Archive for March, 2010

March 25th in Tucson: Liz Cohen Lecture, 5:30 pm at the Center for Creative Photography

Liz Cohen will lecture at the Center for Creative Photography on March 25th at 5:30 pm.

This lecture is part of the University of Arizona School of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Series “Transculturations: Cultural Hybridity in American Art.”

In addition, Cohen’s work will be on view at the UA’s Joseph Gross Gallery:

Works by Liz Cohen

March 5 – April 7, 2010
“Through artistic performance and photography, Cohen manipulates social identifiers including race, gender, and body. Fluidity and transformation form the base of her work: exploring roles within a culture, embodying them, and transforming their meaning. Her multifaceted approach to entering the lowrider sub-culture is ripe with themes that challenge what it means to be a woman, visual artist, custom mechanic, model, and promoter.”

From the lecture series website:

“Liz Cohen’s projects create parameters for experiences in which she negotiates her relationships within groups where she does not have the defining characteristic for membership. As her work changes she remains interested in groups of men, radical transformation, and in-between-ness.

Cohen spent four years performing her investigations for CANAL, a series of photographs and performances about a group of transgender sex workers along the fringe of the Panama Canal. The transgender sex worker’s bodies become metaphors for Panama’s geography and history. She learned to transform her appearance and took on the personas of different sex workers she had met for a series of performances.

With BODYWORK, she shifted her focus toward the flexibilities of group membership in the lowrider world and became a member of a group of men who do the customizing work on these cars. Bodywork is the attempt to transform an East German car into an American car by means of hydraulic technology. Simultaneously, Cohen converted her own body into one worthy of a car-show bikini model.

Liz Cohen’s work has been shown internationally including exhibitions at Färgfabriken (Stockholm), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Galerie Laurent Godin (Paris), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Rubin Center (El Paso).

Cohen is the Artist-in-Residence/Head of Photography at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

She is represented by Galerie Laurent Godin (Paris). “


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“Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe” lectures now archived online

The lecture videos from the Through the Lens series are now available to watch on the Through the Lens website at

There are lectures by Barbara Lucero Sand, Krista Elrick, David Taylor, Katherine Ware, Chris Wilson, Lucy Lippard, Andrew Leo Lovato, Darius Himes, Michael Berman and Anthony Anella.

Don’t miss the opportunity to view these amazing talks.

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March 20th: Dr. Deborah Willis book signing and lectures in New Orleans

From the New Orleans Photo Alliance website/ facebook invite:

“During The American Dream exhibit’s closing weekend, Dr. Deborah Willis will be in town for some exciting events!

Dr. Willis will talk about one of her newest books, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs followed by a book signing at the McKenna Museum on Saturday, March 20, 3:30pm. Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs and Posing Beauty will be available for purchase.

McKenna Museum

2003 Carondelet Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Deborah Willis will also present a juror’s talk on Saturday, March 20, 5:30 doors, 6pm lecture at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in conjunction with the following exhibition.

New Orleans Photo Alliance

1111 St. Mary Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

The American Dream group exhibit; Juried by Deborah Willis
The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to present the national juried photographic exhibit, “The American Dream”, juried by 2005 Guggenheim and 2000 MacArthur Fellow, Deborah Willis. Dr. Deb Willis, a professor at New York University is also a professional art photographer and one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography. She is the author of numerous books including the recent, critically acclaimed, The Black Female Body: A Photographic History with Carla Williams.

–What does the American Dream look like? How is it now defined? Has it been realized?–

“…These are the three questions that I explored as I looked at the photographic works submitted to The New Orleans Photo Alliance call for The American Dream. I realized early on that the visual response to the questions was not a monolithic vision but one that explored ideas about notions of home, family, work, religion, as well as the land. The images in this exhibition challenge ideas about dreaming in and about America…”
–Deborah Willis, New York University

Twenty six photographers were chosen for the exhibit, including Roman Alokhin, Kevin Kline, Leslie Parr, René Merino, and David Armentor from New Orleans, Jeremiah Ariaz from Baton Rouge, as well as Ben Lenzner, Gordon Stettinius, Lydia Panas, Elen Awalom, Shraddha Borawake, John C. Dyes, Lola Flash, Lili Holzer-Glier, Letitia Huckaby, Matthew Lester, Alison Malone, John Patrick Naughton, Laura Noel, Kate Pollard, Jim Schater, David Schalliol, Alix Smith, Samantha VanDeman, Colette Veasey-Cullors, and Bruce West.

Exhibition dates: February 4 – March 21, 2010″

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Deadline March 31st: JGS Forward Thinking Museum Contests

From the Forward Thinking Museum Website:

“The Joy of Giving Something Inc. (JGS) is establishing two ongoing national quarterly photography and videography contests, one for professional and amateur photographers and one for students.

