Flash Flood Issue 2

copyright Jason Fulford

copyright Sheilah Wilson

I have been very busy lately with the new collaborative effort, of which I am part,
Flash Flood. We have just launched Issue 2. This issue includes interviews and works with David Bram, Jason Fulford and Holly Roberts from New Mexico and a showcase of images by Sheilah Wilson. I hope to be back to this blog soon with new interviews. In the meantime, check out Flash Flood.

You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook (of course), and sign up for our mailing list by emailing contact@flash-flood.org with your email address.

Critical Mass Top 50: My Top Picks

There were over 200 people from varying backgrounds judging the second round of work submitted to Critical Mass this year so the picks were spread far and wide. I would like to add my opinions about some of the artist who did not make it to the top 50. Here is a list of my favorites:

(not in the top 50,... but fantastic!!)

Tony Chirinos (not on the top 50)

Susan Worsham (not on the top 50)

These photographers made it in the top 50:

Jenn Ackerman

Simone Lueck

Phillip Toledano

See the minimal point difference on Critical Mass Blog.


photo-eye First Wednesday Salon Tonight, November 4th, 2009

First Wednesday Photography Salon
Artists presenting: Kelly Eckel, Greg MacGregor, and Ford Robbins

November 4th, 2009, 6:30 meet the artists, 6:45-9 salon
photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Contact: Melanie McWhorter
505.988.5152 × 112

First Wednesday’s October salon will be held on October 7th, with the opening reception starting at 6:30pm and the salon running from 6:45pm to 9pm. For this month’s Salon, Kelly Eckel will be presenting a variety of work, including work from her series Fragmented. Ford Robbins will be presenting work from and discussing the process of publishing his book Connections: A Visual Journey through the University of New Mexico Press, and Greg MacGregor will be giving a talk entitled Explosions in the Western Landscape— Mine and Theirs, consisting of photographs of explosions.


New Mexico Photography Website and Call for Entry

copyright Scott B. Davis

The blog has not been very active for the month of October because I was working on a collaborative effort with four other New Mexico photographers--
Jonathan Blaustein, Jesse Chehak, David Ondrik and Jennifer Schlesinger-- to form Flash Flood. Although my article was delayed, there is some great content on the site including:

The Clock Didn’t Really Stop Long Ago by David Ondrik. A review of Craig Varjabedian’s photography exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum, on view through October 11, 2009.

Scott B. Davis, New Mexico Influences by Jonathan Blaustein. An interview with Scott B. Davis, Artist and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, who received his BFA from University of New Mexico in 2000.

The New Director of Scheinbaum & Russek, Ltd, Andra Russek by Jennifer Schlesinger. Russek recently migrated back to her hometown from New York where she worked at Swann and Sotheby’s Photography Departments.

Flash Flood’s New Mexico curated by Jesse Chehak. A call for images for Flash Flood-curated essays and portfolios from readers contributions.

Most important is the call for work created in New Mexico to be curated by Jesse Chehak. Submissions are due by October 25th, 2009. Find the specs here and email foto@flash-flood.org.


Call for Entry: Shots Magazine 2009 Portfolio Issue

Shots Magazine: The 2009 PORTFOLIO ISSUE
Submit a cohesive series or simply a selection of your best images. Photographers selected for inclusion will be interviewed for publication and featured on at least 4 pages in this annual edition of SHOTS. (Note: Photographers who have been featured in past Portfolio Issues or who have been the subjects of interviews are not eligible for this issue.)

Send 12 to 20 images for consideration.


An established independent photography journal in its 23rd 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 submissions must be received by November 2nd, 2009

Call for Entry: Issue 3, SuperMassiveBlackHole

Submissions for the Theme section are still being accepted - for Issue#3 the theme is open so there is no specific subject.

For an idea of what they publish check out the previous two issues on the website (do not forget you can still find Issue#1 in the Archive),
and please read the Submission Guidelines before submitting.

Deadline is November 1st, 2009.

For more info, email smbhmag@gmail.com.


