PhotoNOLA launches next week: November 29-December 2nd in New Orleans; MVS to present on “New Markets for Photographers” at Education Day, November 30th
PhotoNOLA is almost here!
PhotoNOLA (November 29 – December 2nd) is a 100% volunteer event, with dozens of volunteers and reviewers giving of their time. Please join us at the opening night “PHOTOGALA” and show your appreciation as the 7th Annual PhotoNOLA takes off.
On Friday, November 30th, I will be sharing the presentation duties with gallerist Sasha Wolf at this year’s PhotoNOLA Education Day “Traditional and New Markets for your Photographs” held one day prior to the start of the PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews. I am excited to bring my recent research on new markets to you in advance of the release of my next book “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs.”
While the prized spaces in the PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews were filled soon after registration opened early September, the participating photographers will share their work with the public on Saturday, December 1st at “PHOTOWALK” at the International House Hotel Conference Facility from 5-7 pm. This too is open to all.
See you in New Orleans next week!
The Critical Mass 2012 Finalist List has been announced! Visit Photolucida’s blog to see who the finalists are: www.photolucidapdx.blogspot.com.
In April MVS visited the College of DuPage to give a lecture and meet with the college’s photography students. While there, she met with her good friend Jeff Curto to do an interview for his program, Camera Position: A Podcast About the Creative Side of Photography.
The interview was extensive, full of great information, and posted in a five part series over the past few weeks; the last installment will be posted on Monday, June 11th. You can listen to all four parts of the interview for free at CameraPosition.com:
- Camera Position 106 : Mary Virginia Swanson – Part 1
- Camera Position 107 : Mary Virginia Swanson – Part 2: Books, Blogs & Salons
In part 2 of my conversation with Mary Virginia Swanson, we talk about the rise of the small group Salon, various online presences in the photo world and the importance of books. For some context for this part of the conversation, see Part 1 of this interview.
- Camera Position 108 : Mary Virginia Swanson – Part 3: Craft, Publishing & Folios
I continue my conversation with Mary Virginia Swanson, covering the importance of photographic craft, the world of print-on-demand publishing and how folios of photographs fit into the mix.
- Camera Position 109 : Mary Virginia Swanson – Part 4: Public Art, Galleries & Image Size
The 4th part of my conversation with Mary Virginia Swanson, where we discuss public art, galleries and work for the wall, image size and the life of images that aren’t meant for traditional display.
“The charity-based online photography gallery collect.give announces the release of a book celebrating the project’s first 50 photographers – all of whom have pledged to donate 100% of their print proceeds to charities they’ve selected. Since 2009, collect.give has raised over $28,000 for a wide variety of charitable organizations, by selling affordable, limited edition photographs.”
Jane Fulton Alt, Malu Alvarez, Jonathan Blaustein, Mark Brautigam, Jesse Burke, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Katrina d’Autremont, Amy Eckert, Matt Eich, Jon Feinstein, Sarina Finkelstein, Elizabeth Fleming, Max. S. Gerber, Meggan Gould, Andrew Hetherington, Geoffrey Hiller, Peter Hoffman, Jon Horvath, Ben Huff, Dave Jordano, Stella Kalaw, Melissa Kaseman, Liz Kuball, Shane Lavalette, David Leventi, John Loomis, S. Billie Mandle, Kerry Mansfield, Mark Menjivar, Kevin J. Miyazaki, Annie Marie Musselman, Colleen Plumb, Susana Raab, Shawn Records, Ellen Rennard, Dalton Rooney, Jonathan Saunders, Manjari Sharma, Daniel Shea, Kelly Shimoda, Emily Shur, Allison V. Smith, Aline Smithson, Brea Souders, Sarah Sudhoff, Jake Stangel, Lacey Terrell, Sonja Thomsen, Susan Worsham and David Wright.
Crista Dix, Darius Himes, Lisa Hostetler, Rachel Hulin, Miki Johnson, Larissa Leclair, Wally Mason, George Slade, Amy Stein and Alison Zavos.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). In keeping with the collect.give mission to donate 100% of proceeds to charity, all profits from this book will be donated to the RSPCA, a charity chosen by the designer Heidi Romano.
