Archive for October 2012

PPE 2012: Facing The Lack of Diversity in Photography and The Arts

Posted by on Monday October 29, 2012 | Fine Art

To provide some context for the PhotoPlus Expo panel discussion on “(Mis)representation: The Underrepresentation of Non-Whites and Women in the Arts,” moderator Charles Guice, an independent photo dealer, noted some statistics about the changing demographics of the United States. According to recent census data, whites in the US will no longer make up the majority... More

PPE 2012: James Balog on Using Art to Alter Perception About the Environment

Posted by on Monday October 29, 2012 | Fine Art, Media

As the Northeast braces for Hurricane Sandy to make landfall this evening, with schools and offices—including PDN‘s—closed in preparation, it seems an appropriate time to recap photographer James Balog‘s keynote address this past Saturday at Photo Plus Conference + Expo. Balog’s talk covered his Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) project, which shows through time-lapse video the... More

PPE 2012: On Making Compelling Portraits

Posted by on Monday October 29, 2012 | Celebrity, Fine Art

In the seminar “The Art and Business of Portraiture,” held during PhotoPlus Expo, portrait photographers Lydia Panas, Chris Buck, and Charlotte Dumas showed their work, primarily focusing on their fine art images, and described how they interact with their subjects to make compelling portraits. Gallerist Michael Foley of the Foley Gallery in New York moderated... More

PPE 2012: David LaChapelle Gets Personal

Posted by on Friday October 26, 2012 | Uncategorized

David LaChapelle began making photographs in the early Eighties in New York City while around him friends were dying of AIDS. His early black and white photos, shot by window light and manipulated in the darkroom through bleaching, burning or collaging, explored “metaphysical themes” of mortality and transcendence through religious imagery – winged figures, crosses... More

PPE 2012: Stephen Shore on Challenging Photography’s Conventions

Posted by on Thursday October 25, 2012 | Fine Art

In the 1970s, Stephen Shore, then a young photographer with one museum show to his credit, had dinner with Ansel Adams, the legendary landscape photographer. In the course of their conversation, Shore realized that he had no interest in taking beautiful pictures,  but only in “exploring the medium of photography.” During his keynote speech on... More

PPE 2012: How to Survive and Conquer Portfolio Reviews

Posted by on Thursday October 25, 2012 | Business, Fine Art

Portfolio reviews can be costly or, depending on what you make of them, cost effective. This idea—set forth by Center For Photography at Woodstock Executive Director Ariel Shanberg—was the focus of a panel this afternoon at Photo Plus Expo that aimed to help attendees understand how they can maximize their time and money during portfolio... More

FotoDC Presents the 5th Anniversary FotoWeekDC Festival – November 9-18, 2012

Posted by on Tuesday October 23, 2012 | Events, Uncategorized

            What began in 2008 as a week-long local photography festival has grown into a year-long, international commitment to the medium. While the venues, categories, and events offerings have evolved with each year, dedication to the FotoDC/FotoWeekDC missionremains constant: to provide exposure for photographers and make diverse, high-quality photography accessible... More

APA and EP Join Forces

Posted by on Tuesday October 23, 2012 | Business

Today two professional photography trade organizations‚ American Photographic Artists (APA) and Editorial Photographers (EP)‚ announced that they will merge to create one organization with a membership of approximately 3200 photographers. The move will see the creation of the first national chapter of APA, which will be known as the APA Editorial Photographers chapter. EP president... More

Alfred Kumalo, Chronicler of Apartheid and Mandela’s Career, Dies at 82

Posted by on Monday October 22, 2012 | Obituary, Photojournalism

Photographer Alfred Kumalo, who documented the brutalities of the apartheid regime in South Africa and the career of Nelson Mandela, its first freely elected president, died in Johannesburg on October 21. The cause of death was renal failure, AP reports. He was 82. The African National Congress,  South Africa’s ruling party, said in a statement:... More