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Photo Noir

Deadline for submissions: Jan 18, 2016
Prints due: Feb 20, 2016
Exhibition: February 24 - March 18, 2016

Prints of most of these images are available for purchase. Please inquire.
All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

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Alan Whiteside, Plano TX / Measure of Concern
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JP Terlizzi, New York NY / Figure in Road, from the series Raven's Point
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Stephen Sheffield, Cohasset MA / Imaginary Crime: File 009
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Lynn Saville, New York NY / The Green Hand, Portland, Maine
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Rani Robison, Laramie WY / In the Shadows #2
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Jeff Phillips, Chicago IL / The March, 2014
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Joona Niskanen, Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland / Ashes
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john d moyers, Bristol VT / private...
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Katia Morichetti, Bologna, Italy / Strangers on a train #1
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Katia Morichetti, Bologna, Italy / A serious man
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Claire Mallett, Los Angeles CA / Behind the Scenes
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Anne Lynam, Stanmore, New South Wales, Australia / Way Up
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Kevin Lyle, Chicago IL / Evidence 11073
an extra posing on set of a movie
Fabio Lovino, Rome, Italy / Young actress posing on a set of a movie
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Stacey Leece Vukelj, New York NY / Corner Store
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Stacey Leece Vukelj, New York NY / Centennial Commuters
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Daniel Immel, Makanda IL / Alfred of Vidigal
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Jacob Hinmon, Portland OR / L'homme en question
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Matt Henry, East Sussex, United Kingdom / Phone Call
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Greg Heins, Boston MA / Hotel, Ave. de Saint-Ouen
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Pierre Hauser, New York NY / Four-Legged Shadow
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Daniel Grant, San Francisco CA / Patience
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JUROR'S AWARD: Siobhan Gazur, Encinitas CA / Sailor
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Ed Friedman, Arlington MA / Boston Noir #3
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Nate Forman, Austin TX / Frost Bank Alley
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Michael Duncan, Norman OK / Stand
Norm Diamond, Dallas TX / Rainstorm, Main Street, Dallas
M. Danko, Long Beach CA / Beware of Dog
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Paul Cotter, Pleasant Hill CA / Dark Thoughts
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Neal Cohen, New York NY / Water towers
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Gina Cholick, Pasadena CA / Untitled, from the series Inquietude
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Larry Chait, Chicago IL / Noir #12
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Alejandro Cerutti, Rio Tercero, CBA, Argentina / New York Noir I
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Eric Bladholm, Chicago IL / Wounded
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Jenn Allen, Orlando FL / Cleithrophobia
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Noe Todorovich, Arlington, VA / Sliver
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Jason Tannen, Chico CA / Ask Will
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Rodney Soares, Burlington MA / Last Kiss Good Night
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KT Shiue, Plano TX / Ghost in New York 2
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Chad Schaefer, New York NY / Subway Inn
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Dieter Schamne, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany / Memories of forgotten dreams
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Trix Rosen, Jersey City NJ / Unfaithfully Yours
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Sara Roche, Westport CT / Noir Woods
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Elise Raffa, Stuart FL / I see you leaving now
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Rani Robison, Laramie WY / The Right of Inspection
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Venelina Preininger, Peissenberg, Bayern, Germany / Tokyo desu II
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Debbie Miracolo, Hawthorne NY / Primaries
Final Act
Marcia Mahoney, Chicago IL / Final Act
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Thomas Ladd, North Easton MA / Cigarette Case
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George Krause, Clovis CA / Love for Sale
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Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography, Allentown NJ / Bitter Little Words
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Rick Kattelmann, Crowley Lake CA / Lonely Alley
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Jurgen Kedesdy, Newbury MA / Night File
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Matt Henry, East Sussex, United Kingdom / Singer
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Simona Ghizzoni, Rome, Italy / Tutto parla di te #1 / The Waiting
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Dave Getzschman, Los Angeles CA / Off-handed
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Patricia Galagan and Philip Metcalf, Santa Fe NM / Untitled 2
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Tony Fouhse, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada / Laurie. From: USER, Portraits of Crack Addicts
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Claudia Fainguersch, Buenos Aires, Argentina / Fait
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Susan Evans Grove, South Orange NJ / The Skirt Who Knew Too Much, film still from the series Elva La Treque
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Sharon Draghi, Scarsdale NY / Coming Home
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Dodi Ellis, Buda TX / house noir
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Petra Davis, San Francisco CA / looking
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mdarough, Williamsport PA / The Bridge
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Lauren and Kristofor Dahl, Irvine CA / Martini
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Mark Crummett, Portland OR / Alley Encounter
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Terry Cockerham, Irving TX / The Pool
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Mary Ciullo, Glen Head NY / After Dark
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Zack Brodie, Christiansburg VA / I know
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Bruce Berkow, New York NY / Eleventh Avenue
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Jim Bremer, East Longmeadow MA / Praise the Lowered
Jim Baab, Somerville MA / Ache
Mildred Alpern, New York NY / Snowscape
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Wayne Palmer, New York NY / Place Dauphine, Paris
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Michel Hersen, Portland OR / Mysterious Silhouette

Juror's Statement

Growing up near Hollywood, where I was immersed in the culture of cinema and recognized at an early age that Los Angeles was far more beautiful and mysterious at night, I have always had a great appreciation for Noir in films and photography. The moody deeply shadowed, high contrast images hold secrets and stories that are revealed in back alleys, behind venetian blinds in hotel rooms that should never see the light of day.

As a juror, I first think “do these photographs fit the theme”? Then I look for work that is unique and a bit mysterious in that theme. Then I consider the quality of the image. Does it tell a story, is it in focus, or if out of focus, was it intentional? I look for simplicity and complexity at the same time. I also want to circumvent the cliché, but in this case, some of that was unavoidable. And finally, I consider the exhibition as a whole. As a juror, I want to see themes that are interpreted in the artist’s voice and I’m happy to say that this experience transported me to a place where I was sitting in a red velvet theater seat on Hollywood Blvd, lights low, presented with hundreds of small stories, each sparking my imagination beyond the singular image.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs, your intriguing stories, and for taking time to submit to this exhibition. Spending time with your work has put me in the mood for a martini and a an evening spellbound in front of a flickering screen with characters I hope I don’t encounter in real life.

- Aline Smithson

About the Juror

Aline Smithson founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines.

Aline has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a juror for Critical Mass from 2009-2015, a juror and curator for Flash Forward, and is a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States.

Learn more about Aline Smithson on her website.

Call for Entries

While its birth was in cinema, film noir is a style that lends itself wonderfully to still photography. This call for entries is for any still photograph in the noir style, black and white or color, and any capture method or process.

Film noir is distinguished by a unique aesthetic of low-key, contrasty light, strong shadows, unexpected camera angles, bleak pessimism, and a lurking sense of danger.

As Roger Ebert describes the style: “Locations that reek of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places, of apartment buildings with a high turnover rate, of taxi drivers and bartenders who have seen it all.”

The film noir aesthetic that was nurtured in German expressionism in the early 1900s, and reached its apex in American film making in the 20 years from the late 1930s through the 50s. Classic examples in American film noir include The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, Double Indemnity, Strangers on a Train, The Postman Always Rings Twice, They Drive by Night, and hundreds of other “A” and “B” films of the era.

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