Archive for April, 2010

CONTACT Photo Festival starts tomorrow in Toronto! Continues through May 31st

An amazing month ahead in Toronto for photography!

Visit the CONTACT website for complete details.

This weekend’s launch includes the following events, from the website:

Festival Launch & The Mechanical Bride Opening

Friday April 30, 7 – 10pm
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
952 Queen St W

Come celebrate the launch of the 2010 festival and the opening of The Mechanical

Bride, one of three primary exhibitions in CONTACT this year. Mirroring a world devoted to the

image, this critically provocative exhibition explores the social and cultural affect of

images and their emotional and political implications. Artists John Armstrong &

Paul Collins, Dana Claxton, Kota Ezawa, Jacqueline Hassink, David LaChapelle,

Ryan McGinley, Josephine Meckseper, Matt Siber, Alec Soth and Britta Thie reveal

the vital connections between mass media, advertising, painting and photography.

Opening Saturday May 1, 7:30 – 9:30pm

The Brothel Without Walls
University of Toronto Art Centre
15 Kings College Circle

The pervasiveness of photography leads us to question its effects on society. Exploring

photographs as “dreams that money can buy” and how the illusions images create are

often preferable to reality, the exhibition features works by Susan Anderson, Evan

Baden, Douglas Coupland, Jessica Dimmock, Marina Gadonneix, Clunie Reid,

Stefan Ruiz, Joachim Schmid and Christopher Wahl.

Through the Vanishing Point
University of Toronto Art Centre
39A Queens Park Cres E

Canadian artists David Rokeby and Lewis Kaye were commissioned to create two

distinct but complementary works at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology.

The artists visually and aurally reconstruct McLuhan’s presence in his former seminar

room at the site commonly known as the Coach House.

Featured Exhibition Openings

Thursday April 29

Thaddeus Holownia – Silver Ghost, 2 – 5pmNICHOLAS METIVIER GALLERY
Carlos & Jason Sanchez, 6 – 8pm

Jakub Dolejš / Andrée Gagné / Tim Roda
Survey 2002 – 2007 / Homeless . Home / Familia Lavandria . Family Laundry, 6 – 9pm

Stan Denniston – Los Soñadors, 6 – 9pm

Penelope Umbrico – Broken Sets/eBAY, 6 – 9pm

Artist Talk – Penelope Umbrico

Thursday April 29, 4pm
P|M Gallery

Umbrico speaks about her exhibition Broken Sets/eBay and her public installation at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1.

Featured Exhibition Openings

Saturday May 1

Always Moving Forward: Contemporary African Photography from The Wedge Collection, 2 – 5pmSTEPHEN BULGER GALLERY
The Pervasive View: Vintage Prints from the National Geographic Image Collection, 2 – 5pm

Marina Black – The Versts (Версты), 2 – 5pm

Artist Talk – Hank Willis Thomas

Saturday May 1, 1pm
Parking Lot, NE Corner of Spadina Ave & Front St

Join us for an informal gathering to celebrate the opening of Thomas’ public installation.

His work looks at race, class, and history through the lens of advertising, focusing primarily

on the image of the African American male. Weather permitting.

Lecture – Nobody Can Commit Photography Alone

Saturday May 1, 6pm
University of Toronto Art Centre
Please call or e-mail for reservations. Seating is limited.
416 978 1838

Curators Matthew Brower and Bonnie Rubenstein in conversation with artists featured

in The Brothel Without Walls (UTAC) and Through the Vanishing Point (McLuhan Program)

discuss the relationship between Marshall McLuhan’s media theory and today’s photographic

and artistic practices.

Artist Talk – John Armstrong & Paul Collins

Sunday May 2, 12pm
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Armstrong & Collins speak about their series of colour photographs on which they have

painted images, text and swatches of colour, featured in the exhibition The Mechanical Bride.

