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Photographer Gary Fong Joins MMP Advisory Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, April 27, 2010 --- The Museum of Modern Photography (MMP), a virtual museum to further the art of professional and amateur photographers, today announced the naming of acclaimed photographer Gary Fong, principal of Genesis Photo Agency, to the Museum’s Advisory Board of Directors.

In his capacity as a Board member, Mr. Fong will be a judge for the Museum of Modern Photography’s major exhibits. The first such exhibit, entitled Our Culture Through Images, will be mounted in the fall. Other duties will include advising on future exhibits and other programs.

The online exhibit of advertising photography, Our Culture Through Images, opened March 31 and will run through September. The Museum’s major exhibitions rotate three times a year with additional exhibits for celebrity and favorite unpublished photographs. The major shows go live March 31, July 31, and November 30. Images from each exhibition are judged and 50 are chosen for a public showing.

In other professional capacities, Mr. Fong serves as Chief Photography Officer of WeArePhotographers.com, a Web site dedicated to educating and advancing photography. Formerly he was Director of Editorial Graphics Technology and the Director of Photography at the San Francisco Chronicle. He first joined the Chronicle staff in 1975 and over the years received many awards and recognitions including Lifetime Achievement Award, Southern Short Course; judge for the National Press Photographers Association; jurist for Pulitzer Prize Photography; two times named California Press Photographer of the Year; and five-time winner of the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association McLaughlin Award. He has been an instructor of photojournalism at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. He is president and cofounder of Christians in Photojournalism.

“The Museum is extremely fortunate to have Gary Fong on the Advisory Board. His talent and experience will be of immeasurable value to us,” said MMP Founder Andy Shafer.

The Museum of Modern Photography is an institute dedicated to the support and promotion of modern photography, which is defined as photography with an artistic sensibility developed from the 1920s to the present. Founded in 1993 as a virtual museum, MMP serves professional photographers as well as amateur and student photographers through membership news, events, and exhibitions.

Museum of Modern Photography Launches Online
Advertising Photography Exhibit

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA — February 1, 2010 —

The Museum of Modern Photography, a virtual museum to further the art of photography, today launched its first annual online “Advertising Photography” exhibition. The title of the exhibit is “Our Culture Through Images” with the focus of capturing American life and culture through the photographs prepared for display advertising. The search for photography is nationwide. All Museum registered photographers’ work will be accepted and displayed. A full array of Advertising Images is anticipated: portraits, food, action, architecture, news, fashion, etc.

The deadline for submission of photographs is March 20, 2010. The exhibit will go live online March 31, 2010, and will remain on the MMP site until September. Visit the Museum of Modern Photography’s Web site for details: www.mmpca.org.

A brick-and-mortar exhibition of 50 images from the “Advertising Photography” online exhibit will be staged in San Francisco later this year, offering a unique opportunity for advertising photographic art to be viewed in a museum setting.

The Museum of Modern Photography is an institute dedicated to the support and promotion of modern photography, which is defined as photography with an artistic sensibility developed from the 1920s to the present. Founded in 1993 as a virtual museum, the Museum serves professional photographers as well as amateur and student photographers through membership news, events, and exhibitions.

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Museum of Modern Photography
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