Archive for July, 2009

August 5th Deadline-Submission for SHOTS Magazine Issue 105 MALE/FEMALE

SHOTS Magazine Issue 105 MALE/FEMALE

Submissions must be received by August 5, 2009.

SHOTS Magazine announces an international call for photographic work to be considered for publication in the Autumn Issue, SHOTS no. 105. The theme for this issue is MALE/FEMALE. Please visit the SHOTS website for further information and submittal guidelines.

An established independent photography journal entering its 23rd year of publication, SHOTS reaches an international audience of photographers, collectors, galleries, museums, educators and other fine art photography enthusiasts. Don’t miss this chance to have your work seen!

Online submissions are now accepted


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ROBERT FRANK Exhibition Programming: In Conversation at the Metropolitan Museum OCTOBER 9; tickets on sale now!

After its launch at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the exhibition “LOOKING IN: ROBERT FRANK’S THE AMERICANS” is coming to the Metropolitan Museum in NYC (September 22, 2009 to January 3, 2010).  It is currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (through August 23rd) and the presentation at the Met will be its final venue.  This exhibition is not to be missed.   

Gallery Talks are planned for September 24th and November 4th at 11:00.  

On Friday, October 9th, Robert Frank will be appearing in conversation with the Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art and Curator of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, as well as Jeff  L. Rosenehim, Curator, Department of Photographs and organizer of its presentation at the Metropolitan Museum 

Beginning on Saturday, October 10th, the Metropolitan will present the “Robert Frank Film Series.”

On Saturday, October 17th, there will be a 1/2 day Teacher Program, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., fee of $40 includes one ticket to the special screening of the film Me and My Brother that afternoon at 2:30.

Learn about all three of these important events below, and book now as they are likely to sell out quickly!


From the Metropolitan Museum’s webpage for this event; seats are limited and available for purchase now ($23.00 each) :

An Evening with Robert Frank

Robert Frank, photographer and filmmaker. 
Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator, Department of Photographs. 
Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Robert Frank, born in Switzerland in 1924, is one of the great living masters of photography. In a rare New York City appearance, he will discuss with curators Jeff L. Rosenheim and Sarah Greenough his career in photography and film and the conception, execution, and response to his ground-breaking book of photographs, The Americans, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.


From the Metropolitan Museum’s webpage for these Saturday events; seats are limited and available for purchase now ($40.00 each):

Robert Frank Film Series  (Saturdays, 2:30 p.m.)
Introduced by Jeff L. Rosenheim

October 10
Pull My Daisy
 (1959) and Conversations in Vermont (1969)

October 17 
Me and My Brother

October 24
Cocksucker Blues

October 31
Candy Mountain


From the education calendar webpage for this event for teachers:


October 17, 2009
Aimee Dixon; Jeff L. Rosenheim, curator, Department of Photographs, MMA; Rosa Tejada 

Half-Day Workshop—Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans
Robert Frank’s photographs, made on a cross-country road trip in 1955–56, offer a compelling portrait of the United States during times of great change. Discuss the photographs in the exhibition and possible classroom teaching approaches with the exhibition curator and Museum educators. Participants are provided with a complimentary ticket to a special screening of the Robert Frank film Me and My Brother at 2:30 p.m. that same afternoon. 

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Uris Center for Education, ground floor
Fee: $40 (Includes instruction and materials. Lunch is not provided.) 


Here is a link to the exhibition catalogue, softcover edition and expanded edition published by Steidl.

From the Steidl webpage about the book and the expanded edition:

“Published to accompany a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans” celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this prescient book. Drawing on newly examined archival sources, it provides a fascinating in-depth examination of the making of the photographs and the book’s construction, using vintage contact sheets, work prints, and letters that literally chart Frank’s journey around the country on a Guggenheim grant in 1955 –1956. Curator and editor Sarah Greenough and her colleagues also explore the roots of The Americans in Frank’s earlier books, which are abundantly illustrated here, and in books by photographers Walker Evans, Bill Brandt, and others. The eighty-three original photographs from The Americans are presented in sequence in as near vintage prints as possible. The catalogue concludes with an examination of Frank’s later reinterpretations and deconstructions of The Americans, bringing full circle the history of this resounding entry in the annals of photography.

