Thursday, November 29, 2007

Who is "photoguy"?

You may have noticed that the blog has a new contributor. This mysterious fellow's handle is "photoguy". Who do you think it is? Post your guess. The first one to get it right wins a prize, the feature of his/her work in slide format on the blog for the first two weeks of Winter Quarter!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Michael Wessel MFA Thesis Exhibition

Michael Wessel's thesis exhibition, "The Loving Family" opens this Friday from 6-8 pm at Hall Hall (Hall and Tattnall Sts.) Hope to see you all there.

Studio Assistant Opportunity in Colorado

Job posting for Photographer’s Assistant

Successful Carbondale, Colorado, photographer seeks a part-time
office manager and photo assistant to work 16-24 hours per week in a
fun environment. Full-time employment is a possibility after a few
months of trial.

Duties include:

•Managing office communications and equipment
•Producing and assisting on shoots
•Digital processing and printing of photos

All applicants should have a strong base in Photoshop and Photo
Mechanic, and be extremely computer-literate; Adobe Lightroom skills
helpful. Filemaker and Quickbooks skills a plus.

Compensation is $17-$20 per hour depending on experience. Health
insurance, 401(k) and ski pass will be offered if the position
increases to 25 or more hours per week.

If interested, please send a resume to Tyler Stableford at No phone calls, please.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Blog to Bookmark: Conscientious

Photographer and blogger Jörg M. Colberg scopes the web and aggregates interesting photography. His blog, Conscientious, features interviews and links to interesting work from fine art/editorial photographers from all over the globe - it is updated regularly.

Monday, November 26, 2007

TruSpace Important Pieces

John Barduhn

TruSpace Exhibits “Important Pieces”
A juried exhibition featuring personal work and favorite projects from ten Savannah-area emerging professional photographers is on display at TruSpace Gallery (2423 DeSoto Avenue) from November 26 through December 24, 2007. A celebratory holiday reception is planned for Friday, December 7, 2007 from 7 to 10 p.m. during the Starland Design District’s “First Friday in December” open house and gallery walk.
The images, all relatively small works, represent a cross section of photographic genre including landscape, abstract and non-traditional documentary. Artists, most of whom are current MFA graduate photography students at Savannah College of Art and Design, were asked to submit projects for consideration representing each’s individual values and personally favorite themes, in other words, pieces “important” to each artist. The resulting show is a whimsical and worthwhile collection of photographs aesthetically rich and perfect for the holiday gift season.
Open just three months, TruSpace Gallery is Savannah’s newest art gallery, located at the heart of the Starland District at 2423 DeSoto Avenue, Savannah, Georgia. For holiday hours, please call 912-238-2882. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Starland Design Center, a condominium development.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Photo Book Club?

Would anyone be interested in starting a photo book club? We could meet a couple times a quarter to discuss a photographer's monograph or good essays/articles about photography. We could also meet to watch photography-related films. If you're interested, make a suggestion for our first topic, and I'll do the planning. Watch the blog for scheduling updates.

Thursday, November 22, 2007


On the FYI front: The Genius of Photography is being shown all this week on Ovation TV Network... It's a  6 part 60- minute- apiece overview of the medium and its various branches... Made by the BBC in 2006, it's still up to date and interesting because you get to hear from quite a lot of the photographers and curators who are still working and shaping the medium... (folk as various as Westerbrook, Goldin, Meyerowitz, Billingham, DiCorcia,  R. Adams etc...). Plus there are some interesting gossip points for those in the know: like how did Gregory get that big?... Course the problem for y'all may be digging up Ovation TV- it's in the Direct TV satellite package, but I am not sure cable has it... check out the web site at ( you will see they have a lot on the arts in general... If you can't get the station, I can't be sure, but I would almost bet that Prof. Mosch probably has a copy of Genius in his video collection (if not on dvd)...;)

Too Close for Comfort?

Left: Image by David Field
Top: Image NOT by David Field

Alumnus David Field (BFA 05) created the stunning image on the left. It and others from this series have been published widely in annuals, including Communication Arts and Photo District News. It seems pretty evident in the ad that the client's agency was inspired by David's concept (for credits click here).

What would you do if a client showed you a comp (an image created by another photographer) and asked you to copy it? Where is the line between using an image as a reference point and out and out theft of intellectual property?

