Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Interview interviews Eggleston

For some reason, I really enjoy this interview with Eggleston.

Have a read. It's worth the time.

Happy New Year

Josh and I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2009.

We think it's going to be a great year.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Facebook and Fraction

We've just created a Fraction Group on Facebook.

If you're on Facebook, please join the new group.

See it here.

Issue 5: PhotoNOLA

The fifth issue of Fraction, entitled PhotoNOLA, will be live on January 12. Five wonderful photographers who showed their work at PhotoNOLA at the beginning of December, will be featured. Stay tuned.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Human Canvas call for entry

The Center for Fine Art Photography has a call for work for their group show entitled "The Human Canvas". Fifty photographers will be selected for the show and the juror is Suzette Troche-Stapp. The deadline is January 13th, 2009.

Go here for the rest of the fine print.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Boundaries by David Eisenlord

Trying to find a great book for your photobuddy?

We suggest getting a copy (or two) of David Eisenlord's Boundaries.

Get it at BLURB. Click here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

photo-eye staff show

photo-eye Staff Show opens tomorrow December 18th, 5 to 7 pm

photo-eye Staff Show will open in photo-eye Bookstore with a reception on December 18th from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition will run through January 31, 2009.

The exhibition will feature works by Adam Figliola, Anne Kelly, Ben Lerman, Cliff Shapiro, Daniel Espeset, Heather Prichard, Maxine Chelini and Melanie McWhorter. To view some of the images from the show, click here.

For more info on the show or prints, email Melanie McWhorter.

Edward Burtynsky on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos

Try spelling that name without looking back at it once or twice. This is an interview from October 23, 2008. It features Edward Burtynsky talking about his work and the influences of his hometown and father on his photography.


Shots Magazine call for work Issue 103

Shots is looking for work for their Spring Issue. The theme is "Water".
Send up to 12 images by February 2, 2009.
Get started now, not on January 29th.

Check here for the submission guidelines and the rest.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Everyone's got an opinion: The Best Photo Books of 2008

The Best Photo Books of 2008 lists have started to pop up all over the photoblogosphere. So far, the two that you should definitely look at are Joerg Colberg's (Conscientious) and Jeff Ladd's (5B4).

I will post more as they come out and we will get our very own Melanie McWhorter to create a list as well. Stay tuned.

Also, our pals over at Photoeye always compile a weekly best sellers list. Here is their compilation for all of 2008 so you can see what sold the best.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Going to Review LA / Photo LA ?

I've been asked to be a reviewer at Review LA, so if you are going, please stop by and say hi.

I will be doing the review on Friday afternoon and will be going to Photo LA on Saturday to see all the wonderful work that will be there.


Seoul International Photo Festival 2008

Running from December 13th to January 15th 2009, the Seoul International Photo Festival will take place in the Ancient Seoul Station. The main exhibition theme is "Humanscape" and features the work of over 50 international artists. There are many other exhibitions as well including a 5x7 exhibition of photos in which anyone could participate. (the call for photos is already done, I checked.) A good portion of the main exhibition is online, albeit small jpegs, but you at least get the idea.

Visit the site here

I found this paragraph in the greeting for the festival and I thought it worth noting.

"Public awareness about photography has grown a lot recently. With the developing internet culture and popularization of digital cameras, photography is considered a very familiar media. The public desire towards art photography is stronger than ever and the development of the photographic market is one of the clear changes in Korea's photographic culture. Looking at it from a positive perspective, the quantitative growth could expand the base of amateur and professional photographers that produce and consume photography, or it could just stop with a simple quantitative growth. If the quantitative growth of the culture is not developed in terms of quality, then the potential of Korean photography and photographic culture will not materialize."


Robert Frank: Snapshots from the American Road

The New York Times has a new article on Robert Frank entitled "Snapshot from the American Road".
Here's the link.

It's an article about the most famous photo book ever made, The Americans. Did you know that Mr. Frank shot 767 rolls of film while on the road? Man, that's a lot of film.

Here's a link to some audio clips.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Yiorgos Kordakis Exhibition

I know I posted on this show earlier but I wanted to remind the West Coast crew to get out and see it. Here is the release...

Please join M+B TOMORROW, Saturday, December 13 from 7 to 9 pm for the opening reception of YIORGOS KORDAKIS: GLOBAL SUMMER at 612 N. Almont Drive in West Hollywood.

