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LensCulture Portrait Awards 2015

LensCulture
Call for Entries: Portrait Awards 2015
Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015

“The LensCulture Portrait Awards is the 2nd annual call for international portrait photography. The importance of portraiture is present in cultures across the world, illustrating the power and endurance of human connection. With over 145 countries represented on LensCulture, in over 15 languages, we’re seeking new global perspectives on the modern day portrait.

This is an open call for portrait photography from around the world. 6 Winners, 8 Juror’s Picks and 25 Finalists will be chosen.

Fees

  • 1 image: $20 USD
  • 2-3 images: $45 USD
  • Series Competition, up to 10 images: $60 USD”

For the full prospectus (with details on cash awards, exposure and the jurors) and to apply visit: www.lensculture.com/portrait-awards-2015.

Applications open now for 2015 Photoespana in Madrid, June 1-3 & 4-6

Applications are now being accepted for the 18th Annual PHotoESPANA.   Deadline for applying is Thursday, March 5th.

MVS will be participating as a Reviewer and will be offering educational programming during the Festival.

Details on applying as well as on all Festival events can be found here: http://www.phe.es/en/phe/descubrimientos/11/_visionado_de_porfolios

 

February 17th, Denton, TX: Reception & Lecture for JEG 2015 Photography & Solo Exhibition

Texas Woman’s University
14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography & Solo Exhibition

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
4:00-5:00 pm: Guest Lecture with April Watson
5:30-8:00 pm: Opening Reception

“Established in 2001 and organized by the graduate photography students at Texas Woman’s University and the Photographic Artists’ Coalition (a student-run photography organization), the annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue for the exhibition of artistic expression as seen through the eye of the camera. Photographers from throughout the United States are invited to submit entries for the exhibition. The exhibition and endowment was established by Christine Shank and a small group of graduate students and named in memory of the mother of Professor Susan kae Grant. Exhibition proceeds fund the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment, which supports photography scholarships for future graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts.

About the 2015 Juried Exhibition
April Watson, Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, served as juror for the 14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition. Twenty- eight artists from throughout the United States and China were selected to exhibit their work. Artists include, Beverly Ahern, Ben Altman, Linda Alterwitz, Bennie Flores Ansell, Sarah Austin, Christine Carr, Bryon Darby, Marcus DeSieno, Garrett Hansen, Sharon Lee Hart, Abbey Hepner, John Holmgren, Paul Hooven, Allison Jarek, Priya Kambli, Janna Langholz, Holly Lay, Andy Mattern, Katie Newton, Ashley Raasch, Heather Ross, Jiehao Su, Jennifer Tremblay, Marydorsey Wanless, Angela Franks Wells, Linda Wilson, and Christine Zuercher.

2015 JEG Solo Exhibition Award
Selected by Elizabeth Siegel, Associate Curator of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago

Clare Benson, The Shepherd’s Daughter
My work is deeply rooted in my family history. After the death of my mother when I was eleven years old, I became increasingly curious about notions of family, memory, and mortality. I was raised by my father: an avid hunter, archery champion, and former hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. Growing up amidst the hunting culture of northern Michigan, I learned to see hunting as a tradition that ties humans to the natural world; a ritual that speaks to notions of mortality and the interconnectedness of life within a larger system. Before my father, my grandmother was a hunter and before that my great-grandmother, and long before that the stars made up constellations that told stories of the greatest hunts. In my work, the nuances of hunting and the rugged northern landscape of my childhood are woven with narratives of genealogy and gender, memory and mythology, time and space.

The East / West Galleries
Texas Woman’s University
Fine Arts Building, First Floor
Corner of Texas and Oakland Street
Denton, Texas, 76204

Read the press release here (PDF).

Deadline March 30th: Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography

New Orleans Photo Alliance
Call for Entries: Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography
Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015 at midnight CDT
Application Fee: $25 (+ NOPA membership $60)

“The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers. The MPS Fund awards one $5,000.00 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are eligible to apply for the MPS Fund’s annual $5,000.00 grant. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast geographic region.

Juror
Emma Reynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation.

Judging Criteria
The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and a written project statement (maximum of 530 words). The portfolio and statement should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to a cultural documentary project.”

For the full prospectus and past award recipients visit: www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.
For a PDF of the Submission Guidelines click here

Deadline February 19th: CENTER Project Launch Grant and The Choice Awards

CENTER
Deadline: Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Choice Awards

“The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. The Awards are divided into three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, and Gallerist’s Choice. Winners receive recognition via exhibition, publication, portfolio reviews and more.

