“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 25 jurors. From those votes, the 200 top Finalists are determined. These 200 Finalists then pay an additional submission fee ($175) and their work goes on to a jury of over 200 of the world’s best photography professionals who have agreed to view and vote on the Finalists’ work.
Although the primary intent of Critcal Mass is exposure (which is a benefit to all who enter), we are pleased to also offer these awards this year:
THREE SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Photolucida is pleased to partner with Blue Sky, the The Center for Fine Art Photography, and The Griffin Museum of Photography this year. Each of these acclaimed galleries will award solo exhibitions to Critical Mass Finalists. Photolucida will contribute funding to support exhibition and/or shipping expenses for selected solo show artists.
Founded in 1975 as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Blue Sky is one of the leading venues exhibiting contemporary photography in the United States. The Center for Fine Art Photography was founded in 2004 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and it provides educational programming, exhibition space, and support services to the photographic community. Opened in 1992, the Griffin Museum is the embodiment of founder Arthur Griffin’s passion—to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact.
TOP 50 EXHIBITION: Jessica Johnston, Assistant Curator at the George Eastman House, will curate an exhibition from the Critical Mass Top 50.
ART PHOTO INDEX LISTING: All photographers selected for Critical Mass’ TOP 50 will receive inclusion in Photo-Eye’s invitation-only Art Photo Index, a global, searchable database of vetted art and documentary photographers and their work.”
“FotoFest’s portfolio review program, THE MEETING PLACE, gives artists the opportunity to meet and show their work to top arts professionals from around the world. The event is literally a “meeting place” – a place where photographic artists, arts professionals, collectors, and colleagues are able to network, collaborate, share ideas, and establish life-long connections.
The Meeting Place Portfolio Review brings together over 500 photographic artists from around the world and across the United States, with over 160 professional Reviewers. It is the largest portfolio review program in the world. To read more about the History of the Meeting Place Portfolio Review Program.”
Visit www.fotofest.org/2014biennial/portfolioreview for further details.
Click here to download a PDF of the Registration Form.
Mitch Epstein in Conversation with James Welling Regarding New York Arbor
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 1:00-3:00 pm
“Mitch Epstein‘s new work is a series of photographs of the idiosyncratic trees that inhabit New York City. These pictures underscore the importance of trees to urban life and their complex relationship to their human counterparts. Rooted in New York’s sidewalks, parks, and cemeteries, some trees grow wild, some are contortionists adapting to constrictive surroundings, while others are pruned into prize specimens. As urban development closes in on them, surprisingly, New York’s trees continue to thrive.
From 2011 to 2012, Epstein explored New York’s five boroughs in search of remarkable trees, often returning to photograph the same trees through the changing seasons and light. Many of these trees, Epstein learned, were planted in one context—a farm or nursery, for instance—and had survived to be part of another, a city street or public garden; and most will likely outlive us to find their habitat continue to change. The cumulative effect of these photographs is to invert people’s usual view of their city: trees no longer function as background, but instead dominate the human life and architecture around them.
In addition to our usual refreshments and a booksigning, we’ll be hosting a discussion between Mr. Epstein and his friend and esteemed colleague James Welling.”
ARCANA: BOOKS ON THE ARTS
@ The Historic Helms Bakery
8675 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
“En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards is an annual program selecting several U.S. based photographers of Latino, African or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, through a free, national call for entries.
New Works helps artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area. The goal is to identify and promote talented emerging and mid-career artists, creating a cross-cultural dialogue and providing artists with exposure and growth opportunities.
Work can be in any photo-based style or genre (documentary, autobiographical, landscape, abstract, digital, pinhole, etc), or photo-based medium (installation, mixed media, alternative processes, etc).
Juror: Mary Virginia Swanson, Marketing Consultant/Trusted Advisor to Artists, Author and Educator, mvswanson.com
- Your work should address issues that are relevant to your personal experience. Photographic imagery should contain a cultural consciousness that is grounded in identity and the search for a personal statement. This is completely open to your interpretation. Visit www.enfoco.org to view works by prior winners.
- You may propose a new project idea, or propose to continue an existing body of work. Decisions will be based upon quality of images submitted.
- If selected, your new work must consist of 15-20 exhibition-quality images. The group exhibition will be curated by En Foco’s staff in 2014, at which time the honorarium is paid.
- Although not required, applicants are encouraged to become En Foco members. Basic membership includes a subscription to Nueva Luz photographic journal, a 1/2 hour in-house Portfolio Review, free admission at photo museums, discounts to En Foco’s portfolio review sessions, and invitations to all En Foco events. Additional membership levels include more extensive benefits and substantial discounts.
- Register at CallforEntry.org, and follow the directions for sizing and uploading your images.
