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: http://photoindependent.com/talks-and-book-signings/
Leave a comment if you have any questions.
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.
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.
- 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. 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.
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!
As part of the 2016 Photographers Exchange project to provide information on the public galleries of Southern California, I had a discussion with Ron Linden, the Curator and Director of the Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) Fine Arts gallery regarding exhibition submissions.
DS: Ron, first, thanks for your time to help explain the policies and processes for artist to provide submissions for the LAHC Fine Art Gallery. Does the Art Gallery have a specific schedule for when an artist can make a submission?
RL: Thanks for your inclusion of the LAHC Fine Arts Gallery on the reference page for The PhotoExchange. As to submission, I’m always open to submissions and proposals. An artist can submit by either email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mailing the Art Gallery: LAHC Fine Arts Gallery, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA 90744
DS: Do you have any specific requirements for the artist submissions?
RL: Yes, I would like to see a CV and sample of the artworks, but please do not send me an artist statement. As to the artwork, please do not submit originals and the submission, including the sample artwork, will not be returned.
DS: Can you tell us about the process for the submission evaluation? Does the submission go before a exhibition review committee?
RL: We are a small organization, thus there is no review committee. We do not have a fixed calendar and our exhibition schedule is usually planned from six to twelve months. We are also open to guest curator proposals as well as artist submissions.
DS: Do you have any open calls regarding thematic subjects or are you looking for particular types of art work?
RL: At this time, we do not have any open calls. We are modest in size and budget, but immodest in ambition. The Fine Arts Gallery at Los Angeles Harbor College remains committed to producing high quality exhibitions by contemporary artists from the West Coast and beyond. Diverse and eclectic in scope, the gallery features work of painters, sculptors, photographers, videographers, filmmakers, and architects, providing an essential component to a meaningful arts education and a welcome antidote to the regimen of academic and workaday life.
DS: Ron, thank you for your insight on your curator processes for LAHC. We appreciate it very much.
RL: The pleasure was all mine. Thank you again for including LAHC on your reference page.
The annual powerHouse Portfolio Review – something to consider if you plan or want to be in Brooklyn, NY 10:30am – 5:30pm on Sunday, March 6, 2016
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Registration is limited. Official registration deadline is February 15, 2016. Registration after February 15, 2016 is possible but not guaranteed. The late registration fee is $50.
For more information or if you have problems registering, please contact us.
Registration Fee for Five 20-minute Review Sessions:
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Now through January 17, 2016: $350
Before Feb. 15, 2016 $400
After Feb. 15, 2016 (late registration fee) $450
Student Rate before Feb. 15, 2016 $250
After Feb. 15, 2016 $275
(With valid student ID—you must submit a valid and current Spring 2016 semester photo ID or a copy of your Spring 2016 class registration when completing the registration form.)
- Payment must be completed with a credit card at the time of registration.
- You will receive a confirmation email once your registration has been approved.
- Application is nontransferable.
Reviewers are subject to change, and we’ll continue to add more, so please keep checking back. Expect around 25-30 reviewers total.
Bonnie Briant – Designer, Yolanda Cuomo Design
Craig Cohen – Executive Publisher, powerHouse Books
Sarah Foster – Senior Creative Content Manager, Getty Images
Erik Hinton – Director of Interactive Media, VICE
Jeana Hong – Senior Art Buyer, Anthology Productions
Fiona Gardner – Photo Editor, Popular Photography and American Photo Magazine
Shana Lopes – Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, Department of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Frank Meo – Director, Found Folios
Mandi Phillips – Agent, Levine / Leaitt
Daniel Power – CEO, NYPH & powerHouse Books
Josh Raab – Associate Photo Editor, TIME.com
Molly Roberts – Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
Michael Shulman – Director, Publishing, Broadcast and Film, Magnum Photos
Tess Vinnedge – Director of Contemporary Art, Edwynn Houk Gallery
Printed Matter’s (2015) LA Art Book Fair
This coming weekend on the Left Coast is what is becoming an annual event; Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair which will take place again at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
As I have written about the past (2014) LA Art Book Fairs taking place at MOCA, this building is a maze of rooms, small hidden rooms, medium size display areas and a huge room usually reserved for the Zine world. A ton of books, magazines, zines that are new and old (“collectibles”) that can overwhelm the senses. Fortunately the food trucks out the front doors can provide sustenance to help you endure. In past years there was a section reserved for photobooks up on the mezzanine, but guessing there will be spot somewhere.
Preview Thursday 29th January, 6-9pm
Friday January 30th, 12–7pm
Saturday January 31st, 11-7pm
Sunday February 1st, 11-6pm
Also nice about this event: FREE Admission!
Douglas Stockdale, Founding Editor
Photo LA – 2015
Having missed Photo LA for the last two years and growing a little disappointed with the show, I was pleasantly surprised by this year’s event. It was clean, fresh, and much easier to navigate than past shows. This year I opted to take a docent tour led by Eve Schillo, Curatorial Assistant in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA. Schillo added more relevancy with her running commentary on many of the artists and why they are considered “worthy” of inclusion. She elaborated on the labor over time going into creating many of the pieces, such as the eight-hour exposures of Chris McCaw and the prevalence of contemporary works using alternative processes such as tintype, cyanotype, and platinum.
Docent tour of Photo LA before the crowds arrive:
Some of my favorites were works by Jennah Ward (cameraless cyanotypes), Jacob Gils (huge composites), Rosemary Warner(montaged prints), Susan Burnstine, Nick Brandt, Jo Whaley, Mona Kuhn, Hiromu Kira, Tadao Ando, Bart Synowiec, Bruce Davidson, Eric Holubow, David Adey (raised pinned images), and Susan Turner. It was also nice to see old favorites like Dr. Dain Tasker’s x-ray photos from the 1930s and the work of the late James Fee.
Eve Schillo discussing landscapes by Photo LA honoree Catherine Opie:
Abstracts using light as a key element by Barbara Kastin:
Copyright Barbara Kastin
Cameraless cyanotypes by Jennah Ward:
Copyright Jennah Ward
Printer Amanasalto Working with Platinum:
Also exhibiting was a Japanese company, Amanasalto, that is making platinum prints from contemporary photographers as well as masters like Imogen Cunningham. They were beautiful prints but not to be confused with originals printed by the photographer.
Copyright the estate of Imogen Cunningham, print by Amanasalto
APA LA’s Off the Clock
For the first year, 100 winning photos from the American Photographic Artist’s (APA) annual contest Off The Clock were displayed at Photo LA. If you are a photographer, this is yet another reason to consider joining APA and to participate in their many events.
Photo LA Downloadable Catalog:
For more information and to see more images from the show, download Photo LA’s 128-page catalog here.
Classic Photographs Los Angeles
Entrance, Classic Photo LA
A few years ago, a number of galleries that carry primarily “classic” (black & white) photography split from Photo LA and started their own show. This year it was again held at Bonhams auction house. It was easy to spend an afternoon there and enjoy looking at the variety of Classic and Contemporary photographs including work by: Ray K. Metzker, Val Telberg, Bruce Wrighton, George Tice, Brigitte Carnochan (hand colored selenium prints), Giacomo Brunelli, Pentti Sammallahti (and his book, Here Far Away) and Sebastiao Salgado. I have eclectic tastes and was tempted by a Muybridge and a lovely Bromoil by an unknown photographer…perhaps next year.
Alex Novack, the man behind iPhotoCentral:
Several years ago I became acquainted with exhibitor Alex Novack who is the man behind iPhotoCentral, an online resource and gallery collective where buyers can search an enormous inventory of photos. It’s worth checking out whether you are a potential buyer or simply want to educate yourself on what’s available.
If you are interested in learning more about collecting, I highly recommend subscribing to Alex’s newsletter. He sends it when he can (almost monthly) and it consistently contains a wealth of information from around the world.
PhotoExchange Contributor: Nancy Albright