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Filter Photo Festival Week: Samantha VanDeman

This week, I am sharing a few of photographers that I met at the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago….

It was a pleasure to see Samantha VanDeman’s terrific series, Forgotten Hotels in person. I’ve seen a number of images in exhibitions and online over the year, but to see the nuance of color and the extent of the series made the work more meaningful.  Samantha received a BFA from Columbia College Chicago and earned a MFA in photography from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2009. It was during her time at the low residency program at AIB, that she was able to have independent studies with artists such as Anne Wilson, Mayumi Lake, Jeanne Dunning, and Laura Letinsky.

Samantha already has a long exhibition resume including work seen at  Review Santa Fe, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR; Emory Visual Arts Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Smash Box Studios, Culver City, CA; Denver International Airport, Denver, CO; Finch and Ada, NY; New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL; Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA; Midwest center for Photography, Wichita, KS; Gallery 808, Boston, MA; Change Artist Space, San Francisco.  In 2012, Samantha was selected as a finalist for Photolucida’s Critical Mass. And most recently, she received first place in The International Photography Awards for architectural interiors. Samantha has been published in Shots Magazine and The International Photography Annual.

Forgotten Hotels 
This photographic series is of abandoned hotels that are on the verge of being demolished. Each hotel has sat vacant for ten -thirty years, with several failed attempts to bring them back to life. With plans of demolition, each structure awaits an uncertain future. In my work, I’m drawn to places that are isolated and have been forgotten about by society. I use my camera to examine these areas that often go unnoticed. Through the use of light, I try to capture the beauty the once existed in these magnificent environments. By photographing these structures, I attempt to provide a visual record of what might be lost forever.

Jacqueline Roberts

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I introduce Jacqueline Roberts as next week’s guest curator and writer.  She will be sharing the work of six contemporary European photographers over the course of the week, exposing us to image makers an ocean away. Today I will be celebrating her wonderful work that beautifully explores children and childhood.

Jacqueline is a Spanish photographer born in Paris and now lives and works in Wincheringen, Germany, with her husband Gareth and their children Madoc, Malen and Emrys–making her a perfect European ambassador of photography. Her work has been shown in France, Spain, Germany and Luxembourg and has won various international awards, including the International Photography Awards in New York and the Prix de la Photographie in Paris. Jacqueline works with different photographic mediums, both digital and analogue, as well as with photographic techniques from the 19th century. She has published two books with editor Galerie Vevais, within the collector’s series Werkdruck and she is currently preparing her third monograph Kindred Spirits, which will be published next year.
 Kindred Spirits is a celebration of childhood and by extension life, tinged with nostalgia; a constructed memory for the future… a family album, simply. At a time in my life where my children are growing up and my parents are ageing… a reminder of the trace of time and fleeting nature of life.
 images from Kindred Spirits

Triptychs is primarily a tribute to my children, all born on the same day, which consists of three triple triptychs. With this series of portraits I wanted to emphasise the connection between them, the fraternal bond, the communion almost, that exists between them. Three distinct individuals yet connected. It was relevant therefore to present the work as triptychs, for the religious connotations it confers to the images but also to embrace the symbolism of the number three in a wider cultural realm. Three represents the triad of family: male, female, and child; the triad of the cycle of life: birth, life, and death; the triad of time: past, present and future; the triad of human nature: mind, body and soul and the Holy Trinity: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit… like an allusion to the sacred status of the child in our contemporary western societies.

images from Triptychs

Viktoria Sorochinski, Attachment

Viktoria Sorochinski, Attachment

Viktoria Sorochinski

Montreal, 2006
From the Anna & Eve series
Website – ViktoriArt.com

Viktoria Sorochinski is a Ukrainian-born artist who has lived and studied in Russia, Israel, and Canada prior to settling in New York City, where she acquired her Masters of Fine Arts in 2008. Since 2001 she has participated in various group and solo exhibitions and international photography festivals in Canada, USA, France, Italy, Russia, China, Georgia and Argentina. She is also a finalist and winner of several international photography competitions and awards including Lucie Award – IPA (Discovery of the Year), Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward, PDN Photo Annual, Voices Off Arles, ONWARD, Review Santa Fe, Descubrimientos PHE, BluePrint Fellowship, and Encuentros Abiertos. Her work is widely published in internationally acclaimed magazines, among which are British Journal of Photography, EYEMAZING, NY Times, PDN, GUP, Le Monde, BLINK Magazine, THE PHOTO/ARTVAS, Planeando Sobre BUE, AZART Photo, and many others, as well as in web portals worldwide.

