Past Exhibits

EXHIBIT Closed on December 6th 2015

Juror: Oliver Wasow 

Juror's Choice: "Fire, San Jose, California. 2013" by Michael Martin from San Jose, CA USA
Juror's Choice: "Fire, San Jose, California. 2013"
by Michael Martin from San Jose, CA USA

Strange, eerie and illusive; photographs that lend themselves to an implied narrative or otherworldly oddity.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:12 November 15
Artists' Reception:22 November 15 16:00
Exhibit Closes:6 December 15
Oddity
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

In documenting the oddness of real life, the "Photographer of the Freaks" Diane Arbus, once said her pictures sought to capture “the space between who someone is and who they think they are”. There is a realness and a perplexing otherworldliness to her work that makes it so provocative.

In contrast, some odd works are less about exposing the weirdness of reality but more about the artist constructing an alternate universe. Photographers have created images that intentionally perplex the viewer as early as the 1860s; Henry Peach Robinson was a pioneer of combination printing, creating the illusory photo montage long before there was Photoshop.  

Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that lead one to the edge, encouraging the mind to leap. Documentary shots, multiple exposures, constructions, staged, anything goes, just go ahead and leave the viewer baffled. 

Juror's Statement:

To make an “odd” photograph is, in some to ways, to disrupt the very foundations of what a photograph is thought to be. Even in this digital age, when photographs are as malleable and open to manipulation as paintings, we continue to ascribe a certain assumption of objectivity to a photographic image. If we see a photograph that is in some way disconnected from spatial or temporal specificity, we're tempted to ask questions we would never think to ask of a painting, things like “what is that…where is that….when is that?”. Perhaps because of the desire to sever this tie to objectivity, many of the photographs submitted for this exhibition turned to tropes and imagery traditionally associated with Surrealist Painting. It’s not an exaggeration to say that dolls, masks and dreamscapes make up a majority of the pictures I reviewed. And yet the images that seem in many ways the oddest to me, and those that hold the most appeal, are those that somehow rest between the real and the imagined. The oddest photographs are those that keep one foot planted in the plausible, forcing the viewer to question whether what they are looking at is made or taken, and reminding us that in the end fact is indeed stranger than fiction.

Oliver Wasow

      Fire, San Jose, California. 2013
      Juror's Choice

      Michael Martin
      San Jose, California USA
      Playpen
      Honorable Mention

      Kristen Victoria Harner
      Damascus, MD USA
      Two Toilets
      Honorable Mention

      Len Speier
      New York, NY USA

      über die innenstadt
      Honorable Mention

      Mark Melnick
      Palm Desert, CA USA
      Fragrant Pink Couch, China 2011
      People's Choice

      Julie O'Connor
      Weston, CT USA
      Echo no. 87

      Alexandra Opie
      Salem, OR USA

      Em & Ruth

      Alexis Doshas
      West Wardsboro, VT USA
      Lake Champlain wreckage

      Alexis Doshas
      West Wardsboro, VT USA
      You're the One

      Amanda Marie Harner
      Damascus, Maryland USA

      Untitled (Defaced)

      Ana Teresa Vicente
      Lisboa, Portugal
      Indian Grain Worker

      Bob Tetro
      Arlington, VA. USA
      Trapped Selfie 2

      Dani Salvadori
      London, UK

      Three Fold

      Etta Martin
      Saint Joseph, Missouri United States
      Morning Fog

      Geoffrey Agrons
      Philadelphia, PA USA
      Recourse

      Geoffrey Agrons
      Philadelphia, PA USA

      concrete cemetery

      Gianpaolo Mastronardi
      Conversano, BARI Italy
      Lost In The Illusion

      Haomin Wei
      detroit, Michigan USA
      Online To Offline

      Haomin Wei
      detroit, Michigan USA

      “Untitled” from “Found and Fabricated Phenomena” series

      Janelle Young
      Athens, GA USA
      Where the Sidewalk Ends

      Jeff Evans
      Rantoul, IL USA
      Silent Chaos

      Jennifer Dipper
      Arcadia, CA USA

      Figure with Vapor,

      JP Terlizzi
      New York, NY USA
      Untitled

      Kristen Victoria Harner
      Damascus, MD USA
      Angela and Steve

      Kristin Skees
      Hampton, Virginia USA

      The Gannons

      Kristin Skees
      Hampton, Virginia USA
      The Collector

      Li Shen
      Thetford Center, Vermont USA
      Randa

      Liza Hennessey Botkin
      Studio City, CA USA

      "We need more ice."

      Mark Melnick
      Palm Desert, CA USA
      In the Mind of the Creator

      Mark Melnick
      Palm Desert, CA USA
      Benchless

      Marty Daily
      Allenstown, NH USA

      Loaded

      Max Ross
      Evanston, Illinois USA
      Driftwood

      Max Ross
      Evanston, Illinois USA
      Tree, Berlin. 2012

      Michael Martin
      San Jose, California USA

      Salton City, California. 2015

      Michael Martin
      San Jose, California USA
      Big Bird Whizzing

      Mildred Alpern
      New York, New York USA
      Outer Peace

      Nick Winkworth
      Menlo Park, CA USA

      Rainbow Over San Jose Airport

      Nick Winkworth
      Menlo Park, CA USA
      Retro

      Norma McGehee Woodward
      Fredericksburg, VA USA
      Disconnected

      Peggy Reynolds
      Essex Jct., VT USA

      Father, Son

      Pierre Hauser
      New York City, NY USA
      51.383831, -0.770176

      Priya Baxter
      Wokingham, Berkshire England
      Maintenance

      Richard K. Kent
      Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA

      Persephone

      Robyn Wade
      Richmond, VA USA
      Self Asleep for 4 1/2 Hours, San Francisco CA 1984

      Steve Harper
      Greenbrae, CA USA
      Barbershop duet

      Terry J. Allen
      east montpelier, VT USA

      FanBoy

      Thomas Mitchell
      Holden, MO USA
      Fish Drying Rack, an Iceberg Passes, Greenland

      Thomas Pickarski
      New York, New York USA
      CAT

      Timothy Dicke
      Yellowstone NP, Wy 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, 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: Oliver Wasow

      Oliver Wasow is a fine art photographer and collector of found photography oddities currently living and working in Rhinebeck, NY.  He received his BA from Hunter College and his Master’s Degree from the Transart Institute, In Austria.  His work is currently represented by Theodore:Art Gallery in NYC.

      Wasow has had a number of one person exhibitions, including shows at the Josh Baer Gallery, Janet Borden Gallery, Tom Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles, The South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, and Galerie De Poche in Paris, France. His work has also been included in numerous national and international group shows, including such benchmark exhibitions as ‘Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  ‘Image World,’ at the Whitney Museum of Art in NYC, and ‘The Photography of Invention,’ at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.   

      His photographs are included in a number of private collections and are also represented in various prominent public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and The Milwaukee Art Museum. Reviews of his work have been featured in most major art publications, including, among others, Art Forum, ArtNews and The New York Times. He has been the recipient of various grants and awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant in 1999 and, in 2000, his second New York State Council on the Arts Grant.

H2O

EXHIBIT Closed on January 3rd 2016

Juror: Gary Braasch 


Juror's Choice: Souvenir
by Randy Richmond from Muscatine, Iowa USA

Water: the origin and sustenance of all life on earth.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:10 December 15
Artists' Reception:18 December 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:3 January 16
H2O
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Water can be as beautiful and gentle as a morning dewdrop on a green leaf and as destructive as the raging of a river in flood.  We are made of oceans and rivers; an adult human body is 60% water, and a person can go little more than four days without drinking water.

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Today water presents us with a paradox. The ocean levels are rising, and some areas are experiencing inundation, while other parts of the world are suffering unparalleled drought. Clean drinking water has become a precious commodity.

With this dichotomy in mind, how does the photographer depict the full range of our relationship with water? The beauty of oceans and rivers has been a source of inspiration for artists for ages, and photographers are no exception.  Who hasn't been seduced by the glint of the sun off a rippling body of water?  And yet, to be responsible custodians of our only world we have to look at the effects of the human mismanagement of water.

We're casting a wide net for this exhibition, inviting photographs that illustrate the beauty of water in all its mutable forms, and also images depicting our increasingly difficult relationship with water.  Water as muse, water as destroyer; the creative possibilities are limitless.

Juror's Statement:

This was an enjoyable and enlightening experience and I congratulate all the photographers on their work and interest in the subject, water. The range of work technically was very broad as was the interpretation. The exception to this was that few images addressed social or environmental concerns, which are so central to how we actually use water. I was also surprised to find little reflecting water’s central position in agriculture and our food. A few photographers illustrated the human relationship to water — our elemental reliance on water for life, utility and beauty.

