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A Photo Student Update

Shsssssshhhhh aphotostudent.com is sleeping.

But you can find me at The New Yorker’s Photo Booth or hanging out at http://jamespomerantz.tumblr.com

 

 

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Resource Television Brooklyn Rooftop Summer Film Fest. Thursday, August 11th 2011

This Thursday, August 11th, Resource Magazine is hosting a Summer inspired film series. With support from Vimeo and Adorama Rental Company, the event sounds like quite the Summer Shindig!

The festival is Bring Your Own Food, Drink and Blankets.

Even though it’s on a school night, the festival sounds like a great chance to meet, greet, eat and watch some short films.

RSVP: [email protected]

Info:

Thursday August 11th
7:00pm
Factory Studios
79 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY
G Train to Flushing Avenue
Resource Magazine Rooftop Film Fest on Facebook

Resource Magazine Rooftop Filmfest
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Submissions for Aphotostudent are Always Welcome

If you’re a photographer with a new body of work to show or if you’re a photography fan who has a new photo crush, you’re always welcome to submit it for posting on Aphotostudent. The majority of the posts on here for the past two years have showcased the work of world-renowned photographers. I’d like to devote more time to showcasing new work from emerging artists, but I need your help to do it.

Photo For The Week: Yamaguchi-san Peeling Chestnuts, 2008. James Luckett

Ways to reach me:

1: Feel free to email me at [email protected] but please write “aphotostudent submission” or something similar in the subject line so I don’t confuse it with the many requests for help I receive from Nigerian Royalty with millions of dollars stuck in limbo.

Please include a little bit about yourself and the body of work in the email. A bit of context always helps.

or

2: Head over to my Facebook page and post a comment on the most recent call for work.

Pretty simple!

Thank you in advance for any submissions you send. And, my apologies if I don’t reply to your submission right away. Sometimes emails stack up. It’s nothing personal.

I look forward to seeing lots of amazing work! – James Pomerantz

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NOOR Images Photo Agency Accepting Portfolio Submissions For Membership

DEADLINE: Friday 5 August 2011

We invite photographers to apply to join the NOOR Photo Agency and NOOR Foundation.

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to identify and produce stories at the highest standards of journalistic and ethical integrity. We are looking for photographers with a distinct signature and visual excellence, who share the ideals and mission of NOOR: to contribute to a growing understanding of the world by producing independent in-depth visual reports.

As a group, NOOR respects the marketplace as it is, but neither takes direction from it nor bases its decisions solely upon its demands.

The NOOR Foundation is an international non-profit organization creating and distributing compelling photojournalistic works with the aim to raise awareness and to contribute to the visual history of mankind. The foundation’s mission is to provide the impetus to undertake documentary photography and educational projects.

NOOR members are Nina Berman, Philip Blenkinsop, Pep Bonet, Alixandra Fazzina, Jan Grarup, Stanley Greene, Yuri Kozyrev, Kadir van Lohuizen, Jon Lowenstein, Francesco Zizola and Claudia Hinterseer (managing director)

NOOR’s members own NOOR. New members will spend one year with NOOR before full membership is offered. All members are obliged to purchase shares, attend annual meetings and contribute dynamically and responsibly to the NOOR foundation and to the business of the agency to collectively and actively promote and sell.

Portfolio submission:

– You should write an explanation in English for your desire to join NOOR;

– You should send us a selection, no more than 50 images, of your work, including several feature stories;

– Submit your work no greater than 1024 pixels wide with embedded captions and story introductions via our FTP (the address for submissions is available upon request via [email protected])

For more information, please visit our website or reach out to Claudia Hinterseer, managing director NOOR.

Your submission should be entered no later than Friday 5 August 2011. The members of NOOR will consider new candidates during the annual meeting in Amsterdam, at the end of August 2011.

Noor Members:

Alixandra Fazzina

Philip Blenkinsop

Jan Grarup

Nina Berman

Stanley Greene

Kadir Van Lohuizen

Yuri Kozyrev

Jon Lowenstein

Pep Bonet

Francesco Zizola

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An Evening to Support Human Rights Journalism – Dart Society NY, May 12

For anyone in NYC next Thursday, May 12th, buy a ticket and come along to this wonderful event. There are some beautiful photographs being auctioned with very reasonable reserve prices. If you aren’t in NYC, you can still bid by proxy via phone or email or make a donation HERE.

Event: An Evening to Support Human-Rights Journalism
When: May 12, 2011
Where: 25CPW Gallery, Central Park West at 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Details: Student tickets: $25.00, Individual tickets: $75.00 or two for $100
Invite: The invite is linked at the bottom of this post.

