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Medium Festival of Photography: Oct. 20-23 in San Diego

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on October 3, 2016

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This year the Medium Festival of Photography will take place October 20-23, 2016, at the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego. This week of events, lectures, portfolio reviews, and book signings promises to be an exciting experience!

Registration open now through October 9.

More details at:


Highlights of the Festival Lineup

All events take place at the Lafayette Hotel unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, Oct. 20

9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews  (by appointment only)

7:00 – 9:00 pm  Open Portfolio Walk  (FREE!)


Friday, Oct. 21

9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews  (by appointment only)

6:00 – 7:00 pm  VIP Reception  (VIP and Big Pass Holders only)

7:00 – 8:00 pm  Keynote Lecture with Penelope Umbrico

8:00 – 10:00 pm  Book Signing and reception with Penelope Umbrico


Saturday, Oct. 22

9:30 am  Second Sight lecture with Leonard Suryajaya

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  FLASH! Pop-Up Shop

11:00 am  Susan Rankaitis lecture

12:00pm  Susan Burnstine book signing  (FREE!)

12:00pm  Michael Lundgren book signing  (FREE!)

1:30 pm  Patrick Nagatani lecture

3:00 pm  Marisa Scheinfeld lecture

4:00pm  Marisa Scheinfeld book signing  (FREE!)

4:30 pm  Vincent Cianni lecture

5:30pm  Vincent Cianni book signing  (FREE!)

7:00 pm  Size Matters exhibition reception at Low Gallery  (FREE!)

7:00 pm  OpenShow San Diego

8:00 pm  Daylight Books Fall book launch and signing  (FREE!)


Sunday, Oct. 23

9:30 am  Collecting Contemporary Photography  (roundtable discussion)

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  FLASH! Pop-Up Shop

11:00 am  Matt Eich lecture

1:30 pm   Wayne Martin Belger lecture


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Some Thoughts On William Mortensen

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on September 30, 2016

At the August meeting, I briefly discussed the American photographer William Mortensen (1897-1965) as one of the artists who has inspired my work. He was fiercely maligned and ostracized in the second half of his career, especially by Ansel Adams, and generally by “straight,” i.e., less manipulative practitioners, such as Group f/64, labeled “straight” in contrast to the “pictorialist” photographers, and by the East Coast art establishment of the time. This exclusion from important exhibitions and history of photography books drove Mortensen to the point of returning to painting in his last few years. Having published more than a dozen highly popular photography textbooks and instructional pamphlets from the 1930s to the 1960s, he was much less well known after his death, but is now enjoying a revival. Some of you wanted to know more about this innovative precursor of the digital era, and so I thought I would start the discussion here.

Mortensen began his career as a set photographer and mask maker in Hollywood and later ran his own popular studio and photography school in Laguna Beach, California. He was particularly known for his discussions and implementation of various techniques to enhance the final prints in chemical and physical ways (now made so much easier with digital techniques). Since some of his images appealed to popular tastes, such as the pinup style, while others delved into the extremely pictorial subject matter, even toward what we might consider kitsch, and at times included esoteric mythology and grotesque elements, he was highly controversial.

To illustrate the range of his work in just one category, I am showing four items from my collection: An early nude from the 1920s created in his Wescosco Studio period, the cover of the Know your Negative pamphlet (1954), and two of his signature images, “Caprice Vennois” and “Mutual Admiration.”





Further reading: Mortensen

I especially recommend Monsters and Madonnas. A Book of Methods (San Francisco: Camera Craft, 1936), The Command to Look (San Francisco: Camera Craft, 1937, reprinted and expanded by Feral House in 2014), William Mortensen: A Revival (Tucson: Univ. of Arizona Center for Creative Photography, 1998), and American Grotesque—The Life and Art of William Mortensen (Port Townsend, WA: Feral House, 2014). If you would like me to review any of these, please let me know.

                                                                                                Gerhard Clausing



Ellen Butler – “Home” Exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP)

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We are pleased to announce that Ellen Butler’s three-dimensional artist’s book Come Home Again was selected by Juror Kevin Miller for the “Home” Exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP).

This is the second time Ellen is exhibiting at C4FAP; the previous time was in 2009. She said she is hoping that visitors will be able to pick up, view, and read her unique art book at the exhibition, which will run from December 2, 2016 to January 7, 2017, with an opening reception on December 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The preview of this exhibition can be found here:

C4FAP is located at 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays 10-6 and Saturdays 11-5. Closed Sundays and Mondays.


