Your Help Needed!

After the lovely response from my last post, I have decided to appeal to the lovely and generous blogging world to create my own grant system. I was recently accepted to a very cool and exciting art event called Art in Odd Places. While they are generously taking care of the permits, press etc, they do not have the money to fund individual artist projects. So I must raise the money myself. So there are two ways you can help me make the event a reality, one is to click on the button at the bottom of the page and donate through paypal, $2, $5, $10, $25, $100, $1000, whatever you can afford to donate.

If you would like to have your name credited as a sponsor simply email me, and I will include you on the sponsor list, there is no need to include the $ amount. And one lucky person will receive a limited edition 16×20 print from the project, drawn at random. Or if you prefer, you can got to the Humble website, and purchase a lovely Cara Phillips limited edition print. If I sell out my edition, I have 1/3 of my budget.

When WIPNYC was born, what was so exciting about it to me, was the way that the internet is allowing artists to bypass the incredible amounts of red tape that go into getting even small amounts of money to support their work. I think that this is the next frontier in fostering exciting fresh ideas in photography to thrive. We spend money so readily on food, clothes, and gadgets, why is spending money on art so hard to justify? So I hope that between GG, and the generosity of my vendors I will be able to make this project a success. For more detailed info please contact me directly.

About the event:

For the past three years, thousands of New Yorkers have experienced Art in Odd Places (AiOP) intentionally and by chance. Art in Odd Places is an active exploration of the city’s public spaces, placing installation and performance art in unusual locations. The event brings art to a hugely diverse audience-and it’s free.

In October, the fourth annual AiOP will present Pedestrian on 14th Street, Manhattan – the great divider between uptown/downtown and highbrow/lowbrow. From the East River to the Hudson River, artists of all mediums will encourage the masses of daily pedestrians to rediscover this corridor of diverse commerce, including Union Square, historical site of social and political activism. Projects will explore connections between public spaces, pedestrian traffic, and ephemeral transient disruptions. Like a scavenger hunt, New Yorkers will use a map to discover art in unexpected places along this amazing street.


For the AIOP Pedestrian Project, I will be taking UV photographic technology and turning the lens of the female beauty culture on a larger section of the public. I will be setting up outdoor photo studios, both in Union Square & the Meatpacking district of New York City, where I will take UV portraits of people on the street. The idea is to offer them a chance to see their possible future and reconsider the fear of flaws that pervades our society. All images would be a large format and B&W.

New York is known for having photo shoots on its streets, and for being the beauty capital of the world. I like the idea of subverting the notion of a “fashion shoot” by giving everyone their moment in the lights.

Proposed Dates:
October 17th – 18th Union Square
October 24th – 25th Meatpacking District

Estimated budget – $3600


Wow, How Much Can I Make If You Click?

I have received this email twice now:

Hi Cara,

On behalf of B&H’s affiliate marketing team, I’d like to invite your blog to join our program and give you an opportunity to monetize your site.

You have a tremendous photography blog, and are exactly the kind of quality organization that B&H, the world leader in the photo and electronics industry, looks to associate with. I believe your members would find it useful if you featured a brand name like B&H on your page.

Just a quick run-down of our company, although you’re probably familiar with us:

With over 30 years of outstanding customer service, B&H has become a New York institution with a loyal local and international following. We are the largest retailer of photo, video and pro audio products. Our website features over 200,000 products and growing, with an easy to navigate user-friendly interface.

To sign-up for our Affiliate Program and read additional information regarding commissions and program details click here:Like many of our relationships with our successful affiliates, I believe this partnership will be beneficial to both yourself and B&H…and of course your readers. With the quality of your site, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t generate clicks and sales and profit from the program. Normally, we start off our affiliates with a 2% commission structure, but in your case I’d be willing to offer 2.5%. You’ll also get our “extended” cookie…meaning that if someone purchases a product after linking to us through your site within a three day period, you get credit for the sale. B&H only looks for sites with potential to align with, and we’d be honored to have you come aboard. My contact information is below, so feel free to call or e-mail me back at your convenience.

And I have to say it is tempting, but I figure I would get the occasional check for 16 cents out of it. I still don’t really understand how people make money off blogs or the internet. But if I could, I would be very happy. I have several projects I would like to begin, but all of them require $ $ $, and depressingly enough it seems that most grants got to those who are the least needy, case in point Elizabeth Peyton.

