EXHIBIT Closed on April 24th 2016

Juror: Susan Spiritus

Juror's Choice: FACADE

Color photography: the power of a palette reveals the true nature of an image. 

It is easy to take color for granted; after all, it is how we see the world every day.  But color plays such an integral part in our emotions and in our perception of a scene.  Knowledge of the nature of color and how to capture it gives paramount impact and expression to photography.

As long ago as the 6th-century in China, people have tried to understand how and why we react to different colors and how the various colors work together.  More than the combination of red, blue and yellow, color is a visual tool for non-verbal communication.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:31 March 16
Artists' Reception:15 April 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:24 April 16
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

...for all our knowledge and technology, there are still aspects of color and light that we do not fully understand. Even the way that we actually see colors is a mystery; although the basic physical aspects are known, how our brains interpret the information gathered by our eyes is still open to much speculation...Color has the power to create moods, evoke emotions, or show the world in ways that would otherwise be invisible or lost to our everyday lives. By carefully selecting, adjusting, or manipulating the colors present in an image, it can be given a meaning that can be as blatant or as subtle as you like.  - Chris Rutter

Darkroom Gallery is calling for works that exemplify the vast aptitudes of color.  Photography that compels, through it's very saturation, an emotive response.

Juror's Statement:

Having five days to carefully review 991 submissions to Darkroom Gallery’s “CHROMA” exhibition was somewhat of a daunting thought at the outset, but upon receiving the selections, I was immediately inspired by the first image I had to judge, which gave me the enthusiasm to want to see more. (And yes, the first image I saw did make it into the final cut!)

The call for entries requested works to “exemplify the vast aptitudes of color” which is a fairly broad statement, but was interpreted by me to look for works that clearly exhibit a color’s intensity and its total saturation. I wanted to have and was looking for an immediate emotional response to the image that was before me.

I was looking for a “WOW”! I responded immediately to the starkness and simplicity of "Pepper in Pan" , while with “Façade” , the tri-color palate and shadows were so in sync, that it gave me the emotional response I was seeking. I can say much the same for the saturated color and simplicity in, “In Agreement” . “Optimistic” exemplifies an everyday scenario that we see on a regular basis, but in this instance, the juxtaposition of the colors against the unbalanced form gave me reason not to have to look twice!

There were other images that caught my eye and were shortlisted for commendation, but I was limited only to 3 Honorable Mentions. As a result, I was unable to choose "Red Tulips", "Painter’s Canvas", "Chromatic Cube" and "Happy Home" which are worthy of mention.

Susan Spiritus

Juror's Choice

In Agreement
Honorable Mention

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Pepper in Pan
Honorable Mention

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA

Honorable Mention

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
Full Moon, Rockport, Maine
People's Choice

Bruce Van Valen
Torrington, CT USA

Anna Pepe
Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

Rural England. A verdant patchwork

Anna Pepe
Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom
Lawn Chairs

Barbara Kantz
East Setauket, NY United States
Sunset at Lake Chapala, Mexico

Dane Strom
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico

Bag 7005

David "Squid" Quinn
Brooklyn, NY USA
Blue Chairs

David Dumo
Palm Springs, CA USA

Dawn Watson
Hastings on Hudson, NY USA

Cape Cod Pond

Dick Lavine
Austin, Texas USA
Summer shower

Dick Lavine
Austin, Texas USA

Don Rice
Carbondale, Illinois USA

Red tulips

Ellen Freyer
Los Angeles, CA USA
Red Lily

Ellen Freyer
Los Angeles, CA USA
Happy Home

Ethna Gillespie
Burnaby, British Columbia Canada

A little Hopper in Budapest

Felipe Gavioli
São Paulo, SP Brazil
Hot Rod Lime

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA
Fear of the Marketplace

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Painter's Canvas

Greg Bennett
Hampden, ME USA



Puebla Rroof tops

John Padour
Oak Park, IL USA
Door Hoi An Vietnam

Karen Burgess
Frenchs Forest, NSW Australia
Rooster, Hoi An Vietnam

Karen Burgess
Frenchs Forest, NSW Australia

Red Onions

Kitty Stanley
Wilder, VT USA
Whose Got The Buttons?

