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Photobook Blogs

Olga Yatskevich has put together a list of blogs/pages on photography books (in no particular order) on her blog http://photolia.tumblr.com.

Great work!

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blog.8hbooks
The Angry Bat
The New Frame
Library of the Pinted Web
Conveyor Arts
Photobook Club Tokyo (in Japanese)
Claxton Projects
One Year of Photobooks
Eye Curious Books 
The Book Studio
Lost in Publications
Broken Spine
Books Are Nice!
Contemporary Japanese Photobooks
Spaces Corners
Little Brown Mushroom
On Almost Every Topic
bdp
A shimmer of books (in French)
Miedzy wierszami (in Polish)

Word Press

who needs another photo blog
this is a photobook
(in Russian)
Propaganda Books
The Photobook
Colin Pantall’s Blog
The Logging Road
microcord
Poursuite (in French)
Cuatro Cuerpos (in Spanish)

Other 

Matthew Greenburgh
Collector Daily
Achtung Photography
Der Grief
Faraway Eyes
 
on photobooks and books
(by josef chladek)
Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive
Arts & Sciences Projects
ICP Blog

The Photo Book Club
Indie Photobook Library
Claxton Project
Dutch Blog on Photobooks
Eye Curious
On Japanese Photobooks
Have a nice Book! (video)
A Photo Editor
Conscientious
Shane Lavalette
The Digital Photobook
Mrs Deane
Errata Editions
Photo-eye blog
Flak Photo Books
Adam Bell
The Independent Photobook
Rare Autumn
Atsushi Saito Blog (in Japanese)
American Suburb X
A Japanese Book
Goliga
25 books
GUP Magazine
Japan Photo
De livres and des photos (in French)
748 on Japanese Books (in French)
200 Days, 200 Photo Books (in German & English)

Repost – The Photographer’s Guide to Instagram Hashtags

Check out The Photographer’s Guide to Instagram Hashtags from PhotoShelter and Feature Shoot. An interesting survey with good tips.

I copied some of their conclusions here. You can download the full guide at photoshelter.com

We’ve seen that editors do use
hashtags to find new work, and regularly seek
new emerging talents via popular and niche
Instagram feature pages. Many photographers have been
hired, sent on assignments or sold prints due to Instagram
publicity, and there are many images which have the
potential to get this kind of attention if promoted well.
Across the board it seems that feature page curators, inundated
with new submissions every day, often judge images
based on the thumbnail—so this must be striking. A
combination of both submittable and searchable hashtags
does help you get more exposure, as both have their audiences.
Feature page curators also appreciate hashtags that
provide extra information about an image, for instance
those which communicate the camera used, the format,
the location. Many also explicitly ask for geolocation.
Below are a few further reflections on how to continue to
promote your photography using hashtags on Instagram.
How many hashtags should I use and
where should I put them?

While Instagram sets a 30-hashtag limit, most photographers
don’t adhere to this. Too many hashtags
can overwhelm users and discourage them from
checking out the rest of your profile. For this reason,
photographers who have already established large followers
tend not to use any. But you will want to use
hashtags if you’re still growing an audience and want
to draw interest beyond your existing followers. Some
photographers opt to include hashtags at the end of
the caption, is there is one, and sometimes these can
be divided by a “//“ for clarity. For aesthetic preferences, others put this information below the image as a
first comment. Either way, it will help your photograph
reach new people.

Hashtags to avoid
It is advisable to steer clear of spammy hashtags such as
#follow4follow which might get you followers, though
are likely to deter photo editors, fellow photographers
and photography enthusiasts.
Larger vs smaller submittable feature pages
This is really your call. Feature pages with larger followings
will without a doubt get you more exposure
should your photograph be selected, though these are
also more competitive due to the high number of submissions.
Smaller feature pages with a niche interest are
less competitive and may be worth applying to if they
have a particular aesthetic which you like, or if there
are editors or writers among their followers. To increase
your chances of gaining exposure, it pays to use hashtags
from a variety of feature pages, big or small.

How to find new Instagram hashtags
With time, some submittable hashtags become too
competitive, cease activity or have a change in artistic
direction. Fortunately it is always possible to find new
hashtags. Scouring the profiles of Instagram influencers,
photographers whose profiles are increasingly popular
or seeing who editors are following can help you discover
new feature pages. There are new ones cropping up all
the time. Some searchable hashtags become too overloaded
with spam and so sometimes it is worth playing with words to find new hashtags which still appeal to
people working within the medium and/or genre.
A note on the future of hashtags
That last point brings us onto another question; if
some searchable hashtags are becoming saturated with
spam or unrelated photographs, what is the future of
hashtags? It can be frustrating to search for what you
want via Instagram only to find images that are completely
irrelevant. More and more, editors and writers
are turning to submittable feature pages to get a curated
selection of photographs that have been qualitychecked.
Whether the hashtag method of submission
is sustainable, or more feature pages turn to email submission
is at this point unclear.

Final words
Beyond your use of hashtags, it is important to have
a consistent, quality feed, post regularly, and have an
interesting profile to keep your followers interested.
Architect and architectural photographer Jeroen van
Dam has been featured by big hubs, though has found
that what is most important for him is interacting
with other people on Instagram. “In that way they
are more likely to comment back and start following
you” he emphasizes. People who like your style and
are interested in the stories you have to tell will keep
checking up on you. Instagram is at times a reciprocal
platform—new followers are more likely to find your
page if you regularly engage with others, be it by liking
or commenting on their images.
Once you’re satisfied with the number of followers or
interest you can always opt to drop hashtags to get the
cleaner look that Instagram influencers usually go for.
Instagram is fun, and can also be a powerful tool for
promoting your photography.

Black Mountain School. Open call Residency

Black Mountain School, is an experiment in education and community in the spirit of Black Mountain College, the residence was open in May 2016. The new school, which has been founded by two North Carolina artists, is inspired by Black Mountain College, where Fuller was a key faculty member.

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Mountain-College-Experiment-Press/dp/0262518457

Black Mountain School cites extreme tuition costs, corporatized profit-driven learning, and a one-size-fits-all curriculum as the reasons to resurrect a school that embodies the principles that governed Black Mountain College. The initial two summer sessions will each offer 22 classes and run for two weeks. Reviving the same communal lifestyle at Black Mountain College, thirty instructors will live, work, and create with the students.

Classes at the school range from theoretical and text-based to hands-on and outdoors. There are no academic prerequisites for enrolling as a student, and those participating will also have the opportunity to teach if so desired. Students and guest lecturers at BMS are young and old, and come from within institutions (such as Wendy Woon from the Museum of Modern Art) and outside of them. Drawing on the original Black Mountain College, students help with different administrative tasks, while staff are free to take classes.

CLASS STRUCTURE:

When it came time to develop a framework for the curriculum at the Black Mountain School, it quickly became apparent that a flexible approach would be needed to encompass the full spectrum of learning opportunities we wanted the school to provide. The solution was to adopt a multi-tiered curriculum in which class structure varies depending on the nature of the class and the goals of both teachers and learners. Fittingly, it was nature that provided a template in the form of the four principle states of matter:

Solid courses are fixed in nature and emphasize the acquisition of concrete skills. As such Solid courses are most like conventional classes with set schedules and a sequential approach to learning. Because of these traits, Solid courses will likely require an established class roster with regular attendance.
Liquid courses are a combination of structured and self-directed learning. While Liquid courses still emphasize the roles of teacher and student, both parties are empowered (and encouraged) to collaborate with each other in defining the scope and scale of the class experience. Liquid courses are not restricted to a specific duration or roster, they take on whatever form the collective will of the class dictates.

