Debbie Fleming Caffery

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.

Debbie Fleming Caffery at Galerie Camera Obscura


Debbie Fleming Caffery’s solo show, “Fantasmas”, is opening this month in the Parisian Galerie Camera Obscura. The exhibition features black-and-white photographs which combine a mystic, romantic atmosphere with a sharply contrasted play of negative space. True to the name of the exhibit, (“Ghosts”, in Spanish), the work contains an element of the Victorian practice of spirit photography, in that photography can capture a world beyond the naked eye. The images seem to pulsate with life—the camera’s hold on the moment feels tenuous at best.

The show will close March 13th, 2010. Debbie’s most recent monograph, The Spirit and The Flesh was published by Radius Books in 2009.

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!

Debbie Fleming Caffery: Upcoming Exhibitions

Debbie Fleming Caffery: The Spirit & The Flesh

Celebrated work from her long-term project in Mexico,
for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005.
With an essay by curator Carrie Springer. Poem by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Thursday, May 21  Gitterman Gallery, New York City
Opening Reception 6–8 pm

Thursday, June 4  photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe
Opening Reception 5–7 pm

About the Artist
Caffery’s work has been included in solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Gitterman Gallery, New York. She has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005) for the work in this book; the first Lou Stoumen Prize (1996), and the Louisiana Governor’s Art Award (1990). Her work is included in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Caffery has published several highly praised books, including Polly, The Shadows, and Carry Me Home.

Trade Edition
(Signed copies available) $60.00/$65.00
12 x 11 inches, 96 pages, 64 duotone illustrations

Limited EditionShips in late-May. Taking orders now.) $1200.00
Limited to 40 copies, and includes 2 signed and numbered gelatin-silver prints—the cover (above) and back cover images (seen here, and the first image below)—plus a signed book in a clamshell box. $1200.00

AIPAD Photography Show in New York City

The annual photography show of the Association for International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) is taking place this weekend at the Park Ave. Armory (at 67th Street). As with any art fair, this one fills the space with a maze of dealers booths, each more or less filled with wares—in this photographs—for sale. It’s a chance to see work from around the world, ostensibly, and if you’re in the collecting mood, to purchase a few for your collection (without having to travel the world to visit each dealer on their own turf).

For myself, it’s a chance to see work, but primarily it’s a chance to reconnect with other people in the industry and to explore ways of working together.

This year, it’s also a chance to launch a couple new Radius Books titles!

Scheinbaum & Russek (booth 206) will have copies of Beaumont’s Kitchen. David Scheinbaum, who wrote the introductory essay, will be signing the book at the booth from 2-4 on Saturday.

Gitterman Gallery will have copies of Debbie Fleming Caffery’s new book, The Spirit & The Flesh, on hand, along with copies of her limited edition version of the book.

Lastly, Julie Blackmon will be on hand to sign copies of her monograph, Domestic Vacations, at Catherine Edelman’s booth.

Please come by and say hi!