Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lecture and Booksigning with Norman Mauskopf

Lecture and Booksigning with Norman Mauskopf  
When:  Saturday, February 26, 2011, 2-4pm
Where:  New Mexico History Museum
Auditorium 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe
Co-sponsors:  VERVE Gallery of Photography
Photo Archives/Palace of the Governors
photo-eye Books

On Saturday, February 26th from 2-4pm, photographer Norman Mauskopf will present images from his recent book project, Descendants, photographs of the Hispanic people and culture of Northern New Mexico. Mauskopf is a thorough, patient and persistent photographer who has spent the last 10 years photographing this region of  striking environmental and ethnic diversity. The book, Descendants, published in December 2010 by Twin Palms, is Mauskopf's fourth book.

"Mauskopf cuts to the heart of what makes this community like few others in the United States".
- Casey Sanchez, The New Mexican

Norman's website
Norman's work on Fraction

Buy Norman's new book Descendants via the Fraction Book Store on Amazon.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Call for Entries: Ten Years After Nine Eleven: Searching for a 21st Century Landscape

"The 21st century arguably began on September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked and brought down the World Trade Center in New York. As the world approaches the tenth anniversary of that cataclysmic event, SDN invites photographers from around the world to submit photographic essays offering us glimpses of the visual landscape of the 21st century.   

We encourage photographers to think broadly about the term "visual landscape". We are interested in how the world looks different today than it did on September 10, 2001, particularly as a result of the political, cultural, economic, and interpersonal changes brought about in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001. " 

Judges are: Nina Berman, Lori Grinker, Ed Kashi, Fred Ritchin, Glenn Ruga, Tomasz Tomaszewski, and Amy Yenkin

The Grand Prize is $1,000 plus work in a group show at the PowerHouse Arena.

SDN will accept entries from March 1 to May 31. 

All of the details are here.

Thank You Kevin Longino

Thank you to Kevin Longino for his long time support of Fraction.  Kevin has been buying ad space since 2008.  Please check out the artists he represents at

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ACP Public Arts Program

ACP Public Art Project 2011

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) announces a Request for Artist’s Proposals for its 2011 Contemporary Public Art Project.

ACP produces a Public Art Project as a central component of our month-long, city-wide celebration of photography each October. ACP’s acclaimed program of public art has featured temporary projects in a variety of diverse locations throughout Atlanta. The program’s significance is in its ability to reach beyond the audience of traditional art venues and expand the way the audience considers and perceives photography and “lensbased” media. We are looking for proposals that take advantage of public art’s ability to reach new audiences, and to create an experience that is a dynamic hybrid of art in the public sphere.

Any individual artist or collaboration of artists may enter, provided that the person(s) or firm who will be responsible for the actual fabrication and/or construction of the piece(s) have had previous experience in the medium(s) proposed, which must be disclosed in detail in the application form.

Entry Fee

Media & Materials
No restrictions in terms of materials or media have been established in order to ensure maximum creativity for participating artists. However, since ACP is an organization that promotes all things photographic, it is a requirement that your project involve lens-based media as an integral part of the piece (this includes images and/or video captured by a lens, or media in which light sensitivity is a primary element of the material). We encourage you to think widely and to explore this concept without restraint. Please keep in mind that durability, safety and minimal maintenance needs are absolutely required. Also, it may be helpful to know that ACP owns a 10,000 lumens projector which may be used as a part of a project (proposal would need to consider logistics, power, safety and weatherproofing). However, we are not specifically seeking or favoring projection projects.

The $10,000 budget is all-inclusive, covering design, construction and/or fabrication, transportation, delivery, site preparation, lighting (if applicable), insurance, consultant fees, installation and de-installation at the conclusion of the project. Artist’s travel (if applicable) and all other costs associated with the project (including Artist’s fee) are included in this amount. If the proposed budget exceeds $10,000, artist must detail how the overage will be funded.

Site & Duration
Applicants may propose sites, but should be aware that it is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain permission and access from the proper authorities. Note that Artist should initiate the obtaining of permission during the application process. ACP can assist the artist in securing a site(s) for the project if assistance is needed. If the project is site specific, consideration should also be given to security, projection/viewability, and ambient light issues of a proposed site(s). ACP would like the project to begin in late September/early October 2011 and occur throughout the month of October, but will consider other time durations as they relate to specific projects. Artist should plan to remove the project during the first week of November, 2011.

Submission procedure & Contact Information

All proposed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2011.
Late proposals will not be accepted – no exceptions.
Submissions should be e-mailed to:, or mailed/delivered to:
ACP, 1135 Sheridan Road, NE, Atlanta, GA  30324.
Applications that are faxed, incomplete, or late will not be accepted.

Artists will be notified of panel recommendations by email.

