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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!

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.

PhotoArtFair_bjp_fpad_oct2.jpg"The Photo Art Fair is a five-day exhibition of some 2,000 carefully curated, collectable works from up to 200 international photographers.

As a brand new show, Photo Art Fair is designed to allow visitors with the unique opportunity to purchase affordable and collectable photographs direct from both undiscovered and also well-known artists without having to go through a gallery.

The inaugural event will be held in London within an area of 8,000m2 at the Sorting Office
on New Oxford St, London WC1, 2nd - 6th May 2013 and is a celebration of art photography through the ages and across all genres from classic prints to previously unseen contemporary photography.

The Photo Art Fair will extend a totally democratic experience to both existing and prospective collectors of photography in a stimulating, informal and highly original environment." Read more on the Photo Art Fair website.

Deadline is December 31st. If your work is selected, you'll pay a fee, which goes to (their) "philanthropic partner the Positive View Foundation who have been doing great work through photography to help those disadvantaged."



One of my most popular features this year is Mikkel Aaland's 'County Fair,' so fans will be pleased to see he was interviewed on Letterman back in 1982. Today, he's offering a limited edition portfolio from the series. But Mikkel is a man of many talents, including publishing multiple titles, and he has a new eBook for photographers, currently available for free.

Spiel: "Using real world examples, best-selling author and photographer Mikkel Aaland explains the entire process of making a fixed format, photo-centric ebook for the iPad®. Aaland shows you how to use Adobe® InDesign® and the Blurb plug-in to make a cover, add images, format text, and add video and sound."

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I've followed Julie Dermansky since I first saw her coverage of the Occupy movement. She reported recently from protests over the Keystone Pipeline.

"Back home, all is not well on the Gulf. The Coast Guard and BP acknowledged the oil above the site of the Macando well is BP oil. "Drill baby drill" still seems to be the predominate way here. Final approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, though delayed until after the election, seems like a foregone conclusion since construction of the southern portion has been fast-tracked. Too bad no one knows how to clean up a tar sands spill. So much about the Keystone XL pipeline doesn't seem right to me yet both political parties are ultimately for it."

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All images © Julie Dermansky

Ed's note: It is just after Hurricane Sandy swept through the New York area, reminding us that our political representatives mostly still have their fingers in their ears, singing la-la-la when it comes to any consideration of climate change.

Read Julie's article at On Earth

Read more on the tree-dwellers in The Atlantic



Every picture tells a story. Eyeist helps you tell a better one.

I am proud to be one of this new service's "world-class photography experts" connecting with photographers to "provide private guidance and feedback on their images - in real time - from anywhere in the world."

"Conceived and developed by a trio of specialists in the photography business, Allegra Wilde, a consultant to the photography industry; Micah and Jesse Diamond, both veteran professional photographers, together with their Lead Developer, Doug Dawirs, Eyeist.com provides insight and advice to a global audience of amateur and professional photographers at affordable rates.

"It was very important for us to replicate the satisfaction of the in-person photography review with our service," says Allegra. "We are accessible, affordable and convenient, and our doors are open to all visual artists no matter what their level of experience may be. The interface is clean, simple and easy to use. But the most crucial component of all, the reviewers at Eyeist have been hand-picked for their level of experience and accomplishment within the photography world, and of course, their ability to give our clients a thoughtful and constructive critique."

The company has assembled a team of over 50 reviewers, who are among the most respected photo experts and authorities in the field including Photo Editors, Publishers, Photographers, Advertising Agency Art Buyers, Photo Agents, Gallerists, Museum Curators and more."

Reviews start at $100. See you in the cloud!



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Who would not be excited to be on the receiving end of an email like this one from the supreme Steve Pyke?

"Dear Friends, I am writing to introduce you to a project I am involved in with NASA in Houston. It's an exhibition of my portraits of the men that walked on the moon. This is to coincide with the screening there of the documentary Moonbug" by filmmaker Nichola Bruce.

It will be an independent exhibition for NASA's Johnson Space Centre of photography, film and archive of the Apollo astronauts and lunar missions.

"To accompany the project we will be producing a beautiful, limited edition 112-page book of Steve's photographs, together with selected images of original NASA photography within the Fairley Archive, as well as postcards, posters, signed prints of the photographs and signed copies of both the film and soundtrack." (soundtrack by genius Matt Johnson of The The.)




I know it's all a bit fundy lately, but I try to only put quality projects in front of you.

Steve says he's in England digging astronaut portraits out of storage. I'm here to suggest you support the exhibition and accompanying book.  


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Last foot on the moon (Gene Cernan), Houston, 1998 © Steve Pyke

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Jennifer Schwartz, owner of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, fund-raiser, educator, and photographer in her own right, completed a successful campaign recently to buy a VW bus, deck it out with flat files, and create a Crusade For Collecting. Jennifer is genuinely invested in making art accessible and affordable. Taking the van to multiple cities she'll be pitching an art tent and giving away photographs! "Creating collectors on the spot." As Jennifer says, people care so much more these days about the source of the goods they purchase, they could be experiencing the pleasure of buying art directly from artists, instead of buying mass-produced.

"This is about bringing attention to photography and the work of emerging photographers. It is about opening people up to the idea of supporting, patronizing and buying art. I hope there is enthusiasm and support out there from photographers, artists and students."

Trust me, when you see her make the pitch, you'll be on-board. Nobody denies la Schwartz. "I am willing to crash on couches and eat beef jerky, but gas takes cash money. I'll do the driving, you just give a few bucks and spread the word."

Here's the original campaign. Now help her take the art to the people!

DONATE $1 + HERE.



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Andy and Tanner © M Sharkey

Galerie de la Main de Fer is pleased to announce 'Queer Kids' by M. Sharkey, a solo exhibition of works produced over the past six years documenting gay youth in the United States. 'Queer Kids' will be on view August 31 - September 30, 2012 (coinciding with the Visa pour l'Image photo festival). An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 31st from 6 - 8 pm.

Those of you paying attention will know that I feel strongly about these.... which makes it even more irritating that nobody is paying for me to go to Perpignan. Who do you have to sleep with 'round here...

For those of you who will be there, submit your images of the show and I'll publish some here in the blog.

Updates on QK @ FB.

And because I can never get enough:



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© Ted Morrison

You need a new website. Your glorious images deserve better.

bigflannel, creator of aCurator Magazine, has updated their super-affordable portfolio website template to include HTML5 version and it's damn sexy.

Sex sells. Buy bigflannel.

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