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August 5th, 2015

Inaugural Seattle Art Fair Brings Attention to Under-the-Radar Collector Base

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Photo courtesy of the Seattle Art Fair.

More than 60 galleries from across the country and as far afield as Hong Kong participated this past weekend in the first edition of the Seattle Art Fair. Co-organized by Microsoft founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and Brooklyn-based art fair producers Art Market Productions, drew more than 15,000 attendees and generated sales that pleased many galleries.

The positive results highlighted what many local and national galleries already knew: that Seattle boasts an important group of collectors, some well-established and others who are beginning to build collections and, thanks to a growing economy and a robust tech sector, have the means to do so. Robert Goff, a director at David Zwirner in New York, says the gallery participated because they feel Seattle is “a good place to build a foundation.” (more…)

July 29th, 2015

Video Pick: Rep Maren Levinson: Being a Good Photographer Isn’t Enough

Seattle-based photographer John Keatley recently posted a video interview he did with his rep, Redeye’s Maren Levinson, in which she touched on several changes to the photography industry. Her frank assessment of the market in which professional photographers and their reps operate has earned the video nearly 30,000 views on YouTube. (more…)

July 22nd, 2015

Alec Soth Offering Free “Winnebago Workshop” To Teen Artists

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Photographer Alec Soth and his Little Brown Mushroom (LBM) publishing imprint recently announced a hiatus from bookmaking to pursue a new initiative: The Winnebago Workshop, “a mobile classroom that puts artists with teens to create multimedia stories.”

The first free, weeklong workshop is coming up during the week of August 17–22, and Soth and LBM are currently seeking applications from artists age 16–18 who’d like to “drive wherever the wind blows us” and work on storytelling projects.

According to LBM’s Galen Fletcher, Soth’s own teen experiences with art were part of the inspiration to launch the workshops, which are supported by a Knight Foundation grant. “[He] wants to offer an experience that could make that significant of an impact on other teen artists,” Fletcher said in an email to PDN.

Another factor was the success of LBM’s “Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers,” which invited photographers, writers and designers to exchange ideas about storytelling in a setting described as ‘more summer camp than classroom.'”

The Winnebago Workshop application asks applicants to submit artwork, a self-portrait, a story that gives a sense of their personality and a description of their “dream field trip.”

Applications are due by August 3.

Related: Collaborative Duos: Alec Soth and Brad Zellar Explore What Community Means Today
Alec Soth on Wandering, Storytelling and Robert Adams vs. Weegee
The Great American Songbook

July 13th, 2015

Pulitzer Center Announces $1 Million Fund for Multimedia Journalism Projects

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has announced the Catalyst Fund, a new initiative that will support “as many as 40” multimedia journalism projects in the next two years with $1 million in grants made to journalists working with major news outlets.

In addition to supporting the production of multimedia reportage, the Fund will also support journalists in their efforts to disseminate projects to students through presentations at schools and via the Pulitzer Center website.

The Fund is supported by donations from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, and from individual donors.

“The Pulitzer Center is a leader among a growing field of nonprofit news organizations bringing creative models of production and dissemination to a disrupted news industry,” said Kathy Im, Director of MacArthur Foundation’s Journalism and Media program, in a statement.

The Pulitzer Center says it has already committed Catalyst Fund support to projects that will be published by The New York Times, National Geographic, MSNBC and other outlets.

Journalists interested in applying for Catalyst Fund grants are encouraged to apply through the Pulitzer Center’s grants portal, here: http://www.pulitzercenter.org/grants

Related: Q&A: How to Get Funding From The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

July 10th, 2015

Shortlist for $105K Prix Pictet Announced

Alixandra Fazzina was shortlisted for “A Million Shillings—Escape from Somalia,” her long-term project documenting migrants and refugees from Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Alixandra Fazzina was shortlisted for “A Million Shillings—Escape from Somalia,” her long-term project documenting migrants and refugees from Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

The organizers of the Prix Pictet today announced the 12 photographers on the shortlist for the sixth cycle of the award, which was founded by Swiss private bank Pictet Group. At CHF 100,000 CHF ($105,487), the Prix Pictet is one of the richest prizes for photography.

