Thursday, April 30, 2009

Home from PhotoLucida

View from the final descent near Albuquerque, New Mexico

It was an exhausting four days of reviews (and after parties) and I am still recovering from all the excitement and visual stimulation. I am happy to be home on a rather uneventful flight.

Enjoy a few more images from photographers from my last two days of reviews at the event.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Andrea Diefenbach and Stan Gaz at ClampArt


In the Project Room

April 30 - June 6, 2009

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 30, 2009
6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
For more information contact:

521-531 West 25th Street
Ground Floor
New York City 10001
646.230.0020 T
646.230.8008 F
Gallery hours:
Tuesday - Saturday,
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Money troubles hit the Getty

The LA Times is reporting that the J. Paul Getty Trust, that runs the Getty Museum will be laying off 97 workers. In typical, hyper real greed, upper management will be taking a 6% pay cut. Wow, how nice. Note that the upper management is currently paid over $390,000 and the current CEO apparently is making $1,100,000. Isn't this a non-profit organization?

Read more of the ugly details here.



Exhibition on View: Friday, May 15–Thursday, July 9, 2009
Panel discussion at The New York Photo Festival: Friday, May 15, 5:00 pm
Opening Reception with Live DJ: Saturday May 16, 7:00-10:00 pm
Talk & Book Signing with Lyle Rexer: Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 pm

From the beginning, abstraction has been intrinsic to photography, and its persistent popularity reveals much about the medium. The Edge of Vision, curated by Lyle Rexer, showcases the work of nineteen international contemporary photographers who base their practice in some form of abstraction from highly conceptual to more documentary approaches. The works explore diverse aspects of the photographic experience, including the chemistry of traditional photography, the direct capture of light without a camera, temporal extensions, digital sampling of found images, radical cropping, and various deliberate destabilizations of photographic reference. This abstract use of photography often combines other mediums such as painting, sculpture, drawing or video. All artists join a broad contemporary trend to look critically and freshly at a medium commonly considered transparent.

The exhibition is divided into two sections. The wall labeled “Propositions” displays a range of approaches yielding abstract images. The other walls of the gallery constitute a series of installations exploring in greater depth distinct and radical investigations of photographic processes and meanings. What, after all, is a photograph, and where does its meaning lie? In the picture itself? In the world or its phenomena? In us? These questions are as vital and open today as they were 170 years ago, when no one knew exactly what a photograph should look like or what it might disclose.

The Edge of Vision is accompanied by a new book, The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography by Lyle Rexer (Aperture, May 2009). Illustrated with more than 150 images, this unprecedented and highly anticipated book documents this phenomenon internationally from the early days of the medium through the present day.

Lyle Rexer is a New York–based independent curator, writer and critic. His previous books include Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde (2002) and How to Look at Outsider Art (2005); he contributed an interview with Chuck Close and Bob Holman to A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Aperture, 2006).

Featured artists in the exhibition: Bill Armstrong, Carel Balth, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Ellen Carey, Roland Fischer, Michael Flomen, Manuel Geerinck, Shirine Gill, Barbara Kasten, Seth Lambert, Charles Lindsay, Edward Mapplethorpe, Chris McCaw, Roger Newton, Jack Sal, Penelope Umbrico, Randy West, Silvio Wolf, and Ilan Wolff.


Opening Reception with Live DJ:
Saturday May 16, 7:00-10:00 pm

Exhibition on View:
Friday, May 15–Thursday, July 9, 2009

Talk & Book Signing with Lyle Rexer:
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 pm

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


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lydia Panas at Wallspace

28 april - 6 june, 2009
seattle, washington
opening reception:
first thursday, may 7, 6-8pm

600 first avenue, suite 322
seattle, washington, 98104

for more information:

206 749 9133

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fraction Issue 7

The work is rolling in for Issue 7 of Fraction, our one year anniversary issue. We have six new photographers as well as some new written word. Issue 7 will be out on May 12th.
As always if you would like to be included on our mailing list to be notified of new issues, please send us an email to with subscribe as the subject line.
Thanks for looking and stay tuned for Issue 7.

David Taylor at UNM

Photographer David Taylor will be speaking at UNM on Tuesday April 28 at 12:30pm. See the image for more details.

