New guest blogger: Laurel Ptak of I Heart Photograph

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Many thanks to Arezoo Moseni for her thoughtful posts linking contemporary artists with broader considerations of time, space, and place. You can follow her musings on her own site here.

Up next, we welcome Laurel Ptak to the guest blog.  Laurel is an independent curator, educator and photographer based in New York City, and the founder and curator of the  photography website iheartphotograph.com. As a curator, she’s organized the exhibitions www.iheartphotograph.com at Higher Pictures in New York City and, at the Pierro Gallery, Is it possible to make a photograph of New Jersey regardless of where you are in the world?, curated exclusively through digital means with the ambition of “physicalizing a Google image search for the words New Jersey.” Laurel is also an active speaker on photography and has recently lectured at the 2008 New York Photo Festival, Aperture Foundation, NYU, the Cooper Union, UCLA, Skidmore College, School of Visual Arts, Hampshire College, and PS1 Contemporary Art Center. Her own photographic work is published in the book 25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers (PowerHouse Books, 2003) and her writing on photography appears in the Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography (Routledge, 2005) and elsewhere. She is currently working on a book project about contemporary portraiture titled Un-Portrait, preparing for upcoming exhibitions in Viborg, Denmark and Brooklyn, New York in 2008, and working as Educational Programs Manager at the Aperture Foundation.

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  1. Linda Vorderer says:

    Laurel, I enjoyed visiting your site, iheartphotograph.com and intend to have my students bookmark this site for critique and reference photos. I am establishing a Digital Arts class in an all girl high school this fall. Can you suggest other sites that would serve to help my students in an introduction to Photoshop. They all have laptops supplied with Photoshop Elements.
    Also, could you give suggestions for the direction of this class? My plan is to use the Photography Teachers manual by Davis Publications, but I intend to extend the class with an art focus beyond taking and touching up photos. I would appreciate any help you are willing to share.

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