C4FAP’s CameraArts ShowCase Edition: Deadline September 4th

The Center for Fine Art Photography has posted guidelines for the CameraArts ShowCase Edition.

From the website:
The Center for Fine Art Photography and CameraArts Magazine are partnering to bring photographers a unique opportunity to promote their work and talent. Those working in all styles and schools of thought are invited to submit their work for consideration in this cooperative call for entry. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal, emotional, or political statements are welcome.

Theme: Open…..All subjects eligible.

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all professional and amateur, domestic and international photographers working with digital or traditional photography or combinations of both.

Jurors: Tim Anderson, Publisher/Managing Editor, CameraArts Magazine and Larry Padgett, Executive Director, The Center for Fine Art Photography.


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Maggie Taylor and Jean-Francois Rauzier featured in June issue of Adobe Magazine

Photographers Maggie Taylor and Jean-Francois Rauzier are featured in an article entitled “Reverie & Technology: The Fine Art of Digital Imaging” by Kimberly Grob.

To download this free issue (12 MB), and to subscribe, click here.

“Adobe has reinvented Proxy magazine to create the all-new Adobe Magazine for Creative Professionals. Subscribe to this free, online quarterly, and discover fresh insight and tutorials from the wide world of visual communications. You’ll see work that’s breaking new ground, get an insider’s perspective on how it was created, and find new ideas and tools to enhance your own projects.”

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June issue of Digital Journalist: Magnum at 60

The June issue of Digital Journalist is now online at

From the email announcement:

“This year is the 60th anniversary of Magnum, the photo agency once only a dream of its four creators, George Rodger, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and David Seymour. Contributing writer Peter Howe has put together a wonderfully human look at one of the world’s most famous and respected photo agencies. Accompanying his essay, there is a slide show you should not miss of many remarkable Magnum photos.

We also have a profile of Jonas Bendiksen, a young Magnum documentary photographer. Along with recent photos from his book “Satellites,” we are fortunate to have a peek at a major future project of his about urban slums that will become a book and a traveling installation.

Continuing the Magnum theme, we have a delightful conversation between two legends in the world of photojournalism, Elliott Erwitt and Burt Glinn. They recall the early days of the agency and some of their most treasured memories over their many years as photojournalists.

Marianne Fulton has three Dispatches this month. Rafael Ben-Ari explores a groundbreaking medical procedure; Philip Poupin reports on the new challenge of the Afghanistan war, and Danfung Dennis writes of the so-called American surge into the “self-sustaining” conflict in Iraq.

In “What’s It All About?” E-Bits editor Beverly Spicer takes us on a video tour to a struggle for survival on the African savannah, then a fusion of 500 years of portraits of women in art, and finally, to what could only be called a pipe dream.

In a section we now call New Media, Terry Heaton dives in with another of his provocative columns about TV News in a Post Modern World. And Ron Steinman, as usual, in a column he calls, “Do Not Connect Me, Please,” has a slightly different take about what he sees in the world of new media.

Our regulars, Chuck Westfall with Tech Tips, Mark Loundy with Common Cents, Bill Pierce with Nuts and Bolts and Jim Colburn, are at their usual posts with thoughtful and diverse columns.

From “the best VJ lighting kit” to custom-made XLR cables and a nifty wireless receiver solution, PF Bentley offers helpful tips and resources for videographers in this month’s Compression Session column.

There is a pointed slice of life by Jim Gabour in his continuing exploration of New Orleans after Katrina. In “Gandhi and Cocktails,” Jim writes that thanks to some odd friends, hope – even hope from an outrageous source – springs eternal.

Marianne Fulton reviews “Testify,” Colin Finley’s new biography about his life and work as a documentary photographer.

Assignment Sheet brings you another in the “From the Pages of Damon Runyon” collection, which are reminiscences of some of the strange and wonderful characters who were part of retired Newsday staff photographer Dick Kraus’ long career. In “Gentleman Jim” he talks about the colorful Irishman who was a staff shooter from the old school.

We hope you enjoy this issue.”

