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November 5/6/7: NY Art Book Fair at PS1

One of my favorite fairs of the year, without question!  From the website:

Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing.

Philip Aarons, Chairman of the Board of Printed Matter, said: “The NY Art Book Fair is the premiere venue to find what’s new in art publishing. While it has spawned the next generation of independent art book fairs world-wide, it remains the biggest, the best, and by far the most fun.”

The NY Art Book Fair includes special project rooms, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend.

Other events include the third annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, and The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations between artists, together with readings, workshops and other artist-led events.”

NOT TO BE MISSED!!

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November 8th in Washington, DC: MVS and Darius Himes on “To Be Published, or Self Publish?””

In conjunction with FotoWeek DC:
Darius Himes & Mary Virginia Swanson will speak at 12:00 noon at the Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, 500 17th Street NW (FREE).  Click here for event description and details.
“The print-on-demand revolution has opened up new publishing possibilities for photographers; it has never been easier or more affordable to produce and market a book of your photographs. The traditional publishing path has the advantage of a highly specialized team that brings experience with design, production, marketing and distribution systems to the table. In a self-publishing scenario you can create exactly the book you envision, but without the input and expertise of seasoned professionals at a publishing house. Which scenario is best for you?In this presentation, coauthors Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss both avenues to publishing and help participants determine the pros/cons of each. Swanson will share resources from their forthcoming title, Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, Winter 2011), and time will be allocated for a question/answer period at the end of the presentation.”
Cover, Publish Your Photography Book

"Publish Your Photography Book" Coming Winter 2011 (Princeton Architectural Press)

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November 2nd in NYC: David Taylor speaks on “Working The Line”

From an e-update from Radius Books:

UPCOMING EVENTS with David Taylor
In Conjunction with Anna Deavere Smith Works, Inc. at New York University and the “Bodies on the Line“* Symposium:
Presentation and Discussion with David Taylor on his project “WORKING THE LINE

Hosted by Radius Books
Tuesday, November 2nd, 6-8 pm
NYU, 20 Cooper Square (5th and Bowery, 5th Floor)

FREE and open to all who RSVP (until capacity):

scott@annadeveresmithworks.org

Visit the website to learn of other Symposium events this coming week that are open to the public.
*The “Bodies on the Line” Symposium is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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MVS and Darius Himes present at PhotoPlus Expo tomorrow, 1:15-3:15

PUBLISH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK”  Lecture at PhotoPlus Expo, Thursday October 28th from 1:15 – 3:15

“In this informative presentation, industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson survey the current landscape of photography book publishing today and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. Together, they will demystify the process of making a photobook from the perspectives of both traditional trade publishing and self-publishing. Lastly, they will lend essential advice about the marketing of your book at its launch and beyond. Whether your body of work is completed and ready for publication or you dream of one day having a book of your photographs, this seminar will be of value. Himes and Swanson are co-authors of Publish Your Photography Book to be released in Winter 2011 by Princeton Architectural Press. Handouts will be provided.”

photo © Jamey Stillings

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October 19th, 7 pm in Austin, in person AND VIA LIVE WEBCAST: “The Lives and Work of Helmut and Alison Gernshiem

NOTE: VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, October 19.  Not to be missed!

“The Lives and Work of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim”

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7 P.M. at the Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin

J. B. Colson, Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Fellow of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and Roy Flukinger, Ransom Center Senior Research Curator, discuss the lives and work of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim on Tuesday, October 19, at 7 p.m.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, on display through January 2, and the release of the book The Gernsheim Collection.

Drawn from the peerless collection of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, the exhibition features masterpieces from photography’s first 150 years, alongside other images that, while lesser known, are integral to the medium’s history. Highlights include the first photograph (on permanent display at the Ransom Center); works by nineteenth-century masters such as Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Henry Peach Robinson; and iconic images by modern photographers such as Man Ray, Robert Capa, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The book includes more than 125 full-page plates from the collection, accompanied by descriptions of each image’s place in the evolution of photography and within the collection. The catalog also traces the Gernsheims’ passion for collecting and their career as pioneering historians of photography, showing how their efforts significantly contributed to the acceptance of photography as a fine art and as a field worthy of intellectual study.