Collaborating since 2000, Armstrong & Collins, have had over 20 exhibitions in Canada and


Artist Talk – Jacqueline Hassink

Sunday May 2, 1pm
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Dutch artist Jacqueline Hassink has received critical acclaim for her work exploring

issues of power and social relations. Hassink created Car Girls over the course of five

years, photographing major car shows in seven different cities on three continents.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Panel Discussion – Always Moving Forward

Sunday May 2, 3pm
Gallery 44

A round-table discussion about the effects of urbanization and global advertising on

photographic explorations of contemporary African identity. Moderated by Sally Frater,

Programming Director at the Print Studio in Hamilton, with panelists Elizabeth Harney,

Associate Professor, Art Department (U of T), curator Kenneth Montague and exhibition


Film – The True Meaning of Pictures

Sunday May 2, 10:30pm
Tune in on TVO

Do photographer Shelby Lee Adams’ depictions of Eastern Kentucky’s mountain communities reinforce hillbilly stereotypes? Or do they simply document a way of life far-removed from modern American culture? Historically, the people of the Appalachians have been labeled by mainstream America as inbred, poor and lazy. This film examines the history of representation in the region and the current attitude towards it, and gives viewers conflicting perspectives on Adams’ work.

Open Exhibition Receptions

Various venues & times

Over 70 Open Exhibition receptions this weekend across the city!

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 310
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
T 416 539 9595
F 416 539 0829 Facebook Myspace Flickr

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Deadline May 22nd: Call for Entries at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland

From the Newspace Center for Photography website:

“Newspace Center for Photography is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting photographic education and appreciation, we invite you to enter our 6th Annual Juried Exhibition. Selected images will be shown at the Center during the month of July 2010. The competition is open to all photographic themes and processes, but the work should have been created in the last three years. Entries must arrive at the Center by Saturday, May 22nd 2010.

Those accepted into the show will be notified in early June and will be posted on our website. Selected photographers will exhibit at Newspace from Friday, July 2nd through Sunday, August 1st, 2010. One photographer will be selected for a solo show at Newspace in 2011 and awarded $500. Regional, national, and international entries are accepted.

To enter, fill out and mail a completed entry form. Only CD submissions will be accepted. Images must be 300 dpi jpg files no larger than seven inches in the longest dimension. Each jpg file must be titled with your last name, first initial, “underscore” and the correlating number to match the entry form. For instance, Mike Smith would be SmithM_1.jpg. The CD itself must be labeled with the photographer’s name. Materials will not be returned.

The entry fee is $40 for five images. Newspace TOY CAMERA level (and higher) members may enter five images for FREE. You may enter as many times as you like. Entry fees are non-refundable.

The Juror will be Darren Ching, Owner, Klompching Gallery, New York.”

For further information, or to download the entry form, click here.

To view the work of past Newspace shows and Juried Exhibition winners, click here.

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FotoFest 2010 Biennial: it’s a wrap!

Hats off to Wendy Watriss, Fred Baldwin and EVERYONE at FotoFest – staff, guest curators, artists, reviewers, countless volunteers – for their incredible offerings at the 2010 Biennial.  The exhibitions, reviewer at The Meeting Place, and educational programs won’t soon be forgotten!   One look at the calendar of events will convince you that 2012 is not to be missed!

Note that several Biennial exhibitions continue through this month, see this link for FotoFest in April activities.

Visit the FotoFest online store to purchase a copy of the Catalogue of exhibitions – a terrific resource!

Remember too that in addition to the Biennials, FotoFest offers year-round arts and educational programming under the title “LITERACY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY: The FotoFest Writing and Photography Project (LTP).”  FotoFest offered tours of its exhibitions for local schools, and created an educational curriculum with seven lesson plans and CD’s “that explore the role photographers have played and continue to play in shaping, entrenching and challenging assumptions about the social life and culture in the United States.  Students will reflect upon their personal experiences of living in the United States in the fomr of writing and photography while addressing tough issues such as the environment, the economy, race and war.”

To see a sample of the introduction and the first lesson of the My United States Biennial Curriculum, click here.

To visit the Teacher’s Resources page click here.

One of the LTP upcoming offerings:

FOTOFENCE 2010 Opening reception May 9, 2-4 pm

Exhibition runs May 9-19.

“FotoFence is the annual celebration of student artwork, photography and writing from FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography (LTP) Program.

