Everyone takes photographs nowadays, but not everyone is a photographer. No matter how many iPhone images you've loaded on Pinterest, it doesn't mean you necessarily have the same eye or skill with a camera as someone who's made a career out of clicking the shutter. To see the difference, just drop in on the Texas Photo Roundup next week. Though the name makes it sound like a homespun, informal affair, the three-day conference is actually geared to professionals and will be swarming with art directors, photo editors, and those folks who make their living getting the right shot.
Thanks to the Austin Center for Photography and the Austin/San Antonio chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, Roundup attendees will have the chance to have their photographs reviewed by representatives from agencies such as Pentagram, TracyLocke, JWT, Wonderful Machine, GSD&M, and Razorfish, and magazines such as Smithsonian, Dwell, and Fortune; hear masters in the field discuss the challenges of the profession and how they overcome the problems of camera-shy subjects, demanding art directors, and never having enough time; and even shoot with some of the pros and get their advice directly. Some of the weekend's big events – an all-day road trip to Lockhart for barbecue and shooting with the prime documentarian of Texas BBQ, Wyatt McSpadden, as well as a two-day workshop with Arnold Newman Portrait Prize winner Chris Buck – are already sold out, but you can still catch some great discussions of the state of the field: a panel discussion on pricing your work, keeping your business sustainable, and nailing the creative call, featuring Austin-based photographer Adam Voorhes, Jess Dudley of Wonderful Machine, Allen Murabayashi of Photoshelter, and Kaia Hemming of JWT, moderated by Allegra Wilde of Eyeist; and a conversation between Monte Isom and Andrew Hetherington on building a career in photography, from the basics of portfolios to whether or not you need an agent to how to take a meeting (all this knowledge, plus free breakfast tacos!).
Then there's the latest in ACP's Icons of Photography lecture series: a talk by Austin's own Dan Winters, winner of more than 100 national and international awards, including an Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography and a World Press Photo award. He'll show slides of his remarkable celebrity portraits and photojournalistic work, with no doubt plenty of images from his new book, Last Launch, published by UT Press. His photographs of the space shuttles Atlantis, Discovery, and Endeavor return a sense of awe to the space program, capturing the massive size and complexity of the mechanics, the staggering power of the liftoff, and the majesty and mystery of these rockets in flight.
Hey, I'm happy to "Like" the latest pic you've posted to Facebook, but that's the work of a photographer.
The Texas Photo Roundup will be held Feb. 7-9, Thursday-Saturday, in Austin. For more information, visit www.texasphotoroundup.com.
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