Archive for May, 2009

May 9th, 2 pm: Blue Earth Alliance Lecture Series with Tim Matsui at the Henry Art Gallery

As part of Blue Earth Alliance‘s Lecture Series Tim Matsui will be presenting “A Chapter of Human Trafficking: Cambodia,” in Seattle, WA at the Henry Art Gallery on Saturday, May 9th at 2 p.m.

This is the fourth lecture in their lecture series on documentary photography that focuses on global environments, social, and cultural issues.

From the website:

Tim will speak about his ongoing work documenting the complexities of human trafficking and exploitation, highlighting his time in Southeast Asia. With an eye toward regional policy, Tim will provide glimpses into reality of human trafficking and methods employed to counter exploitation. For more information, visit the blog.

When: Saturday, May 9th 2pm

Where: 15th Ave NE & 41st St
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-2280


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Magenta Foundation announces “FLASH FORWARD Emerging Photographers 2009” winners

From the website:

“The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce year five of its Emerging Photographers exchange. With every year our artists exchange program grows and gets stronger. Flash Forward showcases the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that jurors have identified as having great potential.

Magenta would like to thank all the artists who submitted their work to this project. The final list of winners has been posted below, and the initial exhibition and book launch will be held at Lennox Contemporary in Toronto, in October 2009. Other exhibitions will be announced later.”

The “BRIGHT SPARK” award goes to MATT EICH (USA)

To view the complete list of winners, open this link (and scroll through the locations: Canada, UK then USA).

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May 15th Deadline: PHoto Espana OjodePez Documentary Photography Award

The Photo Espana OjodePez Documentary Photography Award

Deadline: May 15th

From the website:

For the second year running the magazine OjodePez and PHotoEspaña are joining forces to offer a prize that will be sought after by all documentary photographers. The magazine wants to reach out further in its support for the best documentary photography and to that end it is allying itself with one of the biggest events in international photography.
The PHE OjodePez Award is open to photographers from all over the world who put together a work of documentary photography in which they highlight human values, such as solidarity, ethics, effort or justice.
Participants must present 20 images. A prestigious international jury will select the best work, which will receive a prize of 6,000 euros. It will also be exhibited and published in the special edition that OjodePez dedicates to the prize every autumn.

The jury will also select a group of runners-up – up to a maximum of nine – who will likewise see their work published in the special edition of the magazine.

For the Rules click here.

To Register click here.

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May 15th: Deadline for W. Eugene Smith Grant and Howard Chapnick Grant

W. Eugene Grant in Humanistic Photography

Deadline May 15th

From the website:

“The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

W. Eugene Smith learned the hard way that photography could be too easy, a matter of making expert images of interesting subjects. He set himself to learn the truth – about himself as well as his subjects. In the process, he produced a series of photographic essays, for LIFE and other publications, whose passionate involvement set a standard for what photography can be. Gene Smith was a loner, a driving and driven man, who bucked the system of which he was a part. Some say he sacrificed his career, and himself, on an altar of self-destructive idealism. When he died at the age of 59 in 1978, he had $18 in the bank. But his name had become synonymous with integrity. His work was his memorial.

Why, then, a memorial fund in his name? Those who knew Smith knew also that he needed friends at critical times. Many photographers today are working against the fashions and economics of modern publishing. The Fund was established in 1979 to seek out and encourage these independent voices. In the first twenty nine years of competition, from many thousands of proposals, the Fund selected 298 finalists who were seeking help in finishing major projects. Each was worthy of a grant.

In one way or another, a finalist must approach Gene Smith’s own high standards. “I am a compassionate cynic,” he wrote, “yet I believe I am one of the most affirmative photographers around. I have tried to let the truth be my prejudice. It has taken much sweat. It has been worth it.”

Applications consist of both written and visual components.  For complete application details click here.

To learn more about the fund click here.

In addition to the Smith award, photographer may apply for the Howard Chapnick Grant:

In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced a new award, the Howard Chapnick Grant, to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing research, education and management. The Grant was established to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick, and acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography.

The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Fund’s Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant ($5000) is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.

Recipients of the Howard Chapnick Grant will be selected by the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography.”

Click here to download an application for the Chapnick Grant.


Past Recipients

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Where did Conscientious go?

If anyone (like me) was wondering why every time they went to their Conscientious bookmark all they got was “The requested URL /weblog/ was not found on this server.”

here is the answer:

The host company of the popular photography blog Conscientious ( has had some techinical problems, and photographer Joerg Colberg who maintains the blog has not been able to get the it restored. So in the mean time, while the company is trying to figure out the technical issues he will be posting at:

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May 11th- Deadline for Eddie Adams Workshop

Deadline May 11th

From the website:

The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios.

To apply click here.

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Tomorrow: May 7th, 5:00 pm: panel on “Contemporary Portraiture” at Affordable Art Fair in NYC

Contemporary Portraiture with Doug DuBois and Richard Renaldi
Panel Discussion
coordinated by Aperture, moderated by Lesley A. Martin

Thursday, May 7, 2009
5:00 pm

7 West 34th Street
New York, New York
(212) 255-2003

In conjunction with the Affordable Art Fair

Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of Aperture’s book program, will present artists Doug DuBois and Richard Renaldi, who will speak about their respective bodies of work and how they fit into the broader context of portraiture in contemporary photography.

Doug DuBois: All the Days and Nights (Aperture, 2009) resonates with emotional immediacy, offering a potent examination of family relations and what it means to subject personal relationships to the unblinking eye of the camera. Doug DuBois began photographing his family in 1984, prior to his father’s near-fatal fall from a commuter train and his mother’s subsequent breakdown and hospitalizations. More than twenty years later, DuBois’s project has developed in remarkable ways. Each photograph is rich with color, nuanced gestures and glances enveloping the viewer in a multivalent, emotionally tense world.

Richard Renaldi is a photographer in search of the brief encounter—that fleeting moment when a stranger opens his life to him and, consequently, to the viewer. His trust in the descriptive and empathic abilities of the camera verges on that of his nineteenth–and early-twentieth-century predecessors. His first monograph, Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006), presents portraits and landscapes taken from coast to coast, across the United States. They form a collective portrait of a population and nation going through a process of diversification that has already dramatically enlarged the notion of what defines Middle America. In Renaldi’s second monograph, Fall River Boys (Charles Lane Press, 2009), an extraordinary body of images—both portraits and landscapes—is gathered for the first time. The resulting photographs, made over the course of nine years, are not brief encounters. Renaldi’s quiet gaze considers his subjects with neither judgment nor irony. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a city where young men grow into manhood surrounded by a landscape of idyllic natural beauty, frayed at the margins by darkened relics of an industrial past.

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