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No Strings Foundation Debuts

Academic journal article Afterimage

No Strings Foundation Debuts

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Photographers and photography collectors can take heart in a positive new funding development--the debut in March 2005 of the No Strings Foundation, based in Los Angeles, California. The private foundation is headed by Tim Wride, former Associate Curator of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Wride is known for his numerous contributions to important exhibitions in the United States, particularly his curatorial work with the seminal "Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution" (at LACMA in 2001) as well as the memorable traveling survey "Pirkle Jones: Sixty Years of Photography" and "Black Panthers: Photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones" (at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California in 2004).

The No Strings Foundation takes as its mission a commitment to providing direct financial assistance to photographic imagemakers that is meant to facilitate and enhance their work with "no strings" attached. In its first year, the foundation will give two awards of $25,000, which will be announced in October 2005, with plans to expand within several years to six annual awards. The foundation seeks artists at any stage of their careers whose work has been "marked by a keen sense of aesthetic precedent, an overriding understanding of pictorial power, and a dogged commitment to the creative process." While No Strings will consider each artist's past accomplishments and current work, it will cast a careful eye on the impact an award may have on an artist's future direction.

Potential recipients of No Strings Foundation grants are nominated by a national panel of curators, educators, critics, picture editors and art directors. Grant fellows are then determined by an independent panel. The foundation does not accept applications. Nominators are selected by their willingness, as Wride said in a recent interview with this author, "to be out there looking, meeting the work on its own terms, and [they must] have a strong commitment to discovery as part of their curatorial practice. …

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