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

SLIDELUCK Bushwick III

To submit by May 15 please click here!

Located @ Sandbox Studio BK, 154 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn

Also takes place during Bushwick Open Studios 2014

Palm Springs Photo Festival April/May 2013

Where to begin? I mean, it’s one thing to write a report on a one-day visit to a photo festival or an event, but when it’s the Palm Springs Photo Festival which I just attended for the 1st time, that’s a whole week’s worth of writing! I truly had a wonderful time; I viewed a lot of incredible photography, I reviewed a whole bunch of attendees and volunteers, I met lots of new people and spent extended and quality time with some already familiar faces in a much warmer and sunny environment! On the day we all arrived (Sunday), it was the hottest April 28th on record in Palm Springs, as in “ever” reaching a whopping 106 degrees! They said it would be hot, but even the locals had to admit that it was a lot hotter than usual for this time of the year!

Palm Springs Palms © Louisa J. Curtis

The large group of faculty, sponsors and volunteers (as well as many of the attendees) were split between 3 hotels, the Hyatt Regency Suites, where most of the action took place including the seminars and portfolio reviews, the faculty lounge & lunches and sponsor tables. Some of the faculty stayed at the more “artsy” Korakia, which is an adorable little Mediterranean & Moroccan style pensione where the dinners were held each evening as well as the opening night reception, at which I ran into what appeared to be most of ASMP’s either current or former national board members, including Gene Mopsik, Blake Discher, Judy Herman, Gail Mooney, Jenna Close, and Shawn G. Henry. Later in the week I became acquainted with the very whacky and yet wildly informative world of Colleen Wainwright when I attended her seminar on social media. Also at the opening reception, among many others, were Lauren Wendle, Publisher of PDN Magazine & Vice President of the Nielsen Photo Group, along with the magazine’s chief Editor, Holly Hughes.

Korakia Pensione © Louisa J. Curtis

The 3rd hotel (where I was staying) the Palm Mountain Resort, was sort of in between the other 2, both in size and location, and to be honest, it was my favorite. A little bigger than the Korakia, not as corporate as the Hyatt, and very laid back – plus it had the best pool! All I had to do was walk across the lawn… I swam every day – I was in heaven!

View from my hotel room at the Palm Mountain Resort © Louisa J. Curtis

Here I am preparing for a long day ahead in my Palm Springs office!

Each night there was an outdoor networking dinner for the “faculty” hosted by different sponsors and culminating in a fabulous Moroccan Feast on the last evening, served family style by our wonderful waiters who had gotten used to the crazy crowd by then – these communal dinners were so much fun, and were accompanied each night by delicious wines from small select California vineyards. At the very first of those dinners (Monday) I was seated at a table of approximately 8-10 people, and what are the chances, but we discovered that 6 out of the 8 of us were Leo’s. How crazy was that? In case you were wondering, and I know you are, those 6 fabulously creative people were Sarah Rozen, Photo Editor @ Women’s Health Magazine, Susan Jones, Director of Photography at AGE Photostock, Nancy Glowinski, Photo Editor for Reuters, Frank Meo, The Photo Closer, Queen of the Alternative Process photographer Jill Enfield, and yours truly Louisa J. Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises – quite a sextet!

Networking Dinner with the 6 Leo's © Louisa J. Curtis

After each dinner, everyone either took a shuttle bus, or stumbled down the street and around the corner, to the Palm Springs Art Museum, where we were treated to our evening slide shows, and photographer presentations. It has been a while since I was able to immerse myself in photography without a bunch of other “daily life” distractions, and it was the 1st time I had been away in a while, so it really was part vacation for me as well. What I also enjoyed was not only meeting a lot of new contacts, but also getting to know a few people on a deeper level than previously when we have simply run into one another at an event. I saw old friends such as my buddy Alexandra Bortkiewicz, Photography Director at Alamy in the UK, consultant Sherrie Berger, who amongst many other things handles PR for the prestigious Lucie Awards and the Lucie Foundation, and I even ran into the very charming Photo Editor at People Magazine Darrick Harris, who will be one of my panelists at PPE (Photo Plus Expo) in New York this October.

