Monday, June 29, 2009

Call for Entry: 2009 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography

2009 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography
Deadline July 14, 2009

Theme:
All subjects are eligible.

Eligibility:
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.

Juror: Andy Adams
Andy Adams is the editor/publisher of Flak Photo, a contemporary photography website that celebrates the art of publishing photography online. Flak Photo provides unique opportunities for artists and photography organizations to share their work with a burgeoning online photographic community and highlights new series work, book projects and gallery exhibitions from established and emerging photographers. Recent features include 3030 Press' New Photography in China, Humble Arts Foundation's 31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography, Hamburger Eyes Photo Magazine's Inside Burgerworld, the Photographic Resource Center's EXPOSURE: The Annual PRC Juried Exhibition, Big City Press' Hijacked, Volume One: Australia & America, and David Wright + Ethan Jones' Pause to Begin.

Read more at The Center for Fine Art Photography.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Want to learn platinum printing from one of the best?

Scott B Davis will be teaching a platinum printing workshop in Yosemite National Park, August 12-16.

From the Ansel Adams workshop website:
"This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of making fine platinum prints. Students will learn how to select appropriate images for platinum printing, how to make paper choices unique to individual images, and learn the fundamentals of printing in this exquisite process.We will work with digital and analog approaches to platinum printing, while focusing on techniques to make prints with repeatable results.

Students are encouraged to bring existing negatives suitable for platinum, or bring digital files to use for platinum printing. You will come away from the workshop with a complete understanding of the process, as well as the confidence to make beautiful platinum prints after the workshop is complete. Special emphasis will be placed on de-mystifying the printing process, and using basic techniques which can be applied in the home studio. Students are encouraged to take advantage of a field session in the valley. Informal portfolio reviews will help guide students in image selection, and focusing on making landscape photographs with personal resonance.

Born in 1971, SCOTT DAVIS completed a BFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. The son of a private pilot, he developed ideas about landscape at an early age. Davis prefers spaces that are quiet, complex, and generally overlooked. Working largely at night, often in unremarkable wilderness corridors, his photographs broaden the language of landscape photography.

Scott Davis began photographing the desert at night in 1997 as a means of exploring all aspects of landscape, not just the flattering light and favorable hours sought by many photographers. His night work diminishes landscape features and allows human settlement to define each space. Central to his philosophy is the belief that no single truth exists about landscape. This idea is carried into several bodies of work, generating photographs that equally consider light, dark, human and natural elements.

Davis began using a view camera in 1994. He quickly found this tool complemented his pace, and best expressed his intentions. In 2002 he built a 16" x 20" view camera. The choice to use an unusually large camera was based on the desire to make large platinum prints, and to work slowly in an increasingly fast-paced world. His use of this camera is not about achieving technical perfection or making a statement relative to size.

Currently Scott Davis is working on a series of night photographs in Los Angeles and Tucson. His work has been collected internationally and exhibited throughout the United States, and in Japan."

More details here.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Do you make editions?

One of the Fraction photographers recently asked me about editions. He currently sells his work in editions but a potential buyer criticized his edition structure and pricing. For me, I am unsure about editions and don't print my work in editions.

So, I would love to hear about what other photographers.

Do you print in editions? If so, why?

Is the edition limited to size?

Does the price increase with each sold print?

If you do not print/sell in editions, why not?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Phase One buys Leaf

Digital back maker Phase One buys it's competition, Leaf, then enters into some intellectual property agreement with Kodak.

What the hell is going on?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Register now for Fotofest

If you think you are ready for a serious portfolio review, be sure to sign up for Fotofest by July 13. The review takes place March 12 to April 1 in 2010.

Go here for more info.

MP3 Volume 2


Many of you remember and probably even own a copy of MP3 Volume 1, The Midwest Photographers Publication Project. Volume 2 is on its way with work from Curtis Mann, John Opera, and Stacia Yeapanis. Here is the schedule of the events to go along with it.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS TALK: Curtis Mann, John Opera, and Stacia Yeapanis
July 23, 2009
Join us as the three MP3II artists talk about their work on view. Thursday, 5:30pm @ MoCP…

