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The Six Shooters

About six months ago, I was out to lunch with a group of photographer friends: Nancy Baron, Noelle Swan Gilbert, Cat Gwynn, Heidi Lender, Ashly Stohl and me.  Over the course of the meal we discussed all the usual photographic topics and also talked about the desire to have fun with photography again, something that gets lost in the onslaught of competitions and reviews.  So we decided to create a site, The Six Shooters, assigning ourselves each a day (I am Friday), where we respond to the image from the day before–so each Friday, I am responding to Heidi Lender’s Thursday image who is responding to Cat Gwynn’s Wednesday image who is responding to Noelle Swan Gilbert’s Tuesday image who is responding to Nancy Baron’s Monday image who is responding to Ashly Stohl’s Saturday image and so on and so on.

Our goal is to express Six points of view, over Six days, creating a thread of visual connections whether it be through subject, color, light, or gesture, leading the viewer on a photographic journey–a visual train, so to speak, with each image dependent on the one in front and the one behind to make the engine operate and stay on track. We do not create work for the site, instead mine our archives and use work that sometimes otherwise never sees the light of day.  It’s also inspired us to create random images, outside of the “project” template.

We are thrilled to announce our first exhibition, featuring five weeks, 30 images, at the Seaver Gallery at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, opening September 5th and running though October 9th. You can check out the site here, and follow us on Facebook here!

I am featuring a few weeks of images to give you an idea of the concept.
 image by Nancy Baron
 Image by Noelle Swan Gilbert

 image by Cat Gwynn

 image by Heidi Lender

image by Aline Smithson

 image by Ashly Stohl

image by Nancy Baron
 Image by Noelle Swan Gilbert
 image by Cat Gwynn

 image by Heidi Lender

image by Aline Smithson

image by Ashly Stohl

Photo News – Portrait Salon calls for unselected photographs from entrants to this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Portrait Salon is planning its second annual ‘Salon des Refuses’ for the unselected photographs from the well-known international Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

So, if you have one, two or a few of the 5,280 unselected images from the 5,340 images received by 2,352 photographers, then you can re-submit your images to Portrait Salon via the submissions page. If you don’t feel like doing the maths, this means that 60 images are shown each year. This year, if you have a betting inclination, the odds were a 1:89 chance of getting an image shown.

“Portrait Salon is a type Salon des Refuses – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show – which has a long tradition as a fringe way of showcasing artists’ work that may otherwise go unseen. Devised in 2011 by James O Jenkins and Carole Evans, Portrait Salon aims to show the best of the unselected entries from the 2012 photo portrait prize.

“Portrait Salon will celebrate the best of the rejected work in the form of a projection and newspaper launch in November. In order to maintain a high standard of imagery, the projection will be curated. This year, we are delighted to have the help of Open Eye Gallery curator Karen Newman, Hat Margolies from Lucid Rep and photographer Dan Burn-Forti.”

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions Tagged: Carole Evans, competition, James O Jenkins, National Portrait Gallery, Photography, Portrait Salon, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Pirating, Appropriating, and Stealing

TO PIRATE: One who makes use of or reproduces the work of another without authorization.

TO APPROPRIATE: Take (something) for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.

TO STEAL: To take surreptitiously or without permission

This week has been full of bad news about the Internet.  Living in a culture where we hold All-Access-Passes to events on-line means we have to deal with the good and the bad aspects of the world wide web. And the bad has to do with what some human beings choose to do with that access.  I was disgusted when someone hacked into my e-mail last year, and sent everyone in my address book pleas for money, and I am now disgusted by what some very sick individuals are doing for their own gain.

So here is this week’s list of grievances:
I was first contacted by one of my students that a photographer in Italy had taken one of her images, placed it on his website, and was submitting it to competitions…and getting IN!  It was a shocking realization what lengths people will go to for recognition.

The second incident was that a friend discovered a Lenscratch blog post that I had written about her work appearing on a Polish blog,”compiled” by Pawel Filas.  After further investigation, I discovered hundreds of appropriated posts, used without my permission, still continuing on a daily basis. And I am not the only blogger whose content he is appropriating. For my posts, there is a link to “Aline”, so it appears that I am writing for his site.  I am working with other bloggers to get him to cease and desist, though he is not acknowledging our communications.  He has friended a number of photographers on Facebook, and all I can say is buyer beware.
I am wondering if today’s post will appear on Mind_Mag too:

His post:

My post:

Just when I was reeling from the sting of appropriation, a friend alerted me this copy-cat site by someone named Tony Hai who has lifted my entire blog:

I have discussed some of this on Facebook, and through that process, heard many additional tales of appropriated writing and imagery. I am sharing this post so that you will keep an eye on your photographs and writing.  We create our work with the best intensions and put so much labor into what we produce.  Those who appropriate our work are truly criminal.  As a community,hopefully we can work together to create better systems for protection and exposure.  And we need to share our stories and expose those who do us harm.

This is a VERY timely article by Joshua Dunlop on “The Daily Mail Stole My Photographs And I Got Paid“.  Well worth a read as it contains some excellent suggestions.

The Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery 2011 Prize – Press View

Life imitates art, more than art imitates life by Oscar Wilde

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I’ve been pondering Oscar Wilde’s quote as the world seems to fold in on itself from all quarters and have been away from the blog for a wee while. But I haven’t forgotten any of you out there who come across or read the blog regularly. Life took over from cyberspace and I’ve had to focus offline in the physical world for some time with little or no time or energy to tend and curate the blog. One day it may all become clearer, but that’s for another time.

Thanks to photographer James O Jenkins who kindly attended the press view for me and took some pix for the blog, including one of overall winner Jooney Woodward who wins £12,000 for her photo of a 13-year old with her guinea pig in the judging area at the Royal Welsh Show.

A slideshow of photos from this year’s press view for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery 2011 Prize follows.

Click to view slideshow.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions, Photography Shows Tagged: Jmaes O Jenkins, Jooney Woodward, london, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Lisa Pritchard Agency Futures competition 2011 – call for five emerging photographers

You have until the 7 February to submit an application to join the LPA Futures division of the agency. Five photographers wanting to move their career forward will be selected by a panel of industry judges and announced in May 2011. Previous winners include Laura Pannack.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions, photography career Tagged: agency, emerging photographers, Laura Pannack, Lisa Pritchard Agency, LPA Futures

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Contact Editions

Laura Pannack: On ””Young Love”” from Contact Editions on Vimeo.

It is my pleasure to introduce here Contact Editions, a new organization that is selling prints by emerging photographers at very affordable prices, a great choice for anyone interested in collecting original prints at reasonable cost. The most recent work featured by Laura Pannack, Young Love, is quite extraordinary.

Besides selling prints, Contact Editions also publishes video interviews (see above) with the photograhers providing a nice context to the significance of the photograph as view by the photographer.

Our aim at CONTACT is to create a community around photographic talent, to support photographers in the ongoing progress of their personal work. Contact will support photography at all levels; providing opportunities for those already producing work to self-fund through the sale of editioned prints, and a hand up to those embarking on their first personal projects, through informal crits, online advice and competitions. We see CONTACT as a way of creating a network and community between photographers, galleries, collectors and image lovers.

Go and take a look as well to their  blog where you will find very interesting work and commentaries.