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Matt Licari

On October 26th, The Kiernan Gallery will host an evening for photographer, Matt Licari in his studio in Richmond, Virginia. Earlier this year, Matt unfortunately lost nearly all of his photography equipment in a robbery, so The Kiernan Gallery Presents: Matt Licari will be part fundraiser, part salon, as Matt’s
studio transforms into an alternative gallery space to display his work. I am featuring one of his series, Ride, about the experience of day to day travel on the NYC subway system.
Matt  received his BFA in photography from the School of Art +
Design at SUNY Purchase in New York. Inspired by street photography,
his work explores urban, suburban, and rural subjects. The work –
primarily in large format – has been exhibited widely, including Sasha
Wolf Gallery, Kris Graves Projects, and The Neuberger Museum of Art.
Licari has worked for the Guggenheim Museum and the Richard Avedon
Foundation, and currently serves as the Programs Chair of ASMP. He currently lives, works and travels between Richmond, Virginia and New York City. 
Ride is a series of images I have made in the New York City subway system. I’m a native New Yorker and have ridden the train since I was young, so the images didn’t start as an attempt to create a series, they were simply made in transit as I rode from place to place. I’m particularly fond of the el (elevated) lines due to the unique cityscapes they offer and the flickering, dappled light that the interior of the car receives. I also love the crowded midtown trains, where you often find every type of person in the same space. 
And of course, the elements provide another dimension to the rail system, which rarely seems to shut down even in inclement weather. It is not a conceptual series in the least – it is rather visceral – it is a place where people cram into a small space for a short time, and for the most part, deal with it quite gracefully. And then there are the people who don’t act so gracefully or ordinarily, which becomes a spectacle and sometimes a fun diversion for the rest of the travelers. The images are, in essence, about the experience of riding the train and seeing the city and it’s people through in that context. All images were made between 2008 and 2012 and are Untitled (Ride), year created.


Andi Schreiber

Andi Schreiber is what one might coin as a domestic Martin Parr. She turns her camera on her life, her children, family and friends with a glaring lens that is full of color, reality, and the details of our humanness. There is humor and pathos in her seeing, and her skills as a photojournalist bring domestic life into sharp focus.

Andi graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA and was a photojournalist in Boston Before moving New York City to work as a magazine and newspaper picture editor. In 2002, she traded in city life for suburbia and lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and sons.  Recently Andi’s work was featured in the Kiernan Gallery’s exhibition, Family Dynamics, and she was an award recipient in PHOTO/arts Magazine’s book and online exhibition, My Own Wilderness.

In 2010 and 2011, Andi’s books Lush Light and WonderLust were each awarded Honorable Mention in Blurb’s Photography Book Now competition.

WonderLust is a visceral response to my immediate surroundings – a world where I’m at home yet hovering on the periphery, an insider and outsider at once. Through these images I find my place within my family’s framework and that of a larger existence.

A sense of wonder and thrill of attraction is at the core of this project. These photographs are made at home, at poolside, at parties and in parking lots, of family and friends, and people unknown to me. They are pieces of my world and a manifestation of inner life. I fight the urge to pre-visualize; my process is random. I’m struck by the accidental image: a flash of color, a passing gesture. Details make me tingle. I need to experience deeply what is here, right now. The camera enables me to vanish into moments before they are gone.
This ongoing body of work, WonderLust, embraces sensation and a passion for what’s unseen. It’s as if I have no choice but to turn that irresistible desire into something tangible, into a photograph. I want to seduce the viewer to feel as I do – to know pleasure, to be alive.

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2300393

Ashley Kauschinger

One of the great pleasures of attending the SPE (Society of Photographic Educators) Conference in San Francisco, was the Friday night Portfolio Walk, where hundreds of students and educators spread their work onto long tables in the atrium lobby of the hotel where conference was taking place. When I arrived at Ashley Kauschinger’s table, her project, Hot Skin, looked familiar (she has been featured in Lenscratch exhibitions), but more importantly, it stood out from the sea of surrounding images because of her ability to infuse light and drama into her evocative work.

