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Deadline September 14th: “Natural World” competition, Susan Spiritus is Juror

Readers of this blog will know that I encourage artists to enter competitions that are judged by respected industry professionals such gallerists, curators and photo editors that can make a difference in their careers.  That said, this upcoming competition is judged by Susan Spiritus, a trusted colleague whose gallery not only has a presence at industry art fairs but has also forged a strong relationship with corporations which acquire artwork. Susan and I have worked participated at portfolio reviews together for years, and I know her to be excited about representing contemporary work to new audiences.

From the Center for Fine Art Photography’s website page for the competition, here is an excerpt (don’t forget to read terms & conditions).

THEME: Natural World

The natural world can be seen from the subatomic to the cosmic. It can be raw, powerful, serene, destructive, fertile and delicate. This exhibition will illustrate all aspects of nature.

With selection for this exhibition, featured artist’s work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography. Each participant will be included in the Center’s Main Gallery exhibition and Online Gallery exhibition.

2 liveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 each, two artists will receive a one year subscription for a website from liveBooks.com

Juror’s Selection Award: $300 and a Blurb book award from Blurb.com

Director’s Selection Award: $200 and a Blurb book award from Blurb.com

Honorable Mention Award: 2 year membership and a three image submission to a call for entry at the Center.

All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery


Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions.

Exhibit Prints: All accepted images submitted for exhibition must be printed and framed or mounted professionally. The Center recognizes that some work is non traditional and incorporates the framing as an integral part of the presentation. To encourage participation by photographers from around the world, the Center offers optional economical printing and framing services. Additional details will be provided upon request.


Susan Spiritus

Competition juror Susan Spiritus is the director of Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California. Susan Spiritus has been a leader in the field of fine art photography for over thirty years, opening the doors to her Southern California gallery in 1976 so that she could share her passion for photography with others.

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Early Bird rate extended through tomorrow, September 3rd, for En Foco’s 9/25 portfolio review in NYC

From En Foco’s event page:

Portfolio Review Sessions – September 25, 2010
“This En Foco program offers one-on-one reviews with several arts professionals on the same day, in a supportive, nurturing and affordable environment. Reviewers can advise about opportunities and/or provide guidance on career development. This is an outstanding opportunity for ALL photographers to have their work critiqued by curators, editors, educators and other arts organizations.

Whether you’re ready for Chelsea galleries, or just looking for feedback and advice, we have reviewers to suit all needs – you just have to be serious about your craft (call if you have questions). In between sessions, you’ll be able to relax in the photographer’s creative lounge and share your work with peers.

This workshop is only available to current En Foco Members (ALL are welcome to join). Each review session lasts for 20 minutes; photographers are guaranteed a minimum of three reviews and receive a ‘gift bag.’ Upon registration, participants will receive an article written by photo marketing expert Mary Virginia Swanson, on how to best prepare themselves for the Review. Read her new blog article, Assessing the Value of Attending Portfolio Review Sessions.

Reviewer´s will be added on a daily basis. To REGISTER, click here.

Those reviewers confirmed to date (8/14/10) are:

  • Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, El Museo del Barrio
  • Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator/Consultant (pm session)
  • Florian Bachleda, Latina Magazine
  • Kalia Brooks, Independent Curator
  • Song Chong, Magnum Photos
  • Mary Ann Fahey, Umbrella Arts
  • Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Visual Arts, BRIC / Rotunda Gallery
  • Hannah Frieser, Light Work
  • Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Diaspora Vibe Gallery
  • Lisa Henry, Independent Curator, CA
  • Michael Itkoff, Daylight Magazine
  • Danielle Jackson, Magnum Photos
  • Stella Kramer, Photography Consultant
  • Lesley Martin, Aperture
  • Ruben Natal San-Miguel, ARTmostfierce Editor & Independent Curator
  • Saul Robbins, Photographer, Consultant & former board of CCNY
  • Ariel Shanberg, Center for Photography at Woodstock
  • Yukiko Yamagata, Open Society Institute’s Documentary Photography Project”
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    PhotoNOLA 2010: Registration opens SEPTEMBER 1 for Portfolio Reviews in early December in New Orleans!

