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Down on the Farm

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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Exhibit Calendar (subject to change)
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


Juror's Choice

Nicholas Mitchell
Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany

Juror's Choice

Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA

People's Choice

Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA



Amy Kolzow
Selah, Washington USA


Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA


Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA



Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA


Bob Tetro
Arlington, VA. USA


Bonnie Stasser
Goodland, Kansas USA



Bonnie Stasser
Goodland, Kansas USA


Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA


Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA



Colin Grubel
Brooklyn, NY USA


Cynthia O'Dell
Fillmore, IN USA


Cynthia O'Dell
Fillmore, IN USA



Dena Wallace
dickinson, TX USA


Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA


Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA



Janette James
Pawling, NY USA


Janette James
Pawling, NY USA


Joe P. Dick
Wheaton, IL USA



John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA


John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA


Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada



Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada


Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA


Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA



Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA


Len Speier
New York, NY USA


Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA



Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA


Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA


Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA



Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA


Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland


Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland



Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA


Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA


Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA



Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA


Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA


Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA



Stephen F Sherman
Bronx, NY USA


Steve Immel
Ranchos de Taos, NM USA


Stewart McHenry
Burlington, VT USA



Ted Alcorn
Albuquerque, NM USA


Ted Alcorn
Albuquerque, NM USA


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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