Exhibits

EXHIBIT Closed on January 5th 2014

Juror: Elizabeth Avedon

Juror's Choice "Innocence" by John Martin from Graton, CA USA

An enduring fascination with the photographic portrait. 

Each portrait reveals something of the sitter, the photographer and also of us as viewers. No one image can muster a whole and complete being, no matter how much we believe this could be so. This is the part of the photograph we create in our imagination, we fill in each crack and hole with a sort of personalized reasoning. And all these unknowns in the midst of true transparency.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:12 December 13
Artists' Reception:5 January 14 15:00
Exhibit Closes:5 January 14
Faces
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

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Eye contact is made or retracted, body language boastful, reticent or indecipherable. Facial expressions can be hard at work or numbly slack. While subjects have a power over these photographic outcomes, it is the choice of the photographer to coax or mute said expressions for their artistic offering.

 

Juror's Statement:

As a record number of entries were received for Faces, making the final selection for this exhibit was difficult. There were many impressive images and I found it painful to have to leave any behind. Among the many well-composed portraits, I chose images based not only on technical skills, but also on an indefinable element surrounding the expression or emotion projected. I favored images that evoked an air of mystery or clarity; a moment of joy; a secret not shared or a place we may never visit - a point in time captured in the past suggesting unknown possibilities for the future.

Elizabeth Avedon


Innocence
Juror's Choice

John F Martin
Graton, California USA
P. Mathusanth from "Portraits of Silence, Northern Sri Lanka"
Honorable Mention

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Maleficent
Honorable Mention

Lori Pond
Los Angeles, CA USA

david james bram
Honorable Mention

Nate Mosseau
Burlington, Vermont USA
045-Philadelphia
Honorable Mention

Sheri Lynn Behr
Edgewater, NJ USA
Eye See You
People's Choice

Jef Russell
Austin, TX USA

Naomi

Adrienne Norman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Untitled

Ahmet Can Mocan
Istanbul, Turkey
Untitled

Ashli Fiorini
East Syracuse, NY USA

The Deepest Secret Nobody Knows

Britt Anderson Lilienthal
Burlington, Vermont USA
Something I Need

Brittany Cossette
Barnesville, Minnesota USA
Untitled

Caitlin Jean
Burlington, VT USA

Visiting Joyce

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Matthew

Christian Thwaites
South Burlington, VT USA
#instamonk

Claude Peschel Dutombe
Bangkok, Thailand

girl pink

d neumann kelly
fairview, nj USA
Kat Fujiroid

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Sissy 81

Diane Gabriel
Burlington, VT USA

Find Your Breath #2

Donatella Arione
Guarene, Italy
Broken

Ed Friedman
Arlington, MA USA
autosuggestion

fabien jakob
Geneve, Switzerland

Ed Horn, Former Prisoner-of-War Stalag Luft III

Frank Mullaney
New York, NY USA
Joshua and Gracie

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
EC

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Jade

Grace Yanhong
Montreal, QC Canada
Hoodie

Hugo Hentoff
Washington, DC USA
Collette Before the Club

James Hosking
San Francisco, CA USA

Andrew

Jeffery Graves
Broomfield, Colorado USA
Evesmama: With Daddy Glenn

Jenna Miller
Charleston, SC USA
Destiny

Jill Shepherd
Kent, OH USA

Fetra

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
In Memory of Rayshine

Kate Pollard Hoffmann
Princeton, NJ United States
Rushawn

Kimberly Lockwood
Somerville, MA USA

Boy with Owl

Margrieta Jeltema
VERMEZZO, Italy
Sean, Vietnam '71

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Aged Man

Marti Belcher
Winchester, Virginia USA

Mask

Michael Riordan
Rochester, NY USA
Boy on a Leash

Nathan R. Smith
New York, New York USA
Self portrait

Nicholas Garlab
Gijon, Spain

This shot was making on backstage filming

Nickolay Fesenko
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Drama Queen

Pamela Korman
Philadelphia, PA USA
A Stairway To...

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA

One Weird Trick

Paula Rucket
Boca Raton, FL USA
Woman On A Bus

Peter Maeck
Lexington, MA USA
The faces you don´t see 1

Ricardo Reis
Barreiro, Portugal

Jerome Davis

Romy John
Austin, Texas USA
Tanya 2

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
Child Shiva

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Erin

Sara Fields
Austin, TX USA
Culture

Shanu Subra
London, UK
Prestige

Shivaji Das
Singapore, Singapore

Girl in Tanktop

Stacie Turner
West Hartford, CT USA
Ivan

Stacy Swiderski
Fords, NJ USA
Sinking Ships

Stephanie Guttenplan
Acworth, GA USA

Tim, Nu Dutch Series

Tom Van Eynde
Forest Park, Il. USA
Beth

Tommy Cha
Bristol, South Glos UK
Sam

Velibor Božović
Montreal, QC Canada

Bangladesh

Walter Rothwell
London, UK
Morning Delivery

Wayne Thomas
Powell, WY USA
Eric & Teresa, Martin Luther King Blvd.

Whitten Sabbatini
Memphis, TN 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: Elizabeth Avedon

Independent Curator, Writer, Book and Exhibition Designer. Elizabeth Avedon has forged her own path in the photography industry, collaborating with museums,  publishing houses, galleries and artists. The former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe and Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, she has received awards and recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book: Avedon: 1949–1979 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and Richard Avedon: In the American West for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. Elizabeth is a regular contributor to the Life.com award-winning Le Journal de la Photographie, profiling notable leaders in the world of Photography. Elizabeth is committed to supporting the photography community through her PhotoJournal: http://elizabethavedon.blogspot.com Website: http://www.elizabethavedon.com

Portfolio Reviews include Center’s Review Santa Fe, Photolucida Critical Mass, Filter Photo Festival, ASMP-NY, 10Best10, and SlowExposures Photo Festivals.    

 

Jurors: Joe DiMaggio & JoAnne Kalish

Juror's Choice: "When I was young ..." by Babak from Austin, Texas USA

Love. Hearts Entwined. Unrequited. Moonstruck. Star-crossed. 

Passion. Yearning. Aphrodite. Fire. Truth. Sweethearts. Romance. Honey. Desire. Flame. Flirt. Tenderness. Heartbreak. Flowers. Enamored. Dear. Destiny. Cupid. Smitten. Holding hands. Forget-me-nots. Crush. Amour. Petals. Lovesick. Sweets. Trust. Wild. Dance. Cherish. Corny. Nude. Courtship. Fate. Beloved. Fall in. Dates. Eros. Poetry. Devotion. Admirers. Connection. Whisper. Beau. Doves. Love Letters. Red. Flame. Roses. Darling. Longing. Infatuation. Daydreams. Sentimental. Raw. Embraces. Adoring.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:6 February 14
Artists' Reception:2 March 14 16:30
Exhibit Closes:2 March 14
Love
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

X's & O's. Secrets. Bouquets. Lovebirds. Lips. Butterflies. A-flutter. Friendship. Chocolate. Lips. Betrothed. Affection. Gift. Suitors. Woo. Kiss. Budding. Tears. Bare. Heartthrob. Fondness. Wings. Float. Envelope. Pair. Crazy. Endearment. Charmed. Amorous. Lovers. Rakkaus. .حُب . 喜爱. Láska. Kærlighed. Liefde. Armastus. Die Liebe. Aγάπη. Szeretet. Amore. 愛. 애정. Dragoste. любовь. Amor. Kärlek. Love.


Juror's Statement:

Joe DiMaggioThe ability for us as human beings to conceive a photograph and then go out and execute said photograph first with your mind, heart, soul and camera is called visual literacy. The word photography in it's simplest form means recording with light. Every photographer regardless of their expertise puts part of themselves into the photograph. In 1/100 of a millisecond they stop the world. The most difficult part to me is presume I am qualified to judge another person's work. I truly believe the only person that can judge your work is you. Having said that I've looked at each photograph a minimum of five times and found all of them extremely inviting and there was a message in each one. For me they're all winners. Thanks very much for the opportunity to be part of the creative process. Remember photography is still in it's infancy and the only medium I know of that every man woman and child is on equal footing. As my friend Willie Nelson would say, "Hope to see you on the Road Again..."

Joe DiMaggio

 

 

 

JoAnne Kalish

Judging a contest is not an easy task. There are so many things to consider. I divide photography into three categories - snapshots, pictures and photographs. All have their place but as a photographer you strive to make photographs. There are only a few truly great ones that will last over time. So most importantly are they photographs?  Secondly, do they meet the subject criteria (I can only give my personal thoughts on this so it is subjective.) Is there something uniquely special about them? Were they executed well?  Of course sometimes one just jumps out and speaks to you. Who can really judge someone else's work? I've gone over the photos many times and had to keep narrowing down my choices, based on the above criteria. It was extremely hard as there were so many really good ones.  Thanks for the opportunity to be part of the creative process.  I look forward to coming out and doing a class hopefully sometime in the future and look forward to meeting all of you.

JoAnne Kalish


When I was young ...
Juror's Choice

Babak Pejman Aryan
Austin, Texas USA
Untitled
Honorable Mention

Olga Rook
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Abuela y Nieta, Trinidad, Cuba
Honorable Mention

Rad A. Drew
Indianapolis, IN USA

Three Generations
People's Choice

Jim Squires
St Simons Island, GA United States
Story Time

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Big Sister

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA

Brothers, 2011

Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA
Dreaming

Babak Pejman Aryan
Austin, Texas USA
To Have and to Hold

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA

Double Helix

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA
Embrace #1

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Capri Wedding

Bob Tetro
Arlington, VA. USA

A Father and His Daughter

Bob Weil
Costa Mesa, California USA
Losing Through You What Seemed Myself

Bob Weil
Costa Mesa, California USA
Lovers' Stroll

David Morel
Nashville, TN USA

Us

Elizabeth Ireland
Brighton, MA USA
Snowy Goodbye

George Hamlin
Fairfax, Virginia USA
Afterglow

Glenn Fay, Jr.
Burlington, VT USA

c'est une bonne musique

Grace Yanhong
Montreal, QC Canada
les amoureux

Grace Yanhong
Montreal, QC Canada
un miracle de l'amour

Grace Yanhong
Montreal, QC Canada

Leyenda Eterna

Janelle Pietrzak
Basalt, CO USA
Sagres Sunset

Jim Squires
St Simons Island, GA United States
Untitled (from Underway Letters series)

Julie Gautier-Downes
Spokane, Washington USA

'Young Hearts'

Karim
Cairo, Egypt Egypt
1+1

Katia Platonova
St.Petersburg, Russia
Sibling Love

Katie Robinson
Westford, VT USA

Into the Night

KR Scelfo
Ottsville, PA USA
Judith's light

Marco
Genoa, Italy Italy
Sacred Love

Marco
Genoa, Italy Italy

Sisters

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA
Hand in Hand

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA
New Year's Eve

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

God is Love
SOLD

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Friends

Masato Kuroda
New York, New York USA
Pink Heart

Miren Etcheverry
Cambridge, MA USA

Puppy Love

Miren Etcheverry
Cambridge, MA USA
Brothers

Miren Etcheverry
Cambridge, MA USA
Shelter

Nafise
Seri kembangan, Selangor Malaysia

Elder Sister

Nafise
Seri kembangan, Selangor Malaysia
Anatomy of Love

Olga
Moscow, Russia
Melancholy Winds

Paris Carter
Clermont, FL USA

Lovers' Dream

Pauline Gola
Redondo Beach, CA USA
Spark

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Sending Out an S.O.S.

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

Beacon

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Island

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Brotherly Love

Rad A. Drew
Indianapolis, IN USA

Tangled Up in You

Rad A. Drew
Indianapolis, IN USA
Sneakers and a Kiss

Rebecca MB. Pearson
Marlton, NJ USA
Old Moccasins

Rebecca Rothey
LAUREL, MARYLAND United States

Loving Sunrise

Richard Rappleyea
Colts Neck, NJ USA
Royal Tern Couple

Russ Hartung
Morrisonville, NY USA
Saturday Morning

Shelby Champagne
Rothschild, WI USA

Forget Not Love

Suzan Mandla
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Untitled

Tom Van Eynde
Forest Park, Il. USA
Pepto

Tom Van Eynde
Forest Park, Il. USA

Love memories 04

Viet Van Tran
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Love memories 03

Viet Van Tran
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Love memories 01

Viet Van Tran
Ha Noi, Viet Nam


 

  • 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.

Jurors: Joe DiMaggio & JoAnne Kalish

Joe DiMaggio is an internationally known photographer who’s been making award winning photographs for four decades. His dynamic photographs have appeared in Time/Life, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, HBO and the list goes on. One of his Sports Illustrated covers was selected by Time Magazine as Picture of the Year. DiMaggio made the obvious transition to advertising work for fortune 500 companies and was extremely sucessful doing photo illustrations for companies such as AT&T, AOL, Barclays, Xerox, Computer Associates, HBO, RJR Nabisco, Sony, Verizon and Ford Motor Company. DiMaggio has contributed as an international pool photographer, to several Olympic Games.

During his illustrious career DiMaggio’s done radio talk shows, television shows, magazine articles, and lectured at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities throughout the world. DiMaggio has also been part of the American Photo Popular Photography Mentor Series. He’s hosted several ABC’s World of Photography television shows and hosted numerous Canon Photo Safaris. He’s is the host of Adorama TV’s Visual Impressions internet television show and completed numerous episodes showcasing his skill as a world renowned photographer.

DiMaggio has completed three Teaching DVD’s with partner JoAnne Kalish. To date DiMaggio also completed a Travel/Adventure pilot for Discovery Channel with his dear friend Actor William Shatner and a 90 minute documentary for Discovery Channel on the real story of “Quint” - the True Story behind Jaws, which wound up being titled The Last Shark Hunter. His passion for boxing - a love/hate relationship has led him to direct a feature documentary titled In This Corner, which has had three separate distinct endings and is still a “work” progress. He’a recently completed two documentaries “Born with It” which is a documentary on Eddie Kirkland - a true Blue’s Man. Simultaneously, he’s completed another documentary on Hugh Wydel Brodie called “Don’t Quit.” Both documentaries are presently at Film Festivals for 2013 and 2014 and have been accepted by several of the most prestigious festivals. Sports Illustrated selected one of DiMaggio’s photos as one of the third greatest photos in the last 100 years of the Indy 500.

 

JoAnne Kalish’s passion for photography came about at a young age. She was the first woman photographer hired to work for “Sports Illustrated” photographing various sporting events and their star athletes. She was contracted by the International Olympic Committee to provide photographic coverage of the 1984 Olympic Games.

 

Having contributed pictures to most major international publications such as Time Magazine, Der Speigel, Paris Match, and various others, she turned her attention to advertising work and personal projects, including her current Sensuality Series. In the advertising realm, she’s picked up numerous awards, receiving international acclaim for her Claritin and Sports Authority ad campaigns. As a Television host, she traveled to the jungles of Panama to host an episode of ESPN’s “Canon Photo Safari.” Kalish has led “American Photo/Popular Photography Magazine’s Mentor Series Workshops, was invited to create a seminar on Sensuality and Beauty at the Palm Beach Workshop. She now teams up with photographer Joe DiMaggio to teach the DiMaggio/Kalish Photo Workshops.

Additional clients include - The New York Times, The National Academy of Art Museum and School. Her work is part of the Farnsworth Museum, Naples Museum of Art, Montclair Museum of Art, White House and  Museum of Modern Art collections.

 

 

EXHIBIT Closed on May 18th 2014

Juror: Kyohei Abe

Juror's Choice:"Something is always far away 2" by Magela Crosignani from Montevideo, Uruguay

The composition of two or more elements within a photograph, emphasizing either the similarity or dissemblance between them.

One of the most effective ways to express ideas photographically is to compare and contrast subjects visually. Placing contrasting elements side-by-side adds interest to a photograph and holds the viewer’s attention. Opposites such as: large and small, light and shadow, happy and sad, smooth and rough, new and old, horizontal and vertical, still and motion. Each one of these examples draws the viewer in, makes them curious about the story, why is that person happy while the other one is sad? How did that cat managed to get in amongst all of those dogs? Why are these two seemingly unrelated objects set in the same frame?

