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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED
Selections Expected by March 30th, 2017 23:59 EST

Juror: David H. Wells


Photo © David H.Wells

Chiaroscuro [kee-ahr-uh-skyoo-roh] is defined as "the distribution of light and shadow in an image" or " the use of deep variations and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to en-hance the delineation of character and for general dramatic purposes". To the photo-grapher the play of light and shadow is the very essence of the medium.

EXHIBIT NOW OPEN FROM March 2nd 2017 to March 26th 2017
Artists' Reception scheduled for March 12th, 2017

Juror: Michael Kirchoff


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Juror's Choice by Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA

There’s something inherently different about monochromatic photography. 

The photographer Paul Outerbridge put it this way: In black and white you suggest; in color you state.  The implication is that in black and white something is left to the imagination, and perhaps that explains the revived popularity of black and white photos as fine art; seeing an image in color leaves fewer blanks for the mind to fill in. Constantly seeing images in color becomes “too much Information”.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:2 March 17
Artists' Reception:12 March 17 15:00
Exhibit Closes:26 March 17
BLACK & WHITE (& BLUE)
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

The idea for this exhibition started as strictly black and white, but it occurred to us that black and white is not the only monochrome photographic process, and that the same power to suggest is characteristic of other historic methods that yield images in blue (cyanotype), sepia (albumin), and silver (platinum), for example.  Thus we decided to open this exhibition to all forms of monochromatic photography.

Though we appreciate monochromatic images created with “alternative” processes, we don’t want to exclude any, done on film or digitally. The entries will be evaluated on the basis of their merit as photographs and not on the method that was used to produce them. It’s the creative process that counts!

Juror's Statement:

The amount of creativity and striking talent in the submissions for Black & White (& Blue) was incredible. It was a truly wonderful experience seeing the variety of work sent in for this exhibition. Making selections was difficult from the outset, as the overall quality and content of the submissions was very high. Narrowing down the field of 903 images to the final 53 meant that only about six percent of them made it in. The final choices made all answered the one big question I asked over and over again…is this a print I would add to my own collection and hang in my home? Look through the selections and you will know the answer with absolute certainty.

I was equally happy to see images made with a variety of process, including silver gelatin, cyanotype, platinum, lith, and digital. Process, however, is not merely the tools or materials used, but how the creator responds and connects with them to make their art. The images in this exhibition make this connection.

Drama, mystery, tension, and composition all had to be embraced in order to put it all together. Of the final images chosen for this exhibition, I found myself selecting some that surprised even me (most notable would be the Juror’s Choice), and that is what I like about the outcome more than anything. Thank you to all who submitted and pleased my soul with your work, you have a lot to be proud of.

-Michael Kirchoff


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Juror's Choice

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
Freckles 1`
Honorable Mention

Gabrielle Robinson
New York, New York USA
Self Portrait
Honorable Mention

Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA

Not yet, already gone #25
Honorable Mention

Thomas Zamolo
Årsta, Sweden
Poppy seed heads (Papaver orientale)

Alexis Doshas
West Wardsboro, VT USA
Legs

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany

Blue

Anna Pepe
Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom
Liriodendron tulipifera

Ansel Oommen
New Hyde Park, New York United States
into the fire

Barbara Kyne
Oakland, CA USA

Wish

Beth Pelton
Winchester, NH USA
Muster Field

Beth Pelton
Winchester, NH USA
Ghost steps in sand

Bill Motley
San Antonio, TX United States

Web of Roots

Billy
Missouri City, texas USA
Jonesport #596

C E Morse
Cumberland Center, ME USA
Tableau No.1 – 6, Sediment Deposits Near the Rincon NE, Lake Powell, Utah 2016

Carsten Meier
Logan, Utah USA

Lost at Sea

Chelle Delaney
San Antonio, Texas USA
School Boy: Haiti

Cheryl Clegg
Waltham, MA USA
Migration

Connie Lowell
Hartford, CT USA

Reflection, Luang Prabang, Laos, 2006

Dave Rudin
Brooklyn, NY USA
Man-Handled

Diana Nicholette Jeon
Honolulu, HI USA
The Pole Star

Diane Fenster
Pacifica, California (CA) USA

Moonflowers

Don Rice
Carbondale, Illinois USA
Ice Storm

Don Rice
Carbondale, Illinois USA
The San Remo

Edi Chen
Brooklyn, NY USA

Susanne's Window

Gary Pikarsky
Abiquiu, NM USA
In Shadow

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
Paper and boat

Iryna Glik
Bensalem, PA United States

Self Portrait, Paris, 2016

Joanna Epstein
Alberite, La Rioja Spain
Geometry of Tennis

Jolanta Mazur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Malecón at Night, Havana, Cuba

