Saturday, December 29, 2007, 22:14 - CommentaryBrooklyn
The end is here!
The end of the year, the end of my time in New York, everything seems to be coming to a close right about now. It has been an incredibly productive year and I wonder what 2008 will be like. Will I finally settle down and find a place to live in Europe? How many countries will I visit? Will I find more funding? These are just some of the questions on my mind as I begin to pack up my life once again and head out to a foreign country. The next time I post I will be in Vienna but until then, here is you HCB Quote of the Week!
Beauty and Truth. Paris 2007. © Damaso Reyes
Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should? While we're working, we must be conscious of what we're doing. Sometimes we have the feeling that we've taken a great photo, and yet we continue to unfold. We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole. - Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 00:31 - CommentaryBrooklyn
I hope that all of you are warm and surrounded by people you love. Merry Christmas!!!!!!
Damaso and Mariela making cookies! © Damaso Reyes
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007, 01:24 - CommentaryBrooklyn
It is Christmas eve so here are some presents in the form of photography jobs and opportunitiesÖ.
More, Please! © Damaso Reyes
Knight International Journalism-Health
Knight International seeks an experienced journalist with a background in health journalism to lead a high-impact, results-driven Fellowship in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Knight International Journalism Fellowships program sends international media professionals to key countries where there are opportunities for meaningful and measurable change. Working with partner organizations on high-impact projects, they build skills and enhance the standards of independent news organizations.Qualifications and Skills:- Background in health reporting required - Strong leadership qualities - Training experience is a plus - Experience in Africa a plus - Minimum of 10 years journalism experience - Fellowship open to any nationality - Fellowship duration is a minimum of one year Application: To apply, please send a letter of interest and your resume to email@example.com. For more information, please visit our website at http://knight.icfj.org/GetInvolved/Fell ... fault.aspx
Grants for Artists in Central and Western New York State, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts annually awards grants of $5,000 each to writers and visual artists who live in the central and western counties of New York state. Grant recipients have used these grants in a variety of ways, including buying materials, preparing works for exhibit, and taking time to create new work. Grant categories change annually. For 2007, the categories are: painting; fiction; biography, autobiography, or memoir; and printmaking. All grant applicants must be at least twenty-one years of age and must reside in one of the following New York counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Chemung, Cortland, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.
Astraea Visual Arts Fund
http://www.astraeafoundation.org/PHP/Gr ... rants.php4
The Astraea Visual Arts Fund aims to recognize the work of contemporary lesbian artists by providing 10 support to those who show artistic merit and whose art and perspective reflect a commitment to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justiceís mission and efforts to promote lesbian visibility and social justice. This year, Astraea will award three $2,500 cash awards to lesbian visual artists.
Residencies, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
http://www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org ... _sched.htm
The residency program brings together three Master Artists from different artistic disciplines: visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, film/video), architecture, music (composition and performance), literature, modern dance, performance art, and theater for interdisciplinary dialogue. All Associate Artist applications are forwarded to the appropriate Master Artist. Master Artists personally select between 8 and 10 applicants to participate in the residency. The program includes master classes, individual critiques, opportunities for collaboration, and private studio time. The essence of the program is to provide a collegial environment for artists where they can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions, while pursuing individual or group projects. It is an ideal setting for the exchange of ideas, the inspiration for new work, and the cross-fertilization of disciplines. Multiple deadlines check website for schedule.
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Saturday, December 22, 2007, 14:14 - CommentaryBrooklyn
Once again time seems to be moving far faster than I am. I can only say that I am glad that I have a month here in New York because anything less just seems like not enough. In some ways I suppose it is like a dream: every time I return to New York it is like slipping on a pair of old gloves. This city is perhaps the only place in the world where I feel totally comfortable; completely at ease. And now that feeling is slowly slipping through my fingers as I prepare to head to Vienna.
