October/November 2014 Photo Events!

October/November 2014 Photo Events!

October is “Photo Month” here in New York, and as always, there are lots of great events, gallery openings, conferences, seminars, portfolio reviews and of course parties! At the end of October we have the annual Photo Plus Expo, and I am proud to announce that this will be my ninth consecutive year presenting or moderating a panel! This year I have a wonderful group who will be discussing how to present your work to multiple, or different markets – so if you haven’t already, be sure to register for the Conference/Expo and sign up for my panel listed on the Seminar Schedule! Here is the Session Name and Number, Sponsors and of course, the panel Line-up:

Session SA3 – Navigating Multiple Photo Markets:  Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:15am – 12:15pm

Sponsors – PhotoShelter and Yodelist

Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis – Creative Consultant & Writer @ Chatterbox Enterprises with the following line-up:

TV & Print: Megan Re – Director of Photography @ The Food Network

Advertising: Michael Kaminski – SVP, Director of Technology & Production Services @ JUICE Pharma

Editorial: Sarah Rozen – Director of Photography @ Women’s Health Magazine

Fine Art: Thomas Werner – Private Art Dealer & Consultant

Everyone always asks me about what is going on this month, so here are just some of the other events to watch out for in October and November:

Wednesday, October 15 – 35th W. Eugene Smith Grant Ceremony @ SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St – 7pm

Sunday, October 19 – Tuesday, October 21 – PACA 19th Annual Conference @ The Altman Building, 135 West 18th St

Tuesday, October 21 – PACA Networking Reception @ ICP Museum, 1133 Avenue of the Americas @ 43rd St – 7-10pm

Tuesday, October 21 – The Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit Party @ Terminal 5, 610 West 56th St – 7-11pm

Wednesday, October 22 – Visual Connections @ The Altman Building, 135 West 18th St – 12-7:30pm

Thursday, October 23 – ASMP NY Image 14 Contest Winners Exhibition @ Chelsea 27, 617 West 27th St – 6-8pm

Wednesday, October 29 – ASMP National Annual Meeting @ Photo Plus Expo @ The Jacob Javits Center – 3:30pm

Wednesday, October 29 – ASMP NY/Yodelist – Market Right 2014 w/Suzanne Sease & Kat Dalager @ 353 West 46th St – 6-10pm

Wednesday, October 29 – Saturday, November 1 – Photo Plus Expo Conference (Seminars) @ The Jacob Javits Center

Thursday, October 30 -Saturday, November 1 – Photo Plus Expo @ The Jacob Javits Center Show Dates & Times

Thursday, October 30 – Saturday, November 1 – Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews @ PPE @ The Jacob Javits Center

Friday, October 31 – PDN PhotoPlus Halloween Monster Mash @ 230 Fifth, 230 Fifth Ave – 6:30-8:30pm

Saturday, November 1 – I have my panel from 10:15am-12:15pm, followed by portfolio reviews from 2:20pm-5:10pm

Saturday, November 1 –The Lucie Awards “Best of Show” @ Splashlight Studios, One Hudson Square, 75 Varick St, 3rd floor – 7-10pm

Sunday, November 2 – The Lucie Awards @ Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, Seventh Ave @ 56th/57th Sts – 7pm (meet & greet 6pm)

Wednesday, November 5 – AI-AP Big Talk @ SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St – 1pm

Wednesday, November 5 – YPA Fund-Raising Gala @ Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave @ 36th Street – 7-10pm

Thursday, November 6 – AI-AP Party @ Masonic Hall Grand Lodge, 46 West 24th Street & Sixth Ave – 7-11pm

Saturday, November 8 – Cole & Heisler Workshop @ Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave @ 151st St, Bronx – 9am-6pm

Wednesday, November 19 – Footage Marketplace NY @ The Art Director’s Club, 106 West 29th St – 11am-7:30pm

Wednesday, November 19 – Slideluck Annual Fundraiser @ Lightbox, 339 West 38th St – 6:30pm (social) 7:30pm (food) 9:00pm (party)

ChatterEvents – May 2014

ChatterEvents – May 2014

Here are some events taking place this “merry” month of May:

