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June 19th, 2012

Auction to Benefit Chris Hondros Fund to be Held June 21

A silent auction and cocktail reception will be held Thursday, June 21 in Manhattan  to benefit the grantmaking and fellowship programs of the Chris Hondros Fund. The fund, a non-profit organization, was established to honor the life and work of Chris Hondros, the award-winning Getty Images photographer killed in Libya in April 2011. It supports photojournalists through grants and a fellowship to the Eddie Adams Workshop, and it support organizations that educate the public about photojournalism.

At the reception, the inaugural Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award will be given to the  winners, Andrea Bruce and  Dominic Bracco II.  Among the items being sold through the silent auction are a print by Robert Capa (donated by the International Center of Photography),  Murray Garrett’s signed 1953 portrait of Marilyn Monroe, prints by Todd Heisler, Lynn Johnson, Rick Loomis and other photographers, and the Super Bowl XLVI football, autographed by Eli Manning.

The event will be held at the James Burden Mansion from 6 to 9pm. Tickets are still available for $50.  Tickets can be bought online at www.chrishondrosfund/benefit.  Information on the Chris Hondros Fund can be found on the fund’s web site, www.chrishondrosfund.org.

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June 14th, 2012

Photog Celebrates 30th B-day by Raising $30K for Charity

An image of a young boy at GLIDE San Fransisco by Lisa Wiseman.

Lisa Wiseman created a series of portraits of GLIDE clients, staffmembers, founders and executives as part of her The 30Love project.

San Francisco-based photographer Lisa Wiseman has created an online photography project that she’s using to help raise $30,000 in 30 days for GLIDE, a San Francisco social services organization that provides food, healthcare and training to needy people.

To raise the funds Wiseman, who has volunteered with GLIDE for several years, and a group of 12 cohorts created “The 30Love,” a Web site/art project where they are collecting donors’ photographs and statements about “what love means to them.”

Says Wiseman of the site: “We honed the concept over time and built a unique interactive photography constellation as the vehicle by which users engage with The 30Love participants. When the constellation is zoomed out, the constellations’ dots ‘run away’ from your mouse cursor. As you zoom in, the dots have less resistance and become images, each of which represents an individual 30Love participant. Once zoomed in far enough, you can click on any photo and you’ll be able to view that user’s photo, name, location and quote about what love means to them. In this way, The 30Love is a global time-capsule of what love means.”

In creating the project, Wiseman was inspired by a close friend who frequently uses holidays and other occasions “to do large-scale, fun, charitable projects,” and by writer Colleen Wainwright, who last year raised $50,000 for a charity in 50 days to mark her 50th birthday.

“Beyond fundraising, this project allows me to explore my interlinking passions for photography and technology,” Wiseman says. “Knowing that people all over the world will spend a moment thinking about what love means to them is my core personal motivation. I hope the project engages on a global level so that viewers can visit the website to explore the various dimensions of what love can mean around the world.”

For more information, and to contribute to the project, visit The 30Love.

June 8th, 2012

Photoville Brooklyn Announces Artist Talks, Workshops, Events

When the inaugural Photoville event kicks off on June 22 in Brooklyn, New York’s Brooklyn Bridge Park, not only will it boast a village of exhibitions housed in 30 freight containers, it will also include plenty of educational programming and events for visitors.

The slate of artist talks, lectures, workshops and other events run June 23-24. On the 23rd, BagNewsNotes editor Michael Shaw will speak about the state of news photography, and a panel discussion moderated by Pete Brook of Prison Photography blog fame will discuss “documentary, institutional, vernacular and legal photography and the political uses of images by media.”

That night MediaStorm will give a presentation on “digital storytelling and the cinematic narrative.”

Workshops that run on both days will cover topics like analogue photography, printing, light painting and zine making.

Programming on the June 24th will include a talk about contemporary documentary photography by Ed Kashi, Lori Grinker and Benjamin Lowy, moderated by Glenn Ruga, and a talk about how photography is being used to promote human rights.

That night there is a “show and tell” opportunity for anyone who wants to bring work and talk about it for three minutes, and throughout the day the Center for Alternative Photography will run a “Tintype Photo Booth” where visitors can have their portrait made and learn about this alternative photo process.

There is a slate of exhibitions by photographers from all over the world. For example, Open Society Institute will show Wyatt Gallery’s work from Haiti; Nooderlicht in the Netherlands will present 11 photographers documenting life in prison; The Magnum Foundation will exhibit recent work by Bruce Gilden and Sim Chi Yin. Feature Shoot is showing work by young photographers, and PDN is showing the winners of The Curator contest.

Add to all this the beer garden and food, and the dog run where you can get photos taken of your pooch at play.

For more on the Photoville schedule visit their Web site: http://photovillenyc.org/about.html

June 1st, 2012

Registration for Photolucida’s Critical Mass Competition Now Open

© Jennifer B. Hudson, the winner of the 2011 Critical Mass book award.

Registration opened today for the annual Critical Mass juried competition organized by Portland, Oregon photography non-profit Photolucida.

The competition boasts a group of 200-plus jurors from all corners of the photography industry, including curators, photo editors, publishers and gallerists from around the world. Winners receive a “book award,” which results in the publication of a monograph, and two entrants will receive solo shows at either Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, or the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. The top 50 portfolios entered in the competition are featured on the Critical Mass site and in an exhibition that will be curated by W.M. Hunt.

For more info on fees, prizes and jurors, and to register visit the Photolucida site.

May 3rd, 2012

International Center of Photography Names New Director to Succeed Hartshorn

The International Center of Photography (ICP) board of trustees today named Mark Robbins, dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, as the new executive director of ICP. Robbins will succeed Willis E. “Buzz” Hartshorn, who announced last year he would be leaving his role for medical reasons.

Before joining Syracuse, Robbins served as director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a curator of architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. In a statement,  Jeffrey Rosen, president of the ICP board of trustees, said the board was impressed with his “vision of the transformational power of images” and noted that in his previous positions, Robbins “made a significant impact as a leader and a manager, and as an artist and an educator.”

To see the full news story, visit PDNOnline.com.

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May 3rd, 2012

Departing ICP Director Hartshorn Honored at 28th Annual ICP Infinity Awards

The 28th Annual International Center of Photography Infinity Awards, held May 2 in New York City, paid tribute to its departing director, ICP director Willis E. “Buzz” Hartshorn, who last year announced he wanted to step down for medical reasons. Though Hartshorn will continue to work with ICP, this was his last Infinity Awards as director, a role he has held since 1994, when he took over from ICP founder Cornell Capa.

The crowd gave a standing ovation to Hartshorn, who oversaw the expansion of both the ICP museum’s exhibition space and its photography school and the creation of the ICP Triennial exhibition. In accepting a special Infinity Award last night, Hartshorn said that in the 30 years he’s been associated with ICP, its mission has evolved from promoting the appreciation of photography to exploring “how pictures create meaning.” He thanked the ICP board for creating a new advisory position for him within the institution. He also expressed gratitude to ICP founder Cornell Capa for his leadership and encouragement. Looking first toward the heavens and then, after a pause, downwards, Hartshorn said, “Cornell, thank you for giving me this opportunity.”

Photographer Daido Moriyama won the Lifetime Achievement Award. A video that preceded the presentation showed Moriyama capturing his black-and-white, expressionistic images, shooting on the streets of Tokyo with a small pocket camera, sometimes from the hip or without looking through the viewfinder. Moriyama took his iconic photo “Stray Dog” while in his 20s, but for a time he abandoned photography, frustrated that his work was only copying. After falling into a period of drug use, he by chance found and bought a used Pentax and then returned to making art. (more…)

April 26th, 2012

Want to Meet Daido Moriyama?

