Photo pow­wow

Re­view Santa Fe

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One hun­dred pho­tog­ra­phers — from all over the United States as well as from Mex­ico City, Lon­don, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Bei­jing, Helsinki, and War­saw — gather in town from Thurs­day, June 11, to Sun­day, June 14, for Re­view Santa Fe. Their ca­reers face sig­nif­i­cant boosts af­ter they meet and dis­cuss their work with pro­fes­sion­als from renowned gal­leries, mu­se­ums, and book and mag­a­zine pub­lish­ers and ed­i­tors. On the cover is an un­ti­tled photo by Dae­sung Lee from his Fu­tur­is­tic Ar­chae­ol­ogy se­ries.

“It’s great to go to Re­view Santa Fe and see all th­ese cre­ative peo­ple for two days and im­merse your­self in their art, their world, and ask them to tell you their sto­ries, why they’re do­ing what they’re do­ing and what their pas­sion is,” said Mary Anne Red­ding about Cen­ter’s an­nual port­fo­lio-re­view event for pho­tog­ra­phers and re­view­ers from mag­a­zines, gal­leries, and other venues. “I think most re­view­ers are look­ing for a body of work that in­ter­ests them and is com­plete and that they think they can show in what­ever venue.”

Cen­ter is a lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to fur­ther­ing the ca­reers of pho­tog­ra­phers. Red­ding is one of more than 40 in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als in­vited to see the work of 100 pho­tog­ra­phers in the Re­view Santa Fe Fes­ti­val, which takes place from Thurs­day, June 11, to Sun­day, June 14. The col­lo­quium, now in its 15th year, was es­tab­lished to fa­cil­i­tate re­la­tion­ships be­tween pho­tog­ra­phers and pro­fes­sion­als look­ing for new work. Red­ding is cu­ra­tor with the Turchin Cen­ter for the Vis­ual Arts at Ap­palachian State Uni­ver­sity in Boone, North Carolina. She was pre­vi­ously cu­ra­tor of the Mar­ion Cen­ter for Pho­to­graphic Arts and chair of the photography depart­ment at Santa Fe Uni­ver­sity of Art and De­sign; and be­fore that she was the cu­ra­tor of photography at New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum/Palace of the Gov­er­nors. “I’m on Cen­ter’s ad­vi­sory board, and for me and a lot of other re­view­ers it’s a great way to see a lot of photography with an eye to­ward ex­hi­bi­tions and pub­li­ca­tion. It’s also an op­por­tu­nity to net­work with peo­ple in the in­dus­try. One thing that’s nice about the Turchin Cen­ter is that we show all me­dia by lo­cal, na­tional, and in­ter­na­tional artists. I’d es­pe­cially love to bring work by emerg­ing pho­tog­ra­phers here.”

Laura Press­ley, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Re­view Santa Fe, said the ed­i­tors, cu­ra­tors, and gallery di­rec­tors par­tic­i­pat­ing as re­view­ers “pick up sto­ries from the pho­tog­ra­phers and show them in their pub­li­ca­tions and gal­leries.” This year’s event brings pho­tog­ra­phers from all over the United States, Mex­ico, Italy, Poland, Slove­nia, Ja­pan, and sev­eral other na­tions. The pho­tog­ra­phers were cho­sen by Erin El­der, Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts; Molly Roberts, Smith­so­nian mag­a­zine; and Brian Ul­rich, Rhode Is­land School of De­sign.

The 2015 event in­volves a to­tal of more than 950 port­fo­lio re­views, each one a 20-minute face-to-face

meet­ing be­tween a pho­tog­ra­pher and one of the re­view­ers — in­clud­ing Santa Feans Maggie Blan­chard, direc­tor of Twin Palms Pub­lish­ing; Joanna Hur­ley, pres­i­dent of Hur­ley Me­dia; Anne Kelly, direc­tor of Photo-eye Gallery; Me­lanie McWhorter, manager of Photo-eye’s book di­vi­sion; Andra Russek, direc­tor, Schein­baum & Russek; and Amy Sil­ver­man, photo edi­tor, Out­side mag­a­zine.

Cen­ter staff spends most of the year on Re­view Santa Fe. “It re­ally ramps up in Oc­to­ber as we put out our call for en­tries for the pho­tog­ra­phers in Novem­ber,” Press­ley said. “Then the ju­rors get the work in Fe­bru­ary and have a month to look at it; then in March we in­vite the se­lected pho­tog­ra­phers.” She said this will be the last time the re­view event will be held in June. “We want Santa Fe to ben­e­fit from in­creased tourism, and we want the com­mu­nity to be more en­gaged, so we are plan­ning to move the event to a less busy sea­son. As of 2016 it will be held each Novem­ber.”

That’s all that will change, though. The main event ap­pears to be ad­mired equally by pho­tog­ra­phers and the re­view­ers who come seek­ing images. An ex­am­ple from the gallery world is Brian Paul Clamp of Clamp-Art Gallery, in New York. “He has picked up sev­eral artists. He comes ev­ery year,” said Press­ley, who cu­rates the re­viewer list. “Some of the newsy par­tic­i­pants like The New Yorker, Time, and MSNBC have such a de­mand for con­tent all the time with their blogs and what­not, they’re look­ing for work that has not been cov­ered by any of the oth­ers. They want to get to it first.”

“Frankly, this is the best that I’ve been to of the port­fo­lio re­views,” said Time mag­a­zine’s Alice Gabriner. “It’s in­cred­i­bly well-or­ga­nized. They treat every­body well, and the qual­ity of the work is con­sis­tently high. When I was there I met a pho­tog­ra­pher named Bryan Schut­maat, whose ca­reer has burst onto the scene. It’s a place to meet some­body re­ally early on. But also, per­son­ally, it re­vives you pro­fes­sion­ally in terms of the peo­ple you meet, peo­ple from other dis­ci­plines. The con­ver­sa­tions are fan­tas­tic, and it makes me, since I’m an ed­i­to­rial per­son, think about what I do dif­fer­ently.” Gabriner was a photography edi­tor at Time from 2000 to 2009, and then was deputy direc­tor of photography at the White House and a se­nior photo edi­tor at Na­tional Geo­graphic be­fore re­turn­ing to Time. She is now the mag­a­zine’s in­ter­na­tional photo edi­tor.

Are there pho­tog­ra­phers who have come to Time be­cause of Re­view Santa Fe? “What hap­pens is that af­ter the re­view, you de­velop a re­la­tion­ship, so ac­tu­ally Bryan Schut­maat came to Geo­graphic sev­eral months af­ter, and my boss at the time wanted to give him an as­sign­ment, and he ac­tu­ally will.” Schut­maat did Time’s Per­son of the Year story this year on “The Ebola Fighters.”

“Some peo­ple do get a book deal or a gallery show,” Gabriner said, “but I think what’s most im­por­tant is that you begin that re­la­tion­ship. It’s best if peo­ple don’t think, ‘I’ve got to come out of this with a deal.’ What’s most im­por­tant is that it’s a week­end of in­spi­ra­tion and re­newal in a beau­ti­ful place.”

This is the fourth Re­view Santa Fe for Verna Curtis, cu­ra­tor of photography at the Li­brary of Congress in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and pre­vi­ously with the Mil­wau­kee Art Mu­seum. Her mo­ti­va­tion is a bit less aimed at scout­ing. Curtis has found the port­fo­lio re­views to be “an in­ter­est­ing way to kind of give back,” she said. “I had a va­ri­ety of pho­tog­ra­phers who were in­ter­ested in the Li­brary of Congress col­lec­tion, and though they were very dif­fer­ent I could call up some­thing in my

mem­ory to help them. It was grat­i­fy­ing to be able to use all that in that over­view of peo­ple com­ing across the ta­ble many hours dur­ing the day. In fact it wasn’t tir­ing be­cause of that — there was so much I could re­late to.”

The Li­brary of Congress also seeks pho­to­graphs for its col­lec­tion. “We were able to ac­quire some work as a re­sult of my go­ing to Re­view Santa Fe. There was one man from Wis­con­sin, who wasn’t show­ing the work that we ac­tu­ally ac­quired, which was po­lit­i­cal in na­ture. It was about the first protests at the State Capitol about the gover­nor [Scott Walker] who is now run­ning for pres­i­dent,” Gabriner said. “The Li­brary also pur­chased Jonathan Blaustein’s The Value of a Dollar port­fo­lio as a re­sult of my see­ing his work at a re­view. He came to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and we went to Sen. Udall’s of­fice to­gether to show the work.” Blaustein is an artist, writer, and ed­u­ca­tor based in Taos. The Value of a

Dollar is about the over­con­sump­tion of food and of the re­sources used to raise, grow, and pro­duce food. Each of the pho­tos in the se­ries, which was pub­lished by The New York Times in 2010, rep­re­sents one dollar’s worth of food pur­chased from var­i­ous mar­kets in New Mex­ico. The port­fo­lio is now part of the Li­brary of Congress photography col­lec­tion, which num­bers about 13 mil­lion images. Th­ese range from War Depart­ment images of the Civil War by Matthew Brady and Farm Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion pho­tos — in­clud­ing the fa­mous Dorothea Lange images from the Great De­pres­sion — to more re­cent work. “In the 1920s, the Li­brary be­came more con­scious that photography could be a form of ex­pres­sion and col­lected Clarence White and Gertrude Käse­bier. We con­tinue to col­lect con­tem­po­rary work not only as art but as doc­u­men­ta­tion,” Curtis said.

An­other en­tity com­ing to Santa Fe with scout­ing in mind is WIRED, which Press­ley said “has shown a dozen or so” of the Re­view Santa Fe pho­tog­ra­phers. Pa­trick Witty, direc­tor of photography for WIRED, said that his mag­a­zine makes sure it has a pres­ence at Re­view Santa Fe ev­ery year. Its ed­i­tors “def­i­nitely have dis­cov­ered work that has moved us, sur­prised us, and in­spired us.”

Un­ti­tled photo of Sahra from a se­ries about mi­grants by Inés Dümig Top, God Save Me Now from Phyl­lis Dooney’s

Moon­flow­ers se­ries about a Mis­sis­sippi Delta fam­ily Op­po­site page, a mo­ment from a pre­vi­ous public port­fo­lio view­ing Pho­tos cour­tesy Re­view Santa Fe

Pho­tos on pa­rade

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