EXHIBIT Closed on March 31st 2013

Juror: Davy Rothbart 

Juror's Choice: "Great Falls, MT" by William Rugen from Seattle, WA USA

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

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Foraging in a far away land, or even in your own backyard and uncovering the unexpected. We are looking for photographs that embody this murky realm of faded glory; haunting happenstance, and beauty found in the details dropped by a stranger on the street. Capture those ancient treasures tucked away from plain sight; the handiwork of a craftsman now far away, but re-imagined, and re-discovered by your lens.

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.

Juror's Statement:

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.
--Davy Rothbart

Great Falls, MT
Juror's Choice

William Rugen
Seattle, WA USA
Four Minutes in Eighth Grade
Honorable Mention

Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA
Diving Board Grafitti
Honorable Mention

Jim Kohatsu
Long Beach, CA USA

Cycle Memories
Honorable Mention

Roshan Ghimire
Arlington, VA USA
The Perfect Perch
Honorable Mention

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Setting Sunflower
People's Choice

Chuck Kimmerle
Casper, WY USA

Red wagon

San Francisco, California United States
Pursuing the light

San Francisco, California United States
Portsmouth Terrace #1

Amanda E. Dailey
Rochester, NY USA

Abandoned Childhood

Amanda Umberger
Seattle, WA USA
"1611 Memorial" from the Dead Payphones series

Ashton Thyles Cloud
Decatur, GA USA
At a Glance

Betsy Chapek
Underhill Center, VT USA

Lost Texas 3

Bronson Dorsey
Austin, Texas United States
Unusable Tub

Plattsburgh, NY USA
Snow Car

Chuck Kimmerle
Casper, WY USA

Days Past

Dale Niles
Fayetteville, GA USA

Damaris Drummond
Essex Junction, VT USA

daniel bowman ashe
plano, texas USA


daniel bowman ashe
plano, texas USA
Abandoned IV

David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA
Abandoned V

David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA


David Sanders
Tulsa, OK USA
Got Milk

Dennis Staffne
Marquette, MI USA

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA


Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
Museum Pieces

Eric Johnson
Westford, VT USA
If Doors Could Talk

Fritzi Newton
Fredericksburg, Virginia USA

Family Does Laundry

Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
They Wrangle Through the Night

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA


Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Untitled #6 (Near Heubrücke, Nürnberg, Bavaria)

Hans Gindlesberger
Blacksburg, VA USA
Barber Chair

Harry Sandler
Mount Vernon, NY USA

bal masque

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Frida found

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
All The Stage Is A Stage

Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA

Day in September

Jennifer Hall
Ligonier, IN USA
Salton Sea Shower Tank

Jim Kohatsu
Long Beach, CA USA
All Natural

Jordan Douglas
Jericho, VT USA


Joyce Harman
Flint Hill, VA USA

Justin Barton

Justin Barton

Between the Lines (no. 10)

Kris Sanford
Mt. Pleasant, MI USA

Kristin Reeves
Murray, KY USA
"Mouse Attack"

Leblanc Pierre

Found Ms. Red

Len Speier
New York, NY USA

Linda Wilson
South Bend, IN USA
Andrew's Boys

Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA


Lora Mancini
Shaftsbury, VT USA
The Other Hospital

Lora Mancini
Shaftsbury, VT USA
Lost And For Sale

Michael Gora
Boca Raton, Florida USA


Michael ONeil
New Bedford, MA USA

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA


Olivier Du Tré
Cochrane, Alberta Canada
Desert Garden. Abandoned Bedouin Graveyard, Sahara Desert.

Ross Laurence Anderson
Minneapolis, MN USA
Annie Julia, or Life After Death

Roz Leibowitz
New York, NY USA

Alcatraz Ruins with Gull

Sherry Stephens
Wellington, FL USA
There Was a Time

Steven Shepard
Williston, VT USA
Washington Park, Burns, OR

William Rugen
Seattle, WA USA

Holbrook, AZ

William Rugen
Seattle, WA USA
Commercial Casino, Elko, NV

William Rugen
Seattle, WA USA

wilson hurst
warrensburg, missouri USA


Yosuke Terada
Rego Park, NY 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, 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.
Found Magazine:
My Heart is an Idiot:
This American Life:
Washington II Washington: