Michael Wolf: Metropolis
February 3 - April 2, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by renowned photographer Michael Wolf. Two new series, Paris Street Views and Tokyo Compression, expand upon the dominant themes of Wolf’s previous work: the layers of city life and the juxtaposition of private and public spaces. Wolf continues his examination of the urban landscape, eliminating the camera in favor of manipulating Google street views of Paris, and returning to the camera to capture the crush of the Tokyo subway. In addition to these series, the gallery will exhibit new images from the acclaimed Architecture of Density series. Wolf assumes a range of viewpoints in his new work, both intimate and removed, and the exhibition will chart a progression from an expansive view of city life to a microscopic view, illustrating both the architectural density and human density of our layered urban landscapes.

Paris Street Views addresses voyeurism and the privacy afforded in public spaces. Wolf uses Google’s online database of street views as the raw material from which to ‘shoot’ his own photographs. He refers to the process of making these images as ‘shooting;’ wandering the online database, Wolf crops and blows up isolated moments, the crop and choice of angle taking the place of the camera. Some of the images evoke classic Parisian photographs of the past: Wolf’s image of a couple kissing is reminiscent of Robert Doisneau’s famous photograph of the same subject. Other decidedly contemporary images address the notion of a universal abstract city by capturing the grittiness of urban life, the mood of which is intensified by Wolf’s enlargement of the street views so that the final image is extremely pixelated. All of the images question the idea of privacy in the modern city, as well as the changing role and definition of ‘street’ photographer.

In Tokyo Compression, Wolf goes underground and close-up, capturing riders at one Tokyo subway station. Privacy has almost ceased to exist, and Wolf magnifies the situation by photographing his subjects from mere inches away. While the subjects in Paris Street Views are, of for most part, unaware that they have been captured by Google, the subjects here close their eyes or attempt to turn away, trying to retain some privacy in this crowded space. The portraits together form a psychological typology and are evocative of the stifling environment experienced on a daily basis by the underground riders­­­. The images in Tokyo Kompression, while different from the detached architectural portraits explored in Architecture of Density, continue to illustrate Wolf’s fascination with contemporary cities, and the many components and layers that comprise a city.

Born in Munich in 1954, Michael Wolf was raised in the United States and Germany. He studied at UC Berkeley before earning a degree from the University of Essen in Germany as a student of Otto Steinert. Wolf is recipient of a 2005 and 2010 World Press Photo Award, and his work will be included in the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture. Wolf’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt, the Museum der Arbeit in Hamburg, and the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau. His photographs are included in prestigious collections both domestically and abroad at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Deutsches Architektur Museum, and the Museum Folkwang, Essen.

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How to Fit 24 Hours into One Photo

We’re convinced some photographers are born with a rather rare yet want-worthy gene.

…A mysterious code of DNA that inspires impossible-to-accomplish projects and an anti-impossible mechanism to carry them through.

Chris Kotsiopoulos is one of these photographers; his most recent endeavor: is it possible to capture a 24-hour day in one photograph?

500+ photos, 30 hours, and one 12V battery later, he discovered it was! See the impressive result.

Chris shot through day and night (Yup, he stayed up all night.), capturing the arch of the sun’s rise and fall and an epic 11 hour startrail with twilight hours to fill in the space between day and night.

Over a 12 hour period, he then composed the hundreds of photos into one endless panorama a la “little planet.” (Click the link below for his full description.)

Lesson learned: the next time an impossible-sounding project pops into your head, don’t write it off! Where there’s a will, there’s a way…or a mutated gene.

Chris Kotsiopoulus’ 24 Hour Photograph
[Take a look at his star-trail time lapse!]


Daily Dose Pick: Out My Window
2:00 pm Friday Jan 28, 2011 by Tanja M. Laden

Katerina Cizek’s innovative documentary project Out My Window features 360-degree photo-collages, interactive video, and personal stories from residents in high-rise buildings around the world.

