ChatterLog September 2011

Pets


Virgo, the Virgin

Greetings everyone and welcome to the September bulletin! Summer is well and truly over and we have moved from the sunny sign of Leo into the cooler sign of Virgo. We’ve had an earthquake and a hurricane and the air has already begun to feel a lot colder as we continue to lose one minute of light each day and head towards the Autumnal Equinox. As with each of the 12 zodiacal signs, there are a number of characteristics (and therefore topics) that I could write about, so for this month and the sign of Virgo I decided to go with the theme of “Pets” because Virgo rules over pets and small animals. Virgo is also the sign of “service” – so how do our pets serve us humans? Back in the day, animals were domesticated for the purpose of “serving” mankind, from a pack of hounds used to hunt in the forest, to the oxen in the fields pulling the farmer’s plow, to the horse and cart for transportation, or the cows in the barn providing us with milk – these animals aided in man’s survival and were the next step from being hunted by primitive man solely for their flesh, bones and skins. So how did they evolve from that point to what we now see as a modern-day fashion accessory? I wonder what primitive man would think of people nowadays who carry their dogs around in designer bags!

 A pet is essentially a household animal, (usually a dog or cat) kept for companionship and a person’s enjoyment, as opposed to wild or domesticated working animals such as livestock… So even though your dog may not be a working dog, it is serving you by bringing you companionship and unconditional love 24/7. Pets provide their owners with health benefits, not just because they are pleasing to look at or pretty to listen to. Have you ever wondered why a doctor or dentist’s office had a fish tank in the waiting room? Mine did growing up – and I can see why, it was definitely calming for the patients to watch the fish. Pets are great. They don’t answer you back and they do love you unconditionally, especially if you are the one who feeds them! Young children can learn the responsibility of what it takes to care for a pet – they have to be fed, cleaned and walked, constantly, so parents must be just as responsible when buying a pet for their child. How many stories do we read about abandoned puppies who seemed ever so cute when they had that Christmas ribbon round their neck, but once it started to grow and chew on a few pairs of shoes, perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea after all. There is an alarming number of animals that are mistreated or rejected by families. And because they were not taken care of properly, look at how busy all the animal shelters are as a result?

© Michael Brian 
http://www.michaelbrianphoto.com

We couldn’t resist showing you this image of Jason Goodrich with a brand new puppy taken by photographer Michael Brian on a shoot for Cesar’s Way magazine at the North Shore Animal Shelter. Jason was assisting Michael Brian that day, and Michael was thrilled to have captured this unexpected moment and wonderful juxtaposition between the gritty Jason and the innocent and irresistible young puppy, less than a week old.
 How can you not love this image?

Growing up in England, there was no shortage of dogs. Everyone had dogs. We did not have cats, hamsters, or guinea pigs growing up, it was all about dogs. Actually, I am a cat person, but one of the positives about having a dog is that it does require you to be outdoors and walking, which is not only great exercise but also gets you into the fresh air and interacting socially with other people and their dogs. Pets are a wonderful source of comfort and cure for loneliness, for people of all ages, from young to old. There is now a medically approved class of “therapy animals” (mostly dogs) that are brought to visit people who are confined. Speaking of confinement, there are programs, such as “Puppies Behind Bars” which trains prison inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs (note the word “service” again!) for the disabled and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. http://www.puppiesbehindbars.com/ – so from faithful companionship, to guiding the blind, or guarding our property – dogs have a strong attachment to man, and man to his dogs. We have all heard the expression that a dog is “man’s best friend” – not a hamster, not a snake, or a parrot – but the dog. According to Wikipedia, the popularization of the term occurred in a courtroom speech by George Graham Vest in Warrensburg, Missouri in 1870, who said, “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.” The phrase was later shortened to “man’s best friend”.

When I was very young, my mother had a black Labrador called Marcus, but he disappeared one day, never to return, and was most likely shot by the gamekeeper for poaching the pheasants. She was so upset, we went for quite a few years without another dog, until one day when my father returned home after surveying a property, where the owner had poured his heart out to my dad about how on earth he was going to cope with his wife, 4 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and whatever else was in his menagerie. So he had decided to begin by getting rid of one of the dogs and asked my dad if he’d at least consider it. After he had told the sad story, my father suggested taking this dog on but my mother was set on saying “no”. That night she had terrible dreams about this dog having to be put down because there was no home for it, so when she woke up the next morning, she sat up in bed and announced, “That’s it, we’re taking the dog.” And thus Fred the Bassett Hound became a part of our family. He was quite a character and one stubborn dog – he literally ruled the household. For instance, he wouldn’t drink water from a bowl – I mean, who knows how long it had been standing there, it was obviously stale… so Fred preferred to drink from a running tap. He had figured out that if he stood in the bathroom and barked endlessly, eventually someone would come and turn on the bathtub tap so he could jump up, hook his front paws over the edge of the tub and drink from the running stream of cold water. Delicious!

left: Fred Bassett resting on the front lawn of Cuckoo Hill House
right: Fred Bassett sticking his big wet nose into our family friends’ very young child’s face!
From left to right – John Bell (family friend), myself (with very short hair!), my mother and Laura (John’s wife)

There are many hilarious stories about Fred, including when we mated him with our friends’ Bassett Hound “Lucy” but Fred wasn’t too bright when it came to matters of procreation (he was more interested in food) and was quite unsure as to what he was supposed to be doing with this “horny bitch!” After a couple of confusing hours he eventually succeeded in impregnating Lucy, who a couple of months later proudly produced a litter of cute little puppies. Our father’s eldest brother (who lived in Nairobi, Kenya at the time) decided he wanted one of them and so “Fred the Lemon” went in the plane with him to Africa and he spent his life living there! Ironically, this particular uncle was a journalist, and after he divorced his first wife, my aunt remarried another newspaperman who happened to be editor of the Daily Mail. At one point he was approached with a new cartoon for the paper by the Scottish cartoonist Alex Graham about a Bassett Hound based on his own dog. My step-uncle loved the idea but said he would only put it in the paper if they changed the name to Fred – and thus the famous Daily Mail cartoon “Fred Bassett” was first published on July 8th, 1963 and ran for many years! And although it was based on the cartoonist’s dog, and named after ours – the stubborn character portrayed in the comic strip was very much like that of the real Fred.

Mum with Julian, the Budgie. Photo by Louisa J. Curtis

When our mother lost her last dog, she herself had become too frail to cope with another one so back in 2005 my sister came up with the brilliant idea of an alternative and low-maintenance pet – a budgie! Little did we know that she had in fact kept budgies as a child, outside in a big aviary, but they had apparently died in a frost? She had never mentioned this to us before, not until we plopped “Julian” on to her lap. We timed the presentation during one of my visits from New York, my sister picked the budgie up from the pet store and then picked me up from my father’s house, which was only a few minutes drive away from our mother’s. The budgie was in a small cardboard box, so when we got to the bottom of the hill, we pulled over to transfer it into the cage for the rest of the journey. We didn’t think it would look very nice if we were to present her with a bird in a cardboard box and an empty cage, besides, the budgie didn’t have much room in there to breathe…

Transferring the budgie from his box into the cage was not such a simple task as it sounds either, but eventually we managed it. We then drove literally at a snail’s pace down the road while the poor bird clung to his perch for dear life, leaning slightly from side to side as we navigated any bends in the road! By now my sister and I had started to have one of those fits of uncontrollable giggles and we had to work very hard to keep it together and not drive into a hedge. Finally we crawled into the yard at our mother’s and crept into the cottage with her gift. The look on her face was priceless – which is why I am sharing it with you. She named him Julian after one of her favorite irreverent and very “camp” English comics, Julian Clary. Julian subsequently became a firm and very noisy fixture in mum’s little house from that point on and kept her entertained until she could no longer cope with living at home and had to move to the nursing home. So whatever your pet preference might be, remember to treat them with just as much love as they bring you pleasure!

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to all you Virgos!