LAND/ART NM Exhibitions & Lectures at 516 Arts in Albuquerque


October 3–December 12, 2009 at 516 Arts

Grasslands is a photographic series by Michael P. Berman about the Chihuahuan Desert grasslands in New Mexico, Texas and the northern border of Mexico, where he has wandered into the desert without a compass to, in his words, “live deliberately.” He believes that how you see the land comes down to what you value. “I believe art has a greater potential for meaning when it serves some purpose. People have started to recognize these lands as significant and this is something art can help along. If anything my work is to generate small symbols that reveal the greater complexity of things.” This exhibition is presented together with Separating Species, both curated by Mary Anne Redding, Curator of Photography, Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum. The exhibition catalog for Grasslands and Separating Speciesis published by Radius Books, including essays by William deBuys, Rebecca Solnit and Mary Anne Redding. Available from 516 ARTS, Radius Books, and select bookstores nationwide.

Separating Species

October 3–December 12, 2009 at 516 Arts

Concurrent with Grasslands, the Separating Species exhibition features artists focusing on animals, humans, the biosphere and the U.S. Mexico border, including photographers Krista Elrick, Dana Fritz, David Taylor and Jo Whaley. Curator Mary Anne Redding recounts an essay by Terry Tempest Williams, In the Shadow of Extinction, about the destruction of prairie dogs on the Navajo Reservation. The Navajo elders objected, insisting that if you kill all the prairie dogs, there will be no one to cry for the rain. Redding says, “all things are intertwined: the rain, prairie dogs, folklorists, environmentalists, writers, academics, even those in the government.” Grasslands and Separating Species look at these disappearing desert grasslands and the animals that are affected when ecosystems, both in the desert and elsewhere, are destroyed: “no one is left to cry for the rain.”

WPOW show as Part of Foto Week DC

FOTOWEEK: November 7th - 14th
FOTOWEEK DC Opening Reception: November 7th @ 7pm
Show Length: November 7th – 2010

As WPOW evolves from a local organization into a national nonprofit, the show
represents the organization's mission to connect to and educate the public of the work of women photographers, appropriated titled Launch. Members entries were to embody the words "embark, initiate, introduce and propel" as the theme of this show.

This show was generously curated by *Susanne Miklas (*Newsweek’s Deputy
Director of Photography), *Melanie McWhorter (Photo-Eye’s Book Division Manager) and *Pamela Chen* (Photography and Multimedia Producer for the Open Society Institute.)

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Astrid Riecken, Allison Shelley, Abby Greenawalt, Ashley Twiggs, Algerina Perna, Amanda Lucidon, Andrea Bruce, Carol Guzy, Gabriela Bulisova, Jamie Rose, Katie Falkenberg, Laura Elizabeth Pohl, Melina Mara, Sarah L.Voisin & Yanina Manolova

WPOW is Women Photojournalists of Washington, a non-profit organization of over 200 professional and student photojournalists, photo editors and multimedia professionals in the Washington D.C. metro area. The group provides education, mentorship and networking opportunities to its members
and the general public.

The slide show, print and traveling exhibit of Launch are exclusively sponsored by Camera Bits, the makers of Photo Mechanic.

photo credit: Andrea Bruce


Guide to Unique Photography Photobook Prize with Blurb

GUP is calling all photographers and artists for the 2009 edition of the Prize for Unique Photography (PUP). Deadline is October 1, 2009.

After four editions of PUP we have revamped the concept. Blurb decided to hook up with us and give PUP a fresh feel.

Entering the PUP competition is simple: Any photographer under 35 years of age with an idea for a book - which is largely based on autonomous photography - can take part. It is important that candidates show awareness of the form and lay-out of photo books and keep their theme central to their work. Mixed media is acceptable as long as photography is the main medium.

A professional jury consisting of renowned publishers, famous photographers and curators will pick the winner. The prize comprises of ten copies of the book and a whole lot of free publicity from Blurb, GUP and local media. GUP will offer the winner a unique chance to print a photo book and have a publication in GUP. The winner will be announced in November of this year when he or she will get the opportunity to sit down with GUP editors and curators to draw up plans for the book. The date of publication is spring 2010. The book will be internationally distributed online.

Contesters need to supply the following documentation:
Description (book)project (contents)

Description (book)project (design)

CD-rom/DVD-rom with photos of proposal/concept (only jpeg files)

Printed version with photos of proposal/concept

Documentation list with order and numbering of the supplied photos

Contesters can submit their written (book) project proposal, together with all visual documentation, before October 1st 2009, to:
GUP / PUP Lindengracht 35 1015 KB Amsterdam The Netherlands

Review LA is Open with a Few More Spaces for Reviewees

Center's Review LA
January 14-16, 2010

Center's Review LA is a two-day photographic event in Santa Monica, CA, that provides photographers a platform to network and share work with one another and photography professionals. Photographers have the opportunity to purchase 3, 6, or 9 reviews. Participants partake in portfolio reviews, a night of Portfolio Viewing open to the public, and a photographers' online listing.

For more information please click here.


Interview with Aron Morel of Morel Books

spreads from Paul Herbst, My Shit is Gold

I usually try to keep up with all the small book publishers out there, but this world is ever-expanding. One great one that I missed was Morel Books. Luckily, Aron Morel emailed me a few months back about his new book on Jonnie Craig. Morel is pushing the bounds of the zine publications and branching into the addicting world of photobook publishing.

MM: Who are the founder(s) of Morel Books? When was it founded and why?

Morel books was an idea I had been fumbling in my idleness for ages.
It just had to leap out of the causeless chaos of cranium and into the tangible magic of book! Books are a fascinating form of tangible information. They can come in any size, format, texture, substrate, weight, print-run etc. --the forms are unlimited as long as you can still define it as a “book”. This gives the "artist" the ability to present their work within a context which they feel is the most appropriate to suit their means. Further, the relationship between the book and the viewer has many variables. The viewer can choose to flip through the book consecutively, backwards, randomly, at their own place and within whatever setting/time they choose. At times, I prefer books to gallery shows-- though seeing original prints is always a wonder.

I suppose to overcome that let down, we arranged some of our books come with an original print, etc.
On the other side is the desire to mix great artists. We work with young upcoming artists i.e. Jonnie Craig, Paul Herbst, mingling them with the like of Ryan McGinley, Gerard Malanga, and Stella Vine. It’s a "democratic" vision, as long as its good work, it works without any prioritizing.

Why did you choose to self-publish? Have you had any experiences with publishers?

Why? To busy idle thumbs and escape the devils ennui!
And I suppose I’m obsessed by artists books.

spreads from Stella Vine

Who designed and printed the zines/books? How many did you print? How do you choose how many to print?

All the books work differently. Most of the books are designed in house (not all), with close communication with the artist. I think it’s fundamental to get what the artist wants.
Production wise, I suppose one of the fun parts is finding different production methods. I’ve done my fair share of binding etc. I find it meditative and it’s good to have your hands in all aspects of publishing! I try to keep the print-runs really low but still cheap, I think it’s great when someone can pick up a modestly priced book that might become collectible-- like the Jonnie Craig zine “Nothing in particular” was only a 50 print-run offered as a gift with the first 50 books sold. I only have one (I think it’s the same case with Jonnie), I’m even seeking them out from old friends myself.

MM: How would you recommend a photographer get funding for his or her project aside from personal funds? Do limited edition prints help?

Beg, Steal, or borrow. Work the graveyard shift and use whatever wit you can, be it limited edition prints or extortion and trafficking.

MM: What was the budget for the book and did you come close to this number when the project was finished? Where there any unforeseen complications with the project that you did not anticipate?

Budgets etc spoil the magic of books, all books have a budget, it’s just about getting the most out of it.

MM: Do you have other advice for photographers seeking to self-publish?

Don’t be too ambitious with print-runs, create a network, and try to get your work online.

Who is your favorite photographer or one who has impacted your life and work?

No such thing, too many genres, styles etc…
I collect found photographs; they seem to be inspirational and nameless enough.

spreads from Gerald Malanga, Someone's Life

MM: In your personal work, are you influenced by other mediums other than photography? Which ones and why?

When it’s not photography, there’s a lot of poetry--mystical stuff, urban drunken visionaries Attar, Rimbaud, Cummings, Orhan Veli…
I’ve tried for years to combine them, but it always ends out cheesy. I suppose only Blake managed to mingle vision and verse in his illuminated books, and I guess his success can be attributed to his brother instructing him on the method from beyond the grave.

What blogs do you read? Magazines?

I have a huge list of blogs…
There are a bunch of highly influential curators working online! I think their use of the medium is fantastic and I’ve never really bought any magazine.

MM: What are some of your future projects?

At present we’ve just release Ryan McGinley’s Moonmilk.
We’re also working on a poetry book, A Season In Hell by Arthur Rimbaud, with illustrations from Patti Smith as well as a selection of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. This is gonna be a tiny print run! Zine-wise, we have a Jerry Hsu, Gavin Watson, a possible Daido Moriyama, coming up, as well as London Art book fair, Published and be Damned, New York Art Books fair.

The Ryan McGinley book was highly successful, selling out within a couple of weeks from its release date. The popularity of McGinley and the increased price of his out-of-print books are two of the reasons the book was so successful, but will you elaborate on how you marketed this book? Did you market it any differently than any of your other titles? All our books are treated with an equal approach be it a zine or a Mcginley book.

Ryan's new body of work had already received much attention as it is a brave and beautiful departure from his previous work,
-so the word was already out there. We still kept the book in specialist retailers, a limited print run, and at a modest price -in spite of the knowledge that it will be heavily sought after! I suppose the only thing we actively did, is not allow one retails to order too many books, as it is nice to give eager admirers worldwide an opportunity to access the book!

**I had hoped to publish this interview before the Ryan McGinley book Moonmilk was released, but time was not permitting. Now, this new Morel Book publication is out-of-print. I would keep an eye on Aron Morel and Morel Books. Follow him on twitter or email mail@morelbooks to be on the mailing list.


Interview with photographer and publisher Erik van der Weijde

Erik van der Weijde from This is Not My Son

A little after I started this blog, I added an entry about the photo zine which sparked some debate at work about the true nature and definition of a zine (maybe I will discuss this more later). This post also brought my blog to the attention of photographer Erik van der Weijde. He emailed me about his website 4478 zine where he lists and sells all his printed materials and since that time, I have become a huge fan of his work. Erik's newest publication, This is Not My Son, is only printed in a small edition of 100 copies and 10 limited editions (this version is already sold out). Here Erik discusses this and other projects.

MM: Will you tell me the history of 4478 zines? Where did you get the name?

EW: I started making and distributing my own zines already in art academy, somewhere in 2002 I guess. When it became a bit more serious, around 2004, I started numbering them, but the main title always was ‘foto.zine nr.1’. And then you had first, second etc. issue. This name I used, because it was like a zine, or fanzine, but with only photographs, and as each issue had a different graphic design, I then came up with the nr.1 thing. I have a collection of porn mags from the seventies and eighties, but only their first issues. They have such a great ‘non’-design what inspired me. Often they would stop existing or went on with a new name after the first issue. I liked that. As a name for my publishing company I also wanted to use a number. And of course it had to be a bit mysterious, like many of my zines, which lack of any explanatory text. So I have this collection of pictures of the Mt. Matterhorn in Switzerland; postcards, books etc (I love the Alps) because this is graphically such a beautiful mountain and its height is… 4478 meters. It’s my homage to the Matterhorn, actually.

MM: You seem to have a interest in photographing architecture and particularly German and Brazilian works? Why does this interest you?

Well I live in Brazil, though I’m Dutch and I’ve been going there since 1994. So it’s kind of my second, actually first now, home. As a child I’ve spent many holidays in southern Germany, my grandmother is German and it was my first ‘exotic’ place to visit. Good old (holiday) memories, what for me photography is all about. I like modernist architecture a lot, because it was, and often still is, so different. Where this architecture is still sort of a witness of history, it gets even more interesting for an artist. The State architecture of the Nazi’s often still in use, I recently found a former transformer house, for the Nurnberg Rallies, which is now a Burger King. That’s exactly what I look for. And as for Brazil, Oscar Niemeyer is just a great architect, who had the opportunity of a lifetime, to build almost a whole capital. An artist’s dream, I guess. I think I’d really like to be an architect, that also might be a reason for the photographs…

Erik van der Weijde from Siedlung Special Edition

MM: Your new book is titled This is Not My Son? What is the project about?

EW: Basically it’s about my son. My beautiful eight years old boy, of whom I take pictures since he was 5 seconds old. I have all these great pictures of him, but then I started wondering if it was work, or just a father photographing the family. And I started questioning my role whenever I took a picture of him: Am I a father photographing a son? Or an artist photographing a model? And he, was he posing for his father? Or just to be in a picture? But in the end it’s all just great pictures and why shouldn’t I use that in my work? As he’s such a big part of my life and who I am. So in the book it’s not my son, but pictures of my son…

Erik van der Weijde from Archivo

MM: Although you published your book Siedlung with Roma Publications, with your new book This is Not My Son, you published it yourself. Why did you choose to self-publish? What are some of your experiences with publishers?

EW: Well actually it’s published by the Swiss publisher Rollo-Press, in collaboration with 4478zine. I was thinking of publishing it myself and looking for a way to print and then came across this great publisher, who prints almost all publications on an old Risograph machine. And that was just the look I was searching for. So I approached the one-man publisher Rollo-Press and it sort of clicked and we took it from there.

MM: Who designed and printed this book and your other zines/books? How many did you usually print? With the project This is Not My Son, why did you choose to do such a small edition of this book? How do you choose how many to print?

EW: This book was designed by me, as all of my books, because it’s a big part of the work, of the projects. I’m not a graphic designer, but I don’t want my books to have a too graphic graphic design, if you know what I mean. Usually I print about 400 to 500 copies, mostly in Brazil, but for This is not my Son I wanted something more personal, handmade and exclusive. So together with Urs Lehni, who’s a graphic designer and the guy behind Rollo-Press, we printed the whole book in 4 days on this great Risograph machine.
Did you go on-press? If so, what was your role on-press? I went from Brazil to Z├╝rich to print the book. Rollo-Press owns this sort of digital mimeographer, the Risograph, and we started printing right away. I really wanted kind of the default quality of the machine, in black and white, with sometimes a colored picture in between; a red, blue or green one. So my role on-press, hmm let me see, I sometimes checked the blackness, I made coffee and chose the soundtrack for the printing… And in the meanwhile I quickly designed a new, 4 by 5 inch booklet for the zine series, which we printed also the last day. A very limited edition collection of green Volkswagen beetle images…

Erik van der Weijde from This is Not My Son

MM: How would you recommend a photographer get funding for his or her project aside from personal funds? Do limited edition prints help?

EW: There’s the hardest part. I mean, personal funding is usually the biggest part. The smaller zine series now kind of pay themselves, but for other projects, it’s difficult. I always use a pre-ordering system, where friends, colleagues and collectors get a small discount if they pre-order their copy. But you also have to be aware that as an artist, if you’d do an exhibition with large prints, some aluminum or framing, you could almost pay for a publication. Maybe not in full color and on a glossy paper, but still… That’s always been my consideration. And once you’ve made your first one or two books, it becomes an addiction and you’ll find the money somewhere. Yes, you have to invest some money, but I’d rather invest it in my work than buy a flat-screen TV…
As for limited editions, sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t. I mean all the small bits are welcome when you’re looking for funding. If a limited can help get you another 10 or 20 percent, that’s great.

MM: What was the budget for the book and did you come close to this number when the project was finished? How do you choose the materials for each project?

EW: Haha, that’s a good question! I really don’t know…I’m still waiting for the invoice, so… I started the project with some 1500 dollars or so, but I have no idea how much we went over the budget. We really didn’t talk finance yet. Luckily the book started selling right away, so I’m not too worried. And about the material, it always has to fit the content of the project. Take the Siedlung book for example, which is about houses built by and for the Nazi’s in the 1930’s, so for me the book should look as if it was made in that period. And where I show harsh reality of prostitution in Brazil, in the book Praia, of course it should be in quite raw colors and a fitting glossy paper. But maybe this is so clear for me and you might think— why the hell did he use…?

MM: Where there any unforeseen complications with the project that you did not anticipate?

Well yes. But that’s also part of photography for me. I mean a shadow falling right on my subject is as a gift from above, not? These coincidences make the work more interesting, I think. For this book I wanted the dust jacket-cover to be in silkscreen, but then the friend with the silkscreen setup had to move his studio those days. And I wanted the book ready, so we came up with this Japanese sort of table sized silkscreen device, a Gocco printer, which we could borrow. The great thing about this Gocco, you should Youtube it, ‘cause it’s really awesome, is that you can print as many colors you like, in one run. So I now have a six color print on the cover, thanks to the silkscreen ‘complication’…

MM: Do you have other advice for photographers seeking to self-publish?


MM: Who is your favorite photographer or one who has impacted your life and work?

EW: That would be Paul Kooiker, with whom I worked in his studio. He’s a great artist and his work still surprises me. His work is what photography could and should be.

MM: In your personal work, are you influenced by other mediums other than photography? Which ones and why?

EW: I guess I’m influenced mostly by books, art or photography books. And of course architecture. A good photobook or a good building makes me wanna run back to the studio and start working!

MM: What blogs do you read? Magazines?

EW: I frequently visit iheartphotograph.com and vvork.com. And Facebook. I read that as it were a magazine and always find something nice. And I also wanna pitch my own blog fz77.blogspot.com with many found photographs. For me found amateur photographs are very inspiring…

MM: What is your favorite book, photo or otherwise?

EW: Ahh. That would be a few, but Case History by Boris Mikhailov is the one I’ll choose here today. Great, heavy, raw. Just good.

MM: Any mistakes with your publications or anything you would have done differently with a project?

EW: There are always small things, which the viewer probably doesn’t even see. And it also changes from time to time: sometimes I think I chose the wrong paper, but then a few months later I totally agree again with my paper choice. And I think I wouldn’t have done things differently, because from those mistakes you learn most, for next book projects.

Erik van der Weijde from This is Not My Son

MM: What are some of your future projects?

EW: Ok, here we go. I’m working on a follow up for the Siedlung book, together with ROMA Publications, which will feature the housing in Brasilia, the so called Superquadras. Those ‘Superblocks’ were built mostly in the 50’s and 60’s and all have a similar basic plan. It’s gonna be a really nice thing, beginning of 2010. And I’m finishing a new foto.zine series, the nr.3, of which I’ve already printed the first issue. It’ll have this really low printing quality, a bit strange…Uhm, a new foto zine coming up for Kaugummi Books, called Down the Rabbit Hole 3, already. And apart from this I have already 3 other books in my mind, almost ready, but…still looking fur funds…and for new titles and upcoming things you can always check my website 4478zine.com

Ahorn Magazine Issue 4 is now out

This issue of Ahorn features two portfolios, one by one of my favorite photographers, Susan Worsham, and Shen Wei; interviews with Ron Jude, Andrew Phelps and Karin Apollonia Muller; two book reviews of Westward the Course of Empire featuring photos by Mark Ruwedel and Peter Sutherland's Muddy Treads and Simon Roberts discusses his project and book, We English.


Contest to Win a Bruce Haley Limited Edition Portfolio

copyright, Bruce Haley

Click this link for a chance to win a free copy of Bruce Haley's limited edition portfolio.

Here is the info on the hunt from Bruce:

The section of this website entitled “The Post-Apocalyptic World” is strictly for you industrial junkies, you science fiction lovers, you gamers - all of you who enjoy immersing yourself into vast wastelands of dead machinery… I have a great deal of such material that I will probably never get to use, so I thought I would make this like an online opening of my contact sheets - put it up rough (straight scans with zero adjustments and no spotting) and show a large amount of work that has never been seen before… you can also view this as if you were stepping through the rubble and exploring these sites right alongside of me… and I also thought that it would be fun to have a contest of sorts, a post-apocalyptic version of “Where’s Waldo?” - there are close to 400 images in this section, covering vast swaths of land, and yet these places are almost entirely devoid of human life… almost… there are six people to be found in there… and a dog… five of the people are very easy to spot… one of the people, however, is damn difficult… and the dog isn’t too easy, either… so, for the first five people who locate all six humans and the dog, I will send you a copy of my limited-edition industrial portfolio (which you can read about elsewhere on this website)… oh, and here’s a hint - if you click on "info" at the bottom of your screen (by the advance arrows), this will bring up a number for each image... you will see, however, that only the first 135 images are numbered... so if you haven't found everyone by photo 135, then you're getting colder.... - B.


Graham Foundation Grant for Individuals

September 15, 2009: Grants to Individuals

The application deadline for Grants to Individuals is September 15, 2009.

The Inquiry Form for this deadline is available on the Graham Foundation website, www.grahamfoundation.org, and must be submitted online. The Inquiry Form is the first stage of a two-stage application process.

Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.
For more information on our grant programs, please visit the Graham Foundation website.
Look for our new website in October.
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Call for Work: SuperMassiveBlackHole Issue 3

From SuperMassiveBlackHole newsletter:

The theme for the final issue of 2009 is OPEN so there is no specific subject as with previous issues. Issue#3 will accept the usual 1 - 3 images for the Theme section, this time on any subject. Please check the
Submission Guidelines for info.

Deadline is 1st November (5pm GMT).

So good luck to everyone submitting work!

Don't forget Issue#2 is OUT NOW and you can still download Issue#1 from the Archive


New Ice Plant Book: C'EST le PIED II by Tamara Shopsin

The Ice Plant usually publishes two or three books a season. They have published great photobooks like Ron Jude's Other Nature, Jason Fulford's Raising Frogs for $$$ and Mike Slack's Scorpio and the reprint of OK OK OK. This new season brings another Mike Slack Pyramids and C'EST le PIED II illustrations Tamara Shopsin. Here are a few of the illustrations from Shopsin's new book.


Call for Entry: Lens Culture Contest

Lens Culture is calling for images to be submitted by Sept. 15, 2009 for a portfolio award and single image award. The jury comprised on a international panel of experts will award four winning photographers cash prizes — plus prominent, exclusive photo features in Lens Culture and $1000 credit toward a professional, custom-designed portfolio website by liveBooks, plus a personal Blurb photobook (value $70 or 50 euros). For more info, check out the Lens Culture contest site.


Interview with publisher of Gottlund Verlag, Nicholas Gottlund

Nicholas Gottlund's studio and workshop

Coley Brown - Jam, Jelly, Honey, Wild Rice

Andreas Banderas & Nicholas Gottlund - U Tell Me

Nicholas Gottlund is a small publisher Gottlund Verlag based in Kutztown, PA. He has published numerous books including the award-winning
Jam, Jelly, Honey, Wild Rice by by the ever-so-young Coley Brown, Andrew Laumann's New Messages, and his own epitome of the democratic book, Wild Prayer. Later this year, he will produce Peter Sutherland's book, Even in the End and the lavishly produced Spirit by Henry Roy. Here he discusses how he makes a living pursuing his passions.

What make you want to self-publish? Have you had any experiences with publishers in the past?

NG: I haven't had too much experience dealing with other publishers up to this point. However I wear many hats, so to speak. I run my own small press/publishing house which is my full-time 'day' job. I started Gottlund Verlag in late 2007 and within the past year I have gained the necessary momentum to keep it sustainable. Making limited edition artist books in small editions is enjoyable for me because of the hands-on aspect and collaboration between all the involved parties. Also, the financial risk for the publisher is minimized which allows for taking on more experimental projects or those that have merit, but may not be a huge financial success.

Who designed and printed the books? How many did you print?

I usually lead design and art direction often as a collaborative effort with the artist. In the case of Andrew Laumann's book New Messages, Kimmy Elliot Fung did the design and art direction.
We work with a variety of local U.S. printers.

Each edition is very different from the others in concept, design and objecthood. We maintain a small number of letter presses in house on which we do things like embossing covers and printing from photo engravings. For the upcoming Henry Roy book, Spirit we are printing with the Kutztown Publishing Co. here in our hometown. I am very excited about this as my father's family has been running K.P.C. since the late 1800's.
Our editions typically range from 50 - 1,000 copies.

What was the budget for the book and did you come close to this number when the project was finished? Where there any unforeseen complications with the project that you did not anticipate?

