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The submissions for this exhibit were remarkable both in their quality and their diversity.
My selections were based on the universal values of photojournalism: the photographer’s involvement with the subject, and a commitment to show the subject as clearly as possible. Integrity is the common and necessary element of each of the images I have selected.
My congratulations to everyone for the diverse and excellent work.
- James Blair
Jim Blair was a staff photographer for National Geographic for 32 years. Between 1962 and 1994, the magazine published 46 of his bylines and over 2,000 of his photographs. His work took him throughout much of the world, where he covered agriculture, coal, astronomy, and the uses of photography in science, among other subjects.
Jim prepared for a photographic future by studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Today his photographs are represented in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Portland Museum of Art (Maine), and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh). Since retiring from the National Geographic Society in 1994, Jim has continued to photograph, teach, and lecture. He is represented by both Getty Images, and the National Geographic Society’s Image Collection.
You showed us what was going on where you live, work, and play. From front stoops to back alleys, the subway to suburbia, small town Main Street and back to Wall Street, the streets we call home shape us. We've learned about your neighborhoods, your neighbors, and all that defines them.