Exhibits

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 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.

EXHIBIT Closed on March 27th 2016

Juror: Peter Turnley


 Juror's Choice: Sweet Dream. Refuge in America
by Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Photography documenting moments of the human condition 

Culture: a word with many shades of meaning and numerous subtle connotations. To the anthropologist, culture defines the social, behavioral, material, and spiritual characteristics of distinct groups of people such as tribes, ethnic groups, and nations, as well as subgroups within those larger entities.

Already in the earliest photographs, in the 19th century, we see a fascination with non-western and "exotic" cultures. While much of this ethnographic depiction of non-western peoples and their ways of life are now regarded as another form of colonial exploitation, there is value in those images which honestly present nom-western cultures as they once existed.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:3 March 16
Artists' Reception:19 March 16 15:00
Exhibit Closes:27 March 16
Culture
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Today terms like "cultural appropriation" and "multiculturalism" serve to create an awareness of the sensitivity of others, even as we are increasingly exposed to cultures unlike our own. Global emigration and resettlement have brought widely varied cultures into close proximity. Virtually every large city in America now has a street or district that's like a miniature United Nations, with shops and restaurants offering goods and cuisine from all over the world.  In addition, our own culture has become more and more tribalized, with subgroups comprising every distinct interest, belief, and region. Think of bikers, surfers, square dancers, rodeo riders, football fans, Trekkies, historic reenactors... the variations are endless.

Darkroom Gallery has created this exhibition called Culture as a challenge to you, the photographer, to look around at the cultural groups you encounter. If you're a world traveler, that's fine, but even if you never venture far there are opportunities to depict the differing cultures of your own community, state, and nation. Think creatively, avoid stereotypes, and bring us your world.

Juror's Statement:

It was an honor and a pleasure to have the privilege to look at all of the photographs submitted for the exhibition “culture”. This is a beautiful and powerful mosaic of visual stories of the human condition worldwide. As I looked at all of the photographs, I found myself sitting at a desk peacefully, with some music in the background, and my heart was moved by so much humanity, energy, spontaneity, authenticity, and profound existence within the visual poems I was seeing. We are all one amazing, beautiful human family, and it is our diversity that makes our world and existence so powerful, and truly rich. Our most important friend is communication, empathy, compassion, and a respect for each other’s vulnerability, and dignity. Thank you for the chance to see such a wonderful group of images. Bravo.

Peter Turnley


Sweet Dream. Refuge in America
Juror's Choice

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Locker room
Honorable Mention

Charter Weeks
Barrington, NH USA
Youth Young Gifted & Black
Honorable Mention

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

Summer
Honorable Mention

Niki Boon
Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand
follow the shadow
Honorable Mention

Simona Nanoveanu
Bucharest, Romania
River
People's Choice

Niki Boon
Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand

Happy Day

Barbara Curcio
West Islip, New York USA
Outside Brooklyn Borough Hall

Caitlin Garvey
Alexandria, VA USA
Affection

Chip Kahn
Arlington, Virginia USA

Havana

Chip Kahn
Arlington, Virginia USA
Horse Dancing on Lake Chapala, Mexico

Dane Strom
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico
The Puppet Master Adjusts His Hat

Dane Strom
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico

Scraped Chin, Hamtramck, Michigan

Daniel Farnum
Tulsa, Oklahoma USA
LEADS Kids

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
San Lazaro, La Habana, Cuba, 17 diciembre 2013

David Garten
Waitsfield, VT USA

Francis J. Killay, Montpelier

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
Himba Woman

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Saraswati

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Belinda - Riverside Restauranteur

Gary Horsfall
Seattle, WA USA
vecchio in attesa

Gianluca Afflitti
BorgoTossignano, Bologna Italia
tribal bar

Gianluca Afflitti
BorgoTossignano, Bologna Italia

Just Take Me Home

Harry Longstreet
Bainbridge Island, WA USA
flag

JOHN B DOUGLAS
Burlington, VT USA
A Quest For Healthcare in Ethiopia

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA

Calder’s Child, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 2014

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
Tibetan Man in a Coracle

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
Tidbinbilla Man

Karen Burgess
Frenchs Forest, NSW Australia

Carnaval Drummer, Buenos Aires

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
L.A.dy Like-Los Angeles CA.

Lance Shigematsu
Los Angeles, CA USA
Modern Chief- Reagan Airport, Virginia

Lance Shigematsu
Los Angeles, CA USA

Workers Wall - Los Angeles CA.