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PHOTO-EYE BOOKLIST: Summer 2007 Issue Available NOW

The Photo-Eye Booklist SUMMER 2007 issue is available now at many fine retail locations and via the Photo-Eye website. Editor Darius Himes had put together another fine issue for your reading (and learning) pleasure!


About Our Cover (full text)
Parrjective: Istanbul style, as seen through the lens of Martin Parr» by Avis Cardella

Publisher Profile (full text)
One by one, the publishers of the books we love are interviewed.
» a photo-eye questionnaire: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS

Survey of New Books
The quarterly survey of the best new photography books.
» by various contributors

Where We Live
The Getty hosts a show that surveys a basic human need.
» by Jen Bekman

Considerable Sway
Two recent titles add depth to the potent vision of Moholy-Nagy.
» by Richard Woodward

Publishing the Photography Book
The acclaimed column on publishing photography books.
» by Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes

The Old & Rare Survey
A regular column that surveys important books of the past.
» by Eric Miles

Editor’s Choice
In this new column, our editor reviews a singular title of the season.
» by Darius Himes

Contributors to the Summer 2007 issue:

JEN BEKMAN owns a gallery (, writes a blog called Personism ( and runs a quarterly photo competition, Hey, Hot Shot! ( Her latest endeavor is 20×200 (www.20×, a place to buy editioned prints and photos at ridiculously affordable prices.

AVIS CARDELLA is a freelance writer specializing in the areas of photography, art and pop culture. Her work has appeared in various publications, including American Photo, ArtReview, Picture, Surface and British Vogue. A born and bred New Yorker, she currently resides in Paris, France.

DEBRA KLOMP CHING gained her M.A. in critical history and theory of photography from the University of Derby (UK) in 1998. The former director of Pavilion (UK), she now resides in New York, where she is an independent curator, writer and photographer.

ZANE FISCHER is an arts-and-culture-preoccupied writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He writes a
regular column for the alternative weekly The Santa Fe Reporter (

MARY GOODWIN is an M.F.A. candidate in photography at the University of New Mexico. She was a guest student at the Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany, in the Summer 2006 semester.

PHIL HARRIS is a photographer, teacher and writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. In 2000, he published a twenty-year photographic retrospective book, Fact Fiction Fabrication.

LARISSA LECLAIR is a photographer, writer and traveler. Her work focuses on visual history and culture, and international photography. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

THERESA MAY is assistant director and editor-in-chief at the University of Texas Press. She oversees an annual list of some hundred book projects from acquisition through publication. May has a B.A. in the history of art and architecture from Texas Tech University and has done post-baccalaureate work at the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin in English, art history, anthropology and applied piano. She has been with UT Press for nearly thirty years.

ERIC MILES, an art historian, is photo-eye’s rare-book specialist. He writes a regular column on rare and collectible photobooks for photo-eye Booklist. He relocated from New York City to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2003.

MARY ANNE REDDING is an independent curator and writer who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Previous professional experience includes authoring essays for numerous exhibition catalogues and stints at New Mexico State University, the Light Factory, the Center for Creative Photography, the photography department of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University.

AARON ROTHMAN is an artist living in Phoenix, Arizona. His most recent exhibition was at Gitterman Gallery in New York. View his work at

JIM STONE is an associate professor of photography at the University of New Mexico. His photographs have been exhibited and published internationally and he is the author or co-author of seven books. He has set foot in North Korea.

MARY VIRGINIA SWANSON is an author, educator and consultant committed to helping photographers advance their careers. She lives and works in Tucson and New York City. Visit her at

JONANNA WIDNER is the music editor for The Dallas Observer. She received the first place award in the 2006 Alternative Newsweekly Awards for Best Music Criticism (circulation under 50,000) while she was the assistant editor/music columnist for The Santa Fe Reporter.

RICHARD B. WOODWARD is an arts critic in New York who contributes regularly to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His most recent essay on photography appears in South Central, a monograph by Mark Steinmetz (Nazraeli Press).

If you are serious about having a book of your work published, this is THE magazine for you to be reading now!

