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February 10 - March 6, 2015

Portraiture: Expression and Gesture

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Geoffrey Agrons - Kensington, CA Incantation
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Brenda Berry - Bainbridge Island, WA
Bass player
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Olivier Borson - Trois Bassins, Reunion Island, France
Shepherd
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Eamon Burke Brockenbrough - Ashland, VA
Sisters
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Suzanne Elise - Mt. Pleasant, SC
Sis, Dining Room
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Heather Frandsen - Seattle, WA
Mask
frederick_kathryn_1timothy
Kathryn Frederick - Killingworth, CT
Timothy
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Patricia Galagan - Santa Fe, NM
The Catch
galan_ana_03yvette_dans_une_foret_en_algerie
Ana Galan - Madrid, Spain Yvette in a forest in Algeria
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Kathleen Gerber - Grover Beach, CA
Ridley's Concentration
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Philip Goodman - Dallas, TX
Very Sad!
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Michael Gora - Boca Raton, FL Cowboy in Moonlight
greig_michael_theclownhavanacuba2013
Michael Greig - Durango, CO
The Clown, Havana, Cuba, 2013
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Kip Harris - Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada
Father and Son, Jodphur
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Marc Hauser - Chicago, IL
Patti Smith
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Ken Hochfeld - Portland, OR Francis G. Laws, Deputy Sheriff
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Kenneth Hoffman - Morristown, NJ
Zum Zum Grand Central Station 1968
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Joan Lobis Brown - New York, NY New Alternatives #4
keleher_siobhan_2goatmancos2014
Siobhan Keleher - Denver, CO
Goat, Mancos, 2014
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Byong-Ho Kim - Downey, CA
Claire's Night
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Ellie Kingsbury - Minneapolis, MN
Watanabe
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E2 [Elizabeth Kleinveld & Epaul Julien] - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - New Orleans, LA
Ode to Rembrandt's Self-Portrait at 34
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June Yong Lee - Philadelphia, PA
Skin Portrait
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Todd Lockwood - South Burlington, VT
Cordelia, 1975
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Daniel McInnis - Perrysburg, OH
Kacie Marie, Brooklyn, 2013
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Alyssa Minahan - Chestnut Hill, MA
Aidan Laying Down
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Skip Montello - Rockport, MA
Whimsical Glance
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Abraham Nievod - Berkeley, CA
Untitled
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Rebecca Norman - Roxbury, VT
Self Portrait: Bliss
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Tom Northenscold - Plymouth, MN
Portraiture 1
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Min Kim Park - West Lafayette, IN
Contrived Spectacle 2
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Ronaldo Pichardo - Doral, FL
Double Faith
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Rebecca Rothey - Baltimore, MD
Viking Vista
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Arpita Shah - Edinburgh, Scotland
Hijab
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Len Speier - New York, NY Stop!
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Talya Arbisser - Houston, TX
The Pill Boxes 1 from the series "A Visual Diary: Saba & Savta"
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Tom Vani - Kirkland, WA
Alexzandria
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Shannon Wilkinson - Las Vegas, NV
The Giggler
Baudino_Frank_copy
Frank Baudino - Aptos, CA
Dressed For Fiesta, Tlacotalpan, Mexico
Pioneers Of Bushwick project
Daryl-Ann Saunders - Brooklyn, NY Gerardo Marengo from the "Pioneers of Bushwick" series
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Mildred Alpern - New York, NY
Discretion
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Bruce B. Barshop - San Antonio, TX
The Final Call, New York, New York, 2013
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Douglas Bienert - Portland, OR
Memento Mori. (#20070119-01)
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Mikael Carstanjen - Brewster, MA
Confederate Soldier
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Maddison Coons - Walla Walla, WA
Losing, Finding Myself
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Billy Cunningham - New York, NY
3 Women on 7th Avenue, New York
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Diane Fenster - Pacifica, CA
Untitled (Todd's Neck)
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Vladimir Frumin - Houston, TX
Patrick on the Sun
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Briana Gallo - La Jolla, CA Hamer Market
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Xavier Garza - Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
Julia Waters
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Joel Gendelman - Pfafftown, NC
Drag Queen
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Natalie Fay Green - Bethesda, MD
On the Move
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Hugo Hentoff - Middletown, DE
Faces
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Tom Hocker - Hammond, IN
Sunday Morning
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Rick Kattelmann - Crowley Lake, CA
Tajik Farmer
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Remi Lai - Kirksville, MO
Mine
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Julius Lester - Belchertown, MA
Mississippi 1966
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Marta Manning - Midland, MI
Rainbow
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John F. Martin - Graton, CA Manon 3
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Calli P. McCaw - New York, NY
Untitled
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George McClintock - Greenwich, CT Eric
mckenna_vicki_1morningbreak
Vicki McKenna - Newton, MA
Morning Break
moyers_john_3madonnakiss (1)
John Moyers - Bristol, VT
Madonna Kiss
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Kathryn Oliver - Rockport, ME
Bird Woman
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Claude Peschel-Dutombe - Pathumthani, Thailand Rose
peterson_jelisa_1jose
Jelisa Peterson - North Salt Lake, UT
Jose
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Rosalie Post - Cambridge, MA
Tomas
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Anna Ream - Issaquah, WA
Abigail and Blanket
rowland_russ_morningjoe
Russ Rowland - New York, NY
Morning Joe
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Tatiana Sveshnikova - Strasbourg, France
A Salesman of Ankara
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Tatiana Sveshnikova - Strasbourg, France Athlete
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Caroline Waterman - Charlotte, NC
Some Things Are Just for Me
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Sandra Chen Weinstein - Lake Forest, CA
Young Blood from the series "Refugee in America"
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Kelsey Williams - Springfield, VA Prague Guard
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Lisa Wisniewski - Montclair, NJ
Adoration

Juror's Statement

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to jury the exhibition, "Portraiture: Expression and Gesture," because I have long thought portraits a particularly difficult genre to judge. Somehow, portraits call for a more personal investment on the part of their makers, whether they record an interaction with a loved one or that of a complete stranger. This very human response to another individual is tough to translate through a photograph and when one adds in the representation of powerful emotion the challenge becomes even greater. Expressions can easily turn into caricatures when frozen in time by the camera. Sometimes emotion can be expressed in a simple gesture rather than in one's features and a few of my favorite pictures portray, for example, a hand raised to fend off a photographer's advances or the remarkably human smile on the face of a billy goat whose head pokes out through a fence.

I was once again impressed by the breadth of work submitted and, in this case, by the broad definition of what constitutes a portrait. From an extreme close-up view that turns an elderly face into a kind of topographical map, to a soft-focus image that dissolves into a spectral form rather than an individual likeness; here the subjects range from drag queens to farmers, brides to musicians, and cowboys to everyday people. In some instances the sitters obviously collaborate with the photographer and in others they are completely oblivious to their presence. The lack of self-consciousness that comes with not knowing may also explain why so many of the most successful portraits are of children, who are usually very easy and natural before the camera, whether lost in their own private worlds, peeking out from behind masks, or laughing out loud in the middle of the street.

- Karen Haas

About the Juror

Karen Haas is Curator of The Lane Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The unprecedented collection of over 6000 images includes 2500 photographs by Edward Weston, the entire photographic estate of Charles Sheeler, and 500 works by Ansel Adams. Arbus, Brancusi, Bravo, Cunningham, Frank, Fuss, Goldin, Kertesz, Lange, Michals, Modotti, Morell, Penn, Steichen, Strand, Sudek, and many more round out the amalgam of masters over which Ms. Haas watch. We are so pleased Karen Haas has agreed to return to the task of jurying for PhotoPlace Gallery. Her keen eye and experience are perfectly suited for the exhibition "Portraiture: Expression and Gesture."

Call for Entries

A flicker of a smile, a twinkle in the eyes, a subtle gesture of the hand, the blur of spontaneous movement—photography is uniquely capable of capturing the briefest slice of a subject's life. Good portraits give us insight into the subject; great portraits can give us insight into what it is to be human. For Portraiture: Expression and Gesture, we sought portraits (self- or otherwise) that informed us about the subject.