M+B is pleased to announce the Los Angeles debut of thirty-five year old artist YIORGOS KORDAKIS in GLOBAL SUMMER, 13 shimmering, artfully composed photographs capturing the haunting atmosphere of sea, clouds and sky in all their entrancing beauty.

Kordakis is intent on seeing the world with a fresh view, tending to see life emptied out and remote. Approaching the human condition from a distance, he reflects on its unyielding mystery and relationship to all encompassing nature. By choosing just the right place and moment to take his photographs, he conveys both the loneliness and hunger to be part of something greater, perhaps more intense now than ever. Radiant, hazy and seductive, Kordakis’ pictures hover on the borders of obliteration. They have nothing in common with seaside pictures of frolicking children and bikini clad beauties, but rather have an otherworldly quality, as if the scenes existed outside of time. “I am not a reporter,” he says. “I don't want to make a statement or claim that I was present. I prefer to be a distant observer of our natural tendency as human beings to be attracted by the water."

YIORGOS KORDAKIS: GLOBAL SUMMER runs from December 13, 2008 - January 24, 2009.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

And we wonder what's wrong with the art world?

I came across this thanks to the always lovely Rachel Hulin. Larry Gagosian, well, read the article and judge for yourself.

David Bram featured on Lenscratch

I am honored to be featured on Aline Smithson's blog, Lenscratch.

I've been following Lenscratch for quite a while and feel that Aline shows quality work on her blog.

Aline's work is also top notch with my favorite portfolio being "imagined experiences". Be sure to check her work out as well.

Fall River Boys

Congrats to Richard Renaldi for his upcoming book Fall River Boys, which is due out in February. Richard and his partner Seth founded The Charles Lane Press to make the book. There will only be 1200 copies available so I suggest getting one as soon as you can. We will have an announcement when we know of the official release date.

All the best to Richard and Seth.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Melanie interviews Darius

Our pal and favorite book reviewer Melanie interviews Darius Himes of Radius Books.

It's a quick read that's rather informative.

Have a read...

ACP call for entry

Alright ladies and germs, ACP (Atlanta Celebrates Photography) has a call for entries out. They are looking for the 2009 Public Art project. Each year ACP includes a larger lens based public project that is on display during the ACP festival month. Right now through January 5th they are accepting proposals for that project. This is a great opportunity for something site specific.

You can view the guidelines here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Congrats to John Mann

John Mann from Issue 3 of Fraction has just been announced as one of the Hey, Hot Shot! (volume iv edition ii) photographers.
Congratulations John and to the other winners Cara Phillips, Yijun Liao, Park Ho Sang, and Donald Weber.

Monday, December 8, 2008

What Remains in Detroit

Sean Hemmerle
In keeping with the earlier post on Detroit I came across this image in a photo essay by Sean Hemmerle at Time Magazine. It is the Michigan Theater opened in 1926 and closed in 1976. Now it is a parking garage. The rest of the series is well worth looking at.
Stop by his website and take a look at some of his other projects.

Hybrid Hope?

image: Carlos Barria/Reuters. December 7, 2008. Detroit, MI.

I picked up on this story over at Bag News Notes, my favorite political imagery blog. A rather large Pentecostal Church in Detroit brought in hybrids from all three automakers to join the services as they asked God to help with support for the industry. The fall of the automakers would have a profound effect on the economy of Detroit.

Read the story in the NYT here.

Thanks to Michael for picking up on this and running an amazing blog.

PDN photo of the day blog

I came across the new PDN Photo of the Day blog this afternoon. I often check the PDN Pulse blog but it has become such a bummer to look at with all of the job layoffs and company bankruptcies that they often report on. It is good to see that they have something to look at that doesn't depress the hell out of me. They have only just begun so the list of images is not very long. Give them a month or two and there should be lots of good stuff to peruse.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tina Barney artist's lecture

© Tina Barney

Here is your chance to hear Tina Barney and maybe even ask a few questions. Below is the press release.

As part of the ongoing lecture series hosted by Aperture and presented by the Department of Photography, Parsons The New School for Design, Tina Barney will show and discuss her work. Since 1975, Barney has been producing large-scale photographs of family and friends, many of whom belong to the social elite of New York and New England. Working with a large format camera, Barney became one of the first artists working in the 1980s to carefully stage her photographs. Barney's subjects are often seen in complex photographic compositions that invite intimate study of the behavior, social class, and notions of privilege suggested by the clothing, picturesque environments, and luxurious settings they inhabit. Barney explains the coolness of the relationships depicted in her work: "When people say that there is a distance, a stiffness in my photographs, that the people look like they do not connect, my answer is, that this is the best we can do. This inability to show physical affection is our heritage."

