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XY: Masculinity in Photography

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



Juror's Choice

Benjamin Fredrickson
Queens, NY USA

Honorable Mention

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Honorable Mention

PJ Couture
Boston, ma USA


People's Choice

Rebecca Finley
The Woodlands, TX USA


Adrienne Norman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Adrienne Norman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Allison Webber
San francisco, Ca USA


Allison Webber
San francisco, Ca USA


Allison Webber
San francisco, Ca USA



Allison Webber
San francisco, Ca USA


Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA


Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA



Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA


Benjamin Fredrickson
Queens, NY USA


Benjamin Fredrickson
Queens, NY USA



Benjamin Fredrickson
Queens, NY USA


Christina Villamor
Los Angeles, CA USA


Daniel Seth Kraus
Fleming Island, FL USA



David Woolf
Burlington, VT USA


George Krause
Clovis, CA USA


George Krause
Clovis, CA USA



Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA


Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA


hesh hipp
Los Angeles, CA USA



Ian White
Lawrence, KS USA


JOHN B DOUGLAS
Burlington, VT USA


K.B. Bauhelm
Temple Terrace, FL USA



Louise Halstead
Belmont, MA USA


Maria Åkerblom
Järvsö, Sweden


Maria Åkerblom
Järvsö, Sweden



Mariana Bartolomeo
Tucson, AZ USA


Mariana Bartolomeo
Tucson, AZ USA


Marta Manning
Midland, MI USA



Marta Manning
Midland, MI USA


Matt Kirby
Cullowhee, NC USA


Michael Bach
Troy, New York USA



Mitchell Borden
Philadelphia, PA USA


Mitchell Borden
Philadelphia, PA USA


PJ Couture
Boston, ma USA



PJ Couture
Boston, ma USA


PJ Couture
Boston, ma USA


RB Lim
Olympia, Washington USA



Rebecca Finley
The Woodlands, TX USA


S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA


S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA



S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA


S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA


Santi Ruiz
Madrid, Madrid Spain



Santi Ruiz
Madrid, Madrid Spain


Santi Ruiz
Madrid, Madrid Spain


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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