The Natural History Museum will be opening its Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in a few days and I thought I’d highlight a few great talks they’re doing this weekend to accompany the show. (Thanks to DeeDee McCabe for sending this in!) Several previews of the show are taking place on October 16 and 17 that include special sessions with many of the photographers. Also included in the program are webcast sessions and additional gallery talks as the show goes on. More info on these can be found here.

The exhibition runs from 18 October through 23 March, 2014. Additional information on the exhbition can be found by visiting – National History Museum – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2013.

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Head of Art, John Smalley, recently visited Ms. Annesley’s third grade classroom in the Lower School to give students a demonstration in drawing using a tablet. Mr. Smalley showed students several examples of his work in portraiture both on the ipad and with more traditional drawing and painting materials. Third graders then had a chance to try out the brushes app for themselves and had a lot of fun while they were at it!

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If you’re a photography student, this post is for you. Starting off are two shows you should definitely be getting into London to see. I’ve also listed several online resources to start digging into. Enjoy.

P.S. As I hope you know, you can also find more exhibitions and resources on the TASIS Arts Wiki.


William Klein + Daido Moriyama at the Tate Modern (through Jan 20th). link

Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Color (through Jan 27th). link


And… a few resources to start you off.

1. “Ways of Working” and “The Phyla of Street Photography” by Michael David Murphy – A series of fantastic articles on the practice of street photography. Below, an excerpt from part 1 entitled “Get Over It.”

Most people on the street are just like you and me and are thinking about a thousand things rather than wondering if that person walking toward them may or may not have a camera and may or may not be preparing to take their picture. (Celebrity culture is beginning to change this, as some folks on the street act like they’re starring in their own reality show, with their own iPod soundtrack, and will throw Courtney Love-style fits when cameras are close – I’ve seen it.) You may feel exposed as a photographer, but breathe easy; by and large, people have far more interesting/complicated lives to mull over, and they’re not worrying about you and whether or not you’re about to fit them into your photo-project.

2. Aperture’s Blog – Keep an eye out for their excellent Photography Reading Shortlists to stay up to date on what the buzz is about.

3. Phaidon’s Agenda Blog – The great folks over at Phaidon have been posting a series of fantastic interviews with street photographer Joel Meyerowitz on their Agenda blog, which by the way should be essential reading for all art students. Below are two of these on composition and on life on the street. Go find the rest of this series on their blog or on YouTube.





Along with other great online resources, MOMA has introduced a new iPAD app, which allows you to view the current “Abstract Expressionist New York” Exhibition currently on view at the museum. Not only can viewers browse high resolution images of all 60 works in the show, but they watch videos and listen to audio guides created by the curators that focus on individual painters and their techniques.




In addition, the Guggenheim has also recently made available 65 art catalogues that can now be found online completely free of charge. The catalogues cover a wide range of artists, including the work of  Calder, Van Gogh, Guston, Munch, Bacon, Klimt and Kandinsky. Also featured are titles covering major movements and themes (ex: Abstract Expressionists Imagists, Gauguin and the Decorative Style). To access any of these titles, simply select a text from the collection and click the “Read Catalogue Online” button. The catalogues can also be found on archive.org, which lets you download them as PDFs and other formats.

(via OpenCulture)

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