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Juror: Robert Hirsch

"Metropolitan" - Juror's Choice by Mark MelnickLight is that which compels a photograph into being: shifting, glowing, luminous, obscure or brilliant.

The medium of photography brazenly defined: How our tools, environs and subjects respond to light.  Sometimes the light plays a more prominent role in a photograph, sometimes as a supporting actor and sometimes as the protagonist itself. 

Exhibit Calendar (subject to change)
Submissions Close5-Feb-14 Midnight EST
Juror' Choices Announcedby 12-Feb-14
On-Line Check-in Due20-Feb-14
Work Receipt Deadline3-Mar-14
Exhibit Opens6-Mar-14
Artists Reception30-Mar-14 3:30-5:30 pm
Exhibit Closes30-Mar-14

Illumine Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
The Darkroom Gallery Difference

    Juror Robert Hirsch explains his thinking behind 'The Thingness of Light': Every photograph is about light. Light, which is a plastic medium capable of being physically manipulated, is the key ingredient shared by all photographs and the determinant in the look of every photograph you make. Light’s primal authority defines the essence of a subject. The powerful glue that holds your image together, light makes known the emotional and physical contents within your visual space and activates vision and meaning. Every image provides a different set of conditions in which we can experience light. If the light does not inhabit and reveal the perceived nature of the subject, the picture will not communicate the content you wish to transmit to a viewer. In that sense, pictures are about what others are able to see in them.

    Light and Lens, Second Edition by Robert Hirsch

    For Illumine we are looking for works that explore the vast languages of light. Low light, bright light and every stop in between. Light can be luminous & rich, or a stark spotlight, it can wildly dance, or softly edge darkness and cast shadows. Light can reflect and sparkle or be blinding and disarming. Natural light vs. man-made light sources: sunrises and sunsets, moonlight and neon light! Photographs are steeped in emotive qualities that go well beyond the work's subject and content, an almost indecipherable layer is em-parted through the usage of light. 

    Juror's Statement:

    I extend my thanks to all the photographers for sharing their work with me.  Bear in mind that all juried shows only reflect the viewpoint of the judge.  That said, the photographs I responded to were ones in which the photographer expressionistically utilized light to interpret their subject matter.

    While I respect photography’s ability to secure a two-dimensional representation of outer reality, I strongly favor images that get beneath the surface of a subject by linking the visible with the invisible as a means of looking inside an experience.

    This approach asserts that a photograph is only authentic when it evokes an interior state of consciousness that is capable of grappling with a subject beyond its external physical structure, allowing one to see it in a fresh way.

    Robert Hirsch 

    Juror's Choice

    Mark Melnick
    Pasadena, CA USA
    ...from the series Rodeo Drive #4
    Honorable Mention

    Michael Butler
    Pacific Palisades, California USA
    New York at Night 1
    Honorable Mention

    Russ Rowland
    NY, NY USA

    A gig
    Honorable Mention

    Thamyres VM
    People's Choice

    Dan Herrera
    Sacramento, CA USA
    Wings of Winter

    Anita Licis-Ribak
    Amherst, MA USA

    The Mill

    Artur Sikora
    Dublin, Ireland
    The Coming

    Babak Pejman Aryan
    Austin, Texas USA
    Red Maple Swamp Trail, Eastham, Cape Cod

    Barbara Von Eckardt
    Riverside, RI USA

    Personal Demon

    Brian Van de Wetering
    Los Angeles, California USA

    Candi S. Kalinsky
    Bellevue, Nebraska USA
    Untitled #1 1900 S. Prairie Ave. Chicago, IL.

    Caroline Heitkamp
    Savannah, GA USA

    Heavy Rain

    Christian Stangl
    Vienna, Austria
    Green Energy

    Christopher Jordan
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama USA

    cynthia e. frantz
    burlington, VT USA

    Iron Pour V

    David Quinn
    Setauket, NY USA
    Airborne Sunset

    Dick Lavine
    Austin, Texas USA

    Edward L. Rubin
    Los Angeles, CA USA

    Two to Tango

    eldred boze
    Wardensville, WV USA
    Seaside Tree at Sunset

    Ernest McLeod
    Middlebury, VT USA
    Blue God Whispering

    Francois Boutin
    Quebec City, Quebec Canada

    The Myth of Sisyphus

    Geoffrey Agrons
    Kensington, CA USA
    Third Day

    Jeff Mitchum
    Carlsbad, CA USA
    Smoke Break

    Jim Barker
    Charlotte, VT USA

    Untitled, from the series "Last Days"

