Archive: September 2013


Join Jasmine DeFoore, freelance photo editor and marketing consultant, and Emily Kimbro, art director of the award-winning Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, for a hands on workshop dedicated to shooting and editing a travel magazine feature story.

Class size is limited to 10 students.
Workshop will take place in Dallas, Texas, specific locations TBD. RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE!



Friday, October 18

Emily and Jasmine will present specific examples of effective travel assignment photography and talk about the mix of images that are needed to create a strong story. They will give real world advice on what to look for when shooting on location, as well as tips for how to get a good mix of images that can be turned into a feature story photo essay.

Students will be given their assignments, which will include approximately 2-4 locations within one geographic area. Your shot list will include a mix of environmental portraits, landscapes, details and interiors.

Drinks and light refreshments provided

After  break, students will start working on their assignments.

Saturday, October 19

Morning til 1pm
Students continue shooting their assignments. Kimbro and DeFoore will make on location visits to preview what students have shot and give feedback on specific kinds of images to be making.

1pm – 5pm
lunch provided

Return to studio headquarters to edit work. Each student will receive 30 minutes of one on one editing time with Kimbro or DeFoore.

Each student will prepare a 20 picture edit that best shows the variety of images made. Kimbro and DeFoore will help each student edit that down to 10 pictures.

5 – 6pm
Drinks and light refreshments provided

Group slideshow: Each student will get a chance to show their 10 picture edit to the group and discuss the work, challenges and overall experience.

6 – 7pm

Marketing discussion and Q&A: DeFoore will present ideas for how to market your travel work to ad agencies, magazines and corporations. She will show specific examples of marketing efforts that work and answer your questions about marketing.

Kimbro will discuss how to get the attention of an art director, including how and when to pitch story ideas, showing portfolios and the best practices for sending email and print promos.

Class dismissed!

Emily Kimbro is the art director of Spirit magazine. For the past six years, she has worked with outstanding contributors on incredible stories across America. Emily assigns illustration and photography, produces shoots, and helps manage the look and feel of the magazine, all while designing most of the features and covers. Prior to this editorial paradise, she worked as a designer at Fossil. Emily earned a degree in Communication Design from Texas Tech University. Spirit, the magazine of Southwest Airlines, is published by Pace in Dallas, Texas.

Jasmine DeFoore is a photography marketing consultant specializing in expanding photographers’ businesses through smart marketing, PR, editing and presentation of work. Her marketing efforts have won PDN Self Promo Awards and her editing has helped photographers gain recognition from World Press Photo, American Photography and other elite competitions. Prior to starting her own company, she was a photographer’s representative and Director of Marketing at the award-winning agency Redux Pictures.


We’ve teamed up with the Harry Ransom Center for our first photography contest. The contest is free to enter and you can post your entries on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

The winner will receive a ticket to the upcoming Magnum Symposium at the Ransom Center, as well as an in-person portfolio review with Harry Ransom Center curators Jessica McDonald and Roy Flukinger!

Entries are being accepted now through 11:59pm on October 8, so START SHOOTING!

Magnum photographers are known for traveling throughout the world to bring back visual narratives of diverse people and places, but many of the agency’s members have turned their lenses toward their own environments and communities, documenting ordinary scenes with extraordinary results.

Your mission is to tell a story in five new photographs, working within the perimeter of your own block, be it a city block or country road. Post a cohesive photo story that shares the immediate experience and distinctive vision of your world.

 All entries will be reviewed by The Harry Ransom Center’s Jessica McDonald, Curator of Photography, and Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator. McDonald and Flukinger will choose one entry that best illustrates the theme. That winner will receive one ticket ($100 value) to the Magnum Symposium PLUS a one-on-one portfolio review session with McDonald and Flukinger, to be held at UT Austin. If the winner cannot be in Austin for the review, the runner up will be contacted.

TO ENTER, upload your photos to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. To be eligible, you must upload no more than 5 images, and must tag @ransomcenter and @ilovetexasphoto in all your posts.

Canon Explorer of Light photographer Eric Meola will be in Austin Thursday, October 3rd.

His graphic color images have appeared editorially in various magazines including Life, Travel & Leisure, Esquire, and Time.  In 1975 he photographed the classic cover for Bruce Springsteen’s album ‘Born to Run’ and since then he has done advertising and corporate photography for clients such as Canon, Kodak, American Express, AT&T, Jeep, BMW, etc.

This event is FREE courtesy of ASMP Austin/San Antonio, Precision Camera, and Canon

WHEN? Thursday October 3rd, 7:30-9:30PM (first come first serve)

WHERE? First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin- 4700 Grover Avenue



This is an interview by guest contributor Elizabeth Chiles.

Jessica, although you have been the Chief Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center for nearly a year now, I want to welcome you to Austin, as your first major curatorial venture at the HRC is about to take place. The upcoming symposium and exhibition, Radical Transformation:
Magnum Photos into the Digital Age, promises to address some very large questions around photojournalism. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask you some questions about the Magnum events for I Love Texas Photo. 
Thanks so much. I’ve had a very warm welcome here in Austin, and have some wonderful colleagues at the Ransom Center. In particular, I’d like to acknowledge my colleague Roy Flukinger, who organized this exhibition with me, and Andi Gustavson and Danielle Sigler, who have been instrumental in organizing the symposium.

 it’s clear that the idea of “transformation” is not simply a pre- and post-digital issue

Do you see this time as a pivotal period in the history of photography and photojournalism, or is it simply a time to reflect on an industry that has been evolving since the formation of Magnum in 1947?
Digital technologies have certainly changed the way photographs are captured, distributed, and viewed, and these changes have obviously had a great impact on the business of photojournalism, but when we look at other major shifts in photography and media since 1947, it’s clear that the idea of “transformation” is not simply a pre- and post-digital issue. It really begins when Magnum’s founders create a totally new model in which photographers retain the rights to their photographs and control how they are used, something that was virtually unheard of before that.

Beyond this, looking at photography more generally, we remember that when Magnum was founded, television hadn’t yet become the public’s major source of visual information, it was very difficult to find a publisher willing to publish a photobook, and only a handful of museums in Europe and North America were exhibiting photographs. My hope is that this exhibition presents an opportunity to examine the ways in which Magnum has responded to these changes and has often been at the forefront of these developments.

How have you selected work for the exhibition from Magnum’s vast collection housed at the Ransom Center?
The collection is primarily made up of the press prints that were in use as part of the New York office’s everyday operations up until it became much more efficient to circulate the images digitally. So it was a working print library, not an intentional catalogue of every photograph ever made by a Magnum photographer. It is an intriguing record, then, of how Magnum worked, which images Magnum printed for distribution, which images were in demand, and often where those prints were published. In practical terms, this means that our selection was determined by what we found in the collection rather than any predetermined idea of what a Magnum exhibition should include. We wanted to focus on picture stories rather than individual images, so step one was carefully sifting through the collection to see which stories we could represent well with the prints we have. We were looking for surprises.

We wanted to focus on picture stories rather than individual images

This process took months, as you can imagine, and we did find some fantastic surprises. Many were photographs that we just hadn’t seen before, giving us insight into aspects of the agency or a particular photographer’s scope. Others were revealing of the personalities of the photographers. One of the most exciting finds was a large group of Henri Cartier-Bresson photographs from a trip to China in 1958 that seem to have been originally printed for a book that was never published. Each print is titled and annotated in pencil in Cartier-Bresson’s hand, and on the back of one print, he wrote “Oh la la!” with an arrow pointing to a very severe red stamp threatening a fine for the publisher that cropped or failed to properly credit a Magnum photograph. We’ll include a group of these prints, including the one with the great inscription.

How do you see the symposium and exhibition working together?
They are definitely meant to map onto one another. By that I mean that the general questions raised in the exhibition will be elaborated by the Magnum members, but with a focus on how the field is still shifting, and how they continue to innovate. And of course all of this will be capped by a discussion of the future of Magnum, which will, I’m sure, suggest a number of avenues not followed within the exhibition.

