Submissions to Nocturne close in

Current Exhibit

EXHIBIT NOW OPEN FROM July 23rd 2015 to August 16th 2015
Artists' Reception scheduled for August 14th, 2015
Juror: Nissan N. Perez

Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989 by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA
Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989 
by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA"

Conflict and resolution, photography that documents the dynamic power-struggles in our world and conversely, the moments of calm.

Humankind is in a constant state of conflict. As described by the famous Karl Marx theory: society is in a state of perpetual conflict due to competition for limited resources.  One can see that is true if you simply watch a broadcast news program. 

From civil rights, to gay rights to global terrorism, our world is a bubbling cauldron of adversarial commotion. And it seems it has always been this way. History textbook pages merely skim the surface when if comes to wars and hypocrisy. Cultural misunderstandings, power-struggles and discrimination easily erupt into violence.  

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 July 15
Artists' Reception:14 August 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:16 August 15
War and Peace
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Darkroom Gallery called for photography that investigates the relationship between conflict and photography, exploring the types of photographs created during turmoil, as well the times of peace. We are interested in the progression of war: from the acts that instigate armed conflict to “the fight,” to victory and defeat, and photos that memorialize a time, its combatants, and its victims. Images playing with symbolism and allegory are well suited for this exhibit.

We ask you to think outside the box. This theme of conflict can be expressed intimately, quietly behind civilian curtains as well as on the battlefield. 

Juror's Statement:

Although there are distinct kinds, war is commonly defined as a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state. Most of us would agree that war is not a necessity. It is not even an indispensable option. It is often the choice of a certain category of leaders who recur to it for personal/political/nationalist reasons and to assert their leadership through a demonstration of power by fomenting conflict. In the process those who suffer most are men and nature. The victims of war are not only the dead but also the survivors who carry the trauma and scars for the rest of their life.

As an accurate visual memory photography has the power to disturb when presented in the context of armed conflict, even if it does not depict death and devastation. While reviewing the submissions for this competition I realized that most photographers addressed and expressed mainly the human facet of the aftermath of war, its physical and emotional devastating effects. Therefore my selection was an attempt to assemble a group of works that would also yield an exhibition with an internal logic.

Let us pray and hope that at least the future generations will not have to go through the horrors of war. Without wars peace will become a simple fact of life. 

Dr. Nissan N. Perez


Marv Freedman, 1989
Juror's Choice

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Mallavi, Northern Sri Lanka, 2011.
Honorable Mention

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Orphans of War
Honorable Mention

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Kyaw Thura, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers
Honorable Mention
SOLD

Spike Johnson
Houston, Texas USA
Eyes of the Conflict

amir Lavon
afula, israel
Fenced Childhood

amir Lavon
afula, israel

Big Red One Memorial in Czech Republic

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany
Generation

Art Murphy
Catskill, NY USA
S-21: Classrooms/Cells

Arthur Kobin
Montville, NJ USA

Pooneryn, Northern Sri Lanka 2011.

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Scabbed

Brad Patocka
Horseheads, New York USA
Wounded War Veteran, Hiroshima

Charter Weeks
Barrington, NH USA

I Dream of My Two Brothers

Cynthia Bittenfield
New York, NY USA
She said to Stay Alive, I Promised.

Cynthia Bittenfield
New York, NY USA
Orlando Martinez, 1986

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States

Gerry Gergen, 1987

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
John Hamlin, 1988

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Joan Duffy Newberry, 1989

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States

Life goes on...

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Shelter

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Genocide

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Aftermath

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
The History of Warsaw

Harry Longstreet
Bainbridge Island, WA USA
Up Against the Wall

Joan Brook
Austin, Texas USA

Orphan Girl, Managua, Nicaragua

John Banasiak
Vermillion, SD USA
Girls Orphanage, Managua, Nicaragua

John Banasiak
Vermillion, SD USA
First Aid

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA

Memorial, Maj Johnson, Tikrit, 2007

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Orgun School Girl

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Sharing

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA

Smile

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Kurdish Man with Acid Burn

Keith Shapiro
Lemont, PA USA
Soldier and Son

Margaret LeJeune
Peoria, IL USA

Brothers, Vietnam '71

Mark Melnick
Pasadena, CA USA
Graziani’s Fence, (270 kilometer barbed-wire fence), near Jaghbub, Libya

Matthew Arnold
New York, NY USA
Veteran on the March to the Capital

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

Remembrance

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Distress Signal

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Diversion. Refugee Camp

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Dine Su, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers

Spike Johnson
Houston, Texas USA
When the War Came Home

Timothy Gottshall
Essex Junction, VT USA
Overtaking History

Tom Sliter
Washington, DC 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:  Nissan N. Perez

Currently Vice-President of the Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP) in Tel Aviv, in his previous position he worked for over 37 years as Senior Curator of Photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem where he conceived and created the department of photography and its extensive collection of over 120,000 items.

In his curatorial career he conceived and curated over 180 exhibitions in Israel and Worldwide and published a substantial number of books, catalogs and articles.

In addition Perez currently teaches graduate courses and seminars at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, The Ben Gourion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, and at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.

His studies were in psychology, philosophy and art history at the Hebrew University and he ultimately obtained a PhD from the University of Brighton, UK. At the start of his career in photography he was trained for two years first in Paris under the renowned expert and collector Gérard Lévy and at the Société Française de Photographie, then in London at the Royal Photographic Society and the V&A, followed by a one year internship at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

Prior to his tenure at the Israel Museum he worked for many years as a professional photographer specialized in advertising and public relations while also devoting time to personal creative photography.

Perez was born in Istanbul, Turkey, educated in French schools and immigrated to Israel in 1967 where he built his life and career in photography.

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