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copyright Zoe Strauss

Zoe Strauss prints for only $250.
Details are available on Zoe's blog.
Order by May 3 or until they are gone.

Collection No. 6: Sitting Upright on a Chair

copyright Shen Wei

copyright Joseph Tripi

copyright Alec Soth

Word and Images Should Live Apart

I recently participated on a panel discussion in Santa Fe in conjunction with a lecture series for
Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe. I had prepared a few notes for this panel as I was in the company of some prominent individuals: the two curators, a gallery director, and the museum director. In response to one of the questions, referring to my notes, I responded "Photography, more than any other art form, has to do with memory. It captures a moment in time that is open to the interpretation, first by how the photographer chooses to frame the scene and later how the audience perceives the image that is presented." There are many layers of seeing and presenting an image in and out of its original context. I followed with the "fact" (as was pointed out in the panel discussion, you can give the same historical textual document to 10 different historians and come back with 10 different meanings. Never mind how punctuation can mess it up. See also Roger Casement and the comma) that the meaning of a photograph, more than any other primary resource, is malleable and unguarded against the whims of any subsequent generations. Not only is that individual photograph as a solitary object vulnerable, place it the context of an exhibition or publication and it can take on an entirely different meaning. Then add words and the whole thing can be shot to hell.

With these thoughts still in my mind, I received my copy of Lay Flat 01: Remain in Light in the mail a few days later. Founder Shane Lavalette, co-curator Karly Widenhaus and designer Katherine Hughes have conceived of a project where the images and the words are independent. With the photos as loose plates and the text include in a staple-bound book the audience has the opportunity to observe and absorb them separately.
Although some curation has to taken place in conceiving of the design, the audience has not only the opportunity like in many other magazines to flip to the essay of choice, but also the freedom to shuffle the cards to create his or her own narrative. This magazine is not a revolutionized form of viewing, but it allows for an individual experience within the limits of the print publication.


Quote: James Agee

"For one who sets himself to look at all earnestly, at all in purpose toward truth, into the living eyes of a human life: what is it he there beholds that so freezes and abashes his ambitious heart? What is it, profound behind the outward windows of each one of you, beneath touch even of your own suspecting, drawn tightly back at bay against the backward wall and blackness of its prison cave, so that the eyes alone shine of their own angry glory, but the eyes of a trapped wild animal, or a furious angel nailed to the ground by his wings, or however else one may faintly designate the human 'soul', that which is angry, that which is wild, that which is untamable, that which is healthful and holy, that which is competent of all advantaging within hope of human dream..."--James Agee, From the chapter Colon in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men


Call for Entry: PCNW Annual Photographic Competition

The Photographic Center Northwest's 14th Annual Photographic Competition Exhibition, Photo-Op, will be chosen by Ms. Jen Bekman. This annual juried exhibition draws entries from across the country and around the world, and remains among the most popular shows in PCNW's annual schedule. Selected entries will be exhibited at PCNW in Seattle from July 13th - September 4th, 2009. First, second, and third prize winners will take home $1000, $500, and $250 as well as $75 Gift Certificates of Blurb Scrip for each winner. The competition is open to all photographers, all photographic processes, and all themes. The juror is looking for work that represents a larger, cohesive body of work and will be selecting a short series from each photographer chosen. The entry fee is $47 for a minimum of five jpegs & artist statement file. Additional jpegs will be accepted if accompanied by a seven dollar per jpeg fee, up to ten jpegs total.

Deadline is Friday, May 15, 2009.

Of all the economies...

"Of all the economies in the world that are fed by cheap raw materials, there is perhaps none so glutted with resources as the economy of metaphor. Every thing, when you think about it, is just waiting to have meaning assigned to or discovered in it."-- Nicholas Muellner from The PhotographCommands Indifference


Collection No. 4: Trees and Scrubs

copyright Ron Jude

copyright Jesper Ulvelius

copyright Charlie Meecham

copyright Bryan Lear

copyright Sebastian Lemm

Whitney Hubbs Print for Sale for $50

I first saw Whitney Hubbs work at Review Santa Fe a few years ago. She was my first portfolio reviewee for the day and she was truly delightful. I fell for her work immediately. She is selling the print shown above for her MFA thesis exhibition at UCLA to help offset the cost of mounting and framing the show. She is making a limited edition of 50 of the image shown above for only $50. The imagesize is approximately 8 3/4" X 11" on 11"X14" fiber paper and is an archival silver gelatin print. To order, email whitney (at) whitneyhubbs (dot) com.

New Todd Deutsch Book

Todd Deutsch has published a book that is only available on his website.

Fraction Issue 6: New Mexico

copyright Jim Stone

copyright Debbie Caffery

The newest issue of Fraction Magazine is now out with the work of five New Mexico photographers--Debbie Caffery, Kirk Gittings, Jim Stone, Carlan Tapp and Jeff S. Willis. It also includes book reviews by Joshua Spees and The APUG Group Show curated by David Bram.


Collection No. 3: Landscapes

copyright Grant Willing

copyright Daniel Shea

copyright Alana Celii

Call for Entry: Expression Photography Award

This year’s theme is focused around communities:
"A sense of community is at the core of our lives, in some cases it unites us and in others it divides us from one another. This universal force is omnipresent in humankind and our diverse forms of expression, from acts of benevolence & kindness to movements of oppression & isolation. Each manifestation of human action has it's causes & effects, it's beneficiaries or victims.
These impulses and actions are shaped by our individual identities and reflect our collective spirit."

