Small Works Juror’s Statement
Most people began their relationship with photography with small prints. Pasted into family albums, displayed in tabletop frames, kept in wallets, and magnetized to refrigerators, these objects were precious and intimate. As fine art, photographers who print in small scale may do so for reasons beyond the nostalgic pull of the family photograph. Unlike a painter who must determine the size of their canvas before picking up a brush, a photographer may spend weeks altering the scale of their prints before deciding on a final size. While large-scale prints allow the viewer to get lost in the act of looking, smaller prints invite the viewer to look closer and scrutinize the object in front of them.
Submissions for this exhibition were not restricted by process or subject matter, but to a printed size of no more than twelve inches. In curating this exhibition, I looked for photographs that seemed to embrace the small size rather than those that appeared to have been scaled down arbitrarily. Mediums like instant film, tintypes, and other alternative process images are well represented for their inherent small size and attention to the objectness of photography. I thought about how each image would look in the gallery, as an individual object and as part of a cohesive show, seeking photographs for which the diminutive size was an integral part of the photographic process, rather than an afterthought—images whose conceptual framework depended upon a small scale.
_Kat Kiernan 2017 for The Center for Fine Art Photography
THEME | Small Works
JUROR | Kat Kiernan
Kat Kiernan is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography publication Don’t Take Pictures. Kiernan’s writing has been published in many books and publications including Art New England Online, Feature Shoot, Big, Red, and Shiny, and Lenscratch. In 2015 she received the Rising Star Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2012 Photoboite Agency named her one of 30 emerging women photographers under 30 to watch.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
Founded in 2004 by photographers in Fort Collins, Colorado, The Center for Fine Art Photography is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) photography organization. We provide support to photographic artists through exhibition, promotion, portfolio reviews, publication, education and connection to a large community of other artists, curators, gallery owners and photographic professionals. Open Tues-Sat, Free.
SELECTED ARTIST IMMERSION WEEKEND
Artists selected for exhibition by our Juror are invited to attend the Artist Immersion Weekend. The Immersion Weekends include a Public Reception followed by a dinner on the town, a Private Portfolio Review with the juror, Kat Kiernan and Hamidah Glasgow, and a group Portfolio Share with Professional Development Discussion. All selected artists are included in the Main Gallery Exhibition and Online Gallery seen by an international audience.
JUROR’S AWARD: Betty Press
DIRECTOR’S AWARD: Leighton McWilliams
Honorable Mention Awards: See below
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