Lance Shigematsu
Los Angeles, CA USA
Belushi Brothers mask band, NYC

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Starlight dance band

Len Speier
New York, NY USA

The "Lady" in Red

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
To Market

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
surfer’s paradise

Lisa Dorenfest
New York, New York USA

India Woman

Miles Scanlon
South Burlington, VT USA
A traditional Camel Bazaar

Mohammed Munir El Kadi
Abu Dhabi, AUH United Arab Emirates
Apple Picking

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA

Sleepover

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA
Courtside Seat

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA
Beach sculptures

Niki Boon
Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand

No Way...

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
Red

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Society of Survivors

Rebecca Morrison
Jamaica Plain, MA USA

Krakow Couple

Robert Heller
Knoxville, TN USA
The Gypsy Family

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
The Wedding Singers

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Day of Ashura

savaş onur şen
Van, Turkey
Untitled (Selma, AL)

Stephen Marc
Tempe, Arizona USA
Untitled (New Orleans, LA)

Stephen Marc
Tempe, Arizona USA

Untitled (Selma, AL)

Stephen Marc
Tempe, Arizona USA
I hate you

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Joy Town

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada

Rodeo Kids, Buena Vista, Colorado

Stephen Witty
Colorado Springs, CO USA
Gun People - Ace

TBowphoto.com
Houston, Texas USA
Myriam

tilman
Villejuif, France

Perles sur Peachtree

Zachary Garrett
Atlanta, GA USA
Monsieur en Bleu

Zachary Garrett
Atlanta, GA USA
PROGERIA

Zahra Khorami
Tehran, Iran

  • 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.
  • Juror's Choice also receives a signed limited edition copy of Peter Turnley's book Cuba - A Grace of Spirit
  • 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: Peter Turnley

Peter Turnley is renown for his photography of the realities of the human condition. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek 43 times and are published frequently in the world’s most prestigious publications. He has worked in over 90 countries and has witnessed most major stories of international geo-political and historic significance in the last thirty years. His photographs draw attention to the plight of those who suffer great hardships or injustice. He also affirms with his vision the many aspects of life that are beautiful, poetic, just, and inspirational.

Turnley’s photographs have been featured in Newsweek, Harper’s, Stern, Paris Match, Geo, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le Figaro, Le Monde, New Yorker, and DoubleTake. Peter Turnley worked on contract for the Newsweek Magazine from 1986-2001 and as a contributing editor/photographer with Harper’s Magazine from 2003-2007. His work is frequently published in photo essay form in magazines, on major television networks such as CNN, ABC’s “Nightline”, and in online publications, such as The Online Photographer. Turnley’s photographs have been published the world over and have won many international awards including the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, numerous awards and citations from World Press Photo, and the University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year competition.

Turnley has photographed most of the world’s conflicts of the last decade including the Gulf War-1991, the Balkans (Bosnia), Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa, Chechnya, Haiti, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Kosovo, the war in Iraq-2003, and also maintains an ongoing documentation of the major refugee populations of the world. He witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and the revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989, the liberation of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa. He was in New York at “Ground Zero” on Sept 11, 2001, New Orleans during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the tragic earthquake of 2011, and Egypt during the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He is currently working on a long-term project on daily life in Cuba, “Cuba-A Grace of Spirit”. Turnley has produced portraits and covered many of the modern world’s most influential people: Obama, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin, Mandela, Arafat, Schroeder, Ceausescu, Gaddafi, Chirac, Clinton, Reagan, Bush Sr, Lady Diana, and Pope Jean Paul II among others.

Since 1975, Turnley has also continually photographed the life of Paris, his adopted home. Turnley was born in the U.S., but has lived more than half his life in Paris. His tender, humorous, and sensual view of Paris, offers distinct contrast to the stark realities depicted in his photojournalism. He has photographed the extensively the life of Paris these past 35 years. Turnley worked as the assistant to the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau in Paris in the early 1980’s.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, Turnley has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the New School of Social Research in New York and St. Francis College of Indiana. He received a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard for the academic year 2000-2001.

Peter Turnley also teaches photography workshops on street photography and the photo-essay in Paris, Cuba, New York, Mumbai, Venice, Sicily, and Lisbon.

He presently lives in both New York and Paris, and has previously published six books of his work: French Kiss – A Love Letter to Paris, Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, Parisians, and McClellan Street.

 

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.

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Exhibit Closes:28 February 16
Shadow and Light
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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).

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