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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

That’s Life

seven million photos online.

that ought to keep you busy for awhile.

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Wings Over Alaska – Photo workshop

Santa Fe photographer and curator Krista Elrick is leading a birding photo work shop in Alaska this May.

From the website “This workshop will immerse photographers in the landscape of coastal Alaska, with a focus on migrating shorebirds. Through field trips and group and individual critiques, the two instructors will work with participants to develop and strengthen their personal expressions of this unique environment. Area experts will join us to share local history, identify wildlife, and to discuss important regional and national environmental topics. Additional treats include opportunities to participate in the 20th Annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival ( and the increased daylight of spring in Alaska gives us more time to be outdoors making photographs.”

For more info, see the Wings Over Alaska site.

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Photostock 2009

Looking for a bit of photo fun this summer? Check out Photostock, organized by Bill Schwab.
This year it runs from June 19 to 28. The list of workshops is rather impressive.

More details here.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Jim Friedman at Sanctuary for the Arts

For those of you in the Ohio area or those of you who are up for a trip, Jim Friedman will be heading up photography classes at Sanctuary for the Arts. I spent a year working with Jim myself and he had a profound effect on my work and the way I see so I highly recommend it.

Jim Friedman has received 7 Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and 2 Individual Artist’s Fellowships from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. He was nominated for the 2008-2009 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award, recognizing outstanding international teachers of photography. His
photography has been published in Artforum, Arts, Afterimage, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice and The New York Times. Jim was also chosen to participate in an experimental graduate program directed by Minor White, subsequently serving as assistant to Imogen Cunningham, one of the most influential figures in photography.

Classes include:

Building a body of photographic work to present for judging.

Xtreme Photography
To what extreme will you go to make unforgettable photos?

Going One-on-One
Going one-on-one with critiques for photographic excellence

Making Indelible Photographs
Powerful, relevant photography leaves an indelible impression

For dates, fees and registration – visit

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

AIG tells photographer to remove photos

When US Airways Flight 1549 was being pulled from the mighty Hudson, photographer Stephen Mallon was there to document and photograph it. He was there working with the crane company and alongside the NTSB.

So why would AIG ask Mr. Mallon to remove the pictures from his site? Well, because they insure US Airways.

Do they have the right to do this? I don’t think so! No one died. There are no floating corpses or body parts. It was an amazing event. Plus, the photos are more art work than they are accusatory.

Like some other folks, I say fuck em. Until they provide a solid reason for the removal of the work, I say they have no right to what happens to the work.

See more at the Stellazine and at Stephens website.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

MOPLA (Month of Photography LA)

The month of Photography LA is in swing and definitely worth a visit. Their website is
Here is a list of some of the events and talks. Get out there and support all of their hard work, see some great art, and listen to some wonderful artists.

6 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS – opening 6-9PM, Tues, April 7, 2009
Pacific Design Center, Blue Building
8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, LA 90069

March 23, 2009 (Los Angeles, CA) – The inaugural Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) and the Lucie Foundation are proud to present 6 photography exhibitions that will all debut at the Pacific Design Center with opening receptions from 6-9PM, Tuesday, April 7 2009. These receptions are open to the public. Both emerging and established photographers will be seen in a variety of spaces at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue at the corner of San Vicente Blvd in West Hollywood. These unique exhibitions will be open to the public for the evening. As an inclusive event, MOPLA aims to inspire and engage the professional, enthusiast, emerging artist and collector, both young and seasoned. This effort will organize and galvanize the already thriving photography and art community in LA.

The visually stimulating celebration of these artists and their work will be on display from April 7 through April 30, from 12noon to 4PM, Monday through Thursday.

Tim Mantoani, Behind Photographs (April 7, Pacific Design Center, Room B210, 6-9PM)

Photo District News, Emerging 30 Show (April 7, Pacific Design Center, Room B222, 6-9PM)

B+, GHOST NOTES (April 7, Pacific Design Center, Room B257, 6-9PM)

Mark Edward Harris, The AXIS OF EVIL (Inside North Korea, Inside Iran) (April 7, Pacific Design Center, Room B222, 6-9PM)

John Delaney, GOLDEN EAGLE HUNTERS of MONGOLIA (April 7, Pacific Design Center, Room B222, 6-9PM)

Jim McHugh, Remarkable: Places + Faces (April 7,Pacific Design Center, Room B208, 6-9PM)

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Lori Waselchuk: Grace Before Dying


Photographer Lori Waselchuk Launches Traveling Exhibit Grace Before Dying at Angola Prison April 3rd, 2009