Moroccan Feast at the Korakia © Louisa J. Curtis

But what about all of the photography that I saw? Some of the evening presenters during the festival were Jill Enfield, who spoke about alternative processes, but she also shared with us some interesting family history and stories as well. We saw Stephen Wilkes take us step by step through his “day to night” process, along with Andy Katz, who not only showed images from his beautiful book on wines, but his family vineyard also provided the wines we were drinking that same evening. French photographer Mathieu Grandjean, Director of Open Show in Europe, was in town to tell us more about that – and many of you may recall I mentioned the New York branch in the last newsletter. It was also Mathieu’s birthday that day, so he was presented with a birthday cupcake, candle and all. Frank Ockenfells III kept us entertained both at dinner and with his creative celebrity portraiture, while Ralph Gibson showed something like 300+ slides while transporting us through his enormous and fabulous career retrospective!

Image from Chris Rainier presentation at the Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013

Aside from the evening presentations, there were also lunchtime sessions and afternoon symposiums each day, and one of those I attended was given by National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier. I certainly knew his work, but it was wonderful to hear him speak as well as seeing a retrospective of his travels all around the globe, documenting the vanishing cultures of our world. In one of his glorious stories he referred to “where the green meets the blue” – a beautiful expression of simply where this island ended and the ocean began. Beyond that was the unknown. I took a few photos of Chris during the presentation, and later on I had to chuckle to myself, when in his darkly humorous presentation on the last evening, diehard B&W film photographer Roger Ballen, who was born in New York but made his home in South Africa (both photographers have South Africa in common) since the 1970’s, summed up his work by saying “the light comes from the dark” and that it was all about the “integration of visual relationships” – so Roger, if you’re reading this, please note the visual relationship between Chris’ arm and the bow and arrow in his image on the screen!

Chris Rainier presenting at the Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013

Roger Ballen speaking about the Cat Catcher at the Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013

I saw a lot of photography that is documenting either cultures or land that is vanishing, or simply causes that speak to universal and global issues. One of those was James Whitlow Delano, whose book project Mercy invited a diverse group of photographers to submit images that spoke to the theme of “mercy” through their eyes. James resides in Japan but has spent much of his time working in Malaysia, specifically documenting the “little people” whose lives are being disrupted and whose rainforest is being systematically destroyed by the logging companies, all in the name of “Green” bio-fuel. Bit of an oxymoron really, destroying the planet to grow “green fuel”… I mean, what’s wrong with that picture?

Image from James Whitlow Delano presentation at Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013

Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson with the VII Agency spoke from the heart and we all felt it. He showed images from the wars (chiefly Iraq & Afghanistan) he has witnessed first-hand, but it was his haunting series of Bedrooms of the Fallen that was so poignant and touching. He admitted to having to gone through a lot of therapy himself, much like the soldiers, but he was also passionate that the public needs to better understand that not only are they suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) but many of them return and commit suicide because they cannot live with the lingering memories of death.

Image from Alison Turner's winning slide show entry "Reflected Identities"

Before each of the evening photographer presentations, we also viewed 4 short slide shows, comprising the finalists in the festival’s Slide Show Contest. The entries came from all around the world, the contestants paid no entry fee to participate, and the final selects were an interesting range of subjects and origins. The overall winner was Alison Turner, whose beautifully haunting series Reflected Identities certainly caught the judges’ attention. One of my own particular favorites was by Marjorie Salvaterra, whose wonderfully whacky “tongue-in-cheek” entry entitled Her takes an imaginative look at what women go through as they get older and definitely struck a humorous chord with me. She was also named one of PDN’s emerging photographers earlier this year, and I can see why. Another prizewinner, this time the top pick from the Portfolio Reviewers was Melissa Pierschbacher, although I did not get to review her work, I can certainly see why she won! I had a few “favorites” from the photographers that I did review, starting with Massachusetts-based food photographer Elizabeth Cecil, whose delicious work certainly caught the hungry eye of several of the reviewers, followed by Vancouver-based Torrie Groening, who integrates her fine art drawings and paintings into her exquisitely crafted photographs, Washington, DC-based photographer Kristi Odom, with her sepia prints of endangered species, and Gregory Diamond, a recent graduate from the Masters Program at Brooks Institute of Photography, and 1 of the 4 recipients of the festival’s Emerging Photographer Scholarship (well deserved), who showed a fascinating series and interpretation about how the world views “brail.”

