Society for Photographic Education Student Scholarship Opportunities

SPE National Conference
March 4 – 7, 2010
Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

SPE’s Student Scholarship applications are submitted online!


For complete application instructions and the link to upload application materials download the 2010 Scholarship Opportunities Call for Entries

Society for Photographic Education (SPE) is pleased to offer the following opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. These awards are made possible by generous support from artists, organizations, individuals and merchants. Student scholarship recipients will be recognized at the national conference.


SPE student members can apply for scholarships to offset the cost of attending the 2010 national conference. This year we will offer eleven $500 SPE Student Awards to our talented student members. All SPE Student Awards, and the Jeannie Pearce Award, feature a $500 travel stipend to attend the national conference in Philadelphia, a 2010 national conference fee waiver and a one-year membership to SPE.


One student will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize, a 2010 national conference fee waiver and a one-year membership to SPE. The sponsoring faculty member will be presented with an engraved crystal apple. Please note: sponsoring faculty must teach at the institution where the student is currently enrolled.


The SPE Student Awards are open to all graduate and undergraduate students majoring/concentrating in photography. The Jeannie Pearce Award is open to all such students working with digital technology.

The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White Photography is open to continuing full-time graduate or undergraduate students majoring/concentrating in photography at a degree or certificate-granting college or university. All light-sensitive processes, including alternative processes (Van Dyke brown, platinum, albumen, gum bichromate, cyanotype, kallitype, salt, liquid emulsion, lith printing, hand coloring, bromoil, modern day tintype, etc.) as long as the end product is a gelatin silver or handmade alternative process print. No digital prints accepted.

Applicants must be current students not graduating before the end of the academic year 2009-2010. All applicants must be members of SPE. Students must become members before submitting their scholarship applications.  Failure to include any portion of the application materials will result in not being considered for any of the awards. Students who are not already 2009 SPE members must include payment ($55) to join SPE as a 2010 student member. Students are not eligible to receive the same award for two consecutive years, and cannot receive two awards at the same time.


Please direct any inquiries to the SPE national office at 216/622-2733 or Visit our website for information about membership


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Julia Hechtman: Irrationalism
August 30 – October 10, 2009
Opening reception August 30, 4 – 7 pm
Saturdays 12 – 6 pm and by appointment

Devening Projects + Editions
3039 West Carroll
Chicago, IL 60612

Irrationalism features a series of individual, awkward and beautiful photographs that conflate the high-minded Romanticism of the 19th century with the casual romance of the 1970’s. Focused on the landscape as an uncontrollable force, Hechtman sheds the irony of her past work and looks at the small-scale sublime with reverence and wonder. As mechanisms of control, framing and cropping become key as devices that blur the typical relationships between fore, mid and background. Orienting devices, such as the horizon, are absent or unusually configured, creating images that require intimate and self-directed investigation. It is unimportant whether the photographs in this series were shot by the side of the road or in a natural preserve: they create order out of and find beauty in seemingly wild land.

The exhibition also includes recent video work and a new edition entitled “Webs.”

Julia Hechtman is a Boston-based artist working in a variety of media, with emphasis in photography and video. Hechtman currently teaches at Northeastern University and is a frequent lecturer at Brandeis University, Harvard University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hechtman recently completed the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland and was an Artist in Residence at both Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia and Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan. Hechtman will have her first solo-exhibition, I Wish, I Wish, with LaMontagne Gallery in Boston later this year.

– via Devening Projects + Editions


The Impossible Project

Polaroid is transforming itself from an analog Instant Film Production Company to a global Consumer Electronics and Digital Imaging company.

Production of analog Instant Film stopped in June 2008, closing the factories in Mexico (Instant Packfilm production) and the Netherlands (Instant Integral production).

Impossible b.v. has been founded with the concrete aim to re-invent and re-start production of analog INTEGRAL FILM for vintage Polaroid cameras.

Therefore Impossible b.v. has acquired the complete film production equipment in Enschede (NL) from Polaroid, has signed a 10-year lease agreement on the factory building; and has engaged the most experienced team of Integral Film experts worldwide.

The Impossible mission is NOT to re-build Polaroid Integral film but (with the help of strategic partners) to develop a new product with new characteristics, consisting of new optimised components, produced with a streamlined modern setup. An innovative and fresh analog material, sold under a new brand name that perfectly will match the global re-positioning of Integral Films.


Read James Fletcher’s report Analog appeal in a digital age.

Watch André Bosman explain How a Polaroid camera works.

– via The Impossible Project

Ken Fandell at the MCA

Fellow SAIC Faculty and friend, Ken Fandell is featured on the blog The Chicagoist, in an interview covering current events in his busy schedule. Among the topics discussed are a forthcoming lecture at Washington D.C.’s Hamiltonian Gallery, a site-specific piece at the Asheville (N.C.) Art Museum in October, and a collage made from 111 pictures of his finger at different angles and bends.


Artforum and e-flux are pleased to announce the launch of the Art & Education Papers archive, a new global platform for sharing and distributing research and knowledge in the field of contemporary art.

Visit the site at

Check out Corbis Readymech Cameras to download and build your own stylish pinhole cameras!





We all know the fun that can be had with a tilted lens but some just do it better than others. I first saw Site Specific Roma 04 by Olivo Barbieri when I was in Rome. Barbieri is recognized for his innovative aerial photography techniques used to document urban environments. Don’t miss his artist talk this fall at the MoCP:

September 24, 2009
Thursday, 6:30 pm
Ferguson Lecture Hall
600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor

site specific Roma 2005

site specific Las Vegas 05

Sydney based photographer Keith Loutit has added a new twist to the realm of tilted lens photography by using it to creating stop motion videos. Check out his Bathtub IV and other works in high definition on Vimeo.

still from Bathtub IV

still from Bathtub V

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