Co-Hosted by Gloria Steinem and Jonathan Alter.
Journalists and friends of the Dart Society honor psychiatrist Frank Ochberg for his commitment to improving the coverage of trauma, violence and PTSD.
Photojournalism exhibition, “Trauma in Three Acts,” curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Kim Komenich.
Reception 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with cocktails and hors d’oeurvres; program begins at 7 p.m. with silent and live auctions of prints and other items.

http://dartsociety.com/may-12-fund-raiser/

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=142139965853772

Photographic donations include works by established and upcoming photographers, including (these will be posted online shortly): Ana Adarve, David Arky, Nina Berman, Robin Bowman, Samantha Box, David Burnett, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Vincent Cianni, John Delanay, James Whitlow Delano, Jason Eskenazi, Patrick Farrell, Donna Ferrato, Allen Frame, Stanley Greenberg, Lori Grinker, David Alan Harvey, Ron Haviv, Todd Heisler, Sean Hemmerle, Jennifer Karady, Ed Kashi, Andrew Lichtenstein, Ken Light, Jon Lowenstein, Erica McDonald, Susan Meiselas, John Moore, Kathryn Obermaier, Suzanne Opton, Lucian Perkins, Mark Peterson, James Pomerantz, Joseph Rodriguez, Claire Rosen, Ken Schles, Leif Skoogfors, Amy Stein, John Trotter, Phil Toledano, Scott Wallace.

There are many other auction items including: restaurant meals, signed books by noted authors such as E. L. Doctorow, Bill Moyers, and Paul Simon (lyric book and album), plus jewelry, theatre tickets, wine and a few other surprises!

Woman with Diploma, Kabul Afghanistan, 1998. Nina Berman

Bernardo, Mexico. Debbie Fleming Caffery

Kirkuk, 2005. Ed Kashi

Untitled. Teru Kuwayama

Waiting outside delivery room at Primary Health Center, Dewa, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2009. Susan Meiselas

Soldier: Kimball – 287 Days in Afghanistan, 2008. Susan Opton

Young Refugee and Cat. Tskaltubo, Georgia. James Pomerantz

Michelle's Outhouse, 2003. Amy Stein

3,2,1. 2010. Phillip Toledano

View addtional auction items HERE.

VIEW INVITE HERE

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Thesis Orals Update (On Success and Failure)

This past Saturday, I spent 20-30 minutes in front of a panel of three SVA faculty members discussing my thesis project. The work I presented was part photography book, part audio-video piece. car repair san antonio . I intended for the photography book to convey ideas that the audio-video piece (on a dvd inserted into the book) would then contradict. The oral defense was much tougher than I had imagined and I was much more nervous going into the defense than I had thought I would be. The 48 hours waiting to receive the decision were nerve-racking. I had defended the work to the best of my ability. I’ve talked about my work many times before in various settings but never in such an intense fashion.

Monday afternoon I received a letter from the department which included the following:

You have now engaged the first step of your thesis defense the orals. The department believes that this is an event that is designed to prepare you for future defenses of your work as a creative image-maker. Please know that while this may have been an arduous and trying process, it is one that has been conducted with your greatest interest at heart and with a remarkable objectivity and knowledge of a dedicated and caring faculty.

The faculty wholeheartedly believes in you and your ambitions. Indeed, we are moved by your decision to engage a whole new perspective on your traditional photographic talents. This was a bold move. The panel did, however, note a few issues, which they feel could be better addressed to a second panel on April 22nd. They feel that in addressing the following concerns, you will bring this project to maturity. They are sure that by doing this you will be on a positive track to complete for this semester. You should understand that this will be a new panel of faculty, who are kindly disposed to helping you in every way. You should not see this negatively in the least. We feel that the ideas presented in your work are complex and can be better represented with a little more work. Use this opportunity to better connect the various aspects of your project.

Please consider the following:

  • The images were well done, with a clear idea and sense of subject, but did not represent the ideas presented in the paper. The paper needs to better present your intention, but also serve as a provocative counterpart to these beautiful and seductive images.
  • There was concern about the audio aspect of your project. It seemed disconnected from the piece, and was too radio. Those ideas may be better expressed as text.
  • The disconnect between the pictorial qualities of the photographs and the ultimate political considerations needs to become a more cogent experience for the audience. How do you get them to put those things together in an experience of the work that leaves them questioning the conditions of our environment?

The time before the second presentation should be used to address issues raised by the committee, to discuss your project with your advisor, thesis faculty and myself, and to work out the inconsistencies that are in question. Your fullest engagement in your thesis in these remaining weeks should allow you to successfully complete your final presentation and proceed accordingly.