A statement from his project "Frontier/Frontera" :

"Frontier/Frontera is an ongoing project that reevaluates the narratives that make up our understanding of the American West, with particular attention to the U.S./Mexico borderlands. The literal meaning of the word "frontier" is identical in both English and Spanish.
However, its vernacular usage in each language is strikingly different. In the American psyche the frontier is an elusive destination; the locus of such national allegories as individuality, self-reliance and freedom. It is “The-Great-Out-There-Just-Beyond-the-Horizon.” Conversely, "la frontera" adheres to literal definitions – it is the border or borderline; it is a barrier.

The American West is still portrayed as a compilation of its romantic icons: grand vistas, rugged cowboys, savage natives and lonely cacti. The ongoing settlement of the western states is, in part, fueled by our investment in those icons. By contrast, the U.S./Mexico Border currently exists as a militarized zone in our national consciousness: it is a state of politicized reality that is in direct conflict with our idealized image of the West. Furthermore, to migrants, the border is an obstacle between them and a living wage.
The frontier is a moving target with meaning that is contingent on vantage point. As my work describes, it is both a plane of unlimited promise and a liminal border with boundaries that are yet to be negotiated.

Portfolio Reviews at NY Photo Fest

The dead line to register for portfolio reviews at the New York Photo Festival has been extended to May 13. The festival itself runs from May 13 to May 17. I would attend if I could as the line up of events and talks is rather impressive.

More details here...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Two Days (So Far) of Photography at PhotoLucida

My bio/questionnaire for PhotoLucida stated that I was willing to view a wide range of photography and that I did. I have a stack of papers with contact info for photographers that must have taken out at least one small tree. I saw a few photographers whom I have met before and whose work I really love including Aaron Rothman, Besty Schneider, Alejandro Cartajena, Ellen Rennard, Colleen Mullins, Shawn Records and Adrian Chesser. Some new "discoveries" that I really enjoyed were

Thursday, April 23, 2009

At PhotoLucida

David asked if I would write a few posts from PhotoLucida in Portland, Oregon. I arrived yesterday via Oakland, CA which took me for the first time over the awe-inspiring view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The range went on for miles and at many of the bases I could see aerial geometrical shapes formed by farmlands below. I took photos from the plane window which I might post later. They are no David Maisel images, but very lovely, nonetheless. Upon arriving in Portland, I took the shuttle to the hotel filled with reviewers and two photographers, Aline Smithson and Susan Burnstine, hitched a ride. I will review Aline's work later today.

This morning I sit in my hotel room, preparing to review twelve portfolios for the day. Altogether, I will officially review 48 portfolios. I hope I will be able to post some of the photos that strike me as the event goes on.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Graham Vasey: Bones of the Sea

In April of 2007, I went to Iceland with 7 other photographers, including Graham Vasey, a young chap from England.
Since then, we've all had a print exchange and Graham's print was beautiful. Now he has created a book that is available on Blurb. From what I have seen so far, I can highly recommend it.

Order it here.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Photojournalism on AIDS

Panel Discussion:
April 22, The New School

Reception & Book Signing:
April 23, Aperture Gallery

Aperture and The New School present a compelling panel discussion on photojournalism and AIDS, coinciding with the recent release of the book Access to Life (Aperture; Magnum Photos; and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, April 2009). The discussion will include photojournalists Gilles Peress, Kristen Ashburn, and former Time magazine picture editor Mary Anne Golon; it will be moderated by Fred Ritchin, associate chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and director of PixelPress. The event will take place at The New School; the following evening, a reception and book signing will take place at Aperture Gallery.

This panel discussion 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.

Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm

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

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fraction Magazine makes an impressive list

Smashing Magazine has just released a list of 40 Amazing Online Photography Magazine and Fraction is part of it.

We are in some great company and are very thankful.

Read more here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Debbie Fleming Caffery exhibition at Photo Eye

Artist Reception and Book Signing: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 5-7 PM
June 4, 2009 – July 4, 2009

photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce The Spirit & The Flesh, photographs by Debbie Fleming Caffery. Debbie will be present for this reception and book signing on June 4, 2009 from 5-7PM.

The Spirit & the Flesh, published by RADIUS BOOKS, balances the themes of grace and redemption, sin and forgiveness that Caffery encountered in Mexico. Her black and white photographs are 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.

