The Environmental Portrait
Juror: Shana Nys Dambrot
Jurors Choice: In Absentia
Palm Desert, CA USA
"A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he (she) is being photographed, and what he (she) does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he (she) is wearing or how he (she) looks." -Richard Avedon, paraphrased.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||15 September 16|
|Artists' Reception:||30 September 16 17:30|
|Exhibit Closes:||9 October 16|
|The Environmental Portrait|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
For this exhibition we're inviting you to submit images that get to the essence of your portrait subjects, providing a look, perhaps an intimate glimpse, into their lives and personalities. Your subjects will be posed, of course, but can you present them as if they're truly inhabiting their surroundings?
I almost never photograph people. I’m drawn to architectural elements, depopulated vistas and street views and especially to abstract details and scenic etant-donnes. Portraiture is another matter altogether -- and environmental portraiture even more so. With elements of street photography, social and anthropological documentary, and biographical narrative, the challenge in choosing from an impressively diverse and talented pool came down in many cases to interpreting the terms -- seeking to include images which portrayed more than a subject’s happenstance, but the affirmative choice to be and be seen in those settings. I looked for signs of the subject embracing and orchestrating their environments, for elements radiating a sense of their owner/occupant’s inner life through deliberate external expressions. Besides imparting intimacy in content, these images must also be affecting, thoughtful, emotional, and artfully made compositions across a range of styles and voices, presenting a cross-section of humanity as it wishes to be seen.
- Shana Nys Dambrot
|Cpl. Mac McWilliams, USMC|
|Mary C. Fernandez, Fernandez Hardware|
|Dave Sipe Woodcarver|
|Woodstock is back |
| A Grilling|
|The Stillness The Dancing|
|Janet, Buster and Roo|
|1st Lt. Josephine Reaves, Army Nurse Corp|
|Alana Webb, Hardwick Boxing Club|
|Peter and Elka Schumann|
|self portrait |
|Floyd - Vermont Hill Farmer|
|Sponge Diver Family - Mangrove Cay Bahamas|
|Harry G - violin bow maker|
|The girl in floral print clothes|
|Concierge. Hong Kong. China.|
|Afternoon Drinker, Hanoi|
|Robin and Rose from The Modern Day Diana Series|
|Cindy from The Modern Day Diana Series|
|Sam in Her Room|
|Midway John |
|Posing Practice |
|Mister G Takes a Moment|
|Family I - Kaunas, Lithuania|
|Family II - Kaunas, Lithuania|
|DOORMAN TRUMP TOWER NYC|
|RABBI KLEIN TEMPLE EMANU-EL DALLAS|
|Fredericksburg, Texas - 2015|
|The Good Life|
|Mother - 2016|
- 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: Shana Nys Dambrot
Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., and a contributor to Flaunt, the Huffington Post, The Creators Project/VICE, Fabrik Magazine, Palm Springs Life, Vs. Magazine, Porter & Sail, and KCET’s Emmy-winning Artbound series. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill.com, previous publications have included the LA Weekly, Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, ARTnews, Desert Magazine, Montage Magazine, Bespoke, The Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Bluecanvas, Scene, Coagula, THE Magazine LA, and Juxtapoz. She studied Art History at Vassar College, has written hundreds of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates one or two exhibitions each year, publishes short fiction, and speaks in public at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. An account of her activities is sometimes updated at sndx.net.
Dambrot sometimes exhibits her personal photography practice, and as an artist she is drawn to elements of the natural and built environments encountered as étant donnés which are free to be enjoyed rather than analyzed, appreciated for synchronicity rather than evaluated for intentionality -- as a respite from her job as an interpreter and a way of soothing, sharpening, and purifying the quality of her attention. There is no need to ask a tree or a crack in the pavement to explain its meaning.