It was a pleasure to see so many of you at this past Sunday’s Musee Mechanique shoot!
As promised, I am following up with additional information about an amazing opportunity that has been offered to Camera Collective (aka Photo Forum) by my friend Andrei Riskin who is a fine art photographer based here in SF. Andrei is an instructor at the San Francisco Photography Center (part of the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts) and when I told him about Camera Collective, the group’s mission and the events we have held over the past year, he offered us a hosted gallery exhibition!
Here’s the scoop as well as some time-sensitive follow-up info for interested members:
What: “Community in Focus”, an exhibition featuring the work of Camera Collective members
When: An opening night launch on Thursday, May 5th followed by one month of gallery hosting
Where: Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Who: Up to 15 Camera Collective members (each of the contributing members asked to display 2 images.)
(Even More) Great News:
Participating CC members will NOT need to worry about matting or framing their work. (I know…awesome, right?) HMC will take care of this for us in order to maintain a uniform faming aesthetic for the show. Important logistical note: Images will need to be gallery-quality (high res) 11×14 or 11×11 full bleed prints in order to meet gallery framing size standard so participants will need to take this into consideration when planning aspect ratios and/or cropping decisions.
Important Next Steps:
We already have 11 spaces taken by confirmed participants, two pending confirmation and two still open. (So if you are interested in participating and haven’t signed up yet, we would love to have you! Please email me ASAP at email@example.com to let me know you’re interested.) The remaining two spaces will be given first-come-first-served in order to be fair to everyone.
For those of you who have already signed up or who want to take one of the remaining spaces, here is some important info about next steps:
Andrei needs to put together an informal pitch for his boss to help them understand the concept of the show and some of the work that might be shown so those who are planning to participate are asked to submit the following so that Andrei can compile a compelling pitch presentation:
- 4-5 of your favorite images formatted as follows:
- -Not to exceed 1000 pixels on longest side
- -Naming convention: LastName_FirstName_ImageTitle.jpg (e.g. Russell_Tara_OceanBeach.jpg
- A few sentences about who you are, what type of photography you are interested in / prefer to shoot / have experience in
- A website address if you have one
Please sent this to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than end of day on Wednesday, February 23rd and I will package everything together along with the CC mission statement and website and send it over to Andrei.
Q: Do the photos I contribute have to match a certain theme?
A: No. The unifying theme for the event, “Community in Focus”, draws from the mission statement of the group so the photos on display can be as diverse as our talented members.
Q: Do the photos need to be ones that I have shot at Photo Forum / Camera Collective events?
A: No, you are free to choose your favorite images whether they were captured during official CC events or not.
Q: Do I need to have prints prepared right away?
A: No, not to worry – we will not need to have the final work submitted to Andrei until 2 weeks prior to the opening on May 5th so we have plenty of time to navigate final image selection, printing, etc. For now all you have to do is put together work samples and a quick artist statement blurb to submit to me.
If any of you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.
Most importantly, I’m thrilled that this wonderful community of people has been offered such a cool opportunity and I look forward to working with everyone to make this an amazing event for everyone! J
P.S. For those of you who might be interested, Andrei’s work is amazing – you can check out his photography and multimedia work at www.riskinphoto.com