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Flash Forward Festival Boston 2012 Livestream

Flash Forward Festival Boston 2012 Livestream

Flash Forward Festival 2012

A collaboration with The Magenta Foundation

Hi All,

Touching base with a short dispatch from Flak Photo HQ…

Like a lot of you, I'm watching more photography-related videos online. (If you're interested, you can check out some of my recent favorites here on Vimeo.) I've also benefited from those forward-thinking organizations that have invested the time and resources to share their programs with the world using streaming video technology.

Photo education plays a key role in many of my projects so I was excited when The Magenta Foundation founder Maryann Camilleri asked me to join this year's Flash Forward Festival Programming Committee. That group is a passionate one and it was lots of fun working with them to bring this festival to life. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to broadcast this year's program online and now it's time — the festivities kick off Thursday, June 7 at 10 A.M. EDT.

Watch Flash Foward Festival Boston 2012 on the Flak Photo Stream »

I'm looking forward to sharing these programs with the online community and hope to produce more educational projects like this. If you are a photo/arts event coordinator interested in sharing your organization's video programming with a wider audience I'd love to here from you. Please feel free to contact me by email or Facebook at any time. Thank you!

Best,

Andy Adams
Editor • Producer • Publisher
FlakPhoto.com

Exploring “The Pleasures of Good Photographs”

Exploring “The Pleasures of Good Photographs”

The Pleasure of Good Photographs by Gerry Badger. Photo by Tom Griggs

A Flak Photo Discussion with Tom Griggs

Hey Photobook Fans!

Flak Photo is is teaming up with fototazo creator Tom Griggs to host an online community conversation focused on essays from Gerry Badger’s recently published The Pleasures of Good Photographs. For those of you who don't already have a copy, Aperture Foundation offers a 20% discount for online orders via their website.

Order the book from Aperture Foundation »

Badger is a critic, curator, and photographer who — for over 30 years — has contributed essays to periodicals and books that shape our contemporary understanding of photography. Witty, scholarly, and highly readable, the essays touch on subjects from photobooks to Photoshop, using work from dozens of photographers to investigate themes that impact all of us as makers of and thinkers about photography.

This public discussion will provide a structured setting for reading the book and exploring its ideas. It will be a forum for expanding our understanding by reading collectively, a place for asking and answering questions and looking at how the book’s themes can be applied beyond the book itself.

All are welcome to join us in the conversation, which will be hosted in Flak Photo Books, a Facebook group designed to facilitate the collaborative exploration of new ideas in photography. Our first discussion kicks off on Monday, May 7, 2012 with the essay, "Literate, Authoritative, Transcendent: Walker Evans's American Photographs" (page 22).

Confirm your participation on our Facebook event »

Naturally, we'd love for more people to hear about this; please feel free to share this news with friends, students and colleagues who would be interested in contributing to the dialogue. Please, join us!

Happy Anniversary! Celebrating the Flak Photo Network

Happy Anniversary! Celebrating the Flak Photo Network

Gawker, New York, 2010, Photo by Gabriela Herman

Gawker, New York, 2010. Photo © Gabriela Herman

A note from editor Andy Adams

Hello All,

Touching base with a short dispatch from Flak Photo HQ…

Photography is more popular than ever and each of us is playing a part in moving it forward by participating in a vast, interconnected online photographic ecosystem that's rapidly evolving. In addition to publishing our respective blogs, many of us have flocked to social networking sites to connect with each other, ask questions, and discover new photography every day. I'm fascinated with internet photo culture and the social web continues to inspire my projects.

So last spring, I launched the Flak Photo Network, a Facebook group focused on conversations about photography.

Something really exciting is happening there. In the past year, the group has grown to more than 4,000 members, each of them contributing to a vibrant community hub brimming with ideas about 21st century image-making. The FPN has become my go-to place for photography news and extended discussions and I'm sincerely grateful to those of you who drop in to share your insights day after day. Thanks to each and every one of you.

I'm thrilled with the response and wanted to celebrate this milestone by doing something special for our community.

A key part of my mission is promoting the practice of photography bookmaking by raising awareness about the burgeoning photobook scene. I'm also a big supporter of local and independently run bookshops. So I'm excited to team up with Photo-eye Bookstore to give a gift to the photo community on the occasion of the FPN's one-year anniversary.

Photo-eye Bookstore Starting today, you can get $10 off a Photo-eye book purchase of $25 or more when you enter promo code FLAKPHOTO in the "special instructions" form in your shopping cart. (Note: this doesn't apply to Amazon orders or backorders, only in-stock items, good for one-time use.) The FPN offer ends Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM CDT.

