EXHIBIT Closed on January 31st 2016

Juror: Aline Smithson

Ode to The Mad Man by Rocio De Alba
Juror's Choice: Ode to The Mad Man
by Rocio De Alba
From Middle Village, New York

Self as subject, one's uniqueness in scope, portraiture by design. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:7 January 16
Artists' Reception:31 January 16 15:00
Exhibit Closes:31 January 16
Seities & Selves
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

"Seity" is an uncommon word which, as defined by Webster, is "A quality peculiar to oneself; selfhood; individuality".  It could be seen as the essential quality of the true self-portrait: an expression of what makes the subject unique and defines her/his character in some way. This does not imply an exact replication of the photographer's appearance. Rather, it goes below the surface to reveal something of the essence of the photographer's psyche. An example would be the self portraits of Chuck Close, which provide an uncanny and discomfiting glimpse into his psyche. Self portraits do not have to represent objective outer reality; consider the photos of Cindy Sherman, none of which "look like her" but all have a relationship to some facet of her selfless, her seity.

In this age of the ubiquitous throwaway selfie it's an even greater and more worthwhile challenge to create a self portrait that expresses one's uniqueness and individuality. And that's the challenge we're putting forth for this exhibition: to present an image that defines an aspect of your true essence.

Juror's Statement:

It was a complete pleasure to juror this exhibition. The creative expression of self is a fascinating and revelatory process, and this exhibition in particular reflected a myriad of wonderful interpretations. I tended to select work that was mysterious and not always obvious, work that was intriguing and out of the ordinary. Like a good storyteller, I looked for images that didn't give away the ending and left me wanting more. To be honest, it was difficult to select just 58 images because the quality of submissions was very high and very unique. There were masses of photographs that I didn't want to let go of--I guess in the long run, that's a good thing and shows that there are so many talented photographers creating work today. Bravo to all who submitted and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with all of the work.

Aline Smithson 

Ode to The Mad Man
Juror's Choice

Rocio De Alba
Queens, New York USA
Honorable Mention

Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA
Honorable Mention

Francis Crisafio
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Self Imposed (No. 35)
Honorable Mention

Jonas Yip
Manhattan Beach, CA USA
Lost in Sight
People's Choice

Steffi Brinkmann
Columbia, SC USA
Vanishing Presence

Amanda Schilling
Kingwood, TX USA

Fragments are the only form I love

Andrew Janjigian
Cambridge, Massachusetts United States

Carbondale, IL USA

Arthur Kobin
Pacifica, California USA

Personal Demon

Brian Van de Wetering
San Diego, California USA
Let Go, 2015

Brittany Markert
Brooklyn, NY USA

Calli McCaw
New York, NY USA

Eighteen Years Old

Caroline MacMoran
Philadelphia, PA USA
Moving forward

Caroline Twohill
Miami, Fl USA
Morning Routine # 3

Claire Haughey
Missoula, MT USA

The Hotel Room

Dale Niles
Fayetteville, GA USA
Portrait of the Artist as Compilation

David Woolf
Burlington, VT USA
I, Orfeo X

Diana Nicholette Jeon
Honolulu, HI USA

the brighter the light, the darker the room

e andrew bartel
New York, NY USA
We're painted as monsters

elana cooper
Bicester, Oxfordshire Uk
Mother series #8

Elizabeth Orcutt
London, United Kingdom

Moon Mirror

Emily Sheffer
Fairfield, Connecticut USA
I am overexposed

Eric A. Bailey
Boxborough, Massachusetts USA
Mirror Mirror (Mother and Daughter)

Erica Kelly Martin
Los Angeles, CA USA

Domestic Bliss

Gray Lyons
South Bend, IN USA

James Graves
Plant City, Florida USA

Joanna Epstein
Alberite, La Rioja Spain

The Warden

Joshua Dancause
Corpus Christi, Texas USA
Fruit Piece

Kally Malcom
Las Cruces, NM USA

Karen C. Smith
Hedgesville, WV USA


Karen Janas
Lombard, IL USA
Born of Water

Katarina Silva
Malaga, Costa del Sol Spain

Kathleen B Donovan
Dallas, TX United States

Self Portrait (Lost)

Laura Knapp
Redding, CT USA
Maternal Great Grandfather Still

Leah Miriam Cooper
north kingstown, ri USA
Private Cracks

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA

Self-Portrait for 'A Thousand Souls'

Maciek Jasik
Brooklyn, NY USA
"All My Parts"

Mariana Bartolomeo
Tucson, AZ USA
Sciomancy at Owllight

Michelle Concetta Parchini
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates


Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Man in Green Hat

Mo Kamal
Dubai, UAE
I am so glad for having numerous choices

Mona Bozorgi
Savannah, Georgia United States

#3 From "Tell me how it ends" series

Natasha Rudenko
Moscow, Russia
Inside of Love

Nathan A Woodruff
Kansas City, Missouri USA
Self, Legging It

Nikki Johnson
New York, NY USA


Olivia Edvalson
Rochester, NY USA
Sum sed. Quid sum?


Pere Ibañez
Barcelona, SPAIN

Bath and Shower

Philippa Stannard
Perugia, Perugia ITALY

Rachel Orue
Niles, MI USA
The Last Day

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA

Longer Lashes

Rebecca Drolen
Fayetteville, AR USA
Defend me from the life

Roberto Pestarino
Gavazzana, Al Italy
Looking at You Looking at Me

Sara Roche
Westport, CT USA

Lost Dream

Shari Yantra Marcacci
Studio City, CA USA

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
the way you wear your hat

Tennille Goff
Springfield, Virginia USA

winter, i, wonder.

vanessa filley
evanston, IL 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 as well as a signed copy of Aline Smithson's Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography
  • 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: Aline Smithson

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera.

 She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, NY Times LENS blog, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. In the Fall of 2015, the Magenta Foundation will publish her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography.

 In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50, the PDN Photo Annual, and Review Santa Fe. Aline founded and writes LENSCRATCH, a daily magazine that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photo-eye, and has provided the forewords for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, Nancy Baron, amongst others.

 Aline has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines, including Review Santa Fe, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and the Griffin Museum. In addition, she is a reviewer and educator at many photo festivals across the United States. In 2014, Aline received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER, but she considers her children her greatest achievement. She is a founding member of the Six Shooters Collective and is currently teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, the Santa Fe Photo Workshops, and the Maine Media Workshops. Aline lives and works in Los Angeles.