8.19.2015

ALINE SMITHSON: Monograph | Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography

Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography
Photographs by Aline Smithson
Published by the Magenta Foundation


 Fur from Daughter
Photograph © Aline Smithson

Special Edition soft-cover in a fabulous Drawer Box!

Mr. Malin from Hollywood at Home

Aline Smithson is known as a superstar among her peers. She is beloved in the photo community she so generously promotes and supports daily in her award winning journal, LENSCRATCH, she teaches workshops at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, jury's exhibitions and reviews at portfolio reviews all around the country – while working full-time on her own photography career.

Now, the Magenta Foundation is publishing Aline Smithson's first monograph, Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography, portrait photographs spanning over twenty years. A gorgeous must-have photography book, with a foreword by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator at the Griffin Museum of Photography; an introduction by Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and some very interesting, revealing text from the photographer about her photographic series, opens each chapter.



I have always been partial to Aline Smithson's black and white photographs of her family with her children at various ages and stages. I was interested to learn she was inspired by some of my favorite photographers. She writes "...I was drawn to the humanity of the early portraits of Keith Carter, captured near his home in Beaumont, Texas; I was fascinated with the intimacy Diane Arbus was able to create with strangers; and I was affected by Matt Mahurin’s moody and gestural images, which inspired me to print darker and take risks in the darkroom."

Night Light from Daughter
Photograph © Aline Smithson

Brothers
Photograph © Aline Smithson

Venus Rising from Inside Out
Photograph © Aline Smithson

Hardcover
11" × 12"
216 pages with foldout section
55 B&W photographs and 75 colour photographs
Full colour throughout and gilded edges
ISBN 978-1-926856-06-3

Special Edition soft-touch cover book,
inside of a high-gloss, foil stamped
drawer box with a pull-tab

$60 (book)
$150 (special edition book in box)
$300 (special edition book in box, with print)
Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography
Photographs by Aline Smithson


"Aline Smithson Talks To Elizabeth Avedon" 

8.15.2015

UNDER A SACRED SKY: The Enchanted Cosmos With Ray Grasse // Photography + Astrology

 The Sphinx
Photograph (c) Ray Grasse

Exploring The Plateau
Photograph (c) Ray Grasse

 Long Shadows from his series Night Vision
Photograph (c) Ray Grasse
  
Photography + Astrology with Ray Grasse

One of my favorite Chicago-based photographers, Ray Grasse, is an accomplished Renaissance Man; writer, musician, photographer, and astrologer. Ray has written many important and impressive articles and books on astrology, and his latest recently published Under A Sacred Sky is now available on Amazon.


From the book's jacket: "Under a Sacred Sky is a fascinating collection of essays by the author on the ancient art of astrology, ranging from discussions of its use in our personal lives to its value for understanding historical cycles and patterns. Along the way Ray Grasse also interjects the story with some of his own personal experiences in the discipline, while exploring its broader implications for subjects like synchronicity, spirituality, and the yogic concept of the chakras. This book includes interviews with Rick Tarnas and Laurence Hillman and is suitable for both beginner and advanced students of the subject."

If you're interested in a wide-ranging, philosophical exploration of our place in the cosmos, and the relation of the planets not only to our personal lives but to cultural forms like cinema, religion, and politics, check out Ray Grasse's book on Amazon and his Astrology website here.




8.07.2015

INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Center for Fine Art Photography | ILLUMINATE

 Photograph (c) Sean Perry | from his series fotopolis

 Photograph (c) Sean Perry | from his series fotopolis

THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
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. Don't wait until the last minute. Enter Now!

More Entry Details here

Entries Due | August 26, 2015

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

Threshold from his series Night Vision
Photograph (c) Ray Grasse

 ABOUT THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
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.
Questions?
Visit: http://www.c4fap.org
Email: coordinator@c4fap.org 970.224.1010

7.30.2015

PHOTOLUCIDA: 2015 Portfolio Reviews

Nomads In Niger
Photograph © Terri Gold

Nomads In Niger
Photograph © Terri Gold

Nomads In Niger
Photograph © Terri Gold

 
When rainfall quenches the bone-dry terrain of Southern Niger, says New York-based travel photographer Terri Gold, a thousand Wodaabe nomads, along with thousands of their treasured animals, coverage across the desert in celebration of the The Guérewol Festival. As part of the weeklong event, the men dress in traditional finery, adorn their faces in paint, and perform for hours in hopes of winning the admiration of a set of young women judges. After braving the 110 degree heat in search of the merrymaking, Gold at last happened upon Guérewol after weeks of anticipation. read more...

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 Ileana and Valerica, Sirbi, Maramures, 2013
Photograph © Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin

Batrine, Sarbi, 1999 (color 2013)
 Photograph © Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin


 Walking Home, Sarbi, 1999 (color 2013)
 Photograph © Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin


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Stubborn Child 1 / Grimm Mysteries
Photograph © 2015 Gerhard Clausing

Stubborn Child 2 / Grimm Mysteries
Photograph © 2015 Gerhard Clausing

The Water Witch / Grimm Mysteries
Photograph © 2015 Gerhard Clausing


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 "Poetics of the Landscape XX"
Photograph © Jacqueline Walters


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Within The Shadows
Photograph © Aoife Shanahan

 
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Daisy 1
Photograph © Yelena Zhavoronkova 


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Landscape #7, 2002 / Everywhere All At Once
photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe
Photograph © Vanessa Marsh

VANESSA MARSH

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Saint Veronica
Photograph ©  Eileen Clynes 

EILEEN CLYNES

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Fence / Star  Japan
Diptych © Andrew Warren
FENCE  Photoville, Boston

ANDREW WARREN

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Let Virtue Be Your Guide
Photograph © Frances F. Denny

 FRANCES F. DENNY

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 PHOTOLUCIDA

Photolucida is an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to provide platforms that expand, inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, and international photography community.

Every other April, an international set of photographers and reviewers gather in Portland, Oregon for a five-day celebration of photography that includes lectures, workshops, and exhibition collaborations. Intensive portfolio reviews are at the heart of the festival. Reviewers are selected for their experience, involvement, and commitment to advancing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Over the years, many participants have made contacts that have led directly to exhibitions, publications, and sales, in addition to receiving useful critiques.

By providing a venue for in-depth, informed, and supportive dialogue between photographers, gallery owners, curators, publishers, editors, and consultants, Photolucida promotes the culture of photography locally, nationally, and internationally. The next Portfolio Reviews Festival will take place April, 2017.

7.26.2015

THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY | INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRIES THEME: Illuminate

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

THEME | Illuminate

THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
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 26, 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.

7.21.2015

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

7.16.2015

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

GLOBAL EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
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

7.09.2015

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


SOHO PHOTO GALLERY
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