EXHIBIT Closed on June 18th 2017

Juror: Bruce Gilden

Juror's Choice Superhero, 2016
by Merrilee Luke-Ebbeler
Cincinnati, OH USA

I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.   Bruce Gilden

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:25 May 17
Artists' Reception:10 June 17 17:00
Exhibit Closes:18 June 17
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Street photography records the human experience as it happens, minute to minute, second to second. Its hallmark is immediacy and its challenge is to capture, at precisely the right instant, the drama of everyday life. While street photography is so often associated with big cities, especially New York City, any public space, from small town Main Street to the county fair, can yield genuine human drama.
If your pictures aren’t good enough, then you’re not getting close enough. Robert Capa

Getting close enough to one’s subject(s) is difficult for most of us, and yet it’s essential to making effective street photographs. For this exhibit Darkroom Gallery and juror Bruce Gilden looked for photographs that illustrate the interplay of human activity and that seize the moment.


Juror’s Statement:

It was a very hard choice to pick the winner but in the end, there was something in the photo of the boy with the mask. This photo is not a cliché. Overall most of the work missed the mark, some narrowly others by a mile. Many of the photos were too cramped on one side and had too much space on the other side. A good photograph works well across the whole frame.

In closing, street photography as a genre is very difficult to do well. One suggestion I have: keep it simple. Crawl before you walk.

Bruce Gilden

  • 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: Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden and his photography are inextricably linked. Hours as a child looking at tough guys on the bustling streets of Brooklyn from his second-story window shaped Gilden’s attraction to his photographic subjects. Gilden is a street photographer. He is best known for his candid close-up photos of people on the streets of New York City, using a flashgun. He has had numerous books of his work published, and is the subject of the documentary film: Misery Loves Company: The Life and Death of Bruce Gilden (2007). He has worked in black & white photography most of his life, but recently has begun shooting color and digital in recent years.