In my choices for the exhibition there are examples of most genres of photos that have water as a main element, and I have tried to honor those that neared perfection and pushed the ideas, although not new, toward a finer edge. I celebrate new angles of view and a deeper use of the multiple meanings found in the qualities of water to refract, reflect, obscure, magnify, distort and iridesce. I paid no attention to technique in the final picks — HDR, triptych, super long exposure, color work in the “darkroom,” and fine black and white composition — but I tried to downplay the many obvious cliches among the entries. There is wonder and magic in “the rapture of the shallows,” but I feel the most important thing for us to understand and communicate when we can is how dependent we are on water, how precious and necessary it is in its purity, and how commonly it is abused and wasted. 

Gary Braasch 


Souvenir
Juror's Choice

Randy Richmond
Muscatine, Iowa USA
Ice Train From Dresden
Honorable Mention

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Water
Honorable Mention

Saskia Boelsums
Nieuw-Schoonebeek, Drenthe Netherlands

Autumn Trout
Honorable Mention

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Summer Storm
People's Choice

Jo Palasi
Ramona, CA USA
Decatur, Alabama

Alan Strassman
Weston, MA United states of america

Jump

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Flying to Fort Wayne

Bernie Kubiak
Amherst, MA USA
Watkins Glen #2

Bernie Kubiak
Amherst, MA USA

Hot Spring Rorschach Test

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Dew on White Pine

Beth Pelton
Winchester, NH USA
Ice 4

Bill Harbin
Rome, Georgia USA

Stream 1

Bill Harbin
Rome, Georgia USA
Catfish In Fish Tank

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Brooke in a Stream

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Flow and Currents

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Bear Lake Grasses and Reflections. CO

David Gardner
San Francisco, CA USA
Viet Nam Water Carrier

Diane Tempest
Sacramento, CA United States

Water Spirit

Dolph Miller
Tyler, Texas USA
Reflections

Gonzalo Rosendo
Miami, FL USA
square water 2

Jean- Claude Bise
Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel Switzerland

Sophie and the Puddle

Jennifer Bronwynn Copp
Winter Springs, FL United States
Sunrise in Middle Earth

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
plankton, microscopy, cheers

John Stetson
Falmouth, ME USA

diatom

John Stetson
Falmouth, ME USA
Be Bold

JoSann Lien
Hayden, ID USA
Floating

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA

South Shore Suite, June 10, 2015

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
Gesture

Law Hamilton
Rockport, MA USA
Circles with Oak Leaves

Law Hamilton
Rockport, MA USA

The Land at the Base of the Wall

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA
Tea Ceremony

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA
The Power That Builds in Solitude

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA

Inexhaustible?

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Staged Still: Water

Maria Coletsis
Vancouver, BC Canada
Foam Aswirl

Mark Hopkins
Concord, MA United States

Rocks on the Water

Mark Hopkins
Concord, MA United States
Surge

Mark Hopkins
Concord, MA United States
Hobo Camp

Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA

Playing On The Edge Of The World

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA
Shore Line

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA
Fractured, Holding On

Oren Darling
West Lafayette, IN USA

Beautiful Melancholy

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Myrtle Beach, SC

Rhonda Harris Baines
Chevy Chase, MD USA
Storm

Saskia Boelsums
Nieuw-Schoonebeek, Drenthe Netherlands

waterlogged (flip)

stacy platt
Colorado Springs, CO USA
pentimenti

stacy platt
Colorado Springs, CO USA
A Standing Wave

Stephen Beattie
Burlington, VT USA

Legs

Susan Hanson
San Marcos, Texas USA
After Rain

Vivien Goldman
Chestnut Hill, MA USA
Aquaria

Wendi Schneider
Denver, Co USA

Twilight

Wendi Schneider
Denver, Co USA
Fog over Lake Ciginovac

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Landmannalaugar Hot Springs

William Horton
Boulder, CO 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, 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: Gary Braasch 

gary braaschGary Braasch is an environmental photojournalist and writer who documents nature, environment, biodiversity and climate change around the world. He has been a nature photographer for more than 40 years, and is internationally known for dramatic, artistic and science-based nature photography. His images and assignment articles have been published by Time, LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Discover, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Scientific American and the United Nations among many others.

In photographic assignments he specializes in recording the essence of whole ecosystems and threats to their biodiversity, employing techniques from aerial photography to extreme close-ups and underwater shots. His work has won
awards from Communication Arts and New York Art Directors Club and his was the lead portfolio in a major collection of current photojournalism, What Matters (Sterling Press, 2008) along with work by Sebastiao Salgado, James Natchwey, Ed Kashi and others.

