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Get your calendars out… It’s grant writing time…

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Cross the T’s, dot the I’s, and proof read your proposals. These dates are coming up soon:

Foto8 Summer Show:

ss2010_280Deadline for all entries is 31 May 2010. First place winners receive £1500. Second place wins a slick photo kit.

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Daylight Magazine / Center for Documentary Studies Photo AwardsDaylight / CDS Photo Awards Overview:

Deadline is Saturday, May 15, 2010, 8 p.m. (EST)

The First Prize Winner will receive a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies, a multimedia Daylight podcast, a feature in CDS’s newsmagazine Document, presentation in Daylight and CDS online galleries, and $1,000 for exhibition-related expenses.

Juror’s Pick Winners will be part of a group exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies and featured in Daylight and CDS online galleries. Ten Honorable Mentions will be named on Daylight and CDS websites.

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Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap:

The deadline for submitting work is May, 28th, 2010.
All photographers will receive an answer by the end of July 2010.

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All Roads Film Project:

Deadline for entries is April 30th!

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Call for Proposals: Moving Walls 18, Documentary Photography Exhibition

Deadline is June 11, 2010, 5pm EST

The Open Society Institute invites photographers and artists to submit a proposal and completed body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 18 group exhibition.

Call for Proposals: Documentary Photography Audience Engagement Grant: Deadline is July 23, 2010, 5pm EST

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Requests for Proposals: 2-Dimensional Artwork for Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center

Deadline is May 3, 11:59 p.m., PST

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Best of luck to everyone!

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April 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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Fine Print Program – Shelby Lee Adams

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One of the most important components of FiftyCrows is the Fine Print Program, which is a major source of funding for the foundations initiatives. These limited-edition prints have been donated by 35 masters of photography, such as Eve Arnold, Hansel Mieth, and Jacques Lowe. Purchasing a print from the FiftyCrows Fine Print Program enables the foundation to cultivate the future of documentary photography by creating more exhibitions, lectures, and grants. All the prints can be viewed and purchased online at the FiftyCrows website. Please note that if you become a member of FiftyCrows for $35/year you can receive a $200-$1500 discount on photographs from the Fine Print Program. Contact FiftyCrows at info@fiftycrows.org if you are interested in membership or Fine Prints.

Lincoln, Maw and Shorty, KY, 1992. Gelatin silver print, 9x12 1/16 in., signed by the artist, introduced as a Photo Fund Collector Print in 1999 as edition of 100. Market Price: $1000 Member Price: $700

For 25 years, Shelby Lee Adams has been documenting the people of Appalachia. His affectionate portraits of individuals and families speak to us with tenderness and sincerity, and the fact that Adams returns to the mountains year after year is a testament to his dedication to show their challenging existence while maintaining their dignity. Adams has received two NEA fellowships, and his work is also included in the collections of many major museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Adams’ photographs have been published in two volumes: Appalachian Portraits, 1993, and Appalachian Legacy, 1998.

Shelby Lee Adams blog

Written by Zara Katz

April 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Exhibition Opening: Mimi Chakarova, “The Price of Sex” – Thursday, April 15 , 5:00-7:30pm

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One of the first posts on the FiftyCrows blog was about Berkeley based photographer, Mimi Chakarova who has been documenting sex trafficking in Eastern Europe and the Middle East for the past eight years. This Thursday, April, 15th from 5:00-7:30, FiftyCrows will be holding an exhibition opening for Chakarova’s work, “The Price of Sex”. The intimate portraits and unique curation transcend the confines of the gallery space to tell the harrowing stories of the women subjected to sexual slavery, harsh abuse, extreme poverty, and devastation hardship. Chakarova will be present at the opening.

Below is the original blog post about Chakarova’s work. There are two short videos that are part of Chakarova’s work on a full length documentary film on the subject. Also, check out the many important links on resources and ways to help.

chakarovascreenFor over eight years, investigative reporter and photographer Mimi Chakarova has carried out painstaking, often dangerous, on-the-ground reporting into all aspects of the sex trafficking trade from Eastern Europe, including investigations into the countries of origin, the process of transit, and the initial allure and stark realities these women face in the receiving countries. She has slowly built trust and developed relationships with young women in Eastern Europe who have been trafficked abroad. Over the years she has traveled through Eastern Europe, Southern Europe/Mediterranean regions and the Middle East for this project. Her work has won a 2008 Emmy Nomination and a 2008 Webby Award, and has appeared on PBS Frontline/World and CBS 60 Minutes. This long-term project was also awarded the Inge Morath Magnum Photo Grant for outstanding documentary work.

BACKGROUND

After the fall of the Soviet Union, millions of young women in Eastern Europe came of age amid economic misery. Their childhood fantasies of a better life in the West became a human trafficker’s golden opportunity. Through agents and brokers who arrange the travel and job placements, young women are escorted to their destinations and delivered to their employers. Upon reaching the foreign land, some women learn that they have been deceived about the nature of the work they will do. Most have been lied to about the financial arrangements and conditions of their employment, and most find themselves in coercive and abusive situations from which escape is both difficult and dangerous.

Currently the main destinations for sex trafficking of Eastern European women are Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Most women are proposed work as seasonal and factory workers, waitresses, domestic servants and au pairs. After arriving in the country of destination, their passports, documents, money, and personal belongings are taken away. They become today’s sex slaves, sold and resold like cattle. Those who manage to escape their traffickers are deported. Back home, they rarely tell their loved ones the truth. The stigmatization of prostitution is every family’s deepest shame.

For more stories, videos, and images go to: http://priceofsex.org

On the website there are two very important links which provide information on ways to help:

HOW TO HELP – http://priceofsex.org/content/how-help

LINKS & RESOURCES – http://priceofsex.org/content/links-and-resources

http://www.mclight.com/

Written by Zara Katz

April 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

Affect/Effect: Photographs That Create Change – Susan Meiselas discusses all potential of photography

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“We have to know about each other. Photography gives us that opportunity.”

-Susan Meiselas

This is an amazing video where Magnum photographer and Open Society Institute – Moving Walls co-curator Susan Meiselas talks about the impact that photography can make on social consciousness. Her personal website is also very interesting as it includes an audio component on every page with her commentary on her work and photography in general. The Open Society Institute is an extremely important resource for documentary photographers with grants, fellowships, exhibitions, online multimedia and portfolios, and a resource center for a multitude of social programs.

Written by Zara Katz

April 8, 2010 at 10:25 am