Exhibits

EXHIBIT Closed on May 12th 2019

Juror: Amy Holmes George

A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.

Juror's Choice Self Destruction © Samantha Goss


The above quotation comes not from a photographer, but from 19th century French poet (and art critic) Charles Baudelaire. It's still an accurate observation, maybe even more incisive  with the many changes in image-making that have taken place since 1859.  In the age of the selfie and ubiquitous photos of people both famous and unknown it's sometimes hard to imagine a new way of presenting a human likeness, and yet photographers are doing it.  It's said that the portrait differs from the candid (or street) photo in that the subject of the portrait knows that she or he is being photographed, and even that caveat is no longer a hard and fast rule. 

For this exhibition we asked contributors to interpret the portrait in any way they chose. It could be a self portrait, a formal portrait, a from-the-hip shot of someone whose attention was caught, or even a random body part. Manipulation of the image was permitted as long as the primary subject was from a photographic source in any medium.  Thinking, or seeing, outside the box was very much encouraged, and many of the contributors stretched the concept of the portrait to the extreme. The result is an eclectic exhibit of creative approaches to photographing people (and one rooster). 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:4 April 19
Artists' Reception:13 April 19 17:00
Exhibit Closes:12 May 19
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Juror's Statement:

"First, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the artists for sharing their personal vision in photography with me! You made my task as juror both challenging and rewarding. I was genuinely excited to discover so much diversity in approach and technique, along with rich, creative interpretations on such a traditional and timeless theme. It seems that photography, a medium of limitless possibilities, has enabled artists to refresh and also reinvent the familiar, long-standing conventions of portraiture. From quiet to compelling, simple to complex, curious to captivating—the works selected for this exhibition range widely in visual as well as conceptual exploration, conjuring stories that exist beyond the frame, surprising me over and over again with something unexpected."

- Amy Holmes George, March 2019

 


Self Destruction
Juror's Choice

Samantha Goss
Easley, SC United States
108/365/2017 :: My Love of Photography will Conquer My Fear of Being A Photographer.
Honorable Mention

Elena Bouvier
Philadelphia, PA USA
Mayahuel
Honorable Mention

Frédéric Deschênes
Montréal, Québec Canada

Minds Eye
People's Choice
Honorable Mention

J. Felice Boucher
Brunswick, ME United States
Chester and His Frame, 2016

Albert George
CHICAGO, IL United States
Assia

Anita Sagastegui
Walnut Creek, Ca USA

Paula

Aubrey Guthrie II
Hurst, Texas USA
Godwin's Greek Grammar (Self-Portrait)

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
The Days of Barefoot, Strange Love

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA

Secret Club (from the Card Games series)

Catherine Fairchild
Houston, Texas USA
Johanna Butt. 1stLt. Army Nurse Corp. 1943–1946.

D. Clarke Evans
San Antonio, TX USA
Thomas Whetstone. SSgt. U.S. Army, 1942-1946.

D. Clarke Evans
San Antonio, TX USA

Home

Danielle L Goldstein
NEW YORK, NY United States
Celina

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Sam Ambler

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

235/366/2016 :: Fear Smells Bad.

Elena Bouvier
Philadelphia, PA USA
BROKEN WOMAN

Émili Bermúdez
Tacoronte, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain
Queer in Utah 1

Fazilat Soukhakian
Bountiful, Utah USA

Portrait in modern times

Federico Odello
Milano, Milano Italy
Blindness

Florin Ion Firimita
Winchester, CT United States
Bed Head

Grant Moxley
Walton, Kentucky USA

In Transit.

Grant Moxley
Walton, Kentucky USA
The Monster Under the Bed is Me

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
The Dancing Shushis of Qeshm Island

Huda Abdulmughni
Salam, Kuwait

feminine

Jacquelyn Hazel
Flagstaff, Az USA
Snake Boy

Jeff Dannay
Scottsdale, AZ United States
Untitled Byzantium

Jeff Mark Leavitt
Santa Monica, California USA

Pure Beauty

Jim Gabbard
Fort Wayne, Indiana USA
Raul Julia

Judy Brown
Natick, MA USA
JuJuB & Jasper

Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA

Untitled

Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA
You Don't Know What You're Capable Of

