Archive for August, 2009

PhotoNOLA website now live!

The 2009 PhotoNOLA Website is now live.

From the announcement:

About PhotoNOLA:
PhotoNOLA is an annual celebration of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide. December 2009 marks the fourth annual festival.  Most of the scheduled events will take place from Dec 3-13, with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the month of December.

PhotoNOLA festivities will begin with a series of French Quarter openings on Dec 3. We are thrilled to be hosting our first Slideluck Potshow on Friday, Dec 4 at Studio 527. Saturday Dec 5 will be filled with educational offerings, art openings and an after party at The Big Top.

The PhotoGALA Benefit Party & Auction on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the New Orleans Museum of Art is not to be missed. An Education Day on Dec 11 will feature a Blurb Self-Publishing seminar followed by a Mary Virginia Swanson lecture, and will wrap with a slideshow presentation by Lauren Greenfield, sponsored by Canon. Portfolio Reviews with a national cast of curators, editors and gallerists will take place December 12 & 13. The Saturday evening PhotoWALK featuring review participants will offer the public a peek at 60 rising photographers from across the nation.

Exhibitions will feature work by Susan Burnstine, Debbie Fleming Caffery, William Greiner, David Halliday, Louviere + Vanessa, Robert Polidori, Jonathan Traviesa, Alvaro Villela, POYi’s “Visions of Excellence,” Sarah Wilson and many others. Gallery talks, art openings, workshops, book signings, lectures and panel discussions are also included in the lineup.

Please join us to celebrate the art of photography, New Orleans style!

Portfolio Review registration will open on Sept 1, 2009 at 10am Central Time

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary St.
NOLA 70130
New Gallery Hours:
Fri 3-6, Sat & Sun 12-4
or by appointment

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Critical Mass Finalists Announced!

The fine folks at PhotoLucida have posted the list of those photographers who entered the competition “Critical Mass” who have made the cut and continue forward in the judging process; I look forward to seeing many of your work in the coming weeks!

See the list here

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Tonight! 7 pm, Waltham, Massachusetts: Launch of fine press edition of Pictorial Webster’s

This is one of the most interesting and amazing projects I’ve learn about of late:

John Carrera’s QUERCUS PRESS has completed the 10-year project of bringing a fine press edition of “Pictorial Webster’s” to life. 

I first read about the project on the Chronicle Books Blog

Then I was directed to this piece about “the making of” on VIMEO 

From the home page to the video:

“From the discovery of the 1898 International Dictionary to linotyping the entries to printing the last print on the vandercook to cutting the fingertabs of the deluxe edition, this video gives a quick overview of the process of creating the Pictorial Webster’s fine press edition.”

As you will see in the video, Carerra produced a fine art edition of 26 that were hand printed and hand bound.

Chronicle Books has released a trade edition ($35.00) and it too is not to be missed.


Quercus Press is hosting a launch event for the trade and fine art editions on Sunday, August 29th from 7-9 pm at:

BACK PAGES BOOKS in Waltham, Massachusetts.     If in the Boston are, go – see these beautiful books – and congratulate John Carerra!

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Sept. 12th- Soho Photo Alternative Process Competition.

Alternative Processes Competition

From the website:

Soho Photo’s Annual Alternative Processes Competition was initiated in 2005 with the objective of recognizing the achievements of those photographers who shun the new technologies and continue to craft their images the way photographers have done since the beginning of the medium – using alternative processes. These include cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, platinum/palladium, gum dichromate, bromoil, salt print, ambrotype, tintype, and Polaroid transfer. Alternative processes result in the creation of unique, one-of-a-kind handmade images, with the imprint of the photographer’s individuality and artistry.

But alternative photography is complicated and difficult to learn. And the handmade prints resist easy duplication – an advantage of digital or silver printing. But there is a resurgence of alternative methods as evidenced by new books, courses and conferences.

Soho Photo’s most recent competition resulted in a month-long show at Soho Photo that included the winning photographs of 28 photographers from all over the United States. Their work was chosen from that of 130 photographers who had submitted more than 500 photographs, representing the wide range of alternative methods. The juror for the 2008 competition was Dan Estabrook. In previous years’ competitions, jurors have included Christopher James and Tricia Rosenkilde.

For more info click here.

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Santa Fe this weekend: Opening reception/talks by Susan Burnstine, Susan kae Grant and Beth Moon at Verve Gallery

Three outstanding photographers will be presenting their work in an exhibition at the Verve Gallery opening this coming Friday night.  


