Art for Haiti Benefit Print Auction

I just wanted to put the word out on Nymphoto's Art for Haiti Benefit Auction.

Work by (in alphabetical order by last name) Keliy Anderson-Staley, Nina Büsing Corvallo, Jeff Cate, Rona Chang, Cameron Goodyear, Candace Gottschalk, Laura Heyman, Geoffrey Hutchinson, Hee Jin Kang, Michelle Kloehn, Yijun Liao, Minette Lee Managhas, Tiana Markova-Gold, Stephen Meierding, Maria Passarotti, Suzanne Révy, Jon Shireman, Emily Shur, Brea Souders, Tema Stauffer, Julianna Swaney, Jane Tam, Hidemi Takagi and Jennifer Williams.

(I want to particularly point out Tiana Markova-Gold's Haiti work. I was immediately captivated by her images. You can see her work and read the interview at Nymphoto's BLOG).

Nymphoto is a collective of women in photography that provides a supportive community for its artists and strives to send a positive message to the creative world. By providing online exhibitions, curating group shows, creating collective publications and offering an open forum for artistic discourse, Nymphoto remains a trusted and innovative resource for women photographers. Nymphoto firmly believes in the power of community; and through this principle, we hope to equalize the gender imbalance that continues to exist in the art world today. In a society where the zeitgeist encourages ambivalence, Nymphoto hopes to mobilize the art world through good old-fashioned girl power, and aims to achieve goals as unbelievable as the stuff in Greek myths.

Nymphoto was founded by Nina Buesing, Candace Gottschalk and Melanie Oswald. With the addition of members Maria Passarotti, Rona Chang and Jane Tam, Nymphoto has undergone a necessary resurgence.

Fraenkel Gallery: Art & Photography Book Sale

Hundreds of books from the gallery’s library collected over thirty years.

Signed books, rare books, out-of-print books, impossible-to-find books, 19th, 20th and 21st century books, museum & gallery catalogues from all over the world, Avedon, Arbus, Atget, Evans, Friedlander, Fuss, Goldin, Hujar, Levitt, LeWitt, Misrach, Penn, Sugimoto, Winogrand, and many, many more.

Fraenkel Gallery
49 Geary Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
10 am–5 pm
Friday, December 11
Saturday, December 12

Collect.give

Introducing collect.give, a new place to purchase great photographs online - for the benefit of great causes.

The launch of collect.give features work by photographers Allison V. Smith, Dalton Rooney, Emily Shur, John Loomis, Kevin J. Miyazaki, and Susana Raab. 100% of the profits from prints sales on collect.give will be donated to organizations specifically chosen by the individual photographers.

More photographs, by photographers supporting great causes, will be added to the site in coming months.

To learn more, please visit collectdotgive.org

(Thanks, Kevin!)

Violet Isle by Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb

At Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York, there will be two events this week:

Book Launch Party and Reception
Thursday, November 5. 6-8pm

Gallery Talk and Book Signing
Saturday, November 7. 4-6pm

Essay by Pico Iyer.
Publisher: Radius Books, 2009.
144 pp., 70 color ilustrations, 102/4x11¼"

Publisher's Description

This multi-layered portrait of “the violet isle”—a little-known name for Cuba inspired by the rich color of the soil there—presents an engaging, at times unsettling document of a vibrant and vulnerable land. It combines two separate photographic visions: Alex Webb’s exploration of street life, with his attuned and complex attention to detail, and Rebecca Norris Webb’s fascination with the unique, quixotic collections of animals she discovered there, from tiny zoos and pigeon societies to hand-painted natural history displays and quirky personal menageries. The result is an insightful and intriguing blend of two different aesthetics inspired by Cuba’s existence over the last fifty years in an economic, political, cultural and ecological bubble virtually untouched by the rest of the world, and unlikely to remain that way for much longer.

source: Photoeye

Michael Mazzeo Gallery's RSVP Initiative

ARBOR, Beautifully curated, very inspiring images from the online exhibition!

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The RSVP project, a web-based initiative of online exhibitions presented by the Michael Mazzeo Gallery, brings together artists from the global photography community to present work on common themes.

The first of these exhibitions, ARBOR , comes at a time of worldwide economic, cultural and environmental crisis when we are confronted with the need for reevaluation, renewal and stability. Prompted by this climate, I chose as the theme, a subject both familiar and profound.

Arbor was curated from images submitted by artists in response to a call for photographs of trees. The tree as muse, metaphor, witness, oracle. Nature’s exemplar of strength and adaptability, trees are the living embodiment of wisdom and peace. A recurring reminder of the cycle of life and rebirth, trees command reverence and inspire us to moments of awe.

