Zhongshan Park, Beijing, China 2008 © William C. Avedon

THEME | Illuminate

International Call for Entries | Illuminate with Juror Elizabeth Avedon

THEME | Illuminate: All types of subject matter, capture types and photographic processes are eligible to submit. Eligibility: Our calls for entry are open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate.

HONORS | AWARDS: All selected artists are invited to join us at the reception with Elizabeth Avedon. An international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography will view the chosen artist’s work throughout the exhibition. Each participant is included in the Center’s Main Gallery exhibition in Fort Collins, Colorado and Online Gallery exhibition. Juror’s Selection: $500.00. Director’s Selection: $250.00. Two LiveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 from liveBooks. Honorable Mention Awards: 2-year membership and image submission to a Call for Entry at C4FAP.

In addition artists’ selected for the exhibition will also receive: Promotion on The Center’s large social media platforms. Professional installation images for your use. All exhibiting artists’ are invited to complimentary portfolio reviews with the Director, Hamidah Glasgow, lunch and portfolio sharing on the reception weekend. In-gallery and online exhibition with links to artists’ websites Press releases are sent to artists’ choice of media outlets.

Entries Due | August 28, 2015
Notice Of Acceptance | September 12, 2015
Exhibition Dates | December 4, 2015 – January 23, 2016
Public + Artists’ Reception | December 4, 2015 6-9 pm

Email: coordinator@c4fap.org 970.224.1010
Founded in 2004 by photographers, The Center for Fine Art Photography is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) photography organization. We provide support to photographic artists through exhibition, solo exhibition, promotion, portfolio reviews, publication, education and connection to a large community of other artists, curators, gallery owners and photographic professionals. Open Tues-Sat, Always Free, public welcome.


NORM DIAMOND: Estate Sales at Photolucida + Houston Center For Photography

 Wedding Dress
from the series What Is Left Behind - Estate Sales
Photograph ©  Norm Diamond

 Wedding Night Negligee
from the series What Is Left Behind - Estate Sales
Photograph ©  Norm Diamond

Norm Diamond with his photograph, Man of the House

Juror: Russell Lord, Curator of Photographs, NOMA
July 17 – October 4, 2015
1441 West Alabama
Houston, Texas

Tennis Court from The Shadows series
Photograph ©  Norm Diamond

I met Norm Diamond at the
 2015 Photolucida Portfolio Reviews
 in Portland, Oregon


MYLES LITTLE: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality | Book + Documentary Exhibition

A man floats in the 57th-floor swimming pool of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, with the skyline of the Singapore financial district behind him. 2013 Photograph: Paolo Woods; Gabriele Galimberti--INSTITUTE

'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco' 2009
Photograph © David Leventi

Pheasants are laid out on a hunter's pickup truck in the UK. 2011 
Photograph © Ben Quinton

'Paradise Now Nr. 18' 2008
Photograph © Peter Bialobrzeski

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If you are concerned that the top 1% of the world owns 50% of all wealth, then this is the photo book for you!

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Myles Little is an award-winning photo editor at TIME magazine with extensive experience in print, web and curation. He has produced documentary photography by Tomas van Houtryve and Peter van Agtmael; photo illustrations by Chris Buck and Alexander Crispin; portraits by Laura Pannack and Paolo Verzone; and still-lifes by Jamie Chung and Grant Cornett.

Outside of TIME, Little curated an exhibit of documentary photography about wealth inequality. After two years of work, it's traveling to 5 countries and counting (China, UAE, Nigeria, Bosnia and Wales). Included are some of the best photographers in the world, like Christopher Anderson, Nina Berman, Michael Light and David Chancellor. Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, is writing an essay for the book; and Geoff Dyer, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author, is also writing an essay. The 5 exhibitions are fully funded.

Recently, a major European publisher named Hatje Cantz has offered to make a book with the work. But, as is often the case with publishing these days, he will need to contribute part of the funding to cover the costs of production, so he launched a Kickstarter campaign to help make that happen. Read the facts about inequality; review the Rewards for your support; and read the extensive list of the best documentary photographers included here.

