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September 12 - October 5, 2019

Personal Narrative

Entry Deadline: Jul 22, 2019
Prints Deadline: Aug 29, 2019

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Juror: Ralph Hassenpflug
Deadline: July 22, 2019
Gallery exhibition: September 12 - October 5, 2019
Exhibition prints due: August 29, 2019
Opening reception and workshop: September 14-15, 2019

Call for Entries

One of the greatest challenges for any artist is to depict deeply personal details about their lives, perspectives and experiences in the world. Whether an artist expresses these attributes via vast landscapes, captured moments or happenstance findings, the result conveys an authentic universality that connects every viewer on some level. At their best, these connections seem to arise from some collective unconscious that we all share, even across generational, gender and cultural divides.

For Personal Narrative, we seek images that suggest this collective unconscious. All capture methods and processes are welcome.
Images © Ralph Hassenpflug. Click to enlarge.  

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We are very pleased that Ralph Hassenpflug will be jurying and curating this exhibition. He 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 Mr. Hassenpflug

All 75 selected images will be reproduced in the exhibition print catalog and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer’s URL. Gallery exhibition September 12 to October 5, 2019

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

Find complete information about submitting images here.
Information about our printing service and free matting and framing here.

Personal Narrative Workshop Sept 14-15

Ralph Hassenpflug will present a two-day Personal Narrative workshop on September 14-15, from 8:30 to about 6pm both days. It’s suitable for all photographers who have command of their equipment. You will need a laptop for editing and a thumb drive or two for transferring images. Cost is $195. 

We’ll begin with a shared review of your work (either a portfolio or “best of”), along with a conversation about what gives your work purpose and meaning. Throughout the workshop, we'll be focused on creating personal, genuine work. Each day there will be 2 or 3 assignments that you will go out and shoot and bring back to class to review and discuss.

As time allows, we’ll touch on all manner of subjects related to personal and professional development.

The workshop will be held at PhotoPlace Gallery, 3 Park Street, Middlebury, Vermont. Please email with questions or to reserve your spot.


About the Juror

Ralph Hassenpflug is an internationally acclaimed photographer who has shown his work in New York City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Berlin, Budapest, Halifax and Moscow, among many other places. His beautiful, dreamlike images to tell the story of his personal journey inward to explore connections, symbols, and mysteries leading to the discovery of our innate capacity for the sacred.

He works out of his studio in Camden, Maine, where he lives with his co-conspirator and muse Kathryn Oliver and his dog Buddy. From his studio he offers archival prints of his work and individual online tutoring for fellow photographers. He also offers photography workshops in the US and Europe.

His work is represented by Italian Vogue and LensCulture.