FOTO VISURA GRANT: Enter by December 5th

Under Wraps. 2010 FotoVisura Honorable Mention
Photograph (c) Loren Nelson

FotoVisura Grant / 2 Categories

1) The FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project is eligible for projects not initiated by an assignment or commission.First prize: $2,000.00 + Prizes

2) The Spotlight Grant for Outstanding Student Photography Project is open to individuals currently in an under graduate or graduate program, or a recent graduate, having graduated after January 1st 2010.First prize: $1,000.00 + Prizes



Valeni, Maramures, Romania, 2003
Photograph (c) Davin Ellicson

Liviu and Ancuta. Breb, Maramures, Romania
Photograph (c) Davin Ellicson

Bruegel Winter Scene, Valeni, Maramures, Romania
Photograph (c) Davin Ellicson

Girls on their way home after church Sunday morning.
Valeni, Maramures, Romania. Photograph (c) Davin Ellicson

Teenage Girls on Easter Sunday. Valeni, Maramures, Romania
Photograph (c) Davin Ellicson

"Along a series of valleys in the remote Maramures region of Romania near the Ukraine border exists a few dozen villages of subsistence farmers who have preserved a way of life forgotten in the rest of the Europe more than a century ago." –Davin Ellicson


GARY COOPER: powerHouse Books

Gary, Van Nuys, California, 1934. From Gary Cooper: Enduring Style
by G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis (powerHouse Books)
(click on images to enlarge!)

Gary Cooper: Enduring Style
By G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis (powerHouse Books)
Introduction by Ralph Lauren

Rocky and Gary, Southampton, New York, 1934
From Gary Cooper: Enduring Style
by G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis (powerHouse Books)

By G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis
Introduction by Ralph Lauren

"When Cooper played a cowboy, you really believed he was a cowboy, and when he played an international man of sophistication, he was just as believable...The real life Gary Cooper was just as authentic."–Ralph Lauren

"Gary Cooper: Enduring Style is the first monograph focused on the timeless fashion and allure of this leading man who was a fashion inspiration to his Hollywood peers, clothing designers then and now, and generations of stylish men of every social strata, across the globe. Compiled of unpublished, never-before-seen personal photographs, shot primarily by his wife Rocky, Gary Cooper captures the cars, the mansions and ranches, the guns and gear, and of course the endless outfits for every occasion that this Hollywood icon ensconced himself in throughout the years. Whether hunting with close friend Ernest Hemingway, lounging with Cary Grant, horseback, poolside, or on the beach, on-set or after-hours, in the company of royalty or cowboys, Cooper had the perfect outfit for every occasion, embodying a type of refined masculinity rarely seen and in high demand to this day."–powerHouse Books

Gary, Malibu California, 1937
From Gary Cooper: Enduring Style
by G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis (powerHouse Books)

Gary wearing a leather shirt he made by hand, Brentwood, California, 1937
From Gary Cooper: Enduring Style
by G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis (powerHouse Books)

Gary, Phoenix, Arizona, 1934. From Gary Cooper: Enduring Style
by G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis (powerHouse Books)

Dressed up like a million dollar trouper
Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper

Puttin’ on the Ritz, lyrics by Irving Berlin

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Gary Cooper made almost a hundred films during his career as top box office star and won his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 1942 for Sergeant York. That same year he was directed by Frank Capra in Meet John Doe (rent it!). Ingrid Bergman collaborated with Cooper on For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), based on Cooper's friend Ernest Hemingway's novel. He made a Western comedy, Along Came Jones (1945) and starred in the original version of the Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead (1949) with Patricia Neal. In 1953, Cooper won his second Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in High Noon.

In 1933,
Cooper wed socialite Veronica Balfe, known as "Rocky," after several affairs with famous actresses and co-stars. Their only child, Maria, now Maria Cooper Janis, married classical pianist Byron Janis. As co-author of Gary Cooper: Enduring Style, Ms. Janis shared her parents personal photographs from their collection to create this (elegantly designed by Ruth Ansel) cloth-bound and slipcased album of 150 photographs. A Must: Watch Gary Cooper DVD's and gift this book for the Holidays.

