Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hank Willis Thomas book signing

On Tuesday, February 10, Hank Willis Thomas, one of today's most compelling emerging artists, will give a talk and book signing at the Strand Bookstore coinciding with the recent release of his first monograph Pitch Blackness (Aperture), a provocative and darkly humorous examination of the power of logos, and media representation of African Americans. Additionally, Thomas’s much anticipated exhibition of new work will open at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City on Thursday, February 12.


Talk & Book Signing: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

7:00 p.m.

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

Exhibition Opening: Pitch Blackness
Thursday, February 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Exhibition on view: Thursday, February 12-Saturday, March 14, 2009

Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street
New York, New York
(212) 645-1701


Open Project

If you are going to be in Santa Fe next Friday, make plans to not only see The Valley but also stop in to Zane Bennett on Canyon Road and visit

"Open Project Photography" is a group show with work by:

Jonathan Blaustein, Diana Blok, Grégoire Cheneau, Wei Meng Foo, Todd Hido, George Hirose, Patti Levey, Judy Miller, Deborah Oropallo, Tony Soulie and Donald Woodman.

And be sure to get there by six.

February 6, 2009
Todd Hido artist talk 6pm
Opening 5pm — 7pm

Zane Bennett Gallery

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Valley: Six Albuquerque Photographers

Porn Kid - Adrienne Salinger                    Wires - Jeff Willis

Starting January 20th and running through April 24th at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts located on the College of Santa Fe campus in the show The Valley: Six Albuquerque Photographers featuring the work of Leigh Anne Langwell, Patrick Nagatani, David Ondrik, Cecilia Portal, Adrienne Salinger, and Jeff Willis. The show is curated by David Leigh. The opening reception is February 6th from 5pm to 7pm.

On Portfolio Reviews

Our good friend Jörg Colberg has put together a nice little blog post about why one would attend a portfolio review. He asked David, Alec Soth, Bill Hunt, Andrew Hetherington and Brian Ulrich.

Read can read the post here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

From the other side of the lens

Opening this Friday night, January 30th from 5-7 pm, at the UNM art museum is From the Other Side of the Lens.

These portraits of some of the most well known photographers in the history of photography provide an opportunity to see--from the other side of the lens--just what these individuals looked like and offer a glimpse into their character. This exhibition, which is drawn from the Art Museum's permanent collection, includes portraits of photographers and critics on photography such as Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, Beaumont Newhall, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Jerry Uelsmann, and Anne Noggle.

The Galisteo Basin Photography Project

Just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico lies the 55 mile long Galisteo River Basin. Currently being explored for it oil and gas reserves, the Galisteo Basin photography project is trying to create awareness and raise some funds to keep this area free from the cogs of the oil and gas industry. Lots of great New Mexico photographers worked on this project.

Take a look at their website here.

Or stop by the Photo Eye gallery in Santa Fe and view the prints in person.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Reviewing at Review Santa Fe

We are pleased to announce that David has been asked to be a portfolio reviewer at Review Santa Fe.
If you were thinking about applying for the Review, better think fast because the deadline is today.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Well the New York Photo Fest will be back again this year. Mary visited last year and gave her report. This year promises to be even better.
They are now accepting submissions for the awards categories.
Visit here for the details and categories.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ilford and Polaroid: a match made in Heaven

Ilford Photo / Harman Technologies has just issued this press release concerning the making of new Polaroid films.

19th January 2009 : HARMAN technology Limited : Mobberley : CHESHIRE UK


After the decision by Polaroid in 2008 to cease production of its instant films, a much loved method of photography looked set to disappear forever. However, leading photo-imaging company, HARMAN technology Limited can confirm it is now involved in a new venture which could deliver welcome news to millions of Polaroid instant camera fans across the world.

The manufacturer - whose brands include the ILFORD monochrome analogue range, HARMAN PHOTO inkjet papers and KENTMERE PHOTOGRAPHIC products - is supporting 'The Impossible Project' which is being spearheaded by a Dutch business known as Impossible B.V.

Formed by a group of businessmen and a number of ex-Polaroid employees, Impossible B.V. has signed a 10-year lease on part of Polaroid's former factory in Enschede, Netherlands and acquired some of Polaroid's original production machining for producing integral films for SX70 cameras.

As the business aims not to rebuild Polaroid integral film but to develop a new product with new and improved characteristics, it has turned to HARMAN and its 130 years of experience in the production of analogue films for product development guidance and additional insight on manufacturing methods.

HARMAN's product development team has confirmed the manufacturer is able to create the desired instant film but negotiations continue as to the extent of future involvement.

As Howard Hopwood, HARMAN technology's Chairman, points out:

"Recognising the almost cult status and huge following of Polaroid instant cameras, we would love to be involved in any initiative which preserves their future use. To this end, we did try to take on production of Polaroid instant film in the latter half of 2008 but could not reach a commercially viable agreement with the Polaroid Corporation.

The Impossible Project represents a new glimmer of hope but we must also stress that discussions are still in the early stages. We would like nothing more than to reach a satisfactory agreement and should this happen, a prototype could be unveiled by late 2009 with a view to full scale production commencing is 2010".

