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Juror: Stella Kramer
To capture in an instant, an unexpected scene, the unscripted interaction, serendipitous magic in a single shot.
The medium of photography skillfully lends itself to chance. In certain instances the medium is defined by how rapidly a single shot can be fired and, in turn, art created.
Just as an improv actor steps onto the stage without any thoughts or goals is his/her head we are looking for the images you took off the cuff that the very telling, thoughtful and insightful ones. Photographs that succeed because they aren't staged. Work that encapsulates a plot line, a "scene of crime" or unique character-driven exchange.
These haphazard interpretations of reality can be monumentally powerful, humorous, heart-rending or sublime. A moment, frozen forever through the lens of our cameras.
Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change) Exhibit Opens: 19 June 14 Artists' Reception: 11 July 14 17:00 Exhibit Closes: 13 July 14 Impromptu
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
Spontaneous, unplanned, unrehearsed: these are the definitions of IMPROMPTU. And isn't that what photography should always include? When the moment something unexpected happens and you are luckily there to witness and record it, doesn't that make life more exciting? When I looked through the submitted images I was hoping to be surprised, and I was. The photographers reached out around the world, in black & white and color, looking at people and at the natural world in an attempt to show something steeped in the serendipity of living. Thank you to all for making me laugh, making me think, and making me look.
|Portrait to be|
|An evening stroll, Berlin|
|Legs and Plate Lines, Union Square|
|Mother and Daughter|
|Dance in Color|
|Untitled, woman with cigarette|
|Travelling with Mary|
|Balloons at Birthday Party|
|from the waves 2|
|Girls in car, NYC Puerto Rican Day|
|Flying Hair, Copacabana, New York|
|The Navajo Nation|
|Ninety and One|
|Tati & Paul|
|Skateboarding After the Wedding|
|The Beekeeper's Hand|
|Oblivious to the Adults|
|Summer Rain, Abbey Street, Dublin|
- 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: Stella Kramer
Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor and creative consultant Stella Kramer has worked with such top publications as The New York Times, Newsweek, People, Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly. Based in New York City, Stella works nationally and internationally as a private consultant, to help photographers strengthen their creative eye, put together the strongest portfolios and websites that reflect their work, and set a course to reach their professional goals.
Stella has worked on many of the major news events in recent history. As photo editor for The New York Times series “Portraits of Grief” Kramer memorialized those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. She was awarded, along with Times editors and writers, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as well as the 2002 Infinity Award of Special Recognition from the International Center of Photography. She also won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography with others at The New York Times.
In 1994 Stella oversaw Newsweek’s team of photographers covering the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She was a photo editor for LIFE magazine’s special issue series on the 1990 Gulf War, “LIFE In Time Of War”, and has won awards from SPD, Women In Communications, and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Stella lectures, curates, appears at photo festivals around the country as a portfolio reviewer, and consults with companies on their visual image.