Jordan Douglas
Jericho, VT USA

Arches

Kathryn Reichert
Fairbanks, Alaska USA
Flux

Keith Parks
La Mesa, CA USA
Old North Barn

Melanie Considine
Randolph, VT USA

Close

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway
Olympus

Mihai Florea
Wheelers Hill, Victoria Australia
Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Nancy Stalnaker Bundy
Minneapolis, MN USA

Night Time on the Midway

Nick Roberts
Louisville, KY USA
No Place to Go

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Forrest Mandala 2

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

The Sculptor

Rachel Portesi
Saxtons River, VT USA
Succulent #1 - 2012 ©Richard Greene

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Deep Space

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA

Ganges Boats No. 2, Varanasi

Robert Moore
Dallas, TX USA
A Tale of Two

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
2nd Avenue, Snow Garden

Ryota Kajita
Fairbanks, Alaska USA

Swimming

Scott Herndon
Washington, DC USA
Bauhinia variegata 0

Steve Engelmann
Culver City, Ca USA
Happy, Texas

Steve Knight
Baytown, TX USA

New Mexico Museum of Art

Steve Knight
Baytown, TX USA
Marching Trees

Stuart Clook
Teddington, Lyttelton, Canterbury New Zealand
Not yet, already gone #1

Thomas Zamolo
Årsta, Sweden

Eternally Dazzling

Tristan Pinto
New York, New York United States
chrysanthemum

Vivien Goldman
Chestnut Hill, MA 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;
  • 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: Michael Kirchoff

Michael Kirchoff straddles the worlds of both fine art and commercial photography. A commercial shooter for twenty-five years, it is his fine art work that has set him apart from others, with instant film fueling more than a few bodies of work, both completed and ongoing. His consulting, training, and overall support of his fellow photographic artists continues with assistance in construction ones vision, reviewing portfolios, and finding exhibition opportunities, which fill the gaps in time away from active shooting.  

Kirchoff’s fine art imagery has garnered recognition from the IPA Awards, the Prix de la Photographie in Paris, Photographer’s Forum, and Critical Mass. His photographs have been published in Black & White (US and UK) Seities, Esquire (Russia) New Statesman, Blur, Adore Noir, Fraction, SHOTS, and website like Lenscratch and Light Leaked. He continues to exhibit prints internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Kirchoff is also an editor at Blur Magazine, a charter member of the LA Center for Photography, and has been a board member of the LA chapter of the American Photographic Artists (APA).    

EXHIBIT Closed on September 13th 2015
Artists' Reception scheduled for March 12th, 2017

Juror: Daniel Power

Juror's Choice: "Victoria" by David Aimone from Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Juror's Choice: Victoria by David Aimone from Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Figural works, depicted and exposed by fine art photography. 

Portraying the human form has been among the greatest challenges, preoccupations, and supreme achievements of artists throughout the ages. The earliest known representations of the human body come from Europe and date to between 25,000 and 12,000 years ago. These carvings were made of stone and ivory, ‘Venus’ figures representing the female form and may have been associated with fertility.  Humans feature in other prehistoric art including the cave paintings of early Europe and in the rock paintings of southern Africa.  Although there is no way of telling for certain, the production and meaning of art amongst these cultures was probably spiritual, the figures perhaps representing deities or ritually important people. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:20 August 15
Artists' Reception:21 August 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:13 September 15
Reveal
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

The nude, even in generalized or idealized renderings, has triggered impassioned discussions about sin, sexuality, cultural identity, and canons of beauty, especially when the chosen medium is photography, with its inherent accuracy and specificity. The allure of the human body has always been a gift to photography, from shirtless boxers showing off their guns in the 1850s to the trickery of Man Ray and the provocative images of Robert Mapplethorpe.

Darkroom Gallery is calling for figural nudes that push the confines of the photographic medium. Images that are expressive, evocotive and revealing.  A timeless subject matter redefined and propelled into contemporary resonance.

Juror's Statement:

I looked for work that embraced simplicity in depicting beauty, daring in depicting fresh perspectives on tired cultural cliches, and flashes of eroticism in composing stark and compelling compositions of the living, breathing still life. 

Daniel Power


Victoria
Juror's Choice

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Anastasia
Honorable Mention

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA
Secret Lover Portrait, I
Honorable Mention

Michael Berkowitz
Kew Gardens, NY USA

Laina
People's Choice

William Earle
Coatesville, Pa USA
Prague nude (3)

Ángel Gurría-Quintana
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Form

Anthony Gordon
Milton, Ontario Canada

Kafka light

Beamie Young
Dickerson, MD USA
Sugar, Mia

Bernadette Pollard
Minneapolis, MN USA
Meditation

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA

The Temptation of Eve

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Homage to Vargas

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Alive, Again (2015)

Billy Monday
Frederick, MD USA

Theodicy (2014)

Billy Monday
Frederick, MD USA
And Then the Day Came

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Les coups de soleil

Carr Kizzier
Baltimore, MD USA

Devil's Play

Carr Kizzier
Baltimore, MD USA
Ayn On Rocks and Moss

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Kelsey On Maine Rocks

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Maine Rocks

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Nude, Scotland, 2004, #2

Dave Rudin
Brooklyn, NY USA
Breanna Marie

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Jacs Diptych

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Untitled

Diane Tempest
Sacramento, CA United States
Brianna in Stairwell

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA

Brianna, Sumner, Maine

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA
Brianna Behind the Barn

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA
Maya, 1874

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA

Forest Dance

Jeff Knowles
Crownsville, MD USA
Ballerina's Lines

Jeff Knowles
Crownsville, MD USA
Sortie

Jeff Knowles
Crownsville, MD USA

Human Landscape II

Jim Baab
Somerville, MA USA
Untitled (1)

John H Clarke
Mount Pleasant, Michigan USA
Lazy Noon

José M. Gómez-Ros
Madrid, Madrid Spain

Skin Portrait

June Yong Lee
Glenside, PA USA
In the Flesh

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Tremor Portrait

Michael Bach
Troy, New York USA

Momento Mori Portrait, I

Michael Berkowitz
Kew Gardens, NY USA
Bloom

Rachel Tine
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
Grate

Randall Kaye
Toronto, ON Canada

Horn #22

Robert Hopkins
Metuchen, NJ USA
Nude #2

Ruth Steinberg
Ottawa, ON Canada
Davey #7

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Sabrina & Sahara

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Untitled (Sandra #3)

Sayeed Mehmood
Monticello, AR USA
Wrath of Fortuna

scott nichol
Allentown, PA USA

Attitude

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
Surfacing

Walter Rodriguez
Queens Village, New York USA
Woodland Avenue #10

Ward George
East Palo Alto, California USA

Travis 1.9 years

Yvette Jessica
Long Beach, CA USA
Travis 2.6 years

Yvette Jessica
Long Beach, CA 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: Daniel Power

Daniel Power is the Founder/CEO of powerHouse Books, a world-renowned publisher acclaimed for its diverse publishing program and its ethos of perpetually challenging popular conceptions of the role of the “art book” in contemporary culture. He is also the Director and Co-Founder of the New York Photo Festival, a series of Brooklyn-based photography events focusing on the Future of Contemporary Photography. 

With a focus primarily on photography, powerHouse publishes both photographers and artists known for work in other fields. It partnered with Charlie Ahearn on Wild Style: The Sampler, a behind-the-scenes look at Ahearn's 1982 Wild Style, considered the firsthip hop film. In November 2008, the book Yes We Can: Barack Obama's History-Making Presidential Campaign by Scout Tufankjian sold out its initial print of 55,000 a month before its official December release, prompting powerHouse to print 22,000 more copies. Other prominent photographers published by the firm include Jack Pierson, Ron Galella, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, and the cooperative Magnum Photos.

EXHIBIT Closed on August 16th 2015
Artists' Reception scheduled for March 12th, 2017
Juror: Nissan N. Perez

Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989 by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA
Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989 
by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA"

Conflict and resolution, photography that documents the dynamic power-struggles in our world and conversely, the moments of calm.

Humankind is in a constant state of conflict. As described by the famous Karl Marx theory: society is in a state of perpetual conflict due to competition for limited resources.  One can see that is true if you simply watch a broadcast news program. 

From civil rights, to gay rights to global terrorism, our world is a bubbling cauldron of adversarial commotion. And it seems it has always been this way. History textbook pages merely skim the surface when if comes to wars and hypocrisy. Cultural misunderstandings, power-struggles and discrimination easily erupt into violence.  

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 July 15
Artists' Reception:14 August 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:16 August 15
War and Peace
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Darkroom Gallery called for photography that investigates the relationship between conflict and photography, exploring the types of photographs created during turmoil, as well the times of peace. We are interested in the progression of war: from the acts that instigate armed conflict to “the fight,” to victory and defeat, and photos that memorialize a time, its combatants, and its victims. Images playing with symbolism and allegory are well suited for this exhibit.

