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Showing posts with label Review Santa Fe 2010. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Review Santa Fe 2010. Show all posts

Monday, June 07, 2010

review wrap-up

Review SF Part One

Review SF Part Two

Review SF Part Three

I've hit the ground running now that I'm back in KC. There is much to do as we enter the homestretch preparing for the CTT fundraiser. Santa Fe Review was a really good experience for me; I'm glad I went. Laura Pressley, Center's Executive Director and Jessica Taylor Watts-Parker, Operations Manager, are to be congratulated on a weekend extremely well organized and executed.

I was especially glad to have had the opportunity to meet and see the work of fellow photographers Doug Beasley, Dana Popa, David Rochkind, Sora Devore and Eileen Kennedy.

I also felt especially privileged to meet and get constructive critiques from Michelle Monroe (Monroe Gallery), Jamie Wellford (Newsweek), Josh Haner (New York Times) and Laura Valenti (Newspace Gallery).

I'm looking forward to lots of good things coming from these encounters. Will keep you posted!

Saturday, June 05, 2010


What an amazing evening last night at Review Santa Fe. Several HUNDRED locals people wove their way through aisles and aisles of portfolio cases and eager photographers. The fact that so many people around here are interested in/love photography is impressive and well, pretty mind blowing.

I don't have much time to write, as I'm preparing for my busy day of reviews, but I will list some highlights from last night:

Many reviewers made a point to get around and see everyone's work, which is impressive considering that they'd been looking at images all day long.

Reviewers whom I had hoped to get twenty minutes with (but didn't due to the lottery) stopped at my table, and we were able to, in a couple cases, spend even more time together.

Everyone was there to become genuinely engaged with the photographs and the photographers.

The curator of The George Eastman House stopped by for a wonderful conversation (I had shown him work at a previous review) and informed me that he will be purchasing some of my work for the collection!

I met a young couple who had just returned from Uganda and who actually work for DIG, the organization that helped us put in a garden at the orphanage two years ago. The knew all about Change the Truth. Such a surprise encounter!

A man who was profoundly wise and thoughtful, who spent a long time looking at my work and who engaged me in a deeply philosophical dialogue about photography in general (and what I am doing in particular), turned out to be the extraordinary William Clift.

I was asked to participate in a group show about Africa at a gallery in San Francisco for next fall.

I met the editor of a fabulous on-line photo zine who asked me to be in the fall issue.

After talking about and looking at my own work for such a long period of time, I realized which project is the most important to me and that which I am most passionate about, and ultimately, which project is probably the most successful.

The woman who was hawking her wares next to me became my friend during the course of the evening, and we went out to dinner together afterward. A margarita from Coyote Cafe Cantina and conversation with a new photo pal were the perfect ways to end a perfect day.

More later...

Friday, June 04, 2010

tired eyes/happy ears

Mostly what you do at Review Santa Fe is look at other photographer's pictures (and give them feedback) and listen intently while they and the reviewers give you feedback on your own pictures.

There are a lot of pictures here in Santa Fe this weekend. My eyes are getting bloodshot. But I'm seeing some really nice work.

The best part of today, though, has been the positive response I've received from the three reviewers I saw. (There are 40; the matches between photographer and reviewer are made through the process of a lottery. We photographers ranked our picks for review sessions. I got appointments with 9 of my top 12, for example.)

I schlepped three portfolios with me: the Streetcar Series, Uganda and The Sea Series. I show whichever work best fits the reviewer and whatever addresses that which I hope to gain from the meeting.

My reviews with The New York Times and Newsweek were fantastic. It's not that you'll be seeing my byline on the pages of either publication anytime soon. It's that a good introduction has been made, and they know about my work now. In both cases, they also really liked it (Sally Field-ish I am this afternoon!) and want to be kept abreast of my projects.

Both involved really thoughtful, productive, informative and positive conversations.

I'm even going to be recommended as a NYT Kansas City shooter. So... if anything newsworthy happens in KC, something which the Times wants to cover, I'm their woman!

Here are some photos of people looking at work - the first is of one of two rooms where the review sessions take place, the next is a reviewer and photographer during a session and the last one shows participants looking at each other's work.

Tonight the community of Santa Fe is invited to view our photographs at an open portfolio viewing event. It's been well publicized locally and was even mentioned in Art in America, so hopefully we'll have lots of interested collectors and art lovers on hand for the 2 1/2 hour browsing session.

Tomorrow is round two of photo review speed dating. I have six appointments scheduled.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

review santa fe

As many of you know, I wear a few different hats. For the next few days, I'll be donning the one that has the word PHOTOGRAPHER emblazoned across the front.

A few months ago my work was juried into Center's Portfolio Review in Santa Fe. I've been a little distracted by dolls since then, but by tomorrow morning I need to have my suitcase and portfolios packed.

I'm hoping to continue blogging while I'm in the land of enchantment. It will be a grueling three days, jammed pack with some high profile review sessions (me on one side of the table shaking in my boots while someone on the other side of the table gives me a critique - and hopefully a show or an assignment or purchase of my work for a collection or some encouragement or maybe just some kind words.) I'll also have the opportunity to meet 99 other photographers, all of whom are working on interesting and worthwhile projects.

Over the course of my time there, I'll have nine 20 minute review sessions with people from places like The New York Times, The New Yorker, Haggerty Museum of Art and Newspace Gallery.

Stay tuned for more doll postings when I return early next week. For now, if you are interested, follow along as I experience the emotionally and physically draining, exhilarating and humbling experience known as Review Santa Fe.

Check out the program and the work of the other participating photographers here.

Oh, and if you'd like to see all the dolls, they are now posted here. No bios or photos of the artists (those will come later on this blog) but at least you can get an eyeful of the whole amazing collection. It's very impressive!