You can purchase the book from MagCloud for $22.00 USD.
“The Los Angeles Printers Fair supports the non-profit International Printing Museum and its educational mission. The fair is suitable for all ages. Students, Educators, families, enthusiasts, collectors, typophiles, bibliophiles, graphic designers, artists and professionals will enjoy the varied demonstrations and array of vendors. Children are welcome but need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Even if you’ve been to the Museum before, you’ll see new vendors and materials at the Fair.”
To see what events are planned for the fair, click here.
Printed Matter, Inc. presents NY Art Book Fair
Preview: September 29, 2011, 6:00-9:00 pm
September 30 – October 2, 2011, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm daily
Free and open to the public.
“Printed Matter, Inc. presents the sixth annual NY Art Book Fair. A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 29th. Free and open to the public, and featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artists’ zines. Exhibitors include international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from more than twenty countries.”
“This year’s competition had 5,520 entries for the judges to review. ‘The competition was run extremely well,” juror Robert Krivicich said. “The fact that we could review over 11,000 images in two days still astounds me.’
‘Much of the editorial work felt the most substantive, meaningful and powerful,’ juror Jerry Takigawa said.
‘The range of conceptual ideas and out-of-the-box thinking was a relief to see,’ said juror Leslie dela Vega. ‘You’d be surprised how much mediocrity I see on a daily basis.’
Several judges commented on the quality of the video-based entries—31 projects—the strongest since we introduced the category several years ago. ‘I really liked the still-image, motor-drive technique included in several of the video entries,” Krivicich said. “It created a Muybridge-like video rendering that I thought was energetic and spontaneous.’
The biggest disappointment for juror Mimi Haddon was poor editing by photographers on their series submissions. ‘Many of us were cringing when we were in love with one or more images in a series, but couldn’t vote it in because of one bad image.’ She said. ‘It’s a great lesson for me as a photographer to ask for help editing my own work.’”
Readers of this blog will know how strongly I feel about entering certain competitions, and attending certain portfolio review events… I consider such activities investments that can make a difference in your career. The choices for your time and your money, however, are many. How do you decide what competitions to enter, and which events to attend? Five such important deadlines loom large in the coming week; below I share submission details, as well as my personal thoughts on why you should strongly consider these industry offerings in particular. (NOTE: be mindful of dates and specific times submissions are due.)
They are in order of deadline: Aperture Portfolio Prize | Photography Book Now | FotoFest Meeting Place 2012 Portfolio Reviews | Critical Mass 2011 | Atlanta Celebrates Photography Portfolio Review. I will add a brief commentary with each listing.
Aperture Portfolio Prize
Deadline: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 12:00 noon EDT
This annual Prize is the one opportunity per year for your work to be seen by the heads of exhibition/magazine/book publication divisions at Aperture. Winning portfolios have a presence on the Aperture website.
Submission Fee: $25 for 15 images and entrants must be current, paid subscribers of Aperture magazine
“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and specific artists whom we can help by bringing them to a wider audience. In choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, we are looking for work that is fresh and that hasn’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.”
Photography Book Now
Deadline: Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm PDT (22:00 GMT)
This annual self-publishing competition, sponsored by Blurb, boasts a diverse jury of industry professionals who meet together to review and discuss self-published books that have been submitted. The cash prizes are substantial, and winning projects are featured on the Blurb website and shown at industry events internationally. Getting your ideas for a book of your work out of your head and into print format is an important step towards publication of your work, one that you will required should you wish to submit to his important competition. (NOTE: it is not a requirement that your book be created using Blurb’s software).
International juried competition presented by Blurb
Submission Fee (per book): $35 | UK £20 | Eur €27.50 | CAD $35 | AUD $35
“Led by Darius Himes, PBN’s panel of world-renowned photographers, photo editors, and industry leaders reviews the entries and selects the winners. They are: Gerry Badger, Chris Boot, Matt Eich, Larry Fink, Claudia Hinterseer, Henry Horenstein, Whitney Lawson, Larissa Leclair, Jon Levy, Steve McCurry, Laura Brunow Miner, and Markus Schaden; you can learn more about all of them here.”