Gas courses are experimental, free form, and student-driven learning experiences. Unlike Solid and Liquid courses, Gas courses derive their structure entirely from students, empowering them to assume the role of experts and educators on any topics or ideas they are interested in exploring. A Gas course can be a recurring activity or an impromptu event, it can be a skill-based workshop or a forum of equals.

Plasma courses are intensive, experiential, and event-based learning experiences that are intended to punctuate the Black Mountain School curriculum. Singular in nature, Plasma courses provide unique opportunities for both teachers and students to share and explore through a broad range of performances, workshops, and events.

STAFF:

Velveteen
Dylan Thadani
Anson Cyr
Amanda Wong
Rails
John Fleissner
Shea Cote
Cordelia Alquist
Ginny Benson
David Yanofsky
Faythe Levine

STUDENTS TUTITION

The cost to attend Black Mountain School is $1,600 for four weeks or $800 for two weeks. 

LET YOUR SPIRIT FREE, AND VISIT THE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.blackmountainschool.com/


 

Residency Kourmania Open Call. Deadline: July 01, 2016

Since 2009 the artist collective Medea Electronique has organized an annual 10-day experimental artist residency, Koumaria, near Sparta in Greece (the village of Sellasia), focusing on improvisation and new media practices. New-media artists from all over the world, inspired by the Greek natural landscape, come together to create a multicultural and cross-media ‘dialogue’ culminating in a collective presentation both locally and in Athens at the end of the residency.

For our 2016 residency the theme concerns cross-cultural collaborations, migration and borders, culminating in a performance/presentation of the residency artistic outputs as part of a conference/performance series at a major venue in Athens on this theme.

It is worth emphasizing that Koumaria’s focus is collective art creation. While individual residents may well have projects in mind that they hope to realize at Koumaria, they should expect, and desire, substantive input from other residents, and be open to having their projects morph considerably during the course of the residency. While the final output we present need not be one long collective piece, and while the projects forming our outputs need not all involve all residents, Koumaria is not the place for the development and presentation of solo works.

-Deadline: July 01, 2016
-Residency Theme: Diasporas in Dialogue: Multiculturalism, Migration and the Improvisatory Imagination
-Looking for: dancers, performers, video artists, installation artists, sound artists and composers of electronic music.

-Apply to Koumaria Residency:

Apply to Koumaria

This is a project of the artistic collective Medea Electronique: http://www.medeaelectronique.com/koumaria

Now&After’16 International Video Art Festival Deadline: July 15, 2016

OPEN CALL – International Video Art Festival NOW&AFTER’16

Video artists from all over the world are invited to submit their works for the sixth edition of International Video Art Festival Now&After.
International Video Art Festival Now&After is annualy held in Moscow, Russia. Now&After is traditionally hosted by a museum. During few weeks a festival program is demonstrated as an integrated multi-channel video installation.

The sixth edition of the Festival will take place at The State Darwin Museum from October 29 till November 29, 2016.

Now&After’16 is organized by Media Art Center Now&After

Now&After’16 co-organizer – the State Darwin Museum

Festival Director and Curator – Marina Fomenko

The theme is ECOLOGY WITHOUT BORDERS

So what do the artists focus on?

· Ecology as a relationship between the organisms and the environment or ecology in a general sense?

· Environmental catastrophes or ecological balance maintaining?

· Relationships between humans and the environment or the life of nature itself?

· The growth of cities or rural ecosystems development?

· Social or cultural ecology?

· Ecology of the relationships among people or between people and animals?

· Alienation from nature or integration with it?

· Contamination of the environment or preservation of untouched nature?

Participation Terms:

-There is no entry fee.

-All rights on videos remain property of authors.

-Submitted videos must have been completed after January 1, 2013.

-Running time is up to 15 min.

-Entry form must be completed online.

-Each applicant may send maximum 3 submissions for single-channel videos ( .jpg with dimension not less than 400 px X 300 px .) The required formats for videos are h264, .avi, .mov, .mpeg2, (PAL), Videos should have quality not less than 720px X 576px.

