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By Stephanie Robb, PRC Intern, Fall 2011

The task of creating a memorable and comprehensive portfolio that depicts our strengths and abilities is challenging and a little daunting. Larry Volk and Danielle Currier, authors of the new book, No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Guide for Photographers and Designers, and presenters at the PRC workshop on November 12, showed us a new way to approach this project. They suggest we stick with our artistic impulses and be creative. Go figure – experts explaining to artists they need to be creative. It sounds preposterous, but ultimately, we are faced with the undeniable truth: conservative presentations always prove to be less memorable, less marketable. Perhaps we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it, we do.

Volk and Currier emphasize the importance of remembering the potential customer/curator perspective. Another cloth-bound book neatly composed and devoid of personal voice can easily go unnoticed on a busy desk, forgotten among stacks of other books, also full of excellent photography. The workshop included a presentation with many examples of portfolios that stand out and make a statement even before they are open.

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We are happy to announce our spring seminar, Contemporary Trends in Photographic Portraiture with Roswell Angier. Spots are filling up quick, so please contact the PRC at your earliest convenience if you are interested in taking the seminar.

SEMINAR>Contemporary Trends in Photographic Portraiture with Roswell Angier

$50 Members/$75 Non-Members/$30 Full-time students
Tuesday, February 17 and 24 and March 3 and 10, 2009 – 7pm
Registration required. To register, please call 617.975.0600.
Classes will meet at BU – classroom TBA

Seminar participants will have the opportunity to study photographers, movements, and trends that have shaped what contemporary photographic portraiture is today.

The lectures will deal with a constellation of artists and photographers who use the portrait as an essential element in their image making process, others that use it to reference their influences, and perhaps still another that deal with the cross-fertilization between photographers and artists in other medias.

Questions and discussions will be encouraged at each meeting, and suggested readings will be available for further study.

Roswell Angier was educated at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley and is presently on the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Angier has worked for commercial magazines and on numerous documentary projects. Books include A Kind of Life: Conversations in the Combat Zone (1976), and Train Your Gaze: A Practical and Theoretical Introduction to Portrait Photography (2007). His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA. Angier’s exhibitions include solo shows at Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, and Gitterman Gallery, New York.

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We just posted new pics on our PRC flickr page. So surf on in and check out photos from Aperture’s Lesley A. Martin’s seminar on book publishing from April 1st and snaps from the opening reception of New England Survey from March 27th. Just click the photomontage below!

A sneak peek, CLOCKWISE from upper left:
* Lesley A. Martin gave a superb seminar on publishing.  It was very well attended!
* The 2 Lesley/ies. Lesley of Apeture and the other Leslie of the PRC pose with the Boston Skyline.
* Exhibiting artist Barbara Bosworth (center) with Sage Sohier & Margot Kelley – both of whom have shown at the PRC! [in Group Portrait (2005/2006) and Land/Mark respectively (2005)]
* Some folks in this picture: photographer Bob O’Connor, Kate from MassArt and BU photohistorian and PRC board member Kim Sichel

Publishing seminar and New England Survey montage

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Portfolio Project

We all crave feedback. Personally, without daily feedback from my wife I’d run the risk of leaving home thinking I look good in my severely mis-matched clothes. (I do try and rectify my mistakes before leaving for the PRC)

I do know how difficult it is for artists to find a forum that can offer consistent and objective feedback on their work. This is why the PRC has launched the Portfolio Project, a sequential program, offered twice a year, designed to offer guidance and insight for those interested in refining their portfolio and progressing in their practice, while working with members of our photo community.

We’re thrilled that Cig Harvey, an amazing fine art and commercial photographer, will lead this installment of the Portfolio Project. In addition to teaching at AIB, Cig travels the world showing her work (most recently at Photo 50 at the London Arts Fair) and shooting on assignment for folks like O Magazine, kate spade, Ralph Lauren, and Health Magazine. She was recently named one of Photo District News’ 30 “New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.” Below is one of Cig’s images. Check out cigharvey.com to see more.

Cig Harvey

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