“unique: alternative processes 2018”

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, hand colored silver gelatin prints, encaustic and mordoncage.  Unique prints made from digital negatives are eligible.   The camera used for capture is immaterial.  Creativity is encouraged….

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JUROR | Diana Bloomfield will be the juror for “unique:alternative processes”.  A photographer for over thirty-five years, Diana specializes in 19th-century photographic printing techniques. Her images have been widely exhibited and included in a number of books, including Pinhole Photography: Rediscovering a Historic Technique (2004), by Eric Renner; Robert Hirsch’s Exploring Color  Photography Fifth (& Sixth) Edition: From Film to Pixels (2011; 2015); Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques; in Christopher James’ The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (2015); and, most recently, in Christina Z. Anderson’s Gum Printing:  A Step-by-Step Manual, Highlighting Artists and their Creative Practice (2017).

A native North Carolinian, Diana lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she received her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.  She teaches workshops throughout the country, and in her beautiful backyard studio.

She is represented by Panopticon Gallery, located in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

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.  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:   The gallery offers printing, matting and framing services. 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. If you have any questions regarding appropriate presentation please contact amanda@asmithgallery.com.

 

AWARDS | The awards are as follows:

Juror’s Selection – $325.00
Director’s Selection – $250.00

 

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.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION | amanda@asmithgallery.com