My initial reactions were of frustration, anger and disappointment. I put a lot of time, energy and thought into my project and I felt I held my ground in the oral defense. As I heard from other classmates about who had to represent and who didn’t, I was only more frustrated. 16 students in our class of about 40 were asked to represent. Some students who I thought had wonderful work had to represent. And if I’m being honest, I was surprised too by a few students who were not asked to represent. I felt the process was totally subjective. What if I had presented to one of the five other panels? What if I had presented after a different student? What if I had presented first? Or last? What if…

Well…the thing is, the panel was right. After talking to classmates and faculty and some heavy introspection, I realized that the panel had been objective and considered my work within the context that I had presented it. Given that context and my claimed intention, the project was flawed.

Maybe a different panel would have passed the project, but that would have been my loss.The realizations that I’ve had as a result of the oral defense and being asked to represent have been some of the most profound that I have had in the two amazing years I’ve spent in the MFA program.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Thesis Orals Update (On Success and Failure)

This past Saturday, I spent 20-30 minutes in front of a panel of three SVA faculty members discussing my thesis project. The work I presented was part photography book, part audio-video piece. I intended for the photography book to convey ideas that the audio-video piece (on a dvd inserted into the book) would then contradict. The oral defense was much tougher than I had imagined and I was much more nervous going into the defense than I had thought I would be. The 48 hours waiting to receive the decision were nerve-racking. I had defended the work to the best of my ability. I’ve talked about my work many times before in various settings but never in such an intense fashion.

Monday afternoon I received a letter from the department which included the following:

You have now engaged the first step of your thesis defense the orals. The department believes that this is an event that is designed to prepare you for future defenses of your work as a creative image-maker. Please know that while this may have been an arduous and trying process, it is one that has been conducted with your greatest interest at heart and with a remarkable objectivity and knowledge of a dedicated and caring faculty.

The faculty wholeheartedly believes in you and your ambitions. Indeed, we are moved by your decision to engage a whole new perspective on your traditional photographic talents. This was a bold move. The panel did, however, note a few issues, which they feel could be better addressed to a second panel on April 22nd. They feel that in addressing the following concerns, you will bring this project to maturity. classic . They are sure that by doing this you will be on a positive track to complete for this semester. You should understand that this will be a new panel of faculty, who are kindly disposed to helping you in every way. You should not see this negatively in the least. We feel that the ideas presented in your work are complex and can be better represented with a little more work. Use this opportunity to better connect the various aspects of your project.

Please consider the following:

  • The images were well done, with a clear idea and sense of subject, but did not represent the ideas presented in the paper. The paper needs to better present your intention, but also serve as a provocative counterpart to these beautiful and seductive images.
  • There was concern about the audio aspect of your project. It seemed disconnected from the piece, and was too radio. Those ideas may be better expressed as text.
  • The disconnect between the pictorial qualities of the photographs and the ultimate political considerations needs to become a more cogent experience for the audience. How do you get them to put those things together in an experience of the work that leaves them questioning the conditions of our environment?

The time before the second presentation should be used to address issues raised by the committee, to discuss your project with your advisor, thesis faculty and myself, and to work out the inconsistencies that are in question. Your fullest engagement in your thesis in these remaining weeks should allow you to successfully complete your final presentation and proceed accordingly.


My initial reactions were of frustration, anger and disappointment. I put a lot of time, energy and thought into my project and I felt I held my ground in the oral defense. As I heard from other classmates about who had to represent and who didn’t, I was only more frustrated. 16 students in our class of about 40 were asked to represent. Some students who I thought had wonderful work had to represent. And if I’m being honest, I was surprised too by a few students who were not asked to represent. I felt the process was totally subjective. What if I had presented to one of the five other panels? What if I had presented after a different student? What if I had presented first? Or last? What if…

Well…the thing is, the panel was right. After talking to classmates and faculty and some heavy introspection, I realized that the panel had been objective and considered my work within the context that I had presented it. Given that context and my claimed intention, the project was flawed.

Maybe a different panel would have passed the project, but that would have been my loss.The realizations that I’ve had as a result of the oral defense and being asked to represent have been some of the most profound that I have had in the two amazing years I’ve spent in the MFA program.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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PDN 30 Seminar Monday March 14th 2011, NYC

There’s a little PDN 30 seminar this Monday called Transitions: Strategies for the Young Working Photographer.

Speakers:

PDN 30ers
Rachel Barrett
Pari Dukovic
Justine Reyes

Allyson Torrisi, Director of Photography, Popular Mechanics

Moderated by Holly Hughes, Editor of PDN.

Monday March 14th
Seminar 6:30-8:00pm
Reception 8:00-9:00pm

SVA Theatre
333 W 23rd St
New York, NY

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