    Johan Entchev
    helsinki, Finland
    Canyon Twist

    Joy Yagid
    Maplewood, NJ USA

    Karen Cohen
    Washington, DC USA


    Karen Janas
    Lombard, IL USA
    Main Courtyard Dusk

    Kip Harris
    Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
    Worn Words

    Kristen R. Perala
    Fargo, North Dakota USA

    Mannikin,Charles Jourda nstore NYC

    Len Speier
    New York, NY USA
    Dani's priceless fortune

    Luca Nicolini
    Rovereto, Trento Italy

    Madiha Abdo
    London, United kingdom England

    Féin Portráid 2

    Mariana Bartolomeo
    Tucson, AZ USA

    Mark Melnick
    Pasadena, CA USA
    Gun emplacement, Bunker Z93
    after a sandstorm, Wadi Zitoune Battlefield
    Tobruk perimeter, Libya, WWII

    Matthew Arnold
    New York, NY USA


    merav naor-weinstock
    Tel-Mond, Hasharon Israel

    Michael Lew-Smith
    Hardwick, VT USA
    Walking Shadows on High Line

    Michel Godts
    Rochester, New York USA


    Mustafa Özbakır
    Adana, Turkey
    "Sun #4, 2013" from Blinding Light series

    Nicole White
    Chicago, IL USA
    Drowning Is Not So Pitiful #5

    Nikki Segarra
    Chicago, Illinois USA

    Section Closed

    Niko J Kallianiotis
    Scranton, PA USA
    Lonely Walk

    Niko J Kallianiotis
    Scranton, PA USA
    rock n roll lights

    Nur Merlo
    Torino, Italy

    Basalt Beach

    Paul M. Murray
    Jamestown, RI USA
    Icelandic Lights

    Paul M. Murray
    Jamestown, RI USA
    New York at Night 4

    Russ Rowland
    NY, NY USA

    Thom's Exhale, Viera, Florida 2013

    Sean Black
    Merritt Island, Florida USA

    Steve Stokan
    Flower Mound, Texas USA
    Stranger in the Tunnel

    Suzanne Engelberg
    Tiburon, CA USA

    Untitled 01 from the Useless Beauty series

    Terry Towery
    Sunset Roller

    Thamyres VM
    Morning Light, McDonald Creek

    Tim Lamey
    Fargo, ND USA

    Chalkboard 102, from the Remnant series

    Tom Morin
    Houston, TX USA

    Toralf Suemmchen
    Brooklyn, NY USA
    Atlanta Storm

    Vicky Stromee
    Tucson, AZ USA

    Natural light street portrait, London.

    Walter Rothwell
    London, UK
    Midsummer Dream

    Wil Scott
    Annapolis, MD USA

    wilson hurst
    warrensburg, missouri 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: Robert Hirsch

    Artist, curator, educator, historian and author of Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography; Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age; Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes; and Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels. Also, Chinese and German editions of Light and Lens have been published. His latest book, Transformational Imaging: Handmade Photography Since 1960 will be launched in March 2014 at the National Society for Photographic Education Conference in Baltimore.

    Hirsch has been the Associate Editor of Photovision and Digital Camera (UK) as well as a contributing writer for Afterimage, CEPA Journal, Contact Sheet, Digital Camera, exposure, The Encyclopedia of 19th Photography, The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fotophile, History of Photography, Photo Ed (Canada), The Photo Review, Photovision, Photo Technique, World Book Encyclopedia and numerous regional publications including Buffalo Spree and FY.

    For over the past decade Hirsch has lead Light Research, a consulting firm providing professional services to the photographic arts field. He is the former Executive Director and Chief Curator of CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions.

    Hirsch’s projects have been shown at: The Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College; Jamestown, NY; Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, NY; Indigo Art & CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University; Rockefeller Fine Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia; The Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Groningen; The Netherlands, Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; Camera Club of New York; Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo; Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA; 9th Annual Sociology Conference at Buffalo State College; the Gallery at the Creative Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA; The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC; Center for Photography at Woodstock; the Thompson Art Gallery at San Jose State University; Brooklyn Arts Council; Parsons School of Design, New York, NY; Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT; Artspace, New Haven, CT; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; and Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY.



    Upcoming Exhibits

    Juror's Choice: "On the Non-Linear Traverse of Time" by Nana Lutea from Vancouver, BC Canada

    Con[text] Entries Close 11/27

    Chronograph - December 28th, 2014

    Lines - DEADLINE January 21st, 2015