ChatterLog April 2011


Aries, the Ram

Greetings everyone and welcome to the April ChatterBulletin! Since our last newsletter, the clocks have “sprung forwards” (in the United States the clocks actually changed two weeks before it was even officially spring, which I thought was a bit unnecessary, to be honest) and we have now entered into the sign of Aries, the Ram – the 1st sign of the zodiac heralding the start of the New Year, according to Mother Nature. Note that we also recently celebrated the Chinese New Year, and we are now in their Year of the Rabbit – which is quite convenient really, as it ties in nicely with Easter, which is coming up later this month. And while we’re on the subject of rabbits and Easter and therefore Easter bunnies – I have to share with you a TV program that my pal Julie suggested I check out called “An Idiot Abroad” in which English comedian/actor Ricky Gervais and writer/producer Stephen Merchant send their willing and somewhat dim-witted friend/victim Karl Pilkington to view the Seven Wonders of the World. Now, it just so happens that I was on Jury Duty this past week, and suffering from a nasty cold at the same time, but thankfully, we were sent home early and I decided to rest up on the sofa and watch some telly. And, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a marathon of the entire 1st series on the SciFi Channel and proceeded to watch several hours, one episode after another.

It didn’t take long for me to see why Julie had recommended this program, and by the time Karl got to Mexico to visit Chichen Itza, I really started to belly laugh at some of the hilarious things he was saying. For instance, while witnessing some of the many religious Easter festivals with large crowds of people looking on, and 3 willing participants re-enacting Christ’s crucifixion by being strung up on 3 wooden crosses – we find Karl pondering how the chocolate we traditionally scoff down at Easter-time in England relates to Christ hanging on a cross. He’s got a point. With regards to Easter in Mexico he says, “They don’t have chocolate eggs here. I mean, for me that’s what Easter is. Take the eggs away and Easter Friday is just Friday.” And when it comes to British Easter, he muses, “I mean, why is an egg even involved? I don’t know the connection between Jesus and the egg. Coz he can’t be happy with that. If he was on his cross havin’ his last breath and someone said, “We’re gonna remember you, Jesus!” “Great. What are you gonna do?” “We’re gonna have eggs!” “You what?” He wouldn’t be chuffed with that.” Call me crazy, but this man’s sense of reasoning and accidental humor is pretty funny!

Joyful Easter Rabbit

But where does the tradition of the Easter Bunny come from exactly, and how did chocolate come into the equation? According to Wikipedia, the Easter Bunny is a character, a rabbit (or sometimes a hare) that is depicted bringing Easter eggs & candy to the homes of children on the night before Easter, much like Santa Claus brings toys & gifts on Christmas Eve. Why a rabbit, you might ask, and why eggs? Well, Spring-time is also the season of fertility when all creatures get frisky and mate, thus creating new life, and we’ve all heard of the expression “breeding like rabbits” so there’s your connection to the prolific procreation of the species at this time of year, making the “egg” a perfect symbol of fertility from Mother Nature herself. The egg is a literally a Pagan symbol of the rebirth of the Earth in celebrations of the Spring, and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus. Another interesting fact is that eggs (considered to be dairy) were originally forbidden during Lent and this is where the tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday comes from because on that day they would consume their last provisions of milk and eggs before the 1st day of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday. This also translates to the French “Mardi Gras” also known as “Fat Tuesday” – ahah… very interesting! Someone should tell Karl Pilkington so he knows now why we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday!

Now, the introduction of chocolate Easter eggs came later in the early 1800’s in Germany and France, and soon spread to the rest of Europe and beyond. And while the Christians were busy celebrating Easter with pancakes, painting eggs all different colors before hiding them for their traditional Easter egg hunts, and eating chocolate eggs and bunnies, the Jews meantime were celebrating Passover, and one of their six symbolic foods that are traditionally served on the Passover Seder Plate is Beitzah, a “roasted egg” – and so our egg symbolism continues. Interesting to also note that although the Jewish Holy Day of Passover is said to commemorate the story of the Exodus and the freeing of the ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt, the name Passover is derived from the transit of the Sun around the Zodiac, and when it reaches the Spring or Vernal Equinox, it is said that the Sun literally “passes over” the Equinox thus moving us from the season of Winter into that of Spring and towards the Summer Solstice.

Passover Seder Plate

Now, I also wanted to share with you this image of a brilliant cake that my friend and photographer Keith Barraclough’s wife Kate made for their annual Spring-Forwards brunch. When I called on the phone a few days before the party, and Keith said they were busy making carrots, I didn’t think much of it, but when I witnessed this masterpiece, designed to resemble an amazing vegetable garden filled with not just a few carrots for the Easter Bunny, but also miniature artichokes, cauliflowers, radicchio and beets to name a few. Truly a work of art and a delicious cake! Kate is a wonderful cook who loves to entertain, so if any of you are looking for someone different to cater your next party, you might want to consider Kate – her lemon bars are to die for!

Photo by Keith Barraclough

By now you must think that this month’s theme is Easter, or perhaps rabbits, or even eggs, but no, now that I have you laughing a bit, and considering eggs and chocolate, let’s switch things up and move to a more serious topic, and that is “War” – seeing as how the world around us continues to wage war, resulting in yet more global devastation and suffering, while clearly demonstrating to us that man has apparently learned nothing after all of these years. And here we are, currently involving ourselves in yet another conflict with a country that doesn’t really want us there in the first place (sound familiar?) From Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden, and now Muammar Gaddafi – we are messing with one madman after another! So as if sending our troops to Iraq and Afghanistan wasn’t enough, now we’re off to Libya as well. Aries remember, is ruled by the Planet Mars, and Mars was the Roman God of War, and father of Romulus & Remus, founders of Rome. Mars was also identified with the Greek God Ares, hence Aries. Mars is the bully who likes to fight, and a God associated with both violence and virility (back to the egg reference again!). Mars’ metal is iron, which is why we see them wielding weapons or tools forged from iron – whether it be swords, spears, scissors or knives – one way or another, Martians like to cut. So when they’re not involved in the Military or Police, you might find them working as butchers, chefs or hairdressers.

So while we’re on the subject of war and violence, and the fact that this month also happens to be Tax time, I wanted to share a couple of websites with you. The 1st is a website called Snopes – and for all of you that receive those many emails with heart-string tugging stories, or warnings about one thing or another… and then later on you find out it’s a hoax? Well, what Snopes does, is give you the real deal on the authenticity of these stories and emails. For example, I recently received an email about a perhaps lesser-known war hero by the name of Captain Ed Freeman – this email made it sound like he had died only recently, when he actually died in 2008, but that’s besides the point. The meat & potatoes of this email was the story of his heroic acts during the Vietnam War, and he was indeed a true hero, whichever version of the story you read. In short, after medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers – some of whom would not have survived had he not acted. So Snopes has a whole history on this man and the various emails that have been circulated about him with a mixture of both true and false information. The 2nd website is called Brave New Foundation – and was again brought to my attention through an email that I received while writing this article. This one invites you to calculate how much of your tax money (which is where it ties in nicely with April being Tax season) is being spent on the war in Afghanistan, and invites you to write to your local congressman or woman and ask for you money back. The mission of the Brave New Foundation is to champion social justice issues by using a model of media, education, and grassroots volunteer involvement that inspires, empowers, motivates and teaches civic participation and makes a difference.

And one last topic that I must mention this month is the upcoming Royal Wedding between England’s Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29th, 2011. And yes, I admit it, I will be watching it, I can’t help myself. And of course, the media are milking this one for all it is worth, but one very funny item that I found online once the wedding plans had been announced, in and amongst the enormous number of royal wedding souvenirs that subsequently appeared all over the internet, was a souvenir mug with the happy couple’s faces on the side. Sounds simple, right? But this particular souvenir mug was being advertised with the wrong brother on it – and instead of Prince William’s smiling face next to Kate’s, we have Prince Harry’s “mug” – literally!

