Archive for October, 2010

October 14th, Tucson: Artist Chris McCaw speaks at Center for Creative Photography

THURSDAY, October 14th, 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson (free and open to all):

Chris McCaw

“Exhibiting artist Chris McCaw will discuss his work, including his project Sunburned, which deliberately exposes photographic paper to light over long periods to encourage burning. McCaw lives and works in San Francisco, exhibits widely, and is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”
This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition  

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary  Photography

September 4 – November 28, 2010

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography showcases the work of more than twenty photographers who base their practice in some form of abstraction. The exhibition explores various aspects of the photographic experience, including the chemistry of traditional photography, the mediation of lenses, the direct capture of light without a camera, digital sampling of found images, radical cropping, and deliberate destabilizations of photographic reference.


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Thursday, October 14th in NYC: Gallery Night on 57th Street

Nailya Alexander sent me notice that on Thursday night, October 14th, 47 galleries between Lexington Avenue and 8th Avenue in New York City will be open from 5-8 pm.

Nailya’s exhibition Contemplating Landscape is on view through October 30th at 41 East 57th Street, suite 704 – many of you know this address as the beautiful Fuller Building, erected in 1929  (other galleries to see in this building include Howard Greenberg, Bonni Benrubi and Amador Gallery, among others, with PaceMacGill virtually across the street).

“For more information call 212/888-3550 or email”

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October 10th: “Questions without Answers” A Conversation with VII at CPW


Questions Without Answers”  A public symposium with the members of Agency VII

Sunday, October 10th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

CPW invites you to join us on Sunday October 10, 2010 at 1pm for a very special public symposium entitled Questions Without Answers, a unique discussion with the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s 2010 Vision Award honorees, the photo agency VII.

Questions Without Answers will be a lively exchange between photographers who are committed to documenting conflict – environmental, social, political, violent and non-violent – to produce, as VII’s mission declares, an “unflinching record” of the events that define our time.  The conversation, moderated by renowned collector, curator, and educator W.M. Hunt will  include founding members Ron Haviv and Gary Knight, along with Stephanie Sinclair, and Scott Thodeeditor of VII The Magazine the agency’s newest initiative.

Time will be allotted for audience questions, and CPW encourages you to participate in what will be an important discussion about the changing landscape of photojournalism and an examination through the lens of a world that has dramatically changed in the past decade this agency has existed.

The panel discussion will be presented in conjunction with CPW’s 2010 Benefit Gala where VII will be presented with the 2010 Vision Award for Leadership in the Field of Photography.

Additionally on view in CPW’s galleries will be the exhibition Questions Without Answers: A Photographic Prism, 1985-2010, Photographs by VII, on view at CPW from October 7-31. Organized by Tufts University and curated by Amy Schlegel, director of the Tufts University Art Gallery, this exhibition presents photographs from the depicting defining events of the post-Cold War period and their aftermaths, from the Fall of the Berlin Wall and September 11, 2001, to Iraq and Afghanistan, The Balkans and Congo, Chechnya and Gaza, among others. 

About the Participants:
Gary Knight began his photojournalism career in Southeast Asia during the late 1980s and early 1990s, documenting internecine warfare in the region.  Knight went on to Yugoslavia, chronicling the effects of war on civilian populations.  After co-founding VII in 2001, he covered the events in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  Knight has exhibited globally, and is the recipient of numerous awards. He is also a founder of the Angkor Photo Festival, a board member of the Crimes of War Foundation, permanent member of the Frontline Club Award jury and a contract photographer forNewsweek Magazine.  Knight is a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Ron Haviv has produced award winning images of conflict and humanitarian crises around the world since the end of the Cold War.  His work has been featured at the Louvre, United Nations, and the council on Foreign Relations.  A co-founder of VII, his work has been published in magazines around the world.  Haviv has published two critically acclaimed books of his photography Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul.

Stephanie Sinclair is an award winning photojournalist known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She has covered the failure of the death penalty in Illinois and the war in Iraq for the Chicago Tribune, and has worked as a freelance photographer covering topics such as the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, child marriage, and polygamy in America. Sinclair became a full member of VII in 2009. She contributes regularly to National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, and Newsweek, among other notable publications.

In spring 2010, Scott Thode became the first editor of VII the Magazine, an innovative online project that will give readers unprecedented intimate access and insight to the work of the 29 photojournalists who make up the photo agency VII. Previously Thode was the Deputy Picture Editor at Fortune Magazine. As a photographer Scott was the recipient of numerous photography awards and his work has been exhibited at the Bienalle Internazionale di Fotografia in Turin, Italy, Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignon, France and The Colonnade Gallery in Washington, D.C. He teaches at the International Center for Photography and regularly participates in photo symposia, workshops and has served as a judge for numerous Photography Awards. In 2011 Scott will co-curate the LOOK3 Photo Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia with Kathy Ryan.

To learn more about the photo agency VII, visit their website,

About the Moderator:
W.M. - Bill - Hunt is a well-known collector, curator and consultant, as well dealer and educator. 
A book on his collection The Unseen Eye will be published by Thames & Hudson next fall. Hunt
is on the boards of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the Center for Photography at
Woodstock, which awarded him the Vision Award for Leadership in 2009.

Founded on September 9, 2001 VII (which derives its name from the number of founding photo-journalists who formed this collectively owned agency) was designed from the outset to be an efficient, technologically enabled distribution hub for some of the world's finest photojournalism.
VII has been responsible for creating and relaying to the world many of the images that define the turbulent opening years of the 21st century.

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October 9th, 2 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum: Lecture by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

Photographic Fantasies A Lecture by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

Saturday, October 9, 2pm

IN FOCUS is pleased to announce “Photographic Fantasies” A Lecture by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

Whiteman Hall, Phoenix Art Museum

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison construct fantasies in the guise of environmental performances for the protagonists of their photographic images. Join the artists as they discuss how they combine elaborate sets with vast landscapes to address issues surrounding man’s relationship to the earth, technology and the human condition.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Orientation Gallery for members of In Focus and the ASU Student Photographer’s Association.

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October 7th, 5:30 pm in Tucson: Artists’ Talk and Book Signing with Chantal Zakari and Mike Mandel at the CCP

from the CCP:

October 7th, 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Creative Photography on the University of Arizona campus, free and open to all:

Artists’ Talk and Book Signing

The State of Ata: the contested imagery of power in Turkey, Co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Photographers Chantal Zakari and Mike Mandel will present a lecture on their new artists’ book, which examines the visual imagery of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk inTurkish culture. Zakari and Mandel, one American, the other Turkish, employed the imagery of Atatürk to create a portrait of the body politic: the symbol of the secular revolutionary hero, the power of the state that resides with the military, and in opposition, the demands for renewed religious political expression symbolized by the Islamist scarf.

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October 5th, 5:30 pm: Patrick Nagatani speaks at UNM Art Museum

from an e-blast from the UNM Art Museum, a lecture that is free and open to the public:

The UNM Art Museum’s Distinguished Speaker Series in conjunction with the exhibition

A Conversation in Three Parts

by Michele Penhall, UNMAM Curator of Desire for Magic, in conversation with Patrick Nagatani, Artist and Professor Emeritus, and Christopher Kaltenbach,Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Design, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008 was conceived as the first comprehensive look at the many and varied projects the artist has worked on since 1978, including examples from Nagatani | Tracey Polaroid Collaborations, the Japanese American Concentration Camps portfolio, Nuclear EnchantmentNovellasNagatani | Ryoichi ExcavationsChromatherapy,and the large masking tape works he calls Tape-estries.

The book is available for purchase at the UNM Art Museum, $75 hardback, 260 pages, with 5 gate folds.

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October 7th: David Maisel speaks on “Library of Dust” and “History’s Shadow” projects UCR

From David Maisel’s website:

©David Maisel: History’s Shadow GMS

“David Maisel: Shadow and Dust”
David Maisel: Shadow and Dust will be on view at the California Museum of Photography from August 31, 2010 until January 1, 2011. The exhibition of more than 100 photographs comprising two floors of the museum will feature the first museum showing of Maisel’s “History’s Shadow” on the first floor, and an extensive selection from his “Library of Dust” on the second floor. A reception will be held during the opening celebration of the new Culver Center for the Arts from Thursday October 7 through Saturday October 9. On Saturday October 9, Maisel will have a public conversation with the exhibiton’s curator, Colin Westerbeck, at 2:30 PM, in the museum’s Ocularium.

From the UCR website:

“David Maisel

August 31, 2010 – January 1, 2011

UCR/California Museum of Photography

Artist Reception: October 7, 6-10p”

For more information click here to go to the UCR Department of the History of Art website.

To hear an interview with David Maisel on Studio 360 (9/3/10), click here.

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