Archive for September, 2009

November 2: Deadline, SHOTS Magazine The ANNUAL PORTFOLIO ISSUE


DEADLINE: November 2, 2009.


Submit a cohesive series or simply a selection of your best images. Photographers selected for inclusion will be interviewed for publication and featured on at least 4 pages in this annual edition of SHOTS

(Note: Photographers who have been featured in past Portfolio Issues or who have been the subjects of interviews are not eligible for this issue.)

Send 12 to 20 images for consideration.

For information click here.


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September 23rd at the Griffin Museum: “Requiem” Gallery Talk by Susan May Tell

NYC-based photographer Susan May Tell‘s traveling exhibition “A REQUIEM: TRIBUTE TO THE SPIRITUAL SPACE AT AUSCHWITZ is on view in the main space at the Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, Massachusetts) through November 1.   The home page of Susan’s website currently features an installation view of this exhibition at the Griffin.

On Wednesday night September 23rd Susan will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m.; she will sign copies of her self-published catalogue for the exhibition, featuring poetry by Stanley Kunitz, following her presentation.

From the Griffin’s exhibitions webpage:

“While traveling to Prague and Budapest in Eastern Europe, photographer Susan May Tell learned of an overnight train to Krakow, Poland, and from there, a short local train ride to Auschwitz.

She took the opportunity to visit the concentration camp where, she says, “I walked the grounds in silence, in meditation, photographing the aesthetics, the mood, the sense of foreboding – and tried to capture the energy that lives in that space.”

A Requiem: Tribute to the Spiritual Space at Auschwitz, a series of her photographs, is featured in the Main Gallery at the Griffin Museum of Photography September 10 through November 1. A reception is September 16, 7-8:30 p.m.

“In Auschwitz, I felt the presence of its ghosts guiding me, guiding my camera, and was then, and continue to be now, moved to share the tragedy of this place through the images I saw through my lens,” says Tell.

Auschwitz was the largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps and where between 1.3 million and 1.5 million people — 90 percent of whom were Jewish – were murdered in gas chambers.

Tell’s photographs are printed 6-by-4 feet on gelatin silver paper, full frame, and purposefully left unframed. “Hopefully, visitors will find these images reveal the presence of unspeakable horror, convey the ever present pathos of desolation, and give a real sense of the large scale of this death camp,” Tell says.

She adds, “Equally important to my artistic vision is my commitment to Auschwitz as a meditation on decay and memory. Like other sacred grounds that are decaying, Auschwitz today is disappearing and raises questions about whether places of this kind should be restored, and the importance of memory and commemoration.”

Tell worked as a freelance and staff photojournalist for many years. Based in Cairo for 4 years, she covered the Middle-East photographing inside Iran, Iraq, Syria, Eritrea, Libya, Israel and the Sudan. Later, based in Paris, she photographed the 50th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, and personalities including Jeanne Moreau, Roman Polanski, Youssou N’Dour and Marcello Mastroianni. The first solo exhibition of her fine art photography was in 1982. A Requiem was shown at the Museum of Art/ Fort Lauderdale in 2005. Tell was awarded first place in Photowork 09 by Malcolm Daniel, curator of photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am – 5 pm; Friday 11 am – 4 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 pm. The Museum is closed on Monday. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to all every Thursday. For more information, call 781-729-1158.”

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First Impressions Panel Discussion with Michael Mazzeo and Russel Lord

In conjunction with the exhibit First Impression at the Camera Club of New York featuring work by : Marco Breuer, Eric William Carroll, Dan Estabrook, Michael Flomen, Chris McCaw there will be a panel Discussion moderated by Curator Michael Paris Mazzeo and Russell Lord, recipient of the 2009-2010 Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 22nd, 7pm

From the Press Release:

First Impression is an exhibition of contemporary work by artists employing arcane photographic methodologies resulting in unique, first-generation imagery. The selection of work includes examples of calotypes, tintypes, photograms and other unusual, unlikely and untimely processes by featured artists, Marco Breuer, Eric William Carroll, Dan Estabrook, Michael Flomen, Michelle Kloehn, and Chris McCaw.

Celebrating its 125th year, the Camera Club of New York is marking this important anniversary with an exhibition of work by artists who draw upon the origins of the medium to address contemporary photographic issues and practices. Each of the artists works within a distinct set of parameters, exploring the nature of process and representation.

Marco Breuer uses various tools to alter the surface and sensitivity of photographic papers, creating abstract images that question the basic nature of the medium. Eric William Carroll works with the least expensive photosensitive medium available, commercial blueprint paper, making life-size shadow photographs suggestive of performance art. Employing Calotype negatives and skillful draftsmanship, Dan Estabrook uses his dreams as source material, making images that defy our understanding of physical existence, and challenging the assumption that photographs are rooted in reality. Michael Flomen‘s innovative gelatin silver photograms document his interactions with the natural world. Working outdoors at night, Flomen makes images in fields and forests, rivers and ponds, even utilizing the most ethereal of light sources, fireflies. Michelle Kloehn‘s tintypes, made in her studio, depict vaguely identifiable forms fashioned from discarded materials. Dark and intriguing, her work has the appearance of chemically induced expressionism. Chris McCaw records the passage of time by allowing the sun to burn through photographic paper while traversing the sky. These enigmatic, large-format solarized paper negatives allude to celestial anomaly and prophetic revelation.

In conjunction with the exhibition, CCNY will host a panel discussion with the artists, moderated by Curator Michael Paris Mazzeo and Russell Lord, recipient of the 2009-2010 Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 7 pm, at the School of Visual Arts Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Admission is free to SVA students and staff, and CCNY members, $5 for other students, and $10 for the general public.

This exhibition runs from September 16 – October 30th.
Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday 12-6 pm

Please visit us at:
The Camera Club of New York
336 West 37th Street, Suite 206
(bet. 8th and 9th Avenues)
New York, New York 10018
Exhibition on view September 16 – October 30 Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 12-6 pm

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September 22: Elinor Carucci Artist Talk and Book Signing in San Francisco

NY-based photographer Elinor Carucci will be speaking at SF Camerawork on September 22nd at 7 p.m.; this presentation is free and open to the public.

This talk is in conjunction with the forthcoming re-release of CLOSER (2nd Edition, Chronicle Books) in both trade and limited edition formats; a book signing will follow the lecture.

Elinor is represented for fine print sales by James Hyman Gallery in London and for commercial and editorial assignments by i2i photography in NYC.

Click here to read an interview with Elinor posted by Rachel Been (6/9/09)

From the SF Camerawork event webpage:

Closer is the definitive book by Elinor Carucci, an artist known for relentlessly intimate photographs that capture the private worlds of her family and household. Since this classic monograph was first published in 2002, Carucci has evolved from an emerging artist into a widely collected photographer with an international reputation. Featuring a new foreword by Susan Kismaric and once again available in hardcover, this revised edition of Closer offers an opportunity for art lovers everywhere to get the only significant publication to survey this important artist’s oeuvre.

Elinor Carucci has won numerous awards. Her work is in the collections of many major museums, including MoMA. She resides in New York City.

Susan Kismaric is curator, department of photography, the Museum of Modern Art in New York

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October 4th: Free public programming with the Robert Frank exhibition at the Met

I am looking forward to seeing the special exhibition “LOOKING IN: ROBERT FRANK’s THE AMERICANS

From the webpage:

“This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Americans, Robert Frank’s influential suite of black-and-white photographs made on a cross-country road trip in 1955–56. Although Frank’s depiction of American life was criticized when the book was released in the U.S. in 1959, it soon became recognized as a masterpiece of street photography. Born in Switzerland in 1924, Frank is considered one of the great living masters of photography. The exhibition will feature all 83 photographs published in The Americans and will be the first time that this body of work is presented to a New York audience. In addition, the exhibition includes contact sheets that Frank used to create the book; earlier photographs made in Europe, Peru, and New York; a short film by the artist on his life; and his later re-use of iconic images from the series.”

Learn more about a special one-day lecture and panel discussion on October 4th HERE

Purchase tickets to an evening with Robert Frank on October 9th HERE (limited seating remains)

Purchase tickets to the Robert Frank film series beginning October 10th HERE

Musician PATTI SMITH will be performing at The Met in honor of her friend Robert Frank; this event is SOLD OUT but note the limited availability of standing-room tickets:

Patti Smith:
A Salute to Robert Frank, Artist and Friend

Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, and guests

“I keep trying to figure out what it means to be American. When I look in myself I see Abyssinia, nineteenth-century France, but I can’t recognize what makes me American. I think about Robert Frank’s photographs—broke down jukeboxes in Gallup, New Mexico, swaying hips and spurs, ponytails and syphilitic cowpokes, hash slingers, the glowing black tarp of US 285 and the Hoboken stars and stripes.

I think about a red, white and blue rag
I wrap around my head.
Maybe it’s nothing material; maybe it’s just being free.

Freedom is a waterfall, is pacing linoleum till dawn,
the right to write the wrong words.
And I done plenty of that…  notebook, April 1971


This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans,” September 22, 2009–January 3, 2010.”

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Laura Letinsky and Joel Leivick Lecture TONIGHT in San Fransisco

As part of the Fall 2009 Lecture Series presented by  PhotoAlliance in  San Fransisco photographers Laura Letinsky and Joel Leivick will be lecturing at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Date: September 18, 2009
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut Street in San Francisco, California (at Jones Street)
Ticket Information:$10.00 general admission $5.00 students with ID— TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

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Registration for Review LA (January 2010) opens tomorrow, September 18

I just received an email from CENTER:


Last year this event sold out in a matter of hours, so heads up; members get a two-hour advanced registration period.

You will need to have a PayPal account to register, so be sure to set that up in advance of registration.

See the Center website for registration details.

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