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Post One: Making Facebook your Homepage

Check out this article from Examiner about  making Facebook your homepage for your business. Not to say that I recommend that for photographers but it’s worth a read. Click here to get to the article.

Post Two: Negotiation Skills

I am an expert listed on, which is the largest self-help online network. This came in today and I thought I’ll share this article on negotiating with you. In tough times, especially when money is tight we tend to contract and react versus initiate. This is a simple and easy reminder that we should figure out ahead of our negotiation what our position is and what we want to get out of it. When it comes to negotiation I look at three things:

1.) Must haves (if that is not included there can’t be a deal)

2.) Negotiables (things I want but could do without)

3.) Would likes (things I like that are in reality not a big deal but I ask for them anyway)

That way when I go into a negotiation I know which direction I can go to ‘give some’ or where I need to put my foot down.

Click here to get to the article.

Post Three: Next Free Call on Sales

Last night was the Free Call with Jerry Tavin, recap to be posted shortly. The next call will be on September 15th at the usual time 5PM PST / 8PM PST. As all of you are back in gear and back from your respective summer vacations that call will be all about sales, sales, sales. Tricks, tips, secrets, closing techniques and what clients really mean when they say “this is more than we had wanted to spend.” If you want to sign-up go here.

You will be receiving reminder notices and the announcement who will be my guest.

Post Four: The Ultimate Article on Annie Leibovitz

Andrew Goldman, a writer for the New York Magazine wrote what I consider the ultimate article on Annie Leibovitz. It’s well researched and gives us a complete picture of a fantatic perfectionist who clearly has some personal issues. At the end of the day we need to remind ourselves that genius and insanity often go go hand in hand. To be an artist like Annie Leibovitz is and to consistently put out what she has for such a long period of time you have to be obsessed with what you do. That unfortunately does not always translate into being able to function in the real world.  Read the ultimate article here.

Post Five: Exhibition Announcement at the LA Skirball Cultural Center

Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968
November 19, 2009-March 7, 2010

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90049
(Exit Skirball Center Drive off the 405)
(310) 440-4500, fax (310) 440-4595
Media Contact, Mia Carino (310) 440-4544
Web site,

LOS ANGELES-The largest exhibition in more than twenty years devoted to photography of the Civil Rights Movement will open at the Skirball Cultural Center on November 19, 2009, in its West Coast premiere. Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 features images that helped change the nation: they shed light on injustices prevalent in America at the time, promoted solidarity among citizens, and dramatically increased the momentum of the struggle for equal rights. Road to Freedom will remain on view at the Skirball through March 7, 2010.

The exhibition displays approximately 170 photographs by more than thirty-five photographers drawn primarily from the High’s permanent collection, which includes one of the most comprehensive holdings of civil rights-era photography in the country; many have never before been displayed to the public. Exclusively for this Southern California presentation of Road to Freedom, the Skirball has developed a new section focusing on Los Angeles civil rights history, with new loans from the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive in the Department of Special Collections at the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. Among the local events portrayed are the picketing of Kress Store in Pasadena in 1960, the march on Pershing Square on March 14, 1965, and the Watts Riots of 1965.

Post Six: Farmani Gallery in New York Exhibition Announcement


Mutatis mutandis

What: Exhibition: September 10 – October 3, 2009

When: Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00-8:30PM

When: 111 Front St., Suite 212, Brooklyn, New York, 11201
718-578-4478 |

Brooklyn, New York (August 13, 2009) The Farmani Gallery is proud to exhibit the latest work of photographer Jan von Holleben, in his collaborative series with artist Sergei Sviatchenko. Holleben’s project, Mutatis mutandis, will open on September 10, 2009 to a reception from 6:00-8:30 pm. Mutatis mutandis represents work from von Holleben’s latest limited-edition book project by the same name, with collaged pieces embodying the creative whimsy characteristic of the artist.

Von Holleben is a critically acclaimed photographer based in Berlin, where he does the bulk of his shooting and subsequently garners inspiration. Before Mutatis mutandis, von Holleben’s earlier series was the multiple award-winning Dreams of Flying, a body of work focusing on the childlike-fancy, which Mutatis mutandis also evokes. Mutatis mutandis presents images of human/animal hybrids, super-imposed on deserted urban and natural landscapes, self-consciously occupying copious amounts of these spaces. The morphed figures are poised, frozen in action, seemingly aware of the voyeuristic gaze of the viewer.

Inventor and cultural scientist Marc Piesbergen has written on Mutatis mutandis, cautioning that the idea of humans collaged with animals “may instill fear, for it seems that nature’s order has been disturbed”. However, Piesbergen goes on to imply that there is a certain importance attributed to this sort of transformation, later writing that “the metamorphosis of the butterfly is evidence of how a magical creature grows from a monstrous being…von Holleben’s images prove that play and fantasy can create a better reality.”

Mutatis mutandis will run until October 3, 2009. The photographer Jan von Holleben will be present for the opening reception on September 10, 2009. For additional information or inquiries, please reference or

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