Archive for January, 2014

Hank Willis Thomas Talk at Cleveland Museum of Art

January 31, 2014
Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas

Cleveland Museum of Art, Gartner Auditorium
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

One of the most provocative and thoughtful artists of our time, Hank Willis Thomas sees his work in photography, video, and installation as an opportunity to address issues of race and identity as approached in advertising and popular culture. The artist first spoke in Cleveland in 2012 and returns to discuss his latest work and collaborative projects on the occasion of his solo show Hank Willis Thomas, on view October 20–March 9 in the museum’s photography gallery and December 14–March 8 at Transformer Station.

Tickets $15. Thanks in part to support from Nesnadny + Schwartz, admission is free for CMA members and students (with ID at ticket center). Additional support provided by University Circle United Methodist Church. Reservations required.

Visit CMA’s event website.

Read Steven Litt’s review of the exhibition on cleveland.com.
See a list of related events on CSU photo.

 

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CSU Photo Welcomes Eric Vaughn

January 29, 2014
Eric Vaughn, Man Woman Crosswalk 1, 2012

Eric Vaughn, Man Woman Crosswalk 1, 2012

Eric Vaughn, Detail of Kaufmann Way #1, 2012 This angle detail view shows how the work is constructed 3-dimensinally using multiple aluminum photographic images.

Eric Vaughn, Detail of Kaufmann Way #1, 2012
This angle detail view shows how the work is constructed 3-dimensinally using multiple aluminum photographic images.

CSU photo would like to welcome Cleveland-based photographer Eric Vaughn to our program. Eric is teaching Photo I on Monday and Wednesday evenings this semester.

Eric earned his MFA from Maine College of Art in Portland, ME and his BA from Ursuline College. Eric comes to us with tons of professional and teaching experience. He is seasoned in both digital and darkroom photography. Eric started his commercial photography business in 1991, and has worked with many companies and photo labs.  He has taught photo courses as an Adjunct Professor at Kent State, Lakeland, Tri-C, Notra Dame College, Youngstown State, and finally here at Cleveland State University.

Eric’s work has been featured in many exhibitions over the span of his career.  His work deals with theories of everyday life, social identity, the social production of space, and photographic representation. Check out his work on his website:  http://ericvaughnphotography.com .

Cleveland Print Room’s Vivian Maier Exhibition Review

January 29, 2014

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It’s a story like those out of Antiques Roadshow, but on steroids.

Two years before she died in 2009 at age 83, the eccentric and brilliant amateur photographer Vivian Maier of Chicago forfeited ownership of the contents of the storage lockers in which she had kept truckloads of negatives, prints and other materials.

The contents were quickly auctioned for a pittance to several collectors and “resellers” who found they had made the discovery of a lifetime.

The contents of Maier’s collection included more than 100,000 negatives that charted her hitherto private career as a superb street photographer who focused mainly on vignettes of New York and Chicago.

Thanks to “Out of the Shadows,” a small but highly compelling exhibition at theCleveland Print Room, Clevelanders can get a close look at some of the images that have made Maier posthumously a photographic legend…

Read the entire review by Steven Litt in cleveland.com

Photographer’s Forum Photography Contest

January 28, 2014

Photographers Forum contest

Enter Online at: www.PFMagazine.com/photography-contest/

 

To Enter Prints or Slides by Mail Download Entry Form: www.PFMagazine.com/contest.pdf

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$2,000 cash award from Photographer’s Forum magazine plus…
• Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM|Art lens (MSRP $1,160)
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$1,500 cash award from Photographer’s Forum magazine plus…
• Sigma 18-250mm lens (MSRP $800)
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$1,000 cash award from Photographer’s Forum magazine

FOURTH PLACE
Five $125 cash awards

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All Honorable Mentions will be listed in the November 2014 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine and will receive a gold embossed certificate of outstanding merit from Photographer’s Forum.