So in closing, let me wish all of you passionate, headstrong, and hard-headed Aries out there a very Happy Birthday, including our dear and determined Uncle Ian (our late mother’s brother), my beautiful performing friend Baina in Australia, my precious Fani over there in England, and last but not least, Jo Wallis, our mum’s best mate and a very special lady.

ChatterQuote April 2011

Adolph Hitler, 1889 – 1945

This month’s quotation aptly comes from a very famous and violent Aries, and that is Adolph Hitler. An obvious Aries for most people, yet some consider him a Taurus as he was born right on the “cusp” of both signs on April 20th, but let’s be honest – Aries is aggressive and destructive, while Taurus is plodding and methodical. Just look at and listen to the very words “Aryan race” and ask yourselves – does the word Aryan come from Aries… or Taurus, and the answer is pretty clear. While meant originally to simply be a neutral ethno-linguistic classification, the word Aryan was later used for ideologically motivated racism in Nazi and neo-Nazi doctrine. Nazi pseudo-science proclaimed the “Aryan race” to be the superior, culture producing race and the fair Nordic type was considered best. So while the whole world continues to wage war, who better to quote from this month than our war-hungry Hitler?

And better yet, as I was researching this month’s material, I realized that my next Netflix movie sitting right here on my desk here was… (drumroll please) none other than “Valkyrie” – a movie based on true events about an assassination plot to kill Hitler, starring Tom Cruise. Now, of all the numerous and varied choices of movies on my personal Netflix Queue, I just so happened to have one about Hitler this week? How crazy is that?

“The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.”

Adolf Hitler

ChatterArtists April 2011

With this month’s theme being “War” it was a perfect opportunity to show you photographers who are photojournalists. I have so much admiration for the work they do and the images they capture. For instance, many of you may have seen the recent NY Times Blog post “You Might Die Tonight” on the four photojournalists who were captured in Libya.

It is a terrifying read, and yet, not long after their safe return, one of them, and the only woman of the group Lynsey Addario, said she’s sure she will cover another war – “It’s What I Do!” More power to her!

And now for this month’s photographers, ladies first!

Alison Wright

First up is Alison Wright, a photographer I met through my friend Keith Barraclough, and I was very taken with her beautiful, bold work. When she’s not traveling the globe on behalf of National Geographic for example, she spends time working on her non-profit foundation “The Faces of Hope Fund” about which she says, “As a documentary photographer, I regularly travel world-wide and bear witness almost on a daily level to the dire needs and situations of the children of each of these countries. When you hear that over 230,000 were killed in an earthquake, the numbers are almost too much for us to comprehend. But when you look into the eyes of one child, the situation becomes more personal. My aim is to not only bring a face to the place and raise social conscious awareness, but to also see if there’s some financial assistance I can bring to the communities that I’ve worked in that have touched me so deeply.” Another of the projects Alison is involved with is “Ripple Effect Images” whose mission is to raise awareness and funding to help empower women and girls in emerging nations around the world. Ripple Effect’s extraordinary team of journalists includes not only Alison, but also Lynsey Addario (already mentioned in my introduction above) Ami Vitale and Annie Griffiths, to name but a few. Great work ladies! &

Afghanistan, © Alison Wright

Karen Kasmauski

Next up we have another talented National Geographic photographer Karen Kasmauskiwho, when I emailed her about this month’s theme responded, “I don’t do wars, I end up doing the aftermath of disaster whether it be man made or natural.” No problem, I said, so in keeping with the recent earthquake in Japan and the compromised Fukushima nuclear plant, Karen suggested we check out her recent Blog post showing a couple of images from when she covered the Kobe earthquake, and being contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster two years after it happened. And as I write this bulletin, the latest on the Fukushima disaster is that the Japanese have begun dumping thousands of tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean! So besides her Blog be sure to check out Karen’s prolific body of work on her website as well.

A survivor of the 1995 earthquake in Kobe Japan anxiously waits as rescue workers search for her relatives.

