Archive for October 7, 2009

Irving Penn, 1917-2009

Sad news that the master photographer Mr. Irving Penn passed away this morning.  He was one of a kind.

Here is the link to his obituary written by Andy Grundberg that was published on the New York Times website today.   I encourage you to read it.  As the news is spreading, more recaps of Penn’s career and artistry are being posted on line; tonight’s edition of NPR’s All Things Considered hosted a dialogue between Melissa Block, Michelle Norris and William Stapp, founding curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery and co-curator of the Penn exhibition hosted by the National Gallery, as well as posting this story about Penn’s impact as an artist.    A selection of Penn’s photographs are on the NPR photo blog:

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles is currently hosting “Irving Penn: Small Trades” through January 10, 2010; among the accompanying events is a gallery course lead by co-curator Virginia Heckert, associate curator of photography on Saturday, October 24th.  Heckert will also lead a gallery talk on October 29th at 1:30 pm, followed by Anne Lacoste, assistant curator of Photographs doing the same on Wednesday November 18th and December 2nd at 1:30.   Heckert and Lacoste co-authored the accompanying publication.

I also encourage you to read this article “Irving Penn: He photographed the most important artists of the last half-centure and in the process joined their ranks” written by Philip Gefter at the time of Penn’s gift of prints to the Morgan Library that was published on Slate o 2/29/08.   And, Vogue magazine’s site has posted several remembrances tonight, including “The Mighty Penn” written by  Kennedy Fraser originally published in the July 2007 issue of the magazine.


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October 8th Artists presentation with Carlos Motta

SF CameraWorksThursday, October 8th Artists presentation with Carlos Motta.  Co-presented with Galeria de la Raza and Berkeley Art Museum.

From the website:

Carlos Motta uses strategies from documentary film, journalism, and sociology to consider the effects of specific political events in photography, video, and installation projects. Recent works include The Immigrant Files: Democracy Is Not Dead, It Just Smells Funny and La Buena Vida (The Good Life). Motta was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow and some of his current work is included in the Lyon Biennale.

Carlos will additionally be at the Berkeley Art Museum Theater the following Saturday October 10th where he and writer Daniel Alarcón will discuss next-generation Latin American art and literature. For more information visit:

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October 20th- Deadline for “New Visions” Juror Michael Itkoff

Deadline : October 20th for The Center for Fine Art Photography for “New Visions” with juror Michael Itkoff a Founding Editor of Daylight Magazine

Submissions due on line by midnight PST

From the Announcement:

Thinking outside the box, New Visions will feature work that will test the limits, expose new ideas, and engage the viewer with contemporary photography. Alternative process, digital and traditional photography

The exhibition is open to photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center for Fine Art Photography invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome.

Juror Michael Itkoff :
Michael Itkoff is a Founding Editor of Daylight Magazine , a print and online publication. Daylight has become one of the premier showcases for contemporary photography, by collaborating with established and emerging artists, scholars and journalists. Itkoff has been a reviewer for New York Photo Festival, En Foco, Critical Mass, ASMP and Santa Fe Center for Photography. He has been a recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008) and recently published his monograph, /Street Portraits/ <>, Charta Editions 2009.

Entry Fee : $35 for the first three images ($25 for members) and $10 for each image after that.

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