Archive for June, 2009

July 8th: “The Edge of Vison: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography” Panel Discussion at UCLA’s Hammer Museum

from the Aperture event webpage:
“The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography
Panel Discussion

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
7:00 pm


The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
(310) 443-7000

The Hammer Museum and Aperture Foundation present The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, a panel discussion moderated by author and curator Lyle Rexer; participating artists include Walead Beshty and Susan Rankaitis.

From the beginning, abstraction has been intrinsic to photography, and its persistent popularity reveals much about the medium. The exhibition (currently on view at Aperture Gallery) The Edge of Vision showcases the work of nineteen contemporary photographers who base their practice in some form of abstraction. Rexer defines abstraction as “a departure from or the eliding of an immediately apprehensible subject.” Within this broad definition, a host of approaches explore aspects of the photographic experience, including the chemistry of traditional photography, the mediation of lenses, the direct capture of light without a camera, temporal extensions, digital sampling of found images, radical cropping, and various deliberate destabilizations of photographic reference.

The Edge of Vision is accompanied by a new book, The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography, by Lyle Rexer (Aperture, May 2009). Illustrated with more than 150 images, this is the first book in English to document the trajectory of this artistic approach and put it into historical context, while also examining the diverse methodologies thriving within contemporary photography. The book covers the impulse towards abstraction from the early days of the medium through the present day.

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography is made possible, in part, by the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, the Dedalus Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the W. P. Carey Foundation. Additional support is provided by Carey C. Shuart and the Mondriaan Foundation.”

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Eastman House Curator Alison Nordstrom on “New Topographics” Exhibition

The greatly anticipated recreation of the landmark 1975 exhibition “NEW TOPOGRAPHICS”  is currently on view at George Eastman House (through September 27th) and will travel to eight additional venues including LACMA (October 25th – January 10th, 2010) and CCP (spring 2010) among others.

From the exhibition’s webpage:

“The exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape, held in 1975 at George Eastman House, signaled the emergence of a new approach to landscape photography. A new version of this seminal exhibition, organized with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, will re-examine more than 100 works from the 1975 show, as well as some 30 prints and books by other relevant artists to provide additional historical and contemporary context. This reconsideration demonstrates both the historical significance of these pictures and their continued relevance today. After its Eastman House display, New Topographics will travel to eight international venues. The new presentation and tour of New Topographics is made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

To listen to an interview with Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, on the subject of New Topographics, click here.”

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June 29: Philip Gefter Lecture & Book Signing, LACMA

From the LACMA event website:

“Philip Gefter Lecture and Book Signing
Monday, June 29 | 7:00 pm
Please join us for a talk by New York Times writer and former picture editor Philip Gefter, who will discuss his new book, Photography after Frank: Essays by Philip Gefter. The author presents the tale of contemporary photography, starting with a pivotal moment: Robert Frank’s seminal work in the 1950s. Along the way, he connects the dots of photography’s transformation into what it is today. Photography after Frank offers a page-turning yet journalistic approach bound to appeal to students and art world aficionados alike. A book signing will immediately follow in the adjacent Director’s Roundtable Garden.”
Brown Auditorium | Free, tickets required | Tickets available at the box office one hour before program begins.

This program is organized by the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and is supported in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Fund.

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June 27- Elinor Carucci at Center for Photography at Woodstock

Elinor Carucci at Center for Photography  at Woodstock

Saturday, June 27, 2009

8:00pm – 9:30pm

From the announcement:

Elinor Carucci’s intimate color photographs of her family and self are celebrated worldwide for their emotional honesty and personal draw.

She received her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem before moving to NYC, where she currently lives and works. Ms.Carucci’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Gagosian Gallery in London, Ricco/Maresca Gallery in NYC, the Prague House of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC; and collected by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the International Center for Photography in NYC, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. Carucci’s monographs include “Closer” and “Diary of a Dancer”.

