Photographers Sam Harris is in high demand

Sam Harris has on-line residencies with Photographers Gallery in London and Burn Magazine, international exhibitions and interviews in New Delhi, Los Angeles and Sydney. He began using Instagram just previous year, sharing snaps from his ongoing family diary.

He was totally overwhelmed when his account was selected as a featured user out of over two hundred million accounts. This resulted in twenty thousand followers. Now, he is one of the leading photographers on Instagram in Australia.

The well known French photography mag L'Oeil De La Photographie published an in-depth chat regarding his twenty-five year career. Harris prefers linking his artistic practice along with teaching photography as well as sharing his experience and knowledge.

He organizes photography workshops both locally as well as overseas with his wife Yael. He also lectures on photography regularly at South West Institute of Technology, Bunbury. From 24th July, Harris would run an 8 week evening course called - Introduction to Photography.
Harris stated that this course offers a comprehensive overview on how to use your DSLR camera in manual mode.
Every week, they would cover various aspects of the camera along with the different basic elements of photography. People would become creative and confident the camera and also learn how to see and think like a photographer. The whole thing would be easier and fun then one might think.

Digital Photography Company VSCO raises US$ 40 million

If you have use the popular photo sharing site Instagram, there is a possibility that you have come across the hashtags #VSCOCam or #VSCO. Both of these refer to a feature-rich camera app that is developed by a Bay Area start-up named Visual Supply Company, or popularly known as VSCO. They have gained a huge following among pro photographers as well as photography enthusiasts for their suite of digital tools.

In fact, it has also got attention from the eye if investors. Earlier on Tuesday, the firm is all set to announce a US$ 40 million investment from the Accel Partners, a venture noted for their early investment in Facebook.

VSCO that tells that they have a community which is tens of millions of people large are not just another application maker. They also sells editing software which contends the effects of classic analog film photography, that the company allowed it to be cash flow positive since the first day when it was founded in the year 2011.

In a recent interview, VSCO’s founder and chief executive Joel Flory told that even though the company had been doing its business profitably, the team decided that they wanted to expand as well as add to product offerings in some international markets, and work on other creative ventures, such as awarding grants to artists.

In California, the company employs forty three people. They also have a community platform where photographers can share their work with another, as well as a digital journal which features the artists using VSCO tools and software among other things.

Greg Lutze, a VSCO co-founder, told that they are working to create a new digital age of creativity. They built something they wanted to use themselves.


A brand new exhibit

To lionize the completion of the new eastern span of San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, de Young Museum has a brand new exhibit with snaps by Peter Stackpole recording the original construction of the bridge in 1930s. These are the 1st works by this Bay Area photographer to come to the Museums' collection.

Scaling the changing heights of unfinished structure of 3 years, Peter Stackpole freely moved among construction workers, speaking about their tale of death defying labor in some striking snaps which register one of the most aspirational public works programs in the history of California.

In the middle of Great Depression, a whole lot of artists were attracted to the site, inspired by the modern engineering of the bridge, to get its bold industrial forms as well as mark the heroism of US workforce.

This exhibit juxtaposes photographs of Stackpole with prints as well as drawings of Bay Bridge structure by his coevals, some of whom earned their livelihood under the auspices of Federal Art Project.

Artists include John Stoll, George Booth Post, Arthur G. Murphy, Otis Oldfield and Dong Kingman. The exhibit also features a selection of original researches from the firm of famous San Francisco based architect Timothy Pflueger, who chipped in to the design of original Bay Bridge.

Meanwhile, to honor Arbor Week, the City of Goleta is arranging a photography and drawing contest to celebrate majesty and beauty of trees.


Wildlife photographers win prizes

David Hargus clicked the snap of a burrowing owl that won him the 1st prize in a photography competition. Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center, which is based in Twain Harte, stated the winners of their 4th yearly wildlife photo competition. Entrants can submit snaps of animals in the Sierra Nevada or Central Valley.

