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Woman Carrying Fish, by Jeremy Scott (USA). Grand Prix de la Découverte winner & 1st place in the People/Portraits category

The results of the first annual International Fine Art Photography competition were announced in November and the results were exhibited at NoFound during Paris Photo. The Grand Prix de la Découverte winners' prizes included a weekend in Paris for the opening of the exhibition during Paris Photo, and all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and the finalists had work accepted into the prestigious collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. As one of the jurors, in esteemed company, aCurator is pleased with the results and proud to publish the winners!


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Red Note, by Javier Arcenillas (Spain). Grand Prix de la Découverte winner & 1st place in the Street Photography/Documentary category

Below are some of my personal favourite runners-up.

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BBoy Attitude, by Alessandro Falco (Italy). Finalist in the Street Photography/Documentary category 

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Legs Are All You Need, by Lucia Eggenhoffer (Czech Republic). Finalist in the Street Photography/Documentary category 

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Devonian Drawer: Gastropod, by Art Murphy (USA). Finalist in the Still Life category

Grand_Prix-_Ana_Galán.jpgYvette in a Forest in Algeria, by Ana Galán (Spain). Finalist in the People/Portraits category




An update from dedicated photographer Ronny Sen, raising funds over at emphas.is to complete this project. Give a little bit...


Stifling, claustrophobic, oppressive, sweltering. I'm not talking about the tube's airless Circle Line or the subway's over-conditioned L train in rush hour but the unreserved general compartments of Indian Railways.

Kolkata-based Ronny Sen has worked for publications in both India and abroad. His works have been published and exhibited in many countries. Since 2006 he has been awarded by the Sony World Photography Awards, National Geographic Magazine, Shoot nations by the UN, Powerhouse, The Forward Thinking Museum, and The Lonely Planet Magazine. Presently, he is working on his long term project 'Documenting Death' which revolves around people who are dying.

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All images © Ronny Sen

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I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Steven Albahari, Publisher of 21st Editions. They have the most beautiful collection of books. There is work from photographers including some of my favourites Herman Leonard, Michael Kenna, and with one of my greatest loves, Imogen Cunningham among their recent artists. Sadly, or perhaps thankfully, she is sold out. Learn more about the interesting history of 21st Editions and browse all their books. Mouth-watering!

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© Bar Am-David

Based in the UK and Tel Aviv, Bar Am-David submitted this straight-up portrayal of the people of Jaffa.

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"Tel Aviv is divided into nine districts that grew up during the city's short history. The most notable of these is Jaffa, the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv grew. This area is traditionally made up of a greater percentage of Arabs but recent gentrification is attracting a young, professional population and Israelis.

"Jaffa is the most celebrated place in Israel, where Israelis and Arabs live in peace together despite the conflict. My purpose was to examine the lifestyle of this particular place and to look at how ordinary people survive in their extraordinary circumstances. These photographs do not pose solutions but serve as a reminder of enduring spirit through the most challenging adversity." - Bar Am-David.

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Bar is well-published and exhibited, and his work was included in the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessig Portrait Prize in 2010.

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All images © Bar Am-David

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The main nod I give to Thanksgiving each year is for Mrs Karsh. I could not be more thankful for this constant in my life. For the trust she places in me, the incredible photographs I represent, and for her friendship. I must not forget my close mate, Jerry Fielder, the curator and director for the Estate - these titles say nothing about what Jerry does and who he is.

In any event, this is the image that I am currently licensing - the right honorable Brian Mulroney, former PM of Canada. 'Parks Canada' will be using it in an interactive exhibit. Their Agent, Contenu Internet et nouveaux médias, made of point to tell me how much he enjoys this blog! Je suis honoré.

Brian Mulroney, 1985 © Yousuf Karsh

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Siouxsie and the Banshees © Paul Spencer

Two things: Paul Spencer's classic photographs that show the "darker side of British sub-culture", plus another smart way to fund a book.

Unbound is a self-publishing, crowd-funding model out of the UK, specifically for book publishing. 

If Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Clash, The Smiths, Radiohead, or Blur mean anything to you, you might know Pauls' work. If Vivienne Westwood's muse Sara Stockbridge means anything to you, you definitely know Paul's work. My agency represented his archive in the 90's and 00's - it really was the hey-day of music, and music photography that benefitted from so many great outlets.

Help fund Pauls' book 'Kingdom Come' - you can get a copy for only £40 - it's 325 pages! Talk about a trip down memory lane...

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Morrissey


Shane MacGowan

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Blur 

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Sara Stockbridge
All images © Paul Spencer

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Hillside Fence, Study 6. Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007 © Michael Kenna

I am thrilled to publish a selection of work from master photographer Michael Kenna, in conjunction with his retrospective at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs in London, showing from November 14th, 2012 to January 2nd, 2013. This is Kenna's first exhibition in London in seven years.

"I prefer suggestion over description. The world is pretty chaotic, seemingly always speeding up and getting louder and more visually dense. I am interested in finding and/or creating calm shelters from the storm, places where quiet and solitude is encouraged and inner contemplation possible. I think we could all use a break from time to time..." Michael Kenna, via Chris Beetles.

Michael was one of my fellow jurors for the Grand Prix de la Découverte recently and I was over-joyed to find this fellow British ex-pat (he lives in Seattle) warm, funny, and snappy

I was interested to see some of Kenna's commercial work. Take a look.

Michael is also showing 'Asian Landscapes' at Galerie Troncin-Denis in Nancy, France, from November 15th, 2012 to January 5th, 2013.


Pyke_Philosophers.jpgSteve Pyke's 'Philosophers' is now on exhibit in New Orleans.

Head to the New Orleans Center for Creative Art's Ken Kirschman Artspace.

The exhibition runs through December 14, 2012, and is being held in connection with PhotoNOLA 2012, the Crescent City's annual festival of photography.


Nordic_Light_Workshop_.jpgA photographic workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, presented by Nordic Light and Studio A7, Norway.

"Please join us for this week-long photography workshop in the Caribbean's grandest city, Havana - a place that seems caught out of time. Mysterious, colorful, complicated, this ambiguous city defies easy definitions - at once alluring yet confounding, vibrant yet vulnerable, engaging yet unsettling. What better way to piece together your impressions of this city of contradictions that with a camera?

The workshop will be led by the creative team, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, who have made some 12 trips to Cuba, which culminated in their book and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition: "Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba." Together they will help you discover your own unique vision of this remarkable city filled with music, light, and home to one of the most vibrant cultures in the Caribbean."

Learn more.

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The photographer on the top of Matanga Hill (India)

I do like geeky photographers, and a nice algorithm, and I'm fascinated by Fran Simó's project. "How would a robot imagine a human face? 'I dreamed about a human being' is like spying into a robot's brain."

"I dreamed about a human being" is part of a project exploring the use of artificial intelligence as applied to photography by using online open source code and data. The project already has a database of 56 million images. We have freely accessible amazing tools and databases of gigantic images, but have not yet fully understood what we can do with them or what it means that they are there.

"This series of images is the result of statistical calculations on 257 faces detected by an algorithm that has been taught to recognize portraits of a specific aesthetic quality. The search was conducted over 5 million images with Creative Commons licenses posted on Flickr. 'Mean' (image below) is the average of these 257 photographs, comprising 17 babies, 106 men, 79 women, 18 girls, 23 boys and 14 errors." Read the rest of Fran's piece about photography and artificial intelligence over on his blog.

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Mean

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Standard deviation

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Asymmetry

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Minimum

"Another way of viewing these accumulated images is by seeing them pass by at full speed and blurring your vision a little. You can see the same 'average effect' by watching the following video, which has 2,582 images moving at a rate of 25 images per second." Thanks Fran!


I dreamed about a human being (sample video) from Fran Simó on Vimeo.

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