Archive for January, 2009

The media, YOUR media: sharing our experiences with the world

Yesterday was an extraordinary day in history, OUR history. We watched, listened, photographed, filmed and otherwise captured a piece of it for ourselves, and to share. TODAY is one of those days – like the day after the November presidential elections – to be sure to log onto to the home page of the Newseum in Washington, DC and click on “Today’s Front Pages” to marvel at how words and images make a difference in our lives, to see our ability to communicate to the world with the tools at our fingertips.

The inauguration’s broad overage began on Saturday, with many media companies encouraging you, the public, to participate by submitting imagery to share with a broader community, to be part of history! By mid-day, on January 20th, the oath of office taken by our 44th President, CNN was beginning to broadcast images sent in by those in Washington and other places in the world via the telecast and the CNN website. Images that the public had shared through CNN’s “iReport” program. Branded “The Moment” viewers were invited to submit their pictures to [listen to CNN’s John King talking about how “they are coming in by the thousands,” and utilizing a format called PHOTOSYNTH (Microsoft technology)].’s website wrote about this, too – check it out here.

The NY Times created an on-line album of images, as well, titled “Picturing the Inauguration: The Readers’ Album,” which is “organized in the order received.” Late afternoon today the @Times email I subscribe to came to my inbox, sharing the top 5 viewed features on with a subject line that goes like this: “The Inauguration, Exclusive Photos And More.”  Your work is popular!!   (You have to be a “member” however to share your work with the world; read the agreement here.)

To Share, forever…

CNN’s “iReport” tells you that the photos you send in will be subject to’s Terms of Use.

NY Times “Gadgetwise” branded its official online photo-sharing site as Photobucket and will publish The Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book “You might just have a shot,” it tells us – “you will be contacted by email if selected for inclusion.”  Or you can create your own book with your own personal photos using Photobucket. You have to sign up as a member of Photobucket to upload content.

Although not an advocate of giving up or even sharing your copyright, I do find that the challenge of communicating effectively online is of great interest to me. On the 17th, The Times published a profile of its interactive news collaborative as a part of its “Talk to the Newsroom” series, inviting your questions through January 23rd. The discussion on the website includes such topics as ‘the elements of good interactive design.’ The group of staffers was also recently profiled in New York Magazine.

And there’s an interesting story that has surfaced concerning the red/white/blue portrait we all know by now of Barack Obama, used with HOPE, PROMISE, CHANGE and other words of optimism in posters, buttons, bumper stickers, t-shirts and more. I’ve never seen a credit to the maker on any use. On yesterday’s FRESH AIR radio show from WHYY heard on NPR, Terry Gross had as her guest SHEPARD FAIREY. From the website:

“Shepard Fairey’s illustration of Barack Obama was one of the most iconic images of the campaign — Obama’s face and the word “hope” rendered in red, white, and blue.

Fairey says he made the image to spur voters’ belief in Obama as a leader. The image was never officially adopted by the campaign, however, because of legal issues related to the original photograph he used.

The iconic poster differed from Fairey’s previous work. The image was unusual, Fairey says, because his political art is usually negative.

“I felt that Barack Obama was an unusual candidate, a special candidate, and that it was worth putting my efforts into making something positive,” he told NPR in a Jan. 2009 interview.

Now Fairey is spreading the message of hope again, this time as the official designer of the Obama inauguration poster.

Fairey spawned the “Obey” street art movement, which in turn was the inspiration for a line of clothing, and he has designed album covers for several well-known bands, including The Black Eyed Peas and the Smashing Pumpkins. He’s the founder of Studio Number One, a Los Angeles-based design company.”

Listen to the show here.

NPR featured an earlier story about this iconic image (October 28, 2008); you can listen to it here.

And the Huffington Post shared news of the acquisition of Fairey’s original collage by the National Portrait Gallery (January 7, 2009).

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) ran a story on January 15th about the Philadelphia Inquire photographer Tom Galish’s blog search to learn who’s photograph was the model for the poster: Jim Young (Reuters). So will we see the poster, a limited-edition version of which is now for sale on the DNC’s website, carrying a credit to Young as photographer?? The Shepard Fairey says he did “stylize and individualize” from the original, but that he as of that interview did not know who the photographers was.

I flew across the country today, and from every TV set in three airports the sounds and images of January 20, 2009 were the soundtrack for my day. The mood was up beat; people were decidedly more patient with the challenge that is airline travel today and with each other. Day One is winding up soon here in the East, and the website for the White House has launched, not to be missed: At 12:01 p.m. yesterday, as the keys to the White House changed, the door was open – a completely new feeling.  It is a symbol for communication and the promise of transparency in the Obama administration. If you click on this link you will find a post from Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House called “Change has come to” Has it ever.


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Lange-Taylor Prize: postmark deadline January 31

From the competition website:

“The year 2009 marks the nineteenth anniversary of the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor documentary prize, a $20,000 award given annually by the Center for Documentary Studies. First announced a year after the Center’s founding at Duke University, the prize was created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. In 1941 Lange and Taylor published An American Exodus, a book that renders human experience eloquently in text and images and remains a seminal work in documentary studies. The Lange-Taylor Prize honors their important collaborative work.

The Lange-Taylor Prize is offered to a writer and a photographer in the early stages of a documentary project

The prize is intended to fund collaborative work by a writer and a photographer in the formative or fieldwork stages of a documentary project. Submissions on any subject are welcome. Winners of the Lange-Taylor competition will have their work featured in Document, a periodical published by the Center for Documentary Studies, as well as in a virtual gallery on the CDS Web site. The amount of the award is $20,000.

By encouraging such collaborative efforts, the Center for Documentary Studies supports the documentary process in which writers and photographers work together to record the human story.”

To view the work of previous winners, click here.

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AMY STEIN to lecture this Thursday in Philadelphia

Photographer Amy Stein is lecturing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia this coming Thursday evening.

Click here to view the notice on the Penn website, and check out Amy’s blog posting on her exhibition “Domesticated” which remains on view at The Print Center through February 14th.

This body of work was an award winner in Critical Mass 2008, and the publications awarded to the top three prize winners have been released.  DOMESTICATED has been a top seller at Photo-Eye since it arrived.  Congratulations, Amy!  It has been exciting to see this work develop and receive it’s due attention.

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Annenberg Space for Photography to open in Los Angeles this spring

Over the past year I’ve been hearing a lot about the new photography center that is coming to LA, and found this article that will be of interest to all of you, LA-based or not.  The commitment of the Annenberg Foundation to photography is outstanding; the Foundation was instrumental in bringing the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection to LACMA, the largest gift of photographs in the museum’s history (selections from the Vernon Collection on view through February 1, not to be missed).   I met Patricia Lanza, Talent and Content Manager at last spring’s Palm Springs Photo Festival, and with Pat guiding programming with guest curators (Anne Wilkes Tucker is serving as Special Advisor for the inaugural exhibition) it is going to be an exciting new venue for all to enjoy.  I look forward to posting notices of activities at launch and beyond.

Read this article from on the Annenberg Space, as well as the website for the Space, here.

Here too is an earlier related article from as well as one from the LA Times.

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Review of Michael Fried’s new book “Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before” in the Guardian

Laurie Lambrecht sent me this link to a review in the Guardian of modernist Michael Fried’s new title Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before (Yale University Press).

Mark your calendars:  He will be discussing this his newest title at LACMA soon:

Lecture & Book Signing-Michael Fried
Thursday, February 19 | 7:00 pm
Michael Fried, J. R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University, has been writing about the development of modernism for over thirty years. In this lecture he will discuss his long-anticipated book, Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before, published in January by Yale University Press. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Free, no reservations
This program is supported in part by LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Photography Department.

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Review Santa Fe, Project Competition and Singular Image Competition: Deadline JANUARY 23

All my readers know how strongly I feel about the value of attending a portfolio review event.  Review Santa Fe, a tough juried competition, brings together a group of reviewers that typically includes more publishers than any other review events.  Projects get signed.  Gallery and museum relationships are established.  Top photo editors are introduced to photographers and images previously unknown to them.  Participation with work that is ready can make a difference in your path as an artist, from both a creative and a business standpoint.   Twenty images (well edited and sequenced) and a one-page (or less) statement are required for submission.

Odds are that 1 in 6 will be accepted.  If at first you don’t succeed, try again next year.

You can apply for all competitions with one submission in print or digital format = ease in applying.

You can’t miss the deadline however – the website says Deadline for entries: JANUARY 23 (Received)

The guidelines and FAQ’s are extensive – READ EVERYTHING and get it right.

Go to:

So:  Write.  Edit.  Edit some more.

Sequence your images.  Edit.  Sequence.  Edit some more.

Don’t miss the deadline.  I look forward to getting to know you and your work June 4-6th at Review Santa Fe!

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American Photography 25: Deadline Extended to January 30, 2009

The deadline for American Photography 25 is approaching.  The jury for this 25th annual publication is outstanding and reflects the diverse audience that eagerly anticipates this beautifully designed volume of photography (it is designed by a different talent each year).

American Photography is a sister publication of American Illustration (

I find the archive of previous winners in both illustration and photography to be facinating, and encourage you to review it here.

To enter, click here.

And if you haven’t subscribed to AI-AP’s fantastic blog, DART, check it out here; Peggy Roalf’s current post “The DART List: Photography West” is a road map to current exhibitions not to be missed.

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