Saturday, May 10 & Monday, May 12, 2014

Two Upcoming Screenings at the Bronx Documentary Center

Located @ 614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx

Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 7pm – Everybody Street: Legendary Street Photographers

Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 7:30pm – Tighten Your Belts, Bite The Bullet

Tuesday, May 13 – Thursday, May 15, 2014NYC Fotoworks Portfolio Reviews

Located @ Go Studios, 318 West 39th Street, Penthouse

Wednesday May 14, 2014   6-8pmHow to Land the Job – Corporate Photography Panel

Presented by APA NY & Frank Meo / The Photo Closer

Located @ the PhotoShelter offices, 33 Union Square West

Saturday, May 17, 2014   2-6pmART 3 Gallery Inaugural Opening

ART 3 Gallery @ 109 Ingraham Street, Suite 102, Brooklyn

Opening @ dutesco STUDIOS, 109 Ingraham Street, Suite 105, Brooklyn

Wednesday, May 21, 2014   1-2pm

You’ve Won the Job, Now What? – Webinar w/Kat Dalager

ASMP National’s May 2014 Business as unUsual

To register, please click here!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014   7-9pm

Open Show NY #11

Guest Curators, Gallerist & Writer Charles Guice and Miriam Romais from En Foco.

Located @ The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Saturday, May 31, 2014   7pm Potluck, 9pm Slideshow, 11pm Afterparty


To submit by May 15 please click here!

Located @ Sandbox Studio BK, 154 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn

Also takes place during Bushwick Open Studios 2014

Open Show #7 @ the Bronx Documentary Center June 2013

Open Show # 7 © Louisa J. Curtis

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013 I took an intrepid trip all the way uptown to the Bronx to see the Open Show NY One-Year Anniversary screening. I admit that I can be a bit lazy sometimes about traveling to an event that is within walking distance (!) but this was well worth the journey, and luckily it was a beautiful evening for everyone to be sitting outside in this amazing city of ours, viewing photography at night. Now, you may remember that I have mentioned the Open Show in my previous newsletters – they are a global network of which Open Show NY is a part, but this was my first time attending. Radhika Chalasani is the lead producer, and we have known one another for a while, so it was good to finally go and support this event. Watch out for future dates, since I might even MC for them at some point! And to see more photos of the event go to the Open Show NY Facebook Page.

Radhika Chalasani © Dorie Hagler

The event took place at the Bronx Documentary Center, thanks to co-founders Mike Kamber and Danielle Jackson. The BDC is a lovely old building which houses a non-profit space for photography, film and new media. There is a cute little courtyard out back where the screening was held, along with made-to-order BBQ and affordable beverages. As I said, it was a beautiful evening, and although not as warm as when I was in Palm Springs recently, I was still transported back to that satisfying sensation of simply immersing us, the audience, with a series of photography projects, all documentary yet each one quite different.

Waiting for the Show - can you spot me? © Dorie Hagler
Tribute to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros © Louisa J. Curtis

First up was Jason Eskenazi with a project he calls “Double Zero – an homage to B&W photography, film photography, that is, and a series of both negative and positive slides of those first half-frames we find on a roll of film, number double zero. Jason talked about how they gave him this feeling of “wanting to become something,” much like the chord of E.

Image from Jason Eskenazi series "Double Zero" © Louisa J. Curtis
Image from Jason Eskenazi series "Double Zero" © Louisa J. Curtis

Recently Jason has been living in Turkey, but his anecdotes from when he was living in New York and working as a security guard at the Met were totally hilarious. For example, he had a personal goal of seeing his own work hanging in the museum, at which point he would be “a guard, guarding his own work!” Jason openly admitted that he realized early on he did not belong in the editorial or commercial world of photography, so he figured out how to write grants enabling him to work on his personal projects and books. And so far, he said, it has worked out nicely for him.

Next up was a young Armenian photographer Diana Markosian and her project “Goodbye My Chechnya” on young Chechen girls who are living in a strict and changing religious environment, where many are still being kidnapped and married off without any say-so. Diana spent time living in Russia, and in Chechnya alongside these young women in their world, witnessing their lives firsthand, and photographing her experiences. Even with their growing religious restrictions on dress code, they still retain a desire to somehow stay modern, as captured in Diana’s favorite image from the series of a young woman inside a room at prayer, with her high heels carefully placed outside the door.