The artfully arranged interface includes evocative and immersive sound design, offering the multi-sensory impression of being instantly transported from your desktop to a different culture, whether it’s in Chicago, Havana, Istanbul, or Beirut.

Visit the interactive world of Out My Window, check out more features from Telegraph21, read “Musings on an Apartment on the Periphery of Zagreb,” learn more about the project.

Click through below for images from Out My Window.

International Street Photography Awards opens for entries


Wed, 19 Jan

Promotions company Shoot Experience has announced the International Street Photography Awards. Launched in connection with the London Street Photography festival to be held for the first time between 7-17th July 2011, the competition is now open for entries. To participate, photographers need to submit 5-8 of their best street photography photos from past five years along with a £30 entry fee. The winner will receive an Olympus Pen camera, an all-expenses paid trip to London and £1000 cash. There is also a UK-only student award category open to students aged 18 and older. Submissions are open until 30 March 2011. (more)


SFMOMA's Voyeurism and Surveillance Exhibit: Examining the Camera's Most Unsettling Uses

Currently on exhibit until April 17 at the SFMOMA, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 explores the watching me, watching you phenomenon as it has evolved since the early days of the camera. In an era when cameras and recording devices are ubiquitous, impacting norms around privacy and exclusivity, this exhibit is more relevant than ever.

The exhibit is divided into distinct sub-themes: Voyeurism & Desire, Celebrity & the Public Gaze, Witnessing Violence, and Surveillance. Among the most famous pieces in Voyeurism is a projection of Andy Warhol's "Blow Job" (not sure the placement over double doors with an EXIT sign was intentional or not, but did not go unnoticed) and Mapplethorpe's "Man in Polyester Suit" (hung so that the subject's subject is at eye-level for someone standing at 5'5").

But more notably are pieces from Chris Verene and Cammie Touloui. The former is a piece from a series called "Camera Club," in which Verene used as the subject of his photos predators who sought to capitalize on the willingness of young, aspiring models to pose nude. While most of the pieces in the voyeurism section neglect the idea of surveillance, this piece exemplifies both and in a genius way. Also notable are two photographs from Cammi Toloui's "Lusty Lady" series, which were shot from behind the glass of the SF strip club's private booths during Toloui's stint as photojournalism student by day and stripper by night. As with much work that fits the exhibit's themes, the story behind the photo is as—if not more—important than the image itself.

The next section explores how celebrities captured on camera in public "reveal themselves" to us, the public. It also touches on the evolution of "assault journalism," which has become today's paparazzi. The curators chose work mainly by Italian photographers for this reason, notably a couple Galella pieces of Jackie O.

From celebrity we move into the violence section—one can think of it as a transition from the gossip column to news articles—which includes striking images the Gettysburg War, Nick Ut's famous photograph of children running from a burning village in Vietnam, and an amazing photograph of a mafia assassination victim by Letizia Battaglia. Shot from within the alley in which the body bled, onlookers are visible in the background of the photo, standing at the end of the alley. It's a spectacular image, and turns the camera back on the watchers.

Finally, there is the exhibit's surveillance section which attempts to explore the "distance between the subject watched and the watcher." This section includes some great political photographs from the Criminal Record office of Great Britain and the United States Government reconnaissance, but the one piece that's most fitting for this section is one that is simply a giant rectangle of black paint hung on the gallery wall. Only if a visitor reads the description or happens to turn around and see the small monitor facing the black rectangle will he or she realize that the rectangle is actually "The Lynching of Leo Frank" obscured with infrared paint, recorded with a surveillance camera on the opposite gallery wall, and broadcast on the monitor with the visitor's image added to the onlookers at the lynching. It's a brilliant piece, and makes up for some of the more lackluster images that could have been edited from this section.

Overall, the Exposed exhibit is an amazing collection of photographs and artifacts well worth the hour it takes to move through it. Just remember: no photography allowed.

