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Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Alec Soth – on his photography

Here in a new video interview, Alec talks about shooting film, printing digitally, and making books.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Mail Order Film Developers

So I have got some good responses to finding mail order film developers. I am an E-6 man myself but most of these places do C41 as well. Some were more expensive than others (some almost twice as much as others) but all came with high regards from there users. Most of these do from 35mm to 8×10 film.

If anyone else has suggestions keep sending them in and I will add to the list.

I also got some info on packing your film. Some suggested wrapping the film in bubble wrap before putting it in the envelope to keep the temperature down in transit. Does this work? I have no idea, but I do worry about my film sitting in a UPS truck in the middle of the summer.

Photo Craft Imaging – Denver Colorado

Praus Productions – Rochester New York

E Six Lab – Atlanta Georgia

Denver Digital Imaging Center – Denver Colorado

Digi Graphics- Fort Collins Colorado

Calypso Imaging – Santa Cruz California

A and I – Los Angeles California

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Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Submissions

In the past few days alone we have received numerous emails asking about our submission policy. While we are sincerely humbled that so many of you want to take place in our venture, I guess it is time that we clear up the actual submission policy so I can stop answering emails one by one.

We don’t accept unsolicited submissions. While I love to look at photos and do for hours every day, it clogs up our email box and I don’t like to open things when I don’t know what they are. You can send us a link to your website. I try to look at most but since this is not a paying gig I still have a regular job, make art, and don’t always have the time. Also note that if you do send us a link you are automatically added to our email list.

We do however have more group shows, a few themed issues, and even some more guest curators coming up in the next six months. All of our calls for work will be announced here on the blog.

Melanie McWhorter’s “Dress Show” is in the works and should be added to the site in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye out for it as she had a lot of submissions to choose from.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the magazine over the last four issues and most of all thanks to all of you who have looked at the magazine, signed up for our email list, and commented on the site.

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving from us here at Fraction.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

SDN is appalled.

We received this email this morning from the newly founded Social Documentary.net. While I can agree with their disgust that Digital Railroad has basically taken the money and ran (provided there was any left), I find the sentence “a tremendous loss to our visual culture” a bit much. First of all, if the customers did not have a back up of their own, well, then… I would never let anyone else store the only copy of a digital file. That is just bad practice. Hard drives are cheap these days. While it was a collection, it was only dictated and directed by business practices. Second of all while this appears to be a lament for the customers of Digital Railroad it comes off like an advertisement.
Just my two cents.
Here is the actual email.

“SocialDocumentary.net, a new documentary website for photographers, today expressed its deep concern over the loss of hundreds of thousands of images that had been stored on Digital Railroad Inc.-the online photo storage, web hosting, and stock photo sales company. According to a statement posted last week on the website of Diablo Management, a firm managing the foreclosure of Digital Railroad Inc, all of the images had been “destroyed, recovery is not possible.” (http://www.diablomanagement.com/announcements/digital-railroad-inc.html)

“The wanton destruction of such a large collection of photographs is a tremendous loss to our visual culture,” said Glenn Ruga, SocialDocumentary.net founder.

“If the recent experiences of cultural preservation can provide any guidance, it was the destruction of the original Penn Station in New York, which created the modern historic preservation movement. We hope that in time, the world will come to see that the destruction of this collection of images is a travesty and hopefully the beginning of awareness, sensitivity, and regulations about the reckless destruction of intellectual property in our newly created digital culture,” said Ruga.

Diablo Management reports that the hardware for Digital Railroad will be sold to the highest bidder now that the online digital files of photographers– who have come to rely on Digital Railroad to store, display, and sell their images-have been erased.

“Digital Railroad’s treatment of photographers who relied on their service is disgraceful,” said Ruga. “According to Diablo Management, Digital Railroad will still invoice and collect fees from users until December 19 but it is unlikely that many photographers will receive money duly owed to them.”