-All the films selected for the competition program will be considered by the jury.

-The authors of the best films will be awarded.

-The Festival’s Prize Fund is 120,000 rubles.

Opening: 3 November, 2016, 7 p.m.: The State Darwin Museum, Vavilova st. 57, Moscow

Deadline: July 15, 2016

For more information, please visit the festival’s website http://www.now-after.org/eng/

SUBMISSION  http://www.now-after.org/eng/zayavka.php?o=1

GO ON!

 

BreakThrough Photo Award. Deadline: May 1, 2016

British Journal of Photography’s Breakthrough Awards are open for entries, offering students and recent graduates worldwide an opportunity to showcase their work and gain international exposure.

Four winners will receive a two-week exhibition in east London and have their work published across British Journal of Photography’s online, print and social channels. Winners will also be showcased globally on WeTransfer, the world’s leading file transfer site.

Photographers who are studying on undergraduate and graduate courses, or within 5 years of graduating, may submit work on any topic to be judged by panel of industry experts.

Photographs can be captured in any format and can be of any style or genre. The competition is open to students and graduates from around the world – students and graduates of non-photographic courses may also enter.

PRIZES:

-Exhibition

Winners will have their work exhibited at a Breakthrough Showcase in east London. The show will take place in June 2016 as part of the Free Range Graduate Shows at The Old Truman Brewery.

Winners will have their work presented by our editorial team at an exclusive launch event, and will be invited to speak about their work. There will also be workshops and events taking place in the gallery throughout the show drawing in photography enthusiasts from around the UK.

-Global showcase on WeTransfer

Winners of the Breakthrough 2016 receive a four-week showcase on the WeTransfer homepage, reaching over 80 million creatives worldwide and providing an unmissable opportunity for exposure to the international creative community.

Runners up in each category will receive WeTransfer Plus accounts, complete with long term storage, increased upload sizes and password protected transfers.

-International exposure from British Journal of Photography

Winners of the Breakthrough 2016 will have their work published across British Journal of Photography’s print, online and social channels, with a combined reach of over 1,000,000 creatives and industry influencers worldwide. BJP is the world’s longest-running and most influential photography magazine, defining the future of contemporary photography.

Winners work will also appear in print as part of a special edition newspaper being printed for all attendees of the exhibition and sessions.

Runners up in each category will be featured on the British Journal of Photography website.

-Opportunity to sell work

Winning images will be showcased in a dedicated section of the BJP Breakthrough site, and made available for sale (if approved by the winner), with the photographer receiving 70% of all sales income.

How to enter:

  • Entering the competition costs: £7.50 for a single image or £27.50 for a series of up to 20 images.
  • Images can be shot in any format, using any camera model, on film or digital. If you are entering a series of images, please indicate the viewing order, if appropriate, in the caption field.
  • Each image can be a maximum of 5MB in size, and we recommend images of 2-3MB in size for easy upload. All images must be submitted as JPEG files – any files submitted in any other format (including TIFF, PDF, PSD etc) will be discarded.
  • Your statement must be under 1500 characters
  • Once your images and statement have been uploaded to the system you will see an option to submit your entry. Once submitted your entry cannot be altered. Only submitted entries will be viewed by the judges.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS, TO PARTICIPATE PICK THE LINK BELLOW!:

www.bjpbreakthrough.com

8 Ways to get your work out there…

New Zealand artist Harvey Benge had his friend and colleague Antoine D’Agata scribble “8 Ways to get your work out there”, on the back of an envelope. Follow these steps and nothing can go wrong anymore.


1. 90% of life is showing up (Woody Allen)
2. Take the long view – 30 to 50 years
3. Make your work authentic
4. Don’t try and be famous
5. Don’t show dodgy work to everybody who has ever drawn breath
6. People work with people they like
7. Luck has a lot to do with it
8. Get naked, make porn

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