“unique: alternative processes 2019”

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


JURORS | Connie and Jerry Rosenthal will be the jurors for “unique:alternative processes”.  The Rosenthal’s, long-time lovers of photographic arts, are the co founders of the Rfotofolio, a 501c(3) whose mission is to support photographers, educate the viewing public, and support brick and mortar exhibitions.

In 2015 Rfotofolio gave the first Rfotofolo Grant, The Way to Help Grants started in 2016 and in 2018 Rfotofolio established the Denis Roussel Award. All total Rfotofolio has award 13 grants. All made possible with the help of their supporters.

Rfotofolio has had major photographic events with Depth of Field in 2015 at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona, 2016 INPrint at PhotoMethode in Austin, Texas and the 2018 Depth of Field at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California.

The Rosenthal’s believe that art can make a difference and by sharing the work of so many great photographers they hope to also share the inspiration.


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 amanda@asmithgallery.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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION | amanda@asmithgallery.com