Archive for September, 2010

September 29th in Phoenix: “20/20: Two Photography Dealer’s Visions” Lisa Sette and Terry Etherton

DISCUSSION at the Phoenix Art Museum:

20/20: Two Photography Dealers’ Visions

September 29, 7pm, Phoenix Art Museum
Lisa Sette and Terry Etherton – two internationally known photography dealers based in Arizona for over 20 years – engage in a lively discussion about how their passion for photography led them to opening and sustaining galleries, their favorite photographs, the photography market then and now, the art-fair experience from the dealer’s point of view, and advice for building a collection.

Presented by the Museum’s In Focus group

This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition “CREATIVE CONTINUUM: The History of the Center for Creative Photography”

From the webpage for the exhibition:

“The year was 1975. Gerald R. Ford was president, a little company named Microsoft was founded, A Chorus Line opened on Broadway and Jaws was making a big splash in movie theaters. And in Tucson, a lifelong dream was realized.

Founded by legendary photographer Ansel Adams and then University of Arizona President John P. Schaefer, The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona was the vision of two men who wanted to create an institution dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and managing all materials that are essential to understanding photography and its history. Today, 35 years later, the Center has acquired more archives and individual works by 20th century North American photographers than any other museum in the nation.

Creative Continuum charts the Center’s dynamic evolution, beginning with the inaugural exhibition of works by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer through today’s contemporary artists that are reinventing the medium. This special look at the Center’s history is an exciting and engaging “who’s who” of American photography and features works by Richard Avedon, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Louis Carlos Bernal, Tseng Kwong Chi, Imogen Cunningham, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Roy DeCarava, Andy Warhol and Edward Weston.

In addition to nearly ninety photographs, Creative Continuum also includes a sampling from the Center’s Voices of Photography video oral history project, rare archival objects from the vault and examples of past exhibition catalogues.”

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September 25th, Tucson: Booksigning with Charles Bowden and Alice Leora Briggs

From and e-blast from the gallery:

Etherton Gallery starts off its 30th year with three distinguished artists in Ojos Bien Abiertos/Eyes Wide Open, an exhibition that will make you look and then make you see.

Mexican photojournalist Rodrigo Moya laid witness to politics, celebrity, war, and workers in his 30-year career in the 1950s and ’60s. From guerillas in Venezuela to his iconic images of Che Guevara, taken in Havana in 1964, Moya’s dramatic photographs go beyond the printed page to the heart of the era. Guatemalan-born photographer Luis Gonzalez Palma, who will travel here from his home in Argentina, says he tries to “portray the soul of a people” in his intimate portraits where the direct gaze of his subjects conjures universal questions of truth, passion and wisdom. And wielding the tools of her trade to cut white marks into black surfaces with surgical precision, Alice Leora Briggsbrings her layered perspective of current events to the fore, including her response to the horrific violence in Juárez, featured in her new book with Charles Bowden, Dreamland: The Way Out of Juárez.

Ojos Bien Abiertos/Eyes Wide Open Events Not to Miss:

  • Booksigning for Dreamland: The Way Out of Juárez with Alice Leora Briggs and Charles Bowden
    2 – 5 pm, Saturday, September 25, at Etherton Gallery

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Registration open now for Contemporary Artist Book Conference, November 5th and 6th in NY

In conjunction with the NY Art Book Fair, the annual CONTEMPORARY ARTIST BOOK CONFERENCE will be held at the same location:

MoMA’s P.S.1 in Queens, NY.   I love this artists book fair (which is FREE!), and this conference (reasonably priced).  Not to be missed!

From the event webpage:

“In conjunction with the NY Art Book Fair, Printed Matter announces a conference on contemporary artists’ books. The program will include speakers, panels, artists’ presentations, and receptions. The conference focuses on recent developments in artists’ books. Sessions this year focus on zines, typography, pedagogy, and criticism. These and other themes are intended to encourage dialog amongst scholars, collectors, artists, and librarians.

The Conference will be held on the first floor of MoMA PS1.

You can purchase a ticket for the full conference (with Emily Roysdon edition) here or for single sessions here.

Six panel sessions will be held, along with an hour-long “pecha kucha,” or lightning round, in which invited guests will present for five minutes each, discussing one or more artists’ books, zines, multiples, etc.

Furthering the Critical Dialogue / moderator: Tony White
Typography and Writing / moderator: Jennifer Tobias
Keynote: Richard Hell, Josh Smith, and Christopher Wool in conversation
Pecha kucha

Experimental Libraries and Reading Room Projects / moderator: Renaud Proch
Riot Grrrl: Traces of a Movement / moderators: Kate Adler and Ryan Haley
Pedagogy / moderator: Catherine Krudy

For a detailed description of the Conference sessions, see here

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September 23rd, 6-9 pm: Opening reception at FotoFest’s Houston headquarters, ‘The Collection of Fernando Castro’

From an e-blast from FotoFest:

FotoFest’s first exhibition for its 2010-2011 Exhibition Season is The Collector’s Eye: Peers, a new exhibit created from the photographic collection of Fernando Castro. The exhibition features conceptual and surrealist work from 39 artists from Latin America, Europe and the United States.  The exhibition continues through October 10th at the FotoFest Headquarters, 1113 Vine Street, Houston, Texas.

From established masters to younger and emerging artists, Mr. Castro’s collection is an eclectic record of the personal and professional relationships he has forged over the past three decades as a philosopher, poet, photographer, and teacher. “I am not an art collector in the traditional sense,” says Mr. Castro. “My collection is an artist’s collection – the result of gifts between friends and trades amongst colleagues. These are my friends and my peers.”

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2 pm:  A tour of the exhibition with the stories behind the photographs and the relationships between the collector and the artists.

Highlights of the exhibition include works by Edward Weston, Mario Cravo Neto, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Lorry Salcedo, Eduardo Muñoz and Thomas Kellner among others.

Jack Aeby, Mariela Agois, Bill Armstrong, Gerardo de Barros, Henry Brimmer, John Calaway, Fernando Castro, Laura Cohen, Jay Colton, Mario Cravo Neto, Valdir Cruz, Luis Delgado, Alfredo De Stéfano, Victoria Díaz Azcoaga, Roberto Fernandez Ibanez, Pablo Gimenez Zapiola, Luis González Palma, Lorena Guillén-Vaschetti, Lissie Habié, Roberto Huarcaya, Thomas Kellner, Fernando La Rosa, Ernesto Leal, Patricia Martín, Anamaría McCarthy, Pedro Meyer, Eduardo Muñoz, Esteban Pastorino-Diaz, Maria Cecilia Piazza, Juan Javier Salazar, Lorry Salcedo, Henry Sandbank, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Javier Silva, Dani Tagen, Juan Travnik, Victor Vasquez, Edward Weston, Antonio Wolff

The exhibition and this event are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Woodstock, September 25th: An Evening with David Maisel at CPW

From a CPW e-update:

“Award winning photographer David Maisel will share his poignant images which explor the relathsiopn between people and their environment.

Saturday, September 25th, 8 pm

For complete details on this and other upcoming lectures at CPW, click here.

This lecture is being held in conjunction with the weekend workshop that David and publishing industry professional Alan Rapp (his editor on LIBRARY OF DUST, published by Chronicle Books in 2008) are giving at CPW:  The Photographer/Editor Collaboration: Publishing a Photographic Book.

Click here to  learn more about this workshop and to inquire as to space availability.   Not to be missed!

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September 25th: Annual Griffin Museum Awards Event & Gala, Winchester, Massachusetts

One of my favorite museums dedicated to photography is the Griffin!  Paula Tongarelli inspires her tireless staff to greatness!  This Saturday September 25th is their annual Focus Awards event, followed by a celebration and fundraising gala at the Museum.

