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Exhibits

EXHIBIT Closed on May 22nd 2016

Juror: Olaf Willoughby

We now are enrolling spots for Olaf's Street Photography Workshop at the gallery Saturday July 23-24, 2016

"Beach Day" Juror's Choice by Russ Rowland NY, NY USA
"Beach Day" Juror's Choice
by Russ Rowland NY, NY USA

Momentous moments frozen forever through the lens of our cameras.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:28 April 16
Artists' Reception:14 May 16 15:00
Exhibit Closes:22 May 16
In the Moment
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

The very medium of photography lends itself to chance.  In all instances an image is defined by how skillfully a single shot can be fired and, in turn, a work of art created.To capture in moment, an unexpected scene, the unscripted interaction between strangers or friends alike.  

It’s about capturing life...revealing the drama in the everyday. That’s it. Like any good photograph it needs to exude an energy which resonates with the viewer. It may capture a decisive moment, highlight drama and tension or just pose a question. -Olaf Willoughby

Darkroom Gallery is calling for works that interpret moments in reality as monumentally powerful, humorous, heart-rending or sublime. Just as an improv actor steps onto the stage without any thoughts or goals is his or her head we are looking for the very telling, thoughtful and insightful images. Photographs that succeed because they aren't staged. 

 

Juror's Statement:

‘In the Moment’ was a difficult challenge and therefore very rewarding to judge. Some went for classic ‘decisive moments’, others were more carefully staged but nevertheless still projected the energy of powerful moments. The few landscape entries were particularly good at capturing that feeling we get, when we want the moment to last just that little bit longer.

In my selection process I look for the element of intrigue. Something about the image which makes me linger and ideally poses a question about the intent of the artist. Then I look for technique; cropping, composition, exposure and processing values..etc. The juror’s choice and the three honorable mentions all have the magic ingredient of going beyond being simply good pictures to capture extraordinary moments.
I was honored to be spoiled with so many good images submitted and I want to thank everyone who entered. 

Juror’s choice - Beach Day
This certainly has intrigue value! The image is striking in its directness. The figure in the background provides contrast. Black and white is a good choice for a situation where color might be distracting. The image is simple but complete, a puzzle where the pieces have fallen neatly into place.
 

Olaf Willoughby


Beach Day
Juror's Choice

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
Break Time
Honorable Mention

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
Shallow Dreams
Honorable Mention

Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA

Monster Visit
Honorable Mention

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Iyla
People's Choice

Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA
Her Hero

Amy Nowak
Pawcatuck, CT USA

Jury

Anatolie Poiata
Chisinau, Moldova
shh

Anita
Baltimore, MD USA
Close Up

Barbara Curcio
West Islip, New York USA

The Escape

Cristina Tinta
Bucharest, Romania
Strange Snow

Cristina Tinta
Bucharest, Romania
Aztec Dancers in Mexico

Dane Strom
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico

Rain Toys

Dane Strom
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico
Dance Like No One is Watching

Danielle L Goldstein
Westport, CT USA
Yellow

Danielle L Goldstein
Westport, CT USA

Bridge

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
Sarah Matthew and Athena, Plainfield, VT.

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
not man made

Felice Douglas
Stuttgart, Germany

The Space Between

Georg Worecki
Erpeldange (Wiltz), Luxembourg
Despite

Greer Underwood
Jackson, MS USA
Untitled 1 Sled Dog Series

Iggy Beerbower
Norfolk, NY USA

The Climb

Jennifer Carr
Virginia Beach, VA USA
What are you holding?