Marilyn from behind © Louisa J. Curtis

Another inspirational story was that of David Nelson, who used to be a sports photographer, but after being diagnosed with MS, instead of quitting, he said, “I’ll shoot fine art instead!” Although he is now in a wheelchair, he and his wife Margaret continue to travel around the country photographing over-sized signage in his series “Land of the Giants.” Now speaking of “giants” – pretty much everyone takes a picture of the Marilyn Monroe statue while visiting Palm Springs (myself included), and she was conveniently located right in the heart of the festival so most likely you walked past it pretty much every day, if not several times a day. And each time you walked past her, no matter what time of day, there was always somebody taking a photograph of them selves, usually standing in between her legs and underneath her crotch. It’s a very large statue! I mused as to exactly how many images would be taken of her whilst we were all in town? I even saw a local TV news crew filming a segment about her. So naturally, I had to do my own take and decided to shoot her from behind!

Apparently, it's not just Marilyn who is super-sized... © Louisa J. Curtis

Now, about those birds… One night, after one of our networking dinners and a few glasses of wine, a small group of us walked the “back way” to the Palm Springs Art Museum. The group included most of the 6 Leo’s, so we were loud and laughing and then I looked up in the sky above the mountain to our left and I saw a flock of birds flying in a V-formation. At least, that’s what I thought I saw. I immediately got the rest of the group’s attention and they all saw it for themselves, so it wasn’t just me who saw this, I have witnesses! We all stood there and gazed up at this beautiful sight – why so beautiful? Because they appeared to be illuminated from underneath and none of us could figure it out? I mean, in photography the light is everything, but where on earth was this light coming from? The city lights weren’t bright enough, there was no full moon… we couldn’t come up with a solution, but we all agreed they were wonderful anyway and Susan Jones aptly named them the “Firefly Birds.” Some time later when I was back in New York, I pondered back over this notion of illuminated birds and V-formations and my friend immediately suggested the most obvious notion and one I had surprisingly not thought about – until then. So what were they? A flock of illuminated Firefly Birds, a US Air Force secret training mission, or a bunch of Extra Terrestrials simply showing off and going for a celestial spin…

Alexandra Bortkiewicz, Louisa J. Curtis, Sherrie Berger & Susan Jones

More about those flipping birds… I can’t recall if this was the same night, but it may have well as been, or if it was on another evening, but upon arrival at the Annenberg Theater we were asked to kindly “flip the bird’ so that Jeff could take a group photograph of us all. He did preface this request with the story of how it all began with a couple of them flipping the bird and sending the photo to someone else, and then that person with his friends responded with their own version, and as it continued, each time the group in the phone photo got a little bit bigger – until this particular night, when Jeff trumped them all by photographing “the largest group of bird flippers on record” in the Palm Springs Art Museum – And here we are!

Quite Possibly the Largest Group of Bird Flippers © Jeff Dunas

They say things come in 3’s, so here’s my 3rd bird story… One day I was walking up the main street from my hotel to the Hyatt, and as I was passing one of the deserted storefronts, this somewhat straggly-looking and slightly suspicious character beckoned to me and muttered something about photography and a bird. I chose to ignore his enthusiastic gestures saying that I had to be somewhere (really Louisa?), and off I went. The next day, I was walking in the exact same spot and there he was again, only this time I saw what it was he was referring to. There, hovering above the plants was a teeny tiny bright purple humming bird. It flew off before I could get a photo, but I realized that perhaps he wasn’t so crazy after all! Since I don’t have a photo of the purple hummingbird, I’m giving you a picture of a purple vintage car instead that Tracey Woods, Photo Editor at Essence Magazine, and I found one afternoon parked right there in the Art Museum parking lot!

