Archive for June, 2010

Jeffrey Sauger At The Jack Hanley Gallery

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

In case you can’t make his exhibit at the Museum Of New Art, Blue Earth project photographer Jeffrey Sauger will open a new exhibit at the Jack Hanley Gallery.  The exhibit features work from his project Where Furrows Run Deep, documenting the plight of African American farmers in the rural South.

The exhibit runs July 6-30th, 2010 at the Jack Hanley Gallery, New York (136 Watts).  If you will be in New York, be sure not to miss the show!

- Bart J. Cannon, Program Manager

Updated Project Submission Schedule

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

At Blue Earth, we are constantly reviewing our programs to find ways we can improve services to project photographers.  In order to allow more time for proper review of project submissions and to better manage our staff time, our Board of Directors has decided to change the submission calendar from four to two rounds per year.  Submissions will now be accepted for review on January 20th and July 20th effective immediately with the next deadline of January 20th, 2011.

Please review our submission guidelines if you are interested in applying for project sponsorship.

- Bart J. Cannon, Program Manager

Jeffrey Sauger At The Museum Of New Art

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Blue Earth project photographer Jeffrey Sauger just opened a new exhibit at the Museum of New Art.  The exhibit features work from his project Where Furrows Run Deep, documenting the plight of African American farmers in the rural South.

Through these images, I hope for the audience to make a connection to the people who have opened their lives to me, to become more informed about the plight of the African American farmer, to acknowledge the existence of institutional racism that still pervades our society and to have an honest and open conversation about it.  In these tough economic times, many people can likely relate to the physical, emotional and financial struggles of the American family farmer.

The exhibit is open now through July 17, 2010 at the Museum of New Art, 7 North Saginaw Street in Pontiac, Michigan.  If you are in the area, be sure not to miss the show!

- Bart J. Cannon, Program Manager

Archive Highlight: Aftermath

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

© Sara Terry

© Sara Terry


Blue Earth currently sponsors about 20 photographic projects.  Over the years, different projects have run their course and moved forward on their own.  But that doesn’t mean they are any less important today than they were when Blue Earth first sponsored them.

This week we are highlighting Sara Terry’s Aftermath.  The media cover war, but rarely the aftermath—the challenging time when people rebuild communities, rekindle hope, and learn to live again.  Since 2000, Sara Terry has been chronicling Bosnia’s struggle to rebuild following a vicious war marked by ethnic cleansing and genocide.  Aftermath shows us that the strength of the human spirit is tested not only on the battlefield, but in the wake of war as well.  Terry has documented the exhumation and identification of victims of ethnic cleansing, the postwar lives of widows and children, the continued existence of hard-line communities, and the return of refugees.  Terry feels that without an understanding of life after the guns and bombs have stopped, we can only have a naïve grasp on the impact of war.

Terry recently released a book, Aftermath, to critical acclaim, and formed a nonprofit organization The Aftermath Project to assist others working in postwar zones.

- Bart J. Cannon, Program Manager

“Our World at War” Exhibit

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

In Goma, DR Congo, on Feb. 4 2009. Children arrive at a temporary resting place before being reunited with their families by the ICRC. Ozias Kambale Pimo, 11 from Kiwanja speaks about whether his parents are still alive. (c) Ron Haviv

In Goma, DR Congo, on Feb. 4 2009. Children arrive at a temporary resting place before being reunited with their families by the ICRC. Ozias Kambale Pimo, 11 from Kiwanja speaks about whether his parents are still alive. (c) Ron Haviv


The Seattle Center’s Harrison Street Gallery is hosting Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines, an exhibit sponsored by the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties and Seattle Center Productions.

The exhibit offers a unique and first-hand look at what war and armed violence do to people’s lives - from the heartbreaking loneliness of an elderly woman made homeless by last year’s war between Georgia and Russia to the unbridled joy of two brothers reunited after being separated by fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Forty unforgettable images of war-torn Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, and the Philippines by renowned war photographers Ron Haviv, James Nachtwey, Antonin Kratochvil, Franco Pagetti and Christopher Morris will be on display.

The Our World at War exhibit opens June 26 at the Seattle Center’s Harrison Street Gallery, 305 Harrison Street, and runs through August 15.  Free and open to the public, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

- Bart J. Cannon, Program Manager

ICP Award Exhibit Opens June 19th

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The ICP Award winners have been announced, and now it’s time for the exhibit!  The 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards exhibit will be hosted by the Burke Museum and will feature the winning photographs and honorable mentions from the 2010 ICP Awards.  Over 75 conservation photographs from around the world will be on display from June 19 - Sept. 6, 2010.

If you will be in the Seattle area, be sure not to miss this unique exhibit!

- Bart J. Cannon, Program Manager

Project Submission Deadline June 21st

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Calling all documentary photographers!  Need a fiscal sponsor for your project so you can accept grants from private foundations and offer individual donors tax deductions?  Blue Earth accepts project submissions only four times each year, and the submission deadline for the next round in 2010 is June 21st.

Our focus remains photographic projects whose goal is to educate the public about endangered cultures, threatened environments, and current topics of social concern.  If you are a photographer and would like to apply, it’s never too early to send in your application.