© Karen Kasmauski

Radhika Chalasani

Continuing on with the ladies for a moment, we have photographer and a client of mine Radhika Chalasani. When we first met, she had recently completed a wonderful project called “Hurricane Graffiti: Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast” which can be seen on her website. The images she sent us for this bulletin however, are from the civil war in Rwanda. From her website, Radhika says, “Thousands of Rwandan refugees, who fled camps on the Rwanda-Zaire border at the start of the civil war in Zaire, rest in the jungles of Kisangani after a nearly six-month trek through the country. They made makeshift camps along the side of a dirt road where the UN and other aid agencies were able to reach them to provide food, medical aid and some kind of shelter. After more than two years as refugees they were finally ready to go home and waited for the UN to organize a way out of the jungle and the war and a return back to their homes in Rwanda.”

Rwandan Refugees

© Radhika Chalasani

And now for the guys!

Jason Florio

Some of you may recall Jason Florio’s work from a previous bulletin, but this time we are honored to showcase some of his very recent work, seen here for the 1st time by anyone! Entitled “The Longest Fight” Jason says, “Sixty two years ago in Karen State, Burma, the Karen people were forced into a David and Goliath conflict against the powerful authoritarian Burmese military regime who have been transfixed on eliminating them through a brutal and systematic policy of murder, rape, forced labor and the wholesale destruction of their villages. Six decades on, and now considered the world’s longest current running conflict, the Karen people continue to be brutalized in an ongoing pursuit to cleanse them from their homeland. Working on assignment in Karen State in 2010 I was enamored by the calm resilience of the Karen people, both soldiers (who are all non-paid volunteers) and civilians who all seem to possess a quiet determination backed up by their motto ‘never surrender’. So moved by the stoic and yet serene nature of Karen and horrified at their stories of the human rights violations against them, I decided to returned in February 2011, self-funded, to bring the face of the Karen people, and their highly under-reported struggle to survive against the brutal Burmese junta, to a greater audience in the hopes of affecting some positive change.”

Karen rebel fighters in Burma

© Jason Florio

Evan Abramson

Next up we have photographer and filmmaker Evan Abramson, who was introduced to me by Jason Florio, and whose film project is also mentioned in the ChatterNews section this month. These images Evan sent us are from Haiti, and on his website he says, “Before January 12th, 2010, there were more than 10,000 humanitarian and charity organizations registered in Haiti. Billions of dollars and donations later, the international presence is stronger than ever. Yet six months after the quake, 90% of the rubble still has not been removed, and women and children are being raped across the street from the government palace on a nightly basis. This series pairs night-time portraits of orphans from one of Haiti’s thousands of orphanages with images of destruction from the center of Port-au-Prince.”

Haiti, Post-earthquake

© Evan Abramson

Jared Katz

Next up is Jared Katz, who originally came to me as a client through Agency Access back in 2009. Currently, he is working in Bangkok at the UN World Food Programme, and he was able to send us some great images from the Bangkok protests. Be sure to go to his website to see the entire series along with his other work.

Anniversary of a coup, Bangkok

© Jared Katz

Daniel McCabe

And last, but by no means least, we have Daniel McCabe, whom I met along with his brother Michael, through Darryl Strawser at the Miami Ad School. Some of his images from the 2008 Kenya election violence were pretty graphic, but in the end we went with this one of a group of protesters displaying their weapons in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum. This is about as good an illustration of Aries, and the God of War i.e. Mars, as it gets! And I want to commend Daniel along with all of the other photojournalists for their continued dedication and contribution.

Kenya election violence – 2008 – Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum. Protesters display weapons.

© Daniel McCabe

ChatterNews April 2011


Last month I attended AIPAD, the annual fine art show at the Armory here in New York and ironically enough, amongst the many galleries and images on display, this image in particular was one of my favorites – and just so happens to fit perfectly with our military theme this month. Represented by the Amador Gallery, Arnold Odermatt is a celebrated Swiss photographer who originally trained as a baker before joining the Police Force in 1948 at the age of 23, where he served as the official Police photographer for more than 40 years, retiring as First Lieutenant Head of Traffic Police and Deputy Commander of the Nidwalden Police in 1990.