Published alongside the softcover edition, Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans” – Expanded Edition includes a wealth of additional materials, essential information for all interested in twentieth-century photography. It contains all of the essays and photographs in the softcover, plus all of Frank’s vintage contact sheets related to The Americans, a section that re-creates his preliminary sequence and presents variant croppings of the first and subsequent editions of the book, and a map and chronology, along with letters and manuscript materials by Frank, Walker Evans, and Jack Kerouac related to Frank’s Guggenheim fellowship, his travels around the United States in 1955 – 1956, and his construction of the book. This groundbreaking 528-page catalogue is certain to be the definitive source of information on The Americans for years to come.”

Here is a link to Summer Cannibals, “a music video collaboration between Patti Smith and photographer/filmmaker legend Robert Frank”  who is credited as Director (embedding disabled):


About the exhibition, from the Press Release posted on the Metropolitan Museum’s website:

Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans

  • Exhibition Dates: September 22, 2009–January 3, 2010
  • Exhibition Location: Galleries for Drawings, Prints and Photographs, and The Howard Gilman Gallery, second floor
  • Press Preview: Monday, September 21, 10 a.m.–noon

The 50th anniversary of the publication of The Americans, Robert Frank’s groundbreaking book of black-and-white photographs, will be celebrated with the major exhibition Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, on view at the Metropolitan Museum September 22, 2009–January 3, 2010. Robert Frank is one of the great living masters of photography, and his seminal book The Americans captured a culture on the brink of social upheaval. The exhibition traces the artist’s process of creating this once-controversial suite of photographs, which grew out of his beat-inflected road trips in 1955 and 1956. Born in Switzerland in 1924, Frank was an outsider encountering much of America for the first time; he discovered its power, its vastness, and—at times—its troubling emptiness. Although Frank’s depiction of American life was criticized when the book was released in the U.S. in 1959, The Americans soon became recognized as a masterpiece of 20th-century art. Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans features all 83 photographs from his original book. Remarkably, the Metropolitan’s exhibition will be the first time that this body of work is presented in its entirety to a New York audience.

The exhibition is made possible by Access Industries and the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans is the most comprehensive and in-depth exploration of Frank’s original book ever undertaken and will feature more than 100 photographs, 17 books, and 15 manuscripts, as well as 28 contact sheets made from the artist’s negatives. First published in France in 1958, The Americans remains the single most important book of photographs published since World War II. The exhibition begins with an examination of the roots of The Americans through a display of Frank’s earlier books and other series of photographs made in Europe, Peru, and New York in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In this prefatory group of works, the artist had already established his style of street photography and his thoughtful approach to sequencing his photographs.

In 1955 and 1956, with funding from a Guggenheim Fellowship, the young photographer undertook a 10,000-mile journey across more than 30 states. While crisscrossing the U.S., Frank made more than 27,000 photographs. The exhibition follows the artist’s process through his production of more than 1,000 work prints, and a year spent editing the images, selecting the photographs, and constructing the sequence. A large display comprised of rough work prints Frank made in 1956 and 1957 reveals the themes he wanted his book to explore: racism, politics, consumer culture, families, and the way Americans lived, worked, and played. Vintage contact sheets and letters to photographer Walker Evans and author Jack Kerouac also help trace Frank’s preparations and planning for the book.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is the presentation of all 83 photographs from The Americans, often in rarely exhibited vintage prints, and in the sequence that Frank established. The first image in the book,Parade—Hoboken, New Jersey (1955) sets the tone for Frank’s journey of discovery across the country: two women stand in their respective windows, one face in shadow, the other’s view obstructed by a large and billowing American flag. Trolley—New Orleans (1955), a signature work by Frank in the Museum’s collection, depicts street-car passengers of different ages, genders, and races that brings to the forefront racial politics in the segregated South and the hierarchies among men and women, the young and the old.

Frank often focused on introspective individuals. Rodeo—New York City (1954) is a study of a cowboy—not in the West, but on the streets of Manhattan, in town for the rodeo. Elevator—Miami Beach (1955) inspired Jack Kerouac to write in his introduction to the original book, “…that little ole lonely elevator girl looking up sighing in an elevator full of blurred demons, what’s her name and address?”

Frank also found beauty in overlooked corners of the country and, in the process, helped redefine the icons of America. U.S. 285, New Mexico (1955) is a view of the open highway that reminds us of the raw poetry of the journey itself. In his photographs of diners, cars, and the road, Frank pioneered a seemingly intuitive, off-kilter style that was as innovative as his choice of subjects. Equally influential was the way he sequenced photographs in The Americans, linking them thematically, formally, and emotionally, and ultimately creating a haunting picture of mid-century America.

