Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Op-Ed by Emily Shur

I read Emily Shur's post, My Review of My Review, on Review Santa Fe which she posted on her blog My Four Eyed Fantasy. I thought it was well written and definitely came close to many thoughts I've had about reviews. Thank you Emily for letting me share this with our readers.

©Emily Shur

My Review of My Review

I have so many thoughts about Review Santa Fe, and I am going to attempt to organize them right now. Also, I am a fan of a good list. So, here I go.:

Thought #1: I think the most important thing I learned this past weekend is that I need to figure out whether or not I want to parlay my personal work into another facet of my career, or if the pictures should remain what they are - a quiet escape from my career. Being at the review made me realize that the art world (or review world) is as much of a social climbing, game playing world as the commercial photography sphere, and now is the time in which I need to decide if I want to do that all over again...and this time with work that is way more personal than my portraiture.

Thought #2: Ultimately, a photo review is a culmination of opinions given to you by a respected group of people in the photo industry. We, as photographers, need to understand that in the end, we have to be happy with the work we are making and stand by it. The reason I say this is because I, along with other photographers I spoke with, got complete opposite feedback in many reviews. One friend of mine had one reviewer tell her that her palette was dated, and she should more carefully consider the time of day that she was photographing. She had another review that same day where she was told her palette was beautiful, and the time of day in which she was choosing to take pictures was perfect.

Thought #3: Believe it or not, being in Santa Fe made me appreciate my day job. I started spending more time and energy on my personal work as a response to being frustrated with commercial photography. I felt as though I wasn't progressing, which is probably the worst feeling I can think of for someone doing what we do. At the review, I felt out of place for the first time in a long time which made me realize that I am part of a photographic community already, and although at times my community is slightly superficial (and there are some annoying people within the community), I am very lucky to do what I do for a living, and I love the people and crews I work with here in LA. I am proud to be a photographer and make a living doing something I love.

Thought #4: The actual event of Review Santa Fe is a very well oiled and organized machine. I felt a bit as though I was at college orientation all over again, but hey...college was fun, and some of my best friends still to this day are people I met in college. I met some really lovely and fun people at the review, not to mention some really good photographers. I was impressed with the variety of ages and nationalities in the "Review Santa Fe 100" and also the work. A few small critiques of the event would probably include the horrible internet connection in the hotel, the horrible coffee in the hotel, and possibly the location of the hotel since it was not downtown and a far walk from anything town-like. One big compliment on the event would likely be the fact that at no time did it feel chaotic, and to me, this is a big plus considering how many photographers and reviewers were together in one place.

Thought #5: Was it worth it? This is the question I have been asked the most by friends and family, all of whom knowing how much time, energy, and money I invested into my potential experience at Review Santa Fe. I suppose the answer would be yes, it was worth it, although I'm not going to lie and say it wouldn't feel more worth it if something tangible came out of my time there. Although, only time will tell if that (a show, gallery representation, or maybe a published book) will in fact happen. Going into the review, I was misleading myself by thinking that just getting in was the big obstacle to overcome (and I had done it!). Getting in was merely a small first step onto a long road, and that realization deflated me for a minute on my first day of reviews. In the end, I left feeling encouraged and not discouraged, and now it's up to me to decide how far I want to walk down the road.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women

The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Call for Entry: The Center for Fine Art Photography

Andy Adams of Flak Photo is the juror for the 2009 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography --Deadline: July 14, 2009
Find out more by clicking here.

Tomorrow: Sarah Pucill Films at Air Gallery

from AIR Gallery:

Monday June 29, 2009, 7pm

AIR Gallery presents an evening of films by Sarah Pucill

AIR Gallery will host British artist photographer and filmmaker Sarah Pucill who will introduce her work and be present for questions. The screening is part of a North American tour where retrospectives of her films will premiere her new film Fall In Frame, 2009, at venues including Anthology Film Archives, NY, MassArt Film Society, Boston, LA Filmforum and Echo Park Film Center, LA and Pleasure Dome Toronto. Her films play with boundaries of self and other, frequently involving mirrors or mirroring, sometimes rigorously formal, other times humorously enamored with the possibilities of light, surfaces, and bodies, while exploring the range of possibilities vested in the camera. Her work has been shown at the Millennium, NY and last year Taking My Skin was exhibited in Mother Cuts at New Jersey University, alongside Mary Kelly, Mona Hatoum and Mieka Bal.

