Médicos del Mundo presents the Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award, established to raise awareness of the injustices experienced by millions worldwide and in the memory of humanitarian aid workers Luis Valtueña, Flors Sirera, Manuel Madrazo, and Mercedes Navarro, Médicos del Mundo. Let you camera lens become an extension of your heart and submit your work before October 15, 2011. 

For more information on this very important cause, visit: http://www.premioluisvaltuena.org/en







Ukranian-born photographer, Boris Mikhailov is heralded as being one of the most influential and signficant photographers to come out of the former Soviet Union and is currently gracing the walls of MoMa with work documenting the aftermath of the USSR's collapse. The body of work from his book, Case History, captures the lowest rung of Kharkov, Ukraine's society; the homeless. Mikhailov paid his subjects to pose for him, often nude and laying down, emphasizing the dilapidation of their conditions and the indifference they've experienced from the government. The work is beautiful, disturbing and powerful. 

"It is a disgraceful world, populated by some creatures that were once humans, but now these living beings are degraded, ghastly and appalling." - Boris Mikhailov

For more information about the exhibition, visit: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1138


LOOK3 is 3 days of exhibitions, presentations, interviews, workshops, and outdoor projections in Charlottesville, Virginia. Guest curators Kathy Ryan and Scott Thode invited artists and created programs that focus on the theme of HOME. The Festival takes place this year June 9–11.

If you have not submitted photos, this is the time for you to show your talent! Please visit the YIPPA official website www.yippa.net

The Flash Forward Festival is quickly approaching, so be sure to know what events will be taking place so you can plan your enjoyment properly. Here are a few links to help you better acquaint yourself with the Flash Forward Festival 2011.Festival Highlights (Part One)


Festival Hightlights (Part 1) :: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Flash-Forward-Festival-Boston-Highlights---part-1-of-2.html?soid=1102110602802&aid=g8Ul7SEq9Is


Leonora Carrington, the British-born Mexican painter, sculptor and novelist passed away on Wednesday March 25th, 2011. Below is an interview with the great Surrealist artist by Rachel Rickard Strauss and Ruth Maclean from August, 2009. 


CONNECTIONS was conceived by Le Book, the acclaimed international reference for creative professionals within the fashion, photography and advertising world, as a forum for artists to showcase their work to those who can assist in furthering a career. Artists and agencies alike have the opportunity to view portfolios, gain inspiration as well as creative peers during this unique two-day experience. 

When: Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9

Where: 82 Mercer St. (between Spring and Broom St.)

This event is by invitation only. Register your presence at CONNECTIONS: www.lebook.com/connections


Exhibitors include:



Now in its fourth year, the international Photography Book Now juried competition is an opportunity for photographers to showcase their work to a world-renowned panel of judges. Entrants compete for a $25,000 grand prize and the opportunity to have their books housed in permanent collections at the International Center of Photography, the Annenberg Space for Photography, and the George Eastman House.

Deadline for submissions: July 14, 2011, 3:00 p.m. PDT

For more information about the judges, rules, FAQs, and prizes, visit photographybooknow.com


Iconic photographer and recipitent of this year's ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement, Elliott Erwitt's major retrospective is currently up at the ICP and receiving rave reviews. But who would have thought otherwise? Erwitt's commercial and documentary successes come together at the ICP in this collection of over 100 of the photographer's personal favorite images. On May 10th, Erwitt will be honored for the aforementioned ICP Inifinity Award for Lifetime Achievement. The exhibition will be on view through August 28, 2011. Visit www.icp.org for more information.

Here is a video of Erwitt's work and some thoughts on his "personal best" from 2009. 


Marcus Hook, PA by Justin Maxon

Having been born in Chester, Pa., a long-blighted, depressed and poverty-stricken small city once booming with department stores and fancy restaurants (according to my grandmother), I was moved when I came across Justin Maxon's work online. Last Fall, the NY Times Lens blog featured the photojournalist's project about this place, "When the Spirit Moves." The black-and-white photographs often are comprised of multiple exposures, a process which the photographer says "speaks to the complexities that are heavy on the lives of people in this community." Still having family in the immediate area, I know this to be true, and was happy that a photographer born on the other side of the country had the interest and willingness to embark on this project in an area that needs attention. More attention than merely plunking down a Harrah's Casino as forward-thinking development, as was done in 2006.