PORTFOLIO SHARING & NETWORKING EVENT
July 30, 2009
Mingle and share your work with fellow regional artists and museum staff. This event is open to MoCP Midwest Photographers Project Artists and museum members. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Closing Reception and Book Signing: MP3II
September 10, 2009 | Details
Please join us for a closing reception for the exhibition MP3II. MP3 artists Curtis Mann, John Opera, and Stacia Yeapanis will be present to sign copies of their newly released trio of books, MP3, Volume 2. Thursday, 5 - 7pm…

Monday, June 22, 2009

LACDA INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION

LACDA INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION
DigitalArt.LA 2009

Jurors:
Rita Gonzalez
Curator of Contemporary Art, L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Rex Bruce
Director, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

Enter our juried competition for digital art, digital photography, video and new media. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to their creation are acceptable. We accept digital art stills of any kind, digital photogaphy, short experimental time-based video, video loops, 3D and all other digital video animations, mobile media and interactive new media or internet art (net.art) works of any kind.

The competition is international, and open to all geographic locations.

Video, interactive and new media are accepted by DVD/CD. Internet art (net.art) entries are viewed at their original URL. Still image entries are acceped by jpeg upload. Still image winners are printed by the gallery for exhibition to eliminate the need for shipping, especially for international artists.

The selected winners will be exhibited as the central focus of the "DigitalArt.LA" expo in a large group exhibit at the LACDA gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists. The expo runs August 14-16 (concurrent with and promoted by the Downtown Art Walk and the Downtown Film Festival). The winners exhibit will remain in the gallery August 14-September 6.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to exhibit alongside top institutions and have your work viewed by a LACMA curator!

All entries are given special consideration for exhibiting at LACDA and outside exhibitions where we are featured. Artists participating in our competitions form the pool of artists from which we select the vast majority of those featured at LACDA and are often considered by our associated network of galleries and curators. Proceeds from the competition support these gallery programs and the DigitalArt.LA expo. Juror Rex Bruce has curated and participated in over 75 exhibits since the founding of LACDA in 2004 and is internationally recognized as a leader and expert in the field.

Timeline and Registration Instructions:

Deadline for entries: July 20, 2009
Winners announced: July 27, 2009
Exhibit Dates: August 13-September 5, 2009

Reception for the artists: Thursday August 13, 2009, 7-9pm
in conjunction with Downtown Art Walk and DigitalArt.LA

Registration fee is $30US.

Multiple entries in multiple categories are permitted, additional $30 entry fee for each three images, or single video or single interactive/new media/net.art entry.

Online registration only. No exceptions.
More Info here

Kodak Kills Kodachrome

After being made for 74 years, Kodak announced today that Kodachrome will no longer be made.

From the press release:

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 22 -- Eastman Kodak Company announced today that it will retire KODACHROME Color Film this year, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.

Sales of KODACHROME Film, which became the world’s first commercially successful color film in 1935, have declined dramatically in recent years as photographers turned to newer KODAK Films or to the digital imaging technologies that Kodak pioneered. Today, KODACHROME Film represents just a fraction of one percent of Kodak’s total sales of still-picture films.

“KODACHROME Film is an iconic product and a testament to Kodak’s long and continuing leadership in imaging technology,” said Mary Jane Hellyar, President of Kodak’s Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment Group. "It was certainly a difficult decision to retire it, given its rich history. However, the majority of today's photographers have voiced their preference to capture images with newer technology – both film and digital. Kodak remains committed to providing the highest-performing products – both film and digital – to meet those needs."

While Kodak now derives about 70% of its revenues from commercial and consumer digital businesses, it is the global leader in the film business. Kodak has continued to bring innovative new film products to market, including seven new professional still films and several new VISION2 and VISION3 motion picture films in the past three years.These new still film products are among those that have become the dominant choice for those professional and advanced amateur photographers who use KODAK Films.

Among the well-known professional photographers who used KODACHROME Film is Steve McCurry, whose picture of a young Afghan girl captured the hearts of millions of people around the world as she peered hauntingly from the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1985.

As part of a tribute to KODACHROME Film, Kodak will donate the last rolls of the film to George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, which houses the world’s largest collection of cameras and related artifacts. McCurry will shoot one of those last rolls and the images will be donated to Eastman House.

“The early part of my career was dominated by KODACHROME Film, and I reached for that film to shoot some of my most memorable images,” said McCurry. “While KODACHROME Film was very good to me, I have since moved on to other films and digital to create my images. In fact, when I returned to shoot the ‘Afghan Girl’ 17 years later, I used KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film E100VS to create that image, rather than KODACHROME Film as with the original.”

