The Prince’s Rainforests Project and Sony World Photography Awards 2009

he Prince’s Rainforests Project and Sony World Photography Awards 2009 

  • Deadline for amateur submissions extended to 28 February 2009
  • Final call for professional photographers

Budding amateur environmental photographers now have until 28 February 2009 to submit their work to The Prince’s Rainforests Project (PRP) Award, a major new initiative for the 2009 Sony World Photography Awards. 

A selection of the best images by amateur photographers will be displayed in Cannes during the Sony World Photography Awards in April 2009, and these images will be used by The Prince’s Rainforests Project and Sony on various initiatives throughout the year to help communicate this important message.

Photographic entries are judged by a panel of experts including: Stuart Franklin, photographer and President of Magnum (UK); John Sauven, Director of Greenpeace (UK); Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, Executive Director, International League of Conservation Photographers (USA); Helena Christensen, model and photographer (Denmark); Roberto Smeraldi, Director and Founder of Friends of the Earth – Brazilian Amazonia (Brazil); David de Rothschild, environmentalist and explorer (UK), and Kathy Moran¸ Senior Picture Editor of Natural History at Natural Geographic Magazine (USA).

This distinctive panel will be chaired by renowned British photographer and author, Tom Stoddart.

In his appeal for entries to the awards judge David de Rothschild commented “Creative expression through photography is a very powerful tool. It not only has the ability to present the facts and tell stories, but it has the capacity to give insights that can turn reflection into change. The Sony/PRP Awards are an ideal platform to harness creativity to implement change and in turn inspire, educate and engage individuals, communities and industry to take positive action for our planet.”

Fellow judge Roberto Smeraldi added “While we usually quote figures and studies to show how critical the forest is for our lives, it is crucial that we actually also show the link between the forest, the people and everyday’s life. Prince Charles’ initiative offers to us, in Brazil, a unique opportunity to demonstrate why action is dramatically required and why we have an amazing comparative advantage in this field.”

The professional Sony/PRP Award winner will be announced on 3 February 2009 and the amateur photographers selected to have their work exhibited in Cannes will be informed in March 2009.

Further information about the Sony World Photography Awards and details of how to enter the competition can be found at www.worldphotographyawards.org

Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards (WPA), launched in 2007, lend a global platform for the photographic industry and community. Through a variety of international programmes including the week-long Festival @ The Sony World Photography Awards, the launch of an online magazine and a gallery, an international student programme and a touring exhibition, the WPA will continue to discover new talent and create avenues  through  which to reward photographers with the support and expertise of industry professionals. The winner of L’Iris D’Or – the best photograph for both the amateur and the professional awards – will be announced at the awards ceremony in Cannes on 16 April 2009.

The WPA website – www.worldphotographyawards.org now features an online magazine and gallery. It also includes comprehensive information about the awards, the categories, a current list of World Photographic Academy members, and key dates. Images from the 2008 awards are available via the website’s press centre.

The Prince’s Rainforests Project

The PRP consists of a team of 20 working out of St. James’s Palace who intend to leverage the convening power of The Prince of Wales to work with bodies ranging from Governments, international business and NGOs to the rainforest nations themselves and the people who depend on these forests for their livelihoods.

PRP’s objectives are to find a way to:
– Establish true economic values for the services provided by the rainforests;
– Identify possible sources of finance to pay for those services; and
– Develop efficient and equitable transfer mechanisms, alongside the necessary technical and institutional capabilities that may be required, to ensure that the funds aimed at conserving rainforests also contribute to improving local people’s long-term livelihoods
More about the PRP in www.princesrainforestsproject.org

Ireland at the European Month of Photography 2008

‘Ireland. An Insiders View’ gives an impression of up-and-coming Irish photographic talent.
In the last few years unprecedented changes have come about in Ireland. The country has transformed itself into a modern, competitive and multi-faceted nation.
The cultural landscape of the country, in particular, has undergone important changes. Increased subsidies and the development of photography courses have brought forth a new generation of critical and informed graduates. These talented photographers play a key role in the investigation of contemporary questions within Irish culture. The works exhibited here reflect the wide range of issues in a phase of Ireland’s self-discovery.

Ireland [an insider’s view] presents a brief overview of emerging Irish photographic talent.

In recent years Ireland has undergone an unprecedented process of change. The country has developed from an inward-looking society into a modern, competitive, diverse and wealthy nation.

In particular the cultural landscape of the country has undergone significant changes. Increased funding for the arts and the emergence of photography degree programmes have created a new generation of critically informed photography graduates. The emerging Irish photographic talent is playing a key role in the investigation of contemporary issues within Irish culture.

