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August 15 - September 7, 2019

Being Human

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All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

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Anoush Abrar
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Andi Alexander
La Comadrona, Yalambojoch, Guatemala
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Clarice Barbato-Dunn
Ripping Away (The Spaciousness Project)
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Chris Booth
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Cecilia Christina Borgenstam
Perego stroller. Flowers. 2017
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Nicole Campanello
Untitled, from the series "He Ain't Heavy: Sam & I"
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Lori Paige
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Troy Colby
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Dallas Crow
Portrait of a Bus Driver
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Jessica Dandurand
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Gilles Dusabe
Blackness and Blackless # 5
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Thomas Foster
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Andrew Gimblet
The ocean breathes salty
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Anna Grevenitis
Regard, 05-25-2015
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Pelin Guven
Mother and her baby
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Suzanne Hanson
At home at 103
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Elaine Jones Heron
Hunting Partners
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Heun Jung Kim
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Natalie Kirk
Toyota Tacoma
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Anna LaBenz
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Jennifer Long
Untitled, from the series ‚"Caesura"
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Andy Mattern
Average Subject / Medium Distance #4205 (Normal)
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Bob Newman
Kaitlyn and Madonna
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Jelisa Peterson
Look Out!
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David E. Vogel
Friends II
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Sandra Chen Weinstein
Ranjot, from the series "Transcend"
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Steve Ziman
Meditating while waiting for her meal
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Julia Arstorp
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Clarice Barbato-Dunn
I Can't II, from the series " The Spaciousness Project
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Jaime Belden
Harvey 3
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Bruce Berkow
Avenue B
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Erin Aili Birney
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Erin Aili Birney
Florence by the fire
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Ronald Butler
Measured By Heart
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Ron Cooper
Mis Abuelos
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Darcy Dangremond
In Sync 1
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Dotty Danforth
Gender Perspective
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Jessica Dandurand
The Confrontation
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Halli Doig
Garden Spider
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Thomas Foster
Tilling The Soil, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Kathleen Gerber
Through the Threads
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Kathleen Gerber
Reading the Morning Paper in the Temple
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Seth Goodwin
Baker / Vilnius, 1988
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Anna Grevenitis
Regard, 03-04-2019
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Melinda Reyes
The Quiet World of Aging
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Michael Johnson
Rick and Jake
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Anna LaBenz
Olivia and the Grass
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Andy Mattern
Average Subject / Medium Distance #5871 (Desire)
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Paul M. Murray
Home from School
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Libby Nelson
Morning Routine
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Stephen Parsons
Hello, Sir
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Van Pulley
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Magdalena Rittenhouse
Ascend: little girl scaling Great Chinese Wall in Mutianyu
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Jeff Sonnabend
Sharon and Poppy the Toy Schnauzer
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Wendy Stone
Shark and I
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Steve Ziman
Deep in her own thoughts

Juror: Christy Havranek
Gallery exhibition: August 15 - September 7, 2019
Exhibition prints due: August 1, 2019

Juror's Statement

"Photographs bear witness to a human choice being exercised in a given situation." - John Berger

In the submissions for “Being Human,” I saw multiple shades of the human experience: a snippet of parenthood, our relationship with nature, partnership in old age, kids at play, a study of intimacy. It was moving to see the way photographers interpreted this vast and nebulous theme. When documenting the human experience, it’s important as artists that we also examine the intangible: how we think and what we think about; how we communicate; how we relate to and process the world around us. As humans, we know that change is inevitable. As photographers, creatives, image-makers: we have to adapt -- seemingly more rapidly than ever. Berenice Abbott said in 1951: “The time comes when we progress, must go forward, must grow. Else we wither, decay, die. This is true of photography as for every other human activity in this atom age.”

The Juror's Award goes to Andy Mattern's “Average Subject / Medium Distance #4205 (Normal)”. This may seem an unconventional pick to some, however I find the work surprising, playful and smart. It is also deeply human work in its process and message. “Normal” does not depict the notion of “human” in a literal sense -- that is, there is no person in the frame expressing joy, pain, sorrow, love -- but there is palpable humanity in the cohesion and intention in Mattern’s approach. More broadly, the notion of “normal” strikes me as particularly human: As adults, we know that there is no such thing as normal, yet for much of our adolescence and young adulthood, we seemingly strive to be exactly that. 

By isolating and incorporating elements of darkroom dials used decades ago to indicate “good” exposure, or perhaps “appropriate” contrast, Mattern is reexamining the very idea of what photography is. We are forced to rethink not only how we make photographs but also how we see and evaluate them. This witty nod to the strict value judgements of how "good" photography has been defined, historically, turns image-making on its head.

The Director’s Award goes to Anna Grevenitis’s image “Regard, 03-04-2019.” With meticulous intention, Grevenitis explores the relationship and power dynamics between viewer, subjects, and photographer, as she poses with her daughter. There’s a beautiful juxtaposition within their interaction: As her daughter tenderly paints her mother’s toenails, Grevenitis meets the viewer with a cool, powerful stare. It is not a confrontational look, necessarily. But it certainly recognizes the gaze of the viewer.

Honorable mention goes to Jennifer Long and Dallas Crow.

          — Christy Havranek


Call for Entries

This is an exploration of what we all recognize as human emotions, human gestures, human endeavors.

What does being human look like to you — emotionally, physically, spiritually? All capture methods and processes are welcome.

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Ashley McDowell
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Linda Smogor
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Andrew Schirmer
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Morgan Ford Willingham
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John Kimmich

We are very pleased that Christy Havranek will be jurying and curating this exhibition. She will select approximately 35 images for exhibition in the gallery, and 35 for our Online Gallery. The recipients of the Juror’s Award and the Director’s Award will each be entitled to an online portfolio review by Ms. Havranek. 

All 70 selected images will be reproduced in the exhibition print catalog and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer’s URL. Gallery exhibition August 15 to  September 7, 2019.

Submissions: $39 for up to 5 images, $6 each additional image.

Information about our printing service and free matting and framing here.

About the Juror

Christy Havranek is the Photo Director at HuffPost, where she oversees a team of photo editors and photographers. She has over 18 years of experience in the photo business, having worked at NBCUniversal, Frommer’s Travel, & Polo Ralph Lauren, among others. She recently was a juror for the Lenscratch exhibit “Good Manners”, the 2018 LensCulture Street Photography Awards, and Photolucida Critical Mass. In February 2019 she appeared alongside industry colleagues at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts to discuss contemporary photography and its role in creating a more just and equitable society. Christy is honored to be an editorial mentor with Women Photograph for 2018-2019. HuffPost assigns photographers to cover a variety of national and international topics -- from breaking news to long-form enterprise pieces -- and licenses existing photo series to feature on its global platform.