Mark your calendars:
+ 2009 Ultra Kurt Tong's NYC debut solo show, In Case it Rains in Heaven, is on view at Jen Bekman Gallery through March 4th. It's clearly a busy time of year for the photographer—he just released two limited-edition photographs from In Case it Rains in Heaven on 20x200. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to be notified when other editions from Hey, Hot Shot! photographers are released.
+ The School of Visual Arts Arts Abroad program is now accepting applications for their 2012 Photography Workshop in Shanghai. The program is open to all applicants who've had at least one year of college-level photography education (not necessarily at SVA, either) and working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. The workshop will run from June 9th to July 7th, and admission is on a rolling basis, but spaces are limited so early applications are encouraged.
+ Two-time Hot Shot Joseph O. Holmes will have work in the upcoming annual print auction to benefit Houston Center for Photography, set for February 22nd. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to support HCP exhibitions, educational initiatives, outreach programs, and their award winning publication spot magazine. You can view the works in this preview exhibition, which closes February 20th. For more Holmes goodness, check out this Q&A and look into his studio and practice over at From The Desk Of...
+ Congrats to Hot Shot Donald Weber, who was just selected as a 2012 grantee by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund. The fund, which began in 2009, awards the annual prize to photographers from around the world who use their cameras to shed light on underserved issues and communities.
+ Alec Soth's new exhibition, Broken Manual, is on view at Sean Kelly Gallery (NYC) through March 11th. The work reflects "Soth's increasing interest in the mounting anger and frustration that some—specifically male—Americans feel with societal constraints and their subsequent desire to remove themselves from civilization.
+ Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a mid-career retrospective of the acclaimed photographer's work. The exhibition is on view through April 22nd.