Monthly Archives: August 2009

Photo Philanthropy: Documentary Website & Resource

Photo Philanthropy is a site I just became aware of through the Society for Photographic Education website.  This site showcases the social documentary photographic work of Professionals, Amateurs, and Student photographers who partner with non-profit organizations and NGOs to tell their stories in photographs.  It is a great resource for both NGOs and photographers in getting the stories out there.

They put up my “Learning to Hope: Children, HIV, and Education in Botswana & Lesotho” for the African Library Project:

"Learning to Hope: Children, HIV, and Education in Lesotho" by Lesley Louden

"Learning to Hope: Children, HIV, and Education in Lesotho" by Lesley Louden

Soon they will have lists of NGOs that would like to have volunteer photographers photograph for them under this “Volunteers Opportunities” page.

A “Grant Opportunities” page and a “Workshop” page are two other great resource that they offer for photographers.


New Work from a Past Student: Rachel Phillips

Rachel Phillips "Fieldwork"

Rachel Phillips "Fieldwork"

Rachel says this series is definitely heavily influenced by the Staged Photo class that I held at Foothill College a few years ago that Rachel took!

Two pieces of Phillip’s work are hanging in the “It’s Still Life show at Rayko in San Francisco.  The opening is past, but the show will be up until September 22nd. It is a national juried show with A LOT of work–quite varied in technique and style.  My images are from a paper house series and are transfer printed onto vintage envelopes.

Check out this very creative and well done series online under “Fieldwork”:

SPE West – Conference & Student Scholarship

Society for Photographic Education West Conference

“UnConference” & Retreat Document and Identity

Dec. 4-6th, 2009 – Evergreen Conference Center (ECCO) Oakhurst, CA

KEYNOTE: Catherine Opie
Robbert Flick

Catherine Opie

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP call for entries: Winners will receive free admission and a weekend stay at 2009 West Regional “unConference” and retreat. Transportation to and from the retreat is not included.

To apply please submit the following by email:

1. In the body of an email list Your Name/ Category-Grad/Undergrad/ Your School/ email address/telephone number

In addition, include with the same email the following attachments.
2. Two to three paragraphs speaking about your current work and what your photographic ambitions are for the future.
3. One letter of reference from a school professor.
4. Five .jpg images of current work.

All documents (except images) must be delivered as PDF file attachments and be included with the original email submission.
Incomplete submissions will be disqualified. (Do not send multiple emails with various attachments – Only one email submission per student.) Incomplete submissions will be disqualified. Send submissions to

* The Evergreen Conference Center (ECCO) hosts groups of all types including University Arts Festivals. SPE WEST is not affiliated with any religious organizations.

Certain Scenarios (The Detroit Years): Tiffany Bolk

An Independent Blurb Book created by the Artist

Certain Scenarios (The Detroit Years) By Tiffany Bolk

Another friend, Tiffany Bolk, who went to Cranbrook with me just created a great blurb book with images that she made while photographing and working in Detroit.  She hung out with a lot of people in bands and made photographs of them in their homes.  She then started to get more dramatic with her work and began to stage, alter, and direct her photos inspired by short stories.  This is a progression that you can see as you look through the book from start to finish.

She has her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and my MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, both are in photography.

This is more of her art photography online:

Avedon @ SFMOMA

San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, July 11th – Nov. 29th, 2009

Avedon by Demarchelier

Avedon by Demarchelier

Did you see In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon at the Cantor Art Museum at Stanford a few years ago in Spring 2006?

If you did, don’t let that stop you from going to see the Avedon show at SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)! I haven’t seen the show yet but from what I have been hearing from friends (and blogs), it is completely worth the trek to get there to see a huge collection of his portraits from the politicians to artists and models.

Visit SFMOMA: The first Tuesday of every month is free at SFMOMA and usually $5 for special event shows.  Bring your student ID for other days besides the first Tuesday of each month ($9 for students).

Rare Architectural Photographs from India!

By Architectural Photographer, James Ewing

James was my studio-mate at Cranbrook Academy of Art where we both worked for 2 years to earn our MFA’s in photography.  I loved sharing my studio with James because he LOVES photography and was always really supportive.

In phone conversations, James has told me that his new work, completed last winter in India, pictures rare, modern views of these architectural sites in India by Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Roger Anger, & others.  James would often wake-up very early to capture these structures in amazing light!  Also, some of the images have him in them as a way to show the scale of these pieces, even through multiple exposures.

His new work is – Under-   PORTFOLIOS > New Work India!

This is a great example of how to display your photographic work in a multi-media platform:

James Ewing India Tour 2009

And Surface Magazine:

Apply for Photo-Exhibitions!

Approaching Deadlines: A List of Call for Entries and Exhibition/Contest Opportunities

If you have a series of work or a single image you believe is strong, you may want to apply to exhibitions to show your photographic-work.  Check this blog by Mary Viriginia Swanson “Marketing Photos” often for “Approaching Deadlines.”