EXHIBIT Closed on April 23rd 2017

Juror: Gary Samson

Juror's Choice: The Sleep by Florin Ion Firimita

"And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul?" - Walt Whitman 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:30 March 17
Artists' Reception:9 April 17 15:00
Exhibit Closes:23 April 17
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

In the earliest days of experiments in photographic methodology the various emulsions available were too slow to permit the portrayal of the human form, and even more advanced processes like daguerreotype and tintype required lengthy motionless sitting times by the subject. Nevertheless, the human figure has been mainstay of the photographer since almost the inception of the medium. Figure photography imitating the style and subjects of classical painting constituted some of the fine art photography of the time. As technology advanced, photographers began to create their own figure photography sub-genres, ranging from the crass to the sublime.Fine art figure photography is now routinely taught in art curriculums.

For this exhibition we're looking for examples of accomplished photography that present the human body as subject. The nude in nature, in the studio, and in more candid situations are all appropriate. And nudity is not necessary; any photo that depicts the body as an artful form to be celebrated is appropriate. 

Juror’s Statement:

I want to start out by saying how impressed I am with the quality and breadth of this show, it was extremely difficult to make the final selections presented here in the gallery. This exhibition very successfully explores both traditional approaches to photographing the figure as exemplified by the direct portrait studies and the nude figures integrated into natural landscape as well as more experimental work where real risks were taken to push the idea of the figure into new and exciting visual territory. It is very apparent that the photographers included in the show have a solid understanding of the history of photography and how the nude figure fits into the medium as fine art subject matter.

The great intimacy found in some of the work here is to be highly commended as well as the willingness to push boundaries and reinterpret the figure through the use of bold color, strong compositions and innovative ways to look at the human form. 

Gary Samson
Chair, Photography Department
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Manchester, NH

The Sleep
Juror's Choice

Florin Ion Firimita
Winchester, CT United States
Suliya and Aja
Honorable Mention

Cory Rice
Brooklyn, New York United States
Crash Landing 3
Honorable Mention


People's Choice
Honorable Mention

Scott Kuckler
Exeter, NH USA
Man and Dictionary

Albert George
CHICAGO, IL United States
Reflected Bodies

Andreas Theologitis
Athens, Greece

Adam & Eve

Ángel Gurría-Quintana
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Nashua, NH USA
Woman and Wall

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA

Insomnia (2017)

Billy Monday
Frederick, MD USA
Wake Up Older (2016)

Billy Monday
Frederick, MD USA

Brittney Cathey-Adams
Santa Cruz, California United States

Unfair Winter #1

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA
"Rising" (Limited Edition 1/30)

Carl Rubino
Wilmington, New York United States
Self Made

Chadric Devin
Lincoln, NE USA

Awaiting Perseus

Charles Laurier Dufour
Belfast, ME USA
Boiling River

Chloe Schoppmeyer
Manchester, NH USA
Bodies 1

Courtney Stannard
medusa, new york USA

Kat and Brooke in Wirepass Canyon

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Melissa and Stevie

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
New Mexico Nude, 1998, #4

Dave Rudin
Brooklyn, NY USA

Nude, Nevada, 2010, #1

Dave Rudin
Brooklyn, NY USA
Bare Bulb 2

david henningsen
poughkeepsie, new york USA
The Visitor

Florin Ion Firimita
Winchester, CT United States

The Reader

Florin Ion Firimita
Winchester, CT United States
Dew Drops

Gary Field
Tewksbury, MA USA
Water Nymph

Jocelyn Young
Placentia, CA USA


john prochera
Averill Park, New York USA

Katarina Silva
Malaga, Costa del Sol Spain
"Window to the world"

Kent Potter
Hampton, Virginia USA


Kris Enos
New York, NY USA
K at Bolton, 2016

Lance Keimig
Pembroke, MA USA
Untitled (2497)

Lucas James

A Study in Beauty

Mara Zaslove
Santa Monica, Ca USA
Memories Past

Mara Zaslove
Santa Monica, CA USA

Melissa Peterson
Manchester, NH USA


Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway
The Widow

Michael Berkowitz
Kew Gardens, NY USA

Michael Pannier
Greenville, SC USA


Patrick Whitaker
Newcastle, WA USA

Ron St. Jean
Dover, NH USA
Salix alaxensis

Sarah A Manriquez
Fairbanks, AK United States


Scott Kuckler
Exeter, NH USA

Scott Kuckler
Exeter, NH USA
Beauty to Landscape

Shivani Goel
Chicago, IL USA


Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Escape from the tunnel

Stewart Atkins
Ealing, London UK
Second Time Around: Bonsai Back

Susan Rosenberg Jones
New York, NY USA

The River Won't Hold You

Timo Evon
Burlington, VT USA
My Maja

Ward George
East Palo Alto, California USA

William Earle
Coatesville, Pa USA


William Earle
Coatesville, Pa USA

Juror: Gary Samson

Gary Samson is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. His work is in private and public collections including the Currier Gallery of Art, the University of New Hampshire and the National Archives, Washington, D.C. He is the author of three books on New Hampshire history and has photographically illustrated other books on Ghana, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and New Orleans. 

After graduating from Franklin Institute in Boston in 1971, he came to UNH as the photo lab technician in Media Services, Dimond Library. In 1974, he began producing films and exhibitions on New Hampshire history and culture. It was during this period that he came to appreciate the importance of creating and preserving photographic collections for future generations. He later worked with German photographer Lotte Jacobi creating a film biography and establishing an archive of her work at Dimond Library, UNH. 

Gary left the university in 2000 when he was appointed the chair of the BFA Photography program at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He has had a long relationship with the Institute starting in 1981. He  established the Certificate in Photography Program in 1984 and has taught photography courses and workshops there for thirty-six consecutive years.

 His personal approach to photography is to make extended portraits over a period of time. “I see the process of creating a portrait as a collaboration between myself and the subject in the subject's familiar environment. That environment is an instrumental part of the portrait, revealing a facet of the subject's character. While I am setting up my camera, I try to draw the subject out in conversation and the ensuing dialogue will shape my portrayal of the individual. And like the portrait photographer Arnold Newman, I often prefer to use a view camera and black-and-white film to create my photographic portraits.”

 Gary’s most recent exhibition was “Unburdened Beauty: A Decade of Nude Portraits” at the Vermont Center for Photography in September, 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, 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.