John J Young
Washington DC, DC USA
Rain Room

JP Terlizzi
New York, NY USA

Guatemala Dog

Karl Hirsch
Tempe, AZ USA
Quinceañera

Karl Hirsch
Tempe, AZ USA
NYC

Kristen Victoria Harner
Damascus, MD USA

Urban Encounter

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Break Away

Lorraine Castillo
Martinez, CA USA
Death Valley Sunrise

Louise Halstead
Belmont, MA USA

Talking It Out

Marcia Mahoney
Chicago, Illinois USA
Country Singer

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA
Sunday Storm in Woodstock

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA

Lightning Over the Point

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA
Quercus Lyra

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA
A Selfie

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Santa's Uh-Oh Moment

Meagan Dwyer
eastchester, ny USA
Picasso's Serenade

N. Gianturco
Asheville, NC USA
Nectar's Draw

N. Gianturco
Asheville, NC USA

a diary set to fall no.1

Nate Mosseau
Burlington, Vermont USA
The X

Nawfal Jassim Jirees
Springfield Gardens, NY USA
AirShow

Nawfal Jassim Jirees
Springfield Gardens, NY USA

Holding Out For a Hero

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Loss

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Brothers

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA

Lamentations

Rebecca Rothey
Baltimore, MD USA
The Kids Are All Right

Rik Carlson
Burlington, VT USA
Reflection

Rik Carlson
Burlington, VT USA

Protest #BlackLivesMatter

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
Untitled

Serge Soucy
Bristol, CT USA
girls will be girls

Simona Nanoveanu
Bucharest, Romania

he's so cute

Simona Nanoveanu
Bucharest, Romania
Morning Mist

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Live to Ride (Ho-Hum)

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA

FIRE, Palappuram, Palakkad, Kerala, India, 2016,

Susan Copich
Hillsdale, New York USA
Where She Reads

Tamra Yandow
Jericho, Vermont USA
Freedom

Tareq Habib
Forest Hills, NY USA

Until The Cops Come

TBowphoto.com
Houston, Texas USA
Some Happy Some Sad

TBowphoto.com
Houston, Texas USA

  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, a free exhibition catalog;
  • Juror's Choice also receives a signed edition of Visualizing Poetry: The Power of Word and Images by Olaf Willoughby andEileen McCarney Muldoon
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes.
  • Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs. 

Juror: Olaf Willoughby

Olaf enjoys an excellent relationship with Leica UK, being one of a number of photographers video interviewed about using the classic Leica M rangefinder camera.  He is co-founder of a Facebook/website group called The Leica Meet. Started in Aug 2013, it now has almost 10,000 members. His work has been exhibited in the UK and the USA and he has authored articles for leading photography magazines and guest blogged on top photo websites. Olaf is a photographer and writer living in London. His work is about Pattern Detection. Exploring the ebb and flow of energy around us.  It is also diverse, involving everything from advocacy to collaborative projects, from multiple exposures to street photography. In advocacy he has visted the Antarctic twice and authored a book titled, ‘Antarctica A Sense of Place’ which the WWF sent as an ebook to their global top 5,000 donors.
In commercial work he has photographed the Soweto String Orchestra in Trafalgar Sq, London, outside the South African Embassy on Nelson Mandela’s birthday. He has just published a book, 'On Tongue Tip Turn a Thousand Times, Moments Frozen in Photography & Haiku Poetry' using abstract imagery to illustrate the beautiful and intense verses of haiku poems.

In 2016 with Eileen McCarney Muldoon, he’ll be co-teaching Visual Conversations workshops at Maine Media College, in New York and at Leica UK, plus running a Street Photography course in Brooklyn. They have also published 'Visualising Poetry', a book celebrating the power of words and images. Getting work out there is important. It was John Cage who said that he didn't feel his work actually existed until someone had heard it. Publishing a single image, showing a project in an exhibition, or seeing a book in print is exciting.  As work comes to a fruition it marks an ending. And
endings contain new beginnings......

 

EXHIBIT Closed on June 19th 2016

Juror: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

©Lauren Mazzotta
Juror's Choice: ©John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA

Photographing the art of architecture; the anthropological implications of structural design.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:26 May 16
Artists' Reception:11 June 16 15:00
Exhibit Closes:19 June 16
Construct: Art in Architecture
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Humans are not the only beings on the planet who alter the landscape with their activities and not the only ones who construct elaborate structures for use as shelter, work space, storage, and transportation. Social creatures such as ants, bees, and birds are quite skilled at constructing places for shelter and comfort, as well as building roads and bridges for moving themselves and their food supply from place to place. The constructions of humans, however, have taken the molding of natural resources to a level at which the results of their activity have literally transformed the earth and can be seen from space.

"Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form." -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

This exhibit is sponsored by:
Scott + Partners

As this quote from Mies points out, constructed artifacts... architecture... is always in a state of change. New structures go up, old structures come down or are burned or buried. Appearance changes when new materials, new technology, new cultural norms, and new functional requirements create a need for new physical forms.

Construct is a challenge to you, the photographer to create your unique vision of the constructed environment. Photography has been, from its very inception in the 19th century, recording the human environment, both in its contemporary manifestations and in its past configuration. For Construct we're not looking specifically for formal architectural photography, but rather for images of the built environment that evoke a sense of place and time, whether in the present or as a record of the past. Where do you see things being built up, being utilized, being torn down, or simply abandoned? Anything we humans have built on the earth is fair game in this challenge. What do you see when you look around you?

Juror's Statement:

As a juror, I am pleased by the wide range of photographs and the creativity with which participants approached the difficult task of portraying architecture. What we usually call "Architecture" often consists of the signed, designed, discussed, and photographed buildings made by and for known and renowned architects. But this exclusive set of buildings represents only a small percentage of a variety of architectures, and of their scale of influence in defining our reality. 

While evaluating the photographs, I focused on how the images reveal that, beyond the aesthetics of facades, architecture is a complex construct entangled in the legal, social, and political pressures of contemporary life. In portraying a variety of issues, such as the muscular transformation of the city; the various ways in which we live together; the technological textures of urbanism; and the banality of our public spaces, the selected series of photographs brings to light particular architectural facets that often remain hidden to our daily perception. Despite the diversity of issues and contexts these photographs display, there is one thing they have in common: while bodies are kept off camera, a sense of community remains in focus.

Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

The order in which these images are displayed was specifically specified by juror Carlos Minguez Carrasco.


Hawaii
SOLD

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Istanbul Street

Yorgo Pasadeos
Buda, Texas USA
Apocalyptic Sublime I
People's Choice

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Art vs Trash

Yoong Wah Alex Wong
Istanbul, Turkey
Between Neighbours

Yoong Wah Alex Wong
Istanbul, Turkey
Blue

Danielle L Goldstein
Westport, CT USA

Antennas Galore

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA
Mexico

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA
Desert Towers at Sunset

Wil Scott
Annapolis, MD USA

The Final Solution, Dachau

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Reconstructed Cottage, My Lai

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
Corbusier House

Artur Sikora
Dublin, Ireland

Construction Fence, East 10th Street

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Last Frontier

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Blue

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA

Vertical Lines

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Rue Gosford, Montreal

Ted Dinkel
East Burke, VT United States
Boat Slips, Montreal

Ted Dinkel
East Burke, VT United States

Costs of Comfort
Juror's Choice

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
Fresh Meats

S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA
Behind the Church

S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA

Radome

Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA
SECTION 10

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA
Broadcast, bleak.

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA

Rundetaarn

Calli McCaw
New York, NY USA
Amish Barn

Larry Rankin
Florence, MA USA
Geometry

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

The Playhouse

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Views

Kristen Victoria Harner
Damascus, MD USA
"Hotel" (Praha-02)

Dennis Moser
Lynden, Washington United States

Industrial Night Puddle

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Roof Eye

Kitty Stanley
Wilder, VT USA
Lake Erie Lighthouse

Lynda Younker
Lantana, Florida USA

Cité du couvent

Ashkan Noroozkhani
suresnes, france
Stade Bernard ISAMBERT

Ashkan Noroozkhani
suresnes, france
The RedBricks Studios, London - photo by RO 2016

Ramir Oliveira
London, London UK

Building Scaffolding in Havana, Cuba

Monica Schneider
washington, dc USA
Evening Light

Kelly Hanseth
Flagstaff, Arizona USA
Banalscape I

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Banalscape II

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA
Composition I

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA
Impatient Capitalism

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Urbanity

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA
untitled

Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Amsterdam, Nederland The Netherlands
untitled

Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Amsterdam, Nederland The Netherlands

untitled

Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Amsterdam, Nederland The Netherlands
Changing Seasons

Siyuan Ma
Singapore, Singapore
Doors with Blue Trim, Staten Island

Edward Coppola
Staten Island, NY USA

Side of a Light-Blue House, Staten Island

Edward Coppola
Staten Island, NY USA
Wilder Motel

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA

  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition and a free exhibition catalog
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes.
  • Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

Carlos Mínguez Carrasco is a New York based architect and curator. He is Associate Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture and Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, together with the After Belonging Agency. In 2014, he was Assistant Curator of OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Previously, he co-founded PKMN, a renowned architecture collective based in Madrid. Trained as an architect at ETSABarcelona and TU Delft, he received a Master of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP.

