Lost & Found
Juror: Davy Rothbart
To happen upon something forgotten, forsaken; to find what was once lost.
Photography eliciting scenes or subjects that meant something to someone long ago or in the recent past.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||7 March 13|
|Artists' Reception:||10 March 13 16:30|
|Exhibit Closes:||31 March 13|
|Lost and Found|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
In light of recent events, we are all feeling a communal sense of loss. We see that, like material things, people can be lost, sometimes tragically. They can be misplaced, or forgotten--lost souls, the invisible humans in our midst. Bring these subjects into the light, show us what was lost and you have found.
10 years ago, I started Found Magazine, a collection of notes, letters, and photos that folks had plucked up off the ground or the street. At Found, we receive dozens of finds a week, mesmerizing in their humor and heartbreak. Each find is a fragment of a story, and it's up to you to piece things together and fill in the blanks.
The same is true of the subjects of the beautiful, haunting, and lyrical photographs collected here—discarded items found in the weeds; abandoned buildings; broken-down trucks in a field; scraps of metal left to rust and decay. Looking through these images, 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 un-crumple 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.
|Great Falls, MT|
|Four Minutes in Eighth Grade|
|Diving Board Grafitti|
|The Perfect Perch|
|Pursuing the light|
|Portsmouth Terrace #1|
|"1611 Memorial" from the Dead Payphones series|
|At a Glance|
|Lost Texas 3|
|MANNEQUIN CRIME SCENE|
|If Doors Could Talk|
|Family Does Laundry|
|They Wrangle Through the Night|
|Untitled #6 (Near Heubrücke, Nürnberg, Bavaria)|
|All The Stage Is A Stage|
|Day in September|
|Salton Sea Shower Tank|
|Between the Lines (no. 10)|
|"Mouse Attack" |
|Found Ms. Red|
|The Other Hospital|
|Lost And For Sale|
|Desert Garden. Abandoned Bedouin Graveyard, Sahara Desert.|
|Annie Julia, or Life After Death|
|Alcatraz Ruins with Gull|
|There Was a Time|
|Washington Park, Burns, OR|
|Commercial Casino, Elko, NV|
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, a free exhibition catalog, free entry into a future exhibition, and a $300 USD scholarship to be used in admittance to The New England Institute of Professional Photography Annual Session in Hyannis, MA USA.
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.
My Heart is an Idiot:
This American Life:
Washington II Washington: