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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter Florida Weekly: Ketchum is FOTOfusion award winner

Ketchum is FOTOfusion award winner

Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world-renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), has announced that celebrated photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum will be the recipient of the prestigious FOTOmentor Award during FOTOfusion 2011.

The 16th annual FOTOfusion will be held Jan. 11-15 and will offer more than 100 workshops, lectures, panel discussions, multimedia presentations, portfolio reviews, hands-on computer classes, demonstrations, and photo shoots taught by an impressive faculty of industry leaders and photographic giants who donate their time and expertise to educate, mentor, and encourage creativity among participants of all levels and ages. FOTOfusion bills itself as “where creativity and technology fuse,” and it attracts participants from around the globe.

A highlight of the upcoming FOTOfusion will be the presentation of the prestigious FOTOmentor Award to Robert Glenn Ketchum, a longtime friend and supporter of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. In turn, Ketchum will present PBPC’s Rising Star Award to Miguel Ángel de la Cueva, a young Fellow from the International League of Conservation Photographers who is doing remarkable work in Mexico and Baja.

Each year, the PBPC Awards Committee selects a photographer to receive the FOTOmentor Award in honor of his/her lifetime achievements in the world of photography. Previous recipients include distinguished photographers Gordon Parks, Sebastiao Salgado, Arnold Newman, Ruth Bernhard, Duane MichaeIs, James Nachtwey, Michael Kenna and David Hume Kennerly, among others.

“To celebrate Ketchum’s distinguished career, I’m proud to announce that the Photo Centre will run a retrospective exhibition of his incredible nature photographs opening on January 2 and running through March 8, 2011,” said Ms. NeJame. “It is seldom that we have the opportunity to feature a photographer that embraces such a diverse approach to photographic image making.”

PBPC will honor Ketchum several times during the weeklong festival:

.. At a reception open to FOTOfusion participants on Jan. 11.

.. At an awards dinner on Jan. 12.

.. At a reception open to the general public on Jan. 13.

In addition, Ketchum will also give a lecture (A 45 Year Journey to American Master) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, starting at 12:45 p.m. He also will participate on a conservation panel with other representatives fro the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) on Saturday, Jan. 15.

For more information about the Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOfusion 2011, please visit www.workshop.org.

About Robert Glenn Ketchum:

In 2010, American Photo magazine featured Robert Glenn Ketchum in their Masters series making him only the fifth photographer they have recognized this way in 20 years of publishing. Unlike the four preceding honorees (Henri Cartier- Bresson, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Annie Liebovitz), Ketchum is unique because his imagery is based almost exclusively in the natural world.

For nearly half a century, Ketchum’s fine prints, and bookmaking, have addressed critical national environmental issues while at the same time helped to define contemporary color photography. His advocate use of photographs and the media has inspired successive generations of artists to work on behalf of social and environmental justice, and led to the creation of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), of which Ketchum is a Founding Fellow. As a result, Audubon has named Ketchum one of the 100 people “who shaped the conservation movement of the 20th Century.”

In the early ‘80’s, Ketchum entered China through the UCLA-China Exchange Program, and began to collaborate with some of the historic embroidery guilds of Suzhou to develop complex textiles based on his photographs. Some of the most recent examples of this embroidery and loom weaving, many of which took years to complete, will be included in this exhibit, as will new designs from the digital darkroom that Ketchum has recently developed for the embroiderers.

Ketchum’s distinctive, dimensional prints are in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the National Museum of American Art (DC), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY). Significant archives (more than 100 images) have been acquired by the Amon Carter Museum (TX) and the Huntington Library and Gardens (CA), and substantial bodies of work can be found at the High Museum (GA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Akron Art Museum (OH), Stanford University Art Museum (CA), the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Cornell University (NY), and the National Museum of American Art.

About the Palm Beach Photographic Centre:

The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, please call 253-2600 or visit www. workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org.


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