The German word for foreigner is Auslander. But it can also mean, and its root really is, outsider. It is a perfect word because that is very much how one feels there. The luxury of growing up in New York, the most diverse of all cities does not prepare you for the looks, stares and hostility. There is no fading into the background, slipping into anonymity for me; I am always on display. I suppose that is why the camera is so comforting; it allows me to return the stare. I suppose that I why I also have a number of images in which the subject is looking directly at the camera: I want the viewer to experience for a moment what I go through every dayÖ
They Never Stop Looking. Berlin August 2007 © Damaso Reyes
"What is photojournalism? Occasionally, a very unique photo, in which form is precise and rich enough and content has enough resonance, is sufficient in itself - but that's rarely the case. The elements of a subject that speak to us are often scattered and can't be captured in one photo; we don't have the right to force them together, and to stage them would be cheating... which brings us to the need for photojournalism." - Henri Cartier-Bresson. American Photo", September/October 1997, page: 76
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Thursday, December 20, 2007, 15:18 - CommentaryBrooklyn
Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a sex machine, (get on up) © Damaso Reyes
One of the nice things about holiday time are all the holiday parties you get invited to. Itís a chance to catch up with people that I otherwise only interact with over email or on the telephone. I went to the Womenís eNews party last night and had a great time catching up with the editors there and meeting some new people. I always have a hard time striking up a conversation in a room full of strangers but the champagne definitely helped!
I spent the afternoon shooting with my new Leica around town. Kodak gave me a few rolls of their new Tmax 400 film so I decided to take it for a spin in Manhattan. Until yesterday it had been too cold to shoot for a while but it wasnít too windy yesterday so I walked up Broadway, photographed in Union Square and then took the train up to Times Square just as the light was beginning to fade. I will share the results with you next week.
In other news, my friend J. Jioni Palmer declared yesterday International Talk Like James Brown Day. He wrote: ďAs we approach the one year anniversary of the passing of the Godfather of Soul, I can think of no finer tribute to his memory. Whatever you say, say it loud!Ē
So, as the Godfather would say, Get on up!
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Monday, December 17, 2007, 19:46 - Events, CommentaryBrooklyn
So I brought another Leica! I know, two in less than six months is a little troubling but I do need two cameras, and I was made an offer I just couldnít refuse so I begged, borrowed and nearly stole to scrape together the cash to get another M6TTL this one with a .58 viewfinder which is ideal for using with the wide angle lenses I love so much.
My new best friend! © Damaso Reyes
The only trouble is now I have two cameras and one lens, not the ideal situation by far. See if you have two lenses and one camera you can swap the lenses, not ideal but manageable. If you are in my position basically you have one camera and one paperweight, until you find another lens. I already have my eye on one but as you can imagine I am a bit short of funds. So if any of you are feeling generous, or need a tax deduction before the end of the year, please let me know!
Now where is that other lens? © Damaso Reyes
With some good karma in mind, here are your photo jobs and opps of the week!
So lonely! © Damaso Reyes
Residency, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), Jamaica, Queens, NY
For more information and guidelines call (718) 658-7400 ext.132
JCALís Workspace Program is tailored to support an artist in his/her creation and presentation of new works. Through the program, JCAL provides an emerging artist with a private, non-living studio space and access to JCALís office and studio facilities (computer, ceramics and painting) for a period of 12 months. The artist is awarded a stipend of up to $7,000 and offered to exhibit his/her work in JCALís gallery at the conclusion of residency. Professional artists living within commutable distance from JCAL (including New York Cityís five boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk counties) are eligible. College or graduate students are not eligible. All media are considered for acceptance, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, ceramic, digital art, mixed media, installation art, video and film.
Fellowship for NY State Artists, Constance Salons Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY
Artists and writers who are New York State residents are invited to apply for month-long summer residencies at the 200-acre Salons Arts Colony in Ithaca, New York. The summer categories are poetry; fiction or creative nonfiction; painting, sculpture, or other visual arts; and photography. Five artists are in each session: one photographer, one poet, one prose writer, and two painters, sculptors, or other visual artists.
Studio Space Program, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, New York, NY
Provides artists with studio space in New York City for a period of 1 year.
Seattle City Hall Seeks Exhibition Proposals
The city of Seattle seeks artist and community exhibition proposals for display in City Hall galleries in 2008. The 2008 exhibition cycle will begin in February.