-Quarterly winners of all contests will see their winning entry in a presentation of the Forward Thinking Museum.

-Annual winners of all contests will receive a featured solo exhibition.

– All entries must include a brief artist statement and need to express a “Forward Thinking” frame of mind.

What is forward thinking you ask?

The mission of Forward Thinking Museum is to encourage photographic artists to join their talent to contribute to the future in positive ways. Instead of concentrating on the harsh realities of the present, forward thinking provides a path to introspection about the human condition and way to positively interact with the world as it changes. Forward thinking offers no manifesto, no doctrine for global improvement. Instead, by focusing on human resilience and creativity, we hope to genrate an optimistic outlook on the present and the future.”

To get submission details for either contest, click here.

To see the jurors for this contest, click here.

To see the previous winners of this contest, click here.

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Deadline March 31: 2010 European Publishers Award for Photography

This competition is open to all, but entries must be submitted from within Europe.  Plan on leaning on a colleague abroad to receive your package, and then forward on your application to the competition off to the organizers.

From the Dewi Lewis Publishing website link:

“We are delighted to announce that the 2010 European Publishers Award For Photography will again be sponsored by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG who will be represented on the Award Jury by Adriana Nuneva, Senior Vice President Global Marketing.

The company is known world-wide for its Heidelberg printing presses which are recognised as being synonymous with the highest quality of offset printing.

The 2010 Jury will be held in Greece and Apeiron will be the Project Leader.

Now in its seventeenth year, the European Publishers Award for Photography is a major initiative to encourage the publication of contemporary photography.

Open to photographers world-wide, the competition is a unique collaboration between six European Publishers – Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Edition Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editores (Spain) and Peliti Associati (Italy).

The competition requires the submission of a substantial, completed and unpublished photographic book project. The winning project is then published in book form simultaneously by each of the publishers in their own country resulting in perhaps the most extensive cultural collaboration currently existing in Europe.

To get competition rules, download the entry form, view a list of previous winners, previous external jurors and the publishers for this award, click here.

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Deadline March 31st: PHOTOGRAPHY NOW call for entries at CPW

From the Center for Photography at Woodstock website:

It’s the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s annual PHOTOGRAPHY NOW call for entries where winners will be exhibited in CPW’s main gallery from June 12 – August 22, 2010. This year CPW has invited the APERTURE Foundations‘ acclaimed Book Publisher and Director of Content, Lesley A. Martin to select the most exciting new photography from the national and international field!

From traditional to digital, all photographic techniques and approaches are welcome. Straight photography, fine art, narrative, documentary, landscape,  social issues, still life, mixed media incorporating photography,  photographic installations, and digital images & collages – all will be  considered! CPW staff and ADV/Board members are not eligible to apply.


Entries Must arrive by Wednesday March 31, 2010.”

To download the application form and for further information, click here.

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First Deadline March 30th: Magnum Workshops Toronto at CONTACT

From the Magnum website:

Magnum Workshop Toronto at CONTACT
May 3 – 7, 2010, Toronto, Canada
Application Deadline: March 30th

The Workshop:

During the Magnum Workshop Toronto at Contact, students will participate in an intimate 5 day shooting workshop with their choice of one of five Magnum Photographers: Stuart Franklin, Constantine Manos, Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alex Webb with Rebecca Norris Webb. In addition to the dynamic within each workshop, there will also be ample informal time for cross pollination of viewpoints and commentary with the other teachers as well as the other students.

Participants will produce individual projects over the course of five days with daily review and editing sessions within their groups. Focusing on story formation, visual literacy, and personal vision, these intimate, intensive masterclasses form the center of the Magnum Workshop Toronto. Prior to the workshop, each accepted applicant will be sent specific directives from their selected workshop leader.

The Requirements:

The Magnum Workshop Toronto is aimed at photographers who are dedicated to pushing their own personal photographic boundaries. This includes both professional and amateur photographers, but requires participants to arrive ready to work and to take their photography to a new level. Students are required to submit samples of their work for review before being accepted. The first deadline for acceptance is March 30th, and qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and the order of their application’s receipt. All applications received after April 10th will be reviewed, space permitting. Due to the fast pace of the week, participants are expected to arrive prepared to produce and edit their projects digitally. Students must bring their own digital cameras. For those students who would like to shoot film, they may do so but must have all film developed at their own cost and meet all required deadlines.”

Scotiabank is offering scholarships for this workshop!

Application Deadline for scholarship: March 20th

Scotiabank will be awarding five scholarships for Canadian photography students to attend the Magnum Photos Workshop.

For the third year, Scotiabank is proud to partner with CONTACT and Magnum to support the advancement of emerging photographers. Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad.

For further information about the workshop or the scholarship, click here.

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