To order this issue, click here

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA: “All Cultures Are Welcome”

I’ve just spent 4 days in Atlanta. As I was driving to the airport yesterday to head home to Tucson, I passed a small business with a sign in the window declaring “ALL CULTURES ARE WELCOME.” I found it interesting – not all “people” or “individuals” are welcome, but all CULTURES are welcome. This sums up the mindset of life in Atlanta – it’s CULTURE that we are a part of, that makes up our community. Atlanta is a patchwork quilt of cultures, all interwoven to make up a most interesting and supportive home for the visual and performing arts.

My journey into the arts in Atlanta this week included visits to the SCAD Atlanta campus, the High Museum and the amazing Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund which is building a foundation for arts organization survival that is a role model in public/private partnerships and support of the arts. I also gained awareness on Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and ART PAPERS, both of which I”ll also share with you here.

I was honored to be invited to participate at the annual Advisory Board meeting of Savannah College of the Art’s School of Communication Arts, gathering for the first time at the new Atlanta Campus of Savannah College of Art and Design, just up Peachtree from the Woodruff Art Center and the High Museum. Steve Bliss is the Dean of this School within SCAD and Photography Department Chair Tom Fischer, along with ACA faculty member Elizabeth Turk are building a strong presence for photography in Atlanta. It is an exciting time for SCAD and especially SCAD Atlanta.

Thursday, Steve and I attended the 2007 Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund Luncheon, a sold-out gathering of over 700 arts leaders, elected officials and corporate sponsors which celebrates the impact of arts organizations on the Atlanta Community. This year, with the theme “What A Difference” 15 years of the Fund and its contributions to life in Atlanta was celebrated by over 30 organizations that have grown through the support of its unique mission: stability. From their website’s Grants Overview: “Each year the Arts Fund provides selected small and mid-sized arts organizations with grants to support staff positions, marketing or strategic plan development, debt reduction, capital reserves and other less glamorous “behind-the-scenes” initiatives that are vital to stability. In all, Atlanta’s small and mid-sized, non-profit arts organizations (with annual operating budgets less than $1.5 million) use Arts Fund grants to develop sustainable organizational capacity so they can further their creative endeavors.” And: “The Arts Fund is a key resource in Atlanta devoted to helping nonprofit arts organizations adapt to a changing environment, while managing growth and maintaining professionalism. It’s like venture capital for the arts. While the Arts Fund does not fund artistic programming, the goal is to strengthen organizations and allow them to do what they do best – provide innovative and exciting creative work that contributes to the quality of life in the metropolitan Atlanta community.” In other words, rather than funding programming, the Fund helps to fund staff positions, strategic planning, board development and other elements crucial to an organization’s growth. One of the most impressive things at the luncheon was that when grants were announced, each organization’s staff AND board chairs were recognized, underscoring the importance of an active board to the long-term stability of every non-profit entity. Lisa Cremin, the dynamic Director of the Fund, serves the broader arts community as a member of the board of Directors of Grantmakers In The Arts. From GIA’s website: “Grantmakers in the Arts is a membership organization whose trade is discourse on ideas about arts philanthropy within a diverse community of grantmakers.” I encourage all of you to get to know and support both of these important arts organizations.

Another leader in the arts in Atlanta that I had the pleasure of spending time with last week is Anne Dennington, director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. “Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) hosts an annual, citywide festival each October. Now in its ninth year, the “ACP 9 Festival” programming includes photography exhibitions in diverse venues, lectures by both internationally acclaimed and local artists, a portfolio review and walk, a pushpin show open to all Atlantans, a film series, and a public art program.” While the Festival is still ACP’s main programming, the organization offers additional programs throughout the year including lectures, workshop, films and public art programs as well as partnering with other arts organizations under the banner “ACP COLLABORATES.” From the website: “ACP Programs are designed to nurture and support photographers, educate and engage collectors, promote diverse photography venues, and enrich the City of Atlanta’s cultural scene. Most of these offerings are free and open to the public. ACP strives to offer programming for people of all ages and with all levels of knowledge about photography.” Anne is an important leader in the arts in Atlanta, and in the field of photography overall; under her leadership ACP is evolving to serve artists and their careers in important ways. October 6th is the date for the 2007 Portfolio Reviews and Walk; registration will open on June 1 and be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the website for details so you don’t miss this great opportunity. Join their e-list here.

Yesterday, myself, Steve Bliss and SCAD faculty colleague Rebecca Nolan visited the High Museum of Art to see the new Renzo Piano addition to the original museum building designed by Richard Meier, and was very happy to see the wonderful spaces for viewing contemporary art in particular. It is stunning and not to be missed! The exhibition “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005” is on view through September 9th. In conjunction with the exhibition, The High will host several programs. First, a lecture by Sylvia Wolf, Adjunct Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, during which she will examine the work of celebrated photographers Annie Leibovitz and Robert Mapplethorpe – from iconic portraits of artists and celebrities to never before seen or published works. This event will be held on May 17th at 7 p.m. in the Hill Auditorium at The High.

Addtionally, on May 24th at 6:30 p.m., Julian Cox, the High’s Curator of Photography, will lead a guided tour through “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005.” Both of these interesting events are free with museum admission and for museum members.

Last but not least, I was reminded that an international voice begins in Atlanta: ART PAPERS Magazine. I have been a reader for many years, but had forgotten that the magazine is based in Atlanta; it is currently celebrating thirty years in publication. It’s regular section “FUTURE ANTERIOR: AN INDEX TO CONTEMPORARY ART’S IMMINENT HISTORY” features reviews of international exhibitions; every artist will want to make sure the editors at ART PAPER are aware of your exhibition(s) in hopes of being reviewed for this important part of the magazine. Be sure to read this issue’s cover story, available as a Feature Article on the website:

PETER FRIEDL in conversation with Gean Moreno

From the website: “ART PAPERS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the examination, development, and definition of art and culture in the world today. Its mission is to provide an independent and accessible forum for the exchange of perspectives on the role of contemporary art as a socially relevant and engaged discourse. This mission is implemented through the publication of ART PAPERS Magazine and the presentation of public programs.” Staff members Editor-in-Chief Sylvie Fortin and Senior Editor Jerry Cullum contribute to the arts far beyond Atlanta.
You can sign up for their e-newsletter here. And, more importantly, subscribe here.

You can experience the rich culture of Atlanta wherever you live, but don’t miss the opportunity to go and see it for yourself!

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Current Issue of Orion Magazine: Not to be missed!

Kudos once again to the creative team at Orion (subtitled “Nature/Culture/Peace”), the magazine of the Orion Society. The March/April issue features portfolios of new works by Robert and Shana Parke Harrison and Chris Jordan, as well as selections of beautiful work about trees by Thomas Dunklin and Tanya Marcuse.
The selection of imagery, quality of design and overall production values of this publication are not to be missed.

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“Covering Photography” Project and Website Celebrates Imagery on Book Covers

Graphic designers and art directors have been featuring exceptional photographs as book jacket illustrations for many years. In 2005 The University of Otago in New Zealand offered an exhibition entitled “Straight Jackets The Art of the Book Jacket” which is a wonderful historical overviewer and is viewable online here. Swanstock, the agency I founded in 1991 was at the leading edge of featuring contemporary photographs as illustration, offering a resource for creatives to source great material to license as cover art. The talented designers at the Knopf and Vintage divisions of Random House were among our first steady clients in this market, producing award-winning designs incorporating the photographs of fine art photographers as the central elements of their project. Needless to say, that trend has continued; I venture to guess that every reader has admired the imagery featured on contemporary books, and even wondered how to place their own work on jackets. Indeed, I hope some of you have seen (or perhaps even entered) the annual competition sponsored by AIGA entitled “50 Books/50 Covers.” Don’t miss seeing the archives of this great series of exhibitions on the link just mentioned.

And, I hope you are aware of a very interesting and ambitious web-based archive founded and organized by Karl Baden entitled “Covering Photography” which is a terrific resource for the study of the relationship between the history of photography and book cover design. The site contains a listing by photographer noting books featuring their images, who the publisher, author and designer were on the project. Read Baden’s overview on the project here. Today the fifth “Cover of the Month” has been announced, with an email to those who sign up on the mailing list; all are on the website

Baden has created a valuable resource that I encourage you to visit often, appreciate, share. I for one hope the archive will grow and grow for all to enjoy.

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