Purple "Historical Vehicle" © Louisa J. Curtis

And finally, I want to say thank you to my pals Allegra Wilde of Eyeist and Frank Meo, The Photo Closer, for both encouraging me to come out to the festival this year, I am so very glad that I did. And last but by no means least, I want to give a special shout-out to Festival Director Jeff Dunas and his charming wife Laura (who celebrated their wedding anniversary while we were all there with them!) for hosting this wonderful event. Jeff and his amazing team of producers, sponsors and volunteers succeed in bringing both artists and technicians, creators and makers of beautiful, inspirational and moving images together for 5 whole days – everyone shares a passion for the art of photography and we all merged into one massive party in the hot desert sun! I also want to give a special mention to Associate Producer Michelle Gossman, and Faculty Captain River Jordan, who were both brilliant at taking care of us all. And Workshop Producer Nina Miller did an awesome job as well, along with all of the dedicated volunteers – you know who you are… Just to show how thankful he was, on the very last evening, Jeff invited all of his staff and volunteers to come up on stage and take their much-deserved curtain call.

Some of the many Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013 Staff and Volunteers

See you next year!

ChatterEvents January 2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 – 6-9pm
APANY Presents: Why We Hire You

@ Calumet
22 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

Cost: APA Members: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; Non-Members $20 in advance, $25 at the door


From the evite:
“What makes a photographer’s style just right for a job? Does the creative team know the photographer they want to use from the beginning of the concepting process? What makes a photographer the one they want to use? What goes into the process of choosing a photographer and who wins?

Andrea Stern, SternRep, will take on the role as your photo rep for the evening. She will delve into the minds of top decision makers to find out how you can increase your chances to be hired. Let’s get clearer together, on how this goes down.”

For more information please visit: http://apany.com/event/january-10-why-we-hire-you/

Adorama Winter Workshops

Be sure to check out the winter workshops line-up at Adorama: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=ws_SignUp

ASMP & Copyright Clearance Center Present Free Live Webinars:

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 – 1-2:30pm EST
Examining Compensation Models for Visual Content
Panelists:
Eugene Mopsik, ASMP
Michael Bilbrey, Leo Burnett USA
Joe Wikert, O’Reilly Media

Moderator: Chris Kenneally
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 – 1-2pm EST
ASMP & Copyright Clearance Center Present: Alternate Approaches to Relicensing/Reusing Existing Visual Content
Panelists:
Mari Masalin-Cooper, CCC
Patrick Donehue, Consultant & Educator
Allen Murabayashi, PhotoShelter

Moderator: Judy Herrmann

Live attendance for both of these events is limited, so log in early. All registrants will receive a free recording of the program.

For more information on these webinars please visit: http://asmp.org/webinars

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 – 6-8:30pm
Art Directors Club Presents: Frank Meo’s Mindprints Art Opening
Exhibition on display Monday, January 16th – Friday, January 20th, 2012

@ ADC
106 West 29th Street
New York, NY

RSVP here: rsvp@adcglobal.org

For more information please visit: http://www.adcglobal.org/adc/events/calendar/

Friday, January 27th – Sunday, January 29th 2012
Join LAND at the 2012 Annual Outsider Art Fair

@ 7 West 34th Street off 5th Avenue
New York, NY

Cost: $20/day & $35/two-day pass

Some of you may recall when we featured some of the artists from the LAND Gallery and Art Center in Dumbo last year. One of my favorites, and the one whose card I purchased, is artist Michael Pellew – and in their latest newsletter, I noticed that Michael had been written up in Paper Magazine – http://www.papermag.com/arts_and_style/2011/12/planes-trains-and-automobiles.php

So I had to show you something from this brilliant new series “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” commissioned by Paper, combining two of his favorite subjects – celebrities and travel. Here we have “Led Zeppelin & Prince (before he was a pop star) in his teens in 1975 would like to welcome you to New York. Led Zeppelin on the IRT subway.”


© Michael Pellew

For more information about LAND please visit: http://landgallery.org/
For more information about the fair please visit: http://sanfordsmith.com/default.aspx?pageId=3


Monday, January 30th, 2012 – 7-8pm
APA|NY Image Makers Lecture Series: Portraits of the World – Photos by Bruce Byers

@ The Apple Store
401 West 14th Street
New York, NY

Cost: Free (seating is limited)

I have known photographer Bruce Byers for quite a few years now and run into him at many of the photography events around town. Bruce will be presenting his “Portraits of the World” for the Image Makers Lecture Series at the Apple Store on 14th Street at the end of the month, so be sure to check that out.

For more information please visit: http://apany.com/event/december-19-image-makers-lecture-bruce-byers/

ChatterNews Fall 2010

Jason Florio

Congratulations to my dear pal and fabulous photographer Jason Florio who is a finalist for this year’s International Photographer of the Year Award at the Lucies – yeah! I’ll be leading the “Florio cheering section” on the 27th, Row T!

© Jason Florio
http://www.floriophoto.com/

Check out Jason’s winning photos in the 2010 IPA winners gallery here: http://www.photoawards.com/en/Pages/Gallery/zoomwin.php?eid=8-18841-10&uid=62809&code=People

For more information about the IPA please visit: http://www.photoawards.com/en/

For more information about the Lucie Awards please visit: http://www.lucieawards.com/index.php

Paula Lerner

Congratulations to Photojournalist Paula Lerner who recently won an Emmy for her project entitled: “Behind the Veil: An Intimate Journey Into the Lives of Kandahar’s Women”.

On hand to receive the statuette were the four principals on the team that produced the feature for the Toronto-based Globe and Mail: Multimedia Producer Jayson Taylor, Photojournalist Paula Lerner, Reporter Jessica Leeder and Interactive Designer Chris Manza.

For more information about the project please visit:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/behind-the-veil/

To view more of Paula’s work please visit: http://www.lernerphoto.com/

Raeford Dwyer

Photographer Raeford Dwyer and his girlfriend Vanessa Tricoche have started a wonderful non-profit project together called “Into the Woods” which is an outdoor education and ethics program created in partnership with the Sierra Club’s “Building Bridges to the Outdoors” project – great stuff! Check it out.

For more information about the non-profit project please visit:http://www.intothewoodsonline.org/

Sierra Magazine did a feature article about their program.  You can read the article here:http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201009/plantingseeds.aspx

To view Raeford’s photography please visit: http://www.raeford.net/

Brett Beyer & Debbie Miracolo

Congratulations to two Chatterbox clients, Brett Beyer and Debbie Miracolo, who last month were both featured in the New York Photo Festival’s “Capture Brooklyn” juried show at the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo. Here are some of their images that were selected for the show:

© Brett Beyer
http://www.brettbeyer.com/

© Debbie Miracolo
http://www.debbiemiracolo.com/

Save the dateWednesday November 17th @ 8pm – for the opening reception of Debbie’s wonderful new series “The Change Agents” from which the above image was taken. The portraits portray members of the colorful, hip staff of Arrojo Studio, the trendy NYC hair salon. Debbie says, “Photographing them in their homes, I explore who they are when their time is their own.” The images will be on display at the Arrojo Studio for 2 months. http://www.arrojostudio.com/

For more information about the Capture Brooklyn exhibition please visit: http://capturebrooklyn.newyorkphotofestival.com/

For more information about powerHouse Arena please visit:http://www.powerhousearena.com/

Tony Cordoza

Tony is an old friend and was one of my very first Chatterbox clients. This personal project is quite a departure from his product & still life work that we featured in our May bulletin earlier this year.

To view and purchase Tony’s latest photography book “Contemporary Tribal Markings” please visit: http://www.blurb.com/books/1497738

To view more of Tony’s work please visit: http://www.tonycordoza.com/

Holger Keifel

I originally met Holger a while back at the ADC’s portfolio reviews. After eight years working on this particular project, he has photographed almost 400 people in the world of boxing, and now, his book “Box – The Face of Boxing” is finally available. This extraordinary collection of more than 250 black-and-white portraits pays homage to the greatest living legends of boxing. Check it out!

© Holger Holger
http://www.holgerkeifel.com

You can purchase Holgers Book “Box: The Face of Boxing” on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/BOX-Face-Boxing-Holger-Keifel/dp/0473164167

Frank Meo
You may recall we mentioned Frank Meo’s project “Mindprints” in a previous bulletin. The project will be having its exhibition opening at VII Gallery in Brooklyn on Thursday, November 4th at 6pm.  Make sure to mark it on your calendars!