On May 3, the day after he receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards gala, renowned photographer Daido Moriyama will be signing special editions of his latest book at the ICP in New York City.

The ICP says that the first 200 buyers of Moriyama’s new book, Color, will be able to choose one of 20 original prints which will be inserted in the book’s front cover and then signed by Moriyama himself.

Copies are $200, or $180 for ICP members. The sale not only celebrates Moriyama’s achievements, but also supports the ICP museum, educational programs and community outreach.

The event starts at 6pm at the ICP Museum’s bookstore. Books will be available on a first come, first served basis, and the photographer will only be signing the editions of Color that were made especially for ICP.

Any unsold copies will be available through the ICP store or online.  For further information visit the events page at www.icp.org

Information about the ICP Infinity Awards ceremony and dinner, taking place May 2, can be found at  www.icp.org/support-icp/infinity-awards

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April 17th, 2012

Fotofest Standouts

This year I attended the third of four, four-day portfolio review sessions at Fotofest’s Fourteenth International Biennial of Photography. Fotofest, organized by Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, is the largest international portfolio review in the Untied States. Fotofest reviewers see 14 or more photographers per day, which makes it challenging for photographers to stand out.

I asked some of my fellow reviewers to share their thoughts on memorable work they saw. Here’s what they wrote:

Frazier King, ChairHouston Center for Photography

I would like to highlight the new work that is being done by Laurie Lambrecht.  Laurie’s new work is comprised of outtakes of the Chinese landscape—a kind of micro mundi. It is as if she was guided by ancient silk weavers to their points of inspiration. Each of the images compresses the landscape, sometimes in a trompe l’oeil fashion, so that the print looks like a silk weaving. Each image is not only beautiful but also very visually mysterious and intriguing.

Chantel Paul, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)

On Thursday, the final day of reviews, I met with Mariela Sancari. Her series “El caballo de dos cabezas,” depicting the process of grieving and reconciliation Mariela and her identical twin sister experienced after their father committed suicide when the girls were 14 brought a well of emotional response for me. I am still thinking about the moment of clarity when I read her images and wonder if the intense emotion it brought stemmed from my own close relationship with my younger sister. Whatever the reason, these images touched me in a way that was incredible and not easily forgotten.

Hava Gurevich, Director, Art 2 Art

Lucia Herrero
Project: Tribes

I liked [Herrero's] “anthropological” take on a typical family activity. The work has an immediate visual strength to it, but also a good conceptual base that resonates with me: she is looking at her own culture, and a very mundane activity, and very average people. But the images reveal something very profound to me, about our material culture, about subtle differences between generations, and ethnic groups… She uses the tools she has (lighting, lenses, direction) with great technical skill—which gives the images a heightened drama.

Artist: Paul Lange
Project: Fowl Portraits

The idea of implementing traditional portraiture standards to these birds is whimsical, theatrical, and majestic. These portraits really need to be seen printed large because the detail is gorgeous, and the character revealed in these beautiful birds is undeniable. The response to these images is direct and immediate… you either connect with them, or not.  I don’t think there is a big underlying concept, other than respect and awe for these creatures.

Artist: Lais Pontes
Project: Born Nowhere

Lais takes self-portraits that she skillfully manipulates digitally and then releases on a social media site for people to interact with. The project is collaborative and evolves over time, with input from friends and strangers…each girl’s background, personality and story is a collaborative collage of comments people leave on the posting. This project taps into issues of stereotypes, culture, class, race, age etc..  I think it is a smart use of social media. I also like the tension between the very controlled portraits and the unpredictable outcome of each piece.

Artist(s): Hillerbrand+Magsamen
Project: House/ Hold

There is so much humor, honesty, humanity, humility, playfulness, neurosis, and family dynamics in this work, taking the quirkiness that makes a family unique and turning up the dial to “11.”

Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography (Massachusetts)

Ellen O’Connell is a photographer I met at Fotofest this year from Zurich, Switzerland. She received her MFA from NYU. She turns her camera on her children. In a series called “Triptychs” she assembles a three-part image of her subject. For this purpose I have chosen to deconstruct her triptychs to focus on 3 portrait shots of her son; the clown, the lion tamer and the muscle man. Her prints utilize a carbon ink method that adds a richness that invokes a timeless quality. Her studies are cropped faceless, making the subject anonymous. The effect creates tension yet the images are very lighthearted.

 

Manfred Zollner, Editor, Fotomagazin (Hamburg, Germany)

In her project “Wait Watchers,“ American photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero is using photography for some kind of a social experiment that is mixing the conceptual approach of staged photography with social documentary photography. She is selecting public spaces to pose publicly in front of her camera. The chance encounters and reactions of those people passing her while the camera’s timer is exposing this situation, make her series special. Morris-Cafiero is a young woman, whose “overweight” body may not exactly fit the common ideas of beauty. Her posing is subtle, showing the casual behaviour of someone, who just happens to be at the place. The glances and reactions of those people passing by are telling, however. Aggressive staring, unrestrained mocking, subtle looks, belly-holding: as a result of her long random sessions in several cities and countries, Morris-Cafiero´s images reveal prejudices and a society´s tendency to outcast people for their appearance. This project is still in its early stages and in my eyes has a lot of potential for further development. Those images I’ve seen so far, certainly stick with me.

 

Clint Wilour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center

Of all the resources at my disposal for the discovery of new photography, I would have to say it has been for the last 28 years (including this one) Houston FotoFest. During those four weeks I reviewed 145 portfolios and visited over 70 exhibitions. Some of the most memorable discoveries this year were David Robinson’s sliced mushroom narratives, Judy Haberl‘s luminescent ink jet mural, Jamey Stilling‘s new project The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar, Jeff Deemie‘s West Texas photographs and Nicolas Fedak‘s new take on alternative processes.

April 6th, 2012

Anton Hammerl’s Remains May Have Been Unearthed in Libya

The body of a white male found recently with a camera lens in a mass grave in eastern Libya could be that of photojournalist Anton Hammerl, the Huffington Post reports. Hammerl was shot by troops loyal to deposed dictator Muammar Qaddafi on April 5, 2011, according to other journalists who were traveling with him at the time.

Those journalists were captured and detained for several weeks, and reported Hammerl’s death after their release.

The Huffington Post says that Peter Bouckaert, the emergencies director for Human Rights Watch, has been in Libya following inquiries into the whereabouts of Hammerl’s remains. Bouckaert is now trying to get the governments of South Africa, Britain or Austria to help administer DNA tests for a positive identification of the remains.

Related: Print Auction to Benefit Children of Anton Hammerl to be Held at Christie’s

April 6th, 2012

Print Auction to Benefit Children of Anton Hammerl to be Held May 15 at Christie’s (Update)

On May 15, 2012, Christie’s will hold an auction of photojournalism prints to benefit the children of Anton Hammerl. The South African-born photojournalist was killed while covering the conflict in Libya in April last year by forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi.

Hammerl was survived by his wife and three young children.

Photographers who have donated prints for the auction include Sebastiao Salgado, Alec Soth, Christopher Anderson, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Yuri Kozyrev, Larry Fink, Lynsey Addario, Susan Meiselas, Ron Haviv, David Burnett, Joao Silva, Samuel Aranda, Marcus Bleasdale, David Hume Kennerly, Roger Ballen and Vincent Laforet.
Update: Christiane Amanpour, the ABC News global correspondent, has agreed to host the May 15 benefit. Tickets to the event are now available for a suggested donation is $75.
Photographers Danny Clinch, Platon, Giles Duley, Jason Florio, Anastasia Taylor-Lind and the estate of Tim Hetherington have recently given images to the auction.

Those interested in bidding on prints can do so in person or online. More information can be found on the Friends of Anton Hammerl site, which was created by his friends to benefit Hammerl’s children.

http://www.friendsofanton.org/

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