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Portfolio Reviews at LACP Exposure 2016

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on June 7, 2016


Susan Burnstine, a Portfolio Reviewer for LACP Exposure 2016

I will be among the 19 Portfolio Reviewers, joining Susan Burnstine, Aline Smithson, Julia Dean, Kirk Pederson, Sarah Lee, Chris Davies to name only a few, for the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s (LACP) “Exposure 2016” event being held at the end of July at Santa Monica’s Bergamont Station.

The LACP’s “Exposure 2016” is a great opportunity to have your work seen by a diverse group of portfolio reviewers; see all of the bio’s here.

I am recommending that photographers who are interested in feedback on a portfolio that has been edited for potential publication may want to consider me for a portfolio review session. I am also recommending that if the photographer/artist has a book dummy in addition to a print portfolio, it would be a great opportunity to get some constructive criticism on that as well. The issue as always for these events is that you only have a 20 minute window to spend with each reviewer, so it really helps to know what exactly you want from this brief exchange.

Although this is a two day event; Saturday, July 30, 10 am – 5 pm + Sunday, July 31, 10 am – 5 pm, regretfully I will be available only on Sunday, July 31st. So I’m a bit limited for availability. Thus I suggest if you want to have my review, you will probably want to sign up as soon as possible.

For more details on “Exposure 2016”, including on how to sign-up, head over to: here.

Currently early bird pricing is still available until July 1st, so check it out now ;- )

Exposures 2016 event adress: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, California, 90404, (United States).


Douglas Stockdale, Editor

Photobook Independent review


Photographs copyright 2016 Nancy Albright

This last week was Photo Independent which was held at the Raleigh film studios in Hollywood on sound stage #14. Within this larger event was Photobook Independent exhibiton, which was a group of exhibitors who were focused on the publication and presentation of their photobooks.

Photo Exchange member Douglas Stockdale was a guest curator, photobook exhibitor and one of the judges for this year’s photobook competition. Stockdale provided walking curatorial discussions of the winning photobooks and then the photobooks of some of the exhibitors. Stockdale also provided an interesting insight on the photobook judging process and the four key judging aspects: photography, concept/idea, design/layout and the book production and how all of these aspects are intertwined.

The photobooks at the event were very diverse, including the full spectrum from trade edition books to limited edition hand-made artist books. Exhibitors photographed below include Susan Burnstine showing photographs for her new book, Sara Terry and her recent self-published artist books series X, Marissa Roth and her photobook investigating Tibet and Ejen Chuang who is documenting the subculture of Cosplay.






Guest Curator for Photo Book Independent


As a follow-up to being one of the judges for the Photo Book Independent book competition, I am honored to also be providing two curatorial discussions of the juried in books as well as the other photobooks available during Photo Book Independent.The schedule for talks, book signings and curatorial discussions has just been posted.

The first curatorial walk will be held first on Friday night at 6pm just prior to the VIP opening of the exhibition space at Raleigh Studios (yes, a functioning sound stage in the midst of the film capital). The second walking discussion will be on Sunday morning at 10:30 am just prior to the opening for the general public. I am planing on an hour discussion, but be prepared, it could last a little longer depending on the questions and answers.

For the juried in photo books, since I was part of the judging and had developed the judging process, I am planning to provide a little back-ground on the judging criteria. How did we decide which books were interesting and provocative and which did not seem to past muster and capture our attention? If you were every thinking about submitting a book dummy or photobook to a competition, this could be an interesting discussion for you.

The good news, my curatorial discussions are FREE for those to participate, but the space is limited and if you want to join for what I hope is an interesting, fun and informative event, you need to sign up for it NOW:

Leave a comment if you have any questions.


Photobook Independent Book competition & Stockdale named a judge


Photobook Independent – Photobook Competition 2016

I have some great news, I am honored to be recently selected as one of the judges of the PhotoBook Competition this year as a part of the Photo Independent activities occurring at the end of April in Los Angeles. I just posted a quick update as to the judges and timing on my another blog that I am also the editor of: The PhotoBook.

If you have a published book and copies still available for sale, then you may want to check this opportunity out now (deadline for mailing submissions is March 21st!). I am now looking forward to all of the submissions, as this should be great chance for me to get a quick pulse on our greater photographic community.


SoCal Photobook Competition announced

Posted in Books & Magazines, Juried opportunities, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized by douglaspstockdale on February 26, 2016


Recently announced Left Coast photobook competition, this one is for photobooks that have been published and the winners need to be available for sale during PhotoBook Independent at the end of April in Los Angeles. Details are as follows, and if you have a published photobook, then check it out. By the way, there does not appear to be a restriction on when your book was published; all are fair game, as long as you still have copies to sell.


