JEAN-JACQUES NAUDET: The Hood Metal Awarded by The Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society awarded Jean-Jacques Naudet, publisher and editor-in-chief of L'Oeil de la Photography, aka The Eye of Photography, the Hood Metal for his achievements in the art and science of photography. 

Jean-Jacques Naudet, above with wife Shiva, was awarded the Royal Photographic Society's Hood Medal. Past recipients of the Hood Metal include Lord Snowdon, Richard Attenborough and Jacques Cousteau among many others since 1933.

The Royal Photographic Society awarded Jean-Jacques Naudet, publisher and editor-in-chief of L'Oeil de la Photography, aka The Eye of Photography, the Hood Metal. The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853, to promote the art and science of photography, a mission it continues to this day. RPS has announced the recipients of its annual Awards at a ceremony held at the Royal Society, in London. The Awards have been given since 1878,and recognizes achievements in the art and science of photography. 
"It came in the post one morning. The Royal Photographic Society has awarded you a medal for your outstanding contribution to the advancement of photography! I was absolutely over-the-moon - it was like Christmas, right in the middle of summer! I was even more delighted when I saw that the other winners included Maria Morris Hambourg, the legendary Founding Curator of the Met’s department of photographs, Wolfang Tillmans, Bryan Adams and Nadav Kander. The news came after a tough spring and summer spent waiting to get the new version of the website online. The award is not only for me but for the whole team of L’Oeil de la Photographie, headed by Ericka Weidmann. It’s been quite an adventure and after various different formats, we are now on the brink of success, thanks to our contributors and the backing of some wonderful supporters, especially Maja Hofmann. 
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony as a fortnight after the news came through, my eldest son Gédéon announced that he would be getting married in Tuscany on the same date!.”  – Jean-Jacques Naudet

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 Elizabeth Avedon: How did you first become involved in photography?

Jean-Jacques Naudet: Totally by pure coincidence. When I was a young journalist I started working at Vogue on movie reviews. It was very very badly paid. One day Shiva announced she was pregnant. We wanted to stop being extremely poor. Vogue was great because although I was not very well paid, we were invited everywhere, from cocktails to receptions, all kinds of social events. But it was not possible to bring a small baby to openings and cocktails, so I had to decide to work in another magazine and by pure coincidence I was at French PHOTO.

I didn’t know anything about photography when I started. I discovered photography and photography became a passion. Roger Thérond - who was, who is my mentor, and was the Director of Match, the Director of PHOTO, in fact he was the Director of the Hachette Filipacchi Publishing Company; for the second piece I had to write for PHOTO, Roger sent me to go and meet Romeo Martinez and make an issue about the History of Photography. So I went to see Romeo. I was really really impressed and Romeo gave me all the information I wanted and then he said, “What do you know about Atget?” I said, ”Atget. Great photographer, loved by the Surrealists and the one who made us remember the old Paris.”

He said, “Tell me about Atget and the prostitutes?” and I didn’t know anything about Atget and the prostitutes. “So, maybe one day we will meet again, but next time try to know better about Atget and the prostitutes. If you don’t know about Atget and the prostitutes, you will never know anything about photography. During the next five years I never met Romeo, then one day by chance I bumped into him at an opening and I said, “You know, I know better about Atget and the prostitutes.” So I gave him proof and that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. After Roger, he was my second mentor in photography. Read More of My Exclusive Interview with Jean-Jacques Naudet • here •


"Photographing a Love Story"
Photograph © Lauren Fleishman

The School of Visual Arts and Dear Dave Magazine present a talk by Lauren Fleishman (BFA 2001 Photography) about the process of making her recently published photography book, "The Lovers" (Schilt Publishing 2015).

Inspired by the love letters her grandfather wrote to her grandmother during World War II, "The Lovers" documents the stories of couples who have been together for more than 50 years.

 A Talk by Lauren Fleishman:
Friday, October 9th 2015
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St, NYC
Doors open at 7:00PM Presentation at 7:30PM
Free and open to the public 


SOUTH X SOUTHEAST PHOTO MAGAZINE: September // October Issue // ReDesign

Rushing Photograph © Sally Mann

In The American West
Design by Elizabeth Avedon
The Newly Designed : Sept / Oct, 2015 Issue

South x Southeast Photo Magazine is a bi-monthly online magazine featuring fine art photography of the American Southeast. Founded in 2011, SxSE publishes in-depth interviews, galleries from a selection of our calls for submission, book reviews, festival and fair reviews, information on workshops, gallery and museum openings. SxSE’s editorial commitment has always been to provide a platform for photographers working in the American Southeast, as well as work from outside the region of those who call the South their home.

Now redesigned with the launch of South x Southeast Photo Magazine's September // October 2015 issue, the magazine is now free online for all. Too many excellent articles, interviews and book reviews to list, here are a sampling to check out: Sally Mann Talks with Jerry Atnip; Elizabeth Avedon Interview With Jerry Atnip; Harold Feinstein “One Hundred Flowers” by Tony Casadonte, Lumiere Gallery Atlanta, Andrew Feiler Talks With SXSE Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Nancy McCrary and many more...

