Photographs (c) Elizabeth Paul Avedon /All Rights Reserved.

Soma Watanabe, son of photographer Hiroshi Watanabe, explores the Alexey Brodovitch Galleries at the Hearst 8 X 10 Photographers Biennial Meet The Artists Event. More event photos can be viewed HERE. Congratulations to:

Brad Carlile Andy Freeberg Mark Kessell
Edith Maybin Louie Palu Benedikt Partenheimer
Nicholas Prior Hiroshi Watanabe

Anoush Abrar & Aimee Hoving Christoph Bangert Rachael Dunville
Roger Eberhard Blake Fitch Jan-Claude Louis Will Steacy
Maura Sullivan David H. Wells David Zimmerman



ROB HAGGART: A Photo Editor

Magazine Interview via aphotoeditor.com

If you haven't followed Rob Haggart's, A Photo Editor blog, you've been missing some of the most interesting and informative updates for professional photographers, photo editors and all other readers. Haggart, the former Director of Photography for Men's Journal and Outside Magazine, is a voice of sanity amid the current chaos on the state of magazine and book publishing today, ongoing copyright issues, industry news, and a good resource for creative professionals in general.

This week, "A Photo Editor" posted Richard Avedon's 1976 groundbreaking portrait series THE FAMILY, depicting the most powerful figures in the American political, military, media, and corporate elite at that time. Before the Annie Leibovitz Clinton Administration portraits in 1993's Vanity Fair, and before the recent NY Times portraits of Obama’s Cabinet, this series was commissioned by Jann Wenner for Rolling Stone Magazine.
THE FAMILY: http://www.aphotoeditor.com
All three series: http://petergrahamcom.blogspot.com



 Boy from Kham, Tibet
  Photograph (c) Sonam Zoksang /All Rights Reserved

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President Barack Obama
(c) Sonam Zoksang /All Rights Reserved

Monks waiting for His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Sera Monastery
(c) Sonam Zoksang /All Rights Reserved

SONAM ZOKSANG was born in Kyirong, Tibet in 1960 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet. His parents escaped to India when Zoksang was one month old. He grew up in refugee schools, got a degree in Buddhist Dialectics, and taught himself photography. In 1985 Zoksang moved to the US, where he now runs Vision of Tibet. Active in the Tibetan Community as an advocate for human rights and political change, he is on the Board of Directors of the US Tibet Committee and has been president of the Tibetan Association of New York and New Jersey.

Sonam Zoksangs mission is to tell the story of his homeland through photography. He does this by documenting Tibetans and Tibetan life, both in and out of Tibet. Whenever possible, he travels to Tibet to document the conditions in his Chinese-occupied homeland. He often takes pictures of Tibetan refugee communities in India, as well as in the US and other countries. Zoksang’s slide presentations at schools and cultural and community centers are always well-attended; he seeks out these opportunities as he feels education is particularly important. His photos have been widely published in books, magazines, and newspapers, and are widely exhibited, one major show having been in a US Congressional building in Washington DC. That exhibition was forced to close after less than one week due to political pressure.
Sonam has an enormous archive of photographs he's taken over decades of travels with H.H. The Dalai Lama, as well as very elegant landscapes of Tibet and India. I keep the Boy From Kham (center) with his hopeful face posted on my wall at all times.



Coliseo Gallo de Oro 2. (c) Hiroshi Watanabe

"A current that underlies my work is the concept of preservation. I make every effort to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around me, a world in flux that, at very least in my mind, deserves preservation, and that I constantly seek to expand"

HIROSHI WATANABE is a California-based Japanese photographer. Born in Sapporo, Watanabe graduated from Nihon University in photography in 1975 and moved to Los Angeles, where he worked producing television commercials. He obtained an MBA from UCLA in 1993, but two years later his earlier interest in photography revived; from 2000 he has worked full time at photography.