Peyton recently received over 50,000 grand from the Aldrich Museum to take snapshots of all her friends for fun. Because her Ryan McGinley fabulous NYC art life is ever so fascinating and important to document for future generations. Wow, did that sound bitter? She is certainly a very good painter, and if she was getting a grant to paint, great. When there are so many talented people out there who have amazing work to be made, and neither the resources to make it nor the outlet to show it (her images got a big juicy portfolio in the NY Times) it does seem unfair to give the money to someone with an abundance of both. But unfortunately that is how things work. I guess that is why over 1700 people have submitted to the Blurb contest, a $25,000 grand prize is a rare thing. Usually it is over a thousand artists competing for maybe a $1000 dollars, if they are lucky. It is not Ms. Peyton’s fault that the world operates this way, and all artists need support to work. And she should certainly be allowed and encouraged to make the art she wants to make. However it would be nice if they was more support for emerging artists. I am lucky to not have an outrageous amount of school debt, but I have enough. My sense is that most grants go to those in academia or who have very established names. Leaving the rest of us to be like the most Americans, crossing our fingers, and living with credit card debit. Hmmm… Maybe I will add B&H to my site, if you all click on them a couple hundred times a day and buy hundreds of thousands of dollars of photo equipment, I will have my own grant system:)

And Another…

I just came across this moving post by the very talented artist, Tema Stauffer. If you can manage not to tear up reading this, you must not be a dog lover. My heart goes out to Tema and Paris. Tema’s blog PalmAire is a great read. And her post about her dog Paris, is a truly beautiful piece of writing.

“When I was a kid, I told my mom when I grew up, I wanted to marry a dog.

Me too Tema, especially one as beautiful as yours:)

Bad Blog Behavior

One of the great mysteries of blogging is why people use it a place to spill out all of their darkest and ugliest mental bile. I rarely read comments sections on blogs, but when I do I am often shocked at how people act out. For instance I came across a post about Catherine Opie’s upcoming show at the Guggenheim on MAO. Several of the comments mentioned her looks, here is a sampling.

Posted by:Art Old Spice |

I know it was a cruel remark, but I just can’t stand obese women…it’s probably something Freudian, but I value them less as human beings…something about having no will power and/or respect from themselves – and it’s unhygienic. So shoot me……Looking at that big Jabba the Hut mound of carved flesh holding the baby is as horrific as any nightmare scene Clive Barker could have come up with

Posted by:Art Old Spice |
In addition to being the most unattractive artist EVER, she has nary an original thought in her head and never acknowledges the work she has stolen from — whether Mark Wyse, Scott Peterman, Brian Finke — the woman has no honor

The guy went so far as to claim her success is based on her sexual orientation. Gee, would someone be comfortable saying, “Wow that guy is only a success because he is a Jewish?” My guess is no, because that would be appalling, hmmm…. Why is it not acceptable to question race or religion, but sexuality is just fine.

If I said she was an acne-scarred golem-like homunculus, but damn is she a GREAT photographer, then I doubt you’d think my critique of her appearance negates my opinion of her art. And I’ll admit, if she looked like Lara Logan I might enjoy her art more (though I’d keep the derivative comments to myself). Mona Kuhn stinks too, but she’s hot! Opie’s mainly gotten a free ride in the art world because she’s an LGTB poster child/fave of other gay/lesbian art critics, curators and boosters such as Tyler Green, etc. But don’t worry, my opinion of her will have no affect on the art world machine that’s already in place. Heck, Jerry Saltz has been trying to kill off Marlene Dumas’ career for years to no avail.

Also fascinating is the claim that she “stole” Brian Finke’s football images. Now nothing against Brian, he is clearly a talented photographer, but his football work is to me a more editorial/commercial project, after all he gets hired to do Nike ads. And let’s be honest, he could easily be accused of ripping off Collier Schorr (who is my personal fav in the group) And while there is a similar idea in all the work, I doubt Nike will be hiring Collier or Catherine anytime soon, but they would probably do amazing campaigns! Brian’s does capture the more romanticized idea of the High School football team.

In the end all of this seems silly, and it is blatant hostility to the idea of a women artist achieving that level of success. How many living female photographers have gotten solo shows at the Guggenheim? Whether you like all of Opie’s work or not, it seems pretty unacceptable to me to say a women is successful because of her looks, or on the flip side that she does not deserve to be successful because of them.

There were also may voices of dissent on the blog, but in the end it makes me sad to see people still thinking that way. It is human nature to be jealous, and everyone has the right to hate work, or to think an artist’s work itself is undeserving, but the personal attack stuff is something else. As bloggers, I guess we must decide which comments we allow, and how much free speech, we want to encourage.

And kudos to the Guggenheim for showing challenging and new work!

Catherine Opie

Brian Finke

Collier Schorr (I apologize for the low quality Gallery 303 has her tiny jpegs restricted, these are screen shots)