Very good news in deed. Now, will they be re-introducing Type 55 ?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Barack Obama: The Road to the White House

Soulcatcher Studios, in Santa Fe, is showing an online exhibition of Callie Shell's portfolio of Barack Obama's Road to the White House. You can view it here.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A little more Polaroid news

From this article:

"If all goes to plan, the Polaroid factory in Enschede, Amsterdam, will soon be making film again thanks to its new owner, an eccentric Austrian artist and businessman named Florian Kaps. Mr Kaps, 39, has dedicated the past five years to instant photography. He set up, the biggest Polaroid gallery on the web, and the first ever Polaroid-only art gallery in Vienna, called Polanoir."

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The "new" Polaroid film

Apparently a new company, based in The Netherlands and support by Ilford Photo, plans to make new instant film for polaroid cameras. This new company has purchased the old film making equipment and plans to give it a go.

This is very good news.

See more here...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CENTER contests

Only nine more shopping days to get involved in the three competitions available at Center in Santa Fe. First off the Project Competition is a great opportunity to get that finished project out there and into the world. Second is your chance to be a part of Review Santa Fe. Third is the chance for you to get some credit for that one image that is just absolutely amazing but you can't figure out where it goes into your portfolio. Don't just shove it in somewhere where it doesn't belong! Enter it into the Singular Image contest.

See all the rules and the fine print here at Center.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Issue 5 out now

As always, Josh and Melanie did a great job with the new issue.

Josh came up with the new design and layout. I love it and we hope you do to.

We love feedback so let us know.

happy new year.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Photo LA

Today I had a chance to go to Photo LA and I was completely blown away. The amount of amazing work was great to see. It was also really nice to see lots of small black and white work along side monster size color work. The mix of contemporary and classic work worked really well for me.

This is Chris Pichler (of Nazraeli Press) showing me his magic stapler.

This is Susan Burnstine and Kevin Longino.

And this is from Friday night. Darius Himes, Andy Adams, and Me.

Review LA

Maggie Blanchard and Laura Wzorek
from the Center in Santa Fe.

Andy Adams (FLAK Photo) mid-review.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Busy week at Fraction

You may have noticed the lack of posts these last few days. Well David is on the road and headed to Photo LA where he will be reviewing portfolios for Review LA. Stop by if you are there and say hello or "stapler" if you prefer to be funny.

I am back here in Albuquerque madly preparing Issue 5 which will be out sometime this weekend. Issue 5 will include work from 5 photographers who showed work at PhotoNola in early December. The issue will also include the long awaited Dress Show curated by Melanie McWhorter and includes artists from all over the globe. David has written a piece on his experience at PhotoNola and we also have a new book review of Michael Eastman's book Vanishing America.

Keep your eye out this weekend for the release. As always if you would like to be included on the mailing list, send us an email to and type subscribe.

As always thanks for looking and enjoy Issue 5.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Spring Arts Collective Call for Entries

The awesome Susan Burnstine is judging the latest Call for Entries for the Spring Arts Collective.

You can read the details here. The due date is February 7.

And check out Susan's website to know what she is all about.

Friday, January 2, 2009

For Mature Audiences Only: Expiration Notice

There is a new blog and website for emerging photographers. I know what you're thinking. Great. Another site for people under the age of 25 or maybe 30. Oh boy.

Well, hang on to your shorts kids because if you were born after 1974, you're ineligible. Yep, this new site is for photographers over the age of 35. Cool.

It's called Expiration Notice and I think it's a damn good idea. Just because you're old, doesn't mean you're not emerging.

No matter your age, check it out.

I wish Stan and Mark all the best.

John Mann photograph up for Auction

The above print is now up for auction at iGavel. The reserve is just $200. Now is the time to buy it because we at Fraction think John's career is about to pop. See more of John's work in Issue 3 of Fraction Magazine , or at Rock Paper Cloud.

COLOR Magazine is born

Seems kind of funny but B&W Magazine will be introducing a new print magazine, COLOR, in about two weeks.

We wish them luck.

Be sure not to confuse them with
Color Magazine
Colors Magazine
Color Magazine

JPG Mag Closes

Another reason we here at Fraction are keeping it all online.

Just received the following email:

Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.

We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but we just weren't able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success. As a result, will shut down on Monday, January 5, 2009.

The one thing we've been the most proud of: your amazing talent. We feel honored and humbled to have been able to share with such a dynamic, warm, and wonderful community of nearly 200,000 photographers. The photography on the website and in the magazine was adored by many, leaving no doubt that this community created work of the highest caliber. The kindness, generosity, and support shared among members made it a community in the truest sense of the word, and one that we have loved being a part of for these past two years.

We wish we could have found a way to leave the site running for the benefit of the amazing folks who have made JPG what it is, and we have spent sleepless nights trying to figure something out, all to no avail. Some things you may want to do before the site closes:

- Download the PDFs of back issues, outtakes, and photo challenge selections. We'll always have the memories!
- Make note of your favorite photographers. You may want to flip through your favorites list and jot down names and URLs of some of the people you'd like to stay in touch with. You may even want to cut and paste your contacts page into a personal record.
- Catch up with your fellow members. Our roots are in this humble flickr forum and we recommend going back to find fellow members, discuss the situation, or participate in another great photo community.
- Keep in touch. This has always been much more than just a job to each of us, and we'll miss you guys! We'll be checking the account in our free time going forward. We can't promise to reply to every email (since we'll be busy tuning up our resumes) but we'd love to hear from you.
- Stay posted. Although the magazine is ceasing publication, we'll be updating you on what's happening with your subscription early next week.

We're soggy-eyed messes, but it is what it is. At that, JPGers, we bid you goodbye, and good luck in 2009 and the future.

Laura Brunow Miner
Editor in Chief

Very sad indeed.