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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!




Photo News – Foam for You launches short film featuring Jessica Backhaus and invites amateur photographers to contribute to Wonder Flickr group

Foam For You has launched the second in its series of short films with Jessica Backhaus giving an insight into her working practice as she explores the theme Wonder for Foam magazine. Backhaus featured in Hotshoe magazine way back in April/may 2006 with her series Jesus and the Cherries.

Jesus and the Cherries, © Jessica Backhaus

“Foam For You is an online resource which features professional photographers providing inspiration and advice for amateurs looking to improve their own work. At the core of Foam For You’s content is a series of extended films about the work of three internationally renowned artists: Michael Wolf (USA), Jessica Backhaus (GER) and Melanie Bonajo (NL).

“They have given Foam exclusive access to their working practice in three fifteen minute documentaries. They explain the thinking behind their work and, in particular, how it relates to themes taken from different issues of Foam Magazine, in which their work appeared.”

What’s more, the best ones will appear in a gallery on the Foam website and you could win a year’s subscription to Foam Magazine.

Filed under: short films, Women Photographers Tagged: audience participation, Flickr, Foam for You, Foam magazine, Jessica Backhaus, photography inspiration, short film, Wonder

Write your letter of support for Noorderlicht Photo Organization — today please!

The Dutch photography organization Noorderlicht is under risk of closure due to a major cutback of financial support from the national government, which will make it impossible to keep the organization running.

Noorderlicht is a platform, a gallery, festival, and publisher that hardly needs introduction. It is well known for its groundbreaking exhibitions and publications. Noorderlicht also organizes educational activities ranging from masterclasses for professional photographers to visual literacy courses for schoolchildren. With this wide variety of activities, they are well known within and outside the photographic community. Noorderlicht’s programming is among the most intelligent and thought-provoking in the world today (in the opinion of Lens Culture).

There is a possibility the government decision will be reversed, and Noorderlicht is preparing a new application, to be sent to the Advisory Board on Culture of the Netherlands. To support this new application, they hope to present the Board, and the government, with national and international letters of support for Noorderlicht. They have asked all relevant institutions in the Netherlands to express their support, and we are asking you to write your own letter of support.

Would you be willing to write a letter on the letterhead of your organization and send a scan of it directly to [email protected], and the original by mail to the Noorderlicht office?

We would like you to express in as few or as many words as you want what the value of Noorderlicht is to you and the photographic community.

As the new application is to be sent in within the next two weeks, they hope to receive your letter of support by email before 4 June, if possible. Should this be too tight, they would still like to receive your letter, before 18 June.

Email your scanned letter to: [email protected]

Send via post your original letter:

Noorderlicht
Akerkhof 12
9711 JB Groningen
The Netherlands

Throughout the years, Lens Culture has featured many projects that were initiated and created by Noorderlicht. You can see these in our archives: Metroplis — The City in the Urban Age, Land — Country Life in the Urban Age, Warzone, Human Conditions, Picturing Eastern Europe: an overview of photography — before and after Communism, and photobooks they co-published: Soul and Soul 1969-1999, and Cruel and Unusual.

You can also show your support via Facebook and Twitter, and by sharing this message with all of your colleagues. Thanks!

Leica bets big on monochrome-only digital camera

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Jacob Aue Sobol, from his series “Arrivals and Departures” made exclusively with the new Leica M Monochrom digital camera

In an age where black-and-white film and traditional photo paper and chemicals are disappearing from the marketplace, Leica Camera has launched a risky bet that high-quality black-and-white photography will continue to be in demand in the 21st century.

Their bet? A brand new digital camera that does not take color photos. The Leica M Monochrom camera is optimized to capture the fullest possible tonal range for smooth, rich, super-high-resolution black-and-white photography. I’m not a technical expert, but apparently by creating a sensor that ignores the typical RGB filters, each pixel of the new 18 megapixel camera records a subtle variation of black, white or grey only a technique that is far superior to converting typical RGB color digital photos to black-and-white.

And indeed, Leica camera enthusiasts from all corners of the globe (including many, many high-profile professional photographers) flew in to Berlin last week and cheered loudly as they got the first look at Leicas latest release the worlds first digital camera exclusively for full-frame, 35 mm black-and-white photography.

Lens Culture was honored to be invited to this special event, and to meet the enthusiastic international crowd at C|O Berlin photography gallery in Berlin. Blog Commenting . Links backlinks blog comments . Award-winning Magnum photographer, Jacob Aue Sobol, was one of the experts who got to test-drive the new camera before its public release. Sixty of his stunning new digital photos were on display during the event. We’re including three of those images here. And be sure to look for a great video interview with Sobol in Lens Culture in our next issue.

For more details on the new camera, check the Leica website.

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Jacob Aue Sobol, from his series “Arrivals and Departures” made exclusively with the new Leica M Monochrom digital camera

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Jacob Aue Sobol, from his series “Arrivals and Departures” made exclusively with the new Leica M Monochrom digital camera

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Photographers from all over the world crowd around the new camera unveiled by Leica last week at the C|O Berlin photography gallery

Submit!