The evening screening will include:
You Be Mother (1990, 7 min., 16mm, color)
Best Experimental Film Award, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany
Best Innovation Award, Atlanta Film Festival, USA
‘Wicked Women and Wayward Girls’, BFI compilation tape, distributed by Connoisseur Video
Milk and Glass (1993, 10 min., 16mm, color)
Taking My Skin (2006, 35 min., 16mm, b&w)
Marion McMahon Award, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada (2007)
Fall In Frame (2009, 18 min., 16mm, color)

“The process of making is the starting point for my work, in which space and point of view have been longstanding concerns as has the (female) body…There is an existential element to the slow pacing of the performance that confronts the viewer (and performer) with what it means to be in front of a camera, where the moment is being marked as an image outside of time. This approach to filmmaking runs counter to commercial film techniques, where the actual place of filming (the pro-filmic) is not only not repressed but is brought to the fore as a central characteristic of the film.” – Sarah Pucill

Alejandra Laviada Wins Descrubimiento Award

© Alejandra Laviada

Congrats to Alejandra Laviada (who shows at Danziger Projects in New York) who won this year's Descrubimiento Award at Photo Espana.
You can revisit our conversation with Alejandra by clicking here.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Juliana Beasley's Photographs @ Starlette on PRIDE Night @ Angels and Kings

from Juliana Beaseley:

courtesy Juliana Beasley

The Lovely Ladies of "Red Ruby Photography"

Come celebrate pride with us at Angels & Kings' Starlette Sunday on June 28th! Let our all ladies Red Ruby crew provide you with an amazing image to commemorate PRIDE Day, NYC 2009.


Wanda Owner of Starlette at Angels and Kings and the Super Famous, Marga Gomez., 6/09.

Just take a seat on the a stunning red velvet couch, covered in tasteful plastic. A beautiful rainbow flag behind you! Now all you need to do is sit with your sexy MAMMASITA OR BIG DADDY or better yet, pick up the girl or boy of your dreams and make a fun, very fun memory!!!

This an opportunity for all gender orientations to support the purpose and meaning behind PRIDE. So, welcome! Come away with a keepsake. I've been known to pull out a Sharpie and sign the 4X5" print in front of your face...heee, heee.

Doors open at 7pm till ? !!!

Red Ruby Photography Serves the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Community in the Tri-State Area. We are available for private parties, club soirees, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc.

Talents 15: In Our Time: Anne Lass

o.T., Las Vegas, 2004, © Anne Lass

C/O Berlin presents
Talents 15 . In Our Time . Anne Lass / Katja Melzer
June 13, 2009 through August 11, 2009

From the press release:

The places in the photos seem familiar, the people almost recognizable, the situations common, everyday. They show normality—so normal that it’s disconcerting. Where and when were the photographs taken? Who are the people in them? How are they connected? In the search for details that might provide answers, the viewer cannot find or decipher either meanings and identities, or relationships and histories in the photographs of Anne Lass. They are images of deindividualized people who find themselves in places devoid of history – documents of disorientation and interchangeability. Anne Lass’ skillful experimentation with anonymity and the lack of references is what makes her photographs so fascinating.

Since 2006, in the "Talents" exhibition series, C/O's has been promoting young photographers and art critics at the threshold between education and career, thus providing combined support to new talent in visual and text media. Each year, four photographers are chosen to exhibit their work on a specific theme at C/O Berlin in the Postfuhramt as well as at the Goethe Institute in New York City. Each solo exhibition is accompanied by a publication in which images and text enter their dialogue. "Talents" is an experimentation space for young international contemporary photograph and art criticism. As a platform for the future, the C/O Berlin talents program is unique and unrivalled in Europe.

Since its founding in the year 2000, C/O Berlin has been presenting a lively cultural program of international stature. As an exhibition center for photography, C/O Berlin presents the work of renowned artists, organizes events, promotes talented young artists, and accompanies children on voyages of discovery through our visual culture.

If You Are in London

©Camille Seaman

An Exhibiton of Photographs by Camille Seaman
The Last Iceberg
- through July 3, 2009

Hoopers Gallery
15 Clerkenwell Close
London, UK

Friday, June 26, 2009

PDN Pulse: Q& A w/ Emily Shur

Head over to PDN's Pulse for a Q & A with Emily Shur about her Santa Fe Review experience.

© Emily Shur

You can revisit our conversation with Emily by clicking here --and find out more about Emily & her life as a photographer, by visiting her very astute blog: My Four Eyed Fantasy.

Last Chance to See Helen Levitt at Laurence Miller

The Helen Levitt exhibit closes today, so use your Summer Friday to check it out:

20 W 57th Street, NYC
(between 5th & 6th Aves)

Tomorrow: Elinor Carucci lecture at CPW

©Elinor Carucci

from Center for Photography at Woodstock:

Saturday June 27 at 8pm

CPW invites you to join us for an special evening lecture with ground-breaking photographer, Elinor Carucci whose intimate color photographs of her family and herself are celebrated worldwide for their emotional honesty and personal draw.

In chronicling her personal life and her immediate family - Carucci has provided us with unflinching views of her world while imbuing her images with the type unconditional affection that is only found within the very relationships we are given witness to - making her resounding imagery more introspective than confrontational and as universal as they are personal.

To learn more about Elinor, please visit her website.

Admission: $7/ $5 (members, students, and seniors)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Conversation with Carrie Will

Rikki Red, Carrie Blue, 2007, © Carrie Will
Rikki and Carrie, Sunroom, 2006, © Carrie Will

During the time I was in Syracuse University, Carrie Will's photography always intrigued me. Her series of portraits with her twin sister, Rikki, has that tension you feel when you first come upon twins. Knowing a few pairs of identical twins myself, I knew of the insider/outsider feelings these photographs express. It is very fitting that the series is entitled, "I Am Redundant, Half Of A Whole, A Freak, Identical And Lucky." I'm glad Carrie agreed to a little conversation with us.

Nymphoto: Tell us a little about yourself.

Carrie Will: I am an identical twin. As soon as I was old enough to be asked the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I always answered the same, “an artist”. My twin sister and I are both artists. I graduated from Purchase College SUNY with a degree in photography and I received my Master’s degree from Syracuse University also in fine art photography. I have almost always lived in New York State except for a small stint where I lived in New Jersey. Photography and yoga both fight equally for my attention.

Rikki and Carrie, Rikki's Room, 2007 © Carrie Will
Rikki and Carrie, Fire Island, © Carrie Will
"The relationship I have with my twin sister is tightly woven, beautifully strange and difficult to explain. This has led me to explore a visual language that articulates the intimacy and the oddity of being a twin."

NP: How did you discover photography?

CW: As the youngest of four girls I always wanted to be just like my older sisters. One summer when I was in grade school, my oldest sister and my father took a photography class at the community college by us and I was pretty jealous. When I got to take photography in High School it was hard to get me out of the darkroom, drawing and painting became things of the past and I was hooked. All of a sudden my art-making quest made sense. I had always loved art but I struggled at it quite a bit. I’d have an idea or a feeling for how I wanted something to look and only sometimes was that easy to achieve. Photography just worked so well for me. I fell in love with photography in High School and I have been taking pictures ever since.

Rikki and Carrie, Dining Room, 2007, © Carrie Will
"Having been subjected to stares and double takes my whole life, I use photography to exaggerate the gaze of others and to illustrate the interconnectedness of our identity."

NP: Where do you find inspiration?

CW: My inspiration comes from doing the things that allow me to look inside myself. Yoga, taking walks, keeping a journal, meditation and people are the things that inspire me. As a twin, being by oneself can be scary but it can also be a victory. I remember the first walk around the neighborhood I took by myself, it was weird and exciting all at the same time. While I was in graduate school my thesis was essentially written while walking around my favorite park. I try to have a daily routine that allows me time be by myself to think to meditate or to simply look. I tend not to carry my camera with me while I walk because the act of looking is what intrigues me and if I can do it without a camera I am endlessly inspired to create those moments in my pictures that would make someone like me walking through the world, stop and notice something.

Rikki and Carrie, Rikki's Kitchen, 2008, © Carrie Will
Rikki and Carrie, Raining, 2005, © Carrie Will
"It is difficult to see yourself as an individual when no one else does."

NP: How did this project come about?

CW: This project seems to just naturally keep coming about. I have been photographing my twin sister and me on and off since I was attending college at SUNY Purchase. It wasn’t until the death of my mother and a broken heart that I realized that artistically, I needed to come back to what was the most important, and that was photographing my sister, Rikki. As much as being a twin is apart of my life I realized that I had no idea what it really means. I started photographing us just so I could see what it looked like. I wanted to see our one-ness unfold and it did.

When I am together with my twin we are accustomed to stares and questions about our twin-ship. To be the one with the camera, the one staring and posing the questions was a liberating thing for me. I will be photographing my sister for as long as I can.

Rikki and Carrie, Williamsburg, 2008, © Carrie Will
"My photographs aim at grasping the idea that I am one person as well as two and discovering what that looks like."

NP: What's next?

CW: My work will be on display at The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Cazenovia, NY September 3rd – September 25th in a show called HEADshots with four other artists.

I continue to take photographs of my twin sister and I. I am also in the midst of a new project that feels too new to talk about but I am very excited about it and I hope to have some examples up on my website soon (www.carriewill.com).

Thank you so much Carrie! To see more of her work, please go to www.carriewill.com.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Joni Sternbach book now available

from Photo Lucida:©Joni Sternbach

Joni Sternbach's gorgeous new book, SurfLand is now available to order!
Cloth hardcover, 80 pages, 52 photographs, embossed cover image
Sternbach makes her photographs in tintype, a labor-intensive technique little changed since it's invention in the 1850s. Spontaneous and unpredictable, the streaks and tonal variations in the finished photographs reflect their hand-made character, the corners rubbed where they were held in the camera.

