Submissions to War and Peace close in

EXHIBITION OPEN MARCH 7- 31, 2013
Juror: Davy Rothbart

Juror's Choice: "Great Falls, MT" by William Rugen from Seattle, WA USA

To happen upon something forgotten, forsaken; to find what was once lost. {sharethis}
Photography eliciting scenes or subjects that meant something to someone long ago or in the recent past. 

Exhibit Calendar
(subject to change)
Submissions Close 6-Feb-13 Midnight EST
Juror' Choices Announced by 13-Feb-2013
On-Line Check-in Due 22-Feb-2013
Work Receipt Deadline 4-Mar-2013
Exhibit Opens 7-Mar-2013
Artists Reception

10-Mar-2013
4:30-6:30 PM

Exhibit Closes 31-Mar-2013

Lost & Found
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The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Foraging in a far away land, or even in your own backyard and uncovering the unexpected. We are looking for photographs that embody this murky realm of faded glory; haunting happenstance, and beauty found in the details dropped by a stranger on the street. Capture those ancient treasures tucked away from plain sight; the handiwork of a craftsman now far away, but re-imagined, and re-discovered by your lens.

In light of recent events, we are all feeling a communal sense of loss.  We see that, like material things, people can be lost, sometimes tragically. They can be misplaced, or forgotten--lost souls, the invisible humans in our midst. Bring these subjects into the light, show us what was lost and you have found.

Juror's Statement:

10 years ago, I started Found Magazine, a collection of notes, letters, and photos that folks had plucked up off the ground or the street. At Found, we receive dozens of finds a week, mesmerizing in their humor and heartbreak. Each find is a fragment of a story, and it's up to you to piece things together and fill in the blanks.
The same is true of the subjects of the beautiful, haunting, and lyrical photographs collected here—discarded items found in the weeds; abandoned buildings; broken-down trucks in a field; scraps of metal left to rust and decay. Looking through these images, I'm reminded of a koan that my mom, a Buddhist teacher, often shares. She'll hand someone a fresh scrap of paper, ask them to crumple it into a tight ball, and then un-crumple it. "Do you see," she'll ask, "within the crumpled paper, its original perfection?"
All of the decayed, lost, abandoned places and things in these photographs possess their original glory and perfection -- and their wizened present hints at a rich, textured journey which is up to us to imagine.

--Davy Rothbart

Great Falls, MT
Juror's Choice
William Rugen
Seattle, WA USA
Four Minutes in Eighth Grade
Honorable Mention
Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA
Diving Board Grafitti
Honorable Mention
Jim Kohatsu
Long Beach, CA USA

Cycle Memories
Honorable Mention
Roshan Ghimire
Arlington, VA USA
The Perfect Perch
Honorable Mention
William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Setting Sunflower
People's Choice
Chuck Kimmerle
Casper, WY USA

Red wagon
ALICIA RIUS
San Francisco, California United States
Pursuing the light
ALICIA RIUS
San Francisco, California United States
Portsmouth Terrace #1
Amanda E. Dailey
Rochester, NY USA

Abandoned Childhood
Amanda Umberger
Seattle, WA USA
"1611 Memorial" from the Dead Payphones series
Ashton Thyles Cloud
Decatur, GA USA
At a Glance
Betsy Chapek
Underhill Center, VT USA

Lost Texas 3
Bronson Dorsey
Austin, Texas United States
Unusable Tub
Chelsea
Plattsburgh, NY USA
Snow Car
Chuck Kimmerle
Casper, WY USA

Days Past
Dale Niles
Fayetteville, GA USA
Atlanta
Damaris Drummond
Essex Junction, VT USA
MANNEQUIN CRIME SCENE
daniel bowman ashe
plano, texas USA

INDUSTRY ABANDONED
daniel bowman ashe
plano, texas USA
Abandoned IV
David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA
Abandoned V
David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA

Implosion
David Sanders
Tulsa, OK USA
Got Milk
Dennis Staffne
Marquette, MI USA
MY ROOM
Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

Home
Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
Museum Pieces
Eric Johnson
Westford, VT USA
If Doors Could Talk
Fritzi Newton
Fredericksburg, Virginia USA

Family Does Laundry
Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
They Wrangle Through the Night
Geoffrey Agrons
Kensington, CA USA
Bombe
Geoffrey Agrons
Kensington, CA USA

Oz
Geoffrey Agrons
Kensington, CA USA
Untitled #6 (Near Heubrücke, Nürnberg, Bavaria)
Hans Gindlesberger
Blacksburg, VA USA
Barber Chair
Harry Sandler
Mount Vernon, NY USA

bal masque
Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Frida found
Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
All The Stage Is A Stage
Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA

Day in September
Jennifer Hall
Ligonier, IN USA
Salton Sea Shower Tank
Jim Kohatsu
Long Beach, CA USA
All Natural
Jordan Douglas
Jericho, VT USA

Reflections
Joyce Harman
Flint Hill, VA USA
Cupboard
Justin Barton
LONDON, UK
Mantelpiece
Justin Barton
LONDON, UK

Between the Lines (no. 10)
Kris Sanford
Mt. Pleasant, MI USA
Still
Kristin Reeves
Muncie, IN USA
"Mouse Attack"
Leblanc Pierre
MONTREUIL, FRANCE

Found Ms. Red
Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Horse
Linda Wilson
South Bend, IN USA
Andrew's Boys
Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA

Echo
Lora Mancini
Shaftsbury, VT USA
The Other Hospital
Lora Mancini
Shaftsbury, VT USA
Lost And For Sale
Michael Gora
Boca Raton, Florida USA

Abandoned
Michael ONeil
New Bedford, MA USA
Forgotten
Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Caught
Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA

Arched
Olivier Du Tré
Cochrane, Alberta Canada
Desert Garden. Abandoned Bedouin Graveyard, Sahara Desert.
Ross Laurence Anderson
Minneapolis, MN USA
Annie Julia, or Life After Death
Roz Leibowitz
New York, NY USA

Alcatraz Ruins with Gull
Sherry Stephens
Wellington, FL USA
There Was a Time
Steven Shepard
Williston, VT USA
Washington Park, Burns, OR
William Rugen
Seattle, WA USA

Holbrook, AZ
William Rugen
Seattle, WA USA
Commercial Casino, Elko, NV
William Rugen
Seattle, WA USA
Afterimage
wilson hurst
warrensburg, missouri USA

Piece
Yosuke Terada
Rego Park, NY USA

All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.

Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, a free exhibition catalog, free entry into a future exhibition, and a $300 USD scholarship to be used in admittance to The New England Institute of Professional Photography Annual Session in Hyannis, MA USA.

People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.

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.


Juror: Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a publication dedicated to discarded notes, letters, flyers, photos, lists, and drawings found and sent in by readers. The magazine spawned a best-selling book, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World, published in April 2004. A second collection was published in May 2006, a third in May 2009. The magazine is published annually and has a worldwide following, it's online blog is updated daily.

Rothbart is a frequent contributor to This American Life, and author of My Heart Is An Idiot, a book of personal essays, and the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ and Grantland, and his work also appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. He is also the founder of Washington II Washington, an annual outdoor adventure for inner-city kids. Rothbart lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Los Angeles, California.

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