- A written project proposal/description (no more than 500 words). Describe specific aspects of your work such as subject matter, context, content, location, and personal relevance.
- A one-page biography and/or resume.
- A statement about your work as an artist.
- Fifteen tightly edited images from the same series. CaFÉ image preparation tips can be found at: https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml
For the full prospectus and to submit visit: www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=1316&sortby=fair_name&apply=yes.
“Join us for an artist lecture by Julie Blackmon at Photo Center NW, presented in partnership with G. Gibson Gallery. Blackmon’s exhibition “Undertow – New Work” at the G. Gibson Gallery runs through July 13, 2013.”
Photo Center NW
900 12th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122
“This year’s Photo Review International Photography Competition will be juried by Paul Roth, Senior Curator and Director, Photography and Media Arts, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The Photo Review Competition enables thousands of people across the country to see the accepted work in our 2013 competition issue and on our website. Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
- Prize winners exhibited at the University of the Arts Photography Gallery, Philadelphia
- Accepted entries reproduced in The Photo Review journal and website
- Editor’s selections exhibited in several Photo Review web galleries.”
Visit photoreview.org/compete.htm for the full prospectus, submission form, and the Winner’s Gallery from past competitions.
“Photo Center is proud to welcome photographic artist and filmmaker Emily Hanako Momohara to an artist talk at Photo Center NW. Momohara will be spending the month of June working in and around Seattle (and at PCNW) on a new documentary film about a woman named May Namba whose life has chronicled many of life’s hardest and cherished aspects: war, incarceration, freedom, discrimination, love, family, generosity, patriotism and perseverance. Learn more about the project here.
As part of her presentation, Momohara will discuss her other photography projects: Islands, Koden and Desert Sands. Intrigued by collective memory and its relationship to the imagination, her images combine the real and fictional to create places that explore myth and belonging. As in her documentary film, Momohara deals with issues of loss and legacy. Eerily beautiful and strangely quiet, Momohara’s photographs convey at once the idea of obscurity and the quest for information.”
Photo Center NW
900 12th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122
Call for Entries: The Cord Prize
Deadline: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Fee: $30 for up to 16 images
“The Cord Prize is an international contemporary art award established to support and acknowledge the practice of early and mid-career visual artists. The award comprises an individual first prize of $10,000, second prize of $1,000 and third prize of $500. Additionally, twenty-two artists will be selected for online exhibition and a piece of writing will be commissioned from the award jurors.
Photography has become a universally accepted, unchallenged, medium of contemporary art. Concomitantly, photography’s capacity to influence our everyday lives has become exponentially important with the ubiquity of visual social media and the opening up of the possibilities for us to communicate and disseminate our photographic images independently of institutional support.
Diana Edkins has been a visionary in the fine art photography world since 1969. Over the course of her eclectic career as a curator, editor, author, and advisor, she has published over 28 books. From 2002 until 2009 she held the position of Director of Exhibitions and Limited-Edition Photographs at Aperture where she produced, organized and curated over forty exhibitions.
Charlotte Cotton is one of the mostly highly respected and well-known writers and curators of photography today. She has held positions including curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery, London and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The inaugural Cord Prize invites early and mid-career artists who are working within the field of photography to apply.
- 16 images from a body of work. Images should be:
- In JPEG format
- Up to 1500 pixels on the longest side
- 1mb maximum file size per image
- All photographic media and processes are eligible
- Statement explaining the ideas behind your work. The statement should not exceed 400 words.
- $30 submission fee
- Register online at cordprize.com/register1.”
Visit cordprize.com for the full prospectus, details about the jurors, and FAQs.
American Society of Media Photographers
Business as unUsual Webinar: “No Plastic Sleeves” with Danielle Currier and Larry Volk
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
Registration required, “seating” is limited. Free and open to all during live broadcast.
“Danielle Currier and Larry Volk, authors of No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers, know what makes or breaks your portfolio and website. Our conversation will focus on how to objectively evaluate, edit and sequence your work, develop a distinguishing brand identity and present your work in a way that will attract the clients you want. Packed with visual examples curated from Danielle Currier’s blog, NoPlasticSleeves.com, this program will help you take your online or print portfolio to the next level.”
Annenberg Space for Photography, Iris Nights Lecture Series
Artist Talk by Nina Berman, Evidence and Fantasy: The War at Home
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:30-8:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Tickets are required and will be available May 22 at noon PDT and May 23 at 9:30 PDT here.
“Photographer, author and educator Nina Berman is known for her work photographing wounded American veterans including her 2006 “Marine Wedding” image. Presenting selections from work made since 9/11, she will explain her motivations and approaches to photographing war on the domestic front.”