STORIES 2021

STORIES 2021

STORIES 2021 IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Stories seeks to discover, promote and amplify the important work being made by Australian photographers.

Stories is an annual award for photographic storytellers operated by Photo Collective. We are calling for series work and photo-essays exploring traditional, artful and new modes of storytelling which reflect our current times. While this award is open to anybody residing in Australia or Australians living abroad, the themes of the work do not need to be Australian focussed. 

Stories is sponsored by Nikon Australia and Momento Pro.

We celebrate diversity. As such, in 2021 we will be seeking to reward three diverse visual narratives. All three recipients will receive a A$3,000 cash prize, a Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera kit with a NIKKOR Z 24 – 70mm f/4S lens (valued at A$4,000), and a A$250 Momento Pro voucher to go towards the production of a beautiful photobook. The three Stories will also receive a headline feature in the

The People’s Choice recipient will receive A$500 and will also feature in the Stories Journal, our online galleries, and social media platforms. Alongside these four Stories, we will also be including the top 27 shortlisted submissions in the Stories Journal. Throughout the year we will continue to share, promote and feature shortlisted Stories through our website, social media network, digital database, and blog. We are committed to providing a platform for artists to not only gain recognition through the awards process but to also be showcased through in-depth features and photographer profiles. The 2021 Stories judging committee is comprised of Australian photographic artist Kate Disher-Quill and Mags King, managing photo editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. The internal committee is made up of Photo Collective Creative Director Tom Goldner and Harriet Tarbuck alongside Content Editor Angus Scott.

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FAUXLIAGE By Annette LeMay Burke 

Foreword by Ann M. Jastrab 
Disguised Cell Phone Towers of the American West.

 

 

In Fauxliage, Annette LeMay Burke artfully documents the proliferation of disguised cell phone towers in the American West. By attempting to conceal an unsightly yet essential technology in our modern world, the landscape is now populated by a quirky mosaic of masquerading palms, evergreens, flagpoles, crosses, and cacti. Technology is modifying our environment with idiosyncratic results. The often-whimsical tower disguises belie the equipment’s covert ability to collect valuable personal data. The book includes a foreword by Ann M. Jastrab, Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, CA. Annette LeMay Burke is a photographic artist and Northern California native who lives in the heart of Silicon Valley. 

Publication Date: May 2021
10 x 10 | 112 pp
60 color photographs
Paper over Board 
US $45.00 | CAN $58.99  

Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. For more information, visit www.daylightbooks.org.

 

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“The gods of government help those who help themselves: Therefore, women and sisters, and one day fellow voters, let us help ourselves. Say to the rulers of this nation: You deal negligently with the interests of women at your peril. As you have sowed so shall ye reap. We, as women, refuse to uphold that party that has betrayed us. We refuse to uphold any party until all women are free.—Inez Milholland, from the Suffragist 4, no. 42 (October 14, 1916), pp. 8-9)

In 1916, Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886–1916) embarked on a grueling campaign across the Western United States on behalf of the National Woman’s Party appealing for women’s suffrage ahead of the 1916 presidential election. Standing Together, by fine artist Jeanine Michna-Bales (born 1971), retraces Milholland’s journey. The 30-year-old suffragist delivered some 50 speeches to standing-room-only crowds in eight states in 21 days: Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Nevada and California. She battled chronic illness and lack of sleep during her travels and died a month after her last speech in Los Angeles, where her final public words were, “Mr. President, how long must this go on, no liberty?”

Through her photographs, combining dramatic landscapes and historical reenactments of important vignettes of Milholland on her journey with archival materials, Michna-Bales captures a glimpse of a remarkable chapter in the monumental effort required to pass the 19th Amendment. Standing Together includes an itinerary of Inez Milholland’s Western Campaign and a timeline of Suffrage in the United States spanning 1776 to 2020. 

