Archive for January, 2010

January 22 & 23: Heather McClintock and Jonathan Torgovnik exhibitions, presentations at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is host to two powerful exhibitions opening this week:

Heather McClintock:  The Innocents: Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda

Jonathan Torgovnik: Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape

From the website: “The pairing of these exhibitions is intended to highlight humanitarian crises in two troubled nations.  In an effort to familiarize our audiences with aspects of history that do not often receive in-depth attention in our conventional media, these exhibitions serve as examples of the College of Charleston’s campus-wide commitment to the discussion of international issues.”

Schedule of related events:

Friday, January 22nd:

3-4 pm:  Jules Shell, Foundation Rwanda

4-5 pm:  Jonathan Torgovnik

5-7 pm:  Opening reception for Heather McClintock and Jonathan Torgovnik exhibitions

Saturday, January 23rd:

10 am – 12 noon:  PANEL DISCUSSION


Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, College of Charleston
The Halsey Institute has put together a symposium with intent to discuss the dissemination of difficult imagery. The panel will explore different exhibition venues, websites, and publishers’ perspectives. Each panelist will give a brief (20 min.) overview concerning their organization’s engagement with challenging work, and share a few stories about how the organization has been able to persevere in this rarefied area.

Jonathan Torgovnik – artist/ photographer
Heather McClintock – artist/ photographer
Heather Dwyer – Blue Earth Alliance
Melissa Harris – Editor-in-Chief, Aperture Magazine
Tom Rankin – Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Mark Sloan, Moderator – Director and Senior Curator, HICA

Friday, February 19th:

4-5 pm:  Heather McClintock

7 pm: Film screening:  Invisible Children presents The Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Solders

The exhibition will remain on view through March 13th.   For directions to HICA, click here.

To view the both of the exhibitions online, click here.

About Heather McClintock:

“Originally from Vermont, Heather McClintock was seeking a deeper, more intimate connection to humanity and the commonalities of our existence. Beginning in the fall of 2005, McClintock lived in northern Uganda for just under a year, initially pursuing a desire to focus on humanitarian relief work through a photography program run out of Kampala. She started documenting the struggles of the Acholi tribe of Northern Uganda in 2006. Heather states that her images only touch on the Acholi’s unimaginable suffering and it is her hope that the photographs will underscore this complicated and imperfect life we all share. She hopes the viewers will lend compassion to all brave survivors of conflict. Her Uganda portfolio has garnered several awards and recognitions, including most recently being selected for the prestigious Eddie Adam’s Barnstorm XXI Workshop. She was also awarded an artist’s sponsorship by Blue Earth Alliance for The Innocent: Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda project, Merit of Excellence and Honorable Mention in the 2007 International Color Awards Photography Master’s Cup, the 2006 Center for Photographic Art Artist Project Award, the 2008 and 2006 Photo Review International, and First Prize and Honorable Mention in photojournalism in the Black & White Spider Awards. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and several private collections.”

About Jonathan Torgovnik:

“Jonathan Torgovnik was born in 1969 in Israel and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His photographs have been widely exhibited and published in numerous international publications, including NewsweekApertureGEO,Sunday Times Magazine,and Stern, among others. He has been a contract photographer for Newsweekmagazine since 2005, and is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography School in New York. In 2007, Torgovnik won the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize for an image from Intended Consequences. Torgovnik’s award-winning photographs have been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe and are in the permanent collections of museums such as The Museums of Fine Arts, Houston and the Bibliotheque National De France in Paris. He is the author of Bollywood Dreams (Phaidon Press), an exploration of the motion picture industry and its culture in India. He is also co-founder of Foundation Rwanda, a non-profit organization that supports secondary school education for children born of rape in Rwanda.”

Click here to view the acclaimed MediaStorm multimedia production, Intended Consequences by Jonathan Torgovnik.


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Katrina M. d’Autremont to speak at Silver Eye Exhibition Opening this Saturday, Silver Eye in Pittsburgh

Silver Eye 2009 Fellowship Award winner Katrina M. d’Autremont will be speaking at the open of her exhibition this Saturday in Pittsburgh.  From the Siilver Eye website:

2009 Fellowship Award Exhibition

Si Dios Quiere (If God Wants)

Photographs by Katrina M. d’Autremont
January 12 – March 20, 2010

Opening Reception:

Saturday, January 16, 2010 7 – 9 p.m.