The conclusion of the exhibition addresses the impact of The Americans on Frank’s subsequent career and includes still photographs and a short film made by the artist in 2008 especially for this exhibition.

The exhibition was organized by Sarah Greenough, senior curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Art. It is organized at the Metropolitan Museum by Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in the Department of Photographs.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published in two different editions by the National Gallery of Art in association with Steidl. The 396-page softcover edition features 384 illustrations and essays by Sarah Greenough, Jeff L. Rosenheim, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Stuart Alexander, Martin Gasser, Michel Frizot, Luc Sante, and Philip Brookman. The hardcover edition was expanded to also include reproductions of the artist’s contact sheets; correspondence, and archival documents; a comparison of varying editions of The Americans; and a chronology and map. The hardcover edition is 528 pages with 486 illustrations. Both editions will be available in the Museum’s bookshops ($75 hardcover, $45 softcover), as well as the facsimile of the original U.S. edition of The Americans (Steidl, $39.95).

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will offer an extensive array of educational programs, such as: a Sunday at the Met program on October 4; a conversation with Robert Frank on October 9; a concert titled “Patti Smith and Friends–A Salute to Robert Frank” on October 17; and a subscription series of Robert Frank’s films in October, including Pull My Daisy (1959) and Cocksucker Blues (1972). Among the other education programs are: additional screenings of films and videos by the artist; a “Film and Art” class for ages 15-18; numerous gallery talks by curator Jeff L. Rosenheim; a “Pictures This!” workshop for adults who are blind or partially sighted; a teacher workshop; and a photography class for people with visual impairments. The exhibition will also be featured on the Museum’s website at

The exhibition was previously on view at National Gallery of Art, Washington, and it is traveling to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (May 16–August 23, 2009) before its presentation at the Metropolitan Museum (September 22, 2009–January 3, 2010).

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June 2, 2009

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PhotoNOLA Dates Announced: Reviews December 12 & 13; registration opens September 1

From the PhotoNOLA website comes this announcement about the 2009 event, certain to be fantastic:

photoNOLA logo

PhotoNOLA is an annual celebration of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and alternative venues citywide.

This year’s festival will run from December 3 – 13, 2009 and will include exhibitions, workshops, lectures, a gala and more.

The PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review is scheduled for Dec 12 & 13 at the International House Hotel.

Registration for this event will open on September 1.


More information is coming soon. Check back in late August for the updated website, including workshop and review specifics.


In the meantime, if you’d like to be on our mailing list please drop us a line.”


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Reminder: Last day for early entry, FotoWeek DC Awards; later submissions due by September 13

Today is the last day to receive a 20% discount on application fees for the second annual “FotoWeek DC Awards.”

After today, the entry fee rises and the final deadline to apply is September 13.

To download a PDF of the press release announcing the competition, click here.


FotoWeek DC 2009 is being held November 7-14.

From the website’s homepage:

“As part of its mission, FotoWeek DC is committed to raising awareness of the power of photography everywhere, in all its forms. To that end, the second annual FotoWeek DC Awards has expanded from a regional competition with exclusively still images, to an international call for entries of remarkable imagery, both in single and series form, as well as multimedia pieces that combine the strength of still images with video, sound and graphics.”

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August 3: Call for Entries, “Digital 09: Mysteries in Science” Exhibition in NYC

Digital ’09:
Mysteries in Science

11th International Digital Print Open Competition/Exhibition 

Held at the New York Hall of Science October 3, 2009 – January 31, 2010
Organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)

From the ASCI website:
“It seems that no matter how many breakthroughs there are in modern science, life in our universe and on planet Earth is still full of mystery. Questions abound and new fields of science are birthed to find answers, like biomimicry, astrophysics, nanoscience, neurobiology, biomedicine, systems science, and others. Along with these efforts, come the invention of new tools and technologies to assist scientists in their research quests, like the Hubble Telescope and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Scientists are obsessed with answering profound and fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and how to increase the human lifespan, while others grapple with solving our complex environmental problems that eminently threaten our very survival. Many scientific questions and paradoxes still exist… fascinating grist for the imagination of artists and scientists alike!  

ASCI invites you to share your digital prints about mysteries or intrigues in science, 2-d thought-experiments, or perhaps fantasies about scientific theories in physics like quantum mechanics and string theory.

~ Dr. Arthur Molella , author, curator, and Director of The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
~  Cynthia Pannucci , artist, curator, and ASCI founder/director for 21-years


ENTRY DEADLINE: August 3, 2009




ASCI was one of the first organizations in the world to recognize the digital print as a valid fine art product in 1998 by organizing an afternoon panel discussion, “Collectibility & the Digital Print.” The event was held in The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York City, in conjunction with ASCI’s first international digital print competition-exhibition.
Founded in 1988, Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) is an international, nonprofit organization based in New York City. Its mission is to raise public awareness about artists and scientists using science and technology to explore new forms of creative expression, and to increase communication and collaboration between these fields. Explore our extensive archives of past Exhibitions, Featured Members, ASCI Members’ News and Homepages Listing, and discover the amazing resource information in our monthly ASCI eBulletin . ASCI has an open membership with modest dues.”

Walter LeCroy Gallery

Art in Science | Science in Art
February 7 – August 23, 2009

This is a juried exhibition of images made by University of Colorado-affiliated scientists and artists. Scientists were asked to submit images that they made as part of their everyday work. Artists whose images illustrate or offer insights into scientific principles were also asked to take part. The questions we were asking: How wide is the gulf between Science and Art? Can there be any communication across it? If a scientist makes an image that looks like art, is that a happy accident or are some scientists intentionally making their work more “artistic” than strictly necessary, and if so, why? And why would an artist want to include Plank’s Constant in a painting?

The exhibit showcases the extraordinary talents and range of scientists and artists in Colorado, where 4 of the 20 highest concentrations of science and technology workers in the country are located. No state gets so much productivity from such a modest investment in higher education. “

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“PhotoArts Santa Fe” continues through August 2nd

Exhibitions, open studios, lectures, workshops and more!


PhotoArts Santa Fe produces a ten-day Biennial Festival which includes city-wide photography exhibitions and special events in both Santa Feand Albuquerque. The festival creates opportunities for photographers, galleries, educational institutions and non-profit organizations to promote, exhibit, and sell photographs. Other events include demonstrations, lectures, workshops, portfolio reviews and guided photo shoots.”


To view a PDF of the daily schedule, click here.

To view the online Resource Guide produced by PhotoArts Santa Fe for “everything PHOTOGRAPHIC in New Mexico” click here.


More about PhotoArts Santa Fe From the website:

PhotoArts Santa Fe is a project of the Santa Fe Council for the Arts, Inc., a New Mexico non-profit organization. It is partially funded by Camera Arts Magazine, Andrew Smith Gallery, Bostick and Sullivan, Santa Fe Workshops, New Mexico Department of Tourism, the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, 1% Lodgers Tax and New Mexico Arts, A Division of the New Mexico State Office of Cultural Affairs.”

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August 2 & 3 in Maine: OPEN STUDIO at Caponigro Arts in Cushing

Each summer, John Paul Caponigro throws opens the doors to his amazing studio and gallery in Cushing, Maine, inviting the public to stop in from 10-5 both Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and  2nd.  

This year he will be sharing prints from his Antarctica work (2009).  He gives a gallery talk at 2 p.m., with book signings to follow on both Saturday and Sunday. 

To read Caponigro Arts press release with complete event details, click here.


If traveling to Maine to attend this event, note that JP has posted a PDF of fantastic photographic destinations not to be missed in Maine – bring your camera!

Caponigro Arts is on the map for reference.



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Book Arts/Letterpress classes in August in NYC

I first met the people at Studio-On-The-Square at the Small Press Fair organized by the Center for Independent Publishing (NYC), where I had a chance to see the beautiful work they do with artist’s books at their in-house INTIMA PRESS, and learned that they offer workshops for artists.  Those of you interested in creating small or limited edition books would be wise to learn some of the techniques offered.
From an e-blast this morning, edited to suggest classes I believe my readers would enjoy:



“We have just added a few new August sessions:   




New students take 10% off these fabulous Summer classes!

Call or e-mail for more information & visit our website for additional workshops. 

32 Union Square East, Studio 310, NY, NY 10003
Tel: 917-412-4134
Subway:  4, 5, 6, L, R to 14th St. Union Square (workshops for every artistic level) (artist’s books, letterpress designs, invitations, binding)”

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Upcoming at MCA Chicago: 7/28 Curator’s tour of “Elements of Photography” and August 25th Artist Talk: Jill Frank

CURATOR’S TOUR, “Elements of Photography” Exhibition

On Tuesday, July 28th at noon, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago:

“MCA Curatorial Assistant Michael Green talks about his process in organizing this collection-based exhibition and helps visitors consider the works on view in relation to contemporary issues in photography.”

