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Official Portfolio Review Program at PhotoPlus Expo

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on September 28, 2011

Coming up next month,  October 27-29, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, NYC is PhotoPlus Expo.

Perhaps one of the more interesting opportunities to participate at events like this are the Portfolio Review. From PhotoPlus Expo, they provide this update:

 Organized by The Palm Springs Photo Festival and Photo District News, you bring your work to the attention of such a wide range of experts, you can visit the PhotoPlus Expo, America’s premiere photography / video trade-show. Have your work reviewed and spend a day or two checking out all the latest gear as well as attend your choices of over 100 important seminars.

Pre-register for Portfolio Reviews before Wednesday, October 5 and you’ll be eligible, to have a page devoted to your work (including contact info), in our Portfolio Review Source-Book, printed by Blurb, which will be distributed to each of the reviewers at the PhotoPlus Portfolio Review. This is your chance to get your work in front of all of our 2011 reviewers.  

Face to face meetings can change careers.

 Click Available Review Appointments to see provisional schedules for our reviewers to help you plan your appointments.

Click Reviewers to see our current list of Portfolio Reviewers.

Click Reviewers by Affiliation to see our current list of Portfolio Reviewers sorted by Affiliation.

Click Reviewer Biographies to read about each of our reviewers. 

Click Companies Represented to see a list of companies represented in our review program.

REGISTER NOW and kick-start the next phase of your career! Attendees must have a website that substantiates their status as an emerging or professional photographer.

Cost: $250 for 5 reviews. Discounts: 10% for 10 reviews, 15% for 15 or more reviews.

Please see our website or call 1-800 928-8314 for complete details.

With best regards, JEFF DUNAS, Director

Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma – 2011

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on September 24, 2011

Francesco Fossa 2011 copyright Douglas Stockdale

The Fotografia Festival Internationale di Roma (tenth edition) was officially opened last night and is in full gear. As in many of the month-long photographic events, there is a main venue, in this case MACRO (Museo D’Arte Contemporane Roma) at the Testaccio facility, a converted industrial site. The first three days of the festival are when all of the lectures and presentations occur at MACRO Testaccio, while the many galleries throughout Rome host their photographic receptions later the following week.

Last night there were lectures and presentations by Alec Soth, Sebastian Hau and Leonie Hampton about PhotoBooks, while Rinko Kawauchi and Emiliano Mancuso discussed their recent photographic projects.  Tonight I am keen to take in the presentations by Tod Papageorge and Asako Narahashi.

Yesterday I also had an opportunity to talk with Rob Hornstra and Francesco Fossa, both photographers whose photobooks that I have reviewed on my blog The PhotoBook. I also had a chance to chat with two Parisian booksellers, Clemet Kauter (Pac D’ArtPhoto) and Sebestan Hau (Le BAL) who were very busy, but even so, I obtained a confirmation that they will be selling my recently released photobook Ciociaria. Likewise, I had an opportunity to meet up with Alec Soth this morning at our publishers to talk about our mutual projects, as well as swap books.

Both of the exhibition buildings on the MACRO Testaccio site well suited for the many photographic exhibitions that were curated by Paul Wombell, Valentina Tanni, Marc Prüst, Rob Hornstra, Tre/Terzi, Marco Delogu and Alessandro Dandini de Sylva. When dicussing the exhibitions and presentations with Marco Delogu, the Festival’s artistic director, he was very pleased with this years program and exhibitions.

 The Fotografia organization has a blog to provide updates, but regretfully, I find their timing of their posts to be a bit slow in coming, as I did not know the actual events until earlier this week after I was already in transit.

Best regards, your faithful correspondent reporting from Rome. Ciao!

Douglas Stockdale – Ciociaria book launch at Fotografia

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on September 16, 2011

Ciociaria copyright 2011 Douglas Stockale & Edizioni Punctum

The European book launch of Ciociaria, my hardcover book that investigates a region of Italy, with a subtext of being a Stranger in a slightly Familar Land, will occur at Fotografia Festivale Internaztionale di Roma September 23rd in Rome. The last update from Rome was that the book was on-press at the printers, but should be bound and ready early next week.

I am looking forward to see the book in print. All of the Edizioni Punctum books are beautiful objects and so my expectations are pretty high.

I am very honored that Ciociaria is also been featured on Lenscratch (Aline Smithson), Buffet (Andrew Phelps) and Photograph+Art+Design (Harvey Benge). Check it out!

Best regards, Doug

Kertész – Photographs by André Kertész

Posted in Books & Magazines by Jim McKinniss on September 9, 2011

This is a copyrighted image.


Released on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition curated by the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, this magnificent selection of nearly 500 images presents the most comprehensive collection of André Kertész’s work in print. Kertész (1894-1985) was a central figure in 20th century photography, and this compilation makes a clear case for his elevated status.  

