Archive for August, 2009

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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August 18th: Keith Taylor to speak at Mpls Photo Center

Keith Taylor will present his work on Tuesday, August 18th in the Tuesday Artist’s Talk Series at Mpls Photo Center, from 7 – 10 p.m.  Keith is known for his beautiful platinum prints, and will be exhibiting a selection of his work printed in a number of different alternative processes.  Come and her from the master who prints for such artists as Beth Dow, Eve Arnold, Cy DeCosse, Alex Soth, Mario Testino and more.

From the e-release:

“Taylor is known for dusky, richly detailed images more reminiscent of etchings that conventional photographs.  They are made with a laborious 19-century printing process involving platinum and palladium instead of the more common silver salts used in most 20th – century photographs.  Recently he invented a technique that includes a computer to enlarge his negatives, but he still mixes his own light-sensitive solutions of platinum and palladium and brushes them onto the watercolor type paper on which the photos are printed.”

A selection of fifteen of Taylor’s prints are currently on view in the Center’s Third Floor Gallery.

Free to members, $5 to non-members (can be applied to membership).


Click here to download the PDF.

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Tickets on sale now for Paul Graham lecture October 1st at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Photographer Paul Graham (British, born 1956) will be lecturing in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

From the MIA events webpage:  

“This is the first lecture of a new photography initiative New Pictures Program.  This lecture is also the first Arnold Newman  Lecture for Photography.  Newman (1918-2006) is acknowledged as one of the great masters of the 20th and 21th century and his work has has changed portraiture.  Paul Graham is an artist photographer whose work operates in the territory traditionally reserved for documentary photography but uses and abuses the classic genres of photography to map a cultural and social topography.

The tickets are available for purchase now for only $5 (members free).

See this early post on Paul’s work here.

From the MIA event webpage:

Arnold Newman Lecture on Photography

Thursday, October 1, 2009
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The new annual Arnold Newman lecture series on photography features leading contemporary photographers discussing issues in the medium today. The series debut is by Paul Graham, one of the first photographers of his generation to bring together the rich historical tradition of social documentary photography with contemporary approaches to color and experimental image-making. His photographs explore the stuff of life and history, taking on subjects such as the Northern Ireland conflict, postwar Japanese culture, and class inequities in Western Europe and the United States.

Graham has produced 12 publications, including two major survey monographs. He received the 2009 Borse Photography Prize for a shimmer of possibility, which captures the struggles and poetry of daily life in America. Photographs from the book were featured in a solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art.

Admission: $5; free for MIA members. To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online ».

For more details click here.

About Arnold Newman:

“The Arnold Newman Archive is dedicated to the legacy and work of famed photographer Arnold Newman.  A join effort between the Newman Family, Commerce Graphics and Howard Greenberg Gallery, the archive will work to preserve and share Arnold Newman’s vast body of work and achievements.”

In September 2006, The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin announced the acquisition of Arnold Newman’s archive.  To read the press release, click here

in 2007, ASMP presented the first annual Arnold Newman Prize to Chris Buck.   This annual Prize  “recognizes the work of a contemporary environmental portrait photographer whose imagery is grounded in the traditions and values that Newman pioneered.”  Jonathan Torgovnik received the Prize in 2008, and this year’s winner is Jeff Reidel.  This prize is selected from among the top scoring portrait submissions in PDN’s Photography Annual Competition.  

About the Department of Photographs at MIA:

Begun in 1973, the MIA’s collection of photographs spans the history of the medium as fine art, from the 1860s to the present. Representing more than 800 photographers and 8,500 works of art, the collection consists primarily of 20th-century American work, but increasing emphasis on photographs from all countries is providing new scope and dimension.

The Department of Photographs has developed and continues to thrive because of the active and generous support of loyal donors. The earliest acquisitions were funded by Kate Butler and Hall James Peterson. Their initiative inspired others, including Harry Drake, Martin Weinstein, and Fred and Ellen Wells. More recently, the creation of the Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison Fund, along with the establishment of the Harrison Photography Galleries, has given the department enormous momentum. These superb new galleries are devoted to the presentation of our permanent collection.

Over the years, the Department of Photographs has been committed to using the collection for educational purposes, and the MIA now serves as a major resource for the five-state area. Numerous exhibitions drawn from the collection have traveled to other institutions, and high school and college students frequently visit our galleries and print study area.”

Click here to read an earlier post on this blog on the 2007 passing of Carroll T. “Ted” Hartwell, long-time curator of photography at MIA.

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Curatorial Transitions at LACMA and CCP

Earlier this summer we learned that Charlotte Cotton had accepted an exciting position in her native England, overseeing the National Media Museum’s planned expansion in London.  

Click here to read the LA Times blog (July 16) on Charlotte’s return to England.

Today the LA Times featured an article announcing that Britt Salvesen, Director and Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson will assume a newly-created position overseeing two LACMA departments: photography and prints.  

Click here to read the article on Britt’s appointment at LACMA.

Congratulations to both!


Interestingly, their vision overlaps in the forthcoming LACMA presentation of “New Topographics” exhibition (October 25, 2009 – January 10, 2010); the exhibition was organized by the CCP and the George Eastman House, opening at GEH (on view through September 27th).  For the LACMA showing, the exhibition website tell us “This version of New Topographics will also include some thirty prints and books by other relevant artists—clearly distinguished by physical presentation from the primary works—to provide additional historical and contemporary context. Relevant artists include key figures such as Timothy O’Sullivan, Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Robert Smithson, and Dan Graham. Curator at LACMA: Charlotte Cotton, Photography.”   The exhibition will be on view at the CCP in Tucson beginning February 19th – May 16th.  

From LACMA’s website:

The 1975 exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape brought together nine photographers—Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel, Jr.—at the International Museum of Photography. Signaling the emergence of a new approach to landscape, the show effectively gave a name to a movement or style. New Topographicshas since come to be understood as marking a paradigm shift with the artists thoughtfully engaged with their medium and its history in different ways. 

To learn more on The New Topographics exhibition:

D.A.P. has a page on its website called “The New Topographics: A Bookshelf” at

NPR posted “New Topographics (Redux)” on The Picture Show area of its website:

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August 1: Dennis Stock Lecture at CPW, Woodstock NY

Dennis Stock Lecture at the Center for Photography at Woodstock:

Saturday August 15 8pm

Exhibition of Dennis Stock’s work on view through September 25th:  “WOODSTOCK GENERATION”

From the website:

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to announce its upcoming fall solo exhibition by longtime Magnum photographer, Dennis Stock. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, the exhibition Woodstock Generation explores the alternative communities and culture of the hippie movement, which culminated in three historic days in August 1969.”

On view from August 8 – October 25, the exhibition Woodstock Generation chronicles a chapter in American history: a time when the quest for new social systems drove young hippies into the most remote regions of the United States, forging a new way of life in the form of communes. Faced with the alienation they felt within a changing American culture and the conventions of their former generation, and filled with a utopian ideal and an anarchistic temperament, these young rebels created intentional communities on the fringes of society.

To learn more about Dennis Stock, please visit



Saturday, August 22, 8 pm:  DOUG MENUEZ

Saturday, August 29, 8 pm:  ALEX WEBB & REBECCA NORRIS WEBB


To learn more about upcoming lectures at CPW, click here.

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