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Deadline for submissions: Jun 26, 2017
Prints due: Aug 04, 2018
Exhibition: August 16, 2017 - September 9, 2018

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.

Bruce Berkow /
Subway Stairs, Brooklyn Bridge
David Bernstein /
Bexley, Ohio
Steve Blackwell /
Prairie Graffiti
August 16, 2016 #002 Beacon NY
Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh /
August 16, 2016, #002, Beacon, NY
Steven Bowers /
Late for Class
Mona Bozorgi / Self-Portrait
Robert Calafiore /
from the series "Omnipotent"
Nicole Campanello / Search
Walter Crump / CANOPY
Chad M. Davis, AIA /
Cinco Camp
Brian Day /
The Time Traveler #01
Ken Dreyfack /
More Rides This Way
John Fell / Wing Walls, Höfn, Iceland
Adam Gerlach /
The Gateway
Carole Glauber / Cable Cars
Danielle L Goldstein /
MoMA, from the series "On Display"
Christie Goldstein / Visiting
Kip Harris /
Entry Gate, Taj Mahal
Amanda Marie Harner /
Bill Harbin /
Pepperell Mills Window 1
Pascale Haspil / Homecoming
Bruce G. Hooke / Sanctuary
Julius Kassovic / ORIEL
Lamia Khorshid /
Portale, Metropolitana Toledo, Napoli
Nina Kiseleva /
In the Strange Places No. 2.
Tracy Laulhere / Viewmaster
Michael Levine /
Spring Opening, Great Wall
Janet Matthews / Plunge
Jim McKinniss / Resurrection #1A
Loren Nelson /
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, Oregon
Douglas Prince /
Brian Under Curtain, 1996
Eric Seplowitz /
Toward the Sky
Matt Shallenberger / Petrichor #2
Joey Solomon /
Self Climbing the Gate
Russ Thompson / False Painting
Ronald Weiss / Oblivion
Nick Winkworth /
Summer 2016
Nelson Armour /
The Art of Viewing Art XII
ATK95344_98083- web
Stewart Atkins / The Way
BAL20234_57834- web
Greg Bal / Humayan's Tomb
BAR56593_01262- web
David Bartlett /
Doors/Ann Arbor
BEA84395_33722- web
Kay Beausoleil /
Toward the Light
BEE99614_56321- web
Gary Beeber /
Entrance (Big Mouth), Fairborn, Ohio
BEL72387_92804- web
Jan Bell / Passage
BLA79826_00861- web
Jill Jordan / Building Portal
BLU67559_29482- web
Lester Blum /
Entrance to the Unknown
BOU83481_02067- web
Sally Bousquet / Sarah
BRO82636_63132- web
Caroline E Brown /
Towards the Light
BUZ53267_35778- web
Jamie Buzil Photography /
Step into Winter
Coastal Defense Portal #4 by G.Caldwell
Greg Caldwell /
Coastal Defense Portal #4 by G.Caldwell
CAM03162_08309- web
Nicole Campanello /Missing Piece
Lorraine Castillo /
CHA90955_04247- web
Jo Ann Chaus / Box
CLA07921_66758- web
Robin E. Clark / Returning
CRA78936_68843- web
Cindy Crane /Departure
DEI25646_28725- web
Chris Dei / Apparition
ERD48848_78778- web
Lisa Erdberg /
Not a Diptych #2
GAR76471_84883- web
Michael Vaile Garner /
Chase Study (plastic)
GRE85111_19223- web
Michal Greenboim /
Window Reflection
HAL54795_48233- web
Norm Halm /
The Cabins- Valley Of Fire, Mojave Desert
Antelope Canyon
Jim Hester /
Antelope Canyon
HOD99567_79355- web
Sue Anne Hodges / Bedroom Mirror
HOL61112_08254- web
Janet Holmes /
Fairest of Them All
HOO05044_18588- web
Bruce G. Hooke /
Looking up Through Hole in Ice
IRA24796_53975- web
Judy Iranyi / Untitled
KES00632_61519- web
Paul Kessel /
Disappearing Rabbi
LYO00633_85606- web
Carol Lyon / Getting the Shot
MIN83465_80549- web
Michael Miner /
Overcoming Physical Death, Part 1
NIC48966_99018- web
Jackson Nichols /
SUT90382_37437- web
Sonia Suter /
Through the Looking Glass
TER01846_47391- web
JP Terlizzi /
Figure in Window, from the series Ravens Point
VAN38104_52836- web
Samantha VanDeman /
Grandmother's Room
WAT63303_96242- web
Jacob Watts / Taking Nature
Letter of Unusual Incident
Marisa S White /
Letter of Unusual Incident
WIN55966_70026- web
Nick Winkworth / Simple Life
YOU61911_84311- web
Lynda Younker / Only Way Out

Juror's Statement

It was a complete privilege to juror the exhibition, Portals. Huge congrats to all who submitted, as the photographic offerings were not only totally on point, but there was so much excellent work to consider, you made my job very, very difficult. I was appreciative of image makers who considered all approaches to the idea of portals—spaces that transport us into the future and into the past, thresholds that divide space, and devices that change our perspective. Photographers shared images of arcades and doorways, new worlds created in Photoshop, stunning landscapes with natural portals, and humorous conceptual responses to entering alternative spaces.

As a juror, the first consideration is always “does this image fit the theme”. Then I look for a level of excellence—was the photograph created as a fine art image or simply a snapshot. As the work ends up in a gallery space, the concern of quality is critical. Is the image in focus (or blurred with intention), have the dust spots been removed, is it well framed, has the photographer avoided over sharpening and over saturating? I consider if the work challenges, transports, and delights, and I also consider the show as a whole. In this case, I had to forgo hundreds of images of long arched arcades as I could only select a few to round out the show. Keeping this in mind, when submitting to a call for entry, think outside the box and consider submitting photographs that are not a literal interpretation of the them. For example, I loved the image of the boy on the couch looking at a Viewmaster, transporting him to new worlds.

Congratulations to those whose work made it into the exhibition in the gallery and online, but for those I sadly could not include, thank you for sharing your work with me. You have no idea how difficult you made my job and how close your work came to being selected. Thank you to PhotoPlace Gallery for this wonderful opportunity to spend time with so much good work.

- Aline Smithson

About the Juror

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera.

Aline Smithson, by Dudik

She has exhibited widely in over thirty solo shows including the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui, Pingyao, and Shanghai Festivals in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Photo District News, Communication Arts, Real Simple, Eyemazing, Visura, Slate, Artworks, Shots, Click, and Silvershotz magazines.

In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50, the PDN Photo Annual, and Review Santa Fe. In 2007, Aline founded LENSCRATCH, a daily photography journal that has featured the work of thousands of photographers. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop magazines, has written book reviews for photo-eye, and has provided the forewords for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, Nancy Baron among others.

Aline has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. In 2014, Aline received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. She is a founding member of the Six Shooters Collective and is currently teaching and curating for the Los Angeles Center of Photography in Los Angeles. The Magenta Foundation recently published her monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. Aline lives and works in Los Angeles. Learn more about Aline here.

Call for Entries

For our purposes, a portal can be an architectural feature: a gate, a doorway, a window, a mirror, or a tunnel, that frames or isolates or adds a new dimension to the image. In a fictional sense, a portal is also a magical doorway that connects two locations in space or time.

For “Portals,” we’re looking for images that use these devices in intriguing ways. All capture methods and processes are welcome.

Recipients of the Juror’s Award and Director’s Award will each be entitled to a portfolio review by Aline Smithson.

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