SocialDocumentary.net was launched in late October at the Photo District News/PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. The website features documentary photography from around the world-images and words that are devoted entirely to exploring humanity, culture, and societies through the documentary form.

The goal of the site is to connect and inform societies around the world through photography and is a resource for teachers, students, policymakers, photo editors, and consumers.”

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Monday, November 24th, 2008

Carl’s Darkroom has left the building.

For years here in Albuquerque, Carl’s Darkroom has been my film processor. Yesterday was the final day of Carl’s. Now in the past I have done a fair amount of research into having my film shipped off via UPS and developed elsewhere. I couldn’t ever seem to bring myself to do it for two reasons 1) I like to shop locally if possible and monetarily feasible and 2) I really loved picking up my medium format and especially my 4×5 color slides there and musing at them on the enormous light table.

So I imagine there have been a lot of you out there who have experienced the same thing. Your processor closed its doors and you had to find somewhere else. I also imagine it is going to be happening more and more in the future. In the spirit of that I want to know if any of you out there have a place where you ship your film off to that does a good job and is not over the top expensive.

Drop their link into a comment or email us here at fractionmag@gmail.com and I will put together the list in a nice organized way and post it back up to the blog so you all can copy and paste and save yourself some work later on or maybe find a cheaper and better place to get your film done.

Thanks in advance.
-js

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Monday, November 24th, 2008

PDN Photo Annual Contest

PDN is sponsoring their yearly contest. This year proves to be a big one with an amazing list of judges. $45 dollar entry fee and the deadline is December 19th.

Go here for more details..

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

LACDA Competition

Call for Entries

LACDA 2008 INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION

Jurors:
Rebecca Morse Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Peter Frank Senior Curator, Riverside Art Museum, THE Magazine Critic
Rex Bruce Artist, Curator, Director L.A. Center for Digital Art

Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographic locations. The selected winner recieves 10 prints up to 44×60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper (approximately a $1500-$2000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery from January 8-31, 2009. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

Second place prizes: Five second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24×36 inches ($150-$200 in value) to be included in upcoming group shows. Second place winners will be scheduled into group shows within twelve months of announcement of winners. Consideration is given to placing these works in shows appropriate to their style, genre and/or content. These shows will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.

Special consideration will be given to all entrants for inclusion in future shows at LACDA. Entrants to our competitions form the pool of artists from which exhibits are curated, many entrants from past competitions have already been included in our exhibits.

Deadline for entries: December 15, 2008
Winners announced: December 22, 2008
Exhibit Dates: January 8-31, 2009

Registration fee is $30US (three images).
Multiple entries permitted, additional $30 entry fee for each three images.


Direct link to registration:

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Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Through the Lens in Santa Fe

Tomorrow night in Santa Fe is the “Though the Lens” opening.

The Photo Archives at the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum, Museum of New Mexico, Department of Cultural Affairs opens its first major photography exhibition in 25 years. Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe will open to the public on Friday, November 21, 2008 with a reception, hosted by the Women’s Board, from 5 – 7 PM. Co-curated by Mary Anne Redding, Curator of Photography at the Palace of the Governors and independent curator, educator, and photographer, Krista Elrick, Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe is part of the city wide celebration of the 400th anniversary of Santa Fe as well as the centennial of the Museum of New Mexico.

The Museum of New Mexico Press is publishing a book of the same name to be released at the end of January 2009 with essays by Frances Levine, Lucy Lippard, Andrew Lovato, Siegfried Halus, David Noble, Rina Swentzell, and Mary Anne Redding.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Jonas Bendiksen and Philip Gourevitch

At Aperture. Here is the press release..

Conversation
Join us for an important conversation between Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen and noted author Philip Gourevitch. Their discussion will focus on the subject of Bendiksen’s recent and remarkable book, The Places We Live, which documents life in slums around the world.

Monday, November 24, 6:30 p.m.

Free

Aperture Gallery

547 West 27th Street, Fl.4
between 10th & 11th avenues
New York, New York
(212)505-5555

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