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Submit and Upcoming Workshops and Events

The next LENSCRATCH exhibition is on your HOME TOWN.  Please send one image of your home town (72dpi, 1000px on the long side, in jpg format) and include:


Name, title, location, link  (Aline Smithson, Lego Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.alinesmithson.com)

Send to: [email protected] BEFORE August 20th
Aline Smithson, Lego Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA



2012 FotoWeek DC International Awards Competition

Challenge the Way We Look at the World
FotoWeekDC’s 5th Annual International Awards Competition is looking for extraordinary images – we’re looking for yours! The 2012 competition will honor professional and emerging photographers from our region and from around the world.
  • Cash prizes totaling $20,000
  • Winning images will be exhibited and/or projected during FotoWeekDC, November 9-18 as well as online.
  • Winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of world-renowned judges
  • Winners will be notified on or about October 5, 2012

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I have a really full fall, teaching in Los Angeles at the Julia Dean Photo Workshops, but also teaching and reviewing at a variety of photo events around the country, so thought I’d share my schedule in case you happen to be in the area! The expansion of photography festivals only reflects our growing community and lucky for us that we can benefit from the exposure, the education, the ability to share work and make new connections.

Fall classes at the Julia Dean Photo Workshops can be found here.


I will also be at the Santa Fe Workshops next spring (I believe the 3rd week of March), again teaching, The Big Picture. Details to follow.

In San Diego, from September 6-8th, the inaugural launch of the Medium Festival Of Photography will kick off with a keynote lecture by Alec Soth, speaking on Sept 6th.  The festival includes workshops, lectures, artist lectures, portfolio reviews, and exhibitions.

I will be reviewing and be teaching the workshop, Preparing for Portfolio Reviews on September 7th.

Filter Photo Festival takes place in Chicago and is a week long festival with lectures, workshops, portfolio reviews, exhibitions, and connections. The keynote speaker will be the compelling, Brian Ulrich, on Thursday, October 18th.

Filter is an organization dedicated
to producing the Midwest’s premier photography event, the annual Filter
Photo Festival.  The Festival’s ongoing mission is to connect em
erging,
mid-level, and professional photographers from across the country with
gallerists, educators, curators, editors, and other elite photo
professionals, focusing
particularly on those of the Midwest.”

I will be reviewing at the event and teaching The Art of Presentation: Showing your work to the fine art market (presented by the Santa Fe workshops) on Wednesday, October 16th, from 9am-1pm.  This workshop will get you ready for reviews and help you contextualize your work in the fine art world.  There are also terrific workshops in addition to mine, lectures, portfolio reviews, and lots of connecting and celebrating of photography.

This year The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO will be hosting the SPE Southwest regional conference. Running from November 1st-5th, It will be 4-5 days filled with lectures, artist presentations, exhibitions, and networking.  More specific programing to follow.

I will be giving an artist’s lecture, will have a solo exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography, will be giving a workshop, and participating as a reviewer for SPE.  SPE events are open to ALL photographers, and they are incredibly informative and interesting.

The keynote speak of this year’s event is the amazing Phillip Toledano.

Foto DC is a week long event from November 9-18th that is filled with exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and portfolio reviews.


On Sunday, November 11th, I will be teaching a workshop for emerging photographers on how to create a fine art portfolio.




PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide.
The 2012 festival will take place from November 29 – December 2
with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the
month. The lineup includes portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures,
demonstrations and a kick-off gala at the Musée Conti Historical Wax
Museum. Many events are free and open to the public.
Portfolio Review registration will open on September 5, and the reviewers list will be announced in August.

I will be teaching a workshop and reviewing at PhotoNOLA this year.  Dates and details to follow.




Hope to see you somewhere!




Thoughts on Success

I have just returned from a magical experience in Boston and thought I’d share some of my insights and highlights. Tomorrow I will get into the specifics of the events, which I strongly suggest you consider attending next year, but today, I am using you and Lenscratch as a sounding board for this intangible journey that we find ourselves on.

Some months ago, Paula Tognarelli from the Griffin Museum called to give me the amazing news that I was being presented The Rising Star Award, at their annual Focus Awards evening.  She also told me that I would be hearing from Maryann Camilleri, the head of the Magenta Foundation about being a keynote speaker and having a solo exhibition at the Flash Forward Festival in Boston.  As you might imagine, I was completely stunned, even more so because I had just finished a 14 hour day with my students at the Santa Fe Photo Workshops, and was already in a surreal mental space. How does this happen?  This wasn’t something I submitted to, that I had sought or ever thought would happen to me.  My first reaction was that they must be calling the wrong number, but I was assured that this was not a dream and soon would be a reality.

After months of preparation, self-doubt, 3 day crash dieting, more preparation, trepidation, and flat out fear, I boarded a plane for Boston with a suit case packed with my best efforts and intentions.  I truly didn’t know what to expect, and what I received mentally, emotionally, and personally, was more than I every could have imagined.

It’s funny.  One works so hard to move their careers along, to make some inroads and connections, and slowly, very slowly things start to happen and build, and all of a sudden the ten group shows turn into a solo show…and you think that will be in pinnacle.  But it’s not.  It’s just a stop on the photo train that has no specific destination, no ultimate station to navigate towards, but one hopes that it just keeps moving forward.

When I had my first museum exhibition, I remember the anticipation, the excitement of being flown to the venue, being feted and well taken care of.  I had exactly two days of feeling slightly special, and then it was back home to do the laundry, walk the dog, pick up kids.  My absence was only a blip on the family agenda and I had to paste the experience in my mental scrapbook that I pull out sometimes late at night when I can’t sleep.