Caffery has been photographing for over 15 years in a small village in rural Mexico. The project began with her interest in documenting the local Fiesta of Saint Michael the Archangel. Caffery found that this remote rural village, best known for its coffee bean farms, reminded her of the sugar cane communities in Louisiana, where she had grown up. Returning to Mexico to photograph whenever possible, she eventually rented a small house from the priest in the local church complex. With time, she discovered that within the neighborhood, was a Cantina/Brothel that had peak business on Sundays. Caffery received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 that has given her assistance necessary to spend more time in Mexico to further develop this series entitled Deseos Sobre Todo (Desire Overall).

In addition to the Guggenheim, Caffery has also received the Katrina Media Fellowship 2006 that has aided her efforts to document the plight of those affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as the Lou Stoumen Mid Career Grant 1996 and the Governors Art Award from Louisiana for Professional Artist of the Year 1990. She has received several documentary commissions photographing for: Encontros De Fotografia (a Portuguese photographic association), The Center of Photography in Tucson, The Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University and US New and World Report

Please join us on Thursday, June 4, 6-9 PM to celebrate the release of Debbie’s new monograph! Signed copies will be available for $65.00
For more information about this exhibition or to arrange an interview, please contact Anne Kelly or Heather Prichard at photo-eye Gallery by phone at 505.988.5159 x202 or by email at

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Got some time to kill?

National Geographic and the infinite photograph is the answer to that pesky problem of too much time on your hands. Other than the fact that it takes a while to load, it is pretty entertaining.

Check it out.

"Today, National Geographic unveils a new web 2.0 application called Infinite Photograph. In a nutshell, the app turns hundreds of online media users' photographs into infinitely clickable photo mosaics. It will eventually become an entirely new way for users to share and interact with their own and friend's photos, in a manner sites like Flickr don't yet offer."

Aperture 2009 Photo Review Competition

Lesley Martin, Publisher of the Aperture Book Program, will be the juror for the 2009 Photo Review Photography Competition. The Photo Review, a highly acclaimed critical journal of photography, is sponsoring its 25th annual photography competition with a difference. Instead of only installing an exhibit that would be seen by a limited number of people, The Photo Review will reproduce accepted entries in its 2009 competition issue and on its website. Thus, the accepted photographs will be seen by thousands of people all across the world and entrants will have a tangible benefit from the competition.

Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. And a major traveling exhibition in 2010 will feature entrants from 25 years of The Photo Review Competition.

Because their work was seen in The Photo Review, past winners have been given one-person exhibitions, have had their work reproduced in other leading photography magazines, and have sold their work to collectors throughout the country.

Awards include a $500 purchase prize for The Philadelphia Museum of Art, a copy of SilverFast HDR Studio digital camera RAW conversion software from LaserSoft Imaging ($499), a $270 gift certificate from Lensbabies for a Composer lens or other items on the webstore, a $250 gift certificate from Calumet Photographic, a 24"x50' roll of Museo Silver Rag ($240 value), camera bags from Lowepro, and $250 in cash prizes.

An entry fee of $30 for up to three prints, slides, or images on CD and $5 each for up to two additional images entitles all entrants to a copy of the catalogue. In addition, all entrants will be able to subscribe to The Photo Review for $35, a 20% discount.

All entries must be received by mail between May 1 and June 1, 2009.

Go to the Photo Review Website for more details

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Smithsonian Photography Initiative Announces Its New Blog

"The blog is intended to present multiple perspectives about the impact of photography and highlight the work of curators, photographers, historians and other Smithsonian staff members. It invites the general public to participate in the dialogue by commenting on Smithsonian posts.

Photography and the Smithsonian were born within a decade of each other in the mid-19th century. The Smithsonian now has more than 13 million images in 700 collections throughout its 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo.

The Bigger Picture uses these collections and the Institution’s experts to stimulate an active conversation about the medium, its history and its meaning in people’s lives.

The Bigger Picture gives Smithsonian staff a way to tell the stories about how photography was used and collected by the Institution,” said Merry A. Foresta, director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative. “It also creates a forum for conversation between the Smithsonian and our audience of photograph makers, readers and, indeed, anyone interested in the way images create a bigger picture of our world.”

Robert Adams wins the Hasselblad Award

Tomorrow, April 15, the Hasselblad Foundation is expected to announce that Robert Adams has won their prestigious award. Congratulations to Mr. Adams who is a well deserved winner.

The prize? About $60,000 US Dollars.

Peter Feldstein at University of Texas

On Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. CST, the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research institute and library at the University of Texas at Austin, will be screening a live webcast of photographer Peter Feldstein as he discusses his new book The Oxford Project. Feldstein will read from the book and give a narrated slide presentation, followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

In 1984, photographer Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every single resident of his town, Oxford, Iowa (pop. 676). He converted an abandoned storefront on Main Street into a makeshift studio and posted flyers inviting people to stop by. At first they trickled in slowly, but in the end, nearly all of Oxford stood before Feldstein's lens.

Twenty years later, Feldstein decided to do it again. He invited writer Stephen G. Bloom to join him, and together they went in search of the Oxford residents Feldstein originally shot in 1984. Some had moved. Most had stayed. Others had passed away. All were marked by the passage of time.

What emerges is a living portrait of Small Town, USA, told with the words and images of its residents—then and now—and textured by their own words. It tells the compelling story of one archetypal American community—its struggles, accomplishments, failures, and secrets—and how it has both changed and stayed the same over the course of the years.

More information on the project here:

There will be a webcast of the program at

MOCP prints for sale

Paula McCartney (American, b. 1971)
Bird Watching (Aqua Tanager), 2004
10 × 10 inches on 11 × 14 inch paper
Edition of 50

"The Museum of Contemporary Photography is pleased to announce that limited-edition prints from the 2009 Fine Print Program are now available in the MoCP Shop. Each of the prints are $300 each plus $15 shipping."

PCNW call for entries

5 jpegs, Jen Bekman as juror, prizes from Blurb, and a 47 dollar entry fee. That's the lowdown on this one.
Here are more details....

Monday, April 13, 2009

Call for entry for the June issue of Fraction

Call for entry for the June issue of Fraction:

The Unnatural Nature of Food.

Food in our society has an interesting journey from, as the expression goes, "farm to table." Unknown farmers and hard working, often migrant laborers pick the food, package it and load it into trucks, ships and trains. It arrives at the supermarket where the average consumer is disconnected with (and often indifferent to) how their food got to his or her table. This call for entry is for work documenting all aspects of food, from production to consumption — from studies of agrarian communities, practices and lifestyles to exploration of how fast food has affected our culture and everything in between.

Specs: All images should be jpgs, 72 dpi, 1000 pixels on the longest side. Please email jpgs images titled lastname.firstname.image1 and so on to All images should be emailed with an additional document labeled lastname.firstname.text containing an artist statement about the project, if applicable, a title list and artist website address. Please list your name and email address at the top of the document.

There is no entry fee. The deadline is April 30th at midnight.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Congrats to the 2009 Center winners!

Project Competition
Cori Chandler Pepelnjak, JoJo
Jarrett Murphy, The Ecotone
Lucia Ganieva, The Factory
Michael Christopher Brown, Journey to Sakhalin
Mark Menjivar, You Are What You Eat
Damion Berger, R.S.V.P. - The End of Opulence
Brian Ulrich, Dark Stores, Ghost Boxes, and Dead Malls
Peter van Agtmael, American Wars

Singular Image Awards
1st - Betsy Schneider; 2nd - Anna Boyiazis; 3rd - Tom Leininger
Honorable Mention - Susan Lakin; Brad Moore; Ryan Zoglin
1st - Wendy Paton; 2nd - Grace Weston; 3rd - Damion Berger
Honorable Mention - Sara Belleau; Rania Matar; Brian Widdis
1st - Lydia Panas; 2nd - Heather McClintock; 3rd - Elizabeth Fleming
Honorable Mention - Aaron Huey; Andrea Land; Kristin Schmid

Santa Fe Prize for Photography
2009 WINNER: Hiroyo Kaneko, Sentimental Education
FINALISTS: Monika Bielskyte, A Place to Wash the Heart
Carolyn Drake, Paradise Rivers
Lucas Foglia, Re-Wilding
Soo Kim, Midnight Reykavik
Janelle Lynch, Los Jardines Perdidos, Mexico

See all the work and more about Center

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Photo Arts Santa Fe

July 24th through August 2 2009.
Photo Arts Santa Fe will be held in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Highlights will be
July 26-30 View Camera Conference
July 30-August 1 APIS (Alternative Photography International Symposium) I have been to APIS in the past and if Alt Process is your gig then it is well worth the time to see what your peers are up to and what new techniques are being talked about. I learned enough in three days of APIS to keep me busy in the darkroom for a couple of years.

