EXHIBIT Closed on February 28th 2016

Juror: Taj Forer

 Juror's Choice "Staircase" by Anita Schiedeck Nürnberg, Germany
 Juror's Choice Staircase 
by Anita Schiedeck Nürnberg, Germany

Shadows fall and light shines, and where they meet is where the drama ensues.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:4 February 16
Artists' Reception:19 February 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:28 February 16
Shadow and Light
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

 The use of shadow in a photograph gives an object or person a solid context. Time of day, one's relation to the light source, and darkness of the shadow can create an ambience or backstory all it's own. Shadows can be subtle and add to the composition, or they can be strong, sharp and piercing. They can direct the entirety of the photograph.

...light is nothing without shadows. Shadows are not simply a dark mass that borders the light. Rather, shadows are an entity as alive as the light. It is the shadows that shape the light, that draw attention to the light, and that integrate with the light to produce striking photographic opportunities. If we are to reach our full potential as photographers, we must think as much in terms of mastering the shadows as we do of mastering the light. - Ron Bigelow

Darkroom Gallery is looking for works that explore the vast languages of shadow & light. Low light, bright light and every stop in between. Light can be luminous & rich, or a stark spotlight, it can wildly dance, or softly edge darkness and cast shadows. Light can reflect and sparkle or be blinding and disarming. Natural light vs. man-made light sources: sunrises and sunsets, moonlight and neon light! Photographs are steeped in emotive qualities that go well beyond the work's subject and content, an almost indecipherable layer is imparted through the usage of light.  

Juror's Statement:

Tension. If there is one theme I return to time and time again in photography, it is tension. I know it when I see it and I like it. These images are filled with it. Tension. Formal, conceptual, emotional. As I culled through the some one-thousand photographs submitted here for consideration, I found myself immediately drawn to those that arrested me; be it formal or be it conceptual, the "arrest" was driven by tension in every single instance. From lyrical science experiments riffing on our relationship to the universe via light spectrums, to eerie noire-style narratives that unfold in a single frame, to surveillance-referencing imagery that suggest something unknown (and likely very bad), is about to take place (or will it?); the tension throughout this collection of photographs is palpable.

Taj Forer 

Juror's Choice

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany
There's Really No Way to Reach Me
Honorable Mention

Boba Fett
Remulak, Space France
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland

Barn Light
People's Choice

Sara Roche
Westport, CT USA

Alexandria Donovan
Westport, Connecticut USA

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA

Vincent's Chair

Analía Gutiérrez
San Francisco, California USA
Rainy Night

Andrea Waxler
Nashua, New Hampshire USA
Dune Fence

Barbara Curcio
West Islip, New York USA

Andy's Bedroom, Panama.

Barbara Hauzinger
Burlington, VT USA
Subway Exit

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Subway Stairs

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA

Hopkins Basement

Corey Reeb
Grove City, OH USA
Zocolo in the Rain, Oaxaca, Mexico

cynthia roderick
centerville, mass USA
The Whitney

Danielle L Goldstein
NEW YORK, NY United States

Daily Objects and Salt Crystals

Dascha Esselius
Stockholm, Sweden
Summer light circus

Dieter Schamne
Kiel, SH Germany
Inverted World

Ding Ren
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tree Shadow

Federica Armstrong
Diary of a Recluse

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar
Bilbao, Vizcaya Spain

Long Term Effects

Heather Ross
Taos, nm USA
Showchoir: Sequins

Helene Fischman
Milwaukee, WI - Wisconsin USA

Jenn Allen
Orlando, Florida USA


John Prince
Atlanta, Georgia USA
Katy and Circumzenithal Arc

John Stetson
Falmouth, ME USA
Analemma made with gnomon (a stick used to create shadow); sun/earth relationship; mathematical symbol for infinity

John Stetson
Falmouth, ME USA


José M. Gómez-Ros
Madrid, Madrid Spain

Leonardo Magrelli
Rome, Italy Italy
Rio de Janeiro

Leonardo Magrelli
Rome, Italy Italy


Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Death Valley, 2010

Lin Moore
Lincoln City, OR USA
Woman in Thought

Lisa Saltzman
New York, NY USA

Morning Sill

Louise Parms
Bronx, New York USA
Self-portrait, Presumpscot River, Falmouth, ME

Mark Barnette
Portland, ME USA

Mark Hopkins
Concord, MA United States

Dark Cobblestone Alley

Matt Brittenham-Jones
Montpelier, VT USA
Abstract Sunset

Melissa Berrios
Orlando, FL USA
she and her shadow walk away from me

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

people on the bus... revealed

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA
people on the bus... blinded

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA
Memory of the crowd.

Nabil TAZI
Le Crès, - France


Portrait #2

Philip Sager
San Francisco, CA United States
Child with Gun

Philip Sager
San Francisco, CA United States


Rainy Silvestre

Rainy Silvestre

sofia yu
Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom


Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
New England Geometry

Wil Scott
Annapolis, MD USA

William Chandler
Burlington, Vermont 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: Taj Forer

Taj Forer is a photographic artist, publisher and educator. He is a Cofounder of Daylight, the celebrated international photography publisher.

Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. 

Forer received his MFA in Photography from UNC-Chapel Hill (where he is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art) and his BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Forer is the author of two books of his own photography, Stone by Stone (Kehrer Verlag, 2011, Heidelberg, Germany) and Threefold Sun (Charta Editions, 2007, Milano, Italy).

His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe including those of The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), The Sir Elton John Collection (London, UK), The Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, NC) and The Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA).