We want to thank all of the sponsors and participants who helped make the Untitled 2020 a great competition. Rosey Lakos, Director of Photography at Godfrey Dadich Partners curated the top 20 selections from close to 400 entries. And, we’ve partnered with The Gordon Parks Foundation and donated 20 percent of the entry fees to their Arts & Social Justice Fund. Below is the list of all winners and don’t forget to checkout the image gallery.
APA | SD & MOPA Present: Bruce W. Talamon: ‘A love letter to the Music’ An online event Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 6 p.m.
APA | SD & MOPA welcome Bruce Talamon for a photographic talk and presentation discussing his book ‘Soul R&B Funk from 1972-1982’. Talamon will share stories from behind the camera while covering various artists such as James Brown, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder.
About Bruce W. Talamon:
Bruce is a photographer from California. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles. His cameras took him around the world. Music, Editorial, Movies. He worked for People Magazine and was a Contract Photographer for Time Magazine. For forty-one years, he worked in the film industry as a Motion Picture Stills Photographer.
But before that, he photographed R&B Royalty from 1972-1982. It changed his life. On September 12, 2018, Taschen Books published BRUCE W. TALAMON: Soul, R&B and Funk Photographs 1972-1982. There have been numerous photo books on Jazz, Rock & Roll, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elvis, and Dylan. There has never been a photo book published on Soul, R&B and Funk Music… until now.
Taking a photograph of a singer on stage is the easy part. The hard part is gaining the trust. From 1972-1982, Bruce Talamon was documenting the rehearsals and sound checks, the recording sessions and costume fittings, the quiet moments, life on the road, and of course the wild photo sessions and memorable performances.
Alone with the artists before taking the stage, or seconds after the last song, Bruce Talamon had total access and was never asked to put his camera down. He was there when they exhaled. From the smoke filled clubs on Crenshaw Boulevard and the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, to the largest arenas across the world, his camera recorded the frenzy and beauty of the music. He photographed all the usual subjects.
With almost 300 photographs, personal reflections and two essays, this book is a love letter to the music. It is a visual period in Black Music that lasted way past the midnight hour and will never come again.
Bruce Talamon’s work has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran Museum, Grammy Museum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M) in Madrid, Spain.
2019 was a busy year. He completed his third film for Tom Hanks as his Stills Photographer on the Universal Pictures feature film “News Of The World”, directed by Paul Greengrass. He was invited to join the Fahey / Klein Photo Gallery in Los Angeles and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC selected his photograph of Earth Wind & Fire as one of six portraits for the 2019 Portrait of A Nation Prize.
Currently, he is researching the visual legacy of African American photographers during WWII. He is also editing a book project celebrating African American Stills Photographers in the Motion Picture Industry.
Bruce Talamon is the fortunate husband of the writer and National Public Radio commentator, Karen Grigsby Bates. They live in Los Angeles and have one son.
Join us for a special online event ‘A Love Letter to the Music’ on Thursday, November 12th at 6 p.m. For more details and to register click here.
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APA | San Diego is calling for photography that represents your best work – Images that show your unique vision, creative passion, and individualistic style, titled or untitled. This contest is open to all types of photography and with no regard to specific categories. Submit the work that best represents you as a photographic artist. 20 images will be selected for an online exhibition and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners.
We welcome this year’s judge, Rosey LakosDirector of Photography at Godfrey Dadich Partners in San Francisco. She curates and produces visuals for clients ranging from National Geographic and the ACLU to Nike, Google, and IBM. Prior to GDP, Lakos was an integral part of the WIRED photo department where she produced award-winning features and cover shoots.
You can find full details and submission guidelines at untitledshow.org. Deadline to enter is 11:59PM PDT 10.25.20.
These days, as photographers, our world is seemingly expanding and shrinking all at once and it can be challenging to make a focused statement with commercial photography. Things have shifted, personal meetings are rare, and connecting with prospective clients can be more challenging so we need to show our specialty work now more than ever.
By tailoring our individual approach to a specific client, we can start the conversation quickly and help grab their attention. Photographers have a large digital toolbox that allows the ability to create laser-focused promotions and presentations to help capture the essence of our work and outline our specialties or concepts that may or may not be fully represented on our websites. Photographers should have a virtual portfolio handy or an e-book that best represents who they are and what they do.
Join APA | SD and our esteemed panelists who will be critiquing 3 virtual portfolios, offering their guidance and expertise, and discussing ideas for the best approach to building these tailored digital presentations.
WHEN: August 12, 2020 at 4PM PST
WHERE: Online | Link will be sent out upon registration
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If you’re interested in having your digital portfolio selected for review: please make sure you’re available to attend. Submissions must be sent to Wendy Fisk at email@example.com and please review the guidelines below:
Please DO NOT send us a link to your website. We are looking to receive a digital portfolio via a link or PDF to share with the panelists in advance and all digital portfolios should be a curated selection of your work and submitted by Friday, August 7th, at 12 PM NOON PST.Be sure to please answer the following questions when you send along your submission:
What type of feedback are you looking for?
Where are you currently in your career?
How many years have you been shooting?
Are you moving from one type of photography to another? We’ve also included a Digital portfolio example for youHERE.
If your portfolio is selected for review, you will be notified in advance.
MEET THE PANELISTS
DANA NEIBERT (b. 1972) is a trophy husband and photographer based in Coronado, California where he resides with his wife and two children. He pushes Mongo and does not care that you know. His biggest fear is being featured on “Kook of the Day”.
