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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!




Vance Gellert

I recently had the great pleasure to co-juror the Portrait Contest hosted by the Santa Fe Workshops.  Over the next several days, I will be featuring the work by several of the winners.  Almost a thousand photographers submitted closed to 4,000 images and the decision process was a tough one.  So many stellar photographs, so I am thrilled to featured these stand-out portraits.
Vance Gellert’s Second Prize Winning Image
 
Nina and Misha, Russian Performance Artists

Vance  received his MFA in photography from
Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been widely exhibited and published and has received numerous grants for
his work including one from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was
co-founder and executive director of pARTs Photographic Arts in Minneapolis where
he also curated exhibitions for 13 years. He joined IFP Center for Media Arts
as photography curator in 2008.



Vance has a natural ability as a portrait photographer, as evidenced in the series below, Real: Artists and Landscapes.  I am also featuring a sampling from his series, Smoke and Mirrors, about ritual and ceremony in health care in third world countries and western clinical practice.

REAL: Artists and Landscapes
Sometime in 1998, I was turned down for a travel grant request to curate a project of photography from Cuba. When I inquired as to what I could have added to make the request fundable, they said samples of my artwork, which was confusing since this was a request to find other people’s artwork. Heeding that advice, I went to Cuba on my own dime to find artists and brought my trusty Hasselblad. I photographed the photographers I interviewed in their studios as well as the environs in and around Havana.

There’s something about visiting visual artists in their studios. It not only yields compelling imagery, I find it creatively inspirational. After leaving the gallery in 2003, I set off on another project to find self-taught artists around Minnesota for interviews and portraits in their studios. The portraits were complemented with images of their environment that were taken on the way to or from the artist’s studio. These were paired with their portraits and a sample of their artwork in the exhibition REAL: Artists and Landscapes.

Images from Smoke and Mirrors

From the NY Times: When Vance Gellert studied pharmacology
in the early ’70s, he found that a scientific method of systematic observation,
precise measurement and disciplined testing could explain the efficacy of most
treatments. For that matter, it was a satisfying way of explaining much of the
world around him.

Mr. Gellert had always wanted to study the
role of shamanic ritual in enhancing the application of traditional plant
medicines. In 2005, as he approached 60, he resolved to combine his academic
and photographic interests by studying and documenting shamans and other
healers in Peru and Bolivia. He spent 10 months of the next five years living
with healers, studying their rituals and undergoing treatment himself.
Mr. Gellert understood that just because
the spiritual world of the shamans didn’t conform to Western science didn’t
mean that the healing he witnessed wasn’t real. “Scientists generally approach
things quantitatively and statistically,” Mr. Gellert said, “but there are
thing that don’t lend themselves well to that kind of research and
understanding.”
In fact, he was aware of powerful forces at
work; forces he didn’t know how to explain. Photos, it turned out, often served
better than scientific prose to describe what he witnessed — or experienced.

“Since it was invented, photography has
served science as a recorder of facts,” Mr. Gellert said, “but photography also
has subtleties and nuance that can communicate on a different level. When you
start looking at things that are not quantifiable, photography might be an
excellent tool.”

It is difficult to capture spiritual
experience in a photograph. Yet Mr. Gellert’s portraits often suggest powers
lurking just beyond what the eye can see.

The shamans let him into their lives and
encouraged him to photograph their treatments. They had confidence in their
practice and had no qualms about sharing it with a medical colleague, even one
who might occasionally have seemed slow to fully grasp what they were doing.

Though he started his quest
to learn about the relation between ritual and medicine, he came to see
ceremony and ritual as an integral part of healing. “The medicines are the
tool, but it is the process of interaction between healer and patient that is
most important,” Mr. Gellert said.


