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Art Show: B&W Portraits: A Juried Photography Show

Prospectus and Entry Instructions

Exhibit Entries accepted from 4/1/2008 to 4/30/2008.

Banner for B&W Portraits: A Juried Photography Show art show


There is something about black and white photography that captures the imagination. It creates a mood that can seem deeper and more evocative than what can be achieved with colour. When you combine black and white photography with portraits you have a pairing that can be pure mood, pure magic, and simply pure.

This show is a media specific and genre specific exhibition to showcase portraiture in black and white photography. Film and digital photography are eligible. Your artist’s statement should contain as much detail as possible. Information that should be included is the type of camera used, if digital - any digital adjustments to colour, contrast and sharpness, type of film – if any, any alterations made to the image and some information on the subject and/or how the picture came about. Please try and keep any editing or enhancements of your image to a minimum. This artist’s statement is required, so please don’t leave it out! All points of the prospectus should be met. If you have any questions regarding the prospectus and its requirements, please send them to

This is a Juried Show

Juror: Derek Powazek

Juror's Statement

Black and white is the essence of photography: our minds fill in the space left behind after the color fades away.

Juror's Choice: Dad by Virginia Ann Zuelsdorf

Dad by Virginia Ann Zuelsdorf

Why I chose it: Casual and yet formal, the symbolism here is incredible. From dad, to guns, to Jesus, this moment says a lot about father figures. And the artist's incredible story gave me goosebumps.

Juror's Mention:

Firing Squad by Kelli Ann Dubay

Firing Squad by Kelli Ann Dubay

Why I chose it: Perfectly captures the darkness in little boys.

Girl With Dolls by Virginia Ann Zuelsdorf

Girl with Dolls by Virigina Ann Zuelsdorf

Why I chose it: Sweet and funny.

Uhh... by Alissa Reed

Uhh... by Alissa Reed

Why I chose it: Not your typical child portrait.

About the Juror

Named one of the top 40 “Industry Influencers” of 2007 by Folio Magazine, Derek Powazek is the cofounder of JPG, the photography magazine that’s made by its community, and cofounder 8020 Publishing, the company that grew out of its success. Derek has worked the web since 1995 at pioneering sites like HotWired, Blogger, and Technorati, and is the author of “Design for Community: The Art of Connecting Real People in Virtual Places” (New Riders, 2001). Derek now splits his time between working as a social media consultant, advising a handful of startups, editing Fray, the quarterly book of true stories and original art, and his newest venture, Pixish. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred.

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