I personally think David should send an invoice to the agency, as his image was clearly used as a conceptual/artistic reference. Typically in cases of direct, unauthorized image use, the artist is entitled to triple damages, meaning that he or she would receive 3x what a typical fee would be had the image been used legally. This situation is a bit trickier, because the agency didn't use David's actual image, but rather (seemingly) commissioned a close replica. The difficulty comes in proving that the agency's Art and/or Creative Directors were aware of David's work.

Monday, November 19, 2007

remember anne geddes?

so I am sure you all do.. remember anne geddes that is... la babes in pea pods and fleurs and acting out bumblebee fantasies etc (see or Well, anyhoo, you know it can be a pretty fine line between the sentimental and the cool... Here's another guy for that border: His kiddies are older than Geddes, and he isn't quite as slick in presentation (as yet-which is a good thing), but you have to admire the energy and fun he has... sideways laughing

Culture Club

Boy culture and girl culture tie for first! In our recent poll, Lauren Greenfield and Ryan McGinley tied for first. I'll pass this information on to the departmental Visiting Artist's committee, and we might be able to get the ball rolling on inviting one or both of these photographers to campus. Yay for democracy!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Best Non-Photo Class...

What's the best non-photography class you've taken at SCAD? Why? Post a comment.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Photojournalism Internship Opportunity

The Photography Internship Program is wonderful opportunity for an aspiring photographer. This intern will help the Georgia House of Representative full time photographer on a daily basis with pictures of the Speaker and other elected officials, schools or groups that come to visit, and candid shots on the House floor.
  • Interns must be undergraduates enrolled in a Georgia college or university.
  • Good customer service and communications skills
  • Task oriented
  • Photography skills (photo-journalist)
  • Photoshop skills
  • Flexible schedule
This internship is a paid position and it is approximately $300.00 per week.
Dates of Service:
The internship period corresponds with the annual session of the Georgia General Assembly. Session begins on the second Monday in January and last for 40 non consecutive legislative days, which means it usually lasts till the end of March. Each intern will work from 8:00-5:00pm on Monday through Friday unless told otherwise by their office.
Application Process:
For this program the Liz Erikson, House photographer, would like recommendations from the colleges or universities on students they think would be good in this role. If you have any students in mind please contact Liz Erikson at or 404-656-463-1350.

Job Posting: Gallery RFD Education and Exhibition Co-Director

Gallery RFD in Swainsboro is currently accepting applications for Education and Exhibition Co-Director.

Swainsboro, GA is “Home of the Rural Renaissance”: a revival of the arts in rural communities. Swainsboro is also home to the artist’s collective Stillmoreroots, and has 24 concerts a year by diverse talents such as The Afromotive, The Packway Handle Band, and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Tony Arata. Additionally, monthly open-mics, annual arts festivals, and an emerging artist in residence program make Swainsboro a preeminent artist’s hub in the Southeast.

The ideal candidate possesses:
- Strong leadership, organizational, communication, interpersonal, and writing skills
- Uncanny ability to think beyond the box and creatively solve problems (Think Innovation!)
- Passionate about art, community service, and art advocacy
- Exceptional proficiency working with a range of media, including but not limited to painting, photography, sculpture, sound, performance, and new technologies
- Exceptional, outgoing (yet introspective) personality who is cool under pressure, to deal with deadlines and the occasional adverse situation
- Emotional availability, elevated sense of humor, and better than average charisma

Responsibilities include:
-Creating original educational programs for middle school students
-Curating monthly exhibitions at Gallery RFD and in alternative venues
-Promoting the gallery through lectures and involvement in local organizations
-Developing a sustainability plan that includes grants and fundraising
-Liaise and network with artists, community members, and political leaders
-Development, creation and management of marketing materials, online and off
-Collaborate on community-oriented projects in Swainsboro to ensure a role for the arts
-Research, develop, and execute creative projects relevant to Swainsboro’s emerging art scene

Education: BA, BFA or MFA (Preferred but not required)
Experience: The Arts, Gallery Involvement, Education/Teaching, Communications, Business/Marketing, Volunteering (Preferred but not required)
Salary: $25,000 Expected Start Date: January 3rd, 2008

Please email a resume and cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to under the subject headline: ATTN: DIRECTOR POSITION. Qualified prospects will be contacted promptly, and interviews will be conducted within the month.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

First Annual Thanksgiving Caption Contest!