The impact of all that is FotoFest has been felt in Houston for over 25 years – a generation of visual literacy and empowerment!


FotoFest has announced a FOTOFEST PARIS 2010, a partnership with Lens Culture and Speos to be held just prior to Paris Photo and le Mois de la Photo, making the week of NOVEMBER 15-21 in Paris not to be missed.   Registration will open in May; sign up for the email list on See you there!

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On NPR this morning: Art exhibitions at the San Francisco Airport!

I travel by air frequently.  Some of my favorite exhibitions have been on view at airports, and my lectures are always populated with art I have recently seen in airports as an example of venues with a large viewing audience. Among them, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) stands out as one of the best.

This morning NPR featured a wonderful story on art in the airport. I love the fact that they have an educational program in conjunction with their exhibitions, offering a downloadable PDF; check out this one which accompanies the “Woven Legacies” exhibition.

Here is the link to the story on NPR’s Morning Edition today.

Here is the “ABOUT” section of the website:

“In 1980 the San Francisco Airport Commission entered into a collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to create a museum program at the San Francisco International Airport. After a successful first year, a department (now San Francisco Airport Museums) was established to create exhibitions that would humanize the Airport environment and create an ambience in the Airport that reflects the sophistication and cultural diversity of the City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.

Over the years, this program has grown from modest beginnings in North Terminal (now Terminal 3) to an extensive museum within the Airport. Today, the San Francisco Airport Museums features approximately twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminalsdisplaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation.

San Francisco Airport Museums is the first of its kind in the United States of America and is now a widely imitated model for museums operating in public arenas. In 1999, San Francisco Airport Museums became the first museum in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

Unlike most public arts programs, this program is never static. Exhibitions change throughout the year in an effort to provide an educational and cultural experience for the nearly 30 million passengers who use the Airport annually. Over the years, the Airport’s audience surveys reveal that the exhibitions program ranks high in the top five services that the Airport offers to passengers. The San Francisco Airport Museums has become an integral part of the San Francisco International Airport. Each exhibition is curated specifically for the Airport by a staff of museum professionals who are Airport employees. The exhibitions are an established Airport tradition that attracts visitors from throughout the world.”

In the past, one of the SFO Curators has participated as a Reviewer in the “Our World” event each spring, sponsored by PhotoAlliance.

Do you know the curator at your local airport?  Are they on your mailing list?   They should be!

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Deadline May 7: Call for ARIZONA Photographers for “Picturing Maricopa” Portfolio Submissions

This is a great opportunity for Arizona photographers.  I appreciate their full disclosure of rights sought from those who are commissioned.  Take a look:

From the Piper Trust website:

“Picturing Maricopa 2010”
15 Agencies/15 Photographers

Piper Trust is seeking talented Arizona photographers to take images of Maricopa County nonprofit agencies as part of a community photography project.
Fifteen photographers will be selected by an Advisory Committee (museum photography curator, graphic designer and photography educator) based on the review of special portfolios submitted to Piper Trust.
The project goal is to create photographs that the agencies can use in telling their stories in online and print publications.
An exhibition at Burton-Barr Central Library, Phoenix, featuring approximately 40 photographs from the project, will open in October 2010, followed by a tour of four additional Valley arts venues in 2011.
Commission & Image Rights
* Piper Trust will pay each of the 15 professional* photographers selected compensation of $1,500 for the Picturing Maricopa project work.
* Piper Trust will retain promotional rights to use the images in foundation publications.
* Each participating nonprofit agency will retain promotional rights to use the images produced for the agency to communicate agency services to the public.
* Photographers will retain copyright and use of the photographs for self-promotional purposes. No third party may use the images without prior written agreement. All usage rights are for an unlimited period.
* Appropriate credit will be given to the photographer whenever an image is used.
* For the purpose of the project, “professional” means any individual whose primary living comes from photography – whether as a photo journalist, commercial photographer, artist or photography educator.