Kate Miller-Wilson
Hanover, MN USA
Soft Serve

Kelly Ciurej
Honolulu, HI USA

In the Land of Strangers

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA
Street Portrait, Addis Ababa

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Mobile Portrait

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA

Spark Face

Lisa A Cuchara
Hamden, CT United States
Chelsea Elevator

Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA
Self Portrait

Matt Sims
Grapevine, TX United States

Man with Turban

Michael Matthews
Berlin, Brandenburg Germany
Molly 2018

Michael Potts
Phoenix, AZ USA
Printworthy

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

Self Portrait

Nadide Goksun
Scarsdale, New York United States
Hula Hoop Queen

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA
MR. TUXEDO

paul greenberg
dallas, TX USA

Under the Influence

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Tour bus driver

Philip Goodman
Dallas, Texas USA
Carlos Colorín. Havana, Cuba. 2018.

Ron Cooper
Englewood, CO USA

Mom and Baby. Near Pisac, Peru. 2018.

Ron Cooper
Englewood, CO USA
Water Portrait - Barbara

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
Duality

Samantha Goss
Easley, SC United States

Unfaded Touch

Samantha Goss
Easley, SC United States
Faye

Steve Lease
Doylestown, PA USA
Barbaric Glass No.31

Susan Keiser
Beacon, NY USA

A Dead Rose

William Earle
Coatesville, Pa USA

 

Amy Holmes George, who lives near Dallas, Texas, is a fine art photographer and the past Executive Director of Texas Photographic Society (2013-2018). As a former tenured professor of photography and digital media at Stephen F. Austin State University, Amy has also held teaching appointments at Collin College, Baylor University and University of North Texas. Amy is a recent member of the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education (2013-2017) and a 2008 Fulbright grant recipient. She earned an MFA in photography from Clemson University and a BFA cum laude in photography and graphic design from Miami University.

Exhibited widely throughout the U.S. as well as in Italy, England, France and China, Amy's work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions and is housed in several permanent collections, including The Getty, The Kinsey Institute and the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Florence, Italy. Her work has been published in a variety of texts, including the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes [Christopher James, 2015]; Gum Printing and other Amazing Contact Printing Processes [Christina Z. Anderson, 2013]; and the fifth edition of Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels [Robert Hirsch, 2010].  

 


  • 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 an 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 August 16th 2015
Juror: Nissan N. Perez

Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989 by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA
Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989 
by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA"

Conflict and resolution, photography that documents the dynamic power-struggles in our world and conversely, the moments of calm.

Humankind is in a constant state of conflict. As described by the famous Karl Marx theory: society is in a state of perpetual conflict due to competition for limited resources.  One can see that is true if you simply watch a broadcast news program. 

From civil rights, to gay rights to global terrorism, our world is a bubbling cauldron of adversarial commotion. And it seems it has always been this way. History textbook pages merely skim the surface when if comes to wars and hypocrisy. Cultural misunderstandings, power-struggles and discrimination easily erupt into violence.  

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 July 15
Artists' Reception:14 August 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:16 August 15
War and Peace
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Darkroom Gallery called for photography that investigates the relationship between conflict and photography, exploring the types of photographs created during turmoil, as well the times of peace. We are interested in the progression of war: from the acts that instigate armed conflict to “the fight,” to victory and defeat, and photos that memorialize a time, its combatants, and its victims. Images playing with symbolism and allegory are well suited for this exhibit.

We ask you to think outside the box. This theme of conflict can be expressed intimately, quietly behind civilian curtains as well as on the battlefield. 

Juror's Statement:

Although there are distinct kinds, war is commonly defined as a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state. Most of us would agree that war is not a necessity. It is not even an indispensable option. It is often the choice of a certain category of leaders who recur to it for personal/political/nationalist reasons and to assert their leadership through a demonstration of power by fomenting conflict. In the process those who suffer most are men and nature. The victims of war are not only the dead but also the survivors who carry the trauma and scars for the rest of their life.

As an accurate visual memory photography has the power to disturb when presented in the context of armed conflict, even if it does not depict death and devastation. While reviewing the submissions for this competition I realized that most photographers addressed and expressed mainly the human facet of the aftermath of war, its physical and emotional devastating effects. Therefore my selection was an attempt to assemble a group of works that would also yield an exhibition with an internal logic.

