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Friday, January 29th, 2010

FotoFest 2010 Workshops – Meeting Place Discounts Available

As the FotoFest 2010 Biennial draws closer, don t miss the opportunity to sign up for the two outstanding workshops scheduled in conjunction with the 2010 Meeting Place. 
The Discounted Rate of $50 for Meeting Place Registrants and Reviewers has been extended. Reserve your place now before it is discontinued.Creating new audiences across the world has never been easier and more affordable. How do you select the best tools? What are the benefits and shortcomings of blogging, social networks, podcasts and websites? How do top photographers redefine their work for presentation across marketing and art platforms?

 BEYOND PRINT: Creative Communication in the Digital Age
Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 8:30am – 4:45pm at The Doubletree Hotel Downtown Houston, Texas

Beyond Print: Creative Communication in the Digital Age is a NEW workshop organized by nationally known marketing consultant Mary Virginia Swanson and artist Katrina d Autremont that shows artists and art professionals how to establish an exciting and effective online presence to gain exposure and visibility for themselves and their art work.
Presenters include David Bram, Founder and Editor,; Susan Carr, Education Director, ASMP;Richard Kelly, President, ASMP; Darren Ching, Director, KLOMPCHING Gallery, New York; Darius Himes, Founding Partner and Editor, Radius Books; Nadja Masri, Independent Photo Editor and former N.Y. Bureau Chief, GEO Magazine;Aaron Schuman, Photographer, Writer, Founder; Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art.
Co-sponsored by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and FotoFest

Sunday, March 21, 2010, 8:30am – 4:45pm at The Doubletree Hotel Downtown Houston, Texas

MediStorm – Multimedia Storytelling, presented by three-time Emmy winner and pioneering multimedia producer Brian Storm, founder of MediaStorm (, transforms the still images of creative artists and photojournalists into multimedia presentations for broadcast, internet and mobile platforms. He puts the tools of audio and visual media in the hands of photographers and media professionals and shows how to create extraordinary new ways to present and distribute visual art.
With the visual sophistication provided by photojournalists and art photographers, Brian Storm shows how to move from concept to production in creating effective multimedia platforms for both narrative and conceptual art work. He shares innovative ideas on where to to show your work and how build audiences through a variety of distribution platforms.
Having built his reputation in photojournalism, Brian Storm is undertaking a new project for FotoFest – turning his formidable storytelling skills to art photography. With a well-known contemporary art photographer, he is developing a model project to show for the first time at FotoFest 2010. They will take the audience through the process of conceptualizing and taking still images into a moving and multi-layered format that gives new dimension and new life to the art work..

Workshop Registration forms may be downloaded by clicking here.
For more information please visit
For more information call or e-mail:
Sarah Craig, 713.223.5522 x 13,
Vinod Hopson, 713.223.5522 x 26, 

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Buy one of my prints and help out Doctors without Borders

Crista Dix of Wallspace Seattle asked me if I would donate a photograph to help her and Doctors without Borders raise money for Haiti.  Naturally I said yes.

Here is the link to buy the print.  There are only 10 available and they are $50 plus shipping.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

A few questions with Amber Terranova

Committer member: Amber Terranova, Photo Editor, Photo District News (PDN)
Interviewer: Laura Pressley, Executive Director, Center

Q: Why do you think you were chosen for the 2009 selection committee?
A: At PDN I’m continually exposed to an incredibly wide range of photographic genres—from reportage, fashion, and advertising, to editorial and fine art—which provides me with a rather unique & fresh perspective on what is at the forefront of photography today.

Q: As a previous reviewer, what are your expectations of a Review Santa Fe participant?
A: I expect them to be at a semi-professional level or committed to their photography; to be organized and articulate.

Q: Please describe the work that was chosen by the committee.
A: The work is intriguing and inventive no matter where the project is in its development and it showed that it was going somewhere, that it had promise.

Q: What kind of work typically didn’t get selected?
A: Unoriginal work. Repetitious themes executed in a format that is familiar to many other photo projects that have been done before. Also, work that feels like it’s all over the place, showing one image from a variety of styles & genres.

Q: Describe the role that photographic trends play in contemporary practice.
A: It’s quite simply cause and effect. Magazines and Advertisers need to stand out from their competition and appeal to a wide variety of tastes by emphasizing a new and distinctive look. Then their competitors tend to sway in the opposite direction. There’s a constant ebb and flow. Photographers define trends and representatives “tastemakers,” i.e. the industry professionals, react to the trends by using or accepting the trends. Each trend marks a time or period and then in the long run that period becomes a defining point in the history of photography.

Q: What kinds of negotiating happened during the selection process?
A: Because we represent different parts of the industry, we have different tastes. When it came to selecting photographers, we discussed reasons why we each chose the work and the particular strengths of the project with the other selection committee members. When we didn’t agree, we were open to hearing the perspective of the other selection committee members’ expertise in the industry. Because of the variety of different kinds of reviewers who participate in the event, we all agreed we didn’t want it to be all fine artists or all documentary – we discussed having a balance and choosing work that would be most relevant to the reviewers. We valued each others point of view and we could make a case to the other committee members if they didn’t agree initially to a certain point of view.