Check out our updated submission guidelines for more details.  As always, we’re happy to answer any questions about the guidelines or the submission process - just contact us.

- Bart J. Cannon, Program Manager

More Opportunities For Photographers

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010


En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards
Deadline: July 31, 2010

En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards is an annual program selecting three or more U.S. based photographers of Latino, African or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, through a national call for entries.  New Works helps artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area.  Submissions can be in any photo-based style or genre (documentary, autobiographical, landscape, abstract, digital, pinhole, alternative processes, etc.).

Blue Earth Chats With Daniel Beltrá, Who Recently Photographed The Gulf Oil Spill

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Picture courtesy of Daniel Beltrá / © 2010 Daniel Beltrá/Greenpeace; used with permission

Picture courtesy of Daniel Beltrá / © 2010 Daniel Beltrá/Greenpeace; used with permission


The oil spill is an ecological tragedy of enormous proportions.  It’s unclear how BP is going address the situation, and the long term consequences will obviously be severe.  BP has not been forthcoming about the extent of the spill and what is being done to fix it.  There have also been disturbing news reports about efforts to stop photographers and journalists from documenting the spill and its effect.  We took a moment to chat with Daniel Beltrá who returned from photographing the oil spill.

Daniel Beltrá is an award winning photographer, who shoots for Greenpeace, among other organizations.  (Daniel’s “Amazon at Risk” was a Blue Earth sponsored project.)

Blue Earth:
So you just got back from 28 days in the gulf, shooting the oil spill - what’s your reaction in a sentence to what you saw?
Daniel:  It’s one of the biggest ecological tragedies in many centuries.  It’s a time bomb.

Blue Earth: What brought you down there to photograph?
Daniel: Greenpeace called me for a four or five day assignment.  28 days later I was still there.  It’s been a difficult assignment to work.  Two weeks into the assignment, I realized it was a challenge to document this properly and that we need to show this to the rest of the world.

Blue Earth: How did you get to a spot from which you were able to photograph?
I went out on a plane a lot . . . a donor provided air-time, and this made it possible to capture many of the images.

Blue Earth: Where there any logistical challenges to being able to document the spill?
Daniel: Yes, definitely.  The authorities were really playing the BP game.  There was an exclusion area of 3000 feet, a Temporary Flight Restriction.  90% of what I shot was above 3000 feet which is really challenging.

Blue Earth: What have you seen or photographed that you think the average person who watches on the news does not have a sense of about the spill?
Daniel: Probably the scale of the spill.  From time to time the oil would appear and disappear, and capturing the scale of the spill was difficult.  The use of dispersants was also very scary.  Some 800,000 gallons of a dispersant may have been used, and from what I understand, this type of a dispersant is banned in other countries, like the UK.  Nobody knows what will happen with the dispersant.  For a long time, the game was to hide what was happening . . . when the oil is below the surface, you don’t necessarily see it.

Blue Earth: There were reports of journalists and photographers being prevented by BP and by the authorities from photographing - did you experience any of this?
Daniel: All the time.  It’s a pretty difficult region to access, since it’s a coastal marshland with few points of access.  There were restrictions on air and water travel.  I’ve been chased off the beach, for example in Grand Isle.  The local law enforcement said it was OK to photograph from the beach, but later the Sheriff came and said:  “everyone out.”  When this happened I went to the command center thinking that I could sort it out, but an air force sergeant there said that I would actually have to go to a community center, and coordinate with BP.  At the community center, BP “coordinated” visits - they would basically escort you and call ahead.

Blue Earth: Apart from the ecological damage, what sort of other effects will this have on the area?
Daniel: It will have a huge effect on the way many people make their living in the gulf.

Blue Earth: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!  Check out Daniel Beltrá’s website, blog, and Facebook page.

Guardian Audio Slideshow
:  You can check out Daniel’s audio slideshow at the Guardian.

Greenpeace International Picture DeskGreenpeace’s International Picture Desk [Facebook] has a large selection of photographs of the oil spill.

The Big Picture:  The Big Picture from the Boston Globe has an excellent slideshow, including some of Daniel’s images:  “Oil Reaches Louisiana Shores.”

BP Photo Blockage:  For coverage of BP and government efforts to prevent photographers from documenting the spill, check out this article in Mother Jones:  “It’s BP’s Oil,” as well as coverage in Newsweek (”BP’s Photo Blockade of the Gulf Oil Spill“), TreeHugger (”BP Contractors and Coast Guard Prevent CBS From Filming Oil Spill Devastation“) and Mother Nature Network (”Coast Guard and BP threaten journalists with arrest for documenting oil spill“).

In addition to Daniel, two other Blue Earth photographers have spoken about the effect of the spill.  Florian Schulz spoke to NPR:  “The Oil Spill: A Conservation Photographer’s Reaction,” and the Seattle PI:  “Photographer: Don’t risk Arctic oil spill.”  Subhankar Banerjee wrote a piece for TomDispatch “BPing the Arctic?,” which received extensive coverage.

- Venkat Balasubramani, Member Blue Earth Board of Directors

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