Many thanks to Jerry Atnip for interviewing me in the same issue as photo luminary, Sally Mann

HUNT'S THREE RING CIRCUS: American Groups Before 1950 // At ICP

Century Photographers, Edward J. Kelty (American, 1888–1967). Hunt’s Three Ring Circus, Northport, Long Island, NY, June 26, 1931

Men with bow ties, 1890's. Horner Studio

“The Human U.S. Shield, 30,000 Officers; Men, at Camp Custer, Battle Creek Michigan, Brigadier General Howard L. Laubauch, Commanding”, 1918.  Mole; Thomas (Arthur Mole b. England 1889 – died US 1983 & John D. Thomas, American, dates unknown) 
Unknown Studio, Oddfellows, n.d.

Collector and Curator, W. M. Hunt
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon

Hunt’s Three Ring Circus has been organized by collector and curator W. M. Hunt in collaboration with the International Center of Photography. The exhibition is sponsored by the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, in partnership with Jones Lang LaSalle, as a community-based public service.

Hunt’s Three Ring Circus
September 28, 2015 – January 8, 2016
Gallery // Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery
Between 51st and 52nd Streets, New York City 

The International Center of Photography is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. www.icp.org



 "Animal Print Fan" 2015 Harlem, NYC
 Photograph © Ruben Natal-San Miguel 

 "Priceless" (Anthony) 2015 Astoria, Queens, NYC
Photograph © Ruben Natal-San Miguel  

"The Living Doll" 2013 Orchard Beach, Bronx, NY
Photograph © Ruben Natal-San Miguel  

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6–8pm !

"Street Life : A NYC Vanishing Act"
September 9 – October 3, 2015
15 White Street, NYC



 fossils of light + time
Bones, 25 Cooper Square, New York City © Sean Perry

 fossils of light + time
Murder of Birds #9 © Jason Paul Roberts

The Detroit Center For Contemporary Photography is proud to announce a presale for fossils of light + time, a limited edition photographic publication curated by Elizabeth Avedon. Black and white photographs were submitted reflecting the spirit of a beautiful and seductive quote by Daido Moriyama, "If you were to ask me to define a photograph in a few words, I would say it is “a fossil of light and time.” Selected artists include Hiroshi Watanabe, Sean Perry, David J. Carol, Susan May Tell, Jaime Permuth and many more. 

There are only 70 copies available for purchase so make sure to reserve yours today.  

fossils of light + time
ONLY 70 copies available!
$48 + shipping ($6 in US/ $12 for international)
Limited Edition of 250
Smyth Sewn
Perfect Bound
12" x 8.75"
50 pages
Foil Stamped Cover

Front Cover: Bones, 25 Cooper Square, New York City by Sean Perry
Back Cover: Murder of Birds #9 by Jason Paul Roberts
 Selected Artists
Hiroshi Watanabe, Susan May Tell, Sean Perry, David J. Carol, Jaime Permuth, Jason Florio, Samantha Geballe, Laurent Girard, Donna Rosser, Michael Kirchoff, Traer Scott, Alexandra Huddleston, Danielle Kelly, Michael Shapiro, Anna Agoston, William King, Kathryn Mussallem, Ima Mfon, Henny Gylfa, Francisco Diaz and Deb Young, Michael Magers, Lauren Orchowski, Michael Bach, Dante Guthrie, Ellie Ivanova, Roy Feldman, Ray Carns, Zoran Milosavljevic, Christian Blevins-Morrison, Mark Fisher, Paul Shelasky, Rolando Diaz, Katja Heinemann, Mike Callaghan, Jonas Yip, Marina Black, Yukari Chikura, Adrienne Norman and Jason Paul Roberts.

RICHARD HAINES: A Room of One's Own at Daniel Cooney

Devil © Richard Haines

Pharrell Yellow © Richard Haines

CFDA Pharrell © Richard Haines

Bushwick © Richard Haines

A Room of One's Own
September 10 - October 24
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6 - 8pm
Artist's Talk: Saturday, October 3, 3pm

508 West 26th Street, Suite 9C
New York, New York
Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 6

Richard Haines on Instagram

Before Photography, I studied Fashion Illustration at Parson's. I've been following Richard Haines casually super elegant work on Instagram and on his wildly popular blog, What I Saw Today. And now Daniel Cooney Gallery is showing Haines work up close and personal. I wouldn't miss it!

Not all of the images above are in the exhibition, but you may find them on Instagram....


PHOTOVILLE RETURNS! September 10-20, 2015

Don't miss these events and everything in-between!

Opening Night, Sept 10: Stars of Rock-n-Roll Photography Clay Patrick McBride, Roberta Bayley, Adrian Boot, Dean Chalkey, Danny Clinch, Mick Rock +many more Curated by Janette Beckman, Julie Grahame and Amanda Gorence.

