When sifting through the many great images for this exhibition, I created a set of criteria which I used to make my first round of initial selections. This group was filtered again on the second go-through. After four sessions of sifting through chosen images, I came to this final selection.
There were four criteria I used when jurying the Exhibition Gallery:
1. Whether the work fit the monochromatic theme which was the major theme of the show;
2. Whether the image as presented on my screen could be imagined as a high
quality fine art print for exhibition;
3. Artistic composition; and
4. Unique vision of the submission.
When selecting the Online Gallery exhibition, I made sure three of the four criteria were met. It’s difficult sometimes to know if digital submissions truly represent the potential fine art quality of a print, but ultimately, this criterion is one of my most important, even if some of the selections will only remain online. I also am very drawn to excellent composition and compelling subject matter.
The images I chose for the Juror’s Award and the Director’s Award fulfill all four of my jurying criteria, and I was quite drawn to the subject matter in both of them. In the Juror’s Award, the hands above the eyes form the most perfect composition and unique vision of a portrait. I also was very taken with the beautiful vast range of tones from black to white and all greys in between in this photograph—they’re luscious. The Director’s Award photograph of the cowboy viewed through grasses is a unique take on a very often photographed subject. Kudos to both award winners!
There were many great submissions and I’m honored to have viewed all of them. I thank each photographer for giving me this opportunity.
Best of luck to all on your future endeavors!
- Jennifer Schlesinger
Call for Entries
In this exhibition, we celebrate the beauty and powerful expressive ability of monochrome photography. Any capture method and all processes, including black and white, alternative process and monochromatic toning, is welcome. The subject is completely up to you.
We are honored that Jennifer Schlesinger will be the juror for Monochrome. She will select up to 35 images for exhibition in our Middlebury, Vermont gallery and another 40 images for our Online Gallery. All 75 images will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer’s URL.
Information about our printing service and free matting and framing here.
Banner image: Georg Krausch
Home page thumbnail: Charlotte Watts
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About the Juror
Jennifer Schlesinger is an artist, curator, gallerist, and educator based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was the Director of VERVE Gallery of Photography from 2005-2017, and is now the owner and Director at Obscura Gallery in Santa Fe. She has taught at the College of Santa Fe and continues to teach workshops at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Art Intersection, and other venues.
Jennifer has exhibited widely at Southwest regional institutions, as well as national institutions such as the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Chelsea Art Museum. Her work has been published online and in print in international publications such as Black and White Magazine (U.S and UK), the cover article for Diffusion Magazine Volume III, and Fotoritim in Turkey. Schlesinger is represented in many public collections, including the Southeast Museum of Photography, FL; The New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum / Palace of the Governors Photo Archives.
See more of Jennifer Schlesinger’s work at https://www.jenniferschlesinger.com.