Posing on rocky outcrops, in front of uprooted trees, or on thick mats of woody flotsam, Sternbach's surfers inhabit strange landscapes. The best of Sternbach's photographs convey insistent longing. They are about relationships - the relationship between surfer and board, between human and landscape, between photographer and subject, and between the surfers themselves...she has discovered a new sort of home - a place without walls, defined only by belonging and the physicality of existence.

- Philip Prodger, Curator of Photography, Peabody Essex Museum

Order here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kodachrome No Longer

(via The New York Times/The Associated Press) Kodak Will Retire Kodachrome, Its Oldest Color Film Stock, read more by clicking here.

Juliana Beasely @ Daniel Cooney

Don't miss out on seeing images from Juliana Beaseley's "Eyes of Salamanca" series at Daniel Cooney Fine Art!

Two Cowboys #2, from the series Eyes of Salamanca. © Juliana Beasley

Summer Salon
Featuring the works of Juliana Beasley, Felix Cid, Bradley Peters and Rebecca Schrock

Daniel Cooney Fine Art
511 West 25th Street, #506
New York, NY 10001
212 255 8158

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 25th from 6-8pm
Exhibition Runs: June 25-July 31, 2009 (Hours 11-6, Tuesday-Friday)

And please re-visit our conversation with Juliana, by clicking here.

Tomorrow: En Foco Benefit Party

(via En Foco):

"Benefit Party to Kick-off En Foco's 35th Year!
Enjoy a Cocktail Evening with friends and artists, surrounded by the photographic works in our New Works #12 exhibition, juried by Deborah Willis. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door.


Monday, June 22, 2009

The NY Times on Art and the Recession

Though I wish otherwise, we're in different economic times now. This NY Times article and multimedia feature on Art and the Recession leads me to think that we need to be more creative than ever to promote emerging artists as those venues close.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Treat: Hellen van Meene

Hellen van Meene's work speaks too many. And it is wonderful to hear her speak about her work, if you click here, you can find an interview with the artist from Swedish television (only the introduction is in Swedish, Ms. van Meene later speaks in English). Enjoy!

Photographs by Stefania Gurdowa

Photographs from the series Negatives Are To Be Stored by Stefania Gurdowa, © Fundacja Imago Mundi

Stefania Gurdowa was born in Bochnia, Poland in 1888. Some of the oldest glass negatives of local portraits of anonymouse people of the 20s and 30s, were found eleven years ago in an old attic of a tenement house in Debica, Poland.

At first sight, we could guess hardly anything about the author of the plates, although her name appeared on them. But our deepening research shed light upon someone extraordinary for her time: an independent, gifted woman of consequence whose workshops existed far away from the grand cultural capitals, and whose art lay in taking orderly portraits of her neighbors: shopkeepers, craftsmen, peasants, priests and Jews.


Gurdowa, the distinguished artist, died in 1968. Her apartment was cleaned after she passed away, and her immense photographic archive was disposed of and lost. Only a fragment of her art endures, together with a question without an answer: who hid a collection of glass plates behind a wall in the attic of her workshop in Debica? Perhaps it was her own decision to preserve them this way. As a responsible professional, she must have been aware of the rule that “negatives are to be stored”.

It's a great addition to the history of photography, especially in a genre dominated by men in the early 20th century. Thanks to the wonderful Lens Culture for exposing the public to such a great and amazing find.

Photo-Eye is currently selling Stefania Gurdowa's monograph.

Klisze przechowuje sie
(Negatives are to be stored)
Photographs by Stefania Gurdowa
Text by Jerzy Lewczynski
and Dariusz Czaja

Hardcover: 218 pages
22 x 28.5 cm
Publisher: Fundacja Imago Mundi /
Muzeum Etnograficzne w Krakowie
ISBN 978-83-925914-4-3
Available from photo-eye

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Call for Entries: New Orleans Photo Alliance



The New Orleans Photo Alliance is seeking documentary, fine art and conceptual photographs that explore and interpret the many meanings of the word CALIENTE (Spanish) or HOT (English).

CALIENTE: comunicando calor / temperatura alta * intenso / violento / vehemente * lujurioso * ardiente / apasionado /sensual * fresco / urgente /popular * robado / ilegal / peligroso * picante / con especies

HOT: communicating heat / high temperature * intense / violent / vehement * lustful * fiery / passionate / sultry * fresh / urgent /
popular * stolen / illegal / dangerous * piquant / spicy

Juror: Jose Torres-Tama

Aperture Portfolio Prize Call for Entries

(via Exposures - the Aperture blog)

Aperture Portfolio Prize

A reminder to all photographers—The Aperture Portfolio Prize is accepting submissions until Thursday, July 16, 2009! This international competition is focused on discovering fresh contemporary artists and bringing them to a wider audience. First prize receives $2,500 and will be featured in Aperture Foundation’s website and e-newsletter. Runners-up will also be promoted and featured on aperture.org. Don’t miss your chance to submit!