The works selected here reflect a diversity of concerns as Ireland struggles to make sense of itself: the new generation of young ‘post-conflict’ northern Irish Diaspora: the effects of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ boom on the landscape; suburbanisation of the rural landscape; the hedonistic night life of the capital city. The images selected reflect a brief account of these insiders’ views.

The 12 artists are: Kim Cunningham, Tadhg Devlin, Kevin Fox, Ben Geoghegan, Angel Gonzalez, Louise Maher, Eoin O’Conaill, Mandy O’Neill, Fred O’Reilly, Anna Rackard, Darlene Shannon, Ruby Wallis.

Ireland [an insider’s view] is curated by Darragh Shanahan for the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.

This project is supported by Culture Ireland – promoting the arts abroad.

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005

National Portrait Gallery
16 October 2008 – 1 February 2009
Wolfson and Ground Floor Lerner Galleries
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
Admission £11
Concessions £10/£9

A Photographer’s Life presents over 150 images by one of the world’s best-known photographers. Leibovitz’s celebrated portraits of public figures, including her famous images of Queen Elizabeth II, and the then-pregnant actress Demi Moore, are shown alongside personal photography, which documents intimate and moving moments from her life, including the birth of her children and rites of passage with her parents and extended family.

Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005 includes over 150 photographs by the celebrated photographer, encompassing well-known work made on editorial assignment as well as personal photographs of her family and close friends. “I don’t have two lives,” Leibovitz says. “This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.”

The exhibition features many of Leibovitz’s best-known portraits of public figures, including actors such as Jamie Foxx, Nicole Kidman, and Brad Pitt; athletes preparing for the 1996 Olympic Games; George W. Bush with members of his Cabinet at the White House; and her famous 1991 image of then-pregnant actress Demi Moore, one of the most recognisable photographs of its time. The show also highlights images of artists and architects such as Richard Avedon, Brice Marden, Philip Johnson, and Cindy Sherman. Leibovitz’s assignment work includes reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s and the election of Hillary Clinton to the U.S. Senate.

At the heart of the exhibition, Leibovitz’s personal photography documents scenes from her life, including the birth and childhood of her three daughters, and vacations, reunions, and rites of passage with her parents and extended family.

Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005 threads together the two sides of Leibovitz’s work both chronologically and creatively, projecting a narrative of the artist’s private life against the backdrop of her public image as one of the world’s best-known portrait photographers.

Ingar Krauss – DAVAO

The artist Hans-Christian Schink opened in spring 2008 his own show room in Berlin, where he intends to invite other artists for guest exhibitions. Parallel to the big “Tropics”-Show in the Martin-Gropius-Bau he is now pleased to present DAVAO, new work by Ingar Krauss. Davao is situated in the very south of the Philippine Isles and is after Manila its second biggest city, but it is more a huge conglomerate of villages than a metropolis like Manila and is therefore dominated by agriculture and country life. Due to colonial history Spanish Catholizism and American lifestyle are belonging to the Philippine identity. But in particular the country people still live with animistic cults and the traditional pre-colonial mythology, which consists of a collection of magic figures and creatures lots of the Filipinos are still believing in, despite the strong Western influence. Ingar Krauss brought from Davao a series of portraits and animistic still lifes which he printed on outdated East-German photographic paper. He treated the prints then with oil colours, to give them a bit of a tropical sultriness.

Showroom Hans-Christian Schink
Heidestr. 46-52, Building 2, first floor
10557 Berlin, Germany
September 5 – October 25, 2008
Opening hours: Wed – Sat 2 – 6 pm

ABIGAIL O’BRIEN – BELLA

Abigail O’Brien indulges our sweetest fantasies with this elegant body of work. Running like a glamorous ‘photo shoot’, each portrait uses a different color and pose to suggest the different personalities of the exquisite Bella. The petti coated fading Belle poised on her stilettoed pedestals, this ’Glamour Puss’ is at once complex and playful. With each new pose Bella appears sensuous and voluptuous, delicate and imperfect.
The Bella Series (2006/07) consists of fourteen pieces, each 130 x 90 cm / 52 x 36 inches. Seven works are in the exhibition at Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer. Each photo is a Lambdachrome Print in an edition of 1 unique (+ 1 artist proof), mounted on dibond and framed under museum glass with coloured wood (148 x 108 cm / 59 x 43 inches).
With Bella, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer is presenting its fifth solo exhibition of works by Abigail O’Brien.

Abigail O’Brien (*1957) lives and works in Dublin. Her major piece of work to date, the extensive cycle The Seven Sacraments (1995–2004) consists of six individual works, each again of several parts, mixing media such as sculpture, photography and video. It was first exhibited in its entirety in 2004 in Germany, at the Haus der Kunst, Munich. It achieves a critical and complex questioning of the function and meaning of the Christian sacraments; and of the rituals of everyday life that run their course in mute seclusion.
The artists work is in many international private and public collections including IMMA The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the Caldic Collection in Rotterdam and the Volpinum Collection in Vienna.

Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer
Mutter-Ey-Str. 5, 40213 Düsseldorf
Germany
www.bugdahnundkaimer.com
Exhibition to October 18, 2008.
Gallery open Tuesday – Friday 12 noon – 6 pm, Saturday 12 noon – 4 pm.

15th NOORDERLICHT International PhotoFestival

We rarely have the chance to survey the photohistories of Eastern European countries, let along the life, culture, traditions, etc. of so many different countries in the eyes of 35 photographers, as in the 15th Noorderlicht International PhotoFestival. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the History of a great part of Europe that has been for too long ignored. It is an inmense insight to the works of many practitioners, but even better, to the life before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall in East Europe. Im already booking my flight…!

Have a look at the Press Release

BEHIND WALLS: Eastern Europe before 1989.
Behind Walls concludes the series of five editions of the festival that focused on photography from various non-Western regions and earlier looked at Africa, South America, the Arab world and South and Southeast Asia.

In 1989 the fall of the Berlin Wall heralded the end of the East Block. Socialism and totalitarianism made way for capitalism and democracy. A unique reservoir of photography was buried along with the old values. Over the years, each of the member states of the East Block had developed its own photographic vocabulary, which almost never extended beyond its national borders. Now that memories of the Communist era are no longer welcome, this historically important body of photography faces the threat of remaining unseen forever.

Two decades after the end of the East Block, Noorderlicht unlocks this forgotten treasure. In service of the regime, independently or working underground, photographers in the East Block documented a now vanished era, each in their own way. Behind Walls, the 15th Noorderlicht Photofestival, offers an overview of their work, which is generally being seen here for the first time outside its country of origin. Never before has photography from all the former East Block lands been brought together in one large-scale presentation.

Censorship and lack of freedom were a self-evident part of life in the days of the East Block. The totalitarian regimes propagated an heroic image of socialist society. Photographs of everyday scenes and personal interests were not appreciated. Only in periods of relative freedom, such as during the Prague Spring, but also in the DDR of the late 1970s, did photographers violate the unwritten rules, and then carefully. At other moments flight into a self-created reality offered solace, and this became a great stimulant for photographic experimentation.

Proud portraits of the ‘worker of the month’, clandestine photographs of staged people’s manifestations, advertising for products that were not available, forbidden photographs of nude women: Behind Walls provides a fascinating picture of life and photography in the Socialist paradise. In one international presentation the viewer can see how photographers throughout the East Block experienced the world around them, and how the absence of freedom affected their work. With contributions by 35 photographers from twelve countries, Noorderlicht brings to life a world that ceased to exist in 1989.

Beyond Walls – Eastern Europe after 1989
A new Eastern Europe arose after 1989. The Iron Curtain disappeared, the street scene changed unrecognizably. Some countries disintegrated, a majority have become members of the European Union. After four decades of Communism, capitalism is the new ideology. Individualism has replaced collectivism, opposition politics is again permitted. The heroic worker has had to become a critical consumer.

As a mirror held up to Behind Walls, a second exhibition, Beyond Walls, provides a picture of Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Left opposes right, nostalgia for the old days faces off against the blessings of capitalism. Among the remains of the Communist era – from the gray architecture to the discrimination against ethnic groups – a frantic search for a new identity is going on.

These changes also leave their mark on photography. What was previously forbidden ground – literally, in the case of once heavily guarded border areas – or new phenomena such as a beauty contest in Poland or the rise of a Romanian tourist industry, can now be documented. Eastern European outcasts also have a chance to visualize their youth behind the Iron Curtain.

Together with Behind Walls, Beyond Walls forms a full-fledged diptych. In an extraordinary presentation, 35 photographers from East and West visualize the most recent history of Eastern Europe, with work from all the former East Block countries. Beyond Walls tells the intriguing story of a world full of contradictions in which a dynamic present still bears the traces of a charged past.

Fries Museum
Leeuwarden
7 Sept – 26 Oct

[Loads more information and photographs about this fantastic retrospective can be found here and here]

Darkside – Photographic Desire and Sexuality Photographed

Jeff Burton, Untitled #176 (Rods and Clamps), 2003 Cibachrom, 67,3 x 101,6 cmPierre Molinier, Autoportrait avec objet fétiche, chaman, 1968 (Self-portrait with a Fetish Object, Shaman) Gelatin-silver print, 24 x 18 cm Private collectionNobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 1993 Gelatin-silver print, 57,5 x 38 cmChrister Strömholm, Place Blanche, 1960’s Gelatin-silver print, 34,9 x 44,7 cm