It struck me that these successes or achievements are sort of
like a wedding or a prom or some life marker that requires a lot of
build up –there’s the processing of the event, the planning, the prep, the anticipation and anxiety, all the details that surround it and by the time
the event actually happens, the adrenaline is pumping at such a high level that it is
truly an out of body experience. When it’s over, you don’t
really remember it enough to savor it in any significant way…and then
it’s gone. There is no tape to wind back, no complete documentation of the experience and you go to bed that night trying hard to remember who said what, who did what, and how you are starving for the food you never ate.  I don’t know quite how to change that process and allow
myself to be more in the moment.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that all of our journeys are a success, no matter where we are on that train.  I can still remember getting into my first group show and running over the the elementary school to pick up my children and telling some of the moms that were hanging around out front that I was going to be in a photography exhibition at the Los Angeles County Fair and they smiled and looked at me blankly.  But it made me feel validated in the bigger world, and about all I could do was smile to myself as I typed out that first line on my resume.

And you know, those early successes felt just as good as the recent ones.  I’m not taking any of it for granted, and the most important lesson that I have learned is that I am not doing this in isolation, that every step I make forward is because someone has a hand on my back pushing me in that direction. And it’s that hand that is truly the success story in all of this.  It’s the connections to each other that become the true prize and the big award. At the end of the day, having a beer with a photo world friend and shooting the breeze about our shared passion is the best reward I can think of, except for maybe getting that solo show at the Museum of Modern Art.   And I promise here and now if that happens, to buy anyone that shows up, the first round.

Intimacy and Voyeurism: The Public / Private Divide in Photography


The SPE National Conference in San Francisco is officially sold out, but if you are among the early registration crowd gaining access to 2012′s programming—this year, exploring “Intimacy and Voyeurism: The Public/Private Divide in Photography—be sure to join Aperture Foundation in exhibition Booth #31 beginning this Thursday.

Keynote speaker Sally Mann, known for her evocative work with portraiture and landscapes, will give a presentation with a selected reading from her forthcoming memoir, If Memory Serves. Following the presentation, Mann will be signing copies of her books, The Flesh and the Spirit (Aperture 2010), Immediate Family (Aperture 2005), Proud Flesh (Aperture 2009) and Still Time (Aperture 2008).

Other speakers include: Sharon Olds, Trevor Paglen, Sandra S. Phillips, Hasan Elahi, Bill Adams, and many more.

The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography-related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services, and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms, and to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship, and criticism.

Thursday, March 22, 2012–Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hyatt Regency
Booth #31
San Francisco, California
(415) 788-1234

Friday Hours: 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday Hours: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Exhibition Hall is FREE

Thursday, March 22, 7:00–8:30 pm
Keynote Presentation and Book Signing: Sally Mann
Grand Ballroom

Friday, March 23, 5:30–7:00 pm
Featured speaker: Trevor Paglen, author of Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes (Aperture 2010)
Grand Ballroom

The Flesh and the Spirit (Aperture 2010), Immediate Family (Aperture 2005), Proud Flesh (Aperture 2009) and Still Time (Aperture 2008) by Sally Mann are available for purchase here. Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes (Aperture 2010) by Trevor Paglen is available for purchase here.

Landscape and Eschatology at Tate Britain featuring Richard Misrach

On Friday, January 13, The Tate Britian will host a symposia titled Landscape and Eschatology, the study of the apocalypse. This free one-day conference, organized by Joy Sleeman, UCL and John Timberlake, Middlesex University with the Tate Research Centre: British Romantic Art, brings together a range of high-profile artists and researchers to discuss the lasting cultural legacies of John Martins landscapes, and the relevance of themes of apocalypse both in Martins time and today.

Friday, January 13, 2012: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Session 1: City and Apocalypse chaired by John Timberlake
11.0011.30 Philip Shaw, University of Leicester, Embodied Violence: Turner, Terror and The Field of Waterloo
11.3012.00 Chris Coltrin, Shepherd University, West Virginia The Wounded Landscape: the Politics of Urban Destruction in John Martins ‘Mesopotamian Trilogy’
12.0012.30 Luke White, Middlesex University, Nature, the Metropolis and the Apocalyptic Sublime
12.30-1.00 Matthew Beaumont, UCL The Annihilated City: Pandemonium and the Utopian
1.00-2.00 lunch

Session 2: Landscape and Apocalypse chaired by Joy Sleeman
2.002.30 John Timberlake, Middlesex University Zones of Tension: Desertification and Despoilation in Frederick Sommers Arizona Photographs 1939-1945
2.30-3.00 Mathilde Nardelli UCL The Desert, Time and the End, c.1962-1975
3.00-3.30 John Beck, The Purloined Landscape: Militarised Space and Concealment as Spectacle
3.30-3.45 coffee break
3.45-4.30 Richard Misrach
4.30-5.15 Closing remarks

Richard Misrach Keynote speaker will be speaking on the apocolyptic nature in his work particularly in relation to his series and recently published book Destroy This Memory (Aperture, 2010), an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina. Taken in New Orleans between October and December 2005 in the wake of the storm, the photographs capture messages left behind by rescue workers and residents scrawled on roofs and walls, cars and trucks, fences and trees that reveal a range of individual reactions from despair to dark humor, giving a human face to the wreckage. Arranged in a powerful narrative sequence, the images express, in the artist’s words, “people pleading for help, then defending their turf, then suffering human loss, then animal loss, then despair, then humor, then anger at the political establishment, then anger at the insurance companies, and finally determination and hope to survive and perhaps recover.” Taken with a 4 MP pocket camera, the photographs are an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina as told by those on the ground, and seen through the lens of a contemporary master.

The Tate Britian Auditorium
Free,booking required
Tickets can be booked by calling 020 7887 8888.

More details here. Richard Maize .