    Today is the day that registration opens for PhotoNOLA, one of my favorite portfolio review events organized by one of my favorite organizations, the New Orleans Photo Alliance.  An all volunteer organization run by photographers in the New Orleans area, this group of generous photographers work hard to host an annual city-wide event (December 2-11) which consists of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and more.

    One of the highlights of PhotoNOLA is a of this is a 3-day event consisting of an educational day and a portfolio review event:

    On Friday, December 3rd there is an education day on PUBLISHING (I’m presenting “To Be Published or Self-Publish” on  and moderating a panel of publishing professionals in the afternoon) with an EVENING LECTURE by Michael Kenna.

    Then, a two-day portfolio review event is held on December 4th and 5th.  Space is limited – it’s a small-scale review which enables photographers and reviewers to have more opportunities than just their 20-minute review to engage in a dialogue.

    Everything is walking distance from the hotel (International House Hotel), no car is needed.

    Registration for this portfolio review event is on a first-come, first-served basis, and opens TOMORROW, September 1st.

    Reviewers confirmed at this time include:

    Peter Barberie, Philadelphia Museum of Art
    David Bram, Fraction Magazine
    Darren Ching, Klompching Gallery
    Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Center
    David Houston, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
    Michael Itkoff, Daylight Magazine
    Eric Keller, Soulcatcher Studio
    Anne Kendellen, Blue Sky Gallery
    Kevin Longino, Kevin Longino Fine Photographs
    Anne Lyden, The Getty Museum
    Kevin Miller, Southeast Museum of Photography
    Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine | Plates to Pixels
    Maarten Schilt, Schilt Publishing
    Miriam Romais, En Foco
    Jennifer Schwartz, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery
    George Slade, Photographic Resource Center
    Mary Virginia Swanson, Mary Virginia Swanson & Associates
    Amber Terranova, PDN
    Jennifer Thompson, Princeton Architectural Press
    Gregory Wakabayashi, Welcome Books
    Jennifer Ward, FotoFest Exhibitions Coordinator
    Del Zogg, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

    CALENDAR for the entire city-wide celebration:

    PhotoNOLA Calendar of Events | December 2010

    Dec 2 – Art Openings, French Quarter 5-7pm

    Dec 2 – Slideluck Potshow 7-10pm

    Dec 3 – Education Day: Focus on Publishing, IHH 9am–4pm

    Dec 3 – Michael Kenna Lecture, THNOC 7-9pm

    Dec 4 – Portfolio Reviews 9am-4pm

    Dec 4 – PhotoWALK at IHH, 5-7pm

    Dec 4 – Art Openings, Citywide, 6-9pm

    Dec 4 – PhotoGALA | 5th Anniversary Party, The Big Top 9pm-12am

    Dec 5 – Portfolio Reviews 9am-4pm

    Dec 5 – Michelle Bates Plastic Camera Workshop, The Big Top 10am-4pm

    Dec 5 – Photographers Happy Hour, Loa Bar 4-6pm

    Dec 5 – Art Openings, St. Claude Arts District, Treme, 6-9pm

    Dec 6 – Michelle Bates Workshop, Part II, 4-6pm

    Dec 6 – Six Shooters Panel Discussion, CAC 7-9pm

    Dec 7 – Jonathan Traviesa Lecture, NOPA 7pm

    Dec 11- Art Openings, Downtown & St. Claude Arts District, 6-9pm

    ABOUT PHOTONOLA from the website:

    “PhotoNOLA is an annual celebration of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries and alternative venues citywide. Showcasing work by photographers near and far, the festival spans the first two weekends of December. It includes exhibitions, workshops, lectures, a portfolio review, gala and more. PhotoNOLA draws hundreds of photography professionals to the city to partake in a variety of educational programs, and reaches broadly into the local community with exhibitions and events that are largely free and open to the public.

