Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Sunday Night Question

Has your MFA in art or photography made you a better photographer?

Nymphoto Art for Haiti







The Art for Haiti auction will be coordinated by eBay Giving Works and 100% of the proceeds will go to Partners in Health. The auction & print sale will begin now through March 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM (EST).

Partners in Health is a recognized non-profit organization that, over the course of 20 years, has established 12 medical non-profit facilities in Haiti. Partners in Health is committed to continue to work with the people of Haiti for better health care.

It has been only a month since the earthquake in Haiti, but the press is already beginning to slow down its coverage, which is why the Nymphoto Collective has organized this online auction. The Haitian people have a very long road ahead to recovery. The artists participating in this fundraiser want to show their solidarity and let the Haitian people know that they will continue to support them in the months and years ahead. Some of the participating artists have family and friends in Haiti, and some have built relationships with the Haitian people and culture through photography.

Work by (in alphabetical order by last name) Keliy Anderson-Staley, Nina Büsing Corvallo, Jeff Cate, Rona Chang, Cameron Goodyear, Candace Gottschalk, Laura Heyman, Geoffrey Hutchinson, Hee Jin Kang, Michelle Kloehn, Yijun Liao, Minette Lee Managhas, Tiana Markova-Gold, Stephen Meierding, Maria Passarotti, Suzanne Révy, Jon Shireman, Emily Shur, Brea Souders, Tema Stauffer, Julianna Swaney, Jane Tam, Hidemi Takagi and Jennifer Williams.

This eclectic group of artists has shown in museums and galleries around the world. The fundraiser offers an opportunity for collectors to acquire artwork and contribute to an important cause.



http://nymphoto.com or http://myworld.ebay.com/nymphoto_collective/ 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Is there an Alfred Stieglitz in today's photography world?

Simple.

Is there someone in today's photography art world that has as much influence over collectors and artists, as did Alfred Stieglitz about 100 years ago.

Name names and tell me why.

(as reference http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/stgp/hd_stgp.htm )

Ruben Natal-San Miguel and NY,NY: Concrete Jungle

Ruben, by far, is the man of the moment and doing lots of great things for the photographic community.  If you can, show your support for Ruben and try to make it to his show.  Click on the images below for the details.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

31 Women in Art Photography

Humble Arts and Affirmation Arts 
MEDIA ALERT

WHAT
31 Women in Art Photography
An Exhibition Curated by Charlotte Cotton and Jon Feinstein

In March 2010, in honor of Women’s History Month, Humble Arts Foundation in association with Affirmation Arts will present its second edition of 31 Women in Art Photography, a five-week exhibition celebrating 31 of the most innovative women in new art photography. The exhibition, curated by Charlotte Cotton and Jon Feinstein, will present an eclectic mix of new talent, culled from open submissions.

Founded in 2005 by amani olu and Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation is committed to promoting the work of new photo-based artists. The New York-based nonprofit serves the international art community by way of exhibition and publishing opportunities, limited-edition print sales, twice–annual artists grants, and various special projects.

The Affirmation Arts supports professionalism in the arts through exhibitions, programming and education.

THE ARTISTS

Erica Allen
Amelia Bauer
Claire Beckett
Gilda Davidian
Jessica Eaton
Carson Fisk-Vittori
Naomi Harris
Carmen Von Kende
Anna Krachey
Yvonne Lacet
Erika Larsen
Jessica Mallios
Alison Malone
S. Billie Mandle
Paula McCartney
Rachelle Mozman
Yamini Nayar
Sarah Palmer
Kristine Potter
Heather Rassmussen
Justine Reyes
Lisa Robinson
Irina Rozovsky
Sasha Rudensky
Victoria Sambunaris
Robin Schwartz
Emily Shur
Brea Souders
Rachel Sussman
Kirsten Kay Thoen
Ann Woo

WHEN
Press Preview: Thursday, March 4, 12:00–6:00 p.m., RSVP to kate@hafny.org
Exhibition on view: Saturday, March 6–Saturday, April 10, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
After Party: Saturday, March 6, 9:00 p.m.–midnight
RSVP required: rsvp@affirmationarts.com

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

WHERE
Affirmation Arts
523 West 37th Street
New York, NY
212.925.0092
www.affirmationarts.com

DIRECTIONS
A/C/E to 34th Street and 8th Avenue

MEDIA CONTACT
Kate Greenberg, 917.375.4333 or kate@hafny.org
hafny.org

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Home From Tucson

I am now home from Tucson and the New Topographics photography show at U of A.  It was a really great time with fellow travelers David Ondrik, Becky Holtzman and Jonathan Blaustein.  

We got to meet so many great people and spend a lot of time with a few as well.

I will write more tomorrow when I catch my breath.  I also have some very fun photographs to show.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Carl Zeiss on Canon 5D Mark II

Thanks to Carl Zeiss AG, I now have a 28mm f2 lens on my Canon 5D Mark II camera.  Yes it is manual focus but I seem to be pretty quick with it.

My initial impressions are this lens is extremely well built, feels good in the hands and is beautiful to look at.  It's also a great size for walking around with.

I will post some images and further impressions of the next few days.

Some things to do at Fotofest

Some things to do while at Fotofest

Monday, February 15, 2010

Joel-Peter Witkin on Flash Flood

Albuquerque resident / artist David Ondrik had the somewhat good fortune to meet and interview another Albuquerque resident / artist, Joel-Peter Witkin, in issue 5 of Flash Flood.

Be sure to check out the entire issue.

Flash Flood Issue 5

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Why ISO is the New Megapixel

Gizmodo has a great write up about the importance and new emphasis of higher ISO capabilities in digital cameras.

