“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues. Previous winners and runners-up include Michal Chelbin, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Alexander Gronsky, Sarah Palmer, Bryan Schutmaat, and Jordan Tate, among others.
First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website, where their images will be accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. All winners are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches forty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. Winners will also have the opportunity to offer their prints via the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.”
$75 entry fee includes one annual individual membership in Aperture’s new membership program and covers entrance into the 2014 Portfolio Prize competition and the new, annual Summer Open exhibition. If you are already a member, there is no additional fee to enter. To receive a discount code that will waive the entry fee, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To enter, go to callforentry.org; once you are registered (free), you will be asked to provide the following:
- Four-digit Aperture membership ID number
- Statement of up to 250 words about your work
- 15 images with title/caption information
If you are already a member, to receive your membership ID number, along with a discount code that will waive the entry fee, contact email@example.com. New members, please enter ’0000′ when asked for your membership ID number.
Artists may submit up to two separate portfolios of 15 images each. A separate CAFÉ profile and application, filed under the same name and contact information, is required for each entry. A $25 fee must be paid for each additional entry. To receive a discount code adjusting the entry fee for second portfolios, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When examining competition entries, Aperture’s editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria:
- Is the work new, e.g., created in the last five years?
- Is a theme or topic carried throughout the portfolio in a consistent manner?
- Are the individual images strong compositionally and in their use of color or tone?
- What technical and presentation choices has the photographer made, and are they appropriate for the work? For example, is there a clear reason for using sepia-toned black and white versus a digitally enhanced palette?
- Does the body of work take an innovative or unique approach to the subject matter?”
For the full prospectus and to apply go to: www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=1549.
“Aperture Foundation and the photography program at the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design are pleased to present a conversation between artist Taryn Simon and Lisa Hostetler, McEvoy Family Curator of Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Writing on Simon’s work, Hostetler has observed: “By highlighting the precarious and often unreliable seams between photographic imagery, textual material, and definitive knowledge, Simon’s art draws attention to habits of inference and judgment . . . . While her seductively beautiful photographs attract the eye, the accompanying texts disclose unexpected—sometimes shocking—details about the subject of the picture. Given a contemporary world rife with images and information, her work speaks to issues that affect us all.'”
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547 West 27th Street
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“The PhotoBook Review issue 003 is now available! Included in this issue is the announcement of the shortlisted books for the first Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Issue 003, guest edited by Joan Fontcuberta, also includes a profile of Yolanda Cuomo (who designed Diane Arbus’s Revelations, among other noteworthy publications), an interview with Dutch photographer Rob Hornstra, a feature on the Argentine-publishers behind La Azotea, and reviews of over ten new photobooks from 2011 and 2012.”
“While James Casebere‘s earlier bodies of work focused on American mythologies such as the genre of the western and suburban home, in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to institutional buildings. In more recent years, his subject matter focused on various institutional spaces and the relationship between social control, social structure, and the mythologies that surround particular institutions, as well as the broader implications of dominant systems such as commerce, labor, religion, and law.
In 2001, Sean Kelly Gallery presented an exhibition of Casebere’s works from 1999 to the present, including those inspired by the indigenous architecture of the Caribbean Island of Nevis, traditional Japanese architecture, and an imagined gallery space. This exhibition also featured a now well-known body of work inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s utopian Monticello. In the following years he has continued to investigate a wide range of iconic architectural spaces, resulting in increasingly sophisticated layers of interpretation. Two photographs from his most recent series, Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County, NY), were featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial.”
Alex Webb The Suffering of Light: 30 Years of Images
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm
“Aperture Foundation is pleased to announce the exhibition, The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Images, coinciding with Alex Webb’s recently published monograph of the same title.
Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography, since the 1970s, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense color and light. His work, with its richly layered and complex composition, touches on multiple genres, including street photography, photojournalism, and fine art, but as Webb notes, ‘To me, it all is photography. You have to go out and explore the world with a camera.’
Webb’s ability to distill gesture, color, and contrasting cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of enigma, irony, and humor. Featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs, The Suffering of Light provides the most thorough examination to date of this modern master’s prolific, thirty-year career.”
The exhibition will be on view until January, 19, 2012
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
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Between 10th and 11th Avenues
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“Ten years post-9/11, at a time when we are more overloaded with information than ever but cannot access it in a coherent manner, Aperture will create a visual café for collective social engagement with the question: What Matter’s Now? and turn it into an evolving exhibition space. During a two-week period, starting today, Aperture will turn itself “inside out,” letting participants engage in the editorial process of weighing questions, ideas, and images, and proposing conceptual and curatorial solutions. Both invited guests and gallery visitors will be asked to participate. The exhibition What Matters Now? Proposals for a New Front Page will combine the crowd sourcing of images and ideas with the curatorial engagement of six experienced individuals, each hosting a table and a conversation within the space, where on corresponding walls each group will present its proposals for the contents of a ‘New Front Page’. Hosts include a variety of visual image specialists: Wafaa Bilal, Melissa Harris, Stephen Mayes, Joel Meyerowitz, Fred Ritchin (who conceptualized this project) and Deborah Willis.
Your ideas are crucial to the success of this project. Submit your suggestions, imagery, multimedia projects and websites. If you would like your submission to be directed towards a particular host, table, or discussion tag, please identify that in your message.”
MVS was in New York last week and a had a chance to go to Aperture Gallery to see the installation of Tim Hetherington’s Sleeping Soldiers and Diary currently on view. Here are some images from the installation. If you are in the New York City area, you must see this show; it will be up until June 23, 2011. If you can’t make it, you can see both films here.
“In remembrance of Tim Hetherington, photographer, reporter, and filmmaker, Aperture is honored to present his Sleeping Soldiers video installation and his Diary video.
Tim Hetherington was killed in Misurata, Libya, on April 20, 2011, during an attack by pro-Qaddafi forces on the rebel-held town. His funeral took place in London on May 13.
Sleeping Soldiers (5 minutes, 2009) is an immersive video essay (shot at the same time as Hetherington’s Oscar-nominated film Restrepo) featuring soldiers of a U.S. Airborne Infantry platoon based in the Korengal Valley of Eastern Afghanistan, in combat and at rest. The original three-screen installation was first shown in New York in 2009 at the New York Photo Festival, in an exhibition curated by Jon Levy.
Diary (19 minutes, 2010) is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of Hetherington’s working life, and was made as an attempt to find himself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our Western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.” more»
SNAP! Collecting Workshop: Do Ask, Do Tell
Everything you wanted to know about photo collecting but were afraid to ask.
Saturday, May 14, 2011, 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Free for SNAP! members. Click here for more info.
“Do Ask, Do Tell, is an exciting one-day photo-collecting workshop. Gallerists, artists, established and more recent collectors will share their collecting know-how, experiences, and philosophies. Bill Hunt―a frequent lecturer on the art of collecting and an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts―will moderate the event, ensuring a fun, intimate, break-down-the-barriers atmosphere, and attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance.”