For the complete details, please visit the ACP website

The Roundtable Review

The Roundtable Review is an opportunity for fine art photographers to present their portfolio to a panel of three reviewers, representing three areas of the photographic community — the gallery, the publisher, and the online presence.  The Roundtable Review is a juried review, and twenty photographers will be chosen to participate.  Each participant will have a 30-minute session with the three panelists and receive feedback on their work.
At the end of the two-day event, participants will socialize and network with the panelists and fellow reviewees at an evening cocktail party at the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery.  Additionally, the panelists will vote on a first place review prize, and the winner will receive an exhibition opportunity at the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 18, 2011.
Guidelines for submission:
•    An artist bio and a short description of the work
•    5-10 jpegs (100dpi and 6 inches at the longest dimension) sent in a zip folder (preferred) or as email attachments
Email submissions to There is a $25 non-refundable submission fee.  You may mail a check to the gallery at 75 Bennett Street, suite K2, 30309, or request a PayPal invoice to pay by credit card.  Payment must be received by the deadline of February 25 for your submission to be considered.
Accepted participants will be notified by Wednesday, March 23.  The cost of the review is $250.

Roundtable Reviewers for the April 2011 session:
Jennifer Schwartz is the owner of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is a fine art photography gallery promoting talented, original and emerging photographers as well as established contemporary photographers. Through regular rotating exhibitions, educational artist talks and the representation of gifted and unique up-and-coming photographers, the gallery aims to enhance awareness of the rich variety of photographic talent.
Jennifer Schwartz is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and has her BA from Colgate University and her MA from Georgia State University.  The owner of a successful commercial photography business for ten years, she opened her gallery in 2009 to give Atlanta’s thriving photography community a venue to showcase the work of emerging photographers. Focused on taking a fresh, enthusiastic approach to the traditional photography gallery, the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is committed to working collaboratively with other photographic entities and to building community both locally and through online venues.
David Bram is a fine art photographer and the editor, founder, and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art photography, showcasing the work of both emerging and very established fine art photographers.  Fraction Magazine was founded in 2008 and is currently on its 23rd issue.
David Bram has been reviewing portfolios at various events including Review LA, Review Santa Fe, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and FotoFest.  He was also a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a juror for Critical Mass in 2009 and 2010.
Alexa Dilworth is the Publishing Director/Editor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  She has a B.A. and an M.A., both in English, from the University of Florida, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.  In 1995, she was hired by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University to work for DoubleTake magazine, where she held the position of proofreader, managing editor, and then executive editor.  She was also hired as the managing editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the editorial, design, and production work for every CDS book since 1996.  She is the publishing director at CDS, and also runs the Awards program, which includes the Daylight/CDS Photo Awards, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, and 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers, among others.
CDS Books at the Center for Documentary Studies are works of creative exploration by writers and photographers who convey new ways of seeing and understanding human experience in all its diversity — books that tell stories, challenge our assumptions, awaken our social conscience, and connect life, learning, and art.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

SPE National Conference in Atlanta

Contact: Sheryl Banks, National Conference Planner
p 216/256-6521 f 216/622-2712


Society for Photographic Education’s 48th Annual National Conference, “Science, Poetry and the Photographic Image,” in Atlanta, March 10-13, 2011

(CLEVELAND, OHIO) - The Society for Photographic Education’s (SPE) 48th annual National Conference will convene March 10 – 13, 2011, in Atlanta, GA, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, with the theme of “Science, Poetry and the Photographic Image.” The conference will examine the union of the ideologies of scientists and poets in the context of photography with more than sixty presentations, discussions, and workshops by photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians, and professionals.
"The vernacular of science and poetry are infused in the methods and work of nearly every photographer," says Michael Marshall, SPE 2011 conference chair and associate professor of photography at the University of Georgia, in Athens. "This year's programming will take us into the very foundations of our process, investigating how we engage our experiences, and the visual languages we use to express them."

This year’s keynote speaker will be Abelardo Morell. Morell will take the audience through his photography career from early picture-making in New York City after his exile from Cuba, to his days at home as a new father photographing his children and finding beauty in everyday objects. It will be an overarching presentation of some of the more recognizable pictures, as well as some lesser-known images from his time photographing in museums, libraries, and landscapes around the world. His work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions, and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, among many others.

Other major presenters will include Catherine Wagner, presenting "Art & Science: Investigating Matter,” and Carolyn Guertin, presenting "Freeze Frame: Image, Space-Time, Text" Wagner is a keen observer of the built environment, examining institutions of learning and knowledge, such as art museums and science labs, as well as the ways we construct our cultural identity. Guertin is a cyberfeminist, photographer, and digital media scholar who specializes in digital narrative. She is currently working on a book called Digital Prohibition: The Death of the Author, The Rise of the Multitude.

