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Post One: NY Photo Festival Insider Coverage

Now that the NY Photo Festival is over you can go here and get your fix of what was what and who turned heads. It’s all here.

Post Two: VII Special Event NY

We have a few great events planned for next week and we hope you’ll be able to join us.
Thursday, May 21,  5:30 – 6:30pm: Private opening of “Amongst the Poor,” an exhibition of photographs by dispatches editor and art director Gary Knight and published in dispatches’ fourth issue, “Out of Poverty”. The private event will be followed at 7pm by a slideshow and presentation open to the public.

Friday, May 22, 10am – 4pm: Print like a Pro, digital Printing Workshop, To coincide with his exhibition “Amongst the Poor,” which opens at the VII gallery on May 21st, Gary Knight will talk about how the work was made, starting with the concept and the execution all the way through to prints on the wall. George Kondogianis, master printer and certified color specialist who printed the exhibition, will demonstrate professional techniques using the Canon iPF 6100 Wide printer.
The workshop is free however space is limited, participants will be selected by lottery on Monday, May 18th. YOU MUST REGISTER with to be included in the lottery. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, May 22, 6:30 – 9:00pm: WAR AND PHOTOGRAPHY, a discussion with VII photographer Gary Knight and World Press winner Tim Hetherington about war photography and representations of conflict, moderated by VII director Stephen Mayes.
Please RSVP to COST – $10 ($5 students)

All events will be at the VII Gallery, 28 Jay Street. Brooklyn – NY 11201- 212.337.3130

Post Three: Annie Leibovitz

Read this article from NY Photography Examiner reporter Lorenzo Dominguez about Annie Leibovitz. He acknowledges Annie’s many contributions to photography and takes us to the ICP event where she received the Lifetime achievement award. Consider adding his RSS feed to your insider list.

Post Four: Traveling Photographer

Allana Taranto, a photographer traveling from San Francisco headed for Boston, has set out on a cross country journey, meeting fellow entrepreneurs who have a story to tell. Follow Allana Taranto on Twitter and check out her blog as she photographs The American Entrepreneur. Allana tells of how with each new person she meets, her project is “becoming no longer about how small business owners are reacting to the downturn, but about how the innovation, community, and passion of these individuals has created ways for small business to thrive.”

Post Five: Just for Kick’s – Photosecrets Blog in FRENCH!

Just found that my blog was translated into French through some Google feature. How cool is that?

Post Six: Remember Free Call With Stephen Mallon This THURSDAY

You can still sign up for this Wednesday’s call with Stephen Mallon. It’s a Free call and you will learn the intimate details of the salvage operation of US Airways Flight 1549. You can sign up here.

Post Seven: Portfolio Night 7 NY Tickets on Sale NOW

Note: If you are in NY, you need to get that ticket today. This will sell out in a FLASH. Here is the link to purchase. CLICK HERE

ihaveanidea and Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide are happy to announce that Portfolio Night New York will be the PN7 grand finale, taking place on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009. This date gives people from all over the world (and believe me, people do travel from all over the world to attend Portfolio Night New York) the chance to attend Portfolio Night 7 in more than one city! Imagine: attending Chicago, San Fran or Los Angeles on the 11th, taking the feedback you received and working like crazy on your book over the weekend, then heading to the Big Apple for the 16th with an even better portfolio. Or if you’re really crazy, go the Latin route: Barcelona or Lisbon on the 4th, Sao Paulo on the 10th, Buenos Aires on the 11th and New York City on the 16th!

Tickets for PN7 New York go on sale today at 12:00 PM, and will cost $35.00 US. To purchase tickets, visit the Portfolio Night 7 New York page.

Post Eight: Richard Avedon Exhibit in New York

What: Richard Avedon: Survey of his fashion work

Where: International Center of Photography

When: May 15 to Sep 6

Why you want to go: Avedon was a master of black and white photography. His work is iconic, groundbreaking, unique and stylized. You have no choice but to go.
It’s probable that as a teenager in New York in the early ’40s — Avedon dropped out of DeWitt Clinton High School and enlisted in the merchant marine, where he learned basic photography — he saw not so much the fashion in the streets as the cosmopolitan gestures that animated it. Movement entered his pictures for Harper’s Bazaar soon after he arrived there. Storytelling followed, especially once he began shooting the Paris collections and invented street scenes for models like Dovima and Dorian Leigh, or his first wife, Doe Avedon.

Outdoor shots and innovative photography were part of the terrain at Bazaar in the ’40s and ’50s. The cultural life in New York similarly enriched the work of other photographers, notably Irving Penn, who was at Vogue and who would be Avedon’s friend and rival for the next 40 years. So what made Avedon different?

HE was keenly aware that beauty had an element of tragedy — it faded, for one thing, or it came at a terrible loss of self. Growing up, Avedon heard his mother say to his sister Louise, who would eventually die, at 42, in a mental institution, “You’re so beautiful you don’t have to open your mouth.” This notion that beauty can be intoxicating but, equally, impoverishing to the soul, Ms. Squiers said, tinged Avedon’s early pictures with a feeling of compassion

Read the entire article from the NY Times here.

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