Questions? Contact the good folks at Photo-eye via [email protected]. I'd love for more people to hear about this — Please feel free to share this news with friends and students!

One of the best parts about producing this website is collaborating with artists, curators, and photo organizations I admire. Ours is a passionate and supportive community and I hope that by providing a place to come together the FPN has made it easier to meet colleagues and share ideas using Facebook. The group is a work-in-progress and all of our members play a part in making it thrive. If you'd like to participate in our discussions, click the "Ask to Join Group" button in the upper right of the Facebook page or browse the members' directory and ask one of your friends to add you to the group.

We'd love to have you — Join us?

Best,

Andy Adams
Editor • Producer • Publisher
FlakPhoto.com

Winter Pictures 2012 and some website updates

A note from editor Andy Adams

Hello All,

2012 is off to a great start and I wanted to touch base with some website updates as we round the corner into February. Thanks so much to those of you who have emailed with kind words about the site, your support means so much and it reminds me how connected our community really is. Our Winter Pictures 2012 feature wrapped last week: you can learn more about this year's artists by clicking the “Photo Details” link in their slideshow caption. Feel free to comment on their photos — I’m sharing your feedback with the photographers and many of them are responding to our readers from inside their posts.

If you haven’t already seen them, take a peek at this month’s interviews: we’re featuring conversations with Kelli Connell, Richard Barnes and Darin Mickey. And there are some smart videos profiling photographers Sarah Sudhoff and John Coffer as well as original motion pictures by Simon Biswas, Brian Lesteberg, Susan Worsham and Rafal Milach in the Motion section. I’d love for more people learn about these image-makers, so please share the posts with students and colleagues who would enjoy them.

In other news: We launched our first solo exhibition in the Flak Photo Galleries: a selection of tintype portraits from photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley. In support of her gallery, we’re teaming up with Light Work to give away ten signed copies of her Contact Sheet issue this week. It’s a lovely piece of work, so I hope you’ll make time to enter the drawing — Submission deadline is Thursday, February 2.

I’m also excited to introduce a new feature we’ve been developing: the small slideshow gallery you’re seeing up top. We’re planning to present the photography discussed in Flak Photo’s Features, Books and News sections with this new approach. Big thanks are in order to the Flak Photo Beta group members who tested our demo and helped us iron out the wrinkles this week. The way we look at photography online is changing rapidly, and it’s important to us that you’re able to enjoy Flak Photo when and where you want it, so we’ve built the slideshow with mobile and tablets in mind. In addition to navigating the old-fashioned way with your mouse, you can swipe the pictures on your touchscreen. Give it a try next time you’re away from your desk; we think you’ll like it.

Some of you have suggested that it should be easier to find photos or artists in The Collection. We agree and are planning to improve how you search and browse the archives. To begin with, we’ve proofed the 1,500+ images in the collection — with significant help from members of the online photography community. Sincere thanks are in order to Cécile Poulain, Samuel Glazebrook, Adam Neese, Willson Cummer, Connor McNicholas and Laura Chenault for graciously volunteering to help us with the process — See their handiwork at FlakPhoto.com/Collection.

Finally, I wanted to invite all of you to join us in the Flak Photo Beta group. We’re using Facebook to share behind-the-scenes website updates and also to listen to ideas about how we can improve upon the work  we've done so far. There are more updates coming later this year and your feedback will help us make this experience even better. You can find us at Facebook.com/Groups/FlakPhotoBeta.

I hope the New Year has been a creative one for all of you – As always, I’d love to hear about what you’ve been working on. You can contact me at any time via email, Twitter, Google+ or Facebook.

Best,

Andy Adams
Editor • Producer • Publisher
FlakPhoto.com

Keliy Anderson-Staley Photobook Giveaway

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Keliy Anderson-Staley Contact Sheet #163

A collaboration with Light Work

Hello All,

I'm thrilled to kick off the 2012 Flak Photo Galleries program with an online exhibition by photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley. The community response has been amazing and nearly 3,000 people have viewed her images since the gallery went live last weekend. Thanks so much to those of you who have shared the post with students and colleagues!

View Keliy's [hyphen] Americans exhibition in the Flak Photo Galleries »

A key part of my mission is to promote independent photo publications, so I'm excited to team up with Light Work, a nonprofit organization that supports artists working in photography, to give away signed copies of Keliy's issue of Contact Sheet to ten Flak Photo fans. Keliy's book, which was published in conjunction with her solo exhibition at Light Work last fall, showcases her beautiful tintype portraits and an essay by Light Work Executive Director Jeffrey Hoone.