Click here to view the official guidelines and FAQs.

Click here to view past winners of the Aperture Portfolio Prize.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Amy Stein on NPR

© Amy Stein

Head over to NPR's The Picture Show to read Claire O'Neill's post about Amy Stein's Domesticated series: www.npr.org.

The Light Factory --Charlotte, NC

- through June 28th, 2009

The Knight Gallery
The Light Factory
Charlotte, NC


John Cohen
Ralph Gibson
William Klein
Stanley Kubrick
Mary Ellen Mark
Sarah Martin
Emily Hanako Momohara
Sarah Moon

April 9th – June 28th, 2009

The Knight Gallery
The Light Factory
Charlotte, NC

This exciting exhibition brings together a group of photographers who have experimented with moving pictures at some point during their careers. The Light Factory (founded by photographers in 1972) added film to its mission in 2001. The Photographer as Filmmaker highlights the close relationship between both mediums.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Conversation with Nadia Sablin

Still Life with Yellow Hummer from Alehovshchina ©Nadia Sablin

Aunt Lucia with Currant Jam from Alehovshchina ©Nadia Sablin

I stumbled upon Nadia Sablin's work through an announcement for the latest issue of Fraction Magazine. I quickly looked at the link and found myself drawn to her work. Minutes later, I was looking through her entire website, noting all of the photos I'd love to own. I am held captive by the elegant quality of light in her interiors and the world that she introduces. There's a sense of honesty or maybe directness that I really enjoy and hope you will too.

Machine Still Life #5 from Machines and Men ©Nadia Sablin

Tractor Mechanic from Machines and Men ©Nadia Sablin

Nymphoto: Tell us a little about yourself

Nadia Sablin: I was born in Leningrad in the USSR, and moved to the United States when I was twelve. I finished high school in Cleveland, Ohio, and college in Rochester, NY. Since then, I have returned to Eastern Europe again and again to work on projects.

Anya as a Sphinx, Odessa, August 2008 ©Nadia Sablin

Three Soldiers, St. Petersburg, June 2008 ©Nadia Sablin

NP: How did you discover photography?

NS: During my first year at art school, I took some extra photography classes at a community college. When I realized I was spending more time in the darkroom than on my drawing and painting homework, I ran off to RIT and got a degree in commercial photography. I worked in the industry in New York for a few years but couldn’t find any attachment to what I was doing.
I didn’t really start shooting until I joined the Peace Corps in Ukraine. Everything and everyone around me was so unique and magical, that I spent more time photographing my students than teaching them English.

Slavic and Andriy from From the Mountains and to the Sea ©Nadia Sablin

NP: Where do you find inspiration?

NS: I am a voracious reader, always looking for a quiet corner where I can slip into whatever novel I am reading. As a child, I spent my summers in the village, where the most exciting events were cows returning from pasture and fresh bread delivered to the store. I escaped boredom by hiding in the attic for days and reading everything I could get my hands on. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki Murakami and Mikhail Bulgakov have been heavy influences on my work. Their blend of poetry and magic with history and everyday detail is what I strive for in my photographs.

Still Life with Radio from Alehovshchina ©Nadia Sablin

Aunt Lucia on her Bed from Alehovshchina ©Nadia Sablin

Still Life with Candy and Cigarettes from Alehovshchina ©Nadia Sablin

NP: How did this project come about?

NS: Until 2008 I had never returned to Russia, nor seen my family. I had made plans to go many times, but always got cold feet at the last minute. For some reason it always seemed so significant that I should go. Last year I finally got my paperwork in order and made the leap. I returned to a different country than I remembered, and it was that disconnect between reality and memory that prompted me to start recording my aunts’ lives. My family’s history permeates the house where they live. I walked around the village where my father grew up and heard stories about cousins, uncles and distant relations that I’ve never met. By collecting these stories and photographing new and old memories I feel I am recording the history of a larger magnitude than that of just one family.

Still Life with Hat and Jacket from From the Mountains and to the Sea ©Nadia Sablin

Man with a Lighter from From the Mountains and to the Sea ©Nadia Sablin

NP: What's next?

NS: This summer I am returning to Russia again to expand on my work and maybe start something new. In the longer term, I am currently working on an MFA degree, which will allow me to pursue my other passion – teaching.

