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I am pleased to tell you that I have merged my blog into my updated website. On my new homepage you will see the three most recent blog posts, as well as being able to navigate through the blog categories directly at any time.   You will also easily find “PLANNING AHEAD: Industry Events of Note” as its own category, as well as my event calendar “MVS ON THE ROAD” prominently featured on the new website.  Click here now:

I’m sure you will find the new combined blog AND website an even greater resource!

Thanks so much for visiting the past five years, and hope you will bookmark my new website.

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July 22nd: Opening Reception for Bodies In Question show at Tisch School of the Arts

From an NYU e-blast:

Curated by Fred Ritchin

2010 New York Photo Festival‘s Bodies In Question (NYPF) on view at Tisch
starting July 22nd to August 18th. Save the Date for the Opening Reception
next week: Thursday July 22 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway
Gulf +Western Gallery, and 8th Floor

Bodies in Question was curated by Fred Ritchin, Associate Chair of the
Department of Photography & Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York
University for the New York Photo Festival in Brooklyn, NY May 12-16, 2010
and originally included 14 artists. This inception of the exhibition on view
at the Tisch School of the features works by 12 photographers: Benjamin
Busch, Raphaël Dallaporta, Tina Enghoff, Marc Garanger, Jessica Ingram,
Alexandre Maubert, James Pomerantz, Joseph Rodriguez, Linn Underhill, Deborah
, Michael Wolf, Lim Young Kim.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Admission is free. Photo identification is required for access to the
building. For further information, call 212.998.1930 or visit”

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Deadline July 23rd: Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair Call for Entries

From The Camera Club of NY website:


Zine and Self–Published Photo Book Fair

Within the past decade, zines and self-published books have established a significant presence in the contemporary art world, with many artists and independent publishers primarily focused on this medium.

The Camera Club of New York‘s Conversations Series will present a Zine and Self–Published Photo Book Fair on Saturday, July 31st from 1–6pm in its gallery space at 336 West 37th Street, Suite 206, (between 8th and 9th Aves) in New York City.

Artists are invited to submit up to 4 different books and zines (limited to 3 copies of each). The public will be invited to come, browse, purchase, and meet the burgeoning zine and self-published world. Submit your book or zine and be a part of the conversation.

To submit your zine or self–published book please mail or drop off your book during our gallery hours Monday–Saturday, 12-6pm
The Camera Club of New York
The Arts Building
Attn: Zine Fair
336 West 37th Street, Suite 206
New York, NY 10018–4212

    Make sure to include:

  • Your Name
  • Title of your book/zine
  • Edition (if any)
  • Price of book (if selling)
  • A Self–Addressed and Stamped envelope

–If you do not include a self–addressed and stamped envelope for the return of your materials, your zine or books and any money received for any or all sales will be donated to The Camera Club of New York.

The postmarked deadline for submission is July 23rd, 2010.

If you have any questions please contact curator Lindsey Castillo at

The Camera Club of New York is a not–for–profit arts organization with a commitment to the field of photography since 1884. In addition to classes, darkroom and studio facilities, CCNY is a sharing community of passionate, aspiring, professional, and fine art photographers.

For images or additional information contact John Stanley, CCNY Director, at 212–260–9927 or

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Image, Tuomas Korpijaakko

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Image, Victor Sira

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July 15th: David Taylor, “Working The Line” Panel Discussion and Booksigning

From a Radius Books E-blast:

invite you to a panel discussion and booksigning for the release of

Thursday, July 15, 5:30–7:30 pm

Join photographer and Guggenheim Fellow David Taylor along with a panel that includes curator Mary Anne Redding, Border Patrol agent Paul Wells, Tohono O’odham Nation member David J. Garcia, essayist Hannah Frieser, and publishers David Chickey and Darius Himes for a discussion of current issues along the U.S.-Mexico border as reflected in Taylor’s new book, Working the Line (Radius Books, Spring 2010). This free event will be held in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium at 113 Lincoln Avenue in downtown Santa Fe. A selection of Taylor’s border images will be on view in the Triangle Gallery next to the auditorium.

Essays by Hannah Frieser and Luis Alberto Urrea.
In 2008, David Taylor received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his ongoing examination of the U.S.–Mexico border. His investigation is organized around the documentation of a series of approximately 260 obelisks that mark the international boundary as it extends from El Paso/Juarez to San Diego/ Tijuana. These monuments—striking objects situated in impossibly gorgeous and difficult terrain—were installed between the years 1892 and 1895. In the process of his work, Taylor earned remarkable access to U.S. Border Patrol facilities, agents and routine operations. Patrol agents often refer to their job in the field as “line work” which is an apt description of Taylor’s own time as he documented the obelisks. Being on the “line” has given Taylor a unique view into overlapping issues of border security, human and drug smuggling, the continuing construction of the border fence and its impact on the land.

Come and celebrate the release of this highly anticipated book!

Buy NOW! $50.00
Buy the Limited Edition NOW! $800.00 (Print choices below)

RADIUS BOOKS is a non-profit entity devoted to the visual arts. Click on image for information about our membership program. Your support is vital.”

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July 13: Dave Anderson and Paul Moakley in Conversation at Aperture Gallery

From the Aperture Foundation e-blast:

“Dave Anderson and Paul Moakley
in Conversation

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Dave Anderson’s book and exhibition One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds provides a powerful portrait of post-Katrina as seen through the prism of a single block whose residents are attempting to rebuild their homes. Join photographer Dave Anderson andTime Magazine Deputy Photo Editor Paul Moakley in conversation on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition and release of the monograph.

Dave Anderson + Paul Moakley in Conversation
Tuesday, July 13th, 6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
(between 10th and 11th Avenue)
New York, NY
(212) 505-5555

Dave Anderson: One Block
Opening Reception:
Thursday, July 15, 6:00 pm

Exhibition on view:
Thursday, July 15, 2010 –Friday, August 20, 2010

521-531 West 25 th Street
Ground Floor
New York, New York
(646) 230-0020

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July 13: Robert Dawson Lecture “Empire of Thirst” in San Francisco; one of three exhibitions on view at SFPL

Three exhibitions are on view at the San Francisco Public Library:

EMPIRE OF THIRST: Robert Dawson’s Photographs of Water in the West

CALIFORNIA DELTA: Rural Charms and Natural Beauty by Rich Turner  (opens July 10)


HAND BOOKBINDERS of CALIFORNIA: 38th Anniversary Exhibition

In conjunction with his solo exhibition “Empire of Thirst: Robert Dawson’s Photographs of Water in the West” which continues through August 1st in the Jewett Gallery at the the San Francisco Public Library, Robert Dawson will give an Artist’s Talk. Details as follows:

TUESDAY, July 13th, 6:30 p.m.  at the Koret Auditorium; 100 Larkin Street at Grove

From the Library’s webpage for this exhibition:

“In numerous projects over the past 30 years documenting the west, photographer Robert Dawson has found inspiration in water. He sees water as the most compelling metaphor and prescient symbol for the attitudes that have shaped the landscape of the American West. The San Francisco Public Library is hosting a special exhibition this summer that combines images from several of Dawson’s photography projects in Empire of Thirst – Robert Dawson’s Photographs of Water in the West, in the Jewett Gallery, Main Library, on view June 26 through Aug. 1.

The full range of our nation’s regard for the natural world has manifested itself in western water history. Dawson’s photography examines these cultural values and attitudes—from loving stewardship and respect to outrageous abuse and plunder—that have brought us to this critical point with the natural world. While the water crisis is global, Dawson has chosen to focus on the American West. It is here that the impact of rapid development of arid lands is immediately visible for all to see.

“Growing up in California I was always aware of the importance of water. I can still remember the panic of my parents in 1956 when California’s intricate levee system almost broke after an enormous rain and threatened to flood all of Sacramento. The urgency of our six-year drought in the 1980s focused my thinking about water in the West,” explains Dawson.

Included in the exhibition are both color and black and white photographs that address the issue of water. Some of Dawson’s work looks at our culture’s desire to possess, control and shape the land and water to our needs, other photographs document the misuse of water and still others examine a complex, evolving relationship to water that Dawson hopes to influence with his work.

The exhibition draws from five separate photographic projects including The Great Central Valley Project which examines California’s agricultural heartland and the reshaping of that intensively farmed valley. The Water in the West Project looks at attitudes toward agriculture, mining, resource development, recreation, Native Americans, growth and environmental controversy. The Truckee River-Pyramid Lake Project explores one western water system and the conflict over its water by the Paiute Indians, the ranchers of western Nevada and the city of Reno. The Farewell, Promised Land Project examines California’s environment and its history. The fifth project is the result of his recent work as the first Photographer-in-Residence for the City of San Jose’s Cultural Affairs Office and its Environmental Services Department. He has been photographing the city’s wastewater treatment facility, examining how our culture deals with wastewater.