The budget for all of our books is quite tight. However, the printing cost for Wild Prayer was very low due to the nature of the material (newsprint) and it being single color. We are looking at a very high printing cost for the Henry Roy book and the other associated costs, such as translation. Therefore, the production cost of our projects can differ quite a bit. I try to print with local printers who I can visit at the press, know personally and trust. I feel better in the given climate not having to ship books half way across the world. Printing domestically can be costly, so it then becomes a balancing act in pricing the book for retail.

How would you recommend a photographer get funding for his or her project aside from personal funds? Do limited edition prints help?

I think it might be helpful to find individual investors who are interested in your work or in an aspect of the project. I think that releasing a small number of the total edition as 'limited edition' along with a print or something like that is a very good idea to help recoup the production costs more quickly and as something to offer to those individuals who have helped you make the project possible.

MM: In your personal work, are you influenced by other mediums other than photography?

I don't think exclusively in terms of photography. While the majority of my practice is photo-based work, I have a background in printmaking. So I think often about printing techniques and typography. I'm influenced by those things as well as a lot of folk art, traditional home crafts and architectural practices.

What blogs do you read? magazines?

I don't read magazines regularly so much.
As far as blogs and the internet, I follow American Suburb X, Bevel and Boss, Reference Library, Repurpose, Same Bodies.

What is your favorite book, photo or otherwise?

NG: I don't think there is a singular one. There have been a few books that have come to me that I keep close.

MM: Do you have an odd or funny photography related story?

On my second to last trip in New Mexico I spent a whole day from dawn to dusk in the Valles Caldera in the Jemez Mountains which is home to large herds of elk. I spent the whole time there following them around as quietly as I could with two cameras; shooting, running, crawling and waiting. It felt very natural in a way and also very strange to think back on. The "Wild Prayer" book has one image from that day in it.

: Any mistakes with your publications or anything you would have done differently with a project?

There haven't been any mistakes yet. The artists I've worked with have been very meticulous in working through their ideas before the production phase, so by the time everything hits the presses they're happy with how it looks as ink on paper.

Henry Roy - Spirit

Peter Sutherland - Building the Mountains

What are some of your future projects?

Henry Roy's book, Spirit will be released in late September. It is a combination of his photography as well as six short stories which are these visceral accounts of places and moments throughout his life.

Peter Sutherland's book, Even in the End will be released in October. It is a thin black and white book entirely printed from engraved copper plates and printed on an old letterpress.

Repurpose by Matt Papich and Joe Williams. Repurpose is a collection of snapshots by friends that is very much an artist book. We are taking out time with this project and allowing it to reincarnate a few times before finalizing it.

Also, I have a book coming out, Plain + Fancy, produced by the publishing arm (Golden Age Printed) of the Chicago bookshop, Golden Age. It is published on the occasion of a exhibition of my work on display there. It opened on August 29th, 2009.

MM: Many photographers are electing to use newsprint as the medium for they book projects. I have some theories about why certain photographers use this type of paper, but why did you select this for Wild Prayer? Will you give some details about how this printing differed from other books in the past?

Because of the concept behind Wild Prayer newsprint made perfect sense as a material. With the lowered contrast of the images and the idea of the bleaching effects of light over time, the newsprint helped to accentuate all of it.
Working with a printer on a newspaper format project was much simpler than any other format I've done. It's printed on a web press where all the paper is on a giant roll, cut down, folded and bundled. It was very easy to set up for them. I made a pdf document to the final size in the order I wanted it to read at 150 dpi and that was it! No worrying about spine width, gutters, bleeds or other problematic issues like a traditional book.

MM: What is your background relating to book arts and printmaking? What is some of the equipment you use?

I went to undergrad for general fine arts, but found myself in the printmaking department most nights. I took many classes on letterpress printing and book binding at MICA. They had a great print studio and I was with a lot of tough, hard working printers there - a real wild bunch. It was a combination of printing in the studio along with a summer job of making archival book boxes for the library's collection of 400 rare/artist books that opened me up to that world.

Nicholas Gottlund's studio and workshop

In the shop now I have a Vandercook flatbed letterpress and a semi-functional Chandler + Price press. I have a nipping press, book press and assortment of misc. hand tools. In general it's a small but useful set-up. I use the studio set-up mainly for particular aspects of each edition like slipcases, embossing, letterpress printed covers, etc.