For more information about the project please visit: http://www.capturedinthemind.com/

For more information about VII Gallery please visit: http://www.VIIphoto.com/

ChatterNews July 2010

Christopher Auger-Dominguez

Christopher, who is one of the ChatterArtist’s this month, was also selected as one of the Finalists in PDN’s annual “Faces” Contest for his Superhero Series. Congrats!

© Christopher Auger-Dominguez

The Photo Closer

Frank Meo is a photo agent and friend of mine and he has just launched a new venture to help photographers with certain aspects of their business, such as estimating & negotiating, production & billing, that they may not feel as comfortable or confident in handling, or maybe they don’t have the time. Enter “The Photo Closer” – check out the website to read more about the services Frank is offering.

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

SPE

SPE invites applications for the position of editor for its scholarly journal exposure. The editor of SPEʼs journal is responsible for the overall content and production of the bi-annual publication. The ideal candidate will be able to provide a balanced mixture of timely and thoughtful articles and features relevant to SPEʼs constituency of artists, scholars, and photo-based professionals. Send a letter of application, resume, sample publications, one letter of support for your application, and contact information for three additional professional references to: Virginia Morrison, Executive Director – Society for Photographic Education – SPE National Office – 2530 Superior Avenue, #403 – Cleveland, OH 44114; vmorrison@spenational.org. Application materials may be submitted via mail or email only. No calls please. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date will be late in 2010 or early in 2011, with the new editorʼs first issue coming out in the fall of 2011.

For more information about SPE please visit: http://www.spenational.org

Free Events in and around NYC

One of the things I love about New York City is the wonderful variety of free summer activities that appeal to all different sorts of people and all ages. To start with, the city pools are open once more (yippee!) and I am thrilled to be able to pop round the corner and swim every day in that beautiful cool water – especially as we are in the middle of heat wave! I was worried that my precious pool was going to be one of the four that Mayor Bloomberg was threatening to close this year (he ended up closing 3 outdoor pools!) but thankfully, ours was “safe” and I will be there faithfully until it closes in September!

One rather clever idea for this summer came from the non-profit arts group “Sing For Hope” who placed 60 brightly decorated pianos around the greater New York City area so that anyone could come up and sit and play, should they feel like it. Volunteers unlocked them at 9am each day and then they were wrapped in plastic and locked back up again each night. I happen to live next door to the Little Red Schoolhouse in Greenwich Village and sure enough, we had one of the pianos right outside on the sidewalk amongst the trees & benches. It is really fun to walk past on any given day to hear someone tapping away at the keys. So far I have witnessed a complete range of pianists, from young to old, jazz to classical but unfortunately their two-week run is about to end, at which point the pianos will be donated to schools & hospitals. Check out someone playing one of them on YouTube:

And here are a few more suggestions for free events in and around the city this summer. For instance, there is nothing quite like listening to live music in the “open air” and last week, I was fortunate enough to hear legendary blues guitarist John Hammond, play with his band at Battery City Park. My friend, who has known John for years, and I spent a wonderful evening sitting by the water with old friends, a beautiful view and great music. It was sunny and warm but with a breeze coming off the water and was simply one of those perfect New York evenings.

John Hammond

© Louisa J. Curtis

More Free Events in and around NYC

South Street Seaport Music Festival

http://www.southstreetseaport.com/events

Governor’s Island events

http://www.govisland.com

http://govislandblog.com/schedule-of-events


Central Park


NY Philharmonic

http://www.centralpark.com/pages/activities/concerts/new-york-philharmonic.html

Central Park concerts are Tuesday, July 13th & Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 – followed by the other boroughs

http://nyphil.org/attend/summer/index.cfm?page=parks

Metropolitan Opera

http://www.centralpark.com/pages/activities/concerts/metropolitan-opera.html

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital is on Monday, July 12th, 2010

http://www.centralpark.com/events/show/1018/met-opera-summer-recital-in-central-park

Summerstage

http://www.centralpark.com/pages/activities/concerts/summerstage-festival.html

http://www.summerstage.org/

Shakespeare in the Park

http://centralparkblogger.com/2010/05/shakespeare-in-the-park-2010/

http://www.publictheater.org/

http://www.publictheater.org/content/view/126/219/

The Winter’s Tale or The Merchant of Venice (Al Pacino is playing Shylock)

City Parks

Summer on the Hudson

http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/summer_on_the_hudson

Free Concerts

http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_concerts

Free Movies

http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_movies

ChatterNews April 2010

William Armstrong

In keeping with this month’s theme of “Inspiration,” we’re giving a shout out for Henrietta Heald, who is an editor, a writer and married to one of my cousins in England. One of Henrietta’s “inspirations” is a man by the name of William Armstrong, also known as “The Magician of the North.” So much so, that she has written a book (to be published in September of this year) and created an in-depth website on the subject of Armstrong’s life and his accomplishments.

What I find fascinating however, is not just that he was a visionary inventor and engineer, and an environmentalist who was way ahead of his time, but that his birthday is the exact same day as Henrietta’s. And even more curious, is that Henrietta’s birthday is the exact same day as her husband’s twin sisters! Now that’s interesting!

Please visit: http://www.williamarmstrong.info/

Frank Meo

Captured in the Mind

This month we are also giving a mention for Frank Meo‘s current book project titled “Captured in the Mind.”

From the website: “Frank Meo with Designer Steve Singer have created an exhilarating collection of indelible mental flash cards that reflect the indomitable strength of the mind.”

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

The Center for Alternative Photography & ICP

Beginning Saturday, April 10th, 2010 The Center for Alternative Photography partners up with ICP, offering several different workshops and classes.

Photo from The Center for Alternative Photography

To view the upcoming workshop schedule please visit:http://www.capworkshops.org/workshops.htm#wetplate

Slideluck Potshow XV

Submissions Deadline – Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Slideluck Potshow is participating in the New York Photo Festival next month. For more information please visit: http://network.slideluckpotshow.com/group/slpsnyc

NY Photo Festival Coming Next Month – Wednesday, May 12th – Sunday, May16th, 2010

Submissions Deadline – Saturday, May 1st, 2010

For more information please visit: http://www.nyphotofestival.com/site/?page_id=6824

ChatterEvents September 2009

Wednesday, September 9th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Familiar Strangers – Photographs by Josephine Dvorken

@ Umbrella Arts
317 East 9th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY

For more information about the gallery please visit: http://www.umbrellaarts.com/

To view more work from the artist please visit: http://www.josephinedvorken.com/

Thursday, September 10th, 2009 – 7:00pm
ICP “Avedon and Fashion” Lecture

@ HBO Auditorium
1100 Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY

Cost: $5

From ICP website:
“An evening dialogue devoted to the changing paradigm of fashion.”

For more information,to view ticket options and purchase tickets please visit:http://shopping.icp.org/store/product.html?product_id=32210

Thursday, September 10th – Thursday, September 17th, 2009
New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010 Collections

For more information please visit: http://mbfashionweek.com/newyork/

Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th, 2009
NYC photoWorks Workshops

@ Sandbox Studio
250 Hudson Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY

From the NYC photoWorks website:
“3 days, 15 workshops to choose from: 2 days of 3-hour workshops, plus a day of shooting “on assignment” throughout New York City with a leading photographer. Small classes for 1-on-1 interaction.”

For classes, schedules and to register for workshops, please visit:http://www.nycphotoworks.com/index.html
&
http://www.nycphotoworks.com/workshops/workshops_main.html.

Saturday, September 12th, 2009 – 7:00pm – 11:00pm
“Speculum” An Exhibition of Students Work from Miami Ad School

@ 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 203D
Miami, FL

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY

Presenting the work of:  David FieldFlora HanitijoSarah Small (one of my Chatterbox clients!), Jay Maisel and Howard Schatz (subject to change).

Fore 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.

Monday, September 21st – Friday, September 25th, 2009
Advertising Week in NYC

From the Advertising Week website:
“Advertising Week is North America’s premier gathering of cutting edge communications leaders. The Week is a hybrid of thought leadership and special event programming, uniting clients, creatives, media and inspiring figures like Lorne Michaels, Ludacris, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Wales, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Donny Deutsch, Lewis Black, Chaka Khan, Bob Greenberg, Emeril, Jimmy Fallon, Ziggy Marley . . . and many more.”

“Advertising Week’s mission is to galvanize the industry by creating an entertaining, enlightening and engaging platform for disparate parts of the business. Along the way, The Week is a tangible force – moving key industry goals around talent and diversity forward via GenerationNext, Advertising Futures and a broad partnership with Virtual Enterprise.”

For more information, registration, locations and events please visit: http://www.advertisingweek.com/index.php
http://www.advertisingweek.com/events.php

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
“The Art of the Deal: Pricing, Negotiating and Licensing”
An Evening With John Harrington

@ Adorama Building
42 West 18th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY

Cost: $25

Registration deadline for this Seminar is Monday, September 21st, 2009.

From Adorama website:
“Join John Harrington, author of the best-selling ‘Best Business Practices for Photographers’, for an insightful and solutions-oriented presentation on how to generate more revenue from the assignments, through pricing examples and discussion, negotiation strategies, and demystifying licensing of your work.
Unlock the mysteries surrounding how to price your work, and learn ways to negotiate from a position of strength.”

For more information and to register please visit: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_JohnHarrington_092209

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 – 6:30pm
ASPP NY Presents: Nancy Wolff – “The Future of Copyright”

@ Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Center
281 Park Avenue South at 22nd Street
New York, NY
347-229-1384

Cost:
$10 for members
$20 for non-members
$5 for students with ID
Free to new members joining at the door

Space is limited! RSVP by Monday, September 21st, 2009.

From ASPP NY Evite:
“Nancy E. Wolff, internationally recognized digital media and intellectual property attorney (partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abraham & Shepard, LLP), will bring us up to date on the legal issues and market forces surrounding the Orphan Works Bill, the Google Books Settlement and it’s opponents, the movement to make everything free and other timely issues.”

To view event information and to RSVP please visit:http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?inviteId=ZBLQWGRSKFWJSZNIITJD&li=iq&src=email&trk=aei6

For more information please email asppny@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
The Business of Photography: A Panel Discussion With Top Industry Photographers’ Agents
Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises

@ Adorama Building
42 West 18th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY

Cost: $25

Registration deadline for this Workshop is Thursday, September 24th, 2009.

Panel to include (may be subject to change):
Neil Binkley – Wonderful Machine
Patrick Casey – Marge Casey & Associates
David Laidler – Aurora Select
Frank Meo – Meorepresents
Laura Reid – Redux Pictures
Tricia Scott – MergeLeft Reps

From Adorama website:
“Louisa Curtis (Chatterbox Enterprises) presents a diverse panel of top artist representatives to share their insights on today’s photo industry from the agent’s perspective. Our panelists cover a cross-section of different approaches to representation; from a niche agency specializing in photojournalists, to a long-established, high-end advertising stable of talent, to a boutique web-based collective and a renowned photo agency that spans not just the country but also the globe, covering commercial and editorial photography as well as stock.”

For more information and to register for this event please visit: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_LCurtis_092909

For a full list of all seminars and workshops at Adorama please visit: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_List

ChatterNews February 2009

Congratulations!

Kevin Tachman
One of my clients, Kevin Tachman placed 1st in the PDN “Billboard Summer Music Moment 2008” photography contest. Here is the image:


Scissor Sisters © Keven Tachman 2008

And as if that wasn’t enough, Kevin also placed 1st in the “Spontaneous Moment” category of the PDN “World in Focus” contest.


© Kevin Tachman 2008

Congratulations also to my pal Jason Florio for placing in the “Travel/Portrait” category.

To view more of Kevin’s work please visit: http://kevintachman.com/
To view more of Jason’s work please visit: http://floriophoto.com/
To view more from the PDN “Billboard Summer Music Moment 2008” contest winners please visit: http://www.pdngallery.com/contests/summermusic/2008/

Speaking of contests, congratulations to the winners of the “Tell Us A Story: APA|NY 2008 Juried Photo Contest”
For more information and to view the winning images please visit: http://www.apanational.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3294.

PDN online Article: Creating a Commercial Portfolio for Photojournalists
Check out PDN online which includes comments from my friends Frank Meo of Meo Represents and Marcia Kebbon of Orchard Represents.

Please visit: http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/features/pdn-online/e3i67264dea25a495e0619fc22d53e95022
Frank Meo: http://www.meorepresents.com/
Marcia Kebbon: http://www.orchardrepresents.com/