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EXHIBIT Closed on August 10th 2014

Juror: George Awde

Juror's Choice: "Self Portrait with Cameras" by Benjamin Fredrickson Queens, NY USAPhotographs of the strengths and virtues of masculinity coupled with the Achilles' heel of meeting these stereotypes. {sharethis}

Do all men have power? Do all men want power? Is masculinity the same in every culture and time period? Does the performance of masculinity depend on the categories of race, class, and sexuality? The answer to the first three questions is a resounding no, while the answer both to the fourth one is a clear yes. 

Exhibit Calendar (subject to change)
Submissions Close 11-Jun-14 Midnight EST
Juror' Choices Announced by 19-Jun-14
On-Line Check-in Due 27-Jun-14
Work Receipt Deadline 14-Jul-14
Exhibit Opens 17-Jul-14
Artists Reception 8-Aug-14   5-7:30 PM
Exhibit Closes 10-Aug-14

XY Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

We are calling for photographs that explore the field of cultural, social, historical, political, psychological, economic, and artistic constructions of masculinity.  What makes something/someone "male"?  These definitions change with communities across the world and throughout history. There is a tense and complex relationship between hegemonic masculinities and subordinate masculinities. Throughout history, men have paid a steep price for not adhering to, or consciously resisting, stereotypical masculine models. Let's remember sex and gender are separate entities.

We want images interrogating these male ideals: photographs of warriors, fathers, of wimps and muscle men. Little boys can be "snakes and snails and puppy dog tails" but they can also love the color pink. Inanimate objects can imply such meanings. In the wake of patriarchal fanfare show us the vulnerability, gentleness and supple subtleties behind what is means to inhibit/exhibit being "male".

Juror's Statement:

In my own work I hope to move past expected narratives of masculinity through an exploration of kinship, the passage of time, and citizenship.  My photographs blur the lines between public and private and strive to capture transient spaces that act as an outlet, refuge, and passage. These spaces carry an affective and contingent sense of belonging, inviting the viewer into the most personal and vulnerable of surroundings. Through considering the state and brotherhood the work asks: how do we craft ourselves in an image of “proper” citizens? 

In this regard, it has been an honor to be asked by Darkroom Gallery to Jury the call for "XY: Masculinity in Photography."  I’ve immensely enjoyed spending time with the submissions and appreciate the opportunity to engaging the works. Thanks to all the artists who participated in the call.

George Awde


Self Portrait with Cameras, 2012
Juror's Choice
Benjamin Fredrickson
Queens, NY USA
Ladies' Night
Honorable Mention
Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Subway Portrait 1
Honorable Mention
PJ Couture
Boston, ma USA

Cowboys, Huntsville, TX
People's Choice
Rebecca Finley
The Woodlands, TX USA
Like father, like son
Adrienne Norman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nine days old. Nienke Meffert with father Marten (34), Amsterdam, June 30, 1999
Adrienne Norman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Apologies
Allison Webber
San francisco, Ca USA
I should tell her
Allison Webber
San francisco, Ca USA
Summer Camp
Allison Webber
San francisco, Ca USA

Urban hunter
Allison Webber
San francisco, Ca USA
The Kiss
Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA
Finishing Touch
Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA

Raspberry
Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA
Whit, 2012
Benjamin Fredrickson
Queens, NY USA
Self Portrait with Jake, 2013
Benjamin Fredrickson
Queens, NY USA

Self Portrait, 2010
Benjamin Fredrickson
Queens, NY USA
Rasco
Christina Villamor
Los Angeles, CA USA
Franklin at Rest
Daniel Seth Kraus
Fleming Island, FL USA

Y
David Woolf
Burlington, VT USA
A good sub
George Krause
Clovis, CA USA
That Old Gang of Mine
George Krause
Clovis, CA USA

Shopping
Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA
The Digger
Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA
"Danger" - a party night in New Orleans circa 1999
hesh hipp
Los Angeles, CA USA

Father - 1
Ian White
Lawrence, KS USA
Catheter Security
JOHN B DOUGLAS
Burlington, VT USA
Untitled
K.B. Bauhelm
Temple Terrace, FL USA

Working Together
Louise Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Alfred and Samuel
Maria Åkerblom
Järvsö, Sweden
Friends - at the wedding
Maria Åkerblom
Järvsö, Sweden

Mo Estuardo #9
Mariana Bartolomeo
Tucson, AZ USA
New York #3
Mariana Bartolomeo
Tucson, AZ USA
Street Wise
Marta Manning
Midland, MI USA

New Archetypes Series: The Anarchist
Marta Manning
Midland, MI USA
To Teach Philosophy
Matt Kirby
Cullowhee, NC USA
Back stairwell self portrait three days after revision surgery, Troy New York, December 2012
Michael Bach
Troy, New York USA

The Scrap Attendant
Mitchell Borden
Philadelphia, PA USA
Deer Hunt
Mitchell Borden
Philadelphia, PA USA
Subway Portrait 3
PJ Couture
Boston, ma USA

subway Portrait 4
PJ Couture
Boston, ma USA
Subway Portrait 2
PJ Couture
Boston, ma USA
"You are a big blessing to me and my family."
RB Lim
Olympia, Washington USA

Doll Hospital, Spring, TX
Rebecca Finley
The Woodlands, TX USA
Union Man
S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA
Young Man With Weapon
S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA

Boys With Hose
S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA
Three Young Men
S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA
Untitled, 2013
Santi Ruiz
Madrid, Madrid Spain

Intimacy #4, 2014
Santi Ruiz
Madrid, Madrid Spain
Intimacy #1, 2013
Santi Ruiz
Madrid, Madrid Spain
Ruby
Wilma van de Hel
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 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: George Awde

George Awde teaches photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and co-director of Marra.tein, a residency and research initiative in Beirut. He received his BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA in photography from Yale University’s School of Art. His awards include the Aaron Siskind Foundation’s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship, Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Photography Portfolio Competition, Fulbright US Scholar Grant to Egypt, Alice Kimball English Travel Fellowship, and The Richard Benson Scholarship for Excellence in Photography. Awde’s works have been exhibited internationally and published in several international publications and catalogues.

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