Archive for September, 2008

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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CRITICAL MASS: Registration open now through OCTOBER 6

One of my favorite ways to get to know new work is through the competition Critical Mass. As a Juror, we have a chance to see ten of your images, read your artist’s statement, learn from you what your final print process is, your preferred presentation size, price, and more. I can’t tell you how many photographers I meet at portfolio review events whose work seems familiar to me.. and I realize that they submitted to Critical Mass, and it allowed me to get to know their work for the first time, or update industry professionals on their projects. And I applaud giving the top prize winners BOOKS of their work. I love the fact that I can spend weeks reviewing the submissions and judge from CD-Rom when on airplanes over a period of weeks, allowing for thorough consideration of the work and my final rankings. Recently I have been reviewing the judging discs from previous years and can tell you that editing an sequencing DOES matter. I’ll be looking at work, completely engaged, then out of the blue the photographer decides to also show work from a complete different discipline. This challenges one’s focus on your work.

My best advice: submit 10 images that are coherent as a group. EDIT! Each image should add to the strength of the submission; don’t throw a curve ball into the submission, to show how broad your capabilities are… Carefully consider which image you elect to identify as “signature” from the submission, which will be used on the checklist we receive. If the selection of images you submit comes from a larger project or series, tell us. Provide us with titles. Write about your work with clarity.

The competition website can be found by clicking here. You will find a list of those pre-screening the work, and the Jurors who will review the submission of 175 finalists, on the site. I look forward to seeing your work this fall during the Critical Mass judging period.

From the event website:

The aim of Critical Mass, and all Photolucida programming, is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today.

Critical Mass is a program about exposure and community. The idea is simple- photographers (from anywhere) submit a 10 image portfolio for $75. This work then gets pre-screened by a committee of 25 great jurors and from there, 175 top finalists are determined. These top finalists then pay an additional submission fee and their work goes on to a jury of approximately 200 of the world’s best curators, editors, and professionals who have agreed to vote on these finalists. From these votes, two or three photographers receive book awards and once the monographs are published, everyone who enters and reviews will receive copies of the books.

We are pleased to continue to give scholarships to pre-selected photographers by geographical region. In 2007, we gave scholarships to Polish photographers, this year the focus will be on photographers from Mexico.”

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FotoWeek DC November 15-22: Call for entries, deadline 9/22; portfolio reviews 11/15

From the event website:

“The week of November 15-22, 2008 will mark the launch of FotoWeek DC, the first annual gathering of a diverse and wide-ranging photography community in the nation’s capital, including photographers, museums, universities and all those involved in the profession across the metro D.C. area, including Virginia and Maryland. Unique among American cities, Washington, D.C. is a nexus of artistic, business, political and public sector energy, in which photography plays an integral role. FotoWeek DC seeks to bring together all photographers and imaging professionals from every discipline to join with the public in celebration of the medium.”


The FotoWeek DC Juried Awards are designed to recognize, honor, and celebrate the achievements of area professional photographers in the community of their peers through submissions of work in several disciplines. In addition, amateur and student work will be included and judged in six separate categories.”

DEADLINE 9/22 for the juried competition: click here for details.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW: November 15th at the Corcoran School of Art; registration details not yet posted so be sure to visit this link.

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Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olumjimi: lecture and exhibition opening 9/26 in Bay Area

Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi’s WINTER IN AMERICA project will be on view at the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University from September 27 – December 13. This presentation will be the first time the stills and the video will be exhibited together. The artists will give a free public lecture on SEPTEMBER 26th from 6:30 – 7:30, followed by the opening reception for the exhibition from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

From the event website:

“Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi’s collaborative Winter in America project consists of a stop-motion animation video and still photographs that function together to depict the 2000 robbery and murder of Thomas’ cousin Songha Thomas Willis. This tragic event is enacted by G.I. Joe action figures. Ironically, these toys were used by the artists when they were children to play out violent narratives. The narrative represented in Winter in America was developed from an interview with Todd Rose, the primary eye witness to the crime, as well as notes by Leslie Willis, the mother of the victim, taken during the murder trail of the perpetrators. This presentation will be the first time the Winter in America video and still photographs have been exhibited together. According to Willis, the project importantly includes both because, “Video carries the viewer through and still images allow the viewer to ponder.”

The resulting work is chillingly powerful—a dramatic statement about violence in African American communities. At the same time, the work directly critiques our culture’s relationship with violence—its prevalence in simulated forms in mass culture and its longstanding presence in the toys of our youth. Willis and Olujimi remind us that the packaging for G.I. Joe dolls identifies the toys as suitable for children ages five and up, even though all the figures are accessorized with guns. Making reference to their own personal relationships with the action figures, the artists reveal the role the toys play in “breeding a culture of violence in young boys, who are invited to author violent scenarios before they can even read.” Independent scholar and curator Carla Williams contributes: “Although this is specifically the story of young men of color, on both sides, and highly personal, this is ultimately a universal American tragedy, the inevitable and all-too-frequent by-product of a country hopped up on its own bullying bravado, blind to the consequences of its mad insistence on acquisition and dominance by any means necessary.”


The following week, Hank will make a three-city lecture tour in conjunction with his receiving the Aperture West Book Prize and the forthcoming release of his first monograph PITCH BLACKNESS:

The Aperture West Collaborative Series

October 1 at the Henry Art Museum (Seattle)

October 2 at the Hammer Museum, UCLA (Los Angeles)

October 3 at the San Francisco Art Institute, a PhotoAlliance Event (San Francisco)

Details to follow on this blog.

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Tonight in NYC: Art Criticism at SVA

SVA‘s Artists Talk on Art Presents:

Theory and Production: Art Criticism Today

Friday, September 19, 7 – 9pm

Robert Ayers, former senior editor of, and Jonathan T.D. Neil, art journalist and critic for Art Review, will discuss the challenges and relevance of contemporary art today. The panel will consider the current environment in which the curator and collector frequently supplant the art critic’s influence, as well as the effects of convergent media and blogs on the public discourse of art. Peter Duhon, executive editor of Art Comments, will moderate.

209 East 23 Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater
Admission is free for SVA students, faculty, staff and ATOA members; $7 regular admission; $3 for SVA alumni, non-SVA students and seniors.

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