April 2010 Archives

Abe's Penny Micro Magazine

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The Photographers' Cookbook:  Say Cheese!

The BA (Hons) Photography students at the University College Falmouth are selling a 100 page full colour cookbook to raise money for their graduation show. Recipes are by photographers such as Elina Brotherus,
 Richard Misrach, 
Alec Soth,
 Rineke Dijkstra, Tierney Gearon,
 Joachim Schmidt,
 Martin Parr, 
Susan Derges and more. Photographs are by students

Pre-order a copy here @ £9.95.

Great idea!

Shirin Neshat, Women without Men

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Shirin Neshat - Film Still from Debut Feature Film, Women Without Men, 2009

Shirin is known primarily for her photography and video work exploring the complex historical, psychological, and ever-evolving social and political positions of women in the Islamic world.  Previous photographic work includes the depiction of Iranian women bearing arms and with Persian calligraphy written on their faces and bodies. After years working in fine art photography and video, Shirin had the chance to direct her first feature, an adaptation of a controversial Persian novella by Shahrnush Parsipur set during the 1953 CIA-backed coup that reinstalled the Shah of Iran. The story recounts the lives of five women set against this socio-political backdrop. Women without Men opens in the UK in May

Takashi Ito: Spacy 1981

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Spacy, 1981, 

Experimental Film by Takashi Ito

This totally compelling experimental film Spacy, 1981 was introduced to me by a university classmate (thanks  Sam).  For further info on Ito, see filmography here and continue reading here:

Marcus Trimble: Lost and Found

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Foam Magazine: Talent Call


The Foam Magazine Talent issue is designed to showcase and expose young photographers from all over the world. Talent Call is open for three more weeks. See here for submission requirements:  www.foammagazine.nl/talent

Excellent news.  Forthcoming Exhibition at the Photographers Gallery, London

The Family and the Land: Sally Mann

18th June - 19th September 2010

Press Release


Model & Property release application now available for your iPhone called Easy Release.


Easy Release allows you to create PDF release forms quickly and conveniently. You simply enter the step by step details, attach an image and digitally sign - all on the screen of your iPhone. You can then email the PDF to yourself and / or the model / property owner and store this on your computer. The app has been designed by professional photographers for professional photographers. It uses industry-standard legal language which is fully customisable and supports 12 different languages.  http://www.applicationgap.com/

Is Photography Over?

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A very interesting symposium at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art:

From SF MOMA Website:

"Photography has almost always been in crisis. In the beginning, the terms of this crisis were cast as dichotomies: is photography science or art? Nature or technology? Representation or truth? This questioning has intensified and become more complicated over the intervening years. At times, the issues have required a profound rethinking of what photography is, does, and means. This is one of those times. Given the nature of contemporary art practice, the condition of visual culture, the advent of new technologies, and many other factors, what is at stake today in seeing something as a photograph? What is the value of continuing to speak of photography as a specific practice or discipline? Is photography over?

SFMOMA has invited a range of major thinkers and practitioners to write brief responses to this question and then to convene for a two-day summit on the state of the medium. Participants include Vince Aletti, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer Blessing, Charlotte Cotton, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Geoff Dyer, Peter Galassi, Corey Keller, Douglas Nickel, Trevor Paglen, Blake Stimson, and Joel Snyder.

Their texts will be used to kick off a panel discussion Thursday night. The 13 participants will continue the conversation Friday morning in closed-door sessions and will report back in a public session Friday afternoon.

Read the participants' responses to the question here.

SFMOMA, Phyllis Wattis Theater
Thursday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 23, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m."


This week SFMOMA hosted a major symposium on the current state of the field of photography, with two intensive panel discussions Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. Yesterday's reports are here. The initial texts from the symposium participants are here. Other blog posts addressing the question "Is Photography Over?" can be found here.

These photographs document visitors to the exhibition of Marina Abramovic:  The Artist is Present.  (currently on at MOMA, New York).  Abramovic is seated in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium for the duration of the exhibition, performing her new work The Artist is Present for seven hours on most days and ten hours on Fridays.  Visitors are invited to sit silently with the artist for a duration of their choosing.  Select show info to see the date and duration of each visitor's participation.  Photographs by Marco Anelli. 

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (performance)

Visitors' Viewpoint

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