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DPI Student Tris Bucaro on with ‘Catch Me if You Can’

 Shout out to DPI Junior Tris Bucaro (instagram), who shot a great gallery of photos for for an article on the return of the musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ to NYC. Check out Tris Bucaro’s Photos of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ here and see more photos the ‘Catch Me If You Can’ instagram feed.

Photos by: Tris Bucaro via and @catchmenyc

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De Blasio Nominates Alum Hank Willis Thomas to Public Design Commission

De Blasio Nominates Hank Willis Thomas for Painter Seat of Public Design Commission | ARTnews.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his nominations for the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Public Design Commission. Among them is the artist Hank Willis Thomas, nominated for the Painter seat of the PDC.

Hank Willis Thomas, The Cotton Bowl, series: Strange Fruit, 2011

Willis Thomas is a sculptor, photographer, and installation artist best known for his conceptual photos that explore issues of identity, race, media, and popular culture.

According to a press release from the City of New York, the Mayor’s nominations have been submitted to the City Council for approval. [read more from Art News]


Other big HWT News:

Beyoncé features Hank Willis Thomas on her website in celebration of Black History Month.

Hank Willis Thomas



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African-American Photography [update]

 “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” , a film by Thomas Allen Harris inspired by the book “Reflections in Black” (2000), by DPI Chair Deborah Willis’s is playing at Film Forum until September 9 and is getting a great deal of media attention:

Interview on the Tavis Smiley Show with Deborah Willis and Thomas Allen Harris

‘Through a Lens Darkly,’ on African-American Photography
film review by A.O. Scott,

Interview with Thomas Allen Harris and Deb Hillis on WNYC.

Alumnus Hank Willis Thomas is one of the featured artists in the film

Alumnus Hank Willis Thomas is one of the featured artists in the film




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Photography Project Funding Opportunities

16 Organizations that Want to Fund Your Photography from  The PhotoShelter Blog.

The PhotoShelter blog has complied a great list of foundations, non-profits and private companies, who are willing to fund worthy photographers based on talent and project goals. Some offer grants for photojournalists who expose social injustices; others focus on editorial photographers who tell long-form stories. read more


Another great source for funding of arts projects is the New York Foundation for the Arts. Join their mailing list at

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Photographers – Know Your Rights:

Know Your Rights: Photographers | American Civil Liberties Union

A great resource from the ACLU

Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply. [read more]

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Recent photography graduates & new students – Ian Parry Scholarship Deadline

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The Ian Parry Scholarship is a free award for documentary photography and visual photojournalism students and freelance photographers of 24 years and under. It will be judged by our Patron Don McCullin and Trustees. Please follow us on twitter @ianparryscholar for more updates

The Ian Parry Scholarship deadline is 7th July 2014. Recently graduated Degree MA/ MFA graduates should also apply. Please forward this email to your 2013 / 2014 students for an exciting opportunity to work with us during this special year, our 25th Anniversary year.

We have increased the prize to £3,500 for the winner and camera equipment from Canon. Two finalists receive £500 each. Save The Children offers an international paid commission to one of the finalists. A selection of the winning images will be published in the Sunday Times magazine Spectrum and exhibited in London, also appearing in a special catalogue being prepared to mark our 25th Anniversary.

Please see our attached application form, press release & poster and visit for our latest news from our past winners like Marcus Bleasdale/VII, Jonas Bendkisen/Magnum, Simon Roberts and Leonie Hampton.

Ian Parry scholarship application form 2014

Ian Parry scholarship PRESS-RELEASE 2014

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DPI Student Work: ‘Documenting Downtown’ an Affordable Supermarket

DPI major Nate Palmer along with NYU classmates Laura Jung and Devyn Olin have produced a great looking video covering the work that the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council in Manhattan has done to bring affordable groceries to the LES after the closing of the PathMark. This work was done as part of Mark Bussell’s Documenting Downtown class. Here it is:

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2015 WPO Student Photo Competition: Consumer Culture

This comes through from the World Photography Organization:


2015 Student Focus Competition Brief:
Enter a photo which symbolises contemporary consumer culture:

As time goes by and we acquire things over the course of our lives, trends can be spotted in the objects we buy. Whether it’s colour schemes, fonts, patterns or shapes, there have been many changes in style since the dawn of modern day consumer culture in the 1950s.

We would like you to take a photo of an object or scene that symbolizes modern culture to you. It could be a fashionstatement, a type of washing powder, a chair or a hairstyle, but must be something you feel is a reflection of today’s society. It can be sensationalist or low key, split second or staged.

Try to photograph something you feel strongly about, whether it’s a piece of technology or a doorway.

Captions may be no more than 15 words.

Competition dates:
Entry start: 23th May 2014
Entry close: 6th Dec 2014

Please share the competition brief with your students to promote the competition.

All students should submit their one image directly to you via email.

Tutors should select ONE image from all student entries submitted and  email this to by the 6th December 2014.

Image size:
The image should be a JPEG. Minimum size: 800 KB and maximum 4MB

Rules:  here

View the 2015 Judging Panel

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