Drawn from an archive of hundreds of found images from the 1980s and 1990s that have degraded and discoloured, the photos “appear to have been taken by the Police or other state authorities as evidence of various crimes, accidents, suspects and victims, mostly in poor neighbourhoods. Abandoned to the heat, cold and damp the photos have begun to discolour and decay. In this condition they become traces of two historical moments, the first recorded by the photos as images, the second by the photos as fragile objects.”
News in, via Pippa Wieglos, that the London Street Photography Festival raised over £5,500 in its recent auction. Twenty one lots went under the hammer as part of raising funds for the 2012 London Street Festival of Photography. Bids ranged from £80 to £1,100, with the highest bid of £1,100 for a photo of man, dated 31st March 31 1957, by Vivian Maier who died leaving an archive of over 100,000 negatives.
Sojournposse Multimedia will be hosting an event Whatever is to become of books? in the Inspiration Room at the London Design Festival 2011 on Saturday 17 September 17 from 10:30am to 3:00pm, cost £3.00, plus £0.73 PayPal fee, and there are calls for entries to Boutographies open competition with a deadline of 30 November, the Arte Laguna Prize for visual artists, deadline 11 November, and Photomonth Youth Photography Award, deadline 18 October. Read over for more.
The Arte Laguna Prize, an international art contest with a photo category is calling for entries. Thanks to Marta Falcon for bringing it to my attention. The total cash prize is 170.000 Euros, 7.000 Euros per section but there’s an entry fee of between 50 Euros for one, and 90 Euros, to submit two works. “Besides money, the Arte Laguna Prize offers opportunities for artists, such as art residencies, personal exhibitions in galleries, collective exhibitions, attendance at an international Festival. There is no age limit,” writes Marta.
Boutographies has an open application submission, and is “not by personal choice or established networks. The reason for this choice is to allow anyone practising photography with a certain degree of seriousness to have the opportunity to participate in an international festival”.
Works selected for exhibition are eligible for four prizes: the Jury Prize, the Fotoleggendo Exchange Prize, the Public Prize and the ARTE Actions Culturelles Prize. As of now, the best series presented in projection throughout the duration of the festival will also receive a prize. Our partner Azart Photographie will recompense the laureat with a portfolio published in the magazine.
A day of its portfolio reviews will be dedicated exclusively to the photographers selected. A group of especially invited professionals will be there to look at their work, and discuss the possibilities for advancement in their projects.
For full details, go to Boutographies
WHATEVER IS TO BECOME OF BOOKS?
The seminar addresseses the future of books as the placeholder of ideas in the digital age. The seminar will pool contributions from image makers, designers, book publishers and multimedia storytellers.
The British Library, Blurb Books, The Photo Book Club, The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, The Comics Grid, The NUJ Books & Magazine, The Ballet Bag and Not On The Wires.
The event will also feature “Homer”, a book scanner developed by digital anthropologists using a digital camera, an open source software used by Google Books and a laptop – a digital nod to the Gutenberg press. It will be used to scan the King James I bible, to mark the 408th anniversary of the accession of James VI, King of Scots, to the throne of England, thus uniting Scotland and England under one monarch. This is also line with the festival’s main showcase at St Paul’s Cathedral.
PHOTOMONTH YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY
The deadline for Photomonth Youth Photography Award, sponsored for the third year by the World Photography Organisation, has been extended to 18 October.
Overall winner gets two tickets to the Sony World Photography Awards Ceremony and a day of mentorship with a leading photographer from the World Photographic Academy at the World Photography Festival in London in April 2012.
All five finalists win a day of mentorship at the World Photography Festival.Five finalists will be selected and exhibited during photomonth east london in November 2011 and the public will be invited to vote for the winner.
Download the application form at Photomonth.
Up to three images may be submitted per entrant.
The theme is CHANGE and “we want young photographers to explore ideas capturing this. Our world is in constant flux and changing before our eyes. What does change signify to you and how are you affected by it?” Think Community, Culture, Family, The Olympics, Cities, Suburbia, Population, Species, Environment, Politics, Religion and Fashion.
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Entrants must be 11 to 19 years old and resident in the UK.