Archive for March, 2009

Last Weekends SPE Conference- Live Blogs

I just wanted to share with everyone a bit of this past weekend’s lecture events while I was at the Society for Photographic Education’s national conference.

These “live blogs” were done during my lecture Reaching the World On-line: Effective E-Marketing for Artists

The video has been provided by the blog Aesthetic Consciousness by Kyle Ford and the transcript has been provided on the blog of Ian Aleksander Adams. Thank you both!

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April 9th- Deadline Center for Fine Art Photography “Works of Man”

The Center for Fine Art Photography “Works of Man” Juried Show

Deadline April 9, 2009

From the website:

The images selected are meant to see anything created by the minds and hands of humanity will be considered for the show.

Juror: Chris Jordan is best known for his large scale works depicting consumerism in the United States.  Jordan’s 2005 book In Katrina’s Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster is a powerful display of his artistry.  In October 2007 Chris appeared on the Steven Colbert Report to discuss his body of work, Running the Numbers.

Works of Man show will have $720 in Awards with all exhibitors included in the Center’s online gallery for two years.

For details click here.

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Photographer Helen Levitt: 1913 -2009

The wonderful street photographer Helen Levitt passed away on Sunday at the age of 95.
“Born in 1913 in New York City, Helen Levitt left school to work for a commercial photographer and by 1938 had started her seminal book, In the Street: chalk drawings and messages, New York City 1938-1948.

Levitt was considered to be one of the world’s greatest street photographers and the last living link with America’s golden age of photography in the 1930s. Throughout her life, she worked in the streets of New York taking pictures such as her most famous one, which depicts three children preparing to go trick-or-treating on Halloween in 1939.

Levitt met Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1935 and even followed him when he photographed on the Brooklyn waterfront. She studied with Walker Evans, in 1943, had Edward Steichen curate her first show at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1955, he included some of her images in his landmark Family of Man show and, in 1959 and 1960, she received two Guggenheim Foundation grants to take colour photographs in New York.

Levitt published her first major book, A Way of Seeing, in 1965, but in other respects photobooks were a later development for her. In the Street wasn’t published until 1987, and her magnum opus, Crosstown, didn’t hit the shelves until 2001. Slide Show, the Colour Photographs of Helen Levitt, which collected together her little-known colour work, was published in 2005.
Last year, Powerhouse Books published her last monograph, which saw Levitt handpick the eclectic mix of iconic and previously unpublished images, making this book her ‘greatest hits’ collection of personal bests.  Levitt died in her sleep in New York on Sunday.”

(Note: the above information was contained in an email I received today and am not sure of the source of the quote.)

To listen to an interview with Levitt and view a slide show of her work, go to NPR’s website.

To read her obituary in the New York Times, click here.

You can also read what was written about Levitt in  the NY Times by Margarett Loke here.

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March 31st at MoMA: Panel Discussion and Symposia, “Myths of the West: Photographers, Filmmakers and Writers”

At MoMA the exhibition Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West runs March 29–June 8, 2009

March 31st at 6pm there will be a Panel Discussion and Symposia  featuring photographers, writers, and filmmakers. At this time it is sold-out.

Also on April 6th and 9th at 12:30 p.m. there will be a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture at MOMA.

“In conjunction with Into the Sunset, which examines how photography has pictured the idea of the American West from 1850 to the present, this panel features photographers, a filmmaker, and a writer in a discussion of how their work elicits and contributes to our collective imagination and narratives of the West. Participants include photographer Katy Grannan, writer Annie Proulx, and photographer, filmmaker, and actor Dennis Hopper. Eva Respini, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, and organizer of the exhibition moderates a discussion.”

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Curator’s Gallery Talk: Jo Ann Callis Exhibition at the Getty

Judy Keller, acting senior curator of photographs at the Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2:30 p.m.(free)

Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

This exhibition opens March 31 and continues through August 9th.

