Archive for December, 2008

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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Call for entries: PDN Annual and PDNedu STUDENT PHOTO CONTEST 2009

Deadline for this student photo competition has been extended to 12/21.
Winners will be published in PDNedu Magazine; click here for complete details and entry forms.

MORE contests from PDN:

PDN Photo Annual 2008, the Marty Forscher Fellowship and the ASMP Arnold Newman Prize: deadline 12/19; click here for complete details and entry forms.

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MAGNUM Booksigning at Aperture Gallery, Monday 15th 7:00 p.m.

Magnum Holiday Book Party

Book signing and Reception
Monday, December 15, 2008, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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


Join Aperture Monday evening as we host the Magnum Holiday Book Party, with over twenty Magnum photographers including Elliott Erwitt, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Paul Fusco, Larry Towell, Martine Franck, Paolo Pellegrin, Richard Kalvar, Mark Power, Peter Marlow, and many more. Limited-edition prints, rare and new books will be available for purchase. A special gift book by Alec Soth is included with every purchase.

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Deadline December 20 for the Aaron Siskind Fellowship approaches!

The Aaron Siskind Foundation‘s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (IPF) grant program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary photography by supporting the creative endeavors of individual artists working in still photography and photography-based media.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2008-09 grant cycle. To learn more about the IPF grant and how to apply, go to the
IPF Grant page to view the 2008-09 Grant Information & Application Guidelines.

Application Period: October 20 to December 20, 2008
December 20, 2008 at 11:59 pm EST

Please note that our application process is now exclusively online; mailed applications are no longer accepted.

“We are pleased to recognize last year’s recipients of the Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF grants. Our panel of judges selected six applicants to receive cash grants of $5,000 to help further their creative projects and abilities. The panel’s job was not an easy one, with so much great work and 900+ applications received. If you applied in 2007 and did not receive a grant, don’t give up! Several 2007 recipients had previously applied one or more times.”

Anne Coleman Torrey
Executive Director

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Curator and photographer TERRY TOEDTEMEIER, 1947-2008

Many of my readers will have known Terry Toedtemeier for years, as a photographer, a dedicated and passionate curator of photography at the Portland (OR) Museum of Art, and founder and long-time supporter of Blue Sky Gallery (known earlier as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts). Others of you will have had the pleasure of learning from his wise portfolio review sessions at Photo Lucida and other events in the NW. Sad news this morning that Terry suffered heart failure and died on Wednesday evening after giving a presentation at his beloved Columbia River Gorge in conjunction with his masterful exhibition WILD BEAUTY: PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, 1867-1957.

The Museum has posted this memorial:

“The Portland Art Museum notes with great sadness the passing of Terry Toedtemeier, curator of photography and curator of the Museum’s current exhibition, Wild Beauty.

For more than 20 years, Toedtemeier shared his passion for the art of photography with visitors to the Portland Art Museum. As the Museum’s first curator of photography, he assembled a collection of more than 5,000 images for the Museum which chronicles the history of photography; a selection of which is permanently on view in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the largest dedicated exhibition space for photography in the region.

During his tenure, Toedtemeier curated and collaborated on the organization of numerous exhibitions that ranged in scope and subject matter from political and cultural themes to individual artist retrospectives and historical overviews.

Prior to joining the Museum, Toedtemeier was one of the founding artists of the Blue Sky Gallery in 1975 and served as its co-director. In 1980 he became an Associate Professor of Art and History at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, teaching photography and studio classes.

At the root of Terry’s informed passion and inquiry about photography was his long history as an accomplished photographer. His work is included in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among many others. Terry’s photography explores the spectacular geology of the Pacific Northwest, especially its unique basalt formations. With a degree in geology from Oregon State University and a lifelong sensitivity to natural beauty, it is not a surprise to observe the artist and scholar’s merging of aesthetics and science.

Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867 – 1957 (on view through January 11) and the publication Wild Beauty will be lasting legacies of Terry’s spirit and his unique vision as an artist and scholar.

Please share your memories of Terry Toedtemeier with us on our facebook page.”

Terry’s final exhibition continues on view at the Portland Art Museum through January 11th; I hope you will a consider seeing this show before it closes, and those who can’t attend, reading Terry’s essay in the exhibition catalogue.

From the Museum’s website:

“From rock formations to waterfalls, vast curves and bends to massive mountain views, the Columbia River Gorge’s beauty has been an inspiration to professional and amateur photographers alike for nearly 150 years. The images in Wild Beauty, a 90-year photographic survey of the Columbia River Gorge, comprise some of the most striking and poignant pictures taken of the area from 1867 to 1957.

The exhibition, consisting of more than 200 photographs, is a historical journey through unique geography, advancing technology, and abundant talent, chronicling the beauty and changing character of this dramatic passage of river.

Beginning with legendary landscape photographer Carleton Watkins and including work from several photographers drawn to the region when the railroad made the Gorge more accessible, Wild Beauty highlights the growing human impact on the Gorge through transportation advances, tourism, and dam construction.

A full-color illustrated publication will accompany the exhibition and be available for purchase in the Museum Shop. A map of the Columbia River Gorge, highlighting historic images from the exhibition and driving directions to 11 sites featured in Wild Beauty, will also be available for purchase in the Museum Shop. A free, print-from-home edition of the map is available here.

Organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Terry Toedtemeier, Curator of Photography.”

Today I’m adding a link within this post, sent by Christopher Rauschenberg – a wonderful slide show friend Craig Hickman has posted featuring a young Terry (apporox. 1965-1972) at

You can read a wonderful post about Terry’s creative life and his passing here from a friend who attended Terry’s talk on Wednesday evening, and another community post with heartfelt comments here.

If you can possibly get to Portland before January 11th and see the show, I know you will be glad you did!

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