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When a woman once told Winston Churchill he was drunk, he is said to have replied: “And you, madam, are ugly. But I shall be sober tomorrow, whereas you will still be ugly.”

From an article on Ugliness in today’s NYTimes.

Love the wit Mr. Churchill, but some self-reflection was perhaps in order.

Sir Churchill

Jabba the Hut

Don’t miss.

This from Jeffrey Ladd, aka 5B4, a serious photo book collector, so I would check it out.

Photobook Sale at Andy French’s Studio

For all photobook lovers in and around New York City there is a huge photobook sale happening this weekend. These are books from the collection of the photographer Andy French and they cover a wide swath of different types of practice from art monographs to lots of fashion both old and new. Andy has been a book fanatic for about 30 years so there will be something for just about every area of interest. Many are rare and very out of print titles — all are priced to sell.

The sale is cash only and is happening from 11am until 5pm on Saturday November 1st and Sunday November 2nd. The address is just off Union Square at 22 East 17th Street, Rm. 1111 on the 11th floor.

Cult of “Emerging”

I have read several posts lately on the photo worlds over-emphasis on emerging artists. With today’s announcement of the Critical Mass finalists, it got me thinking that perhaps this is because the blog community is primarily composed of emerging to early mid-career artists. There is lots of chatter about emerging artists online, because that is really the only forum that has embraced them. Traditional institutions, publishers, and galleries, rarely take a chance on them.  For instance, artists featured in the MOMA’s New Photography series, almost all have previously had a solo show at a major New York or European Gallery.  They are rarely 20 something’s right out of school. In fact the only artist I can think of who had immediate success at that age with little to no experience was Ryan McGinley.

The commercial world also tends to favor experienced photogs. While it is extremely difficult to maintain a long-term photo career, it is still less likely that a photo editor will take a chance on an untested photographer. Perhaps the truth of the matter is, that it is challenging to be an emerging photographer, and it is challenging to be an established photographer. However, I think Joerg Colberg has a point about age discrimination. There is certainly a bit of favoritism to the idea of the young emerging artist. But you can look at the internet, with its built in anonymity, as an opportunity for people of all ages to have a chance. We rarely look at the bios of artists on WIP until we have decided we are interested in showing the artist. So we don’t know their age often until we have decided to show their work.

Of course it is important that there be opportunities for everyone, no matter what their age. I certainly hope that the powers that be in photography, are willing to give everyone an equal chance.  I struggled for a long time with the feeling that I was starting this too late, and if I was not in my early twenties I was too old to compete. But now I realize that was my own folly.  So maybe getting miffed that “emerging” folks are getting all the attention is ultimately unproductive. It seems that your only option is to focus on doing the best you can at whatever stage you find yourself in your photo career. Most women learn early on in their life that there is always someone younger, prettier, smarter, thinner, with a better handbag, waiting in the wings.  So at some point you have to utilize your wisdom and experience to show your merit.  Cause their is always going to be a long line-up of “hot young things.”

And as the Malcom Gladwell New Yorker article so interestingly pointed out, creativity comes to fruition at different times for every person.

UV Beauties AIOP is a Wrap!

© Denise Basco

I can’t begin to express how happy with I am with how my Art In Odd Places, UV Beauties shoot transpired. It has been a long time since I anxiously awaited my film like it was Christmas morning. If they are half as amazing as the process of creating them on the streets of Manhattan over these last two weekends, I will be thrilled.

Now it is time to hunker down for a long post-production period, and dig in to edit and conceptualize the project a bit more. I feel that these new images have added an additional layer of meaning to the project, and I need time to process that evolution.

But I want to thank my incredible support staff from these past two weekends. Their hard work, for FREE, made this all possible, I am so grateful.  Each one of them was professional, hard working and so enthusiastic, they made the shoot not only succeed, but so much fun.

The UltraViolet Beauties Team:  Check out their sites, I had some pretty talented photogs in my midst.