Photographer Requirements

1. An interested photographer must provide an online editorial portfolio for review; images should be placed on a single web page with no more than 15 photographs in the gallery. Send online portfolio link to Roberta Lind, by May 7. Please also provide mail and email addresses and telephone number.

2. The photographer must agree to the project specifications and timeline.

3. After completion of the photo shoot, the photographer will select and send 12 to 15 digital photographs for exhibition consideration. At the same time, all photos and outtakes should be provided on discs to Piper Trust in both high res and jpeg formats.”

To view the 15 photographers chosen for last years Picturing Maricopa Project, click here.

To get more information about how to enter, click here.

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May 1st: Juror’s talk and artist reception at the Print Center in Philadelphia

From The Print Center website:

“EXHIBITION OPENING SATURDAY, MAY 1st, 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Print Center,

84th Annual International Competition: Photography
Juror: Ingrid Schaffner, Senior Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saturday, May 1
Opening Reception: 3:00-5:00pm
Gallery Talk by the Juror & Awards Ceremony: 3:30pm

Exhibition dates:  May 1 – July 24, 2010

Exhibiting Artists:
Alberto Aguilar, Chicago, IL
Keliy Anderson-Staley, Astoria, NY
Jerry Birchfield, Cleveland, OH
Cynthia Bittenfield, New York, NY
Alexandra Broches, Wakefield, RI
Cheryl Childress, Milwaukee, WI
Judith Cooper, New Orleans, LA
Julia Cybularz, Langhorne, PA
Steven Daiber, Florence, MA
Liz Doles, Cambridge, MA
Richard Gilles, Folsom, CA
Steve Giovinco, New York, NY
Chelsea Guglielmino, Philadelphia, PA
Chris Heard, Bel Air, MD
Jon Horvath, Waukesha, WI
Robb Johnson, Carmel, CA
Alysia Kaplan, Chicago, IL
Lori Kella, Cleveland, OH
Martin Kruck, New Rochelle, NY
Yvan LaFontaine, Canada
Paul Laidler, United Kingdom
Michael Loderstedt, Cleveland, OH
Brigitte Lustenberger, Switzerland
Carl Marin, Philadelphia, PA
James Morton, Philadelphia, PA
Jay Pastelak, Jenkintown, PA
Gillian Pears, Philadelphia, PA
Amie Potsic, Drexel Hill, PA
Susannah Ray, Rockaway Beach, NY
Jason Reblando, Chicago, IL
Joseph Reynolds, Chattanooga, TN
Travis Shaffer, Nicholasville, KY
Robert Silance, Pendleton, SC
Alison Slein, Buffalo, NY
Hannah Smith Allen, Brooklyn, NY
Al Wachlin, Jr, Philadelphia, PA
Christine Welch, Leola, PA
Eric White, New York, NY
Emma Wilcox, New York, NY
Kimberly Witham, High Bridge, NJ


Free and Open to the Public
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday through Saturday

The Print Center
1614 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215 735.6090″

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Deadline May 1st: Call for Entries for the ASMP Image 10 Photography Contest

From the ASMP website:

“Image10 is a nationwide photo contest run by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and open to all professional, serious amateur and student photographers residing in the United States. Contestants are asked to submit one or more images that were created after January 1, 2009. The deadline for entry submissions is May 1, 2010. For more information on submissions see How to submit an image.”

Over 25,000 in prizes!

This year’s judges: 

Nathalie Kirsheh, Art Director-W Magazine

Katherine Schad, Photo Director- O-The Oprah Magazine

Michael Boulia, Creative Director-BBDO

Alex Tasch, Senior Art Buyer-Euro RSCG Worldwide

Brian Paul Clamp, Gallerist- CLAMPART

To view the 2009 winners gallery, click here.

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Discussion on “Future of Book Publishing” on Bob Edwards Weekend radio program

Jean Laughton tipped me off that today on “Bob Edwards Weekend” there was a discussion on the future of book publishing in the first hour.

From the website:

“Publishing industry visionary Richard Nash, will kick off our series on The Future of Book Publishing. Nash is the former publisher of the independent Soft Skull Press and founder of the new social publishing house Cursor.

