BLACK & WHITE (& BLUE)
Juror: Michael Kirchoff
Juror's Choice by Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
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|
|BLACK & WHITE (& BLUE)|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
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!
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.
|Not yet, already gone #25|
|Poppy seed heads (Papaver orientale)|
|into the fire|
|Ghost steps in sand|
|Web of Roots|
|No Place to Go|
|Tableau No.1 – 6, Sediment Deposits Near the Rincon NE, Lake Powell, Utah 2016|
|Lost at Sea |
|School Boy: Haiti|
|Reflection, Luang Prabang, Laos, 2006|
|The Pole Star|
|The San Remo|
|Paper and boat|
|Self Portrait, Paris, 2016|
|Geometry of Tennis|
|The Malecón at Night, Havana, Cuba|
|Old North Barn|
|Sunshine Skyway Bridge|
|Night Time on the Midway|
|Forrest Mandala 2|
|Succulent #1 - 2012 ©Richard Greene|
|Ganges Boats No. 2, Varanasi|
|A Tale of Two|
|2nd Avenue, Snow Garden|
|Bauhinia variegata 0|
|New Mexico Museum of Art|
|Not yet, already gone #1|
- 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).