International Meeting Place Portfolio Review
FotoFest 2012 Biennial
Deadline for early registration: Thursday, July 14, 2011
The FIRST international photography biennial in the US, this event based in Houston, Texas is now in its 13th edition. The portfolio review event within the Biennial, called the “International Meeting Place” is the only review in the US where you can meet curators, gallery owners, photo editor and more from around the world. It is by far the most international group of industry professionals to hit our shores to review your work, and you will meet your international peers as well. Each session has an evening dedicated to sharing their work with the Houston community, as well.
There will be four 4-day sessions, with three educational workshops held on the day between the sessions, so plan to come early/stay late for these special days. Exhibitions on view throughout the city during the Biennial are worth the trip alone. Apply by the deadline for early registration; if the Reviews over subscribed at the end of this period, your application will automatically be included in the lottery to attend The Meeting Place. The next Biennial will be held in 2014, so plan now to attend the 2012 event.
“If you are curious as to why we call our portfolio review program “The Meeting Place”, it’s because the Meeting Place presents the opportunity for photographic artists to meet and show their work to top arts professionals from around the world. The event is literally a “meeting place” – a place where artists, arts professionals, collectors, and colleagues are able to network, collaborate, share ideas, and establish life-long connections.
Meeting Place Registration Includes:
A minimum of 16 individual portfolio reviews during a 4-day session; participation in FotoFest’s public event, Evenings with the Artists – Open Portfolio Nights, where you can display your work to the public and other Meeting Place participants; free access to exhibitions, artist talks, lectures, and book signings; opportunities for informal reviews with roving reviewers; networking with fellow artists; discounted Workshop registration; and an image of your work included in the Artist Reference Booklet.”
Reviews are held March 16 – April 3, 2012
Photolucida Critical Mass 2011
Deadline: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm CDT
I can’t begin to tell you the number of bodies of work I first came to know through serving as a Judge for Critical Mass; it is an honor and a pleasure I look forward to every year. If your portfolio is selected for inclusion in the Critical Mass Top 50, your work will have permanent presence on the Photolucida website, and selections are made from this roster for print publication. I consider this competition an excellent investment. Edit tightly, and strive for a short but insightful statement!
Submission fee: $75 ($90 for international) for 10 images
“The aim of Critical Mass, and all Photolucida programming, is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today. Critical Mass is a program about exposure and community. The idea is simple—photographers (from anywhere) submit a 10 image portfolio for $75 ($90 for international submissions). This work is then pre-screened by a committee of approximately 20 great jurors. From those votes, the 200 top Finalists are determined. These 200 Finalists then pay an additional submission fee ($200) and their work goes on to a jury of approximately 200 of the world’s best curators, editors, and other professionals who have agreed to view and vote on the Finalists’ work. Using these votes, at least one photographer is chosen to receive a book award and once the monograph is published, everyone who enters and juries will receive a copy of the book(s).”
ACP (October) is a month-long, city-wide event that heralds photography in its many forms. One of the many highlights is a one-day juried portfolio review event, with a public viewing of the accepted works that evening. This is a small but mighty review event is perfect for those in the region or those who have yet to attend a portfolio review event; getting a seat at the table is coveted.
“Added in 2005 at the request of photographers, the ACP Portfolio Review and Walk offers artists the opportunity to meet with highly respected curators, dealers, editors, and agency representatives from across the United States and beyond. Sponsored in part by Turner Broadcasting and their “Turner Voices” initiative, 17 reviewers and 51 artists will meet one Saturday in October. Each photographer will meet privately with five reviewers for twenty minutes each. Every year we have many more applicants than available slots, so each application will be evaluated by ACP and a third-party judge to determine if the applicant may participate in the Reviews. The Portfolio Walk (following the review sessions) gives participating photographers the opportunity to present their work to the general public at an evening reception, open to all.”
This portfolio review is a juried event. Click here for the submission form and guidelines.
The review will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 this year.
