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Fine Art Photoblog Opens the Door to Guest Submissions

After several years of posting images exclusively from the “core” photographers of the Fine Art Photoblog, we’ve decided to open things up for guest posts. We get frequent inquiries about joining the blog, so this is a compromise between that and being completely closed off.

If you’d like to see your work featured at the Fine Art Photoblog, visit the “Contribute” page and fill out the form as much as you can. Your form entries will be sent to us via email and we then decide which submissions are appropriate for the blog — not everything sent in will be posted. If you want a feel for the level of quality we’re looking for, visit the archives:

We’re not too picky about subjects or specific content of the image, but we’re more concerned about the quality level and artistic value of it. Is it something that other people might hang on their wall?

And one last thing — it is encouraged that you provide a means for viewers to purchase prints of that particular image (via POD or self printing). One goal of publishing to the Fine Art Photoblog is to sell some prints! (And we don’t even take a cut). So if you’re interested in having your photos posted alongside some other fantastic photographers, check out the links:

NOW ACCEPTING GUEST CONTRIBUTIONS
PHOTO SUBMISSION PAGE

Book Review: The Contact Sheet

[tweetmeme]If you don’t know by now, or if you’re new around here, I’m a HUGE fan of good photo books. I love looking at great photos and I can appreciate the effort that goes into making a book full of them.

I’m also into film photography and I like seeing photo books that exhibit some old-school stuff. And with any photo book, it’s unusual to see additional photos that weren’t selected for display or publication — so this book is pretty special since it breaks that boundary.

AMMO Books contacted me about a 2nd edition printing of a pretty awesome book, and I couldn’t pass it up! Contact sheets from famous photographers, full-page selections, and photographer backgrounds… this has greatness written all over it.

The Contact Sheet (ISBN 978-0978607692) can be purchased directly from AMMO Books or through Amazon.com. The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Contact Sheet is a hardcover book containing 192 pages of photographer bios, contact sheets, and photos from 44 well known photographers. The book is of average size measuring in at 10.4×8.4 inches and around 1 inch thick. Each photographer is given a minimum of a background/bio, a contact sheet, and a final selection from that contact sheet (some are given a bit more than this). In addition, the written portions are published in English, French, German, and Spanish.

The thing that hits you about this book is that there are some really iconic photos (and photographers) contained within. Some of my favorite and other well-known photographers appear, such as Elliott Erwitt, Jerry Uelsmann, Dorothea Lange, Pete Turner, Anton Corbijn, William Wegman, and many others.

As I mentioned, some of the photos are recognizable icons — photos of people such as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Allen Gainsberg, August Sander, Marilyn Monroe, Aretha Franklin, Richard Nixon, “Migrant Mother”, Jim Morrison, and… need I go on? You’ve probably seen a good handful of these legendary photos somewhere in your travels.

Aside from all the icons and legends, the REALLY neat thing about this book is the fact that you get to see the whole contact sheet that the image came from. So you get to see all the different poses, takes, and trials that went into it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steve Crist is the publisher of AMMO Books and has also personally edited and created outstanding titles such as GONZO, The Curse of Lono, Marilyn, Jazz Life, Steve McQueen, and The Polaroid Book.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS

The Contact Sheet is a very worthwhile book for art and photography enthusiasts. After reading the photographer bios and viewing the contact sheets, you’ll view the selected photos in a whole different light. On one hand, you see that it took more than one shot to get the final photo and not every shot on the roll was a “keeper”. On the other hand, you gain a deeper respect for the selected photo when you see just how special it is.

The Contact Sheet (ISBN 978-0978607692) can be purchased directly from Ammo Books or through Amazon.com. The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.

WANT A FREE COPY? WE HAVE TWO!

[UPDATE 5/7/10] The contest deadline is over. I’ll pick out the winners soon and post an update to the blog. Thanks to all the folks who entered!

[UPDATE 5/10/10] The winners have been announced.

This is going to be a quick one, so pay attention. You have two ways to enter for a free book, and you can enter both ways to increase your chances.

  1. [tweetmeme]DO THE RETWEET
    Just post this little gem to your Twitter status: “RT @epicedits Book Review: The Contact Sheet http://bit.ly/bcCTFj” or hit the green “retweet” button on this post. (one entry per person)
  2. COMMENT ON MY FILM BLOG
    Since the book is all about film photos and contact sheets, head over to my film photography blog and leave a (thoughtful) comment on any of the posts — include the phrase “THECONTACTSHEET” in your comment to be eligible for a free book. (one entry per person)

So get on it — I’ll cut off the entries at the end of May 6, 2010 and pick out the random winners. Each winner will receive a free copy of The Contact Sheet book, courtesy of AMMO Books.

Link Roundup 05-01-2010

Join the Local List for Contests, Events, Shows, Exhibits, etc.

Just over a year ago, I wrote about a notification list for Southern California photographers and artists that is run by my professional printer, Oscar Medina. The notifications have included various contests, shows, exhibits, events, gallery openings, and other things of interest for artists in the area.

Now Oscar has created a separate notification list just for photographers. If new notices are purely for photographers, they will only go to the new list rather than the general artist list.

If you’re in the Southern California area and you want to be notified of local photography/art events, be sure to subscribe to the list for periodic updates.

SIGN UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY NOTIFICATION LIST

PhotoDump 04-18-2010

More great stuff from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! This selection of photos is from those entered in the pool between 04/05/2010 and 04/18/2010.

