Exhibits

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
BODY/IMAGE
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

JOSEPH RUESING
HILO, HI USA

untitled
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
Torso

Basil
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
Sliver

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

Ink

john prochera
Averill Park, New York USA
Mountains

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

Kent Potter
Hampton, Virginia USA

Dell

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

Lance Keimig
Pembroke, MA USA
Untitled (2497)

Lucas James
MILFORD, NH USA

A Study in Beauty

Mara Zaslove
Santa Monica, Ca USA
Memories Past

Mara Zaslove
Santa Monica, CA USA
Suspension

Melissa Peterson
Manchester, NH USA

Illuminated

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway
The Widow

Michael Berkowitz
Kew Gardens, NY USA
Creekside

Michael Pannier
Greenville, SC USA

Strength

Patrick Whitaker
Newcastle, WA USA
Passing

Ron St. Jean
Dover, NH USA
Salix alaxensis

Sarah A Manriquez
Fairbanks, AK United States

untitled

Scott Kuckler
Exeter, NH USA
untitled

Scott Kuckler
Exeter, NH USA
Beauty to Landscape

Shivani Goel
Chicago, IL USA

Ascension

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
Brooke

William Earle
Coatesville, Pa USA

Rhus

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.

EXHIBIT Closed on May 21st 2017

Juror: David H. Wells


Torn by Gary Mitchell

Chiaroscuro [kee-ahr-uh-skyoo-roh] is defined as "the distribution of light and shadow in an image" or " the use of deep variations and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to en-hance the delineation of character and for general dramatic purposes". To the photo-grapher the play of light and shadow is the very essence of the medium.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:27 April 17
Artists' Reception:13 May 17 16:00
Exhibit Closes:21 May 17
Chiaroscuro
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

The many nuances and subtleties in the contrast of shadow and light are crucial in establishing a photographic narrative. Light can glow, dance, blaze, bounce and flash. It can be dim or radiant, brilliant or gloomy. Shadow can cut through an image like a blade or reveal an object in the finest gradients.

For this exhibition, we're looking for photographs that graphically illustrate the interplay of shadow and light, darkness and illumination. How have you utilized the relationship between light and shadow to create drama, emotion and nuance in your photos? Chiaroscuro is your opportunity to show off your photographic vision of darkness and light.

Juror’s Statement:

Jurying the Chiaroscuro work was a fascinating experience. A couple things struck me immediately. While color photography seems to be everywhere these days, the vast majority of the work that was submitted was in black and white (or at least that is what struck me.) With the theme being Chiaroscuro, as in "the distribution of light and shadow in an image,” that tendency towards black and white was not a complete surprise.

Having said that, the word Chiaroscuro usually references classical paintings, which were usually done in color. I did notice that the best images in this set (both color as well as black and white) often referenced classical paintings in terms of having lots of chunks of black, great beams of light and wonderful distributions of tones. The best color images generally had fairly subdued colors which is something you often see in classical paintings with great Chiaroscuro. Since my own work features a fair amount of Chiaroscuro and is mostly in color these days, I am not completely surprised that the imagery I was drawn to had those traits.

While the imagery I was drawn to had plenty of Chiaroscuro, the best images had something more. I passed over plenty of images that had great play of light and shadow, but the winning images were the ones that used dramatic light and shadow in support of some larger message. The images I selected for the show and especially the "Juror's Choice" and the three "Honorable Mentions” exemplify that. Each image has a great story within it, a story that is made much stronger by the use of Chiaroscuro. When I am out photographing that is what I too am looking for! I congratulate the winners whose work had that ideal balance of form and content, as in having beautiful Chiaroscuro and a great story within each image.

David H. Wells
Narrative Visuals


Torn
Juror's Choice

Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
Geometry of Shadows
Honorable Mention

Jolanta Mazur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Agra Train Station, Dawn
Honorable Mention

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada

Signs of a Time
Honorable Mention

Michael Jon Coleman
S. Burlington, VT USA
Afternoon Tea
People's Choice

John Eaton
Aptos, CA USA
Curved Heights

ali almumen
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Las Visit

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Nightscapes Vienna

Andreas Theologitis
Athens, Greece
Ava

Anita Sagastegui
Walnut Creek, Ca USA

Light Through Venetian Blinds

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
by the sea

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
All_Is_Lost_No.2

Cynthia Morgan Batmanis
Houston, Texas USA

Silvester Day

Dalibor Slavenski
ZAGREB, CROATIA CROATIA
Time Passenger

Dalibor Slavenski
ZAGREB, CROATIA CROATIA
Which Way?

Dan Bronish
North Miami, Fl USA

seen from above number 5

dante diaz
los angeles, california USA
Morning Light - Kelsey

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Colleen

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Curves and Shadows

Diane Kaye
Aptos, CA USA
Refrigerator

Donna Hixson
Boca Raton, FL United States
Wheelchair

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

Decay

Gabrielle Robinson
New York, New York USA
Woman with a Book

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Connections

Georg Worecki
Erpeldange, Luxembourg

The Train is on its Way

George Hamlin
Fairfax, Virginia USA
Morning Glory

James Kezman
Stuttgart, Germany
Sunset at ESP

Jim Turner
Silver Spring, Maryland United States

Serenity

Joan M. Campbell
Toronto, ON Canada
Cornish Fair Tractor

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
Don

Juergen Voelkl
St. Poelten, Austria Europe

Grid Life

Juergen Voelkl
St. Poelten, Austria Europe
Tim Mei Avenue

Kelly McCann
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Buying Bangles

Ken Dreyfack
Saugerties, NY USA

The Machine of Secrets - Verse 4

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA
After Dinner

Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA
Moonlit Moon Jar

Louise Parms
Bronx, New York USA

Behind the Green Door

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA
Stepped Together

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA
Oslo Night

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway

Smoker

Nei Valente
New York, NY United States
Solo In Blue

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA
Man on the Train

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA

The Farrier

Paul Ivanushka
Inglewood, CA USA
Fifth Avenue

Paul Kessel
New York, NY USA
Parallel Lines

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

Fireworks

Pere Ibañez
Barcelona, SPAIN
Rec Room

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Old Fashioned Nighclothes

Rebecca Rothey
LAUREL, MARYLAND United States

Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine

Rick Branscomb
Londonderry, New Hampshire United States
Neptune's Shadow

S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA
Tuscan Woman, Pietrasanta 1978

Stephan Brigidi
Bristol, Rhode island USA

Sentry

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Tack Room Resident

Steve Knight
Baytown, TX USA
Not Yet Winter

Thom O'Connor
New York, NY USA

Juror: David H. Wells

David H. Wells is a visual storyteller whose photography and film making straddle the line between fine art and the documentary. His hybrid work is created on commercial assignment and through grant-funded projects Wells uses still, time-lapse, and moving images as well as audio to create award-winning narratives.He is affiliated with Aurora Photos, with past assignments for Life Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, to name a few. His work has been featured in solo exhibits at Brown University, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard University. Wells has taught classes at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Maine Media Workshops. He is on the faculty of the International Center for Photography in NYC, He was featured in Photo District News as a "Best Workshop Instructor".

  • 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.

EXHIBIT Closed on July 16th 2017

Juror: Blue Mitchell


Juror's Choice: Standard Size #7791
by Andy Mattern
Stillwater, OK USA

Abstraction in art and photography is defined as the use of a visual language of color, shape, form, and line to create an image that may exist with an independence from visual references in the real world. 

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
Streetwise
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.

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