ROSEY LAKOS is the Director of Photography at Godfrey Dadich Partners in San Francisco. She curates and produces visuals for clients ranging from National Geographic and the ACLU to Nike, Google, and IBM. Prior to GDP, Lakos was an integral part of the WIRED photo department where she produced award-winning feature and cover shoots.
Before working in editorial, she managed the production of exhibitions, books, and global artist workshops in the fine art photography studio of Todd Hido. A photographer herself, Lakos has a valuable understanding of the craft and is delighted that she has been able to create a fulfilling career from her obsession with the medium.
HEIDI GOVERMAN is originally from North Salem, a super small town just north of NYC filled with apple orchards and horse farms. She moved to Los Angeles in 1993, fell in love with the weather and easily learned to live without snow.
Before joining Workbook, Heidi spent five years as the Executive Director for APA | LA, a national non-profit photography trade organization, where she found her true passion in supporting artists and their businesses. Heidi is a talker but also a good listener who likes to solve problems.
APA | SD welcomes Dan Winters back with a look into his philosophies and stories from a life spent behind a camera. Join this online conversation and hear Dan respond to questions about his photographs and his approach to making art: past, present and future. We invite you to participate and submit your questions for Dan to be answered in this exclusive online event. Be sure to register and submit all questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 24th, at 6PM (PST) for consideration. Dan will address as many questions as possible virtually on Saturday, June 27th, at 3PM (PST.)
Dan Winters is an award-winning photographer who is best known for his celebrity portraits, photojournalism and illustrations. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including GQ, Vanity Fair, TIME, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone andWIRED. Hisrange of clients include HBO, Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Sony, RCA and Interscope. He’s had multiple solo gallery exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and a solo exhibition at the Telfair Museum Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah. His work is in permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Telfair Museum and The Harry Ransom Center.
Aside from an impressive client list and overall body of work, Dan has a collection of photography books that chronicle his career in photography with one dedicated to his shooting 30 years of New York street photography. He currently splits his time between Austin, Los Angeles and Savannah Georgia with his wife and son.
Do you have a photography project or series you’re passionate about? Curious what your peers and others think of it? Join APA | SD in a virtual roundtable on Wednesday, June 10th at 4 PM PST, to share your own work or to comment on the work of others. Five photographers will be selected to present and discuss their personal photography projects in a virtual critique session. Send us a link to your project and we’ll review and discuss how this work benefits you, your clients and our industry. You’re encouraged to share personal work along with client work to help inspire our community.
WHEN: Thursday, June 10, 2020 | Roundtable starts at 4 PM
WHERE: Online | Link will be sent out upon registration
COST: Free and Open to All
Reserve your spot today here! Be sure to RSVP by 2 pm on June 9th, 2020
Art for Assistants is a thoughtful and timely response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The sale of limited edition prints help support photo assistants. This new campaign aims to turn paper and ink into financial support for photography assistants – the often-unsung heroes who work side-by-side with many of our favorite photographers, and who, like many others, have had their work and their incomes come to an abrupt halt.
Photographer Tim Tadder spearheaded this initiative then invited two photographers, who in better times employ assistants on a regular basis, to raise money for these recently out of work team members. One of those photographers, Shaun Fenn has been instrumental in getting the word out.
Shaun Fenn stated, “I think this is a fantastic idea, and a way for us to give back and a way for you to obtain some beautiful artwork at a reasonable price knowing you’re also doing some good for some hardworking people.”
The program requires a 100% commitment from photographers who participate. Each photographer agrees to sell a limited edition of 100, 11”x14” prints of their own work, for $100 each. They create their own Go Fund Me (https://www.gofundme.com), page and then utilizes their social media channels to get word out using the #artforassistants hashtag. The photographers cover all costs, including the printing and shipping, and pledge to give 100% of the proceeds of the sales of the prints to their Assistants (minus the 3% for Go Fund Me). They are also personally responsible for the printing and fulfillment of their prints.
Epson was instrumental in the kick-off of this project and helped provide some of the initial resources. Photographers who want to take the pledge (and are in a financial position to cover the costs to be in the program) can contact Tim Tadder’s studio for help in setting up their Go Fund Me pages and to get a list of resources for purchasing mailing tubes, glassines and shipping labels.
Photographers participating in this effort to date include:
Brian Bowen Smith
Almas, Ford, Ockenfels, and Tadder have already met and exceeded their goals, and more participant photographers are added each day as this campaign gains steam.
To learn more about how you can contribute to this very important cause, please check out this Go Fund Me page, which continues to add photographers.
Please remember you can support the project, and support photo Assistants, by donating any amount, not just through the purchase of a print.
Have you made the move to making movies? Now’s your chance to show off your directorial dexterity at the upcoming screening roundtable discussion ‘Making The Move To Motion.’Send us your 5-minute (max) motion project (on any topic) and join us on Thursday, February 20th for APA San Diego’s silver screen event. Popcorn and beverages will be served.
The most interesting and accomplished pieces will be selected and shown large, so compress to impress.
All levels of photographers and cinematographers are encouraged to join the night’s discussions.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at MOPA for An Evening with Photographer Frank Ockenfels 3.We were happy to see some new members and friends along with many familiar faces from our creative community. Frank gave an inspiring presentation while sharing some compelling personal and professional work from his new book, Volume 3.
We appreciate the support of our sponsors and partners who help make these memorable events possible.