As Dawson explains, “…photography has taken me through several projects on various subjects. But I always seem to find water wherever my work takes me. Throughout this journey I have always tried to stay close to the essential nature of water. Water is life and for me a never-ending source of inspiration.”

A related exhibit, California Delta: Rural Charms and Natural Beauty – Photos by Rich Turner, will be on view July 10 through October 7, in the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center at the Main Library. Turner’s photographs, in both color and black and white, memorialize the diversity of the Delta region in all its breathtaking beauty.

Related exhibition opening July 10th:

“California Delta: Rural Charms and Natural Beauty”  Photographs by Rich Turner, on view in the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, Main Library, 5th Floor

And last but not least:

HAND BOOKBINDERS of CALIFORNIA: 38th Anniversary Exhibition

“The Hand Bookbinders of California celebrate their 38th Annual Members’ Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library. The exhibition features the work of professional bookbinders, amateurs and students of the art and craft of hand bookbinding. Examples range from finely gold-tooled leather bindings to avant-garde artists’ books, and innovative designs from the traditional to contemporary.

The Art of Hand Bookbinding: special tours by members of the Hand Bookbinders of California on the following Thursday mornings at 11a.m., July 8 and 22, and August 12. In the Skylight Gallery.”

All programs at the Library are free and open to the public; call 415-557-4277 for more information.

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Saturday, July 10th: Afternoon Lecture by John Sexton in Carmel, California

In conjunction with his retrospective exhibition “A Photographer’s Journey” at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, Califorinia,  JOHN SEXTON will present a lecure on Saturday, July 10th at 2:00 at the Carmel Women’s Club (directly across the street from the CPA in the Sunset Center).

From the announcement mailer:

“John will present an educational and entertaining audio-visual lecture, featuring both new and well-known images.  The presentation will also include images and anecdotes from his six-year working relationship with Ansel Adams.”

Following the lecture, John will be signing copies of his books RECOLLECTIONS and PLACES OF POWER.

I first met John in 1980 when I joined the staff of The Friends of Photography and John was working for our board Chair, Ansel Adams.  John played a crucial role in the Ansel Adams Workshop, a tireless instructor with boundless energy.  A gifted photographer and teacher, John went on to launch his own workshop programs, sharing his passion for the craft and aesthetics of our medium.   2010 marks the twentieth year of the John Sexton Photography Workshops.  Congratulations, John!

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June 30th, July 6th: Reception and Artist Talk for En Foco’s New Works #13 Series

From the En Foco website:

Photo: © Rebecca Martinez, No Diving, PreTenders series.

“En Foco is very pleased to announce…
New Works #13
Featuring the New Works Photography Fellowship awardees of 2009-2010:

Karen Miranda RivadeneiraWendel A. White
Rebecca MartinezDean DempseySamantha Box

Juror: Anne Wilkes Tucker, Museum of Fine Arts/Houston

June 28 – July 22, 2010
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, June 30, from 6:00-8:00pm

Artist Talk:
Tuesday, July 6 from 6-7:30pm
with Wendel A. White, Dean Dempsey, and Rebecca Martinez

Calumet Photographic
HP Gallery, 2nd Floor
22 West 22nd Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10010″

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July 8th and 15th: Virginia Heckert Curator’s talks at The Getty, LA

Curator’s Gallery Talks
Virginia Heckert, associate curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads gallery talks on the exhibition. Free; no reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursday, July 8, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 15, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687

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July 9th: Paula McCartney Lecture and Book Signing at PCNW in Seattle

From a Photographic Center North West (PCNW) e-blast:
Lecture & Book Signing Event with
Paula McCartney

Bird Watching

Friday, July 9, 7 PM
Photographic Center North West
900 12th Avenue Seattle WA 98122

Paula McCartney’s Bird Watching seems to be a most exemplary specimen of a bird-watching journal. However, a closer look reveals that she has activated her landscapes with decorative craft store birds. Her book, Bird Watching, was recently published by Princeton Architectural Press. McCartney has her MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited at Klompching Gallery & Humble Arts Foundation in NY, PCNW & Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

We will also have exhibition prints available — build to your collection!


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