LENSCULTURE: Street Photography Awards 2017

If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, 
 it’s a street photograph – Bruce Gilden

The 3rd annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2017 invite you to share your vision of the world’s streets! They want to discover today’s finest photographers capturing exceptional moments of life in all of its vibrant forms. Engage with the global photography community with your very best images: thei audience reaches over 2.5 million people around the world, and winners and finalists receive career-changing recognition for their work. In addition to international exposure, prizes and benefits include: an exhibition in San Francisco, projections at international photo festivals, $22,000 in cash awards and much more.

For the first time ever, they are waiving fees for anyone who enters a single image. They truly want to discover the most talented image-makers and believe that EVERY photographer deserves the opportunity for exposure and recognition without restriction. Show them your streets today!
Enter a series or 5+ images in the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2017 and get a free submission review! We believe that every photographer who enters deserves thoughtful feedback on their work. That’s why we have recruited over 100 of the top photo editors, educators, portfolio reviewers, curators, and other industry professionals to give you constructive feedback on your photography plus recommendations for improving your practice.


MAGIC MIRROR: Reflection + Perception in Photography at Daniel Cooney Fine Art

 Cecil Beaton
Charles James Dresses, 1948

 Melvin Sokolsky 

 Morris Engel 

Amos Mac 

Magic Mirror is an exciting exhibition of photographs that use reflections and mirrors as key elements in the aesthetic and conceptual composition of the image. Perception is a compelling concept whether one is referring to physically seeing a visual distortion or referring to the idea of how one perceives their own reflection.  

The topic allows for a large range of ideas, genres and concerns to be expressed as photographers have been drawn to the dynamic visual effect of reflections through out history. In this exhibition we have many unlikely cohorts such as 19th Century French photographer Felix Jacques Moulin and contemporary artist Allen Frame. Moulin's racy female nude posed in front of a mirror for a full view of her derriere contrasts with Frame's image of two young men admiring themselves in tank tops and tight jeans.

Cecil Beaton's classic 1948 color image of Charles James ball gowns reminds us of old world glamour while Corey Grant Tippin's 1974 Polaroid of Potassa De La Fayette exhibits the chic attitude and style of that era. Then Lyle Ashton Harris brings us up to date with his photograph of M Lamar checking his look in a public restroom mirror.

Taking a look at the world around us with striking landscapes and cityscapes are Lisette Model, Lee Friedlander, Morris Engel, Andre Kertesz and Daniel Kukla with a lush color image of the night desert. Fashion photographers have long used reflections as a way to energize their work such as Melvin Sokolsky's iconic "Bubble" photographs with the model posed in a transparent plastic orb that reflects it's surroundings and William Klein's infinitely reflected model in Paris.

Reflection and Perception in Photography
June 22 - July 21, 2017 

508 - 526 West 26th Street, Suite 9C, New York

Opening reception: Thursday, June 22!

Thanks to Dan Cooney for the text and photos!

ELLEN WALLENSTEIN: East Harlem Diptychs

 Ellen Wallenstein, East Harlem Diptychs

 Ellen Wallenstein, East Harlem Diptychs

Ellen Wallenstein, East Harlem Diptychs

"These images were made while I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Leonard Covello Senior Center on East 109th Street. They were made in a  very prescribed area on my way to and from my studio." – Ellen Wallenstein, East Harlem Diptychs
This exhibition is in conjunction with the group show "Summer in The City": works by Olivia Beens, Myrna Burks, Karin Bruckner, Elisabeth Jacobsen, Robert Ludwig, Carol Massa, Margo Mead, Kate Misset, Rod Record, Nieves Saah, Vera Sapozhnikova, Sheila Schmid, Angela Valeria and Jerry Vezzuso. And "On the Wall" will feature Barbara Lubliner's installation "Upcycled Tubes: Assert, Defend, Surrender & Youngsters". Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 AM - 5 PM, Saturday 11AM - 6PM

Photographs by Ellen Wallenstein
June 29 - July 20, 2017
    Carter Burden Gallery
    548 West 28th Street, #534, New York
Opening June 29 6-8 P.M.



Richard Renaldi, 05:14
Courtesy Richard Renaldi and Benrubi Gallery 

Join Aperture Foundation for the opening reception of Manhattan Sunday, with photographs by Richard Renaldi. Featuring photographs taken in Manhattan between midnight on Saturday and noon on Sunday, Manhattan Sunday is an homage to New York’s nightlife and a celebration of New York as palimpsest onto which millions of people project their ideal and imaginary lives.

Renaldi’s visual observations are rooted in the home he found himself, in “the mystery and abandonment of the club, the nightscape, and finally daybreak, each offering a transformation of Manhattan from the known world into a dreamscape of characters acting out their fantasies on a grand stage.”