Tina Barney (b.1945, New York City) has widely exhibited her work in galleries and museums around the world and is held in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago. Barney's photographs have appeared in the acclaimed books Tina Barney: Theater of Manners (Scalo, 1997), and in The Europeans (Steidl, 2005). She is represented by Janet Borden, Inc., New York.


Tuesday, December 9
6:30 p.m.
Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
(between 10th and 11th Avenue)
New York, NY
(212) 505-5555
Subway: C, E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue or 1 to 28th Street and 7th Avenue

Friday, December 5, 2008

Feature Photography

OK, that may well be the lamest name for what is really an excellent show at the National Portrait Gallery. A well rounded group of portrait photographers was chosen for this exhibition including Katy Grannan, Jocelyn Lee, Ryan McGinley, Steve Pyke, Martin Schoeller, and Alec Soth. At least one name in that group should get you excited.
The online version of the show contains a varied slice of the show as well as artist statements and a small blip about each of the photos. The photos were taken on assignment by a publication, hence the title of the exhibition. Some you may recognize and some were never published. Why you might ask are these only taken from editorial assignments? The exhibition explains that while they are known for their fine art work, the artists "have also pursued a variety of editorial projects, taking advantage of the opportunities and grappling with the parameters that these assignments introduce. Their work builds upon a longstanding tradition of photographic portraiture for the popular press and highlights creative possibilities for twenty-first-century portrayal."
You can definitely see the different styles of the photographers as well as who gets photographed by whom. I found it interesting that Schoeller cites the Bechers as influences in his own style.
I could go on, but I suggest you take the time to visit the online exhibition for your self.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Don't forget, this coming weekend is PhotoNOLA in New Orleans. David will be there all weekend doing portfolio reviews so be sure to say hello. Make sure to stop by for a visit to all of the festivities they have planned. Here's a little cut and paste of the calendar of events..

Dec 2
Richard Sexton Open Studio, 5-8pm

Dec 4
PhotoGALA, New Orleans Museum of Art, 7-10pm

Dec 5
Susan Burnstine Workshop, NOPA Gallery, 9-4pm
Art Openings 5-9pm
Bruce Davidson Lecture (sponsored by Canon), THNOC, 7pm

Dec 6&7
Portfolio Reviews, International House Hotel, 9-4pm

Dec 6
Portfolio Walk, International House Hotel, 4:30-6pm
Art Openings 6-9pm, Citywide

Dec 7
Blurb Self-Publishing Workshop, Canary Collective 12-3pm
Photographers Happy Hour, Loa, 5pm
Lori Waselchuk Gallery Talk, 7pm, NOPA Gallery

Dec 8
GUNS ‘n US Artists Talk with Kyle Cassidy and Frank Relle, NOPA Gallery, 7pm

Dec 11
PhotoNOMA, New Orleans Museum of Art, 6-9pm

Dec 12
Jamel Shabazz Lecture, McKenna Museum, 7pm

Dec 13
Photo Alliance Street Fair, 11am-4pm
Maggie Taylor & Keith Carter Book Signing, A Gallery 12-4pm
POYi Opening, Louisiana State Museum Arsenal, 5-8pm
Downtown Art Openings 6-9pm

Dec 14
POYI Photojournalism Sessions at Louisiana State Museum Arsenal

From Szathmari to Magnum: The Origins of Photojournalism – a presentation by Tony Lewis 1:30 - 2:30pm

Promise and Peril: The Changing Face of Photojournalism – a panel discussion featuring Ted Jackson, Doug Parker, Leslie Parr, Rick Shaw, and Lori Waselchuk 2:30 – 4pm

An evening with Reza and Sebastian Junger

This coming Thursday at the Lensic Theater in downtown Santa Fe will be an event to benefit the Photo Teens program in Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops partners with National Geographic to bring together the award-winning photojournalist and humanitarian Reza and bestselling writer Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and Fire, for an evening of spectacular images and compelling conversation.

