JUROR’S AWARD: Carol Erb
DIRECTOR’S AWARD: Frank Hamrick
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Wendi Schneider, Michelle Pritzl Rogers, Sev Callazo, Joshua Sarinana, Joyce Lopez, Shari Yantra Marcacci, and Rashed Haq
Black & White 2018 Gallery Exhibition
Whenever I am asked to judge fine art photography, be that in a juried exhibition, a portfolio review, or a submission to the gallery, one question is always going through my mind: is this an interesting photograph, or is it just a photograph of an interesting subject? Selecting the images for the Center for Fine Art Photography’s black and white exhibition was no different.
My preference is always to judge prints in person, as I believe the finished product, the actual physical photograph, is what’s most important, but the image itself must first be captivating. The subject doesn’t have to be exciting or interesting or captivating on its own: the photographer must use his or her own voice to make it so. The mundane can be beautiful (Frank Hamric’s photograph of a standing broom). The light can change something simple into something stunning (Sey Callazo’s Subtle Personality 3). The absurd can be fascinating (I don’t have to know why Claude Peschel Dutombe is shaving his face in the middle of a field to like what I see). The photographs can be shot on the street (Early bird by Anna Zavileiskaia) or elaborately staged (The Form of Chaos by Ross Faircloth), none of it matters, so long as it’s an interesting photograph, not just a photograph of an interesting subject.
I went back and forth with a few pieces that were ultimately excluded because I had to decide where I draw the line on the term “black and white.” Platinum printing, for example, is not a color process by any means but also doesn’t contain the blacks that are found in silver prints, so should they be included? One of my favorite images is printed on an incredibly yellow paper, yielding no white. It was trickier than I expected to define what makes a “black and white” photograph.
For this exhibition, I chose the images I think are best, as great photographs, no matter how diverse, will always make a great show. I will choose the award winners when I’ve seen the prints in person. I’m excited to see the exhibition and hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed selecting the works.
Catherine Couturier, Juror
Catherine Couturier is the Owner and Director of Catherine Couturier Gallery. Upon its inception, the gallery quickly evolved into the premier photography gallery in Houston and sits at the center of Gallery Row. The gallery is a member of AIPAD, and Catherine serves on the advisory council of Houston Center for Photography. Couturier also reviews portfolios for organizations and festivals such as Photo Nola, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Fotofest, is a juror for Critical Mass She give lectures to artists and collectors alike on a myriad of subjects related to the field of fine art photography. The Catherine Couturier Gallery is committed to excellence with a dedication to the medium in all its forms, with the goal to showcase the best fine art photography available.
GALLERY LOCATION INFORMATION
Black and White 2018 exhibition will be held at the Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
USE RIGHTS: All submitting artists retain all copyrights to their own images. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant The Center for Fine Art Photography the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting the Center’s programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on the Center’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for The Center for Fine Art Photography with artist credit.