Write a caption for this photograph and post to comments. You could win a 15-sheet box of Harman gloss FB professional inkjet paper! The winner will be selected by an esteemed jury (me, Matt, and Steve Bliss).

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Urgent Request!

SCAD is in the process of creating a new advertising campaign and would like to see stellar examples of student work. For consideration submit a digital portfolio on CD and place in Jenny Kuhla's mailbox (Rm. 201/Bergen) by the end of the day tomorrow (Thursday 11/15). Please include your name, hometown, and contact information (both for where you will be over break and your local telephone).

Video from Open Studio in Atlanta

Check it out, from Walker at PhotoAwesome, Open Studio in Atlanta. Just like being there (well, almost - this one has a microphone, and a soundtrack):

Part 1:

Part 2:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hitchcock and Psychoanalysis

Photography is inherently voyeuristic. Click here for a link to a good, concise overview of the relationship between Freudian psychoanalytic concepts (voyeurism, fetish) and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Thanks to Meryl Truett for this contribution.

Internship Opportunity
Looking for Intern/Assistant:
The Photographer Mark Sadan who is in the current exhibit
'Transformations' is looking for an intern for 3 to 6 months. Work
will include transferring selections from his archives to digital
files, working on new projects using photoshop, general assistance at
'the archives' where Sadan develops and organizes his exhibits. Two
projects are in development for Germany this coming year. One called,
'Kaddish, gone but not forgotten' on 3 villages and their jewish
cemetaries near the Rhine Valley, (one of the villages where the
Grimm brothers wrote and the other where Baron VanMunchasen lived
and died) and a retrospective of his dance photography in Cologne to
coincide with the next PhotoKina in the autumn of 2008. He is also
starting to create musical segments to his images for his new
commercial art site. If interested, review Sadan's work at these two
sites and , to see his recent
docudrama productions go to If considered
there will be an on site interview in Ossining at the Archives and a
review of applicants interns are also encouraged to
continue their own projects receiving feedback from Sadan. EMail:

Sarah Gibbons MFA Thesis Exhibition

November 12-26

Alexander Hall,668 Indian St, Savannah, GA.
Reception to be held on November 16th from 5-7 pm

Gender is not a reflection of one’s biological make up, but a construction based on the society in which they live, and the ideas and values of that society. Individuals choose various signifiers to tell others what groups they choose to identify with.

Flu[XX] explores the capacity for a single being to navigate between the external expressions of their ever shifting, multi-faceted, (self) identification. Simply by not subscribing to the standard square or rectangular format, this work exists outside of the traditional uses within the medium of photography. Through digital manipulation and collaging, it challenges the single image. The multifaceted constructions relate back to the constructed nature of gender and its various subtleties and nuances. This work falls into its own undefined place between dualisms of traditional photography.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Gentlemen (and Women), Start Your Engines!

BFA student Michael Didyoung announces the following opportunity for all of you motor heads:
Ed Clark, President of the Atlanta Motor Speedway is looking for students to shoot NASCAR races. This is an unpaid position, but student photographers will be granted all-access "hot" passes and will retain the copyright to their images. Atlanta Motor Speedway will reserve the right to publish student images in promotional materials.
For more information, contact Mr. Clark at:

Travels with Sarah

The following was contributed by MFA candidate, Sarah Gibbons:

It seems to be becoming a tradition for SCAD grad students from Savannah to head out to Atlanta in the fall to see some great work and hang out with their counterparts in the Big Peach.

That was the case on Thursday November 8th when SCAD Atlanta hosted the Fall Open Studio Night. The event was well attended and just a much fun this year as it was last year, even if the students from Savannah were a bit underrepresented. We, some of my fellow grad students and I, went to check out our work in the juried show as well as try to see the ever awesome Steve Aishman (shown here with Sav turned Atl grad Denise Lira).

After checking out the awesome works and having a little chat with Tom Fischer, we met up with Atl grad student Walker Pickering who thought it would be great to interview us for their website (keep checking to see highlights of the night). This led to a great dinner with Walker, David Allen Jones and a few others. The conversation revolved around the two departments and general comparison between them. It was a great way to meet some new cool folks and have a few contacts in Atlanta. I look forward to hearing from these guys and seeing what they come up with on PhotoAwesome. I hope they can make it to Savannah in the spring for our Open Studio Night (here's me hoping we have one and do as great a job as the Atlanta program has!)
Here are a few instillation shots of some of the great photography we saw.