All three will be speaking about their work as well:  

Susan Burnstine and Beth Moon will be speaking from 3-5 pm this Friday, and

Susan kae Grant and collaborator sound artist Sarah Alexander will speak on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.  


I look forward to seeing many of you there!

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Hearst 8×10 Exhibition on view in NYC into mid-September; not to be missed

One of the most interesting exhibitions I have seen this summer is the “Hearst 8×10” show.  Readers will remember my enthusiasm about this show – an interesting group of jurors to review work, extraordinary venue, and NO SUBMISSION FEE was charged.    

The show continues at the Hearst building in NYC into mid-September (no set closing date as of this writing).

To see the exhibition, here’s the instructions from Bethany Lewis at Hearst:

Hi Mary,

Anyone wishing to view the exhibit can contact me.

The exhibit is coming down in mid-September. I don’t have an exact date yet.



Bethany Lewis
Hearst Creative Communications
phone   212 649-4425
fax      646 280-4425
300 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019-5239

Don’t miss it!

To see this years winners click here.
Hiroshi Watanabe
Andy Freeberg
Louie Palu
Benedikt Partenheimer
Brad Carlile
Edith Maybin
Nicholas Prior
Mark Kessell
Honorable Mentions
Christopher Bangert
David Wells
David Zimmerman
Jean Claude Louis
Roger Eberhard
Blake Fitch
Rachael Dunville
Will Steacy
Anoush Abrar and Aimee Hoving
Maura Sullivan




Closing Date:


How to Access the Exhibition at Hearst Tower, 300 West 57th Street in NYC:

To gain permission to enter the Hearst Tower  and take the escalator past the “ICE FALLS” interior waterfall by Jamie Carpenter and view this fantastic exhibition on view in the two galleries on the Hearst Building‘s mezzanine:

email to make a reservation.

When you arrive at the building, go to the security desk just inside the door, and you will be given a pass to right the escalator up to the Mezzanine level and see the two galleries on opposite sides of this level.  

Click this link to view a video about the Hearst Tower, “NYC’s FIRST GREEN BUILDING”

The facade of the original building is what is seen from the street, but then, look up and you will see the amazing addition to the building designed by Foster and Partners, with Adamson Associates.

The New Yorker calls it “The most beautiful skyscraper to go up in New York since 1967”

Time stated “The storied New York City Skyline gets a surge of exhilaration with the first worthy addition of the century”

This award-winning building,  and see some installation views taken on opening night featured on Elizabeth Avedon’s blog here.


The exhibition will be up through the summer . Contact to make arrangements to see the show.

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Sept. 5th- Deadline to submit to the Carmel Art and Film Festival Photography Show

As Part of the Carmel Art and Film Festival October 8th-11th there will be a Photography and Art Show.

The Deadline is September  5th to submit your work.

You can find the application here.

From the website:

Carmel has a legendary photography history, and we would like to honor that heritage.  Through a juried process, 50 artists will be selected for a month long exhibition at the Marjorie Evans Gallery at the Sunset Center in Carmel, California.  Ten top winners from this group will be given a group show at the FARMANI Gallery, in New York City.  One top winner will be featured in ARTWORKS Magazine.


PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW download application
October 5 – 30, 2009

Located in charming and sophisticated Carmel-by-the-Sea, along Californiaʼs breath-taking Central Coast,
the Carmel Art & Film Festival promises four days of total arts immersion. The festival will include: film,
music, fine art, and photography, showcased throughout the picturesque village and the historic Sunset
Cultural Arts Center – a gorgeous multi-use facility that includes exhibition space, lecture halls and a world
class renovated 700 seat theatre with plush seating, beautiful architecture and superior acoustics. The
director of the Sundance Film Festival is curating the film portion of the event, juried fine art and photog-
raphy exhibitions will open that weekend, with outdoor projection photography exhibits, art lectures, music,
and fine wine and food all promising to attract art lovers from all corners. The Carmel Art and Film Festival
will run from October 8th – 11th.
The photography exhibition will hang at the Sunset Center, with the opening reception held as a kick off to
the festival. The photography exhibition, however, will run the entire month of October. Out of all applica-
tions, 50 photographers will be chosen for the show, and of those, a group of ten will be selected for a
gallery exhibition in New York City, and one will be selected for a feature in ARTWORKS Magazine.
Hossein Farmani is a major collector and promoter of photography around the world. He is also founder
and president of the Lucie Awards™, the “Oscars” of photography.
Bruce Haley is the recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious photography
awards in the world, for his coverage of Burmaʻs bloody ethnic civil war.
Kim Weston, grandson of legendary photographer Edward Weston, is an award winning photographer in
his own right, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of photography as fine art.
Here is a summary of what the artist receives:
• Jury selection process.
• The exhibition will be held from October 5th through 30th.
• Artist listing in event catalog with image and contact information.
• 10 of the top photographers will be selected to for a gallery show in New York.
• One photographer will be selected for a feature in ARTWORKS Magazine.
IMPORTANT: The application fee is $40 per entr y/one image, $10 for each additional submission.
(Make check payable to: Carmel Art & Film Festival)