For all of its magic, KODACHROME is a complex film to manufacture and an even more complex film to process. There is only one remaining photofinishing lab in the world – Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas – that processes KODACHROME Film, precisely because of the difficulty of processing. This lack of widespread processing availability, as well as the features of newer films introduced by Kodak over the years, has accelerated the decline of demand for KODACHROME Film.

During its run, KODACHROME Film filled a special niche in the annals of the imaging world. It was used to capture some of the best-known photographs in history, while also being the film of choice for family slide shows of the Baby Boom generation.

To celebrate the film’s storied history, Kodak has created a gallery of iconic images, including the Afghan girl and other McCurry photos, as well as others from professional photographers Eric Meola and Peter Guttman on its website: www.kodak.com/go/kodachrometribute. Special podcasts featuring McCurry and Guttman will also be featured on the website.

Kodak estimates that current supplies of KODACHROME Film will last until early this fall at the current sales pace. Dwayne’s Photo has indicated it will continue to offer processing for the film through 2010. Current KODACHROME Film users are encouraged to try other KODAK Films, such as KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME E100G and EKTAR 100 Film. These films both feature extremely fine grain. For more information, please visit www.kodak.com/go/professional.

About Kodak

As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.

To learn more, visit http://www.kodak.com and follow our blogs and more at http://www.kodak.com/go/followus.

More than 70 million people worldwide manage, share and create photo gifts online at KODAK Gallery --join for free today at www.kodakgallery.com.



MoCP Michael Wolf print


The Transparent City 87A, 2009
C-print
14 × 18 inches on 16 × 20 inch paper
Edition of 50 + 10 AP
MoCP is back with another Michael Wolf print.
"Due to overwhelming demand, the Museum of Contemporary Photography is pleased to offer an additional print from artist Michael Wolf’s The Transparent City series, as part of the 2009 Fine Print Program. The prints are $300 each plus $15 shipping within the US."

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The New Topographics Show hits the road

The ground breaking photography show from 1975, The New Topographics is being recreated for an international tour. This show certainly had an effect on the way people looked at photography, including collectors and curators. The show includes work by Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel Jr.

If you have a chance to see it, I would highly recommend it. I am hoping a new catalog is reproduced so that I can stop wanting an original copy that is now selling for $1000.

(addendum: apparently a book will be re-issued. see it here.)

Read more here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

William Eggleston on NPR

There is a great little interview and slide show on NPR.

Well worth the time.

Go here.

Flak / Blurb contest extended

Deadline extended! Flak Photo's Blurb Photography Book Workshop giveaway closes SAT, JUN 20 at 12 AM CST. http://is.gd/14sLb

Thursday, June 18, 2009

PDN Seeks Submissions For: The Concerned Photographer

From PDN Pulse:
PDN's September issue will be devoted to celebrating The Concerned Photographer, highlighting photographers or photo organizations that have lent their time and talents to affecting positive change. We'll be looking at both community-based and international projects, independent efforts and works done in partnership with charities and NGOs. They will be selected by the PDN editors on the basis of originality, ingenuity and in particular their impact. All projects must have been underway from June 2008 to present. To nominate a project or photographer, send sample images or a URL, a brief mission statement and a summary of the project's impact and outcome to: editor@pdnonline.com.

Go get this - Allison V Smith's new 'zine


Allison V Smith, who was featured in Fraction Issue 5 (the PhotoNOLA issue) has a new 'zine out. This is number 3. I have number 2 and can honestly say that I love it. For $22.50 plus shipping, you can't really go wrong.

Check it out http://www.superficialsnapshots.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Un-Natural Nature of Food: New Group Show on Fraction

Many of my friends tend to cringe when I start talking about my copy of How to Survive in the Wilderness and my reasoning about eating meat -- "If I can't kill it, I should not eat it". With books like The Omnivore's Dilemma or Fast Food Nation, and films like Food, Inc., it's clear this pattern of thinking is happening on a broad scale, and I am perhaps more susceptible to suggestion than I like to think.-- from the curator's statement, The Un-Natural Nature of Food


I am pleased to present my second group show with Fraction Magazine, titled The Un-Natural Nature of Food. Curating for this show and the previous Dress Show for the internet has some of the same restrictions associated with a physical location, but also allows for more interactive dialogue rarely afforded in a three-dimensional space. The curator adds another layer of meaning to the works by placing them in context with other pieces. I am appreciative to all the photographers who graciously submitted images into my hands.