Steffanie Halley

Shana D'Attilio

Katie Wright

Thanks to the Atlanta grad students and Steve Aishman for a great show. Don't forget to check out and SCADPhoto.

Kelly Heck wins Bronze in CPOY

Congratulations to Kelly Heck who won a Bronze in the College Photographer of the Year contest in the Photographic Illustration category!

Bird Series: It's Not Because I'm Beautiful
'It’s Not Because I’m Beautiful' I don’t always want to be passed by, as if I’m nothing to you or just too much to handle. I don’t want to be picked up just because I’m beautiful, I want someone to study me, pick me apart, learn about me. I want someone to challenge my abilities to see how long I’ll last, to see what moves I’ll make. I want someone that will stick with me, even through the rough times. I want to be picked not because I’m beautiful, but because I’m rare.'

To see other winners, go to

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Exploring the 3rd Dimension

The "Off the Wall" photography / sculpture / installation proposal received the most votes (24%) in our recent blog poll. Since many of you are interested I've created a list of relevant artists (google them!), and please feel free to add your own suggestions.

Christian Boltanski
Annette Messager
Mike + Doug Starn
Tony Oursler
Jeff Warmouth
Josephine Meckseper
The Wrong Gallery

Lions for Lambs

Has anyone seen the new Robert Redford film, Lions for Lambs? Three separate but related situations are placed in context with each other; a military manoeuvre in Afghanistan, a reporter interviewing a Senator, and a Professor meeting with his student. I'm curious to know what you think, especially about the latter. Politics aside, I was really interested in this (admittedly dramatized) conversation between teacher and student. Without giving anything away, at one point, the Professor (played by Robert Redford) offers the student a "B" in exchange for the student agreeing not to come to class again and to never take another class with him. Was this an acceptable means for trying to challenge and motivate a talented student? I thought that these scenes raised some really interesting questions about the teacher/student relationship. Is the student a customer? If so, what product or service should an instructor be expected to provide in exchange for the student's tuition dollars? Information? A grade? Good advice? Genuine concern? A challenge? What, if anything, does the student owe his Professor?
Link to film clip

Seeing Red - Christie Fisher

A few images from the reception for Seeing Red, in La Galerie Bleue, located at Mongomery Hall. Congrats, Christie!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Inside/Outside, Pinnacle Gallery - 11/9/07

In case you missed it, here is a video from Deb and Steve's reception for Inside/Outside at Pinnacle Gallery on Friday.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Interview with Albert Watson, Part 1 & 2

Here is video of fashion and editorial photographer Albert Watson being interviewed by Big Red & Shiny writer Ben Sloat before a lecture at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. Watson discusses how his schooling for graphic design and film has influenced his photographic process and his brand of problem solving skills.

Watson has a new monograph published by Phaidon Press. Images run the gamut from fashion to editorial work and self produced photographic projects.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Thursday, November 8, 2007

More Info on the TruSpace Call for Entries

Call them them them them them inspiring...just call them perfect for the wall. TruSpace's call for entries seeks photographs appropriate for important interiors. From classic to contemporary, these photographs will become some of the most prized presents this holiday. All images must be framed in appropriate frames (traditional or contemporary styles and themes suitable for Savannah's most exquisite homes).
Jurors will include two of Savannah's finest citizens and gallery officials.
Deadline for entries is Thursday, November 15th by 5 pm. All accepted entrants will be notified Friday, November 15 by 5pm via e-mail. Framed photographs must be at TruSpace no later than Tuesday, November 20, by 5pm
Please send your images via jpeg (1 MB file each) to Include title, medium, final framed image size, frame type and price (include a 20% commission) in the cover e-mail.
For more information, contact Robert Wilson at 619-368-3685 or Robert Belmont at 917-701-6671.

Last Call for Marc Jacobs Photography Opportunity

Students and Local Alumni:
The Marc Jacobs Savannah store needs photographers to shoot/assist on in-store shoots from November 24th through December 24th. Photographs will be of customers, and customers will be provided with a print "on the spot." The company will provide printing equipment.
If interested, please submit a portfolio on CD, preferably including portraits. Drop CDs in Jenny Kuhla's mailbox, room 201/Bergen between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Please write your name and contact information on the CD and jewel case/sleeve. If you prefer, and if you have a website, email Jenny ( with your web address. Payment will be negotiated upon selection of qualified candidates.