For sexuality and fantasy, photography is a central visual instrument: as document, stimulation, instrument of power, and as a form for artistic creation. Photography shows and stylizes pleasure and passion, voyeurism and self-representation, sexual power and consumption. Fantasies and desires form an exciting pact with photography: sexual fantasies demand representation, actively seek disclosure—and photography uses this power of (pictorial) eroticism for its own ends, to be powerful and seductive. Darkside is dedicated to photographs of ideal, natural, and grotesque bodies; conceives of sexuality as a part of existence; presents photographed sexual practices, desires, and phantasms; discusses sexuality in Surrealism; reflects on reification and fetishization in sexuality; compares voyeurism and exhibitionism with one another; takes up the topics of sexuality and the body within the context of debates around gender, as well as power and the market. Throughout it is always a question of the images we make of “sexuality,” of the endless interflow of fantasies and reality in visual desire over the last one hundred years. With works of 150 photographers, including Brassaï, Bill Brandt, Hans Bellmer, Man Ray, Pierre Molinier, Germaine Krull, František Drtikol, Claude Cahun, von Christer Strömholm, Anders Petersen, Ed van der Elsken, Walter Chappell, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, Valie Export, Carolee Schneemann, Urs Lüthi, Jürgen Klauke, Hannah Villiger, von Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Arno Nollen, Paul Armand Gette, and many others.

At the FOTOMUSEUM WINTERTHUR
6 September – 16 November 2008
Opening: Friday, 5 September, 6 pm

FOTOMUSEUM WINTERTHUR
Grüzenstrasse 44+45 , CH-8400 Winterthur (Zurich)
www.fotomuseum.ch
Tues-Sun 11 am to 6 pm, Wed 11 am to 8 pm

Festivals Month: Köln & Biel


19th Internationale Photoszene
Köln 2008
1st September – 1st October 2008
www.photoszene.de

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12th Photo Festival in Biel /Bienne
Make believe. Staged photography
5th – 28th September 2008

Istvan Balogh | Markus Bertschi | Jojakim Cortis / Adrian Sonderegger | Geoffrey Cottenceau / Romain Rousset | Catherine Gfeller | Roland Iselin | Elisa Larvego | Stefania Malorgio | Chantal Michel | Loan Nguyen | Taiyo Onorato / Nico Krebs | Olivier Pasqual | Annaïk Lou Pitteloud | Corinne L. Rusch | Christian Tagliavini | Herbert Weber | Schule für Gestaltung Bern und Biel.

Bieler Fototage
Postfach 83 . 2501 Biel
Switzerland
www.bielerfototage.ch

Festivals Month: Köln & Biel


19th Internationale Photoszene
Köln 2008
1st September – 1st October 2008
www.photoszene.de

* * *


12th Photo Festival in Biel /Bienne
Make believe. Staged photography
5th – 28th September 2008

Istvan Balogh | Markus Bertschi | Jojakim Cortis / Adrian Sonderegger | Geoffrey Cottenceau / Romain Rousset | Catherine Gfeller | Roland Iselin | Elisa Larvego | Stefania Malorgio | Chantal Michel | Loan Nguyen | Taiyo Onorato / Nico Krebs | Olivier Pasqual | Annaïk Lou Pitteloud | Corinne L. Rusch | Christian Tagliavini | Herbert Weber | Schule für Gestaltung Bern und Biel.

Bieler Fototage
Postfach 83 . 2501 Biel
Switzerland
www.bielerfototage.ch

Ireland at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2008

NEW IRISH PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS
Presented on rue Baudanoni, off rue de la Roquette, Arles:
Friday 11 July, la nuit de l’année,
21.00 – 00.00hrs

Ireland [an insider’s view] presents a brief overview of emerging Irish photographic talent.

In recent years Ireland has undergone an unprecedented process of change. The country has developed from an inward-looking society into a modern, competitive, diverse and wealthy nation.

In particular the cultural landscape of the country has undergone significant changes. Increased funding for the arts and the emergence of photography degree programmes have created a new generation of critically informed photography graduates. The emerging Irish photographic talent is playing a key role in the investigation of contemporary issues within Irish culture.

The works selected here reflect a diversity of concerns as Ireland struggles to make sense of itself: the new generation of young ‘post-conflict’ northern Irish Diaspora: the effects of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ boom on the landscape; suburbanisation of the rural landscape; the hedonistic night life of the capital city. The images selected reflect a brief account of these insiders’ views.

The 12 artists are: Kim Cunningham, Tadhg Devlin, Kevin Fox, Ben Geoghegan, Angel Gonzalez, Louise Maher, Eoin O’Conaill, Mandy O’Neill, Fred O’Reilly, Anna Rackard, Darlene Shannon, Ruby Wallis.

Ireland [an insider’s view] is curated by Darragh Shanahan for the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.

This project is supported by Culture Ireland – promoting the arts abroad.