Let us pray and hope that at least the future generations will not have to go through the horrors of war. Without wars peace will become a simple fact of life. 

Dr. Nissan N. Perez


Marv Freedman, 1989
Juror's Choice

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Mallavi, Northern Sri Lanka, 2011.
Honorable Mention

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Orphans of War
Honorable Mention

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Kyaw Thura, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers
Honorable Mention
SOLD

Spike Johnson
Houston, Texas USA
Genocide
People's Choice

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Eyes of the Conflict

Amir Lavon
Afula, Israel Israel

Fenced Childhood

Amir Lavon
Afula, Israel Israel
Big Red One Memorial in Czech Republic

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany
Generation

Art Murphy
Catskill, NY USA

S-21: Classrooms/Cells

Arthur Kobin
Pacifica, California USA
Pooneryn, Northern Sri Lanka 2011.

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Scabbed

Brad Patocka
Horseheads, New York USA

Wounded War Veteran, Hiroshima

Charter Weeks
Barrington, NH USA
I Dream of My Two Brothers

Cynthia Bittenfield
New York, NY USA
She said to Stay Alive, I Promised.

Cynthia Bittenfield
New York, NY USA

Orlando Martinez, 1986

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Gerry Gergen, 1987

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
John Hamlin, 1988

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States

Joan Duffy Newberry, 1989

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Life goes on...

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Shelter

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Aftermath

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
The History of Warsaw

Harry Longstreet
Bainbridge Island, WA USA
Up Against the Wall

Joan Brook
Boone, NC USA

Orphan Girl, Managua, Nicaragua

John Banasiak
Vermillion, SD USA
Girls Orphanage, Managua, Nicaragua

John Banasiak
Vermillion, SD USA
First Aid

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA

Memorial, Maj Johnson, Tikrit, 2007

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Orgun School Girl

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Sharing

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA

Smile

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Kurdish Man with Acid Burn

Keith Shapiro
Lemont, PA USA
Soldier and Son

Margaret LeJeune
Peoria, IL USA

Brothers, Vietnam '71

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Graziani’s Fence, (270 kilometer barbed-wire fence), near Jaghbub, Libya

Matthew Arnold
New York, NY USA
Veteran on the March to the Capital

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

Remembrance

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Distress Signal

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Diversion. Refugee Camp

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Dine Su, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers

Spike Johnson
Houston, Texas USA
When the War Came Home

Timo Evon
Burlington, VT USA
Overtaking History

Tom Sliter
Washington, DC 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:  Nissan N. Perez

Currently Vice-President of the Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP) in Tel Aviv, in his previous position he worked for over 37 years as Senior Curator of Photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem where he conceived and created the department of photography and its extensive collection of over 120,000 items.

In his curatorial career he conceived and curated over 180 exhibitions in Israel and Worldwide and published a substantial number of books, catalogs and articles.

In addition Perez currently teaches graduate courses and seminars at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, The Ben Gourion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, and at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.

His studies were in psychology, philosophy and art history at the Hebrew University and he ultimately obtained a PhD from the University of Brighton, UK. At the start of his career in photography he was trained for two years first in Paris under the renowned expert and collector Gérard Lévy and at the Société Française de Photographie, then in London at the Royal Photographic Society and the V&A, followed by a one year internship at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

Prior to his tenure at the Israel Museum he worked for many years as a professional photographer specialized in advertising and public relations while also devoting time to personal creative photography.

Perez was born in Istanbul, Turkey, educated in French schools and immigrated to Israel in 1967 where he built his life and career in photography.

EXHIBIT Closed on October 11th 2015

Juror:Lance Keimig

Atacama Hand Juror's Choice   Scott Martin San Antonio, Texas USA

Juror's Choice: Atacama Hand by Scott Martin San Antonio, Texas USA

Nighttime photography; delve into the darkest hours to uncover secrets and mysteries.

Photographers have long embraced the literary and artistic tradition of the night as theme and subject in their work. The romantic notions and sense of mystery associated with the night, and the transformation from the mundane world to the unknown provide ample material for photographers to explore through their work.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:17 September 15
Artists' Reception:2 October 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:11 October 15
Nocturne
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Tim Baskerville, founder of the night photography organization The Nocturnes has said, "Surrealism, the mystery of place, solitude, and a heightened sense of the nature of things - night photography seems a worthy vehicle, a ritual to express these themes.” 

Juror, Lance Keimig states, " The night holds secrets- secrets that may engage our curiosity, shelter us, or frighten us. There are those who seek comfort in the night and those who recoil from it.  Brave was the anchestor who stepped outside of the fire circle for he might never return.  The interplay of light, shadow, and extremes of contrast heighten this uncertainty - and when the element of time is added in the form of long exposures, the Night Photograph is indeed a worthy vehicle to express these themes."

Darkroom Gallery is calling for nighttime imagery that conveys mystery, surrealism, isolation, loneliness, and time/timelessness.  

Juror's Statement:

It was a pleasure, but a real challenge to jury the Nocturne competition. Narrowing 630 images down to 55 was not easy, and trying to select a cohesive show based on the theme was even more of a challenge. I was looking for suggestive, rather than literal imagery that conveyed the themes of mystery, solitude, and surrealism. There were many more excellent images than the gallery could accommodate, and many excellent images that either did not fit the theme, or work with the show as it came together. For example, there was a great series of images with an owl and the moon, but they just didn’t work with the theme of Nocturne. Please know that if your work was not selected, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t think it was good, or that I didn’t like it. When entering a juried show, it is important to remember that the selections are just the opinion of a few people, or in this case, one person. I included work that I felt spoke to the theme. 

A good number of photographers submitted a series of related images, and I tried to find a balance between including multiple related images, and as many different photographers as I could.  Newer digital cameras that are capable of shooting at high ISOs have led to a proliferation of Milky Way and astro-landscape photography images, and I found many of those to be lacking in some way. A simple landscape with the Milky Way rising through the frame was not enough to make the cut. A few Milky Way images stood out, such as Lisa Ryan’s Milky Way at Eagle Lake. Scott Martin’s Atacama Hand image stood out immediately from all of the rest- it is technically strong, gorgeous, and exemplifies the themes of mystery, solitude, and surrealism.

-Lance 

 


Atacama Hand
Juror's Choice

Scott Martin
San Antonio, Texas USA
Lunar Eclipse and Aurora Borealis
People's Choice
Honorable Mention

Edmund L Leckert III
Boise, ID United States
Milky Way, Eagle Lake
Honorable Mention
SOLD

Elizabeth "Lisa" Ryan
Marshfield, MA USA

Starry Night
Honorable Mention

Renee Lowery
Fairview, TN USA
Pr0n

Alan Murray
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Fenway Park - No Game

Alan Strassman
Weston, MA United states of america

Untitled

Analía Gutiérrez
San Francisco, California USA
Untitled IV

Analía Gutiérrez
San Francisco, California USA
Storm Clouds

Arpad Petrass
Capistrano Beach, CA USA

Night Tracks, Ropesville Texas

Ashton Thornhill
Lubbock, Texas USA
Plainview Parking Lot - Plainview, Texas

Ashton Thornhill
Lubbock, Texas USA
Cloud #9

Bob Avakian
Edgartown, MA USA

Night Club

Bob Avakian
Edgartown, MA USA
Beam Me Up

Brian Drourr
Burlington, VT USA
Epiphany: Lighten the Path #1

Doug Earle
San Antonio, TX USA

Fire and Wind

Elizabeth "Lisa" Ryan
Marshfield, MA USA
Two Boats

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA
The green troll

Evgeny Vasenev
Seattle, WA United States

Conjuror

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Five Footballs

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Blue Moon Junction

George Anderson
Montpelier, VT USA

Lauterbrunnen Fog

Gordon Saperia
Wellesley, MA USA
untitled #1

Haomin Wei
detroit, Michigan USA
Night Walk in Prague

Ira Weinschel
Austin, TX USA

Summer Solitude. Bean Rd, East Charlotte, VT

Jamie Proctor-Brassard
Hinesburg, VT USA
Moonless Self Portrait, Bodie Ghost Town, 2014

JEAN E KEAMY
westborough, ma USA
Fae Sleep

Jeff Knowles
Crownsville, MD USA

Done Loading

Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA
Flooding the Past

Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA
Ridgeline

Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA

Dinner and a movie?

John J Young
Washington DC, DC USA
Red Gold Blue

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Kenduskeag Bridge Twilight

LeeAnne Mallonee
Bangor, ME USA

Insomnia 2

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Watching Fires Burn

M Christine Watson
Richmond, Virginia USA
Route 20 Reflections

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA

Self Portrait in Erice

Mark Coggins
Belmont, CA USA
Out of the Shadow

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA
Overnight Delivery

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA

Incoming Storm

Maureen Begin
Rockland, MA USA
Cape Cod Railroad Bridge

Maureen Begin
Rockland, MA USA
Quiet Night on Newbury Street

Myron Freeman
Cambridge, MA USA

Untitled

Nora Vrublevska
Riga, Latvia
Snow Mounds

Patrick J. Cicalo
North Salem, NY United States
Going Into the Light

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

Dreamless Sleep

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Potomac

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Midnight

Renee Lowery
Fairview, TN USA

Cobblestones in Fog

Rick Branscomb
Londonderry, New Hampshire United States
After the Party

Sally Chapman
Medford, MA USA
Atacama Dream

Scott Martin
San Antonio, Texas USA

DRAFTY WINDOW

SHEHAB HOSSAIN
SEATTLE, WA USA
Night Tracks

Stephen Skidmore
Brookline, MA USA
Shuttered

Susanne Hupfer
Lexington, MA USA

O-blique

Susanne Hupfer
Lexington, MA USA
Where it All Began

Wendi Kennedy
West Boylston, MA 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:  Lance Keimig

Lance Keimig is best known for his night photographs, which are often made at the juncture of the built and natural environments. His book, Night Photography- Finding Your Way In The Dark was published by Focal Press in August of 2010, and has been translated into 6 languages. A revised and expanded second edition was published in July of 2015.

He has taught at the New England School of Photography in Boston since 2000, and has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Houston Center for Photography, and leads independent workshops across the country.  Russell Brown, senior creative director for Adobe, said that Keimig may well be “one of the finest photography instructors on the planet.”

Keimig is a frequent speaker and workshop instructor for photographic events around the country. He has presented and taught at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, and was a featured speaker and workshop instructor at Estudio Brasil in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. He has lectured and taught for the Scottish Photographers Association in Glasgow, The School of Visual Arts in NY, B&H Event Space, and The New England Camera Club Council among others. 

Keimig continues to teach night photography and light painting workshops around the country, and also leads photo tours to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Cuba. His work has taken him to such far flung places as Zimbabwe where he did documentary photography for a medical mission, the Philippines to photograph a museum collection, and Japan where he photographed Buddhist temples. His photographs are held in numerous collections including The Art Complex Museum In Duxbury, MA, The Boston Athenaeum, The Boston Public Library, and the The Grace Museum in Abilene, TX.

EXHIBIT Closed on September 13th 2015

Juror: Daniel Power

Juror's Choice: "Victoria" by David Aimone from Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Juror's Choice: Victoria by David Aimone from Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Figural works, depicted and exposed by fine art photography. 

Portraying the human form has been among the greatest challenges, preoccupations, and supreme achievements of artists throughout the ages. The earliest known representations of the human body come from Europe and date to between 25,000 and 12,000 years ago. These carvings were made of stone and ivory, ‘Venus’ figures representing the female form and may have been associated with fertility.  Humans feature in other prehistoric art including the cave paintings of early Europe and in the rock paintings of southern Africa.  Although there is no way of telling for certain, the production and meaning of art amongst these cultures was probably spiritual, the figures perhaps representing deities or ritually important people. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:20 August 15
Artists' Reception:21 August 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:13 September 15
Reveal
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

The nude, even in generalized or idealized renderings, has triggered impassioned discussions about sin, sexuality, cultural identity, and canons of beauty, especially when the chosen medium is photography, with its inherent accuracy and specificity. The allure of the human body has always been a gift to photography, from shirtless boxers showing off their guns in the 1850s to the trickery of Man Ray and the provocative images of Robert Mapplethorpe.