Mínguez has organized a wide range of exhibitions and events focusing on the ways in which pressing social, cultural, and political issues influence contemporary architecture, including Interpretations (2010), Storefront’s 30th Anniversary project BEING (2013), Letters to the Mayor (2014), and the platform World Wide Storefront (2014). He is an editor of two forthcoming publications entitled OfficeUS Manual and Sf30 (Lars Müller Publishers). Mínguez has been an Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP, and has lectured at various universities in Europe and the U.S. 

 

EXHIBIT Closed on August 14th 2016

Juror: Davy Rothbart


Detritus - The Aeroplane
Juror's Choice by 
Jeff Moorfoot from Lyonville, Victoria Australia

Relics of the past rediscovered and redefined through the medium of photography.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:21 July 16
Artists' Reception:5 August 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:14 August 16
ARTifact
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

To happen upon something forgotten, forsaken, hidden. To weave it a visual tale within a single frame. Finding what was once lost.

Just as Vivian Maier’s story, the secretive nanny-photographer who becomes a photography world sensation shortly after her death, spurs levels of excitement found in the rolls of undeveloped film and unacclaimed genius, a dropped scarf on the city street can alter the scene in many ways. It can become the scene.

Juror Davy Rothbart's musings on this theme, "discarded items found in the weeds; abandoned buildings; broken-down trucks in a field; scraps of metal left to rust and decay. I'm reminded of a koan that my mom, a Buddhist teacher, often shares. She'll hand someone a fresh scrap of paper, ask them to crumple it into a tight ball, and then uncrumple it. "Do you see," she'll ask, "within the crumpled paper, its original perfection?" All of the decayed, lost, abandoned places and things in these photographs possess their original glory and perfection and their wizened present hints at a rich, textured journey which is up to us to imagine."

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photographs that redefine found objects or subjects of the past. Whether you are foraging in a far away land or in your own backyard we are looking for images that embody this murky realm of faded glory; haunting happenstance, and beauty found in the lost details of the human condition.  

Juror's Statement:

For 15 years, I've been collecting notes, letters, and photos plucked up off the ground or found on the street, and publishing them in an annual print zine called FOUND and on our daily FOUND Magazine website. Each scrap of paper offers a raw, revealing, and riveting peek into someone else's life.

The same instinct that compels me to treasure lost love notes, To Do lists, and journals, and marvel at the stories within also beckons me into abandoned spaces to examine the traces of lives that passed through these spaces years, decades, even centuries before. I don't believe in ghosts, exactly, but inside each sagging barn I've explored, each abandoned pickup truck lost in the woods, each eerie ghost town saloon, the presence of those who once called these places home is always close at hand. I feel powerfully drawn to these places, like a crow to the graveyard, and am frequently rewarded by a jolt of self-recognition and a tingle of discovery.

What struck me, as I pored over hundreds of beautiful, striking, poetic images submitted by a global array of deeply talented artists, was the thrilling fact that so many other people share my fascination with abandoned places and things. It brought me great joy to imagine each photographer on their own journey of discovery, jolted and tingled themselves, as they explored a shambling house at the edge of town, a rotting cabin in the desert, a junkyard heaped with ancient vehicles. These pictures gave me a chance to explore a range of haunted and exquisite spaces I might never have reached on my own, but more than that, they gave me a sense for just how many kindred spirits we have out there, a vast community of folks who share a particular curiosity and sense of wonder. Thank you for exploring; thank you for your unique vision; thank you for documenting what you've found.

