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Ben Lowy wins Honickman First Book Prize from CDS

Ben Lowy’s photographs taken in Iraq have won the prestigious Honickman First Book Prize, co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies and The Honickman Foundation.  The judge was photographer William Eggleston.   From the CDS press release:

Benjamin Lowy, a war and feature photographer with Reportage by Getty Images, has won the fifth Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography.

Internationally renowned photographer William Eggleston judged the competition and chose Lowy to win the prize. He says, “Although I like the other photographers’ work, I felt that the Iraqi pictures made a better book.”

“Benjamin’s work is an opportunity to see as an American soldier sees when in Iraq—nobody’s ever shown that,” Eggleston says, “especially through night vision goggles.”

Benjamin Lowy will receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in an online exhibition of prizewinners. William Eggleston will write an introduction for the book, Iraq / Perspectives, which will be published in Fall 2011 by Duke University Press in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. This collection of photographs made in Iraq over a six-year period will be Lowy’s first book.”   Read the complete press release here.

Reminder: Artist’s Book exhibition at the Grolier Club in NYC closes on February 5t

One of my favorite show this winter in NYC closes on Saturday:

From the Grolier Club website:

In Our Ground Floor Gallery,
December 8, 2010 – February 5, 2011:

Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop.”  Curated by Kathleen Walkup. The forty works in “Hand, Voice & Vision” celebrate three facets that characterize the artist’s book program at Women’s Studio Workshop: the hand-made mark of the book-maker, the unique voices and viewpoints of a broad and diverse range of artists, and the visionary nature of artwork that forges new directions in the medium of book arts.”

The MET! On View January 25–30: Original Autochromes in Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand exhibition at the Met, and January 30th “Sundays at the Met” lectures on Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand exhibition

This week is THE week to visit Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand exhibition, with special lectures Sunday January 30th.

Not to be missed, from the Metropolitan Museum’s website: a wonderful overview of the history of the autochrome, and specifically the AUTOCHROMES on view this week only within the STIEGLITZ, STEICHEN, STRAND exhibition.

An array of educational programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition, including a “Sunday at the Met” lecture program on January 30 with Joel Smith, Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum, and Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art (Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 2 pm, free with museum admission); gallery talks with Malcolm Daniel; a special teen program for ages 15-18; and a photography class for visually impaired adults. The Museum will also present screenings of documentaries about Stieglitz and Steichen, as well as two films by Strand—Manhatta (1921) and The Wave (1936). For further information about educational programs, visit the Museum’s website at www.metmuseum.org/events

Exhibition at the Grolier Club in NYC: “Hand, Voice and Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop” with PUBLIC EVENTS January 25 & 26th

January 25, 2011toJanuary 26, 2011

One of my favorite exhibitions on a recent trip to NYC: this artists book exhibition at the amazing Grolier Club that honors the artists bookmaking programs at Women’s Studio Workshop.

From the Grolier Club website:

The Grolier Club will present an exhibition featuring artists’ books by thirty-six artists published over thirty years by Women’s Studio Workshop. Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop will be on display at the Grolier Club from December 8, 2010 to February 5, 2011. Curated by Kathleen Walkup, the exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective featuring some of the most influential contemporary book artists in America.

The forty works in Hand, Voice & Vision celebrate three facets that characterize the artist’s book program at Women’s Studio Workshop: the hand-made mark of the book-maker, the unique voices and viewpoints of a broad and diverse range of artists, and the visionary nature of artwork that forges new directions in the medium of book arts.”

RELATED PUBLIC EVENTS:

Tuesday, January 25th, 2001.  Panel Discussion.  2-4 Artists Clarissa Sligh, Susan Mills & Emily Speed will speak about artists’ books, in connection with the Grolier Club exhibition “Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from the Women’s Studio Workshop,” on view throught February 5th, 2011.  Reception follows.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Bibliography Week Lecture. 2-3 pm. Kathleen Walkup will speak on “Women Making Art: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop,” in connection with the Grolier Club exhibition “Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop.”

After it closes in NYC, this exhibition will then travel for three years to venues around the country, including University of Southern Maine,Smith CollegeVassar College, and Scripps College.

More about the exhibition, catalogue and related events can be found at www.handvoicevision.com.

Be sure to check out the ARTISTS OPPORTUNITIES page on the Women’s Studio workshop; the RFP for Studio Residencies of 6 to 8-weeks duration (photography, book arts, papermaking or ceramics) has an application deadline of April 1st.

I hope many of you had a chance to see more of the fine work done by Women’s Studio Workshop” when attending the recent NY Art Book Fair; I was thrilled to see the artists book BIRD WATCHING by Paula McCartney (2006, ed. of 40), which is also included in this important exhibition.  Paula worked with Jennifer Thompson at Princeton Architectural Press to create a trade edition of this book (first discussed together at Review Santa Fe, published 2010), which is featured as a “Case Study” within our forthcoming title “Publish Your Photography Book.”


HRC Austin, and WAC Minneapolis: Two favorite exhibitions end soon!

I am fortunate to travel extensively and be able to take in many wonderful exhibitions each year.

Among those ending this SUNDAY, January 2nd:

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection” at the Harry Ransom Center, Austin (catalogue)

From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis  (catalogue)

Be sure to visit the excellent institutional websites for these exhibitions (both rich with multimedia!), and buy the exhibition catalogues for these important exhibitions.  Enjoy, even if online and on your bookshelf!


December 10th in SF: Amy Stein lectures at SFAI, hosted by PhotoAlliance

PhotoAlliance presents Amy Stein with introductory presentation by Andy Freeberg

Date:
December 10, 2010
Time:
7:30 pm
Location:
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street)
Ticket Information:
$10.00 general admission $5.00 students with ID— TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
About Amy Stein:
Amy Stein (b. 1970) is a photographer and teacher based in New York City. Her work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the West Collection.In 2006, Amy was a winner of the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize for her Domesticated series. In 2007, she was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine and she won the Critical Mass Book Award. Amy’s first book, Domesticated, was released in fall 2008. It won the best book award at the 2008 New York Photo Festival.