This exhibit includes the work of

Jonathan Blaustein
Micah Beree
John Cranford
Adrain Chesser
Jake Chessum
Jason Demarte
Dornith Doherty
Jonathan Feinstein
Taj Forer
Cynthia Greig
Gabriela Herman
Hin Chua
Jason Houston
Melissa Kaseman
Erika Larsen
Ben Lerman
Amanda Lucidon/The Press Enteprise
Paho Mann
Justin Maxon
Mark Menjivar
Kevin Miyazaki
Dan Nelken
Colleen Plumb

Susana Raab
Paul Salveson
Lex Thompson
Jerry Uelsmann
Brian Ulrich
Nicholas Vroman
Natalie Young


FRACTION Magazine on twitter

Want to follow us or have us follow you on twitter ?

Check us out.

http://twitter.com/FractionMag

ACP Portfolio Review Registration

The registration for Atlanta Celebrates Photography portfolio review opens today and runs until July 10. Looks to be a great event.

For more details go here.

Nova Gallery now open

PRESS RELEASE
Issued: 16th June 2009

Nova Gallery - Open for Business
A new online gallery with a difference...
Nova Gallery, a new online gallery featuring limited edition, contemporary fine art photography from up-and-coming photographers launches today.
The philosophy behind the gallery is three-fold:
1) To help up-and-coming photographers gain some exposure and sell prints
2) Make contemporary photography more accessible and collectable
3) Utilise the power of photography as a catalyst for positive social change
And the difference? Nova prints will be available from just £19 + postage - making them accessible to everyone. In addition, for every photo that's sold, the Gallery will donate 10% of the sale price to a charitable cause.
Katherine Howells, Events and Corporate Fundraising Manager at the charity PhotoVoice, one of the charities which Nova Gallery are supporting says: "Photography has a significant role to play in inspiring people to make positive social change and can give a voice to those who would otherwise go unheard. We're delighted that Nova Gallery has chosen to support PhotoVoice and we look forward to exploring ways in which we can work together."
Three photographs will be on offer from the 16th. Three more photographs will be offered from July 7th. After the launch period a new photograph will be made available every two weeks. Each photograph is part of a limited edition exclusive to Nova and comes with a numbered certificate signed by the artist.

The first three featured photographers are:
Peter Baker - http://www.novagallery.co.uk/peter_baker.htm
Hin Chua - http://www.novagallery.co.uk/hin_chua.htm
Mark Wickens - http://www.novagallery.co.uk/mark_wickens.htm
Simon Courcha, Gallery Partner says: "At Nova we are passionate about contemporary photography. And we want to give everyone the chance to collect great prints. We've gone out of our way to persuade some fine photographers to share some of their best work - exclusively. We will offer a range of photographic styles, representing the best of up-and-coming contemporary art photography. All will be printed on quality media and most will be available in three sizes. All will be eminently collectable."

ENDS
Further Information
For up-to-date news Nova Gallery has a blog.
Print resolution copies of all featured photographs are available for editorial use.
The Nova Gallery maintains a mailing list.
The Nova partners are Andy Newson and Simon Courcha

Great art.
Good causes.
Fantastic Prices.

That's Nova.

What's not to like?

From 16th June 2009...

Andy Newson & Simon Courcha
Gallery Partners
Nova Gallery
Great art. Good causes. Fantastic prices. What's not to like?
http://www.novagallery.co.uk
simon@novagallery.co.uk
+44 (0) 1825 760250

Land / Art at Richard Levy

Land / Art at Richard Levy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Air cube +
a global perspective


June 19 - August 28, 2009
Reception: August 1, 6-8pm

The Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present our inaugural LAND/ART show, Air Cube +, a global perspective. Selected from hundreds of proposals from around the world this exhibition showcases the art of six contemporary environmental artists including: Lisa K. Blatt/San Francisco, Ben Delevoye/Paris, Nicole Dextras/Vancouver, Diagram/Stockholm, Katie Holten/New York and Christine Weir/Los Angeles.