Peter Brantley is the director of the Bookserver Projec at the Internet Archive. As part of our series on the publishing industry, Bob talks with Brantley about the effects of technology on the future of reading, writing, and selling books.”

This is the first in a series of three broadcasts to be devoted to book publishing.

Download the podcast here.

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April 29th, 7 pm: Fred Ritchen lectures at Northeastern University in Boston

The Photographic Resource Center in Boston (PRC) is partnering wit Northeastern University to bring Fred Ritchen to Boston for a public lecture on the evening of April 29th.

From the PRC website:

LECTURE — Fred Ritchin

After Photography:
In a digital environment, what can emerge from a medium transformed? How will it change us as people? And how can we influence what comes next?

“Fred Ritchin is author of the recently published book, After Photography, and has been writing on the digital challenge for media since a major article for The New York Times Magazine in 1984. He is professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and directs PixelPress. Ritchin was picture editor of The New York Times Magazine, executive editor of Camera Arts magazine, and founding director of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography. Ritchin has also authored In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (1990), and his essays have appeared in other books such as In Our Time: The World As Seen by Magnum PHotographers, An Uncertain Grace: THe Photographs of Sebastiao Salgado, Mexico Through Foreign Eyes, Sahel: End of the Road, and Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam. He is currently finishing another book Outside the Frame, on photography and human rights. He also writes the blog

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Northeastern University (Building 20F, in West Village)
MBTA T-Stop (E-Line – Northeastern)

This lecture is in collaboration with Northeastern University; click here for a campus map / directions.

Members $10, Non-Members $15, Full-time students $5
Free for Students of Institutional Members”

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Continuing through April 30 in Syracuse: “Covering Photography” exhibition at SU Special Collections

I am a huge fan of the website “COVERING PHOTOGRAPHY” and the gems it offers (to say nothing of the research potential to identify great graphic designers to add to your mailing list!).  This exhibition was first shown in Boston, and has been on view in Syracuse, the alma matter of Karl Badel who is the mind behind and the exhibitions.

When Susan kae Grant and I were guest speakers on campus at Light Work this past November, we had the pleasure of meeting Peter D. Verheyen, librarian and Department Head, Preservation who is the SU Library (and beyond!) specialist on Book Arts.  Peter launched the Book Arts Web ( which is not to be missed.  Peter was key in bringing “Covering Photography” to Syracuse;  if you are anywhere near, GO!!

From the original press release:

“From January 19th through April 30th,2010, Syracuse University Library presents the exhibition, Covering Photography: Imitation, Influence and Coincidence. This display of books and book covers was conceived and curated by Karl Baden, a photographer and Fine Arts faculty at Boston College.

Since 2001, Baden has been constructing a comprehensive history of photography through volumes of fiction and poetry with important, well-known photographs on their covers. To date, he has assembled more than 2000 books, representing the work of more than 350 photographers. Much of this project may be accessed online at

For Imitation, Influence and Coincidence, Baden investigates a new facet of this concept by presenting several dozen books whose cover illustrations are in some way derived from well-known images in photographic history. His concerns in this instance involve the larger question of how ‘high art’ is absorbed, processed and regurgitated by popular culture, either through direct imitation or by stylistic influence. In the exhibition, Baden compares a reproduction of each ‘source’ photograph to a comparable book cover image, to not only suggest the influence, but to indicate how the image was altered by the process of translation. Sometimes the connection is quite obvious; an instance of blatant appropriation. In other cases it is more a question of the designer or illustrator being subtly, perhaps even unconsciously, influenced by a particular photographer or photograph. Finally, there may be no direct, or even indirect, connection, but rather, for lack of a better term, an ‘intelligent’ coincidence; ie, an idea or visual trope that is part of the collective cultural consciousness, and manifests itself in various ways by groups or individuals who have no obvious connection to each other. By comparing book cover art to the photographs from which they are, or may be, derived, Imitation, Influence and Coincidence poses the questions: How far can this concept of influence be stretched before it breaks? How is visual syntax processed by culture, and when does influence end and coincidence begin? This exhibition prods the viewer to consider these questions and come up with an answer of his or her own.”

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