Read the article here.

Frank Rodick's Labyrinth of Desire



















Frank Rodick

Labyrinth of Desire: Work by Frank Rodick and Curated by Kate Ware

March 13th, 2010 to April 24th, 2010

Artist and Curator in Conversation: Sunday, March 14th at 1 pm

Deborah Colton Gallery is pleased to announce a mid-career exhibition and book surveying the photo-based work of Canadian artist Frank Rodick at Colton & Farb Gallery, Houston. Labyrinth of Desire: Work by Frank Rodick, offers an extraordinary look into the creative process of one of the field’s most interesting artists and will feature selections from his several bodies of work, from the early black-and-white images in Liquid City and sub rosa to the multiple, toned images of Arena and Faithless Grottoes. The artist’s most recent multi-media work will be shown here for the first time in a special installation within the exhibition. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the Houston-based FotoFest, founded in 1983 as the first international biennial of photography and photo-based art in the United States.

Rodick, an internationally recognized artist whose work was last seen in the United States at the Deborah Colton Gallery – in the 2008 group show Reflections and the 2007 solo show The Longest Night -- creates powerful, evocative, and sometimes controversial pictures that integrate elements of traditional photography, alternative darkroom techniques, video, and digital imaging.

In his more recent work, Rodick alters and combines images into sequenced compositions that explore the complex realm of the human psyche, probing the ambiguity of our inner lives. His juxtaposition of images mimics the imprecise and non-linear workings of our private thoughts, memories, and desires. “Hallucinatory as they might sometimes seem,” Rodick says of his work, “what I’m looking for are images that feel more intimately real than our cursory experience of everyday life, images that give a voice to the worlds that live inside us and which somehow demand witness.”

Rodick’s work has been exhibited widely throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe. His work is in the collections of numerous institutions in the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum, and the Kinsey Institute. Internationally, his work is in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa; the Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi in Belgium; the Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark; and the Museo Nacional de Bella Artes de Buenos Aires in Argentina.
The curator for the exhibition is Katherine Ware, formerly a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, who is now Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has organized exhibitions of work by contemporary photographers as well as by masters such as Harry Callahan, Man Ray, and László Moholy-Nagy. Ware’s publications include Dreaming in Black and White: Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery, Elemental Landscapes: The Photographs of Harry Callahan; In Focus: Man Ray; In Focus: László Moholy-Nagy; and essays on Man Ray, Bauhaus photography, and contemporary photography. She first encountered Rodick’s work at FotoFest in Houston and subsequently chose his work for the 2006 exhibition Discoveries of the Meeting Place. “Rodick’s relentless examination of the inner workings of the human animal never ceases to intrigue me,” Ware said. “Despite the valiant work of Dr. Freud and some of his successors, our emotional landscapes remain relatively mysterious and uncharted.”
A publication surveying Rodick’s career, with an essay by the curator, will be published by the gallery in conjunction with the exhibition.
Colton & Farb Gallery is part of Deborah Colton Gallery, which is founded on being an innovative showcase for ongoing presentation and promotion of strong historical and visionary contemporary artists world-wide, whose diverse practices include painting, works on paper, sculpture, video, photography, performance and conceptual future media installations.


For more information contact:

Deborah Colton 713.869.5151

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Robert Larson in Haiti

I honestly have no idea what to do with these pictures.  They don't quite fit with what Fraction Magazine does per se, but they are so powerful and somehow so beautiful, that I felt I needed to get these out.  Also, this work seems very, very mature considering it is coming from a 24 year old photographer; a young man named Robert Larson.

Robert has just uploaded 34 images from this project, Waiting for Haiti, to his site.  Check it out here. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample:








Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Kodak Kills Tri-X 320 in Medium Format

Due to significantly decreased sales volumes, Kodak is retiring two medium-format KODAK PROFESSIONAL TRI-X 320 Films (120 and 220) http://bit.ly/bZJRwS

They are not killing Tri-X 400.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Fraction Magazine / Radius Books Giveaway

Radius Books and Fraction Magazine are giving away six signed books.

Radius is providing three copies of Debbie Fleming Caffery's The Spirit & The Flesh and three signed copies of Michael Light's Bingham Mine / Garfield Stack.

Send an email to fractionmag@gmail.com with the title "radius book giveaway". In return, you will get a discount code to 25% off any book (including limited editions) at the Radius Books online bookstore.

The winners will be randomly drawn on March 1.

Issue 11 is now online

Issue 11 is now available for viewing.

This issue includes the work of Jonathan Blaustein, Liz Kuball, John Divola, Gordon Stettinius, and Brian Ulrich.

Mary Goodwin of Light Work, wrote a review of Hous Project's photography show, Versus.

There are also the details of the Radius Books / Fraction Magazine book giveaway.

Check out the new issue now.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Is your website iPhone / iPad friendly?

In the last week or so, I've been told by four photographers that they are redoing their websites and online portfolios so that they are iPhone and iPad friendly.  Personally, I redesigned Fraction so that it could be seen on every device.

So my question to the world is this:
With about 30 million iPhones out in the world, how important is it to have an iPhone / iPad friendly website and online portfolio?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Advertising on Fraction

Fraction Magazine is now seeking advertisers for it's website.

Contact me for full details and pricing.

Daylight Issue 8

I just spent a bit of time with the new issue of Daylight. It's amazing and well worth the purchase.
Issue 8 features the photography of
Eren Aytug ̆
Moises Saman
Veronique de Viguerie
Tim Hetherington
Aaron Huey
Beth Wald
Teru Kuwayama & Balazs Gardi
Farzana Wahidy
Yannis Kontos

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