Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jim Stone wins James Phelan Art Award in Photography

Jim Stone, who was featured in Fraction number 6, wins the James Phelan Art Award in Photography.

"The photography of Jim Stone explores facets of America’s unusual and complex character. The artist sees his work as framing “an organized set of graphic and sociological concerns. Damage, misdirection, isolation, and failure accompany other consistent subthemes, such as obsession and its public display, the mixing of religious and military iconography in a peaceable secular society, and the ironic difference between intent and achievement.”

More details here.

The show opens June 4 - August 22, 2009
Opening Reception: June 4, 2009, 5 – 8 pm
SF Camerawork | 657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 | Ph: 415.512.2020 Fax: 415.512.7109 | Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 pm

FOTO8 Awards and Summer Show Extended

The deadline to enter the FOTO8 Awards and Summer Show has been extended until June 15.

Get the details here.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Last Call: Art of Photography

Last Call For Entries!
Deadline this Sunday, May 31st

The ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW 2009 is an international exhibition of photographic art which will take place August 29 through November 1, 2009 at the elegant Lyceum Theatre Gallery, located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, California.


The Prospectus and entry details are available here. The online entry process is very easy, simply filling out a short registration form and then uploading your images as JPEG files. Additional details are in the FAQ page here. The entry deadline is Sunday May 31st at 11:59 pm (California Time).

Charlotte Cotton is the Judge for the Art of Photography Show 2009. Ms. Cotton is Curator and Head of the Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

$10,000 IN AWARDS (Double what we awarded last year!):
$2,000 1st Place Award
$1,600 2nd Place Award
$1,200 3rd Place Award
$ 800 4th Place Award
$ 400 (11) Honorable Mention Awards

PLUS: liveBooks is providing grants for three custom designed websites, valued at $1,700 each.

$25 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry. The entire registration, upload, and payment process can be done securely right on the website.

The Art of Photography Show 2009 will be pursuing an intensive marketing and publicity campaign. Over 25,000 people are expected to view the Show during the run at the Lyceum Theatre gallery.

TESTIMONIALS from artists and attendees of our recent shows can be viewed here.

For more information please contact the Producer, Steven Churchill:
Phone: 858-793-0900

Friday, May 29, 2009

Forever hold your peace

New Orleans Photo Alliance Presents:
“Forever Hold Your Peace”

(New Orleans) The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to present “Forever Hold Your Peace,” a group exhibition on the subject of weddings, juried by Sylvia Plachy. In curating this exhibition, Plachy, a Hungarian born, New York based, world-renowned photographer, selected 31 photographs depicting the traditions, customs, symbols and the rich human tableau surrounding wedding rituals. Featured artists include Marc Pagani, Evan Abramson, Katie Delavaugh and Kate Nicholson. A slideshow of 50 additional images will run throughout the opening. “Forever Hold Your Peace” will be on view from June 5 through July 19, 2009 at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, 1111 St. Mary St. New Orleans, LA 70130. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, June 6, from 6-9pm and Ms. Plachy will present a Gallery Talk at 7pm.

“I was looking for the same kind of pictures that I look for when I am photographing. I was looking for what would move me and for what I would never tire of looking. I wanted to see a burst of life palpable on a piece of paper.”- Sylvia Plachy

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2006 whose mission is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography through exhibitions, opportunities and educational programs. PhotoNOLA is a month long celebration of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide. The fourth annual series of events are currently being planned for December 2009.

For additional information on The New Orleans Photo Alliance please visit us online: or

A preview of the exhibition can be seen on our website:

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Review Santa Fe 100

Review Santa Fe has posted the 100 photographers who have been juried in. See the list here.

If you are one of the 100, and I am to review your portfolio, send me a hello and a link to the work (send to d @ fractionmag dot com)

Humble Arts Spring Cleaning Party

Humble Arts Foundation and Eponymy present Spring Cleaning Art Party and Sale
Details are as follows:

466 Bergen Street (Park Slope / Map it)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Date: Friday, May 29, 2009
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Rsvp required:

20% off storewide sale

30% - 50% off Humble Arts Foundation Limited Edition Prints


Psy Ops, Electro Magnetic Pulse Test in Marin Valley, CA, 2006, 40 x 50", Archival Pigment Print
We are also pleased to announce that Eponymy, a supporter of emerging artists, will also debut its spring exhibition at this event. Participating artists include: John Andrew, Melisa Beveridge, Gerald Edwards III, Ann Woo, Peter Riesett, Jon Feinstein, Samuel Morgan, Emiliano Granado, Tema Stauffer, Mikael Kennedy, Yeni Mao and Athena Waligore.