Reza has devoted his life to bearing witness through his camera to the struggles and hopes of oppressed people around the world. Culled from a 30-year chronicle of his travels to places of conflict, this remarkable photographer will share with the Santa Fe community a selection exquisite images that pair turmoil with hope, joy with despair.

Joining Reza is Sebastian Junger who has traveled the world in his pursuit of covering life on the edge as a photojournalist for such publications as National Geographic, Newsweek and Time. Following an unforgettable journey through war-torn Afghanistan with Reza in the fall of 2000, he has written the introduction to the recently published book, REZA WAR + PEACE, (National Geographic Focal Point) that follows Reza's courageous career to the frontlines of war and areas of unrest. A book signing of REZA WAR + PEACE, with a foreword by Sebastian Junger, will follow the program.

The evening's proceeds will benefit PHOTO TEENS – a program hosted by The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops to inspire Santa Fe High School students in their pursuit of photography.

This Thursday, December 4 at 7 p.m.
The Lensic, Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center
$20, $10, $5 (students with ID)
Purchase Tickets:
Call The Lensic: 505-988-1234

For all you Parr fans out there

Martin Parr
Talk & Book Signing
Coinciding with the release of
PARRWORLD: Objects and Postcards Aperture is pleased to announce a special talk and book signing with Martin Parr at The Strand on his latest book Parrworld: Objects and Postcards

This groundbreaking two-volume set presents Parr’s idiosyncratic and kitsch collections with appropriate thoroughness, and with the artist’s typical humor. Objects is the first publication to document his twenty-five-plus years of such collecting from items that have already achieved notoriety such as wrist watches featuring Saddam Hussein’s face to more unique and often kitsch objects: wallpaper, trays, and objects commemorating Sputnik, Chuck and Di’s wedding, and 9/11. Postcards is the “last word” on an extraordinary collection of over 20,000 cards. This highly entertaining, yet serious study of postcard history, includes early cards that depict local news events such as car crashes and murders. The book’s finale, Boring Postcards, features a selection of cards promoting motorways and shopping.

For those of you attending Art Basel Miami, on Saturday, December 6, Martin Parr will participate in a design marathon and have a book signing at The Dynamo Museum Shop of the Wolfsonian-FIU design museum in Miami Beach at noon. For more information visit:

Martin Parr (born in Epsom, England, 1952) is the author of over thirty photography books, including Small World and Martin Parr: Mexico (co-published by Aperture and Chris Boot, 2006). His photographs are held by museums worldwide, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Tate Modern, London. In 2002, a retrospective of his work opened at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, and traveled extensively. Parr is a member of Magnum Photos.(Aperture, 2008) featuring his world-renowned collections of themed objects and postcards. The ultimate book that holds everything Parr.


Tuesday, December 16
7:00 p.m.

The Strand
828 Broadway
New York, New York
(212) 473-1452


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Aperture and Street Art


Panel Discussion

Coinciding with the exhibition, Street Art, Street Life, currently on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Aperture and The New School are pleased to present a panel discussion featuring Barbara Moore, Martha Rosler, and Jamel Shabazz, each featured in the show. Moderated by Whitney Rugg, Curatorial Fellow at the Bronx Museum.

This event is part of the series Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context, presented in collaboration with Vera List Center for Art and Politics and Parsons the New School for Design.

Wednesday, December 3; 7:00 p.m.


The New School
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York, New York
(212) 229-5353

Bare at Michael Mazzeo

Bare, the exhibition curated by Joerg Colberg opens on December 11th at the Michael Mazzeo Gallery. From the previews at the site, it looks as though Joerg has put together a great show with an amazing group of artists. Check it out here, but be warned of the full frontal nudity ahead.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Emerging Photographers Auction

Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York is hosting an online auction of prints by twenty five emerging artists. The reserves for the auction are set at $200 so you can get some great work by some promising new artists for a song. Check out the auction at here.

Included in the auction is a print by Laura Noel, featured in the Typologies Group Show.

Also included are Cara Phillips, Will Steacy, Caroline Allison, Brett Bell, Samantha Contis, Jade Doskow, Max Dworkin, Omar Gamez , Nicholas Hamilton, Oded Hirsch, Noah Kalina, Conor King, Orrie King, Katie Kingma, Aaron Kreisworth, Michael Kwiecinski, Oz Lubling, Avery McCarthy, Dana Miller, Mark Rubenstein, Haley Jane Samuelson, Brea Shoulders, Asha Schecter, Matthew Schenning