ChatterQuote September 2011


Mother Teresa, 1910 – 1997

The sign of Virgo is connected with “service” and is the most helpful sign of the zodiac. The Virgo must “serve” in order to achieve true spirituality, so for our ChatterQuote this month, who better to give us some words of wisdom than a Virgo who truly dedicated her life to “service” – Mother Teresa – born August 26th, 1910. She was a Catholic nun of Albanian ethnicity and Indian citizenship, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. Mother Teresa spent her life ministering to the poor, sick, orphaned and dying, and among the numerous awards she received for her good works, was the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”

Mother Teresa

ChatterArtists September 2011

So naturally with this month’s theme being Pets we are showing you some photographers who shoot animals and pets this month!

Michael Brian
I have never met Michael Brian but I love his work and the extensive library he has built of dog imagery. So much so, it was really difficult to pick just one image for you. When a photographer sticks to a particular niche, the way Michael has, it is inspiring to see the breadth of the work within such a focused subject matter. On his website he says, “Whether it be a major ad campaign or a simple portrait, the sole purpose behind Michael Brian’s dog imagery is to raise the global consciousness to the magical gifts they provide for us, if we are willing to look beyond the obvious…” Michael is represented by Bruce Levin, so be sure to check out their websites, as well as Michael’s Blog, where you’ll find his regular feature “Dog of the Day.”


Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer © Michael Brian
http://www.michaelbrianphoto.com/
http://michaelbrianphoto.wordpress.com/
http://www.brucelevingroup.com/

Donna Foster
I met Donna Foster a few years ago in Charlotte, NC when I was doing an event for the APA Chapter there. She was one of my consultations while I was in town and she specializes in portraits of people & their pets. It has been a few years since we met, but she has a new website and some lovely new work, so be sure to check it out. Donna splits her time between Charlotte, NC and Martha’s Vineyard from July through September. On her website it says, “Donna creates extraordinary images of pets and their people, photographs that reflect the personality of both humans and their pet companions and reveal the deep emotional connection between both.”


http://donnafoster.com/


Gandee Vasan

Gandee Vasan is represented by my friends at wswcreative, and I absolutely love this guy’s dog and cat portraits! Gandee is of Indian descent, based in London, and draws heavily on both his Fine Art background as well as his many years creating conceptual advertising imagery. More recently, Gandee has done books of expressive dog and cat portraits and his work has been exhibited both at the National Portrait Gallery and the AOP (Association of Photographers) Gallery in London.

© Gandee Vasan
http://www.gandeevasan.com/
http://wswcreative.com/


Keith Barraclough

Keith Barraclough certainly didn’t start out his photographic career shooting animals, but over the last several years he has been developing a relationship with the Discovery Channel and now finds himself shooting portraits of humans, dogs, cats and whatever else they might throw at him! Be sure to watch out for my ChatterCorner article in next month’s bulletin, which will be my interview with Keith about his recent assignment shooting portraits of all 164 Kennel Club dog breeds for Animal Planet. To see more about Keith and his work, go to his website and the Blog.


Bloodhound taking a break during Sherlock Holmes themed photoshoot for Investigation Discovery Channel
© Keith Barraclough
http://www.keithbarraclough.com/
http://keithbarracloughblog.com/


Hannah Kuo

Some of may recall Hannah Kuo from an earlier bulletin, and Like Keith Barraclough, she does not specialize in pet photography, but I loved this series so much I wanted to show you another image this month. This is a portrait from her series entitled “Greetings” in which the artist photographed couples with their pets and spent time with her subjects, selecting their wardrobe from their closets beforehand and then matching them with a vibrantly colored background. Hannah was born in Taipei, Taiwan, studied and lived in China for 14 years before moving to New York where she now lives in Brooklyn!


© Hannah Kuo
http://www.hannahkuo.com/


Lauren Grabelle

And last but not least, we have Lauren Grabelle who was also in a previous bulletin when we highlighted wedding photography. I am excited to feature her again because her first love is really photographing dogs, and in particular her own muse, “Sugar” – who is a very beautiful Weimaraner. Lauren approaches her pet photography with a loose and natural style and I was planning on showing a recent portrait of a fabulous tattooed owner with her furless dog! But when I saw Lauren’s photos of a rescued Alpaca called “Icicle” on her Blog – I simply had to share them with you instead, they were so funny! So whatever your pet pleasure may be, there is always a good image to be had!