About the exhibition, which continues through October 4th:

“Elements of Photography presents photographic and video works from the MCA Collection with a focus on elemental materials of nature: light and water. Also the fundamental elements of traditional photography, the works included in the exhibition foreground the inherent relationship between the photographic process and the natural world.

With these elements, artists like Hiroshi Sugimoto, Luisa Lambri, Walead Beshty, and Adam Ekberg create ephemeral works that explore the foundation of the photographic image: the play of light through half opened shutters; haunting seascapes reduced to a gradation of elemental material; and luminous circles of light formed by the interplay of sunlight and the camera’s lens. Bringing the natural world to near or complete abstraction, these photographs emphasize their own material composition. At the same time, they invite the viewer to reflect on themes inherent to photographic medium, such as the passage of time and the nature of perception.

The exhibition is organized by MCA Curatorial Assistant Michael Green.”

Make a return visit after August 8th to see this exhibition:

JILL FRANK (August 8-30, in the UBS 12 x 12 Exhibition Series)

Frank chronicles incidents and memories that have escaped the camera’s lens. Her recent work makes use of collaboration and collective memory to enact performances based on events from personal narratives as well as historical and literary sources. For many of these works, Frank collaborates with a group of students from the western suburbs of Chicago, who theatrically interpret stories from the Bible or scenes from the lives of saints. According to the artist, these reenactments, which she photographs using a large-format camera, “speak to the failure and success of photographic representation.”

UBS 12 x 12 Artist Talk on TUESDAY, AUGUST 25th, 6:30 p.m.

“Artist Jill Frank discusses her work and ideas during this informal gallery talk. Frank chronicles incidents and memories that have escaped the camera’s lens. Her recent work makes use of collaboration and collective memory to enact performances based on events from personal narratives as well as historical and literary sources. For many of these works, Frank collaborates with a group of students from the western suburbs of Chicago, who theatrically interpret stories from the Bible or scenes from the lives of saints. According to the artist, these reenactments, which she photographs using a large-format camera, “speak to the failure and success of photographic representation.”

MCA Chicago

220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL  60611

312 – 280 – 2660

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July 26th- Critical Mass Deadline Extended

From my earlier post:

This is one of my favorite competitions of the year!   Reviewers have the opportunity to take time with your work, see 10 images and read artists statements on their work.   Many of my favorite bodies of work I have first come to know through this competition.

I encourage all my readers to submit, and to enter 10 images that work well together as a group.  Don’t try to show that you have a broad skills set – rather, show us what you are working on in depth; give us a window on what you are exploring.  Captions are important to me, as is a series or project title.  We spend a lot of time reviewing the submissions, so edit and sequence as if it is an in-person presentation.  Take your writing seriously, too.  Many people will see it and for most it will be a “first impression” of you and your work.

Good luck!  I look forward to seeing your work.

From the website:

“What Is Critical Mass?

The aim of Critical Mass, and all Photolucida programming, is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today.

Critical Mass is a program about exposure and community. The idea is simple- photographers (from anywhere) submit a 10 image portfolio for $75. This work then gets pre-screened by a committee of approximately 20-25 great jurors and from there, 175 top Finalists are determined. These top finalists then pay an additional submission fee and their work goes on to a jury of approximately 200 of the world’s best curators, editors, and professionals who have agreed to view and vote on these finalists. From these votes, two or three photographers receive book awards and once the monographs are published, everyone who enters and reviews will receive copies of the books.

We are pleased to continue to give scholarships to pre-selected photographers by geographical region. In 2007, we gave scholarships to Polish photographers, in 2008 it was Mexico. This year, the lucky country is Italy.

What to expect?

As an entrant to Critical Mass, you shouldn’t necessarily expect feedback from the jurors unless they want to contact you about doing something with your work. Reviewers are given the opportunity and encouraged to provide written feedback, but we can’t guarantee anything other than:

  • Everyone who enters will receive copies of each of the Book Award Winners.
  • Everyone who enters will receive a CD containing all of the submitted work.
  • Everyone who enters will have their work seen, and voted on, by the Pre-Screening committee.
  • Those who continue on in the top 175 Finalists will have their work seen, and voted on, by over 200 jurors.
  • Those who make the Top 50 will be given the opportunity to have their work in a Critical Mass Top 50 show at PCNW, curated by Andy Adams, editor/publisher of Flak Photo.

For details click here.

For the Photolucida blog with a list of reviewers click here.”

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