To read about the related exhibition “Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance” click here.

To read about Jo Ann Callis, click here.

To read about the publication that accompanies the exhibition, click here.


Thursday, May 21st at 7 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center:

“Woman Twirling: Jo Ann Callis, Gay Block and Catherine Opie In Conversation”

Free, however reservations are required.


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Deadline April 3rd: Center for Psychoanalytical Studies Juried show “Dreamwork”

Juried show Dreamwork at the New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis & The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies

Deadline April 3rd

From the website:

The New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis & The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies

Address: 16 West Tenth Street, New York, New York 10011

Date: May 9 – June 27, 2009

Juried Competition Open to Original Artwork in Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, and Works on Paper: Artists 18 years and older residing in the United States may submit up to 3 works for consideration.  The gallery cannot accommodate work in the media of film, video, or installation.

Wall-mounted work: Not to exceed 5’ in height or width, and 60 lbs. All work must be wired and ready for installation.

Sculpture: Must fit through a 36”-wide doorway; work weighing more than 100 lbs. must be hand delivered.

Artists with special installation requirements should be available to assist in the installation of their work.  The curators reserves the right to refuse accepted work that arrives damaged, is too fragile to be exhibited, or was misrepresented in submission.

How to apply:
To enter, email the completed entry form along with digital images of your artwork to Submission images should be in JPEG format, no larger than 8” in height and 300dpi. A full view of the artwork is required; artists may submit one detail view of each submission if they wish. JPEG files should be named as follows: firstinitial.lastname.abbreviatedtitle.jpg. (For example, w.smith.shorttitle.jpg.)

Please be sure that the labeling of your images matches the listing of submitted works on the entry form and that you have included your email address and telephone number. Alternatively, you can mail the completed entry form along with a CD-Rom of your artwork to: “Dreamwork” CMPS, 16 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10011.

All CDs must be PC compatible; CDs will not be returned. Please label your CD with your name, email address, phone number, and submission titles.

Exhibition Date: May 9 – June 27, 2009

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March 31st: Michael Berman to lecture in Santa Fe

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

As part of the “Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe” Lecture Series sponsored in conjunction with the Photography Department/Marion Center  at the Museum New Mexico:

Michael Berman, 2008 Guggenheim Photography Fellow, will be lecturing about his work Grasslands: The Chihuahuan Desert Project.

From the Museum of New Mexico Media Center website:

“Berman, a 2008 Guggenheim Photography Fellow, lives and works in the Black Range along the Mimbres River in southwest New Mexico. His photographs are included in Through the Lens, and photographs from his ongoing endeavor, Grasslands: The Chihuahuan Desert Project, supported by Guggenheim, will be published this year in Trinity, the third book of the border trilogy, The History of the Future, with author Charles Bowden.”

The event will be held at the New Mexico Film Museum.

This lecture series is in conjunction with the exhibit held at the Palace of the Governor

From the website:

Through the Lens
Nov 21, 2008 through Oct 25, 2009
Since the 1850s many of the most recognized names in photography have focused their lenses in and on Santa Fe. Through their creative efforts they have documented a particular place and its visual history. They helped create that “place” and the mystique of Santa Fe. Photography has long been significant in the construction of notions of space and place, landscape and identity, and especially in Santa Fe, however malleable visual meaning may be, has helped define the geographical imagination.

Curated by photographer and educator Krista Elrick and Palace of the Governor Curator of Photography, Mary Anne Redding, Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe, examines the history of Santa Fe through the visual record created by internationally respected photographers.

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Submissions open for Hey, Hot Shot! 2009

Hey, Hot Shot! 2009

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2009.

From the website:
“What is Hey, Hot Shot!?
Hey, Hot Shot! offers unrivaled opportunities for photographers to have their work promoted online, reviewed by top-notch panelists and exhibited in our New York gallery. Now entering its fifth year, the international competition has been lauded by curators, critics, educators and journalists.

five hot shots x NYC exhibition + (20×200) = incomparable exposure
Our panel will select five Hot Shots to exhibit their work in a two-week show @ Jen Bekman Gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, 20×200 editions of each photographer’s work are released online.

cold hard cash
Each winning photographer will be awarded a $500 honorarium.

ultras go solo
One photographer of the five Hot Shots will be selected selected as an Ultra. Each Ultra is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery and slated for a solo exhibition.

in it to win it As always, we’ll select contenders to feature daily on the Hey, Hot Shot! blog throughout the entry period. Contenders and honorable mentions will also be considered for 20×200, Jen Bekman Projects’ online endeavor which offers limited edition prints at affordable prices.

We only accept submissions online, via this website.

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 1st, 2009 @ 8pm (EDT).

Hot Shots will be announced on Thursday, May 28th, 2009.

There is a $60 handling fee for your entry.
Submissions are open to everyone, from anywhere in the world!
The competition is open.”

The panelists:Jen Bekman, Photographer Christine Collins , Dana Faconti editor of Blind Spot Magazine, Caterina Fake co-founder of,  Stephen Frailey editor of Dear Dave Magazine, photographer Raul Gutierrez, Darius Himes co-founder of Radius Books, Jenni Holder, Julia Leach, Nion McEvoy is chairman and CEO of Chronicle Books, Lesley A. Martin is a book publiser at Aperture , artist Kent Rogowski and photographer Stefan Ruiz.

More details about the panelist can be found here.

Don’t forget Jen Bekman is also jurying the PHOTO-OP show for the the Photographic Center Northwest!

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Paul Graham wins Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2009

It was announced yesterday that British photographer Paul Graham has won the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize.

Graham’s exhibition “a shimmer of possibility” is on view at MoMA through May 18th; Vince Aletti wrote about it in the Critic’s Notebook column in The New Yorker; click here to read.  Graham’s title of the same name, consisting of twelve individual books, was published by Steidl/MACK (2008).

From the Deutsche Borse Group website:

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize aims to reward a contemporary photographer of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution (exhibition or publication) to the medium of photography in Europe in the previous year.

The Prize was originally set up in 1996 by The Photographers’ Gallery in London to promote the best of contemporary photography. Deutsche Börse has sponsored the £30,000 prize since 2005. The Prize showcases new talents and highlights the best of international photography practice. It is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of photography. The Photographers’ Gallery and Deutsche Börse have been shortlisted for Arts & Business International Award 2008 for their cooperation in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2009

The winner of the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize was announced on 25 March 2009: Paul Graham. Other photographers, who were shortlisted for this year’s prize, are: Emily Jacir, Tod Papageorge und Taryn Simon.

The Photographers’ Gallery in London is the opening venue for the exhibition between 20 February – 12 April 2009. Later in 2009 the exhibition will be shown at the C/O Berlin and the Deutsche Börse Group headquarters in Frankfurt.

The Jury

Nominations were made by the Academy, a group of more than 100 international experts on photography who represent photography institutions throughout Europe.

The Jury this year was: David Campany, Writer/Lecturer, University of Westminster, UK; David Goldblatt, Photographer, South Africa; Chus Martínez, Chief Curator, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; and Anne-Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany. The Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, Brett Rogers was the non-voting Chair.

The shortlisted Artists

Paul Graham (born in 1956 in the UK) was nominated for his publication “A Shimmer of Possibility” (steidlMACK, Oct 07). Graham has always challenged the medium of photography. He works with its very nature, its dependence on light, its recognition of detail, its document of the moment. His social commitment and historical perspective is as unrelenting as his pictorial brilliance is illuminating. He has always sought the telling trace hinting at the broader picture, leaving out as much as he puts in. A Shimmer of Possibility assembles images from everyday life in today’s America, a kind of filmic allusion to the Japanese verse form haiku where nothing much happens but nothing is foreclosed. What do you think or see when you walk down the street? How does that make your experience and how much is it made by your experiences? The photographs don’t tell us what to see but remind us how we see. They reveal the power of the passing encounter, the need to be aware and the richness of experience to be extracted from the everyday.

Image: Untitled, 2007; © Paul Graham.

Emily Jacir (b. 1970 in Saudi Arabia) was shortlisted for her multimedia installation “Material For A Film” featured in the 2007 Venice Biennale. Jacir’s work is dedicated to history, resistance and the power of artists and intellectuals to transform theory into practice. The strength of her oeuvre lies in her combination of opposites, seamlessly exchanging the sublime and the banal, the sentimental and the cynical, the spontaneous and the studious, the poetic and the political within a single piece. Her ongoing work is inspired by the fate of Palestinian intellectuals in 1972/73, when, within a year, more than a dozen Palestinians living in Europe, most of them artists and intellectuals were killed by Israeli agents in response to the Olympic Games massacre in Munich. To this day, these occurrences are still part of Palestinians’ collective memory: “I had always known these stories growing up,” says Jacir. “These stories haunt us. And I had always known I wanted to do a piece on the 13 artists and intellectuals who were killed in Europe between 1972 and 1973.”

Image: Installation shot of Material for a Film (2005 – ongoing, multimedia installation); © Alexander and Bonin, New York.

Tod Papageorge (b. 1940 in the US) was nominated for his 2008 exhibition “Passing Through Eden: Photographs of Central Park” in the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London. He lived in New York City for more than 25 years. “Passing Through Eden” is a body of photographs produced between 1966-1992. The earliest pictures were taken with 35mm cameras. In 1977 Papageorge turned to medium-format cameras to more compellingly describe the light of the park and, particularly, how that light could so gorgeously illuminate the shifting population of bodies sprawled in the often untended grass that flourished in the park at that time. For all the intensity and sensuousness of these core images, however, Passing Through Eden ultimately succeeds as a landmark body of work because of the almost-Shakespearian range of its vision, the ability to capture an astonishing variety of gesture, uncanny photographic beauty, and raw emotional truth.

Image: Untitled (25)

Taryn Simon (b. 1975 in New York) assumes for her project “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar” the dual role of shrewd informant and collector of curiosities, compiling an inventory of what lies hidden and out-of-view within the borders of the United States. She examines a culture through careful documentation of diverse subjects from the realms of science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature, security and religion. Through text and image, the work underscores the complicated relationship between a photograph and its context. The visual is processed aesthetically and then re-defined by its text. Her sometimes ethereal, sometimes foreboding compositions, shot over a four year period, vary as much as her subject matter, which ranges from radioactive capsules at a nuclear waste storage facility to a black bear in hibernation. In examining that which is integral to America’s foundation, mythology and daily functioning, Simon creates a collection of works that reflect and reveal a national identity.

Image: White Tiger (Kenny), 2007; © Taryn Simon, Steid/Gagosian.

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May 15th- Upcoming Deadline for Photographic Center Northwest’s Annual Photographic Competition

The Photographic Center Northwest’s 14th Annual Photographic Competition Exhibition “Photo-Op”

Juror: Jen Bekman

Upcoming Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2009

From the website:

“This annual juried exhibition draws entries from across the country and around the world, and remains among the most popular shows in PCNW’s annual schedule. Selected entries will be exhibited at PCNW in Seattle from July 13th – September 4th, 2009. First, second, and third prize winners will take home $1000, $500, and $250 as well as $75 Gift Certificates of Blurb Scrip for each winner. The competition is open to all photographers, all photographic processes, and all themes. The juror is looking for work that represents a larger, cohesive body of work and will be selecting a short series from each photographer chosen.

Juror Jen Bekman is the owner of Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City and the projects 20×200 and Hey, Hot Shot!

For details about the competition click here.

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