Category Archives: Photography Conferences & Symposiums

Call for entries European photography competition Entrevues and Time Zero Polaroid Symposium

It’s only Tuesday, but it’s been a busy week, so a Continental flavour bringing together a European competition and a Welsh symposium on the instant photo phenomenon, the Polaroid.

ENTREVUES is a contest created by two cultural associations FETART and GENS D’IMAGES. Its aim is “to promote young European photographers”; that is, with an “age limit of 35 years”, and to present “two young photographers’ work on the the website of Fetart, as well on the one of Gens D’Images, at the same time: one from France and the other from one of the different European countries.”

“Every year, six ENTREVUES will be shown every other month from January 2010 on the internet”. The two artists will also be “exhibited on partner website, and will be offered an exhibition during the professional week of Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, the year following their election”.

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Photobooks seminar and Steidl exhibition in Lausanne

If you’re in Switzerland or near Lausanne over the weekend of Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February, there’s a seminar dedicated to the photo book. Lasting Impressions, or fading impressions?: The Photobook today and tomorrow.

Round table discussions cover topics ranging from Profusion & Confusion: What is the photography book today?, Concepts & Objects: A Photobook Laboratory to Menaces & Promises: Where is the photography book going? The event marks the end of the exhibition Lasting Impressions The Fine Art &Craft of the Steidl Book. Guests include Alec Soth, Gerhard Steidl – who leads a guided tour of the exhibition, Michael Mack, Joachim Schmid and William A Ewing, who wrote a piece for The Guardian in 2005 looking at upcoming photographers and also leads a guided tour of the exhibition.

The seminar costs chf 50.–/day (£30 approx), meal included. Students: free entrance to the colloquium, lunch chf 10.– (£6.00 approx). Cash payment on site, see website for details. The discussion will be simultaneously translated in French/English. The event is organized by the Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, in collaboration with the ECAL/Universty of Art and Design Lausanne.

Even if you can’t make the event, the titles of the discussions look interesting and suggest that the photo book is being examined seriously as a significant cultural object.

Monday Monday: Photo news – contemporary photography auction results, photo events and seminars

It’s Monday and time for a news round up. There’s auction results from Phillips de Pury & Company’s contemporary photography auction which I mentioned in a previous post, photomonth London has a photo fair taking place next Saturday (I will be selling HotShoe magazines and subscriptions), and there are a couple of photo seminars which may be of interest to freelance photographers.

Phillips de Pury & Company launched a new series of theme auctions of contemporary art and culture in London and New York over the summer. At the time, Simon de Pury, Chairman Phillips de Pury & Company said: “These sales will be ground-breaking and taste-making and be a great compliment to our core auction programme. Commencing with the first sale of the season, Now: Art of the 21st Century, in London on September 12, a further three sales will take place alternatively between New York and London… Now: Art of the 21st Century will offer the most exciting works of art, design and photography to be made since the Millennium and that will come to define our current epoch.”

I wrote a post about some of the photographs up for sale at the 26 September auction which also featured design, and contemporary art lots. Photographic works were listed in lots 1-82. From the results, which I looked through over the weekend, it looks like quite a few photographs are listed on the website as withdrawn/unsold. These include works by Simon Norfolk, Geir Moseid, Edgar Martins, Chris Steele-Perkins and Justine Kurland, which I mentioned in the previous post. However, there were some big sales – the top selling photo work was by Thomas Ruff which sold for almost £47,000.

To save time wading through the list of lots, I have picked out a number of works to give you an idea of the range of prices and the photographs which sold. The total sale for this three-part auction was £1,369,125 (inc premium). I have yet to ascertain what percentage of this total amount is made up of photographic sales.

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Photo events – Amnesty International and ArtInsight

Anyone interested in human rights, photojournalism and the media who is in London over the next two months should check out Amnesty International’s Media Awards 2009 – Human Rights in the Frame, a series of exhibitions and events exploring the contribution of photojournalists to our understanding of human rights and social justice, which runs from September to November.

High on the list of must-sees is a talk by Jenny Matthews, Collateral Damage – Women and War which takes place on 18 November at 19:00. Admission is free. No booking required.

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Photo news – Sunday Morning, afternoon and evening round up


© Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos, JAPAN. Road works and Fuji near Kawaguchiko. I stopped at some road works at night and Fuji was visible. I made a 4 minutes exposure and the flashing red lights combined with the green fluorescent light of Fujinomiya city reflecting from the clouds was almost hallucinogenic. 1999.

A day later than planned, here’s a round up of some of the photo news which may be of interest including a last call for applications for a £20,000 bursary, a conference on Humanising Photography in Durham, UK, and Magnum’s latest photography workshops where Chris Steele-Perkins, who took this photo, will be one of the six Magnum shooters leading one of the workshop in Barcelona, Spain.

You have until 25 September to apply for the National Media Museum’s £20,000 photography bursary scheme. Aimed at emerging photographers “the bursaries help talented photographers produce existing projects or a new body of work and provide support for them to develop and enhance their practice and profile”. All nationalities are welcome to apply as long as they are resident in the UK at the time of the award. Sponsors working in partnership with the Museum include Zelda Cheatle (WMG Photography Advisor and Curator) and James Hyman (James Hyman Gallery).

A previous recipient of the bursary documentary photographer Simon Roberts follows up his Russian adventure Motherland with the launch of his new book We English (published by Chris Boot, 2 October) at The Photographers’ Gallery this week. The work is also on show there from 1 September – 18 October in the Print Room where Roberts will be giving a talk on 30 September. Photographs from this project can also be seen in New York at the Klompching Gallery from 10 September – 24 October, and an exhibition of We English, which was produced with the help of a £7,000 award from the scheme, will take place in March 2010 at the NMM.

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