Emerge Portfolio Review June 2011 from NYCFotoWorks on Vimeo.

NYCFotoworks, November 1-3, is your chance to meet one-on-one with the cream of editors, art buyers, gallerists and agents. 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.

"NYCFotoWorks was a huge success! After five meetings on the first day, my career took a complete change. Just imagine how long it would have taken me to arrange the meetings with all these significant reviewers. Impossible!"  Martin Dyrlov, Photographer, Denmark 

"NYCFotoworks has been two of the most important days of my photography career." Jeffery Tse, Photographer, Los Angeles

Use discount code JGFoto and get 5% off your review package. Don't delay, all artists are pre-screened and spots are selling out - you'll be choosing your appointments starting October 10th.

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Here's a fascinating find I made at a discount clothing store: out of the corner of my eye I spotted a photograph that looked familiar, only to realize there's a whole dress of Peter Beard photographs. The label says 'Blue Area Cashmere' and I've found one blog that lists it for sale in the Hamptons for $350. I can not find any other info but I find it hard to imagine the whole thing is ripped off. Multiple revenue streams, people!

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Hans Agterdenbos from the Beautiful Eyes Gallery wrote about how he and his partner "created and run a fine art photography gallery in world heritage Stone Town in Africa with workshops and more much more. The idea to initiate 'The Beautiful Eyes' as a place to present art photography started in May 2008 when three photographers visited Zanzibar for a week of photography. They missed a place to talk, present and to even buy photography."

Visit their website for info about the gallery and workshops; check out their blog for stories such as 'Belly Dancing in Stone Town.'

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All images © The Beautiful Eyes



She asked, they told: a video collection of photographs and personal stories from JoAnn Santangelo's long-term project featuring 65 gay people who were forced to served from the closet.

So long, Don't Ask, Don't Tell. May we never see the likes of you again.

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Anderson Smith is, according to one of his clients "one of the best in Atlanta." His fashion photography is beautiful, nicely playful, but I chose some examples from his personal work for this blog. Not just a cool photographer, Anderson is also the smooth host of a weekly radio show One Hour Photo: "Everything photography and more" on Armada FM - how clever!

Anderson interviewed me and my In The Loupe colleague Stella Kramer recently, posing some excellent questions and making the hour interesting and entertaining. We look forward to guesting again in the future.

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All images © Anderson Smith
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Queer Kid Jonathan, from Texas, on a billboard in Amsterdam © M. Sharkey

News from Camp Sharkey "Queer Kids goes global with features in The Guardian/Observer, La Repubblica in Milan and coming up, Paris' Têtu. Also, FIVE Queer Kids photos win a Pride Photo prize, get billboards in Amsterdam + exhibition."

Sharkey's feature ran in aCurator last year: he's done an amazing job at getting this important series published. Here's to many more!

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© M. Sharkey

Plus a lovely new series on Brooklyn's mean, green hipsters.

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"I might even show you my photograph album. You might even see a face in it which might remind you of your own, of what you once were. You might see faces of others, in shadow, or cheeks of others, turning, or jaws, or backs of necks, or eyes, dark under hats, which remind you of others, whom you once knew, whom you thought long dead, but from whom you will still receive a sidelong glance, if you can face the good ghost. Allow the love of the good ghost. They possess all that emotion... trapped. Bow to it. It will assuredly never release them, but who knows... what relief... it may give to them... who knows how they may quicken... in their chains, in their glass jars. You think it cruel... to quicken them, when they are fixed, imprisoned? No...no. Deeply, deeply, they wish to respond to your touch, to your look, and when you smile, their joy... is unbounded. And so I say to you, tender the dead, as you yourself would be tendered, now, in what you would describe as your life." Harold Pinter from 'No Man's Land' requested by Pinter to be spoken at his funeral. Via Steve Pyke

Los Muertos, Mummies of Guanajuato, opens at Art Jail, 50 Eldridge Street, NYC on September 23rd, 2011, with a reception on Thursday 22nd - hope to see you there.

Full the full screen magazine photo feature.

Read the story behind the photographs on Joerg Colberg's Conscientious.

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Karsh_Kennedy_Jackie_1957.jpgI first heard about the impending release of the Jackie Kennedy tapes a few weeks ago when a tabloid called looking for Karsh photographs to illustrate an article. I declined and forgot about it until the tapes started to hit the news and I found myself listening agog.

Yousuf Karsh photographed Mrs Kennedy in 1957, and here is his story:

"Widowhood and adversity had not yet touched the glamorous young wife of the handsome Senator from Massachusetts. Our meeting was at Hammersmith, her mother's home in Newport. I photographed her against a Coromandel screen that complemented her dark beauty. Weeks later, in New York, she saw me walking down Fifth Avenue and rushed toward me to inquire breathlessly about her photographs. Our last meeting was shortly before her untimely death, when she came to my exhibition 'American Legends.' She stood alone at the entrance, her quiet presence penetrating the crowd."

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"I owe graffiti for introducing me to the fine art world."

When the Internet began to become an increasingly necessary tool for business and I was still running the photo agency, I was oft peeved by the graffiti artist named Retna for having the same name as my company and showing up accordingly in search results. Licensing images to the press ensured we always had a pretty good presence if you Googled 'Retna' but as time has gone by the graffiti artist has won, and my old agency returns solely because they own the URL.

I'm happy to hereby contribute to the artist's ongoing success, and I actually rather like his work. Plus, he says he got the name from a Raekwon song, which is a better story than any I used to make up if asked.
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Opening at Amador Gallery in midtown NYC on September 13 and running until November 19th, 2011, is an exhibition by Lars TunBjörk. It looks to be most entertaining.

"Amador Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of color photographs by internationally renowned Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjörk, featuring works from 1988-2002. This exhibition in many ways constitutes a trilogy, focusing on an investigative arc that Tunbjörk has examined through a series of lauded photo-books: Landet Utom Sig (Country Beside Itself), Home and Office."

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All images © Lars TunBjörk courtesy of Amador Gallery

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