Driven by her belief that women were equal to men, Inez Milholland challenged traditional gender norms in the early 1900s by becoming a lawyer, activist, war correspondent, suffragist and orator. She wrote speeches, letters, plays, and articles arguing that women were worthy of the right to vote. When she saw an injustice, she threw herself full-force into fixing it. From labor laws and prison reform to war and women’s rights, she fought tirelessly to dispel the stereotypes about women she kept butting up against, and each rejection only fueled her determination more. She was turned away by three Ivy League law schools and denied access to the front lines as a war correspondent due to her gender. Graduating with a law degree from New York University in 1912, she later practiced law despite the fact that it was a male-dominated profession.

 

After a whirlwind courtship in which Inez proposed to Dutchman Eugen Jan Boissevain, the couple married and enjoyed a partnership based on equality and mutual admiration for each other. The book includes excerpts from Inez’s letters to her husband while on the campaign. His support provided her with the psychological fuel she needed to keep going on her arduous journey which often involved overnight travel across the vast territory of the American West. Inez would arrive at each stop exhausted and sleep deprived, but the rapt crowds that awaited her lifted her up as she made her impassioned case for suffrage.

 

The incredible story behind Standing Together, tying the past to the present, is outlined in an essay by Michna-Bales and an introduction by Linda J. Lumsden, noted historian of women’s rights and the author of INEZ: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland (Indiana University Press, 2004) and Rampant Women: Suffragists and the Right of Assembly (University of Tennessee Press, 1996) sets the foundation for the visual essay.

 

 

 

 

 

Bound for Medford, Oregon, 2020

About the Artist:

Jeanine Michna-Bales is a fine artist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores our fundamentally important relationships – to the land, to other people and to oneself – and how they impact contemporary society. Her work lives at the intersection of curiosity and knowledge, documentary and fine art, past and present, anthropology and sociology, and environmentalism and activism. Her practice is based on in-depth research – taking into account different viewpoints, causes and effects, political climates – and she often incorporates primary source material into her projects.  Michna-Bales’s latest photographic essay on the American Suffrage Movement, Standing Together, was featured in the July/August 2020 summer issue of Smithsonian Magazine and the Arts section of The New York Times. It will be released as a comprehensive publication from MW Editions in May 2021 and a traveling exhibition will launch in the Fall of 2021. For more information, go here.

 

 

 

 

 

Inez Milholland wearing “The Star of Hope” for the 1911 suffrage parade in New York City.

Automobile Caravan from the Train Station, Reno, Nevada, 2019

Ready for Battle, 2019

Exhibition Schedule

Accompanying exhibitions are scheduled to open at the PDNB Gallery in Dallas, Texas in September 2021, and the Arnika Dawkins Photographic Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2021. More details coming soon. 

Book Details: 

MW Editions
Hardcover, 8 x 10 in (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
216 pages
ISBN: 9780998701899
May 2021
$45.00

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1er juillet – 1er novembre 2020

Today, Skylum released LuminarAI Update 2, a free collection of powerful workflow enhancements to its groundbreaking photo editing tool. With these updated tools, it is easier than ever before for LuminarAI creatives of every skill level to achieve incredible results with their photos, thanks to the power of Artificial Intelligence.

“Too often, complexity is the enemy of creativity. It adds time and frustration to a process we think should be fun, even joyful.” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum. “With LuminarAI, our goal is to strip out that complexity. Update 2 builds on this work and offers more creative tools. I am excited to see what people make with it.”

IMPROVED AI Sky

Improved SkyAI with reflections and more
Skylum created the world’s first automatic sky replacement technology. Now, building on this legacy, we’ve listened to feedback from creators in the Luminar community and delivered a faster, more robust experience in the next generation of our SkyAI tool. Under the hood, our enhanced AI engine ingeniously creates new possibilities.

Sky reflections in water: This much-anticipated update means there’s no more worrying about sky replacement in photos featuring water! Ocean, river, lake, pool, it does not matter, LuminarAI will automatically reflect the new sky in the body of water in the most realistic way.  The new sky automatically conforms to the angle and depth of the scene to produce incredible results down to the smallest details.

Scene relighting: SkyAI now provides realistic scene relighting by eliminating strong color casts from the sky on foreground objects. Improvements to these tools provide discrete control over the amount and saturation of relighting enhancements. The new Relight Human control can dramatically improve environmental portraits by matching people to the new sky for a more realistic effect.

Seamless sky orientation: One of the toughest challenges in traditional editors is cleanly aligning a new sky to the original horizon. New controls for Rotation and Horizontal Offset join existing controls that allow new skies to be flipped, rotated and positioned for a perfect fit.

Easier sky selection: Quickly browse and select new skies with a new visual interface from the SkyAI panel. We’ve added six new free skies with this release and made it easier to add your own skies or add new sky packs.

IMPROVED TEMPLATE EXPERIENCE


Improved Templates experience
Templates are an essential part of the innovative LuminarAI workflow. As a result, Skylum is constantly working to improve the Templates experience. In Update 2, finding the perfect Template for your photo is even and faster.

Easy Access: To make them easier to find and use, all Templates, including Favorites, My Templates Purchased, and Legacy Templates, are now available within the main Templates tab, just beneath For This Photo.

Easier Browsing: Template Group previews are now uniform in size to make them more visually accessible and comfortable to work with.

Marketplace Integration: Templates purchased in the Luminar Marketplace are now automatically added to For This Photo and may be presented by LuminarAI when suggesting enhancements for your photos.

Other Enhancements featured in Update 2 include:

 

Transformable Texture Overlays
With Update 2, Local Masking adds amazing new creative abilities. The Texture tool now offers advanced controls to transform texture and image overlays. 

PNG Overlays: PNG files with transparency can now be uploaded as textures in LuminarAI. These files can then be used to add special effects to photos, including watermarks, text, emoticons, and other decorative elements.                        

Easy placement: New overlay elements can be easily moved, flipped, rotated, resized and placed anywhere you want. There’s even blending modes and masks to precisely control how the object interacts with the original image.

Overlays in Templates: Once applied, an overlay can be synced across multiple images or saved in a custom template for future re-use. 

Improved camera support
Update 2 brings support for new cameras and file formats to LuminarAI. New Cameras: Canon EOS R5, Canon EOS R6, EOS 850D, EOS-1D X Mark III (lossy compressed files), Fujifilm X-S10, Leica M10-R, S3, SL2-S, Nikon Z 5, Z 6 II, Z 7 II, Olympus E-M10 Mark IV, Panasonic DC-G100 / G110, DC-S5, Sony ILCE-7C (A7C), ILCE-7SM3 (A7S III) and Zeiss ZX1.

New File Formats: Lossy compressed CR3 files and Lossy compressed RAF files.

 

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uatrième édition du Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains, 2020-2021. Une rencontre inédite entre photographie et musique 

 

Soutien actif de la création artistique depuis plus de 10 ans, la Fondation Swiss Life a créé en 2014 son Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains – photographie et musique. Il est depuis ses débuts accompagné par Chantal Nedjib, de l’image par l’image. Destiné à révéler ou valoriser des talents, ce prix artistique, l’unique Prix photographie et musique en France, récompense un projet de création croisée et originale d’un photographe et d’un compositeur. Avec cette 4ème édition, la Fondation Swiss Life a choisi de réinventer son Prix et de continuer à décloisonner les disciplines.  

Une édition plus ouverte avec de nombreuses nouveautés 

Avec cette quatrième édition, la Fondation Swiss Life a souhaité ouvrir la sélection des artistes au niveau national et faire vivre le Prix sur deux ans. « Notre objectif : que le grand public et les collaborateurs Swiss Life puissent s’approprier l’œuvre, avec un choix de lieux diversifié à Paris et en région comme des salons, musées, galeries… » souligne Nathalie Martin, déléguée générale de la Fondation Swiss Life.   