Darkroom Gallery is calling for figural nudes that push the confines of the photographic medium. Images that are expressive, evocotive and revealing.  A timeless subject matter redefined and propelled into contemporary resonance.

Juror's Statement:

I looked for work that embraced simplicity in depicting beauty, daring in depicting fresh perspectives on tired cultural cliches, and flashes of eroticism in composing stark and compelling compositions of the living, breathing still life. 

Daniel Power


Victoria
Juror's Choice

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Anastasia
Honorable Mention

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA
Secret Lover Portrait, I
Honorable Mention

Michael Berkowitz
Kew Gardens, NY USA

Laina
People's Choice

William Earle
Coatesville, Pa USA
Prague nude (3)

Ángel Gurría-Quintana
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Form

Anthony Gordon
Milton, Ontario Canada

Kafka light

Beamie Young
Dickerson, MD USA
Sugar, Mia

Bernadette Pollard
Minneapolis, MN USA
Meditation

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA

The Temptation of Eve

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Homage to Vargas

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Alive, Again (2015)

Billy Monday
Frederick, MD USA

Theodicy (2014)

Billy Monday
Frederick, MD USA
And Then the Day Came

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Les coups de soleil

Carr Kizzier
Baltimore, MD USA

Devil's Play

Carr Kizzier
Baltimore, MD USA
Ayn On Rocks and Moss

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Kelsey On Maine Rocks

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Maine Rocks

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Nude, Scotland, 2004, #2

Dave Rudin
Brooklyn, NY USA
Breanna Marie

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Jacs Diptych

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Untitled

Diane Tempest
Sacramento, CA United States
Brianna in Stairwell

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA

Brianna, Sumner, Maine

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA
Brianna Behind the Barn

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA
Maya, 1874

Gary Samson
Concord, New Hampshire USA

Forest Dance

Jeff Knowles
Crownsville, MD USA
Ballerina's Lines

Jeff Knowles
Crownsville, MD USA
Sortie

Jeff Knowles
Crownsville, MD USA

Human Landscape II

Jim Baab
Somerville, MA USA
Untitled (1)

John H Clarke
Mount Pleasant, Michigan USA
Lazy Noon

José M. Gómez-Ros
Madrid, Madrid Spain

Skin Portrait

June Yong Lee
Glenside, PA USA
In the Flesh

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Tremor Portrait

Michael Bach
Troy, New York USA

Momento Mori Portrait, I

Michael Berkowitz
Kew Gardens, NY USA
Bloom

Rachel Tine
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
Grate

Randall Kaye
Toronto, ON Canada

Horn #22

Robert Hopkins
Metuchen, NJ USA
Nude #2

Ruth Steinberg
Ottawa, ON Canada
Davey #7

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Sabrina & Sahara

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Untitled (Sandra #3)

Sayeed Mehmood
Monticello, AR USA
Wrath of Fortuna

scott nichol
Allentown, PA USA

Attitude

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
Surfacing

Walter Rodriguez
Queens Village, New York USA
Woodland Avenue #10

Ward George
East Palo Alto, California USA

Travis 1.9 years

Yvette Jessica
Long Beach, CA USA
Travis 2.6 years

Yvette Jessica
Long Beach, CA 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: Daniel Power

Daniel Power is the Founder/CEO of powerHouse Books, a world-renowned publisher acclaimed for its diverse publishing program and its ethos of perpetually challenging popular conceptions of the role of the “art book” in contemporary culture. He is also the Director and Co-Founder of the New York Photo Festival, a series of Brooklyn-based photography events focusing on the Future of Contemporary Photography. 

With a focus primarily on photography, powerHouse publishes both photographers and artists known for work in other fields. It partnered with Charlie Ahearn on Wild Style: The Sampler, a behind-the-scenes look at Ahearn's 1982 Wild Style, considered the firsthip hop film. In November 2008, the book Yes We Can: Barack Obama's History-Making Presidential Campaign by Scout Tufankjian sold out its initial print of 55,000 a month before its official December release, prompting powerHouse to print 22,000 more copies. Other prominent photographers published by the firm include Jack Pierson, Ron Galella, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, and the cooperative Magnum Photos.

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