“unique: alternative processes ”

Photography started as a chemical experiment.   However, the acknowledged inventor of the process, Thomas Wedgwood, was the son and grandson of famous English potters.  His entire life he was surrounded by artists, creators.  Wedgwoods pals were William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  So, it is not unusual or unexpected that creative folks have taken his work and run with it.  For many photographers it’s about the camera, for others it’s about what can be birthed once it leaves the thing and for others it is the possibility of making images that are miraculous orphans.

Any unique handmade prints are eligible with the exception of silver gelatin, C-prints and digital prints.  Eligible prints include cyanotype, lumens, Van Dyke, salt, chemigram, tintype, bromoil, gum bichromate, platinum/palladium, photogravure, albumen, liquid emulsion, ziatype, image transfers, kallitypes, lith prints and monrdancage.  Unique prints made from digital negatives are eligible.   The camera used for capture is immaterial.  Creativity is encouraged….


JUROR | Christina Z. Anderson’s work focuses on the contemporary vanitas in historic photographic processes. Her work has shown internationally in over 100 shows and 40 publications. She has authored The Experimental Photography WorkbookGum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes, and Gum Printing, A Step by Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice (Focal Press), and co-authored Handcrafted: The Art and Practice of the Handmade Print (Wang, Jianming, King). Her latest book, Salted Paper Printing, A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Contemporary Artists, is slated for publication Fall 2017. Anderson is Associate Professor of Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman.

SUBMISSION | Guidelines: Digital images should 1000 pixels on the longest side saved in JPEG format at 72 ppi. Each image should be labeled with consecutive numbers followed by your name, i.e. 1FirstName_LastName.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the application form.  Please do not watermark your images.  

SUBMISSION | Online: Fill out our online application to apply, send images, and make payment with Paypal. You will receive an email confirmation upon receiving the entry and payment. You can also fill and submit the online application, print out your confirmation email, and mail it with a check for your fees to the address below. 

SUBMISSION | Mail: Please prepare a submission form with your name, address, email address and phone number along with a list of the titles and printing process of each entry.  The number of each title should correspond to the image number on the cd.  CD’s and submission form should be mailed to:

A Smith Gallery
P O Box 175
Johnson City, TX 78636

The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the entry and payment.

SUBMISSION | Entry Fee: $35 for the first 5 images, $6 per additional image.  Entry fees are not refundable.

ELIGIBILITY | Submissions are open to all photographers both professional and amateur. International entries are welcomed.  

PRINTING/MATTING/FRAMING | INFORMATION:  Original works are required.  The gallery will not be offering printing/matting/framing services.

AWARDS | The awards are as follows:

Jurors Award – $325.00
Directors Award – $250.00
Visitors Award – $100.00

SALES | The gallery will retain 40% of the sales price.

USE RIGHTS | Photographers retain full rights to their own images. The gallery will use the photographer’s images for publicity purposes as well as in the Blurb exhibition catalogue.

FOR MORE INFORMATION | amanda@asmithgallery.com