Lynda Younker
Lantana, Florida USA
Yellow Pit Stop

Lynda Younker
Lantana, Florida USA

The Bench By The Lake

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA
City of Gold

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA
Red Box

Mark Kalan
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico

Farm Door

Mark Kalan
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico
Dos Abuelas Y Un Arbol

Mark Kalan
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA

Big Yellow Doors

Meagan Dwyer
eastchester, ny USA
Blowing in the Wind

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

N. Gianturco
Asheville, NC USA

Little buddhas in Bayon

Nikhil Ghodke
Purchase, Ny USA

Patrick M Lynch
Lexington, NC USA
Ludington Pool

Peter A. Taylor
Grand Rapids, MI USA

Untitled [Field]

Ruth Raveh
Brooklyn, NY USA
Aarhus Pilot

Sally Canzoneri
Washington, DC USA
The Path

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Caribbean Colors

Sara Roche
Westport, CT USA
Red-Eyed Green Tree Frog

Sara Roche
Westport, CT USA
on water

Simona Nanoveanu
Bucharest, Romania

Los Morellos Light - Puerto Rico

Stephen Beattie
Burlington, VT USA
Neon Abstract

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
Roseate Spoonbill

Steven Winker
Mascoutah, IL USA

East Texas Autumn

Susan Hanson
San Marcos, Texas USA

Houston, Texas USA
Summer Beach House

Ted Dinkel
East Burke, VT United States

Chromatic Cube

William Chandler
Burlington, Vermont USA
Banana Yellow

William Lee
Miami Shores, Fl USA

Photo Credits(starting with yellow duck image, left-right): Oh, the Humanity ©Geoffrey Agrons, Havana Pink ©Suzanne Engelberg, Diner ©Norma McGehee Woodward,  ©Al Satterwhite, ©Al Satterwhite, Hot Rod RainDrops ©Gary Tobler, ©Al Satterwhite 

  • 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: Susan Spiritus

Susan Spiritus has been a leader in the field of fine art photography for 39 years, opening the doors to her Southern California gallery in 1976 so that she could share her passion for photography with others.

Today, the gallery handles works by such photographic luminaries as Ansel Adams,Ruth Bernhard, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Eikoh Hosoe, André Kertész, Paul Caponigro,Brett Weston and George Tice. The selection is always varied as new images arrive regularly while others have been sold. Please inquire.

Also represented are many of today’s most popular and award-winning contemporary artists including Camille Seaman, Hiroshi Watanabe, Cara Barer, Fran Forman, David Burdeny, Roman Loranc and Adrian Roland Davisin addition to several emerging artists, Tami Bone, Mitchell Hartman, Ellen Jantzen, Deborah Parkin, Tim Hyde and Chris Kovacs from Vancouver, BC .

The gallery regularly works with new artists from overseas.  Besides Seung Hoon Park (South Korea), Deborah Parkin (UK) and William Furniss (Hong Kong), we have recently begun to represent Hengki Koentjoro http://susanspiritusgallery.com/artist/hengki-koentjoro/ from Jakarta, Indonesia and Ellie Davies from the UK.

We also have a robust collection of work by artists from Japan, including Eikoh Hosoe, Celine Wu and Yoichi Nagata. The newest addition to the gallery is Ryota Kajita, aka Kanji, whose work can be viewed here.

The gallery works with private collectors, corporations and design professionals providing personalized counsel in order to address each client’s individual needs. Whether a first time buyer or a prolific collector, the gallery has something for everyone. Art ranges in price, style and type including platinum, silver, hand-colored and digital. Custom framing can be arranged. Artwork can be shipped anywhere in the world.