The list of participants in the Oct. 25 – 27th symposium is unbelievable, incredible.  Do you have any anecdotes you can share about how the panel came together?
For many of the photographers, a rigorous travel schedule and the ability to fly off at a moment’s notice characterize their work, so it has been an interesting challenge to put together an event that starts on a Friday with people who aren’t necessarily sure what country they’ll be in earlier that week.

Who do you envision the audience to be at the symposium? 
One of the reasons the Magnum print collection is such a great fit for the Ransom Center is that it is relevant to so many fields of study—not just photography, but visual culture, history, political science, media studies, publishing, and many others, so I think the symposium will appeal to a very wide audience. Right here on the UT campus there is great interest from students and faculty in variety of departments, and I am starting to feel the energy from the local Austin photography community, which seems really excited that we’re bringing such well-known photographers to town. The word has gone out to a very active contingent of people interested in photography in Houston, and several colleagues from museums, research centers, and universities around the U.S. and Canada are planning to attend as well.

 I am starting to feel the energy from the local Austin photography community, which seems really excited that we’re bringing such well-known photographers to town

What are they likely to discover during the 3-day event?
While the exhibition traces the agency’s evolution over the last 65 years or so, the symposium will allow individual members to show and explain how their own work has evolved along with these changes in the field. Magnum is well known, somewhat paradoxically, as a collective of resolutely independent people with very strong opinions and ideas, and this will be a fantastic forum for bringing some of those forward into a larger discussion.

What are you personally most excited about in relation to Radical Transformation:
Magnum Photos into the Digital Age?
I’m really excited about the number and variety of events that we’ve been able to put together around the exhibition, and the energy I hope they all work to create around photography at the Ransom Center. Sometimes I joke that this fall will be all Magnum, all the time. Beyond the symposium, we have organized a Magnum film series, and have partnered with other departments on campus to sponsor lectures by Alec Soth and Jim Goldberg. I also really want to highlight a whole separate exhibition we’ve organized to coincide with the symposium, which will feature photographs by Eli Reed, our very own Magnum photographer here at UT. There are so many reasons to come to the Ransom Center this fall, and I just can’t wait until it all gets started.

Elizabeth Chiles is an artist, a professor of art theory at UT Austin and heads the photography area at Southwestern University.  She most recently showed her work at the Harry Ransom Center and at The Contemporary, Austin.  This fall she will be included in the Talent in Texas exhibition at Houston Center for Photography / Fotofest.  Elizabeth was formerly Associate Director at Fraenkel Gallery, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Austin Center for Photography and a founding member of the collective, Lakes Were Rivers.


Despite torrential rain and flash flooding, an awesome group of creative photographers and photo editors gathered together at Scholz Beer Garden for BBQ, drinks and good conversation. Thanks to Photoshelter and Austin Center for Photography for co-hosting with us. Afterward, we headed over to the Harry Ransom Center for the opening of Radical Transformations: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age, the new Magnum exhibition, on display through January 5.

We’re looking for someone to host a meetup in Houston this fall. If you’re interested, please contact us.

Happy hour attendees getting hooked up with Photoshelter swag. Beam is their new website portfolio product, and it is slick as can be! All photos © Lindsay Hutchens

The proud winner of the Magnum Magnum book giveaway

Award-winning photojournalist and University of Texas at Austin professor Donna DeCesare speaks about her new book Unsettled/Desasosiego (UT Press) on Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Award-winning photojournalist and University of Texas at Austin professor Donna DeCesare speaks about her new book Unsettled/Desasosiego (UT Press) on Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

After 30 years of photographing gang members and their families and collecting images that have been featured in Aperture, Mother Jones, and other publications, DeCesare uncovers the effects of decades of war and gang violence on the lives of youths in Central America and in refugee communities in the United States in this bilingual publication.

A book signing follows. The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Attendees may enter to win two photography books from The University of Texas Press: Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq and Inside the Wire: Photographs from Texas and Arkansas Prisons.


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