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EXHIBIT Closed on March 27th 2016

Juror: Peter Turnley


 Juror's Choice: Sweet Dream. Refuge in America
by Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Photography documenting moments of the human condition 

Culture: a word with many shades of meaning and numerous subtle connotations. To the anthropologist, culture defines the social, behavioral, material, and spiritual characteristics of distinct groups of people such as tribes, ethnic groups, and nations, as well as subgroups within those larger entities.

Already in the earliest photographs, in the 19th century, we see a fascination with non-western and "exotic" cultures. While much of this ethnographic depiction of non-western peoples and their ways of life are now regarded as another form of colonial exploitation, there is value in those images which honestly present nom-western cultures as they once existed.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:3 March 16
Artists' Reception:19 March 16 15:00
Exhibit Closes:27 March 16
Culture
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

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Today terms like "cultural appropriation" and "multiculturalism" serve to create an awareness of the sensitivity of others, even as we are increasingly exposed to cultures unlike our own. Global emigration and resettlement have brought widely varied cultures into close proximity. Virtually every large city in America now has a street or district that's like a miniature United Nations, with shops and restaurants offering goods and cuisine from all over the world.  In addition, our own culture has become more and more tribalized, with subgroups comprising every distinct interest, belief, and region. Think of bikers, surfers, square dancers, rodeo riders, football fans, Trekkies, historic reenactors... the variations are endless.

Darkroom Gallery has created this exhibition called Culture as a challenge to you, the photographer, to look around at the cultural groups you encounter. If you're a world traveler, that's fine, but even if you never venture far there are opportunities to depict the differing cultures of your own community, state, and nation. Think creatively, avoid stereotypes, and bring us your world.

Juror's Statement:

It was an honor and a pleasure to have the privilege to look at all of the photographs submitted for the exhibition “culture”. This is a beautiful and powerful mosaic of visual stories of the human condition worldwide. As I looked at all of the photographs, I found myself sitting at a desk peacefully, with some music in the background, and my heart was moved by so much humanity, energy, spontaneity, authenticity, and profound existence within the visual poems I was seeing. We are all one amazing, beautiful human family, and it is our diversity that makes our world and existence so powerful, and truly rich. Our most important friend is communication, empathy, compassion, and a respect for each other’s vulnerability, and dignity. Thank you for the chance to see such a wonderful group of images. Bravo.

Peter Turnley


Sweet Dream. Refuge in America
Juror's Choice

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Locker room
Honorable Mention

Charter Weeks
Barrington, NH USA
Youth Young Gifted & Black
Honorable Mention

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

Summer
Honorable Mention

Niki Boon
Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand
follow the shadow
Honorable Mention

Simona Nanoveanu
Bucharest, Romania
River
People's Choice

Niki Boon
Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand

Happy Day

Barbara Curcio
West Islip, New York USA
Outside Brooklyn Borough Hall

Caitlin Garvey
Alexandria, VA USA
Affection

Chip Kahn
Arlington, Virginia USA

Havana

Chip Kahn
Arlington, Virginia USA
Horse Dancing on Lake Chapala, Mexico

Dane Strom
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico
The Puppet Master Adjusts His Hat

Dane Strom
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico

Scraped Chin, Hamtramck, Michigan

Daniel Farnum
Tulsa, Oklahoma USA
LEADS Kids

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
San Lazaro, La Habana, Cuba, 17 diciembre 2013

David Garten
Waitsfield, VT USA

Francis J. Killay, Montpelier

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
Himba Woman

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Saraswati

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Belinda - Riverside Restauranteur

Gary Horsfall
Seattle, WA USA
vecchio in attesa

Gianluca Afflitti
BorgoTossignano, Bologna Italia
tribal bar

Gianluca Afflitti
BorgoTossignano, Bologna Italia

Just Take Me Home

Harry Longstreet
Bainbridge Island, WA USA
flag

JOHN B DOUGLAS
Burlington, VT USA
A Quest For Healthcare in Ethiopia

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA

Calder’s Child, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 2014

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
Tibetan Man in a Coracle

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
Tidbinbilla Man

Karen Burgess
Frenchs Forest, NSW Australia

Carnaval Drummer, Buenos Aires

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
L.A.dy Like-Los Angeles CA.

Lance Shigematsu
Los Angeles, CA USA
Modern Chief- Reagan Airport, Virginia

Lance Shigematsu
Los Angeles, CA USA

Workers Wall - Los Angeles CA.

Lance Shigematsu
Los Angeles, CA USA
Belushi Brothers mask band, NYC

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Starlight dance band

Len Speier
New York, NY USA

The "Lady" in Red

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
To Market

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
surfer’s paradise

Lisa Dorenfest
New York, New York USA

India Woman

Miles Scanlon
South Burlington, VT USA
A traditional Camel Bazaar

Mohammed Munir El Kadi
Abu Dhabi, AUH United Arab Emirates
Apple Picking

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA

Sleepover

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA
Courtside Seat

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA
Beach sculptures

Niki Boon
Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand

No Way...

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
Red

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Society of Survivors

Rebecca Morrison
Jamaica Plain, MA USA

Krakow Couple

Robert Heller
Knoxville, TN USA
The Gypsy Family

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
The Wedding Singers

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Day of Ashura

savaş onur şen
Van, Turkey
Untitled (Selma, AL)

Stephen Marc
Tempe, Arizona USA
Untitled (New Orleans, LA)

Stephen Marc
Tempe, Arizona USA

Untitled (Selma, AL)

Stephen Marc
Tempe, Arizona USA
I hate you

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Joy Town

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada

Rodeo Kids, Buena Vista, Colorado

Stephen Witty
Colorado Springs, CO USA
Gun People - Ace

TBow
Houston, Texas USA
Myriam

tilman
Villejuif, France

Perles sur Peachtree

Zachary Garrett
Atlanta, GA USA
Monsieur en Bleu

Zachary Garrett
Atlanta, GA USA
PROGERIA

Zahra Khorami
Tehran, Iran
  • 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.
  • Juror's Choice also receives a signed limited edition copy of Peter Turnley's book Cuba - A Grace of Spirit
  • 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: Peter Turnley

Peter Turnley is renown for his photography of the realities of the human condition. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek 43 times and are published frequently in the world’s most prestigious publications. He has worked in over 90 countries and has witnessed most major stories of international geo-political and historic significance in the last thirty years. His photographs draw attention to the plight of those who suffer great hardships or injustice. He also affirms with his vision the many aspects of life that are beautiful, poetic, just, and inspirational.

Turnley’s photographs have been featured in Newsweek, Harper’s, Stern, Paris Match, Geo, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le Figaro, Le Monde, New Yorker, and DoubleTake. Peter Turnley worked on contract for the Newsweek Magazine from 1986-2001 and as a contributing editor/photographer with Harper’s Magazine from 2003-2007. His work is frequently published in photo essay form in magazines, on major television networks such as CNN, ABC’s “Nightline”, and in online publications, such as The Online Photographer. Turnley’s photographs have been published the world over and have won many international awards including the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, numerous awards and citations from World Press Photo, and the University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year competition.

Turnley has photographed most of the world’s conflicts of the last decade including the Gulf War-1991, the Balkans (Bosnia), Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa, Chechnya, Haiti, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Kosovo, the war in Iraq-2003, and also maintains an ongoing documentation of the major refugee populations of the world. He witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and the revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989, the liberation of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa. He was in New York at “Ground Zero” on Sept 11, 2001, New Orleans during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the tragic earthquake of 2011, and Egypt during the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He is currently working on a long-term project on daily life in Cuba, “Cuba-A Grace of Spirit”. Turnley has produced portraits and covered many of the modern world’s most influential people: Obama, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin, Mandela, Arafat, Schroeder, Ceausescu, Gaddafi, Chirac, Clinton, Reagan, Bush Sr, Lady Diana, and Pope Jean Paul II among others.

Since 1975, Turnley has also continually photographed the life of Paris, his adopted home. Turnley was born in the U.S., but has lived more than half his life in Paris. His tender, humorous, and sensual view of Paris, offers distinct contrast to the stark realities depicted in his photojournalism. He has photographed the extensively the life of Paris these past 35 years. Turnley worked as the assistant to the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau in Paris in the early 1980’s.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, Turnley has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the New School of Social Research in New York and St. Francis College of Indiana. He received a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard for the academic year 2000-2001.

Peter Turnley also teaches photography workshops on street photography and the photo-essay in Paris, Cuba, New York, Mumbai, Venice, Sicily, and Lisbon.

He presently lives in both New York and Paris, and has previously published six books of his work: French Kiss – A Love Letter to Paris, Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, Parisians, and McClellan Street.

 

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