On Saturday, June 4th at the Flash Forward Festival in Boston Andy Adams, Miki Johnson, Shane Lavalette, Michael Itkoff, Bruno Ceschel, and Alan Rapp participated in a panel discussion on The Future of Photobooks, moderated by Stephen Mayes, Managing Director, VII Photo. ”The discussion explored the state of photobook production, consumption and distribution in the Internet Era.”
If you were not able to attend the festival, you can see a video of the discussion here or on Andy Adams’ website. Scroll down on the page on his website so you don’t miss the extensive list of online photobook resources Andy has up there as well (thanks, Andy!).
PRINTED MATTER! “Artists’ Photography Books” Exhibition at Art Basel, NYC In-Store Exhibition, and more!
OH to be able to see these exhibitions! If any readers are lucky enough to attend Art Basel, or see the in-store exhibition up through June, please take some installation views for me!
From Printed Matter’s e-blast this morning:
“Printed Matter is pleased to announce its participation in this year’s Art Basel. For the 2011 fair we will have two stands: the Artists’ Photography Books exhibition in the Artists’ Books Sector of Art Unlimited in Hall 1.0; and a shared booth with Art Metropole in Hall 2.1/Booth Q21.
Artists’ Photography Books opens on Monday, June 13, with a preview at 4 PM, and Hall 2.1 opens with a preview on Tuesday, June 14. Both stands will be open through Sunday, June 19.
Artists’ Photography Books, organized in collaboration with Zurich-based curator and publisher Lionel Bovier, will present a broad survey of artists’ books from the 1960’s to the present. These are not your typical photo books: from Ed Ruscha’s deadpan cataloguing of the western urban landscape, to Sol LeWitt’s use of photography in his investigation of patterns, systems and sequences, these publications employ photography as a strategic component in the aggregate of the book as art work. Drawing from and expanding on conventions of photography and related photographic media, the artists’ books in this exhibition explore the possibilities of artistic expression. The entire exhibition is drawn from the collection of Zurich collector Christoph Schifferli.
In addition to the exhibition, a huge variety of artists’ photography book works will be on display for sale: zines by Ari Marcopoulos; an original one-of-a-kind exttravaganza by Jonathan Meese; Alan Kaprow’s “Activity Books” from the 1970’s; El Caso, a grisly miniature book of corpses by Christian Boltanski; Larry Clark’s tome Punk Picasso; a 1980’s artist pamphlet by Sarah Charlesworth, to name a few as well as classics by John Baldessari, Martin Kippenberger, Gordon Matta-Clark, Richard Prince, Jack Pierson, Anne Collier, Ryan McGinley, Katja Stuke, Dash Snow, Sophie Calle, Jonathan Monk, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Helen Douglas, Olaf Nicolai, Charlotte Dumas, Christopher Wool, Andy Warhol, and many others.
At our booth in Hall 2.1, Printed Matter will feature yet another array of artists books, multiples and editions. Selections from Printed Matter’s publishing program, including our most recent – Abraham Lincoln by Rachel Harrison – will be featured alongside a choice selection of in and out of print publications, including titles by Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Barney, General Idea, Robert Gober, Misaki Kawai, Harmony Korine, Raymond Pettibon, Christian Marclay, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Tom Sachs and many others. We also will have a sampling our fundraising print editions by Matthew Higgs & Anne Collier, Mark Gonzales, William E. Jones, Ari Marcopoulos, Jack Pierson, Seth Price and Kiki Smith.”
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications.
VISIT PRINTED MATTER BOOKSTORE in NYC: 195 Tenth Avenue, NYC
Tuesday to Wednesday: 11am – 6pm
Thursday to Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Closed Sundays & Mondays
Printed Matter is pleased to announce the opening of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, a new exhibition surveying work from members of the print-on-demand collective ABC. The group, established in 2009 by Joachim Schmid, is a growing network of artists committed to the production and distribution of artists’ books through Print on Demand technology. The exhibition is open June 2nd – June 30th, 2011.
SAVE THE DATE: NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 30 – October 2nd, 2011 at MoMA’s P.S.1 in Queens, NY
See you there!