Photo: Georges Dudognon, Greta Garbo in the Club St. Germain, ca. 1950s; gelatin silver print; Collection SFMOMA, Foto Forum purchase; © Georges Dudognon



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January 18, 2011


FotoFest 2012 Biennial Curators:
Wendy Watriss, Fred Baldwin, Evgeny Berezner, Irina Tchmyreva.

FotoFest International
Post-war Avant-garde to Today

March 16 – April 29, 2012

Houston, Texas, U.S.A.


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Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, Co-founders and Creative Directors of FotoFest International announced today the theme and dates of FotoFest's Fourteenth international Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, the FOTOFEST 2012 BIENNIAL – Contemporary Russian Photography: Post-war Avant-garde to Today. The theme will be explored through five photography, video and multi-media exhibitions of works by contemporary Russian artists.

The Russian exhibitions will be accompanied by the non-thematic, biennial Discoveries of the Meeting Place exhibit of works by 10 artists selected by multiple curators from the 2010 portfolio review, The Meeting Place.

"Russia's long and important history in photography is known primarily through the famous avant-garde period of Russian constructivism of the 1920s and early 30s, with names such as Aleksander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky. But very little is known about the avant-garde photography that continued after World War II in the shadow of socialist realism," says Wendy Watriss, FotoFest Co-founder and Senior Curator. "This largely unknown work is the link to the strong creative photography that emerged almost immediately under Perestroika in the 1980s and 90s and continues to this day. Today, contemporary Russian photography is very strong but few of its artists are known internationally."

The FotoFest 2012 Biennial will showcase contemporary photo-related art and video in Russia as well as important examples of post WWII photographic art from the late 1950s to 1990s.

FotoFest Co-founders and Creative Directors Wendy Watriss and Frederick Baldwin will collaborate with the internationally known, independent Russian curators Evgeny Berezner and Irina Tchmyreva, and their media partner, Natalia Tarasova, in curating the Russian exhibitions for the FotoFest 2012 Biennial.

Evgeny Berezner is Deputy Director General in charge of photography and multi-media projects of the ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Center of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. He has curated more than 250 shows of contemporary and classical Russian photography as well as exhibits by non-Russian artists. His writing on Russian photography has been widely published. He is a co-editor from Russia of the international photography magazine, IMAGO.

Irina Tchmyreva, Ph.D is a senior researcher of photography at the Department of Russian Art of the 20th Century in the State Research Institute of Art History of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. She has written widely on Russian photography. She is a member of the editorial boards of European Photography magazine in Germany, Fotografía Kwartalnik in Poland and IMAGO in the Slovak Republic. She was the invited guest editor for the Russian issue of Ojo de Pez publication. She has co-curated many exhibits of Russian photography with Evgeny Berezner, and she is the art director of the international festival of photography, PhotoVisa, in southern Russia.

FotoFest has an active history of collaboration and exchange with Russian artists, curators and art institutions. In 1992, FotoFest organized an exhibition of the leading avant-garde Soviet magazine publication, USSR in Construction, with the original magazines from private collections. The striking and bitingly critical works by contemporary Russian photographers of the late 1980s and 1990s were featured by FotoFest in Soviet Manifesto.

For the FotoFest 2002 Biennial, Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin worked with Evgeny Berezner and Irina Tchmyreva to organize and present the first comprehensive exhibition of Russian Pictorialism since the 1930s. In 2002-2003, they worked together to take four FotoFest-curated exhibitions and the exhibit Here Is New York, 9-11 to three Russian cities—Moscow, Samara and Togliatti. The FotoFest exhibits included a selection of international works curated by FotoFest from its first Biennial in 1986 through its 2002 Biennial; a selection of works from the Discoveries of the Meeting Place, FotoFest's international portfolio review; and two exhibitions by three nationally known artists working in Houston – MANUAL - Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom; and George Krause. In the FotoFest 2004-2006 Biennials, FotoFest featured nine contemporary Russian photographers in exhibitions curated by FotoFest.

In December 2010, FotoFest Co-founders did a projection and lecture for the Garage Center for Contemporary Art Center in Moscow, one of Europe's best known new contemporary art venues.

At the FOTOFEST 2012 BIENNIAL in Houston, over 100 independently produced exhibits by participating museums, leading commercial galleries, artist spaces and alternative venues across the city will accompany FotoFest's Russian exhibitions.

FotoFest's famous international portfolio review for artists, The Meeting Place, will take place March 16 to April 3, 2012. As the world's largest and most international portfolio review, FotoFest's Meeting Place is an innovative leader in the field for over 24 years. FotoFest's Meeting Place brings together over 500 artists and over 170 international curators, editors, publishers, collectors and agency representatives together for 16 days of one-on-one meetings.

The FOTOFEST 2012 BIENNIAL will feature symposia on Russian photography, artist and curator talks, workshops for artists, gallery treks, films, book signings and the international Biennial Fine Print Auction.

Early supporters of the FOTOFEST 2012 BIENNIAL are JP Morgan Chase, Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, Inc., and The Wortham Foundation. For over the past 20 years, The Trust for Mutual Understanding has been a major supporter for FotoFest's Russian programs.

Founded in 1983, FotoFest is an international non-profit organization promoting photographic arts and education in Houston, Texas. FotoFest is recognized for its discovery and presentation of important talent, contemporary and historical, from around the world, its commitment to presenting important social ideas through the photographic arts, its groundbreaking exhibitions and its portfolio review program, The International Meeting Place. FotoFest has curated and commissioned exhibitions of classical and multi-media photo-based art from Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to year-round art exhibitions and programming, FotoFest's school-based education program, Literacy Through Photography, uses photography to stimulate visual literacy, writing, and analytical thinking. The FotoFest Biennial is the first International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art in the United States. Through the FotoFest Biennial and its year-round art programs, FotoFest is known as a platform for art and ideas, combining museum-quality art with important social and aesthetic issues. FotoFest curated exhibitions give priority to the works of important but little-known photographic artists from the U.S. and around the world.



Long-lost Brother »
Exploring New York City's forgotten island

Thanks to a post on Gawker, we came across the work of photographer Richard Nickel Jr., who recently visited North Brother Island — situated between the Bronx and Rikers Island in the East River, where it once housed a quarantine hospital that was home to Typhoid Mary — and documented the experience in a beautiful photo essay.
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25 years later »
Revisiting the site of the Chernobyl disaster

Photographer David Schindler recently visited the site of the nuclear tragedy at Chernobyl, and documented what the surrounding area looks like 25 years later. While some might call his work disaster porn, it's the closest most of us will ever get to witnessing the devastation firsthand.
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Don't miss the #1 photo  competition of the year.We're giving away over $20,000 in cash and prizes, enter today!

Industry Awards

  • An awards celebration for the winners will take place in
    May 2011 in New York, NY.
  • The winners and their work will be featured in the
    June issue of PDN and on our Web site.
  • The $15,000 Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation Prize for
    New Directions in Photographic Portraiture.
  • The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund professional award and student award.
  • The Sony Emerging Photographer Award: The winner will receive a Sony Alpha camera, a cash scholarship, and an article in the next issue of Emerging Photographer Magazine.



January 25th, 2011

Have your work seen by top, photo industry judges

The Photo Annual is sent to over 5,000 creatives

Use your Photo Annual
win to promote your photography business


Here are some of the PDN PHOTO ANNUAL recent entries:

Enter The Contest



Our World Portfolio Review March 11-13th

Submit by February 11th-  find the forms here


Get your work ready with a Mentoring  Workshop with Luis Delgado  January 29th


PhotoAlliance Lecture Series:

Doug Dubois with Mark McKnight  Friday January, 21st






Lomography »

Celebrating the art of analogue photography, Lomography's home on the web offers image galleries, an online magazine, a shutterbug shop, and a community for Lomo lovers.

