Archive for November, 2009

November 17th- Deadline Elements of Water Juror: John Paul Caponigro

The Center fo Fine Art Photography call for entries for the Elements of Water with Juror John Paul Caponigro

From the announcement:

Water is both physical and symbolic. Water can be a solid, liquid or gas. It fascinates us with the way it moves and transforms. It can be a destructive force and a life giving element. Without it we would not survive, but too much and our lives would be drastically altered.

Juror: John Paul Caponigro
John Paul Caponigro is an artist, author, educator, and digital pioneer. John Paul is one of Canon’s Explorers of Light and an Epson’s Stylus Pro. He is a contributing editor for Digital Photo Pro and a columnist for PhotoshopUser and John Paul’s work has been published widely.

Exhibition and Awards: With selection for this exhibition, artists and their work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and others who appreciate the fine art of photography.

  • Juror’s Selection Award: $300
  • Director’s Selection Award: $200
  • Artists’ ShowCase Online Awards: Two artists will receive a year subscriptions to Artists’ ShowCase Online, a $120 value (preview at
  • Gallery Visitor’s Choice Award: $100
  • All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery

For more details click here.


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November 11th- Barbara Crane in Conversation with Barbara Hitchcock at Aperture

Photographer Barbara Crane will be in Conversation with Barbara Hitchcock (the author of The Polaroid Book) on Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 pm at the Aperture Foundation

Exhibitions on view:
November 7, 2009—January 21, 2010

From the gallery website:

Barbara Crane: Private Views
In the early 1980s, photographer Barbara Crane embarked on a photographic project shot during Chicago’s various summer festivals. Armed with a Super Speed Graphic camera and Polaroid film, Crane waded in close to the revelers and focused on capturing the details of clothing and hairstyles, but most importantly, gesture. The images are tightly cropped and terrifically alive, viscerally bringing us into the crush of people eating, drinking, and enjoying the crowd dynamic—an incredible inventory of private gestures performed in public spaces.

The collective effect of the images in Barbara Crane: Private Views is mesmerizing and intensely compelling, creating a palpable sensuality from image to image—an astonishing document, not of a particular event or personality, but of something far less tangible: the public expression of euphoria. Barbara Crane: Private Views is a celebration of the classic 1980s Polaroid snapshot with an experimental flair; Crane’s mixture of natural light and flash combined with her use of Polaroid film highlights the primary colors of ’80s fashion, which still feels hip and contemporary today.

An accompanying book of the same title was published by Aperture in the spring 2009.

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Barbara Crane (born in Chicago, 1928) is a celebrated American photographer known for her extraordinary commitment to experimentation and innovation, especially in exploring the themes of the human form and the urban landscape. Crane studied art history at Mills College, completing her BA at New York University in 1950. She returned to Chicago and enrolled in the Institute of Design’s graduate photography program, studying with luminaries including Aaron Siskind. Her work has been the subject of six retrospective surveys and more than seventy-six one-person exhibitions. Crane is professor emeritus of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; Higher Pictures, New York; and Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris.

A retrospective exhibition entitled Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision is on view at the Chicago Cultural Center from October 10, 2009–January 10, 2010.

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December 14th- Deadline THE AMERICAN DREAM juried by Deborah Willis

The New Orleans Photo Alliance announces the call for entries for “The American Dream” Juried By: Deborah Willis
Entries must be submitted by December 14th, 2009

From the website:
“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”

James Truslow Adams, THE EPIC OF AMERICA, 1931.

What does the American Dream look like? How is it now defined? Has it been realized? The New Orleans Photo Alliance is seeking contemporary photographs that explore these questions and more about The American Dream. Dr. Deborah Willis, chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography, will jury this exhibition.

Deadline for submissions:
Monday, December 14, 2009, 12:00 midnight

Notification of acceptance:
Tuesday, December 21, 2009

Deadline for receiving accepted works:
Friday, January 26

Opening reception:
Thursday, February 4, 6-9 pm

Exhibition dates:
February 4 – March 21

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December 27- Deadline extension and new awards for Center for Fine Art Photography’s Portfolio Showcase

The deadline  Center for Fine Art Photography’s Portfolio Showcase Vol. 4 has been extended until December, 27 2009

From the website:

Fifteen photographers will be chosen to display their twelve-image portfolio in The Center for Fine Art Photography’s Portfolio ShowCase Volume 4: Book and Online Exhibition. The show will be featured on the Center’s web site at on March 1, 2010 and will remain online for the next two years. The awarded Solo Exhibition at the Center will open on Friday, May 7, 2010, during which time Juror, Katherine Ware will be in attendance and signing books. On Saturday, May 8, 2010, Ms. Ware will be offering portfolio reviews and giving a public talk that evening.