The Choice Award winners are invited to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico during Review Santa Fe.

Jurors
Curator – Phillip Prodger, Curator, National Portrait Gallery, London
Director – Enrico Stefanelli, President & Director, Photolux Festival, Italy
Editor – Alice Gabriner, International Photo Editor, TIME magazine

Entry fee: $30 members / $40 non-members”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/choice-awards.

Project Launch Grant

“The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary, or photojournalist works-in-progress. The grant includes a cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the work’s final stages.

This grant is awarded to projects that are still in progress and have not been exhibited or published. It requires signing of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts during Review Santa Fe.

Juror
Sarah Greenough – Senior Curator & Head of the Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.

Entry fee: $35 members / $4 non-members”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/project-development.

February 13th, Las Vegas: Opening Reception for Linda Alterwitz’s “While I Am Still”

© 2015 Linda Alterwitz

© 2015 Linda Alterwitz

The Studio @ Sahara West Library
Exhibition by Linda Alterwitz: While I Am Still
Opening Reception: Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm
Free and open to the public.

Linda Alterwitz‘s photography integrates art, science, and technology to explore the fragility of our bodies and our place in the universe. Her art works shed light on the beauty and fears that complicate human lives and our search for solid ground and meaning.”

The Studio @ Sahara West Library
9600 W. Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada  [map]

IN SUMMARY: Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class

Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class
January 21-26, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona

I accepted a group of participants for my Master Class from a larger pool of applicants based on two criteria: the maturity of their work and their level of experience in our industry.  All had attended portfolio reviews and were beginning to place and publish their work.   All agreed that traveling to beautiful, snow-free Tucson to be consumed with a rich dialogue on the changing marketplace for photography was a great way to kick off the new year.

Our site visit to the Center for Creative Photography was rich with information on best practices shared by staff members from six different departments.  We learned about best practices for artists, from mounting, matting, installing and caring for your prints, informing curators about your work, engaging the public with your work through educational programming and much much more from the CCP’s inspiring and generous staff.

Terry Etherton from Etherotn Gallery offered sage perspective on the role of gallery in your career, and the increasing importance of the art fairs to today’s diverse collecting market. Interior designers Scott Baker and Mary Ann Hesseldenz shared their passion for placing inspiring artwork in the homes of their clients, and their role as conduit between artists and clients.

Rebecca Blume Rothman, Public Art Program Manager for the City of Phoenix shared her insights on the increasing presence of photography in public art projects and the related proposal/production processes, and artist Ken Rosenthal shared his successful Kickstarter experience to publish his catalogue Photographs 2001-2009.  Last but not least artist Lisa M. Robinson spoke to the subject of her Afterword for Finding Your Audience entitled New Beginnings: Making New Work following the critical success of SNOWBOUND.

It was an amazing week and I am grateful to our Guest Speakers and our Course Assistants for their important contributions to our event. 

Dates for January 2016 will be announced soon, stay tuned!

February 5th, San Francisco: Opening Reception & Book Signing “Alec Soth: Songbook”

AlecSoth-songbook

© 2015 Alec Soth

Fraenkel Gallery
Alec Soth: Songbook
Reception: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm

“Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of the work of Alec Soth. On view from February 5 – April 4, 2015, Alec Soth: Songbook will feature approximately 20 new and never-before-seen photographs.

Celebrated for his haunting and influential portraits and landscapes in such acclaimed books as Sleeping by the Mississippi, Broken Manual, and NIAGARA, Alec Soth has recently turned his lens toward community life in the country. From 2012 to 2014 Soth traveled the United States looking for signs of social life in our era of virtual social networks. To aid in his search, Soth assumed the increasingly obsolescent role of community newspaper reporter. From upstate New York to Silicon Valley, he attended hundreds of meetings, dances, festivals and family gatherings.

With Songbook, Soth has stripped these pictures of their news context in order to highlight the longing for connection at their root. Fragmentary, funny, and sad, Songbook is a lyrical depiction of the tension between American individualism and the ongoing desire to be united.”

The exhibition will be on view February 5 – April 4, 2015.
The accompanying publication, Songbook, was published by MACK, January 2015.

