News Recap: September 11, 2015

A weekly recap of art world news.

The Shepherd's Daughter, Clare Benson, Critical Mass finalist

The Shepherd's Daughter, Clare Benson, Critical Mass finalist

Critical Mass Top 200 Announced
Photolucdia has announced the top 200 finalists for its annual Critical Mass competition. The photographers were selected from a submission pool of over 1,000 entries and will continue on to the final round of review before the final top 50 winners are decided.
View the finalists (Photolucida)

Mary Virginia Swanson Named Executive Director of Look3
Look3 Festival of the Photograph is an annual festival held in Charlottesville, Virginia each June. Mary Virginia Swanson is widely respected advisor, educator, and author in the photography community. Throughout her career she has directed a variety of education programs, held seminars and workshops across the country on making and marketing art, and coordinated countless exhibition and publication programs. Swanson’s first year as Executive Direcor will correspond with Look3’s tenth anniversary as a non-profit organization. 
Read the full announcement (Mary Virginia Swanson)

Photograph of Drowned Syrian Child Sends Shockwaves Around the World
Amidst all of the media coverage surrounding Syrian refugees, one photograph has captured the world's attention. A photograph of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy, washed up on the beach has drawn significant attention to the Syrian crisis, as well as sparked conversations about the power of photography and the ethics of printing similar tragic and graphic imagery.
Read the full story (Wall Street Journal)