—Davy Rothbart, creator and editor of FOUND Magazine & host of the FOUND Podcast (launching July 13th)


Detritus - The Aeroplane
Juror's Choice

Jeff Moorfoot
Lyonville, Victoria Australia
Billboard, East 13th Street
Honorable Mention

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Where did all the money go
Honorable Mention

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Tire and Mulga Ant Nest in the Desert
Honorable Mention

Karen Burgess
Frenchs Forest, NSW Australia
Babe the Blue Ox
Honorable Mention

Nancy Stalnaker Bundy
Minneapolis, MN USA
Where we used to Walk
Honorable Mention

Rachel Eubanks
Lucedale, Mississippi USA

Untitled (Snow)
Honorable Mention

Ruth Raveh
Brooklyn, NY USA
Flashbacks
People's Choice

Shannon Beaston
Blain, PA United States
Weathered

Alexandria Donovan
Westport, Connecticut USA

Within the Oz House

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Weak and Powerless

Amy M. Krencius
Clackamas, OR USA
2016

Barbara Redondo
Coral Gables, FL USA

Repairs

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
Alley Reflections

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
Forgotten Trophies, Waycross, GA 1-2015

Benita VanWinkle
Winston-Salem, NC USA

Cakewalk, Black Hawk, Mississippi

Betty Press
Hattiesburg, MS 39401, Mississippi USA
Midnight Snack Shop, Midnight, Mississippi

Betty Press
Hattiesburg, MS 39401, Mississippi USA
Billboard, Paris Metro

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA

Abort, Retry, Fail?

Dana Dal Bo
Montréal, QC Canada
Coney Island

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Star for Sgt. Friscia, Staten Island

Edward Coppola
Staten Island, NY USA

Burt's Bed

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
Aluminum Cans

Hsien-Chih Chuang
Taichung City, Taiwan
Tyre Graveyard

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Played.

Jeff Wiles
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA
Lost Memories

Jeffrey Olson
Coral Springs, Florida USA
Survivor

Jeffrey Olson
Coral Springs, Florida USA

Megalithic Monument, France

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
People's History Awaits Fate, Chicago

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
Williford House 1

Kristin L. Ware
Huntsville, TX USA

Old Master

Les Schmidt
New Orleans, LA USA
What Once Was

Lora Mancini
Shaftsbury, VT USA
Treasure Island Transitions 2

Mark L. Hannah
Sunnyvale, US-CA USA

End of the Road

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Garage

Matt Brittenham-Jones
Montpelier, VT USA
Flags

nancy oliveri
Brooklyn, NY USA

Pullman

Nicholas Teetelli
Manalapan, NJ USA
Abandoned Dreams

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Out of Service

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

Alex, with grandmothers lace collar

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Green Giant, Los Angeles

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Old Atlanta Prison Farm #3

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA

A New and Accurate Map of the World

Richard K. Kent
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA
Zenith

Ronan Considine
delta, bc canada
Route 66

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

The View

Sandra Jungling
Sun City, Az USA
Chinatown Window

Shannon McClatchey
San Francisco, CA USA
Lost Words

Stephanie Guillen
Zurich, Switzerland

Ugandan Legacy

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Mormon Row Outhouse

Steven Winker
Mascoutah, IL USA
Ice Sculpture. Greenland

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA

Chalkboard 5

Tom Morin
Houston, TX USA
Entrance, Samson Tire Factory, Los Angeles CA

Wayne M. Peterson
Philomont, Virginia United States
Three Crosses, Monterey CA

Wayne M. Peterson
Philomont, Virginia United States

The Fun Is Gone

Wil Scott
Annapolis, MD USA

  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition and a free exhibition catalog
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes.
  • Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a publication dedicated to discarded notes, letters, flyers, photos, lists, and drawings found and sent in by readers. The magazine spawned a best-selling book, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World, published in April 2004. A second collection was published in May 2006, a third in May 2009. The magazine is published annually and has a worldwide following, it's online blog is updated daily.
 
Rothbart is a frequent contributor to This American Life, and author of My Heart Is An Idiot, a book of personal essays, and the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ and Grantland, and his work also appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. He is also the founder of Washington II Washington, an annual outdoor adventure for inner-city kids. Rothbart lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Los Angeles, California.
 