Jody Ake

I recently had the great pleasure to co-juror the Portrait Contest hosted by the Santa Fe Workshops.  Over the next several days, I will be featuring the work by several of the winners.  Almost a thousand photographers submitted close to 4,000 images and the decision process was a tough one.  So many stellar photographs, so I am thrilled to featured these stand-out portraits.
Jody Ake’s Director’s Award image
 
Ezra
Jody Ake was born in the American South and attended the College of Santa Fe in
New Mexico with a major in photography. Later he moved to Portland, Oregon to
continue his education. He received a Masters in Photography from the
University of Oregon and shortly thereafter relocated to New York City.
While living and working in NYC and Brooklyn, Ake continued to explore
collodion as his process of choice, shooting portraiture, landscapes and
still life subject matter, and has maintained his profession as an
independent photographer throughout. He currently lives and works in
Portland, Oregon. His self portrait is below.
Jody creates portraits, nudes, still lifes and landscape images
using the wet collodion processs. Invented in 1851, the method entails
coating a glass plate with collodion and exposing the plate while it is
still wet. The end results are ambrotypes, appearing on glass in the
form of a negative until backed by black velvet, thus rendering the
positive image. Jody is one of a handful of contemporary artists who have
revived this photographic method, hand-mixing all of the necessary
chemicals for each and every exposure.  I am featuring two bodies of work, Portraits and Landscapes, using these methodologies.  Needless to say, Jody is a master technician, bringing a strong and consistent sensibility to a process that is unpredictable at best.

I believe the portrait can disclose more about the subject than what is found on the surface. The subject , either willingly or subconsciously, shows us more than he/she intends. The camera can see more than the naked eye, moving past our persona and catching a glimpse of who we really are. With this in mind I turned the camera on myself. I hoped to see deeper, looking to see if there were aspects of myself that would be revealed in the image. After years of self-reflection I started photographing other people, looking for differences and similarities between them and myself.

LANDSCAPES
I have always loved the west. The mountains and desert
plains call to me with a promise of adventure and solitude. I travel there as
often as I can, amazed at the scope of the land, looking for meaning in the
emptiness. I think of early photographers heading west for the first time.
Carrying with them their large cameras and working with laborious early
processes. Capturing images of the west that most will not see for themselves.

I think of them as I look for signs of those that came before me. Photographing the evidence left behind by progress and expansion. I photograph the New West through an old process, comparing what I find with what those that came before me found.

Patricia Galagan

I recently had the great pleasure to co-juror the Portrait Contest hosted by the Santa Fe Workshops.  Today and next week, I will be featuring the work by several of the winners.  Almost a thousand photographers submitted closed to 4,000 images and the decision process was a tough one.  There were so many stellar photographs, and I am thrilled to featured these stand-out portraits.

Pat Galagan’s portrait, Miguel y Josie, was the Grand Prize Winner.
Pat has a number of projects on Cuba, two that I am featuring here, Cuba Portraits and Cuba Interiors. Both are skillfully executed, finding nuances of a culture that continues to struggle with dignity and identityPat has been engaged in photography for decades, since receiving a Brownie Box Camera at the age of 10,  but still has left herself open to change.  Selling her entire darkroom on Craigslist (where was I?), she has embraced the digital world with the same enthusiasm she brought to photography years ago. These wonderful images are evidence to that!  Pat has exhibited and been published across the country.
Havana in Real Time
The Cuban Revolution took place when I was a Catholic
schoolgirl listening to the nuns warn of the perils of godless Communism about
to engulf the hapless Cubans. As Cuba’s future unfolded just 90 miles from the
U.S. but behind a barrier few Americans could cross, Castro told one story
while Cuban exiles told another. Somewhere between their embroidered memories
and his exuberant promises lay a truth waiting to be discovered. That’s what
drew me to Havana.
Cuba Portraits

Historians sort through the past for clues to what has unfolded. Artists look in the present for clues to what will unfold. My photographs taken in Havana in the past 24 months show a culture in transition from socialism to something not yet defined but clearly hinted at throughout Havana. In her crumbing architecture and cramped living quarters are tiny signs of reversal and change, signs that space, even when held in common, must still be made personal.

Havana is a place where relationships, more than things, define a person’s life, but where cherished personal possessions still matter, and people are proud to open their homes to a foreign artist in search of their reality. In many Cubans today is a cautious willingness to hope, to engage, to reveal.

Cubans endure conditions many would find stifling to the spirit, but again and again I met and photographed people who look toward the future, who pursue their art, who raise their children, all the while hopeful of a change in fortune. Havana suggests a once-beautiful woman now aged and fallen on lean times but forever hopeful that a kind stranger or a different regime will lead to something new.

Cuba Interiors

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.