By G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis
Published by powerHouse Books


Kissing Rocks, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Columbia 2011
Photograph © Robert Presutti

Arhuaco Indian, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Columbia 2011
Photograph © Robert Presutti

Arhuaco Village, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Columbia 2011
Photograph © Robert Presutti

Robert Presutti Website

"If they protect their sacred mountain home, the Indians of northern Colombia believe they will keep the entire planet in balance. It's getting more and more difficult." –Wade Davis, Keepers of the World

Read more about the Arhuago Indians of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in National Geographic Magazine


HOWARD CASTLEBERRY: Priest's Pulitzer Nominated Photograph

Father Buries Daughter in Soccer Field, Mogadishu, Somalia
Photograph © Howard Castleberry

Photojournalist Howard Castleberry (center) in a refugee camp,
Mogadishu, Somalia, September 1992 (Courtesy photo)

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Things like Somalia force you to answer big questions, they lead you to transformation. –The Rev. Howard Castleberry

The Rev. Howard Castleberry, now rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Temple, Texas, was a former staff photographer for the Houston Chronicle.
While on assignment in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1992, he shot a photograph of a man burying his daughter in the city soccer field turned makeshift graveyard. It was reported that 10,000 people a day were dying in Somalia with the ongoing civil war and subsequent famine that left the country in chaos. The city’s soccer field, along with the botanical gardens, had become a grave yard because the city had run out of burial space. This image earned Castleberry a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and won Picture of the Year and the Robert Kennedy Award for International Photojournalism.

Suffering has always been a part of humanity's condition, and always will be. How we react to this condition is the question. Perhaps my work in Somalia will call attention to the fact that we're all really wanting the same things - a warm bed, a full tummy - and that those with more might give from the heart to those with less. –The Rev. Howard Castleberry

This photograph was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from more than a million images considered over the past seven years of curating for the future history of war photography exhibition. The prints in the show go from 1848 to the present and are taken on six continents. "The History of War Photography," curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker, will open in November 2012.

I want to thank fellow Memorial H.S. Alumni, artist Mary McCleary, soon to be named "2011 Texas Artist of the Year" in November, for bringing Fr. Castleberry's work to my attention. You can read more about Rev. Castleberry here: epicenter.org


W.M.HUNT: George Eastman House Exhibition

W.M. Hunt at Home, Oct 2011
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon

The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious
(Aperture, 2011) by W.M. Hunt

The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious
(Thames and Hudson, 2011) by W.M. Hunt

When I turned 50, I decided my life’s mission would be to promote the pleasure of photography. – William Hunt

The first U.S. exhibition of 550 photographs from W.M. Hunt’s extraordinary collection opened at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Selected works include photographs by Man Ray, Irving Penn, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Edward Steichen, Robert Mapplethorpe, Berenice Abbott, and Nadar in a range of formats from daguerreotype to digital. Highlights from the collection have previously been shown at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France; the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland; and Foam-Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Thames & Hudson in the UK, Actes Sud in France and Aperture in the U.S. are simultaneously publishing his book, The Unseen Eye: Photographs From the W.M. Hunt Collection, to accompany the show.

Hunt’s collection follows an unprecedented theme in which the subject’s eyes are averted, hidden, concealed, pierced, or missing in every photograph. He began collecting over forty years ago with his first acquisition, Veiled Woman, by Imogen Cunningham...read the full Interview here

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Photographer Paolo Ventura exploring Hunt's Collection

[Paolo Ventura comes into the apartment during our talk. His exhibition The Automaton of Venice is at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery through October 15 and he’s visiting for the day before returning to Italy. Ventura and Hunt discuss some 19th century photographs of nude women, prostitutes, Paolo saw in a flea market. Somebody had drawn beautiful masks to cover the eyes on the negatives.]

WM Hunt: The mask thing is a strange thing in the collection, because masks let the eyes in and this is very much about not letting the eyes in. For the show at the Eastman House I took out all the masks, so there are pictures in the book that aren’t going to be in the show.

My sister is the only one who’s seen all the different incarnations of this collection, so I’m curious to see what she thinks. This one will be really dense...read the full Interview here

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W.M. Hunt, with Gary Schneider diptych, Retinas, 1998.
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon

WM Hunt: Gary Schneider was doing a talk at ICP one night, just beginning work on the Genetic Self-Portrait series, and he showed a slide of this diptych. (Retinas, from ‘Genetic Self-Portrait’, 1998) When the lecture was over, I made a beeline for him. I wanted it. It looks like this moonlit night in the haunted forest; it looks like a lot of things. I think it’s very exciting.

[In “The Unseen Eye,” W.M. Hunt writes: “This is part of Gary Schneider’s ambitious self-portrait series, based on the extraordinary conceit of appropriating X-rays of the interiors of his own eyes – this really is the ‘unseen eye’ – and then printing these in his exquisite and exacting fashion. This image is a haunted landscape of the soul under a full moon, eerie and rapturous.”]

I’ve known Gary a long time and think he’s a real talent. His skill as a printer always preceded him. He had a photograph of a friend of ours daughter, Fotofolio’s Julie Galant and Martin Bondells’ daughter, Anya, when she was about 8 or 10. I bought it. It’s a great, great picture now in the book. (Gary Schneider, Anya, 1994)...read the full Interview here