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liveBooks RESOLVE Blog feature: Gallery opening – Right now, online and you are invited!

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FiftyCrows partner, liveBooks Inc. is the leading provider of custom photography website. This year they came out with a website deal that offers photojournalist/documentary photographer an affordable yet customized and professional way to have their images on the web. At FiftyCrows, we highly encourage photojournalist and documentary photographers to have a website as it enables their stories to be seen by anyone that has internet access.
The liveBooks blog, RESOLVE is “a collaborative online community that brings together photographers and creative professionals of every kind to find ways to keep photography relevant, respected, and profitable.” The posts feature a variety of topics in the photography industry from new business models to traditional documentary projects. They highlight how and why people are doing what they are doing in the photography world as well as the details and importance of the specific project they are working on. On the FiftyCrows blog I will feature Resolve posts about photojournalist and documentary photography related issues that provide insight on how photography continues to create social change.

Gallery opening – Right now, online & you’re invited!

Thank you for joining us for the inaugural IMPACT online exhibition, a new project exploring the blog medium as a venue for photographic work. RESOLVE is excited to be hosting this experimental new project.

By clicking on the links below the IMPACT logo, you can move through the exhibition, viewing galleries of images, all related to the idea of “Outside Looking In.” Each “gallery” will include a series of images a photographer has uploaded to their blog along with this same IMPACT logo.

At any time you can click on the IMPACT logo to be taken to back to this post, where all the participating photographers are listed. (The “next” button actually takes you to a random gallery, so keep clicking if you get a repeat.)

By allowing viewers to move between different photographer’s online galleries, we hope to gain exposure for their work while providing a multifaceted visual study of the chosen topic.

We also wanted to remind viewers of the important role photographers play around the world, so we asked participants to share images from a project where they had an impact or were impacted themselves. If inclined, they have also included a link to an organization that they believe is having a positive impact on the world. Please help us increase this project’s IMPACT by sharing it with your community.

Enjoy!
The IMPACT Team: Yumi Goto, Miki Johnson, Paul O’Sullivan, Jeremy Wade Shockley

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Bill Hatcher: New Zealand Masters of Sport

Ed Kashi: A “Fady” in Madagascar

Michael Kircher: Adventure for Healing

Pete Marovich: A Look Inside the Old Order

Sara Mayti: The Sound of a 4.16

Thomas Peschak: Saving the Most Important Fish In the Sea

Ian Shive: American National Parks

Jeremy Wade Shockley: The Mountain Kingdom

Art Wolfe: The Ganges River

Rachel Wolfe: Jamaica

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Documentary Photography Grant

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The Photocrati Fund

The 2010 Photocrati Fund competition is now open. Deadline for application submissions is March 15, 2010 (by 11pm GMT).

What is the Photocrati Fund?

The Photocrati Fund offers $5000 grants to non-professional photographers to undertake important humanitarian and environmental photography projects. Our goal is to identify outstanding, up-and-coming photographers and give them the resources necessary to pursue projects that will have a tangible and positive effect on the world.

We will offer one grant in 2010. The application deadline is March 15, 2010, and the award will be announced in June 2010. Awardees become Photocrati Fellows for the calendar year from the announcement of their award until the announcement of the following year’s award.

Award decisions will be made by the Photocrati Fund Board, a prestigious panel that includes some of the world’s best-known environmental and cultural photographers. The Photocrati Fund Board and judges for the competition are:

Steve McCurry
Michael “Nick” Nichols
Art Wolfe

Note: The Photocrati Fund and Photocrati.com are administered by Frontier Digital Media, LLC. Photocrati and the Photocrati Fund are sometimes hereinafter referred to collectively as Photocrati.

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2010/01/get-5k-for-your-documentary-photo-project/

http://www.photocrati.com/photocrati-fund/

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Fifty Crows is dedicated to providing social documentary photographers with the tools and resources to sustain their passionate work.

First Thursday Gallery Night TONIGHT- Learn about the environment through conservation photography at FiftyCrows Gallery

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FiftyCrows Gallery

The current exhibition at FiftyCrows called, A Climate for Life, comes from the International League of Documentary Photographers. This group of some of the most profound nature photographers in the world has put together a campaign of images and writing on the environment in order to inform, educate, and provide answers on what can be done to rescue our destroyed world. In the FiftyCrows Gallery, along with the 30 large scale, brightly colored, stretched canvas prints, are accompanying informational text posters about the state of the environment, the problems that we face, and the solutions that can create change. We have books for sale for $50 if you want to take the images and information home with you.

The gallery will be open until 7:30pm, TONIGHT, Thursday February 4.

Regular gallery hours are: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11am – 6pm

Facing Climate Change and the Sustainable Prison Project

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Pete Brook is the creator and writer of the Prison Photography Blog that focuses on “The Practice of Photography in Sites of Incarceration”. Part of his personal mission statement explains, “If a camera is within prison walls we should always be asking; How did it get there? What are/were the motives? What are the responses? I consider the photograph as social document, therefore, what social and political powers are at play in a photograph’s manufacture? And, how is knowledge, related to those powers, constructed?” Pete’s very specific focus within the realm of photography leads to an array of topics and images that enlighten us on both the nuances of the prison system and the function of photography to visually stimulate concepts of incarceration.