In exchange for your support, you will receive various rewards including two of my favorite images:

4x6" Postcard with
Jesse Chehak's 'Hollywood, California' printed on the front

'Harvard University' 2006 (only avail in 5x7")
Photograph © by Shane Lavalette

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, September 9-15, 2015 / East Wing Gallery, Dubai, UAE, September 25 - October 25, 2015 / LagosPhoto (Satellite Exhibit), Lagos, Nigeria, October 17 - November 21, 2015 / Fotografija Godine BIH Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, January 29-31, 2016 / The Eye – International Photography Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales, September 30 - October 2, 2016


SOHO PHOTO GALLERY: Exhibition to July 25th

Opening night; front row: Jane Sheng, Stella Kramer, Alan Kleinberg. Back row: Yorgos Efthymiadis, Jaime Permuth, Joslin Van Arsdale, Sean Perry, William Avedon, Matthew Avedon

John A. Bennette
Jennifer McClure with Honorable Mention “Untitled” from her series “You Who Never Arrived”, Rocio De Alba and DB Waltrip, Babak P. Aryan with his photograph "The Coming", Rocio De Alba with her work "Blessed Art Thou Among Women". 2nd row: Musicians Koran Agan and Matthew Avedon with 1st place winner Paul Kessel, Mark Roussell with his 3rd place winning image “Finding and Losing My Father #3”, John F. Martin, Babak P. Aryan. 3rd row: Jennifer McClure, Rocio De Alba, John F. Martin, Joslin Van Arsdale (from Paddle 8 Online Auctions).

Photographer John F. Martin with his new book, In Character, of his portraits from the San Francisco Opera, and his photograph, Birnam Wood

Robert Moran, Daughter of a Slave, Timbuktu, Mali
Ben Altman, The More That Is Taken Away, Act 1, Year Two, November

15 White Street, NYC
Wednesday - Sunday, 1-6 pm 

I was honored to be this year's juror for  the 2015 National Competition for the Soho Photo Gallery. Paul Kessel's somber beauty "Entering The Metropolitan Opera" is the First Place winner. His image stayed with me like the atmosphere of a 70's era Winogrand scene. For 2nd Place, I chose Yorgos Efthymiadis’s "Net" from his "Letting My Guard Down" body of work for it's serene, solitary empty space and color. 3rd Place, I was deeply drawn into the unusual landscape by artist Mark Roussel from his series "Finding and Losing My Father." All Honorable Mentions; Ben Altman, Sheri Lynn Behr, Jennifer McClure, and Robert Moran, along with all the photographs accepted into the exhibition, represent my interest and love for fine art photography as well as portraiture, landscape, street and travel work...read more HERE

KLOMPCHING GALLERY: Fresh 2015 to August 1

89 Water Street / DUMBO 
Brooklyn, New york



JULY 4th, 1776

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  – The Declaration of Independence 

"Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776" 
by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were named to a committee to prepare a declaration of independence. Jefferson (standing) did the actual writing because he was known as a good writer. Congress deleted Jefferson's most extravagant rhetoric and accusations.


SOHO PHOTO GALLERY: 2015 Juried National Photography Competition Award Winners

First Place
“Entering the Metropolitan Opera (2014)”
Photograph © Paul Kessel

Second Place
“Net” from "Letting My Guard Down" series
Photograph © Yorgos Efthymiadis

3rd Place
“Finding and Losing My Father #3"
Photograph © Mark Rousell

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Four Honorable Mentions

“Daughter of a Slave, Timbuktu, Mali”
Photograph © Robert Moran 

“The More That Is Taken Away, Act 1, Year Two, November”
Photograph © Ben Altman

“Watching You” 
Photograph © Sheri Lynn Behr

“Untitled” from the series “You Who Never Arrived"
Photograph © Jennifer McClure

The Soho Photo Gallery
 2015 Juried National Photography Competition
Opening Reception: July 7, 2015, 6–8 pm

Soho Photo Gallery initiated its first juried National Photo Competition in 1995 and it has been an annual event ever since. Each year, the Gallery receives hundreds of entries from photographers all over the United States. I was honored to be this year's juror.

I want to thank everyone who entered the 2015 National Competition for the Soho Photo Gallery. It was a difficult task to edit many great images out, but there were only 40 spaces and over 2000 images. At first glance, I never wavered from my choice of Paul Kessel's somber beauty "Entering The Metropolitan Opera" as the First Place winner. It stayed with me like the atmosphere of a 70's era Winogrand scene. For 2nd Place, I chose Yorgos Efthymiadis’s "Net" from his "Letting My Guard Down" body of work for it's serene, solitary empty space and color. 3rd Place, I was deeply drawn into the unusual landscape by artist Mark Roussel from his series "Finding and Losing My Father." All Honorable Mentions; Ben Altman, Sheri Lynn Behr, Jennifer McClure, and Robert Moran, along with all the photographs accepted into the exhibition, represent my interest and love for fine art photography as well as portraiture, landscape, street and travel work.
July 7–25, 2015
15 White Street, NY, NY

Special thanks to this year’s sponsor, Archival Methods, for their generous support. View all 40 images here. Soho Photo Gallery was founded in 1971 by a group of New York Times photographers who wanted to create a venue for photography as fine art. They are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization operated by their member photographers.