Found Magazine:
 
My Heart is an Idiot:
 
This American Life:
 
Washington II Washington:

 

 

EXHIBIT Closed on July 17th 2016

Juror: Tim Booth


Juror's Choice: Entwined
by 
Gary Mitchell from Dayton, Ohio USA

Hands and feet, examined and depicted though the medium of photography. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 June 16
Artists' Reception:8 July 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:17 July 16
Manus et Pedibus
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

The hand: we uses it as a tool, as a symbol, and as a weapon. A whole literature of legend, folklore, superstition, and myth has been built up around the human hand. As an organ of performance it serves as eyes for the blind, the hearing impaired and mute talk with it, and it has become a symbol of salutation, supplication, and condemnation. The hand has played a part in the creative life of every known society, and it has come to be symbolic or representative of the whole person in art, in drama, and in music.

Juror Tim Booth devotes a series of works to photographing hands called A Show of Hands: "With hands from all corners of society, from builders to world class musicians, artists to grave-diggers...For some they are just tools, blunt instruments that enable them to achieve a desired result. For others their relationship with their hands goes beyond the mere physical, to a more esoteric connection, where in many cases the hands are a conduit through which intentions, and indeed feeling, can be passed from the mind to their task, be it labour, art, sport, music or craft."

Much in the same way that hands play a vital role in defining human nature and brilliance, feet also provide a imperative purpose. They transport us from place to place and allow us to dance. Our upright heel-toe, heel-toe is taken for granted once we get the hang of it, ask any parent of a toddler you know and the moment a baby takes their first step cannot be more magical or transcendent.

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photography that captures the many different uses and appearances of hands and feet. We are looking for images that not only capture these body parts in unique or all too familiar circumstances but also the handiwork and destruction that they leave behind. Foot trails, fingerprints, handmade objects, tools worn dull, paths of destruction as well as bountiful creation are all fair game for this exhibition. From soles to palms and shoe collections to lost mittens, we want to see the many uses, abuses and fetishes that hands and feet have come to know.

Juror's Statement:

Overall I was very impressed with submissions. The range of concepts was broad, even if some of them did go a tad off brief!
The selection for the show was not as hard as I had imagined, and everyone who made it through should be very pleased.
Picking the juror’s choice was of course the hardest task of all. From the fifty selected images there were twelve images that I agonised over. In the end I had to choose one that I felt most strongly fulfilled the brief.
This of course meant that a few images I’d hoped to shortlist for Juror’s Choice I had to pass on. I would love to critique all 50 of the ‘Picked’ images of course.

Juror’s Choice: Entwined
I love this image because it makes such a powerful point. Here we have a naked couple lying on top of one another, noses touching in a moment of extreme intimacy, and yet it is their clasped hands that show the true bond and communication that’s going on between them. Despite the content it’s not remotely sexual, or even sensual really, it just shows that touching and hold or clasping hands is a stronger and more honest form of communication than anything else, and is so easy to empathize with.

Honorable Mentions: Step Sleep
A gorgeous image with a strong narrative. It’s beautifully balanced and shows the hands and feet together in a more powerful way than any of the other work. I love the vulnerability of the story and the strength of the feet that have walked so many miles.

Don’t Let Your Books Gather Dust
This I’d want on my wall. It’s animated and yet still, nicely processed and toned without being over fiddled with, perfectly composed and balanced. This came so close to being my Juror’s Choice because it has so much heart, and only missed it by a fraction as I felt that whilst being a beautiful image, it wasn’t quite on brief enough.

Scream
Now I’m not a great fan of digital manipulation/fantasy images, but this composition says a lot. We can gag ourselves, hold as much in as we dare, but our hands will always give the game away and let our voice out. At least that’s what I get from this. It’s well executed and lit, simple and yet powerful.

I think all fifty finalists are winners.

