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Friday, February 27th, 2009

New York Photo Awards 2009


The New York Photo Festival is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for the
New York Photo Awards 2009

Submissions Accepted Starting March 2, 2009

Following the successful first year of the New York Photo Awards, the New York Photo Festival 2009 (NYPH’09) is proud to announce the kickoff of the New York Photo Awards 2009. In its inaugural year, the New York Photo Awards surpassed all expectations in terms of the quality, reach, and number of submissions that were received (over 3,500 submissions and 15,000 images were received from 60+ countries worldwide). The New York Photo Awards Ceremony, a gala affair held at the world-renowned St. Ann’s Warehouse on the evening of May 16, at the height of the New York Photo Festival 2008, was attended by more than 650 photographers and industry professionals, and reflected the passion and dedication of the international photographic community who came together to honor the year’s New York Photo Award winners.

The New York Photo Awards 2009 will once again honor talented photographers from all over the world whose exceptional work breaks new ground visually, intellectually, and aesthetically. The Awards will give these visual artists the opportunity to reach key decision makers in the photographic community and the editorial, fine art, and commercial worlds. Submissions will be accepted March 2 – May 1, 2009. The Award winners will be announced in May during the second edition of the Festival.

The New York Photo Awards Ceremony is scheduled to return to St. Ann’s Warehouse on Friday, May 15, 2009, starting at 8pm. The work of the Award Winners and Honorable Mentions will be presented on the big screen before a packed audience of industry luminaries. Fourteen major awards will be publicly presented to the Award Winners, and 28 artists will receive Honorable Mention certificates.

All Award Winners and Honorable Mentions will enjoy unprecedented visibility for their work. In addition to the New York Photo Awards ceremony, their work will be showcased on the New York Photo Festival website, and published in leading photo magazines. These artists are also automatically eligible for inclusion in a beautifully produced New York Photo Awards Annual, available for purchase online through the New York Photo Festival website.

Submissions: Only works produced or published between January 1, 2008 and April 15, 2009 are eligible for submission. Please visit for more information on how to submit.

Jury: The Chairman of the jury is Frank Evers (Co-Founder and Co-Chair, NYPH’09). The jury will include: Jody Quon (Director of Photography, New York Magazine), Jon Levy (Founder/Publisher, 8 Magazine), William A. Ewing (Director, Musee de l’Elysee), Larry Fink (Photographer), Brian Clamp (Owner, ClampArt Gallery), Jasmine DeFoore (Redux Pictures), Josette Lata (Art Buyer), Allison Amon (Chelsea Pictures) and Lisa Mehling (Chelsea Pictures). From the New York Photo Festival Advisory Board, Nathan Benn (Orange Logic, USA), Joseph Kraeutler (MD, Klever Holdings), Nadja Masri (Bureau Chief, Geo Magazine), Maureen Martel (Stockland Martel), Bill Stockland (Stockland Martel), and the Festival’s founders and Co-chairmen: Daniel Power of powerHouse Books and Frank Evers.

About the New York Photo Festival:
Designed to be an American counterpart and thematic precedent to the prestigious European photo festivals Rencontres d’Arles, PhotoEspana, and Visa Pour l’Image, the New York Photo Festival creates an international atmosphere of inspiring visual installations, professional and aficionado fellowship and camaraderie, and newsworthy staged presentations, awards ceremonies, and symposia over the course of four-and-a-half days during the busiest photography month in New York City.

For more information, please contact Viviana Morizet, Media Coordinator

New York Photo Festival, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 212-604-9074 x121, Fax: 212-366-5247, email:

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Marfa Light / Allison V Smith

I received a nice note and postcard for Allison V Smith, suggesting I go to Marfa. I’ve been there three times before and love the place. Actually, I just looked up some places to stay and it’s kind of reasonable. But that is not why I am writing.

AVS is having a show in Marfa, at the Thunderbird. If I could go, I would. Maybe I will.

The show opens on February 28, from 5pm to 7pm and runs until May 16.

Allison is awesome and so is her work. If you can make it to Marfa, go for it.
At least check out her blog, Superficial Snapshots.


Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Are you a famous artist? Are you broke? Well, we can help.

In yesterdays New York Times, there is an article about a couple of businesses that are basically pawn brokers for Art World.

They basically name names while at the same time saying they are confidential. One of the biggest names to use one of these brokers is Annie Leibovitz, who borrowed over $15 million dollars, and gave up her negatives and “future work” as collateral. You are in deep when you have to give up “future work”.

It’s worth a read. See it here.

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Ritz Camera files for Chapter 11

Yup, Ritz Camera filed for Chapter 11.

What killed them? Their photo-finishing business or the lack thereof.

And did you know that they also owned Boaters World?

From the press release
“The loss of revenues and profit margins from the diminution in the photo-finishing business proved too much of a burden, coupled with the losses experienced by the Boater’s World business in 2008.”

Read more here.

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Dan Burkholder at Galerie BMG

©Dan Burkholder

Dan Burkholder will be showing work at Galerie BMG in Wooodstock NY starting on April 3rd with the reception on the following evening. “Elements and Inks” will be open until May 13th.

In his series using precious metals, Dan combines his expert platinum palladium printing with 24K gold leaf to create translucent images which seem to shine with a light from within. The companion images, printed digitally with the finest pigmented inks, present similar subject matter with subtle luminosity and color.

Dan was one of the first traditional fine art photographers to champion digital technology by creating the digital negative in 1992. By sharing his pivotal methods, Dan has become a unique teacher and mentor, bridging the worlds of classic photography with the evolving digital era. His landmark book, Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing, has become a standard reference in the digital fine art photography field and was awarded Best Technical Book by Photo Eye, the world’s largest distributor of photography books.

According to Dan: “I try to exploit photography’s ability to fossilize light as no other medium can, and find the qualities of both the handmade and pigment prints particularly suited to my vision of reality, whether straight, or romanticized. I am more concerned with emotional honesty than literal honesty in my photographs. My job is to respond to visual intrigue and beauty, and then to create a photograph that conveys to the viewer my feelings for the subject”.

“Elements & Inks” will be on display from April 3 through May 18, with an artist’s reception scheduled for Saturday, April 4 from 5 – 7 pm. Gallery hours are Friday through Monday, 11 am to 6 pm, or other times by appointment. For more information, please call 845-679-0027.

12 Tannery Brook Road
Woodstock, NY 12498

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

NOPA Call For Entries

For Immediate Release
February 20, 2009

Call for Entries: Forever Hold Your Peace

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is seeking documentary, fine art, and conceptual photographs that explore the theme of weddings. Photographers are encouraged to submit images that portray or comment upon the traditions, customs, symbols and the rich human tableau surrounding wedding rituals.

Selected entries will be exhibited in the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in June and July 2009, and will also be featured and archived on the Alliance’s online galley.

Juror: Sylvia Plachy

Plachy’s photo essays and portraits have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Granta, Artforum, Fortune, and other publications. They have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Berlin, Budapest, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Paris and Tokyo.
Sylvia’s book, Self Portrait with Cows Going Home, a personal history of Central Europe with photographs and text, received a Golden Light Award for best book in 2004. Her first book, Sylvia Plachy’s Unguided Tour, won the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography for best publication in 1991.
Her other books are Red Light: Inside the Sex Industry with James Ridgeway and Signs & Relics and Goings On About Town: Photographs for The New Yorker . Plachy has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lucie Award (2004). She has taught and lectured widely.

Submissions Deadline: May 4, 2009
Exhibition: June 6 – July 19, 2009

Submission is open to photographers of all levels using any photographic process. All art submitted must be original work created by the applicant.

Non-Refundable Entry Fee
Members:$25, Non-members: $35, Membership + Submission: $45 ($15 savings)

Please follow the link below to submit online and to view the submission guidelines.


The New Orleans Photo Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2006 whose mission is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography through exhibitions, opportunities and educational programs. PhotoNOLA is a month long celebration of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide. The fourth annual series of events are currently being planned for December 2009.

For additional information on The New Orleans Photo Alliance please visit

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary St.
NOLA 70130

New Gallery Hours:
Fri 3-6, Sat & Sun 12-4
or by appointment

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Allison V Smith in the New York Times

We featured Allison in our PhotoNOLA issue as well as having one of her photos for our cover.

Now she has a photo on the cover of the New York Times. See it here.

Congrats Allison !

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Robert Frank and The Americans on NPR

Aline Smithson just posted a link to this NPR story, “Americans”: The book that changed Photography. You can read the interviews and listen to the 8 minute podcast here.

I’ve listened to the podcast and it’s worth the 8 minutes.

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Julia Sapir at the Jonson Gallery

Julia Sapir, featured in Issue 2 of Fraction Magazine has her show Equation at the Jonson Gallery on the UNM campus in conjunction with paintings from Jessica Kennedy’s series Self Diagnosis. The show runs from February 17th through March 13th. The opening will be held on Friday, February 20th from 5 to 7 PM. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 – 4 PM.
The Jonson Gallery is located on the UNM Campus at 1909 Las Lomas Road NE.

Jonson Gallery

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Rachel Papo at ClampArt

©Rachel Papo 2007

Rachel Papo’s newest body of work Desperately Perfect as well as her previous body of work Serial No. 3817131 will be on display at ClampArt from February 12 – March 14, 2009. Both are well worth the time if you are in the area.

521-531 West 25th Street
Ground Floor
New York City 10001