The art of Lomography was born when its Austrian founders discovered the low-tech Lomo LC-A camera in 1991. Inspired by its potential to yield unique and unexpected images, they set out to distribute the camera worldwide. Since then, Lomography has expanded into an international organization with a growing number of analogue advocates.

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– Tanja Laden

Katy Grannan »
Capturing compelling strangers on Cali streets

Photographer Katy Grannan is known for portraits that reveal intimacies about her subjects, even as they skirt conventions of portraiture. For the last few years, Grannan has taken her practice to the streets, assembling an eclectic array of ordinary folks of outlandish appearance — interesting strangers, unaware of their roles.
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Lalla Essaydi »
'Harem' couples photography with calligraphy The photographs in Lalla Essaydi's Harem series examine the complex reality of female identity in the Muslim world by coupling Islamic calligraphy (applied by hand with henna) and Orientalist imagery from the Western painting tradition. The artist grew up in Morocco, lived in Saudi Arabia for many years, and now resides in New York.
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Stop by Light Work's Booth at Photo LA
Booth # B-304

WeemsLight Work, one of Syracuse University's premiere art organizations, is excited to invite you to visit our booth at Photo LA this year. Stop by Booth # B-304 to meet Associate Director Mary Goodwin and Program Manager Mary Lee Hodgens, hear about our programs, and support Light Work and artists by buying one of our stunning limited edition signed prints, a book, or a subscription to Contact Sheet, our journal featuring emerging photographers. Every penny we make at Photo LA goes right back into our programming, which assists artists working in photography and electronic media through exhibitions, publications, artist residencies, and a community-access digital lab facility.


Light Work returns to Photo LA for the second year featuring a stunning Master Print from renowned photographer Carrie Mae Weems' Kitchen Table Series. Recently, a triptych from Weems' Kitchen Table Series sold for a record price at a Christie's auction, with an ending price higher than pieces in the same auction by Ansel Adams and Irving Penn. In addition, the print offered by Light Work was recently described as "...real art made by recognized contemporary masters for modest prices" by Jim Hedges of the Huffington Post. Other prints available as part of the 2011 Subscription Program include work by Scott Conarroe, Yolanda del Amo, and Deana Lawson, as well as work by such artists as Mark Klett, Andres Serrano, and Arno Minkkinen, among many others.


Carrie Mae Weems - Untitled (Woman and Daughter with Make-up), 1990/2010


Photo LA

Photo LA

There are a lot of other fantastic things to look forward to at Photo LA! The fair will feature more than 50 exhibitors from across the country, as well as exciting programming every day.


Just a selection of some of the other programming highlights include:

Friday, January 14
Collecting Seminar with Chrissy Crawford Malone
Lecture titled Independent Printing and Publishing with Rex Weiner
Review LA Portfolio Reviews

Saturday, January 15
Lectures with Lyle Ashton Harris and Uta Barth
Book Signings with Arthur Tress and Ron Jude (Light Work Grant winner)
Michael Light in Conversation with LA Times book critic David Ulin

Sunday, January 16
Lectures by Andrew Moore and David Taylor
Troubled Waters: History and Politics of Landscape Photography Panel Discussion

Monday, January 17
Sara Terry and Amy Arbus Discussion: Two Approaches to Storytelling
Collecting Seminar with Julie Rose Novakoff

The video A Fire in My Belly by David Wojnarowicz will stream continuously throughout the fair in the Video Lounge. The video was recently censored from an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Light Work is among the numerous art institutions across the country protesting the censorship of this video by continuing to screen it throughout the entire time it would have been on view at the National Portrait Gallery.

For more information about programming, events, times, and admission, see www.photola.com.