Icicle, the Alpaca, with friends at Storm Mountain Grooming in Montana
http://www.lgphoto.com/
http://www.laurengrabelle.blogspot.com/

ChatterCorner September 2011

Monika Merva
Be sure to check out my recent article on PhotoServe with fine art photographer Monika Merva and her wonderful project “The City of Children.” Although her project is about “children” the image used for the cover of her book is of a girl wearing rabbit ears, which fits beautifully with our “pets” theme!  http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/photoserve/Louisa-JCurtis-of-C-3159.shtml


Zsuzsa, one of the featured children in The City of Children, wearing rabbit ears
© Monika Merva
http://www.monikamerva.com/

ChatterNews September 2011

Monkey Business
In July, this story made the rounds and some of you may have seen it. When I saw the photos and read the story I could not stop laughing, it was so absurd! It goes something like this – award-winning nature photographer David Slater was photographing in a national park in Indonesia. At some point, he left his camera unattended and a macaque monkey wandered over and took this hilarious and jaunty self-portrait, amongst others! So now, the question is – who owns the copyright? In the article, no copyright is assigned to this image, but 2 others were strangely assigned to the News Agency, Caters? As we know, if you press the shutter button, then you own the copyright, so surely the monkey wins! 🙂 http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110706/00200314983/monkey-business-can-monkey-license-its-copyrights-to-news-agency.shtml


Self-portrait by macaque monkey in Indonesian National Park


LAND Studio & Gallery

From monkeys, we now segway nicely to gorillas, because back in May I went to the NY Photo festival in Dumbo, and while I was there, my friend Julie Grahame took myself and Stella Kramer to visit her friend Matthew Bede Murphy, Curator for the LAND Studio & Gallery – http://www.leaguecenter.org/land.html & http://landgallery.tumblr.com/
It was the highlight of our day, to be honest, and both Stella and I purchased something from the gallery, joining other notable collectors such as Spike Lee! These inspiring artists include the wonderfully talented Michael Pellew – to read more about Michael “The Pop Culture Pro” click here – http://www.openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=381
I purchased one of his cards entitled “The Jacksons in their New York Knicks Basketball Uniforms” (see below) – bet Spike will be jealous I got that one – while Stella purchased an adorable and minuscule aluminum foil animal sculpture by Dean Millien. Since then, I was looking forward to mentioning them in my newsletter, but when Julie emailed me this image showing a giant sized sculpture of a gorilla from the same artist, I knew had to include them in my “pets” bulletin!


Tin Foil Gorilla by Outsider Artist Dean Millien – Photo by Paul Yandura

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150246999010848&set=a.10150246998970848.318577.591850847&type=1

The LAND (League Artists Natural Design) Studio & Gallery is one of the creative programs founded by the League Education and Treatment Center and is Brooklyn’s 1st studio and gallery featuring the work of 16 artists with developmental disabilities. LAND provides them with life skills thru the modality of art, and markets their work to the community in a vibrant and inclusive manner. Matthew also mentioned that they will have a show up for the DUMBO Art Festival later this month Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th, 2011 – http://dumboartsfestival.com/. So be sure to stop by!
Current shows include MAKE Skateboards at i20 Gallery in Chelsea, organized by Jonathan Lavoie and film maker & artist Scott Ogden – http://i-20.com/make-skateboards-2011/overview/ – and LAND artist, Kenya Hanley is also showing at the Museum of Everything in London – http://www.museumofeverything.com/


The Jacksons in their New York Knicks Basketball Uniforms
© Michael Pellew

Agency Access
Big announcement from my friends over at Agency Access! President & CEO, Keith Gentile announced this week they have acquired both ADBASE and FoundFolios. Click here to watch a short video where Keith talks about the key acquisition details –
http://agencyaccess.com/news/agency-access-acquires-adbase-video
Don’t forget, Virgo is the sign of “service” so it is perfect timing they announced this acquisition and exciting changes to their “services” this month! Congratulations guys! http://agencyaccess.com/


Cyndie Burkhardt
As you’ll see from our recipe this month, Virgo is the sign connected with healthy eating and many of them are vegetarians. So it was no big surprise that my friend Cyndie Burkhardt just happened to send me this recent press release, in perfect timing for our September bulletin:

“As of August 25th, 2011, both http://www.Appetite4Life.com and http://www.facebook.com/Appetite4Life.cb are successfully launched. Working in nutrition, people constantly ask me about a variety of health and eating concerns. It’s amazing how much confusion there is and, how much people stress about “eating right.” Mostly, people just need help figuring out what to do. The upside for me is, I’m happy to have found a career where I can be of service.”


