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Photo Events – Miniclick Photography Talk tonight with Maciej Dakowicz in conversation with Peter Dench

There’s so much going on at the Brighton Photo Fringe 2012 this year, that it is hard to keep up with the shows, talks and events that are currently running or are planned. Plus, Tri-pod, the creative initiative that was co-founded by Wendy Pye and I in 2010, has a group show opening next week (23 Oct-4 Nov), a free panel talk (Thur 25 Oct 6.30-8pm at The Phoenix) and a Tri-pod drop-in surgery (1 Nov at The Phoenix) planned, all as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe 2012. Phewww. So, excuse me if I’ve overlooked someone or something important.

Today’s morning post points to the second Miniclick at the Fringe talk.

© Maciej Dakowicz, Cardiff After Dark

To coincide with the launch of Maciej Dakowiczs first book Cardiff After Dark, he speaks to photojournalist Peter Dench about his work.

Tuesday 9 October, 7pm
The Old Market
Free Entry

Filed under: Photo Talks, Photographers Tagged: Brighton Photo Fringe Festival, Cardiff After Dark, Maciej Dakowicz, miniclickatthefringe, Peter Dench, photo talks

Photo News – Laura Noble issues open letter about closure of Diemar/Noble photography gallery and launch of new L A Noble Gallery

Today Laura Noble sent out an open letter to her network about the closing of the Diemar/Noble Gallery, billed as “one of the capital’s top spots for photography” (see below). The word was out and about on twitter where followers commented on the demise of the gallery. However, it’s not all bad news as from the ashes new things – the L A Noble Gallery – are created, so I’m sharing the letter with you all:

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness I write to tell you that, after three amazing years, Diemar/Noble Photography has closed its shutters for the last time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for your support. Without the patronage of clients and visitors, the enthusiasm of the press and the ambition and talent of our artists, we would not have achieved so much in such a short time.

Diemar/Noble was always more to me than a gallery, it was – and remains – a community. If the legacy of the gallery is to leave even a little more passion and excitement for photography in this City, then it is an achievement I will be very proud of.

Without you sharing in the vision, the gallery could never have hoped to become “one of the capital’s top spots for photography” (Time Out) over such a modest time. I hope you can share my pride in all that the gallery has achieved.

My time as Co-Director at Diemar/Noble has been a life affirming one and deepened my love for all things photographic. The opportunity to explore different avenues in the future may have drawn this venture to a close but my commitment to photography remains and the next chapter promises to build on that. My involvement with photography is an on-going and passionate one. I will continue to carry out portfolio reviews and consultations, lectures for photographers and collectors as well as my other writing and curating projects.

Most exciting of all, I have now established the L A Noble Gallery, which I shall be launching at the Unseen art fair in Amsterdam on the 19th of September. The lauraannnoble.com website will also be launched on the same day.

Now looking forward to my next challenge, I am excited to see what the future will hold for myself, the photographers with whom I work and those exciting new talents we have yet to discover.

I do hope that you will stay in touch and join me for future endeavors.

Yours faithfully in gratitude,

Laura Noble

Filed under: Art Galleries Tagged: closing, Diemar/Noble Photography, Laura Noble, london, photo gallery, Unseen art fair

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

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


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
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!

Patty Lemke

Los Angeles photographer, Patty Lemke, has a wonderful series about the hot air balloon culture which seems a great way to celebrate the idea of summer.  She is a third generation Angeleno, received her BA from UCLA, and continues  to use lo tech plastic and digital cameras to create singular and surrealistic images taken on the road far away from the beaches of Southern California.
Patty has exhibited across the US and is currently working a a project documenting the ruins of live animals parks, in addition to continuing her work on hot air balloons.
The photographs for this series were made at the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque New Mexico on two occasions; first in October of 1994 and then in October of 2010.

I remember waking up at 4 am that first October in 1994 to the sounds of people, thousands as it turned out, gently moving past our van.  There had been no available hotels and my friend David wanted to be sure we did not miss the morning launch so we parked in front of the entrance late the night before.  Outside the van it was cold and dark.

Inside the park, the children were still asleep and the black sky was turning to shade of deep brown and grey.  Flashes started to pop up.  Long patches of tarp took shape; it was Thursday, the day of the odd shape balloons.  Soon multi-story characters were gliding past on their way up before dawn.

These images made with a Holga camera using black and white film show what that day felt like.  Years later, in 2010, I was finally able to return and once again use the Holga and black and white film.  Many of the earlier balloons were not there that second time through a fair number remained.  New, more animated characters replaced the liquor and cigarette balloons. But the dark deep surreal brown remained.

Delpire & Co. Opens @ Aperture, Throughout NYC

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Aperture Gallery was abuzz Wednesday evening, hosting the much-anticipated New York City launch of Delpire & Co., the citywide, multi-venue retrospective of the life and work of legendary editor, curator and publisher, Robert Delpire. Following presentations in Arles and Paris, Delpire & Co. arrives to New York City with representation at six venues throughout Manhattan.

Aperture’s Wednesday opening was the first of the week (followed by Thursday night openings at the French Embassy, and Gallery at Hermes), welcoming a strong roster of photography legends and pillars of the photographic community. Sarah Moon, Mary Ellen Mark, and Josef Koudelka were in attendance, standing alongside their own seminal works on view, as well as celebrated photographers Bruce Davidson and Susan Meiselas. Multiple films by filmmaker/photographer Sarah Moon were on screen, including 1970’s TV spots directed by Moon for Cacharel (7 min), as well as “Le Montreur d’images (The Go-Between)” (2009), her feature length documentary on husband Robert Delpire.

Peter Barberie
, Curator of Photographs for the Philadelphia Art Museum was in attendance Wednesday evening, as well as Jeff Hirsch of FotoCare, and Wendy Byrne, former designer for Aperture Foundation. Special thanks to exhibition producer Mike Derez, and Project Coordinator Agnès Gagnès of Idéodis.

Delpire & Co. runs through June at venues throughout the city. Like us on Facebook to view a full album of photos from the opening.

›› Click here for details on all the exhibitions and events.
›› Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using #Delpire
›› The New Yorker presents a stunning and concise slideshow summary of books and photographs from among the displays at Aperture, Hermès, Pace/MacGill, and Howard Greenberg.

An(other) Evening with W.H. Hunt

Last October, upon the launch of The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious (Aperture 2011), author/collector W.M. Hunt—known for his wit and (truly) larger-than-life personality—debuted A Life in Photographs and Other Digressions… A live monologue accompanied by images from his collection and video from his past, this event was a wry, uproarious rumination on Hunt’s many years of collecting, on his life in photographs.

Not necessarily by popular demand, but at his own insistence, Hunt will recreate this unique performance piece at Aperture Gallery on Tuesday, March 27. This evening with Hunt promises to be one of information and digression, bringing to light many of the names and stories left out of the book.

The book, The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious (Aperture 2011), presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: magical, heart-stopping images of people in which the eyes are obscured, veiled, or otherwise hidden. The pictures are characterized by what, at first glance, the subjects conceal, not by what the camera reveals. Tuesday night however, Hunt’s revelations are at the core of the program.

The Unseen Eye: A Life in Photographs and Other Digressions…
A Multimedia Performance Piece with W. M. Hunt
Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious (Aperture 2011) by W.M. Hunt will be available for purchase at the Aperture Bookstore the night of the event ($52.50, available for online purchase here).

Gray Malin

As a birthday nod to my friend, Gray Malin, I wanted to share his work and his story. When I met Gray several years ago, he was fresh out of college, trying to earn an income from by selling his photographs at a local flea market. He was selling matted black and white images he had captured in Paris, and gave his buyers a gift with purchase–a coupon for 50% off at a local chain frame store that he downloaded off the internet. His affable personality and well-priced photographs made him a popular vendor.

He then started selling his work at a large Beverly Hills art festival, where his photographs leap off the walls at much higher prices. Soon after, Gray knocked on the virtual door of the home decor shopping site, One King’s Lane, and the rest is history. His regular sales have garnered him a liveable income, tons of fans and a roster of prestigious clients. His Prada Marfa images are hanging on walls all up and down the eastern seaboard.

Gray never stops thinking about and researching photography. One of his new series looks at the affects of florescent lights, where the graphic nature and color of tubes results in artful images.

Magenta, from Fluorescent Form

For his newest project, and next launch on One King’s Lane, Gray has been traveling the globe capturing the world at leisure. Shot from a helicopter, he has flown over Miami, Rio, Sydney, Kauai, and Las Vegas, with more destinations to follow.

La Plage, La Piscine: Last year, on a trip to Las Vegas, I stayed on one of the highest floors of a massive hotel that provided a birds-eye view of the pool below. Surveying the scene below of hotel guests enjoying the pool, I immediately became intrigued by the spectacle and the perspective. As I photographed the scene, I realized it perfectly captured the essence that only exists in the world of beaches and pools–the color and vibrancy, the elements of play and relaxation, and the beauty of water. I created a photograph that, unbeknown to me, would spawn a new project that would take me across the globe.

Las Vegas Palazzo Pool

From above, a simple beach or pool becomes a blank canvas that allows me to start seeing the world as art. People and objects become patterns creating repetition, shape and form. Each geographic location has revealed that the love of water is a universal experience, an activity that offers people a sense of freedom and joy. Seeing the world from the seat of a helicopter makes me appreciate the beauty of our planet.

Bondi Swimmers

These photographs are a visual celebration of color, light, shape— and summer bliss.

Bondi Beach

Boogie Boarders

Bronte Baths

Beach Umbrellas

Coogee Beach

Barra Beach

Geometric Pool, Miami

Gordon’s Bay

Iceberg’s Pool, Bondi Beach

Maroubra Bay

Yellow Umbrellas

Bent Pool, Miami

Poipu Beach

Wavy Pool, Miami

Rio de Janiero


Wylies Baths

Blue Beach