Don't be Afraid, Part II

I received an anonymous email from a student who would like to initiate a discussion about the quality of our facilities and program. If you have concerns or a suggestion for improvements, post a comment.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Don't be Afraid to Have an Opinion!

This blog is my blog, this blog is your blog... My hope is that this blog will become a forum for discussion and sharing of opinions and information related to our department and photography more generally. I'm really pleased with the level of participation and interest thus far, but I think we can really make this our "home room." If you're already a convert, tell your friends. I want this to be our primary means for disseminating information and opportunities relevant to SCAD photography majors.

If you like to write and are interested in contributing content, send me an email at Contributions can be anonymous or credited. I know that you all have opinions, and I encourage you to share them. Additionally, I hope that this blog can provide a means for our alumni to stay in touch and connect with current students. We've already had a great response from alumni who have expressed their willingness to share their knowledge and life experiences (and the occasional internship or job opportunity).

Alumnus, David Strohl, Featured on PhotoServe

Alumnus, David Strohl, recently shot a fun and funny campaign for the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum in Austin, TX. The campaign was featured in PDN and on their companion website, PhotoServe. Featuring a taxidermed squirrel, frog, and a duck replica, the campaign was intended to communicate that the sculpture garden is a fun, family-friendly place.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Visiting Artist Poll Links

Following are the artists who have been nominated to be considered as Visiting Artists/Guest Lecturers. Click on the artist's name to access his/her website or examples of work.
Vik Muniz
Laura Letinsky
Ryan McGinley
Elliot Erwitt
Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Adi Nes
Glen Luchford
Larry Sultan
Erwin Olaf
Steven Sebring
Patrick Demarchelier
Jessica Backhaus
Lauren Greenfield
Eugene Richards
Rick Loomis
Samantha Appleton
Gary Land


"Conceptual" wins! So if you want in, put on your thinking caps and make some sm/art.

Camera Product Educator Job Listing

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MarketStar currently has an opportunity available in the Atlanta, GA area as a Camera Product Educator with Canon. This rep is responsible to manage and grow a positive relationship and focus on all sales and training activities of Canon Digital Camera products within assigned specialty dealers in a specific territory.

If interested and qualified, please submit an application via the
MarketStar website at

Apartment Sublet in NYC

We are two responsible, clean, young professional females with a cat looking for a third roommate for our three bedroom apartment in Washington Heights (off the 168th express stop, A/C/1). The apartment is large and so is the room, which is $740 plus Internet and utilities. The sublet would be for six months, from January to July. We are looking for a young professional or full time student who is equally responsible and clean. We are asking for a 6 month commitment. Please email me if you fit this description and are interested.

Veena Rao

I'm not a smart man, Jenny, but I do love Fried Green Tomatoes.

Camera Club of NY Call for Entries

CCNY's 2007 National Photography Competition
National Deadline: November 15, 2007 - The Camera Club of New York announces its 2007 National Photography Competition. Accomplished photographers from around the country are invited to submit digital files of representative work. All photography-based works are welcome, with no limitations on technique or subject matter. Images should be of some thematic body of work that can support a solo exhibition if you are chosen the winner. We are most pleased that renowned photographer Larry Fink will be our juror.
Go to to download an entry form.

An Interview with Professor Elizabeth Turk

JK: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have 1 photograph to look at for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
ET: A photograph I made with a Holga camera of a dog, suspended in air, as she was diving into a lake at twilight.

JK: Who is your favorite (non-photographer) artist?
ET: Anselm Kiefer

JK: What’s the hardest thing about teaching photography?
ET: Balancing teaching and doing my personal work.

JK: What’s your favorite word?
ET: Spectacular

JK: What’s your least favorite word?
ET: Chick

JK: If you couldn’t be an artist/educator, what profession would you choose?
ET: Something that involved classical music/opera.

JK: What’s your favorite color?
ET: Green

JK: What’s your Zodiac sign?
ET: Libra

JK: What was your childhood nickname?
ET: Big Otis

JK: What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
ET: Crime and Punishment

JK: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten from a teacher?
ET: Don’t take yourself too seriously and never throw anything away.