In a post from October 2009, Pete features the work of Sara Joy Steele and Benjamin Drummond who I had the pleasure of meeting at the FiftyCrows Gallery. The pair have been getting a their names out there with a project called: Facing Climate Change which uses photography, multimedia, and interviews, to tell stories of global climate change through the stories of local people. Below you will read about a collaboration project where Sara Joy Steele and Benjamin Drummond worked with the Sustainable Prison Project, an effort to combine environmental sustainability with social justice.

Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele, Nature and Washington State Prisons

By Pete Brook

Drummond, Joy Steele

Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele have been in the news recently for their Facing Climate Change initiative. They were featured by PDN as photographers who cared and secured a $10,000 Grant4Change.

I was super happy then, to see them diversify and change focus from massive global issues to the environmental issues of our region here in Washington State.

They teamed up with Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Evergreen State College and The Sustainable Prisons Project (which I have talked about before) to produce a 7-minute multimedia piece with a gorgeous mix of inmate, staff, student and academic volunteer voices. They also deliver the goods for the stills gallery.

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The Sustainable Prison Project has proved that environmental justice, social justice and fiscal conservatism can be delivered all in the same package. I teach in a prison and the resolve to try new programs and learn new skills is not something left wanting.

Drummond and Joy Steele’s documents make it clear more than ever that prisons often are not – and really never should be – the intimidating “neverwheres” that media (often TV and film) depict them as.

Daniel Beltra – Color, texture, rainforest: An interview with a conservation photographer

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This post comes from LensFlare 35, a weekly show created by Dave Warner. Below you can watch a multimedia interview with Conservation Photographer Daniel Beltrá whose images are part of the next exhibition at the FiftyCrows Gallery opening on Thursday January 7th. Daniel is a Spanish photographer based in Seattle. His images are often shot from aerial views producing a painterly effect of textured blocks of color. Abstract and even surreal, Beltrá believes his photographs will help catalyze change in ideas and action regarding environmental preservation. He has documented several expeditions by Greenpeace to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian Ice Fields, among many others.

This year, Daniel was awarded the Prince’s Rainforest Project from the Sony World Photography Awards. The award, granted by Prince Charles, sent Daniel for three months to the Congo, Amazon and Indonesian rainforests to create photos for a book, website and traveling exhibition about the perilous fate of the world’s rainforests.

Read an interview with Daniel Beltra on the RESOLVE Blog –

For photographers, pursuing passions always pays off

Written by Zara Katz

January 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Exhibition Opening at the FiftyCrows Gallery – International League of Conservation Photographers – First Thursday Event

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A Climate for Life

Images from the International League of Conservation Photographers

Exhibition Opening

WHEN: Thursday, January 7th
TIME: 5:00 to 7:30
WHERE: FiftyCrows Gallery
49 Geary St, Suite 225
San Francisco, CA 94108

©Frans Lanting

A Climate For Life focuses on the global challenge of climate change and suggests ways to dramatically reduce risks to human health, economic prosperity and the planet’s irreplaceable biological diversity.

A Climate for Life exhibition is a facet of the A Climate for Life campaign  and consists of 35 images from the International League of Conservation Photographers. Powerfully combining compelling images and essays into a beautiful volume, A Climate for Life is the result of leading scientists and veteran photographers contributing their talents to showcase the topics, issues, and challenges that society must urgently face. The A Climate for Life book creates a lasting impression that ultimately the responsibility to save the earth is literally and figuratively in our hands.

©Nick Nichols

The International League of Conservation Photographers is a consortium of some of the best photographers in the world working for conservation. A project-driven organization, ILCP’s mission is to translate conservation science into compelling visual messages targeted to specific audiences. We work with leading scientists, policy makers, government leaders and conservation groups to produce the highest-quality documentary images of both the beauty and wonder of the natural world and the challenges it faces.

Featured photographers from the iLCP include: Robert Glenn Ketchum, James Balog, Frans Lanting, Cristina Mittermeier, Daniel Beltra, Michele Westmoreland, and Nick Nickels. The list of publications, exhibitions and awards among these photographers include but are not limited to: National Geographic, World Press Photo, International Center of Photography (New York), the Centre Nationale de la Photographie (Paris) Leica Medal of Excellence, the California Academy of Science (San Francisco), the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, Outstanding Photographer of the Year from the North American Nature Photography Association, BC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award.

©Daniel Beltra

Written by Zara Katz

December 31, 2009 at 2:12 pm

FiftyCrows Gallery Hours – Closed for Christmas and New Years

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The FiftyCrows Gallery will be closed for Christmas and New Years from December 24 to January 6th.

The gallery will reopen on Thursday January 7th for First Thursday San Francisco Gallery Night. The next exhibition opening at FiftyCrows is from the International League of Conservation Photographers. Look out for a following post on the exhibition and book signing.

©David Doubilet

Written by Zara Katz

December 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm