encourage you to attend!

The following information is from the REGIONS link on the SPE WEBSITE:

Northeast Region: “conference information coming”

Mid-Atlantic Region: November 7-8
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

Technocracy: image production/distribution/consumption
Techno-lust vs. Technophobia
Quoting Nicholas Bourriard “The art of postproduction seems to respond to the proliferating chaos of global culture in the information age.”

In this age of postproduction, how do imagemakers and institutions respond to this shifting landscape, creating alternative models for exhibition and education? How do those involved in the making, exhibiting and selling of images respond to the eradication of the boundary between production and consumption? How does imaging technology (camera phones, webcams, photo and video blogs) affect our capacity as imagemakers to navigate through the cultural chaos extracting new forms of production a.k.a art? Or does this proliferation of technology yield a return to traditional modes of production?

Andres Tapia-Urzua–Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Colette Copeland–SPEMA Chair

Southeast Region: November 7-9

THEME: “Transition”
CITY, STATE: Asheboro, NC
HOST INSTITUTION: Randolph Community College
CONFERENCE LOCATION: Photography Imaging Center, Randolph Community College
HOTEL INFO & RESERVATION RATES: Coming soon on the conference website

CONTACT INFO: (336)-633-0325

MAJOR SPEAKERS: Keynote Address: Tom Rankin, Director, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke Univ.; Honored Educator: Dr. Richard Zakia, Professor Emeritus and author, Rochester Institute of Technology; Joyce Tenneson, photographer and author; Johnny Horne, photographer and astronomer; plus much more!

SCHOLARSHIP & EXHIBITION INFO & DEADLINES: The conference will also include a faculty and student exhibition to be curated by Randolph Community College faculty members, Chuck Egerton and John Rash. Check the conference website for details.

South Central Region: October 30 – November 1, 2008

Theme: Allegory & Identity (no further details posted on the SPE NATIONAL website as of this writing)
Location: Memphis College of Art and University of Memphis – Memphis, TN

Click here to view complete details on the conference website.

Midwest Region: November 6-8

Theme: Imag(in)ing the Future of Photography: The Photographic and the Digita

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Keynote Speaker: Marvin Heiferman; Honored Educator: Dawoud Bey; Featured Imagemaker: Penelope Umbrico; Invited Speakers include artists Kelli Connell, Michelle Grabner, Brian Ulrich and Barbara Tannenbaum, Director, Akron Museum

Southwest Region; October 17-19

Theme: “Transformation”

Location: Ouray, Colorado (Southwestern CO)

Keynote speaker: Tom Fischer, Dean of Academic Affairs, Savannah College of Art and Design

Featured Speakers:

Gregory Cradick Executive Director Working With Artists,
Jeremias Paul Assistant Professor of Photography Southern Utah University
Jennifer Loshaw, Ridgway Arts Project Coordinator and the Ouray Chamber Executive Director
Jack Mosley Digital Printing Expert, Formally with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Jay Kinghorn Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert, ASMP Speaker

Photography has seen many forms of transformation in the medium alone, but how do we as creative individuals define transformation in the world of political dialogue, digital inspirations and employment possibilities? What happens when you graduate? How do we keep up with the world of continuous transformation while looking for a job, looking to show work, gaining tenure? How do we find our spiritual voice in our work, in our art? How do these issues transform our possibilities? This conference will break down the issues with a series of round tables, panel discussions, workshops, lectures and numerous photo opportunities.

Society for Photographic Education South West Region is proud to invite you all to attend this unique conference, designed for those who love photography and desire to unite in a supportive artist community.

For more information call Jennifer Loshaw – 970-325-4746 or email

Lodging options in Ouray:

Please see for additional information on this location.

West Region: November 13-16

Location: San Francisco, California

The SPE West Region will hold its annual conference Inspiration, November 13-16, 2008 in San Francisco, CA. Events will take place at Academy of Art University, our host institution and throughout San Francisco.


The act of inspiring; quality or state of being inspired – An inspiring or animating action or influence – Something inspired, as an idea – A result of inspired activity – A thing or person that inspires – The drawing of air into the lungs; inhalation – Theology – A divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul –The divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.