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Merit Scholarship Competition

January 27, 2014

Approximately $40,000 in scholarship,
up to full tuition, is awarded on the basis of artistic work

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You can download the information and application as a PDF here:
VISUAL ART MERIT SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION 2014-15

Photographs Are No Longer Things, They’re Experiences, via Wired

January 26, 2014

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To say that digital cameras have profoundly changed photography is both true and cliché. But few of the regurgitaters of the idea can tell you exactly how. Stephen Mayes, director of VII Photo Agency, is one of those few.

He argues that the rise of digital changed the very nature of photography by moving it from a fixed image to a fluid one. The swift pace at which we create images is only matched by the pace at which we discard them and yet, paradoxically, we’ve never been more engaged with images. Photography is less about document or evidence and more about community and experience … and that’s not a bad thing.

“The way we relate to imagery is changing,” says Mayes, who thinks the pace of change is astonishing. Fortune magazine reported in September 2012 that “10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011.” That same month, Mark Zuckerberg said Instagram, just shy of two years in existence, surpassed 100 million users. Instagram users, who are signing up a rate of one per second, have taken over one billion images with the app. Such frenzied activity will account for some but not all of of the 250 million images uploaded to Facebook every day

Read the entire thought provoking article on wired.com.

The Campus District is Looking for a Paid Photography Intern

January 24, 2014

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The Campus District Inc. is looking for a part time paid photography intern to contribute eye-catching photos to the Campus District e-news and website on a weekly basis. The position is very flexible and would entail providing photos from around the Campus District and events as the the intern’s schedule allows.

The Campus District e-news is transitioning from the printed Campus District Observer, a community paper reaching 6,000 residents and community stakeholders a month. The organization will be continuing its mission of connecting and engaging Campus Districts constituents by sharing local news and events and via its e-news program and recognizes the importance of quality photography in achieving this end.

The candidate would be compensated at the rate of $10-12/hour for an average of 6-8 hours per moth and have his or her photos recognized on Campus Districts growing social media and website presence. This is an exciting time for the district and we look forward to expanding relationship with the community through photography. Interested candidates should respond with a resume and work samples to Campus District’s executive director Bobbi Reichtell at breichtell@campusdistrict.org.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 5th.

New Directions in Photography via NYTimes.com

January 24, 2014

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At first glance, viewers of “What Is a Photograph?” opening on Jan. 31 at the International Center of Photography, will not even recognize the work on the wall as photographic. There is no easily identifiable subject, no clear representational form.

“The show does not answer the question,” said Carol Squiers, the show’s curator. “It poses the question. It is an open question, and that’s why I find this period in photography so exciting.”

Ms. Squiers pointed to Travess Smalley, who cuts shapes from magazine pages and colored paper and composes them into photo collages directly on a scanner. He considers the scan the negative for the print. “He doesn’t necessarily call the result a ‘photograph,’ “ she said, but she wasn’t ready to define exactly what it was…

Read the entire article from NYTimes.com.

 

Review of Hank Willis Thomas Exhibition in cleveland.com

January 23, 2014

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Every day in zillions of ways, major-league sports, movies, television and advertising pump out rivers of stereotypical images of African-Americans and other racial and ethnic groups. It’s so pervasive and overwhelming that it’s easy to let it all wash over you and take it for granted.

This is manifestly not how artist Hank Willis Thomas regards the daily visual flow.

In a polished and wickedly on-target multipart exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Transformer Station in Ohio City, Thomas, 37, who lives and works in New York and San Francisco, captures, appropriates and overturns cliched media images of African-Americans…

Read Steven Litt’s entire review on cleveland.com.

Vivian Maier Free Screening at Cinematheque

January 23, 2014

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Thursday, January 23, the Cleveland Cinematheque, at the Cleveland Institute of Art (11141 East Blvd, cleveland, OH 44106 – 216-421-7450), will be screening the BBC documentary, The Vivian Maier Mystery, at 6:45 pm. This showing is FREE and open to the public! Check out the trailer to the film here,