Ilya in his Living Room, Moscow, July 2008 ©Nadia Sablin

Yanush with a Pregnant Cat from From the Mountains and to the Sea ©Nadia Sablin

Thank you Nadia. To see more of Nadia's work, visit www.nadiasablin.com.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Eastpack/Lomography "I Love Life" Competition

Lomography has teamed up with Eastpak to celebrate the thrilling moments of life, analogue-style. You can shoot and submit photos for 3 separate categories: "Kiss or Resist", "Life Less Ordinary" or "Dance the Funky Chicken". Deadline for submissions is on August 31, 2009.

Each winner will receive one out of 20 stress-resistant and everlasting Padded Pak’r’s – the classic Eastpak backpack. Each of the bags will be individually designed with the winner’s photographs. Lomography will also be giving Piggy Points to spend at the Lomo Shop.

Opening Reception Tomorrow: New Art from Spain @ Sasha Wolf

work by Pep Llambias -- courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery

One reason Sasha Wolf is one of Nymphoto's favorite women is that she always defies expectations. Whether she is hosting (a) group show(s) for Nymphoto, or putting forward a brilliant exhibit of paintings based on photography or writing an op-ed piece, Sasha always has her pulse on the Zeitgeist and she thinks outside the box.

work by Concha Vidal -- courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery

Opening tomorrow at her gallery is an exhibit curated by Xavier Fiol, showcasing work from four emerging artists from Spain.
So come on down tomorrow night and see what is happening in contemporary art in Europe.
See you there!

Four Points of View
The Work of Four Emerging Artists from Spain

Pep Llambias
Santiago Picatoste
Concha Vidal
Santiago Villanueva

Xavier Fiol at Sasha Wolf Gallery

June 18 to August 1
10 Leonard Street
New York, NY
Opening Recetion June 18, 6-8 PM

Flak Photo's Blurb Photography Book Workshop Giveaway

Andy Adams of Flak Photo has been inspired by the Web's potential to promote the arts, share ideas and develop a new kind of photographic community. In that spirit, Flak Photo is teaming up with Blurb to give away a free pass to two of their Blurb Photography Book Reviews + Workshops taking place in Chicago and London next week. Details online at:


Deadline is this Friday -- June 19, 2009!

Congratulations to Erika Larsen, Women in Photography Grant Winner

Sunna and Laila from the project Sami, The People © Erika Larsen

A big congratulations to Erika Larsen, the winner of Women in Photography-Lightside Grant! Another congratulations to Erica Allen, the runner-up of the grant!

Women in Photography celebrated their one year anniversary last Wednesday at the National Arts Club in New York City. Along with that came the announcement for their grant winner and runner up, sponsored by Lightside Photographic Services. It was certainly a packed gallery as the viewers kept wondering who the winner of the grant was.

Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips talked about how they came into existence, basically from one email forwarded by Joerg Colberg (Conscientious) about a NY Times article on the topic of "gallerinas." Cara forwarded the article to a number of female artists, photographers, and bloggers and quickly developed a plan with Amy (who conveniently lived 10 blocks away from Cara) to find a way to display work by women photographers. There was fast following and many supported the idea, such as the Humble Arts Foundation, who help host the website. It's amazing how fast Women in Photography gained momentum. 

Erika Larsen will focus on a new series of work entitled, "Sami, The People." The project will focused on the indigenous natives living in the Arctic Circle region of northern Scandinavia. Head over to the website to see a selection of images from the beginning of this project.

June Events/ Center for Photography at Woodstock

Break the boundaries and barriers of mediums in Encaustic & Photographic

(June 20-23)

Learn how to design your own website with Dina Pearlman

(Wednesdays from 6-9pm June 17 - July 8)

Step into the world of Fine Art Digital Printing with Richard Edelman
(Thursdays from 6-9pm June 18 - July 9)

Venture into the world of publishing and the photographer/editor collaboration with Elinor Carucci & Alan Rapp (June 27-28)

Advanced registration is required. Contact CPW about special student/educator discount prices!

Download a pdf of the 2009 catalog by clicking here. Or view the catalog online by visiting CPW's website

www.cpw.org Center for Photography at Woodstock | 59 Tinker Street | Woodstock | NY | 12498

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Works Photography Awards Fellowship

(via En Foco)

New Works #13 Submission Deadline

Juror: Anne Tucker, Museum of Fine Arts/Houston En Foco's New Works Photography Awards Fellowship is an annual program selecting three or more U.S. based photographers of Latino, African, Asian, Native American or Pacific Islander heritage, through a national call for entries.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Aperture Party & Fundraiser

Aperture Summer Party - June 18 - with THE WILLOWZ



THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 8:00-11:00 PM

An exclusive limited-edition print by Thomas Allen, commissioned byAperture!
A raffle of choice items, including a commissioned portrait by MatthewPillsbury!
Live music by Garage-Rock Band the Willowz!
CO-CHAIRED BY: Michael Foley, Michael Hoeh, Cathy Kaplan, Severn Taylor

Please join Aperture for the foundation’s first summer party celebrating
great photography and music at Aperture’s fabulous gallery space in the
heart of Chelsea’s art district. The backdrop for the party is the
spectacular Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography
exhibition, curated by Lyle Rexer.


