Juror: Gary Samson
Juror's Choice: The Sleep by Florin Ion Firimita
"And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul?" - Walt Whitman
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Submissions Close:||22 February 17 23:59 EST|
|Selections Announced:||by 2 March 17|
|On-Line Check-in Due:||10 March 17|
|Work Receipt Deadline:||27 March 17|
|Exhibit Opens:||30 March 17|
|Artists' Reception:||9 April 17 15:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||23 April 17|
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For this exhibition we're looking for examples of accomplished photography that present the human body as subject. The nude in nature, in the studio, and in more candid situations are all appropriate. And nudity is not necessary; any photo that depicts the body as an artful form to be celebrated is appropriate.
I want to start out by saying how impressed I am with the quality and breadth of this show, it was extremely difficult to make the final selections presented here in the gallery. This exhibition very successfully explores both traditional approaches to photographing the figure as exemplified by the direct portrait studies and the nude figures integrated into natural landscape as well as more experimental work where real risks were taken to push the idea of the figure into new and exciting visual territory. It is very apparent that the photographers included in the show have a solid understanding of the history of photography and how the nude figure fits into the medium as fine art subject matter.
The great intimacy found in some of the work here is to be highly commended as well as the willingness to push boundaries and reinterpret the figure through the use of bold color, strong compositions and innovative ways to look at the human form.
|Suliya and Aja|
|Crash Landing 3|
|Adam & Eve|
|Woman and Wall|
|Wake Up Older (2016)|
|Unfair Winter #1|
|"Rising" (Limited Edition 1/30)|
|Kat and Brooke in Wirepass Canyon|
|Melissa and Stevie|
|New Mexico Nude, 1998, #4|
|Nude, Nevada, 2010, #1|
|Bare Bulb 2|
|Man and Dictionary|
|"Window to the world"|
|K at Bolton, 2016|
|A Study in Beauty|
|Beauty to Landscape|
|Escape from the tunnel|
|Second Time Around: Bonsai Back|
|The River Won't Hold You |
Gary Samson is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. His work is in private and public collections including the Currier Gallery of Art, the University of New Hampshire and the National Archives, Washington, D.C. He is the author of three books on New Hampshire history and has photographically illustrated other books on Ghana, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and New Orleans.
After graduating from Franklin Institute in Boston in 1971, he came to UNH as the photo lab technician in Media Services, Dimond Library. In 1974, he began producing films and exhibitions on New Hampshire history and culture. It was during this period that he came to appreciate the importance of creating and preserving photographic collections for future generations. He later worked with German photographer Lotte Jacobi creating a film biography and establishing an archive of her work at Dimond Library, UNH.
Gary left the university in 2000 when he was appointed the chair of the BFA Photography program at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He has had a long relationship with the Institute starting in 1981. He established the Certificate in Photography Program in 1984 and has taught photography courses and workshops there for thirty-six consecutive years.
His personal approach to photography is to make extended portraits over a period of time. “I see the process of creating a portrait as a collaboration between myself and the subject in the subject's familiar environment. That environment is an instrumental part of the portrait, revealing a facet of the subject's character. While I am setting up my camera, I try to draw the subject out in conversation and the ensuing dialogue will shape my portrayal of the individual. And like the portrait photographer Arnold Newman, I often prefer to use a view camera and black-and-white film to create my photographic portraits.”
Gary’s most recent exhibition was “Unburdened Beauty: A Decade of Nude Portraits” at the Vermont Center for Photography in September, 2016.