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:24 April 14
Artists' Reception:18 May 14 16:30
Exhibit Closes:18 May 14
Juxtapose
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Explore complex or simplistic incongruity, opposites and contradictions, layered imagery, and observe the addition and subtraction of context. Counterbalance can marry elements by placing them side-by-side, above or below each other, or layer them in the foreground, middle-ground and background just as slow shutter speeds can show the disparity of moving objects compared to static ones. Explore the uniqueness found in apposing colors, textures, characters and objects. Juxtaposition plays a crucial role in creating expression in each of these areas and the photographs' overall message and allure – so crucial that we feel it deserves an exhibit all it's own.

Juror's Statement:

It was absolutely delightful to review such an amazing group of photographs which displayed a range of styles, interpretations, content, and genres of photographic explorations. Prominent considerations that tied my selections together were the artists' personal visions, their ability to create and define our contemporary lives through their photographs.

The artists whose photographs are highlighted here inspired me because many were not bonded to photographic traditions of the past, whether exterior or interior space, landscapes, or portraits. These photographers have all successfully conveyed inspiring and unique perspectives on our contemporary world with their voices.

Kyohei Abe


Something is always far away # 2
Juror's Choice

Magela Crosignani
Montevideo, Uruguay
Superman
Honorable Mention
SOLD

Jane Szabo
Altadena, CA USA
Posturing
Honorable Mention

Michael Riordan
Rochester, NY USA

Untitled (Italy)
Honorable Mention

Terri Bright
Greenville, SC USA
gateway
People's Choice

Ricardo de Vicq de Cumpitch
Sao Paulo, SP Brazil
Dancing With Her Soul

Babak Pejman Aryan
Austin, Texas USA

Hoop Dreams

Brian Schneider
Fairbanks, Alaska USA
Ophelia

Brian Schneider
Fairbanks, Alaska USA
Dylan | Young and Old

Corinne DiPietro
Boston, MA United States

Toxin Mushroom

Di Sun
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
Untitled #3284, 2014

Ekaterina Vlassa
Moscow, Russia
Juxta Pose No 6

Francois Boutin
Quebec City, Quebec Canada

Clavicular, (Popliteal Fossa), 2012

gwen charles
Montclair, NJ USA
Bikini

Haley Morris-Cafiero
Cordova, TN USA
The Burning

Janette James
Pawling, NY USA

Building Supply Co.

Jeff Evans
Rantoul, IL USA
Corncrib

Jeff Evans
Rantoul, IL USA
Guilt

Jeremy Walter
Independence, MO USA

Tomboy

Jessica Remus
La Grange Park, IL United States
Fridge

Joëlle de vries
Eindhoven, NB Netherlands
GRIDS

John Padour
Oak Park, IL USA

Rope Of Hope

Karim
Cairo, Egypt Egypt
Tending the Garden

Katherine Burdick
Tucson, AZ USA
Purim, Jerusalem, March 2014
SOLD

Laura Chiesa
Tel Aviv, Israel

In The Corner

Louise Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
The View to Forever

Marianne Smith Dalton
Cazenovia, NY USA
Deliberate Digression

Marie Brenneis
London, UK USA

Betwixt

Marilyn Maddison
South Burlington, VT United States
James Turrell's Sky Space with Moon

Marilynn Waters
Claremont, CA USA
Balboa

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Fisherman's Prayer

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Maelstrom

Michael Riordan
Rochester, NY USA
Wires and Magnolias

Miren Etcheverry
Cambridge, MA USA

selfie in fusion

Muschel
Brussels, Belgium
the grass stands tall inside our heads

Nate Mosseau
Burlington, Vermont USA
Trio

Norman Borden
New York, NY USA

Beit Hanina neighborhood, East Jerusalem, Israel, December 2011

Omri Talmor
Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel
TRIAD

Ordi Calder
Cuiaba, Mato Grosso Brazil
yellow flower

Richard Rappleyea
Colts Neck, NJ USA

corners

Richard Rappleyea
Colts Neck, NJ USA
Le Chat Voit Tout

sandrine arons
mableton, GA USA
Mother and Sons

Stephanie Beaty
TRINITY, Florida USA

Untitled (Italy)

Terri Bright
Greenville, SC USA
Astroturf and Dog Shit

Terri Lloyd
Los Angeles, CA USA
Odd Shoe

Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA

Bubble Cap

Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA
Chimera II

Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA
telegraph avenue

Tom Hogeback
Oxford, Ohio USA

winter, baselstadt

Valentine Merriman
Issaquah, WA USA
Beauty Queen

Vicky Martin
Staffs, Staffordshire UK

 

