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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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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
Road Ewe

Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA
Drought

Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA

Texas Sheepdogs

Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA
Thai Woman Transplanting Rice

Bob Tetro
Arlington, VA. USA
"Waiting In Line"

Bonnie Stasser
Goodland, Kansas USA

"Windmill and Storms"

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
Sheep Farm, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Cynthia O'Dell
Fillmore, IN USA
Nagle Farm, Sheep on 3,000 Year Old Suteren

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

The Paddock

Janette James
Pawling, NY USA
Down in the Garden

Janette James
Pawling, NY USA
Dusty Dusk

Joe P. Dick
Wheaton, IL USA

Goslings First Walk

John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA
A Winter Stroll

John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA
Adoration

Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada

Radish hands

Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada
Hay Day

Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA
A Boy and his Dog

Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA

The Morning Gather

Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA
Best Lab on the Farm, Vt.

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Barn Door Wind

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA

Horse's Mouth

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Pigeon Wings

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Rooster Crow

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA

Solo Silo

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Modern Times

Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland
Way to Market

Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland

Barbed Wire, 2006

Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA
Farm, Montrose, Colorado, 2011

Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA
Round-up

Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA

Grazin in the grass

Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA
A Spring Orchard

Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA
Oklahoma Ranch at High Noon

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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