Summit ‘13: Speakers
— You can never step into the same river twice —
For the Keynote each year, we invite two of the most celebrated image-makers of our time to present their work and talk about their journeys in image-making. For this year’s Summit, we are pleased to invite the following speakers.
Based in Athens, Georgia, Mark Steinmetz is renowned for his modest yet powerful black and white photographs, characterized by a lyrical quality of light and a sense of reverence for the everyday.
His images evoke the spirit of Atget, Cartier-Bresson and other classic street photographers, inviting the viewer into a moment of quiet reflection. Rather than feeling nostalgic, however, they achieve a rare timelessness in their honest and simple depiction of modern American life.
Eiji Ina is a renowned Japanese photographer who has been exhibiting and publishing work for over 20 years. His works have explored a variety of topics, including the American military in Japan, the omnipresence of security cameras, and environmental issues. His recent series, Emperor of Japan, juxtaposes the humble, orderly tombs of 127 of Japan’s emperors with their vast, stunning natural settings. Ina was born in Nagoya in 1957, and graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1984.
In Focus presents work by photographers that are redefining our understanding of the medium of photography and its role in our visual culture.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Maisie Crow produces innovative multimedia works that bridge the too-often segregated fields of still photography and video to convey poignant, powerful stories.
For the In Focus portion of the Summit, Crow will screen one of her award-winning pieces and discuss her working process at length, offering valuable insight into the practical and artistic considerations of working with multimedia.
To Print or Not to Print, that is the question
On the Horizon
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
— John F. Kennedy
The history of photography is relatively recent, and, as a medium, it is constantly changing. On the Horizon, a panel discussion at the Summit, explores new trends and developments in photography, bringing together professionals from various photographic fields to ask and answer the questions that will shape the medium’s future.
For over 150 years, the purpose of the photographic print was so self-apparent that it was never questioned: printed pictures were used to transfer visual information quickly, economically, and “truthfully” from one place to another.
One may argue that photography’s ease of mobility, in the form of the print, is what allowed the medium to gain such ubiquity and popularity in our society. Paper was abundant and the preferred vehicle for disseminating information. It was natural that photographic prints serve the same purpose.
The desire to readily share images has ruthlessly dictated the rise and fall of numerous photographic processes, from daguerreotypes, to albumen prints in the late 1800s, to 20th century silver printing techniques, to current inkjet printing practices
With the advent of digital technology, however, photographic images no longer need to rely on a physical substrate to be transported. Now that, for the first time in photographic history, the physical print is no longer a necessary vehicle for the image, what purpose do printed photographs serve? Is it capable of “delivering” in a different context? How are current artists dealing with this transition?
There is no doubt that we are standing at a critical juncture in the evolution of the medium. The answers to these questions will play a role in shaping the future of the medium.
— Save room for dessert —
In her award-winning short films, Maisie Crow combines still photography, audio, and video to produce gripping multimedia documentaries in a seemingly effortless manner. Crow’s unique style of storytelling has garnered much acclaim, expanding the boundaries of traditional documentary photography.
For this portion of the Summit, Crow will discuss her artistic process in depth, from its conceptual beginnings (Why choose this combination of media to tell her stories?) to its logistical considerations (Does she take stills from the video footage, or capture them separately?). She will then explore the greater implications of still photography’s new role in modern storytelling.
We encourage all participants to bring their work to the conference to present to each other in an informal environment before the lecture program. Whether you decide to bring prints, an electronic portfolio on an iPad, a print-on-demand book, or a self-published zine, all participants will have a space to show their work and bounce ideas off one another.
Compé ‘13 Juror’s Awards Recipients
Two Juror’s Award recipients of ONWARD Compé ‘13 are invited to present their work as part of the Summit programming. ONWARD Compé is an international competition for emerging photographers, celebrating new, envelope-pushing work that continues to further the medium. The two Juror’s Award recipients will speak about their current projects, and possible new directions to their work.
The identities of the two Juror’s Award recipients will be revealed earlier during the day, at the opening of the ONWARD Compé ‘13 exhibition.