PEDRO FARIAS-NARDI: Let Me Introduce You at Photolucida

"Let me introduce you to my deceased Mother"
Photograph © Pedro Farias-Nardi

"Let me introduce you to my daughter and her husband"
Photograph © Pedro Farias-Nardi

"Let me introduce you to my Mother"
Photograph © Pedro Farias-Nardi

"This series of portraits are the result of the lingering power of the image in bringing memories to life.  I was working for an NGO (TU, MUJER) in Los Mina, Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic; devising a program to help the recipients of remittance to understanding their hard work overseas, thus to avoid that it is wasted in banal issues.  While visiting houses for people to talk to them, they always brought a picture of the relative that had left the country."

"For the series I placed the person holding the picture on front of a blue curtain, to resemblance a studio, but included the surroundings as a metaphor, allegory, of what is left behind, sometimes, what had been acquired from the money send: furniture, a store, emptiness –like the image of a woman holding a picture of her deceased mother (Let me introduce you to my mother…).  She was denied a visa for the funeral, and she had not the resources to bring the body back home, thus a lot of sadness, among the thins she mentioned was “who will tend to her grave there?”  Or the young girl, that can hardly hold the picture, and hardly knows her mother...." read more here

"Let me introduce you to my wife"
"A picture of myself, holding a picture of my wife; she is overseas continuing her studies in surgery" Self-Portrait © Pedro Farias-Nardi

Pedro Farias-Nardi was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1957 and started photography at the early age of seven. Focusing on long-term photographic projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, Farias-Nardi has extensively documented the lives of economically and socially marginal people. He holds degrees in anthropology from the City University of New York and the University of Florida, Gainesville, and studied photography and visual anthropology at the International Center for Photography, the University of Southern California, and with photojournalist Antonin Kratochvil. He currently lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. We met at Photolucida's 2015 Portfolio Review. His work is posted on FotoVisura's Guild.

From the series El Otro
Photograph © Pedro Farias-Nardi

From the series El Otro
Photograph © Pedro Farias-Nardi

Pedro Farias-Nardi’s El Otro is a series of portraits of undocumented Haitian migrant workers in the Dominican Republic. In collaboration with the Immigration Department, the portraits were taken when the Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Service (JRMS) started an ID campaign.

“My reason for these re-presentations is to call attention to the plight of these workers who are ignored by the Dominican population but are an important segment of our economy. I cooperated with the JRMS for almost two years, documenting the life of the migrants in the region.”

Check out Farias-Nardi's Otro series at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland 


fossils of light + time: A Juried Publication // Open Call for Entries to June 30th

 from "White and Vinegar" © Daidō Moriyama

 © Daidō Moriyama

fossils of light + time  // I am collaborating with the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography on a juried black and white photo publication. Details here!

L.A. Noir, 2014 © Daidō Moriyama

Stray Dog, Misawa, 1971
© Daidō Moriyama

L.A. Noir, 2014
© Daidō Moriyama

Entertainer on Stage, Shimizu, 1967
© Daidō Moriyama

The title of this publication is from a beautiful and seductive quote by Daido Moriyama, "If you were to ask me to define a photograph in a few words, I would say it is “a fossil of light and time.”

Moriyama continues to be such an instrumental figure in the art of the photo book, it seems only natural to base this publication on his use of the interplay between extremes of the real and the ideal; bold, stark unpredictable images of life in the streets and in anonymous places. DCCP's "fossils of light + time" exhibition speaks to that space between images not yet taken – memory and photography captured in a 30th of a second.  – Juror, Elizabeth Avedon

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"His prints are not only super grainy but also dark and heavily over-inked but suitably strangely composed for their subjects – a feral dog fills a large frame and in Moriyama’s new book, faces an equally feral man, crouching on a pavement; in the Tokyo streets and roads, he hones in on rubbish bags, wet pavements, crashed cars printed as dark as negatives, and lit up factories and skyscrapers which veer to abstraction." – WPO: Sue Steward on Daido Moriyama here

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Photographers may submit 1-5 black and white images by June 30th. After submitting the application fee, you'll be redirected to DCCP's page where you can follow the link to the SlideRoom application. Entrants will be notified of the juror's selections by July 31st. All entrants will receive a copy of the publication. 