Hargus, who is an Arnold resident, got US$ 150 for ending 1st in adult category. Modesto’s William Moore got the US$ 100 2nd spot for his snap of tule elk, this once-abundant species which now can be found in just few parts of the Valley.
Two entrants tied for 3rd and got US$ 50 each - Valley Springs’ Gemma Gylling for her snap of a howling coyote and Turlock’s Ginger Erwin’s hummingbird photo. Stockton’s Sydney Spurgeon won US$ 75 youth prize along with a close up snap of a gold colored butterfly.

Over three hundred saps were introduced in the competition. CSERC plans to use some of these in their slide shows for Valley and Sierra schools students. The winning snap as well as forty five other entries can be seen at -

The fiftieth Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest starts on 9th December in 2013. The contest stays as the most esteemed wildlife photography competition in the world, with the enjoyment and ethical discovery of the world through photography. To be in with an opportunity of capturing one of the most wanted awards and grand awards, entries should display technical excellence, authenticity, innovation and creativity.


New atlas to keep information on non-digital photography

Analog photography may have been outdates as people are trying to perfect the digital photography art. But for the galleries, collectors, museums and archives, who own and care for millions and millions of pictorial artifacts left by over hundred and fifty years of pre digital photography, info regarding how paper, chemicals, metals and films are worked to make snaps for all those years stays inordinately valuable.

As it happens, it is extremely hard to come by. More so as conventional camera and film companies have gone out of their trade and brought their business secrets into limbo with them, making what several experts see as a hovering problem in photographic authentication and conservation.

After around ten years of research, Los Angeles’ Getty Conservation Institute, is now starting to correct that position. On Thursday, the institute announced that they are unveiling online “The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes,” the very first installment of a immense atlas of scientific information regarding pre digital photography that includes processes developed more than hundred years ago, like carbon, salt prints and albumen, which will be updated as new information is discovered continually.

Dusan Stulik told that The ‘Atlas’ is the very first photograph conservation research publication which integrates historical information as well as ‘inside the darkroom’ techniques of practicing photographers along with modern analytical and scientific technology.


Orisons Fine Art and Framing Gallery show

Photographers click what sakes them; a good photograph arouses a same interest in the viewer. Each year, Orisons Fine Art and Framing Gallery promotes people by inviting local photographers to give their recent photographs to a Group Photography Show.

The show ends during the 2nd Saturday Artist Reception on 10th August from 7 pm to 10 pm. Until then visitors to Orisons have the scope to vote on their 3 favorite snaps, and put their name in a drawing for 16 x 20 print to canvas. Top 3 photographers are handed prize money which encourages them to keep depicting their work.

This year's snap show offers scenes from near and far. Clouds dim a stone in Monument Valley. Lights notes the last night of Smith Drugs on McKinney's square. Abstracts and close ups draw people to the surface of the subject. Selecting only 3 favorites is a welcome challenge.

During the reception on 10th August, previous year's winning photographer Jeremy Woodhouse would offer short presentations of his snaps from recent travels in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Japan. Jeremy leads travel photography visits all across the world. His next stops include India, Umbria, Sicily and Ethiopia.

Also during the 2nd Saturday celebration, in Orisons' gallery, Weeda Hamdan will show her new paintings made with an unique blend of oils and texture. Hamdan's cultural heritage, drawn from countries like Spain, Liberia and Lebanon allows her to keep a mind to experimentation without any boundaries.


Steve Giovinco's photography exhibit

How do couples and families interact in the age of social networking. Steve Giovinco, a fine art photographer, as well as the rest of the other award winning photo makers explore day to day family life with their photography. This diverse and stunning museum exhibit - The kids are alright - at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina will start from 1st June and go through 18th August, 2013.

The kids are alright exhibit features photography as well as time based media created in the past 10 years by 38 emerging and established artists who reveal the present notion of family. Some of the widely exhibiting and other top artists include Janine Antoni, David Hilliard, Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Justine Kurland, Chris Verene and Ryan McGinley.

The theme of the museum exhibit today’s family is actually a complicated entanglement of people, is unconventional at times, but the are filled with humorous and poignant moments. The snaps of Steve Giovinco explore all these themes and the intimate and psychological relations between couples.