Awards, Grants, and Competitions | Deadlines and Recipients | September 2012


Lens Culture International Exposure Awards : September 18

Format Festival 2013 : September 19

Portrait Salon : September 21

Magnum Showcase in association with IdeasTap : September 24

Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award : September 30

Marie Colvin Scholarship opportunity at Sunday Times Magazine… NB for writers

Marie Colvin. Photo © Ivor Prickett

Marie Colvin Scholarship : September 30

BJP’s 2012 International Photography Award : October 1

Photo © Alice Smeets
Unicef Photo of The Year 2008

Unicef Photo of the Year : NB photographers have to be nominated but you can get in touch with nominators in the hope of your work being put forward to the judging panel. Some of the nominators are Sherri Dougherty, and photographers Patrick Brown and James Whitlow Delano. You can send a sample of a maximum of 15 light jpeg files (72 dpi; 1200 pixels on the longest side) for consideration in a zip file via We Transfer, to one of the three. Emails: [email protected][email protected] ;[email protected]   : October 3

College Photographer of the Year : October 7

International Prize of Humanitarian Photography Luis Valtueña : October 31

Conscientious Portfolio Competition 2012 : October 31

PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards : November 1

Pikto Top Pick Photo Contest : November 1

Aftermath Project grant : November 5

Prix Lucas Dolega to honor photojournalists who have reported under difficult circumstanstances in memory of photographer Lucas Dolega (1978-2011) who died in 2011 covering the Arab Spring in Tunisia.

Prix Lucas Dolega : November 15

Terry O’Neill/Tag Award 2012 : November 22

The Magnum Expression Award : February 23, 2013

The Inquisitive Photography Prize


Stephanie Sinclair was presented with unprecedented third Visa d’Or Prize at Visa pour l’image in the beginning of September for her Child Brides project. The series was partly shot for the National Geographic… You can see the NGM feature from the June 2011 issue here.

Photo © Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair wins third Visa d’Or prize (BJP) | Stephanie Sinclair Honored Again at Perpignan Festival (NYT Lens)

The above links also include info on the other Visa pour l’image winners: Visa d’Or news award to Eric Bouvet for his coverage from Bab al-Azizia, Libya, for Le Figaro Magazine; Visa d’Or daily press award to Tomas Munita for his photographs of the conflict in Syria for The New York Times; City of Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award to Sebastian Liste for his photographs of a community of squatters living in an abandoned chocolate factory in the center of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Prix Ani to Misha Friedman for his report on tuberculosis in the former Soviet Union ; Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant to Maciek Nabrdalik for his for report on economic migration in Europe; and Canon Female Photojournalist Award to Sarah Caron. Congratulations to all.

Getty Image handed out four $20,000 grants during Visa pour l’image…

Photo © Bharat Choudhary

Getty Awards $80,000 to Four Photojournalists at Perpignan (Lightbox) | Getty Images awards $80,000 worth of grants to four photojournalists (BJP)

Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant Winner: Tim Matsui

Joel Meyerowitz, David LaChapelle Among This Year’s Lucie Award Honorees (Mediabistro)

The New York Photo Awards 2012 Finalists

International Photography Awards 2012 Winners

Guardian gallery to Taylor Wessing shortlisted four and couple of the other exhibited portraits…

Photo © Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize 2012 shortlisted (Guardian)

Firecracker Grant recipient

The Royal Photographic Society Annual Awards | more info (pdf)

Mustafah Abdulaziz, USA v. Japan, Times Square

Mustafah Abdulaziz, USA v. Japan, Times Square

Mustafah Abdulaziz

USA v. Japan, Times Square,
New York City, 2011
From the Memory Loss series
Website – MustafahAbdulaziz.com

Mustafah Abdulaziz (b. 1986) is an American documentary photographer. Over the last three years he has taken road trips across the United States to work on a series of pictures called Memory Loss. By using road trips as the vehicle to leaf through chance encounters, he attempts to craft a short story solely from the pages he relates to. His work invites the viewer to land on his page and address a commonality in how we live and what we think is important. He has been a member of the international photography collective MJR since 2008. In 2010 he worked as the first contract photographer for The Wall Street Journal. In 2012 he was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. He is currently developing two other projects from where he is based in Berlin, Germany.

Ana Galan

Spanish photographer, Ana Galan, has created a life affirming project, Viv(r)e la vie!, that looks at couples from around the world, particularly in Spain, Finland, and the United States.  Her portrait approach replicates the formula that first emerged in the 15th century in Italy and can be associated with the work of Jan Van Eyck, where figures are placed in an idealized landscape.

Ana  holds a degree in Economics, an International MBA and
an MFA in Photography from EFTI, Madrid, Spain. She has been finalist in many international competitions and has been exhibited in numerous
galleries, international photography festivals and exhibitions in France, Italy,
India, Spain, Finland and USA. She has completed a residency in Philadelphia,
PA and in Pirkanmaa in Finland. Her work is collected in CENTER in Santa Fe,
NM, in the Philadelphia Art Hotel, Philadelphia, PA and in The Center for Fine
Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO.

Images from Viv(r)e la vie!

Viv(r)e la vie!in process
 Viv(r)e la vie! is a photography series “in process”, consisting of
photographs of couples in profile with a landscape of a countryside in the
background, and pays homage to those people who continue to live “in the moment”.
concept depicts the two contrary principles, masculine and feminine, which are
found in an embrace as a symbol of the partnership, the unit and belonging. 

As well in its coniferous
landscapes, the series recreates the representation of the power of vital
force, of immortality.
Viv(r)e la vie! Is a photographic typology of couples
which meet in order to dance. I began the series Viv(r)e la Vie! in
Guadalajara, Spain, with the idea of putting together a set of series of 10
couples in different cities around the world.
Couples of a certain age, people
barely seen socially, but who have not stopped living life fully and whose
close relation is photographed in the outing dances of their area.