Theme:  Open – There is no theme for this exhibition.
The images will be evaluated as a cohesive body of work, rather than individual images.
Juror: Katherine Ware
Katherine Ware is the curator of photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. She previously served as Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she served as curator and author of Elemental Landscapes: Photographs by Harry Callahan.

  • Juror’s Selection – Book Cover Award: The Juror will select one portfolio to be the first presented in the publication Portfolio ShowCase Volume 4, with one of the artist’s images selected for the cover.
  • Exhibition Award: One photographer will be chosen to display their portfolio in the Center’s South Gallery, May 7 – 29.
  • Portfolio Reviews: All fifteen selected photographers will be offered a portfolio review by Katherine Ware at the Center on May 8, 2010.
  • Book: All fifteen selected portfolios will be featured in the Portfolio ShowCase Volume 4 which will include the artists’ portraits, statements and contact information. Each artist will receive one complimentary book, with the option to purchase additional books. The book will be signed and include an introduction by the Juror.
  • Online Exhibition: All fifteen selected artists will be featured on the Center’s web site starting on March 1, 2010 as well as for an additional two years in the Center’s Previous Exhibitions section.
  • All fifteen photographers will receive a 1-year subscription to Artists’ ShowCase Online, the Center’s online image marketing website (preview at

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Brian Lesteberg Artist Talk at the Mpls Photo Center

Photographer Brian Lesteberg will be giving an Artist Talk at the Mpls Photo Center on Tuesday, November 10th

About the artist (from the Mpls website):

Brian Lesteberg is a recipient of the Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, 2007, and a Minnesota State Arts Board/National Endowment for the Arts grant, 2006.
His photographs are in the collections of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago, IL.
Selections from his series Raised to Hunt were published in 25 Under 25: UP and Coming American Photographers published in 2008 by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Powerhouse Books.
In 2007 Brian was named a finalist for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography and was selected for the PDN 30 award for the 30 Best Emerging Photographers by Photo District News magazine.

He has photographed for The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, and Time. He attended the Minneapolis College of Art in Design, receiving a Bachelor of Arts, Photography and currently resides in Minneapolis.

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Lensculture Awards

Congratulations to all of the Winners and Honorable Mentions of this years Lensculture International Exposures Awards

The Portfolio Prize Winner for this years Lensculture International Exposures Award was  Marco Vernaschi for his work “Drug trafficking in

The Single Image Prize Winners are:

Brad Moore
Winner, 1st Prize

Stella Johnson
Winner, 2nd Prize

Laura Pannack:
Winner, 3rd Prize

To View a gallery of the winners click here.

2009 Honorable Mention Winners:

Edmund Clark (Great Britain)

Sylvain Deleu (Great Britain)

Julie Denesha (United States)

Peter DiCampo (United States)

Johan Ensing (Netherlands)

Kate Geraghty (Australia)

Leah Giesler (United States)

Jan Grarup (Denmark)

Colin Gray (Great Britain)

Jessica Hines (United States)

Elin Hoyland (Norway)

Priya Kambli (United States)

Mischa Keijser (Netherlands)

Rania Matar (United States)

Adam Panczuk (Poland)

Zubin Pastakia (India)

Paolo Patrizi (Japan)

Alexis Pike (United States)

Michelle Sank (Great Britain)

Olivier Sarbil (Thailand)

Mahesh Shantaram (India)

Yisook Sohn (Korea)

Daniel Traub (United States)

Raina Vlaskovska (Bulgaria)

Danielle Voirin (France)

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November 11th- Abelardo Morell Lecture at the Allentown Art Museum

On Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m. Photographer Abelardo Morell will be giving his lecture: The Universe Next Door at the Allentown Art Museum in Alletown, PA.

Admission to the talk is free.

From the website:

Join Abelardo Morell, Cuban/American photographer, as he explores his large-scale photographs featuring camera obscura.Stay after hours while you explore the “New Visions” exhibition.

Information about the “New Visions” show:

In a unique collaboration, three of the leading art and educational institutions in the Lehigh Valley–the Allentown Art Museum, Lafayette College and Lehigh University–will present complementary exhibitions showcasing powerful examples of contemporary photography drawn from the outstanding collection of Arthur and Anne Goldstein. The exhibitions, comprising over 100 superb works in total, will include some of the most important names in contemporary photography, as well as exciting new artists.

Each institution has taken one of the major themes in contemporary photography today for exploration, and connections and distinctions among the three exhibitions will be emphasized as the themes are explored. “Imagination” will be the theme of the installation at the Allentown Art Museum; “Identity” at Lehigh University (exhibition dates August 29–November 1, 2009); and “Memory” at Lafayette College (August 27–October 18, 2009).


Allentown Art Museum

31 N 5th St
Allentown, PA 18101-1616
(610) 432-4333

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