Image from Diana Markosian series "Goodbye My Chechnya" © Louisa J. Curtis
Image from Diana Markosian series "Goodbye My Chechnya" © Louisa J. Curtis

From her website: For young girls in Chechnya the most innocent acts could mean breaking the rules. A Chechen girl caught smoking is cause for arrest; while rumors of a couple having sex before marriage can result in an honor killing. The few girls who dare to rebel become targets in the eyes of Chechen authorities. After nearly two decades of vicious war and 70 years of Soviet rule, during which religious participation was banned, modern-day Chechnya is going through Islamic revival. The Chechen government is building mosques in every village, prayer rooms in public schools, and enforcing a stricter Islamic dress code for both men and women. This photo essay chronicles the lives of young Muslim girls who witnessed the horrors of two wars and are now coming of age in a republic that is rapidly redefining itself as a Muslim state.

The next presentation was a multi-media piece entitled “Riding The Dog: America From The Bus” by Brooklyn-based photographer Brendon Stuart, which is the beginning of what will be a much larger edit and hopefully installation down the road. Brendan has been traveling around the country by Greyhound Bus to see who still travels by bus, and what is the experience like? I loved this piece, even in its initial “raw” form, there was great music, and a mixture of stills and video, but it was when we heard a series of sound bites of the passengers talking and joshing with one another, and the bus driver delivering his cryptic announcements about “not smoking in the toilets” or “peeing in the bushes,” for my money, he really got everyone engaged with a perfect combination of multi-media “experience.”

Image from Brendon Stuart series "Riding the Dog: America by Bus" © Louisa J. Curtis

Last but not least we had another Brooklyn-based photographer Spencer Platt, with his “Tegucigalpa: Violence and Grief” – a report from Honduras for Doctors without Borders or MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) – although it was getting a bit late by this time so sadly not everyone stayed for his presentation – their loss! In contrast to other documentary photographers who take months and months and sometimes years to document a particular project, Spencer is a “wire” or news photographer for Getty Images so he loves a deadline, that’s what he’s used to, so this piece was basically shot in a matter of days. Get in, and get out. Take the photographs without getting involved. When Spencer spoke afterwards, he said he likes to be anonymous as a photographer, and that we need more emphasis on the “subject” rather than on the photographer.

Image from Spencer Platt series ““Tegucigalpa: Violence and Grief” © Louisa J. Curtis
Image from Spencer Platt series ““Tegucigalpa: Violence and Grief” © Louisa J. Curtis

From the MSF website: In Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing medical assistance to vulnerable people facing extreme violence and a lack of access to health care. Many of these patients are young people who live on the streets and suffer the most from what the MSF staff call an “epidemic of violence”.

And here’s an article by Chris Wilkins, Deputy Director of Photography for Dallasnews.com published July 25, 2012.

Onlookers from the Street © Dorie Hagler

Open Show New York #7 – call for submissions until May 21st

Some of you may recall I mentioned Open Show NY #6 in last month’s newsletter, so if you missed it, which I unfortunately did, call for submissions for Open Show NY #7 are until Tuesday, May 21st. The outdoor event will take place on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 – so put it in your calendars now! This one also marks their One Year Anniversary – so it would be a great time to either participate and/or attend!

Open Show NY #7 will be an outdoor event on Thursday, June 5th, 2013 @ The Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue (@ 151st Street), in the Bronx, NY 10451! BBQ will be at at 6:30pm (food & drink will be available for purchase), followed by the presentation @ 8:00pm. *The event itself is free, but donations are welcome at the door.



OPEN SHOW is a Global Network – currently in 31 cities and 15 different countries – that organizes FREE curated screenings of diverse, compelling work by photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers in high-profile spaces. Submissions are open to both students and established pro’s, for both photography and multimedia projects. Their shows provide an opportunity for the public to interact directly with visual artists and talk about their work – but they are not a Portfolio Review!