FotoVisura Grant

The FotoVisura Grant aims to support personal photography projects to encourage the production and development of photography outside the commercial realm.  The Grant is eligible for projects not initiated by an assignment or commission. To be eligible for the Student Grant you must be currently in an under graduate or graduate program, or a recent graduate, having graduated after January 1st 2009.

Additionally, the following requirements apply for both the Grant and the Student Grant:

• A minimum of 15 images must be submitted

• Image size: 1000px on the longest dimension (14 inches @ 72 dpi)

• A written reflection, in first person, of at least 150 words with synopsis & significance

• All images and text to be uploaded through the FotoVisura.com website

• To enter you must read and agree to the contest Terms & Conditions

• Only one Submission per photographer will be judged.

The deadline is Wednesday, September 15th at 12:00 noon EST
Price is $30 for annual membership – membership is required

via Entry Requirements & Instructions | FotoVisura Grant.

UPDATED:

  1. deadline is now: Monday, November 1st 12:00 noon EST
  2. Larry Fink has joined the  jury

The Price of Your Work

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Photographer Andrew Moore featured in ArtNews

Any number of things might go through an artist’s mind in deciding what to charge for work. Give it away or charge a lot? Will a substantial price assert the significance of the work or drive buyers away?

Last week in New York I was reading ArtNews. On page 4 there is an advertisement for Heritage Auction Gallery showing an Annie Leibovitz 14″ x 14″ Cibachrome photographs of Robert Redford. The estimated price is $4,000 to $6.000. It’s number 4 of an edition of 50. The price seems about right for a not great photograph by Annie Leibovitz – and it is Robert Redford after all.

More interesting though is the article in the same issue about the photographer Andrew Moore who takes photographs mostly of urban scenes and collapsed buildings. His prints sell for between $7,000 and $25,000 at the Yancy Richardson Gallery, a terrific gallery in New York. Thats a nice price. An artist could live and breathe with those prices and even have an occasional meal out. Moore is a fine photographer and BAPC member work is as good or better.

New York itself lends a certain weight to work shown. Its in the air. I know that and it allows galleries to charge more. But, that said, we don’t charge enough for our work.

Internet Rip Offs

The Internet world does not respect copy protection, to say the least. Images can be dragged off the page by anyone and posted elsewhere, typically uncredited. BAPC members are concerned about this issue as recent emails have shown, but most seem to think it’s still worthwhile to post their images to the net anyway.

Here is why:
1. The Internet is the greatest communication tool going and a great way to get an image out into the world.
2. A web image is typically a reduced version of the original. Printing from this image will result in an inferior print compared to the original and not even close to the artist’s intention.  Watermarking an image can further discourage printing.  Stock Photography houses like Getty Images do just fine posting vast numbers of images to the web, but they post small versions only.  If you want the larger version, you pay a fee.
3. Copying an image to another site or including it in another work of art, as annoying as that is, exposes the work to a greater audience. Worst case, the image is claimed by another artist as their own or is used without credit.

It’s still important to copyright and protect images particularly for print publication use.  Professional photographers depend on being paid for each use unless they have sold that right to someone else.  But the Internet seems to be a different kind of place.  At some point image software may contain an expiration code that disassembles an image after a certain date.  Until that happens anything you put on the web can wind up anywhere else.

Another review of our Mina Dresden Gallery Exhibition

This is another review of our current exhibition. Read the full review.

Events: April 10, 2010
This listing includes reviews of: Catharine Clark, Mina Dresden, Michael Rosenthal, Root Division, Eleanor Harwood, Guerrero, Parisoma, Warehouse Gallery (Oakland).

Prevalence of Photography

Making a print is physical and requires making difficult choices

Synthetic Environments: Bay Area Photographers Collective at the Mina Dresden Gallery

This is a review of our current exhibition. Read the full review at SF Examiner.com.

The exhibit is titled Synthetic Environments. If nature is the thesis and culture its antithesis, the work here approaches post-millennial landscape photography as synthesis.

Bulldozers, garbage, graffiti, murals, shopping carts, and other urban detritus share photographic space with greenery and sky. The latter barely peek through. These traditional signifiers of landscape genre disappear under the manufactured gloss of environment.