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Saturday, December 15, 2007, 17:08 - CommentaryBrooklyn
I like to joke that every winter I forget how hot it is in summer and that in summer I canít conceive of winterís chill. My stay in New York has been great but I have to admit that the weather has been a bit chilly. Not that it was warm before I left Germany, I guess the difference is that I am going outside a lot more. My time at home is halfway done and it is going by much too quickly. I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can by seeing my friends and wandering about. In the meantime, enjoy your HCB Quote of the Week!
Gone but not forgotten. Paris, October 2007 © Damaso Reyes
Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late. -Henri Cartier-Bresson, American Photo, September/October 1997, page: 76
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 19:49 - Events, CommentaryBrooklyn
Well yesterday was my birthday and I took the opportunity to take a little break from the hustle and bustle and just have fun. I had sushi for lunch and then went ice skating, a tradition I started last year. Then my friends Jimmie, Conan and Anna took my out for dinner at Peter Lugerís widely considered one of, if not the best steakhouse in New York. We ate creamed spinach, German fried potatoes and of course, a huge steak. I think I am still digesting it even now.
To be young and innocent. © Damaso Reyes
As some of you might know every time itís someone elseís birthday I ask them ďwhat do you know now that you didnít know a year ago?Ē I feel like it is an interesting question to ask since oneís birthday is an appropriate time to look back at the year and look forward to the next. So, what have I learned?
Well it really is true that just because you can doesnít always mean you should! I also learned that I need to make new friends, which I did. While what other people think is not the most important thing it still is important. Uncertainty isnít nearly as scary as it seems from the outset. I really do enjoy taking the train and I really do hate flying. And I can now speak some German.
Not bad for a year, hopefully 2008 will be even more educationalÖ
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Monday, December 10, 2007, 17:13 - CommentaryBrooklyn
Only one more day until my birthday! Thereís still time to order me a present ; ) Here are your Jobs and Opps of the week!
The Red Dress. NYC July 2007. © Damaso Reyes
CALL FOR ART ABOUT FAMILIES IN GLOBAL TRANSITION
For the first time, the FIGT conference is presenting work in all media from expat artists around the world. The presentation will be done on a power point programme and will be running throughout the conference time. Artists may enter no more than 2 pieces of recent artwork reflecting their lives as expatriates. No entry fee.
Natalie Tollenaere FIGT conference
The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, TN, is seeking a photojournalist.
Duties will include: Daily newspaper Online site In depth projects
The ability to generate and articulate ideas is a must. Spanish language or video skills would be a plus. Our editors value teamwork, community journalism and documentary photography. Show us a portfolio that highlights your personal vision.
Send a resume, cover letter and portfolio to:
Tajuana D. Hughlett Employment Coordinator The Commercial Appeal 495 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 Deadline is January 3, 2008. No phone calls, please.
The Commercial Appeal is an equal opportunity employer.
CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS - December 31, 2007
Both artists and independent curators are encouraged to submit proposals. Exhibitions are scheduled on a six to eight week rotation. Group and solo exhibitions are possible. All media will be considered, including installation and multimedia work. Work may be paired with that of one or more artists in a small group exhibition. The proposing artist and/or curator in consultation with the Visual Art Director of the LAL will determine the final number of objects. Any artist 18 years or older. No entry fee.
Lexington Art League
209 Castlewood Drive
Lexington KY 40505
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the District of Columbia, Department of Driver and Motor Vehicles is seeking an artist or artist team to design a specialty arts vanity license plate for the District of Columbia. The theme for the license plate is "Artistic License." The design should inspire residents and visitors to support the arts and help bring attention to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This call is open to artists who live in District of Columbia. Design Fee: $5,000. No entry fee.
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
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Sunday, December 9, 2007, 17:05 - CommentaryBrooklyn
Itís has been pretty cold here but I am still enjoying my time here in NYC. Here is your quote of the week!
The Musuem of Modern Art. NYC July 2007 © Damaso Reyes
Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be looked at. This brings to the forefront not the technology of imaging, which of course is important, but rather what we might call the eyenology (seeing). -Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Friday, December 7, 2007, 11:29 - EventsBrooklyn
Are you getting excited yet? My birthday is only a few days away! I know, itís hard to imagine that I will soon be 29 but we must face the future with open arms, not fear!
Childhood Dreams. © Damaso Reyes
So if you happen to be in NYC next Tuesday let me know and we can have drinks. Otherwise feel free to visit my Amazon.com Wish List for gift ideas. You can be sure I will be thinking about you on my special day!
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007, 14:18 - Travel, CommentaryBrooklyn
Itís like slipping on a pair of old gloves, being back in New York. As I mentioned to a friend itís nice to walk around a city where you donít need a map to find your way. Seeing friends and family has been a lot of fun and I feel that I am right back into my comfort zone after spending the better part of a year as an ďauslander.Ē
In living color. © Damaso Reyes
The night before I left I was describing New York to someone who has never been there.
After listing the various attributes of my home town I suddenly realized that many of these same adjectives apply to me. While it shouldnít have been it was a little surprising but I really am a child of this city. My rough edges annoy many people; my directness is sometimes seen as being rude; my self assuredness is mistaken for arrogance. Much like the city most people have very strong feeling about me, usually love or hate, there is very little in between.
And like New York I am okay with all of this. This is me, this is who I am. Yeah, I have my faults but I donít want my life to center around pleasing other people. I think it is important for us to be who we are, after all wasnít it Shakespeare who wrote:
ďTo thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.Ē
I remember first reading Hamlet in high school and how much my English teacher emphasized this line. The reason why we are still reading this more than four hundred years later is because the truth in it is so elemental. Itís not just that this is who I am; this is who I have to be. Like it or not I hope that you respect it.
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Monday, December 3, 2007, 21:02 - CommentaryBrooklyn
Still adjusting but it feels good to be back! More later but here are your Monday Photo Jobs & Opportunities!
German dreams... © Damaso Reyes
The AOL Photography Department is seeking a Photo Editor to support the AOL News and AOL Sports websites. We are seeking a skilled expert who can provide AOLís viewers with the best in visual content. The person selected for this job will be experienced in interactive storytelling and have an extensive knowledge of visual content on the web. The position is located at the AOL offices in New York City.
Job Description: This position for Photo Editor requires the applicant have the ability to procure, edit and publish compelling photography that will bring a larger audience to AOLís News and Sports web sites. The photo editor coordinates the acquisition of images from vendors outside of AOL, including wire services, stock agencies, freelance photographers, royalty free corporations, partners and various other sources. The selected person will edit photography for use in daily promotional spots, photo features, photo galleries, news, sports and entertainment stories. This person must demonstrate the ability to articulate editing choices and be mature in their communications within the company. This person will meet regularly with programmers, designers and other photography editors throughout AOL and must have the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment. This is a full-time job, and will include some night and/or weekend hours. This person must understand the legal, ethical and aesthetic use of photographs across AOL in build, redesign and publishing. Photojournalism experience is necessary.
Years of Experience Required: 3 years minimum editorial photography experience
Computer Skills: Candidates should be familiar with both Mac and Windows operating systems and have strong skills with Adobe PhotoShop and all Microsoft Office applications. A general knowledge of HTML is preferred. Experience with Digital Asset Management systems is also a plus.
Email resume to: MLLausten@aol.com
The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development exchange program placing 10 qualified American citizens per year in work assignments at leading Russian organizations in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, and government. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are expanding networks of American and Russian professionals, developing greater intercultural understanding, and advancing US/Russian relations. The program includes language training, seminar programs, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive travel, free housing, monthly stipends, and insurance. Russian language proficiency is preferred though not required at the time of application.
Eligibility Requirements: -U.S. citizen between the ages of 25 and 35; -Graduate degree and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, mass communications, law, international relations, political science, government, or public policy. Candidates without a graduate degree must demonstrate extensive and equivalent professional experience in their field; - Outstanding professional achievement and academic qualifications; - Active involvement in community or public service; - At least two years of post-secondary Russian language or equivalent; - Evidence of leadership potential. Application Informaton: The application deadline for the Alfa Fellowship Program is December 15. Applications can be completed online. Program information and application forms can also be downloaded or requested by mail from the CDS website at: www.cdsintl.org/fromusa/alfa.htm.
