In conjunction with the exhibition HELP ME: Found Photos from the Collection of Gillian McCain, the Camera Club of New York (CCNY) is hosting a panel discussion about found photography at School of Visual Arts Ampitheater this Tuesday, December 14, at 7 p.m.. Luc Sante, W.M. Hunt, and Leslie Grant, and moderator/co-curator Megan Cump will each present excerpts from their collections of found photographs and related projects while addressing the resonance, subversive possibilities, and relevance of found and vernacular photography, including themes from the HELP ME exhibition. Tuesday, December 14 7pm The School of Visual Arts Amphitheater 209 East 23rd Street (2nd and 3rd Ave), 3rd Floor. HELP ME is on view at CCNY through December 18th. http://www.cameraclubny.org/exhibitions.html

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Voix Pictures out of Zaragoza, Spain follows the traditional model of news photography agency, but aims to serve more than just news outlets. They have (or are attempting to) combine[d] multidisciplinary skill sets in hope of serving a wider client base, all the while keeping in mind their goals as humanist documentary photographers. I recently asked them a few questions:

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From the series, “Lejos de las Urbes, Cerca de la Tierra," by Elizabeth Moreno.

After moving to the U.S. to study photography, Mexico-based photographer Elizabeth Moreno has spent the past two and a half years documenting her birthplace of La Paz, Baja California Sur. During that time, with help from a Jovenes Creadores 2009-2010 Grant (given by FONCA-CONACULTA), she has been able to document the daily life of the ranchero communities in the area. For her efforts toward this burgeoning project, which is titled “Lejos de las Urbes, Cerca de la Tierra,” Ms. Moreno was recently awarded the 2010 Daylight Magazine / CDS Work-in-Process Prize.

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Ellen © Jonathan Traviesa, the 2009 Grant Recipient

The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) will begin accepting applications January 1, 2011 for the second annual grant of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund). Through the MPS Fund, established in honor of legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, NOPA awards one $5,000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project. Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are eligible to apply. The subject matter for the proposed project, however, is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2011 to February 28, 2011.

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Hai Bo

 

NEW YORK, December 6 , 2010 – Pace/MacGill Gallery is pleased to present Hai Bo, an exhibition featuring 9 large-scale photographs from the artist’s recent work (2007-2009). This marks Hai Bo’s first exhibition at the gallery.

 

Hai Bo will be on view from January 20 through February 26, 2011. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2011.

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Image from the portfolio of Rafa Alcacer

Since I have moved to Madrid, I have been tring to get a sense of what the photography community is like here. It is in this attempt that I came upon the work of Rafa Alcacer the internet collective he belongs to, Strange.rs.

First, Tell me a little about yourself

I'm married and the father of a 6 year old girl. I don't make a living out of photography.

 

Tell me what you think about photography on the internet and where it might be going

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"Cow hoof bottle, European origin (BSE, Foot and Mouth Disease) (9CFR.94) (prohi

Next week, on Wednesday, December 9, Taryn Simon will sign copies of her latest book, Contraband, at Dashwood Books (33 Bond Street, New York, NY) from 6 to 8 pm. Read more about the project and reserve a signed copy of the book by clicking HERE.

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Tóxico is an independent cultural project based in Mexico City that organizes workshops, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and collective art projects, many focused on photography. They have worked with many world-renowned artists, filmmakers, photographers, designers, writers and organizations at the fore-front of contemporary culture. Through different projects and across diverse disciplines, it has earned various international awards and grants, including a TED Fellowship in 2009 and a TED Senior Fellowship for 2010-2013. Recent projects include a workshop for emerging photographers led by Juliana Beasley and Tema Stauffer; the inauguration of Tóxico: Lab, a series of dialogue platforms especially geared towards (and given by) talented emerging artists (inaugurated by Laurel Ptak of iheartphotograph.com); and an upcoming mentorship and research program for talented students and young professionals of various disciplines.

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"Double Tide", Sharon Lockhart's 2009 film about the arduous process of clam digging in Maine is a meditative look at landscape and physical labor. The film, comprised of two 45 minute shots, one at sunrise and the other at sunset, observes the lone ritual of a young woman searching for clams in a murky tide, part of a slowly disappearing tradition. Shot entirely from the same angle, we watch as the woman slowly moves across the screen gathering shells -- often with difficulty -- while following the recessing tide. During the 90 minutes of the film, we are drawn into an encapsulated landscape and one person's relationship to it, bringing to mind both a tradition of early American Romantic painting as well as performance art from the 60's and 70's.

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