Ironically, Cyndie uses the word “service” – she has found something she loves to do where she can help other people – the sign of Virgo is the “servant” so it feels good when they are “serving” other people, it is natural for them. Some of you might notice as you read the newsletter, how many “V” words are associated with the sign of Virgo, so while we’re on the subject of service, how about “volunteer?” Just this past week, I met up with some old friends of mine, whose son James was celebrating his  21st birthday. And as James is a Virgo, it was no big surprise to me when he mentioned at lunch that he was interested in doing some volunteer work overseas at some point!

Arlene Gottfried – slide presentation & book-signing for “Bacalaitos & Fireworks”
Saturday, September 10th, 2011 @ 2:00pm
@ Word Up Community Bookstore
4157 Broadway @ 176th Street

http://wordupbooks.wordpress.com/

It’s a small world and you just never know where you’re going to run into people. I first met photographer Arlene Gottfried last year at the SPE conference in Philadelphia when I was reviewing portfolios, but even back then, we thought we had run into one another before. I discovered that she lived not far from me in the West Village but little did I know that she also swam at the same outdoor pool as me! So then this summer, not only did I run into Arlene, but I also met another photographer there swimming in the lane next to me (!) Tequila Minsky, who turns out to be a friend of Arlene’s as well. Tequila then sent me the information on the PWP group show at Calumet this month as well as this wonderful photo she took of Arlene at a recent book-signing.

Here is an article about Arlene in The Villager by Lincoln Anderson: http://thevillager.com/villager_433/lensonloisada.html
And this is a link to her LightBox on Time Magazine: http://lightbox.time.com/2011/06/11/bacalaitos-and-fireworks-by-arlene-gottfried/#19


Arlene Gottfried at the recent book-signing of “Bacalaitos & Fireworks” published by Powerhouse Books
Photo by Tequila Minsky

Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best @ ICP, New York
I know this exhibition has now closed, but I wanted to mention what a joy it was to see – my friend Julie and I spent a truly inspiring and entertaining afternoon at this retrospective of Mr. Erwitt’s brilliant career. And of course, I had to highlight one of his classic “pet” images! http://www.icp.org/

Photo Plus Expo – Registration
Registration is now open for PPE 2011! For more information and to register please visit: http://www.photoplusexpo.com/
And Louisa J. Curtis will be presenting her Wonderful World of Websites panel on Friday, October 28th, 2011 @ 3:45pm!

ChatterTip of the Month September 2011

Pet Tips
Growing up in English countryside, there were always tons of dogs around and everyone in my family seemed to have a dog, or two, and mostly Labradors or retrievers of some sort. Although I have had dogs too, I am really more of a cat person, so for this month, I asked my sister to write some dog tips for us. The photo is one I took when I was last in Guernsey visiting my Aunt. We were walking her little Jack Russell “Cassie” and ran into a woman who breeds and trains collies and was walking a group of them with a black lab as well. She very methodically arranged and instructed them all into a line for me so I could take their picture!


Photo by Louisa J. Curtis, September 2010

Pet Tips – in particular Dogs
1) Don’t forget that all dogs, whether pedigree or mongrel, originate from the wolf.  Whilst dogs have allowed themselves to be domesticated by humans, they all have deep-seated instincts that come from being related to wolves.  Respect this in your dog and don’t transform it into some kind of plaything or toy to be made a fool of and then discarded.

2) There are no bad dogs, just bad owners!  Try and see the world from your dog’s point of view when it does something you consider to be antisocial, messy, or just a plain nuisance.  Could you have played a bigger part in preventing whatever it was that made you cross with your dog?

