Winner of the 2017 Firecracker Photographic Grant revealed – British Journal of Photography

There are some really stunning photographs here.  The kind that reach in and touch your heart, very personal.

Carolina Arantes has today been named the winner of the 2017 Firecracker Photographic Grant for her ongoing series First Generation, which explores life for Afro-French women living in the suburbs of Paris.

Following the decolonisation of Africa, France experienced high immigration numbers in the 1970s, many of whom settled in the Ile-de-France region that surrounds the French capital. These immigrants sought a better life for themselves and their children.

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The A to Z of Photography: Exposure compensation | TechRadar

The exposure compensation control on your camera will either take the form of a dedicated dial or, in some instances, be tucked away in your camera’s menu – it’ll be marked with a +/- icon. It’s worth familiarising yourself with this setting, as exposure compensation gives you a great deal of flexibility in fine-tuning your exposure.

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September is the best month to score super cheap theater tickets in NYC

Good thing for newcomers & travelers to NYC to know.  Don’t miss catching a Broadway show if you can swing it – these tips might help make that possible.

September is the best month to score super cheap theater tickets in NYC

The theater season kicks into gear a few weeks from now, with a rush of new productions on and off Broadway. But while you wait for the best fall shows to open, you can see some that are already running for much less money than usual, thanks to discount initiatives designed to boost sales during a traditionally soft time for theater box office. Broadway has Broadway Week, which actually last for two weeks (September 4–17) and provides two-for-one tickets to most shows on the Great White Way. Even cheaper seats are available to Off Broadway shows via the 20at20 program (September 5–24).

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Blue Dog print to benefit schools affected by Hurricane Harvey | NOLA.com

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the popular New Orleans artist George Rodrigue created an edition of benefit prints that depicted his beloved blue dog submerged in eerie blue water. A red cross appeared on the dog’s chest and an American flag drifted in the background. The dog’s beseeching eyes were bloodshot with fatigue.

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How This Woman Went From Broke To Traveling Full-Time (And Making Lots Of Money)

Say it with me now… “Dream Life”!!  *sigh*

There are a lot of bloggers out there traveling around the world and filling your Instagram feed with gorgeous destination photos. But there are very few who have actually cracked the code and figured out how to make money. Alyssa Ramos is one of them. This 29-year-old is the definition of a digital nomad success story: A solo adventure traveler and entrepreneur, she travels full-time, runs the site My Life’s a Movie and has racked up over 125,000 followers on Instagram. Her favorite slogan?  “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

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How valuable is great exposure for free art, labor

A must read for those new to the arts industries – watch out for the “Do it for the exposure” line you will hear often.  Establish your rules and how you will handle donation of services or products now – while your career is still young.  Set your parameters up now and stick to them.  It’s much easier to say “No Thank you, but I am willing to do this…” and then explain what you would be willing to do to help, if anything.  Don’t be bullied or made to feel guilty or tricked.  Study up on the business side of your art – because you will need to understand this side to truly be successful.  Good Luck!

This time of year, artist’s inboxes fill up with requests from nonprofits looking for “local” art donations for fundraising. Phrases such as “100% Tax Deductible” and “Great Exposure” fill the introduction letters to entice artists to donate their art.Guess what? Tax law only allows an artist to deduct the cost of materials, not the value of time put into a piece. Blame Nixon. Yes, the former president – Nixon wrote-off millions of dollars for donating his own manuscripts to a library. Then Congress enacted a law with some loose enough terminology to include artists that, basically, states creators can only deduct material costs and not a donation’s fair market value.

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Rapper Bun B and Music Manager Scooter Braun Planning Houston Benefit Concert | PEOPLE.com

It’s so amazing to see so many people come together to help.  I’m sure much more will be needed in the coming weeks, months & even years – but we need to get started now & many are stepping up to do just that.

Braun — who manages Justin Bieber and produced Ariana Grande’s Manchester benefit concert — is working on bringing together a lineup for the Houston benefit, a representative for the rapper told the Associated Press.

The rep said Braun  — who has worked with fellow Houston native Beyoncé —  “is actively working on gathering talent and organizing logistics for the event,” and added that the concert is tentatively scheduled to air on four national networks on Sept. 12.

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City bringing new life to music history

We need to be saving more historic locations such as this, especially across the South.   So much great music came out of these spots – in spite of the cruelty and unfairness of the laws of the day.  Where would we be culturally without these influences?  They need to be preserved, celebrated & remembered.

Herbert Riley

Want to get Herbert Riley riled up? Just say something negative about restoring Charlies Place—a project he’s poured his heart and soul into for years.

Charlie’s Place was a thriving nightclub and restaurant on Carver Street from the 1930s to the 1960s. At any time, you could find some of the most famous black entertainers in the world—Little Richard, BB King, Billie Holiday and many others—performing to standing-room-only crowds there.