Angola, Louisiana (March 6, 2009) – Louisiana’s maximum-security prison in Angola, LA is the backdrop for the launch of Lori Waselchuk’s exhibition Grace Before Dying, an award-winning photo essay that chronicles the Louisiana State Penitentiary’s Hospice Program. The exhibition launches on Friday, April 3 at 11:00 a.m., marking the beginning of a year-long traveling show that will be exhibited at correctional facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Grace Before Dying tells the story of a nationally recognized prison hospice program in which the hospice volunteers and the patients are serving long-term prison sentences. The program was created in 1998 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola at the request of Warden Burl Cain. Prison officials say that the program has helped to transform one of the most violent prisons in the South into one of the least violent maximum-security institutions in the United States. Waselchuk spent two years photographing the program. The result is an eye-opening and moving portrayal of prisoners that goes far beyond the stereotypes.

Melody Eschete, LSP’s Hospice Coordinator says, “Grace offers hope that our lives need not be defined by our worst acts.” The hospice volunteers must go through a difficult process to bury their regrets and fears, and unearth their capacity to love. Grace Before Dying looks at how the inmates assert and affirm their humanity in an environment constructed to isolate and punish.”

Grace Before Dying continues to garner awards and recognition, winning the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2007 (New Orleans). It was a finalist in the Aperture West Book Prize (2008) and has been nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography (2009).

In addition to photography, the exhibition will feature two large quilts made by the Angola Prison Hospice Volunteer Quilters. The Quilters support Angola’s hospice program through quilt sales and quilt raffles. The work of the Quilters has become a favorite attraction at the semi-annual Angola Prison Rodeo. The Volunteer Quilters also make blankets and pillows for the hospice patients.

The portable panels and quilts were designed for easy installation and travel. The project will travel to correctional facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana through 2010. Waselchuk is proud that the exhibition audiences will primarily be inmates and staff at prisons in the two states. “I hope that this traveling exhibition will both inspire and inform correctional staff, inmates, and their families about the far-reaching benefits of end-of-life care in prison,” Waselchuk says.

This exhibition is supported by a Distribution Grant from the Documentary Photography Project of the Open Society Institute. Additional sponsors include: Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO), the Louisiana State Prison Museum, and Moonshine Studio. The launch is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibition or its launch please contact:

Lori Waselchuk
(225) 907-6695

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Books and more books.

In the last few months we have received and ever increasing number of books to review. Most of them have been excellent books and the only thing limiting us from reviewing them all is time. Due to this we decided to add some new entries in the blog and give these books some well deserved attention and give you some new books you should definitely have a look at.

The Blue Room
Eugene Richards
Phaidon Press
168 pages / 78 color photographs
Hardcover $100.00

This has got to be one of my favorite books (top 5) of last year and if it hadn’t already been out for so long I would have given a thorough review on it.

“Eugene Richards was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston. After graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in English and journalism, he studied photography with Minor White at MIT. In 1968 he became a health care advocate in eastern Arkansas. Two years later, he helped found a social service organization and a community newspaper, Many Voices, that reported on black political action and the Ku Klux Klan. After publication of his first two books, Few Comforts or Surprises: The Arkansas Delta (1973) and Dorchester Days (self-published in 1978), Richards was invited to become a nominee at Magnum. He was a member until he departed in 1995, returned to the cooperative in 2002, and departed for a second time in 2005.

Despite his success in other fields, Richards remains best known for his books and photo essays on cancer, drug addiction, poverty, emergency medicine, the mentally disabled, aging, and death in America. His intense vision and unswerving commitment have led him to become what many believe is America’s greatest living social documentary photographer. This new body of work, entitled The Blue Room, is one of Richards’ most personal works to date. It his is first-ever color project, and it brings together the overarching themes of all his work ”the transient nature of things” in a beautiful and moving series of pictures of the landscape and abandoned houses of the American West, covering the states of Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and the Dakotas. This is the area where settlers came around the turn of the twentieth century, pursuing the promise of homesteads where they could build successful communities. However, in the wake of the Great Depression and the dust storms of the 1930s, the farms in this isolated, semi-arid region faltered and failed, leaving the land littered with forgotten homes.

Richards’ photographs are a statement on the vulnerability of man in the face of the shifting economic opportunities and the climate; a commentary on the inevability of change. In these contemplative pictures we are inspired to imagine the lives of the homes’ former occupants. Richards enigmatic pictures make The Blue Room a thought-provoking meditation on memory; a quiet yet incredibly powerful body of work.”