© Arnold Odermatt

Chris Crisman – American Photo Image of the Year 2010

Some of you may recall photographer Chris Crisman‘s “Rocket Boy” image from a previous bulletin. Chris recently emailed me with the news that it was selected as the winner in the portraiture category for American Photo’s 2010 Images of the Year and, it was also selected as an overall first place winner for photography in the 7th Annual Altpick Awards – way to go Chris!

© Chris Crisman

Stephen Flint – Addy Awards

Another client of mine who has been doing well, is photographer Stephen Flint, who recently picked up not 1, not 2, but 4 Gold Local Addy Awards for his photography in the “Elements of Advertising” category for The Florida Keys Monroe County TDC (Tourist Development Council) campaign, shot for Tinsley Advertising in Miami. So congratulations to Steve, and to all the creatives who worked on the campaign.

Lower Keys Camping, © Stephen Flint

Evan Abramson – Last Stand on the Island

Evan is also featured in the ChatterArtists section this month, but I wanted to give a shout-out for his film project “Last Stand on the Island” as he only has a few days left to reach his target funding amount – so they still need help! This film tells the story of a Native American tribe determined to survive on a sinking island off Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. After five hurricanes in the last nine years, twenty-four families remain – and they refuse to go. Now for those of you not familiar – check out this interesting website called “KickStarter” on which you can promote your proposed project and raise money towards your target amount. If, however, you do not raise that amount in the time allotted, then you lose whatever money you had raised already. Anyway, check out the website to view Evan’s and all of the projects there and donate!

© Evan Abramson

Cameron Davidson – Free iPad App

Cameron Davidson is an aerial photographer I’ve known for a while now, and he has just announced the release of a new App for the iPad titled “Aerial New York City” which can be downloaded for FREE via the iTunes store. He says, “All of the images were shot from helicopters and many are at night.” Very cool!  Download yours here:

© Cameron Davidson

APA|NY – Fourth Annual Photo Contest

APA NY has invited yours truly to be one of the judges for their 4th Annual Photo Contest this year, so I’m really looking forward to that. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks – and don’t forget to enter!

Also – be sure to mark your calendars for my upcoming Reps Panel at Adorama on May 4th. Scroll down to the end of the Events Section for more information and to register!

Slideluck Potshow XVI – Call for Entries

Slideluck Potshow and The New York Photo Festival will be teaming up again to present Slideluck Potshow XVI.  Following last year’s collaboration which resulted in breaking The Guinness World Record for the Largest Potluck on Earth, we will be gathering once more in celebration of food, photography and community.  Please mark Saturday, May 14th down on your calendar for Slideluck Potshow’s 2011 mainstage showcase of arresting work from around the world. The theme of this slideshow will be UPHEAVAL.  (Also most appropriate for this month’s bulletin!) From the Middle East to middle America, we are living in a time characterized by great upheaval – in politics, nature, religion, art, climate, food, media, relationships, technology and education.  Whether for better or worse, we are looking for work that speaks to the remarkable change that surrounds us. Submit your work to Slideluck Potshow XVI by Monday April 18th!

Art of Photography Contest – Call for Entries

The ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW is an international exhibition of photographic art which will take place August 13 through October 16, 2011 at the elegant Lyceum Theatre Gallery located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, California. This is the seventh year of this major photography competition and exhibition, and the Call for Entries deadline is Sunday May 17, 2011.

© Nigel Grimmer

ChatterTip of the Month April 2011

Tips for Healthy Hair

So this month, I thought we’d feature some “healthy hair remedies” because Aries, after all, rules the head. And another reason is that I get to show you one of my favorite new images from New York photographer Melissa Lynn. I absolutely love this image she showed me recently at the ASMP Fine Art Portfolio reviews, and was determined to use it in this month’s bulletin, especially as I also discovered that Melissa is an Aries – how perfect!

© Melissa Lynn

When we were younger, I can remember my sister using Vinegar to rinse her hair, and Beer was another popular one for soft and shiny tresses – apparently the proteins from the malt & hops rebuild and repair damaged hair! While I myself was known to experiment with Chamomile or Lemon Juice, recommended to keep fair hair blonder without using any peroxide bleach! Sage is also said to brighten the hair and surprise, surprise, rinsing with our good old friend Apple Cider Vinegar also helps make your hair shiny. So here are a few more natural remedies for some common hair problems:

Rosemary is the herb of choice for this condition and can be taken either internally as a tea or externally as a topical application. You can also dilute some Lavender Oil in a little Coconut or Almond Oil and massage into the scalp to eliminate those dry flakes. For supplements, they suggest increasing your intake of Selenium, Zinc, B-Complex, as well as Vitamins C & E.

Dry Hair
Massage Rosemary-infused Oil, Tea Tree or Cedarwood Oil into the scalp before washing hair. Check out Coconut or Olive Oil as well, which can be rubbed into the scalp, covered with a cap and left overnight before rinsing out in the morning. Vinegar is a great conditioner and can also improve cleanliness and shine, or check out whipping an Egg into a little tepid water (not too hot, or it will poach) and lather it into your hair, and again, rinse with tepid water. Mayonnaise (I know this one may sound a bit strange but supposedly it works!) not only brightens but also softens dry hair – they also suggest rinsing this one out of your hair thoroughly or you’ll be craving tuna salad for the rest of the day!

Greasy Hair
Add a few drops of Rosemary-infused Vinegar or Rosemary Essential Oil to the rinsing water. Another suggestion is any kind of Alcoholic Beverage, as it has a nice drying effect, and Beer for instance cleans right down to the scalp. Lemon Juice helps greasy hair, as does Apple Cider Vinegar. Or how about rinsing your hair in some diluted Tea, which contains Tannic Acid, which happens to be an astringent, which can cut the oil.

Hair Loss
Hereditary Hair Loss, also known as Alopecia, usually affects men more than women, and tends to be a feature of aging, starting with a receding hairline at the temples or forehead. Other causes of Hair Loss include stress, radiation or chemotherapy, pregnancy and childbirth, to name a few. Sage Tea, drunk or applied externally, will stimulate hair growth, and Nettle Tea is also said encourage the growth of hair; while a daily intake of Rosemary Tea improves circulation to the head. You can also massage Rosemary-infused Oil into the scalp, or check out Ginger, Lavender,  Sage or Cedarwood, all of which can either be massaged into the scalp or added to a mild, un-fragranced shampoo instead.

ChatterRecipe of the Month April 2011

Devilled Eggs

So you may have thought I might give you something with chocolate for this month’s recipe, but instead I decided to stay with our egg theme instead and bring you something simple yet classic and easy to make for entertaining – Devilled Eggs! Everyone’s got their own special spin on this family classic, so here are a few suggestions to liven up those hard-boiled treats!

6 Eggs (hard-boiled & peeled)
¼ cup Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon White Wine Vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 teaspoon Horseradish
½ teaspoon Dill Weed (chopped)
Salt & Pepper
Worcestershire Sauce (optional)

Hard-boil the Eggs by simply bringing them to a boil in a pan of cold Water, with a little Vinegar and Salt added to stop them from cracking. As soon as  the Water comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about a minute. Then, remove the pan from the heat, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let sit for 10-12 minutes. Run the Eggs under the cold tap so they cool down before you crack and peel them. Halve the cooled Eggs lengthwise and remove the yolks. Set the whites aside. Mash the Egg Yolks in a bowl, then add the Mayonnaise, Dijon Mustard, Horseradish, Dill Weed, Salt & Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce if it still needs more “bite” and mix everything together well. Either spoon or pipe the mixture into the halved Egg Whites and sprinkle with Paprika. Garnish the plate with Dill or Parsley sprigs and keep chilled before serving.