Editors Frizot and Wanaverbecq, both academics and curators, divide Kertész’s work in chronological blocks: Budapest 1914-25, Paris 1925-36, and New York 1936-85.  They then further organize the pictures by thematic groupings like ‘Shadows and Doubles,’ ‘Chimneys,’ and ‘Solitude.’  Their accompanying text illuminates some of Kertész’s working methods: for his masterpiece ‘Moudon’, for example, Kertész made and studied test prints of a street scene, then returned to the same site to subtly revise framing and await a further element to complete his composition. In their essays, Frizot and Wanaverbecq make an interesting attempt to isolate individual elements of Kertész’s unique way of seeing (e.g. Kertész’s Hungarian Jewish origins or his ability to view the world with awestruck innocence).

Inevitably, the accompanying text falls short of fully explaining these strange and poetic photos, which ultimately speak for themselves. Planes, spatial relationships, and forms are unified into graphic harmony by Kertész’s brilliant eye. Often positioning himself above his subjects, he manages to flatten space bringing disparate elements together into a pleasing composition. One image, a visual haiku of New York’s Washington Square in the snow, blends leafless trees, a busy amphitheater, a cyclist, and a solitary man reading the newspaper.

Although his street photography warrants the most attention because of its consistency, variety, and depth, Kertész excelled at other genres as well. The inclusion of portraiture (‘Alexander Calder’ – at work on a mobile), studies in form (‘Distortion no. 40’), and still-lifes made in color with a Polaroid SX-70 (‘Glass Bust’) reveal the breadth of Kertész’s skill. Because the photographs are printed with such rich tones and detail, even iconic images that are perpetually reproduced (e.g.’Chez Mondrian,’ ‘Fork,’ and ‘Satiric Dancer’) seem fresh. A highly recommended addition to any photographic library.


By Jim McKinniss

Leonard Nimoy’s “Secret Selves” lecture at the Hammer Museum

Posted in Art Museums, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on September 7, 2011

Photo copyright by Leonard Nimoy


Photo copyright by Leonard Nimoy


Photo copyright by Leonard Nimoy


Actor turned photographer/folk anthropologist Leonard Nimoy discusses his photographic project, Secret Selves. Inspired by the Greek mythological idea that ever since Zeus split humans in two each person has been searching for his or her other half to feel complete, Nimoy asked subjects to reveal their hidden halves in front of his camera. The result is a collection of more than 100 portraits and interviews that explore humanity’s alternate self. Nimoy will discuss what was revealed about his own secret self while capturing others’.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.

This lecture is given September 13, 2011 at 7:00pm 

The Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd,  Los Angeles. Phone: (310) 443-7000


By Jim McKinnis

Photographer Alexey Titarenko

Posted in Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on September 6, 2011


Photo copyright by Alexey Titarenko


Photo copyright by Alexey Titarenko


Photo copyright by Alexey Titarenko


Photo copyright by Alexey Titarenko



Alexey Titarenko received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of Cinematic and Photographic Art at Leningrad’s Institute of Culture in 1983. He began taking photographs at the beginning of the 1970s, and in 1978 became a member of the well-known Leningrad photographic club Zerkalo, where he had his first solo exhibition (1978).

Since this was creative activity that had no connection with the official Soviet propaganda, the opportunity to declare himself publicly as an artist came only at the peak of Perestroika in 1989 with his “Nomenclature of Signs” exhibition and the creation of Ligovka 99, a photographers’ exhibition space that was independent of the Communist ideology.

Titarenko has received numerous awards from institutions such as the Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland; the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg; and the Mosaique program of the Luxemburg National Audiovisual Centre. He has participated in many international festivals, biennales, and projects and has had more than 30 personal exhibitions, both in Europe and the United States.

His works are in the collections of major European and American museums, including The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg); the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art; George Eastman House (Rochester, N.Y.); the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); the Museum of Fine Arts (Columbus, Ohio); the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston); the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego); the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College (Mass.); the European House of Photography (Paris); the Southeast Museum of Photography (Daytona Beach, Fla.); the Santa Barbara Museum of Fine Arts (Cal.); the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (N.J.); the Reattu Museum of Fine Arts (Arles); and the Musee de l’Elysee Museum for Photography (Lausanne).

Major photo series include “City of Shadows” (1992-1994), “Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg” (1995-1997), and “Time Standing Still” (1998-1999). In those series Titarenko paints a bitter picture of a Russia (seen through the lens of St. Petersburg), where people live in a world of unrealized hopes and where time seems to have stopped.

Titarenko’s photographic series from the 1990s won him worldwide recognition. In 2002 the International Photography Festival at Arles, France, presented all three series at the Reattu Museum of Fine Arts. The curator of the exhibition entitled “Les quatres mouvements de St.Petersbourg” was Gabriel Bauret.

Two monographs have been published about his work: City of Shadows: Alexey Titarenko by Irina Tchmyreva (2001) and Alexey Titarenko, photographs. Essay by Gabriel Bauret (2003). Soon after being published, this book was nominated for the Best Photographic Book of the Year Prize (International Arles Festival, France 2004).
In 2005, the French-German TV Channel Arte produced a 30-minute documentary about Titarenko entitled “Alexey Titarenko: Art et la Maniere.”


By Jim McKinniss