Casa No Name
Deborah Turbeville
Rizzoli New York
240 pages / 278 color and black and white photographs
Hardcover $60

“Casa No Name is the embodiment of internationally acclaimed photographer Deborah Turbeville’s love affair with a profoundly storied house in Mexico. First appearing on the scene with moody, elegiac photos in the 70s, Deborah Turbeville’s work defied the contemporary conventions of fashion photography, and she employs this same painterly quality in this tribute to her home in the central highlands of Mexico.
In Casa No Name, Turbeville beckons the reader into the private world in which she has has captured the spiritual nature of Mexican culture. Rooms are populated, and walls are covered floor-to-ceiling with traditional religious artifacts including hand-carved saints, folkloric dolls in hand-sewn costumes, and wooden tableau boxes including an 18th century French diorama in the shape of a chapel, complete with kneeling supplicants. A wooden figure of the local Virgin Santa Maria Candelaria is central, and the high-ceilinged rooms surround a courtyard lined with faded biblical frescoes and furnished with gently decayed wicker, bird cages, and pots of lush plants.
In addition to images from her house, Turbeville populates Casa No Name with portraits of women and children that evoke her fashion work, and complements all with marvelous narrative describing her spirtual journey to, and connection with the house. Turbeville’s dreamy portrayal of her home is a fascinating extension of her fashion oeuvre, and an inspiration for anyone interested in the soul and style of Mexico.

About the Author: Born and raised in New England, Deborah Turbeville moved to New York at the age of twenty to work for designer Claire McCardell, and later became an editor for Harper’s Bazaar and Mademoiselle before turning to photography. Starting with American Vogue in the 1970s, Turbeville’s editorial work has appeared regularly in such publications as British, French, Italian, and Russian Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Zoom, and W. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums, both nationally and internationally. Turbeville’s distinctively evocative style was recognized by the Fashion Group Lifetime Award for Fashion Photography in 1989 and the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Magazine Photography for the Fashion Single Image and Photo Essay in 1998. In 2002, Turbeville received a Fulbright scholarship for a lecture series
in photography at the Baltic School of Photography in St. Petersburg, Russia; and she has taught at Smolney Institut in that city, on behalf of Bard College. Turbeville divides her time between New York, Mexico, and Russia.”

Another Place
Artist’s book
Ewa Monika Zebrowski
poetry by Mark Strand
Edition of 20

“Ewa Zebrowski’s thoughtful photographs are like her elegant books – each one is a refined world within itself. Her wok imparts in us a quiet and ineffable desire. We wish to be within the world she photographs.” -Sam Abell, photographer

Ewa Monika Zebrowski’s artist’s books can be found in the Special Collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec, the National Library of Canada, Columbia University, Middlebury College, Smith College, Wellesley College, the University of Washington, the University of the South, Yale University as well as in the collections of various private collectors in Canada and the United States.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Photo Urbanism 5: Call for Submissions

The Design Trust for Public Space is now accepting submissions from emerging and established photographers for the Photo Urbanism 5 Fellowship. This fellowship supports the production of a discrete body of work that explores particular qualities of New York City‘s natural and built environment. Photo Urbanism seeks photography that surpasses editorial and descriptive imagery, and is premised on a concept strongly related to New York City’s public realm. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2009. Applicants must be based in New York City in order to concentrate on the specific local content of the program.
The Photo Urbanism fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend and concludes with a public presentation of the fellow’s project. The first five Photo Urbanism projects, each focusing on a different aspect of New York City’s public realm, will form a catalog of the city’s evolving character and will be published collectively at the program’s conclusion. Previous Photo Urbanism fellows and projects include Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, The Edge of New York (2002); Jonathan Smith, The Bridge Project (2004); Travis Roozée, Portrait of Jamaica Bay (2005); and Gail Albert Halaban, Out My Window (2007).
The Design Trust for Public Space is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and understanding of New York City’s public realm—from parks, plazas and streets to public buildings and modes of transportation. Since 1995, the Design Trust has successfully completed over two-dozen projects, improving the urban experience for all New Yorkers.
Design Trust for Public Space

338 West 39th Street, 10th Floor
New York City 10018

t: 212-695-2432 x13
f: 212-695-6101
Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Spicy Gumbo Workshops with Debbie and Carlan

Issue 6 features the work of New Mexico photographers Carlan Tapp and Debbie Fleming Caffery. They are teaching a workshop together in Louisiana.

This would be a great opportunity to learn from two amazing photographers.

For more details, see spicy gumbo photoworkshops.