Conference Co-Chairs: Erika Gentry and Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin

CONFERENCE DETAILS – For updated information visit:

Keynote Speaker: Alec Soth (Magnum)
School Sponsor: Academy of Art University (AAU)

Thursday Nov 13th: Alcatraz Night Tour & Stephen Wirtz Gallery Reception

Friday Nov 14th: SFMOMA Curatorial Tour, Opening Reception, Student Awards & Featured Speakers

Saturday Nov 15th: Conference Presentations, Keynote Speaker, Portfolio Reviews, Student & Member Show & Exhibit Fair

Sunday Nov 16th: SPE Brunch, Student & Member Show, Rayko Photo Wetplate and Digital Workshops OR Photograph San Francisco Fieldtrip

Hotel Information – Please let the hotel you are reserving rooms for the “Society for Photographic Education Conference”:

Hotel Rex, San Francisco
562 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Reservations: (800) 433-4434 OR
Attendee code: spewest (make sure to mention spe)
Cancellation Notice: 72 hrs in advance required
Cost:$149 per night (+14% hotel tax) $20 each addtl. person, 4 people maximum
Deluxe Queen or Deluxe Full/Full – King availabe for addtl. $20
Prices guaranteed until 10/12/08.
Valet Parking: $35 a night but Hotel Rex is walking distance from BART.

Northwest Region: No conference will be held this fall.

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“Women in Photography” lecture at Aperture in NYC on September 30th; celebrates new WIP online showcase for women artists

Women In Photography
Spotlight Discussion

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
6:30 p.m.

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

From the event website:

“Women In Photography is a new online venue showcasing work by contemporary female photographers and providing a vital platform for support and the exchange of ideas. Join WIP co-founders Cara Philips and Amy Elkins, alongside noted contributing photographers Robin Schwartz and Elinor Carucci, for lively discussion of their work and what it means to be a woman in photography today. Moderated by Laurel Ptak, Aperture’s Educational Programs Manager.


There are more women working in the contemporary photo world then ever before. Their methods, choice of subject matter, visual language, and processes run the gamut of artistic possibility. What unites them is their passion and the effort they devote to creating extraordinary bodies of work. Women in Photography is a showcase for this work. It is also a resource for photographers, editors, curators, gallery owners, and viewers alike to discover and enjoy the work of female artists. By mixing the work of emerging photographers with artists that have achieved high levels of success within fine art and commercial worlds, the project is designed to open a visual dialogue and create a venue to share work, support, and ideas.

Women in Photography is co-curated by amy elkins and cara phillips.

It will present a solo exhibition of work from select photographers every other Tuesday of the month.

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. If you are interested, please submit five (5) jpegs and a short statement from a body of work to:

Please submit images @ 72 dpi, 550 pixels wide, sRGB, JPG format. Rename your images “myname_title.jpg, etc.” No zip files, please.

Women in Photography is sponsored by humble arts foundation, and designed by made by brown.”

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Susan Meiselas exhibition at ICP, lecture at Aperture October 8th and NEW BOOKS

The extraordinary work of Susan Meiselas is being celebrated this fall with an exhibition at ICP which has an accompanying publication, the re-release of her important work in Nicaraugua during the revolution and a public lecture at Aperture. Susan is, for me, is an artist who shows demonstrates responsibility towards her subjects; her work on their behalf does not end when the picture is made. I urge you to learn more about her work and attend the upcoming discussion at Aperture to hear her words on her intentions and commitments.


The exhibition “Susan Meiselas: In History” has opened at ICP in midtown Manhattan; it will remain on view until through January 4, 2009. There is an accompanying catalogue which features an extensive interview with Meiselas with writings by Meiselas, Kristen Lubben (Author), Caroline Brothers (Contributor), Allan Sekula (Contributor) and David Levi Strauss (Contributor).

From the ICP website:

“Since the 1970s, questions of ethics raised by documentary practice have been central to debates in photography. Perhaps no other photographer has so closely and consistently represented and participated in these debates than Susan Meiselas. An American photographer best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and ’80s, Meiselas’s process has evolved in radical and challenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a leading voice in the debate on contemporary documentary practice.”


Aperture is hosting an event on October 8th in conjunction with the republication of Meiselas’ NICARAGUA: June 1978 – July 1979. From the event website:

Susan Meiselas and Alfredo Jaar
In Conversation

Wednesday, October 08, 2008
6:30 p.m.

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

“Join Aperture for a special evening of conversation between photojournalist Susan Meiselas and artist Alfredo Jaar. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and is renowned for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her widely-published documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Jaar emigrated from Chile at the height of Pinochet’s military dictatorship in 1981. His installations, photographs, films, and community-based projects bear powerful witness to military con­flicts, imbalances of power, and political corruption.”