Attendees of this event are welcome to join our neighbors at Melt for drink specials between 6pm – 10pm.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Workshops with Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai

Portland Custom Workshop by Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai
Portland, OR
August 3 - 4, 2009
A customized workshop for five participants, addressing all aspects of artistic portraiture, from lighting to developing personal style. Hosted by Julia Radlick of Jewel Images in downtown Portland. Full details at

The Wild Workshop by Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai
Denver, CO
September 2 - 3, 2009
A photographic adventure, pairing photographers with local entertainers, from magicians to aerialists to burlesque performers. It's a rare opportunity to experience Denver's artistic counter culture. Full details at

Nashville Custom Workshop by Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai
Nashville, TN
September 17 - 18, 2009
A customized workshop for five participants, addressing all aspects of artistic portraiture, from lighting to developing personal style. Hosted by photographer Anna Crane. Full details at

Hector Mata at the LACDA

Hector Mata

June 11-July 3, 2009
Reception June 11, 6-10pm
In conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, supporting local, international, emerging and established artists in our gallery. We have an ongoing schedule of exhibits and competitions, and produce editions of wide format archival prints.

L.A. Center for Digital Art

Center for Fine Art Photography calls for entry

Black and White
Deadline June 9, 2009

All black and white photography is welcome
and all subjects are eligible.

The exhibition is open to photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center for Fine Art Photography invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome.

Read more here

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fraction and the New York Times

Josh and I started Fraction Magazine in March of 2008 with idea of promoting great photography. We have published seven issues and several group shows featuring guest curators. Each month, the traffic and attention to Fraction grows.

Because of Fraction, I have been asked to do portfolio reviews in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Santa Fe. At these reviews, I have seen some rather terrific work, and I often ask the photographer to let us feature his/her work. We make no promises as to what it might lead to or who might see it.

Well, last week we received an email from the New York Times asking us to use the work of Timothy Hyde, whose portfolio I reviewed in Los Angeles and who is featured in Issue 7. Obviously we jumped on it but had to track down Tim who was in Italy photographing the devastation of April's earthquake, to get his permission.

Today, Tim is featured on the New York Times blog, The Lens. They are calling it Nature Triumphant. It is amazing work and deserves recognition.

The New York Times discovered Tim here on Fraction.

We would like to say thank you to all of the photographers who let us show their work and to say congrats to Tim. Also, a huge thanks to David Dunlap and Jim Estrin.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Fraction Print Sale : Polly Chandler

Polly Chandler
"Tree Houses"
8"X10" Giclee Print

The Fraction Print Sale : David Eisenlord

David Eisenlord
"Bridge over the River Lee, Co Cork, Ireland, 2009"
Gum Bichromate over platinum/palladium
8x8 print 8-ply matted to 16x20
Edition of 10

The Fraction Print Sale : Melanie McWhorter

Melanie McWhorter
"fuzzy jacket"

7x7 image size

The Fraction Print Sale

In light of current economic times, and as a way to say thanks to the photographers that we have showcased, Josh and I decided to put together a little print sale.

So here is how it will work. We will post a couple of photographs each night, along with the photographers name, contact info, and the size and price of the print available.

The photographer has decided how much the print will be, what size it will be, and how many are available.

When you want to buy the print, you will contact the photographer directly and 100% of the sale, goes to the photographer.

So stayed tuned to see what we have to offer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A million little pictures

This is a pretty cool idea.

The art house co-op in Atlanta is sending out 1000 disposable cameras to people all over the world (for a fee of $18). You take the pictures, develop the roll of film, and send them the photographs. They then post all of the images in a gallery in Atlanta.

Very cool.

Sign up here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Fraction Print Sale

In the next few days, we will be rolling out some photographs for sale. The photographs are from photographers that we showcased here on Fraction.

One hundred percent (100%) of the sale price goes to the photographer. We are doing this as a thank you to the photographers who have helped us get to where we are today.

If you would like to purchase a photograph, you will contact the photographer and deal with him/her directly.

Stay tuned for the daily list of what is for sale. Email if you have any questions.

Reviews of the New York Photo Festival

Last weekend, the New York Photo Festival took place in, well, New York, and the reviews have been mixed. I wasn't there so I can't give my two cents but I thought it was worth putting together a list of the reviews so far.