And here are a couple more ideas for different flavor profiles – for example, you could add some finely chopped Pickles and a little Pickle Brine instead of the Vinegar. Or, if you want to go a little fancier, how about using half Mayonnaise and half Sour Cream, and mix in a little finely chopped or minced Smoked Salmon (Lox) with Lemon Juice instead of the Vinegar, and some chopped Chives.

ChatterEvents April 2011

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 – 6:30-9:30pm

ASMP Philadelphia Presents: The Not-So-Basics of the Photography Business with Neil Binkley

@ Power Plant Productions

230 North 2nd Street

Philadelphia, PA

Cost: $5 ASMP Member; $20 Non-Members & Professional Association Members; $5 Students.

From the evite:

“The emerging and established photographer may find themselves wondering just what it is they need to do to stay afloat in the photography business today. While there is no single approach to success in the industry, or any other industry for that matter, there are many ways that photographers can help themselves bring in more business and stay happy with their career choice. Neil will discuss what he considers to be the three guiding principles behind a successful photography business, and even do a case study of one brave, local photographer, to give them tips on their business and creative approach.”

To find out more about Neil’s services please visit:

For more information and to register for the event please visit:

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 – 2pm

APA|NY Spring Portfolio Review: Still and Motion

@ Neo Studios

628 Broadway

New York, NY

Cost: APA Members Review + Cocktail Party: $50; ASMP Members Review + Cocktail Party: $85; Non-Members Review + Cocktail Party: $100; Non-Members Cocktail Party Only: $10.

For more information please visit:

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Photography Now 2011- Group Exhibition Opening Reception Curated by Vince Aletti – 5-7pm

@ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

59 Tinker Street

Woodstock, NY

For more information on these events please visit:

Also – Being Upstate – Photographs by Carlos Loret de Mola –

Opening Reception – 5-7pm

Solo Exhibition on view April 9th – May 30th, 2011

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 – 6pm

ASMP New England Presents: The Business of Fine Art Photography with Thomas Werner

@ EP Levine

219 Bear Hill Road

Waltham, MA

Cost: Members- $0 pre-registered or $15 at the door; Non-Members- $20 pre-registered or $35 at the door; Student- $10 pre-registered or $20 at the door.

From the website:

“Thomas Werner presents this fast-paced seminar giving you insights into the fine art business world. It is critically important to develop multiple ways to promote and support your business. Thomas explains how creating and properly marketing a body of fine art work can help you achieve these goals.”

For more information and to register please visit:

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 – 6:30pm

NY Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Gallery

15 White Street

New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

For more information or questions please contact Rich Pomerantz, Emmanuel Faure at or Bill Westheimer at

Thursday, April 21st, 2011 – 6:30pm

ADHESIVE NYC: Sticking Creatives Together

@ Picture Ray Studio

245 West 18th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues)

“Adhesive – Sticking Creatives Together” is a local networking event that changes location each month. This month’s location will be at Picture Ray Studio.

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 – 5:30-8:30pm

Adorama Presents: The Business of Photography: A Panel Discussion with Top Industry Photographers’ Agents  Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis

@ Adorama

42 West 18th Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY

Cost: $25; Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011.

From the website:

“During this evening’s event, Louisa presents and moderates a diverse panel of top artist representatives who’ll share their insights on today’s photo industry, from the agent’s perspective. The panelists cover a cross-section of different approaches to representation: a niche agency specializing in photojournalists, agencies handling high-end advertising with both large and smaller stables of talent, an international boutique web-based collective, and an agent in the process of starting up a new venture… After introductions to their backgrounds and a presentation showcasing examples of each agency’s work, Louisa will ask the panelists to weigh in on a number of pertinent topics.”

Panelist line up (subject to change):

Robert Bacall – Robert Bacall Representatives

Amanda Hanley – Wonderful Machine

David Laidler – Works Artists

Frank Meo – Meorepresents

Joe Pritchard – Elizabeth Pojé

Tricia Scott – MergeLeft Reps

For more information and to register please visit: