“the imperfect lens”
Plastic and homemade lenses along with pinholes eschew perfection — like drawing with the charred end of a log or singing opera to the accompaniment of ukuleles. The drawing can be exceptional and the music sublime, unexpected. Removing the technical and using simplistic tools allows the image maker to focus on what is in front of them to achieve their creative vision. Images captured using toy, pinhole and homemade lenses are eligible for submission. The camera that the lens is attached to is immaterial. Creativity is encouraged….
JUROR | Michael Kirchoff works in the worlds of both commercial and fine art photography. A commercial shooter for nearly thirty years, it is his fine art work that has set him apart from others, with instant film and toy camera images fueling several bodies of work. His consulting, training, and overall support of his fellow photographic artist continues with assistance in constructing ones vision, reviewing portfolios, and finding exhibition opportunities, which fill the gaps in time away from active shooting.
Michael is also an independent curator and juror, and advocate for the photographic arts. He has been a juror for Photolucida’s Critical Mass, and has reviewed portfolios for the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s Exposure Reviews and CENTER’s Review Santa Fe. Michael has been a contributing writer for Lenscratch, Light Leaked, and Don’t Take Pictures magazine. In addition, he spent ten years (2006-2016) on the Board of the American Photographic Artists in Los Angeles (APA/LA), producing artist lectures, as well as business and inspirational events for the community. Currently, he is also Editor-in-Chief at Analog Forever magazine, and is the Founding Editor for the online photographer interview website, Catalyst: Interviews. Previously, Michael spent over four years as Editor at BLUR magazine.
Michael’s fine art imagery has garnered recognition from the IPA Awards, PX3, Photographers Forum, and Critical Mass. His photographs have been published in L’Oeil de la Photographie, B&W (U.S.), Black & White (U.K.), Seities, Esquire, BLUR, Harpers, Adore Noir, Fraction, Shots, Diffusion Annual, and Lenscratch, among others. Michael also continues to exhibit his work domestically and internationally, with more than a dozen solo exhibitions, and over fifty group exhibitions to date, with prints in both public and private collections.
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. If you need help sizing your images, please follow this link https://convert.town/image-dpi
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: $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. International entries are welcomed. Work previously exhibited in the gallery or featured on the blog are not eligible.
PRINTING/MATTING/FRAMING | Information: If sending framed work, please use mats and frames that compliment your work and are appropriate in a gallery setting. Colored mats are discouraged. All images should be ready to hang with wires. Gallery wraps are not acceptable. If you have any questions regarding appropriate presentation please contact email@example.com.
AWARDS| The awards are as follows:
Jurors Award – $325.00
Directors Award – $250.00
Discretionary Honorable Mentions – an exhibition catalogue
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.
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