Air cube +, a global perspective, focuses on the transient relationship between nature and man. Each artist explores and manipulates the environment in very diverse ways. Lisa K. Blatt investigates the subtle beauty of a sprawling, uninhabited landscape, in her White Sands video. Katie Holten’s elegant installation Old News (Ghost Forrest) of charred dead trees is comprise solely from wire, newspaper and ink, and questions the very notion of what it means to be ‘natural’. Christine Weir’s graphite drawings illuminate bodies of water in New Mexico as seen from Google Earth, while Ben Delevoye’s Air Cube showcases the element that sustains us all. These artists celebrate all aspects of the land while also pointing out the fragility of it.

Nicole Dextras’ photographs of fabric encased in ice create delicate, captivating, and beautiful images that highlight transient coexistence between man and the natural world. Diagram’s miniature model landscape, Hurry, on the other hand, depicts human impact on the environment with an impending sense of doom. Air Cube +, a global perspective exemplifies a new wave of artists who are finding innovative, conceptual ways to address the fleeting landscape around us.

Project Room

The project room exhibition is a selcetion of landscape paintings by Matthew McConville. Painted in the Hudson River School style, McConville’s Earthworks, directly reference contemporary land art. These paintings, steeped with social critique and art historical reference, are cleverly constructed and beautifully rendered.

Images for this exhibition can be found on our website: www.levygallery.com.

Reception: Saturday, August 1, 6-8pm
Dates: June 19 – August 28, 2009
Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat., 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Monday by appointment only
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: 505.766.9888, info@levygallery.com

Flak Photo Contest - the end is near

Flak Photo has a cool little contest going where the prize is a pass to Blurb's Photography Book Workshop. The deadline is Friday June 19.
More details at the Flak Facebook page... http://is.gd/14sLb

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

MoCP collection online!

MoCP now has their permanent collection online. Definitely worth a few hours of your time.

"Did you know that the MoCP has a permanent collection of nearly 10,000 photographs?

The entire collection is now viewable online, complete with images and information about many of the artists. You can browse by artist, search for particular works, and even save your own groupings after creating a user account!"

Visit the collection online now! http://collections.mocp.org

Mail Order Film Developers part 2

Quite a while back I posted on having your film, C41 or E-6, sent out to be developed as the availability for medium and large format developing is dwindling. Recently in Santa Fe I came across another place, Visions Photo Lab, who still develops both and does quite a good job. I just had three rolls of medium format E-6 done and they did a wonderful job for about $7 a roll with tax. I thought I would add them to the list and re-list the rest in case anyone is interested.


Visions Photo Lab - Santa Fe, New Mexico


Photo Craft Imaging - Denver Colorado

Praus Productions - Rochester New York

E Six Lab - Atlanta Georgia

Denver Digital Imaging Center - Denver Colorado

Digi Graphics- Fort Collins Colorado

Calypso Imaging - Santa Cruz California

A and I - Los Angeles California

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fraction back in action!

Fraction should be up and running again!!! Sorry to all of you who came to visit and couldn't find us.

Fraction will be back momentarily

Our hosting service has experienced a power outage and is on the move to get it back up as fast as possible. Unbelievably they have been very forthcoming in their information and the cause of the problem. Now it is only a wait to see how long it takes to come back. Hopefully we will not be in the same boat as Joerg was with the Conscientious blog.

You are not crazy

No you are not crazy. Fraction Magazine is down at the moment. I think it is just a temporary interruption and our host should have it up and running shortly. Sorry but that is technology folks.

Friday, June 12, 2009

CPW and the Photography Now

Tomorrow night is the opening reception for the Photography Now 2009 show.


"The Center for Photography at Woodstock's annual juried exhibition, Photography Now 2009, presents the newest voices in photography spanning the globe! Juror Charlotte Cotton selected eight photographers from over 320 applicants, whose work crosses boundaries, charts new territory, and exemplifies what is new and now in photography in 2009!"
PHOTOGRAPHY 2009 will be on view in CPW’s main gallery from June 10 through July 26, 2009.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 13th from 5-7pm.


address 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY 12498
telephone 845-679-9957 fax 845-679-6337
email info@cpw.org

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Issue 8 - the "BIG" issue due out in July

The July issue is just about organized and we think you will be blown away by what we have to show you. This time around, Fraction gets big with seven terrific photographers.

Stay tuned for the details.

