Spring 2006 In This Issue

In this Spring 2006 issue, we introduce two exciting new sections—the SPOT Portfolio and the SPOT Project. Our Portfoliosection features a suite of photo-based artwork by a single artist (or collaborative group); the Project section offers an exhibition "space" using the pages of the magazine. Projects can take advantage of our full-color pages and can incorporate written text (poetry, prose, or otherwise). SPOT Project contributors will have the opportunity to consult with our designer and editorial team as needed. We welcome proposals for both sections. (Proposals for our next issue are needed by May 1st in order to appear in the October 2006 issue.)

This issue also features new work by photographers from Portugal via London (Edgar Martins), New Orleans (Jane Fulton Alt), and Houston (Paul Zeigler) and interviews with established artists Warren Niedich and Isaac Julien. Long-time contributor, Ed Osowski, contributes to this issue with two exhibition reviews from Arles, France and Houston (Les Rencontres d'Arles and Paul Hester). Osowski once served as Board President for HCP, and founded the HCP members' library, now boasting over 2,000 volumes, on the basis of donated publications. If you would like to donate a book or a magazine subscription, we would greatly appreciate it. We also welcome letters to the Editor, exhibition reviews, interviews, book reviews, and other new ideas from our readers. Please contact me via snail mail with your proposal and samples of your work or writing.

This month marks my 1-year anniversary directing HCP. With this occasion, I am proud to announce we have begun building the Learning Center expansion next door. Look for our new building fagade and state-of-the-art classroom facility opening in May. Other expansions include adding two full-time staff members last month: Program Director, Madeline Yale and Education Coordinator, Rachel Hewlett. These new hires will help HCP expand programs as well as our educational mission.

Over the past year, I have seen incredible dedication to HCP from its members, Board, and staff. Most recently, HCP received close to 100 donations from prominent national and international artists and galleries for our annual fundraising photography auction. The event was a smashing success, earning almost $80,000 in one evening! The enthusiasm and interest in the event symbolized a growing dedication and interest to the photographic arts by artists, collectors, and the community in Houston. I thank all of you who donated and contributed to the success of that evening. I hope we can equal the fun this October as HCP celebrates 25 years as the center for photography in Houston!

Allison Hunter
Editor and Executive Director