From the BOOK SYNOPSIS on Aperture’s website:

“Originally published in 1981, Susan Meiselas’s Nicaragua is a contemporary classic—a seminal contribution to the literature of concerned photojournalism. John Berger praised the work for its ability to “take us right inside a revolutionary moment…Yet unlike most photographs of such material, these refuse all the rhetoric normally associated with such pictures: the rhetoric of violence, revolutionary heroism, and the glorification of misery.” This new Aperture edition is published on the thirtieth anniversary of the popular insurrection.

Nicaragua forms an extraordinary narrative of a nation in turmoil. Starting with a powerful and chilling evocation of the Somoza regime during its decline in the late 1970s, the images trace the evolution of the popular resistance that led to the insurrection, culminating with the triumph of the Sandinista revolution in 1979. The 2008 edition includes Pictures from a Revolution, a DVD in which Meiselas returns to the scenes she originally photographed, tracking down the subjects and interviewing them about the reality of post-revolution Nicaragua. The DVD booklet features a new interview with Meiselas in which she discusses the history of the project. This book is co-published with Aperture and the International Center of Photography, New York.”

Lastly, the extraordinary KURDISTAN: IN THE SHADOW OF HISTORY by Susan Meiselas has been brought back into print this year from the University of Chicago Press. If you don’t know about this project, visit the website This project is yet another example of Susan’s commitment to her subjects and their stories.

From the University of Chicago Press’ website:

“Kurdistan was erased from world maps after World War I, when the victorious powers carved up the Middle East, leaving the Kurds without a homeland. Today the Kurds, who live on land that straddles the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, are by far the largest ethnic group in the world without a state.
Renowned photographer Susan Meiselas entered northern Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War to record the effects of Saddam Hussein’s campaigns against Iraq’s Kurdish population. She joined Human Rights Watch in documenting the destruction of Kurdish villages (some of which Hussein had attacked with chemical weapons in 1988) and the uncovering of mass graves. Moved by her experiences there, Meiselas began work on a visual history of the Kurds. The result, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, gives form to the collective memory of the Kurds and creates from scattered fragments a vital national archive.

In addition to Meiselas’s own photographs, Kurdistan presents images and accounts by colonial administrators, anthropologists, missionaries, soldiers, journalists, and others who have traveled to Kurdistan over the last century, and, not to forget, by Kurds themselves. The book’s pictures, personal memoirs, government reports, letters, advertisements, and maps provide multiple layers of representation, juxtaposing different orders of historiographical evidence and memories, thus allowing the reader to discover voices of the Kurds that contest Western notions of them. In its layering of narratives—both textual and photographic—Kurdistan breaks new ground, expanding our understanding of how images can be used as a medium for historical and cultural representation.

A crucial repository of memory for the Kurdish community both in exile and at home, this new edition appears at a time when the world’s attention has once again been drawn to the lands of this little-understood but historically consequential people.”

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Hank Willis Thomas on the road October 1/2/3 in Seattle/LA/SF: Aperture West Collaborative Lecture Series

From the event website:

“One of today’s most compelling emerging artists, Hank Willis Thomas will discuss the work in his first monograph, Pitch Blackness (Aperture), featuring his highly provocative series B®ANDED, addressing the commodification of African-American male identity. Willis Thomas holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in photography—along with an MA in visual criticism—from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. His work has been shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; PS1, New York; and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., among other venues. He is the recipient of the first Aperture West Book Prize.”

Hank will be speaking at the following Western venues next week:

SEATTLE: Wednesday, October 01, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Henry Art Gallery
15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street
Seattle, Washington
(206) 543-2280

LOS ANGELES: Thursday, October 02, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Hammer Museum
1089 Wilshire Blvd. Gallery Six
Los Angeles, California
(310) 443-7000

SAN FRANCISCO: Friday, October 03, 2008 7:30 p.m.

Photoalliance at San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, California
(415) 781-8111

From the publisher’s website:

Book Synopsis
“Hank Willis Thomas gained wide recognition with his highly provocative series B®ANDED, which addresses the commodification of African-American male identity by raising questions about visual culture and the power of logos. Pitch Blackness, his first monograph, includes selections from this series and several others.

The book begins with a deeply personal and interpretive re-telling of the senseless murder of young Songha Willis, the artist’s cousin, who was robbed at gunpoint and murdered outside a nightclub in Philadelphia in 2000. It then charts Hank Willis Thomas’s career as he grapples with the issues of grief, black-on-black violence in America, and the ways in which corporate culture is complicit in the crises of black male identity. The concluding section presents his newest body of work, Unbranded, in which Willis Thomas examines advertising and media representation of African-Americans.

With his characteristic pointedness and dark humor, Willis Thomas shows in Pitch Blackness why he is considered one of today’s most compelling emerging artists. Hank Willis Thomas is the first recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize.

Pitch Blackness, was made possible, in part, by the generous support of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, and the LEF Foundation.”

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Print Center Gallery Store Talks in Philadelphia Launch Fall 08 Series: Jeannie Pearce Saturday September 27

The Print Center sponsors a wide range of opportunities for artists. Among them is its Gallery Store, which is a wonderful sales venue with their facility in the heart of Philadelphia.

From the event website:

Gallery Store Talks are an exciting opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts to discuss prints and photographs in The Print Center Gallery Store. Gallery Store Artists and special guests will speak about techniques, subject matter and art collecting in an informal environment. Enjoy a 10% discount in the Gallery Store that day. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 27,
12:00-1:00pm *EARLIER TIME*

Brand new to the Gallery Store – Jeannie Pearce is a photographer and Professor at The University of the Arts. A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, she has been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally, and her work is held in collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles Society for Photographic Studies, The State Museum of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. Her new series, entitled Bird Digiscopes, offers a unique portal into the world of bird sanctuaries. Join us for a fascinating conversation on these highly personalized studies.

While at the Print Center for Jeannie’s talk you will be able to view the current exhibitions:

Nakazora: space between sky and earth
: Masao Yamamoto

Foreclosed: Alejandra Laviada, Gillian Pears, Hirsch Perlman, Tommy Reynolds, Melanie Schiff and Ryan Widger

Read the exhibitions review by Edith Newhall in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

And, mark your calendar for these upcoming Gallery Store Talks:

Saturday, October 18, 2:00-3:00pm

Michael Shannon
Collector and interior designer, Michael Shannon is the founder of Michael Shannon Designs, which handles everything from single room facelifts to complete interior renovations, always with an eye for art. Join Michael as he brings his design expertise to the Gallery Store where he will discuss taking art out of the gallery and bringing it into every room of your home.

This event is part of The Print Center’s Multiple Conversations: An Ongoing Series on Print Collecting

Saturday, November 15, 2:00-3:00pm

Susan Abrams + Stephen Perloff
After working for many years with handmade paper, Susan Abrams began to incorporate photography into her work, printing directly onto handmade paper using an applied silver emulsion to create unique prints with a distinct style and texture. She will be joined by long-time friend and colleague Stephen Perloff, founding Editor of The Photo Review, respected writer, educator and photographer. Stephen has received two critic’s fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Join us for what is sure to be a lively conversation between these two Philly favorites!

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“GLOBAL STORYTELLERS” All Roads Photography Recipients for 2008 to present in San Francisco on September 29th

From FiftyCrows, a sponsor of the All Roads Photography Program: a wonderful event not to miss in San Francisco this coming Monday, hosted by Adobe Systems, Inc.

RECEPTION: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m (Refreshments and light fare)

LECTURE: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Adobe Systems, Inc., 601 Townsend Street @7th Street, San Francisco.


2008 National Geographic All Roads Award Recipients Come Together to Discuss Winning Photographs from Around the World

A Free Evening of Refreshments and Storytelling with the Four International Winners at Adobe’s San Francisco Offices

As the pressures of climate change, population, and strains on the world’s natural resources become severe, the photographic images of cultures – often taken on the frontlines of cultures in transition – become revealing and highly informative. On Sept. 29, the “Global Storytellers” program will celebrate this year’s All Roads Photography awardees and their work, representing four widely diverse points for view from around the globe.

The 2008 Awardees are:

Khaled Hasan (Bangladesh) – His winning images captured children who are afflicted with hearing problems at their happiest moments in India.

Farzana Wahidy (Afghanistan) – She spent 30 years documenting the war in Afghanistan and the pressures Afghan women face as they go about their daily lives for this year’s All Roads photography competition.

Alejandro Chaskielberg (Argentina) – His winning images focus on communities within a network of islands and wetlands near Buenos Aires that show how a new culture that has formed.

Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan) – Her winning images are focused on a shepherd and his town in Azerbaijan. Through her images, she was able to capture an ancient civilization before it begins to change.

These four photographers represent the new generation of under-represented global storytellers – each with their own unique visions and ways of celebrating the story of their culture.

The All Roads Photography Program recognizes and supports talented indigenous and minority-culture photographic storytellers from around the world who are documenting their changing culture and community through photography. The program provides a forum for photographers to showcase their unique perspectives to a global audience through exhibitions and panel discussions and offers awardees workshops and networking possibilities.

