Archive for June, 2009

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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Summer/Fall exhibitions, events and more in New Mexico:

LAND/ART Art-Nature-Community

Land/Art is “a collaborative exploration of land-based art in New Mexico”

THIS is an amazing event, launching this month and running throughout the fall.  If you anywhere near these venues, take it all in.   Events kick off with the June 27 & 28 symposium

See the website for all related exhibitions, tours of commissioned pieces, participants and more.

From the site:

LAND/ART Symposium Weekend
June 27 – 28, 2009

The LAND/ART Symposium Weekend will take place around the opening of
Experimental Geography
at the Albuquerque Museum, and include a series
of artist talks, discussions, excursions and tours

For details Download press release

Sponsoring organizations/venues include:

RELATED BOOKS to be produced by Radius Books in Santa Fe:

LAND/ART New Mexico
Culminating book
Due out December 2009

The culminating LAND/ART book, titled “LAND/ART New Mexico”, will feature documentation of projects and exhibitions as well as an introduction by Bill Gilbert and Kathleen Shields and essays by Lucy Lippard, William L. Fox, Nancy Marie Mithlo and MaLin Wilson-Powell. The book will be published by Radius Books in partnership with 516 ARTS, the Albuquerque Museum and the University of New Mexico Art Museum. It will be available at bookstores and participating venues starting December 2009.

Bill Gilbert, Lannan Chair in Land Arts of the American West in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico, provides an introduction to Land Art, addressing the history of the genre and the ways in which it has expanded since the term was coined in the mid-1970s. The introduction is co-authored by Kathleen Shields, an independent arts writer and curator.

MaLin Wilson-Powell, a curator, art critic and educator, provides an overview of the projects and exhibitions in LAND/ART, placing them in the context of art history and the history of the genre.

William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, writes on “Art of the Anthropocene.” He explores ways in which the history of land in art has evolved in tandem with how science has sought to provide a picture of the world. Among other themes, he discusses how nascent environmental sciences in the early to mid-twentieth century informed artists from Grant Wood to Georgia O’Keeffe, and how an environmental ethics of “leave no trace” may be seen to parallel contemporary art practices of performance and installation.

Nancy Marie Mithlo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explores artistic production as a means of overcoming social irresponsibility, looking at how certain identities are privileged, and discussing what Native actors/image makers do with these monopolized images as they relate to the concerns of the environment.

Lucy Lippard, internationally known writer, activist and curator, writes on the question “What does land art mean in contemporary culture?” with a special focus on New Mexico.

Grasslands / Separating Species

Exhibition catalog
Due out September 2009

The catalog for Grasslands / Separating Species will be published by Radius Books in conjunction with the exhibition at 516 ARTS (October 3 – December 12, 2009). It will not simply document the two-part exhibition, rather, it will be a unique art book featuring the work of photographers: Michael P. Berman, Krista Elrick, Dana Fritz, David J. Taylor and Jo Whaley. Essays will be featured by William deBuys, a renowned writer and conservationist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work for the Nature Conservancy and for the Conservation Fund in North Carolina, Arizona and New Mexico has led to the permanent protection of public and private lands totaling over 150,000 acres. A recipient of a 2008-09 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grant in the Creative Arts for Nonfiction, deBuys will be writing about Michael P. Berman’s explorations of the Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands on both sides of the US/Mexico border. A resident of southern New Mexico, Berman has spent nearly thirty years photographing the arid border regions of the American Southwest. Like deBuys, he also received a 2008-09 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grant in the Creative Arts for Photography. Mary Anne Redding, curator of Grasslands / Separating Species, will also contribute an essay for the catalog that will focus on the artists in Separating Species. Redding is the Curator of Photography at the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. She recently curated Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe on view at the Palace of the Governors through October 25, 2009 and edited a companion book published by the MNM Press, February 2009. Redding’s essay will explore what happens when “there is no one left to cry for the rain.”

For more information on Radius Books visit

image: Krista Elrick, Snow Geese Panorama I, photograph

smudge studio: Limit Case postcards
Artist edition of 30 cards
Available now

Support LAND/ART and receive smudge studio’s artist edition of 30 postcards depicting Limit Case” landscapes and land uses encountered on their recent journey in the Southwest. To view the postcards and order your set of 30 for a tax deductible donation of $20, please visit

For more information about smudge studio visit

Land Arts of the America West
by Chris Taylor and Bill Gilbert, University of Texas Press
Available now. $60.

“Land Arts of the American West” documents the development of the program started by Bill Gilbert at the University of New Mexico in 2000.
The book is structured around discussions between Co-Directors Bill Gilbert and Chris Taylor and writer Bill Fox probing the philosophical and logistical underpinnings of the program and includes interviews with guest artists Matt Coolidge, Mary Lewis Garcia, Hector Gallegos and Graciela Martinez, essays by guest scholars Jerry Brody, Bill Fox, Lucy Lippard and Ann Reynolds, site descriptions by Amanda Douberly and selections of student work and journal entries.

download bibliography

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June 24th: ASMP-NY: “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” A survey of print-on-demand options

An informative evening ahead, open to students and non-members:

ASMP-NY: Print On Demand Book Publishers

From the website:

Print on demand publishing has become more and more popular. Professional photographers and hobbyist are now able to order single press-printed hardcover and softcover books and magazines online and at relatively low cost. People are always asking: “who’s the best?”

It would be cost prohibitive for most photographers to do this kind of test for themselves, or at least it wouldn’t make sense when the finished product is only one or a handful of books, so we found 18 different printers throughout the spectrum and did a blind test. The printers didn’t know (and most of them still don’t know) that this book was a test for ASMP-NY.

We’ve taken 17 images plus some color and grayscale patterns and had them printed by 18 different POD printers. Come and judge for yourself which ones are the best. Compare images between books and Epson test prints. Decide which printers offer the best value for you. See the images, feel the paper and inspect the bindings and covers.

Where: Studio 385 – 385 Broadway (between White and Walker Streets), New York

When: Wednesday, June 24th
Doors: 6:30 PM
Event: 7:00 PM

ASMP members: FREE
non-ASMP members: $30
students with I.D.: $10

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June 18 -July 10 – Atlanta Celebrates Photography 11 Portfolio Review Registration

From the announcement:

Atlanta Celebrates Photography 11 Portfolio Review will be held on Saturday, October 10th.

Registrations for the Portfolio Review are juried, and attendees will need to submit 3-5 jpgs with a brief artist’s statement for consideration. Registration will remain open until 11:59PM EST on July 10th, and successful registrants will be notified by July 17th. Once accepted, the registration fee is $250.As of June 15th, here are our confirmed reviewers. (Six more reviewers will be announced on ACP Now! by the end of the month):

Andy Adams – Writer and Editor, Flak Photo
Julian Cox – Head Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Sylvie Fortin – Editor, Art Papers Magazine, Atlanta
Hanna Frieser – Director, Light Work, Syracuse, NY
Stuart Horodner – Curator, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta
Jason Houston – Photo Editor, Orion Magazine
Michele Mosko – Owner, Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, CO
Susan Todd-Raque – Independent Curator, Educator and Dealer, Atlanta
Anna Walker-Skillman – Owner, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta
Sasha Wolf – Owner, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY

52 artists will be accepted for the Portfolio Review, and each artist will receive four 20 minute, face to face reviews. Review participants may select their choice of reviewers, and ACP will make every effort to meet requests through a computerized matching system.

We’re looking forward to hosting our panel of reviewers and artists from across the country once again at the Grady High School campus.

TheACP 11 Portfolio Review is a great way to connect and make contacts with reviewers and fellow artists alike. We hope to see you in October!Register for the ACP 11 Portfolio Review today! Remember, registration closes July 10th.
**** Also note that it is concurrent with the SPE SouthEast Regional Conference in Atlanta. For details clikc here.

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June 24th: Early-Bird Deadline, En Foco’s “People/Places/Things” Juried Exhibition

En Foco | People / Places / Things
People/Places/Things: an International Photography Competition
Celebrating En Foco’s 35th Anniversary
En Foco, Inc and Canson Infinity invite fine art and documentary photographers of any nationality or ethnicity to submit work to People/Places/Things, an international competition celebrating En Foco’s 35th Anniversary.

Our aim is to identify and promote talented emerging and mid-career artists working today, creating cross-cultural dialogue, and providing artists with exposure and access to those that may be able to envision opportunities beyond the scope of this competition. All photo-based works are eligible.


An additional $10 per category submission will apply for an extended deadline of July 1, 2009.

FEE: $45, payable by credit card during the online entry process at
All entrants receive an En Foco Membership (or extension), and a Canson Infinity Discovery Pack.
JURORS: • Darren Ching, PDN and KlompChing Gallery
• Hossein Farmani, Farmani Gallery
• Danielle Jackson, Magnum Photos
• Cat Jimenez, Lucie Foundation
• Debra Klomp Ching, KlompChing Gallery
• Edwin Ramoran, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
• Mark Sealy, Autograph: ABP
• Elizabeth Shank, Bruce Silverstein Gallery

All submissions will be pre-reviewed by a Committee comprised of En Foco Curators and Advisors; then our eight distinguished jurors will review the top 40 in each category, and the finalists selected.

HOW TO SUBMIT: ONLINE at, a secure web-based service. Create your FREE profile, and use their easy to follow tutorials for upload.

• People
• Places
• Things

Submit five images that convey a story around the particular theme you are applying to. The category is open to your creative interpretation. One winner will be chosen for each of the three categories, plus 12 honorable mentions (four in each category).

REQUIREMENTS: • Register at, and follow the directions for sizing and uploading your images.

• $45 entry fee, payable by credit card during the online entry process. Entry fee includes a one-year En Foco Membership or extension (a $50 value).

• Submit 5 tightly edited images from the same series, to one Category (either People, Places, or Things). Each image should have its full title/caption information (title, series title, year taken, medium and size).

• Resume/CV should be pasted into your application where prompted.

• Artist Statement of up to 350 words.

• Artists may submit to additional categories, with a separate portfolio and entry fee for each if desired. An entry fee is required each submission, and you will need to return to CaFE Registration to start a new profile.

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