Richard Renaldi (born in Chicago, 1968) graduated from New York University with a BFA in photography in 1990. Manhattan Sunday (Aperture, 2016) is the fourth body of Renaldi’s work published in book form, following Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006), Fall River Boys (2009), and Touching Strangers (Aperture, 2014). In 2015, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.

Opening Reception
Richard Renaldi: Manhattan Sunday
June 16, 2017  6 PM - 8 PM
Aperture Foundation
547 W 27th Street
New York, New York

Thanks to Aperture Foundation for this announcement.


LAST CALL TO ENTER: Black and White Exhibition A. Smith Gallery by June 19

731 Lexington Avenue, One Beacon Court, Architect Cesar Pelli
Photograph © Sean Perry 





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Entries due: June 19, 2017

Results emailed: July 3, 2017

Exhibition dates | August 4 to September 10, 2017

Receptions | August 26, 2017 from 4 to 8pm

More information: amanda@asmithgallery.com


MARYMARY projects: Allyson Anne Lamb • Desiree Kong • Ken Lavey

Ken Lavey, Untitled 2016

Desiree Kong • Allyson Anne Lamb • Ken Lavey
June 14 – 23, 2017
Opening Reception: June 15

529 West 20th St. #6E
NY NY 10011

More information here: 


SHERI LYNN BEHR: The Polaroid Project at the Amon Carter Museum

 Over / Under © Sheri Lynn Behr

Headshot © Sheri Lynn Behr

"In July, 2016, FEP Suisse / Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland notified me that two of my photographs in "The Polaroid Collection" were chosen for inclusion in "The Polaroid Project" exhibition and catalogue at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, from June 3-September 3, 2017, and then travel to the WestLicht Museum for Photography in Vienna, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, C/O Berlin, and finish in late 2019 at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s very exciting and an honor to be part of it.” –Sheri Lynn Behr

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology

"The Polaroid Project" surveys the history of the innovative photographic company Polaroid and its intersection with art, science, and technology during the second-half of the twentieth century. Featuring a wide-ranging group of artists, the exhibition showcases the diversity of works produced over several decades. The Project displays a variety of image sizes and formats produced over the years and the rich legacy of technological and artistic experimentation that the company enabled prior to its obsolescence. This exhibition has been organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/NewYork/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration with the MIT Museum, Cambridge, Mass., and the WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna.
June 3, 2017–September 3, 2017
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth, Texas

Sheri Lynn Behr
Beyond Recognition 

PADDLE 8: Live Auction to June 12th!

Stephen Shore
U.S. Route 10, Post Falls, Idaho, August 25

From his seminal series “Uncommon Places,” Stephen Shore’s photograph was taken during one of several road trips that the artist took across the United States between 1969 and 1979. Described as “...the daily experiences of an astute wandering stranger,” Shore uses a carefully fixed frame and bold colors—in a gesture reminiscent to postcards, of which Shore was an avid collector—to capture both the familiar and the uncanny of the great American landscape.

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Madrid, 1933

Henri Cartier-Bresson remains one of the leading and most influential photographers, having photographed tirelessly and internationally, producing an extensive account of the modern era. Concentrating on the quick and candid moments in a scene, Cartier-Bresson used the speed of photography to capture intimate details, seeing in them the significance of an entire event. This image of a group of young boys in Madrid notes both the expressions and internal dynamics between them as well as their interaction with the camera and the photographer’s presence. Immobilizing their gaze with the camera, the suspense and curiosity of the scene builds but remains balanced by the central figure who looks at the viewer directly, full of cheek.  

Morris Engel
Shoe Shine Boy, Times Square, 1947

A native Brooklynite and pioneering member of The Photo League, Morris Engel is noted for his early documentary photographs of New York, of which “Shoe Shine Boy, Times Square” is a wonderfully dynamic example. Though primarily focused on a single figure—the titular shoe shine boy, clad in cuffed jeans—Engel’s photograph skillfully captures the frenzied energy of mid-century Times Square, with its proliferation of flashy text, its vast, varied expanse of crowd, and a distorted reflection of the city’s notoriously nasty traffic occupying the right side of the image.

 Angela Strassheim
Untitled (Danielle)
American photographer, born 1969 

Herb Ritts
Duo IV, Mexico, 1990

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) revolutionized fashion photography, modernized the nude, and transformed celebrities into icons. He often made use of the bright California sunlight to produce bold contrasts, and his preference for outdoor locations, such as the desert and the beach, helped to separate his work from that of his New York-based peers. From the late 1970s until Ritts's untimely death in 2002, his ability to create images that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill, but also marked the synergistic union between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s

PADDLE 8's Live Photography Auction features a curated selection of rare works by masters such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Stephen Shore, Cindy Sherman, Herb Ritts, Paul Caponigro, Andre Kertesz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Danny Lyon, David Lachapelle, and many more well known photographers. View their on-line Gallery. Bid until June 12th.