Gallery Openings
Photo field trips
Workshops, lectures, and seminars

The website for more info is

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

NYPH 09 Don't forget!

Mary Goodwin gave the report for us on the inaugural outing of this festival and she gave it a definite two thumbs up.

They have a list of events this year that goes on and on. Please check them out.

2nd Edition, May 13-17, 2009
Curated by William A. Ewing, Chris Boot, Jody Quon, and Jon Levy

The FOTO8 Summer Show



Jörg Colberg and the Unknown Portraitist

Fraction Magazine is pleased to announce the new show up and curated by Jörg Colberg entitled "The Unknown Portraitist". I am not going to give too much away about the show here on the blog other than to say Jörg did an amazing job.

Please give it a look at Fraction Magazine

Monday, April 6, 2009

Shots Magazine Call for Work NO. 104

Shots Magazine has a call out for new work for No. 104. There is no theme so get out there and turn in some work to Russell.

No Theme

Photographs of any subject matter are eligible

Send up to 12 images (prints or files on a CD) for consideration.

An established independent photography journal in its 22nd year of publication, Shots Magazine reaches an international audience of photographers, collectors, galleries, museums, educators and other fine art photography enthusiasts. Don't miss this chance to have your work seen!

All submittals must be received by May 4, 2009

F-Stop Collaborations

The new Issue of F-Stop is out and the theme is collaborations which has proved to be quite an interesting idea. Nicolas Vroman and Virginia Sorrels are one of the combos and here is their press release for their collaboration. Stop by and give it a look.

Nicholas Vroman and Virginia Sorrells Featured in F-Stop Magazine #34

The new issue of F-Stop Magazine features a portfolio of photographs from Virginia Sorrells and Nicholas Vroman's series, Tokyo Macro Micro. Built around the theme of "Collaboration," 9 pairs of artists are featured in F-Stop #34. Sorrells and Vroman are represented by a set of 12 photographs from their ongoing collaboration creating an intimate and personal photo essay of their city of residence - Tokyo. The portfolio can be accessed at this link -

Richard Renaldi's "Fall River Boys"

Richard Renaldi's "Fall River Boys" is out on the market and available from Charles Lane Press.
"Fall River Boys

Photographs by Richard Renaldi

Introduction by Michael Cunningham

10.25 in. x 12.25 in. / 184 pages / 89 tritone images / Casebound with jacket / Edition of 1200

In the spring of 2000, Richard Renaldi began making frequent trips to the small New England city of Fall River, Massachusetts. Situated just a short distance from the Atlantic coast, Fall River was once at the very center of American textile manufacturing. Renaldi’s aim was to photograph the young men of Fall River coming of age amidst an industrial landscape well past its boom years. This extraordinary body of images—both portraits and landscapes—is gathered here for the first time in Renaldi’s second monograph, Fall River Boys.

The resulting photographs, made over the course of nine years, are not brief encounters. Renaldi’s quiet gaze considers his subjects with neither judgment nor irony. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a city where young men grow into manhood surrounded by a landscape of idyllic natural beauty, frayed at the margins by darkened relics of an industrial past. Like the city of Fall River itself, the boys looking directly into Renaldi’s lens face an uncertain future, at once hinting of possibility yet promising nothing.

Fall River Boys is a beautiful, clothbound volume of 89 black-and-white images reproduced in rich tritone and published in an edition of 1200. The introduction is an original essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham."

Friday, April 3, 2009

Center for Fine Art Photography calls for entry

Works of Man
Juror: Chris Jordan
Deadline: April 9th, 2009

Portfolio Showcase,
Volume 3
Juror: Stella Kramer
Deadline: April 28th, 2009

Juror: Ed Kashi
Deadline: May 12th, 2009

Go here for more details

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lay Flat Editions

Shane and Lay Flat have now expanded into the print department. Another chance for you to buy some quality art. There are also some copies of Lay Flat Volume 1 left if you are looking for something a little less expensive and well worth it.

Check it out if you are in the market.