Tickets are $150 for a single, and $250 for a double. All ticket holders
(single and dual) will receive an exclusive limited edition print by Thomas
Allen (pictured above) created specially for the event. Guests will mingle
with Aperture artists, enjoy cocktails and canapés, have the chance to win
spectacular raffle items, including a commissioned portrait by Matthew
Pillsbury, and hear the live music from the Willowz "One of America's most promising young bands."-The Village Voice.


Some Like It Hot is co-chaired by Michael Foley, Aperture patron and
collector Michael Hoeh and Aperture board members Cathy Kaplan, and Severn Taylor.

All proceeds from the party will go towards Aperture’s publications, exhibitions, and public programs.


THURSDAY, June 18, 2009
8:00 pm

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10001

(212) 505-5555

Subway: C, E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue or 1 to 28th Street and 7th

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Exposure Project Book to be released in July!

© Rona Chang, from the series The Hold Over Water

Issue 4 of the anticipated The Exposure Project book will launch in July. The book will be offered in both regular and special editions. We're proud to have our own, Rona Chang, participate in this project with a great roster of artists.

You can find the edition details below:

The Exposure Project Book - Issue 4
July 2009

Includes photographs by Chris Bentley, Rona Chang, Daniel Farnum, Elizabeth Fleming, Lee Gainer, Matthew Genitempo, Inka Lindergård & Niclas Holmström, Natascha Libbert, Bradley Peters, Carlo Van de Roer, Daniel Shea, Manuel Vazquez, Jens Windolf, Susan Worsham and Bahar Yurukoglu

With an essay by Brian Ulrich

Regular Edition
70 pages, Softcover
Edition of 100
8 x 10 in.

Special Edition
70 pages, Hardcover
Edition of 25
8 x 10 in.

The special edition will also include two signed and numbered 8.5 x 11 prints.

Download a sneak preview of the work inside the book.

Download the Press Release.

Opening Reception: Sacrosant

June 14th-June 21st 2009

St. John's Episcopal American Catholic Church
1610 Lexington Avenue, New York City
Opening Reception: June 14th, 4:30-7:30pm
Closing Reception: June 21st, 5-10pm

From the press release:

Sophie T. Lvoff is pleased to present “Sacrosanct”, a group exhibition dealing with issues of religious resonance and spirituality on view from June 14- June 21.

"Sacrosanct" takes place at a church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The building was built in 1920, and acted as a church from 1941. Since the dissolution of the church body in the 1990's, the space has been abandoned and closed to the public. Despite its subsequent deterioration, the space still retains its sense of holiness and importance. The surrounding neighborhood has also been in a state of transition, adding significance to the building.

For the exhibition, ten artists have been invited into the abandoned space to work both independently and collectively to create, install, and perform pieces that respond to the sanctity of the environment. St. John's is an elusive and unorthodox venue for the arts, and will be explored as a unique site for the duration of the exhibition.

Featured artists include: Antoine Catala, Stephen Collier, Patrick Duncan, Michael Clyde Johnson, Heather Jones, Zaq Landsberg, Sophie T. Lvoff, Santiago Mostyn, Eric Payson, Grant Willing and Alana Celii.

Featured musicians for the closing reception include: Young Man About Town, Patrick Cleandenim, the St. John’s Choir, and others to be announced!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

En Foco NYC Portfolio Review Sessions

En Foco Artistic & Professional Development Workshops

NYC Portfolio Review Sessions - June 20, 2009

This En Foco program offers one-on-one reviews with several arts professionals on the same day, in a supportive, nurturing and affordable environment. Reviewers can advise about opportunities and/or provide guidance on career development.

Each review session lasts for 20 minutes; photographers are guaranteed a minimum of three reviews and receive a 'gift bag.' Upon registration, participants will receive an article written by photo marketing expert Mary Virginia Swanson, on how to best prepare themselves for the Review.

