A new innovative system for online image reviewing was announced in October by the Super Team at Eyeist: Allegra Wilde, friend, consultant and co-host of In The Loupe; Jesse Diamond and Micah Diamond, two successful photographers; and Doug Dawirs, a techno hero to many of us in the photography industry, are the founders. Eyeist is a simple, web-based system that allows image makers to engage the services of a photography professional at various levels, each affordable. When I think about the many people who can't get to a portfolio review, don't feel ready to present in person, or might want to have some work edited anonymously, I realize how successful this is going to be. I'm proud to be in on the ground floor and look forward to it launching fully in January 2012.

aCurator (r) with Allegra Wilde © Tony Gale


There is still time to make a donation to the cARTwheel Initiative to support their premiere voyage, but they leave soon! A small team of wonderful artists, photographers, musicians, therapists, head to Sri Lanka soon to bring workshops to more than 200 school children and hold an exhibition of their work in Colombo at the end. cARTwheel will bus some kids down from the north who have never left their war-torn neighborhood. 

Give what you can, via IndieGoGo.

Karsh_Smallwood_Joseph_1949.jpgI love to publish Karsh in my blog but hate to bore anyone by over-doing it. So I publish when something presents itself. In a classic Karsh pose, this is Joseph Roberts "Joey" Smallwood, a controversial character who was ultimately responsible for bringing Newfoundland into the Canadian confederation in 1948, becoming its first premiere* in 1949, the same year in which he was Karshed.


Joseph Smallwood, 1949 © Yousuf Karsh


Rooftop © Lisa Ross, 2011, courtesy Asya Geisberg Gallery. 40"x60" archival digital print on cotton paper

Lisa Ross has documented the ritual objects and burial sites of the Uyghurs of Western China.
In her new series, 'After Night,' she focuses on the sparse beds found outside in this community.

"Isolated within the vast and arid desert landscape, they... suggest an aesthetic intervention, when in fact they are captured as they were found."

'After Night' is showing at Asya Geisberg Gallery in NYC now through December 17th, with an artist talk at 1 pm on November 12th.


Canal © Lisa Ross, 2011, courtesy Asya Geisberg Gallery. 22"x33" archival digital print on cotton paper


Companions © Lisa Ross, 2011, courtesy Asya Geisberg Gallery. 40"x60" archival digital print on cotton paper


Pink Trim © Lisa Ross, 2011, courtesy Asya Geisberg Gallery. 28"x42" archival digital print on cotton paper


Based in Montreal, Ben Pobjoy is a producer, a creative director, a publisher, and still a young, hungry photographer. His photographs are straight-up, somewhat reflecting his tongue-in-cheek attitude: the latest issue of his brilliant photo newsprint publication 'The Tourist' features 40-pages on Justin Beiber by Alex Sturrock; the accompanying blog demonstrates why The Tourist and aCurator hit it off. "One of the early motivations for founding the Tourist was our collective desire to establish a platform for long-form photo essays." I find Ben's varied activities refreshing, and love his attitude - he offers high-res files of some of his images: "Bare walls are sad walls, so make some prints and spruce up your place."

View the full screen magazine photo feature.


"On November 1-3, 2011 NYCFotoWorks will host the Fusion Portfolio Review, merging motion and still imagery into the most comprehensive professional portfolio review they have yet to host. All photographers must apply to the event in order to attend, ensuring professional quality of work."

Time to apply! This well-received portfolio review has an amazing roster of professionals available to meet one-on-one and critique your work. Do apply soon - you need to be pre-screened and then booking appointments is first-come, first-served. I am really impressed with the line-up - check out the latest roster.

Discount code JGFoto gets you 5% off.

In June 2011, NYCFotoWorks hosted the Emerge Portfolio Review that brought more than 180 professional photographers together from all over the world to meet with 150 of the industry's top professionals. Watch the video of the event here and see what some of the attending photographers had to say.


Here's a win-win situation: you get rid of your old digital cameras, their batteries and chargers, and in return, you get a pint and a dose of 'nachus' (Yiddish - look it up!). Help cARTwheel, a fresh, young organization who is headed to Sri Lanka to bring photography fun to kids who until recently have known only wartime.


Greg_Lotus_Pierrotte.jpgOpening November 3rd at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, is 'Paper-Cut-Project'. As per the press release, Amy Flurry and Nikki Salk of Paper-Cut-Project are Atlanta-based artists whose innovative paper wig sculptures have captured the imaginations of fashion's most illustrious houses. In 2010 their debut collection of paper wigs was featured as an installation in the Atlanta and New York locations of Jeffrey boutique.

I, of course, just love the photograph, by Greg Lotus.

Image Courtesy of Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta and Greg Lotus. Image Copyright Greg Lotus.

Dolly_Faibyshev_meatpacking2.jpg One of the more joyful meetings I had at the ASMP Commercial Portfolio Review earlier this month was with Dolly Faibyshev. This impressive young woman has already published a book with Schiffer, 'Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern' and is one of a small handful represented by Finch and Ada.

I was drawn to her lurid series 'Meatpacking District' which Dolly describes as "...a series of garish interiors. The eye-straining color palette, sexualized furnishings, disco balls hovering over fountains and urinals made to feel like an exotic island sunset come together to create the ultimate disturbed fantasy. There is something unsettling in this space designed for fun."

All images © Dolly Faibyshev

Karsh_Marian_Beamish.jpgLife at the Karsh archive is always fascinating, entertaining and enlightening. I was contacted recently by a woman who shared the story of her mother's sitting with Mr. Karsh.

"It would have been late '30's, early '40's - from his Sparks St. Mall studio. She used to tell us this great story about it. She had booked the appointment and it was pouring rain out, so she wore a raincoat with a hood to protect her hairdo. When she walked in, Karsh stopped her and said, "Don't move! I'm going to take your photo just like that!" But she had saved up all her money for a professional portrait, so she pooh-poohed that idea and took the raincoat off. The portrait is lovely, but she regretted her haste in later years, and thought it would have made a really interesting photograph with the raindrops glistening on her hood."

Marian Beamish by Yousuf Karsh. Thanks to Mary Pal for sharing her story.

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