PhotoBook Independent announces the 2016 PhotoBook Competition. Winning books will be exhibited and for sale at PhotoBook Independent and will be featured on the Photo Independent website and in their marketing campaign.

PhotoBook Independent will again take place at the Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles April 29-May 1, 2016 together with Photo Independent.

Now in it’s 3rd year, Photo Independent weekend celebrates international photography and talented image-makers across various genres of the medium. PhotoBook Independent will include curatorial walk-throughs, book signings, artist talks and other events. This is an incredible opportunity to reach an audience of photo book lovers and collectors in Los Angeles and environs, and to have your book featured on our website, social media and other marketing platforms.

Three books from the PhotoBook Competition will be chosen as Best in Show and will be honored at the Fair.


The PhotoBook Independent competition is open to all photographers and independent publishers in the United States and abroad.  Entrants may submit books of any size, format, or style. Submitted books may be self-published, by an on-demand service such as Blurb, Lulu, Apple Books, etc.; created by small run publishing companies; or have been hand-made/hand-bound. Dummy books and PDFs will be accepted, though actual books are preferred, so they can be offered for sale at PhotoBook Independent.

Submissions will be judged on book design, including page layouts, text, cover; strength of the photography and emotional impact of the overall book. All judging is at the complete discretion of the jurors and all decisions are final.

The submission fees are as follows:

  • $25 for 1 book
  • $35 for 2 books
  • $45 for 3 books


Entries must be received (in hand) no later than March 21, 2016.

Winners will be notified in early April.

To enter:

  • Full out form here including uploading a JPEG file of your book cover(s)
  • Pay Submission Fee
  • Mail one copy of each book submitted to the following address:

Fabrik Media/PhotoBook 2016
269 S. Beverly Drive, #1234
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

If you would like the book returned, you must include a pre-addressed mailing label and sufficient postage. Otherwise your book will become the property of Fabrik Media.

Winning PhotoBook photographers and publishers will have the option of sending additional books to have for sale at the fair. Winners need not be present at the Fair.

All submissions must be original works created by the submitting photographer or be submitted by a publisher who has permission to submit the work.

By entering, the photographer or publisher warrants that the submission does not infringe any third party’s rights, and that you have obtained all necessary permissions from any third party. Once entered, all Submissions are final; no changes or edits may be made to your book.

2016 photo l.a.

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on February 3, 2016



2016 photo l.a. copyright 2016 Douglas Stockdale

I had an opportunity to join Hiroshi Watanabe at the Gala opening of photo l.a. (Thursday evening). Walking through a gallery (Fair) exhibition like photo l.a. provides an interesting snap-shot of some of the current trends in contemporary photography as well as bench mark for the market of earlier photographer’s work. Note: This is not the time or place for a photographer to try to button hole a gallery owner with a portfolio about one’s “great” photographs, but to take note of who is exhibiting what and to follow up with gallery owners afterward. Which is to say that you should at least introduce yourself!

The overall exhibition & gallery emphasis seemed to lean towards photographers who were or are now exploring conceptual projects. There were a couple of gallery’s who were showing early work by some documentary photographers, but usually limited to a few prints in their collection that were available for sale. As a disclaimer, the aisles were crowded, we were an hour late, so we moved through the exhibition hall at a decent pace. Nevertheless, there was still a lot of interesting and diverse collections of photographs to look at and study.


Note: this article was originally posted on my blog Singular Images.

Photo l.a. – January 21-24

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on January 8, 2016

Reminder: coming soon to the Left Coast; PhotoLA, January 21-24, 2016 (note: new location in LA)

From the web site: The international photographic art exposition – photo l.a. – will proudly celebrate its 25th anniversary fair this January 21-24, 2016 at The REEF, located in the historic LA Mart building in Downtown Los Angeles. The fair kicks off on Thursday, January 21st at 7pm with our Opening Night Gala, held in honor of artist James Welling with proceeds going to benefit Best Buddies International.

photo l.a. has a long and rich history of bringing the photographic and arts communities together. Each year we expand our uniquely diverse showcase of photographic art, ranging from 19th Century works to contemporary and innovative photo-based art. Galleries, dealers, museums, schools, and non-profit organizations participate to define what photography has been, what it is today, and what it might evolve into. To foster a dialogue we curate and present our acclaimed programming, which includes lectures, roundtable discussions, special installations, and docent tours with distinguished members of the photography/arts community.


Cheers & maybe see you there!