Fraenkel Gallery, 4th Floor
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, California [map]

Deadline February 11th: Third Annual New York Portfolio Review

New York Times Lens blog
Call for Submissions: Third Annual New York Portfolio Review

Deadline: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST

“We know how hard it is to be a photographer today and that every break counts. That’s why we are again putting together 150 photographers and 75 of the most influential editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers for two days of private photo critiques on April 11 and 12.

And … wait for it … it’s free.

Applications are now open for the Third Annual New York Portfolio review, sponsored by the New York Times Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. This will be an opportunity for people in the photographic community to meet, trade ideas, help each other — and have fun.

Saturday, April 11 will be for all photographers 21 and older, each of whom will receive six private critiques. Sunday, April 12 will be solely for photographers 18 to 27 and will consist of four private critiques for each participant, as well as talks by Santiago Lyon, director of photography for The Associated Press, on building an editorial portfolio, and by the photographer Phil Toledano on the creative process, as well as a panel on working with galleries. You can find a list of this year’s reviewers at the bottom of this page.

We will screen all applicants and choose 100 participants for Saturday and 60 for Sunday. All kinds of photographic work — from fine art to photojournalism — are encouraged.

Please note: Photographers who attended last year’s review will not be eligible to apply this year. Photographers who attended two years ago can apply for this year’s review, but they must submit new work and expectations will be higher.

To enter, send us no more than 20 photos total, from one or two projects, using the form here. The files should be jpegs, 1200 pixels across and 72 D.P.I. The deadline is Feb. 11 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. We will inform those who are accepted by March 4, 2015.”

View the full prospectus and apply at: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/20/third-annual-new-york-portfolio-review/?_r=1.

February 7, Phoenix: InFOCUS Portfolio Workshop 2015

February 7, 2015

INFOCUS
Portfolio Worksho
p 2015: The Photobook and Portfolio Review Experience
Saturday, February 7, 2015

9:00AM – Noon: Half-Day Seminar
Includes photobooks seminar and panel discussion.
Free and open to the public (pre-registration required).

9:00AM – 4:45PM: Full-Day Photobook and Portfolio Review Workshop $115
Includes seminar, portfolio review and lunch on site. Bonus: all full-day attendees will also receive a copy of Publish Your Photography Book by Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes. Must be an INFOCUS member to attend full day.

THE SCHEDULE

9:00 to 10:15am
To Be Published, or Self-Publish?
A special presentation by noted creative consultant Mary Virginia Swanson

In this informative and richly illustrated presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson will demystify the process of making a photobook from the perspectives of both traditional trade and self-publishing paths, helping participants determine the pros/cons of each. She will lend advice on marketing your book at its release and beyond, stressing the importance of a web and social media presence, as well as the value of public presentations and print exhibitions to extend the life of your title in print. Swanson will share resources from her recent title with coauthor Darius Himes, Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2nd Edition 2014).

10:30am to 11:50am
Panel Discussion: Professionals Share their Publishing and Collecting Experience
Ms. Swanson will moderate a discussion with a range of professionals about their engagement with photobook production, presenting and collecting. The panelists are (subject to change):

  • Jay Dusard, Photographer, Author of 5 books, including The North American Cowboy (Consortium Press, 1983)
  • Heather Kendall, Rare Book Librarian, Phoenix Public Library
  • Mike Roswell, President, Roswell Bookbinding, Phoenix, AZ
  • Rebecca Senf, Curator/ Museum Collections, Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum
  • David Taylor, Professor of Art, University of Arizona, Author, Working the Line (Radius Books, 2010)

1:00 to 4:15PM
Portfolio Reviews
All full-day attendees will be scheduled by INFOCUS for individual 10-minute reviews with 5 of the professionals listed below. More information about scheduling will be provided with your registration.

  • Elizabeth Allen, Director, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • Jay Dusard, Photographer, Author of 5 books, including The North American Cowboy (Consortium Press, 1983)
  • Alan Fitzgerald, Founder and Director, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
  • Davin Lavikka, Director/Photographer, Method Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • J. Peter Mortimer, Photographer/Instructor, Arizona Highways Magazine Photography Workshops
  • Rebecca Senf, Curator/ Museum Collections, Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum
  • Mary Virginia Swanson, Author and Creative Consultant
  • David Taylor, Professor of Art, University of Arizona, Author, Working the Line (Radius Books, 2010)

Visit www.infocus-phxart.org/workshop for further information and to register.

Phoenix Art Museum, Singer Hall
1625 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona

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