3) Even the most energetic and outgoing dog will not appreciate constant noise and stimulation.  All dogs should have a quiet safe place to use for rest and retreat when necessary, somewhere that is warm and comfortable which the dog can use exclusively.

4) Pick up after your dog – it comes with the territory nowadays and so many owners blatantly disregard this perfectly reasonable request.  If your dog performs anywhere that is regularly used by other walkers, town or country, use the bag that you should always carry and dispose of it responsibly i.e. don’t throw it into the undergrowth or up a tree as some ignorant people do.

5) When disciplining a dog, always use a firm but calm tone of voice.  There is absolutely no point in yelling at your dog or hitting it – they will simply switch off and shut down.  As the wonderful Cesar Milan has written in his books, the dog should sense your authority merely through the leash when you are walking with it – body language is everything.

6) Enjoy your dog!  There is nothing as rewarding as the absolute trust and love of your dog – they give you total loyalty and companionship for not much in return.  We are privileged to share our lives with these wonderful animals.

by Charlotte Murphy

ChatterRecipe of the Month September 2011

Ratatouille


Photo by Louisa J. Curtis

This month, I wanted to bring you a “healthy” recipe because Virgo is the sign associated not only with the harvest, but also with eating healthy foods in general. Many of them are vegetarians or vegans, for example, so I was toying between a few of my favorite vegetarian dishes, from Indian Spiced Vegetables (appropriate not only because of the vegetables but also reminds us of the Spiritual side of Virgo that is connected with the Yogi), then I thought about a delicious Caponata from Italy, or even a Gazpacho from Spain, but finally I settled on Ratatouille from France! When I lived in Paris, I made a lot of this delicious eggplant and vegetable stew, which can be served either hot or cold. In fact, I was a vegetarian at the time, and ironically, the city of Paris is ruled by the sign of, yes, you guessed it, Virgo.

Ingredients
2 large Zucchini (Courgette)
2 medium to large Eggplant (Aubergine)
5-6 large Tomatoes
I large Green Pepper (Orange or Yellow)
I large Red Pepper
I large Onion
2 cloves Garlic
6 tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt & Black Pepper
Parsley (chopped)

Recipe
Before we begin, there is no hard and fast rule with this sort of a dish, so if you prefer Orange or Yellow Peppers to Green (which I do) that’s fine, and if you want to use more Onion or less Eggplant, that’s fine too! We’re basically making a “Mediterranean Eggplant & Vegetable Stew” and this particular version comes from my favorite old Reader’s Digest cookery book. Begin by cutting the ends off the Zucchini and Eggplant, wash well and then cut into large slices or wedges. Place them in a large colander with a little Salt and cover with a plate. You can also line the colander with some paper towel to help absorb the excess moisture. Place a heavy pan on top of the plate and let this sit for at least an hour. While that’s doing its thing, prepare the remaining vegetables. This recipe suggests peeling the Tomatoes and one of the best ways to do that is to first of all score an X on the bottom of each tomato with a small knife, then put them in a pan of boiling water for about 30 seconds, and then pop them into a bowl of iced water right away. You will then be able to peel the skins away easily before roughly chopping them. Wash the Peppers and remove the stems, seeds & white veins. Then chop the Peppers, as well as the Onion and Garlic– none of this has to be small & dainty, it should be rough-chopped.

Heat the Olive Oil in a large pan and fry the Onion and Garlic for about 5 minutes over low heat until transparent. Add the Peppers and cook for about another 10 minutes, then add the remaining ingredients and season with Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste (careful with the Salt as you will have used some to drain the liquid from the Eggplant and Zucchini). Cover the pan with a lid and cook over low heat for about 35 more minutes, stirring from time to time and adjusting the seasoning, if necessary. Garnish with lots of fresh chopped Parsley. As I said, this dish is delicious served either hot or cold, as an appetizer or a side dish and the flavors continue to improve the next day – if there’s any left! When I was in Paris I would eat a bowl of this with some cheese and a crusty baguette. And years ago I used to work at a French restaurant and we served Ratatouille au Gratin (with grilled Cheese on top) as a side dish (delicious!) We even experimented by making Ratatouille Quiche, which was surprisingly tasty. Just add some of the vegetable mixture to your Milk, Cream & Eggs and then pour into the Piecrust and bake!

