2011

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I will be presenting HOW TO GET WORK FROM AD AGENCIES on Thursday, October 27th at 8:45 am at PDN PHOTOPLUS EXPO. Joining me will be panelists Agent Ray Brown, EVP, Senior Creative Director, BBDO NY Dennis Lim, Photographer Glen Wexler and Sr Art Buyer, McGarry Bowen Amy Zimmerman. This program is geared toward any photographer who is looking to get work from ad agencies. To register, please visit here.

On Friday at 1:30 pm, I will be presenting HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BEST REP with panelists Photographer Robert Whitman and Patti Zarkin, V.P. Senior Art Producer at Publicis New York. Whether or not you have an agent, you still have to be the one in control of your business. To register, please visit here

I will be presenting COPYRIGHT: KNOW IT OR BLOW IT  on Wednesday, October 26th at SVA with guests Photographer and Author John Harrington, Photographer and PLUS CEO Jeff Sedlik and Attorney James Silverberg. This is a free program sponsored by APA National. Panel discussion is from 10am – 1 pm and a tutorial with John Harrington who will teach you the correct way to register your images with the US Copyright Office is from 2pm – 4pm.  PLEASE RSVP HERE.

And on Wednesday, November 2nd, I’ll be in Rochester, NY presenting at RIT from 6pm – 10 pm, and in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 5th at 3pm at FOTOWEEK DC. If you’re in or near any of those cities, I’d love to see you.

Not permitting the economic downturn of the past few years dampen his drive, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Brian Smith along with generous support from Sony Electronics photographed celebrities from film, music, television and theatre working with The Creative Coalition for ART & SOUL: STARS UNITE TO CELEBRATE AND SUPPORT THE ARTS. The book features 123 stunning portraits (all photographed with Sony’s a900 DSLR camera) along with handwritten notes from the celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Spike Lee, Tony Bennett, Adrien Brody and many others who all share their personal thoughts on how art has influenced their lives and our culture.

ART & SOUL is the cornerstone of a grassroots campaign that focuses national attention on the need to ensure that arts in America thrive and flourish.  According to Smith, ““This project provided a wonderful way for all of the artists involved to give back and encourage future generations of creative artists.”

A generous portion of the proceeds from the sales of ART & SOUL goes toward supporting the work of The Creative Coalition, the premier nonprofit advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment communities. The book can be purchased here.

October is National Arts Month and this is a perfect way for all of us to help.

MIchael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. Photograph by Robert Whitaker.

Few people got to see this album cover that showed the Beatles in white butcher coats wearing chunks of raw meat and dismembered dolls that was to be officially released on June 15, 1966. The day before its release, Capitol Records killed it due to distributors’ objections. Known in Beatles lore as “the butcher cover”, the album was a compilation record offering songs from previous albums in addition to songs from the then coming “Revolver’ album.

Hundreds of thousands of copies were believed to have been recalled, but 25,000 may have been sold. While this was the only Beatles record to lose money for the record label, it did make it to Number 1 on July 30th and remained there for five weeks.

Robert Whitaker said the idea for the cover was solely his. Unopened copies of the album, originally sold for $2.99 have gone for more than $20,000. The photographer never owned one.

Robert Whitaker passed away on September 20th. RIP

Georgia O'Keefe and ranch hand. Ansel Adams © 2011 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

This photograph is one of 70 from The Museum Set portfolio,  a collection of hand printed images by Adams that he considered to be his best work. While the portfolio includes images most frequently associated with Adams, it also contains portraits and architectural imagery. Thanks to his daughter, Anne Adams Helms, “Classic Images: Ansel Adams” can be seen at Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois through January 8, 2012. If you’re in the Chicago area, you won’t want to miss this exhibit.

Romania 1968 - Josef Koudelka-Magnum

This photograph is one of the many amazing images from the revised and expanded version of Koudelka: Gypsies from Aperture. Originally published in 1975 and considered one of the most influential photography books of the 20th century, the book features 109 images of Europe’s Roma populations in Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. To read more please visit here.

How to insult a large portion of your customer base:

The following quote from the Nikon Official Facebook Fan Page (which was posted by Nikon, or more accurately, someone who works for Nikon) prompted a slew of  comments, yet at the time of reading about this an amazing 1,455 people  “liked” the comment. (I’m guessing those who liked the post were not pros.)

“A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses, and a good lens is essential to taking good pictures! Do any of our facebook fans use any of the NIKKOR lenses? Which is your favorite and what types of situations do you use it for?”

That first sentence is a problem. Evidently Nikon is unaware that women are photographers too. I’d bet that Julia Margaret Cameron, Anne Brigman, Lotte Jacobi, Berenice Abbott, Tina Modotti, Margaret Bourke-White, Imogen Cunningham, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Dorothea Lange, Ruth Bernhard, Diane Arbus, Lisette Model, Inge Morath, Ruth Orkin, Lee Miller, Nan Goldin, Annie Leibovitz, Eve Arnold, Lillian Bassman, Joyce Tenneson, Lauren Greenfield, Lynn Goldsmith, Carol Guzy, Carolyn Cole, Cindy Sherman, Sandy Skoglund, Susan Meiselas, Mary Ellen Mark, Sally Mann and many, many more would be surprised to learn that according to Nikon they didn’t or don’t exist. Especially since some of them practice their craft with a Nikon.

I’d also bet that professional photographers, male or female, would be surprised to learn that skill and knowledge is not integral to being a professional photographer. All that matters is the equipment.

Realizing that the wording of their post constituted a giant faux-pas, Nikon later posted the following statement:

“We know some of you took offense to the last post and we apologize, as it was not our aim to insult any of our friends. Our statement was meant to be interpreted that the right equipment can help you capture amazing images. We appreciate the passion you have for photography and your gear, and know that a great picture is possible anytime and anywhere.”

There’s that equipment thing again.

This brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from the great Robert Doisneau…”If I knew how to take a good photograph, I’d do it every time.”

ATTN: Nikon – it takes more than equipment.

Photo: "Atlantic City, Four Women," circa 1960s by John W. Mosley.

Works from more than 40 photographers and artists are represented in “Posing Beauty in African American Culture” at USC’s Fisher Museum of Art. The exhibition features more than 80 pieces, most being black and white photographs and is curated by Deborah Willis, a NYU professor and chair of the school’s photography and imaging department.

A panel discussion with Willis as moderater “Posing Beauty Posing Questions” is scheduled for October 4th at 5 PM in the Grand Ballroom, Ronald Tutor Campus Center at USC.

For more info visit here.

STOP GIVING YOUR MONEY AWAY!

Understanding how to put copyright to work for you is crucial to your success as a photographer.

I’ll be in Salt Lake City on Friday, August 5th at the PDN Outdoor Expo to present Copyright: KNOW IT OR BLOW It from 8 am – 10 am. Joining me will be Photographer and Educator Patrick Donahue to discuss the following: Why Copyright Registration Matters; What To Do When Your Image Has Been Infringed; How and When To Choose An Attorney; Fair Use-When It Really Fair and Copyright = $.

If you’re in or near the Salt Lake City area you won’t want to miss this entertaining and informative program that promises to inspire and empower.

For more info please visit here. For discounted conference passes and registration please visit here.

Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes, co-authors of PUBLISH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK will be in San Francisco on Monday, August 1st at 7 PM at SF Camerawork to present a a visual presentation for artists wanting to bring their work to book form. A book signing will follow and ifyou don’t already own a copy, this book is an absolute must have! If you can’t make it to the lecture, you can purchase the book here.

This program is free and open to all.

SF Camerawork   657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor   San Francisco, California 94105

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