Start Submitting!

Tomorrow is the LAST day to submit to the Santa Fe Workshops Portrait Exhibition…there is a great line-up of judges (oh yeah!) and a terrific prize package.
Judges include:

Amber Terranova, Photo Editor,
Photo District News (PDN)

Aline Smithson, Photographer,
Founder/Editor of Lenscratch blogzine

Andrew Smith, Owner/Director,
Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc.

Reid Callanan, Director,
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

PRIZES
The Workshops is grateful to our educational partners and sponsors who have contributed to an impressive prize list with a total value of over $15,500. Entrants have the opportunity to win one Grand Prize, one Second Prize, one Third Prize, or one of 46 Honorable Mentions. Entrants who are alumni are eligible to win one Workshops Director’s Award.

For more information, go here.

The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film in Charlotte, North Carolina is having their “ANNULE” juried exhibition and you should get submitting. Previous winners include Christopher Sims, Tom Chambers, and Lori Vrba.

With this competition, The Light Factory is seeking challenging and inventive new work from photographers and artists throughout the country for an exciting exhibition. The work can include both traditional and non-traditional approaches to photographic imaging.

The exhibition will consist of 6 photographers, each of whom will be represented by 5-7 images [size permitting].
EXHIBITION DATES // Monday, May 14 – Sunday, August 19, 2012
The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Charlotte, NC
ENTRY DEADLINE // Friday, March 23, 2012
TIMELINE
** March 23, 2012 Deadline for all materials: submissions, fee, entry form, and one appropriately-sized self-addressed stamped envelope for return of submission materials.
** April 13, 2012 Notification emailed
** April 27, 2012 Winning entries to arrive at The Light Factory
** May 14, 2012 Exhibition opening (Opening Reception : Saturday, June 2)
JUROR
Kevin Miller, Director // Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL

ELIGIBILITY
The Light Factory Fifth Juried Annuale is open to everyone. Entrants must enter only 5-7 images from a specific series or body of work. If you submit an installation, it should include only 5-7 images. Please include a short statement (no more than 150 words) about the work along with a current resume or curriculum vitae.

For more information, download the pdf here.

Candela UnBound!
Deadline: April 6th
Candela UnBound Invitational Exhibition

June 1st – July 21th, 2012

Candela Books’ inaugural invitational exhibition, Unbound, will be an annual event featuring work from a wide range of contemporary fine art photographers. The Unbound exhibition and its associated Unbound event, will raise proceeds which will be used to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased through this event by Candela will subsequently be featured in Candela’s newly founded Unbound Collection.

The mission of the Unbound Collection will be to support photographers through the purchase of original photographic work and to actively pursue opportunities to donate such purchased works to notable permanent collections.

This annual summertime invitational exhibition will generate opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show opportunities. And our hope is that photographers will support us by their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return.

All accepted photographers will have the opportunity to have their work featured in Candela Books’ newly renovated gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia. This is the first year of operation for the Candela Gallery and the press and sales have both been excellent. We have been very pleasantly surprised with the energy surrounding this new venture.

During the course of the show Candela will host an Unbound event (tentatively, July 20th) which will feature food and music along with photography. The signature event will include beer & wine, southern fixings, and great music. Possibly a raffle. Definitely a door prize or two. It might be the best event going that night. The ticket proceeds from this event will be used exclusively – after event costs – to purchase work from the exhibition for the Unbound Collection.

All work for exhibition will be selected by Candela founder Gordon Stettinius.
For more information go here.

Equivalents
17th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition
Juror: W.M. Hunt
Deadline: May 18, 2012

The Photo Center NW is pleased to announce Equivalents: 17th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition, and our esteemed juror, W.M. Hunt. This year the theme is open. Selected entries will be exhibited in Seattle, WA at the Photo Center August – Mid September 2012. All photo processes are welcome. Maximum frame size is 32 inches on the longest side. Artists will be responsible for shipping their framed work to and from the gallery.

JUROR BIO: W.M. Hunt is a champion of photography – collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. He is the author of “The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious” published in 2011 by Aperture in the US, Thames & Hudson in the UK and as “L’Oeil Invisible” by “Actes Sud” in France. Highlights from his collection have been seen at the George Eastman House and in Europe in Arles, Lausanne, and Amsterdam.