Artist’s remarks at 7:30 p.m., Members free;

Non-members $6

Katrina M. d’Autremont’s relationship to her South American family and the search to find her place amidst different cultures and generations is the subject of the 26 color prints in the seriesSi Dios Quiere (If God Wants). In his juror’s statement, Andy Adams has written this about d’Autremont’s compelling work:

“The photographs in Katrina M. d’Autremont’s Si Dios Quiere present scenarios that explore issues of intimacy within her mother’s family in Argentina. Like a shoebox of snapshot memories, her pictures depict the private rituals that comprise a family’s life: cleaning the kitchen, watching television, gathering for a family feast. Interior domestic spaces dominate and each of her family members is underscored by the place that binds them together. The house where she was raised plays a significant role and in many cases the environment is a lead character, revealing how place (and our memory of it) influences and forms us. Her home is comprised of the kinds of objects that trigger memories from each of our pasts — the blue living room carpet, that familiar tablecloth, a piano — each part of an experience shared with the members of our tribe.”

This exhibition is made possible by Silver Eye Center for Photography members and by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Fine Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and Anonymous.

Click here for the press release

Honorable Mention Photographers:

Sarah Balch (Cleveland, OH), Images – Artist Statement
Maureen Drennan (Brooklyn, NY), Images – Artist Statement
Shane Lavalette (Somerville, MA), Images – Artist Statement
Bradley Peters (Lincoln, NE), Images – Artist Statement
Janet Pritchard (Mansfield Center, CT), Images – Artist Statement
Jason Reblando (Chicago, IL), Images – Artist Statement
Daniel Traub (Philadelphia, PA, Images – Artist Statement
James Tribble & Tracy Mancenido (Staten Island, NY), Images – Artist Statement
Shen Wei (New York, NY), Images – Artist Statement
Susan Worsham (Richmond, VA), Images – Artist Statement

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“SAGUAROS” Etherton Gallery Call for Submissions – Deadline January 15th

In keeping with the theme of the Arizona Theatre Company production “The Second City Does Arizona, or Close But No Saguaro,” the Temple Gallery (located at the historic Temple of Music and Art) will host the “Tucson Saguaro Invitational,” opening April 3, 2010.

Artists are invited to take a fresh look at the much loved plant and submit 3-5 jpegs of finished works that use a photographic process in addressing the Saguaro.  The photographic process must be visible in the finished work.  Terry Etherton of Etherton Gallery, which manages the Temple Gallery, will jury artist submissions, and work selected for inclusion in the exhibition will be available for sale.

Deadline:  January 15

Notification will be made by Febturary 1.  Artists will be responsible for framing or other professional presentation.


PS: Don’t miss the current exhibition at Etherton Gallery “POETICS OF LIGHT” featuring Kate Breakey, James Hajicek & Carol Panaro Smith and Masao Yamamoto as it is outstanding!

From the e-blast today: “Be sure to treat yourself to the current Etherton show Poetics of Light. Kate Breakey, continues her rich obsession as observer and chronicler of the natural world with her series Las Sombras (The Shadows). Featuring 100 photograms in an array of vintage frames on one wall, these ghost images left by the smallest of desert scorpions to the great horned owl and the rich flora of the Sonoran desert, are not to be missed. Collaborator-partners James Hajicek and Carol Panaro-Smith, also using a cameraless process, move into the next decade of their work and lives watching the elegant impermanence of plants while adding figural elements to create a nuanced exploration of both deeper personal and non-personal relationships. Also on exhibit are Masao Yamamoto’s tiny photographs-fireworks displays, a flock of geese, a wise snow monkey-which frequently capture those lovely but fleeting moments that continue, for all the right reasons, to echo inside of you.”

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Reminder: Deadline for “New Documentarian” Award THIS MONDAY

I’m starting my workshop for Julia Dean Photo Workshops in an hour, and was just reminded that this Monday, January 11th is the deadline for receipt of entries for The New Documentarian Award for a Long Term Project.”

I wrote a more extensive post earlier about the value of preparing your work for this, and other grants –  read, edit and apply!

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February 1st: Call for Entries “UNCOMMON PORTRAITS” with Juror Cig Harvey

February 1st, 2010 is the deadline for The Photo Place Gallery in Middlebury, VT Call for Entries for “Uncommon Portraits”  with Juror Cig Harvey

From the announcement:
“Since the inception of the medium, portraits have no doubt been the most common subject in photography.  From early daguerreotypes to current cell phone snapshots, images of our faces span the photographic spectrum.  For PhotoPlace Gallery’s March exhibition, UNCOMMON PORTRAITS, we seek portraits, including self-portraits, that go beyond mere recording to say something profound about individuals and their place in the world.  Approximately forty photos will be chosen for exhibition. To help defray artists’ expenses, we provide free matting and framing of accepted photographs for the duration of our exhibitions, providing they are sized to fit our pre-cut mats.