Tim Booth


Entwined
Juror's Choice
SOLD

Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
Step Sleep
Honorable Mention

Robert Moore
Dallas, TX USA
Don't Let Your Books Gather Dust
People's Choice

Sue Henry
Nolensville, Tennessee USA

Scream
Honorable Mention

Trevor Shingler
Daytona beach, Florida United States
Creative Hands

Ashley Sheppard
Crescent City, Florida USA
The Weakness Is In the Want 2

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA

Christine

Christine Miess
Vienna, Austria
Zapotec Hands

Dane Strom
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico
1+1x2

e andrew bartel
New York, NY USA

gulliver's travels

e andrew bartel
New York, NY USA
Dona Miguelina

Felipe Gavioli
São Paulo, SP Brazil
Monotype #3

George Pennington
Southborough, MA USA

Living Room Fort

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
Strength in Solitude (7)

Jody Berns
Highland Park, Illinois USA
Tõnis Malkov (Hands of A Jewelry artist)

Jun Ishikura
Yokohama, Kanagawa Japan

Mudra (Phoebe; Congress x High)

Karen A. Merritt
Portland, Maine USA
Prayer (Phoebe; Congress x High)

Karen A. Merritt
Portland, Maine USA
Be with me

Lacourt Guillaume
Bangrak, Bangkok Thailand

Magical Hands, Philadelphia

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Levitation

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA
Waiting for Einstein

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Sharpen

Marty Cohen
Carmel, CA USA
Los Dedos

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA
Morning Alms

Michael Trupiano
Abiquiu, New Mexico United States

Lacquerware Beginnings

Michael Trupiano
Abiquiu, New Mexico United States
Dueling Instruments

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
A Traditional Emiratee dance

Mohammed Munir El Kadi
Abu Dhabi, AUH United Arab Emirates

April 22, 1975

Neal Panton
Cranbrook, BC Canada
August 4, 1937

Neal Panton
Cranbrook, BC Canada
January 19, 1973

Neal Panton
Cranbrook, BC Canada

Second Sight

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Toe Point

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Prayer Beads

Philippa Stannard
Perugia, Perugia ITALY

Distance 1

Philippa Stannard
Perugia, Perugia ITALY
It's Only Mud

Rachel Eubanks
Lucedale, Mississippi USA
Mirrors and Moons

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA

Drill, Cambria, Calif., 2014

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Street Dance, Venice Beach, Calif., 2014

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Relic

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA

Ego

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA
The Reluctant Celebrity

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA
Shield

Robertino R. Ragazza
San Jose, California USA

Francisco Niquinás, Calderas reservation, Nasa

Silvino Gonzalez
Bogotá, Cundinamarca Colombia
Hand in Leaves

Stephanie Facer
Grand Rapids, MI USA
Root Hand

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada

All That Jazz

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
The Fiddle Player's Hands

Sue Henry
Nolensville, Tennessee USA
Pain

Trevor Shingler
Daytona beach, Florida United States

Fishing Nets Maker

Viktoryia Vinnikava
Grodno, Belarus
Pearls Collector

Viktoryia Vinnikava
Grodno, Belarus

 

All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.

  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, a free exhibition catalog and a signed edition of Tim Booth's book A Show of Hands.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes.
  • Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Tim Booth

 

Born in the UK in 1963, Tim Booth began taking photographs with his father’s camera at the age of eight. By he time he was a teenager he’d bought his first SLR, thrown on a backpack and headed off around Europe. Infected by both travel and photography he spent several years shooting freelance features for most of the UK’s weekend magazines and newspapers in Africa, Pakistan and South East Asia. Once settled back in the UK he shot commercial, corporate and design work from his London studio whilst also pursuing personal projects. His first exhibition ‘Into The Light’, shot whilst on assignments in Africa, was followed by the first ‘A Show Of Hands’ exhibition, which comprised his first fifty hands portraits. Now twenty-four years on and over a hundred hands later his book has been published to worldwide critical acclaim. He’s now based deep in the Dorset countryside in South West England, shooting people and landscapes for commercial clients both here and abroad, as well as the odd pair of hands to add to his collection.

Asked why he loves his work Tim replied – “Photography is all about passion. Passion for communication, passion for art, passion for light and for change. Every moment of every day there are pictures happening all over the world, and occasionally I’m lucky enough to witness some of them.”

 

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