  • 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: Kyohei Abe

Director and Chief Curator at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography in Detroit, Michigan. The Center offers exhibitions, both online and in its gallery space, as well as lectures, and workshops throughout the year. The mission is to promote contemporary fine art photography and provide a vital cultural resource to our visual community. Abe has been reviewing portfolios at national events including Filter Photo Festival, PhotoNOLA and Photolucida. He has been a juror for for Critical Mass since 2010. Abe is an artist whose works are part of the public collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, The West Collection, Oak, PA as well as numerous private and corporate collections globally. He also has been a professor at College for Creative Studies in Detroit since 2005.

While inspired by a wide range of photography, Abe is most interested in seeing intelligent and coherent work displaying a fresh perspective

 

Juror: Robert Hirsch 

"Metropolitan" - Juror's Choice by Mark Melnick

Light is that which compels a photograph into being: shifting, glowing, luminous, obscure or brilliant.

The medium of photography brazenly defined: How our tools, environs and subjects respond to light.  Sometimes the light plays a more prominent role in a photograph, sometimes as a supporting actor and sometimes as the protagonist itself. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:6 March 14
Artists' Reception:30 March 14 15:30
Exhibit Closes:30 March 14
Illumine
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Juror Robert Hirsch explains his thinking behind 'The Thingness of Light': "Every photograph is about light. Light, which is a plastic medium capable of being physically manipulated, is the key ingredient shared by all photographs and the determinant in the look of every photograph you make. Light’s primal authority defines the essence of a subject. The powerful glue that holds your image together, light makes known the emotional and physical contents within your visual space and activates vision and meaning. Every image provides a different set of conditions in which we can experience light. If the light does not inhabit and reveal the perceived nature of the subject, the picture will not communicate the content you wish to transmit to a viewer. In that sense, pictures are about what others are able to see in them."  -Excerpt from Light and Lens, Second Edition by Robert Hirsch.

For Illumine we looked for works that explore the vast languages of 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 em-parted through the usage of light. 


Juror's Statement:

I extend my thanks to all the photographers for sharing their work with me.  Bear in mind that all juried shows only reflect the viewpoint of the judge.  That said, the photographs I responded to were ones in which the photographer expressionistically utilized light to interpret their subject matter.

While I respect photography’s ability to secure a two-dimensional representation of outer reality, I strongly favor images that get beneath the surface of a subject by linking the visible with the invisible as a means of looking inside an experience.

This approach asserts that a photograph is only authentic when it evokes an interior state of consciousness that is capable of grappling with a subject beyond its external physical structure, allowing one to see it in a fresh way.

Robert Hirsch 


 

  • 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: Robert Hirsch

Artist, curator, educator, historian and author of Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography; Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age; Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes; and Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels. Also, Chinese and German editions of Light and Lens have been published. His latest book, Transformational Imaging: Handmade Photography Since 1960 will be launched in March 2014 at the National Society for Photographic Education Conference in Baltimore.

Hirsch has been the Associate Editor of Photovision and Digital Camera (UK) as well as a contributing writer for Afterimage, CEPA Journal, Contact Sheet, Digital Camera, exposure, The Encyclopedia of 19th Photography, The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fotophile, History of Photography, Photo Ed (Canada), The Photo Review, Photovision, Photo Technique, World Book Encyclopedia and numerous regional publications including Buffalo Spree and FY.

For over the past decade Hirsch has lead Light Research, a consulting firm providing professional services to the photographic arts field. He is the former Executive Director and Chief Curator of CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions.

Hirsch’s projects have been shown at: The Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College; Jamestown, NY; Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, NY; Indigo Art & CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University; Rockefeller Fine Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia; The Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Groningen; The Netherlands, Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; Camera Club of New York; Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo; Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA; 9th Annual Sociology Conference at Buffalo State College; the Gallery at the Creative Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA; The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC; Center for Photography at Woodstock; the Thompson Art Gallery at San Jose State University; Brooklyn Arts Council; Parsons School of Design, New York, NY; Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT; Artspace, New Haven, CT; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; and Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY.

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