Closes June 12th, 2017

Contact: Joslin Van Arsdale
Senior Specialist, Photographs | Paddle8
T: 310.926.2695

W. EUGENE SMITH MEMORIAL FUND: Humanity's Goodness in Our Current Times

© 1989 Recipient, Cristina Garcia Rodero

We challenge you to create a project that reminds us of 
"Humanity's Goodness in Our Current Times"

W. Eugene Smith Grant: One Grand Prize winner will receive $35,000 whose work is reminiscent of legendary photo-essayist W. Eugene Smith in its inherent compassion. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition. Non-photographers are encouraged to enter the Howard Chapnick Grant, a $5,000 grant for fields ancillary to photojournalism including editing and research. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.  www.smithfund.org

The 2017 application deadline is: 
Saturday, June 10. 2017


VMFA: Beuford Smith and Shawn Walker June 7

 Lower East Side, New York City. 1969
Photograph © Beuford Smith

 Photograph © Beuford Smith

 Photograph © Beuford Smith

 117th Street, Harlem. Ca. 1960
Photograph © Shawn Walker 

 Family on Easter, Harlem, NY, March 30th, 1975
Photograph © Shawn Walker 

Focus Series Celebration

A special Focus Series Celebration of Photography with Beuford Smith, Shawn Walker, and Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts June 7, 2017, 6-8pm! 

Dr. Sarah Eckhardt will have a conversation with photographers Beuford Smith and Shawn Walker, whose works are featured in the current exhibition, A Commitment to the Community: The Black Photographers Annual, Volume I (through Oct. 3) Smith, the founder and chief photography editor of The Black Photographers Annual, worked closely with Walker who served as a picture editor for this key publication that ran from 1973 through 1980. Together they will discuss the Annual, their participation in the New York photography collective, The Kamoinge Workshop, and the role of jazz as a metaphor and subject in photography.

Following the lecture, join us in the Cochrane Atrium for cocktails and live music by the Kelli Strawbridge Quartet including favorites from John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach and other jazz greats.

The Focus Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends level. As space is limited, the conversation with Dr. Eckhardt will be offered at 6 pm in the Cheek Theater and will be simulcast in the Marble Hall.

Focus Series Celebration:
Beuford Smith and Shawn Walker
Wed, Jun 7, 6–8 pm 
Leslie Cheek Theater
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 



PORTRAITS: A Call For Entries

"When you are making a photograph, you are taking a few hours, sometimes just a few minutes, of a person's life. But you are not part of their lives; you are a kind of witness within time and space." – Joel-Peter Witkin (Interview here)

Juror: Elizabeth Avedon
Deadline to Enter: July 15th, 2017
 Exhibition: November 1 - December 15, 2017

Please enter your portraits, self-portraits, and likenesses. As Juror, I'm looking for committed artists  with a clear voice; a narrative flow; an image that takes me on an unknown journey. I'm always interested in beauty, curiosity, nerve, illusion, and the magic of photography. Enter here

Exhibition: November 1 - December 15, 2017
Artist’s Reception: November 10, 2017
 South x Southeast Photogallery
Molena, Georgia

MONA KUHN: The First Chapter

Join Mona Kuhn for a Walk-Thru at Euqinom Projects in San Francisco. She will be sharing stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Saturday June 3, 2017 6-8pm. EUQINOM projects at Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco.

These works are the first part of an ongoing series, called POEMS, she began two years ago. Partially inspired by the earthly delights of Hieronymus Bosch’s gardens and some of the frescos on the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel.

through June 10th, 2017
Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco

Read more about Mona Kuhn's series

LENSCRATCH: The Elizabeth Avedon Mixtape

Greeting Lucille Ball, Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas

LENSCRATCH is revisiting some of our favorite posts, Mixtapes, and Interviews this week! Today we feature Elizabeth Avedon’s Mixtape and learn more about her remarkable life and celebrate her contributions to our community. Elizabeth carries a lifetime of creative seeing, that combined with her exposure to the greats of design and photography, add up to a remarkable ability to make her mark on all aspects of design that surround the photograph. Her down-to-earth generosity and unflagging enthusiasm for all things photographic make her a very special member of our community. It is with great pleasure that I introduce THE ELIZABETH AVEDON MIXTAPE!

LENSCRATCH is a daily journal that explores contemporary photography and offers opportunities for exposure and community. Created in 2007, Aline Smithson set a goal of writing about a different photographer each day, presenting work in a way that allows for a deeper understanding of a photographer’s intent and vision. Thanks to LENSCRATCH for this Mixtape Rerun!