For more information about the Alfa Fellowship Program or application process please contact: CDS International, Inc. Alfa Fellowship Program 871 United Nations Plaza, 15th Floor New York, NY 10017-1814
Tel. (212) 497-3510 Fax. (212) 497-3535 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org Web. www.cdsintl.org
The Islamic Republic of Iranís Academy of Arts is about to hold The First International Biennial of Photography in the Islamic World, in line with its research and artistic programs for Contemporary Arts of Islamic World.
Organizer: The Islamic Republic of Iranís Academy of Arts
Celebrators: Saba Cultural and Artistic Institute Palestine Contemporary Arts Museum Bonyad-e Shahid va Omur-e Isargaran
Contributors Visual Arts Center of the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry Tehran Contemporary Arts Museum
Aims of the biennial - To identify and provide the characteristics of Islamic atmospheres; - To promote the basis of communications and the exchange of artistic experiences between the artists of the Islamic World; - To take notice of the artistic experiences of young photographers in Islamic communities; - To examine cultural and spiritual identity in Islamic societies; - To introduce contemporary photographers active across the Islamic World.
Subject of the exhibition The Muslim Family (in Islamic and non-Islamic countries). Works submitted to the biennial should be related to the Muslim family and deal with the following issues: - Living environment (architecture, rhythmÖ); - Daily life (leisure time, education, work, travel, immigrationÖ); - Religion and traditions (ceremonies, poles of attractionÖ); - Resistance (dedication, martyrdomÖ); - Social issues and familial culture (interaction between tradition and modernity, impact of mass media, influence of worldwide ideasÖ); - Natural and man-made disasters (impact of floods, earthquakes, etc.)
Sections 1- Collection Photographs 2- Single Photographs
Calendar of the biennial - Works submission deadline: December 22nd, 2007 - Selection of works and judgment: December 31st, 2007 - Opening of the exhibition: May 5th, 2008 - Closure ceremony: June 11th, 2008
Prizes 1- A statuette and a plaque of honor of the Iranian Academy of Arts and 2000 euros (Ä) for 3 artists of distinguished works in the section of Collection Photographs. 2- A plaque of honor of the Iranian Academy of Arts, a statuette of the Saba Cultural and Artistic Institute and 1000 euros (Ä) for 3 artists of selected works in the Collection Photographs section; 3- A statuette and a plaque of honor of the Iranian Academy of Arts and 1500 euros (Ä) for 3 artists of distinguished works in the single photograph section; 4- A plaque of honor of the Iranian Academy of Arts, a statuette of the Saba Cultural and Artistic Institute and 800 euros (Ä) for 5 artists of selected works in the Single Photograph section.
Saba Cultural & Artistic Institute No 53, Mozafar St, Taleghani Ave, Felestin Square, Tehran, Iran Tel: 0098 21 66487534 Fax: 0098 21 66487534 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: www.caiw.ir
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Saturday, December 1, 2007, 21:46 - CommentaryBrooklyn
Wow, hard to believe Iím back but here I am. Itís been a long trip so we will have to catch up later but hereís your HCB Quote of the Week!
Tender Moments. SchŲmberg 2007. © Damaso Reyes
To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. -Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Thursday, November 29, 2007, 11:38 - CommentaryStuttgart
My time here at Solitude and in Germany is quickly drawing to a close. It is hard to believe that it has come and gone so soon. I remember boarding that plane in January with little idea of what to expect. Who could have imagined all of the interesting people Iíve met, all the friends Iíve made and all of the images that I have taken. For me this was ďThe Year of YesĒ and it truly has been. Iíve accomplished so much itís hard to believe sometimes but I am grateful to the staff and fellows here for all of their support.
Good times, good friends... © Damaso Reyes
Having the opportunity to live and work in this unique community of artists has given me much more than I can express in words; I hope that you can see it in my images. I have found a process which I think will continue to serve me for years to come. In terms of The Europeans, I feel this year has been extremely productive and I have a firm foundation on which to proceed in 2008. I leave here reluctantly but knowing that I am a better artist and that I have done as much as I can with the time I have been given.
I am very much looking forward to being in New York; seeing my friends and families and doing a bit of recharging. If 2008 is anywhere close to as good as 2007 then I will be a very lucky man indeed. I look forward to writing you from the other side of the Atlantic, until Saturday: Aufwiedersehen !!!
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