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Website updated December 17, 2014
8 competitions, 1 with deadline of December 28, members' workshops in Texas, New Mexico, North Carolina, California and Mexico; and exhibits

Membership dues for the Regular, Student/Military, and Senior Level will increase in January 2015, so renew now and save! click here to renew today. To learn more about the Texas Photographic Society membership and its benefits, click here to view the Membership catalog.

Current TPS Exhibits, Call For Entries and Other News

Mary Ellen MarkAlternative Processes Call for Entries
Deadline: January 19, 2015
TPS is excited to announce its latest Call for Entries, which seeks imagery derived from alternative photographic processes and historical printing methods including Albumen, Argyrotype, Cyanotype, Dusting-On Process, Gum Bichromate, Gumoil, Inkjet Photopolymer Gravure, Van Dyke Brown, Wet Plate Collodion, and all photographic image making techniques that incorporate the integration of traditional mediums such as printmaking, ceramics and painting. Conventional, unmodified digital inkjet prints are not acceptable for entry.

This exhibition will be juried by Christopher James, author, artist, photographer, University Professor and Director of the MFA Photography Program at Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge, MA. For more information about the juror and how to enter, visit the Alternative Processes page by following this link.

I believe the future of photographic, and photographically integrated, image making will find its inspirations and grounding in the syntax and philosophical foundations that embrace the physical act of making art. ~ Christopher James
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Member's Only Show Winner Announcement!
Congratulations to the following 30 photographers selected by Jim Casper of LensCulture for TPS' 30th Anniversary commemorative Members' Only Show!
Our 27th Annual Members' Only Show will open on October 27 at Options Gallery in Odessa, TX. Stay tuned for the release of the exhibition catalog next month. First Prize goes to Dianne Yudelson. Second Prize: Cheryl Meadow. Third prize: Francis Crisafio. And Honorable mentions: Suzanne Demaree, Deb Kreimborg, Linda Morrow, Jan Anderson-Paxson, Dolores Smart. image left:First Place Winner © Dianne Yudelson

To view the selected members' photographs, click here.

Mary Ellen MarkTPS Member Workshop Discount with Dan Burkholder
Creative iPhone Imagery: Capture to Print at Santa Fe Workshops
March 22 - March 27, 2015

Anyone can make a decent photo with an iPhone. But if decent isn’t good enough, open your eyes and get your creative juices pumping as Dan teaches you how to craft images that you're proud to share, exhibit, and sell. During five enriching days of photographing, processing, and printing, your every artistic iPhone urge is given ample time to flex and stretch. Join Dan and explore adventurous new ideas and techniques for iPhone capture, processing, and printing. Leave behind the ocean of “me too” filter effects and borders as you master a vast assortment of techniques that elevate your iPhone images from okay to outstanding!

TPS members will receive $150 off tuition for this workshop. Not a TPS member? Join today!To receive the $150 TPS discount please call 505-983-1400 ext 111.

TPS 2014 Print Program photographers for 2014 have been selected. Members joining at the Friend, or Benefactor levels may choose from an exclusive selection of fine prints by prominent, contemporary photographers. This year's artists are: Cheryl Medow (Santa Monica, CA), Craig Barber (Woodstock, New York), Lupita Murillo Tinnen (Oak Point, Texas), Fran Forman (Watertown, Massachusetts), and Ann George (Shreveport, Louisiana). See more prints.

Today, join 1,290 others following TPS on facebook. You may have missed the following stores: Costa Concordia salvage, When Age Produces Beauty: Photographs of Legends at Work, Day to Night: 24 Hours in One Photo, Timelapse video shows nine years of 9/11 reconstruction, and 34 Amazing Photos of American Cities From 100 Years Ago.

Matt LankesBoyhood: Twelve Years on Film
UT Press and Matt Lankes new book release
Photographs by Matt Lankes.

Texts by Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, and Matt Lankes.
Over two hundred images taken on set over twelve years, as well as commentary by Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, and others, create a behind-the-scenes portrait of a critically acclaimed feature film—Richard Linklater's Boyhood. $33.50

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Mary Ellen MarkBig News for Marfa!
New Executive and Official "art site".
Ballroom Marfa welcomed Executive Director Susan Sutton at a Sound Speed Marker cocktail receptionon October 10th. Sutton, a regular visitor to Far West Texas, joins Marfa after a four-year tenure at Houston's Menil Collection. Read more about the new executive director on the Ballroom Marfa blog.

After a year of negotiations between Ballroom Marfa and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Prada Marfa has been declared an "art museum site," with Elmgreen & Dragset's sculpture as its sole exhibit. For more info, read the Prada Marfa Explainer.

Workshop Opportunities

Encaustic Basics with Amanda Smith and Kevin Tulley
@ A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City
January 17 & 18, 2015

Encaustic in its most basic interpretation means hot melted wax applied to an absorbent surface. Encaustic is typically bees wax mixed with damar resin and pigments. It has been used as a painting medium since Greek and Roman times. It was used to decorate warships, marble statues and eventually as a fine art medium for painting portraits on wooden panels. Painting with encaustic has continued through the ages and has relatively recently been discovered by photographers. The application of encaustic to digital pigment prints transcends the photographic process adding depth, luminescence and providing the opportunity for greater artistic expression.