June 16, 2009 Application Available
Sept. 5, 2009 Application Deadline
Sept. 7, 2009 Jury Announces Selected Artists (Week of 9.7.09)
Sept. 20, 2009 Hi-res Image Due for Catalog
Sept. 30, 2009 Final Matted Print Due
Oct. 10, 2009 Set-up 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 5-30, 2009 Photography Exhibit

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August 24 Deadline: New Orleans Photo Alliance exhibition “SPIRIT WORLD”

DEADLINE: August 24, 2009

New Orleans Photo Alliance    Call for Entries: “SPIRIT WORLD

Juror: Russel Joslin of Shots Magazine

From the website:

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is seeking photography-based works that explore the theme of spirits and the spiritual world during the season of Halloween and All Saints Day.

Submissions may include but are not limited to: documentary, fine art, and conceptual images that depict or evoke the spiritual, supernatural and unearthly; including places, people and rituals here on earth which relate to the topic.

The show will be juried by Russell Joslin, editor and publisher of Shots Magazine.

Selected entries will be exhibited in the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during the months of October and November 2009. They will also be featured and archived in the Alliance’s online gallery and considered for publication in the New Orleans Photo Alliance Best of 2009 Photo Annual. In addition, the juror will award cash prizes.

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From the website:
The New Orleans Photo Alliance is accepting submissions for our inaugural $5000 Grant for Documentary Photography. Both emerging and established photographers living in TX, LA, MS, AL or FL are eligible to apply.  The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. NOPA will announce the winner during PhotoNOLA 2009.

Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) will be the inaugural juror of the MPS Fund. Rosenheim is a leading figure in the world of photography and the preeminent authority on Walker Evans. Rosenheim was responsible for bringing to the Metropolitan the complete archives of Walker Evans and Diane Arbus. He has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad and continues to be an influential advocate for photography as a significant art medium.


Michael P. Smith (1937–2008), a New Orleans native and award-winning professional freelance photographer, spent a lifetime capturing the music, culture and folklife of New Orleans and Louisiana. He was well known for documenting New Orleans social club parades and jazz funerals, neighborhood Mardi Gras traditions, spiritual church ceremonies, and many of the city and state’s renowned jazz, blues rhythm and blues, and gospel musicians. Smith photographed at every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 2004, when he was honored with a major grandstand exhibition and photo kiosks placed around the Fair Grounds.

In a brilliant career that spanned more than four decades, produced 5 books, and garnered a host of honors, including 2 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith was an inspiration, a role model and a mentor to many photographers in New Orleans and beyond.




Submission deadline: September 1
Submission guidelines:



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August 21st Deadline: PIX Digital Imaging Contest (Late deadline 28th)

PDN PIX Digital Imaging Contest

Deadline August 21st, 2009

From the website:
“Recognizing excellence and innovation in digital photography compositing, retouching, CGI incorporation, and multimedia imaging.”


• A digital camera
• A PhotoServe Portfolio (Value: $860)
• PhotoPlus International Conference Gold Expo Pass

One Grand Prize winner will receive a FULL-PAGE AD IN PDN in the November issue detailing their technique, and listing the contact information for their photography business.

All winners will be featured in the November 2009 issue of Photo District News and on


•Anna Goldwater Alexander, Deputy photo editor, Wired
•Holly Henderson, Art producer, Kirshenbaum Bon + Partners
•Tom Kennedy, Multimedia editor and consultant
•Jennifer Pastore, Photo editor, Teen Vogue
•Brian Paul Clamp, Director, CLAMPART gallery


•NEW! MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS including videos, video stills, and web based creations are now accepted for judging. Multimedia projects will be hosted on the winner’s gallery online and stills will be included in the print gallery in the November, 2009 issue of PDN.



* Late? Pay an additional $10 per entry for an extended deadline of AUGUST 28, 2009.

For more details visit the competition’s website.

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