JK: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?
ET: I have a four-legged daughter named Ruby. She is six years old and well above average.

JK: If you could take any class at SCAD, what would it be?
ET: FURN 200 (Materials and Techniques)

JK: What’s your favorite TV show?
ET: Six Feet Under

JK: Why is photography such a powerful medium?
ET: Because anyone can make a photograph but not everyone is a photographer.

JK: If you could go out to dinner with anyone, living or dead, whom would you choose?
ET: Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States (2001-2003)

JK: Do you have any guilty pleasures? If so, fess up.
ET: Hot dogs from the Varsity with onion rings and fries!

JK: What’s the best thing about photography?
ET: It is magic.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Stay Tuned for a New Blog Contributor

The first new contributor to the SCAD Photo blog has been officially given his all-access pass. Stay tuned for future posts from someone other than me!

"Both" Wins!

In our second blog poll, "both" won by a landslide. The analog purists made a good, second place showing. Maybe digital-only seems too limiting? Post a comment and tell us what you think.

Marc Jacobs Store Photography Opportunity

Students and Local Alumni:
The Marc Jacobs Savannah store needs photographers to shoot/assist on in-store shoots from November 24th through December 24th. Photographs will be of customers, and customers will be provided with a print "on the spot." The company will provide printing equipment.
If interested, please submit a portfolio on CD, preferably including portraits. Drop CDs in Jenny Kuhla's mailbox, room 201/Bergen between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Please write your name and contact information on the CD and jewel case/sleeve. If you prefer, and if you have a website, email Jenny ( with your web address. Payment will be negotiated upon selection of qualified candidates.

Alumnus James Walker Launches Updated Website

James Walker (MFA) has launched an updated website. Check it out at Students interested in mixed media work should definitely look at the "Journals" content area.

Art Center of New Jersey Int'l Juried Show

The Art Center of New Jersey announces a call for entries for its 22nd Annual International Juried Show. This year's juror is Carter Foster, curator of of drawings at the Whitney. To download an entry form and prospectus, go to The deadline for submissions is 12/1/2007.

TruSpace Call for Entries

Everything you were afraid to show for critique but you know will sell in Savannah... TruSpace announces a call for entries. The deadline is Friday, November 16th at 5:00 pm. Please submit low res .jpegs via email (approx 1 MB each) to gallerist, Robert Wilson at The show opens on Friday, November 23rd and runs through December 24th. Jurors will be 2 very fancy $avannah $ocialites to be named at a later date. Accepted work must be framed in fancy-ish frame$. TruSpace will take 20% of proceeds to pay for canapés and Crown Royal (plus, Bobby needs a new pair of shoes).

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Virtual Lecture Hall

Check out SCAD's Virtual Lecture Hall. Included are archived webcasts and video documentation of Guest Lecturers, Visiting Artists, The Trustee's Speakers Series, and content from the Film Festival.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Nominate a Visiting Artist

Kyle Ford asked that I create a poll to see who you would like to see come to campus as a Visiting Artist or Lecturer. Before I create the poll, I'd like to give you all a chance to nominate your favorites. Nominees will then "run-off" in the poll.
Post a comment with your nomination.

Print Poll Response

Surveys aren't all that interesting unless accompanied by analysis. What do you make of the results of the first blog poll? Post a comment.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Alumna Lisa Robinson Publishes Her First Monograph

We're proud to announce that alumna, Lisa Robinson (MFA) has published a book of her photographic series, Snowbound. The hardcover book published by Kehrer Verlag contains 50 beautiful color reproductions.

"For five winters, the young American photographer Lisa M. Robinson made photographs in the snow. Snowbound depicts landscapes in which everyday objects - alienated and sunken in snow - civilize the natural surroundings. Traces of human existence set accents in the white landscape, delimiting it and often popping up in an amusing or incongruous way. A lonely hammock, a trampoline or a swimming pool are echoes of both the summer past and of personal memories. But Lisa M. Robinson is not interested in showing the obvious; instead, the photographer makes use of the many aggregate states of water - ice, snow, fog, water - as metaphors for life and transience."

For more information, go to Lisa's website.

Hey Hotshot! DEADLINE November 6th.