Most of his work is on conservation or natural history subjects, the coverage of which gained Gary the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club in the U.S., and the Outstanding Nature Photographer citation from the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). He was a founding Board Member of NANPA and a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation
Photographers.

Gary's comprehensive book Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World (University of California Press) was first published in 2007 and has been updated in a paperback edition and made into an e-book (2009-2010). Praise for this book has come from Al Gore, members of the Nobel Prize winning scientific community of the world, Vanity Fair, Nature, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Bill McKibben and Paul Hawken.

He received the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club and the Outstanding Nature Photographer citation from the North American Nature Photography Association. In 2010 he was named as one of the Forty Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography magazine.

 

EXHIBIT Closed on February 28th 2016

Juror: Taj Forer

 Juror's Choice "Staircase" by Anita Schiedeck Nürnberg, Germany
 Juror's Choice Staircase 
by Anita Schiedeck Nürnberg, Germany

Shadows fall and light shines, and where they meet is where the drama ensues.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:4 February 16
Artists' Reception:19 February 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:28 February 16
Shadow and Light
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

 The use of shadow in a photograph gives an object or person a solid context. Time of day, one's relation to the light source, and darkness of the shadow can create an ambience or backstory all it's own. Shadows can be subtle and add to the composition, or they can be strong, sharp and piercing. They can direct the entirety of the photograph.

...light is nothing without shadows. Shadows are not simply a dark mass that borders the light. Rather, shadows are an entity as alive as the light. It is the shadows that shape the light, that draw attention to the light, and that integrate with the light to produce striking photographic opportunities. If we are to reach our full potential as photographers, we must think as much in terms of mastering the shadows as we do of mastering the light. - Ron Bigelow

Darkroom Gallery is looking for works that explore the vast languages of shadow & light. Low light, bright light and every stop in between. Light can be luminous & rich, or a stark spotlight, it can wildly dance, or softly edge darkness and cast shadows. Light can reflect and sparkle or be blinding and disarming. Natural light vs. man-made light sources: sunrises and sunsets, moonlight and neon light! Photographs are steeped in emotive qualities that go well beyond the work's subject and content, an almost indecipherable layer is imparted through the usage of light.  

Juror's Statement:

Tension. If there is one theme I return to time and time again in photography, it is tension. I know it when I see it and I like it. These images are filled with it. Tension. Formal, conceptual, emotional. As I culled through the some one-thousand photographs submitted here for consideration, I found myself immediately drawn to those that arrested me; be it formal or be it conceptual, the "arrest" was driven by tension in every single instance. From lyrical science experiments riffing on our relationship to the universe via light spectrums, to eerie noire-style narratives that unfold in a single frame, to surveillance-referencing imagery that suggest something unknown (and likely very bad), is about to take place (or will it?); the tension throughout this collection of photographs is palpable.

Taj Forer 


Staircase
Juror's Choice

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany
There's Really No Way to Reach Me
Honorable Mention

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
tanya
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA

Barn Light
People's Choice

Sara Roche
Westport, CT USA
Passage

Alexandria Donovan
Westport, Connecticut USA
Illusion

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA

Vincent's Chair

Analía Gutiérrez
San Francisco, California USA
Rainy Night

Andrea Waxler
Nashua, New Hampshire USA
Dune Fence

Barbara Curcio
West Islip, New York USA

Andy's Bedroom, Panama.

Barbara Hauzinger
Burlington, VT USA
Subway Exit

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Subway Stairs

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA

Hopkins Basement

Corey Reeb
Grove City, OH USA
Zocolo in the Rain, Oaxaca, Mexico

cynthia roderick
centerville, mass USA
The Whitney

Danielle L Goldstein
NEW YORK, NY United States

Daily Objects and Salt Crystals

Dascha Esselius
Stockholm, Sweden
Summer light circus

Dieter Schamne
Kiel, SH Germany
Inverted World

Ding Ren
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tree Shadow

Federica Armstrong
PALO ALTO, CA USA
Diary of a Recluse

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Bedroom

Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar
Bilbao, Vizcaya Spain

Long Term Effects

Heather Ross
Taos, nm USA
Showchoir: Sequins

Helene Fischman
Milwaukee, WI - Wisconsin USA
Algophobia

Jenn Allen
Orlando, Florida USA

Paul

John Prince
Atlanta, Georgia USA
Katy and Circumzenithal Arc

John Stetson
Falmouth, ME USA
Analemma made with gnomon (a stick used to create shadow); sun/earth relationship; mathematical symbol for infinity