    PhotoNOLA seeks to enhance dialogue around the medium of photography and further develop New Orleans as a prime destination for photography collectors, enthusiasts and professionals in the field.

    The 5th Annual PhotoNOLA will take place December 2-11, 2010.

    HISTORY
    Established in 2006, PhotoNOLA was conceived during the formative stages of the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA). In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Don Marshall of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation initiated a series of brainstorming sessions with different segments of the arts community, shaping groups and programs to spur cultural rebuilding. Under Marshall’s guidance, photographers created NOPA to serve the needs of the Gulf Coast photographic community. PhotoNOLA was created to highlight the photographic arts and to stimulate economic recovery in New Orleans.

    The PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review began in 2007. It has quickly grown to attract a national gathering of accomplished photographers who convene to share work with esteemed curators, editors, publishers and gallery owners from throughout the U.S. and abroad. By fostering the exchange of art and ideas, it supports the work of emerging and established photographers. The PhotoNOLA Review Prize honors three outstanding portfolios each year. In addition, the Saturday night PhotoWALK serves to educate the general public by offering the opportunity to view portfolios and interact directly with participating photographers.

    Broad ranging photography exhibitions are on view throughout the month of December, spotlighting diverse applications of the medium. A series of workshops, lectures and panel discussions further the educational goals of PhotoNOLA. Additionally, the annual PhotoGALA Benefit Party & Auction raises funds to support NOPA’s year round programming initiatives.”

    I look forward to seeing you there!

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    MVS Marketing Seminar for Artists: Sunday, August 29th in Phoenix

    I am excited about my upcoming seminar in Phoenix on marketing for artists called BEYOND PRINT: CREATIVE COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL ERA which will be held in central Phoenix on Sunday, August 29th from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.

    When working with artists I find the most consistent challenges to their marketing efforts are language, simplicity in design and use of images to illustrate their offerings.  I will be speaking about these points and the importance of effective and consistent communication between your print, website and social networking efforts.  I am constantly updating the content in “BEYOND PRINT”  (first presented at FotoFest 2010) and my goal is to help you effectively communicate the value in your work and your strengths as an artist more clearly to your targeted audience.

    We have planned an interesting weekend should you wish to arrive in Phoenix on Saturday, with an open house at Sonoran Print Editions the evening prior to my seminar, and want you to know about several outstanding exhibitions at the Phoenix Art Museum, which is a short walk from the studio: Creative Continuum:  The History of the Center for Creative Photography and Cezanne and American Modernism.  Also, a short drive away in Scottsdale, Lisa Sette Gallery is hosting From the Ground Up “a summer group exhibition dealing with the themes of the environment and the natural world,” and several interesting shows are on view at Scottsdale MoCA (www.smoca.org).  Note too that hotel rates are rock-bottom this time of year (suggestions below), so I hope you will consider joining us for an art-filled, inspiring weekend in Phoenix!   MVS

    BEYOND PRINT:  Creative Communication in the Digital Era


    a seminar for artists
    with
    Mary Virginia Swanson

    Sponsored by Alchemy Studio

    August 29, 2010 -9:30am-1:00pm

    Hosted by Vermillion Studio – 124 W. McDowell Road - Phoenix, AZ 85003,
    located just west of Central Avenue near the Phoenix Art Museum

    Developing new audiences across the world has never been easier for artists, or more affordable.   To communicate effectively, artists must consider who their target audience is, “where” they are (both geographically and within the digital environment), and how to best communicate to them.  As artists transition from primarily print pieces into websites and e-communication, can their brand graphics continue to be effective?  What aspects and elements of their self-promotion can seamlessly migrate to the web and into social networks? What artist statements and other text components will need to be altered in style or length to generate interest in the artist’s work?  Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss identifying your audience, the need to communicate in the “space” they live online, and in the most suitable language.  Examples of effective print pieces, websites, emails and social network pages will be shared to underscore the value of brand continuity and clarity.

    MVS is extending a one-time discounted consultation rate of $200/hour for all seminar participants; bookings on Monday & Tuesday should be made directly with Ms. Swanson at mvs@mvswanson.com


    REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

    $35.00 registration fee if paid in full by August 28; $50 at the door on the 29th

    Make check out to: Carol Panaro-Smith and mail to:

    Alchemy Studio, 4022 East Cambridge Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85008

    To reserve your space email: carol@alchemy-studio.net

    RELATED EVENT:

    Sonoran Print Editions Open House (free and open to all)

    The crew at Sonoran Print Editions invites you to visit their studio and see some of their recent custom digital printing projects.

    Saturday, August 28, 6-9 pm   SPE printers will talk at 7 pm

    124 W. McDowell in Phoenix, at Vermillion Studio (location of MVS seminar the following morning)

    Suggested nearby hotels:  Clarendon Hotel,  Hilton Garden InnHoliday Inn Express and Lexington Hotel (closest to studio)

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    “The Road to Freedom” and “After 1968″ exhibitions at the Bronx Museum closing dates rapidly approaching

    The closing date of these two exhibitions on view at the Bronx Museum is rapidly drawing near:

    THE ROAD TO FREEDOM and AFTER 1968

    Both are impressive as is the Bronx Museum. Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.  Not to be missed!

    About THE ROAD TO FREEDOM, from the museum’s website:

    “During the span of twelve years, a series of events, later hailed as the Civil Rights Movement, would forever change the social and political course of America. The Bronx Museum of the Arts presents Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968, an exhibitions that chronicling these pivotal moments in the nation’s history. Featuring 150 vintage photographs, Road to Freedom is the most comprehensive collection of photographic prints and related artifacts ever devoted to the subject and was organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.”

    About the companion exhibitions AFTER 1968:

    “As a complement to Road to Freedom, The Bronx Museum will also present AFTER 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy. This smaller exhibition includes works from seven African-American, emerging artists and collectives—all born on or after 1968—who have created new work examining the heritage of the Civil Rights Movement and its affect on the lives of this new generation. Using the movement as inspiration, context or critique, these artists address their own personal understanding of race, identity, American violence, and political activism providing new perspectives on and discourse about this critical time in the history of the United States.”

    AND also on view, be sure to see “YANKEE STADIUMS” photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, on view through December 31st.
    “Specially commissioned by the Bronx Museum to commemorate the centennial of the Grand Concourse, Liao’s iconic image of the two Yankee Stadiums captures a unique moment of transition in the South Bronx and hints to the great push for renewal in the borough.”

    Public transportation makes visiting the Bronx Museum SIMPLE.  Click here for more information.

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    August 14th: “Gulf” Exhibition Juror’s Gallery Talk in New Orleans

    From a New Orleans Photo Alliance website:

    “GULF
    Exhibition Dates August 14 – September 18, 2010

    Twilight by Dede Lusk

    GULF
    Juried by Clint Willour
    August 14 – September 18, 2010
    Opening Reception & Juror’s Talk: Saturday August 14, 6-9pm

    The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to present, “GULF”, a photographic exploration of the Gulf of Mexico. Juried by Clint Willour, this group exhibition touches on many aspects of our relationship with this magnificent body of water and the wetlands that surround it. Though topical, the exhibition is not focused solely on the current oil disaster, but about the complex symbiosis between man and the natural world.

    “GULF” examines the many ways that the Gulf of Mexico nurtures and sustains us, how it has provided generations with a livelihood, and how we have manipulated and abused its fragile eco-system. The thirty-one images featured in this national juried exhibition include depictions of the seafood and maritime industries, the plant life and beauty of the environment, the creatures that live in it, and the various ways that humans both enjoy and depend upon it.

