Exhibits

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.

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 September 10th 2017

Juror: Stephen Perloff

Horse-Dog Diné Bikéyahv by Robb Johnson

 A good photograph is knowing where to stand. – Ansel Adams

A corollary to Adams’ statement could be “A good photograph is knowing where to walk”. We’ve all been in places, or ob-served places, where we feel pulled into the scene; where the road, path, river, bridge, tunnel, passageway, lane or ray of sun compels us to see where the way will lead. There’s a mystery in it, the fascination of finding out what lies beyond the limit of vision, in the realm of imagination.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:17 August 17
Artists' Reception:26 August 17 16:00
Exhibit Closes:10 September 17
Pathways and Passages
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

For this exhibition, Pathways and Passages, we’re challenging you, the photographer, to entice us, your viewers, to wonder where you’re leading us. Your pictorial impression of what lies ahead will be different than anyone else’s, just as we all take our own path through life. This exhibition presents an opportunity to illustrate a good place to stand and a good place to walk, drive, sail, or fly.

Juror’s Statement:

Pathways and Passages is both literal and metaphorical. We are confronted by what lies ahead and where we've come from. We see what is immediately at our feet or impossibly far away. Before us is what is known and unknown. Before us is something new, perhaps unexpected, an adventure — or the warm embrace of home and the familiar. And occasionally there are impediments in our path. How will we overcome them?

I was pleased to see in this selection that the photographers so seamlessly blended form and content — and led the eye not only through a three-dimensional space, but around the two-dimensional plane of the picture. They deftly handled color and chiaroscuro equally and balanced fact and mystery in order to engage the viewer and leave us wanting more.

Stephen Perloff, Editor
The Photo Review

  • 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, and a signed copy of Stephen Perloff's book North Dakota
  • 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: Stephen Perloff

Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review (www.photoreview.org), a critical journal of international scope pub-lishing since 1976, and editor of The Photograph Collector, the leading source of information on the photography art market. He has taught photography and the history of photography at numerous colleges and universities. His photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions and reside in many museum and private collections.

Perloff has been widely praised for his writing about the photography art market and for his extensive reporting on major stories in the photography industry. He has curated more than a score of exhibitions and has also has served as a juror for scores of competitions. His most recent book, North Dakota, was published by wilburerditions in April 2016.

EXHIBIT Closed on August 13th 2017

Juror: Catherine Just


Juror's Choice: To Burn in Effigy
by Joshua McGowan
Baldwin, Georgia USA

A philosopher once wrote “The face is the soul of the body”. While one might not agree with the implications of that statement, a person’s facial expressions are a reflection of their personality whether or not they are aware of it.  As photographers, we are more or less successful at capturing the essence of a person in a single photo. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:20 July 17
Artists' Reception:5 August 17 16:00
Exhibit Closes:13 August 17
The Face
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

It’s redundant to say that faces are pictured everywhere now that digital media and the internet put literally billions of images in front of us every day.  And yet the oversaturation created by social media and selfies has made it, if anything, more difficult to create an image that goes to the essence of the subject. The existence of facial recognition software and the consequent loss of personal boundaries may contribute to a guardedness that makes emotional expression feel even more threatening.  Thus the challenge to the photographer is to establish a rapport that creates openness. This can even apply in self portraiture.

The purpose of this exhibition is to reveal the emotion, intelligence, passion, character, and immense variety expressed in the human face.  Whether your métier is the self portrait or photographing others, we’d like to see your work.

Juror’s Statement:

It was such an honor to be the juror of this exhibition. I was moved by the wide range of unique expression all under the topic of “the face”. It was a difficult process for me to choose just 55 images. MANY were so strong that it made it hard to edit them out of the shows final selection. For me what makes an image strong isn’t as much about just perfecting the technical aspects, but to be able to pull the viewer in emotionally. This takes a variety of skill, some seen in the image and some unseen, but deeply felt. I was inspired by what I saw and felt throughout this process. There are so many talented photographers who submitted work! I’m grateful for the opportunity to not only view what I consider very vulnerable work, but to witness beautiful choices in the way the internal landscape and external moments and emotions were expressed visually. Congratulations to all of you who submitted work. Keep going. It’s so important that we share our unique points of view.

Catherine Just

Juror: Catherine Just

Catherine Just is an award winning photographer, artist and mentor living part time in both Los Angeles, California and Paris, France. Her career began in 1987 while studying photography, film and video at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Catherine's work has been published on the cover of National Geographic Magazine, inside Oprah.com and PDN.com as well as galleries around the globe including her most recent collaborative show in Paris.

She believes photography can be used to gather  evidence of what exists between words and to document the unseen but deeply felt spaces and places within the internal and external landscape.

Catherine teaches popular workshops and courses both online and in person as well as creating images for highly visible artists for their websites, books and creative projects.

www.catherinejust.com

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