Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Palm Springs Photo Festival

I just returned from six warm, sunny days at the Palm Springs Photo Festival - Connect 2011. The festival, now in its sixth year, is organized by Jeff Dunas and includes workshops, seminars, symposiums, portfolio reviews and evening presentations by the faculty.

I participated in the open portfolio review on Sunday and it was great to see many friends, including a number who were with me in China at the 2009 Lishui International Photography Festival.

My main reason for attending PSPF was to take a four-day master class with Graciela Iturbide, the renowned Mexican  photographer. Graciela radiates amazing spirit and creativity and it was truly an honor to work with her.  Rose Shoshona, the owner of the Rose Gallery in Santa Monica and Graciela's representative, was also present during the workshop and she was a delightful addition to the week.

On Thursday afternoon I attended a useful two-hour seminar on digital asset management with Peter Krogh. Peter highlighted important considerations to make sure that digital files may be stored and accessed securely. A complete discussion of important factors may be found on the ASMP Best Practices and Workflow website.

On Friday I did six portfolio reviews. I had an opportunity to meet with Carol LeFluly of Eye-Forward, Chris Pichler of Nazraeli Press, Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Anthony Bannon, director of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Mary Virgina Swanson, photographic consultant, and Colin Westerbeck, Director of the California Museum of Photography at the University of California, Riverside, and the co-author with Joel Meyerowitz of Bystander, the seminal book on street photography. I showed work from my Metro and Sidewalks of New York series and received many useful comments and suggestions.

I would like to thank everyone involved for this wonderful experience.


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