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Call For Entries: Your Interpretations of "50 Shades of Grey"

art scene today   Friday March 27, 2015

Here’s a brand spanking new art competition: Art Scene Today, an online gallery that also conducts competitions for emerging artists, is calling for entries for its winter contest, the theme of which is “50 Shades of Grey.” Visual artists of all kinds are invited to offer their interpretations of the erotic novel and film. All entries are featured on the website’s home page throughout the competition, and the winner gets an Art Scene Today-designed website for a year. The judge for the competition is photographer Linda Troeller, whose widely-praised sex-positive book Orgasm: Photographs & Interviews has been featured previously at PPD. The deadline for entries is April 15.   Read the full Story >>

Honor Roll: Heidi Levine Wins First Anja Niedringhaus Award

AP   Friday March 27, 2015

Photographer Heidi Levine, who has spent 30 years covering war zones and revolutions in the Middle East, Libya and Syria, is the winner of the first Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism award, notes Associated Press. The $20,000 prize was established in memory of Niedringhaus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer who was killed while covering the elections in Afghanistan in 2014. “Her courage and commitment to the story in Gaza is unwavering,” noted the jury in its citation for Levine. She tells AP that while covering the war in Gaza after Israel’s bombing last year, she witnessed some of the worst conditions she has ever observed.   Read the full Story >>

Exhibitions: The Armenian Genocide Recalled in Photographs

The Huffington Post   Friday March 27, 2015

On April 24, 1915, roughly 700 Armenians from Constantinople were massacred by the Young Turks, a nationalistic Turkish political movement. Thus began the Armenian Genocide, which would claim some 1.3 million lives. (Turkey has never formally recognized the Genocide, notes the Huffington Post.) To mark the centennial of the massacre, the Musée de la Photographie di Charleroi in Belgium has organized an exhibition focusing on historical images from the era made by Jesuit missionaries.   Read the full Story >>

Insight, 1: An Interview With Artist Arne Svenson

KEN WEINGART   Friday March 27, 2015

Fine-art photographer Arne Svenson has earned a reputation for work that surprises viewers—and his neighbors, one of whom sued him after learning that Svenson had been photographing his high rise without permission. (Svenson won the legal battle.) For another series, he created portraits of forensic facial reconstruction sculptures. His latest project, “Workers,” goes on view on April 9 at New York’s Julie Saul Gallery. Recently, photographer and blogger Ken Weigart spoke with Svenson to learn the stories behind the challenging imagery.   Read the full Story >>

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