Darius Himes



Darius Himes will be a juror in a new international photography contest for both emerging and established photographers, put on by Daylight Magazine and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Other jurors will be Vince Aletti, writer/critic, The New Yorker magazine; Julie Saul, gallery owner/director, Julie Saul Gallery; Alec Soth, photographer; Hank Willis Thomas, photographer; Jamie Wellford, international photo editor, Newsweek magazine; Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff, editors, Daylight Magazine; Alexa Dilworth, publishing director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; and Courtney Reid-Eaton, exhibitions director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

The deadline for entry is May 15th, with winners announced in mid-June. Awards will be given for a Project Prize and a Work-In-Process Prize. For more information and to enter the contest, go to Daylight Magazine.

Photography Book Now International Competition


Darius Himes will be lead judge for the third year in a row for Blurb’s third annual Photography Book Now International Competition. They are soliciting self-published photography books until July 15th. Categories include Fine Art, Editorial, and Photography Portfolio. The finalists’ books in each category will become part of the permanent collections at the International Center for Photography, the Annenberg Space for Photography and the George Eastman House. The grand prize is an enticing $25,000, won last year by Polish photographer, Rafal Milach, for his book Black Sea of Concrete.

Darius will lead a panel of jurors that include:

Monica Allende, Photo Editor, London Sunday Times
David Fahey, Gallery Director, Fahey Klein
Michael Mack, Publisher, Steidl/Mack
Lesley Martin, Publisher, Aperture
Susan Meiselas, Photographer
Erin O’Toole, Assistant Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Martin Parr, Photographer
Judith Puckett-Rinella, Senior Photography Editor, T: The New York Times Style Magazine
Brian Smith, Photographer

For more information on the contest check out Blurb’s site and Photography Blog.

Hey, Hot Shot! 2010 Open for Entries—Darius Himes, Guest Curator

Radius Books’ Darius Himes has been selected to be the first month’s guest curator for Jen Bekman Gallery‘s 2010 Hey, Hot Shot! competition.


The competition is judged by a diverse panel of photography professionals, with a awards including a Grand Prize of $5000 + Gallery Representation and five Hot Shots Awards of $500 + Group Exhibition at Jen Bekman Gallery.

The deadline for submissions is August 22, 2010. See Hey, Hot Shot!: A Jen Bekman Project for more information.

In addition, all applicants will be eligible for a Curator’s Choice Award, with a guest curator selecting a contender each month. Contenders will be featured in a Hey, Hot Shot! newsletter and awarded a prize from the guest curator’s affiliate organization. A Radius Books gift bag will be awarded to the photographer Darius selects, including these three Radius Books monographs: Transfigurations, by Michael Lundgren, The Spirit and the Flesh, by Debbie Fleming Cafferty, and Domestic Vacations, by Julie Blackmon.

Hey, Hot Shot! 2010 Now Accepting Entries

Hey, Hot Shot!: A Jen Bekman Project, is now accepting entries for the 2010 competition.


Darius Himes of Radius Books is one of the panelists for the third year running, and this year Darius is starting off the judging as guest curator for the Curator’s Choice Awards.

The deadline for submissions is August 22, 2010 at 8 p.m. (EDT). Applications submitted before April 22, 2010 will be eligible to win a gift bag from Radius Books including three Radius monographs. See Radius News for more details.

Radius Books @ FOTOBUCHTAGE, June 4-6, 2010

The Photobook Days 2010 will take place June 4-6, 2010, at the Deichtorhallen, the House of Photography, in Hamburg, Germany. The event is dedicated to celebrating the independence of the photo book.


The festival will include book launches and signings, reviews, workshops, lectures, and will conclude with the announcement of the winner of the “Photobook Award 2010“.

The “GetPublished Award 2010,” is open to photography book proposals. Information on the competition as well as the entry form may be found  here. The deadline is May 10, 2010, and a panel of jurors will select a shortlist of ten submissions, which will be displayed to visitors during Photobook Days 2010. The winning project will be published by Seltmann + Söhne, and the finished book and production process will be presented at Photobook Days 2011.

Radius Books founding members Darius Himes and David Chickey will both be attending, where they will give a lecture about artist publisher collaboration on Saturday, June 5, and will also participate in the portfolio reviews throughout the weekend. A preliminary list of speakers includes: Hans-Michael Koetzle, Horst Moser, Prof. Hans Dickel, Rob Hornstra, Andrew Phelps, Oliver Seltmann, Alexa Becker, Ulf Doering, Hannes Wanderer, Christof Kerber, Jörg Koopmann, Volker Gerling, Ulrich Rüter, Prof. Hans Meyer-Veden, Jann Müller-Wiefel, Prof. Peter Blalobrzeski, and the Kolkata Heritage Photo Project.

