EXHIBIT Closed on November 2nd 2014

Juror: Amy Arbus 

 Juror's Choice: "The Pathologizers, 2" by Maureen Price

The self-portrait has been a popular form of expression ever since we first saw our own reflection. Like Narcissus, it's often the case that we need not look beyond the tip of our own nose for a muse worth capturing.

Since the fifteenth century and the advent of the mirror artists have modeled for themselves in their own works of art.  Whether it is an in-depth exploration of the artist’s own psyche or simply because as a model, the artist is clearly the cheapest and most available. Whatever the reason, nearly every artist in every medium has attempted this exploration of self.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:9 October 14
Artists' Reception:31 October 14 17:30
Exhibit Closes:2 November 14
Mirror, Mirror
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Show us your most creative self-portraits, ones that capture your true essence. Or your multitude of alter egos? In this age of self promotion and moment-by-moment self curation, the "selfie" is becoming a honed craft. We are interested in how this trend interacts with contemporary photography. Does your work shun or embrace such popular demand? Or is it inspired by the greats? Frida Kahlo, Jan van Eyck, Cindy Sherman, Van Gogh, Chuck Close and Vivian Maier are only a few of the artists that have made and left their mark though creative self-portraiture. How will you leave yours?

Juror's Statement:

Self portraits can be fraught. They can expose something other than what the artist intended. The most successful portraits submitted to Mirror, Mirror I suspect, did just that. They dealt with pregnancy, death, rebirth, violence, fear, heartbreak, loneliness, the supernatural, sexual identity, falling in and out of love, loss of virginity, and ironically, the loss of self. The camera allows a kind of scrutiny that can show one how they feel, whether it be conscious or not

The less effective pictures submitted, tackled some fascinating ideas like wrestling with ones self, being ones own grandfather, and hiding from ones self, but the ideas were stronger than the images.

The weakest pictures were over-produced, over-photo shopped, mixed media, shadows and reflections, snapshots, and jokes that weren’t funny.

In almost all cases I found that the titles of the photographs were too literal. They tried to explain what the artist was suffering which had the deleterious effect of making me, the viewer, feel that the mystery was gone. Good titles are always challenging to find, but without them we aren’t free to have our own interpretations which can be myriad.

Amy Arbus

The Pathologizers, 2
Juror's Choice

Maureen Price
Glendale, CA USA
Honorable Mention

Mountain View, CA USA
Honorable Mention

Rachael Banks
Little Elm, TX USA

Ajitter 5
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland
Ajitter 3
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland
People's Choice

Nicholas Abriola
Bethany, CT USA

Untitled Selfportrait

Anna Eroshenko
Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk Russia
self-portrait with a mirror

Anna Eroshenko
Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk Russia
Portrait 3

Anton Trofymov
Brooklyn, NY USA


Ashley Cummings
Rio Rancho, New Mexico USA
Mary M.

Ashley Feagin
Albion, MI USA
At the edge of light

Babak Pejman Aryan
Austin, Texas USA

Red Umbrella

Boba Fett
Remulak, Space France
Big Brother

Brian Swift
New York, NY United States
The Path Around the Path

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA

In a Torrent of Tribulations

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Incipit : Marianne

Coralie Fournier-Moris
Nantes, France
Athens, 2012

Costantino Pittas
Zouberi N. Makri, Attiki Greece

The broken woman

Émili Bermúdez
Tacoronte, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain
Framed Self-Portrait

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA

Erika Masterson
Satellite beach, Fl USA

Bird Tree

Erika Masterson
Satellite beach, Fl USA
Seven years! Only seven years!

Glenna Jennings
Dayton, OH USA
"Why do you have to kill me after taking my virginity?"-Mirror

Guanyu Xu
Chicago, IL USA

I would like to keep this clandestine

Hazel Davies
Yateley, Hampshire UK
Ghostly Presence

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA

Katherine C. Clayton
Hoopeston, IL USA


Katherine C. Clayton
Hoopeston, IL USA
Smoke Portrait #1

Leif Carlson
Savannah, GA USA
Chair Portrait #5

Leif Carlson
Savannah, GA USA


Linda Wilson
South Bend, IN USA
I shot myself

Ludwig Desmet
Ronse, Belgium
Window to the Soul

Lukasz Snopkiewicz
Solihull, West Midlands United Kingdom

In Love

Magda Lates
Paris, France
Where It Hurts

María Alejandra Mata
Boston, MA USA
"Inside Looking Out"

Marianne Smith Dalton
Cazenovia, NY USA

Walking On Eggshells

Mark S. Zimmerman
Jacksonville, FL USA

Megan Dill
West Point, NY USA

Natalie Barbosa
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil

Blustery Day

Natassia Doubleoseven
Green Valley, AZ USA
Ad Lucem

Patricia Christakos
Cazenovia, New York USA
The Root to All Evil

Stanley Olivera
Brooklyn, NEw York USA

thomas Durand
Randolph, ma USA
Let Us Be Free

Manchester, UK
Frankie Cicero -mugshots series

Yoko Haraoka
Astoria, 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, 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:Amy Arbus
©Amy ArbusAmerican contemporary photographer and daughter of Diane Arbus whose career combines commercial work, teaching at ICP and personal projects. She has published five books. Her first book, No Place Like Home (Doubleday & Co, 1986), examined unconventional houses and her second, The Inconvenience of Being Born (Fotofolio, 1999), the emotional reactions of babies. The New Yorker called The Fourth Wall her masterpiece. Her most recent, After Images, is an homage to modernism's most iconic avant-garde paintings.

In the 1980s Arbus took a series of photographs picturing New York street fashion. More than five hundred of the images were published in Village Voice at the time and seventy were later collected in her book On the Street (Welcome, 2006).

Amy Arbus has been photographing professionally for twenty-nine years. Her photographs have appeared in over one hundred periodicals around the world, including The New Yorker, Aperture, ESPN Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. Her advertising clients include American Express, Nickelodeon, Saatchi & Saatchi, New Line Cinema, Christiano Fissore, and The California Children and Families Commission.

She teaches portraiture at the International Center of Photography, NORDphotography, Anderson Ranch and The Fine Arts Work Center. Amy Arbus is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Massachusetts. She has had twenty-five solo exhibitions worldwide, and her photographs are a part of the collection of The National Theater in Norway, The New York Public Library and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.