The entry deadline for Jen Bekman gallery "Hey Hotshot" annual emerging photographer juried exhibition is Tuesday, November 6th at 11:59pm. Go to to upload images. The entry fee is expensive ($60), but this is a potentially great opportunity for emerging photographers.

USA Today Academic All-Stars Nominations

Juniors and Seniors:

USA Today is currently accepting nominations for the 19th annual All-USA College Academic Team. Students named to the First Team will be featured in the paper and will receive a $2500 cash award. The contest is open to Junior and Senior undergraduates. US citizenship is not required. "The criteria are designed to find students who excel not only in scholarship but also in leadership roles on and off campus. A key element is the student's essay describing his or her most outstanding undergraduate intellectual endeavor." The submission will also include a statement by a faculty nominator, a transcript, and 2 letters of recommendation.

Students must first register electronically to be screened for eligibility, and completed forms must be mailed by November 30th. To register, go to and use the All-USA drop-down menu to select the 4-year college program.

Winners will be selected by a panel of educators and announced in February 2008.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I Love It When a Plan Comes Together

Following is an excerpt from the online (elearning) course, PHOT 749, Photography MA Final Project. In proof reading the course content, I realized that the following was really relevant to student/artists at all levels:

"I love it when a plan comes together!"

– Hannibal (George Peppard) from The A-Team (1983)

“When we decode a cookbook, every one of us is a practicing chemist. Cooking is really the oldest, most basic application of physical and chemical forces to natural materials.”

– Arthur E. Grosser, author of The Cookbook Decoder

Your project proposal is your “recipe” for success. Your past work and influences will help to situate your intended, final project. Are you a pastry chef or a backyard BBQ griller? Do you prefer home-cooked comfort food? Health food? Haute cuisine? The big question is, of course, “What’s for dinner?” The answer to this question will be partly informed by your very individual, artistic motivations—your personal taste.

To (over) extend the metaphor, your subject matter and key concepts are your main ingredients while your technical choices are your cooking instructions. Ingredients and technique must work together in concert to produce desired results. No amount of expert cooking technique can make up for poor quality ingredients. Conversely, no level of quality ingredients can make up for poor technique.

In Unit 2, we will more fully explore the signifying power of technical and materials choices. By way of introduction, begin thinking about how technique has meaning. As you complete the Technical/Materials Choices content area of your project proposal, be certain that your choices “make sense” in relation to your genre, subject matter, and both your conceptual and aesthetic intentions. These choices should not be made arbitrarily or solely out of convenience or familiarity. Sound technical choices are key to successful project synthesis and resolution.

As an example, consider the technical choice of shooting with a camera-mounted flash. This technique yields a very specific look, and one considered somewhat unflattering—especially when photographing people in low light. When we see a photograph obviously made with camera-mounted flash, we typically reference the roughness of spot news, paparazzi, and/or amateur photography.

One last use of the cooking metaphor: Say that you want to make fashion photographs (cookies) with a camera-mounted flash (jalapeno peppers). Not many cookie recipes call for jalapeno peppers. However, if done right, it could work. Surprising choices can be interesting.

Iconoclastic photographer Terry Richardson shoots fashion and celebrity portraits using a camera-mounted flash (see Figure 3). The results are gritty and hard, yielding a kind of “punk-rock” aesthetic that puts a fresh spin on the genre—“red-eye,” hard shadows, and all.

Alumnus, David Strohl, Loves the Blog!

It's nice to be loved! David Strohl asked me to start a discussion about portfolio book retailers. He's over Lost Luggage and Pina Zangaro and wants to set himself apart. If anyone knows of any cool options, post a comment.
Additionally, David has just been signed by a rep, Sanderson Hawkins, and he's gearing up for a new marketing campaign. Lastly, David said that he's always willing to provide advice/guidance for current students. Contact him via email at, and definitely check out his website at
(photograph by David Strohl)

Free Admission to the Ansel Adams Exhibit/Lecture at the Jepson

There will be free admission to the Jepson Center and the Adams show Nov. 3-10 thanks to funding from the City of Savannah.

On Thursday, November 8, at 11 a.m there will be a free lecture/discussion with photographer Robert Werling who was a student of Adams for 4 years. This morning program will be a lot easier to get into than the evening lecture. Faculty may call Sarah Ward to reserve space for their classes at 790-8827.

On Saturday, Nov. 10 a showing of the Adams documentary has been added at 1 pm.

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