Most of the artists in this exhibit tackle aspects of urban and suburban environments. Alan George’s placid shoppers casually enter the jaws of the consuming beast. Jonah, meet Jaws. It is really nothing more than the gaping front entrance of an outlet called “Souvenir City” inexplicably configured to resemble the open mouth of  a man-eating shark. The pastel off-the-rack outfits of the bait-like customers matches the hues of the bizarre building making them look even more like sugary snacks for the plaster monster. The stars and stripes wave in the breeze atop the fishy building…as does the jolly roger. Heave Ho!

via Synthetic Environments: Bay Area Photographers Collective at the Mina Dresden Gallery.

Black & White Spider Awards

Black and White Spider Awards is open to professional and amateur photographers shooting in all forms of black and white photography using traditional or digital methods.  We encourage classic styles, new creative ideas and photographers who are driven by their artistic eye and a desire to excel in this classic art form.

via Black & White Spider Awards | How To Enter.

Ari Salomon's Motion Studies at SFMoMA's window gallery

Member Ari Salomon was featured in an article in the SF Examiner SF-Photography Blog.

Some photographers, and Ari Salomon is among these, skirt the artificial distinction between subjective and objective uses of photography by concentrating on camera vision. Cameras can see things that human eyes cannot.

via Camera vision in the alley – Ari Salomon’s Motion Studies at SFMoMA’s window gallery.

Hearst 8×10 : The Contest

DESCRIPTION
Hearst 8×10 Photography Biennial is a competition to identify and promote new and emerging talent among photographers in the United States and abroad. Eight 8 winners, chosen every other year, will:Showcase selected works in an exhibition under the title, “8×10” in the Alexey Brodovitch Gallery and the Hearst Gallery at Hearst Tower in New York City.Be published in the accompanying “8×10” catalog and on www.hearst.com and www.hearst8x10.com.

ENTRY FEE
There is no entry fee for the competition.

ELIGIBILITY
All U.S. and international freelance, amateur and professional photographers and students, 18 to 35 years of age. Applicants may apply as individuals, or as collaborators.Hearst Corporation full-time employees and former employees are not eligible. Freelancers for Hearst Corporation are eligible to apply.Applicants may only submit one 1 entry, which may include up to 16 photographs. Sizes may vary.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
All entries must be emailed between the dates of January 4, 2010 and May 31, 2010.

via Hearst 8×10 : The Contest.

Mpls Photo Center: Call for Entries

LANDSCAPES • UNFEIGNED OR ILLUSORY

Submission Deadline: March 8, 2010

A landscape, as defined by this Call for Entry, can be representational or nonrepresentational, urban, suburban or rural.

Begin Accepting Entries: 15 January 2010
Deadline for Entry: 8 March 2010
Results Announced: 18 March 2010
On Exhibit: 23 April -13 June 2010 at the Mpls Photo Center
Opening Reception: 23 April 2010
Exhibit Juror: Todd Brandow

Cost for Entry: $35 for the first 5 images submitted; $10 for each additional image

via Mpls Photo Center : MPC Call for Entries.

The Panocturnists

The Nocturnes.com invites all interested artists to enter their latest online Night Photography Exhibition, The Panocturnists. This competition is open to all Night Photographers, all photo media – digital, pinhole, glass plate, film cameras…

Entry Fee $25 for up to 3 entries; each additional entry is $5. ‘hard copy’ of entry form and fee due Jan. 30th.

via ENTRY FORM – The Panocturnists.

Alameda on Camera

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – FEBRUARY 1, 2010
2010 ” ALAMEDA ON CAMERA” – 48 Hrs, 48 Artists, 48 Pcs of the Map
A Juried City-wide Event Challenge & Exhibit
48 photo-based artists explore and document Alameda neighborhoods, favorite places, and secret hideaways. Traditions and cherished nostalgia, families, friends, and town characters, share the lens with candid shots of our skeletons and dirty laundry.

All “photo-based” artwork mediums and techniques welcome! Traditional, contemporary and experimental photo-based 2D, 3D, functional, decorative, wearable and jewelry artwork included. All photographic techniques and mediums welcome, including but not limited to, new photographic mediums, photo transfer, digital, Polaroid, snapshots, collage, pieces of film, altered books, assemblage, textile, creative manipulations, etc.

The Forty-eight Hour Photography Challenge Event: Forty-eight selected Artists will photograph a unique geographic area of Alameda between 9PM Friday, February 27 and 9PM Sunday, March 1.

Alameda On Camera Exhibit: Each of the forty-eight artists will exhibit their final artwork pieces created from the photographic images taken during the challenge event.

Application/prospectus: Alameda on Camera.