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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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TOMORROW, Thursday March 26th, 3:30 pm: “A Conversation with ROBERT FRANK” in DC

Just learned from Susana Raab’s blog that Robert Frank is going to be holding a public conversation with curator Sarah Greenough at his exhibition “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans” on view through April 26th at the National Gallery in Washington DC.

On the exhibition webpage you will find several links to interviews with Ms. Greenough about this important exhibition.

Note that they anticipate high attendance, and as a result, will simulcast, as well as record for presentation on Tuesday, March 31 at noon.
Details are on the National Gallery’s calendar, here.

From the website:

“The Elson Lecture Series features distinguished contemporary artists whose work is represented in the Gallery’s permanent collection. The Honorable and Mrs. Edward E. Elson generously endowed this series in 1992.

A Conversation with Robert Frank
March 26 at 3:30PM

Robert Frank, photographer, in conversation with Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
Lecture Brochure (PDF 80k)

For more than 50 years Robert Frank has exerted a profound influence on contemporary photography, film, and art. His seminal book The Americans, first published in 1958 and 1959, changed the course of 20th-century photography. In 83 photographs, he looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal not only social, economic, and political tensions, but also new areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life. His subject matter—cars, jukeboxes, even the road itself—was as innovative as his seemingly intuitive, off-kilter, and brilliantly incisive style. Yet the book’s soaring reputation never sat comfortably on Frank’s shoulders. Since the late 1950s he has restlessly continued to push his art in new ways, making both films and photographs that question the relationship between art and life and between the obvious symbolic meaning of a photograph and its personal significance to him.

In anticipation of high attendance, this program will be simulcast in the East Building Small Auditorium and the West Building Lecture Hall. The program will also be recorded and a screening of the recording will be shown on Tuesday, March 31, at noon in the East Building Auditorium.”

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This Weekend in NYC: AIPAD’s 30th Anniversary Expo and educational offerings

The AIPAD Photography Show New York from March 26-29, 2009

AIPAD is one of my favorite gallery expo of the year, with a roster of exhibitors more diverse this year than ever, as AIPAD has invited a select group of younger galleries, rare book dealers and other to exhibit alongside AIPAD member galleries.  And, as it is an anniversary year, there are great educational offerings and more (see below).  If you are anywhere near, you must go!  It is held at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th and Park (near Hunter College).

Note: When in NYC:, don’t miss the vintage Steichen show (1915-1923, a period of great experimentation with craft) at Howard Greenberg Gallery 41 East 57th Street, or the Emmet Gowin show at Pace MacGill Gallery, 32 East 57th Street across the street from each other.   Howard Greenberg and Peter MacGill are truly curators at heart, and both of these exhibitions provide insights into the artmaking practice of their respective featured photographers.  Breathtaking!

From the AIPAD website:

“One of the most important international photography events, The AIPAD Photography Show New York, will be presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) from March 26-29, 2009. More than 70 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will present a wide range of museum quality work by contemporary, modern and 19th century masters at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street and Park Avenue in New York City .”

For a list of exhibitors click here.

“To celebrate the 30th anniversary of AIPAD, The AIPAD Photography Show New York will present a thematic “exhibition within an exhibition.” From daguerreotype to new media, each gallery will highlight a work that reflects an innovation – such as a technical or artistic development or a seminal work – in the history of photography. A complete catalogue of the Innovation special exhibition, including images and wall text is available.”

Special Events
Saturday, March 28, 2009

Park Avenue Armory – Veteran’s Room

10:00 a.m.
What Makes a Photographic Print a Masterpiece?

(Why Process and Print Quality Matter)
Moderator:  Grant B. Romer, Co-Director, Center for the Legacy of Photography, and Research
Curator, George Eastman House
• Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art
• Anne E. Havinga, Senior Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photographs
• James M. Reilly, Co-Director, Center for the Legacy of Photography, and Director of the
Image Permanence Institute

12:00 p.m.
Bruce Davidson:  A Journey of Conciseness

Bruce Davidson talks about his work from 1956 to the present, including his
new publication, Bruce Davidson: Central Park in Platinum, published by
Verso Limited Edition Books. Introduction by Howard Greenberg, Howard
Greenberg Gallery.

2:00 p.m.
The Art of Fashion Photography

Moderator: Charlotte Cotton, Curator, Department Head, Photography, Los Angeles County
Museum of Art
• Vince Aletti, Critic and Curator
• Carol Squiers, Curator, International Center of Photography
• Etheleen Staley, Staley-Wise Gallery
• Takouhy Wise, Staley-Wise Gallery

4:00 p.m.
Photographers as Filmmakers

Moderator: Steven Kasher, Steven Kasher Gallery
• Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Artist, Filmmaker
• Albert Maysles, Artist, Filmmaker

AIPAD programs are free with Saturday, March 28 admission to The AIPAD Photography
Show New York. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Show Hours

Thursday, March 26 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 27 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 29 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


$25 daily
$40 for the run-of-show (includes catalogue)
$10 student daily admission

2009 AIPAD Membership Directory & Illustrated Catalogue
$10, if purchased separately during the Show

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Beginning March 26th: Four Evenings with Fine Art Photographers in Los Angeles hosted by Aline Smithson

Starting March 26th in Los Angeles the Julia Dean Workshops will be offering a series of evening discussions with photographers.

The photographers will include: Hiroshi Watanabe, Douglas McCulloh, Mona Kuhn, and Whitney Hubbs.

From the Julia Dean Workshops website:

“In effort to support the fine art photography community in Los Angeles, this Spring we are thrilled to present “Four evenings with Fine Art Photographers” hosted by Aline Smithson.

Los Angeles has a rich tapestry of fine art photographers that create amazing work. Because our city is so expansive, we often don’t get the opportunity to connect and learn about each other. This class opens the door to four incredible evenings, shared through the vision of some of the most interesting fine art photographers working in Los Angeles today. Many have published books, are inspired teachers, exhibit throughout the world, and are award-winning visionaries.”

Come join and us and these four talented photographers for what promises to be an unforgettable journey into artistic exploration, philosophy and discussion.”


3/26: Hiroshi Watanabe (
4/30: Douglas McCulloh (
5/28: Mona Kuhn (
6/26: Whitney Hubbs (

Series Fee: $75

When: Thurs 7-8:30pm; March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25, March 26 – June 25

At-the-door admission: $20 General; $10 Students w ID (Art Center, Santa Monica College and Brooks Institute students only)

Location: A&I Santa Monica, 1550 17th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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March 31st: Deadline for submissions to Griffin Museum exhibition; juror will be Catherine Edelman

The Griffin Museum‘s annual Juried Exhibition submission deadline is March 31st, 2009.   Those selected will be shown at the Griffin Museum from July 8 – August 30.  Cash prizes will be awarded, and two artists will be selected by the juror for a two-person exhibition.

This year the juror is Catherine Edelman of Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

For complete submission details click here.


Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9:  Portfolio Reviews sponsored by the Griffin and the Photographic Resource Center (PRC).

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