Saturday, June 20, 2009, 10am-5pm

Calumet Photographic
22 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

$140 = members (current through July 09)
$190 = non- members

Register NOW:
online at www.enfoco.org <http://www.enfoco.org> , or at 718/931-9311

Confirmed Reviewers include:
Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Jersey City Museum
*Florian Bachleda, Latina Magazine
*Don Burmeister, Safe-T-Gallery
*Song Chong, Magnum Photos
*Elizabeth Ferrer, Rotunda Gallery (am session only)
*Hannah Frieser, Light Work
*Elvis Fuentes, El Museo del Barrio
*Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Diaspora Vibe Gallery
*Charles Guice, Charles Guice Contemporary
*Stephanie Heimann, Fovea Exhibitions
*Lisa Henry, Independent Curator, Writer (pm session only)
*Julia Herzberg, Art Historian and Curator
*Jessica Ingram, Adjunct Professor at Tisch, NYU
*Michael Itkoff, Daylight Magazine
*Stella Kramer, Photography Consultant
*Lesley Martin, Aperture
*Erin Riley-Lopez, Bronx Museum of the Arts
*Rita Rivera, Corbis
*Ariel Shanberg, Center for Photography at Woodstock

Tonight: Photography Now 2009 @ CPW

Breeze ©Yijun Liao

Center for Photography at Woodstock's Photography Now 2009, which was judged by Charlotte Cotton, curator of LACMA, opens tonight.

Yijun Liao
Betsy Seder
Lacey Terrell
Stacey Tyrell
Alex Aristei
Clint Baclawski
Shane Lavalette
Toshihiro Yashiro

Opening reception: Saturday, June 13th from 5-7pm.
On view in CPW’s main gallery from June 13 through July 26, 2009
Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker St.
Woodstock, NY 12498

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tomorrow: En Foco's "New Works #12" Artists Talk

© Morgan M. Ford, Be Delicious, 2009
The [un]Nature of Cosmetics series
Gelatin silver print with beeswax, 15"x15"

New Works #12

En Foco's New Works Photography Awards Fellowship and Exhibition (2008-09)

En Foco's New Works Photography Awards is an annual program selecting three to seven U.S. based photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander heritage through a free and open call for submissions. Acting as a creative incubator, it enables artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, while providing an honorarium and infrastructure for a professional exhibition in New York.

Morgan M. Ford
Karen Garrett de Luna
Isabelle Lutterodt
Wendy Phillips
Cybèle Clark-Mendes
Archy LaSalle
Viviane Moos

Deborah Willis, curator, author, photographer and
Chair of the Photo & Imaging Dept at NYU/TISCH

June 4 - June 25, 2009
Free and open to the public

Artist Talk:
Saturday, June 13, 3:30-4:30pm
with Karen Garrett de Luna, Isabelle Lutterodt and Morgan M. Ford

Calumet Photographic
22 West 22nd Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10010
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm

Sharon Core in GA

(via Yancey Richardson)

Sharon Core will have a solo exhibition of her "Early American" series at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. The exhibition will be shown in two venues, Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah July 8 - August 16, 2009 and the Trois Gallery, Atlanta October 8 - November 25, 2009.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Conversation with Lynn Saville

Artist Lynn Saville photographs greater New York at dawn & twilight focusing on forgotten or unloved places, celebrating the city and moments of transition. Random House just published a collection of these images titled "Night Shift".

© Lynn Saville

NP: Tell us a little about yourself.

LS: I live and work in New York City on the upper west side with my husband the poet Philip Fried. Originally from North Carolina, I fell in love with New York City when I was five years old!

© Lynn Saville

NP: How did you discover photography?

LS: My father & brother were avid amateur photographers. We would take photographs of the stars at night through the telescope in the back yard and develop the film in the tiny basement darkroom. I was hooked.

NP: Where do you find inspiration?

LS: I’m inspired by the city itself. The changing urban landscape....the bits of vegetation and the grand buildings and the simple looming forms at night are a constant fascination.

© Lynn Saville

NP: How do your projects come about?

LS: This project for my new book Night/Shift (Random House/Monacelli, May 2009) grew out of my shift from black and white to color film; from the shift of waning cool light of twilight as the artificial lights start to glow and take over the lighting of the city. There is a dialogue of color and light as these complementary cool and warm colors interact. And the shifting landscape of the city.It is less industrial and increasingly residential. There are almost rural qualities of some of the offbeat areas which I am attracted to. These areas seem forgotten, and unloved. I find a strange beauty in these public/private spaces.

© Lynn Saville

NP: What’s next?

LS: I’ve been surprised by figures of passers-by whose fleeting images glance the edges of my photographs. At first this annoyed me, but now I welcome these ghostlike images and want to work more on figures in my work.

NP: Thank you so much!

To see more of Lynn's work please visit www.lynnsaville.com. Her work will also be exhibited at Yancey Richardson Gallery starting July 9, 2008 and you can meet Lynn at an Artist Talk and Book Signing Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 pm at Barnes & Noble, Tribeca, 97 Warren Street, NYC.