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Juror: Paul Mobley

Source material for “Down on the Farm” was endless: the backyard garden to the 1000-acre ranch, rice paddies to cotton fields, the chicken coop to the breeding barn, milking stand to dairy co-operative, sugar house to forest floor, road-side veggie stand to farmers' markets, agricultural auctions to agricultural fairs.  Paying tribute to the men and women who work the land and raise the animals that nourish us all.

A look back:  the Farm Security Administration was born in 1935 in the United States as a means to battle poverty in rural America.  It was the documentary photographic work born of this era and via the goals of the FSA, that the first major bodies of work depicting agriculture and its social realities came into being. 

The majority of the work produced was by fifteen Photographers (a total of 44 photographers had been hired) including such greats as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Carl Mydans and Ben Shahn.  Look to their images, as well as contemporary Ag-Documentarians for your inspiration (Paul Mobley is one practiced suggestion!).
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All selected entries are included in a full color exhibit catalog. Juror's Choice receives a 20x35" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image. We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.
Submissions Close 6/21/11 Midnight EST
Selections Announced
by 6/27/11
Check-in Due
7/8/2011
Receipt Deadline
7/15/2011
Exhibit Opens
7/19/2011
Artists Reception
8/5/2011 NOW SET
Exhibit Closes
8/12/2011
 
I want to thank everyone for taking the time to enter their images. They're were SO many nice photographs. I chose the finals based on composition, lighting, drama, execution. But mostly.......emotion.A good photograph has to move you. It has to stop you in your tracks. It makes you wonder.............I think the final choices display all of the above qualities that make photography so wonderful. It helps us all see the world in a different and beautiful way.
 
Both of the juror's choice images were brilliant!
Paul Moble

Antique Kenyan beans and maize smallholder farmer
Juror's Choice
Nicholas Mitchell
Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany
Building Storm in the Panhandle
Juror's Choice
Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA
Barn Geometry
People's Choice
Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA

Farm Dog
Amy Kolzow
Selah, Washington USA
Texas Sheepdogs
Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA
Drought
Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA

Road Ewe
Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA
Thai Woman Transplanting Rice
Bob Tetro
Arlington, VA. USA
"Windmill and Storms"
Bonnie Stasser
Goodland, Kansas USA

"Waiting In Line"
Bonnie Stasser
Goodland, Kansas USA
The Girl and the Wheat
Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA
Colorado's Canola
Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA

Inquisitive Sheep
Colin Grubel
Brooklyn, NY USA
Nagle Farm, Sheep on 3,000 Year Old Suteren
Cynthia O'Dell
Fillmore, IN USA
Sheep Farm, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Cynthia O'Dell
Fillmore, IN USA

The Riehle Farm
Dena Wallace
dickinson, TX USA
Wind And Water
Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA
Horse Farm Dawn
Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA

Down in the Garden
Janette James
Pawling, NY USA
The Paddock
Janette James
Pawling, NY USA
Dusty Dusk
Joe P. Dick
Wheaton, IL USA

A Winter Stroll
John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA
Goslings First Walk
John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA
Radish hands
Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada

Adoration
Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada
Hay Day
Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA
The Morning Gather
Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA

A Boy and his Dog
Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA
Best Lab on the Farm, Vt.
Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Solo Silo
Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA

Rooster Crow
Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Pigeon Wings
Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Horse's Mouth
Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA

Barn Door Wind
Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Way to Market
Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland
Modern Times
Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland

Farm, Montrose, Colorado, 2011
Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA
Barbed Wire, 2006
Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA
Round-up
Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA

Grazin in the grass
Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA
Oklahoma Ranch at High Noon
Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA
A Spring Orchard
Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA

Barn with Full Moon, Warwick NY
Stephen F Sherman
Bronx, NY USA
High Lonesome
Steve Immel
Ranchos de Taos, NM USA
Down on the Farm
Stewart McHenry
Burlington, VT USA

Corn harvest
Ted Alcorn
Albuquerque, NM USA
Corn harvest
Ted Alcorn
Albuquerque, NM USA
An Expanse
Ty Beaver
Klamath Falls, Oregon USA

Juror:  Paul Mobley

“From the fishing villages of Alaska to the palaces of Croatia, Mobley has traveled the world over to capture and celebrate humanity in its infinite forms.” Paul Mobley’s portraits are rich with intimacy – close-up, straight, real, indicative of the souls behind the eyes.American Farmer cover

Mobley began his photographic education at the Detroit Center for Creative Studies.  He continued his training through apprenticeships in New York with such greats as Annie Leibovitz and Steve Steigman.  He grew his photography into a successful commercial career working for a broad range of corporate, advertising, and editorial clients, including American Express, Sony, Citigroup, Ford, Compaq, Gourmet, Max Factor, Chevrolet, Microsoft, and many others.

Mobley visited over 200 farms and ranches across the United States to collect the over 150 portraits that appear in “American Farmer: Portraits from the Heartland” (2008 by Welcome books).  Following the tradition of Richard Avedon’s watershed monograph and Mike Disfarmer’s Heber Sprints series, “American Farmer” is an epic monument to the spirit of rural life through the faces and words of those who sustain and nurture the land.  Mobley’s dedication to the “American Farmer” project, allow him an experienced and practiced eye through which to jury “Down on the Farm.” For an additional dose of Paul Mobley's photographic life, check out his blog.

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