SPE, which will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary in 2013 and just launched a new, state-of-the-art website, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a broader understanding of photography in all its forms. The national conference is the centerpiece of SPE’s yearly programming and features a Curator Portfolio Walkthrough, one-on-one portfolio critiques and sessions, informal portfolio sharing, Adobe demonstrations, a print raffle, silent auction, film festival, reception, dance party and an exhibits fair, featuring over sixty corporate exhibitors showing the latest equipment and processes, hot- off-the-press books, and other resources for lens-based artists. The exhibits fair is free and open to the public.

For more information and to register, please visit the SPE website,
The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography and related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms, and to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism.

Someone took more than a photograph

Last Friday night, February 4th, there was a kick ass art show in Los Angeles, called These Friends. Hundreds of people showed up to see great work and to socialize with their friends. Everyone had a great time until one person did something really stupid. This show was hosted by the collective known as ThisLosAngeles.

As the gallery was closing and was being cleaned up, someone came in and asked to use the restroom. Being the nice folks that they, they let this young man use the facilities.

On his way out, he grabbed this one of a kind Polaroid photograph of Dennis Hopper, that was made by the artist/actor Jason Lee.

As of this writing, this photograph has yet to be recovered. Jason Lee has even put up a $25,000 reward for it. Still no word.

If the photograph is not recovered, there is a very real chance that this amazing gallery space will have to close, permanently.  So not only did someone steal the photograph, but they will have stolen great public art space from the people of LA.

If you know anything about who might have the photograph or where it might be, please contact Jeremy Weiss at 323-747-5301 or

There's also more info at

Please pass this info along to everyone you know.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fujifilm X100 digital rangefinder

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Ferit Kuyas at Gallery 291

Gallery 291

Ferit Kuyas

Artist Reception Thursday Feb 10, 6-9pm

Feb 3 - April 23, 2011

Photographic works of Ferit Kuyas from his book "Chongqing: The City of Ambition"

Show Runs:   February 10 - April 23, 2011

**Opening Reception:  February 10, 6-8**

Artist Talk: February 12, 1:00 pm (free event)

Photographer Ferit Kuyas became fascinated by the "megalomaniacal" construction fervour he witnessed in this body of work named the "City of Ambition" from Chongqing, China.   The constant haze of pollution and large scale population of 32 million inhabitants translate in his images as being "huge, unstoppable, terrifying, incomprehensible, fascinating, beautiful...." as writers Diana Edkins and Bill Kouwenhoven state.  Kuyas' focus is on the periphery of the city where "the enormity of it cannot be directly seen, but rather felt."

These are images that depict a city that sits just downstream from the renowned "Three Gorges" on the Yangtze River and the now infamous dam.  The "city of fog" which Chongquing is known, has 3 noted dimensions: rivers, bridges and mist.  The past 25 years have brought incredible economic booms from the dam yet have transformed the society and the environment into a unrecognizable new reality, with a 4th dimension of heavy industrial pollution.  

Diana  opens her introductory from Kuyas’ book "Chongqing:  City of Ambition" with the following quote:

"Were do we come from?
What are we?
Where are we going?
-Paul Gauguin

Kuyas used a large format camera during a three year period on the outskirts of the city to attempt to capture the absence of history, an urban reality of disconnect in China's current economic explosion.  Showing the vast construction and deconstruction of the landscape, Kuyas creates a visual and emotional experience of what Edkins calls "today's China in all of its grandeur and grandeur’s contradictions....these pictures are more about what cannot be explained.  They serve as a stage for enigmatic dramas.."

Bill Kowenhoven comments that "The ever-present haze, the smog of the factories and the mist of the river, subtly rendered through Kuyas's lens, situate the constantly moving interface of this "city on the edge of forever' at a point that has always already been lost by the time the pictures are developed."

The "Chongqing: City of Ambition" book includes texts written by Diana Edkins and Bill Kouwenhoven in hardcover will be available for purchase and signed by the artist.

Gallery 291
291 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Photo Alliance Portfolio Reviews

I was invited to be a reviewer at the PhotoAlliance's 2011 Our World Portfolio Reviews.  But due to a scheduling conflict, I cannot be there.  
This is a great organization that I want to align Fraction with and I think you should too.

This is a juried portfolio review. 
Prescreening SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE is Friday FEBRUARY 11th, 2011 at 5pm.
The actual event takes place March 11-13 in San Francisco.

All of the details are HERE and be sure to check out the impressive list of reviewers.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Issue 23

Issue 23 is now available for viewing and includes the work of Jennifer Schlesinger, Jennifer Shaw, Nan Brown, S Gayle Stevens, Susan Burnstine.

Check it out at