Archive for April, 2009

April 21st: “Tuesday Artists’ Talks” features Todd Deutsch at Mpls Photo Center

On Tuesday April 21st photographer Todd Deutsch will speak about his project “Gamers” at the Mpls Photo Center in Minneapolis.  (MPLS – that’s short for “Minneapolis”)

To RSVP for this talk, or the final in the series Doug Beasley on May 19th, click here.

Todd Deutsch will exhibit his documentary project, “Gamers,”  from April 21 to May 17.

“These photographs were made at local area network (LAN) parties in suburban Minneapolis. Hardcore video game players set up their computers in an empty storefront or hotel ballroom for 2 days of continuous gaming. They play head- to- head over a temporary network dedicated to first person video combat. Players adopt aliases and enter the game from the point of view of their assumed on- screen identity. The room smells like overheating electronics and hyper- caffeinated gamers. It is an overwhelmingly male world fueled by Red Bull, Monster Energy drink, and electric blue bottles of Bawls. 

Gaming culture is closely linked to the emotional, physical, and social turmoil of boyhood adolescence. A broad social queasiness toward video games mirrors a long- standing uneasiness surrounding adolescent boys. Many of the hardcore gamers thrive on the fringes of mainstream culture. Their status as computer geeks, outcasts, and loners makes them sympathetic underdogs. Their association with ultra- violent games casts them as time bombs on the verge of becoming sociopaths. Gamers are the contemporary archetypes of male adolescence.”


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April 19th, noon at Pace University in NYC: “Photojournalism and the Aestheticis of Suffering” Panel

The LEFT FORUM starts today in Manhattan – the program is outstanding!

As part of the programming,  Kate Orne sent me a reminder of this programming she is participating on as a panelist.  It is this Sunday (day passes are available):

Sunday, April 19, Noon – 2 p.m., Pace University, room E321.

Photojournalism and the Aesthetics of Suffering: Embedded vs Unembedded, Sympathy vs Empathy.

   Moderator:  Holly Edwards, author of Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain (University of Chicago Press)

In wars and other trouble spots photojournalists must bridge the gap between victims’ suffering and viewers’ curiosity, while having to contend with spin, censorship, and too often flying bullets and shrapnel. How do they do it? What choices do they make? What do they consider to be their successes and failures? What challenges do they faces getting their images to the public? What do they have to say about the rest of the profession?

ANTONIN KRATOCHVIL emigrated to the US from the then Czechoslovakia in 1972. He has become one of the most celebrated photojournalists in the business, covering such stories as “Blood Diamonds” (diamonds mined to fund wars in various parts of Africa), Burma’s Heroin, Chernobyl, Haiti’s elections, Moscow nightlife, the war in Iraq, the wars in Eastern Europe, and celebrities such as George Clooney and Bono. He has won many awards including in 2005 the Lucie Award for photojournalism, and the Golden Light Award for best documentary book, for “Vanishing,” (de.M0 press) which documents cultures being extinguished by human catastrophes. It is the most recent of his five books.

KATE ORNE has since 2005 focused the sex trade in Pakistan. She is the first photographer allowed inside of the community of brothels, sexworkers, trafficking vicitms, pimps and clients living stigmatized under Islam. She has just returned from Pakistan where she oversaw  projects she supports with the proceeds of her images, including two schools for the children of sex workers and a free healthcare clinic. Orne received the Berenice Abbott Award for Photography 2008.

ANTHONY SUAU a contract photographer for Time Magazine, won a Robert Capa Gold Medal for his coverage of Chechnya. His 10-year project “Beyond the Fall” covered changes in the former Soviet Union, and was widely exhibited in Europe. He has also covered the Rwanda genocide. His 2001 show “Between Worlds—Kabul–New York” juxtaposed images of the 9/11 aftermath with those of Kabul following the Taliban’s withdrawal (City Museum of New York). His 2004 book “Fear This” (Aperture) examines the efforts in the US to encourage acceptance of the war in Iraq. He received the ICP Infinity award for photojournalism in 2007.
YUNGHI KIM, Korean-born American photographer, whose most recent work is a document of the remaining Comfort Women, Korean girls pressed into sexual service by the Japanese army during WWII. She has also done photo essays on Kosovo, Rwanda, Afghanistan and New Orleans following Katrina. She’s worked on the Boston Globe, and is a former member of Contact Press Images.