Speaking about his snaps, he told that he is really interested in how people live as a couple today. He captured unguarded moments between people, and document them with unflinching clarity taken directly from daily life. Photographer Steve Giovinco exhibits his snaps widely in several museums as well as art gallery exhibitions in North America and Europe. He has a master's degree in photography from Yale University, which is one of the top art schools in the country.


Uptown photography competition

A alliance of urban art groups in Uptown is asking on young budding snappers to enter a competition which celebs Uptown's people as well as explores a altering community dominant with class tension. Rogers Park resident Tom Callahan, 23, is arranging the Uptown Portrait Photography Prize, a competition accepting entries from applicants 21 of age and younger till 15th July in lieu of an August exhibit featuring twenty winning snaps.

Callahan, who is associated with one of the competition's sponsors Connect Force, told that this contest offers a scope for youth in the community to represent themselves on their own terms, outside of most of the dialog that is out there media wise.

Elephant Rebellion and Kuumba Lynx are also sponsoring this competition. Callahan also said that he wants the young shutterbugs to show the positivity as well as the realness that only street portrait photography can show.

On his gallery website, Callahan posted: 'There are those who think it’s unlikely for one Chicago or even one Uptown to exist......Those residents will point their fingers and cameras, at gang fights or graffiti and wonder just what is happening to their neighborhood. Some will blame the alderman, the thugs, the homeless shelters, the poor, the gay, the immigrants, the kids, the parents, welfare and say they are the problem with Uptown, with Chicago, while others will simply not care.'

He added that still, others would speak about the beauty of Uptown the food, diversity, history, and tell how it is neighborhoods such as this one that really reveal Chicago's beauty.

Canada’s Scotiabank Photography Prize

On Tuesday. the biggest photography prize in Canada declared its 3 finalists, with Scotiabank Photography Award which is very close to select its 3rd recipient of US$ 50000 prize. They are Vancouver's Stan Douglas, and Montreal's Robert Walker and Angela Grauerholz. With 2012’s recipient, the late Arnaud Maggs, heavy on people's minds, this year’s honoree will carry a heavy crown.

Speaking of this year's shortlist, founding chair as well as internationally acclaimed Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky told that the 3 artists share a common ability to show passion over a long career, intelligence and consistency. He congratulated the finalists for all the fearlessness in their work.

Douglas, a member of Vancouver School of photography that includes heavyweights such as Jeff Wall, first got recognition for his installation works that spans music, video as well as other objects.

The German born Angela Grauerholz has made a reputation for her monochromatic and large scale works reminiscent of dream imagery and “the flawed retention of the blurred snapshot.” Montreal's Walker has been showcasing his pictures in New
York as well as other parts of the world for more than three decades.

Robert Everett-Green of the Globe and Mail wrote, “His color-rich photos depict the city as a collage of fixed and fluid elements constantly reforming itself, though in recent years he has turned his lens toward flowers."


Amy Lockard and her love for photography

Photographer Amy Lockard has a wealth of experience that includes outdoor nature photography, fine art, weddings, features and hard news. And now, she is exhibiting her pictures from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Lockard told that her photographs concentrate on light and water as top themes, showing many pictures of sunrises, sunsets, waterfalls and Lake Superior. Through these pictures, she is talking the importance of ‘being present in the moment’ so that one can fully absorb the healing powers as well as the beauty nature in moments like these.

The exhibit starts from 1st February, Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm, featuring a gallery reception, with an opportunity to meet Clinton Township artist as well as light refreshments.

Lockard stated that photography has always been a personal therapy as well as form of artistic expression for her, the pictures in this event exemplify his days through the lens and back to himself. She begun studying photography when he was in high school and that time he won a Gold Key, 2 Silver Keys as well as portfolio acceptance to contest in New York at Scholastic Art and Writing awards.

She told that she studied journalism at the Oakland University with expectation that his pictures background would be a real asset for news reporting. she had a black and white picture featured in Oakland University Student photography event in the year 2002. After an internship in photojournalism with Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, this subject turned into his career focus.