Nicole Cordier

Jerry La Starza

Jason Falchook

Gabriela Herman

Ruben Natal-San Miguel

Kevin Faulkner

Monika Sala

Fury Young (extra special thank you to Fury, who not only came all four days, but got everyone to sign a release form, no easy task!)

Also, it has been so wonderful to get some much support from my fellow bloggers and artists. Check out these posts:

Have You Seen My Dynamite, Tim Briner

Amy Elkins

Nina Corvallo

I Like to Tell Stories, Jonathan Saunders



Tethered, Elizabeth Fleming

Jane Tam

Pictures I like to look at, Will Green

And most importantly to my list of contributors and vendors, without their donations or discounts, I would not have been able to shoot.

Lens & Repro

LTI/ Lightside Photographic Service

Christina Buesing

Brad Farwell

Leo Phillips

Michael Phillips

Mary Phillips

Frances Scott

Barbara Suhay

Jerry La Starza

Ralph & Linda Tiso

James Worrell

Elizabeth Fleming

Catherine Johnson

Kim Reierson

Marcel Saba

Dawn Roscoe

Anna Venezia

C H Paquette

Ian Aleksander Adams

Joseph Maida

Nadia Kaufhold

Garth Horn

Ofer Wolberger

Justin James Reed

Amy Elkins

Howard Silver

Barney Kulok

Will Steacy

Amy Stein

Tim Briner

Sheida Hakimian

Erika Larsen

Laura Kauffmann

Jonathan Saunders

Leyla Sharabi

Tim Davis

The Humble Arts Foundation

I hope I got everyone, thank you so much. Those of you above who came by for a portrait, I will be in touch soon.

UV Shoot Schedule Change


Downpours are likely in the afternoon and evening.
High: 61
Winds: SW 18mph
Weather Department

With the above as tomorrow’s forecast and Sunday supposed to be more like today, I am suddenly so glad I opted to get a rain date permit.  So I will now be in the meatpacking district, on 14th st & 9th Ave, this Sunday from 10 – 4:30.

I have so many things to share about this incredible experience, however while in the midst of it, I feel unable to express it yet.  Next week I promise to do a recap.

A little Epson cheapo flatbed preview….


I know there are 12 million things to do tonight in photoland, but my vote goes to Amy Elkins & Sharon Core at Yancey Richardson. 535 W 22nd st – 6pm be there!

This is Amy’s Chelsea debut, and I promise will be fun for sure. I am so excited and happy for my WIP partner in crime. So many good things of late for all, also congrats to the Jackanory on his 1st prize winning PDN self-promo win, awards are tonight, and to Eric Percher & Alejandra Laviada, Sarah Small, Julie Blackmon and Kelli Connell for their AP emerging photographers of the year wins.

And don’t forget tomorrow from 10 am – 5pm and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, I will be at 9th Ave and 14th St, doing round two of my UV portraits.

Women in Photography presents Naomi Harris

Yesterday we launched the show of work of Toronto-bred photographer Naomi Harris. Her book America Swings is being releases from Taschen.

With the election only weeks away, I find Naomi’s work to be very important. America is enmeshed in a culture war, and sex is so often used a weapon in our culture. Women who “like sex” or look like they do are both reviled and elevated. Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears being the easiest examples. However, Harris has spent many years in the living rooms and backyards of Bible Belt America, discovering that despite all of the contrary rhetoric and ideas about the religious right, there is a complex and indeed sexually active segment of that population. Looking at her images, my NYC friends, even the most wild ones, seem pretty tame.  But these issues continue to dominate our political process. Harris’s images, whatever you think of them, are brave, unflinching, and show her commitment to explore things most of us are afraid to even consider.  And they suggest that the Blue State/Red State divide is more of an economic and class war, than a moral one.

So head to wipnyc for a peek, and below is a link to an interview with Naomi by Richard Prince.