Additionally her images have appeared in books Sleep, MaleFamale, Love and Desire by Chronicle; and magazines New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, W, Vogue, New York, PDN, Elle, American Photo, among others. She is the recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2001 ICP Infinity Award. Ms. Carucci currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery and Art & Commerce.
Admission: $7 / $5 (members, students, & seniors)

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Today July 26- Family day at the Houston Center for Photography

Family Day-Houston Center for Photography

Sunday, July 26 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

From the website:

Houston Center for Photography announces its 2nd annual Family Day! Kids of all ages are invited to come explore the world of photography in an afternoon at HCP for free!

Start with the historic process of cyanotypes, creating photograms on sun print paper using objects from nature and the store. The sun prints are then exposed in the sunlight and then developed in water and hung to dry. At the next station, kids will be able to create collage people using magazines and images from books. Move into the Digital Age with the Projected Drawings project. Children and parents will take their photos using the in-computer camera then trace the image projected onto a piece of paper.

Projects will include Sunprints, Collage People, Projected Drawings, frame making, digital portraits, and a project in HCP’s Digital Darkroom. Family Portraits will also be available during the event. All projects will be available to take home that day.

For details click here.

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TONIGHT June 25th: Exhibition and Lectures in Minneapolis with McKnight Fellows

On view through August 1st at Franklin Art Works is an exhibition featuring the work of the 2007-2008 McKnight Artist Fellowships in Photography recipients:

Peter Latner

Anthony Marchetti

Paula McCartney


Tom Wik

The exhibition hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

Thursday, June 25th:

Anthony Marchetti, 6 p.m.  and Tom Wik, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday July 16:

Peter Latner, 6 p.m. and Paula McCartney, 6:30 p.m.

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June 26 in Santa Fe: “Through The Lens” Exhibition Walk with Barbara Lucero Sand

Friday, June 26th at 6 pm.  Gallery walk with independent curator Barbara Lucero Sand.

This is another event in the lecture series accompanying the exhibition “Through The Lens: Creating Santa Fe” at the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.

Friday, June 26th  6 pm

About the exhibition:

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.”

An accompanying catalogue has been published by Museum of New Mexico Press.

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June 25th- Talk with Photographer Douglas McCulloh in Santa Monica

June 25th: Talk with Photographer Douglas McCulloh in Santa Monica
As part of Four evenings with Fine Art Photographers with host Aline Smithson sponsored by the Julia Dean Workshops.
When: Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
Where: A&I Photographic and Digital Services, Santa Monica
1550 17th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
At-the-door admission:
$20 General; $10 for Students w/ID (valid for Art Center, Santa Monica College and Brooks Institute students only)

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June 30: Deadline, Women In Photography International Call for Entries

Women In Photography International
Summer 09 – CALL FOR ENTRIES – Deadline June 30

From the webpage:

“Women In Photography International created a special call for entries, “Summer 09”
to explore the visual impact of the life giving forces of children, flowers and trees.
In today’s world of confusion, fear, illness, and abuse, let’s take the time to look at
the beauty of nature and children. We hope that you will participate and submit
images to raise our consciousness, add a smile to our face and bring forth a feeling
of appreciation of the beauty around us.

All children, age range up to twelve years old. Posed or un posed, one or multiple children, babies, children alone or with adults or animals, portraits, playing, at events, comical,  serious, inquisitive, etc.  No date restriction. “Main focus the child/children”

All types of flowers, any season, flower gardens, in vases, wild flowers, indoors or outdoors, classic in bloom, after bloom, hand held bouquets (wedding, graduation, ceremonial), still life to travel images, scenic with the “main focus flower/s” No date or season restriction.

All trees, all seasons, trees within landscapes, single or multiple trees, tree branches, leaves, trees in the midst of disaster, trees within the city, country, back yards, indoor, outdoor, bonsai trees to the classic oak, etc. No date or season restriction.”main focus “tree/s”

Carol McCusker, PhD –
Curator of Photography
(MoPA), Museum of Photographic Arts
Margo Shaw, Publisher/Editor in Chief, Flower Magazine
Bryan Yedinak, Co-owner/ Publisher/Gallery Director
& Niniane Kelley, Associate Gallery Director
Modernbook Gallery, Palo Alto, California

WINNER each category:
+ 25 Honorable Mention each category

August 1st – NOTIFICATION of winning images
August 15th – Online PRESENTATION Juror Choice Images

WIPI welcomes images taken with any type of digital or film camera.
All photography including mixed media images accepted. Color, B/W, alternative
or any digital photo image, manipulated, scanned film or scanned prints and
submitted as a JPEG file – no date restriction.”

For Details click Here.

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FotoFest “Meeting Place” Reviewers: Preliminary lists posted; registration closes July 13

I’ve had many questions from photographers about which session to select as their first choice, which their alternate at next springs “Meeting Place Portfolio Review” event during FotoFest 2010 Biennial in Houston.

The preliminary list of Reviewers whom have accepted invitations is available here on the FotoFest website for your consideration, organized by specific session they will attending.

When determining which session will be most valuable to you, look hard at this list of industry professionals, read their bios, consider how interested you are in meeting with them (or showing your work to them again, if some time has passed and your project has evolved or finished).  I also urge you to take the opportunity to meet with individuals representing other cultures, or other aspects of our industry with whom you might not otherwise have a chance to share your work.

Note that all four review sessions will feature an evening “portfolio walk” where participating photographers will have the opportunity to share their work with each other, the entire roster of Reviewers and the general public.  Each session will also hold an informal discussions with one of the invited curators at the Biennial, to which all Meeting Place registrants will be invited.

In addition to prioritizing those Reviewers you would like to work with, I’d also strongly encourage you to weigh the value of the educational programming offered on the day between session one and session two:

“UTILIZING ONLINE MEDIA TOOLS”  Tuesday, March 16th (coordinated by myself and photographer Katrina d’Autremont with special guests including gallerist/curator/photo editor and more)

and the educational programming offered on the day between session two and session three:

“CREATING MULTIMEDIA PLATFORMS FOR ART” Sunday March 21st featuring BRIAN STORM, Founder of Media Storm.  Among the most recent multimedia pieces launched on Media Storm are  “Intended Consequences” by Jonathon Torgovnik and “Driftless” by Danny Wilcox Frazier.  Additional presenters to be announced.

and this last educational program on the day between sessions three and four:

“CURATING FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ART WORLD” Sunday, March 28th focuing on the art of curating exhibitions and contemporary curatorial practices.  Speakers include curators invited to creatue the U.S. exhibitions for FotoFest’s 2010 Biennial and senior museum curators.


Registration is open now for The Meeting Place Portfolio Review, closing at the end of the day on July 13th.

From the event webpage:

“If, on July 14th, 2009, FotoFest has received more Meeting Place registrations than spaces available, a lottery is conducted for all Meeting Place registrants.”

Those not accepted at that point are added to a WAITING LIST.

This morning I confirmed with Wendy Watriss, Founder and Artistic Director of FotoFest, that the lottery (should it be necessary) ls “blind” with names/dates submitted not factoring towards acceptance.

HOWEVER – if a lottery is necessary, and if you are not accepted for participation via the lottery and thus placed on the WAITING LIST, the date that you submitted your registration factors in at this point – the waiting list is constructed by date your registration was submitted.   Again, this date is not a factor in the lottery, but IS a factor should you be placed on the waiting list.

Registration closes at the end of the day on July 13th, 2009.

As always, I urge you to make hotel reservations early, and clearly understand all cancellation policies – be they for Meeting Place, airfare, hotel..

I look forward to FotoFest with great anticipation; I’ll be there for the first two review sessions and the first two educational seminars.

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