“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. Eligible prints include but are not limited to cyanotype, lumens, Van Dyke, salt, chemigram, tintype, bromoil, gum bichromate, platinum/palladium, photogravure, albumen, liquid emulsion, ziatype, image transfers, kallitypes, lith prints, silver gelatin prints, encaustic and mordoncage. Unique prints made from digital negatives are eligible. The camera used for capture is immaterial. Creativity is encouraged….
JUROR | Michael Kirchoff will be the juror for “unique: alternative processes”. Michael works in the worlds of both commercial and fine art photography. A commercial shooter for 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 one’s 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, Photo Nola, 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, Founding Editor for the online photographer interview website, Catalyst: Interviews, and a Contributing Editor for the column, Traverse, at One Twelve Publishing. 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 sixty 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.
AWARDS| The awards are as follows:
Jurors Award – $325.00
Directors Award – $250.00
Two Juror Honorable Mentions – an exhibition catalogue
Director Honorable Mentions chosen at the discretion of the Gallery Directors – 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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