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The Antidote–SDN and NYPH09

April 11, 2009

Robert Tobey sent me a review of the New Museum’s Younger than Jesus show in NYC. It’s a triennial affair featuring artists under 33 years of age and it looks like a good show. I found a disparaging remark in the second to last paragraph of Holland Cotter’s NYT review that has to be addressed. After praising many of the exhibition’s videos and installations the critic’s primary complaint about the show is “…too much work, particularly photography, making too little impact.”

Well, next month NYC will experience The New York Photo Festival from May 13th to 17th. With a special thanks to SocialDocumentary.Net’s founder Glenn Ruga for offering me a free pass, I want to encourage people to make the trek to this Brooklyn festival in DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass). SDN will be there promoting all of us who are keeping documentary photography alive by exhibiting on

Why should you go? Well, in a turn-around from some previous remarks from The Coruscating Camera, the NYPH09 is an excellent opportunity to show your work to top NYC gallery directors, photo editors and general groovers and bakers of the contemporary photography scene. OK, I know you have to pay to get viewed and I haven’t stopped hating that fact, but all these people will be in one place for you to simply carry your portfolio from one desk to the next. That sure beats schlepping around the City for weeks to get comparable exposure.

Did I mention that there will be lots of photography to view and awards given? Here’s an Ellie Davies image. Her portfolio received an honorable mention from last years festival.

Ellie Davis, NYPH08 Honorable Mention

Ellie Davies, NYPH08 Honorable Mention

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