The main award is:
A $10,000 USD grant to support the continuation of his or her work.
Mentorship from Magnum jury photographers.
HP’s latest HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer & a suite of media supplies to produce the project in exhibition form.
The opportunity to work with the Magnum in Motion creative production team to produce a multimedia essay of the project.
Production sponsorship of a solo exhibition printed on HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer Series.
$3,000 USD credit for production of the photographer’s essay in book form, in collaboration with
Blurb.com and printed on HP Indigo printers.
A PhotoShelter Pro Account with 100GB storage and customizable website, for one year.

The full details of the program and submission to the award program are now published at:

Susan Meiselas, Jonas Bendiksen, Paolo Pellegrin & Alec Soth will be reviewing your submissions to find the most revealing and impactful visual
presentation for this year’s award recipient.

Deadline is Sept. 30, 2009.

Call for Entry: Art of Photography 2009

The ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW 2009 is an international exhibition of photographic art which will take place August 29 through November 1, 2009 at the elegant Lyceum Theatre Gallery, located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, California. The Opening Reception Gala will be on Saturday, August 29th, and will be a world class event!

WEBSITE: www.artofphotographyshow.com

The Prospectus and entry details are available here. The online entry process is very easy, simply filling out a short registration form and then uploading your images as JPEG files. Images created via any form of photography will be accepted for consideration (i.e. shot on film, shot digitally, unaltered shots, alternative process, mixed media, digital manipulations, montages, photograms, etc.), so long as part of the image is photographically created.

Charlotte Cotton is the Judge for the Art of Photography Show 2009. Ms. Cotton is Curator and Head of the Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) She has curated photography exhibitions at museums and universities around the world and has written numerous books, catalogs, essays and articles on various aspects of photography. Charlotte Cotton is highly respected in the global photographic community, so it's a significant honor to be selected by her.

$10,000 IN AWARDS (Double what we awarded last year!):
$2,000 1st Place Award
$1,600 2nd Place Award
$1,200 3rd Place Award
$ 800 4th Place Award
$ 400 (11) Honorable Mention Awards

$25 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry. There is no limit to the number of entries an artist may enter. The entire registration, upload, and payment process can be done securely right on the website.

The entry deadline is
May 22nd.


Call for Entry: Women Photojournalists of Washington

I am pleased to announce that I will be a judge for the Women Photojournalists of Washington along with Susanne Miklas of Newsweek and Pamela Chen of Open Society Institute. Submissions are only open members who are professional female photojournalist or students based in the DC metro area.

Deadline is Sunday, March 15, 2009 at midnight.

No Need to Upgrade to HD

Once again, I have succumbed to the need to collect and
catalogue images based on the subject of the photograph. The next theme, I think, will be based on patterns or design, but for now enjoy some lovely television images I found.

copyright Todd Hido

copyright Ian Whitmore

copyright Eric Cousineau

copyright Bryan Schutmaat

copyright Kyle Ford

copyright Alana Celii

copyright Daniel Espeset

copyright Alec Soth

copyright Gabrielle Rael

Call for Entry: Photography.Book.Now

Photography.Book.Now 2008, which was hosted by Blurb and included a range of photography industry sponsors (like American Photography, JPG magazine, Flickr, etc), is now set to begin again, for a second time, with the same Grand Prize ($25,000!).

This year, there will be 3 categories (as opposed to just the 2 from last year): Fine Art, Editorial, Commercial. The wording for these 3 categories can be found here, on the Photography.Book.Now website.

The judges, who will be announced in the coming weeks, will be drawn from the international pool of photography professionals with backgrounds in the arts and editorial work, and will include magazine picture editors, gallerists, photographers and museum curators. We had an amazing line-up of judges last year, and this year will be no different.

Deadline is 12:00 PM PDT July 16, 2009. Visit Photography.Book.Now contest page or Darius Himes' blog to find out more info.

Call for Entry: Hey Hot Shot

Hey, Hot Shot! competition has officially begun for 2009! They are currently accepting submissions for consideration in this round of competition.

This year's panelists are Jen Bekman, Christine Collins, Dana Faconti, Caterina Fake, Stephen Frailey, Raul Gutierrez, Darius Himes, Jenni Holder, Julia Leach, Nion McEvoy, Lesley A. Martin and Kent Rogowski.

The deadline is Friday, May 1st, 2009 @ 8pm EDT.

Call for Entry: Women in Photography

WIPNYC - Lightside Individual Project Grant
Women in Photography, co-founded by Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips in June 2008 to showcase the works of female fine art photographers, is pleased to announce their first project grant, funded by Lightside Photographic Services and co-sponsored by LTI. The $3,000 grant award will provide funding to one photographer to support project costs.

GRANT: $3000.00. One grant will be awarded

APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS: Wednesday April 1, 2009 12am
Link to online application will be made available on wipnyc.org.

Deadline is May 1, 2009

For more info, check out Cara Phillip's Ground Glass Blog

Call for Entry: NY Photo Festival

The New York Photo Awards 2009 will once again honor talented photographers from all over the world whose exceptional work breaks new grounds visually, intellectually and aesthetically. The Awards will give these visual artists the opportunity to reach key decision makers in the photographic community and the editorial, fine art and commercial worlds. Submissions will be accepted starting March 2nd through May 1st, 2009. The Award winners will be announced in May during the second edition of the Festival.

Submissions: Only works produced or published between January 1, 2008 and April 15, 2009 are eligible for submission. Please visit www.newyorkphotoawards.com for more information on how to submit.

Categories include Professional and Student submissions in Editorial, Short Film, Fine Art, Advertising, Social Documentary and Photobook. Deadline is May 1st, 2009.