“We’re thrilled to be able to help these up-and-coming photographers,” said Andy Patrick, an All Roads Photography Program Advisory Board member, president and CEO of liveBooks, and founder of FiftyCrows Foundation, and a sponsor of the Global Storytellers event and All Roads Competition. “We feel it is our responsibility and honor to empower these photographers to grow their passion into a business, enhance their visibility, drive social change with their powerful images and make them accessible to the photo community.”

“Global Storytellers” is being hosted by a consortium including the National Geographic All Roads Film Project, Adobe, liveBooks, DataColor, FiftyCrows Foundation and the Aurora Forum.

The program will be moderated by Mark Gonnerman of Stanford University’s Aurora Forum, Chris Rainier from National Geographic and Andy Patrick of liveBooks/FiftyCrows Foundation.”

In the interest of full disclosure, I too am on the Advisory Board of All Roads Photography Program, and will be presenting my first seminar to the program awardees next week at National Geographic in Washington, DC.

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Jen Bekman to jury CPW’s “Photography Now 2008” – deadline 9/30

Galleriest and industry innovator JEN BEKMAN will judge “Photography Now” for the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Deadline for arrival of submissions is SEPTEMBER 30. From the competition website:

It’s the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s annual Photography Now call for entries where winners will be published in CPW’s magazine, PQ. This year CPW has invited acclaimed gallery owner and writer/curator, Jen Bekman to select the most exciting new photography from the national and international field!

From traditional to digital, all photographic techniques and approaches are welcome. Straight photography, fine art, narrative, documentary, landscape, social issues, still life, mixed media incorporating photography, photographic installations, and digital images & collages – all will be considered! CPW staff and ADV/Board members are not eligible to apply.

Accepted work will be published in the issue number 98 of CPW’s internationally distributed magazine, PQ. All who enter will receive a one year membership which includes a subscription to PQ.

COVER PRIZE– one artist will be chosen to have an image featured on the cover of PQ #98.

Results will be announced on or before November 3rd, 2008. Selected participants will be given instructions on how, when, and what to send for publication. Entries that are not selected for Photography Now will be returned in November, as long as they are accompanied by a clearly labeled self addressed, stamped, return envelope.

Jurying will be conducted via projection of slides and CD-ROMs. No application form is required. Guidelines for submissions must be followed as outlined:

CD-ROM ENTRIES – If sending a CD-ROM, title each file with your “last name_ image title.” We accept JPEG files at 300 DPI, no larger than 5×7”. Include a separate printed image list with your name, image title, date, media, and original print size for each image submitted.

SLIDE ENTRIES – Please send slides of your images in a clear slide page (8×11”) with each slide labeled with your name, phone #, image title, date, original size, & medium and an accompanying slide script. All slides should be marked in the lower left-hand corner with a red dot.

No submissions will be accepted via email. Artist statements and resumes are encouraged, but not required. You must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not responsible for unlabeled slides, CDs, or materials sent without return postage. In cases in which you are submitting a CD and do not want it returned, please be sure to provide your email address so we may notify you of the results. If a return envelope is not provided your materials will be discarded, but a letter of notice regarding acceptance status will be sent. Every precaution is taken to assure the return of your materials, but CPW is not responsible for loss or damage of any entry materials.

6 images
: $50 ($30 student/senior discount in this category only) | 10 images: $60 | 20 images: $100

Residents of Canada & Mexico must add $15 to any of the above categories. International applicants please add $20.

Please make checks payable to CPW. AMEX, MC, & Visa credit cards are also accepted. As a way to thank you for entering and keep in touch, you will receive a one year CPW membership when you enter.

Current memberships will be renewed for one additional year.


Bekman owns an eponymous gallery, writes a blog called Personism and is the founder of the international photo competition, Hey, Hot Shot! Her latest endeavor is 20×200, a place to buy editioned prints and photos at ridiculously affordable prices.

Jen Bekman Projects, the gallery, its exhibitions and Jen herself have been featured in dozens of publications including The New York Times, Harper’s, Art in America, Foam, Businessweek, Dwell, Der Spiegel and Le Monde. Jen has been a guest lecturer at The School of Visual Arts and the Photographic Resource Center @ Boston University, served as a reviewer at Center’s Review Santa Fe and was named an Innovator of the Year by American Photo. This year she juried the Singular Image Prize for Center and was honored with the Rising Star Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Her writing has appeared in GOOD Magazine and photo-eye Booklist.

Entries must be arrive by Tuesday September 30 2008

Please deliver entries to:
attn: Photography Now 2008 | Publication
Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street Woodstock, New York 12498

T 845-679- 9957 or

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