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EXHIBIT Closed on January 5th 2014

Juror: Elizabeth Avedon

Juror's Choice "Innocence" by John Martin from Graton, CA USA

An enduring fascination with the photographic portrait. 

Each portrait reveals something of the sitter, the photographer and also of us as viewers. No one image can muster a whole and complete being, no matter how much we believe this could be so. This is the part of the photograph we create in our imagination, we fill in each crack and hole with a sort of personalized reasoning. And all these unknowns in the midst of true transparency.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:12 December 13
Artists' Reception:5 January 14 15:00
Exhibit Closes:5 January 14
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Eye contact is made or retracted, body language boastful, reticent or indecipherable. Facial expressions can be hard at work or numbly slack. While subjects have a power over these photographic outcomes, it is the choice of the photographer to coax or mute said expressions for their artistic offering.


Juror's Statement:

As a record number of entries were received for Faces, making the final selection for this exhibit was difficult. There were many impressive images and I found it painful to have to leave any behind. Among the many well-composed portraits, I chose images based not only on technical skills, but also on an indefinable element surrounding the expression or emotion projected. I favored images that evoked an air of mystery or clarity; a moment of joy; a secret not shared or a place we may never visit - a point in time captured in the past suggesting unknown possibilities for the future.

Elizabeth Avedon

Juror's Choice

John F Martin
Graton, California USA
P. Mathusanth from "Portraits of Silence, Northern Sri Lanka"
Honorable Mention

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Honorable Mention

Lori Pond
Los Angeles, CA USA

david james bram
Honorable Mention

Nate Mosseau
Burlington, Vermont USA
Honorable Mention

Sheri Lynn Behr
Edgewater, NJ USA
Eye See You
People's Choice

Jef Russell
Austin, TX USA


Adrienne Norman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ahmet Can Mocan
Istanbul, Turkey

Ashli Fiorini
East Syracuse, NY USA

The Deepest Secret Nobody Knows

Britt Anderson Lilienthal
Burlington, Vermont USA
Something I Need

Brittany Cossette
Barnesville, Minnesota USA

Caitlin Jean
Burlington, VT USA

Visiting Joyce

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA

Chou Pomme
Montreal, QC Canada

Christian Thwaites
South Burlington, VT USA


Claude Peschel Dutombe
Bangkok, Thailand
girl pink

d neumann kelly
fairview, nj USA
Kat Fujiroid

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Sissy 81

Diane Gabriel
Burlington, VT USA
Find Your Breath #2

Donatella Arione
Guarene, Italy

Ed Friedman
Arlington, MA USA


fabien jakob
Geneve, Switzerland
Ed Horn, Former Prisoner-of-War Stalag Luft III

Frank Mullaney
New York, NY USA
Joshua and Gracie

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA


Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Hugo Hentoff
Washington, DC USA
Collette Before the Club

James Hosking
San Francisco, CA USA


Jeffery Graves
Broomfield, Colorado USA
Evesmama: With Daddy Glenn

Jenna Miller
Charleston, SC USA

Jill Shepherd
Kent, OH USA


Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
In Memory of Rayshine

Kate Pollard Hoffmann
Piscataway, NJ USA

Kimberly Lockwood
Somerville, MA USA

Boy with Owl

Margrieta Jeltema
Sean, Vietnam '71

Mark Melnick
Pasadena, CA USA
Aged Man

Marti Belcher
Vienna, Virginia USA


Michael Riordan
Rochester, NY USA
Boy on a Leash

Nathan R. Smith
New York, New York USA
Self portrait

Nicholas Garlab
Gijon, Spain

This shot was making on backstage filming

Nickolay Fesenko
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Drama Queen

Pamela Korman
Philadelphia, PA USA
A Stairway To...

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA

One Weird Trick

Paula Rucket
Boca Raton, FL USA
Woman On A Bus

Peter Maeck
Lexington, MA USA
The faces you don´t see 1

Ricardo Reis
Barreiro, Portugal

Jerome Davis

Romy John
Austin, Texas USA
Tanya 2

Russ Rowland
Child Shiva

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA


Sara Fields
Austin, TX USA

Shanu Subra
London, UK

Shivaji Das
Singapore, Singapore

Girl in Tanktop

Stacie Turner
West Hartford, CT USA

Stacy Swiderski
Fords, NJ USA
Sinking Ships

Stephanie Guttenplan
Acworth, GA USA

Tim, Nu Dutch Series

Tom Van Eynde
Forest Park, Il. USA

Tommy Cha
Bristol, South Glos UK

Velibor Božović
Montreal, QC Canada


Walter Rothwell
London, UK
Morning Delivery

Wayne Thomas
Powell, WY USA
Eric & Teresa, Martin Luther King Blvd.

Whitten Sabbatini
Memphis, TN 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, free entry into a future exhibition and a free exhibition catalog.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
  • 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: Elizabeth Avedon

Independent Curator, Writer, Book and Exhibition Designer. Elizabeth Avedon has forged her own path in the photography industry, collaborating with museums,  publishing houses, galleries and artists. The former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe and Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, she has received awards and recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book: Avedon: 1949–1979 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and Richard Avedon: In the American West for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. Elizabeth is a regular contributor to the award-winning Le Journal de la Photographie, profiling notable leaders in the world of Photography. Elizabeth is committed to supporting the photography community through her PhotoJournal: Website:

Portfolio Reviews include Center’s Review Santa Fe, Photolucida Critical Mass, Filter Photo Festival, ASMP-NY, 10Best10, and SlowExposures Photo Festivals.    



Upcoming Exhibits

"Dreams Caught" Juror's Choice  by Mark Allen Dierker Dubuque, Iowa USA

H20: Deadline November 4th

Seities - Selves Deadline December 2nd

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