black/white: charcoal/snowy, onyx/ivory, pitch/clear, ebony/alabaster, coal/pearly ….
“Black and white is obviously a description of a type of photograph. It is also a reference to things being absolute, easily defined. In automobile racing the black and white checkered flag signifies the end of the race.
The words black and white can signal a lack of color. Black can exist without light. White is made of light. Mix them and you get grey. Grey is a color. Black and white photographs typically are chock full of greys.
Simultaneously show someone a black and white photograph of cherries, apples and firetrucks, ask them what color they are, and they will say “red.” They can be wrong — apples can be green, cherries can be purple and firetrucks can be yellow. Show someone a black and white photo of a still life of charcoal, inkwells and crows and they will correctly identify them as black.
Interesting how somethings are called black but are actually brown or burnt umber — or something is called white when it is pink or tan? If you showed someone a still life of black people and asked them what color they are they would answer, “black.” If you showed them a still life of white people they would say, “white.” What if you asked the same questions of someone that had never seen a black and white photograph, that lived only in a world of color and no labels?..” From “Lost In The Neighborhood With Books” By Franklin Cincinnatus
Creativity is encouraged.
JUROR | Eric T. Kunsman will be the juror for “black/white”. Eric was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While in high school, he was heavily influenced by the death of the steel industry and its place in American history. The exposure to the work of Walker Evans during this time hooked Eric onto photography. Eric had the privilege to study under Lou Draper, who became Eric’s most formative mentor. He credits Lou with influencing his approach as an educator, photographer, and contributing human being.
Eric holds his MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and holds an MS in Electronic Publishing/Graphic Arts Media, BS in Biomedical Photography, BFA in Fine Art photography all from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
Currently, he is a photographer and book artist based out of Rochester, New York. Eric works at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a Lecturer for the Visual Communications Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and is an adjunct professor for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences.
In addition to lectures, he provides workshops on topics including his artistic practice, digital printing, and digital workflow processes. He also provides industry seminars for the highly regarded Printing Applications Lab at RIT. His photographs and books are exhibited internationally and are in several collections. He currently owns Booksmart Studio, which is a fine art digital printing studio, specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists on a collaborative basis.
Eric’s work has been exhibited in over 35 solo exhibitions at such venues as Nicolaysen Art Museum, Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and numerous university galleries. His work has also been a part of over 150 group exhibitions over the past 4 four years including exhibitions at the Center for Photography, A. Smith Gallery, SPIVA, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Spartanburg Museum of Art, Atlanta Photography Group, CEPA Gallery, Site:Brooklyn, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and many more.
Eric was named one of 10 B&W photographers to watch of 2018 by BWGallerist, B&W Best Photographers of the Year 2019 by Dodho Magazine, and won the Association of Photography (UK) Gold Award for Open Series in 2019, Finalist, Top 200 Critical Mass 2019, Top 15 Photographers for the Rust Belt Biennial. His Project Felicific Calculus was also awarded a Warhol Foundations Grant through CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Eric’s work has also been published in magazines such as; LensWork, Dodho, B&W Photography, All About Photo, Dek Unu along with online articles by Analog Forever Magazine, Catalyst: Interview, Texas Photo Society, and others. He is currently represented by HOTE Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and Malamegi in San Daniele del Friuli (Udine), Italy.
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SUBMISSION | Entry Fee: $38 for the first 5 images, $7 per each additional image. Submissions of 11 or more images are eligible for a review of the submitted images by the gallery directors. Submission fees are not refundable.
ELIGIBILITY | Submissions are open to all photographers both professional and amateur working in all photographic mediums and styles. International entries are welcomed. Work that has been previously exhibited at A Smith Gallery is not eligible.
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AWARDS| The awards are as follows:
Jurors Award – $325.00
Directors Award – $250.00
Three Juror Honorable Mentions – an exhibition catalogue
Director Honorable Mentions chosen at the discretion of the Gallery Directors – an exhibition catalogue
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