EXHIBIT Closed on March 27th 2016
Juror: Peter Turnley
Juror's Choice: Sweet Dream. Refuge in America
by Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Photography documenting moments of the human condition
Culture: a word with many shades of meaning and numerous subtle connotations. To the anthropologist, culture defines the social, behavioral, material, and spiritual characteristics of distinct groups of people such as tribes, ethnic groups, and nations, as well as subgroups within those larger entities.
Already in the earliest photographs, in the 19th century, we see a fascination with non-western and "exotic" cultures. While much of this ethnographic depiction of non-western peoples and their ways of life are now regarded as another form of colonial exploitation, there is value in those images which honestly present nom-western cultures as they once existed.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||3 March 16|
|Artists' Reception:||19 March 16 15:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||27 March 16|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
Darkroom Gallery has created this exhibition called Culture as a challenge to you, the photographer, to look around at the cultural groups you encounter. If you're a world traveler, that's fine, but even if you never venture far there are opportunities to depict the differing cultures of your own community, state, and nation. Think creatively, avoid stereotypes, and bring us your world.
It was an honor and a pleasure to have the privilege to look at all of the photographs submitted for the exhibition “culture”. This is a beautiful and powerful mosaic of visual stories of the human condition worldwide. As I looked at all of the photographs, I found myself sitting at a desk peacefully, with some music in the background, and my heart was moved by so much humanity, energy, spontaneity, authenticity, and profound existence within the visual poems I was seeing. We are all one amazing, beautiful human family, and it is our diversity that makes our world and existence so powerful, and truly rich. Our most important friend is communication, empathy, compassion, and a respect for each other’s vulnerability, and dignity. Thank you for the chance to see such a wonderful group of images. Bravo.
|Sweet Dream. Refuge in America|
|Youth Young Gifted & Black|
|follow the shadow|
|Outside Brooklyn Borough Hall |
|Horse Dancing on Lake Chapala, Mexico|
|The Puppet Master Adjusts His Hat|
|Scraped Chin, Hamtramck, Michigan|
|San Lazaro, La Habana, Cuba, 17 diciembre 2013|
|Francis J. Killay, Montpelier|
|Belinda - Riverside Restauranteur|
|vecchio in attesa|
|Just Take Me Home|
|A Quest For Healthcare in Ethiopia|
|Calder’s Child, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 2014|
|Tibetan Man in a Coracle|
|Carnaval Drummer, Buenos Aires|
|L.A.dy Like-Los Angeles CA.|
|Modern Chief- Reagan Airport, Virginia |
|Workers Wall - Los Angeles CA.|
|Belushi Brothers mask band, NYC|
|Starlight dance band|
|The "Lady" in Red|
|surfer’s paradise |
|A traditional Camel Bazaar|
|Society of Survivors|
|The Gypsy Family|
|The Wedding Singers|
|Day of Ashura|
|Untitled (Selma, AL)|
|Untitled (New Orleans, LA)|
|Untitled (Selma, AL)|
|I hate you|
|Rodeo Kids, Buena Vista, Colorado |
|Gun People - Ace|
|Perles sur Peachtree|
|Monsieur en Bleu|
- 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.
- Juror's Choice also receives a signed limited edition copy of Peter Turnley's book Cuba - A Grace of Spirit.
- 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: Peter Turnley
Peter Turnley is renown for his photography of the realities of the human condition. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek 43 times and are published frequently in the world’s most prestigious publications. He has worked in over 90 countries and has witnessed most major stories of international geo-political and historic significance in the last thirty years. His photographs draw attention to the plight of those who suffer great hardships or injustice. He also affirms with his vision the many aspects of life that are beautiful, poetic, just, and inspirational.
Turnley’s photographs have been featured in Newsweek, Harper’s, Stern, Paris Match, Geo, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le Figaro, Le Monde, New Yorker, and DoubleTake. Peter Turnley worked on contract for the Newsweek Magazine from 1986-2001 and as a contributing editor/photographer with Harper’s Magazine from 2003-2007. His work is frequently published in photo essay form in magazines, on major television networks such as CNN, ABC’s “Nightline”, and in online publications, such as The Online Photographer. Turnley’s photographs have been published the world over and have won many international awards including the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, numerous awards and citations from World Press Photo, and the University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year competition.
Turnley has photographed most of the world’s conflicts of the last decade including the Gulf War-1991, the Balkans (Bosnia), Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa, Chechnya, Haiti, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Kosovo, the war in Iraq-2003, and also maintains an ongoing documentation of the major refugee populations of the world. He witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and the revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989, the liberation of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa. He was in New York at “Ground Zero” on Sept 11, 2001, New Orleans during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the tragic earthquake of 2011, and Egypt during the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He is currently working on a long-term project on daily life in Cuba, “Cuba-A Grace of Spirit”. Turnley has produced portraits and covered many of the modern world’s most influential people: Obama, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin, Mandela, Arafat, Schroeder, Ceausescu, Gaddafi, Chirac, Clinton, Reagan, Bush Sr, Lady Diana, and Pope Jean Paul II among others.
Since 1975, Turnley has also continually photographed the life of Paris, his adopted home. Turnley was born in the U.S., but has lived more than half his life in Paris. His tender, humorous, and sensual view of Paris, offers distinct contrast to the stark realities depicted in his photojournalism. He has photographed the extensively the life of Paris these past 35 years. Turnley worked as the assistant to the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau in Paris in the early 1980’s.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, Turnley has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the New School of Social Research in New York and St. Francis College of Indiana. He received a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard for the academic year 2000-2001.
Peter Turnley also teaches photography workshops on street photography and the photo-essay in Paris, Cuba, New York, Mumbai, Venice, Sicily, and Lisbon.
He presently lives in both New York and Paris, and has previously published six books of his work: French Kiss – A Love Letter to Paris, Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, Parisians, and McClellan Street.