Learn more about Contact Sheet #163 »

Getting in on the drawing is easy: To enter, browse Keliy's Flak Photo Profile and post a link to one of your favorite tintypes in the comments at the bottom of this post. Ten fans will be randomly selected from the submissions to receive a complimentary copy of the catalog. Call for entries closes Thursday, February 2 at 11:59 PM CDT.

Browse Keliy Anderson-Staley's Flak Photo Profile »

I'd love for more people to hear about this giveaway: If you use social media to talk about photography or are connected to an online photo community, please share this post using the buttons in the upper right corner of the page. Good Luck!

Best,

Andy Adams
Editor • Producer • Publisher
FlakPhoto.com

 

PS: Light Work is giving away signed copies of the book too! Visit their Facebook page for details »

Happy New Year! Plus, a Flak Photo Upgrade

Detail, Sam Contis

Shed With Tree (Silo), 2007. Photo © Samantha Contis

A note from editor Andy Adams

Hello Everyone!

It's cold and windy here in Madison, Wisconsin as I write these words and it's become an annual tradition to showcase a selection of seasonal images on Flak Photo as we usher in the New Year. The response to my call for winter pictures was amazing — more than 500 submissions in just three weeks! My search for a single photo has again snowballed into a 4-week feature; I'll show 20 photographers, weekdays through the end of the month. Thanks to everyone who submitted and especially this year's contributors. Each of them will be archived in The Collection and I'll share them  on the Facebook page so you won't miss a day. There are some terrific pictures in store for you; I hope you'll make some time to see them in the coming weeks.

2011 was an exciting year for Flak Photo with lots of community photo projects in the U.S. and abroad. It's always fun (and increasingly novel) to go offline and bridge the digital and real worlds and it was wonderful to connect with so many of you in person. Some of this year's highlights include:

   •  Photo 2.0 video conversation at Light Work's Photographers + Publishing Conference »

   •  Aperture Foundation's What Matters Now? Proposals for a New Front Page Discussions »

   •  100 Portraits — 100 Photographers exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography »

   •  The Future of Photobooks video discussion at Flash Forward Festival Boston »

   •  En Foco's New Works Fellowship Exhibition + Blog Feature »

   •  FORMAT International Festival of Photography Photography and the Internet discussion »

And the big news: At long last, our website upgrade is live. It's taken three years to get here and I hope you'll enjoy immersing yourself in the site as much as we've enjoyed making it for you. Sincere thanks are in order to the many people who have contributed their time and talents to bring this vision to life. To the Madison Data Crunchers (Kristen Tomaszewski, Nathan Meissner, Brian Hucek, and Allison Fitch) who spent countless hours poring over five years of published pictures and bringing them into the new website, I can't thank you enough and owe you more than the drinks and dinner that tempted you in the first place. To Sarah Patel, our UK-based digital media assistant who has been diligently keeping this site current as we've transitioned from one server to the next, you are amazing. And to Flak Photo's web development wizard, Marcus Trapp — you are a gentleman of enormous talent and boundless energy and I am forever indebted to you for your inspired engineering of this beautiful machine. 

So, what next?

Since launching this site in 2006, my mission has been to promote the discovery of contemporary image-makers from around the world. There are more than 1,500 photographs in the Flak Photo Collection at this writing and that number grows every day. We've added a Galleries, Features, Motion and Books section and so the new Flak Photo will provide a more robust channel for presenting the work of its contributors to a global audience of people who are passionate about visual culture. This project has deep roots in community collaboration, so I'm hoping that many of you will become a part of it in the years to come. In that spirit, I'm planning to publish publicly submitted interviews, essays, and other pieces of writing about photography here. As with the current submission policy, all are welcome to apply.

And I'd love to hear your feedback about how we can improve the site. We've got ideas for expanding on the work we've done so far and expect things to evolve as we move forward. We're planning to use the Flak Photo Beta group to share behind-the-scenes website updates and also to listen to your ideas about how we can make this space more useful for the artists, bookmakers and arts organizations who contribute to its pages as well as for the readers who visit every day. You can find us at Facebook.com/Groups/FlakPhotoBeta. See you there?

One of the best parts about producing Flak Photo is connecting with colleagues I admire, in person and online. Web 2.0 plays a major role in my photo work and has inspired me to explore how social media can help people communicate with each other about contemporary ideas in photography. To that end, I'm hosting two Facebook groups — the Flak Photo Network and Flak Photo Books — that facilitate conversations about photo practice in 21st century digital culture. Please, join us! And, if you like, you can follow my photo + video updates on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Thanks again to each of you for your continued support. Be well and keep looking.

Best,

Andy Adams
Editor • Producer • Publisher