Archive for December, 2008

Susan Meiselas exhibition at ICP: Not to be missed, ends January 4th

The exhibition SUSAN MEISELAS: IN HISTORY continues at ICP through January 4th, 2009; if you have not seen it, I strongly encourage you to do so.

There is a section of the installation that I will not soon forget, in which her recently-reprinted publication Nicaragua has been installed page by page, with those images that were bought by collectors as fine prints presented in matted and framed, the images licensed featured in that context about the line of book pages, and below that line, the out-takes of images we have come to know well, providing an interesting window on how she worked on that project and how the images took on a life of their own in multiple markets. Then, on the fourth and final wall in that room, one image and all of its many and diverse reproductions are gathered together: “Molotov Man” has been wide written about (see “On the rights of Molotov Man: Appropriation and the art of the context” authored by Meiselas and painter Joy Garnet (Harpers Magazine, February 2007)

Susan Meiselas was a guest on the Leonard Lopate show 10/20, click from that page to hear the WNYC radio interview, and see a slide show.

The exhibition is organized by Kristen Lubben, Associate Curator at ICP, and is accompanied by a catalogue including essays by Lucy Lippard, David Levi-Strauss, Elizabeth Edwards, and others.

On the exhibition website page you can read an excerpt from an interview Meiselas conducted with exhibition curator Kirsten Lubben titled “Returning to Kurdistan.” You can hear Susan speaking to guests about her work at the opening of the exhibition on at link from this bottom of this page.

Again, not to be missed.

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“Imperfect, Yet Magical” Michael Kimmelman on Polaroid, NYT 12/28/08

I’m just getting to my Sunday NYT and on the front of the Week In Review section, art critic Michael Kimmelman contributed this “piece “mourning the death of Polaroid instant film and it’s accidental masterpieces”

Read the “Critic’s Notebook” here

This piece features an illustration from the book “Found Polaroids” published by the folks at

And, I encourage you to view this earlier post on Polaroid’s forthcoming demise, within which I wrote about the corporation’s legacy of supporting artists and their artmaking process.

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Festival de l’image Environnemental 2009: Deadline January 15

I came across this competition during recent research which those of you producing work on the environment may be interested in:

Festival de l’Image Environemental 2009

Deadline: January 15th

On the website you can view multimedia reports on the 2008 event in Paris and Arles, France.

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New Orleans Photo Alliance: Call for entries “DESIRE” Exhibition Deadline January 5, 2009

From New Orleans Photo Alliance:


“It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied and most men live only for the gratification of it.”

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is seeking work that explores the nature of DESIRE to be exhibited during February and March, 2009 at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery.  For more information, click here.

Desire is an eager wish to possess or enjoy. Its objects range from the pious to the sensuous to the mundane. Desire is, by its nature, unsustainable. Desire is fleeting, but images last forever. This exhibit encourages photographers to interpret, question or celebrate the myriad aspects of desire. The juror will be Mayumi Lake. Ms. Lake’s artwork deals with the interaction between the real and imaginary.

Deadline for submissions: Midnight, Monday, January 5, 2009
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, January 12, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 5, 2009, 6-9 pm
Exhibition: Saturday, February 5 – Saturday, March 21
Photographers are encouraged to enter up to 5 images.

Eligibility: Open to photographers of all levels using any
photographic process. All art submitted must be original
work created by the applicant.

Non-Refundable Entry Fee payable online via Pay Pal
Members: $25
Non-members: $35
Membership + Submission: $45 ($15 savings)

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary St.
NOLA 70130
Gallery Hours: Fri 3-6, Sat 11-4”

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Magenta Foundation’s FLASH FORWARD 2009: Due December 31

Magenta Publishing for the Arts is an outstanding arts organization based in Canada with a number of programs that involve artists internationally.   Flash Forward is in its 5th year, with a deadline approaching:

From the Magenta

This is an open call to all photographers, 34 years of age and under, in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States to enter our emerging photographers competition Flash Forward.

Our goal with the Flash Forward program is to increase the visibility of young artists.

Year 5 brings: a larger celebration, bigger prizes, added exhibitions, and further attention.

All requirements and details on how to submit are on our website:

To view the publication resulting form the 2008 competition, click here (launched October 2008)

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Hearst 8×10 Biennial Photography Competition: Deadline January 1, 2009

Independent curator, author and collector John Bennette has shared news of and excitement about “Hearst 8×10” the inaugural competition for which he is a member of the judging panel.  Each entrant can submit up to 16 images via email or CD-Rom; postmark deadline is January 1st.   NO ENTRY FEE is charged for consideration.

Selections from the press release:

“Hearst Corporation today announced an international biennial competition to recognize and showcase the professional work of talented young photographers. Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial will recognize eight winners and feature their work in two exhibition spaces in the atrium of Lord Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower, the company’s acclaimed New York City headquarters.

Both the newly-named Alexey Brodovitch* Gallery and the Hearst Gallery will showcase approximately 100 photographs beginning in April 2009 through the end of the year. Hearst will publish both digital and print catalogues showcasing works chosen by 10 judges composed of editors, creative directors, curators, and renowned photographers.”

“Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial will be open to photographers who have at least two years of professional experience, both in the United States and abroad.

All entries must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than January 1, 2009.

Additional information and submission guidelines can be found at Winners will be announced on March 1, 2009.”

Review HOW TO ENTER here.

Read the RULES here; which includes this important requirement to aid in anominity of entrants in judging process:

“Important note: To ensure a fair and unbiased selection, entries are to remain anonymous. Submissions that contain a photographer’s name and/or contact information within the file name, caption field or metadata will be disqualified.”

and this permission requirement from winners; do not enter if you can or will not comply is my advice:

“Hearst Corporation reserves the right to use the award recipient’s name, likeness, biographical information, and project images in perpetuity for publicity and promotional materials related to the Hearst 8×10 Photography Biennial and Hearst Corporation.”

I for one applaud this clarification; some recent competitions require a fee, and require permissions as noted above for ALL APPLICANTS (not just sought from winners).   As always I encourage you to read all the rules for competitons and decide for yourself whether your time and money is well placed.   Good luck to all who enter!

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The results are in: CRITICAL MASS 2008 Finalists posted

Critical Mass 2008, the competition sponsored by PhotoLucida, has nearly completed the judging process.

The TOP FIFTY PORTFOLIOS are posted in alphabetical order by first name on the left-hand side of the PhotoLucida blog entry here.

The six photographers from the top group who have been named finalists for the 2008 Book Award are:

Celine Clanet

Jeffris Elliott

Andy Freeberg

Priya Kambli

Pablo Lopez Luz


Graham Miller

The publications showcasing projects from the winners of the Critical Mass 2006 Books have been released and are available for sale.  They are:

THE LAST ICEBERG by Camille Seaman




Congratulations to the finalists, and most importantly, thanks to all who entered! I enjoy serving on the team of judges for this competition more than any other; seeing ten images from one body of work, in a sequence you select, and reading a statement provided by the entrants provides an effective window on new work.  Often I have the pleasure of meeting photographers whose work had been introduced to me through this competition.  I will be sure to post the submission deadline for next deadline (fall 2009).

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Memorial scheduled for Terry Toedtemeier set for for January 4th at the Portland Museum of Art

Just received word from Christopher Rauschenberg that the date has been set for a memorial for curator and photographer Terry Toedtemeier who recently passed away.  The public is welcome to join Terry’s colleagues, family and friends celebrate his life at the Portland Art Museum on January 4th at 3 p.m.   The exhibition “Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867 – 1957” was one of Terry’s greatest achievements; it will be on view at the museum through January 11th.   I encourage you to read my entry from December 12th on Terry’s life, with links to his photography and exhibitions.  Here’s another great review of the “Wild Beauty” exhibition, the book, and link to an interview with Terry about this project, sadly, his last.

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PhotoNOMA rescheduled for THURSDAY, December 18, 6-9 p.m.

Due to weather challenges in New Orleans last week (snow!), PhotoNOMA, the annual photographers portfolio night at the New Orleans Museum of Art, has been rescheduled for this coming Thursday, December 18th from 6 to 9 p.m.    100 photographers are eligible to sign up to share their work; this event is free for all participating photographers.    This popular event, formerly known as “Underexposed” is open to the public.  

From the New Orleans Photo Alliance website:

Thursday, Dec 18, 2008
New Orleans Museum of Art (City Park)
Admission is $5 / free for NOMA members

The New Orleans Photo Alliance, in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art, is thrilled to present PhotoNOMA, a photographers’ portfolio night at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Thursday, December 11th will mark the return of this popular annual event, formerly known as Underexposed. PhotoNOMA will feature 100 photographers displaying their work for a community walk through. The event will run from 6-9pm, and is open to the public. Entrance is free for NOMA members and $5 for non-members. The New Orleans Museum of Art is located at One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park.

“We are thrilled that the New Orleans Museum of Art is supporting contemporary photography by sponsoring this amazing event,” said Maja Georgiou, event organizer. “PhotoNOMA was very well attended last year, and we expect it to be one of the most popular events in this years PhotoNOLA lineup. We hope photography enthusiasts and the public at large come out to see the wide range of work that will be on display, and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with the artists.” Photographers from throughout the region will be participating, from the beginning to the well established, including Tim Best, Wallace Merritt and Leslie Parr.

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MARTIN PARR Artists talk and book signing of PARRWORLD: Objects and Postcards, NYC

Photographer MARTIN PARR will be giving an artists talk and book signing of his latest title PARRWORLD: OBJECTS and POSTCARDS (Aperture/Chris Boot LTD).

“While Objects is the first publication to document his twenty-five-plus years of such collecting, Postcards is the “last word” on an extraordinary collection of over 20,000 cards.”

Tuesday, December 16th 6:30 p.m.

at The Strand Bookstore, just south of Union Square at 828 Broadway.

Not to be missed!

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