    Featured artists are: Jane Fulton Alt, Jean Ayo, Nell Campbell, Dennis Couvillion, Scott Dalton, Shawn Escoffery, Emily Folk, Terri Garland, Robin Germany, Maja Georgiou, Alison Gootee, Veni Harlan, Lewis Hodnett, Diane Kreiter, Dede Lusk, Donald Maginnis, Vincent Mariano, Jill Moore, David Rae Morris, Tuyen Nguyen, Leslie Parr, Michelle Parish, Luana K. Perez, Irwin Poché , Samuel Portera, Natasha Sanchez, Mark Sindler, Laurie Thompson, Eugenia Uhl, Michel Varisco and Anne Wallace.

    The exhibition will be held at the New Orleans Photo Alliance, 1111 St. Mary St., from August 14, 2010 to September 18, 2010. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, August 14 from 6-9pm.

    Clint Willour has been the curator of the Galveston Arts Center for the past twenty years. He serves on boards of the Houston Center for Photography, Photo Forum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, FotoFest ‘s Art Board and chairs the Photography Accessions Sub-committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Mr. Willour will present a juror’s talk during the opening reception.

    Ten percent of all print sales from this exhibition will benefit the Gulf Restoration Network, an organization committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region for future generations. See more about their efforts at http://www.healthygulf.org.

    About NOPA
    The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. NOPA was formed by a diverse group of photographers in 2006 to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography, and foster community and opportunities for photographers in the Gulf South. NOPA currently serves more than 350 members from Louisiana and throughout the United States. Since its inception NOPA has sponsored numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, including PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival held each December in New Orleans. In 2009 NOPA instituted the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography, a $5000 annual grant. In 2010 NOPA established the Clarence John Laughlin Award, an annual $5000 prize.

    Thumbnail image by Jane Fulton Alt

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    Congratulations to the Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Winners

    From Daylight Magazine’s website:
    Daylight / CDS Photo Awards Overview

    Project Prize

    Work-In-Process Prize

    Prizewinners
    space
    Jurors

    Guidelines

    Daylight / CDS Photo Awards Overview

    In recognition of mutual interests in documentary and fine art photography, Daylight Magazine and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University have started an international competition, the Daylight/CDS Photo Awards, to honor and promote talented and committed photographers, both emerging and established.

    Two awards, a Project Prize and a Work-in-Process Prize.

    GUEST JURORS > Vince Aletti, writer/critic; Darius Himes, editor/curator; Julie Saul, gallery owner/director; Alec Soth, photographer; Hank Willis Thomas, photographer; Jamie Wellford, international photo editor, Newsweek

    > with Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff, editors, Daylight Magazine, and Alexa Dilworth, publishing director, and Courtney Reid-Eaton, exhibitions director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