Each of the six cycles of the Prix Pictet have centered on a particular theme related to sustainability. The theme for the sixth Prix Pictet is Disorder. In a statement announcing the theme at a reception in November 2014, Prix Pictet chair Stephen Barber said: “The eternal struggle between order and chaos is the central tension of our times. Throughout the world there are examples of attempts to impose order without a clear understanding of the long-term consequences of so doing. With each passing day the illusion of order is shattered in a thousand different ways.” Previous themes have included Consumption, Power, Growth, Earth and Water.

The shortlisted photographers for the 2015 prize are: Ilit Azoulay (Israel); Valérie Belin (France); Matthew Brandt (U.S.); Maxim Dondyuk (Ukraine); Alixandra Fazzina (U.K.); Ori Gersht (Israel); John Gossage (U.S.); Pieter Hugo (South Africa); Gideon Mendel (South Africa); Sophie Ristelhueber (France); Brent Stirton (South Africa); Yang Yongliang (China). (more…)

July 9th, 2015

Sotheby’s and eBay Partner to Make Rare Photo Prints Avail to Auction Site’s Audience

A print of Ormond Gigli's "Lips" is estimated to fetch between $10,000-$15,000.

A print of Ormond Gigli’s photograph “Lips” is estimated to fetch between $10,000-$15,000.

While people can bid in-person during the July 22 Sotheby’s auction, Contemporary Living—Photographs, Prints & Design, they’ll be competing with eBay users from all over the world for prints by the likes of Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Sally Mann, Araki and many other greats. eBay users have had access to certain Sotheby’s auctions since the brick-and-mortar auction house and popular auction site announced their partnership in April of this year.

“Everyone—regardless of their location—will see the same item offered in the Sotheby’s New York salesroom and on eBay simultaneously and have the ability to bid online in real time,” said eBay Director of Emerging Verticals and Live Auctions Megan Ford, in a written statement issued to PDN. “The Contemporary Living sale is especially exciting for the wide variety of work from renowned artists, photographers, and designers.”

Among the many auction highlights is “Talmont II, Frankreich,” a mural-sized photograph by Elger Esser that has an estimate of $20,000–$30,000; “Kusho #2,” an image by Shinichi Maruyama estimated at $15,000–$25,000; Sally Mann’s “Untitled (Deep South #20),” estimated at $10,000–$15,000, and “Shipbreaking #50, Chittagong, Bangladesh,” by Edward Burtynsky, estimated at $10,000–$15,000. Uneditioned prints by Garry Winogrand, Daido Moriyama, Ruth Bernhard, O. Winston Link, Francesca Woodman, and Sebastião Salgado are on offer for estimated prices between $2,500 and $30,000.

Shinichi Maruyama's mural-sized print of "Kusho #2" is expected to sell for between $15,000-$20,000.

Shinichi Maruyama’s mural-sized print of “Kusho #2″ is expected to sell for between $15,000-$20,000.

Existing eBay users and those new to eBay can register here to bid or follow the auction. The general public can also preview the sale without registering.

Related: Photographers Could Get Royalties on Auction Sales Under Proposed Federal Bill
Managing Your Inventory of Limited-Edition Prints

June 16th, 2015

Video Pick: “Denali,” Film About Photographer Ben Moon and His Dog, Goes Viral

Denali from FELT SOUL MEDIA on Vimeo.

Our cover story last September was about DamNation, a film about dam removal and river restoration by director Ben Knight and the production company Felt Soul Media, which he cofounded with Travis Rummel. Outdoor apparel and equipment company Patagonia commissioned that film because the company’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, is an advocate for dam removal and river restoration. In our article, Knight predicted that we’d see more companies sponsoring documentary films about issues that matter to them. That relationship has continued, with Patagonia supporting Felt Soul Media’s latest short film, Denali, about photographer Ben Moon and his dog.

The seven-minute video, which Moon produced, chronicles the relationship between he and Denali, both of whom suffered through bouts of cancer with support from the other. It tells their story from Denali’s perspective, which is both charming and incredibly moving.

There is a very good chance at this point that you’ve seen or at least heard about the film. It has 8.2 million views since June 8 and was a Vimeo Staff Pick. But if not, we suggest you take the time to watch it with a best friend and a box of tissues.

Also: We hear Ben Moon will be speaking about building a photography career at PhotoPlus Expo this year. Maybe he’ll even tell a dog story or two.