Closing Day, Sunday Sept 20: Panel "Under Fire: Black Photographers Creating Agency in a “Post-Racial” America" Featuring: Moderator Whitney Richardson, Devin Allen, Sheila Pree Bright, and Radcliffe 'Ruddy' Roye
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Over 60 incredible photography exhibitions, installations, indoors and outdoors, in shipping containers and on cubes....here are a few of my favorites:




Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play



 Down + Dirty

PHOTOVILLE is so large I can't even begin to describe all of the incredible photography exhibitions, installations, indoors and outdoors, in shipping containers and on cubes – you MUST view PHOTOVILLE's awesome website to begin to understand how you cannot miss this event. New Yorkers, New Jerseyans, Connecticutians and visiting Tourists, if you are near New York, check out Photoville September 10 through the 20th!


ALINE SMITHSON: Monograph | Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography

Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography
Photographs by Aline Smithson
Published by the Magenta Foundation

 Fur from Daughter
Photograph © Aline Smithson

Special Edition soft-cover in a fabulous Drawer Box!

Mr. Malin from Hollywood at Home

Aline Smithson is known as a superstar among her peers. She is beloved in the photo community she so generously promotes and supports daily in her award winning journal, LENSCRATCH, she teaches workshops at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, jury's exhibitions and reviews at portfolio reviews all around the country – while working full-time on her own photography career.

Now, the Magenta Foundation is publishing Aline Smithson's first monograph, Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography, portrait photographs spanning over twenty years. A gorgeous must-have photography book, with a foreword by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator at the Griffin Museum of Photography; an introduction by Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and some very interesting, revealing text from the photographer about her photographic series, opens each chapter.

I have always been partial to Aline Smithson's black and white photographs of her family with her children at various ages and stages. I was interested to learn she was inspired by some of my favorite photographers. She writes "...I was drawn to the humanity of the early portraits of Keith Carter, captured near his home in Beaumont, Texas; I was fascinated with the intimacy Diane Arbus was able to create with strangers; and I was affected by Matt Mahurin’s moody and gestural images, which inspired me to print darker and take risks in the darkroom."

Night Light from Daughter
Photograph © Aline Smithson

Photograph © Aline Smithson

Venus Rising from Inside Out
Photograph © Aline Smithson

11" × 12"
216 pages with foldout section
55 B&W photographs and 75 colour photographs
Full colour throughout and gilded edges
ISBN 978-1-926856-06-3

Special Edition soft-touch cover book,
inside of a high-gloss, foil stamped
drawer box with a pull-tab

$60 (book)
$150 (special edition book in box)
$300 (special edition book in box, with print)
Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography
Photographs by Aline Smithson

"Aline Smithson Talks To Elizabeth Avedon" 


UNDER A SACRED SKY: The Enchanted Cosmos With Ray Grasse // Photography + Astrology

 The Sphinx
Photograph (c) Ray Grasse

Exploring The Plateau
Photograph (c) Ray Grasse

 Long Shadows from his series Night Vision
Photograph (c) Ray Grasse
Photography + Astrology with Ray Grasse

One of my favorite Chicago-based photographers, Ray Grasse, is an accomplished Renaissance Man; writer, musician, photographer, and astrologer. Ray has written many important and impressive articles and books on astrology, and his latest recently published Under A Sacred Sky is now available on Amazon.

From the book's jacket: "Under a Sacred Sky is a fascinating collection of essays by the author on the ancient art of astrology, ranging from discussions of its use in our personal lives to its value for understanding historical cycles and patterns. Along the way Ray Grasse also interjects the story with some of his own personal experiences in the discipline, while exploring its broader implications for subjects like synchronicity, spirituality, and the yogic concept of the chakras. This book includes interviews with Rick Tarnas and Laurence Hillman and is suitable for both beginner and advanced students of the subject."

If you're interested in a wide-ranging, philosophical exploration of our place in the cosmos, and the relation of the planets not only to our personal lives but to cultural forms like cinema, religion, and politics, check out Ray Grasse's book on Amazon and his Astrology website here.



 Photograph (c) Sean Perry | from his series fotopolis

 Photograph (c) Sean Perry | from his series fotopolis

International Call for Entries | Illuminate with Juror Elizabeth Avedon
THEME | Illuminate: All types of subject matter, capture types and photographic processes are eligible to submit. Eligibility: Our calls for entry are open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate. Don't wait until the last minute. Enter Now!

More Entry Details here

Entries Due | August 26, 2015

Notice Of Acceptance | September 12, 2015
Exhibition Dates | December 4, 2015 – January 23, 2016
Public + Artists’ Reception | December 4, 2015 6-9 pm

Threshold from his series Night Vision
Photograph (c) Ray Grasse

Founded in 2004 by photographers, The Center for Fine Art Photography is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) photography organization. We provide support to photographic artists through exhibition, solo exhibition, promotion, portfolio reviews, publication, education and connection to a large community of other artists, curators, gallery owners and photographic professionals. Open Tues-Sat, Always Free, public welcome.
Visit: http://www.c4fap.org
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