The spring season of professionally administered portfolio reviews for photographers wishing to advance their understanding happily is upon us now.
Coming up in just a few weeks, at the end of this month, is the new Palm Springs Photo Festival in Southern California, just a couple of hours inland from Los Angeles. Now in its fourth season, the festival has been remarkably without flaw. It is run by an artist who is a work
of art himself, the indefatigable Jeff Dunas, polymath as publisher, fashioniste and glamouriste, and chronicler of the legendary blues music performers published by Aperture in a fine book and seen in an equally excellent exhibition, State of the Blues, toured worldwide by Eastman House. Dunasâ€™ current work, befitting his peripatetic vision, collects the poetic and funky ways he hears America singing.
Multi-lingual, Dunas is married to a former international model now landscape designer and photo artist Laura Morton. Dunas does a fine job organizing the festival, and he has put together a fabulous staff team, but truth be told it is Laura who makes sure that God is really there at the festival â€“ paying attention to the details agnostics usually ignore. Actually, there must be divine intervention for the festival is flawless.
Anyway, I wouldnâ€™t miss it. The Palm Springs Festival begins March 29 and ends April 3. Among the guest speakers and reviewers and workshop leaders this year will be Duane Michals, Larry Fink, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Keith Carter, and John Paul Caponigro. I am looking forward to being on the festival stage in a public conversation with the wonderful Magnum and National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, with whom I did one of the Phaidon 50 books several years ago.
I will review during Photolucida in Portland April 22 â€“ 27 and in Santa Fe at the Center June 4 â€“ 6.
I hope to see you at one of these great events.
Dr. Anthony Bannon is the Director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. He has held that position since 1996, previously serving as director of the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center, and director of Cultural Affairs on the campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo, both located in Buffalo, N.Y.