The Exposure Project
American Photo
Horses Think
What's the Jackanory? (read the comments)
Notes from Nowhere
Photography Lot

I am sure more will pop up as people have been posting their honest opinions of the event.

If you have written a review or know of others, send me the link.

Spirit and the Flesh

Debbie Fleming Caffery has a new book out from Radius Books. Although I have not seen it yet, my friends at photo-eye say it's beautiful.

From the Radius website:

Mexico is a misunderstood land steeped in paradoxes. The depth of culture and richness of family and landscape is lost under a cloak of poverty and modern economic distress, breeding misunderstandings and stereotypes that are rarely questioned.For several years during the mid-1990s, Debbie Fleming Caffery spent time photographing in a small village in northeastern Mexico, living on the grounds of the local Catholic church, and using a tortilla shack as her studio. In Mexico, the church is the center of village life, and she became accustomed to the flow of life surrounding it, replete with celebrations of religious feasts and the mysteries and secrets of community life.

One day she stumbled upon a cantina near the church that served occasionally as a brothel. The environment of the smoke-filled tortilla hut and the unpredictable happenings at the cantina became a central focus of her work. Of this period she has said, “I felt incredibly comfortable in a culture rich in celebrations of religious feasts, with strong, independent, highly emotional people, much like the people I grew up with in southwest Louisiana. Symbols of heaven and hell were dominant, both in the church environment as well as the cantina. The brothel brought new elements into my work: secrets, sensual needs, desire, and often unexpected love.”

The Spirit & The Flesh balances the themes of grace and redemption, sin and forgiveness that Caffery encountered in Mexico and that held her in their sway. Her black-and-white photographs are themselves rich in contrast and unabashedly sensuous, deftly documenting the turbulent emotional landscape. Her wholehearted visual acuity suffuses the work, and represents an engagement with both the subject matter as well as a range of human emotion rarely seen in contemporary work.

About the Artist

Debbie Fleming Caffery has been making photographs of the people and culture of her native Louisiana for over thirty years. Past projects include documentation of sugarcane field and mill workers, alligator hunting, and family portraits in Louisiana, as well as photographs of rural Mexico and Portugal. Caffery’s work has been included in solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Gitterman Gallery, New York.

She has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005) for the work in this book; the first Lou Stoumen Prize (1996), and the Louisiana Governor’s Art Award (1990). Her work is included in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Caffery has published several highly praised books, including Polly, The Shadows, and Carry Me Home.

About the Writers

Carrie Springer is Senior Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Luis Alberto Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is the critically acclaimed author of eleven books including Across the Wire, and By the Lake of Sleeping Children, both of which document life along the Mexican-American border. He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois/Chicago.

Debbie Fleming Caffery: The Spirit & The Flesh

Essay by Carrie Springer

Foreword and poem by Luis Alberto Urrea

ISBN 978-1-934435-14-4
Hardcover with dustjacket
12 x 11 inches
96 pages
64 duotone illustrations
$60.00 | Purchase

Signed edition
$60.00 | Purchase

Limited edition
Limited edition of 40. Includes 2 signed and numbered 11×14 inch silver-gelatin prints with a signed book in a clamshell box.
$1200.00 | Purchase

Debbie Fleming Caffery Opening

MAY 22 – JULY 31, 2009

Please join us at our opening reception
Thursday, May 21st 6 pm to 8 pm

T 212.734.0868 F 212.734.0869

Gitterman Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of black and white photographs by Debbie Fleming Caffery. The exhibition will open with a book signing and reception for the artist on Thursday, May 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through Friday, July 31st.

Debbie Fleming Caffery has been photographing in Mexico since 1990. This exhibition focuses on the images Caffery made of women working as prostitutes. These photographs explore the complexities of their situation in life, showing their vulnerability and their strength. The exhibition is concurrent with the release of Caffery’s fourth major monograph, The Spirit & The Flesh (Radius Books, 2009), which spans her entire body of work in Mexico and includes an essay by Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Caffery grew up along the Bayou Teche in southwest Louisiana. After graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute with a degree in Fine Art and an emphasis in Photography, she returned to Louisiana to document the sugarcane industry, the community, and her three children. In Mexico Caffery was initially drawn to photographing the spiritual and religious traditions of the rural villages, which reminded her of the sugar cane communities she had grown up in. Her photographic interest sharpened when she discovered a cantina that housed a brothel and in 2005 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship that allowed her to further develop this body of work.