ChatterEvents September 2011

Center for Photography Woodstock
September & October Events

For more information please visit: http://www.cpw.org/

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 – 5-8pm
Architectural and Design Photography: The Art of Imagery Opening Reception
@ Washington Design Center
300 D Street SW
Washington, DC

Randy Santos is another of my photography clients and contacts that I met through the Washington, DC Chapter of APA. The Art of Imaging is a group show at the Washington Design Center, of which Randy is one of the artists. http://www.randysantos.com/

Friday, September 9th, 2011 – 6:30pm
Adhesive 4th Anniversary of Sticking Creatives Together
@ Picture Ray Studio
245 West 18th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY

For more information please visit: http://adhesivenyc.com/

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 – 6:30pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ Soho Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

Presenting the work of: Scott Barrow, Ron Contarsy, Yulia Gorbachenko, Jean Laughton & Carrie Shaltz.

For more information or questions please contact Rich Pomerantz at rich@richpomerantz.com, Emmanuel Faure at emmanuel@emmanuelfaure.com or Bill Westheimer at bill@billwest.com.

Saturday, September 24th, 2011
YPA21 Portfolio Review Expose´ – 10am – 5pm

@ Neo Studios
628 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY

The Young Photographers Alliance hosts first YPA21 Portfolio Review Expose´ in conjunction with WIN-INITIATIVE at Neo Studios in New York City on Saturday, September 24, 2011. All YPA21 members can submit their work for review. Those selected will receive one-on-one review by a diverse group of photography professionals.
Deadline for application has been extended to: September 9, 2011
Details for submission to the portfolio review can be found here: http://www.youngphotographersalliance.org/portfolio-reviews.php

Monday, September 26th, 2011 – 6:30-8pm
Altered Reality – Group Exhibition by Members of PWP (Professional Women Photographers)
Opening Reception Monday, September 26th, 2011
Show on display until Friday, October 14th, 2011

@ Calumet Photo Gallery
22 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY

For more information please visit: http://www.pwponline.org/page.php?page=exhibitions

And for more information on submissions for the PWP 36th Anniversary International Women’s Juried Exhibition which will take place in May of 2012, please visit: http://pwponline.org/calls/individual.php?which=2012-05-01-1

Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2011!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
ASMP NY Focus on Sales

@ TBD

Virgo is the sign connected with “value exchange” (yet another “v” word) so how fitting that ASMP NY just sent out a reminder for their FOCUS ON SALES Sandler Training which starts on Tuesday, September 27th!

For more information and to register, please visit: http://asmp.org/education/event/info?id=236

Wednesday, September 28th & Thursday, September 29th, 2011
AOP Photographers Awards Party & Exposure 2011

@ Ambika P3
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road

London NW3 5LS

Wednesday, September 28th – AOP Photographers Awards Party
Thursday, September 29th – Exposure 2011, a day of talks and exhibitions.

The AOP (Association of Photographers) is the photography association based in London, UK, and every year they have their Annual Photo Awards & Party, similar to what we now have in the US with the Lucie Awards every October.

Cost: Photographers Awards Party: £10 for Members, £20 Non-Members; Exposure: £10 for Members & £15 for Non-Members

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: http://awards.the-aop.org/

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 – 6pm
Sacred Spaces: A Slideluck Potshow

@ Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY

Mark your calendars for the next Slideluck Potshow entitled “Sacred Spaces” which will kick off the month of October’s photographic festivities.

For more information please visit: http://network.slideluckpotshow.com/events/sacredspaces

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 – 6:30pm
ASMP NY: Commercial Portfolio Review

@ Calumet
22 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

Cost: Free for ASMP Members

Save the date – ASMP NY Commercial Portfolio Reviews – Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Start preparing now, register online and book your editing session with me so you’re ready in time!

For more information please visit: http://www.asmpny.org/

Also, Tuesday, October 11th – Thursday, October 13th, 2011
NY Post Production Conference

@ Jacob K. Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY

For more information please visit: http://www.nypostconference.com/