Archive for September, 2009


Next weekend in New York is one of the great artists book fairs, and it  I a m a great admirer of the accompanying CABC conference.


If in town, you must go:

NY ART BOOK FAIR, organized by Printed Matter, Inc.

From the event website:

“Printed Matter, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to publications made by artists, presents the fourth annual NY Art Book Fair, October 2-4 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, Queens. The Fair previews on the evening of Thursday, October 1, followed by a Benefit. Admission to the fair is FREE.

The Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, and independent artist/publishers presenting a diverse range of the best in contemporary art publications.

Printed Matter presents a special exhibition of books and posters by Richard Prince, as well as The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, cosponsored with the Art Libraries Society of New York (ARLIS/NY); and The Classroom, a full-schedule of informal artist talks, performances, and screenings.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101 (map)

Friday/Saturday, October 2 & 3, 2009, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, October 4, 2009, 11am – 5pm

The NY Art Book Fair is FREE and open to the public.

New York City | October 2-3 2009


In collaboration with Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair, the Art Libraries Society of New York (ARLIS/NY) announces a conference on contemporary artists’ books. The program will include speakers, panels, artists’ presentations, and receptions. The conference focuses on recent developments in artists’ books. Sessions this year focus on zines, data-oriented artists’ books, reprints, print on demand, and criticism. These and other themes are intended to encourage dialog amongst scholars, collectors, artists, and librarians.

The Conference will be held on the third floor of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS (a detailed description of the sessions is here):

1. Empirical Experience: The Artist, Information, and the Book / moderator: Matthew Carson
2. Furthering the Critical Dialogue: / moderator: Tony White
3. Is Print Really Dead? Artists (Still) Making Books / moderator: Carol Rusk
4. Print On Demand First-Hand / moderator: Jennifer Tobias
5. Zines : Institutional Collecting, Zine Makers, and the Fine Line of Art / moderators: Deirdre Lawrence & Ryan Haley
6. KEYNOTE: Maria Eichhorn and Seth Siegelaub in Conversation With Christophe Cherix

For a detailed description of the Conference sessions, see here

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October 3rd: Andrea Modica lecture at the Center for Photography at Woodstock

On October 3rd at 8pm Andrea Modica will be presenting work at the Center for Photography at Woodstock

From the CPW website:

Andrea Modica works with an 8×10 camera to slow down the process of picture making and to create intimate dramas. One of her images taught her that, until that moment, she had been photographing like a tourist. Learning to contemplate the fictitious town of Treadwell in upstate NY, she made pictures that were mysterious and portrayed the anguish of adolescence and the idea of growing up. The photographer balances sadness with empathy and brings a spiritual dimension to her work. Modica’s images include photographs of a halfway house, a Catholic girls school, and a minor league baseball team. Andrea’s photographs have been compared to those of Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, and her friend, Sally Mann. A graduate of Yale University, her work has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and International Center of Photography, among many prestigious venues. New York Times, Elle, New Yorker, American Photo, and Vanity Fair have featured her work .  Sh has five monographs: Treadwell, Minor League, Real Indians, Barbara, and Human Being. The Edwynn Houk Gallery in NYC represents her work.

For more information on CPW’s lecture series click here.

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October 16th- Deadline for 14th Annual PCNW MEMBERS’ JURIED EXHIBITION

Call for Entries: 14th Annual Photographic Center Northwest  MEMBERS’ JURIED EXHIBITION

Deadline:Friday, October 16th, 8 pm.

From the website:

The Photographic Center Northwest invites you to participate in our 14th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition December 1- January 15, 2009. You must be a current member or become a member of PCNW to participate (memberships are annual). First, second, and third prize winners will take home $175, $135 & $100 respectively. The awards will be presented at the artists’ reception on Friday, December 4, 6-8 p.m. The competition is open to all photographic processes, all themes and photographers. The entry fee is $5 per jpeg. You may submit up to ten images total. You may not submit work that has been shown in past PCNW Members’ Exhibitions. Entry fees are non-refundable. All entries must be received in an envelope by Friday, October 16th, 8 p.m. Selected artists will be notified by phone. A list of the selected artists will be posted at

Eric Fredericksen is the Director of Western Bridge. He is a former editor and writer at The Stranger and Architecture. Collections and exhibitions are managed by Matthew Cox, a former preparator at the Henry Art Gallery and Bellevue Art Museum.


Click on the pdf entry form and print it out. Send the completed entry form with your labeled CD to PCNW, 900 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 and follow the instructions below. Deadline: Must be received by Friday, October 16th, 8 pm.

CD Submission: Images submitted on CD must be jpgs formatted for a PC. Maximum jpeg size is 10 inches or 1024 pixels in the longest dimension and scanned at 72 ppi. Each jpeg must be titled with the photographer’s name, correlating letter to match the entry form, the title of the image and the year it was taken. Example: JohnSmith_A_Untitled_2006.jpg, JohnSmith_B_Untitled_2005.jpg. You are strongly encouraged to have a file on your CD with an artist’s statement (word document or pdf). The CD must be labeled with the photographer’s name as well as the case it’s in. Materials will not be returned.


Selected artists will have approximately 3 weeks to prepare their work for delivery for the exhibition due: November 21st. The work must be framed or mounted with a wire or sufficient hanging method on the backside. Although your work will be handled delicately by PCNW staff, we will not be responsible for the damage of any work. All works selected for exhibition must be offered for sale at a price determined by the artist. Artists will receive fifty percent of the sale price. Please note that images selected for the show may be used for promotion of the exhibition and PCNW.

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FOTOWEEKDC.ORG now live; portfolio reviews and more, November 7-14 in Washington, DC

The upcoming, second annual “FotoWeek DC” has now launched its website, filled with wonderful events and opportunities for photographers.

This includes reservations for the one-day portfolio review event happening on SUNDAY, November 8th.   You register, go on line, and pick the reviewer, select your preferred time and you are booked. Fantastic system, similar to Rhubarb-Rhubarb in Birmingham, England.

They are offering discounts for students, too, which I applaud.

In addition to the portfolio reviews, there are lectures and workshops, amazing exhibitions throughout the region, and more.  It is a great time for learning.

I am proud to share that I will be presenting a lecture on Saturday morning November 7th at Photo Works in Glen Echo, Maryland as an official part of the FotoWeek DC programming.   I am also participating as a Portfolio Reviewer the following day (November 8th).

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

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October 1st, Tempe, Arizona: Suzanne Szucs speaks at “Hall of Mirrors” exhibition at ASU

Northlight Gallery on the campus of Arizona State University is hosting the group exhibition “Hall of Mirrors” through October 10th.    Participating artist Suzanne Szucs will be speaking on Thursday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. on “Journal, In Progress” for which she has photographed herself every day for 15 years.

From the webpage:

“Hall of Mirrors features the photographs of contemporary feminist artists working in self-portraiture to explore issues of personal and cultural identity including race, class, body image and representation, sexual orientation, and gender issues through a variety of photographic processes and performance techniques. The slogan “The Personal is Political,” believed to be coined by Carol Hanisch in Notes from the Second Year (1969), lives on as the guiding light in the work of these artists.

The self-reflective images of Jen Davis and Suzanne Szucs skillfully reveal a raw vulnerability that irresistibly draws the viewer into their intimate spaces. Liz Cohen, Wilka Roig, and Min Kim Park investigate cultural stereotypes with an uncompromising eye that challenges us not to look away. And Mary Coble’s unflinching images of her dramatic tour de force performances of empathy and compassion challenge the viewer to examine what we might be willing to endure for the sake of another. In her series Blood Script, “The Political is Personal.”

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October 1 in Minneapolis: Paul Graham, part of the Arnold Newman lecture series on photography

Arnold Newman Lecture on Photography:  PAUL GRAHAM

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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

Pillsbury Auditorium

Lecturer: Paul Graham (British, born 1956)

The new annual Arnold Newman lecture series on photography features leading contemporary photographers discussing issues in the medium today. The first lecture in the series 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, post-war Japanese culture, and class inequities in western Europe the United States.

Graham has twelve publications to his credit, including two major survey monographs. This year 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.

Click here to read Arnold’s obituary in the NYT.

Click here to view Arnold’s entry in the PDN Legends Online series.

Click here to view “Arnold Newman: Master of Environmental Portraiture” on Digital Journalist

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Deadline for submissions October 17th: Silver Eye Fellowship 2009 Competition

Silver Eye Center for Photography

Call for Entries:  Fellowship 2009 Competition

Deadline for Submissions Saturday, October 17, 2009

From the website:

Silver Eye Center for Photography invites photographers from across the globe to submit work to our Fellowship 2009 Competition. This year, our juror Andy Adams will select one photographer to receive a $3,500 award and a one-person exhibition in Silver Eye’s main gallery in 2010. Ten honorable mentions will be awarded. These photographers will be invited to submit one work to the Fellowship 2009 exhibition.  Must be a member to submit work.

Fellowship 2009 Competition

Silver Eye Center for Photography invites photographers to submit entries to our juried Fellowship competition and New Works Galleries in October 2009.  You must be a current member of Silver Eye in order to enter. Also selected from these entries are the New Works Gallery and New Works Gallery Online exhibitors.

Submission Guidelines


Entries must be postmarked or delivered on or before Saturday, October 17, 2009 and be complete upon submission.

Mail or deliver to:

Fellowship 2009 Competition

Silver Eye Center for Photography

1015 East Carson Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA


Submissions are limited to ten images and must have been completed within the past three years. One cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work is highly recommended.

Submissions must be JPG files with a minimum 1000px wide image size. Assign a file name for each JPG that includes the checklist number and title of work. Label CD with your name and contact information. CDs will not be returned.

Entries must also include:

•  Printed checklist identifying name of artist, contact information, title of work and /or series, date of work and /or series, medium, print size and size and method of presentation of work (including final framed dimensions, if applicable).

•  Artist statement and short bio not to exceed one page.

Incorrectly formatted or corrupt files and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For details click here.

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