We ask you to think outside the box. This theme of conflict can be expressed intimately, quietly behind civilian curtains as well as on the battlefield. 

Juror's Statement:

Although there are distinct kinds, war is commonly defined as a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state. Most of us would agree that war is not a necessity. It is not even an indispensable option. It is often the choice of a certain category of leaders who recur to it for personal/political/nationalist reasons and to assert their leadership through a demonstration of power by fomenting conflict. In the process those who suffer most are men and nature. The victims of war are not only the dead but also the survivors who carry the trauma and scars for the rest of their life.

As an accurate visual memory photography has the power to disturb when presented in the context of armed conflict, even if it does not depict death and devastation. While reviewing the submissions for this competition I realized that most photographers addressed and expressed mainly the human facet of the aftermath of war, its physical and emotional devastating effects. Therefore my selection was an attempt to assemble a group of works that would also yield an exhibition with an internal logic.

Let us pray and hope that at least the future generations will not have to go through the horrors of war. Without wars peace will become a simple fact of life. 

Dr. Nissan N. Perez


Marv Freedman, 1989
Juror's Choice

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Mallavi, Northern Sri Lanka, 2011.
Honorable Mention

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Orphans of War
Honorable Mention

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Kyaw Thura, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers
Honorable Mention
SOLD

Spike Johnson
Houston, Texas USA
Genocide
People's Choice

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Eyes of the Conflict

Amir Lavon
Afula, Israel Israel

Fenced Childhood

Amir Lavon
Afula, Israel Israel
Big Red One Memorial in Czech Republic

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany
Generation

Art Murphy
Catskill, NY USA

S-21: Classrooms/Cells

Arthur Kobin
Pacifica, California USA
Pooneryn, Northern Sri Lanka 2011.

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Scabbed

Brad Patocka
Horseheads, New York USA

Wounded War Veteran, Hiroshima

Charter Weeks
Barrington, NH USA
I Dream of My Two Brothers

Cynthia Bittenfield
New York, NY USA
She said to Stay Alive, I Promised.

Cynthia Bittenfield
New York, NY USA

Orlando Martinez, 1986

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Gerry Gergen, 1987

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
John Hamlin, 1988

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States

Joan Duffy Newberry, 1989

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Life goes on...

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Shelter

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Aftermath

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
The History of Warsaw

Harry Longstreet
Bainbridge Island, WA USA
Up Against the Wall

Joan Brook
Austin, Texas USA

Orphan Girl, Managua, Nicaragua

John Banasiak
Vermillion, SD USA
Girls Orphanage, Managua, Nicaragua

John Banasiak
Vermillion, SD USA
First Aid

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA

Memorial, Maj Johnson, Tikrit, 2007

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Orgun School Girl

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Sharing

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA

Smile

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Kurdish Man with Acid Burn

Keith Shapiro
Lemont, PA USA
Soldier and Son

Margaret LeJeune
Peoria, IL USA

Brothers, Vietnam '71

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Graziani’s Fence, (270 kilometer barbed-wire fence), near Jaghbub, Libya

Matthew Arnold
New York, NY USA
Veteran on the March to the Capital

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

Remembrance

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Distress Signal

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Diversion. Refugee Camp

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Dine Su, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers

Spike Johnson
Houston, Texas USA
When the War Came Home

Timo Evon
Burlington, VT USA
Overtaking History

Tom Sliter
Washington, DC 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:  Nissan N. Perez

Currently Vice-President of the Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP) in Tel Aviv, in his previous position he worked for over 37 years as Senior Curator of Photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem where he conceived and created the department of photography and its extensive collection of over 120,000 items.

In his curatorial career he conceived and curated over 180 exhibitions in Israel and Worldwide and published a substantial number of books, catalogs and articles.

In addition Perez currently teaches graduate courses and seminars at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, The Ben Gourion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, and at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.

His studies were in psychology, philosophy and art history at the Hebrew University and he ultimately obtained a PhD from the University of Brighton, UK. At the start of his career in photography he was trained for two years first in Paris under the renowned expert and collector Gérard Lévy and at the Société Française de Photographie, then in London at the Royal Photographic Society and the V&A, followed by a one year internship at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

Prior to his tenure at the Israel Museum he worked for many years as a professional photographer specialized in advertising and public relations while also devoting time to personal creative photography.

Perez was born in Istanbul, Turkey, educated in French schools and immigrated to Israel in 1967 where he built his life and career in photography.

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