For complete details, and for tickets to attend the Awards event, the Gala or BOTH, click here.

Presentation and Gala Celebration, Saturday, September 25

  • FOCUS AWARD PRESENTATION: Winchester Town Hall Auditorium, 71 Mt. Vernon St., 4:30-7:00 (map)
  • GALA: Griffin Museum, 67 Shore Road, Winchester 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (map)

This year’s recipients are:

  • Life Time Achievement – James K. Colton, photography editor, Sport Illustrated, presented by Steve Fine, Director of Photography, Sports Illustrated
  • Rising Star – David Bram, founder, Fraction Magazine presented by Mary Virginia Swanson, Marketing Consultant
  • New England Beacon – Alan Taylor, creator, The Big Picture BlogThe Boston Globe/ presented by Finbarr O’Reilly, Chief Photographer, West & Central Africa, Reuters

Read the press release for complete details.


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September 22nd in San Francisco: Photographer Fred Lyon in conversation with Troy Holden; book signing to follow

San Francisco Then!

This from Troy Holden,

Fred Lyon in conversation with Troy Holden of CALIBER

Please join us next Wednesday in SoMa, as I talk with 4th generation San Francisco photographer Fred Lyon about his photography.

We’ll present (on a large screen) his images of The City and talk about his 60 year career, with time towards the end for a town-hall style Q&A.


If you have any questions you’d like me to ask Fred, leave them in the comments. Hope to see you there!


On June 1st, Troy interviewed Fred Lyon at his studio in the Marina district of SF – you can read that interview here.

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September 26, 2pm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire: MVS to give public lecture “Your Website/Your Voice” for the NHPSA

I’m pleased to be speaking on SUNDAY, September 26th from 2-4 p.m. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire as a guest of the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists (NHSPA).   From the NHSPA events webpage:

September 26, 2010 – Fall lecture program featuring Mary Virginia Swanson will be held from 2pm – 4pm at the Casey Function Center, 1950 Lafayette Road (Route 1 South), Portsmouth, NH.

“In a two- hour lecture titled YOUR WEBSITE/YOUR VOICE: Effective Communication in the Online Environment, Mary Virginia Swanson will explain how to identify and communicate to your audience. You will learn how effective language and strong visual content strengthens your message. Examples of effective print pieces, websites, and e-communication will be shared to underscore the value of brand continuity and clarity as you present your artwork to the world.

All current or new NHSPA members attending the event are eligible for a one-time discounted private consultation with Mary Virginia Swanson during the week prior to the Lecture. Contact her directly at”

This program is free to all current NHSPA members and registered students in the photography program at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Remember – you can JOIN at the time of attending this event.  I hope to see many of you there!


As noted above, I am partnering with this non-profit organization to offer its members who register for this seminar a one-time, discounted one-hour in-person consultation in Portsmouth during the week prior to my public lecture ($200).

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September 30 – October 2nd, Austin: “Shaping the History of Photography” Symposium at the Harry Ransom Center SOON!

I am proud to be among the presenters at this exciting upcoming symposium, and look forward to being with many of you at the HRC in Austin.

From the event website:

The Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium 2010
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s View from the Window at Le Gras, 1826-27.
Photo by J. Paul Getty Museum.

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin presents the ninth biennial Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium,

Shaping the History of Photography

September 30-October 2, 2010

The symposium springs from Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, the Ransom Center’s exhibition of this foundational collection of the medium’s history. Curators, collectors, historians, and photographers will participate in a series of panel discussions that focus on the areas in photography on which the Gernsheims had such impact—collecting, exhibiting, publishing, and historiography. Leaders in their fields will consider the forces that have historically shaped these areas, as well as the contemporary influences and developing trends that continue to affect our understanding of the history of photography.


The Flair Symposium, held biennially at the Ransom Center, honors the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine.”



Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator, David Coleman, Curator of Photography, Linda Briscoe Myers, Assistant Curator of Photography, Thomas F. Staley, Director, Harry Ransom Center, Colin Ford, Founding Director, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (now National Media Museum), Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY, Bodo Von Dewitz, Senior Curator, Department of Photography, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, Marta Weiss, Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England,  W. M. Hunt, Dancing Bear, New York, NY, Howard Greenberg, Owner, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY, Mike Marvins, Independent Collector and Professional Photographer, Houston, TX, Michael P. Mattis, Private Collector, Scarsdale, NY, Barbara Crane, Professor Emerita, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL,  Rita DeWitt, Artist, Tuscaloosa, AL, Bart Parker, Artist, Tuscaloosa, AL, Anne Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX, Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, Executive Director, The Burns Archive and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, New York University, Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, Marianne Fulton, Photography curator, writer, appraiser and adjunct faculty, School of Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin, Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX, Mary Virginia Swanson, Author and Creative Consultant, M. V. Swanson & Associates, Tucson, AZ and New York, NY, Greg Albers, Publisher, Hol Art Books, Tucson, AZ, Jace Graf, Proprietor, Cloverleaf Studio & Press, Austin, TX, Keith Carter, Photographer and Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, Steven D. Hoelscher, Chair, Department of American Studies and Academic Curator of Photography, Harry Ransom Center.

A catalogue, The Gernsheim Collection (Roy Flukinger) has been released by UT Press.

A block of rooms at the UT campus hotel have been held for those attending this symposium.
The event begins on Thursday evening with a tour of the exhibition; the Symposium runs all day Friday and Saturday.
To REGISTER, click here.

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Deadline October 1st: Davis Orton Gallery “PHOTOBOOK!!” Competition

From the Davis Orton Gallery website:

“PHOTOBOOK!! Competition

The Photographer and the Self-Published PhotoBook

The self-published photobook is an exciting new avenue for photographers to present their work directly to the public. In addition, the photobook itself can be a work of art.

As part of the Davis Orton Gallery’s commitment to showcasing the work of contemporary photographers, the Gallery is sponsoring a juried photobook competition culminating in a gallery exhibition and sale.


20 books exhibited

4 ‘best of show’ will include framed prints

12 month online catalog

The exhibition and sale will feature 20 winning books.  Of the 20 winning entries, four books will be selected as Best in Show. Photographers awarded Best in Show will also exhibit up to four photographs (depending on size) in the gallery.  An online catalog of the winning works, with links to the photographers’ websites or online storefronts will remain on the Davis Orton Gallery website for one year.


Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. The Griffin Museum of Photography is a small photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. The Griffin Museum houses three galleries on-site, two virtual galleries and four satellite galleries.

Ms. Tognarelli is an avid collector of photography books.


November 18 to December 19, 2010 with an opening reception Saturday, November 20, 2010, 6 to 8 p.m.


The Submission period begins August 15, 2010 and ends on October 1, 2010.
Entries must be in-hand or postmarked by October 1.
Once entered, all submissions are final; no changes or edits may be made to your book.


PHOTOBOOK!! is open to photographers in the United States and abroad* who have made a photography book via any on-demand, self-publishing printing service such as blurb, lulu, viovio, iphoto, etc. that produces commercial quality printing and binding.

Entrants may submit up to three different titles that are self-published photography books of any size, format, or style: hard cover, soft cover, case-wraps, landscape, portrait, square, color, black and white.

You’ll send one (returnable) “jury copy” of each book to the gallery for jurying.

Submissions will be judged on the basis of: cover design, strength of the photography, subject matter of the book, page layouts, editing and sequencing and emotional impact of the overall book. All judging is at the complete discretion of the juror and all decisions of the juror are final.

By entering, you warrant that each submission is an original work of authorship created by you, the photographer, and that it does not infringe any third party’s rights, and that you have obtained any necessary permissions.


The fee for submission of up to three books is $25″

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