Archive for May, 2009

© Hee Jin Kang

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i’m one!

© my dad

It’s my blog’s first birthday! Happy birthday to me.

Above, me as a one-year-old, hanging out at the pool, chewing on a… lens cap.

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© Seba Kurtis

Finally made it to the New York Photo Festival on Sunday. A little drizzly and windy.

WTF? Award goes to the Tobacco Warehouse.  Exhibition hours are listed as 10am-6pm, people.  Why are some exhibitors taking down their installations an hour before the end of the festival? Walking into the pavilion at 5pm, I was pretty shocked and annoyed that some exhibitors already had their prints and frames off the walls and in bubble wrap.  The place was bustling with art handlers working their tape guns, hardly conducive to looking at the remaining pictures.  OK I got there late, but still, I paid $20 for the pleasure.

Whew, Photography is Still Interesting Award goes to Jon Levy and Foto8 for their curated pavilion “Home for Good.”  Here’s a slideshow and description on their website.  I liked work by a couple of photographers previously unknown to me and was relieved to see some well-made prints (don’t get me started about the quality of some of the printing I saw elsewhere – egads).   I particularly liked Seba Kurtis‘s work (above) and install.

Speaking of Foto8, they have a call for entries, deadline June 1st:

After last year’s enormous success FOTO8 and HOST Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of entries to the second Annual Foto8 Awards & Summer Show 2009: a photographic award, exhibition and print fair. The show will follow Foto8’s tradition of supporting new works by contemporary photographers and encouraging independent photojournalism.

If your work has a documentary bent to it, you might consider it.

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“The publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals,” Mr. Obama told reporters on the South Lawn. “In fact, the most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in greater danger.” (article)

Bye bye transparency.

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trash day fridays

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