Ashley lives and works in Denton, Texas. She is a fine art photographer who creates autobiographical staged dramas. Her current focus is the investigation of daily life that results in ambiguous narrative images. She received her BFA in photography from Savannah College of Art in Design in 2011, and is currently studying with Susan kae Grant in pursuit of an MFA in photography from Texas Woman’s University. Ashley has recently received recognition from Photographer’s Forum, National Geographic and PDN. Currently her work can be found in Emerging Photographer magazine, in the exhibition, Intimacy and Voyeurism at Rayko Gallery in San Francisco and ONWARD Compe at Basho Projects in Philadelphia, both exhibits juried by Todd Hido. Upcoming, she will be in the PDN Photo Annual as a Student Winner, will be in the exhibition, In Your Dreams at PhotoPlace Gallery, juried by Susan Burnstine which opens April 17th. Her work is also in the online exhibitions iSpy: Camera Phone Photography and Both Sides of the Lens through the Kiernan Gallery in Virginia.

Hot Skin is an investigation of everyday life that reflects upon the past and the present. The series shares commonplace emotions and moments that overlap with the lives of others and connect those lives in understanding. This connection is created through a set of themes and symbols that are present throughout the series. Implemented themes include sex, long distance communication, domestic living, relationships and moments of transition.

These themes are examined through ambiguous, narrative self-portraits and still lives within personal environments. Each of these narratives has a sense of tension to create an emotional atmosphere to reflect upon. Tension is formed in each image by pinpointing a moment between two places or times, staging scenes with layered meanings that pull against each other, and using available light at sunset. Symbols representing a personal mythology such as cloth, food and hair are also present and repeated throughout the series to create a sense of familiarity with the viewer.

Karen Divine

I don’t own an iPhone…yet, so I was excited to juror the recent call for entry by the Kiernan Gallery, iSpy: Camera Phone Photography to see how photographers are approaching this new tool. I was wowed by the array of images and stellar examples of technology’s newest tool. The exhibition opens on today, March 6th, and runs through April 7th. A catalogue of the exhibition is also available on Blurb.

The image I selected for the Juror’s Award was by created by Karen Divine. I had seen her images elsewhere, but had no idea that they were created with a cell phone.

Juror’s Award image

Born in Texas, Karen is a self-taught photographer, who has attended workshops and studied with a long roster of image makers. She was introduced to photography during a career as a model in NYC, and later discovered the possibilities of Photoshop. “I view the world in layers, stacking colors, textures, forms and stories onto each other as if one were walking through their day with blurred vision, not taking in specifics but piecing together various parts and overlapping them. Images that tell a story are important to me, images that are suggestive, a reflection of one’s inner turmoil and dreams, a personal documentary, images where the boundaries are somewhat obscure. I want to look at an image and be forced to look again and again. A sense of structure and design is important of course but behind my shapes and colors, there is usually another order of meaning, however abstract that may appear.”

Karen has created the project featured below, Shooting the Nude, where she explores the idea “Do women shoot the nude with a different vein of intention than the male?” She states, “Being the genesis of the greatest art, I wonder if the viewer of the image perceives the nude differently depending on the gender of its maker! Are we shooting the female form for it’s lines and shapes that make any composition visually appealing or is the image a reflection of our own sensuous or objective being? In answering these questions, I discovered a woman, playful, sinuous, provacative, a bit off in her antics and movements, confident, doubtful but always wanting to present herself in freedom.”


iSpy: Camera Phone Photography

Opportunities Abound

In case today allows for some time to submit to things, I wanted to share two calls for entry that I have the pleasure of juroring, and several other submission opportunities…..

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The A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas is offering an photography competition on Imagination and I am the juror!

i-mag-i-na-tion: fabrication, fantasy, illusion, imagery, insight, inspiration, originality, thought, vision, creation, creativity, inventiveness realization.

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral”. –Antoine de Saint Exupery

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.” –Pablo Picasso

Entry Deadline:
January 9, 2012

Exhibition dates:
February 17, 2012 to April 1, 2012

Imagination feeds the need to photograph. Since I can remember, I have loved to create with my mind and my hands. This desire was instilled by a mother and grandmother who shared the same compulsion. These imaginative women taught me to dream and experiment.

“I-mag-i-na-tion” is your opportunity to imagine and create. Get outside the conventional with this one. Don’t just photograph the pear; hide it underneath a cloth napkin and see what happens.

Forty-five images will be selected for exhibition and a Blurb full color catalog of the exhibit will be available for purchase. Cash prizes of $250 each will be awarded for The Juror’s Award and The Director’s Award, along with a $100 prize for the Visitors’ Choice Award. There will also be five Honorable Mentions.

Creativity is encouraged.

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Cell Phone Photographers submit to the iSpy: Camera Phone Photography Exhibition!

I am happy to be the juror for the upcoming iSpy: Camera Phone Photography at The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, VA.

Due Date: January 26th

Exhibition dates: March 6 – April 7th

Photography has always had a special place in art as a technology-driven medium. It has evolved from glass plates to film, to the 35mm, disposable cameras; to the digital revolution, always becoming more and more accessible. The camera-phone is the most recent incarnation of this evolution, and it has impacted photojournalism and fine art photography as much as everyday snapshots. For iSpy: Camera Phone Photography, The Kiernan Gallery seeks images taken with cell phones that span all genres of photography.

Only images taken with a cellular phone will be accepted for this exhibition. Use of apps (e.g. Hipstamatic, Instagram, Darkroom, Tiltshift, Pano, etc.) is acceptable and encouraged.

For this exhibition, juror Aline Smithson will select up to 40 images for display in the main gallery, and up to an additional 30 to be included in the online gallery. All images will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue available for purchase. A Juror’s Choice and Director’s Choice will also be announced.

Submit here!

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Educators that are members of the Society of Photographic Educators, Submit!

Call for Entry: SPE Member Show at the Rayko Photo Gallery in San Francisco.

Submissions due: January 16, 2012 11:59pm (pst)
Best of Show – 1 year membership in SPE and conference registration to SPE’s 49th national conference in San Francisco

This competition is open to artists holding current membership in Society for Photographic Education (SPE) and is organized in conjunction with SPE’s 49th national conference, Intimacy and Voyeurism: The Public/Private Divide in Photography, March 22-25, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The exhibition will be on view at RayKo Photo Center during the SPE national conference and feature an opening reception open to all attendees of the event. The RayKo Gallery offers over 1600 square feet of exhibition space and presents eight to ten shows annually featuring nationally recognized artists.

JUROR: Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Metropolis, The Face, I-D, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. He has over a dozen published books, the latest monograph being A Road Divided, released in 2010.
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This is a very cool Juried competition that results in a book of Photography, Poetry and Prose….

“Fading Light” Juried Photo Competition

Open to Interpretation is now calling on photographers to submit images for consideration in a juried book competition.

Project Details
Open to Interpretation is a collaborative book project bringing together photographers, poets and writers. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers’ submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image. The unique collaboration adds new dimensions to both the photos and the written word.

Book Title: Open to interpretation
Theme: Fading Light
Juror: George Slade, Principal at re: photographica
Submission Fee: $40 for 5 images, $10 each additional
Deadline for submission: March 15, 2012
Early Entry: $10 discount if submitted by January 19, 2012
Results Announced: March 30, 2012

Awards
$300 Judge’s Selection Award

Judge
George Slade has provided fine photographic artists and their audiences with insightful interpretation and curatorial expertise in exhibitions, classes, writings, lectures, and face-to-face exchanges for over 25 years. Formerly the artistic director of Minnesota Center for Photography, the director of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers Program, and recently the curator at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, George is a veteran presence at portfolio review events like Fotofest, Photolucida, Critical Mass, PhotoNOLA, and the Society for Photographic Education’s regional and national conferences. In the last three years he juried regional and national exhibitions for the Coalition of Photographic Arts (Milwaukee), New Directions 2009 at the Wallspace Gallery (Seattle), the 2011 Clarence John Laughlin Award at the New Orleans Photographic Alliance, the New England Photography Biennial at the Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham, MA), and IRevelar at the Naomi Silva Gallery in Atlanta. George received a 2007 award from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program; his writings and reviews appear extensively in print and online; some may be found at his web site, re:photographica. He lives in Minneapolis with his partner Stephanie and their children.

Entries are submitted online at http://www.open2interpretation.com/submit_fading_light.html

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F STOP Magazine

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

ISSUE #51: The Portrait – February/March 2012

What makes a portrait a portrait? How is it different from a snapshot, still life or a landscape? Do we learn who a person is from a portrait or do we learn more about the photographer? The portrait is the subject of issue #51.

Submit up to 12 images following the guidelines below. Images must be received by January 15.
Issue #51 will have an expected publication date of February 1, 2012. Only one submission per person for an issue.

ISSUE #52: Open Theme – April/May 2012

Issue #52 will have an open theme.

Submit up to 12 images following the guidelines below. Images must be received by March 15.
Issue #52 will have an expected publication date of April 1, 2012. Only one submission per person for an issue.

2011 Looking Back and Looking Forward

In memoriam, Riley Smithson Steinway 1998-2011

Looking Back
I think it’s important to take stock at the end of each year–to celebrate and be grateful for successes, to understand failures, and to set goals for the future. I feel particularly grateful this year. I was offered wonderful opportunities, got to travel to a variety of photo related events around the US and in China, and most importantly, am very appreciative that I can create work in a community that is incredibly supportive and communicative.

First, I want to thank the galleries and photographers that supported my curatorial efforts with the exhibitions Redefining Hollywood at the Factory Gallery and later at the Analog Salon in Los Angeles, and Summertime Exhibition at the Duncan Miller Projects in Santa Monica.

I am also appreciative for the opportunites to juror exhibitions and competitions: the Center for Fine Art Photography’s Dreams Exhibition, the Downtown: Incomplete LA exhibition at the Terrell Moore Gallery, Critical Mass 2011, and the upcoming Imagination exhibition at the A Smith Gallery in Texas and the I Spy:Camera Phone Photography at the Kiernan Gallery in Virginia. I am also thrilled to have attended Photolucida as an artist this year, and Review LA and Filter Photo Festival as a reviewer.

Thank you to the gallerists, directors, and editors for giving me the opportunity to share my work: Crista Dix from Wall Space Gallery, Valerie and Vicenc Boned from Galeria Tagomago, Jennifer Schwartz from the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Elizabeth Barragan and Kathleen Mahoney-Cobb from Finch & Ada, Dan Miller from the Duncan Miller Gallery, Jason Landry from The Panoptican Gallery, Daniel Cooney from the Emerging Artist’s Auction, The Darkroom Gallery, The Soho Photo Gallery, Ann Jastrab the Rayko Photo Gallery, the Honor Fraser Gallery, Melanie and Michelle Craven from the Tilt Gallery, Elizabeth Houston from Hous Projects, Liz Gordon from The Loft at Liz’s, Julia Dean from the Julia Dean Gallery, Amber Terranova from PDN, and more.

Teaching is a big part of my life and I want to extend a huge thank you to my AMAZING students in Los Angeles that I have worked with at the Julia Dean Photo Workshops over the years, and to my students in the virtual world–they continue to enrich my life and I am so proud of their accomplishments. It was a pleasure teaching workshops in Chicago and Colorado this year, and I look forward to my first experience at the Santa Fe Workshops in March, where I am teaching The Big Picture.

And lastly, thank YOU, the wonderful Lenscratch readers who remain curious and excited about looking at all kinds of photography. There are some changes afoot with the blogzine, so keep an eye out.

Some highlights?

It was an amazing year, one of those years where wonderful things happened when I was least expecting them. And I thought I’d have time lots of time to make new work…hmmm!

The cover of PDN and recognition for my workshop teaching…

Having my image on the cover, tickets, posters of the Photo Off Festival in Paris…this image was featured on the sides of buses and on posters around the city…

Traveling to China…

Looking Forward

My continuing goal is to make more time to create work. In order to do that, it means less time down the rabbit hole of Facebook and Twitter and social media outlets.

I want to get a book or two out into the world.

I want to explore more conceptual work and push traditional boundaries a bit.

To close,
I would love to hear from you–things you would like to see on Lenscratch, subjects you would like to see explored, or any ideas you want to pass my way.

I wish you all a very very happy, healthly, prosperous, and productive 2012! Be sure to visit the Favorite Photographs of 2011 Lenscratch Exhibition tomorrow!