FOTOBUCHTAGE, June 4-6, 2010

The Photobook Days 2010 will take place June 4-6, 2010, at the Deichtorhallen—The House of Photography—in Hamburg, Germany.


Radius Books founding members Darius Himes and David Chickey will both be attending, where they will give a lecture about artist publisher collaboration on Saturday, June 5, and will also participate in the portfolio reviews throughout the weekend. Darius is one of the panel of judges for the Get Published Award 2010, the winner of which will be announced on June 6, 2010.

For more information on the event and competition, please visit Radius News.

Review Santa Fe 2009

The week/end of June 4–7 witnessed a flurry of photography-related activities during Review Santa Fe, the annual, nationally-recognized portfolio review event. Radius Books was heavily involved in a variety of ways (detailed below):

Thursday night:
Debbie Fleming Caffery Booksigning and Exhibition Opening at photo-eye Gallery

On Thursday night, Photo-eye Gallery hosted a booksigning and exhibition opening of work from Caffery’s recently published book, The Spirit & The Flesh. Situated in the historic Acequia Madre neighborhood of quaint Santa Fe, the gallery took over the portal and garden area surrounding Downtown Subscription, feeding the hungry throngs that had just arrived for Review Santa Fe.

Friday and Saturday: Review Santa Fe, 2009

Review Santa Fe is a juried portfolio review event hosted by Center, a nonprofit organization in Santa Fe committed to supporting photographers. It is a weekend conference for photographers who have created a significant project or series and are seeking wider recognition. Up to 100 photographers meet with esteemed curators, editors, art directors, publishers, gallery and agency reps, and alternative market professionals. To view an online listing of the photographers who attended, visit here. Darius Himes and Joanna Hurley of Radius Books participated as reviewers for the event.

Friday night: Open Portfolio Viewing

The open Portfolio Viewing took place at the Center for Contemporary Art and offered an opportunity for the public to view the portfolios of the photographers participating in Review Santa Fe 2009.To read more about this event and the photographers who attended visit PDNPulse, Deborah Hamon Art Blog, or Tethered.

top: the cavernous space at CCA. bottom: reviewers Denise Wolff (Aperture), Brian Clamp (ClampArt), Darren Ching (PDN), Debra KlompChing (KlompChing Gallery)

Sunday morning: Seminar at St. Francis Auditorium
Words Without Pictures: Considering Contemporary Photography

Words Without Pictures is a collaborative, year-long, web-based project involving discussions, essays, debates, and conversations focused on photography. Each month, beginning at the end of Nov 2007 and concluding in Nov 2008, an artist, educator, critic, art historian, or curator wrote a short opinionated essay about an emerging or changing aspect of photography. The New Mexico Museum of Art hosted a free seminar with Darius Himes (Radius Books), Katherine Ware (Curator, NM Museum of Art), and Charlotte Cotton (Curator, LACMA) in conversation about this project and the culminating book. 120+ people came out!

Sunday afternoon: Beaumont’s Kitchen Booksigning

Essayist David Scheinbaum and contributing photographer Janet Russek signed copies of the book at Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd in Santa Fe. Thanks to all those that came out on a sunny Sunday afternoon!

Some of the Best Books of 2008

Photo-eye's Best Books of 2008

This past week has brought us much good news here at Radius Books. Not only were we in full effect at photo LA, with our books at D.A.P.’s fantastic booth, but ClampArt Gallery was showing Michael Lundgren‘s work and photo-eye Gallery had a strong showing of Julie Blackmon‘s photographs.

The main news, however, was the announcement of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2008. Every year photo-eye announces their staff favorites of the year just ending. That list is right here. But this year they went one step further and invited 17 other “photo-world luminaries” to contribute their own lists. Radius Books’ own Darius Himes was one of those contributors. (Click this link to get to the main interactive page where you can see each list and browse the titles.) Several Radius Books titles ended up on various lists.

photo-eye named Domestic Vacations by Julie Blackmon as one of the Best Books of the 2008. And Chris Pichler of Nazraeli Press named Domestic Vacations and Lee Friedlander: New Mexico as two of his favorite books of the year.