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April 27th- Deadline LACDA Digital Art and Photography

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art Juried Competition

International Deadline: April 27, 2009

From the website:

Enter the LACDA ‘Top 40’ juried competition featuring digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable.

Forty winners will be selected and receive one print up to 24×36 on museum quality paper to be shown in an international group exhibition in our gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists. L.A. Center for Digital Art exhibit dates: May 14-June 6. Artists Reception May 14, 7-9pm in conjunction with the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk.

Winners will be exhibited at the L.A. Center for Digital Art, Digital Studio Gallery and at the California Museum of Photography.

For details click here.

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April 18th- Deadline Extended for the PRC Juried Publication

Photographic Resource Center’ s Juried Publication

From the website:

In addition to its renowned juried exhibition, EXPOSURE, the Photographic Resource Center, a non-profit gallery and educational center in Boston, MA, is pleased to offer another opportunity, a print publication. Printed as a full-color insert into our fall 2009 newsletter, in the loupe, the inaugural PRC Juried Publication competition will feature one image per selected artist and contact information.

The postmark deadline for entry has been extended to Saturday, April 18, 2009.

The PRC is honored to announce Dana Faconti, Blind Spot Editor and Publisher, as the 2009 inaugural juror. We expect between 20 to 50 artists will be selected by the juror for publication and each artist will be represented by one image each.

Along with the required entry form available online, send 6 jpegs, formatted to specifications, resume, statement, image list, self-addressed envelope with adequate postage for return of materials, along with the required form, $25 entry fee, and current membership fee (if not currently a member). For more info and the required entry form as a PDF, please click here:

Applicants must be current PRC Members or join the PRC at the time of submission. To sign up or renew, please click here:

Photographic Resource Center
832 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 975-0600

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April 16th-Photographer Peter Feldstein at the Harry Ransom Center

As part of the Harry Ransom Center   Focus on Photography event series Peter Feldstein will be speaking on April 16th at 7pm about his book The Oxford Project.

For information click here.

From the announcement:

In a Focus on Photography event, photographer Peter Feldstein discusses his new book The Oxford Project, a 20-year project photographing and interviewing the residents of Oxford, Iowa, on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center. A book signing follows.

In 1984, photographer Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every single resident of his town, Oxford, Iowa (pop. 676). He converted an abandoned storefront on Main Street into a makeshift studio and posted flyers inviting people to stop by. At first they trickled in slowly, but in the end, nearly all of Oxford stood before Feldstein’s lens.

Twenty years later, Feldstein decided to do it again. He invited writer Stephen G. Bloom to join him, and together they went in search of the Oxford residents Feldstein originally shot in 1984. Some had moved. Most had stayed. Others had passed away. All were marked by the passage of time.

What emerges is a living portrait of Small Town, USA, told with the words and images of its residents—then and now—and textured by their own words. It tells the compelling story of one archetypal American community—its struggles, accomplishments, failures, and secrets—and how it has both changed and stayed the same over the course of the years.

Feldstein will read from the book and narrate a slide presentation, followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

Seating is free, but limited.

This program will be WEBCAST live.

Read more about The Oxford Project in the Austin ChronicleThe New YorkerCNN, and the New York Times.

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April 17th-19th Creative Capital in Missoula, MT

The program  Creative Capital will be holding a Professional Development Program Weekend Retreat at Montana Arts Council

Apr 17 – Apr 19, 2009  Missoula, MT

To apply, please contact Cinda Holt at the Arts Council,


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April 14th- Jacqueline Hassink Artist’s Talk and Book Signing at the Aperture Foundation

Join photographer  Jacqueline Hassink for an Artist’s Talk and Book Signing at the Aperture Foundation.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009    6:30 pm

From the website:

Join Dutch artist Jacqueline Hassink as she discusses her latest book, Car Girls (Aperture, April 2009), in the context of her other critically acclaimed books and exhibitions that deal conceptually with issues of power and social relations. Car Girls is a body of work that Hassink created over five years, photographing “car girls” during major car shows in seven different cities on three continents. As she describes it, Hassink uses these sites to reflect on “differing cultural values with regard to their ideal images of beauty and women. The series captures the moments during the women’s performances when they become more like dolls or tools than individuals.”

Aperture Gallery

547 West 27th Street

New York, New York

(212) 505-5555

FREE Event

For details click here.

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