SARAH MALAKOFF: Second Nature + Photolucida + The Photoville Fence

Untitled Interior (deer couch), 2010
Photograph @ Sarah Malakoff

Untitled Interior (telescopes), 2011
Photograph @ Sarah Malakoff

Untitled Interior (fur wall), 2012
Photograph @ Sarah Malakoff

Sarah Malakoff’s large-format photographs of domestic interiors appear at once familiar and strange. In her exquisite and psychologically resonant images, the rooms become both a refuge from and a reinvention of the world outside. As Linda Benedict-Jones writes in her introduction to Malakoff's book "Second Nature" published by Charta, “.....we walk through rooms large and small where brightly patterned curtains and dark wood paneling take over, as canoes become coffee tables and living rooms accommodate tree trunks....Each space is carefully transcribed in the warm vocabulary of contemporary color photographs, creating an ensemble greater than the sum of its parts.” Boundaries between inside and outside, shelter and vulnerability, the real and the imagined all become blurred. Malakoff’s formally precise compositions set the stage for viewers to imagine the characters that reside within.” I was fortunate to meet Sarah Malakoff at the 2015 Photolucida Portfolio Review in Portland, Orego. You can view her work this summer in Brooklyn on Photoville's 2015 FENCE.

"Second Nature" by Sarah Malakoff 
(Publisher: Charta)

MARINA FONT: El Peso de las Cosas + Photolucida + The Weight of Things

El Peso de Las Cosas
Photograph @ Marina Font

El Peso de Las Cosas
Photograph @ Marina Font

El Peso de Las Cosas
Photograph @ Marina Font

El Peso de Las Cosas
Photograph @ Marina Font
"What happens when the weight of something is determined by other attributes? How much do memory, traditions, a life lived or the importance that we ascribe to certain things weigh? What are the bridges that connect our experiences with our memories?"
– Marina Font
In El Peso de Las Cosas, my constant search around objects is centered in discovering their meaning and also to explore what are the stimuli that connects them to our senses in many different ways. They are things that are used, acquired, inherited, preserved and that evoke ones history and define our existence, along with the emotional weight that we attribute to them. While photographing these objects and ideas, through the act of virtually weighing them, I explore the capacity they have to represent beyond their real function or to symbolize what they actually represent. This way I play with the possibility that these visual constructions suggest new encounters and significance to the beholder.

Exhibition: El Contrato, 2009
Born in Cordoba, Argentina, now living and working in Miami, Florida, Marina Font studied at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Martin A. Malharro, Argentina. She spent the summer of 1998 studying photography at Speos Ecole de la Photographie in Paris, and earned her MFA in Photography at Barry University, Miami in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows; and in the collections of the LOWE Museum at the University of Miami, Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design's Permanent Collection, Miami, and various private international collections. We met at Photolucida's 2015 Portfolio Review.


DEBI CORNWALL: Gitmo At Home, Gitmo At Play, the Legacy of Guantánamo Bay

Smoke Break, Camp America
Photograph @ Debi Cornwall

Downtown Lyceum (Outdoor Cinema)
Photograph @ Debi Cornwall

Kiddie Pool
Photograph @ Debi Cornwall

I first met Debi Cornwall last year at the opening reception for the NEXT exhibition I juried at Castell Gallery in Asheville, NC. I was impressed by the work she entered from her series "Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play” photographed on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and chose one of the images for the show. This is Debi Cornwall in her own words:

"I trained in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) while completing a Bachelor's degree in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. After working for photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Sylvia Plachy, as an AP stringer, and as an investigator for the federal public defender's office, I attended Harvard Law School and practiced for more than a decade as a civil rights attorney.

Now, my values as an advocate and trained mediator, as well as my background representing innocent DNA exonerees, inform my visual work. My photographs examine the human experience of systemic injustice, trauma and transition; look to transcend simple labels of "perps" and "victims;" and explore the ways in which spaces reflect conflict and its aftermath.

"Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play," the first chapter in a long-term project on the legacy of Guantánamo Bay, marked my return to visual expression in 2014. The project has been profiled around the world. "
– Debi Cornwall