Related: DamNation Documents the National Debate Over Dam Removals and River Restoration

June 9th, 2015

Free Photo Publication for Chicago Commuters Wins $10K Crusade Engagement Grant

A prototype of ".LDOC," a newsprint publication featuring the work of local Chicago photographers and writers.

A prototype of “.LDOC,” a newsprint publication featuring the work of local Chicago photographers and writers.

A free, Chicago-based newsprint publication featuring photo essays and creative writing won the second annual $10,000 Crusade Engagement Grant from Crusade For Art, the non-profit arts organization. Crusade for Art announced the grant this morning.

Danielle and Joseph Wilcox came up with the idea of producing a weekly newsprint publication and handing it out to commuters on Chicago’s Red Line train, which runs from the North Side to the South Side of the city. The publication, called “.LDOC,” will showcase the work of local photographers and writers.

“Our target audience, the 9-5 Chicago employee, would have ‘.LDOC’ with them on their way to and/or from work, creating for them a moment of respite, artistic awareness, and, as Picasso says, a moment to wash away the dust from everyday life,” the Wilcoxes wrote in their grant application.

“LDOC was the proposal that best balanced effective cost management and distribution with artistic quality,” said Brian Sholis, Associate Curator of Photography at Cincinnati Museum of Art and one of the grant jurors, in a statement. “It imagined a captive, repeat audience for the publication and has the potential for long-term sustainability. It is an ambitious but exciting project.”

The grant’s other jurors were Feature Shoot editor Alison Zavos and RAYKO Photo Center gallery director Ann Jastrab.

Related: How to Win Grants That Support Your Photo Projects
New $10K Grant Will Send Newborn Babies Home From Hospital As Photo Collectors

June 3rd, 2015

Eddie Adams Workshop Deadline Extended: An Alum Offers Application Advice

National Geographic Senior Photo Editor Elizabeth Krist during an editing session at the 2014 Eddie Adams Workshop. Photo © Nancy Borowick

National Geographic Senior Photo Editor Elizabeth Krist during an editing session at the 2014 Eddie Adams Workshop. Photo © Nancy Borowick

Every Fall, one hundred hand-picked students gather in the Catskills Mountains of New York for a four-day, photo-intensive workshop. The program is tuition-free, and selection is based on each applicant’s submitted portfolio. The deadline for applications to the 2015 Eddie Adams Workshop (EAW) has been extended to June 5, 2015.

Photojournalist Nancy Borowick, recipient of 2015’s Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2014, but she didn’t get in on the first try. PDN asked Borowick to tell us what she learned from the application process and the workshop, and why she’s now volunteering as a team producer for the organization.

Photo District News: How did you first learn about the EAW?

Nancy Borowick: I first learned about the Eddie Adams Workshop when I was an undergrad. One of my professors mentioned it after we learned about (Eddie Adams’s) work and I was instantly hooked.

PDN: When did you first attend? Did you get in the first time you applied?

NB: I attended in 2014, just last October. I finally got in, after three failed attempts! Each rejection was hard, but with each one, I moved forward and continued to learn and grow and develop my skills as a young photographer.

When I felt I had a strong enough body of work that I was proud of, and a more clear sense of the world I was trying to break into, I applied one last time. Fourth time’s the charm, right? (more…)

June 2nd, 2015

Steve McCurry Employee Arrested, Charged With Stealing $650K From Photographer

An employee of Magnum photographer Steve McCurry has been arrested and accused of stealing and selling prints, books and other items worth more than $654,358. The District Attorney’s Office of Chester County, PA, where McCurry’s studio is located, made the announcement this afternoon.

The employee, Bree DeStephano, age 32, who was McCurry’s print sales manager, “casually abused her position of trust to make some easy money, without a thought to the damage to Mr. McCurry,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan in a statement.

DeStephano allegedly stole 50 prints worth $628,000 between May 2012 and November 2013, and worked with a co-conspirator, Brandon Donahue, to sell the stolen prints. Donohue was the manager of Durango, Colorado gallery Open Shutter. DeStephano falsified McCurry’s print inventory records to cover up the illicit sales.

DeStephano is also accused of selling 233 of McCurry’s books and other items online, the value of which is more than $23,000.

Bail for DeStephano was set at $250,000. Donahue will be charged in Colorado, the statement said.