Watanabe's first published book was I See Angels Every Day, monochrome portraits of the patients and other scenes within San Lázaro psychiatric hospital in Quito, Ecuador. This won the 2007 Photo City Sagamihara award for Japanese professional photographers. In 2007 Watanabe won a Critical Mass award from Photolucida that allowed publication of his monograph Findings.

Hiroshi Watanabe is One of 8 winners in the current Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial.
8 X 10
Exhibition : April 1-Sept. 2009 The Alexey Brodovitch and Hearst Gallery, Hearst Tower Galleries, 300 West 57th Street, NY, NY www.hearst8x10.com

Hiroshi Watanabe's photograph Vietnam War Memorial, Washington DC is included in George Eastman House Exhibition Seeing Ourselves through 2010. Podcast by George Eastman House: “SEEING OURSELVES”

Hiroshi Watanabe's Upcoming Exhibitions

June 18 –September 05, 2009 “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (Group Show)Bonni Benrubi Gallery 41 E. 57th Street 13th Floor, New York, NY 10022

July 1 – December 31, 2009 “Ideology in Paradise” Friends' Center, Angkor Hospital for Children, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angkor Hospital for Children sponsored by Friends Without A Border is a Pediatric Hospital providing free treatment and care to the children in the Siem Reap area. Please donate to the Angkor Hospital for Children.

September 5 – October 28, 2009 "American Leitmotiv" (b&w photographs of the US) AD-Galerie, route de la Gare,1, 1272 Genolier, VD, Switzerland

Web: www.hiroshiwatanabe.com


TOD PAPAGEORGE: Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

Photograph (c) Tod Papageorge/Courtesy Pace/MacGill, New York

TOD PAPAGEORGE is one of four artists nominated for this year's Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. Originally an English Literature major at the University of New Hampshire, and, since 1979, Yale's Director of Graduate Studies in Photography, he is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, two NEA Visual Artists Fellowships, author of important essays and many articles on photography, and a photographer whose work has been collected in major collections all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Tod Papageorge's photographs are up for the prestigious 2009 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize now being exhibited at The Photographers Gallery, London. This exhibition runs through April 11, 2009. The Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW.

Interview by Richard B. Woodward BOMB MAGAZINE
Interview by Christine Smallwood: THE NATION
Insight BLOG
Steidl Book Passing Through Eden
Tod Papageorge at PACE/MACGILL
Sent from Tod Papageorge: A ROBERT FRANK INTERVIEW


WILLIAM CLIFT: Photographs + Books

Charis, Bandelier, N.M., 1974
Photograph Copyright (c) William Clift

"Intuition precedes everything. When I look back at my first photographs taken around 12 years old, I'm surprised certain things are there so early in one's life. You have no idea where the hell it comes from."

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WILLIAM CLIFT is recognized for his exquisite New Mexico landscapes, of Mont Saint-Michel, France, for documentation of our nation’s courthouses, the New York State Capitol in Albany, and the Hudson River Valley. Past publications include Certain Places (1987), A Hudson Landscape (1993) and A Particular World (2008). He grew up on Boston's Beacon Hill and now lives with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

As early as 10 years old, Clift was already working in his own darkroom from images he'd taken with his Brownie camera. He saved his money summer after summer caddying until he'd saved enough to purchase a Poloroid camera in 1956. As film was expensive, he was very careful to take only a very few images. Not taking quantities of pictures has seemingly become a habit that's lasted throughout his career.

At 12, he photographed the luminous image Barbara's Table, Boston, Mass., 1956 (the frontispiece of his book Certain Places) with his Poloroid. At 15, he took his first photography workshop with Paul Caponigro. He became the youngest member of the Association of Heliographers (named after the 1929 sun-imagery process) founded by Walter Chappell, along with Caponigro, Marie Cosindas, and a few other established photographers.

WILLIAM CLIFT's latest book, A Particular World, may be one of the most exceptional photography books of this decade. An assembly of 25 color photographs by William Clift taken with a Poloroid Spectra camera of his family and home.

Designed by Eleanor Caponigro. Pearmain Press, 2008
Available at Photo-Eye Books

William Clift Website