Known for her probing metaphoric self-portraits, Cig Harvey has been widely recognized for her skills as a photographer and educator.  Winner of the 2008 Critical Mass award and the 2008 Gold Award in the PDN self-portrait competition, her photo workshops have been cited as among the best photography workshops by American Photo Magazine.  PhotoPlace Gallery is especially honored to have her serve as a juror for “Uncommon Portraits.”

For details click here or contact

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January 12th: Photographer Joel Meyerowitz conversation and book signing at the New York Public Library

From an e-press release from Aperture Foundation:

© Joel Meyerowitz


Joel Meyerowitz in Conversation with Lesley A. Martin
at The New York Public Library, January 12, 2010

Join master photographer Joel Meyerowitz and Lesley A. Martin, publisher of the Aperture Foundation’s book program, in conversation on the occasion of the recent release of Meyerowitz’s Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks (Aperture, October 2009). Entitled “The Urban Sublime,” this conversation followed by a book signing is part of The New York Public Library’s “Architectural Explorations in Books” series, a new program that delves into the critical role that architecture books play in the understanding of contemporary urban developments and structures.

Legacy is the result of a unique commission Meyerowitz received from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to document and interpret the nearly nine thousand acres of parks within the five boroughs of New York City that still exist close to their original pristine state, as well as areas within parks that have been left to revert to wilderness. Meyerowitz is the first photographer to document New York City’s parks since the 1930s, when they were photographed as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program.

Ms. Martin, who edited the book, will talk with Meyerowitz about how this ambitious project evolved from conception to completion, what surprises he encountered in the course of discovering these corners of nature hidden within the concrete world of the city, and how Legacy connects with his first New York project documenting Ground Zero for nine months following 9/11, which resulted in the publication of Aftermath: The World Trade Center Archive.


Tuesday January 12, 2010
6:00 p.m.

Location: Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room 227)

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue
5th Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018

Room 227 opens to public at 5:30 p.m.
All events are FREE

Meyerowitz gave a presentation on Legacy at Aperture earlier this fall; click here to view excerpts from that talk as presented on Aperture’s EXPOSURES blog.

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Deadline January 8th: PhotoSpiva’s 34th Annual National Photographic Exhibition

PhotoSpiva, the Spiva Center for the Arts‘ 34th Annual National Photographic Exhibition is accepting entries through January 8th.

This year’s Juror:  DEBORAH KLOCHKO, Director, Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)

All submissions are submitted digitally; accepted entries must ship their images ready for exhibition in standard frames (see FAQ’s).   Each photographer submitting work must also submit an artist’s statement of no more than 200 words.  You will grow from this challenge…  no matter how hard this sounds, you will be glad your completed your statement, and my guess is that you will know your work, and yourself, better!

From the website:


“PhotoSpiva is a national competition hosted annually by Spiva Center for the Arts. Founded in 1977, PhotoSpiva has become the longest-running photographic competition of its kind in the U.S. As stated by the founders, the objective of PhotoSpiva is to “present an exhibition of excellence in photography, celebrating the scope and vigorous activity of today’s contemporary photographers.”

Co-Founder Jim Mueller stated, “We have intentionally avoided any categorization of either photographers or their work in setting forth the criteria for this competitive.” PhotoSpiva welcomes any photographic process as long as it is original artwork and has not been previously exhibited at Spiva Center for the Arts. This philosophy has created an unbiased forum for exhibiting and educating photographers. The PhotoSpiva prospectus, promotional materials and exhibition brochures are distributed to professional photographers, emerging artists, educators, students, and amateur photography enthusiasts throughout the United States.”


“Spiva is an independent community art center that traces its roots to a group of artists who formed the Ozark Artists Guild in 1948. Businessman George A. Spiva, who believed opportunities in the arts should be available to all, helped the Guild procure its first home.

Spiva serves a large geographic area that stretches from southwest Missouri into southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. Its mission is to promote the arts, to nurture creative expression, and to stimulate and educate diverse audiences within the four-state region.”

I am proud to have judged this competition in 1985.  To view previous the images selected for inclusion in previous PhotoSpiva exhibitions, click here.

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