EXHIBIT Closed on March 26th 2017

Juror: Michael Kirchoff

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Juror's Choice by Russ Rowland

There’s something inherently different about monochromatic photography. 

The photographer Paul Outerbridge put it this way: In black and white you suggest; in color you state.  The implication is that in black and white something is left to the imagination, and perhaps that explains the revived popularity of black and white photos as fine art; seeing an image in color leaves fewer blanks for the mind to fill in. Constantly seeing images in color becomes “too much Information”.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:2 March 17
Artists' Reception:12 March 17 15:00
Exhibit Closes:26 March 17
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

The idea for this exhibition started as strictly black and white, but it occurred to us that black and white is not the only monochrome photographic process, and that the same power to suggest is characteristic of other historic methods that yield images in blue (cyanotype), sepia (albumin), and silver (platinum), for example.  Thus we decided to open this exhibition to all forms of monochromatic photography.

Though we appreciate monochromatic images created with “alternative” processes, we don’t want to exclude any, done on film or digitally. The entries will be evaluated on the basis of their merit as photographs and not on the method that was used to produce them. It’s the creative process that counts!

Juror's Statement:

The amount of creativity and striking talent in the submissions for Black & White (& Blue) was incredible. It was a truly wonderful experience seeing the variety of work sent in for this exhibition. Making selections was difficult from the outset, as the overall quality and content of the submissions was very high. Narrowing down the field of 903 images to the final 53 meant that only about six percent of them made it in. The final choices made all answered the one big question I asked over and over again…is this a print I would add to my own collection and hang in my home? Look through the selections and you will know the answer with absolute certainty.

I was equally happy to see images made with a variety of process, including silver gelatin, cyanotype, platinum, lith, and digital. Process, however, is not merely the tools or materials used, but how the creator responds and connects with them to make their art. The images in this exhibition make this connection.

Drama, mystery, tension, and composition all had to be embraced in order to put it all together. Of the final images chosen for this exhibition, I found myself selecting some that surprised even me (most notable would be the Juror’s Choice), and that is what I like about the outcome more than anything. Thank you to all who submitted and pleased my soul with your work, you have a lot to be proud of.

-Michael Kirchoff

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Juror's Choice

Russ Rowland
Self Portrait
Honorable Mention

Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA
Not yet, already gone #25
Honorable Mention

Thomas Zamolo
Årsta, Sweden

Freckles 1`
People's Choice
Honorable Mention

Gabrielle Robinson
New York, New York USA
Poppy seed heads (Papaver orientale)

Alexis Doshas
West Wardsboro, VT USA

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany


Anna Pepe
Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom
Liriodendron tulipifera

Ansel Oommen
New Hyde Park, New York United States
into the fire

Barbara Kyne
Oakland, CA USA


Beth Pelton
Winchester, NH USA
Muster Field

Beth Pelton
Winchester, NH USA
Ghost steps in sand

Bill Motley
San Antonio, TX United States

Web of Roots

Missouri City, texas USA
No Place to Go

Boba Fett
Remulak, Space France
Jonesport #596

C E Morse
Cumberland Center, ME USA

Tableau No.1 – 6, Sediment Deposits Near the Rincon NE, Lake Powell, Utah 2016

Carsten Meier
Logan, Utah USA
Lost at Sea

Chelle Delaney
San Antonio, Texas USA
School Boy: Haiti

Cheryl Clegg
Waltham, MA USA


Connie Lowell
Hartford, CT USA
Reflection, Luang Prabang, Laos, 2006

Dave Rudin
Brooklyn, NY USA

Diana Nicholette Jeon
Honolulu, HI USA

The Pole Star

Diane Fenster
Pacifica, California (CA) USA

Don Rice
Gainesville, Florida USA
Ice Storm

Don Rice
Gainesville, Florida USA

The San Remo

Edi Chen
Brooklyn, NY USA
Susanne's Window

Gary Pikarsky
Abiquiu, NM USA
In Shadow

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA

Paper and boat

Iryna Glik
Bensalem, PA United States
Self Portrait, Paris, 2016

Joanna Epstein
Alberite, La Rioja Spain
Geometry of Tennis

Jolanta Mazur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Malecón at Night, Havana, Cuba

Jordan Douglas
Jericho, VT USA

Kathryn Reichert
Fairbanks, Alaska USA

Keith Parks
La Mesa, CA USA

Old North Barn

Melanie Considine
Randolph, VT USA

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway

Mihai Florea
Wheelers Hill, Victoria Australia

Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Nancy Stalnaker Bundy
Minneapolis, MN USA
Night Time on the Midway

Nick Roberts
Louisville, KY USA
Forrest Mandala 2

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

The Sculptor

Rachel Portesi
Saxtons River, VT USA
Succulent #1 - 2012 ©Richard Greene

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Deep Space

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA

Ganges Boats No. 2, Varanasi

Robert Moore
Dallas, TX USA
A Tale of Two

Russ Rowland
2nd Avenue, Snow Garden

Ryota Kajita
Fairbanks, Alaska USA


Scott Herndon
Washington, DC USA
Bauhinia variegata 0

Steve Engelmann
Culver City, Ca USA
Happy, Texas

Steve Knight
Baytown, TX USA

New Mexico Museum of Art

Steve Knight
Baytown, TX USA
Marching Trees

Stuart Clook
Teddington, Lyttelton, Canterbury New Zealand
Not yet, already gone #1

Thomas Zamolo
Årsta, Sweden

Eternally Dazzling

Tristan Pinto
New York, New York United States

Vivien Goldman
Chestnut Hill, MA 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;
  • 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: Michael Kirchoff

Michael Kirchoff straddles the worlds of both fine art and commercial photography. A commercial shooter for twenty-five years, it is his fine art work that has set him apart from others, with instant film fueling more than a few bodies of work, both completed and ongoing. His consulting, training, and overall support of his fellow photographic artists continues with assistance in construction ones vision, reviewing portfolios, and finding exhibition opportunities, which fill the gaps in time away from active shooting.  

Kirchoff’s fine art imagery has garnered recognition from the IPA Awards, the Prix de la Photographie in Paris, Photographer’s Forum, and Critical Mass. His photographs have been published in Black & White (US and UK) Seities, Esquire (Russia) New Statesman, Blur, Adore Noir, Fraction, SHOTS, and website like Lenscratch and Light Leaked. He continues to exhibit prints internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Kirchoff is also an editor at Blur Magazine, a charter member of the LA Center for Photography, and has been a board member of the LA chapter of the American Photographic Artists (APA).