Entry Deadline:May 7, 2012
play
:  amuse oneself, be the life of the party, portray, caper, carouse,
cavort, impersonate, clown, frolic, perform, joke, jump, rejoice, have
fun, theatrical performance, tickle, produce music, merriment, laughter

 Juror: Angela Bacon Kidwell

More info here!

PCNW Presents: 

EQUIVALENTS: 17TH ANNUAL PHOTO COMPETITION EXHIBITION

Deadline: May 18th
Juror: W.M Hunt

More info here!

THE PERFECT EXPOSURE GALLERY: Perfect Exposures 2012, an International Juried Competition

 

Deadline: June 4th, 2012
More information here!

In addition to presenting fine art photography exhibits, The Perfect Exposure Gallery has a long-standing reputation for working with a distinguished group of acclaimed photojournalists to produce ongoing seminars and workshops for both adults and youths. Now, we are giving amateur and professional photographers the grand opportunity to win cash prizes and a spot in our two-month-long summer exhibit. 


Our panel of judges consists of award-winning photographers, photo editors, and educators: 
Eli Reed 
Jose Aurelio Barrera
Aline Smithson
Armando Arorizo

(UN) FAMILIAR:CURATOR’S VOICE 

Presented by the American Photographic Artists
Juror: Gwen Lafage, from the Carte Blanche Gallery, San Francisco

 For the first APA SF Curator’s Voice Exhibition, we asked Gwen Lafage, founder of Carte Blanche Gallery in San Francisco, to select a small group of photographers to exhibit their finest images in her gallery.
CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS
Monday, April 9, 2012
CALL FOR ENTRIES FINAL DEADLINE
Noon, PDT, Monday, May 7, 2012
WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
WINNERS’ FRAMED IMAGES DUE
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 

CONTEST THEME
Theme: (Un)Familiar

As a photographer, how do you explore and interpret the familiar and the unfamiliar? How do your vision and/or perspective(s) change when faced with places and people you know, versus when you are confronted by the unknown, or by strangers you meet by chance? Traveling, discovering new places and meeting new people creatively stimulates many photographers, while others find inspiration in the comfort of their home, hometown or among their friends and families.

This competition invites photographers to submit a series of photographs interpreting the theme (Un)Familiar, along with a brief statement or project proposal supporting their entry. We are looking for a wide interpretation of the theme and therefore a wide range of imagery; your photographs can be visualizations of the Familiar, the Unfamiliar, or both. Your statement needs to quickly present your project and explain why you believe it fits with the chosen theme. Ideally, your proposal should help us understand how, or if you adapt your photographic process based on your relationship to and/or intimacy with the subject or environment being depicted.

Shoot NYC at The Terminal Building

This Thursday and Friday, visit Aperture Foundation at SHOOT NYC, an exciting and informative forum featuring live shooting sets incorporating the latest photographic technology on the market today. In addition to a wide range of free professional photography seminars, industry leaders Broncolor and Hasselblad will help you learn how to harness and integrate the market’s most advanced photographic tools into your business, improving both your photography and your bottom line.

This event is ideal for professional photographers, photo assistants, advanced students, or any imaging professional that would like to learn about the latest cutting edge products and techniques being used in the professional digital image capture market. Whether you are interested in fashion, portraiture, stock, or repro, there will be a range of valuable seminars delivered by the most relevant speakers in the industry.

In addition, you will be able to take a tour of the Hasselblad Masters exhibition, which will feature images of the 2012 competition finalist.

Thursday, October 28, 2011 – Friday, October 29, 2011
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
FREE
Register online here!

The Terminal Building
11th Avenue and  West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001

Shoot NYC at The Terminal Building

This Thursday and Friday, visit Aperture Foundation at SHOOT NYC, an exciting and informative forum featuring live shooting sets incorporating the latest photographic technology on the market today. In addition to a wide range of free professional photography seminars, industry leaders Broncolor and Hasselblad will help you learn how to harness and integrate the market’s most advanced photographic tools into your business, improving both your photography and your bottom line.

This event is ideal for professional photographers, photo assistants, advanced students, or any imaging professional that would like to learn about the latest cutting edge products and techniques being used in the professional digital image capture market. Whether you are interested in fashion, portraiture, stock, or repro, there will be a range of valuable seminars delivered by the most relevant speakers in the industry.

In addition, you will be able to take a tour of the Hasselblad Masters exhibition, which will feature images of the 2012 competition finalist.

Thursday, October 28, 2011 – Friday, October 29, 2011
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
FREE
Register online here!

The Terminal Building
11th Avenue and  West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001

The Role of Women in Photography at SVA


Mermaid swimming away, Weeki Wachee, 2003. © Lisa Kereszi

The Role of Women in Photography: Are We There Yet?
Thursday, September 22, 2011
6:30 pm

School of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street
3rd floor amphitheater
New York, NY

Free with a valid college ID, $10 for general public

Elisabeth Biondi, former visuals editor at The New Yorker and currently an independent curator, will be moderating a discussion panel on the current role of women in photography at SVA. The panel includes photography critic and Aperture magazine contributing editor Vince Aletti, Aperture contributing writer Lyle Rexer (whose book The Edge of Vision was published by Aperture), as well as photographers Martine Fougeron, Lisa Kereszi, and Sarah Silver. The event is being presented by SVA’s MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media Department, in partnership with Professional Women Photographers.