Les principales nouveautés de cette édition 2020-2021 : 

  • Appel à candidatures national en ligne à des binômes photographe / compositeur déjà constitués, lancé pendant les Rencontres d’Arles 2019.
  • Un soutien continu par des conseillers artistiques photographie et musique de renom : Emilia Genuardi et Elsa Janssen, directrices du salon a ppr oc he, pour la photographie ; Olivier Bouley, fondateur des Pianissimes, pour la musique.
  • Valorisation de l’œuvre commune et des artistes sur 2020 et 2021 dans des institutions et galeries partout en France. Chaque exposition sera unique et montrera des œuvres différentes, car le projet est modulable et adaptable.
    • 13 au 15 Novembre 2020 : révélation de l’œuvre au salon a ppr oc he, sortie de l’édition photographie et musique
    • 9 au 23 Décembre 2020 : exposition de l’œuvre à la Galerie Thierry Bigaignon
    • 2 mars au 2 mai 2021 : exposition de l’œuvre au Musée de la Piscine à Roubaix, avec un voyage de presse prévu le 19 mars 2020.
    • Juillet 2021 : projection de l’œuvre aux Rencontres d’Arles
    • 9 au 30 septembre 2021 : exposition de l’œuvre arrêt sur image galerie à Bordeaux
  • Le Prix est également accompagné d’un ouvrage photographie et musique sur-mesure et atypique réalisé en partenariat avec un nouvel éditeur : les éditions Filigranes. 

 

Chaque étape est accompagnée par l’équipe de la Fondation Swiss Life.  

Donner les moyens de créer librement  

En plus du conseil artistique personnalisé, du livre et d’une large monstration sur deux ans, les lauréats reçoivent une bourse de 15 000 € chacun pour concrétiser leur projet. La Fondation Swiss Life prend également en charge les frais de production de l’œuvre. 

L’objectif ? Offrir aux artistes les moyens de créer librement, dans les meilleures conditions, et donner du sens à l’engagement de la Fondation Swiss Life pour le soutien à la création artistique. 

Le Bleu du Ciel, d’Edouard Taufenbach et Régis Campo  

Ce projet autour du vol de l’hirondelle est l’histoire d’un voyage. Il part d’un souvenir d’enfance, de la musique de ces oiseaux dans le ciel et de leur rassemblement sur les fils électriques avant leur grand départ pour l’Afrique, annonçant la fin de l’été. Deux fois par an, des hirondelles traversent le Sahara et la Méditerranée pour joindre l’Afrique subsaharienne et l’Europe.  

A partir du sujet de l’hirondelle, Edouard Taufenbach et Régis Campo cherchent à développer une représentation sensible du passage du temps, du mouvement, et des échanges et circulations au sein d’un espace. A l’échelle du vol, le mouvement des hirondelles dans le ciel est l’objet d’une fascination qui nourrit l’imaginaire. Les oiseaux semblent suivre une partition faite de ruptures, d’accélérations et de silences, dessinant des formes abstraites comme des signes à interpréter. Ce projet est une expérimentation au croisement des usages artistiques et scientifiques des médiums photographique et musical. Entre rigueur formelle et narration subjective, la recherche déploie une approche où l’hirondelle en vol figurant un vecteur de force, donne forme et matière à un insatiable désir de liberté avec le ciel pour perspective.  

Sans jamais s’illustrer l’une l’autre, l’image et la musique se pourchassent, se dépassent successivement. Un exercice de voltige où la répétition de rythmes et de motifs s’appuyant sur la composition de la musique itérative dialogue avec la répétition d’images organisées. D’une case à l’autre, d’une mesure à l’autre, d’une hirondelle à l’autre, Le Bleu du Ciel dessine des espaces de liberté, construisant un sentiment de mouvement, de vitesse, de ruptures de lignes, si caractéristiques du vol des hirondelles.

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Edouard Taufenbach et Régis Campo, formation d’un duo intergénérationnel 

Edouard Taufenbach découvre le travail du compositeur Régis Campo par son album Ombra Felice paru en 2011. Il suit depuis avec attention son travail jusqu’à son élection en 2017 à l’Académie des beaux-arts dans la section Composition musicale. Au printemps 2019, à l’annonce de la nouvelle édition du Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains, il voit la chance de le contacter pour travailler ensemble. La rencontre a été forte, car ils partagent un imaginaire cinéphile et musical commun. Qui plus est, ils aiment à dire qu’Edouard est un compositeur d’images et Régis un créateur de vignettes sonores.

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