John Stetson
Falmouth, ME USA

Sinto

José M. Gómez-Ros
Madrid, Madrid Spain
Lungs

Leonardo Magrelli
Rome, Italy Italy
Rio de Janeiro

Leonardo Magrelli
Rome, Italy Italy

Steam

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Death Valley, 2010

Lin Moore
Lincoln City, OR USA
Woman in Thought

Lisa Saltzman
New York, NY USA

Morning Sill

Louise Parms
Bronx, New York USA
Self-portrait, Presumpscot River, Falmouth, ME

Mark Barnette
Portland, ME USA
Moonshadow

Mark Hopkins
Concord, MA United States

Dark Cobblestone Alley

Matt Brittenham-Jones
Montpelier, VT USA
Abstract Sunset

Melissa Berrios
Orlando, FL USA
she and her shadow walk away from me

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

people on the bus... revealed

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA
people on the bus... blinded

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA
Memory of the crowd.

Nabil TAZI
Le Crès, - France

Lost

OTHELLOBANACI
SILVER SPRING, Maryland USA
Portrait #2

Philip Sager
San Francisco, CA United States
Child with Gun

Philip Sager
San Francisco, CA United States

Untitled

Rainy Silvestre
Miami, FLORIDA USA
Untitled

Rainy Silvestre
Miami, FLORIDA USA
Sape

sofia yu
Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

Burden

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
New England Geometry

Wil Scott
Annapolis, MD USA
Encounter

William Chandler
Burlington, Vermont 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, 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: Taj Forer

Taj Forer is a photographic artist, publisher and educator. He is a Cofounder of Daylight, the celebrated international photography publisher.

Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. 

Forer received his MFA in Photography from UNC-Chapel Hill (where he is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art) and his BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Forer is the author of two books of his own photography, Stone by Stone (Kehrer Verlag, 2011, Heidelberg, Germany) and Threefold Sun (Charta Editions, 2007, Milano, Italy).

His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe including those of The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), The Sir Elton John Collection (London, UK), The Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, NC) and The Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA).

EXHIBIT Closed on January 31st 2016

Juror: Aline Smithson

Ode to The Mad Man by Rocio De Alba
Juror's Choice: Ode to The Mad Man
by Rocio De Alba
From Middle Village, New York

Self as subject, one's uniqueness in scope, portraiture by design. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:7 January 16
Artists' Reception:31 January 16 15:00
Exhibit Closes:31 January 16
Seities & Selves
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

"Seity" is an uncommon word which, as defined by Webster, is "A quality peculiar to oneself; selfhood; individuality".  It could be seen as the essential quality of the true self-portrait: an expression of what makes the subject unique and defines her/his character in some way. This does not imply an exact replication of the photographer's appearance. Rather, it goes below the surface to reveal something of the essence of the photographer's psyche. An example would be the self portraits of Chuck Close, which provide an uncanny and discomfiting glimpse into his psyche. Self portraits do not have to represent objective outer reality; consider the photos of Cindy Sherman, none of which "look like her" but all have a relationship to some facet of her selfless, her seity.

In this age of the ubiquitous throwaway selfie it's an even greater and more worthwhile challenge to create a self portrait that expresses one's uniqueness and individuality. And that's the challenge we're putting forth for this exhibition: to present an image that defines an aspect of your true essence.

Juror's Statement:

It was a complete pleasure to juror this exhibition. The creative expression of self is a fascinating and revelatory process, and this exhibition in particular reflected a myriad of wonderful interpretations. I tended to select work that was mysterious and not always obvious, work that was intriguing and out of the ordinary. Like a good storyteller, I looked for images that didn't give away the ending and left me wanting more. To be honest, it was difficult to select just 58 images because the quality of submissions was very high and very unique. There were masses of photographs that I didn't want to let go of--I guess in the long run, that's a good thing and shows that there are so many talented photographers creating work today. Bravo to all who submitted and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with all of the work.