Caffery wields a painterly use of light and dark in her depiction of the pain and turmoil that surrounds these women. She neither judges, nor makes a statement about them. The depth of expression in these images echoes the darkness these women endure. Caffery is singular in her ability to create a beautiful image, while still evoking this weight of existence.

Debbie Fleming Caffery’s other monographs include: Carry Me Home (Smithsonian, 1990), The Shadows (Twin Palms Press, 2002) and Polly (Twin Palms Press, 2004). During her 30 year career her work has been collected by numerous museums including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; New Orleans Museum of Art; George Eastman House in Rochester; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France.

Signed books available
Caffery, Debbie Fleming. The Spirit & The Flesh.
(Radius Books, 2009) $60
Hardcover with dust jacket, 12 x 11 inches, 96 pages, 64 Duotone illustrations,
Limited edition of 40 $1200
Includes 2 signed and numbered gelatin silver prints of Gabriela, 1999 and Smoking Torso, 1996 with a signed book in a clamshell box.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 to 6 p.m. & by appointment

Monday, May 18, 2009

A new blog at the New York Times

The New York Times has launched a new blog called LENS. It is off to a tremedous start already with chatter all over the internet.

From the blog:
"Lens is the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows. A showcase for Times photographers, it also seeks to highlight the best work of other newspapers, magazines and news and picture agencies; in print, in books, in galleries, in museums and on the Web. And it will draw on The Times's own pictorial archive, numbering in the millions of images and going back to the early 20th century."

For me, I like seeing contemporary work right next to work from their archive.

My favorite so far is Fred R. Conrad's "Slow Photography in an Instantaneous Age".

Be sure to bookmark the blog. It's that good.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Congrats to Josh !!!

This afternoon, Fraction co-founder Joshua Spees is getting married to the lovely Julia Sapir.

I am so happy for them and wish them all of the best....



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Issue 7 - the anniversary issue

It's been a year now since Josh and I brainstormed about what Fraction would become. But we did not do it alone. We owe much gratitude and thanks to everyone who has ever agreed to work with us. Mary Goodwin at the beginning. The always awesome Melanie McWhorter.
But we owe the most to all of the photographers who helped us get here. Thank you for your support, your incredible work, and the chance for us to promote you.

Be sure to check out the contributing artists on our links page.

Here's to another year. Stayed tuned because there are great things ahead.

Again, thank you so much.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fraction back in action!

Issue 7 is up and ready.

Check it out!

Ellen Rennard : The Downs at Albuquerque

Mark my words, Ellen Rennard's project The Downs at Albuquerque is going to be big.

She was just nominated for a book project at the 2009 New York Photo Festival .

When this work breaks, she will be big. The work is that good.

Make sure you check her out now.

Congrats to Ellen

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fraction under construction?

The site will be down for the next 24 hours or so as we clean up some files and prepare for the new issue to come out. We have made some changes to the site and need some time to get it working properly as well as do a major spring cleaning of the mess on the server that has come to be known as Fraction over the past year. We wanted to update everything and give it a new feel for our one year anniversary issue.

As always thanks for looking and be on the lookout for the announcement here when we are back up and running with a new issue, six new artists, and some new book reviews.

Writing book reviews

I've never been one who could make it through an entire New Yorker book review. I just want the meat and potatoes. Simply put, is the book worth buying?

So when I wrote the reviews for the upcoming anniversary issue (issue 7), I made the reviews as simple as I could. A little bit of detail about the author, and a bunch about the book, and whether or not you should buy it.

I am sure the reviews will be too short for a lot of people, but I think it would be just right for a whole lot more.


Friday, May 8, 2009

American Youth

Redux Pictures, a commercial and editorial photo agency based in New York City, will be releasing a new book, showcasing their stable of talent, called American Youth.

They have an impressive list of photographers and the book looks to be top notch.

Have a preview here...

American Youth May Gallery - Images by Redux Pictures

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A tribute to Don Worth

Don Worth, Tropical Leaves, Hoffmannia Reflugens, Mill Valley, California, 1977

Scott Nichols Gallery will be hosting, A Tribute to Don Worth (1924-2009), Influences and the Influenced. The exhibition will be on view from April 16th through May 30th, 2009. Please join us for a reception honoring Don's legacy, Saturday May 9th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Don Worth was a professor at SFSU (San Francisco State) for over thirty years and I have come across many of his students who all had great things to say. The exhibition will include photographs from Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Wynn Bullock, Mark Citret, Imogen Cunningham, Lyle Gomes, Leland Rice, Alan Ross, Brett Weston, Edward Weston, Jack Welpott and Minor White.

Scott Nichols Gallery - 49 Geary Street, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108 -

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Joërg Colbergs Conscientious

Joërg's main site has crashed due to a serious meltdown with his host, which has lead to a metldown with Joërg. I can't even imagine.

Anyway, he has created a temporary blog, conscientious in limbo, so if you need your Colberg fix, that is the place. For now.

Good luck Joërg.

Tim Rudman: The Colorful World of Black and White

The colorful world of black and white
Tim Rudman Photography (Upper Gallery)19 May – 26 July 2009
on Thursday 21 May 2009.

Tim Rudman, an internationally respected photographer, printer, author and authority on darkroom printing and toning techniques is to present a stunning selection of photographic works in the Upper Gallery of The Lightbox in May.
Rudman began his love-affair with photography in the 1960’s as a self-taught enthusiast whilst studying Medicine in London. It was in these early years that he grew accustomed to darkroom life and developed his distinctive Black and White printing style. Over the decades his artistic flare for photography superseded his other hobbies and with this transition came great success. Today, Tim Rudman is most famous for his pioneering work in the beautiful process of Lith Printing, of which he has been described as “The ultimate guru” by Mono Magazine, and his work and publications in this field are held to be primarily responsible for its current popularity as a photographic art form around the world. His work has been won international awards, is collected in the UK, Europe, the United States, Australia and Russia and is represented in a number of permanent collections worldwide.

Additional to his creative talent as a photographer, Rudman is also a writer and lecturer and conducts darkroom workshops across the world. He has published four books on photographic printing and toning techniques and is a multiple Fellow in Photography and the Arts. His involvements have spanned from Chairman of The London Salon of Photography, to founding member and subsequent Chairman of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain’s Distinctions Panel for Photographic Printing.

Tim Rudman’s photographic prints are individually hand crafted in the darkroom using silver gelatin materials processed to the highest archival standards and toned mainly with selenium, gold and sulphides for aesthetic appeal and archival permanence. The exhibition at The Lightbox will feature a striking collection of these prints from across the spectrum of Rudman’s creative career. The Lightbox is proud to host the works from such an esteemed creative talent and expects a promising reaction to the exhibition from photographic enthusiasts and everyday viewers.

Tim Rudman will give an illustrated talk on his photographic works and techniques on Thursday 21 May 2009. Doors open at 6.30pm, event starts at 7.00pm. Advanced booking required. £6 adults, £4 concessions (admission charge includes a glass of wine). Please contact The Lightbox,
Open TueSat: 10am – 5pm
Free entry
For further press information and images contact Hannah Vernon, PR and Press Officer, The Lightbox on 01483 737810

Transmutations at Michael Mazzeo

©Caleb Charland

May 13 - June 20
Transmutations: Abstractions in Nature
Featuring: Caleb Charland, Christian Erroi, Sebastian Lemm, Yong Hee Kim, Chris McCaw
Opening Reception Wednesday, May 13 - 8PM

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ponit Lobos Project

w w w . f i n e a r t b a s e . o r g

fine art base invites you to an opening reception for the point lobos project,
a photography exhibition inspired by Point Lobos. Featuring the work of artists
David Molesky, Christina Riley, Lucy Jodlowska, and many others,
the point lobos project compels viewers to see this historic location from multiple perspectives in a new way.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kodak Compensation

From PDN:

Kodak paid its CEO $8.6 million (including $264,143 in personal aircraft usage) while the company laid off thousands of employees.

Yesterday the company announced that CEO Antonio M. Perez will take a 15% salary cut. Other Kodak senior leadership are taking a 10% salary cut and the board of directors will reduce their cash compensation by 10% for the rest of the year.

Kodak is looking to save money wherever it can. All U.S.-based Kodak employees will have to take a week off without pay between now and the end of the year. And Kodak has suspended its stock dividend.

Sales were down 29% at Kodak in the first quarter of 2009 compared to 2008, as the recession resulted in lower demand for almost all categories of imaging products. For all of 2009, Kodak expects digital revenue to decline 6% to 12% and overall revenue to decline 12% to 18%.