The Sun is Coming by jezza323With all senses by Lady_RhinoaLes 15 marches by pawoli_DSC4055-20100306 by Ian Mearsday 51 | americana by vandyll.netAuckland City by Mike NZcheap thrills-n-frills by sam_samanthaSailboat Races on Arrowhead by Brian AuerDesolation by Garwin Liulevels of plant by Victor BezrukovHill Top Motel by dannyoneSeaside #1 | WPW 14 by Conny Lundgrensunny tenderness by Yury Trofimovstreet catwalk by KBTimages.co.uk(uk_photo_art)Under the Pier, Plate 1 by Scott Coulter by BlanketbackBrother by nathanielperalesDragonfly by analox & admiré by Tomas WebbPrarie from Springwater School | Pradaria na Escola Springwater by Jonathan EnnsSpray Paint by lmurillo.codebeta

Link Roundup 04-15-2010

PhotoDump 04-05-2010

More great stuff from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! This selection of photos is from those entered in the pool between 03/22/2010 and 04/05/2010. The selection is a bit skimpy this week… but that’s my fault, not the fault of you guys posting photos. I’m just in a funk tonight; probably too much time spent in the darkroom earlier today.

365/86 Floating banana by aychseaDesert Evening by ahmer_inamHoffmaestro & Chraa by bildterapiharnassing the wind by dldailey32Birthday girl by jrodgersartCome Along, Follow Me by Devansh <Thank You Adobe, for Lightroom>winter desert II by tmizzerIn the Air by Android9Day 199 - D69 by joel8xLooks Like Spring, Feels Like Winter by JonathanRobsonPhotography.comReflect by ashlyncharlieCompany of Thieves @ Lincoln Hall by Tasha {Redwall Photo :: Music}

Link Roundup 03-31-2010

I’m trying something new with the link roundups, so bear with me while I get it all figured out. This post is testing the Postalicious plugin — it basically taps into my Delicious stream and generates a link roundup based on a set of parameters. I bookmark a lot of stuff anyway, but since separating out my Twitter accounts, I’ve been much more active (and collecting many more bookmarks).

Like I said, I’m still figuring out how I want to do all this. If it goes as I hope, I’ll be sharing fewer links more often with less work.

PhotoDump 03-22-2010

More great stuff from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! This selection of photos is from those entered in the pool between 03/08/2010 and 03/22/2010. BTW… we’ll be hitting 30,000 photos in the pool within the next two weeks — very cool! (extra cool points because we limit submissions to 1/day/member)

wings by delvalle.Inspire by Joel Tjintjelaar, I've made in Photoshop based on SXC.hu image by Ricardo Galvão | ACE, Photoshop CS4.7239. by Android9Peace on the Horizon by shandopicsBarcelona by Sebastian.YEPESBehind Bars by kellinasfThe Giants Causeway by thefatcat44 (Doug Chinnery)cone by xgrayRetratos - Nuestra Gente by portafolio fotográfico - William LópezWaterskiing? by GH PatriotThe Violinist by Viet Dinhsimplicity by danny aspinallBlowin'! by lanskymob*you can't live in fear forever by 36rokkoVerticals by thefatcat44 (Doug Chinnery)Slide by Rex AuerDay 277 - Flashback by __multifacetedjovial by Yury TrofimovBlack and White Contemplation by Twitching Eyewalking the handbag by yellobagmanHoozer by henrikjMary's B-Day by Lomo-CamYour Eyes Are Shining by Chris Nixon.BrushingWind. by .orionine.

Fifteen Fabulous Fantasy Fotos from Flickr

[tweetmeme]Fantasy, fiction, surreal, conceptual, composite, Photoshop… call them what you will. I call them artistic and creative.

Photography in itself is artistic and creative, but using a photo (or photos) for a derivative work is no less appealing to me. I’m actually envious of people who can combine images or add to photos and create something completely new — I can’t do it… and I probably never will.

Jerry Uelsmann has been a favorite of mine for a long time because of his ability to combine images and produce fantastic works of art (and he does it old school — none of that digital stuff). If you’ve never seen his work, go look NOW.

Here are a few others kicking around Flickr, trying their hand at this type of thing. Great stuff in my opinion, and all very different styles and techniques.


Creative Commons License photo credit: Rayani Melo

Easy Going
Creative Commons License photo credit: h.koppdelaney

United Colors
Creative Commons License photo credit: kaneda99

TicTac
Creative Commons License photo credit: movimente

147 of 365 - just dandy
Creative Commons License photo credit: paul+photos=moody

November 15th 2008 - The Rope May Not Be Tight, But At Least It's Wide
Creative Commons License photo credit: Stephen Poff

Beach guardian
Creative Commons License photo credit: neeZhom

食べたい、食べたい...
Creative Commons License photo credit: pulpmojo

She's So Small, She's Cute!
Creative Commons License photo credit: Poe Tatum

Lunar Fantasy
Creative Commons License photo credit: Bill Gracey

elec'trick' Paint
Creative Commons License photo credit: ViaMoi

chim chim cheree...
Creative Commons License photo credit: Mara ~earth light~

Free your crows
Creative Commons License photo credit: Desirée Delgado

model actress fashion x ray hand photojournalism war photography and just plain strange dark evil unusual negative sandwich composite controversial dark sexy and completely new!
Creative Commons License photo credit: Zoriah


Creative Commons License photo credit: !borghetti

[tweetmeme]… oh wait, that last one isn’t a fantasy — you thought it was though, didn’t ya? I’d freak out if I caught something like that by chance.

So what do you guys think? Are you into this kind of stuff too, or are you a “purist”? Anybody have some examples of their own or links to other images like this that you find compelling? Let’s see them in the comments!