A book signing of The Gernsheim Collection follows.

Please be aware that the Ransom Center’s Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

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October 19 in NYC: Susan Bright with Lyle Rexer on “Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography”

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 7 pm at the School of Visual Arts Auditorium (Photo ID required for entrance):

Please join Dear Dave, for a discussion with Susan Bright and Lyle Rexer on the release of Brights’ latest book, AUTO FOCUS: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography. A champagne reception will follow in the lobby where copies of the new book will be available for purchase and signing by Bright and other artists from the book.

Photographer and SVA faculty member Susan Bright will host a panel discussion featuring artists from her new book Auto Focus: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography (The Monacelli Press, 2010). Featuring the work of 75 contemporary photographers from around the world for whom self-portraiture is a central part of their work, the book explores issues of identity–national, sexual, racial, personal and artistic. Bright previously served as the assistant curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in London and as acting director for the MA in Photography Program (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and is the editor of Art Photography Now (Aperture, 2005). A book signing and reception will follow the discussion.

“Auto Focus,” features the work of 75 contemporary photographers from around the world for whom self-portraiture is a central part of their work. Issues of identity – national, sexual, racial, personal or artistic – are key to all the images featured in this book. “Auto Focus” offers an impressive survey of established and emerging contemporary photographers through the fascinating lens of self-portraiture. It features new work from emerging artists alongside photographs from more established big names, including Elina Brotherus, Nan Goldin, Catherine Opie, Jemima Stehli, Gillian Wearing and Erwin Wurm and includes more than 250 luscious images.

Susan Bright is a curator and writer. She has taught extensively in the UK and convened major international conferences and seminars on many aspects of art and photography. She was formerly Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Curator at the Association of Photographers and Acting Director for the MA Photography (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She is also the author of Art Photography Now, which was published by Thames & Hudson in 2005. She currently lives and works in New York and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

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Lyle Rexer was educated at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and Merton College, Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the recipient of a 2008-9 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation and is the author of several books, including The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009); and How to Look at Outsider Art (2005). Rexer has also published many catalogue essays and contributes articles to a variety of publications, such as The New York Times, Modern Painters, Parkett, Tate, etc. and Aperture . As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including “The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography,” and “Fernando Canovas,” at the Insitiut Valencia d’Art Modern. Rexer teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a columnist for Photograph magazine.

SVA is located at 333 West 23rd Street in NYC; this lecture is presented by SVA’s BFA Photography Department.

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October 15th, 7:30 p.m. in SF: Frank Gohlke lectures at the San Francisco Art Institute, hosted by PhotoAlliance

FRANK GOHLKE Lecture

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street)
7:30 pm

Frank Gohlke is a leading figure in American landscape photography. He has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Known for his large format landscape photographs, Gohlke’s work has been shown at museums all over the world and included in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Australian National Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada.

Frank’s most recent book is titled “Thoughts on Landscape: Collected Writings and Interviews” published by Hol Art Books in Tucson, Arizona; it is available in print (paperback) and epub/mobi/pdf downloadable formats.

This event is sponsored by PhotoAlliance

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November 7th Fotoweek DC Portfolio Reviews: Registration open!

Within the FOTOWEEK DC FESTIVAL there is a one-day portfolio review event that has a fine roster of Reviewers, offers a discounted rate for students, and will work closely with you to confirm to top picks within days of registering.  If interested, don’t hesitate as this will sell out!

Come early/stay late as the programing this year is super – many exhibitions, lectures, a one-day workshop with Brian Storm of Media Storm, displays of contemporary photobooks by publisher, as well as the amazing Indie Photobook Library, and more.  My co-author Darius Himes and I are proud to be a part of the programming, speaking at the Corcoran on the day after the reviews, Monday, November 8th at noon at the Corcoran: “To Be Published or Self-Publish?”

To start the portfolio review registration process, click here.

See you there!

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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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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.  www.TheStateofAta.info

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