Q: What comprises a cohesive body of work?
A: A body of work with a clear and focused concept that has something to reveal is part of what makes it cohesive. A tight edit – a well thought out sequence of images that flows in a way that grabs the viewers attention, and holds it from start to finish. Also, work that displays ingenuity and is supported by an articulate and concise artist statement.

Q: Do you have advice for photographers submitting to Review Santa Fe 2010?
A: Be true to yourself!
Find someone to help edit your submission. Do not submit work from more than one project within one submission. If you do shoot a variety of subjects then look at what gels the images stylistically and thematically. Its important to spend a lot of time on the project and seek feedback, you should not submit a project that is too premature in process or development. Show your distinctive well thought out concept.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

A few questions with Kathy Ryan and Scott Thode

If entering the Center competitions, here are a few questions you might want answered.

2010 CENTER AWARDS – Editor’s Choice
Jurors: Kathy Ryan, Picture Editor, The New York Times Magazine &
Scott Thode, Editor-in-Chief, VII magazine (formerly of Fortune)

What are the qualities of a strong image for you?
A strong image creates an emotional response. This can be achieved through the use of color, composition, subject matter and all of the above.

What makes an image relevant to your audience?
An image should speak to the subject but also illuminate something or create a feeling that we don’t read in the text.

If you had to choose one which would it be – unique personal vision or strong craftsmanship?
Unique personal vision will always win out although ideally you would have both.

Do you have any advice for photographers submitting to the awards?
Ask yourself, is this the strongest image? If I enter five rather than ten photos is my submission stronger?

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Presenting Your Work to the New Media Landscape


This Wednesday, January 27, Stella Kramer, award-winning photo editor, will be moderating a panel of industry professionals to talk about new ways in which content is viewed (e.g. iPhones, flexible readers, Tablets, Kindle, etc.), and whether that requires new ways of shooting and editing.

The Panel includes:
Robert De Luna, Photo Editor of TimeOut
Chris Owyoung, Photographer
Joe Pritchard, Senior Photo Agent at VAUGHAN HANNIGAN
Erin Rabasca, Head of Art Buying R/GA
Alex Wright, Co-founder and Creative Director of Dripbook
Alison Zavos, Photographer, Photo Editor, and the Publisher/Managing Editor
Wednesday, January 27
6:30 p.m. Doors + social with refreshments
7-9 p.m. Presentation

WHERE: Calumet Photographic
22 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010

To find out more information click here.
Monday, January 25th, 2010

Time is ticking to enter the Center competitions

Just 48 hours left to enter the Center competitions and Review Santa Fe.  These are terrific opportunities for those who are ready for the exposure that these will bring.
Awards a fine-art or documentary body of work.
20 images, artist’s statement résumé.
$5,000 award, exhibition, and more prizes.
Deadline: January 27, 2010  
Awards a body of work-in-progress.
10 images, artist’s statement résumé.

$3,000 award, exhibition, and more
Deadline: January 27, 2010
Single image awards in three categories.
1-4 images (no statement).
Exhibition, printing services, and more 
Deadline: January 27, 2010
Juried. Event dates: June 3-6, 2010
20 images, artist’s statement résumé.

Deadline: January 27, 2010  
Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Win a trip with William Greiner

The amazing and generous William Greiner has come up with a great way to raise money for Haiti.

He has posted an auction on ebay for a day trip with him around New Orleans.

If you have the funds and the time, this is a great way to support the efforts in Haiti.

Check out William’s work on his website.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Submitting to Fraction

Since the launch of the new site, I have opened the submissions and it has been a bit overwhelming.

The work varies in quality and preparedness but the one thing I keep noticing is that most of the emails send me to a website with no further direction, other than “I hope you like my work”.

Needless to say, I have to change the information on the submissions change.

In the meantime, tell me exactly what to look at.  Please do not direct me to a flickr page that does not have sets or collections but does have 64 pages of photographs.  I just can’t look at it all.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Fotofest in Houston

I am so thrilled to announce that I will be a reviewer at Fotofest in Houston, this coming March. I will be there for the second session.  See the details here.

Even more exciting (and nerve wracking) is that I will be giving a talk on Tuesday, March 16 about the use of online media and photography.  See the details here.

I will add a little more information when I have it.  Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010


I’ve just been made aware of CultureHall and I think you should have a look.

From the site:
Culturehall is a curated online resource for contemporary art where selected artists can share their work with curators, gallerists, collectors and other artists. We provide free artist portfolios with an easy to use set of web-based tools to make presenting art online simple and efficient. Our community of artists consists primarily of MFA graduates, arts professionals and teaching artists. Membership is available by invitation or application.
The site is run by David Andrew Frey and Tema Stauffer