For more info go here.

LENSCRATCH EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES

LENSCRATCH is creating exposure opportunities for photographers with group on-line exhibitions. Photographers will be allowed ONE entry per exhibition and ALL photographs will be published. I firmly believe in having occasional unjurored opportunities that allow for community and conversation.

Submission Guidelines:
Image size: 72dpi at 1000px on the long side

Send name, title, location (where you captured the image), and link to your work (website or other)

Example:
Aline Smithson, The Red Rose, Los Angeles, CA (http://www.alinesmithson.com)

In the subject of your e-mail, type the name of the exhibition (example:LOVE) and e-mail to:
[email protected]

If your images are sized incorrectly or the submission is incomplete, they will not be posted.

Submission Categories and Due Dates:

Image by Aline Smithson

Due date: March 28th
ANIMALS Exhibition to run on April 3rd

Image by Aline Smithson

Due Date: May 3rd
MOTHER Exhibition to run on Mother’s Day, May 13th.
Photographs can be old family photos-all interpretations open…use this to create a wonderful Mother’s Day tribute! Feel free to include up to 2 sentences about your mother, grandmother, or whoever you are celebrating.

Image by Aline Smithson

Due Date: June 10th
FATHER Exhibition to run on Father’s Day, June 17th.
Photographs can be old family photos-all interpretations open…use this to create a wonderful Father’s Day tribute! Feel free to include up to 2 sentences about your father, grandfather or whoever you are celebrating.

Image by Aline Smithson

Due Date: June 29th
AMERICANA Exhibition to run on July 4th.
All things American…

Santa Fe Workshops

When I flew to Santa Fe on Tuesday to teach The Big Picture workshop, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d never taken a destination workshop, much less taught one for four days straight. Tonight, after the culmination of a delicious, yet intense week and several 14 hour days, I am humbled and renewed by the experience.

The Santa Fe Workshops are a well-oiled machine, but the people that keep it running so well are far from machine like. I encountered so much warmth and welcoming, an unusual level of appreciation for the faculty and students, and a program that allowed for learning, inspiration, good food, and new relationships. It was an atmosphere of joy and excitement and Director Reid Callahan sets the tone with grace and enthusiasm.
Last night, the 5 classes had their final presentations, and each teacher had to speak about their class, with a slide show to follow. I didn’t expect to get choked up, but I did, because I have made a group of new friends who I respect and admire, and truly look forward to their successes.

Sally deFord, Untitled

Santiago Vanegas, Antarctica #1823

Randy Karg, Self Portrait

Brandon Johnson, from Cowboy and the Angel

Yvette Meltzer, from Picasso’s Playground

Jay Ritter, Abstract #4

Alex Arzt, from Human Animal

Christa Blackwood, Hanukkah, France’s crib, wetplate

The Santa Fe Workshops

When I flew to Santa Fe on Tuesday to teach The Big Picture workshop, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d never taken a destination workshop, much less taught one for four days straight. After the culmination of a delicious, yet intense week and several 14 hour days, I am humbled and renewed by the experience.

The Santa Fe Workshops are a well-oiled machine, but the people who keep it running so beautifully are far from machine-like. I encountered so much warmth and welcoming, an unusual level of appreciation for the faculty and students, and a program that allowed for learning, inspiration, good food, and new relationships. It was an atmosphere of joy and excitement and Director Reid Callanan set the tone with grace and enthusiasm.

Last night, the 5 classes had their final presentations, and each teacher had to speak about their class, with a slide show to follow. I didn’t expect to get choked up, but I did, because I have made a group of new friends who I respect and admire. Thank you to all at the workshops for making my stay so special, huge thank yous to Brandon Johnson for all of his amazing assistance, and finally thank you to the wonderful photographers who came from all across the country to share in this experience. I look forward to all of their successes!

Sally deFord, Untitled

Santiago Vanegas, Antarctica #1823

Randy Karg, Self Portrait

Brandon Johnson, from Cowboy and the Angel

Yvette Meltzer, from Picasso’s Playground

Jay Ritter, Abstract #4

Alex Arzt, from Human Animal

Christa Blackwood, Hanukkah, France’s crib, wetplate