Aline Smithson 


Ode to The Mad Man
Juror's Choice

Rocio De Alba
Queens, New York USA
iGlow
Honorable Mention

Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA
self1
Honorable Mention

Francis Crisafio
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Self Imposed (No. 35)
Honorable Mention

Jonas Yip
Manhattan Beach, CA USA
Lost in Sight
People's Choice

Steffi Brinkmann
Columbia, SC USA
Vanishing Presence

Amanda Schilling
Kingwood, TX USA

Fragments are the only form I love

Andrew Janjigian
Cambridge, Massachusetts United States
Spectre

ANTONIO J. MARTINEZ
Carbondale, IL USA
Between

Arthur Kobin
Pacifica, California USA

Personal Demon

Brian Van de Wetering
San Diego, California USA
Let Go, 2015

Brittany Markert
Brooklyn, NY USA
Untitled

Calli McCaw
New York, NY USA

Eighteen Years Old

Caroline MacMoran
Philadelphia, PA USA
Moving forward

Caroline Twohill
Miami, Fl USA
Morning Routine # 3

Claire Haughey
Missoula, MT USA

The Hotel Room

Dale Niles
Fayetteville, GA USA
Portrait of the Artist as Compilation

David Woolf
Burlington, VT USA
I, Orfeo X

Diana Nicholette Jeon
Honolulu, HI USA

the brighter the light, the darker the room

e andrew bartel
New York, NY USA
We're painted as monsters

elana cooper
Bicester, Oxfordshire Uk
Mother series #8

Elizabeth Orcutt
London, United Kingdom

Moon Mirror

Emily Sheffer
Fairfield, Connecticut USA
I am overexposed

Eric A. Bailey
Boxborough, Massachusetts USA
Mirror Mirror (Mother and Daughter)

Erica Kelly Martin
Los Angeles, CA USA

Domestic Bliss

Gray Lyons
South Bend, IN USA
Untitled

James Graves
Plant City, Florida USA
Light

Joanna Epstein
Alberite, La Rioja Spain

The Warden

Joshua Dancause
Corpus Christi, Texas USA
Fruit Piece

Kally Malcom
Las Cruces, NM USA
BackFerns

Karen C. Smith
Hedgesville, WV USA

Forced

Karen Janas
Lombard, IL USA
Born of Water

Katarina Silva
Malaga, Costa del Sol Spain
Convergence

Kathleen B Donovan
Dallas, TX United States

Self Portrait (Lost)

Laura Knapp
Redding, CT USA
Maternal Great Grandfather Still

Leah Miriam Cooper
north kingstown, ri USA
Private Cracks

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA

Self-Portrait for 'A Thousand Souls'

Maciek Jasik
Brooklyn, NY USA
"All My Parts"

Mariana Bartolomeo
Tucson, AZ USA
Sciomancy at Owllight

Michelle Concetta Parchini
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Immersion

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Man in Green Hat

Mo Kamal
Dubai, UAE
I am so glad for having numerous choices

Mona Bozorgi
Savannah, Georgia United States

#3 From "Tell me how it ends" series

Natasha Rudenko
Moscow, Russia
Inside of Love

Nathan A Woodruff
Kansas City, Missouri USA
Self, Legging It

Nikki Johnson
New York, NY USA

Reverie

Olivia Edvalson
Rochester, NY USA
Sum sed. Quid sum?

PATRIZIA MORI
RAPOLANO TERME, SIENA ITALY
I.See.Dark

Pere Ibañez
Barcelona, SPAIN

Bath and Shower

Philippa Stannard
Perugia, Perugia ITALY
Obscurity

Rachel Orue
Niles, MI USA
The Last Day

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA

Longer Lashes

Rebecca Drolen
Fayetteville, AR USA
Defend me from the life

Roberto Pestarino
Gavazzana, Al Italy
Looking at You Looking at Me

Sara Roche
Westport, CT USA

Lost Dream

Shari Yantra Marcacci
Studio City, CA USA
Embrace

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
the way you wear your hat

Tennille Goff
Springfield, Virginia USA

winter, i, wonder.

vanessa filley
evanston, IL 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 as well as a signed copy of Aline Smithson's Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography
  • 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: Aline Smithson

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera.

 She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, NY Times LENS blog, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. In the Fall of 2015, the Magenta Foundation will publish her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography.

 In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50, the PDN Photo Annual, and Review Santa Fe. Aline founded and writes LENSCRATCH, a daily magazine that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photo-eye, and has provided the forewords for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, Nancy Baron, amongst others.

 Aline has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines, including Review Santa Fe, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and the Griffin Museum. In addition, she is a reviewer and educator at many photo festivals across the United States. In 2014, Aline received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER, but she considers her children her greatest achievement. She is a founding member of the Six Shooters Collective and is currently teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, the Santa Fe Photo Workshops, and the Maine Media Workshops. Aline lives and works in Los Angeles.