Flavorpill: Is Fay Ray the World’s Most Photogenic Dog?
11:30 am Thursday Jan 6, 2011 by Paul Laster

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the birth of the photogenic dog Fay Ray, William Wegman’s wily weimaraner that could assume nearly any position, New York’s Senior & Shopmaker Gallery is exhibiting a survey show of vintage 20 x 24 Polaroid prints from the celebrated canine’s primary period of creative modeling. Caught in a variety of comical poses, the talented Fay Ray becomes an elephant, lion, dog walker, doll, and a hypnotist’s muse on the artist’s conceptual commands.

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Lori Nix »

Artist Lori Nix photographs urban and pastoral scenes from a post-human world of disaster and decay — but first she has to build them.

The most astonishing thing about Nix's magical, melancholy masterpieces is how they are made. Each museum, mountain vista, library, and laundromat is a painstakingly detailed diorama, taking the artist months to imagine and hand-craft. Her obsession with the apocalyptic informs every one, down to the most stunning bits of minutiae.

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– Shana Nys Dambrot

SF Camerawork's Spring Exhibitions

Opening: Thursday, January 6th

Image by David Horvitz

As Yet Untitled: Artists & Writers in Collaboration
As Yet Untitled: Artists & Writers in Collaboration is an exhibition of newly commissioned work that explores the relationship between the photographic arts and writing. Conceived as an experiment in blurring the boundaries between the two mediums, this project-based exhibition presents new work by writers and artists selected for the diversity of their practices. Organized by SF Camerawork curator Chuck Mobley and independent curator Leigh Illion, the experiments in photography and writing featured in As Yet Untitled suggest possibilities for what exists beyond the confines of each medium. Working with poetry, short stories, performance notes and storyboards, the visual tropes of cinema, and new media strategies, the artists and writers were brought together to engage in dialogue that forges connections, reveals disjuncture, and imagines a future for two mediums constantly in transition.

Featuring new projects by: Anne Colvin and Stuart Krimko; ColterJacobsen and Dodie Bellamy with Publication Studio; Nonsite Collective; Matt Lipps and Nona Caspers; RJ Muna and Guillermo Gómez-Peña with La Pocha Nostra; and David Horvitz with Zach Houston and Ed Steck.

The City Unfolded: First Exposures and 826 Valencia in Collaboration
The City Unfolded is a presentation of collaborative work by First Exposures and 826 Valencia students. During the spring of 2010, the students of First Exposures and 826 Valencia came together every Saturday to tell the real and imagined stories of San Francisco. The students formed 13 groups, and each group was asked to imaginatively interpret the City through words and photographs. Exploring ideas and neighborhoods, visions began forming of how they saw both themselves living within the city, and the city itself. During the summer, the students reconvened to edit their final projects for presentation in the public domain of bus shelters throughout San Francisco.

This exhibition features several of the posters shown in bus shelters around the city during the month of September 2010, as well as additional work created during the process the students engaged in to complete this challenging project. An accompanying publication, entitled The City Unfolded, is available through Blurb for Good, who generously donated a number of books for the program.

January 6—April 23, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 6, 5 - 8 pm

Image by Colter Jacobsen and Dodie BellamyImage by First ExposuresImage by First Exposures and 826 Valencia


Photo Gallery: A Farewell to Kodachrome
11:04 am Tuesday Dec 28, 2010 by Caroline Stanley

Thanks to the rising popularity of digital photography and a decline in demand, Kodak stopped producing Kodachrome, a type of color reversal film, back in 2009. The last day that Kodachrome film will ever be processed is December 30th at Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas — a longtime holdout whose stock has finally come to an end. As such, we’ve decided to pay homage to the photographers who have embraced Kodachrome throughout their careers. Click through for a gallery of amazing work by Eric Meola, Steve McCurry, and Peter Guttman.

"There is an era of subtleness and art that will be lost until something replaces the current digital stuff. I am sorry Kodachrome didn't just improve rather than disappear." – from A Farewell to Kodachrome

For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas


On Thursday, at a photo studio in Parsons, Kan., the last Kodachrome processing machine in the world will be shut down to be sold for scrap.