Arcadia at ClampArt

©Lori Nix "Paradise" 2004


Arcadia
A group exhibition including artworks by Aziz + Cucher, Olaf Otto Becker, Stan Gaz, Karen Gunderson, Christopher Harris, Mark Jaremko, Lori Nix, Arthur Tress, Stephen Wilkes, Frank Yamrus, and Marc Yankus

June 11 - August 14, 2009

ClampArt
www.clampart.com

521-531 West 25th Street
Ground Floor
New York City 10001
646.230.0020 T

Thekla Ehling and Etsuko Ichikawa at Randall Scott Gallery



Thekla Ehling
Sommerherz

Etsuko Ichikawa
Glass Pyrographs

June 12th-July 11th

Artist's Reception
Friday, June 12th 7pm-9pm
see more of their work
Thekla Ehling
Etsuko Ichikawa

Thekla Ehling
Sommerherz Book Signing

Saturday, June 13th
4pm-6pm

The Exposure Project - Issue 4

For those of you who still love to look at photography in a hand holdable form, Ben Alper and the Exposure Project are back with a new installment.....

The Exposure Project is pleased to announce that Issue 4 of The Exposure Project Book
will be available for purchase in the middle of July.

The Exposure Project Book - Issue 4
July 2009

Includes photographs by Chris Bentley, Rona Chang, Daniel Farnum, Elizabeth Fleming, Lee Gainer, Matthew Genitempo, Inka Lindergård & Niclas Holmström, Natascha Libbert, Bradley Peters, Carlo Van de Roer, Daniel Shea, Manuel Vazquez, Jens Windolf, Susan Worsham and Bahar Yurukoglu

With an essay by Brian Ulrich

The book is being released in both regular and special editions. You can find more specific edition information here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Michael P. Smith Grant for Documentary Photography

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lori Waselchuk
225-907-6695
MPSFund@neworleansphotoalliance.org

Jeff L. Rosenheim of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be Inaugural Juror for the Michael P. Smith Grant for Documentary Photography

New Orleans, LA (June 9, 2009) – The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is proud to announce that Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator, Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY, will be the inaugural juror of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund). This fund, established by NOPA to honor the legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, will award one $5,000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance will award one $5000 grant annually to a photographer residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Both emerging and established photographers are eligible to apply. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. NOPA will accept grant applications beginning June 1, 2009 and ending September 1, 2009. NOPA will announce the winner during this year’s PhotoNOLA festival in December 2009. For submission guidelines and to download an application form, visit the Michael P. Smith Fund’s website at http://www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.

Michael P. Smith (1937–2008), a New Orleans native and award-winning professional freelance photographer, spent a lifetime capturing the music, culture and folk life of New Orleans and Louisiana. Smith photographed every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 2004, when he was honored with a major exhibition at the Fair Grounds. In a brilliant career that spanned more than four decades, Smith was an inspiration, a role model and a mentor to many photographers in New Orleans and beyond.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is a diverse group of photographers who joined forces in 2006 to create unity and opportunity for photographers in the Gulf South. NOPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that currently includes more than 400 members from across Louisiana and the United States. Since its inception, NOPA has sponsored photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs. It also coordinates PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival held each December at venues throughout New Orleans.

For more information, contact Lori Waselchuk at 225-907-6695 or visit the MPS Fund’s website http://www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Gallery Hours: Fri 3-6, Sat & Sun 12-4

Monday, June 8, 2009

Name Dropping after Review Santa Fe

It's now been about a day since the review and it's time to let you see what I saw. All in all, the work was terrific and I am thrilled and grateful that the following artists wanted my help and opinion about their work. I saw 27 portfolios and over 500 photographs in about 14 hours.

Please take some time to check out the following artists:
(this is the order in which they were reviewed)

Shelley Calton
Angela Bacon-Kidwell
Ian van Coller
Kerry Mansfield
Polly Gaillard
Yoichi Nagata
Dave Jordano
Stephen Gelb
Lane Collins

Katrina d'Autremont
Brad Moore
Stefanie Motta
Karen Lenz
Carolyn Count
Jeffris Elliot
Brook Reynolds
Aline Smithson
Leslie Alsheimer

Brian Buckley
Jennifer Ray
Scott Dalton
David Gardner
Jimmy Lam
Melissa Kaseman
Cori Chandler-Pepelnjak
Kevin Miyazaki
Ashley Craig

thanks again....david bram

PDN and the jury

The bloggers are abuzz with the latest accounts of PDN and the story of their latest jury.