Mary Ellen MarkCarnival in Argentina
with Harvey Stein Photo Workshops LLC and Josefina Moran. February 14-22, 2015

The third year of this travel workshop to beautiful Buenos Aires and Argentina for nine days of photographing some of the special events and places of this surprising country. On another day you travel by private van to San Antonio de Areco, the prettiest town in the Pampas for a different experience of Argentina. We stroll down picturesque colonial streets that date from the early 18th Century. There will be several class meetings to critique work and discuss our progress and interests. The cost of the workshop is $2,500. Full payment ($2500 or $3000) is due by December 1, 2014. If you have questions, please call Harvey at 212-316-9157 or email at

image left: Drummer at Carnaval, Buenos Aires ©Harvey Stein 2013Mary Ellen Mark
image right: White Sands Sunset © Craig Varjabedian

Photography and Personal Vision at Focus Ranch with Karen Schulman
Slater, Colorado on June 14-20, 2015

Join Karen Sschulman at Focus Ranch, a real working cattle ranch located on the western Colorado and Wyoming border in a section of the Northern Rocky Mountains about 50 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs. The ranch headquarters are nestled in the Upper Little Snake River Valley, surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Madre Mountain range, providing incredible sunrises and sunsets. Karen's expertise includes use of digital cameras as well as various alternative photographic processes.



Recent Member's News
Mary Ellen MarkCarol Lyon will be the Featured Artist for January at the Fine Arts Gallery @ 815 E. Main Bastrop, TX. She will be showing her Florence, Italy and Tuscany photographs. She is also a finalist in The Woodlands High School Art Trust purchase program with Snow Princess.Mary Ellen Mark

David Kerr has work featured in the 2014 High and Dry Exhibition at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

Prints by Malcolm Easton were selected for Magical Events at The Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf, NY, Reflections at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and Treasure at the A Smith Gallery.

Blue Mitchell just launched a monograph book project on Kickstarter. Your contribution to this campaign will, first and foremost, aid One Twelve Publishing in its growth as it continues its mission to support and distribute hand-crafted photographic work.Kickstarter runs Nov. 21 - Dec. 22. For more information, please follow this link.

image left: Snow Princess © Carol Hayman; image right: Two Jakes © Blue Mitchell

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Upcoming Member Exhibitions

Mary Ellen MarkA Smith Gallery. 105 N. Nugent. Johnson City. 512-422-4080. Critters; juried by Anne Berry. Thru December 28. Artist Receptions on December 27 from 4p-7pmMary Ellen Mark

PhotoPlace Gallery. 3 Park Street. Middlebury, VT. 804.359.3633. Tues-Fri, 11a-4p & Sat by appointment. The Built Environment, group exhibition including images by Mark Collins and Scott Martin. thru December 13.

Pucker Gallery. 171 Newbury Street. Boston, MA. 617.267.9473. Enchanted Constructions by Fran Forman. Thru January 4, 2015.

Galatea Fine Art Gallery. 460 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA. 617.542.1500. It's My Future: photographs by Jane Paradise. January 1-31, 2015. Artist reception and book signing is First Friday January 2, 2015 6- 8pm.

image right: Rower © Fran Forman; image left: Dorothy by Alison O'Brien.

More Members' Exhibits, click here

Upcoming Competition Deadlines
Blue @ A Smith Gallery
Deadline: January 5, 2015

blue : azure, cobalt, royal, sapphire, ultramarine, navy, cerulean, beryl, teal, indigo, turquoise, aqua. Awards are $325 for Juror's Award, $250 and an exhibition catalogue for Director's Award, five Honorable Mentions each receiving an exhibition catalogue and $100 for Visitors' Choice Award. Juror for "blue" will be Arthur Meyerson.

For more information:

image right: 2012 Smithsonian Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner, Bjorn Olesen

AX3: 2014 Photography Competition
Deadline: November 30, 2014
The AX3 – American Aperture Awards are an international open call for photography possessing uncommon vision. This opportunity is open to photographers of all backgrounds who capture images that make the unknowable known. Recognizing photos that captivate us also free us to identify our desires, we invite ALL types of photographers — professional, non-professional/amateur, student and mobile photography— in the following Mary Ellen Markcategories: Abstract, Advertising, Architecture/Cityscape, Collage, Documentary, Experimental, Fashion, Landscape/Seascape/Nature, Nudes, People/Portraits, Political, Photojournalism, Still Life, Street Photography, Video/Moving Images. For more information and how to enter, click here.

Portraiture: Expressions and Gestures
PhotoPlace Gallery
Deadline: December 1, 2014
A flicker of a smile, a twinkle in the eyes, a subtle gesture of the hand, the blur of spontaneous movement — photography is uniquely capable of capturing the briefest slice of a subject's life. Good portraits give us insight into the subject; great portraits can give us insight into what it is to be human. For Portraiture: Expression and Gesture, we seek portraits (self- or otherwise) that inform us about the subject.

Juried by Karen E. Haas, the Lane Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Portraiture will be exhibited at PhotoPlace Gallery from February 24 through March 20, 2015. Submission fee: $30 for five photographs, $7 for each additional photograph.
For more information, and to enter, click here.

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