    PROJECT PRIZE

    First Prize Winner

    Nandita Raman
    ramannandita.blogspot.com

    Juror Picks

    Rachel Barrett (Hank Willis Thomas)
    rachelbarrett.net

    Priya Kambli (Vince Aletti)
    priyakambli.com

    Jan Lieske (Jamie Wellford)
    janlieske.com

    Nandita Raman (Julie Saul)
    ramannandita.blogspot.com

    Daniel Stier (Darius Himes and Alec Soth)
    danielstier.com

    Honorable Mentions

    Susan Bank
    susansbank.com

    Matt Eich
    matteichphoto.com

    Jason Florio
    floriophoto.com

    Eamon Mac Mahon
    eamonmacmahon.com

    Michael Marten
    michaelmarten.com

    Pierpaolo Mittica
    pierpaolomittica.com

    Geir Moseid
    geirmoseid.com

    Louie Palu
    louiepalu.com

    Melissa Ann Pinney
    melissaannpinney.com

    Martin Roemers
    martinroemers.com

    WORK-IN-PROCESS PRIZE

    First Prize Winner

    Elizabeth Moreno
    emorenophoto.com

    Juror Picks

    Erica Allen (Hank Willis Thomas)
    ericaallenphotography.com

    Paula McCartney (Darius Himes)
    paulamccartney.com

    Elizabeth Moreno (Vince Aletti)
    emorenophoto.com

    Martin Roemers (Jamie Wellford)
    martinroemers.com

    Monika Sziladi (Julie Saul and Alec Soth)
    msziladi.com

    Honorable Mentions

    Jessica Auer
    jessicaauer.com

    J Carrier
    j-carrier.com

    Dianne Davis
    diannedavis.ca/

    Eyal Dinar
    eyaldinar.com

    Lorena Endara
    lorenaendara.com

    Bepi Ghiotti
    bepighiotti.com

    Maria Gonzalez
    marivigonzalezphotography.com

    Holly Lynton
    hollylynton.com

    Sarah Sudhoff
    sarahsudhoff.com

    Stratis Vogiatzis
    stratisvogiatzis.com

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    Congratulations to the 2010 Lange-Taylor Prize: 20th Anniversary Winners

    From a Duke University e-blast:
    “LANGE-TAYLOR PRIZE: 20th ANNIVERSARY WINNERS
    Tiana Markova-Gold and Sarah Dohrmann
    Honorable Mention: Kitra Cahana and Chris Urquhart
    http://cds.aas.duke.edu/press/2010langetaylor.html
    http://cds.aas.duke.edu/press/2010langetaylordownload/index.html
    The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the twentieth Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize to photographer Tiana Markova-Gold and writer Sarah Dohrmann, both Americans. The $20,000 award is given to encourage collaboration in documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed American photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. Lange and Taylor worked together for many years, most notably on fieldwork that resulted in American Exodus (1941), a seminal work in documentary studies.
    Tiana Markova-Gold and Sarah Dohrmann’s project, “If You Smoke Cigarettes in Public, You Are a Prostitute: Women and Prostitution in Morocco,” is an investigation of female prostitution in Morocco and the experiences of two American non-Muslim women documenting women’s lives in a country where pre-marital virginity is considered sacred. With their project, they “seek to dismantle Americans’ preconceived notions of the prostitute as sexual deviant and the hijabed woman as “exotic” and examine the negotiation of relationships “between the prostitute and the society she lives in, between the artist and the subject, between non-Muslim and Muslim women, between women.”
    For more information, click the links above.

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    Deadline September 15th: NOPA’s Clarence John Laughlin Award

    From the New Orleans Photo Alliance website:

    “The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s Grants

    The Clarence John Laughlin Award

    The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

    Juror

    John Wood, Editor, 21st Editions

    Eligibility

    Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply.

    Deadline

    All required materials must be received by the New Orleans Photo Alliance between July 15, 2010 and September 15, 2010.

    Application Fee

    Application fee is $25.
    Application fee + NOPA membership: $60.

    How to Apply

    Applications will be accepted online only through the New Orleans Photo Alliance website.

    Eligible Work

    The New Orleans Photo Alliance invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to apply. Still images made from all photographic processes, both traditional and digital will be considered. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal and emotional statements are all welcome. Still photography or photographic techniques should be integral to the works submitted.

    Work Samples

    Applicants must submit a portfolio of 10-20 image files representing a cohesive body of work. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to build a strong series of images. If your work is best communicated visually by showing its physical nature, you may use one or more of the required images for installation or detail views.

    Written Statements

    Applicants must submit a written statement explaining their images, process and intent. The purpose of the statement is to give the juror a better understanding of your work while they are viewing it. Your statement should be clear, concise and relate to the work samples you submit. Applicants will also be required to submit a bio or resume and a brief “description of work” summary.

    Judging Criteria

    The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and written statement.

    Selection and Notification

    If more than 100 applications are submitted, a committee of independent curators and photographers will prescreen all submissions and select 100 portfolios to present to the juror. The juror will select a single winner. At the juror’s discretion a select number of finalists may be asked to submit a print portfolio for the final decision.  Finalists will be notified by October 1 and required to mail portfolios at their own expense by October 10.

    The winner will be announced on November 1, 2010.  The recipient’s portfolio will be featured on the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s website for one year.