Through varied methodologies, the artists presented here have decoded and reframed a common subject to address issues of material and metaphysical significance. With a spirited curiosity and experiential awareness of the natural world, they have provided us with a rich diversity of images and ideas. It is in bringing together this wealth of compelling photography that I hope to provide a place for contemplation, a respite in an anxious world, an Arbor.

Richard Avedon Retrospective at SFMOMA opens July 11

Richard Avedon, self portrait
Provo, UT August 20, 1980
© The Richard Avedon Foundation


Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004

Whether photographing politicians, artists, writers, fashion models, or movie stars, Richard Avedon revolutionized the genre of portraiture. He rejected conventional stiff-and-staid poses and instead captured both motion and emotion in the faces of his subjects, often encapsulating their intrigue in a single charged moment. SFMOMA is proud to be the only U.S. venue for this retrospective that spans the artist's remarkable career. Featuring more than 200 photographs along with a selection of vintage magazines, the exhibition presents work spanning Avedon's entire career, from his earliest street scenes to his breakthrough 1950s Paris fashion pictures and the iconic celebrity portraits that brought him world renown. This in-depth retrospective reveals Avedon's singular ability to blur the lines between photojournalism, fashion photography, and fine art.

July 11- November 29, 2009
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Source: SFMOMA website

Nymphoto: Conversations Volume 1


Cover Image: Natasha, Ukraine 2005
Courtesy of Michal Chelbin/Andrea Meislin Gallery

Nymphoto: Conversations Volume 1
Sasha Wolf Gallery
10 Leonard Street
New York, NY
May 6-20, 2009
Opening Reception: May 6, 6-8PM

Book launch and opening reception of Conversations Volume 1.

Work by Michele Abeles, Juliana Beasley, Rona Chang, Nina Büsing Corvallo, Candace Gottschalk, Jessica M. Kaufman, Klea McKenna, Michal Chelbin, Talia Greene, Maria Passarotti, Susana Raab, Emily Shur, Tema Stauffer, Jane Tam, Garie Waltzer & Jennifer Williams.

Books will be available for sale at the reception and are also available for order here from Blurb.

About Nymphoto

Nymphoto
is a collective of women in photography that provides a supportive community for its artists and strives to send a positive message to the creative world. By providing online exhibitions, curating group shows, creating collective publications and offering an open forum for artistic discourse, Nymphoto remains a trusted and innovative resource for women photographers.

Nymphoto firmly believes in the power of community; and through this principle, we hope to equalize the gender imbalance that continues to exist in the art world today. In a society where the zeitgeist encourages ambivalence, Nymphoto hopes to mobilize the art world through good old-fashioned girl power, and aims to achieve goals as unbelievable as the stuff in Greek myths.

Nymphoto was founded by Nina Buesing, Candace Gottschalk and Melanie Oswald. With the addition of members Maria Passarotti, Rona Chang and Jane Tam.

Fotovision.org: An Evening with Sebastiao Salgado

© Sebastiao Salgado

Fotovision.org presents An evening with Sebastiao Salgado

This is an incredibly rare opportunity to see and hear one of the world's most important social documentary photographers. He has created some of the most moving images about challenges facing people around the globe.

Sebastiao Salgado started his professional life as an economist and quickly found photography. His projects visually express the economic and social justice challenges in less developed nations and has been published and shown worldwide. Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments and is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Together Lelia and Sebastiao have been working since 1991 on the restoration of a small part of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest, in the Rio Doce Valley, where they created Instituto Terra, a natural reserve and environmental educational center.

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Doors open at 7:30 pm, Event starts at 8:00pm

$25 general
$22 students
$100 for premium seating and 6:30pm artist reception

Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com

Co-sponsors: Blurb, PhotoWings, Jue Family Trust

Collectibles: Wall Space

Inquirer
©Aline Smithson


Collectibles at Wall Space

55 artists from across the country are in the gallery this month. Discover creative work by new artists, each with a unique vision of photography. We wanted to provide an opportunity for new and established collectors, as well as aficionados of the photographic image to see and purchase new works at a price we can all afford.

Each of these creative images is priced under $200, a reasonable investment for anyone who loves top quality work from local and national artists who we think are creating really inventive, imaginative and uncommon works.

Limited creations – once in a lifetime images. Connect visually, emotionally. So many artists. So many ideas. Surround yourself with something beautiful that touches you. Challenge yourself, question your ideals. Look at it everyday and find something new. Collectible is art that fits. Fits your wall, your budget, your conscience.

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Wall Space also has a blog called The Flat Files