Amy was raised in Washington, DC, and Karachi, Pakistan. She holds a BS in Political Science from James Madison University and a MS in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 2006, Amy received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Stein teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Amy is represented by Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco, ClampArt in New York, and Pool Gallery in Berlin.

About Andy Freeberg:
Photographer Andy Freeberg is the author of Guardians (Photolucida 2010), a book of photographs that portrays the women who guard the art in Russian museums. He was born in New York City and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, alternating his commercial assignment work with personal projects. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and publications and are in many private and public collections.

MVS and co-author Darius Himes Lecture to present publishing lecture/seminar/reviews in Gilbert (near Phoenix) Arizona

January 21, 2011toJanuary 23, 2011

MVS and co-author DARIUS HIMES are taking “Publish Your Photography Book” on the road!

FRIDAY, January  21s: On Friday night, they will be speaking on publishing photobooks with special guests Lisa M. Robinson and Mark Klett. Swanson and Himes will lead an all-day seminar on Saturday, January 22nd and on Sunday the 21st, those registered for the seminar are eligible to sign up for these reviews (space is limited).

All events will be held at Art Intersection in Downtown Gilbert (near Phoenix), which will have its official launch celebration and exhibition opening on Saturday night following the all-day Seminar. SAVE THE DATES!

Lecture:  Friday evening, January 21st,

All-day Seminar:  Saturday, January 22nd

To reserve your space in either the lecture or the seminar, click here.

Publishing project reviews (for Seminar participants only): On January 23rd  MVS and co-author DARIUS HIMES will offer one-time discounted project reviews to those who attend their comprehensive seminar “Publish Your Photography Book” (1/22/11) at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona. Appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; fee is $150.  Please contact MVS directly to schedule a session:mvs@mvswanson.com

All events are hosted by Art Intersection in Downtown Gilbert, Arizona

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December 1st, 6 p.m. in NYC: MVS and DARIUS HIMES speaking on publishing at the NYPL

Here is a link to the the complete details for our upcoming talk in NYC, “Publish Your Photography Book” which is this Wednesday evening.  Doors open at 5:30, talk at 6:00 – it’s free and open to all, so see you there!

December 2nd in LA: Photographer SAM ABELL, hosted by ASMP LA

The great SAM ABELL will be speaking in Santa Monica on 12/2 at Bergamont Station.  A great photographer, teacher and mentor to many; his lectures are inspirational and not to be missed!

Information from an eblast from asmpla:

“Sam Abell began shooting for National Geographic Magazine in 1970, and in a publication where the highest quality work is the norm, his stood out from the beginning.

A Canon Explorer of Light, he has photographed projects all over the world – some of which have become legendary among photographers.  Abell’s work manages to be (at least) three things at once: first-rate photojournalism, beautiful and beautifully composed, and poetic and moving.

Abell has also developed a highly-regarded career as a speaker and teacher, mentoring countless photographers for many years, including at the Maine, Santa Fe, and Julia Dean Workshops.  As composed as one of his images, clear-eyed, and passionate, he is able to convey what makes images work – and what helps them fail – in ordinary language that anyone at any level can understand.

Whether you’re an experienced pro or a student, and no matter what kinds of images you produce, you’ll receive something from hearing Abell talk that is rare and energizing.

REGISTER HERE
One of the most exciting speakers ever to come to Los Angeles, he will also be giving a workshop the weekend following his talk at the Julia Dean Photo Workshopshttp://juliadean.com.

The author of several books, you can watch Abell discuss his work at the Geographic HERE

You can see more of Abell’s work, and read a terrific interview about his book, 
Sam Abell, The Photographic Life
at:

Learn more about Sam Abell at
http://samabell-thephotographiclife.com

Doors open 6:30, lecture at 7.  Students: $5.00, everyone else $10.

LOCATION:  Writers Boot Camp, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, building i, Santa Monica

DIRECTIONS: From the 10 Freeway going west, exit at Cloverfield, go north. At the first light/intersection go right onto Michigan, follow until it ends (a few hundred yards), and make a left into the Bergamot Station lot (you won’t have a choice).

There is a map in front of the first buildings you’ll see, and Writers Boot Camp is all the way down the buildings on the left side.

OR, click here for maps (Building i is the only one without its letter on the map, next to Building H): www.bergamotstation.com/map.html

November 30, San Francisco: Richard Misrach Lecture/Book Signing

Lecture and Book Signing with Richard Misrach
Followed by Artist Reception

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
7:00 pm

SF Camerawork
657 Mission Street, 2nd floor
San Francisco, California
(415) 512-7109

SF Camerawork is pleased to present a lecture and book signing with Richard Misrach on the occasion of the publication of Misrach’s acclaimed new monograph, Destroy This Memory. Published by Aperture on August 29th—marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina—this powerful book presents previously unpublished and starkly compelling material, all of which Misrach shot with his 4 MP pocket camera. Created between October and December 2005, one month after the storm, Destroy This Memory is an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina. Rather than simply surveying the damage, Misrach—who has photographed the region regularly since the 1970s, most notably for his ongoing Cancer Alley project—found himself drawn to the hurricane-inspired graffiti: messages scrawled in spray paint, crayons, chalk, or whatever materials happened to be on hand. At turns threatening, desperate, clinical, and even darkly humorous, the phrases he captured—the only text that appears in the book—offer unique and revealing human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of this disaster.

Artist’s royalties for this project are being donated to the Make It Right Foundation, which is currently rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

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