    The New Orleans Photo Alliance will present the prize to the recipient during the Fifth Annual PhotoNOLA, held in December of 2010 in New Orleans, LA.  If the winner is unable to accept the prize in person, other arrangements will be made.

    About the Juror

    John Wood is an award-winning poet, critic, and photographic historian.  The Southern Review called him “the most lucid and engaging of the post-modern Southern poets.” His most recent work, Endurance and Suffering, a book of poems based on 19th Century photographs by O. G. Mason won the 2009 Gold German Photobook Prize.  Wood co-curated the landmark 1995 Smithsonian Institution Museum of American Art exhibition Secrets of the Dark Chamber, and the book based on the exhibition was a New York Times Book Review Best Books of 1995.  He has written books on the daguerreotype, the autochrome, Romanticism and photography, and other subjects.  His books have been named to the “Outstanding Academic Books of the Year” by the American Library Association, Wall Street Journal‘s Year’s Best Books, and the American Photographic Historical Society’s Outstanding Book of the Year.  His translation of poems from Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal with a critical introduction and photographs by Eikoh Hosoe received the 2007 Independent Book Publishers Bronze Medal, and Sally Mann, a selection of Mann’s photographs and poems, which he edited, won a 2005 Lucie Award.  He has published and edited over thirty books and written the introductions to more than twenty others on photographers as diverse as Josephine Sacabo, Jamie Baldridge, John Metoyer, Joel-Peter Witkin, Jan Saudek, Arthur Tress, Luis Gonzáles Palma, Flor Garduño, Michael Kenna, Wouter Deruytter, Connie Imboden, John Dugdale, Robert ParkeHarrison, Jayne Hinds Bidaut, David Halliday and Greg Gorman.  He has also written the texts for more than ten catalogues of art and photographic exhibitions in the United States, Italy, Germany, Greece, Japan, and Mexico. He is the Editor of 21st Editions, holds a Ph.D. in English literature, held Professorships for thirty years in both English Literature and Photographic History and served as Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at McNeese State University.  He now lives in Vermont and is at work on a retrospective book on the work of Masao Yamamoto.”

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    MVS to Phoenix next week: visiting exhibitions, attending lectures, and consultations with artists

    I’m looking forward to heading up to Phoenix for a few days next week to do a number of things.

    I encourage you to attend curator Rebecca Senf’s lecture next Wednesday night at the Phoenix Art Museum:

    Edward Steichen. Three Pears and an Apple. 1910. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the photographer, 1964 (368.1964). Digital Image ©The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY. Reprinted with permission of Joanna T. Steichen.
    Cézanne and Modern Photography

    August 4, 7pm

    “Paul Cézanne’s influence on painting is obvious, but what about his effect on photography? From Edward Steichen’s still lifes of fruit to Alfred Stieglitz’s portraits of bathers, Norton Family Curator of Photography Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., discusses how early American photography reflects Cézanne’s infamous subject matter, composition and style.”

    This lecture is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Cezanne and American Modernism” which continues through September 26th at PAM.

    Also on view at PAM: I am looking forward to seeing the new newly installed exhibition “Creative Continuum: The History of the Center for Creative Photography” (through November 28th).

    Heading west to Scottsdale I can’t wait to see the new exhibition at Lisa Sette Gallery:

    From the Ground Up - a summer group exhibition dealing with themes of the environment and the natural world.

    Featuring the work of Kim Cridler, Binh Danh, Lalla Essaydi, Valerie Hammond, Rick Hards, Alan Bur Johnson, Jessica Joslin, Mark Klett, Mayme Kratz, Chema Madoz, Carrie Marill, Matthew Moore, Beverly Penn, Mike & Doug Starn and Jo Whaley.

    And last but not least, a second visit to Scottsdale SMoCA to view “Re-imagining the West” which will close August 22nd.


    During this trip I will have time to accept a limited number of private consultations; if interested please visit my website to learn more about these offerings.

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