Compé ‘13 Opening Reception
Join us as we celebrate new voices in image-making. The ONWARD exhibit features works selected by Mark Steinmetz for this year’s ONWARD Compé. An international competition for emerging photographers, Compé yields a fresh, exciting exhibit featuring cutting-edge contemporary images.
Several of the artists will be in attendance, and the two Juror’s Award and Honorable Mention winners will be announced!
- For more information about ONWARD’s annual competition, check out the ONWARD Compé site.
À La Carte: Portfolio Review
— If you’ve got talent, show it —
We are offering attendees the chance to receive a series of Portfolio Reviews as part of the ONWARD Summit. This is an excellent opportunity for photographers looking to get feedback on their work from some of the most renowned photography professionals in the world! Spaces are limited to 25 seats, so be sure to sign up soon.
Saturday, April 13th
11 am – 1 pm (registration begins at 10:30 am)
Each portfolio review participant will receive a total of three separate one-on-one reviews, lasting 20 minutes each. Participants will select their three choices from the list of reviewers and are guaranteed at least one review from their list of preferred reviewers.
How to present your work:
You may bring your portfolio as prints, in book form, etc. This is up to you; just remember to bring your best work! (If presenting your work on a computer or other device, you must provide the viewing device.)
- Reviewers (in alphabetical order):
- Peter Barberie – curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Honore Brown – a former photo editor at the New Yorker
- John Caperton – curator, The Print Center
- Vincent Cianni – documentary photographer & educator
- Roberta Fallon & Libby Rosof – editors, the artblog
- Christopher Gianunzio – photographer & assistant director, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
- David Graham – photographer & educator, The University of the Arts
- Lonnie Graham – photographer & educator, Penn Sate University
- Jared Gruenwald – photo editor at Wonderful Machine
- Maiza Hixson – curator, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
- Eiji Ina – photographer & Summit keynote speaker
- Stephen Perloff – photographer & editor, The Photo Review
- Stuart Rome – photographer & educator, Drexel University
- Mark Steinmetz – photographer, ONWARD Compé ’13 juror & Summit keynote Speaker
- Please note that the Portfolio Review fee does not include admission to the Summit.
- Read more about the portfolio review on our blog.
À La Carte: Workshops
— If you’re curious, learn it —
Enhance the educational experience of attending the ONWARD Summit by participating in one of our ONWARD workshops. Featuring an intensive, full-day format and capped to a small class size, students will work under the close guidance of an industry professional to hone their professional skills. This year’s offerings are designed for advanced photographers looking to further explore the two main themes of this year’s Summit: visual storytelling and the final print.
Friday, April 12th
10 am – 5 pm
$275 (includes lunch)
How do you use pictures to tell a story that transports the viewer to another place or time? In this full-day workshop, we will focus on the art of photographic storytelling. Students will explore how images are understood in narrative form, learning to think critically about using images to communicate their personal vision. Designed for experienced photographers looking to edit or focus their body of work, we will practice editorial and sequencing techniques, with an emphasis on editing for portfolios, books, and websites.
You know your way around Photoshop, but are you producing prints that faithfully communicate your vision? In this hands-on, immersive workshop, students will learn to manipulate Photoshop to correct digital files, print on an Epson 3880/3800 inkjet printer, and receive workflow breakdown tips for both color and black-and-white images. Students will leave the workshop with a practical understanding of the digital printing workflow, as well a greater ability to produce prints that communicate their personal vision.
Please note that the Workshop fee does not include admission to the Summit.
À La Carte: Private Party
— Salud or Kampai, both welcome —
To mark this special occasion, we are hosting a private party with all the guest artists on Friday, April 12th, the night before the conference.
The party will be held in Center City at the private residence of one of our supporters. Guest artists will present their recent projects in an intimate and informal setting.
Party attendance will be limited to a small number of guests. A conference admission + private party invitation package can be purchased for $350 and is limited to 10 tickets.
— Plans are nothing; planning is everything —