See it here.


See more of it here


and here

The New York Times published an interesting story
this Sunday that has to do with this. The story details the lives of both Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor and their experiences with affirmative action. Definitely worth the read.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Home from Review Santa Fe

I am just getting settled after a busy four days. The review was terrific and I have a lot to write about. I will post a full review, of the review, in a day or so. I have a lot to process and think about.

Please stay tuned.

...david

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Two photographers to look at now

I had the pleasure of meeting Yoichi Nagata and his wife Celine Wu at Review Santa Fe. Yoichi's work is surreal and honestly, something I would not normally be interested in but there is something fascinating about it.
Celine quietly showed me her work separately during the open portfolio review and it is stunning as well.
I am hoping to feature them both on Fraction in the very near future.

In the meantime, have a look at their work.
Yoichi Nagata
Celine Wu

Friday, June 5, 2009

At Review Santa Fe

I am at Review Santa Fe and having a great time.

The work has been terrific and I am looking forward to the 18 reviews I have to do tomorrow.

To see some photos of the photographers, check out my blog.

I am thrilled at the feedback I have been getting about Fraction and the job that we have been doing. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support.

Great things to come.

James Friedman interview

Featured in Issue 7 of Fraction was photographer James Friedman with his series "Pleasures and Terrors of Kissing".

James was recently interviewed on the blog Two Way Lens by Michael Werner.

You can read the interview here

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dan Winters Periodical Photographs


Dan Winters
Periodical Photographs
Talk, Book Signing, and Reception

Join top editorial photographer Dan Winters on the occasion of the release of his highly anticipated first monograph, Periodical Photographs (Aperture, May 2009). Winters will discuss his illustrious career working for America's most prestigious magazines, and sign copies of his book, followed by a reception. With an emphasis on his iconic portraiture, Periodical Photographs considers the body of work of a photographer whose unique sensibility is both adaptable and instantly recognizable.

Thursday, June 11, 6:30 pm

FREE

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Holly Roberts and Jonathan Blaustein Talk at Zane Bennett

For Immediate Release

Please join us on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm for talks by Photographer/Mixed Media Artist Holly Roberts and Photographer Jonathan Blaustein. Holly Roberts will discuss her new work, prior to the reception of her show Anomalous Tales, which opens on June 12, 2009 from 5-8:30 pm. Jonathan Blaustein will discuss his series The Value of a Dollar, from 2008, and his most recent body of work, Romeo.

Holly Roberts is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist, currently residing in Corrales, New Mexico. Roberts began her career as a photographer, but then began painting on her photographs. She now has reversed this process and applies pieces of her photographs on top of a painted surface. Her mixed media collages reflect a darkly humorous way of looking at the world. Roberts’ work illustrates archetypal emotional and psychological states. Her subject matter ranges from the internal to a wider worldview, and touches on religion, technology and the environment.

Jonathan Blaustein, of Taos, NM, is an emerging photographer who also teaches at the University of New Mexico, Taos. His current work examines the intersection of economics, commodification and consumption in our Globalized Era. The Value of a Dollar, depicts food items as they were sold, (minus packaging) without styling, retouching, or artificial lighting. Each image represents a dollar’s worth of food purchased from various markets in New Mexico. Blaustein’s most current work Romeo, sheds light on the disconnect between cow and steak in America. Shot in the small town of Romeo, Colorado, it depicts the brutally real process though which cows become food.

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
435 South Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Contact: Emily Gergasko, Office Manager 505.982.8111

Doug DuBois at Aperture

Join photographer Doug DuBois as he discusses work from his highly anticipated first monograph Doug DuBois: All the Days and Nights (Aperture, June 2009), a poignant and emotionally tense photographic memoir of the artist’s family taken over a period of more than twenty years. DuBois offers a potent examination of family relations, and what it means to subject personal relationships to the unblinking eye of the camera.

Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 pm

FREE

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Fl.4
between 10th & 11th Avenues
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Debbie Fleming Caffery at Photo Eye



For those of you getting here early for Review Santa Fe, stop by Photo Eye and take a look at Debbie's amazing work.

The Spirit and The Flesh
Debbie Fleming Caffery

Exhibition and Booksigning
Thursday , June 4th, 2009
5-7

Photo Eye Gallery
376 A Garcia Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico