Archive for February, 2009

February 12th- “PhotoDimensional” MoCP Opening Reception and Artist Talks


“PhotoDimensional is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who investigate the relationship between sculpture and photography, between two and three dimensions, and explore perceptual issues intrinsic to those relationships. ” Karen Irvine (curator)

4pm at MoCP: ARTISTS’ TALK: Katalin Deér, Bettina Hoffmann, Melinda McDaniel, and Susana Reisman


Works by John Coplans, Katalin Deér, Leslie Hewitt, Bettina Hoffmann, Laurent Millet, Pello Irazu, David Ireland, Melinda McDaniel, Heather Mekkelson,Vik Muniz, Susana Reisman, Lorna Simpson, Florian Slotowa

Museum of Contemporary Photography
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605


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February 12: Opening reception and panel discussion for “child soldiers: FORCED TO BE CRUEL”

Thursday, February 12th 6-9 p.m. marks the opening reception for the exhibition and book project:

child soldiers FORCED TO BE CRUEL

This event and exhibition take place at the Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn (718)666-3049

Curated by Leora Kahn and Peter Mantello, the exhibition continues through March 8, 2009.

ABOUT THE BOOK from the pH website:

“Edited by: Leora Kahn
Introduction by: Luis Moreno-Ocampo
Photographs by: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Lynsey Addario, Martin Adler, Richard Butler, Francesco Cito, Gary Calton, Chris de Bode, Donna De Cesare, Miquel Dewever Plana, Tiane Doan na Champassak, Colin Finlay, Riccardo Gangale, Cedric Gerbehaye, Jan Grarup, Tim A. Hetherington, Rhodri Jones, Bob Koenig, Roger Lemoyne, Zed Nelson, Peter Mantello, Heather McClintock, Olivier Pin Fat, Giacomo Pirozzi, Q. Sakamaki, Marcelo Salinas, Dominic Sansoni, Guy Tillim, Sven Torfinn, Ami Vitale, Vincent van de Wijngaard, Tomas van Houtryve, Kadir van Lohuizen, Alvaro Ybarra-Zavala, Francesco Zizola
Essay by: Jo Becker, Jimmi Briggs, Dick Durbin, Emmanuel Jal, Michael Wessells

“I would like to give you a message. Please do your best to tell the world what is happening to us, the children, so that other children don’t have to pass through this violence.”
—A 15-year-old girl who escaped from the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda

Up to half a million children have been engaged in more than 85 conflicts worldwide. As armed conflict proliferates, increasing numbers of children are exposed to the brutalities of war. Boys and girls around the world are recruited to be child soldiers by armed forces and militant groups, either forcibly or voluntarily. Some are tricked into service by manipulative recruiters, others join in order to escape poverty or discrimination, while still others are outright abducted at school, on the streets, and at home. Aside from participating in combat, many are used for sexual purposes, made to lay and clear land mines, or employed as spies, messengers, porters, or servants. Kids have become the ultimate weapons of twenty-first-century war.

Child Soldiers focuses on countries with a history of child warfare, as captured by photographers and writers from across the globe. The book explores the children’s time as combatants, as well as their demobilization and rehabilitation. Included are Tim Hetherington’s photographs from Liberia; Roger Lemoyne and Cedric Gerbehaye’s work from the Congo; Ami Vitale’s series on child Maoist recruits in Nepal; and other work from Burma, Columbia, the Central African Republic, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Palestine.”

Editor and curator Leora Kahn‘s most recent project was the extraordinary Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan, which I had the pleasure of seeing at during FotoFest ’08. Kahn and Proof: Media for Social Justice were 2007 recipients of a grant from the Open Society Institute to work with the Aegis Trust on this important project.  Leora, your projects are important and we thank you for your efforts on behalf of so many!

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February 10th: Camera Club of New York Lecture Series hosts Christopher LaMarca

The Camera Club of New York Lecture Series:
February 10th at 7pm

Photographer Christopher LaMarca will be presenting his work at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Amphitheater
209 East 23rd Street in New York City

This lecture is free to CCNY members, SVA students, faculty, and staff
General admission $10, $5 for other students with ID

(Book signing to follow the lecture)

Christopher LaMarca studied Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of Oregon, a degree that led him to pursue photographic projects documenting environmental issues. His work on the protection of old growth forests against logging garnered him numerous awards, including PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers and NPPA’s Best of Photography. His Forest Defender project was featured in the 2006-2007 ICP triennial, Ecotopia; along with being published in both Aperture and Art Review. His first book Forest Defenders was recently published by powerHouse Books.

His clients include Volvo, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Fortune, The Fader, New York Magazine, and Newsweek among other national and international publications.

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Screening: THIN, with conversation/booksigning with Lauren Greenfield at LACMA, Sunday February 8th, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 8th at 1:00pm at LACMA’s Bing Theater

Lauren Greenfield will be screening her film Thin. The film will be followed by a conversation between Greenfield and curator Charlotte Cotton. The film is shown in conjunction with the exhibition Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs, 1913-2008.

Thin is a documentary following the lives young women over a six months period of time in a center for eating disorders. Also check out Kids + Money.

The showing is free, click here for details.

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Feb. 5 Opening New Visualism: Abstractions in Photography at FotoFest in Houston

The exhibition New Visualism: Abstractions in Photography with works by Štěpán Grygar and Fernando La Rosa opens today at the FotoFest gallery in Houston.

Wendy Watriss who is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of FotoFest curated this show of contemporary black & white photography by Štěpán Grygar from the Czech Republic and Fernando La Rosa from the U.S. and Peru.

Tonight, February 5th, there will be a reception from 6-9pm as well as an Artist Talk and Book signing on Saturday, February 7th at 2pm. For details click here.

FotoFest 1113 Vine Street, Houston, Texas 77002 USA
Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat noon – 5pm

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February 13th Application Deadline: “Our World” Portfolio Review event in San Francisco

PhotoAlliance with Co-sponsors Orion Magazine and Blue Earth Alliance
The event will be pre-juried, with a limit of 50. The DEADLINE to submit your portfolio for consideration is February 13th, 2009.

From the website:

“OUR WORLD:Addressing the Creative Ways We Explore, Portray, Express and Connect Communities Through Images.”

March 13-15, 2009 in San Francisco

PhotoAlliance  will be hosting the Our World portfolio review.     This event is being co-sponsored by Orion Magazine and the Blue Earth Alliance.

FOR A FULL PROSPECTUS click here or email

A number of prizes and opportunities will be awarded including:
The Orion/PhotoAlliance Award: For the best portfolio that fits the mission of Orion magazine which is to deepen an understanding of our relationships with the natural world: a portfolio in an upcoming issue of Orion!

The Ike Royer Memorial Award from Freestyle Photographic that recognizes the best work utilizing traditional gelatin silver materials.

The Blue Earth Prize For “Best Project Photography” This new award provides recognition for photographic work best representing the Blue Earth mission: To raise awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments and social concerns through photography.

Don’t miss this deadline if you are ready to have your work seen – there are no other upcoming reviews for which registration remains open.  Good luck!

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February 9th at 7 pm: A Conversation with Photographer Paul Graham at SVA

On Monday night at the School of Visual arts Philip Grefter of the New York Times will be speaking with Paul Graham. Paul Graham’s show “a shimmer of possibility” will opened February 4th at The Musuem of Modern Art, continuing through May 18th.

Monday, February 9, 7pm, at the  Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23 Street, New York City. Admission is free.  (Note: I recall needing photo ID to enter this building, and the auditorium is small so arrive early!)

This is the first of a series of monthly conversations that will be held at SVA.

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