The photographs give visibility to people which, for a certain time,
have lacked such visibility. This series, at the same time, documents the
cultural diversity that exists between different cities and countries. The
objective of this project would be to form an extensive visual transcultural
inventory, almost as small histories of social and anthropological life of some
people that are reaching a mature age, but remain active.

The second series
of “Viv(r)e la Vie!” was developed in the American city of
Philadelphia in June 2011 thanks to an artist residency I was granted by the
Philadelphia Art Hotel and the third in June 2012 in Finland thanks to a
residency granted by the Arteles Creative Center. The fourth series of this
project will be produced in May 2013 in Iceland.

International Photo Portfolio Reviews: Paris, Nov 12-14, 2012


3 days of international photography portfolio reviews in Paris, hosted at Spéos,
with support from Paris Photo, FotoFest International (Houston), Lens Culture, and
Amis de la Photographie Internationale.

Register today for the largest and most effective photography portfolio reviews in Europe: Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2012. November 12-13-14, 2012.

“Lens Culture portfolio reviews are among the best —
because they get results!”

Photographers from 27 countries have registered already for this truly international photography event (many are returning for the 2nd or 3rd time):

• Belgium
• Brazil
• Canada
• Colombia
• Croatia
• Denmark
• Ethiopia
• France
• Germany
• Iceland
• Ireland
• Israel
• Italy
• Japan
• Latvia
• Netherlands
• Norway
• Poland
• Russia
• South Africa
• South Korea
• Spain
• Sweden
• Taiwan
• United States
• United Kingdom
• Wales •

Register today. Registrations are filling fast. Deadline to be included in the catalog is September 21, 2012.

Please tell all of your friends and colleagues who are serious about careers in photography. See fotofest-paris.com for full details.

Paris: 5-day Photography Masterclass w/ Jeff Cowen & Jim Casper


Anonymous, Berlin, 2007 © Jeff Cowen


Location: Central Paris, France
Dates: October 18-22, 2012
Fee: 9900 NOK
Limit: 15 photographers
Full details (in Norwegian and English): Bilder Nordic School of Photography


This masterclass will be a 5 day marathon for photographers interested in making a significant vertical leap in their work. It is geared to fine art photography and reportage as art.

This masterclass is coordinated by Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo, Norway, in partnership with Lens Culture in Paris, France.

– The class will emphasize shooting, editing and the final print. Shooting will take place in central Paris and in the studio. Students will have the opportunity to work with street photography, the nude, still life, and abstraction during the course of the class. There will also be group visits to some photography-based cultural institutions throughout Paris.

– Class members will be expected to bring a body of work in progress to be discussed by the group. Each participant will also receive one-on-one consultations with Jim Casper and Jeff Cowen.

– Mr. Cowen will stress how digital photographers can learn to use new technology while respecting the tradition of analogue-based photography and its position as a medium with respect to art history.

– Career possibilities in photography and the artist’s path will also be topics for discussion. This class offers a unique perspective to create a dialogue with a working artist and an international photography critic, publisher and lecturer.


Jeff Cowen is a New York University honors scholar in Oriental studies. 25 years ago he was the assistant of Ralph Gibson and Larry Clark. His early street photography in New York City and his reportage work of the Romanian Revolution is in numerous collections and has been shown in Museums such as The Filature in Mulhouse and the New York Historical Society Museum.

Mr. Cowen is known for his painterly style. He works with the figure, landscape, abstraction and still life. He is represented by several leading galleries and his work is in over one hundred collections and institutions. His first monograph was published by Paris-Musée, and his galleries have produced books for his many solo shows around the world.

He participates regularly in art fairs such as Art Basel, Art Cologne, Art Bolonga, Arco, Photo Espana, LaArt Fair, Art Paris and others. In the fall 2012, his work will be exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris in a special museum exhibition by the Huis Marseille Photography Museum during Paris Photo and the Month of Photography.


Jim Casper is the founder and director of Lens Culture, an international organization dedicated to the celebration and promotion of contemporary photography in all of its forms.

Lens Culture publishes one of the most popular online magazines about global contemporary photography (www.lensculture.com), and organizes the yearly Lens Culture International Exposure Awards (www.lensculture.com/awards), and the annual Lens Culture FotoFest Paris international portfolio reviews (www.fotofest-paris.com) in partnership with Paris Photo and FotoFest International, in the USA.

Casper is a curator, writer, publisher and lecturer. He also serves on juries around the world.


Requirements: This course is open to all serious photographers. Digital printing equipment will be available for all participants. If you choose to work with film, we have arranged for professional lab film processing, contact sheets and digital scanning (you must pay extra for the lab work). We do not have a full darkroom available, so we will focus on digital printing for this purposes of this workshop.

Equipment: Bring your own camera, and a laptop if possible.

Price: NOK 9900,- (Maximum 15 persons. Material costs, travel and stay is not included.)

Conditions: Before signing up, please read the conditions and agreement carefully.

How to register: Sign up here.